Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

• Connacht centre Aki will face All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to starting lineupJoe Schmidt has strongly defended Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand on Saturday. The Connacht centre will face the All Blacks for the first time while earning his 12th cap.The All Blacks assistant coach, Ian Foster, quipped earlier this week about Aki: “You have moulded him into an Irish man, he looks like an Irish man now doesn’t he?” Continue reading...

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UFC at 25: Things were a lot different back at UFC 1

BBC Sport throws it back to 1993, when the first UFC numbered event featured a boxer with one glove, non-existent weight divisions and a pair of very tight pants.

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Why did one of the NFL's best players give up $14.5m and a year of his prime?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell will sit out the entire 2018 season, as players try to tilt the balance of power away from the league’s ownersAs many had expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, one of the best players in the NFL, did not turn up at team headquarters on Tuesday. The move means he’s not eligible to play for the remainder of the season and has forfeited the $14.54m he was due to make. What exactly happened on Tuesday? Continue reading...

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Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited. Continue reading...

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Ireland v New Zealand: Joe Schmidt makes four changes for All Blacks game

Ireland draft in Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Devin Toner and Dan Leavy for Saturday's game against New Zealand.

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Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

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Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer hatred between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca. The second leg takes place at River’s home stadium El Monumental on 24 NovemberBuenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico final Continue reading...

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Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has operation on injured knee

• No timescale has been given for defender’s recovery• Mendy was sidelined for the majority of last seasonBenjamin Mendy will be sidelined again for Manchester City after undergoing a knee operation on Wednesday.The defender had surgery on his left knee in Barcelona after pulling out of the France squad, City confirmed. Continue reading...

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VAR in the Premier League: How Charlie Austin MIGHT react

BBC Sport imagines how Southampton striker Charlie Austin might react to the news that VAR will be used in the Premier League from next season.

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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