Emile Heskey: I was on the floor and started crying. Then I found a barber | Jamie Jackson

The former England striker talks about homesickness in Liverpool, falling asleep during Grard Houlliers meetings and picks his favourite player from the golden generation Emile Heskey exudes a Zen-like calm whether discussing criticism of his goalscoring or recalling crying. The former Liverpool and England striker is at the Alderley Hotel in Cheshire to discuss his new book, Even Heskey Scored. The title was chosen because, he laughs, this is what everyone said. Yet if his career numbers are low for someone who played most of his career as a No 9 seven goals from 62 caps, 110 in 516 Premier League games his 53 assists in the top flight is a clue to his real worth. The figure stands at …

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter of career

Houston right-hander Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter, and first with the Astros, on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander tossed the third no-hitter on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander struck out 14 and threw 120 pitches at Toronto. The only runner he allowed was Cavan Biggio on a one-out walk in the first inning. Verlander had previously thrown two no-hitters in the majors, both while with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched a no-hitter at Toronto in 2011 and also accomplished the feat against Milwaukee in 2007. @JustinVerlander is the first pitcher ever to throw TWO no-hitters in the same road stadium (Rogers Centre). September 1, 2019 The Astros-Blue Jays game was …

Ben Stokes inspires England to sensational third Test win over Australia

England completed one of the biggest comebacks in Ashes history to beat Australia in the third Test by one wicket with Ben Stokes scoring 135 not out to help level the series at 1-1 Headingley 1981 was a foregone conclusion compared with this. So, too, the Ashes: Ben Stokes on England’s sensational third Test win over Australia video One ball remained and Stokes decided to explore the legside this time. He slog-swept but missed. Lyons appeal was prolonged, suggesting an odd mix of desperation and confidence. Umpire Joel Wilsons finger failed to appear but the realisation that the Australians were unable to ask for a review did come to light. They had wasted their last review against Leach in the …

‘It’s a start’: Can the Aurora Games create a new model for women’s sports?

Last weeks six-day celebration of womens sports in Albany was beset by problems, but founder Jerry Solomon is confident the concept is sound Last week, the Aurora Games took over the Times Union Center in upstate New York. Billed as an international multi-sport womens festival, the event brought together roughly 150 athletes, including Olympic champions and grand slam winners, to compete for Team Americas and Team World in tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating, beach volleyball and table tennis. The mission of the Games, founded by longtime sports executive Jerry Solomon, was to create a platform to celebrate and elevate women athletes. The Aurora Games will be held every two years and has already committed to return to Albany …

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch in Saudi Arabia draws criticism

(CNN)The decision to stage the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia has drawn heavy criticism from human rights group Amnesty International. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features Saudi Arabia has hosted a number of fights in recent times, including Amir Khan’s win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith’s World Boxing Super Series victory against George Groves. It also welcomed the opening race of the 2018-19 Formule E season, motorsport’s all-electric race series, and will stage the world’s richest horse race — with a prize purse of $20 million — next year. However, the middle east country’s “abysmal human rights record” has been called into question by Amnesty International UK, which urged Joshua to …

UFCs Colby Covington, the athletic embodiment of Trump’s politics

The American fighter needs little excuse to profess his support for the US president. But more interesting is what his actions tell us about the first family On Saturday night, Colby Covington dominated former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler en route to victory in Newark, New Jersey. Once the final bell sounded, Covington climbed the cage and pointed at Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump in celebration while the US presidents sons cheered him on. Moments later, he would begin his post-fight interview with a political statement. I was truly inspired when the first family came in the building and came to see me backstage, Covington said. Lets give it up for the Trumps. Theyre keeping America great. And indeed, …

Basketball is my first love, but the athleticism of beach volleyball is amazing | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The sport has come a long way since it was an excuse to hang out at the beach with a beer. The skills of its athletes are breathtaking Not many people know that he said. Being able to hold my own against the best in the world, on the beach or indoors, is something Im very proud of. Although he played both indoors and beach volleyball, I think beach suited his personality more. I was reminded of his intense passion while watching the was invented in 1930 by Paul Pablo Johnson on the Santa Monica beach. Bored with waiting for the rest of the players to arrive, he and three others mapped out a smaller court and began playing the …

Max Verstappen wins thrilling German GP after Lewis Hamilton error

Max Verstappens Red Bull won the F1 German Grand Prix in treacherous wet conditions after Lewis Hamilton made an error while leading What was supposed to have been a homecoming celebration for Mercedes turned to ashen-faced defeat rarely experienced in their dominance of Formula One over the past five years. During that time the German team have stood astride the sport almost as deities but under foreboding, grey skies the team principal, Toto Wolff, was moved to apocalyptic imagery, describing it as an armageddon weekend. Red Bulls Max Verstappen took the win, as impressive and controlled a drive as the 21-year-old has delivered in his career, in treacherous conditions that caught out drivers far older and more experienced. He did …

Greg Rutherford and Dawn Fraser back swimmers over Sun Yang protests

Greg Rutherford and Dawn Fraser backed two swimmers who refused to share a podium with Sun Yang, the Chinese champion who has served a drugs ban The British Olympian Greg Rutherford and Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser have become the latest to offer support to Britains Duncan Scott and Australias Mack Horton, who refused to share a podium with the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang at the world championships in South Korea. The Olympic champion in three different disciplines has served a three-month ban for the use of banned substances. He is also awaiting a hearing at the court of arbitration for sport after he refused to give a urine sample at a drugs test. Scott finished third behind Sun in …

Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us

The long read: The 10,000-hour rule says intense, dedicated practice makes perfect at that one thing. But what if breadth actually serves us better than depth? Lets start with a couple of stories from the world of sports. This first one, you probably know The boys father could tell something was different. At seven months, he gave his son a putter to fool around with, and the boy dragged it everywhere he went in his little circular baby walker. At 10 months, he climbed down from his high chair, trundled over to a golf club that had been cut down to size for him, and imitated the swing he had been watching in the garage. Because the father couldnt yet …

‘Men grab their sacks’: Morgan says celebration criticism is double standards

Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration during USAs defeat of England in the Womens World Cup semi-final is an example of double standards Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration mimed sipping a cup of tea after she scored what proved to be the winning goal against England, provoking a backlash with some claiming she was guilty of gloating. Former England international Lianne Sanderson, who played alongside Morgan at Orlando Pride, called the celebration distasteful. On Friday Morgan said that the celebration was inspired by English Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner who often that she would not do the same with Trump. I think we will make that decision after we finish …

Coco Gauff keeps Wimbledon dream alive with thrilling comeback win

The 15-year-old American saved two match points to extend her dream Wimbledon run into the last 16 Wimbledon has found itself a new star. Coco Gauff had already shown everyone she could play dazzling tennis, her Wimbledon day five: Gauff makes thrilling comeback, Djokovic survives test video What a crazy match. In the first set, Hercog had been utterly dominant. It took Gauff until the second set before she won a single point on her opponents first serve while her thunderous forehand was doing the damage and though she missed a break point chance in the third game, she slapped another forehand to break for 4-3 and took the set soon after. Hercog cut loose at the start of the …

They dont think were that good: Netherlands aim to shock USA in final

Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and said she is relishing their underdog status Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and says she is relishing their underdog status in Lyon. I think its the best role you can be in, the midfielder said. I dont think they think were that good I think that is going to be an advantage for us. Van de Donk is one of four Arsenal Womens Super League winners who form the spine of the Netherlands team, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal, Dominique Bloodworth in defence, Van de Donk in …

Storm in a teacup: Alex Morgan discusses World Cup goal celebration

US goal celebrations were a talking point yet again during Tuesdays World Cup semi-final against England Alex Morgan has explained her tea-sipping goal celebration which provoked controversy during the USAs World Cup semi-final victory over England. The US forward raised her fingers to her lips, miming a sip of tea, after scoring the decisive goal in Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) Alex Morgan sippin tea pic.twitter.com/oyiyeaFzKQ Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) Congrats to the

Confident USA riding high entering Women’s World Cup knockout stage

A win over Sweden may not have done much to settle concerns over the defense, but the US are brimming with confidence as the business end of the tournament comes into view Its onto the knockout round of the Womens World Cup for the defending champions, and the US looked convincing enough in a looked shaky against Chile in the matchs only real threatening moment, but her decision-making was on point against Sweden. Still, it wasnt enough to wash away fears that the USWNT can avoid conceding goals against a top team. More suspect injury reports show the USAs confidence First it happened in the opener against Thailand: Becky Sauerbrunn was left out of the starting lineup for a mild …

Gyasi Zardes hits twice as USA exact revenge against Trinidad in Gold Cup

The US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss in 2017 Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half and the US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout in the Concacaf Gold Cup on Saturday night over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss two years ago. Aaron Long scored his first two international goals, and Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola had one each during a five-goal barrage in the second half. The US cruised to its second shutout this week and clinched a quarter-final berth in Philadelphia …