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USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sex charges

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former USA Olympic gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual assault against women and girls in his care. He was charged with molesting seven girls, many of whom are gymnasts, while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. As part of the plea deal, Nassar, 54, could face at least 25 years in prison. The hearing comes after a third former US Olympian, Gabby Douglas, accused him of sexual abuse. Douglas reveals abuse by team doctor…

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George North to leave Northampton to return to Wales

George North will leave Northampton at the end of this season and return to Wales on a national dual contract. The juggernaut wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed. Northampton released their own statement confirming 25-year-old North’s departure. It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join. National dual contracts are 60 per cent funded by the WRU, with the player’s region…

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Teammate describes Chelsea and Arsenal target Kepa Arrizabalaga as Athletic Bilbao 'until death'

The two London clubs are said to be in the running to land the 23-year-old Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Chelsea and Arsenal target Kepa Arrizabalaga has been described as Athletic Bilbao ‘until death’ by a team-mate. The two London clubs are said to be in the running to land the precocious goalkeeper, who is out of contract in the summer. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are very keen on landing the 23-year-old but a new deal at Athletic Bilbao is also on the table. Fellow Bilbao goalkeeper Iago Herrerin, who trains alongside him…

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Ashes: England 'ready to go' against Australia – Joe Root

Australia v England, first Ashes Test Date: 23-27 November Time: 00:00 GMT Venue: Gabba, Brisbane Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage Captain Joe Root says England are “ready to go” in their defence of the Ashes, which begins in Brisbane at 00:00 GMT on Thursday. England won the previous series 3-2 on home soil, but were whitewashed 5-0 on their most recent trip…

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Ryan Wilson and Sean Maitland included in Scotland team to face Australia

Gregor Townsend has made four changes to the Scotland side that lost so narrowly to New Zealand on Saturday. The Dark Blues face Australia at BT Murrayfield this weekend after missing out on a historic first win over the All Blacks, where they lost 22-17 in a thrilling encounter. Ryan Wilson returns to the back row in place of Cornell du Preez after recovering from a shoulder injury, while Sean Maitland is added to the back line after being recently added to the squad. Grant Gilchrist and Simon Berghan also…

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Liverpool’s defensive woes ‘down to a lot of individual errors’ and not Jurgen Klopp, says Reds legend John Barnes

Liverpool legend John Barnes has backed manager Jurgen Klopp and insists the under-fire German is NOT to blame for the side’s defensive woes. The Reds’ defensive vulnerabilities were exhibited once again in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Merseysiders raced into a 3-0 lead in Spain after a pulsating first-half display, but they fell apart after the break as Sevilla quickly pulled back two goals and netted the equaliser in stoppage-time to leave Klopp raging on the sidelines MATCH REPORT: Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool: Jurgen…

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Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger dropped from Southend United squad over 'disciplinary procedure'

Nile Ranger Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Southend striker Nile Ranger has found himself in more hot water after being left out of his side’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons due to a “disciplinary procedure”. The 26-year-old, who spent ten weeks in prison over the summer, was not selected at Stadium MK on Tuesday, with boss Phil Brown refusing to divulge the nature of Ranger’s latest misdemeanour. Brown told the Southend Echo: “Nile isn’t involved because of a disciplinary procedure yesterday. “It’s not for public consumption what’s happened but it’s just down…

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