Toni Minichiello, former coach of Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill, handed lifetime ban by UK Athletics for alleged sexually inappropriate conduct

The 56-year-old was suspended by UK Athletics, the governing body of the sport in the country, in May 2021 ahead of a lengthy investigation into complaints from several female athletes over his alleged behavior during a 15-year period. Minichiello’s accusers remain anonymous. “They constitute gross breaches of trust by Mr. Minichiello which have had severe … Read more

Australia finishes Commonwealth Games at top of medal standings

Australia has finished the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham at the top of the standings and 10 gold medals ahead of second-placed England. The green and gold team won 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals during the competition. The Kookaburras beat India in the final of the men’s hockey to secure Australia’s lastl gold medal of the … Read more

The Diamonds are considered netball giants, but the Commonwealth Games was their first major title in seven years

Despite their world number one ranking, the Diamonds had not won a major netball tournament in seven long years heading into the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. After consecutive one-goal losses at the 2018 Gold Coast Games and 2019 World Cup, there were fears Australia may miss out again in Birmingham when they let go of a six-goal … Read more

Live: Kookaburras win seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games gold, closing ceremony begins in Birmingham

The closing ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has officially begun after 11 days of history-making sporting moments. It comes after the Kookaburras won their seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the men’s hockey final, beating India 7-0. Follow the closing ceremony live, see our athletes’ personal reflections of the Games and share your top … Read more

Commonwealth Games 2022 live: Latest updates from day 11 in Birmingham

Asked about Ward’s recovery, England captain Zach Wallace said: “It’s incredible, the determination. What he’s been through, that injury would knock most people out, career done.” Wallace, who was captain for the first time during a major competition, was elated to win a medal following a rocky build-up. After finding themselves “demotivated and gutted” to … Read more

England World Cup 2022 squad: When will Gareth Southgate announce his list of players for Qatar?

Excitement for England’s World Cup campaign will ramp up when manager Gareth Southgate finalises his squad to take to Qatar. Southgate will have less than half a Premier League season to assess his players before making decisions, but is familiar with his options after six years in the job. England reached their first tournament semi-final … Read more

Minjee Lee misses out on British Open victory but wins major gong

Minjee Lee has emerged from a day of high drama without the major spoils but with another one of golf’s most prestigious awards. Lee fell tantalisingly short of becoming Australia’s first female golfer to capture the world-number-one ranking following a tie for fourth at the Women’s British Open in Scotland. Women’s Open Ashleigh Buhai (Sth … Read more

‘Hopefully they turn a blind eye’: Australia claims cricket gold despite nerves around COVID infection

The Australian women’s cricket team now officially has it all. The T20 and ODI World Cup winners are Commonwealth Games champions too after a nine-run win over India in front of a bumper crowd at Edgbaston. Women’s T20 final Australia India 8-161 152 all out Mooney 61 (41) Kaur  65 (43) Gardner 3-16 Schutt 2-27  Rana … Read more

England ‘swing’ brings Commonwealth Games hockey gold home

England 2 Australia 1 Lily Owsley recalled the days looking at Old Joe, the university clock tower, wondering when Thursday night club training would end. Holly Hunt leapt like a graduate on scoring England’s opener. Lily Walker had even purchased tickets for these Commonwealth Games before her senior call-up. This was a women’s final where … Read more

Live: Diamonds face Jamaica in netball final after Australia wins first gold medal in women’s cricket

It’s the last full day of competition in Birmingham and the history-making moments are continuing. Australia has won the inaugural Commonwealth Games gold medal in women’s T20 cricket, beating India in the last over despite a positive COVID test within the team the day of the final. The Hockeyroos have won silver after losing to … Read more