JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Lewis Hamilton's woeful start allowed Nico Rosberg to coast to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix and edge closer to a maiden world title. The German was left with the simplest of tasks to claim his maiden win at Suzuka, his ninth this season and his fourth in the last five races. Hamilton was down in eighth place at the end of lap one as his troubles off the line this term continued. He recovered to finish third but now trails Mercedes team-mate Rosberg by 33 points with just four races remaining and a maximum 100 points up for grabs.
Bloodied and battered Bisping survives horrific onslaught to claim revenge on Henderson and retain UFC title in Manchester homecoming
WILL GRIFFEE IN MANCHESTER: Seven years after Dan Henderson won their first meeting in Las Vegas, Michael Bisping was able to exact revenge in front of his home crowd in the early hours of Sunday morning. He had to do it the hard way, though, as he picked himself up off the canvas after being taken down by Henderson right hands on two occasions..
'Henderson hits hard... he's a legend': Bisping praises old rival as he shows off shocking battle scars around his eye
Michael Bisping was heavy in his praise for veteran fighter Dan Henderson and the Manchester crowd after successfully defending his middleweight title at UFC 204. The 37-year-old famously lost to Henderson at UFC 100 seven years ago, but made no mistake this time with a convincing win following a unanimous decision. After the fight, Bisping was delighted with his own performance, but said that the energy and commitment shown by the fans got him through some tough situations.
Ryan Giggs has hit back at claims he had a poor interview with Swansea saying: 'They did not meet my ambition.' Giggs was a contender for the job after the Swans sacked Francesco Guidolin.
Sturridge and Alli strike to fire Southgate's England to victory in his first game in charge over minnows Malta at Wembley
ENGLAND 2-0 MALTA BY ROB DRAPER AT WEMBLEY:We will, perhaps, hold off on calls for a knighthood just for now. After all, Sam Allardyce won his first game for England. Gareth Southgate can at least make it to Tuesday night in Slovenia and complete a second game before we start to assess his suitability to become a peer of the realm. But as auditions go, Southgate did just about alright; no more than that.
Gareth Southgate's reign as England's interim boss begun with a comfortable World Cup qualifying victory over Malta. Sportsmail's ADAM CRAFTON was at Wembley to rate the Three Lions.
OLIVER HOLT: Southgate off to perfect start as he avoids Malta banana skin and proves just because he is polite, he isn't weak
OLIVER HOLT AT WEMBLEY: A few minutes before kick-off, just before the England caretaker manager left the home dressing room with his team, the loud-speaker system played an old favourite. 'Three Lions on a Shirt,' blared out around the stadium and 20 years in the life of Gareth Southgate fell away to a time when he was walking out here in a kit, not a three-piece suit. Southgate was a member of Terry Venables' side at Euro 96, the last time there was real excitement or genuine optimism about England's chances of actually winning a tournament.
Lingard was tidy without wow factor on England debut... but discipline showed why Mourinho likes him
SAMI MOKBEL: This disciplined display an example of why Mourinho has shown such faith in the 23-year-old. Lingard's value isn't always the easiest to spot; but Mourinho certainly has.
Open Hart: Controversial City exit still frustrates the England No 1 as he looks to rebuild his career in Italy with Torino
ROB DRAPER: Joe Hart is pretty frank about his move to Torino in Serie A this season. He is in the land of Dino Zoff, Gianluigi Buffon and Walter Zenga and is asked whether that may have been a factor in choosing Italy. 'It was but I'm not going to lie,' he says. 'I wasn't sat there with 25 options. I wasn't. Torino was a really good option for me and it definitely excited me to go to play in Serie A and to play for Torino. That fit, in the situation I was in, was a good decision.
GERMANY 3-0 CZECH REPUBLIC: Germany recorded their second successive 3-0 win in a comfortable start to their Group C World Cup qualifying campaign. Thomas Muller bagged a brace while Toni Kroos was also on target for Joachim Low's men, who inflicted an identical defeat on Norway last month and host Northern Ireland in their next qualifier on Tuesday.
WARRINGTON 6-12 WIGAN BY NIK SIMON AT OLD TRAFFORD: Old Trafford proved to be the theatre of Josh Charnley's wildest dreams. On his final game in rugby league, the Wigan winger scored the winning try to bid a Grand Farewell in the Grand Final. Coming back from 6-2 down against Warrington, Charnley collected Dan Sarginson's kick in the 63rd minute to score in his last outing before his code switch to Sale Sharks.
Nick Phipps caused a second-half brawl when he shoved over an Argentinean physio at Twickenham. The replacement scrum-half saw the medic trying to pick up the ball when Australia were awarded an penalty and went for him, pushing him to the ground. The Pumas winger Matias Moroni was so incensed that he ran 30 metres to confront the Wallaby, and then a 20-man shoving contest began.
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Cruyff believes father Johan would be a Man City fan today and says it is a matter of time before Guardiola is successful in England
ROB DRAPER: It is almost as if the man himself is there. The question has been raised as to whether Johan Cruyff, shortly before his death in March this year, would have had any concerns about Pep Guardiola adapting to English football. In the room is his son, Jordi, and he says his father was able to talk with Guardiola about the new challenge in his career shortly before he died.
Wagner is composing a sweet Yorkshire symphony at Huddersfield and has them flying at the top of the Championship
ROB DRAPER - INTERVIEW: Perhaps a German succeeding in Yorkshire is not quite as surprising as it might appear. After all, the German culture of speaking your mind means that people can seem a little blunt at times. So it might explain why David Wagner is thriving at Huddersfield Town.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims there is 'no free time' for a top level sportsman, only 'hard work and objectives' as he keeps himself fit during the two week international break. The 35-year-old may be retired from the international game, but shows that despite heading into the latter stages of his career he has no intentions of slowing down.
The Premier League's forgotten men: From Sanogo to Ings and Carroll to Mikel, here are 10 players who have fallen off the radar
Have you glanced at a Premier League squad list this season and thought - 'How on earth is he still there?' As hard as managers try to keep their squads happy through rotation, there are always some who play so rarely that you'd almost forgotten they exist. We take a look at 10 forgotten men in this season's Premier League squads.
Are Wales' woeful team photos a prank? Bale laughs off suggestion of in-joke after latest hilariously bad pre-match line-up
Gareth Bale admits Wales are rubbish at posing for pre-game team pictures - but plans to focus better when the real action starts against Georgia on Sunday. Wales have become a photographer's nightmare with their wonky line-ups ahead of kick-off but Bale refused to give the game away when asked if it has become a deliberate prank.
CHRIS WHEELER AT WINDSOR PARK: San Marino were never likely to spoil the party, especially with 10 men, but it still needed three late goals from Northern Ireland to kill off the underdogs
Hargreaves on his decision to quit rugby due to health fears... A future watching the other guys get stuck in, I'll drink to that
SAM PETERS: It would be so easy for Alistair Hargreaves to feel bitter on Sunday as he watches from the sidelines at Allianz Park. Forced to retire from the game he loves at the age of 30 after suffering five concussions in two years, the former Saracens captain and second row would be forgiven for resenting the hand he has been dealt. Not a bit of it.
Burns earns right for Broner fight after defence of his WBA world super-lightweight title in Glasgow
Ricky Burns could turn his attention to a big-money Las Vegas fight with Adrien Broner after his successful mandatory defence of his WBA world super-lightweight title against Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow. A meeting with the four-weight champion from the US was the incentive for the 33-year-old from Coatbridge, who had to work hard against the Belarusian to keep the belt he won in May.
PAUL NEWMAN IN DHAKA: Trevor Bayliss identified Ben Stokes as the heartbeat of his young England side as soon as he took charge last summer and rarely has he demonstrated it more vividly than with his decisive intervention in the thrilling first one-day international. Stokes is used to influencing games with bat, ball and in the field but now, in his new role as acting vice-captain to Jos Buttler, he proved equally adept with words just as Bangladesh looked poised to cruise to an opening victory here.
Meet football's most madcap owners: Heard the one about the 'manager eater', the Chairman Mao quoter and the one who threatened to chop off an agent's b****?
Having the influence of an owner over a football club has been a reality since the sport left its amateur beginnings and took on a more professional guise. It has not just been in modern times that owners have hit the back pages for the wrong reasons either. Brian Clough used to regularly rail against directors and those he perceived as not being footballing men. However, while some owners may clash with managers or sell the wrong player at the wrong time, there is a big difference between that and the more incredible custodians that the game has managed to bring forth. From sacking after sacking to quoting Chairman Mao, Sportsmail has put together a guide to football's most madcap owners.