Chinese Super League: Transfer window opens with clubs facing 100% signings tax

Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs face a 100% tax on signings as their mid-season transfer window opens on Monday. The country’s Football Association (CFA) is proposing the measure for loss-making clubs in order to try to curb the league’s extravagant spending. Chinese clubs spent £331m during the country’s winter transfer window, which was more than…

Stokes likely to bowl but facing fitness test

Media playback is not supported on this device ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Venues: The Oval, Edgbaston, Cardiff. Dates: 1-18 June Coverage: Highlights every evening on BBC Two, ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; in-play highlights and text commentary on the BBC Sport website Ben Stokes is set to bowl…

Thomas facing 'one of the biggest challenges' at Giro

Media playback is not supported on this device Geraint Thomas will venture into “uncharted territory” when he leads Team Sky in a Grand Tour for the first time at the Giro d’Italia. Thomas will share the leadership with Mikel Landa, having previously played a supporting role for his team-mates. The 100th edition of the Giro,…

Warwickshire: Bears boss Ashley Giles admits they are facing relegation 'scrap'

Warwickshire boss Ashley Giles admits that his ageing Bears squad are already facing a relegation “scrap” after making an awful start to the season. Under first-team coach Jim Troughton and skipper Ian Bell, the Bears have begun the new Championship season with successive innings defeats. “I’ve every confidence in Jim and Belly, who are the…

Stay or go? The decision facing Alastair Cook…

What seemed to be a certainty is now not so sure. All of the noises, particularly from the man himself, pointed towards Alastair Cook ending his 59-Test reign as England captain. But Thursday’s news that Cook will be given as much time as he needs to decide on his future hints at a greater possibility…

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver says he is facing 'impossible odds'

Lewis Hamilton admits he is facing “pretty impossible odds” as he seeks to win the Formula 1 world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Heading into the final race, Hamilton is 12 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who will win the title by finishing third, even if Hamilton wins. The Briton…