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August 11, 2017 10:33 PM Football transfer gossip: Eriksen, Coutinho, Mbappe, Drinkwater, Hazard

Catch up with Football Gossip Live on the BBC Sport Facebook page. We discussed all the big transfer news, including the twists and turns of Philippe Coutinho's future at Liverpool and Danny Rose's comments about Tottenham. Barcelona are turning their attention to Tottenham and Denmark attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, 25, because of Liverpool's 42

August 11, 2017 7:06 AM Bug sanctions a lose-lose situation for athletics but doing nothing would have been worse

A highly contagious infection is just about the last thing organisers wanted to show up this week, given the manner in which athletes from over 200 countries mingle together with media and fans in one giant bubble. In the early hours of Monday morning, the Irish team had its first and only case of gastroenteritis, Thomas Barr spending the day bed-ridden 67

August 11, 2017 5:00 AM Irate Botswana wants answers from IAAF

Addressing journalists in Gaborone yesterday, Olopeng said the whole nation, including President Ian Khama were disappointed and will pursue all available avenues to find out what transpired in London after Makwala was barred from contesting due to a ‘medical condition’. “You can’t pronounce certain illnesses without testing the patient. He was told that he had the virus 76

August 10, 2017 11:55 AM Botswana government mulls legal action against IAAF

Botswana's government have waded in on the row over Isaac Makwala being barred from competing in the 400m final at the ongoing World Championships in London, threatening possible legal action against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). "We can't tolerate such behaviour from an organisation such as the IAAF. We can even go the legal 36

August 10, 2017 10:45 AM Sonia O'Sullivan: Athletes need to make big decisions themselves

IAAF call not to allow Isaac Makwala compete in the 400m final defied belief Athletics has always been an individual sport. No matter what way you look at it, even when you come together as a team at a major championship, each athlete has to run their own race or take on their own event. There always comes a time when the athlete needs to decide for themselves 77

August 10, 2017 10:45 AM 'Heartbroken' Makwala surges into 200m final, Van Niekerk double on track

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala admitted to being heartbroken and fuelled by anger as he ran two rounds of the 200 metres – one on his own – to reach the final at the world championships on Wednesday. The 30-year-old had been given the go-ahead by the sport’s governing body the IAAF after missing Monday’s heats and then the 400m final because the quarantine 48

August 9, 2017 10:54 PM Isaac Makwala runs on his own to eventually qualify for World Championship 200m final

Botswana's Isaac Makwala has reached the 200 metres final against all the odds, qualifying from the notoriously difficult inside lane made even more difficult by wet conditions after gaining a reprieve from the IAAF. South African Wayde van Niekerk, bidding for a double after his 400 metres gold, sneaked into the final as second of the two fastest losers 63

August 9, 2017 9:52 PM Van Niekerk chases 200 world title as he steps in for Bolt

Next for Wayde van Niekerk comes the "easy" part: Trying to win the 200 meters. After that, something more challenging: Becoming the face of track and field now that Usain Bolt is moving on. It's a daunting proposition. But Van Niekerk started off on the right foot by winning the 400 at the world championships. On Thursday, the South African standout 64

August 9, 2017 8:39 PM Isaac Makwala cruises into 200m final at World Championships after solo run in heats due to norovirus outbreak

The loneliness of the short distance runner certainly captured the attention of the London crowd here on Wednesday night. They knew Isaac Makwala had been denied the opportunity to contest the 400m final the previous evening because medical officials had said he had contracted the highly contagious norovirus. Just as they knew he had declared himself 58

August 9, 2017 6:15 PM Isaac Makwala comes back from stomach bug, qualifies for 200 semifinals at world championships

The runner from Botswana, who came down with a stomach bug and was forced to miss Wednesday's 400 final, was belatedly allowed to run his qualifying heat, two days after all his competitors did so. Needing to run 20.53 seconds or faster to advance, Makwala braved the rain and cold at the Olympic Stadium and finished in 20.20. Wayde van Niekerk, Makwala's 48