David Squires on … Chelsea's humiliation at Manchester City

21-02-2019 Our resident cartoonist on Maurizio Sarri’s dismay, Mike Dean and a man trying to wear trousers as a jumperTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

Jason Roy and Joe Root sink West Indies after Chris Gayle flays England

21-02-2019 • First ODI: England, 364-4, bt West Indies, 360-8, by 6 wkts• Gayle 135 after Roy drop; England opener hits 123, Root 102Jason Roy is not short on self-belief. And in the one-day series opener between West Indies and England here on Wednesday – a match that made spectating, or simply walking past the ground, something of a health hazard – this character trait very much came to the fore.Lesser players might have felt a touch sheepish at the mid-innings break. Having dropped Chris Gayle on nine, Roy watched the opener plough on for 135 from 123 balls, blazing 12 out of a world record 23 sixes from the home side as they posted an imposing 360 for eight. Continue reading...

Christian Atsu: ‘Sometimes what’s happened to me seems like a miracle’

21-02-2019 Newcastle winger remains close to his roots in Ghana and takes inspiration from ‘father figure’ Rafael BenítezIt is a very long way from Ghana’s Ada Foah to Hillsong church on Newcastle’s Westgate Road – and not merely in miles. Christian Atsu has made that transformative journey, swapping an existence as one of 10 children whose late father eked out a living fishing and farming on the junction of the Volta River and the Atlantic Ocean, for a new life on Tyneside.Almost everything has altered but one constant remains: the Newcastle winger’s Christian faith. Church was a central part of Atsu’s childhood and worship at Hillsong, a short walk from St James’ Park, binds the Ghana international to his new habitat. Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: managers, money, metal medals and monikers

21-02-2019 Who defied his age? Who scored quickly? Who made a packet? Matt Kuchar earned $1.3m in prize money for his victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. How much did the golfer pay his caddie?$5,000$130,000 $300,000 $1.3m Why does Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Jarrell Miller, go by the nickname “Big Baby”? He takes a cuddly toy with him wherever he goesHe weighed 10 pounds at birthHis first opponent called him that before the opening bell – and was quickly knocked outHe lost a betJoshua is fighting Miller on 1 June. Which other sporting event is taking place that night?The last game of the Six Nations The Cricket World Cup final The men’s singles final at WimbledonThe Champions League finalWho scored a hat-trick in 30 minutes this week?Sergio Agüero Eden Hazard Roberto Firmino Jonny MayPaul Scholes made his managerial debut this week. Which footballer announced his retirement on the day Scholes made his playing debut way back in 1994?Bryan Robson Gary LinekerDiego Maradona Glenn Hoddle Gordon Banks, who died this week aged 81, is most famous for winning the World Cup with England in 1966. In which country did he play his last game as a professional footballer in 1977?Republic of IrelandEgyptCanada UruguayDeclan Rice says he wants to play for the England football team. Why has his decision gone down badly with some Irish supporters?He grew up in Northern Ireland and played for their Under-21 team He was born in the Republic of Ireland He has already played three matches for the Republic of IrelandHe was in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 but didn't playThe organisers of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo say the medals will be made from…Metals mined from below the stadium in Tokyo Old phones and computersShipwrecks found off the Japanese coastMetal found in the Acropolis in Athens Where is the best team in the southern hemisphere meeting the best team in the northern hemisphere this weekend?Wellington WichitaWiganWinnipegMatthijs de Ligt captained Ajax against Real Madrid this week in the Champions League. What is remarkable about that?He only made his debut in August He has already signed to play for Real Madrid next season He is still a teenagerHis brother captained the team in their previous match 1 and above.Nine wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive2 and above.Eight wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive3 and above.Chin up. There's always next week4 and above.Chin up. There's always next week5 and above.That's a fine score. Well played6 and above.That's a fine score. Well played7 and above.That's a fine score. Well played. 8 and above.That's a super score. Well played9 and above.You star. Have a great weekend0 and above.Ten wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive10 and above.You legend. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

The Fiver | Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

21-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Yesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Continue reading...

DeGale v Eubank Jr: Britons trade insults as Eubank Snr admits he is 'petrified'

21-02-2019 Chris Eubank Jr says victory over James DeGale is critical for his career while his father admits he is "petrified" about the outcome.

Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight

21-02-2019 Miller says Joshua weight gain was aided by testosteroneUnderdog describes opponent as a ‘prick’ and an Uncle TomWere prizefights won on self-belief and a sharp tongue, Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller might already be the heavyweight champion of the world.They and he are not, of course. But that didn’t stop the outspoken challenger to Anthony Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles, for years one of the division’s most prolific talkers, from berating his forthcoming opponent as a “fraud”, “prick”, an “Uncle Tom” and “giant pussy” in a sensational opening salvo on Tuesday in the press conference to announce their 1 June showdown at Madison Square Garden. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of taking testosterone, based on how much weight he put on after London 2012. Continue reading...

Valencia v Celtic: Europa League last 32, second leg – live!

21-02-2019 Live updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-offYou can email Paul here or tweet him hereLive scoreboard: all the latest from Thursday’s matches 5.19pm GMT Valencia: Neto; Wass, Garay, Diakhaby, Lato; Torres, Soler, Parejo, Guedes; Sobrino, MinaSubs: Domenech, Gameiro, Cheryshev, Gaya, Lee, Coquelin, Cenetelles 4.59pm GMT Hello. You join us with Celtic on the verge of a historic achievement … or routine elimination from the Europa League. Having lost last week’s home leg 2-0, Brendan Rodgers’ team need to win handsomely in Spain, where they’ve won exactly zero of their previous 15 matches. Coincidentally, 15 is also the number of times that Valencia have gone into the second leg of a European tie with a lead – and they have lost that lead exactly zero times. So yes, Celtic have a mighty challenge on their hands. But Rodgers says that if they can nick the first goal and cut out the elementary mistakes that caused last week’s defeat, then something special could be on the cards. Those are two whopping big “ifs” but this potential triumph wouldn’t be worth getting excited about if Celtic were starting from an easy place. As things stand, this is a must-follow. At least for a while. Continue reading...

The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

21-02-2019 This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...

The Hundred: ECB confirms playing conditions for new format

21-02-2019 The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) makes the "significant step" of confirming playing conditions for the new 100-ball competition.

Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

21-02-2019 Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

21-02-2019 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

Talking Horses: Rooneys return to Cheltenham plus Thursday's best bets

21-02-2019 Owners reverse decision to snub Festival after discussions and reassurances from track officialsThe Rooney family are to enter horses for the Cheltenham Festival, it was announced by the racecourse on Thursday morning. Paul and Clare Rooney, who are among the most prolific owners in jump racing, made headlines last month when they instructed their trainers to make no further entries at the home of jump racing, because of concerns over injuries suffered by some of their runners at the track, but their fears have evidently been allayed.“They’ll have plenty of entries,” confirmed Jason Maguire, their racing manager. He mentioned I’m A Game Changer as one of their more likely contenders for the Festival’s handicaps. The Last Samuri and Kruzhlinin could represent the Rooneys in the Foxhunter Chase. Continue reading...

Scotland turn to Peter Horne as Finn Russell’s replacement against France

21-02-2019 • Fly-half joins Blair Kinghorn and Nick Grigg in Scotland team• Injuries force four changes for Six Nations Test in ParisPeter Horne has been handed the Scotland No 10 jersey against France following the injury to Finn Russell. Related: England pick Jack Nowell and Ben Moon to start against Wales Continue reading...

Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

21-02-2019 Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

21-02-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.