Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

17-02-2019 Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...

The NFL's Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

17-02-2019 Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can challenge the best wrestler in any weight class if they want to take his place.“Fairest thing in the world,” he smugly tells them. As soon as one kid raises his hand to make that challenge, the coach quickly dismisses the team, pulls him aside, and says: “You’re out of your mind!” Continue reading...

American Nelly Korda wins Women's Australian Open in Adelaide

17-02-2019 American Nelly Korda continues her family's remarkable success in Australia by winning the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide.

Diallo leaps over Shaq to win NBA slam-dunk contest as Harris shocks Steph Curry

17-02-2019 Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo lights up NBA All-Star WeekendNets’ Joe Harris beats Curry brothers in three-point contestOklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo put on a show during the NBA’s All-Star weekend to win the league’s annual slam dunk contest.Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round dunking over Shaquille O’Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a “Superman” shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at almost rim level, putting him in control after his opponent, New York’s Dennis Smith Jr, failed to make a dunk in his first try of the final. Continue reading...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins fourth slalom gold at World Championships

17-02-2019 Watch Mikaela Shiffrin's winning run in the women's slalom as she becomes the first skier in history to win gold in the same event at four successive World Championships.

Real Madrid 1-2 Girona: Sergio Ramos sent off in shock La Liga defeat

17-02-2019 Real Madrid miss the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona come from behind to record a surprise away win at the Bernabeu.

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

17-02-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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

17-02-2019 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...

FA Cup: Newport County 1-4 Manchester City highlights

17-02-2019 Watch highlights as two goals from Phil Foden help Manchester City overcome a brave Newport County side in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Rodney Parade.

Stars implode to hand Renegades their first Big Bash title

17-02-2019 Melbourne Renegades 145/5 (20) defeat Melbourne Stars 132/7 (20)Relive the action as it happened - over-by-overThe Melbourne Renegades are BBL champions for the first time, with the Melbourne Stars suffering a stunning collapse of 7-19 with a maiden title in sight. Related: Big Bash League final: Stars capitulate to hand Renegades title Continue reading...

Cougars claw back in a heartwarming tale of rugby league resurrection | Tanya Aldred

17-02-2019 Keighley were in special measures and heading nowhere in November. Now they are back on the sporting mapIn dark times, stories of resurrection have always worked a treat for those trying to flog a religion or sell a little hope. And in a small Yorkshire town once sustained by textiles, resurrection is exactly what a likable offbeat collective is trying to bring.Keighley Rugby League Club, a regular member of the last-chance saloon, was placed in special measures in November for failing to pay the players’ wages. It looked to be in dire trouble, only to be rescued at the 11th hour by a consortium of familiar faces, the men in charge during the glory years of the 1990s, when the waiting list for boundary boards was so long that the club flogged advertising space on the roof. Continue reading...

David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership

17-02-2019 • Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety, was the farthest notion from any of the minds assembled here in Barnet. Indeed, with an hour gone, Saracens were trailing, as they had for the entirety of the third quarter. The stuff of champions it was not.This was one of those domestic matches in the shadow of the Six Nations that tend not to linger in the memory. Saracens took their first try early, but thereafter neither side could make anything stick. With a try all of a sudden on the stroke of half-time, it was Leicester who took an unlikely lead into the break. Continue reading...

Haydock Park: Mass brawl among 50 spectators

17-02-2019 Haydock Park officials are investigating after a mass brawl involving about 50 people broke out among spectators at the racecourse.

Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

17-02-2019 Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

Phil Foden ‘brilliant’ for Manchester City against Newport, says Pep Guardiola

17-02-2019 • Manager praises 18-year-old’s influence in hard-fought win• ‘He’s a player who is ready – ready to play’Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden for producing a “brilliant” performance against Newport County after the 18-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City reach the quarter-finals. Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez scored the other goals as the Premier League champions won 4-1 to break Newport’s brave resistance. Related: Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed Continue reading...

Bristol City v Wolves: FA Cup fifth round – live!

17-02-2019 Keep up with all the action from the 1pm GMT matchFA Cup fifth round: match previews for the weekend’s gamesFeel free to drop Rob an email 2.14pm GMT 53 min I suspect that non-penalty decision would have been overturned with VAR. Meanwhile, Dasilva has missed a great chance to equalise! O’Dowda again burst into space down the right. This time he cut the ball back teasingly towards the edge of the area, where the left-back Dasilva had loads of time - too much time - to run onto the ball and curl it miles over the bar with his right foot. 2.13pm GMT 52 min Actually, City could easily have had a penalty then because Dasilva’s cross hit the outstretched hand of Doherty. Continue reading...

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

17-02-2019 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...