Watch: Morelos' four goals in Rangers rout of 10-man Kilmarnock

21-02-2019

Alfredo Morelos scores four goals as Rangers thump 10-man Kilmarnock to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.



Man City fan in critical condition following alleged assault after Schalke game

21-02-2019

Manchester City say one of their fans is in "a critical condition in hospital" after an alleged assault following their Champions League win over Schalke.



Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea struggles are not down to his tactics

21-02-2019

• Sarri has not spoken to Abramovich or Granovskaia this week• Manager sees ‘problem of determination in both boxes’Maurizio Sarri has had no contact with the Chelsea hierarchy this week and has claimed the ferocious debate around his preferred tactical approach is “a false problem” as he desperately clings to his position at Stamford Bridge. Related: Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years? Continue reading...



Olympic Games: Paris organisers propose breakdancing to IOC as a new sport for 2024

21-02-2019

Paris 2024 organisers will propose breakdancing to the IOC for inclusion, as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding.



Leroy Sane: How the Schalke schoolboy became a Premier League star at Manchester City

21-02-2019

Leroy Sane's former teachers and coaches tell the story of his "amazing rise" from Schalke's youth academy to starring for Manchester City.



England rest Buttler and Stokes and recall Malan and Billings for T20 series

21-02-2019

• England name 14-man squad for T20s against West Indies• Jason Roy will also miss out to attend birth of first childEngland have decided to rest Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for their forthcoming Twenty20 series against West Indies.Sam Billings of Kent and Middlesex’s Dawid Malan return to a 14-man squad for the three-match series against the world champions, which starts on 5 March in St Lucia. It is the first time either have appeared in an England squad since last year’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading...



Welsh connection will not distract Billy Vunipola from England’s cause | Andy Bull

21-02-2019

The No 8 lived in Wales as a child but says he is committed to helping England win their crucial Six Nations encounterPeople say love comes in different shapes and sizes, and in Wales on Saturday it will be 6ft 3in and 20st 7lb. Billy Vunipola says he wants to show the Welsh just how much he cares by helping England win at the Principality Stadium. No joke.Vunipola moved to Wales when he was six years old, and he has so much affection and respect for the people he knows there that he will be using those feelings as fuel for the “emotional battle”. After all, Vunipola says, when you are looking for motivation “love works better than hate because you have a clear mind. With hate you think everything’s wrong and it’s not your fault.” Continue reading...



'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

21-02-2019

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?



What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

21-02-2019

Plus: sent off after scoring a hat-trick, outscoring your age in a season and putting a corner flag to different use. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Continue reading...



Feel the vibe – breakdancing could be Olympic Games sport in 2024

21-02-2019

• IOC to make decision for Paris 2024 by December 2020• Squash, billiard sports and chess rejectedBreakdancing has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will consider the proposal and must reach a decision by December 2020.Surfing, climbing and skateboarding will debut as Olympic events at Tokyo 2020. Continue reading...



Virgil van Dijk wants to become 'Liverpool legend'

21-02-2019

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he wants to join the list of Anfield greats in his time at Liverpool.



VAR brings drama – it enhanced the Champions League at Schalke

21-02-2019

Manchester City’s experience showed VAR is imperfect and will not end debates but also demonstrated its beautyVAR: farce or fantastic fillip for football? Thirty-five minutes into Manchester City’s breathless 3-2 win at Schalke came an incident that was a gift for those who view the system as a farrago waiting to happen.When Daniel Caligiuri’s shot hit Nicolás Otamendi’s right arm the technology kicked in. Except, not at first, as the pitch-side monitors failed to work. This caused a delay of three minutes before studio-based officials informed the referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, a penalty should be awarded. Continue reading...



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...



Watch: Final whistle denies Motherwell stunning equaliser

21-02-2019

Motherwell captain Kerry Montgomery thinks she has secured a dramatic 3-3 draw against Forfar Farmington, but the referee whistles for full-time just as her shot is taken.



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.



Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus

21-02-2019

For Atlético Madrid it was the perfect finale and it left them dreaming of the perfect final. Two late goals from their two Uruguayan centre-backs, first José Maria Giménez and then Diego Godín, sent a gigantic roar round this stadium, the kind of noise this place has never heard before. The Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s home for just over a year, will host the 2019 Champions League final and, as they sang long and loud, they did so in the hope that their team will be there too, invited to the party they host. Related: Raheem Sterling gives Manchester City crucial advantage over Schalke Continue reading...



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

21-02-2019

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.



Georginio Wijnaldum insists clean sheet could be a boon for Liverpool

21-02-2019

• Defender believes result was good for Liverpool and Bayern• Goalless draw was achieved without key personnel in defenceGeorginio Wijnaldum has rejected the idea that Bayern Munich hold the advantage in their Champions League tie with Liverpool, insisting a clean sheet at Anfield could prove decisive for Jürgen Klopp’s free-scoring team in the second leg.Liverpool travel to Munich in three weeks’ time without the commanding first-leg lead that characterised their run to last season’s Champions League final following the goalless draw with the German champions. Mats Hummels, the Bayern defender, said the last-16 tie was balanced but that Niko Kovac’s team were satisfied with the result and their gameplan. Continue reading...



García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray

21-02-2019

Spaniard’s petulance, Kuchar’s thrifty touch and Holmes’s slow play sit uneasily with the public but Tiger Woods offers hopeThe World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is an unlikely saviour for the sport. At the first staging of this tournament, in 2017, players and caddies were affected by sickness to such an extent that an emergency ward by the 18th green would have been a valid addition. The impact on last year was inevitable; Rory McIlroy gave the event a miss despite a $10m prize pot, as again did Jason Day. The tournament seen by many as a beacon of light, having prised WGC status away from the Donald Trump-owned Doral site in Miami, was floundering. Related: Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf? Continue reading...