FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

18-02-2019

Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.



Jurgen Klopp: Crowd can take Liverpool 'from 100% to 140%'

18-02-2019

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Anfield crowd can take his side "from 100% to 140%" against Bayern Munich



Toto Wolff: Mercedes boss has concerns about impact of Brexit on F1

18-02-2019

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says a no-deal Brexit would be "a nightmare scenario" for British-based teams.



Bloated, jumbled and too long: where now for the Big Bash? | Geoff Lemon

18-02-2019

Audience weariness set in after the expanded competition failed to deliver this seasonAs the Renegades beat the Stars in the Big Bash final on Sunday, there was a general sense of “at last”. Less that a Melbourne team had broken the city’s title drought, but because the competition was over. The persistent response from punters and pundits alike is that the season has dragged on after it expanded from 43 matches to 59.Others have rejected that contention. Administrators like the outgoing (in both senses of the word) Cricket New South Wales boss Andrew Jones and his Cricket Tasmania counterpart Nick Cummins have used Twitter to back the expansion, regularly posting and debating attendances and ratings as the numbers roll in. They make fair points, like that the television numbers remain strong and that the timespan of this season’s competition is only marginally longer than last. Continue reading...



Talking Horses: Dan Skelton crosses fingers as vaccinated runners return

18-02-2019

The trainer isn’t expecting vaccinations to affect Cheltenham Festival runs, but this week’s prep races may be a different storyAfter a weekend of flu-affected action, jump racing will return to something like a level playing field this week and Dan Skelton is one of many trainers hoping his horses will be able to run to their best despite an unscheduled round of vaccinations. The new rule requiring runners to have had a recent vaccination came in last Monday night, since when the normally prolific Skelton has had just five runners, but it will be a different story this week; lots of his horses got their jabs and will be eligible to run from Tuesday.The Warwickshire trainer told me of his concern that some of those vaccinated last week, at his yard and at many others, may not run to form right away. “You are going to get horses this week and possibly the week after that seem OK at home but don’t run as well as expected. Some are going to feel no different and some are going to feel a bit down and you can’t tell until you get to the business end of a race. Continue reading...



Danni Wyatt: ‘It’s about getting those horrible thoughts out of your head’

18-02-2019

Wyatt has become England’s key T20 player over the past year or so and attributes her improved performances in limited-overs cricket to relaxation and perspectiveDanni Wyatt has been having trouble sleeping. Not that England Women’s best T20 player over the last year or so was being kept up worrying about her form. Before flying out to India for six limited-overs games over the next few weeks, Wyatt was staying near the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Unfortunately her digs were right next to the student union.Still, the way Wyatt has played since a breakthrough innings in Australia a year and a half ago, she could probably not sleep a wink and still hit a match-winning knock. With England in heavy bother at 16 for four in the first T20 of the 2017 Ashes, Wyatt hit 50 off 36 balls and, even though England lost, she was pushed up to open. In the final game of the series she hit an extraordinary 57-ball 100 which levelled the Ashes. Continue reading...



Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

18-02-2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...



The Dozen: the best FA Cup fifth round pictures

18-02-2019

Images from around the grounds as teams vie for a place in the quarter-finals Continue reading...



FA Cup: Goalkeeper Frank Fielding nearly scores last-gasp goal against Wolves

18-02-2019

Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding comes up for a corner late in injury time but his effort is saved by John Ruddy as Wolves hang on win.



Tyson Fury signs ESPN fight deal worth reported £80m

18-02-2019

British heavyweight Tyson Fury signs a fight deal with a United States television network worth a reported £80m.



Nicky Henderson out of sync with ‘bizarre preparation’ for Cheltenham

18-02-2019

• Local freeze-up and Kempton gallop ban annoy trainer• Henderson upbeat over Buveur D’Air’s Festival prospectsNicky Henderson has complained that his team is having “a bizarre preparation” for Cheltenham, having to cope with an unexpected round of vaccinations, missed prep-runs, localised bad weather and other interruptions to his usual regime. Still, the champion trainer seemed to be keeping his sense of humour as he hosted his annual pre-Festival media morning and evidently still expects to do very well at the race meeting where his 60 career wins is a British record, with Buveur D’Air and Altior heading a long list of classy contenders.“We have got thrown out of sync here,” said Henderson, reflecting on the rule requiring a recent vaccination, introduced in the middle of one night last week. It was “a nuisance”, he added, requiring him to stop exercising most of his string for three or four days, with Cheltenham just a month off. Continue reading...



Caster Semenya: South Africa runner's appeal against IAAF rule begins

18-02-2019

Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya's appeal against a regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners is under way.



Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

18-02-2019

The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...



Ryan Giggs: ‘It didn’t work for United but Van Gaal was brilliant for me’

18-02-2019

The Wales manager discusses the loneliness of his job, what Manchester United should do next and why he turned to a psychologist“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager of Wales since January 2018, Giggs has had nine games to get used to the isolation.“I’m lucky to have great staff around me and, during the week, you’re constantly in meetings and on the training ground. But it’s that hour before the game, when the coaches take the lads out to warm up, that you feel it. You’re alone in the dressing room and you’ve done everything you can. That’s a lonely time. There’s nothing left to do. You’re on your own.” Continue reading...



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

18-02-2019

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...