Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

16-01-2019 Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...

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

16-01-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Fiver | Cech, mate

16-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Unlike say, a certain couple of Fulham players, it is difficult to imagine Petr Cech ever clashing with a teammate during a yoga class. While it is easy to imagine the Arsenal keeper trying somebody’s nerves by complimenting them excessively on their Downward Facing Dog, repeatedly offering them drinks from his water bottle or accidentally treading on their velvet slings, the prospect of actually coming to blows with one of football’s nicest men in any environment seems so implausible as to be utterly beyond the realms of possibility. Google “Petr Cech” and “controversy” and one of very few occasions in which the 36-year-old appears to have lost his cool in a senior career spanning almost 20 years was when he cut loose at the end of a game and gave referee Mike Dean both barrels. Which doesn’t really count because it was referee Mike Dean, a fabled attention-seeker who probably deserved both barrels. Continue reading...

Bernard Tomic's attack on Leyton Hewitt symptomatic of mateship gone sour

16-01-2019 Tomic has always been an outsider and is determinedly so now, with even Nick Kyrgios seemingly no longer in his cornerAustralian sport runs on mateship, like much of society here. So it was no surprise when the wagons circled after Bernard Tomic embarrassed the tennis community with a withering attack on Lleyton Hewitt (whose own rebellious streak once was legendary).Tomic has always been an outsider and is determinedly so now, claiming Hewitt has frozen him out of the Davis Cup team. Thus freed from the mates’ code of loyalty, he has lashed out, and those still close to the captain have turned their back on him, even Nick Kyrgios. Continue reading...

Ashleigh Barty loses coach but wins latest Australian Open encounter

16-01-2019 Barty beats China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in MelbourneWin comes with ill coach Craig Tyzzer in quarantinePlaying with freedom and no fear, Ashleigh Barty has powered into the Australian Open third round without even a coach. Barty clubbed China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday before revealing she had been largely flying solo during her charge to the last 32 for only the second time.With trusty mentor Craig Tyzzer quarantining himself from Melbourne Park with a virus, Barty has been leaning on Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik for support while carrying the hopes of the nation. Continue reading...

Football League launches investigation into Leeds spying on Derby training

16-01-2019 • EFL starts inquiry after Bielsa admits spying on opponents• Leeds have apologised for the actions of their managerThe EFL has launched a formal investigation into the Leeds spying row. The Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, admitted before Friday night’s 2-0 win over Derby that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch the Rams training on Thursday.Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and move the individual on but he was not arrested. Leeds have since apologised to Derby and said they will remind Bielsa of his responsibilities. Bielsa insisted the practice was not unlawful or illegal, but he could still fall foul of EFL regulations which state clubs must behave towards each other in good faith. Continue reading...

Masters 2019: Neil Robertson knocks out world champion Mark Williams - best shots

16-01-2019 Neil Robertson battles back from 3-1 down to beat world champion Mark Williams 6-3 in the first round of the Masters.

The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

16-01-2019 Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

16-01-2019 The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little surprise given that his father was once a star quarterback at Texas A&M and his uncle played professionally for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Murray started off his college career playing both sports, but the Oakland A’s were excited enough by his talent that they picked Murray in the 2018 first-year player draft and signed him to a deal that guaranteed the outfielder $4.6m. This despite the fact that Murray was still playing football. Continue reading...

Thierry Henry won't like Patrick Vieira for a 'little bit' during Monaco v Nice – video

16-01-2019 Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has joked that he and former teammate Patrick Vieira 'won't like each other for a little bit' when the Ligue-1 strugglers play Nice on 16 January.Henry played alongside Vieira, who now manages eighth-place Nice, for Arsenal from 1999 to 2005, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups along the way. The pair also lifted the World Cup together with France in 1998.'We played with each other, battled with each other, in the national team and with Arsenal. But, it's going to be Monaco versus Nice. That's the most important thing,' Henry told the media ahead of the match at the Stade Louis II Cesc Fàbregas leaves Chelsea to reunite with Thierry Henry at Monaco Continue reading...

NBA: Donovan Mitchell dunks over 7ft JaVale McGee in top 10 plays

16-01-2019 Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz dunks over the Los Angeles Lakers' 7ft centre JaVale McGee and the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic is "one cool cat" in the NBA's top 10 plays.

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

16-01-2019 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.

'To hell with the rest of the world': Neil Warnock attacks government's handling of Brexit - video

16-01-2019 Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government's handling of Brexit negotiations - insisting a clean exit form the EU will be better for Britain 'football-wise', and 'in every aspect'Neil Warnock on Brexit: 'I can't wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world' Continue reading...

Talking Horses: Racecourses vow to ban drones giving punters an edge

16-01-2019 Tracks will be keen not to lose the revenue they get from renting unused hospitality suites to in-running backers A report in this morning’s Daily Mail suggests that British racecourses want to ban the use of drones around tracks while racing is taking place, not because of fears for the safety of runners and riders but rather due to concerns that punters on Betfair are using real-time pictures from the drones to get an edge when betting in-running.What the report fails to mention, however, is an obvious reason why many racecourses would want to stamp this practice out: it is competition for their in-house operations, which sell the same edge for thousands of pounds annually. Continue reading...

Petr Cech: Retiring goalkeeper's incredible save for Chelsea in FA Cup Final v Liverpool

16-01-2019 BBC Sport looks back on Petr Cech's incredible save in the final few minutes of the 2012 FA Cup final, which kept the score at 2-1 and secured the trophy for Chelsea.

Victory over France can propel Wales to Six Nations glory, says Gatland

16-01-2019 • Gatland believes opening match in Paris will be ‘our toughest’• ‘The whole thing about the Six Nations is momentum‘Warren Gatland won his first Six Nations in charge of Wales in 2008 and believes he will have an excellent chance of repeating the feat in his final year with the men in red if they win in Paris on the opening night of the tournament next month.France lost at home to Fiji in their final match of last year’s autumn series but Gatland predicts they will provide Wales’s toughest match of the tournament. The closest the 2018 grand-slam winners Ireland came to defeat was at the Stade de France when Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal with the countdown clock at zero pinched victory. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

16-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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

16-01-2019 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.

Petr Cech’s trophy-strewn career the result of enduring excellence | Dominic Fifield

16-01-2019 Cech, who will retire this summer, won every major honour with Chelsea and Arsenal, with the highlights being the Premier League and Champions LeagueIt feels appropriate to start with that night at the Allianz Arena almost seven years ago when, one by one, players of considerable reputation in Bayern Munich’s ranks withered in Petr Cech’s presence. Six different opponents strode up to take a penalty and, on each occasion, the Chelsea goalkeeper dived the right way. The three saves he conjured would effectively secure his club’s first European Cup.Cech, like his victorious teammates, did not sleep much after that giddy triumph in Bavaria with the celebrations rightly raucous and prolonged. But, on the morning after the night before, he offered an insight into the scale of the planning which had made that success possible. In his possession, as he sat in a small meeting room at the team hotel, was a two-hour DVD detailing every penalty Bayern had been awarded over the previous five years. He and his confidante, the goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, had studied each in meticulous detail, learning the takers’ habits and routines. He knew what was coming. Continue reading...