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

16-01-2019 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?

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...

Nessun Dorma: from Beckham and Ravanelli to Royle and Clough

16-01-2019 The pod reunite to discuss the opening day of the 1996-97, World Cup qualifiers, Oldham Athletic and Nottingham ForestPopular culture is littered with examples of the second body of work falling beneath the standards of the first. Thankfully for us, it’s a grey area as to whether the Arts Council consider nostalgic football podcasts to be part of popular culture. We’ve certainly not seen a grant, let’s put it that way. So, while that remains unclear, here at Nessun Dorma we decided that embarking on a second series was a relatively low-risk exercise. We’re now four episodes into it, and here’s a quick recap on what we’ve covered so far… Continue reading...

Transfer roundup: Valencia want Javier Hernández and Fulham sign Ryan Babel

16-01-2019 • Striker keen to join Spanish club from West Ham• Crystal Palace set to sign goalkeeper Lucas PerriJavier Hernández is wanted by Valencia and is keen to join the Spanish club but West Ham will not allow him to leave unless they can bring in another striker.Valencia want a loan deal for Hernández, whereas West Ham would prefer a sale – if they do business at all. They are facing the possibility of losing another forward, Marko Arnautovic, to an unnamed Chinese club, and regard Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson as his ideal replacement. Continue reading...

FA Cup third round: Blackburn v Newcastle - Sean Longstaff gives Newcastle lead

16-01-2019 Sean Longstaff's deflected long-range effort gives Newcastle United the lead against Blackburn Rovers in the first minute of the FA Cup third-round replay at Ewood Park.

Six Nations 2019: Scotland include uncapped hookers Kerr, Cherry & Stewart, plus centre Dean

16-01-2019 Scotland include three uncapped hookers and Edinburgh centre Chris Dean in a 39-man squad for the forthcoming Six Nations.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold out for up to month with knee injury

16-01-2019 • Right-back hurt at Brighton but played full 90 minutes• Milner or Fabinho could fill in with Clyne out on loanLiverpool have suffered another defensive injury setback with Trent Alexander-Arnold facing up to a month on the sidelines with a knee problem.The 20-year-old sustained the injury during the warm-up at Brighton on Saturday. He was able to play the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 win but tests have revealed a minor ligament issue that is likely to rule out the right-back for around four weeks. Continue reading...

Townsend names seven uncapped players in Scotland’s Six Nations squad

16-01-2019 • David Cherry and Jake Kerr feature in 39-strong squad• Gregor Townsend looks to improve on last year’s third placeGregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the Six Nations as he seeks to improve on last year’s third place in the tournament.Three hookers – Edinburgh’s David Cherry, Leicester’s Jake Kerr and Grant Stewart of Glasgow – have been handed call-ups following injuries to Fraser Brown and George Turner. They are joined by the Newcastle back-row Gary Graham, Glasgow’s tighthead prop D’Arcy Rae and centre Sam Johnson, while centre Chris Dean of Edinburgh is also selected. Continue reading...

Manchester City refuse to give Uefa any comment on FFP allegations

16-01-2019 • Club argues claims are based on ‘hacked or stolen’ emails• Uefa wrote to City inviting comment before ChristmasManchester City have refused to give Uefa any comment on allegations that they breached financial fair play regulations and misled the governing body because the club argues the claims were based on “hacked or stolen” emails.The Uefa committee responsible for FFP wrote to City before Christmas inviting comment on allegations reported in the German magazine Der Spiegel that the club’s declarations in 2013-15 were “a web of lies”. Continue reading...

The Spin | From sunstroke to stray dogs, Windies warm-ups are rarely dull for England

16-01-2019 Poor pitches, poorer opposition and cows on the wicket have made pre-Test games in the Caribbean entirely unpredictableFrom Mike Gatting’s shiner to Andrew Flintoff’s pedalo England’s visits to West Indies have rarely been free of memorable incident, with even the humble warm-ups reliably producing drama, interest and controversy. England are due to arrive in Barbados on Friday for their latest tour and it would be no surprise if the first days were to throw up a few dramatic moments – and perhaps a bit of comedy.So intriguing have previous warm-ups been that on the one vaguely recent occasion when they were not particularly compelling, the lack of interest was itself interesting. That was in 1990, when England prepared for a Test series against a side packed with fast bowlers and exclusively right-handed batsmen with a series of games against teams stuffed with spinners and southpaws. Continue reading...

Djokovic and Federer pay tribute to 'friend, colleague, rival' Andy Murray – video

16-01-2019 World No 1 Novak Djokovic reflected on 'friend and rival' Andy Murray after the Briton revealed the Australian Open could be his last tournament due to a persistent hip injury. Roger Federer also paid tribute to Murray, saying he was 'a little bit shocked' by the newsFearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near 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.

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

16-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

16-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.