23-02-2019 Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 33 seconds into college basketball game – video

Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on including US president Barack Obama and film director Spike Lee. The North Carolina Tar Heels went on to win 88-72 on Wednesday Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke Continue reading...

23-02-2019 What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

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...

23-02-2019 Sarri: slow start against Malmö showed Jorghino’s importance to Chelsea

• ‘With him it’s easier. I hope our fans will understand’• Manager warns performance will need to improve against CityMaurizio Sarri suggested Chelsea will court disaster in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City if they are gripped by a similar bout of nerves to the one that afflicted them against Malmö, and used his players’ jittery start as evidence of Jorginho’s importance to the team.The Premier League club progressed into Friday’s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, easing their passage beyond Swedish opponents still effectively in pre-season with three second-half goals, though the emphatic nature of the 5-1 aggregate scoreline betrayed the reality of the home side’s anxious start. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 West Ham 3-1 Fulham: Referee missed Hernandez handball - Claudio Ranieri

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is frustrated a controversial Javier Hernandez goal wasn't ruled out as his side stumbled after a good start to lose 3-1 away at West Ham.

23-02-2019 Sri Lanka beat South Africa: Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis lead tourists to series victory

Sri Lanka become the first team from Asia to win a Test series in South Africa as they chase down 197 to win the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

23-02-2019 Javier Hernández on hand as West Ham recover from early blow to beat Fulham

Fulham have only themselves to blame for their season, confused decision-making and erratic management probably sending them straight back to the Championship. But on this one occasion they can feel genuinely aggrieved that their fate was unfairly decided by someone else.They were ahead and playing well against West Ham, when Javier Hernández punched home a goal and changed the course of a game that ended in defeat for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

The prop has been described as a ‘timebomb’ and, as Wales will see in Cardiff, he is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may have what I would call his “odd moments” every now and again but I can live with that if you get the rest of the package and that is what we are now seeing. Related: Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’ Continue reading...

23-02-2019 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

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

23-02-2019 Will MMA ever be an Olympic sport?

Global popularity and an ancient pedigree make MMA a sensible fit for today’s Olympics. The reasons why it’s not even being considered – too violent? too popular? – are less clearGatekeepers charged with determining which sports can qualify for the Olympic programme say they carefully considered mixed martial arts before concluding this month that it isn’t the appropriate time to recognize a worldwide governing body for amateur MMA.The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the umbrella organization for all established sports, informed the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the World Mixed Martial Arts Association that one of the oldest sports known to man, popular with spectators as far back as the Ancient Olympic Games (as pankration) and modern audiences alike, would not be granted a two-year provisional term supporting and guiding international federations on the path towards full GAISF membership, a prerequisite for consideration by the International Olympic Committee. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 In an age of endless cricket Sri Lanka just gave us a special moment | Andy Bull

Kusal Perera’s and Oshada Fernando’s last-wicket stand of 78 to beat South Africa last weekend was one of the finest spectacles the game has produced in recent yearsLast Saturday in Christchurch, Martin Guptill thrashed a century for New Zealand in a one-day game against Bangladesh; in Dubai, Shahid Afridi finished off Multan Sultans’ Twenty20 match against Islamabad United with back-to-back sixes; and in Chittagong a young kid called Jamie Smith made a run-a-ball hundred for England Under-19s in a Test against Bangladesh. Cricket’s always on, somewhere or other, one format or another, bat hitting ball like the background tick-tock of a wall clock, something you only really notice when you look at it, catch a fraction of the match in a gif, a clip, a stream, or tweet, or a glance at a scorecard.Amid all the rest of it, South Africa and Sri Lanka were playing in the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. The match had meandered into a fourth day and it looked as if it was only going one way. South Africa v Sri Lanka isn’t necessarily a series you stop to watch. They have been playing each other for only 26 years and, in South Africa, the contests have been off-puttingly one-sided. Sri Lanka had played 13 Tests there before this series and won only one of them, in 2011, when Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samararweera made all the runs and Rangana Herath took most of the wickets. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Jay Bothroyd: Former England striker on playing in Japan, his one cap and epilepsy

In a wide-ranging interview, Jay Bothroyd discusses playing in Japan, his one England cap, facing Serie A legends, and dealing with epilepsy.

23-02-2019 Bernardo Silva: Manchester City's rising star beloved by Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has said the Portuguese playmaker is ‘a joy’ to coach and one of the best players in England this seasonBernardo Silva’s status with Pep Guardiola is clear. “I love him,” says Manchester City’s manager, who last month warned Kevin De Bruyne that while injured he had lost his place to the Portuguese.To inform City’s best player of last season that he has a fight to be selected over Silva illustrates just how good the Lisbon-born playmaker has been. At 24 Silva is the future and present of City, a player Guardiola can play in at least four positions. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Breakdancing at the Olympics: 'I want to be like Usain Bolt - in breaking'

B-Girl Terra says she would like to win Olympic gold in breakdancing, after organisers announce the sport has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Games.

23-02-2019 Gareth Anscombe selection highlights Wales’s adapted Warrenball strategy

Warren Gatland’s fly-half decision suggests Wales will vary their attack plan in the Six Nations duel with EnglandA constant of Welsh rugby through the years has been a raging debate about who should play at fly-half. Even Cliff Morgan, Barry John and Phil Bennett had their detractors, but lost in the verbal jousting between Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones this week was the former’s decision to play Gareth Anscombe at 10 against England ahead of the more experienced and battle-hardened Dan Biggar. Related: Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Six Nations: France v Scotland match preview, team news, line-ups and stats

Team news, match preview and statistics for Saturday's match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France.