23-01-2019 Emiliano Sala was 'so ready' to join us, says Cardiff City chief executive – video

Cardiff City chief executive Ken Choo has said that the club is in shock over new signing Emiliano Sala's disappearance. The 28-year-old striker was aboard a small passenger plane that lost contact on Monday night off the coast of Guernsey as he was flying to Wales from Nantes, French authorities have said.The Channel Islands air search chief officer, John Fitzgerald, told the Associated Press: 'After all this time the weather’s quite cold, the water is very cold out there ... I am not expecting anyone to be alive.'Sala completed his move from Nantes to Cardiff for a club-record fee over the weekend, but had returned to France to say goodbye to his teammates. He was set to train with Cardiff for the first time on Tuesday morning and expected to make his debut against Arsenal next week. Emiliano Sala: Cardiff's new striker who was on missing plane – video report Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Super Bowl: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs

Tom Brady reaches an unprecedented ninth Super Bowl after leading his team to a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

23-01-2019 Maurizio Sarri questions Eden Hazard’s ability to be a leader for Chelsea

• Manager claims star player is ‘more an individual’ • Sarri calls incoming Gonzalo Higuaín a ‘strong striker’Maurizio Sarri has risked straining his relationship with Eden Hazard by suggesting the Belgian is “more an individual player than a leader,” ahead of the second leg of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, a game for which Gonzalo Higuaín will not be available.Sarri had accused his players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” after Saturday’s meek defeat at Arsenal, and has since spoken twice with his squad as a group about how to reinvigorate their approach. Higuaín’s arrival on loan from Juventus, a deal which should be announced on Wednesday afternoon after he flew to London to sign, may help but the player failed to complete the paperwork by the midday deadline to feature against Spurs. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 From Blissett to Bendtner: eight of football’s most unlikely transfers

In light of the transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo to Barcelona, here are eight unlikely transfers with mixed results that raised eyebrows in the football worldKevin Prince-Boateng’s move to Barcelona from Sassuolo has certainly raised a few eyebrows among those who remember his spells in England with Tottenham and Portsmouth. But as the Ghana international joins forces with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez et al at Camp Nou, here are some other unlikely transfers from down the years. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Six Nations 2019: Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Wales' opener with France

Back Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' opening Six Nations game away to France in Paris on Friday, 1 February.

23-01-2019 David Squires on ... the Socceroos' progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyardsTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

23-01-2019 Scott Pollock's EFL move is Hashtag United's next step into real world

The football team born online are top of the Eastern Senior League Division One South and one of their former number has joined NorthamptonWhen any 17-year-old makes his debut for his boyhood club, jangling nerves are to be expected. But Scott Pollock – who made his Northampton Town debut in front of 4,849 people last Saturday – is no stranger to the spotlight after starring for Hashtag United, a team born online that, until recently, played matches in an imaginary league, watched on YouTube by millions. In fact, less than 18 months ago Pollock was man-marking Steven Gerrard in front of almost 35,000 against Tekkers Town in the Wembley Cup and taking home the man of the match award. Related: Hashtag United, Wimbly Womblys and the virtual gamers striking it rich Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Scottish Premiership is tight at the top … but is there really a title race? | Ewan Murray

Three points separate the leading four clubs but the managers of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen have dismissed claims their sides can challenge Celtic at the summitThe strange thing about optimism attached to an unusually tight Scottish top-flight season is that this sense has generally emanated from those not involved in it. As the Premiership resumes on Wednesday, three points separate the top four teams. St Johnstone, who are sixth, are only eight from the summit.Those north of the border seeking bragging rights finally have ammunition. Chelsea, the fourth-placed team in the Premier League, are 13 points behind leaders Liverpool. In the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig lie fourth but 14 points worse off than Borussia Dortmund. A Juventus stroll towards the Serie A title is such that they lead by nine. Paris St-Germain have already dismantled Ligue 1; their advantage is 13 points over Lille with two matches in hand. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.