23-01-2019 F2Tekkz: How winning the Fifa FUT Champions Cup changed his life

Four months after enrolling at college, Donovan Hunt's life changed when he won a major Fifa eSports tournament.

23-01-2019 Emiliano Sala: police consider calling off search for footballer

Operation fails to spot any sign of plane as pilot reported to be experienced flyer named Dave IbbotsonPolice searching for the footballer Emiliano Sala will consider calling off the operation later on Wednesday having failed to find any sign of the aircraft he was travelling in after scouring 280 sq miles of the Channel.In a lunchtime update, Guernsey police said “multiple aircraft” had been involved in the search operation over five hours on Wednesday but “no trace” of the missing light aircraft had been found. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Lucas Pouille on Amélie Mauresmo's coaching and the next generation – video

Less than two months after hiring Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, Lucas Pouille is into his first ever grand slam semi-final. 'She knows everything about tennis. It's not about being a woman or a man. It doesn't matter,' the 24-year-old said when he was asked about Mauresmo during an on-court interview after beating Milos Raonic in four sets at the Australian Open. Pouille also spoke about another rising star in the game, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is also in the semi-finals in Melbourne.Pouille to face Djokovic in Australian Open semi-final  Continue reading...

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 Football transfer rumours: José Mourinho lined up by PSG?

Today’s rumours are in harmonyFresh from delivering a plaintive lament about the difficult character of the modern player, José Mourinho has been tipped to become the new manager of Neymar. Thomas Tuchel is under pressure, see, after only winning 9-0 last weekend in Ligue 1, where PSG have but a 13-point lead at the top of the table, with two matches in hand. If they were to offset that embarrassment in that Champions League, then the French club might jilt Tuchel and make a move for Mourinho, who bumped into the the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, while a-punditing in Qatar recently. That story will sadden the hearts of fun-lovers, who would much prefer Mourinho to be thrust into power at PSG *before *their next Champions League fixture, which, of course, is against Manchester United, whose fortunes have turned around in exactly the manner you’d expect after replacing Mourinho with a bubbly work experience intern from Norway. Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

23-01-2019 The Spin | Alastair Cook should follow tone set by CMJ in the commentary box

Former England captain says he will refrain from personal criticism of players, but even a broadcaster as fair-minded as Christopher Martin-Jenkins could not always avoid controversyWhen Test Match Special announced that Alastair Cook would be lending his services to its non-ball-by-ball-coverage for two of the upcoming Caribbean Tests, the Spin thought immediately of another tall, reserved man whose gentle touch and warm voice anchored TMS for four decades.It seems unbelievable that it was just over six years ago (1 January 2013), that Christopher Martin-Jenkins slipped quietly away to his celestial Lord’s, at the age of 67, after suffering from cancer. His presence was always such a reassuring one that it wouldn’t be a surprise, even now, to switch on TMS and hear his sensible tones expressing some surprise at an outrageous choice of shot or an outre hairstyle. Something of the world at least would be back in its rightful place. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Victoria Pendleton: Olympic champion 'turns corner' after suicide thoughts

Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton says she has "turned a corner" after she "was minutes away" from taking her own life last summer.

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

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

23-01-2019 Gonzalo Higuain: Juventus striker close to completing Chelsea loan move

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is "a few hours away" from completing his loan move to Chelsea, says Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

23-01-2019 '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.

23-01-2019 Ricky Ponting & Shane Warne send message to cricket car crash victim

Wiltshire wicketkeeper Billy Cookson receives a special video message from Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan after a horrific car crash in Australia that almost claimed his life.

23-01-2019 Masters Snooker 2019: Watch five great flukes

Watch five great flukes from the 2019 Masters, including shots from Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Luca Brecel.

23-01-2019 Naomi Osaka sponsor apologises for 'whitewashing' tennis star in ad

Noodle company Nissin says it will ‘pay more attention to diversity issues in the future’One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors has been forced to apologise after depicting the Japanese tennis star, who is half-Haitian, with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin featured Osaka in an ad for its Cup Noodle range of instant ramen. It depicts Osaka, who holds dual Japanese and American citizenship, with pale skin, wavy brown hair and Caucasian facial features. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

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 Australian Open: Serena Williams retreats after walkout mix-up

Serena Williams is forced to turn back as she walks on to court while her opponent, Simona Halep, is being announced to the crowd before their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

23-01-2019 CBS refuses to run Super Bowl ad for medical marijuana

Acreage Holdings ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by newsMarijuana now legal in some form in 33 US statesCBS has rejected a Super Bowl television ad calling for the legalization of medical marijuana sponsored by one of the largest cannabis investment companies. Related: Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in Continue reading...