23-01-2019 Usain Bolt gives up on football dream, saying his 'sports life is over'

Bolt trialled with Australian side Central Coast Mariners32-year-old says he ‘really enjoyed just being in a team’Usain Bolt has given up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, saying “the sports life is over” for him.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist was unable to agree a contract with Australian side Central Coast Mariners late last year after a trial. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

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

23-01-2019 The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. 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.

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 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 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 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 Rafael Nadal: 'It's so special to be back where I am' – video

Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a clinical 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in one hour and 47 minutes.Nadal said it was more than he could have hoped for in his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him out of last year's US Open. Chasing his 18th grand slam title, the second seed will meet Roger Federer's fourth-round conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in Thursday's semi-final. Continue reading...

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 Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm

• Kamara allegedly involved in fight at training ground• Incident comes after run-ins with Aleksandar MitrovicFulham’s Aboubakar Kamara has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following allegations of a fight at the club’s Motspur Park training ground that has also led to the striker being banned indefinitely from the venue.Police were called to Motspur Park shortly after 5pm on Monday following reports of a violent incident. “One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage,” read a police statement. “He has been taken into custody in a south-London police station. Inquiries continue.” Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova after holding match points

Serena Williams misses four match points before succumbing to Czech Karolina Pliskova in a dramatic Australian Open quarter-final.