20-01-2019 Masters Snooker 2019: Ding denied 147 despite thrilling attempt

China's Ding Junhui agonisingly misses out on a maximum 147 break during his Masters semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

20-01-2019 'Rashford is playing the best football in his career,' says Solskjær after United win – video

Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance for Manchester United with a wonderful goal as his side won 2-1 at home to Brighton. Speaking after the match Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he believes the forward is currently the best striker in the Premier League with Harry Kane out injured Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Mauricio Pochettino says there is no need to change Spurs’ philosophy

The absence of Kane and Son will not lead to panic. Instead a manager who believes in giving his players time to develop will allow youngsters their chance to shineDuring the days when Mauricio Pochettino was still feeling his way into the English language, he saw the chance to pull out an idiom beside the pitch at Turf Moor. He could hear his opposite number effing and blinding in the other technical area, swearing at everything and nothing as managers do, and thought he would try a mild interjection of his own.“Sean Dyche was on the touchline: ‘Fucking this, fucking that’,” he says. “At one moment I turned to him and said: ‘Fuck off, Sean. Hey, Sean: fuck off’.” Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Australian Open 2019: Petra Kvitova storms into quarter-finals

World number six Petra Kvitova is through to the Australian Open quarter-finals after a commanding victory over American teenager Amanda Anisimova

20-01-2019 Eddie Jones’ willingness to push the boundaries shows forward thinking

England coach wants to try wing Jack Nowell as a flanker and is keen to shake up a game he says has become methodicalEddie Jones was not thinking aloud when he said that he fancied trying out the Exeter wing Jack Nowell as an openside flanker. The England head coach has always looked to extend the boundaries of the game and at a time when set pieces have diminished in number and the number of rucks has exploded, his vision of teams having nine forwards and six backs is far from blurred.“The game has become very methodical,” says Jones. “You watch teams now and you can tell what they are going to do. I went to a Pro14 match the other week and you could almost call the game. You have to look at how you can break that and there are opportunities to do things differently.” Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Chelsea players are 'extremely difficult to motivate', says Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri launched a scathing attack on his players after they laboured to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League.An irate Sarri, who opted to speak Italian in his press conference to properly execute his message, accused his squad of being ‘extremely difficult to motivate’.First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny allowed the Gunners to move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who have failed to find their rhythm in 2019.Sarri insists the mentality of his players must improve, hinting at personnel changes before the January transfer window is over.Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League - as it happened! Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Neil Robertson to reach first Masters final - best shots

Watch the best shots as Judd Trump makes it through to his first Masters final by beating Neil Robertson 6-4.

20-01-2019 Manchester United 2-1 Brighton: Rashford's 'calm, assured' finishing praised by Solskjaer

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Marcus Rashford's "calm, assured" finishing after the England striker scored again in a 2-1 win over Brighton.

20-01-2019 Alexandre Lacazette shows Chelsea the value of a no-nonsense No 9 | Barney Ronay

Arsenal’s tireless centre-forward made himself the decisive figure on a field full of silky attackers toiling in ill-suited rolesSometimes it’s hard to be a striker. Or a No 9. Or a nine and a half. Or a fluid high-pressing false 11.There were six forwards of varying types on show as this match kicked off. None of them were your orthodox, meat-and-potatoes centre-forward – although Eden Hazard did make a dutiful attempt at standing with his back to goal while the ball sailed over his head, taking to the central role with all the refined disdain of a concert violinist making ends meet by delivering flat-pack furniture out of the back of a truck. Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas relishing match against idol Roger Federer

He's got a one-handed backhand and raucous support - meet Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas who faces Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Sunday.

20-01-2019 Owen Farrell thumb injury deals blow to England’s Six Nations preparations

• England co-captain requires surgery on tendon • ‘He should be back in seven to 10 days,’ says McCallLittle more than 24 hours after Eddie Jones admitted he was tempting fate by remarking that England’s injury list going into the Six Nations was the lowest for three years, his key player and captain Owen Farrell has had surgery to repair a thumb injury and will be out of action for between a week and 10 days. Related: Wasps face the might of Leinster and then another player exodus Continue reading...

20-01-2019 Ryan Babel: ‘For a lot of different reasons I didn’t fulfil my potential’

The former Liverpool winger believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League and wants to help Fulham surviveIn the week that social media users have been busy comparing pictures of themselves to those taken a decade ago in the #10YearChallenge, the return of Ryan Babel to English football feels timely. Signed from Ajax in 2007 by Rafael Benítez’s Liverpool for £11.5m after he had become the youngest goalscorer for the Netherlands in almost seven decades, the 32-year-old joined Fulham this week on a short-term deal until the end of the season following a nomadic and sometimes controversial career that has taken him to Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Spain and Turkey since leaving Anfield.Babel has certainly aged well in the intervening years, having revitalised his career with Besiktas and won back his place in Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands squad that will face England in the Nations League semi-finals this summer. Continue reading...

20-01-2019 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.