Wales’s 1969 wing wizard Maurice Richards: ‘I scored the tries but forwards won it’

18-02-2019

The scourge of England in Cardiff 50 years ago looks back on a thrilling victory in which he ran in four tries and explains why he switched codes at the end of that yearThey used to say the wind blew hardest at Cardiff Arms Park when it was trying to catch Maurice Richards. It had no more success than the England team that arrived in the Welsh capital 50 years ago chasing a share of the Five Nations title but left resembling the rubble where the north stand had been. Richards ran in four tries in a thrilling 30-9 victory that afternoon, equalling a Wales record that still stands. Wales scooped the triple crown and the championship.That afternoon’s demolition of England was the start of a golden era for the men in red, but before the end of the year the 24-year-old Cardiff wing, a 1968 Lion who had still to reach his peak, had left Wales and his job at Port Talbot steelworks for rugby league, where he would become Salford’s record try scorer and appearance holder in a 14-year career. Continue reading...



Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

18-02-2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...



Genesis Open: JB Holmes wins as Rory McIlroy finishes fourth

18-02-2019

Rory McIlroy finishes in the top five for the third successive PGA Tour event as JB Holmes wins the Genesis Open in California.



Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

18-02-2019

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...



Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

18-02-2019

This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.



Jeffrey Schlupp sets Crystal Palace on path to last eight against Doncaster

18-02-2019

Crystal Palace are in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons while Doncaster Rovers must wait another year at least to reach the sixth round for the first time, falling in the fifth on the fifth occasion after an ultra-professional display from their PremierLeague visitors.Victory for Roy Hodgson’s team was set up by Jeffrey Schlupp’s fine individual opening strike – “a wonderful goal”, according to the manager. By the end of Manchester United’s visit to Chelsea on Monday night Palace will be one of six top-flight sides in the sixth-round draw. Hodgson, though, is not yet dreaming of Wembley success. Continue reading...



Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'sure' Alexis Sanchez form will improve

18-02-2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Man Utd will see the best of Alexis Sanchez, as Gianfranco Zola calls for 'Sarri-ball' patience



Colin Kaepernick wants NFL return and Patriots may be interested, says lawyer

18-02-2019

Former 49ers quarterback settled case with NFL on FridayMark Geragos says his client is still staying in shapeColin Kaepernick’s lawyer says his client still wants to play in the NFL, and believes he would fit in well at the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.On Friday, Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid settled a complaint of collusion against the NFL. Reid and Kaepernick claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. The terms of the agreement are confidential. Continue reading...



Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 after naming team of just seven teenagers

18-02-2019

• Club would have been thrown out of league for forfeiting match• All seven were teenagers; Hicham Kanis scored six for CuneoSerie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches, but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were able to field only seven players in a 20-0 defeat at mid-table Cuneo. Related: Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona Continue reading...



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

18-02-2019

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



Dan Carter: New Zealand great to return to Racing 92

18-02-2019

New Zealand great Dan Carter is to return to Racing 92 as an injury replacement for the rest of the French Top 14 season.



Football rumours: Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea?

18-02-2019

Today’s tell-all is standing here beside itself As Chelsea embark on a crucial make-or-break nine-day period in their season, the mood of their manager Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to be improved by talk linking Zinedine Zidane with his job. Chelsea entertain Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight and in the wake of humiliating defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Manchester City, Sarri is a man under pressure. Assorted news outlets say Zidane would be interested in replacing him, but only if he’s guaranteed a £200m war-chest, a major say in recruitment, an assurance that Eden Hazard will stay at the club and the moon in a pail of water. Related: Maurizio Sarri must be given more time to adapt Chelsea, says Gianfranco Zola Continue reading...



FA Cup: Crystal Palace's Max Meyer scores second goal against Doncaster Rovers

18-02-2019

Crystal Palace's Max Meyer extends Crystal Palace's lead against League One Doncaster in their FA Cup fifth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.



Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

18-02-2019

Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...



FA Cup: Daniel James gives Swansea lead against Brentford

18-02-2019

Swansea City's Daniel James scores "a wonderful solo goal" to give them the lead against fellow Championship side Brentford in the FA Cup fifth round.