Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must improve to win the league

20-01-2019

• ‘We need more pace, more passes in a row,’ said City manager• Huddersfield set to announce new manager, Jan SiewertPep Guardiola says his team must improve if they are to overhaul Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and fulfil the sky-high ambitions they have for this season.Goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané gave Manchester City a comfortable win at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield and cut the distance to the leaders at the top of the Premier League back to four points. But Guardiola, whose team are pursuing trophies on four fronts, said better performances will be needed as the season approaches its climax. Continue reading...



European Champions Cup: Wasps 19-37 Leinster

20-01-2019

Holders Leinster secure a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster with a comfortable win away to Wasps in their final pool game.



Match of the Day: Why Danny Murphy's convinced Liverpool will be champions

20-01-2019

Find out why Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace has convinced Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy that the Reds will be Premier League champions.



Maria Sharapova rebuffs questions on meldonium and booing after Australian Open exit – video

20-01-2019

Maria Sharapova declared Ashleigh Barty could win the Australian Open after having her own title ambitions crushed by the big home hopeful.But a surly Sharapova was in no mood to answer questions about her controversial seven-minute toilet break between the second and third sets of her 4-6 6-1 6-4 fourth-round loss to Barty.The five-time grand slam champion was jeered by the Rod Laver Arena crowd after leaving Barty waiting, but Sharapova refused to answer whether or not the booing rattled her.The Russian also took exception to a question about her no longer being able to take meldonium, a drug she used for a decade before being suspended for 15 months after continuing to use the substance once it was banned by authorities.Sharapova's defeat, as well as the shock exit on Sunday of second seed and fellow former champion Angelique Kerber, has blown Barty's bottom half of the draw wide open.If the Australian can topple two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's quarter-finals, then she will face either Kerber's surprise conqueror Danielle Collins, unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or world No5 Sloane Stephens for a place in the title decider. Continue reading...



Altior makes it 17 wins out of 17 with undemanding Ascot success

20-01-2019

• Easy Clarence House Chase victory for 1-10 favourite• Only concern for Altior could be repeated jumps leftWhen horses are involved, there is always something to worry about but Altior once more rose above all concerns that could be invented about his chance to enjoy a facile success in the Clarence House Chase at odds of 1-10. He remains unbeaten in 17 races over obstacles and, when he turns out next in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be attempting to match the record of 18 set by Big Buck’s.The pre-race tension this time was created by reports over the health of his stablemates at Nicky Henderson’s stable in Lambourn. Henderson admitted during the week that he was interested in the results of some trachea washes taken from his charges and on Friday he revealed that, after blood tests were carried out, he was sufficiently concerned to keep three horses at home rather than sending them out for their target races at Haydock. Continue reading...



Huddersfield set to put faith in Jan Siewert as answer to their prayers | Paul Doyle

20-01-2019

Terriers are ready to appoint the coach of Borussia Dortmund’s second string as new manager, as they did with David WagnerOf all the greats to have played at the John Smith’s Stadium, the best known is surely Jon Bon Jovi. So it was fitting that just before kick-off the public announcer played a track by everyone’s favourite rock cowboy, who performed here on his One Wild Night tour in 2001. Fitting, too, that for the first match following Monday’s departure of David Wagner as Huddersfield’s manager the chosen track was Keep The Faith.The plan, mind you, was for Wagner to deliver the final pre-match pep talk to the crowd via a pre-recorded video message. But a technical glitch with the stadium’s giant screen meant the German could only be seen, not heard. That, too, was apt in a season in which rotten luck has been a significant factor in Huddersfield’s predicament. Whatever the breaks, from ricochets of the ball to contested refereeing decisions, they have tended to go against the Yorkshire side, right up to what turned out to be Wagner’s last match in charge, when, at Cardiff City last week, Huddersfield were awarded a penalty only for it to be curiously overturned following advice from one of the referee’s assistants. Continue reading...



Harry Winks heads home at the last for Spurs to break Fulham hearts

20-01-2019

Who needs Harry Kane when they have Harry Winks? The start of Tottenham’s period without their talismanic centre-forward and, indeed, Son Heung-min, too, looked set to end in frustration as Fernando Llorente – the player entrusted with the main striking role – endured a nightmarish afternoon.Llorente scored an own goal at one end and missed two good chances at the other as Spurs laboured to find their attacking groove. Dele Alli had equalised for them early in the second half but he would be forced off with a hamstring injury in the 86th minute – compounding the sense that this would not be Spurs’s day. Continue reading...



Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

20-01-2019

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...



Netball: England beat Australia 52-49 but miss out on Quad Series

20-01-2019

Watch the closing stages as England beat Australia 52-49 in a repeat of their Commonwealth Games final victory, but fall short of the five-goal margin needed to win the Quad Series.



The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

20-01-2019

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...



Huddersfield 0-3 Man City: Champions ease past managerless Terriers

20-01-2019

Manchester City ease past managerless Huddersfield to move back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.



Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

20-01-2019

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...



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

20-01-2019

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



Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

20-01-2019

Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...



Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Harry Winks scores in stoppage time for victory

20-01-2019

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his side are "alive and will continue to fight" despite losing to Tottenham through Harry Winks' injury-time header at Craven Cottage.