Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

20-02-2019

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.



European Athletic Indoor Championships: Richard Kilty given special place

20-02-2019

Double reigning 60m champion Richard Kilty will compete in next month's European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, it is confirmed.



Paul Pogba drives Man Utd into FA Cup quarter-finals with 'magnificent' display

20-02-2019

A "magnificent" performance from Paul Pogba, who made one and scored one, drives Man Utd to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup fifth round tie.



Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

20-02-2019

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...



Mesut Özil’s Arsenal future is in his own hands, says Unai Emery

20-02-2019

• ‘The key in his hands’ says Gunners manager of midfielder• Arsenal take on Bate Borisov in Europa League on ThursdayUnai Emery has said it is up to Mesut Özil to get his Arsenal career back on track after revealing he has spoken to the midfielder about his regular absences from the first-team squad.Özil has featured in only 18 games in all competitions this season and made one start since Boxing Day. He has missed nine games through illness in just over a year and is unlikely to feature when his teammates try to overturn a one-goal deficit in the second leg of their Europa League tie against Bate Borisov at the Emirates. Continue reading...



Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

20-02-2019

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...



The NFL's Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

20-02-2019

Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can challenge the best wrestler in any weight class if they want to take his place.“Fairest thing in the world,” he smugly tells them. As soon as one kid raises his hand to make that challenge, the coach quickly dismisses the team, pulls him aside, and says: “You’re out of your mind!” Continue reading...



'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

20-02-2019

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?



The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

20-02-2019

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...



Warren Gatland ensures Wales leave nothing to chance against England | Ben Ryan

20-02-2019

The head coach’s inside knowledge means a greater insight into what to expect in the crucial Six Nations encounterWhen you have already coached the world-class talent in the team you are playing against at the weekend, it’s fair to say it won’t do you any harm. Information gleaned from reams of video or the brains of performance analysts will give you a pretty good picture. However, the experiences you have gone through and the intimate knowledge of the opposition’s key figures turns all that into 4K resolution.Warren Gatland will have felt his vision is particularly sharp this week. On Saturday, two great rivals go toe-to-toe in what is certainly the biggest matchup between the two since the pool game at the World Cup in 2015. The plan for Wales going into the 80 minutes in Cardiff will be as clear and concise as Warren Gatland has ever produced. From his time with the British and Irish Lions Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and more will be known to Gatland way beyond any match analysis. He knows how they play, what makes them tick and what they are capable of. Continue reading...



Manchester City hail purchase of Chinese club as ‘exciting new chapter’

20-02-2019

• Sichuan Jiuniu FC are the seventh club to be part of CFG• Ferran Soriano says China is an ‘extremely important market’Manchester City’s parent company has announced the joint-purchase of a seventh club, Sichuan Jiuniu FC, who play in China’s third tier.City Football Group (CFG) have bought the Chengdu side together with China Sports Capital and Ubtech. It is the next step in CFG’s involvement in China, having previously opened offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Continue reading...



Claire Williams denies team in crisis but admits to testing embarrassment

20-02-2019

• Williams finally get car on to track, two days late• Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari look very strongThe Williams deputy principal, Claire Williams, has said her team’s failure to run a car in Formula One testing for the opening two and half days was an embarrassment unparalleled in their 40-year history.Williams finally put their car on track here on Wednesday afternoon with the British rookie George Russell at the wheel but he completed only 23 laps. Claire Williams denied the team were in crisis, despite increased speculation that the fault lay with the technical director, Paddy Lowe. Continue reading...



Roger Federer confirms clay court comeback at Madrid Open

20-02-2019

• Swiss player has not played on clay for two years• Federer will be in the draw for tournament in MayRoger Federer has confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season after two years away.The 20-times grand slam title winner has not played since his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open last 16 in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title came in 2009, has preferred to skip the European clay events over the past two seasons to manage his schedule. The 37-year-old Swiss is the second most successful player at the Caja Mágica behind Rafa Nadal, winning three titles in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Continue reading...



Can Leeds' Samantha Briggs be the Fittest on Earth in 2019?

20-02-2019

BBC Sport meets Samantha Briggs, from Leeds, who will compete to be crowned the Fittest on Earth at this year's CrossFit Games - a competition she won in 2013.