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

20-02-2019

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.



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.



David Squires on … Tottenham's grand designs for their new stadium

20-02-2019

Our cartoonist looks at Spurs and their protracted renovations to move back into their groundTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...



Leroy Sane: How the Schalke schoolboy became a Premier League star at Manchester City

20-02-2019

Leroy Sane's former teachers and coaches tell the story of his "amazing rise" from Schalke's youth academy to starring for Manchester City.



Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

20-02-2019

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...



Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

20-02-2019

The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...



Lyon 0-0 Barcelona: Catalans held to fourth draw in five games

20-02-2019

Wasteful Barcelona cannot convert any of their 25 shots in a goalless Champions League last-16 first-leg draw against Lyon.



Anthony Joshua: Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury fight would not be held up

20-02-2019

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua insists a future meeting with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury would not be held up by television companies.



The Fiver | Sarriball, a philosophy now critiqued in the intense colloquial style

20-02-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Maurizio Sarri rolled out of bed on Tuesday morning, then rolled his first cigarette of the day. Then he rolled his second and third, before lighting the first one. That’s standard practice, ensuring that, providing he keeps a steady pace, rolling one while smoking one, he’ll always have a buffer of two rollies, just in case he’s forced to break away momentarily to work on some other project, such as deciding which set of scrubs to wear for the match, or which minute he plans to replace Pedro with Anyone But Callum Hudson-Odoi. Then he slapped a few Nicorette patches on to his arms, popped a strip of NRT gum in his mouth, slipped a pouch of dip under each eyelid, and he was up and running for the day. Continue reading...



The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

20-02-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...



FA Cup: Daniel James gives Swansea lead against Brentford

20-02-2019

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.



World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

20-02-2019

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



FA Cup goal of fifth round: Swansea City's Daniel James wins vote

20-02-2019

Re-watch our selection of the best goals from the FA Cup fifth round with Daniel James' solo effort for Swansea selected as your favourite.



Scotland lose injured Finn Russell as France drop Lopez and Parra

20-02-2019

Coach Brunel denies backlash after criticism from half-backsRussell is ruled out after failing to pass head injury protocolsFinn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations clash with France on Saturday after failing to recover from a head injury he suffered playing for his club Racing 92 over the weekend. Related: Ellis Genge hoping to be the man with a dragon tattoo Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Stoke to offload Saido Berahino after arrest?

20-02-2019

Today’s fluff is here, at leastTottenham Hotspur are planning to abandon their recent policy of not signing any new players by dipping into the market next summer. A spanking new defender is high on Mauricio Pochettino’s shopping list and the name of Real Betis’s Aïssa Mandi is being named in dispatches. A right-back who can fill in at centre-back if required, the 27-year-old Algerian international is also inching his way across Arsenal’s radar.According to reports in Spain, Unai Emery is also interested in signing Éver Banega from Sevilla. The reformed party boy is a firm favourite of Arsenal’s Spanish manager, who coached him at both Valencia and Sevilla, and more recently tried unsuccessfully to bring him to the Emirates in January. Contracted to Sevilla until 2020, the 30-year-old Argentinian midfielder is valued at about £17m. Continue reading...



Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Hosts frustrated in Champions League

20-02-2019

Liverpool's Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich remains finely poised after a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield.



Vision plus precision – a swaggering Paul Pogba slices through Chelsea | Amy Lawrence

20-02-2019

The French maestro’s personality now seems so reassuring for United that previous suspicion of it looks madnessOn nights like this it makes no sense at all to think a manager would not search high and low for the key to Paul Pogba and then turn it to the fullest degree. The slow-burning intensity of this FA Cup tie was wrapped up in the chasing and harrying, the bundling challenges and hopeful pot-shots, until Pogba suddenly elevated himself, the game, and Manchester United’s vibrant Cup run.In a 14-minute spell at the end of the first half they carved out an unassailable lead thanks to the blend of vision, technical precision and physical force that is Pogba at his swaggering best. First, the cross: Ander Herrera set off on a sudden sprint up the right, anticipating that United might be about to unleash an invaluable weapon. Pogba with the ball at his feet on his current form always presents the possibility of a stirring touch. Continue reading...



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

20-02-2019

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



The Fiver | Unfit to face inferior players who have hardly run a lap since Christmas

20-02-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Buoyed, cheered and generally heartened by the sight of Tottenham Hotspur piling some Big Cup hurt on German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Arsenal fans can look forward to some fun of their own when their team goes toe to toe with the works team of a tractor factory in Belarus tonight in Euro Vase. Bate Borisov are the opposition in the first knockout round and while most of their players are unknown outside their native country, there will at least be one recognisable face among the ranks. Continue reading...