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

19-01-2019

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



Football transfer rumours: Emerson Palmieri to leave Chelsea for Juventus?

19-01-2019

Today’s tittle-tattle has never known more about Derby County Not content with having a name that makes him sound like two-thirds of a 1970s London prog rock band, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is now the subject of interest from Juventus. A bit-part player at Stamford Bridge, the Italian international has played only two Premier League games this season and would go to Turin as cover for Alex Sandro. Related: Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid Continue reading...



Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Mark Selby to reach semi-finals

19-01-2019

Judd Trump knocks world number one Mark Selby out of the Masters to reach the semi-finals with a 6-2 victory.



Emma Hayes: Chelsea Women boss would consider managing a men's team

19-01-2019

Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes says she would consider managing in the men's game.



The Fiver | A kind of softly moving statue by which to remember Arsène Wenger

19-01-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The big January transfer news continues to roll in, after Oumar Niasse, a player famously deprived of a locker at Everton by Ronald Koeman, left Goodison Park to join Cardiff City. Then Yohan Benalouane, a player stored in a locker for almost two years by Claude Puel, did one from Leicester to hurry into the warm embrace of Nottingham Forest’s new manager, Martin O’Neill, who confirmed he hopes to swell the good vibes at the City Ground by bringing along, as his assistant, that most eminent graduate of the Wealdstone Raider School of Motivational Discourse, Roy Keane. Continue reading...



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

19-01-2019

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.



Premier League predictions: Lawro v NBA star Mario Hezonja

19-01-2019

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on New York Knicks basketball star Mario Hezonja to predict the weekend's Premier League results.



Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic 'won't play Davis Cup again' – video

19-01-2019

Lleyton Hewitt has responded to Bernard Tomic's astonishing broadside, accusing Tomic of threatening him and his family for more than 12 months and saying Tomic will never play Davis Cup tennis while he is involvedLleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family Continue reading...



Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

19-01-2019

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...



Champions Cup: Edinburgh 19-10 Montpellier - Hosts secure home quarter-final

19-01-2019

Edinburgh defeat Montpellier to clinch a Champions Cup quarter-final place along with Glasgow.



Gonzalo Higuaín to arrive in London for formalities of Chelsea loan move

19-01-2019

• Striker will join initially for six months from Juventus• Maurizio Sarri also hopes to sign a midfielder this monthGonzalo Higuaín is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities of his move to Chelsea from Juventus, initially on a six-month loan, with Maurizio Sarri still keen for the striker to be joined by a midfielder at Stamford Bridge.Higuaín, who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Milan, has said his goodbyes to his Rossoneri teammates having pushed to be reunited with Sarri, under whose stewardship he scored 36 goals for Napoli in Serie A two seasons ago. Continue reading...



Structural flaws in Australia’s World Cup defence exposed in series loss

19-01-2019

This team just can’t score enough runs and the bowling attack has looked piecemeal in the one-day series against India“I honestly believe we should take confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very close to them. We could have won tonight.” Related: MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia Continue reading...



Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’

19-01-2019

The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his father’s death‘Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...



Novak Djokovic regains calm to see off Shapovalov at Australian Open

19-01-2019

• No 1 seed through in four sets after lights complaints• Serbian will meet Daniil Medvedev in the last 16The men’s top seed Novak Djokovic regained his composure after a third-set meltdown to stave off the challenge of Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open, with a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory on Saturday.The 14-time grand slam winner stamped his authority early on by breaking the 19-year-old’s serve three times and converted his only break-point opportunity in the second set while leading 5-4. Continue reading...



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

19-01-2019

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.



Masters Snooker 2019: Neil Robertson beats Barry Hawkins to reach semi-finals - best shots

19-01-2019

Watch the best shots as Neil Robertson comes from to beat Barry Hawkins 6-3 at the Masters to set up a semi-final against Judd Trump.



Sports quiz of the week: Murray, Marcelo Bielsa and Manny Pacquiao

19-01-2019

Who ran for 83 hours? Who exerted herself? Who left London?Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is retiring at the end of the season. Which of these statements about Cech is false?He was born a triplet He took up drumming after playing Rock Band on the PlayStation with Carlo Cudicini He played in France before his move to England in 2004 He has more Premier League titles than any other keeperThe Dakar Rally – in which trucks, motorcycles and quad bikes race off-road for 3,000 miles – drew to a close this week in the city where it had begun 11 days before. Where?DakarPortoLimaZoetermeerWho said: "I’m a supporter of Leeds and hopefully next season they can be in the Premier League. It would be good for the Premier League"?Frank Lampard Stuart Pearce David Cameron Pep Guardiola Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win a gruelling 268-mile race along the Pennine Way this week, breaking the course record by 12 hours. What made her achievement at the Spine Race even more remarkable?She is only 16 years old She expressed breast milk for her baby along the wayShe was doing her job (as a vet) the day before She ran a marathon the day after the race – and won that too Complete the sequence: Slavisa Jokanovic, Mark Hughes, José Mourinho …Claudio Ranieri Neil Warnock David WagnerAntonio Conte It has been played in Italy 21 times, China four times, the US twice, Qatar twice and Libya once. Where was it played this week?BelgiumSaudi ArabiaEnglandChileWho said: "I don’t agree with athletes having to physically exert themselves in the wee hours of the morning"?Serena Williams Johanna KontaEddie JonesRonnie O'SullivanThere are a lot of Dembélés in the world of sport. The Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembélé left Tottenham to play in China this week. Moussa Dembélé, the French striker, is now playing for Lyon. In which sport did another Moussa Dembélé represent Senegal at the Olympics in 2012?Football Basketball110m hurdles FencingManny Pacquiao fights Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Which of these statements about Pacquiao is false?Pacquiao is now in his 40s He has won world titles in eight weight divisions This is his 70th professional fight He is currently the president of the PhilippinesIt looks as if Andy Murray has played his last game at the Australian Open, a competition he has never won. How many times did he lose to Novak Djokovic in the final?OneTwoThreeFour1 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend2 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend3 and above.Ah well. Have a great weekend4 and above.That's a decent score. Have a great weekend5 and above.Respectable score. Have a great weekend6 and above.An impressive score. Have a great weekend7 and above.A very impressive score. Have a great weekend8 and above.A very, very impressive score. Have a great weekend9 and above.You are a sporting genius. Have a great weekend0 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend10 and above.You are a genius. Have a great weekend Continue reading...