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.



The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

19-01-2019

Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement 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.



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...



Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

19-01-2019

• Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on benchMauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to replace the injured Harry Kane and the absent Son Heung-min. The Tottenham manager stressed that Fernando Llorente was also in his thoughts for the lead striker role, even though the Spaniard has started only one Premier League game in his 18 months at the club. Related: Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay 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...



The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children's children

19-01-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down injured. For a while the crowd held their breath. They were, it seemed, about to witness the substitution of a substitute’s substitute. This was something they could tell their children about, and their children’s children. Continue reading...



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.



Drones on track to stay flying at British racecourses for foreseeable future

19-01-2019

• Punters gaining an edge via time-lag on TV pictures • Sky working on problem but Ascot joining in AprilDrone activity around British racecourses is likely to continue for many months to come, with Sky Sports Racing in particular seemingly unable to reduce the time-lag on its pictures from 25 British tracks as a result of its use of satellites to broadcast live coverage.Drones have been spotted around courses covered by both Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing, the sport’s two non-terrestrial broadcasters, in recent months, providing instant feeds of action to a handful of punters and a priceless edge in the volatile in-running markets. Continue reading...



Cowdenbeath unhappy after Rangers Scottish Cup tie is postponed

19-01-2019

Cowdenbeath believe their Scottish Cup tie against Rangers could have gone ahead after it is postponed because of a frozen pitch.



Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as 'one of the best players in the world' – video

19-01-2019

Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal who beat him in the third round at Wimbledon last year.Nadal, who defeated Matt Ebden in straight sets, said he was well aware of de Minaur's prodigous talent with the 19-year-old, who has a Spanish mother, splitting his time between Spain and Australia.'He's a great young player, playing with big confidence after winning matches,' Nadal said. 'It will be tough one and I need to be ready for it.'Australian Open 2019: Nadal, Sharapova and Kerber through – as it happened Continue reading...



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

19-01-2019

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...



Crystal Palace to shelter homeless at Selhurst Park stadium

19-01-2019

The emergency accommodation at Crystal Palace's stadium can house up to 10 rough sleepers.



Unai Emery says Arsenal can forget top four if they lose to Chelsea

19-01-2019

• Fifth-placed Arsenal are six points behind Saturday’s visitors• Emery wary of threat of Eden Hazard in Emirates showdownUnai Emery accepts that Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via Premier League position will be over if they lose to Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Related: Arsenal’s era of austerity is not over yet: Emery must make do and mend | David Hytner Continue reading...



Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool defender close to new five-year deal

19-01-2019

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is close to signing a new five-year deal with the Premier League club.