Scott Brown sees red for celebration after scoring late winner for Celtic

17-02-2019

Brendan Rodgers excused Scott Brown’s red card at Kilmarnock which came after the Celtic captain’s deflected 90th-minute goal gave his side a 1-0 win that moves them eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.Steve Clarke’s men gave as good they got until the defender Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for a high challenge on Brown in the 75th minute. With the game heading for a goalless draw the midfielder latched on to a Dedryck Boyata knockdown and his shot deflected off the debutant substitute Alex Bruce and into the net to secure an eighth successive domestic win since the start of 2019. Continue reading...



FA Cup: Neal Maupay misses a fantastic chance for Swansea against Brentford

17-02-2019

Brentford's Neal Maupay misses a glorious opportunity, firing over from close range during Brentford's 4-1 defeat by Swansea in their fifth round FA Cup tie at the Liberty Stadium.



Wolves into FA Cup quarter-finals as Ivan Cavaleiro sinks Bristol City

17-02-2019

A major trophy within three years was not quite on the list of essentials when Fosun took over Wolves in 2016, but the team are now serious contenders for an FA Cup win that would crown the club’s reconfiguration beyond all imagining. They will compete in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 and nobody will feel sure of dismissing a team that, against opponents who had been in scintillating form, mastered both sides of the game to secure safe passage.Ivan Cavaleiro’s 28th-minute goal was enough to take them through and at that point it was hard to envisage the chaotic injury-time scenes that saw John Ruddy, the Wolves goalkeeper, forced to block a volley from his opposite number, Frank Fielding, with the tie’s last action. Wolves had controlled the opening period and might have gone in at half-time with the game safe; Bristol City re-emerged looking far more like a team who had won their previous nine games and, by the end, Nuno Espírito Santo could take satisfaction from the different facets his side had been obliged to show. Continue reading...



The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

17-02-2019

Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pace is sheer bliss, as long as it’s on your side. In St Lucia on Sunday evening England, who had been blown away in the first two Tests by a resurgent West Indies attack, finally produced a riposte. Mark Wood came on after 20 overs, when the game is inclined to nod off, and suddenly every delivery carried an electric charge. Bowling to Shai Hope, Wood beat the bat outside off stump with his first ball, and his second, and his third. The fourth was a bouncer, which Hope wisely ducked. The little box on the screen that clocks the bowler’s speed showed 145kph, or 90mph. A stiff breeze was helping, but then Wood, so often kept off the field by a dodgy ankle, deserved a fair wind. Continue reading...



Jeffrey Schlupp sets Crystal Palace on path to last eight against Doncaster

17-02-2019

Crystal Palace are in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons while Doncaster Rovers must wait another year at least to reach the sixth round for the first time, falling in the fifth on the fifth occasion after an ultra-professional display from their PremierLeague visitors.Victory for Roy Hodgson’s team was set up by Jeffrey Schlupp’s fine individual opening strike – “a wonderful goal”, according to the manager. By the end of Manchester United’s visit to Chelsea on Monday night Palace will be one of six top-flight sides in the sixth-round draw. Hodgson, though, is not yet dreaming of Wembley success. Continue reading...



Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace in FA Cup fifth round

17-02-2019

Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp says the Eagles are "in a good position to get to Wembley" after he helps them beat Doncaster in the FA Cup.



Manchester United and Chelsea seek some salvation in a Wembley return | Paul Wilson

17-02-2019

The clubs are meeting in the FA Cup’s tie of the round after sobering defeats last weekThe fast-moving world of football has managed to overtake what promised to be an FA Cup treat at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. When the draw was made, Chelsea’s pairing with Manchester United was the obvious fifth-round highlight, but that was before both clubs suffered chastening setbacks.Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat of the Premier League era at the hands of Manchester City last Sunday, a 6-0 thrashing that left Maurizio Sarri in a state of shock. It is highly unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United will be quite so ruthless and relentless, though with a Carabao Cup final against City due at the end of the month one could readily understand Sarri and his players feeling apprehensive about the possibility of setting up another meeting in a different competition. Continue reading...



FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Fantastic Foden, nose 'splattering' saves & cabbage-patch pitches

17-02-2019

Watch the quirkier moments from Manchester City's FA Cup fifth-round victory against Newport County, including a cabbage-patch playing surface and Joe Day's "nose splattering" save.



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

17-02-2019

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...



Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

17-02-2019

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a dismal habit that shows us sport at its most small-minded and should have been banned long ago. But this week it has done the world a favour.In the Test in St Lucia, the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel was bad-mouthing the England captain, Joe Root. What Gabriel said the stump microphone did not catch but it did bring us Root’s reply: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Continue reading...



Ryan Giggs: ‘It didn’t work for United but Van Gaal was brilliant for me’

17-02-2019

The Wales manager discusses the loneliness of his job, what Manchester United should do next and why he turned to a psychologist“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager of Wales since January 2018, Giggs has had nine games to get used to the isolation.“I’m lucky to have great staff around me and, during the week, you’re constantly in meetings and on the training ground. But it’s that hour before the game, when the coaches take the lads out to warm up, that you feel it. You’re alone in the dressing room and you’ve done everything you can. That’s a lonely time. There’s nothing left to do. You’re on your own.” Continue reading...



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

17-02-2019

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...



Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic: Scott Brown scores then is sent off

17-02-2019

Scott Brown's last-minute goal gives Celtic all three points as both sides finish with 10-men in a fascinating contest at Rugby Park.



Stars implode to hand Renegades their first Big Bash title

17-02-2019

Melbourne Renegades 145/5 (20) defeat Melbourne Stars 132/7 (20)Relive the action as it happened - over-by-overThe Melbourne Renegades are BBL champions for the first time, with the Melbourne Stars suffering a stunning collapse of 7-19 with a maiden title in sight. Related: Big Bash League final: Stars capitulate to hand Renegades title Continue reading...



Formula E: 'Absolute chaos' as Nelson Piquet crash brings out red flag in Mexico

17-02-2019

Nelson Piquet's spectacular crash with Jean-Eric Vergne causes "absolute chaos" and brings out the red flag at the Mexico City E-Prix.