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...



Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

19-01-2019

Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness yearsCarry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fellaini might be on his way out of Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Friday press conference went the other way. Instead Solskjær offered what newspapers like to call “a vote of confidence” in the gangling Belgian utility-menace, talking up Fellaini’s continued presence through this, his sixth year as a Manchester United player.It isn’t hard to see why some said his time was up. Under Solskjær Fellaini has played three minutes in the Premier League. His basic footballing presence has seemed at odds with a more mobile, fluid style. Plus there is of course a wider symbolic aspect to all this. 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.



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

19-01-2019

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?



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...



England in West Indies: Chris Woakes takes 3-31 in warm-up match

19-01-2019

Chris Woakes takes 3-31 in England's final warm-up match before the first Test against the West Indies.



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...



Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep v Venus Williams and more – live!

19-01-2019

Updates from the day six night session in MelbourneNovak Djokovic regains calm to see off ShapovalovAnd feel free to mail Tom with your thoughts 8.40am GMT Over on Rad Laver, there is plenty of noise. Home favourite Alex Bolt is playing Alexander Zverev. The fourth seed had an early break but Bolt pegged him back in the sixth to tie it up with a break of his own. Wild cheers for the wild card. 8.37am GMT First set: Halep 3-2 Williams* (*denotes server): Halep gets a chance on her opponent’s serve, taking Williams into the trenches twice in two rallies to finally get the break with a cross-court backhand that Williams can’t get a racket on. Continue reading...



'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

19-01-2019

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent 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...



'I have fought all my life': Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

19-01-2019

‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in FebruarySinger Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest against racial injustice.Knight, who is from Atlanta, where the game will be played, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice”, and to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights. 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...



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.



Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

19-01-2019

Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. Continue reading...



Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka & Elina Svitolina come through tough tests

19-01-2019

US Open champion Naomi Osaka and sixth seed Elina Svitolina fight back to win their matches and reach the Australian Open fourth round.



'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

19-01-2019

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.