British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

20-02-2019

• 19-year-old’s time in testing is second only to Charles Leclerc • Lewis Hamilton completes 74 laps and is 10th-fastestLando Norris, who took to the track for the first time as a Formula One driver in testing on Tuesday, capped a strong performance by setting the second-fastest time. The 19-year-old McLaren driver will be the youngest British driver to take part in F1 when he makes his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March and has made a controlled and confident start to his new career.Norris has already shown promise and he was able to exploit McLaren making a far stronger start in testing than they have in the previous four years. His time, set in the last hour of a day during which he completed an impressive 104 laps, was just over three-tenths down on Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, who led the timesheets throughout. Continue reading...



Warren Gatland ensures Wales leave nothing to chance against England | Ben Ryan

20-02-2019

The head coach’s inside knowledge means a greater insight into what to expect in the crucial Six Nations encounterWhen you have already coached the world-class talent in the team you are playing against at the weekend, it’s fair to say it won’t do you any harm. Information gleaned from reams of video or the brains of performance analysts will give you a pretty good picture. However, the experiences you have gone through and the intimate knowledge of the opposition’s key figures turns all that into 4K resolution.Warren Gatland will have felt his vision is particularly sharp this week. On Saturday, two great rivals go toe-to-toe in what is certainly the biggest matchup between the two since the pool game at the World Cup in 2015. The plan for Wales going into the 80 minutes in Cardiff will be as clear and concise as Warren Gatland has ever produced. From his time with the British and Irish Lions Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and more will be known to Gatland way beyond any match analysis. He knows how they play, what makes them tick and what they are capable of. Continue reading...



England chase 361 to beat West Indies after Gayle blitz: first ODI – live!

20-02-2019

Updates from the first ODI in BarbadosYou can email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarrisThe Spin: Questions facing England ahead of the World Cup 8.01pm GMT 7th over: England 63-0 (Roy 34, Bairstow 25) Target 361 Holder is left with nee choice but to bring himself on, so he does. Second ball, Roy sways inside to pull to square leg, then after a single and a dot, Bairstow pulls up the up for four more! That was not a good ball at all, short and straight like Sean Maguire, but still, the way England are meting out treatment here is very, very impressive. It’s nuts, but West Indies somehow broke the world record for sixes and didn’t get enough - you just can’t play yourself in these days. “There is a ‘tea’ called Throat Coat which is actually very good,” emails Adam Roberts. “Also, steam your throat and drink hot lemon and honey with ginger and cayenne pepper (don’t overdo the cayenne as I did the first time).” 7.55pm GMT 6th over: England 54-0 (Roy 29, Bairstow 21) Target 361 Thomas tanks in and Roy just flashes a mirror at it, sending the ball hurtling back down the ground for four. These early-over boundaries are brutal, putting the bowler under all sorts. And sure enough, after a single to point, Bairstow picks length so quickly, trigger, back, and timed over midwicket. This is so, so, good - England are so, so good. And have a look! Thomas strays straight, and Bairstow clobbers him around the corner, just missing the ducking umpire, and eluding the dive of Ashley Nurse on the fence. Continue reading...



Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight

20-02-2019

Miller says Joshua weight gain was aided by testosteroneUnderdog describes opponent as a ‘prick’ and an Uncle TomWere prizefights won on self-belief and a sharp tongue, Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller might already be the heavyweight champion of the world.They and he are not, of course. But that didn’t stop the outspoken challenger to Anthony Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles, for years one of the division’s most prolific talkers, from berating his forthcoming opponent as a “fraud”, “prick”, an “Uncle Tom” and “giant pussy” in a sensational opening salvo on Tuesday in the press conference to announce their 1 June showdown at Madison Square Garden. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of taking testosterone, based on how much weight he put on after London 2012. Continue reading...



Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf?

20-02-2019

JB Holmes frustrated fans and fellow pros with a five-and-a-half hour round on Sunday. Many believe slow play is affecting the growth of the gameThe video says it all: as JB Holmes paced a 15-foot putt at the Genesis Open, he checked his yardage book thoroughly, presumably looking over notes that he had taken during a practice round. Then he plum bobbed with his putter, stepped away and plum bobbed again, stared down the line of the putt as if he were hunting prey, stood over the ball, then finally hit a shot. Which he missed. It got worse: he then took 50 seconds to hole the one-footer that remained, an age for something even amateurs would consider a tap-in.Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/ZUrqTMb6M3 Continue reading...



FA Cup: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United highlights

20-02-2019

Watch highlights as Manchester United cruise past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.



Can Leeds' Samantha Briggs be the Fittest on Earth in 2019?

20-02-2019

BBC Sport meets Samantha Briggs, from Leeds, who will compete to be crowned the Fittest on Earth at this year's CrossFit Games - a competition she won in 2013.



Scotland tour of Oman: Hosts respond to 10-wicket loss to win by 93 runs

20-02-2019

Scotland slip to a 93-run defeat by Oman in the second of their one day matches, just a day after bowling their opponents out for 24.



Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea struggles are not down to his tactics

20-02-2019

• Sarri has not spoken to Abramovich or Granovskaia this week• Manager sees ‘problem of determination in both boxes’Maurizio Sarri has had no contact with the Chelsea hierarchy this week and has claimed the ferocious debate around his preferred tactical approach is “a false problem” as he desperately clings to his position at Stamford Bridge. Related: Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years? Continue reading...



The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone's managerial career

20-02-2019

Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against JuventusBy Greg Lea for These Football TimesIt is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When he replaced Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, the club appeared to be consigned to mid-table in La Liga. They had won the Europa League 18 months before he arrived at the club under Quique Sánchez Flores, but a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009 were the height of the club’s domestic achievements in the previous decade. The season before Simeone took over, Atlético finished behind Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in seventh place, 38 points behind champions Barcelona and just 15 above the relegation zone.That Atlético smashed the seemingly impregnable duopoly Barcelona and Real Madrid had established in La Liga to lift the title in 2014 – just three years into Simeone’s reign – is nothing short of sensational. He had already secured the club’s 10th Copa del Rey and another Europa League and Super Cup in his first two campaigns, as well as reaching the 2014 Champions League final, but his triumph in La Liga was undoubtedly the pinnacle. It is impossible to fluke your way to a league championship. Continue reading...