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

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.

17-01-2019

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

17-01-2019

Reece Prescod: ‘I want to run sub-10 seconds for the 100m at every meet’

The fast-finishing sprinter has record-breaking ambitions for 2019 which all begin with work he has done to improve his start“I don’t wake up to be average,” says Reece Prescod, as he outlines his plans to go global in 2019. “And if I don’t aim for great things, then I won’t achieve anything.” And then it all tumbles out. His ambition to topple Linford Christie’s 25-year-old British 100m record. His intention to break 20 seconds in the 200m. And – for good measure – to finish off the year by taking gold at the world championships in Doha. Related: Calls for ‘warts and all’ examination into UK Athletics after chairman goes Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Solskjær's joy of six, Liverpool's grind, Declan Rice and spies – Football Weekly

Melissa Rudd, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Jonathan Wilson discuss Manchester United’s win at Wembley, Mike Ashley’s money, Declan Rice’s future, Burnley’s 2-1 win without a shot on target and SpygateJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Spurs at Wembley, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sixth victory in his six games in charge. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Thierry Henry sees Monaco hope amid VAR drama of draw with Vieira’s Nice

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira occupied their own intensely involved worlds for almost two hours but, when their first taste of temporary enmity was done, they could look one another in the eye. Both men have influenced far better matches than this Derby de La Côte d’Azur, which conjured up a steady enough stream of flashpoints but laid bare the dearth of quality they must attempt to correct. In the end a draw between two winners kept everyone broadly happy and, in the case of Henry and Monaco, ensured the pressure of a relegation battle gets no graver for now. Related: Cesc Fàbregas says he feels young again after move to Monaco Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Masters 2019: Unexplained whistle interrupts Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson first-round match

An unexplained 'whistle' noise interrupts Judd Trump's first-round match against Kyren Wilson, with commentator John Virgo suggesting the kettle might have boiled.

17-01-2019

Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for playing badly? | The Knowledge

Plus: a job lot of early substitutions, and more towns that can fit their whole populations (and more) into their football grounds. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for not playing well enough?” wonders Mitch Mitchell.Well, here’s a quick answer Mitch: yes, loads. “I’m sure scores of Leeds fans immediately thought of Paul Rachubka who was substituted at half-time in the 5-0 loss to Blackpool in 2011,” begins Jamie O’Hare, one of several to suggest this one. “Rachubka was not a great success at Leeds, he’d been signed that summer following his release from Blackpool. He didn’t play again for Leeds.” Continue reading...

17-01-2019

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

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...

17-01-2019

Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid

• Argentina striker set to cut short Milan loan spell• Move would pave way for Álvaro Morata to join AtléticoChelsea are close to securing the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus after submitting a formal offer for the Argentina international. Related: Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín Continue reading...

17-01-2019

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Martyn Waghorn equalises for visitors

Martyn Waghorn equalises for Derby County as they come back from 2-0 down in their FA Cup third-round replay against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

17-01-2019