Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

17-02-2019

Phil Foden ‘brilliant’ for Manchester City against Newport, says Pep Guardiola

• Manager praises 18-year-old’s influence in hard-fought win• ‘He’s a player who is ready – ready to play’Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden for producing a “brilliant” performance against Newport County after the 18-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City reach the quarter-finals. Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez scored the other goals as the Premier League champions won 4-1 to break Newport’s brave resistance. Related: Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Everything’s a little too cosy in football’s game of family fortunes | Daniel Taylor

Why do managers keep signing their sons and using them as agents? And just what persuaded Cardiff to give contracts to Willie McKay’s twins?By now, I expect you might have seen that old video clip of the time Harry Redknapp was hosting a question-and‑answer session at West Ham and taking a bit of heat from someone in the audience who seemed to suspect they might have taken their reputation as a family club a little too far.The irate fan didn’t seem to care when Redknapp said the 18‑year‑old sitting to his right was destined for the “very, very top”. That player was a young Frank Lampard. “Not good enough,” complained the punter. Why, he wanted to know, was Lampard getting a game? Why had the manager’s nephew been fast-tracked into the team when a better player by the name of Scott Canham had been let go for peanuts? Continue reading...

17-02-2019

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

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...

17-02-2019

Wigan Warriors 8-20 Sydney Roosters: NRL premiers win World Club Challenge

Brett Morris scores a hat-trick as National Rugby League champions Sydney Roosters beat Wigan to win their fourth World Club Challenge title.

17-02-2019

Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...

17-02-2019

'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.

17-02-2019

Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Six Nations: England winger Chris Ashton ruled out of Wales match with calf injury

Winger Chris Ashton is left out of England's 33-man squad to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday with a calf injury.

17-02-2019

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

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.

17-02-2019

Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Knockaert and Locadia put Brighton into last eight despite late Cole scare

Ashley Cole has a record seven FA Cup winners medals and now he can also say that he has scored in the competition, but he will not be contesting this season’s quarter-finals, as his landmark goal here was not enough to save Derby from elimination. The 38-year-old full-back scored after being introduced as a half-time substitute but Brighton clung on and advanced thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Jürgen Locadia.“It got a bit nervy at the end,” said Chris Hughton, whose side had been comfortably superior to the disappointingly limp visitors for most of the match. The Derby manager, Frank Lampard, said he was annoyed with his team’s first-half display but proud of their turnaround in the second. Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

17-02-2019

Real Madrid 1-2 Girona: Sergio Ramos sent off in shock La Liga defeat

Real Madrid miss the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona come from behind to record a surprise away win at the Bernabeu.

17-02-2019

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

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...

17-02-2019

Laura Muir in record GB squad for European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

British Athletics name a record-equalling 48 athletes for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow in March.

17-02-2019

FA Cup: Goalkeeper Frank Fielding nearly scores last-gasp goal against Wolves

Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding comes up for a corner late in injury time but his effort is saved by John Ruddy as Wolves hang on win.

17-02-2019