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

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...

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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...

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Sri Lanka beat South Africa: Kusal Perera hits 153 not out in one-wicket win

Kusal Perera hits an unbeaten 153 as Sri Lanka chase 304 to claim a stunning one-wicket win over South Africa in the first Test in Durban.

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Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFLParties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pactThe NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. Related: Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick's protest at the Super Bowl? Continue reading...

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Elaine Thompson wins 60m Asha Philip second at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins the women's 60m final with Great Britain's Asha Philip second at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

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Welsh Open: Stuart Bingham beats Joe O'Connor to reach final

Stuart Bingham ends Joe O'Connor's run at the Welsh Open to reach Sunday's final.

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Time to stand tall for Ashes: Root, Stokes, Burns and Wood can be key

Joe Root and Ben Stokes are more important than ever for England this summer while Rory Burns and Mark Wood may also step up“Cut off the head and the rest will follow” was a phrase often used in the dressing room of the great West Indies sides of the 80s. Their fast bowlers would make a point of targeting the opposition captain in the (usually justified) expectation that this would cause maximum distress. On this tour they managed this most successfully. After two Tests Joe Root had scored 55 runs. In Antigua the England captain received two brutish deliveries, which he could do little about. Job done. Series won. Continue reading...

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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 strikes by Anthony Knockaert and Jürgen Locadia.“It got a bit nervy at the end,” admitted 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. By the dying minutes they resembled the side who had produced cup upsets against Manchester United and Southampton earlier this season, but by then it was too late. Continue reading...

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Talking Horses: rhythm for Al Dancer at Ascot plus Saturday’s best bets

The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained unbeaten hurdler looked to have plenty more to offer when he won at CheltenhamA slightly reduced version of the Betfair Handicap Hurdle will be the main betting race on Ascot’s excellent card and it is hard to escape the claims of Al Dancer (3.20). From the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that had a winner with its first runner back after racing restarted this week, he is unbeaten over hurdles and looked highly progressive when scoring at Cheltenham in December.That was his handicap debut and even a 12lb hike in the ratings may not stop him. Getaway Trump is a talented opponent but may find this too much of a test of speed. Continue reading...

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Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning

The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and yellow, the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is in the President’s Lounge telling reporters about his lucky stones. The original FA Cup-winning Crazy Gang may have been uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes many moons ago, but at the fan-owned phoenix club which replaced it there is still an apparent undercurrent of madness.Quiet and unassuming, Wordsworth is anything but deranged, although at one point he teetered on the brink. As a Southend player, he suffered the trauma of losing his beloved older brother, Steven, to a heart attack, a bereavement that led to a slump in form and eventually left him without a club. Picked up by Wimbledon, he is looking forward to an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Millwall on Saturday following his side’s demolition of West Ham. Continue reading...

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Emiliano Sala: Nantes players wear black shirts in tribute to teammate – video

Emiliano Sala was given an emotional tribute during Nantes' first home game since the footballer was confirmed to have died in a plane crash.The 28-year-old's former teammates wore black shirts with the name 'Sala' on the back and Nantes fans also held up the number 9 in memory of the Argentinian. Sala, who had spent four seasons at Nantes, was travelling to his new club Cardiff City with pilot David Ibbotson, when their plane went missing over the English channel on 21 January.Sala 'will leave an eternal memory' says emotional Nantes coach – video Continue reading...

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

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...

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Sports quiz of the week: a birthday present, a record and a whiskey cup

Who wants a miracle? Who needs a drink? Who ran the world?What did Susannah Gill achieve in 24 hours, 19 minutes and nine seconds?She rowed from Botany Bay to Belfast She cycled from Asia to AfricaShe ran seven marathons across seven continents in seven daysShe swam from England to FranceNeymar celebrated his 27th birthday this week. In his speech at his party, what did the PSG forward say he wanted as a present?For his teammates “to stop losing without me” To move back to Spain A new metatarsal To become “the Tom Brady of soccer”Where is the Centenary Quaich being contested this weekend?DublinEdinburghLondon Chicago53% of households in New Orleans watched the Super Bowl last year. Why did that figure fall to 26% this year?People listened to the radio instead as Barack Obama was doing guest commentary Fans boycotted because a dubious refereeing decision ruled out their team Donald Trump was in the city so people were out protesting The main broadcast company mistakenly sold rights to New Zealand rather than New OrleansIn which of these leagues has one of the teams not lost yet this season?Bundesliga La Liga Ligue 1 Premier League Serie AAnd which league has a team who have not drawn a game yet this season?BundesligaLa Liga Ligue 1Premier League Serie A What world record did golfer James Nitties equal this week at the Vic Open in Australia?He went 18 straight tournaments without dropping a shot He hit nine birdies in a row He missed the cut at a tournament for the 21st time in a row He lost 10 balls on one roundWhy did Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day sprint off the pitch at the final whistle after his team had beaten Middlesbrough in the FA Cup?To brush his hair and "look smart" for the post-match interviewsHe was “absolutely busting for a number two”He is a Middlesbrough fan and “felt a bit teary”To see his partner, who was in labourDulwich Hamlet signed Simon Bloch Jørgensen this week. What makes Jørgensen stand out?He plays as a goalkeeper but refuses to wear gloves He is the tallest professional footballer playing in EnglandHe wears glasses while playing He insists on wearing a shirt with no branding or sponsorship PSG play Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Which of these footballers has not played for both teams?Gabriel Heinze Ángel Di María Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ray Wilkins Laurent Blanc David Beckham It’s the Madrid derby this weekend, which pits Diego Simeone against Santiago Solari, the sixth different Real Madrid manager he has faced while in charge of Atlético. Who did Simeone face in his first Madrid derby as a manager?Rafa BenítezFabio Capello José MourinhoCarlo AncelottiWhich of the last-16 ties features two clubs that have won the competition three times in a row?Manchester United v PSGAtlético Madrid v JuventusLiverpool v Bayern MunichAjax v Real Madrid 11 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend12 and above.You've done very, very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend1 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun2 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun3 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK5 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK6 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK7 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend8 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend9 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend0 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun10 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend Continue reading...

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Matt Kuchar says he will pay temporary caddie in full after criticism

Matt Kuchar issues an apology and says he will pay a temporary caddie in full after his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic last November.

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...

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Murray Wallace and Millwall put an end to AFC Wimbledon’s FA Cup fairytale

Millwall reached their fourth FA Cup quarter-final in 15 years because they approached this game with the correct attitude. A tough physical examination held no fears for Neil Harris’s hardened players, who were never going to be fazed by the sight of the ball repeatedly sailing out of this tiny ground after a heavy touch or an agricultural hoof. There is nothing pretentious about Millwall and they found it easy to roll up their sleeves against AFC Wimbledon, who lacked the wit to inconvenience their wily Championship opponents.One goal was enough for the visitors to handle a limited challenge from League One’s bottom side. Murray Wallace grabbed it in the fifth minute and the left-back was a fitting hero given that he also scored the winner when Harris’s team stunned Everton in the previous round. “He deserves the adulation and attention,” Millwall’s delighted manager said. “I said to the lads that I needed a hero and someone to had to step up. He did that.” Continue reading...

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