Serena Williams knocks out Simona Halep in epic Australian Open clash

Serena Williams impresses in a high-quality 6-1 4-6 6-4 last-16 win over top seed Simona Halep at the Australian Open.

21-01-2019

Masters Snooker 2019: Watch the best shots from the tournament

Watch the best shots of the 2019 Masters, featuring Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson.

21-01-2019

Katelyn Ohashi proves smiling can be a serious asset to elite athletes | Tim Lewis

Gymnast’s joyful routine is a happy alternative to putting on that grim ‘game face’ in a business where smiling is, well, frowned uponBetween Brexit and Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, aka this Monday– it’s not always been easy of late to sustain the self-satisfied, privileged-white-male grin that greets you in my byline picture. It is perhaps these ambient feelings of dread that have sent me for solace, again and again, to a video of an American university student doing a gymnastics floor routine. The two-minute clip of 21-year-old Katelyn Ohashi tumbling, flipping and pretzeling to cheesy, nightclub staples has had more than 60 million views this week. It’s a blast of concentrated positivity and good vibes that is the time-poor equivalent of days spent under a Sad lamp.Analysis has already been done on why the world has fallen so hard for the diminutive Ohashi. And the story is a heartwarming one. Ohashi was a junior star – winning four golds at the US nationals aged 14, then beating Simone Biles two years later – but lost her passion for gymnastics. She was injured and put on weight. “I hated myself,” she admitted last year. “I was broken.” A perfect-10 routine is a thing of beauty any time, but it means even more for someone who was written off when she was still a teenager. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in

The New England Patriots quarterback stepped up with his team’s season on the line and time running out on Sunday. Then he did it again in overtimeDid you feel the inevitability? Tom Brady in overtime, needing to put together a drive to win the game and send the New England Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl. And, of course, he delivered, because Brady always delivers. He marched his team down the field with the confidence and presence of the greatest to ever play quarterback. Related: Tom Brady brilliant in the clutch as Patriots beat Chiefs to set up Rams Super Bowl Continue reading...

21-01-2019

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

21-01-2019

Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

• Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Judd Trump: Masters champion was 'sick of watching other players win'

Judd Trump was "sick of losing" and said winning consistently had "finally sunk into his head" after his Masters final win over Ronnie O'Sullivan.

21-01-2019

The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must improve to win the league

• ‘We need more pace, more passes in a row,’ said City manager• Huddersfield set to announce new manager, Jan SiewertPep Guardiola says his team must improve if they are to overhaul Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and fulfil the sky-high ambitions they have for this season.Goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané gave Manchester City a comfortable win at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield and cut the distance to the leaders at the top of the Premier League back to four points. But Guardiola, whose team are pursuing trophies on four fronts, said better performances will be needed as the season approaches its climax. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Marcus Rashford: How has Solskjaer got the best out Man Utd striker

Match of the Day 2 pundits Danny Murphy and Dion Dublin discuss how Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the best out of in-from striker Marcus Rashford.

21-01-2019

Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 to set up LA Rams meeting

The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime to reach the Super Bowl where they will face the LA Rams.

21-01-2019