Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

23-02-2019 • We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

23-02-2019 The prop has been described as a ‘timebomb’ and, as Wales will see in Cardiff, he is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may have what I would call his “odd moments” every now and again but I can live with that if you get the rest of the package and that is what we are now seeing. Related: Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’ Continue reading...

Maurizio Sarri heads to Carabao Cup final as Chelsea’s dead man walking | Dominic Fifield

23-02-2019 Wembley appearance will do little to kill the sense of inevitability over the Italian’s future at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appearance in the Carabao Cup final will shrug Chelsea out of their slump in form. Theirs should be the greater motivation, after all, given the wounds are raw from the six-goal pummelling inflicted by Manchester City only a fortnight ago. Yet, in truth, there is a sense of inevitability about where this is heading.Passage was negotiated safely, in the end, beyond Malmö in the Europa League on Thursday, with Dynamo Kyiv to come in the last 16, yet the respite seems temporary. The home support, so vociferous in their dissent a few days previously as the team’s FA Cup defence petered out against Manchester United, had barely acknowledged their head coach, instead joyously latching on to Callum Hudson-Odoi’s rare start or the welcome distraction of the cameos delivered by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu off the bench. It would be a surprise if any of that trio start on Sunday. Continue reading...

Owen Farrell says England ready for any Wales dirty tricks in Cardiff

23-02-2019 • Captain says highly charged Cardiff is no concern to his side• ‘Everything else is just white noise,’ says Courtney LawesEngland’s players have insisted they will be ready for any underhand attempts to unsettle them before Saturday’s Six Nations grand slam eliminator against Wales.Two years ago in Cardiff England’s bus went the wrong way on approach to the Principality Stadium, delaying their warm-up, and in 2015 Chris Robshaw memorably stood his ground in the tunnel as stadium officials attempted to send his side out on to the pitch early and leave them waiting around. Continue reading...

McLaren: Three staff members treated after garage fire in Barcelona

23-02-2019 Three members of the McLaren crew are treated by medics after a small fire at the team's garage in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

23-02-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Dundee 2-4 Hibernian: Visitors hold on in six-goal thriller

23-02-2019 Paul Heckingbottom makes it two wins from two as Hibernian boss as his side moves into the Premiership top six with victory over Dundee.

Robert Kraft: New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution

23-02-2019 Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in sex sting operationKraft, 77, is among 25 individuals to be charged in probePolice say they have videotape of Kraft receiving sex actsTrump calls charges ‘very sad’ in remarks from Oval OfficeNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a sex trafficking sting operation in Florida, authorities said Friday.Kraft, the billionaire businessman whose Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month and who is one of the most powerful figures in American sports, was charged as a ‘john’ on two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, police said. Continue reading...

Celtic out of Europe after Toljan red card gives Valencia upper hand and victory

23-02-2019 Celtic’s 16th European game this season was also their last. A journey that began with the Champions League qualifiers in Armenia on 10 July ended in the Europa League round of 32 in Spain seven months later.It is their longest continental campaign since 2004 but they fell to a Kevin Gameiro goal, defeated 1-0 at Mestalla and 3-0 on aggregate, still three months and nine games away from the final. There is no reproach there, just reality, and there was satisfaction at emerging from their group, a sense of achievement at their performance at the home of one of the competition’s favourites. “I’m very proud of the team,” Brendan Rodgers said. Continue reading...

I never feared sack at Manchester City like Sarri does at Chelsea, says Guardiola

23-02-2019 • Catalan draws contrast with Chelsea’s short-term approach• Sarri’s side will be keen to avenge 6-0 loss, warns GuardiolaPep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte never did and suggested Maurizio Sarri may encounter the same lack of support.Guardiola struggled during his first season but never felt any sense he would be removed. He cited this when saying his experience was different to that of Sarri, who is under severe pressure during his opening campaign at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading...

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

23-02-2019 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.

Javier Hernández on hand as West Ham recover from early blow to beat Fulham

23-02-2019 Fulham have only themselves to blame for their season, confused decision-making and erratic management probably sending them straight back to the Championship. But on this one occasion they can feel genuinely aggrieved that their fate was unfairly decided by someone else.They were ahead and playing well against West Ham, when Javier Hernández punched home a goal and changed the course of a game that ended in defeat for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Continue reading...

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

23-02-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Leander Dendoncker: ‘There had to be a reason I wasn’t in Wolves’ team’

23-02-2019 He had to wait until December for his big chance but there was no banging on the door by the midfielder from PasschendaeleGiven it was hailed as a coup when Wolves signed Leander Dendoncker last summer, it was surprising to see him sitting on the bench during the first half of the season. Nuno Espírito Santo is known for rarely changing a winning team but there must have been times when Dendoncker wondered whether moving to Molineux was a mistake. There were even rumours the Belgian would ask to leave in January.Yet it is not in Dendoncker’s nature to lose his cool. The 23‑year‑old grew up in Passchendaele, a small village known as a first world war battlefield, and he has never been the type to throw his weight around. He used his time on the bench to study how Nuno’s 3-4-3 system worked and made sure he stayed fit and focused. There was no question of him banging on the manager’s door. Continue reading...

Dustin Johnson takes command as Rory McIlroy struggles on the greens

23-02-2019 • Tiger Woods stalking leaders in WGC Mexico Championship• Ricky Fowler penalised after falling foul of new rulesHow thoughts of a procession can quickly evaporate. Rory McIlroy, four holes into his second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, had already backed up an opening 63 with another three birdies. His lead over the field was four.Even a dropped shot at the 6th, after McIlroy found water when trying to reach the par five in two, did not particularly register. Worse, as he afford hope to the remainder of the field, was to follow. McIlroy four-putted from the fringe of the 9th for a double bogey. He missed from 3ft at the 15th. All the while, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar lurked with intent. Continue reading...

Christian Atsu: ‘Sometimes what’s happened to me seems like a miracle’

23-02-2019 Newcastle winger remains close to his roots in Ghana and takes inspiration from ‘father figure’ Rafael BenítezIt is a very long way from Ghana’s Ada Foah to Hillsong church on Newcastle’s Westgate Road – and not merely in miles. Christian Atsu has made that transformative journey, swapping an existence as one of 10 children whose late father eked out a living fishing and farming on the junction of the Volta River and the Atlantic Ocean, for a new life on Tyneside.Almost everything has altered but one constant remains: the Newcastle winger’s Christian faith. Church was a central part of Atsu’s childhood and worship at Hillsong, a short walk from St James’ Park, binds the Ghana international to his new habitat. Continue reading...

Roy Hodgson on becoming oldest Premier League manager

23-02-2019 Roy Hodgson says he would have to "learn to live without" football when he decides to retire as prepares to become the oldest manager in the Premier League's history this weekend.