Stars implode to hand Renegades their first Big Bash title

17-02-2019 Melbourne Renegades 145/5 (20) defeat Melbourne Stars 132/7 (20)Relive the action as it happened - over-by-overThe Melbourne Renegades are BBL champions for the first time, with the Melbourne Stars suffering a stunning collapse of 7-19 with a maiden title in sight. Related: Big Bash League final: Stars capitulate to hand Renegades title Continue reading...

The Fiver | Unfit to face inferior players who have hardly run a lap since Christmas

17-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Buoyed, cheered and generally heartened by the sight of Tottenham Hotspur piling some Big Cup hurt on German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Arsenal fans can look forward to some fun of their own when their team goes toe to toe with the works team of a tractor factory in Belarus tonight in Euro Vase. Bate Borisov are the opposition in the first knockout round and while most of their players are unknown outside their native country, there will at least be one recognisable face among the ranks. Continue reading...

Wales’s 1969 wing wizard Maurice Richards: ‘I scored the tries but forwards won it’

17-02-2019 The scourge of England in Cardiff 50 years ago looks back on a thrilling victory in which he ran in four tries and explains why he switched codes at the end of that yearThey used to say the wind blew hardest at Cardiff Arms Park when it was trying to catch Maurice Richards. It had no more success than the England team that arrived in the Welsh capital 50 years ago chasing a share of the Five Nations title but left resembling the rubble where the north stand had been. Richards ran in four tries in a thrilling 30-9 victory that afternoon, equalling a Wales record that still stands. Wales scooped the triple crown and the championship.That afternoon’s demolition of England was the start of a golden era for the men in red, but before the end of the year the 24-year-old Cardiff wing, a 1968 Lion who had still to reach his peak, had left Wales and his job at Port Talbot steelworks for rugby league, where he would become Salford’s record try scorer and appearance holder in a 14-year career. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Ederson makes a stunning save to deny Newport a shock opener

17-02-2019 Manchester City's Ederson makes a superb save from Newport's Tyreeq Bakinson to keep the scores level at Rodney Parade.

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

17-02-2019 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 he also scored the winner when Harris’s team stunned Everton in the previous round. “He deserves the adulation and attention,” Millwall’s manager said. “I said to the lads that I needed a hero and someone had to step up. He did that.” Continue reading...

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

17-02-2019 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.

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

17-02-2019 • 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...

Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

17-02-2019 Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

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

17-02-2019 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...

FA Cup: AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Millwall highlights

17-02-2019 Watch highlights as Murray Wallace's header gives Millwall a hard-fought victory over AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup fifth round.

Formula E: Last-gasp Lucas Di Grassi wins Mexico E-Prix

17-02-2019 Watch highlights from an action-packed Mexico E-Prix as Lucas di Grassi wins after Pascal Wehrlein's car fails him on the final corner when he was on for a lights-to-flag win.

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

17-02-2019 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...

Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’

17-02-2019 England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St Lucia, the answer is wonderfully simple: “You almost feel like a superhero. I’ve been playing Mario Kart recently and yeah, it’s like when you get a magic mushroom and you’re just absolutely flying.”It will come as little surprise to learn Wood is still glowing from victory in the third Test against West Indies and his maiden five-wicket haul. The 29-year-old sat down for a chat this week and, in that inimitable Ashington twang, his delight at finally becoming a match-winner shone through. Continue reading...

David Beckham sees Salford City beaten on first visit since becoming co-owner

17-02-2019 • Salford lose in National League to struggling Dover Athletic• Beckham watching for first time since buying 10% stakeDavid Beckham saw Salford City suffer a surprise home defeat as he watched the National League club in action for the first time since becoming co-owner.Beckham last month followed his former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in securing a 10% stake in the club from Peter Lim, making the Class of 92 majority shareholders, with the Singapore businessman retaining 40%. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Ashley Cole heads Derby back into contention against Brighton

17-02-2019 Ashley Cole scores his first FA Cup goal to give Derby hope in their fifth-round tie, but hosts Brighton hold on to secure a 2-1 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

Adama Traoré: ‘I am self-critical, I need to do better in the final third’

17-02-2019 Wolves’ Spanish winger tells Paul Wilson about leaving Barcelona as a teenager and why he slowed down to improve his game“A massive difference,” Adama Traoré says when invited to compare the tactics of Nuno Espírito Santo with those of Tony Pulis. “At Wolves we play more offensively, at Middlesbrough it was more counterattack, waiting for the opportunity when the opponents lose the ball. Here is more movement.“I spend a lot of time talking to the coach about where is the best position for me to be able to explode, because at Middlesbrough the wingers played open. At Wolves it has been more inside and I have even played as a striker, but I like the challenge. If I can adapt to different tactics I think I will be a better player.” Continue reading...

Welsh Open: Neil Robertson to play Stuart Bingham in final

17-02-2019 Stuart Bingham will play Neil Robertson in Sunday's Welsh Open final after both recorded convincing wins in the semi-finals.