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...

Laura Muir records third fastest indoor mile at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

17-02-2019 Laura Muir sets the third fastest indoor mile of all time, smashing the British record in the process, at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

Wigan’s Tom Davies: ‘I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to make it’

17-02-2019 The winger talks about his arduous road from working in the pavilion at Leigh to lining up in the World Club ChallengeWhen the superstars of Sydney Roosters take to the field at the DW Stadium on Sunday evening in the 2019 World Club Challenge, the Wigan winger Tom Davies may be forgiven if he takes a moment to look around and pinch himself. He is already a Super League winner at the age of 22 but not so long ago Davies would have been thought more likely to be watching his hometown club from the stands as the Warriors aim to be crowned the best club side in the game.“I came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to make it,” he says. The journey for most talented young players in Wigan is often fairly simple: they are signed for the club’s junior development system at a young age and eventually progress to the first team. Davies’s story could not be more different. Continue reading...

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

17-02-2019 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.

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.

Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record

17-02-2019 • Scot smashes standard set in 1988 by five seconds • Teenage Ethiopian Samuel Tefera sets 1500m world recordNo sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest threat to retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. She did not pose for selfies, as she usually does; instead her coach Andy Young handed fans autographed photographs.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for everyone. I didn’t want to leave the fans without things but I’ve got to look after my own health.” Continue reading...

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

17-02-2019 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...

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.

Kusal Perera heroics lead Sri Lanka to remarkable Test win in South Africa

17-02-2019 • South Africa 235 & 259; Sri Lanka 191 & 304-9• Tourists put on 78 for final wicket in dramatic finaleKusal Perera produced a swashbuckling innings for the ages to almost single-handedly lift Sri Lanka to a remarkable one-wicket win over South Africa in a nail-biting conclusion to the first Test.The tourists were close to defeat in Durban when they subsided to 226 for nine in pursuit of 304, but Perera held his nerve with an astonishing 153 not out to get them over the line. 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.

Laura Muir: Scot breaks 31-year-old mile record by more than five seconds

17-02-2019 Scot Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade's 31-year-old British record to win the women's indoor mile in Birmingham.

PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay

17-02-2019 Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired by 1980s terrace culture”. The idea behind the new shoe, an Adidas press release explained, is to capture the sights and sounds of English football 30 years ago. And who knows, it could work out well. Perhaps the new Adidas Widespread Racism will go on to become a huge hit.This is of course a joke. The new shoe isn’t called the Adidas Widespread Racism. That would be ridiculous. Not to mention an insult to the hard-working team of marketeers and product developers behind the Adidas Piss Stink and its companion shoe, the Adidas Dart In The Eye. Continue reading...

Premiership: Saracens back on top with 33-10 win against Leicester Tigers

17-02-2019 Saracens come from behind against Leicester and grab a late bonus-point win to regain top spot in the Premiership.

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...

Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate

17-02-2019 Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reigning champions will look to punish a wasteful display from Rangers when they travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday by stretching their advantage to eight.Wright’s St Johnstone had shipped five after opting to go on the attack on their last visit to Govan. But there was little danger of them opening up as they returned to Glasgow’s south side on the back of five straight defeats in which they had conceded 13 goals. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Newport County 1-4 Manchester City highlights

17-02-2019 Watch highlights as two goals from Phil Foden help Manchester City overcome a brave Newport County side in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Rodney Parade.

David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership

17-02-2019 • Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety, was the farthest notion from any of the minds assembled here in Barnet. Indeed, with an hour gone, Saracens were trailing, as they had for the entirety of the third quarter. The stuff of champions it was not.This was one of those domestic matches in the shadow of the Six Nations that tend not to linger in the memory. Saracens took their first try early, but thereafter neither side could make anything stick. With a try all of a sudden on the stroke of half-time, it was Leicester who took an unlikely lead into the break. Continue reading...