Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

17-01-2019

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

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.

17-01-2019

Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little surprise given that his father was once a star quarterback at Texas A&M and his uncle played professionally for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Murray started off his college career playing both sports, but the Oakland A’s were excited enough by his talent that they picked Murray in the 2018 first-year player draft and signed him to a deal that guaranteed the outfielder $4.6m. This despite the fact that Murray was still playing football. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Halep, Williams sisters, Djokovic and Konta: Australian Open day four – live!

Updates on another busy night of tennis in MelbourneMurray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says BryanAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JacobSteinberg 9.01am GMT Simona Halep breaks back to get the third set back on serve. Too many double faults from Sofia Kenin. There goes that lead. Are they heading for a deciding tie-break? 8.59am GMT Thiem, who hasn’t looked right for much of this encounter, throws in the towel after losing his serve at the start of the third set. Oh dear. He played a five-setter the other day and is clearly struggling with something. But don’t take anything away from Alexei Popyrin, a mightily talented and hugely gutsy 19-year-old Australian who more than deserves this win over the seventh seed. He’ll play Lucas Pouille or Maximilian Marterer next. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Why Hakeem al-Araibi's plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself | Nikki Dryden

The IOC cannot watch from the sidelines as an Australian athlete risks a return to tortureIn the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimming Championships were held and the Handball World Championships, football’s Asian Cup and tennis grand slam the Australian Open have begun. The Winter X Games and Super Bowl will also be under way soon. Yet one of our fellow Australian athletes, Hakeem al-Araibi, a former international footballer, remains in jail, awaiting the worst fate of any asylum seeker or refugee: extradition back to the country that persecuted him, the country he fled in fear for his life. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

The Spin | Cricket’s American dream remains as USA welcomed back into ICC fold | Emma John

Three years after they were kicked out, the USA have had their member status restored and a new governing body has big ideas for the progression of the game for both men and womenWas that a whiff of fatted calf we could smell this week? The USA finally returned to the cricketing fold, three years after being kicked out of the ICC for behaviour unbecoming an associate member, and the whole affair had a slight feel of the prodigal son about it.“The International Cricket Council today welcomed USA Cricket as its 105th Member, in what is a historical milestone for the governing body established in 2017,” beamed the official press release, as champagne corks popped across the Atlantic. The use of the word historical seemed a bit rich – after all, it’s also the only milestone this one-year-old organisation has achieved. But maybe the person who wrote it was feeling nostalgic. After all, 54 years ago, in 1965, the USA had been the very first non-Commonwealth country admitted to the ICC. And the decades since haven’t exactly wreathed it in glory. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England warm-up but Olly Stone’s tour over

• England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 203-19• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower backThe wickets tumbled on the second day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval and never more so than on the stroke of tea, when Stuart Broad offered a reminder of his penchant for a burst by claiming his third hat-trick in the whites of England.Broad was returning for his second spell of the day against the President’s XI when, with thoughts turning to refreshments in 30-degree heat, he exploited the capricious pitch to remove tail-enders Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins lbw in the space of two balls. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

NFL kicking woes, Ellyse Perry's brilliance and Leo Messi's perfect pass | Classic YouTube

Also featuring Australian Open memories, Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally and the joy of drones in sport1) Cody Parkey was left feeling like the loneliest man in the world after watching his last-gasp potentially game-winning field goal bounce off the upright and crossbar in the Chicago Bears’ playoff defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles (keep an eye on the mascot in the background, too). Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by Parkey’s supposed misfortune. He has a knack when it comes to finding the woodwork. Here he is clattering the goal-frame four times from four kicks in a match last November. And here are those doinks immortalised in Tecmo Super Bowl. Parkey still has some way to go before he matches this single rugby union penalty, though. It boinged off the crossbar and post a full four times! Over to you Cody.2) The Australian Open kicks off on Monday and, as always, Roger Federer is among the favourites. Here’s his emotional journey to winning a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne last year, when Caroline Wozniacki finally won her first. Her ding-dong battle with Simona Halep was one of the matches of the year. There have been countless classic matches down the years but here are some of the best: Chris Evert Lloyd v Martina Navratilova in 1982, Boris Becker v Omar Camporese in 1991, Jennifer Capriati v Martina Hingis in 2002, Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Marat Safin v Roger Federer in 2005. And will Bernard Tomic have the chutzpah to try this bizarre underarm serve against an opponent at Melbourne Park? We hope so. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Frank Lampard: FA Cup win at Southampton 'magical' says Derby boss

Derby's comeback from 2-0 down to beat Southampton on penalties leaves Frank Lampard proud of his players.

17-01-2019

Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner: WBA world champion ready for 70th pro fight

Manny Pacquiao says he will prove turning 40 means little when he defends his world title against Adrien Broner on Saturday.

17-01-2019

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

17-01-2019

Professional rider Mason Lowe dies after bull steps on his chest at PBR event

Lowe, 25, was thrown and injured during event in DenverMissouri native had been ranked 18th in the world by PBRA professional bull rider has died as a result of injuries sustained in a competition in Denver.Professional Bull Riders (PBR) confirmed in a statement that Mason Lowe died on Tuesday after he was thrown from a bull and trampled during Monday’s event at the Denver Coliseum at the National Western Complex. Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa's PowerPoint presentation after 'spying' claims

When Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa held a news conference, nobody expected a full PowerPoint presentation.

17-01-2019

'I didn't see it': Nick Kyrgios bats off questions over Bernard Tomic claims – video

Nick Kyrgios faces the media after Bernard Tomic's allegations that there is a rift in Tennis Australia between Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios, Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios is dismissive, saying he hasn't heard the interview that Tomic gave and says he would play Davis Cup if askedTomic launches attack on Hewitt: ‘No one likes him’ Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Jarrod Bowen: from playing without pay to scoring for fun at Hull

The prolific forward has helped Nigel Adkins’ side soar up the Championship table – a world away from his start at HerefordAt the start of December, when Hull were in the Championship relegation zone, it would have been easy for the club, in a city synonymous with cream-coloured telephone boxes, to raise the white flag. Fast-forward seven weeks and Nigel Adkins’s side are the country’s form team, suddenly looking up rather than down. Six league wins on the bounce have propelled them to within four points of the play-offs, while the maligned vice-chairman, Ehab Allam, has spoken of renewed optimism. It has been a concerted team effort but no player has been more instrumental than Jarrod Bowen, who has scored nine goals in his past eight matches. Related: Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season Continue reading...

17-01-2019

Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...

17-01-2019

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.

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