Manu Tuilagi ready to make ‘explosive’ England comeback, says George Ford

• Injury-plagued Tuilagi last started a Six Nations match in 2013• ‘I have never seen anyone as explosive as Manu’England’s Six Nations rivals have been warned to brace themselves for a resurgent Manu Tuilagi when the tournament kicks off in just over a fortnight. The injury-plagued centre has not started a Six Nations game since 2013 but his teammate George Ford believes the Leicester man is primed to make a significant impact this season.Tuilagi will be among a 35-strong England squad announced at Twickenham on Thursday for a pre-tournament camp in Portugal in the run-up to their opening match against last year’s grand slam winners, Ireland, in Dublin. The head coach, Eddie Jones, still has plenty of possible midfield options but a fit and firing Tuilagi would add a fresh attacking dimension. Continue reading...

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Australian Open 2019: Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova progress to third round

Elina Svitolina eases into the Australian Open third round but is left feeling awkward after an on-court interview about her relationship with Gael Monfils.

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Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career – and it is still going – having managed 16 teams in eight different countries but, he says on a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, there are not many things he would have done differently over the past 42 years.Not a single one? “Well …” the current Philippines coach says when we meet at a swish hotel next to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Maybe one then … and that would be that last World Cup.” Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Southampton 2-2 Derby County (3-5 pens) Highlights

Derby come from two goals down before beating Southampton 5-3 on penalties in a thrilling FA Cup third-round replay.

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Thierry Henry won't like Patrick Vieira for a 'little bit' during Monaco v Nice – video

Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has joked that he and former teammate Patrick Vieira 'won't like each other for a little bit' when the Ligue-1 strugglers play Nice on 16 January.Henry played alongside Vieira, who now manages eighth-place Nice, for Arsenal from 1999 to 2005, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups along the way. The pair also lifted the World Cup together with France in 1998.'We played with each other, battled with each other, in the national team and with Arsenal. But, it's going to be Monaco versus Nice. That's the most important thing,' Henry told the media ahead of the match at the Stade Louis II Cesc Fàbregas leaves Chelsea to reunite with Thierry Henry at Monaco Continue reading...

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Frank Lampard hits out at Bielsa after Derby sink Southampton in shootout

Marcelo Bielsa might have been able to tell everyone this before the game but penalties were required to separate Southampton and Derby in their third-round FA Cup replay. It was Frank Lampard’s side who held their nerve and go through to face Accrington Stanley in the fourth round after Nathan Redmond was the only man to miss in the shootout, the winning kick struck home by the unlikely figure of Richard Keogh. Related: Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season Continue reading...

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Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.

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'Thank you Andy Murray': Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was his final match.After the match a video was shown in the stadium with tributes from players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon Continue reading...

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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...

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FA Cup: Derby's frantic FA Cup win over Southampton in 60 seconds

Relive Derby's win on penalties over Southampton in 60 seconds, including VAR controversy, great goals and a bouncing Frank Lampard.

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Australian Open 2019: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares into second round

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares reach the Australian Open second round after beating Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni.

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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...

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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...

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