Formula E: 'Absolute chaos' as Nelson Piquet crash brings out red flag in Mexico

Nelson Piquet's spectacular crash with Jean-Eric Vergne causes "absolute chaos" and brings out the red flag at the Mexico City E-Prix.

17-02-2019



Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour

• Farbrace to join Warwickshire as their new sporting director• Blow for England at the start of World Cup and Ashes yearThe countdown to England’s World Cup campaign begins at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday. But one of the architects behind their rise to No 1 in the rankings – and status as favourites for the tournament – will not be seeing the project through to the end.Paul Farbrace, England’s assistant coach, announced on Saturday that he had accepted the role of sporting director at Warwickshire and will step down at the end of the Caribbean tour. The upcoming five-match one-day series against West Indies, and the three Twenty20 internationals that follow, will be his last in the set-up. Continue reading...

17-02-2019



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

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.

17-02-2019



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

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...

17-02-2019



Qatar Open: Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win her biggest tour title

Belgium's Elise Mertens wins the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simon Halep at the Qatar Open.

17-02-2019



Matt Kuchar apologises to temporary caddie and agrees to pay $50,000

• David Ortiz helped Kuchar win £1.3m at Mayakoba Golf Classic• World No 22 previously defended decision to pay Ortiz $5,000Matt Kuchar has issued an apology and said he will pay a temporary caddie in full following his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic last November.Kuchar, 40, this week defended his decision to pay $5,000 (£3,900) to a local caddie, David Ortiz, who had stepped in for his regular one, John Wood. Continue reading...

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Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath

• Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were preoccupied by a fear of going down. Premiership Rugby wants an immediate end to relegation while allowing the Championship champions this season to be promoted, as long as they are London Irish, to make it 13 at the top. Unlucky for some. Related: David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership Continue reading...

17-02-2019



Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

17-02-2019



Formula E: Lucas di Grassi wins dramatic Mexico E-Prix

Brazil's Lucas di Grassi wins a dramatic Mexico City Formula E-Prix after overtaking Pascal Wehrlein metres before the finish line.

17-02-2019



Wales will hit emotional peak for England game, says Ken Owens

Veteran hooker says training ‘will be a bit tasty’ before Saturday’s Six Nations clash but their experienced players will keep a lid on the squad’s emotionsWales’s experienced players will ensure Warren Gatland’s Six Nations pacesetters reach their emotional peak at the start of Saturday’s crunch match against England in Cardiff, not days before, says their 60-cap, veteran hooker, Ken Owens.Wales are looking for a record 12th consecutive victory but they have not beaten England in the Six Nations since 2013 and know another defeat will all but ensure their rivals secure the title for a third time in four years. Continue reading...

17-02-2019



Manchester City: Phil Foden says his side can win quadruple this season

Manchester City can "definitely" become the first English side to win all four major trophies in one season this term, says midfielder Phil Foden.

17-02-2019



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

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...

17-02-2019



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.

17-02-2019