Judy Murray: ‘I just get the sense Andy’s not quite ready to quit yet’

• No rush to make a decision, says Murray’s mum in Melbourne• ‘Whatever he decides I’ll be right behind him’, she addsAndy Murray’s mother, Judy, thinks he could play tennis again, although she believes he is still agonising over further hip surgery that would ease his pain while almost certainly ending his career.Murray, who has won three majors, two Olympic gold medals, a Davis Cup, a knighthood and been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year an unprecedented three times, says he will make a decision over the next week or so. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | Cech, mate

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Unlike say, a certain couple of Fulham players, it is difficult to imagine Petr Cech ever clashing with a teammate during a yoga class. While it is easy to imagine the Arsenal keeper trying somebody’s nerves by complimenting them excessively on their Downward Facing Dog, repeatedly offering them drinks from his water bottle or accidentally treading on their velvet slings, the prospect of actually coming to blows with one of football’s nicest men in any environment seems so implausible as to be utterly beyond the realms of possibility. Google “Petr Cech” and “controversy” and one of very few occasions in which the 36-year-old appears to have lost his cool in a senior career spanning almost 20 years was when he cut loose at the end of a game and gave referee Mike Dean both barrels. Which doesn’t really count because it was referee Mike Dean, a fabled attention-seeker who probably deserved both barrels. Continue reading...

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Sports quiz of the week: excellence, excuses, exits and exemptions

Who was schooled? Who is going global? Who stayed at home?Who has launched an athletics team and hopes to enter the Olympics for the first time?San Marino Vatican CityGibraltarSomalilandWho is the only manager still working in English football who has won the FA Cup?Pep GuardiolaRafa BenítezRoberto MartínezTony PulisArsenal and Manchester United will meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup. What was unusual about the last time they met in the final of the competition?United scored twice in the last five minutes but still lostIt was the first FA Cup final decided by a penalty shootoutIt was the first final with a red cardIt was the first final at the new WembleyPádraig Harrington will captain Europe at the Ryder Cup next year, becoming the second Irishman to take the job after Paul McGinley. What do the two men have in common?Neither won the Ryder Cup as a playerThey were born on the same dayThey both won three majorsThey went to the same school in DublinThe Australian Open begins on Monday. In which of these years was the tournament not played?1969198619972000Why was Venus Williams given a point penalty at the Australian Open 20 years ago?She shouted the words “stupid person” at herself after a bad shotSome of her hair beads came loose and scattered on to the courtShe changed her shirt, which she had put on back to frontShe stood in front of a line judge and stared at her for 20 secondsMo Salah was crowned African player of the year this week. Who else won the award while playing for Liverpool?Sadio Mané El Hadji Diouf Kolo Touré Rigobert Song Why did Finland forward Riku Riski refuse to play in a football match against Sweden this week?He was born in Sweden and said facing them would be “ultimately self-defeating” He was at the Golden Globes, where he was nominated for best original song His brother plays for Sweden and he promised his mother they would never face each otherThe game was held in Qatar and he declined to travel due to “the ethical reasons”Who reacted to a cup exit by saying: “The wind didn’t help. Players struggled to control the ball”?Marcelo Bielsa Claude Puel Jürgen KloppClaudio Ranieri Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday as they lost to Guingamp in Paris. When had PSG last lost a game in one of France's two cup competitions?Last SundayLast JanuaryTwo years agoFive years ago1 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score2 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score3 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score4 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score5 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend6 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend10 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Oh dear. Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Tottenham to bring in Malcom from Barcelona?

Today’s tell-all is on the case Chelsea hog the headlines in this roundup of all the transfer news that’s fit to print and – presumably – more that isn’t. The sound of the jungle drums emanating from Stamford Bridge suggest Atlético Madrid are in talks to bring Álvaro Morata back to the club where he began his career as a whey-faced 13-year-old, before moving on to Getafe and Real Madrid. Unwanted by Chelsea just two largely underwhelming seasons after his record £70m arrival, the 26-year-old could be on his way back to the Spanish capital despite recent rumours suggesting he was more likely to be off to Barcelona or Sevilla. Related: Crystal Palace set to sign Lucas Perri from São Paulo amid goalkeeper crisis Continue reading...

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Petr Cech: Retiring goalkeeper's incredible save for Chelsea in FA Cup Final v Liverpool

BBC Sport looks back on Petr Cech's incredible save in the final few minutes of the 2012 FA Cup final, which kept the score at 2-1 and secured the trophy for Chelsea.

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Ceremony for World Superbike champion Rea goes a bit baa-rmy

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea shows off his shepherding skills as a misbehaving herd cause chaos during his freedom of the borough ceremony in Northern Ireland.

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David Squires on … football spying and Neil Warnock's Brexit views

Our cartoonist looks at the off-field stories dominating the headlines at Leeds, Derby, Cardiff … and NewcastleTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

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Transfer roundup: Valencia want Javier Hernández and Fulham sign Ryan Babel

• Striker keen to join Spanish club from West Ham• Crystal Palace set to sign goalkeeper Lucas PerriJavier Hernández is wanted by Valencia and is keen to join the Spanish club but West Ham will not allow him to leave unless they can bring in another striker.Valencia want a loan deal for Hernández, whereas West Ham would prefer a sale – if they do business at all. They are facing the possibility of losing another forward, Marko Arnautovic, to an unnamed Chinese club, and regard Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson as his ideal replacement. Continue reading...

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Cricket’s vices are no more common – it’s just harder to keep them secret | Andy Bull

Players have been fighting, drinking and sleeping around for as long as they’ve been batting, bowling and catching but these days you can guarantee everyone will know about itWhenever David Green belched he would say “Boycott!” and since he belched a lot “Boycott” was probably one of the first few words I ever heard him say, followed, in short order, by a philippic against “whichever fucker” had forgotten to replace the cellophane wrap on the tray of sandwiches at the back of the press box, the admonishment of a sloppy piece of outfielding, and a caustic enquiry about whether any of the rest of us could possibly help him solve a cryptic crossword clue which he probably already knew the answer to.Green, who played county cricket for 15 years, and wrote about it for another 30, was one of those characters people worry aren’t around any more. He died in 2016. Continue reading...

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Hillsborough police chief guilty of 'extraordinarily bad' failures, court told

Prosecution says David Duckenfield breached duty of care to spectatorsThe South Yorkshire police officer in charge of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989 was responsible for “extraordinarily bad” failures that were “a substantial cause” of the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace that killed 96 people, a court has been told.Opening the prosecution’s case against David Duckenfield for manslaughter by gross negligence, Richard Matthews QC told the jury: “David Duckenfield’s criminal responsibility for the deaths ... flows from his gross failure to discharge his personal responsibility as match commander.” Continue reading...

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Petr Cech: Arsenal keeper to retire at end of season

Arsenal's former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, 36, announces he will retire at the end of the season.

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Wigan’s Lenagan attacks ‘stupid’ RFL bond demand from Catalans Dragons

• Deposit of £500,000 sought from Challenge Cup holders• ‘It’s a poor decision and an ill-thought-out decision’The Rugby Football League’s decision to demand the Challenge Cup holders, Catalans Dragons, pay a bond to enter this year’s competition has been branded “stupid” by one of the most prominent club owners in Super League.Catalans have been asked by the RFL to provide a £500,000 deposit, in light of a poor attendance in last year’s final, when just over 50,000 people watched Dragons defeat Warrington at Wembley to win the cup for the first time. Continue reading...

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Masters 2019: Neil Robertson knocks out world champion Mark Williams - best shots

Neil Robertson battles back from 3-1 down to beat world champion Mark Williams 6-3 in the first round of the Masters.

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Masters 2019: Ding Junhui makes incredible snooker against Jack Lisowski

Watch China's Ding Junhui pull-off an incredible snooker against England's Jack Lisowski, as the world number eight cruises through to the quarter-finals of the Masters.

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FA Cup: Darragh Lenihan levels for Blackburn with 'thumping' header against Newcastle United

Darragh Lenihan scores on the stroke of half-time as Blackburn come from two goals down to level with Newcastle United in their FA Cup third-round replay at Ewood Park.

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Victoria Azarenka: Two-time champion emotional after Australian Open exit

Victoria Azarenka was emotional after her Australian Open first-round exit but says she will "come back stronger".

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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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