NBA: Jayson Tatum's 'spectacular drive & finish' in NBA's top 10 plays

Watch the best plays from last week's NBA games including a spectacular finish from the Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum.

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Six Nations: Hostile atmosphere awaits England in Cardiff

England will face a hostile atmosphere in Cardiff on Saturday - and it starts with the journey from the hotel to the stadium.

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Joe Marler has no regrets over England absence despite pull of Wales tussle

• Prop has had no call from Eddie Jones despite Vunipola injury• Marler happy out of England fray but Wales is ‘incredible’ gameJoe Marler has admitted he would love to be playing for England against Wales on Saturday but insists he has no regrets over his international retirement despite Mako Vunipola’s injury-enforced absence.England head to Cardiff light on experience at loosehead prop after Vunipola was ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, leaving Eddie Jones to choose between Ben Moon and Ellis Genge, who have five Test starts between them. Marler revealed Jones has not been in contact about coming out of retirement and, while he did not completely close the door on doing so in the future, he said adding to his 59 England caps was “highly unlikely”. He did concede that England versus Wales was his favourite fixture to play in because of the hostility of the Welsh supporters. Continue reading...

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British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

• 19-year-old’s time in testing is second only to Charles Leclerc • Lewis Hamilton completes 74 laps and is 10th-fastestLando Norris, who took to the track for the first time as a Formula One driver in testing on Tuesday, capped a strong performance by setting the second-fastest time. The 19-year-old McLaren driver will be the youngest British driver to take part in F1 when he makes his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March and has made a controlled and confident start to his new career.Norris has already shown promise and he was able to exploit McLaren making a far stronger start in testing than they have in the previous four years. His time, set in the last hour of a day during which he completed an impressive 104 laps, was just over three-tenths down on Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, who led the timesheets throughout. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

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Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years?

Liverpool’s draw with Bayern followed a Champions League last-16 pattern so far – and the phenomenon runs deeperIt’s early days yet, of course. Nobody should be getting carried away. There’s plenty of time for the second legs or subsequent rounds to make a mockery of the thought but, after a few years in which the big clubs have treated caution as something laughably old-fashioned, a quaint affectation like a waxed moustache or a pocket-watch, might defending be making a comeback?There were no goals in Tuesday’s two Champions League ties. Nobody has yet scored a goal in the first half of a Champions League knockout tie this season. Goals per game in the last 16 (with all the obvious caveats about sample size) are at less than two as opposed to 5.0 in the knockout phase last season. It’s as though the collective thought has gone round that after last season’s chaos of three-goal comebacks and nearly comebacks, getting the defence right is where teams can gain an edge. Continue reading...

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Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...

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Anthony Crolla: Terms agreed for Vasyl Lomachenko fight

Great Britain's Anthony Crolla will face Vasyl Lomachenko in a WBA world title fight in Los Angeles in April.

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Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a dismal habit that shows us sport at its most small-minded and should have been banned long ago. But this week it has done the world a favour.In the Test in St Lucia, the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel was bad-mouthing the England captain, Joe Root. What Gabriel said the stump microphone did not catch but it did bring us Root’s reply: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Continue reading...

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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Rachael Blackmore: Jump jockey seeking to become first female champion

Meet Rachael Blackmore - the rider looking to make history by winning the Irish championship.

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West Indies v England: first ODI – live!

Updates from the first ODI in BarbadosYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsThe Spin: Questions facing England ahead of the World Cup 3.03pm GMT 1st over: West Indies 5-0 (Gayle 0, Campbell 4) Peep peep! Chris Woakes opens the bowling to Christopher Henry Gayle, who is playing his last ODI series in the Caribbean. A leg bye gets the scoreboard creaking, and then the debutant John Campbell drives handsomely through mid-off for four. Shot!“The JCL mention immediately put me in mind of the famous (well, to me at least) JCL musings here, particularly overs 76–79,” says Dave Voss. “Halcyon days really both chat wise and the era defining batting on show. Sad though, given the way he was batting that day nobody would have though that Gilo would never score a half century again Also re-reading that weren’t you supposed to be packing the OBO game in 14 years ago?!” 2.55pm GMT An email“Catalogue model, you say?” says Gary Naylor. Continue reading...

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Kevin De Bruyne says quadruple ‘nearly impossible’ for Manchester City

• Pep Guardiola’s side may have been ‘figured out’• City set to face Schalke in Champions League last 16Kevin De Bruyne has said Manchester City have been “figured out” but he still believes they can win three competitions and so better last season.City, in Germany for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Schalke, won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points and also claimed the Carabao Cup. This season they are still in contention for a quadruple and, though De Bruyne described this as “nearly impossible”, he is unfazed by City having to adjust their play to beat teams. Continue reading...

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