Daytona 500: Giant crash triggered by Paul Menard causing 'carnage everywhere'

American driver Paul Menard triggers a giant crash in the Daytona 500 with 10 laps to go, a race that Denny Hamlin went on to win.

18-02-2019



Talking Horses: Dan Skelton crosses fingers as vaccinated runners return

The trainer isn’t expecting vaccinations to affect Cheltenham Festival runs, but this week’s prep races may be a different storyAfter a weekend of flu-affected action, jump racing will return to something like a level playing field this week and Dan Skelton is one of many trainers hoping his horses will be able to run to their best despite an unscheduled round of vaccinations. The new rule requiring runners to have had a recent vaccination came in last Monday night, since when the normally prolific Skelton has had just five runners, but it will be a different story this week; lots of his horses got their jabs and will be eligible to run from Tuesday.The Warwickshire trainer told me of his concern that some of those vaccinated last week, at his yard and at many others, may not run to form right away. “You are going to get horses this week and possibly the week after that seem OK at home but don’t run as well as expected. Some are going to feel no different and some are going to feel a bit down and you can’t tell until you get to the business end of a race. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp

• Premier clubs do not sell to rivals, Liverpool manager adds• England forward joined Dortmund for £8m in 2017Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool were beaten to the signing of Jadon Sancho by Borussia Dortmund because Manchester City refused to sell to a Premier League rival.The Liverpool manager confirmed his club’s interest in the teenage forward before Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, who attempted to add Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to their squad last month. While greater first-team opportunity is viewed as the principal reason for leaving the Premier League for the Bundesliga, with Sancho, Keanan Bennetts and Reiss Nelson among those to depart in recent seasons, Klopp believes the transfer policies of English clubs is another factor. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



John Mitchell and Warren Gatland forget friendship for Cardiff evening

• England’s defence coach remembers the old days in Waikato • Former teammates and housemates on opposite sides nowJust occasionally in sport there is no escaping one’s past. Once upon a time Warren Gatland and John Mitchell were house-mates in Hamilton, sharing car rides to training and much else besides. Little did either of them guess they would one day be reunited as rival coaches in the cauldron of a Six Nations Wales-England encounter in Cardiff. Related: England can trade on being hated, says defence coach John Mitchell | Gerard Meagher Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Maurizio Sarri must be given more time to adapt Chelsea, says Gianfranco Zola

Stamford Bridge assistant gives backing to his manager as they prepare to face Manchester United in the FA CupMaurizio Sarri has made subtle adjustments to his preferred style of play in an attempt to adapt to the demands of the English game with Chelsea and, according to his assistant, Gianfranco Zola, should be granted the same patience afforded Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.Chelsea go into Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Manchester United still in three cup competitions and only a point off the top four in the Premier League. Yet results and performances have been wildly unpredictable of late, with Sarri’s apparent intransigence in terms of adapting his favoured philosophy prompting discontent within the club’s fanbase scrutiny of his position. The board recruited the now 60-year-old from Napoli last summer knowing he would stand by the concept of “Sarri-ball”, and duly signed Jorginho from his former club to act as an on-field lieutenant to impose the tactical approach. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Paul Pogba drives Man Utd into FA Cup quarter-finals with 'magnificent' display

A "magnificent" performance from Paul Pogba, who made one and scored one, drives Man Utd to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup fifth round tie.

18-02-2019



Tyson Fury insists Deontay Wilder rematch still on cards despite ESPN deal

• Talks thrown into doubt by ‘exclusive’ broadcasting deal• Fury adamant fight is ‘more makeable now than ever’A proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder has been thrown into doubt after Tyson Fury announced a deal with ESPN that makes it the “exclusive” broadcaster of his fights in the US.Negotiations for a rematch, following December’s controversial draw in Los Angeles, were expected to conclude in an agreement for Fury and Wilder to fight in the US in May but they are now likely to end in frustration given Wilder has a deal with the network Showtime. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Ellis Genge hoping to be the man with a dragon tattoo

• England prop building a collection of body art on his right foot • Genge hoping for Six Nations start against Wales on SaturdayHeard the one about the England player hoping to get a Welsh dragon tattooed on his foot? Those who say rugby is short on characters have clearly not met Ellis Genge, the Leicester loosehead prop, whose taste in inspirational body art is putting the boot into Six Nations convention.To mark significant English Tests and overseas tours, the 23-year‑old likes to have a reminder of the experience inked on his right foot. Despite having only six caps, he already has a wide array of designs including wallabies, a springbok, a puma and a shamrock to denote successful recent England performances against Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Ireland, among others. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Manchester United and Pogba extend Chelsea’s misery as fans turn on Sarri

Chelsea will not stand for much more of this. Maurizio Sarri, isolated and alone, shuffled around his technical area as his team were out-muscled, out-manoeuvred and out-classed by Manchester United to depart the FA Cup with the kind of whimper that has become far too commonplace over recent weeks. The Italian’s eyes never left the pitch, but he could not have escaped the full repertoire of chants, whipped up by the fans in the Matthew Harding stand where faith in the current regime appears wrecked beyond repair, which damned their own head coach. The humiliation was brutal. Related: Vision plus precision – a swaggering Paul Pogba slices through Chelsea | Amy Lawrence Continue reading...

18-02-2019



The Fiver | Unfit to face inferior players who have hardly run a lap since Christmas

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Buoyed, cheered and generally heartened by the sight of Tottenham Hotspur piling some Big Cup hurt on German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Arsenal fans can look forward to some fun of their own when their team goes toe to toe with the works team of a tractor factory in Belarus tonight in Euro Vase. Bate Borisov are the opposition in the first knockout round and while most of their players are unknown outside their native country, there will at least be one recognisable face among the ranks. Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Jürgen Klopp ready for dangerous threat of Bayern Munich – video

Liverpool host five-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Speaking before the game, Jürgen Klopp discussed the 'outstanding' atmosphere he's anticipating at Anfield. Bayern travel to Merseyside with five key players missing, however Liverpool aren't without their own issues, with Virgil van Dijk suspended Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...

18-02-2019



FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.

18-02-2019



Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Continue reading...

18-02-2019



Shaun Harvey calls time after surviving Football League breakaway threat

• League’s chief executive will leave role at end of the season • Bad blood from Sky TV deal played some part in departureShaun Harvey has become the latest high-ranking figure in English football to declare he is stepping down after confirming he will leave his role as the Football League’s chief executive at the end of the season.With the Premier League yet to appoint a successor to Richard Scudamore following his departure in December and with Martin Glenn having said he will quit his post as the Football Association’s chief executive in May, Harvey’s departure after more than five years was announced on Monday by the EFL. The 48-year-old said he and the board had decided “to now move in a different direction having concluded a number of commercial contracts that leave the league in a stable position” – a reference to the domestic broadcasting deal he agreed with Sky last year. Continue reading...

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