Flamengo pay tribute to 10 teenage players who died in training ground fire

15-02-2019

Flamengo players and fans are joined by Fluminense to pay tribute to the 10 teenage players who died in a training ground fire.



In defence of Ashley Cole

15-02-2019

Ashley Cole has won more FA Cups than any player in history. Isn’t it time we appreciated his achievements?By Sean Cole for WSC, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAshley Cole played for Derby County in the Championship last weekend, his first appearance in English football for almost five years. The 38-year-old, who has felt curiously rootless and unloved throughout his career, says this will be his final stop before retirement. Of the much-vaunted, and subsequently derided, golden generation, Cole was arguably the only one to live up to his billing. For several years at Arsenal and Chelsea he made a compelling case for being the world’s best left-back. While Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were all overhyped at times, Cole was under-appreciated.There are several reasons why this might be the case, but there are clear parallels between him and Raheem Sterling. Both are outstanding black footballers, raised in London, who were branded greedy and irresponsible from a young age. Neither would claim to be entirely blameless, but the negative attention they have received from sections of the press has been wildly disproportionate. Continue reading...



Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning

15-02-2019

The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and yellow, the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is in the President’s Lounge telling reporters about his lucky stones. The original FA Cup-winning Crazy Gang may have been uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes many moons ago, but at the fan-owned phoenix club which replaced it there is still an apparent undercurrent of madness.Quiet and unassuming, Wordsworth is anything but deranged, although at one point he teetered on the brink. As a Southend player, he suffered the trauma of losing his beloved older brother, Steven, to a heart attack, a bereavement that led to a slump in form and eventually left him without a club. Picked up by Wimbledon, he is looking forward to an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Millwall on Saturday following his side’s demolition of West Ham. Continue reading...



Caster Semenya gets government backing in IAAF testosterone row

15-02-2019

• Minister calls proposed limits a ‘violation of human rights’• Double Olympic champion takes her fight to Cas on MondayThe South African government has thrown its weight behind Caster Semenya in her legal battle with world athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, declaring its proposed testosterone limit for women “a gross violation of human rights”.The double Olympic and three-times world 800m champion takes her fight against the IAAF to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) in Lausanne on Monday. Continue reading...



FA Cup: Newport hoping to pull off biggest FA Cup shock of all time

15-02-2019

Newport County manager Mike Flynn tells Football Focus reporter Mark Clemmit that his side hope to pull off the "biggest FA Cup shock" of all time when they take on Man City.



Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

15-02-2019

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...



Sala's body flown back to Argentina for funeral

15-02-2019

The footballer's body has arrived back in Argentina ahead of a funeral on Saturday.



Reece Prescod: British sprinter to skip European Indoors in favour of World Championships

15-02-2019

Reece Prescod will skip the European Indoors in Glasgow to focus on "bigger goal" of Doha World Championships.



Chris Smalling says Manchester United are once again a team to be feared

15-02-2019

• Defender says team playing their best since Alex Ferguson era• United away to Chelsea in FA Cup on MondayChris Smalling can draw on his own challenging childhood when talking to the pupils of Salford City Academy. He is there as the new patron of Football Beyond Borders, a charity that hopes to provide stability and hope for disadvantaged youngsters. Smalling’s glittering career shows how difficult beginnings can be overcome. The 29-year-old lost his father as a child and was raised on a council estate, the family requiring social security. Related: Kylian Mbappé’s teleportation device leaves Manchester United floundering | Barney Ronay Continue reading...



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

15-02-2019

This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.



High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know

15-02-2019

Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama probes the fraying covenant between white power brokers and their mostly black labor forceSteven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, written by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and available for streaming on Netflix, is the finest movie ever made about the business of professional sports, not for the answers it purports to give about a billion-dollar industry charged by undercurrents of race and politics but the questions it asks. Related: High Flying Bird review – Soderbergh scales new heights on Netflix Continue reading...



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

15-02-2019

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.



Juventus 3-0 Frosinone: Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juve go 14 points clear

15-02-2019

Juventus move 14 points clear at the top of Serie A with a routine victory over struggling Frosinone.



Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

15-02-2019

Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...



Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid defender 'had no choice' over controversial yellow card

15-02-2019

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he "had no choice" but to make the foul that earned him a yellow card against Ajax.



Bayern recover from 13-second own goal to beat Augsburg and close gap at top

15-02-2019

• Bayern win 3-2 and are two points behind Borussia Dortmund• Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’s 3-0 defeat of FrosinoneBayern Munich twice came from a goal down to beat Augsburg 3-2, courtesy of Kingsley Coman’s two goals, and cut the gap with the leaders, Borussia Dortmund, to two points.Champions Bayern, who take on Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 next week, were 1-0 down after only 13 seconds following a Leon Goretzka own goal. Coman briefly restored order when he tapped in a Joshua Kimmich cross in the 17th minute. Continue reading...



Newport County: the inside story of a club that rose from the dead

15-02-2019

Before the League Two side host Manchester City in the FA Cup we hear the remarkable tale from four people who know it bestAlthough Newport County went out of business in 1989, after being relegated from the Football League the previous season, the start of that decade was a golden era, notably the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final against Carl Zeiss Jena in 1981.David Hando (Newport County AFC honorary president and former chairman): If we had goalline technology we’d have won that and played Benfica in the semi-final. Continue reading...



FA Cup: Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Watford highlights

15-02-2019

Watch highlights as Watford reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons with a hard-fought win against battling QPR at Loftus Road.