Huddersfield set to put faith in Jan Siewert as answer to their prayers | Paul Doyle

21-01-2019

Terriers are ready to appoint the coach of Borussia Dortmund’s second string as new manager, as they did with David WagnerOf all the greats to have played at the John Smith’s Stadium, the best known is surely Jon Bon Jovi. So it was fitting that just before kick-off the public announcer played a track by everyone’s favourite rock cowboy, who performed here on his One Wild Night tour in 2001. Fitting, too, that for the first match following Monday’s departure of David Wagner as Huddersfield’s manager the chosen track was Keep The Faith.The plan, mind you, was for Wagner to deliver the final pre-match pep talk to the crowd via a pre-recorded video message. But a technical glitch with the stadium’s giant screen meant the German could only be seen, not heard. That, too, was apt in a season in which rotten luck has been a significant factor in Huddersfield’s predicament. Whatever the breaks, from ricochets of the ball to contested refereeing decisions, they have tended to go against the Yorkshire side, right up to what turned out to be Wagner’s last match in charge, when, at Cardiff City last week, Huddersfield were awarded a penalty only for it to be curiously overturned following advice from one of the referee’s assistants. Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Andy Carroll to Tottenham?

21-01-2019

Today’s fluff can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasonsTottenham have identified the perfect person to deputise for their occasionally injured English striker Harry Kane, and it is the almost permanently injured English striker Andy Carroll. The West Ham target man has a contract that expires in the summer and could thus be available for a mere £2m, depending – according to the Sun – on “whether Manuel Pellegrini reckons he needs the 6ft 4in striker to cover for unsettled Marko Arnautovic”. An 18-month contract is being readied, though reports in Spain suggest Spurs are also interested in the 22-year-old Real Betis striker Antonio “Tonny” Sanabria. Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...



World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

21-01-2019

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



Talking Horses: amazing recovery to win by jockey Michael Sweeney

21-01-2019

‘Perhaps there was some divine intervention,’ says trainer after young Irishman miraculously avoids hitting the turfI’ve seen some amazing recoveries in the saddle in my time but the one achieved by Michael Sweeney at the final fence of Killeagh point to point on Sunday is as good as any of them. He was clearly on his way to the ground after his mount, Ask Heather, jumped into the final fence instead of over it when holding a narrow advantage and favourite-backers knew perfectly well they had done their money.Sweeney ended up dangling from the mare’s neck for several strides but gravity must have been looking the other way because somehow the rider managed to wrestle his way back into the plate. He then asked his willing mount for a final effort and she sprinted forward, winning handily in the end. Continue reading...



Roger Federer beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open

21-01-2019

Watch highlights as the 20-year-old 14th seed from Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas beats defending champion Roger Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in Melbourne.



Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev: Australian Open last 16 – live!

21-01-2019

Australian Open updates from the men’s singles matchDoubles troubles: Dan Evans sparks feud with Jamie MurrayAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.23am GMT Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 1-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Too many errors are creeping into Medvedev’s game. He pretty much hands Djokovic a break point, though he saves it with a big serve. Djokovic shakes his head. He thinks he should have made the return. He earns another chance with a clever drop shot, but Medvedev saves again. Then the young Russian denies Djokovic with an ace. Djokovic doesn’t slow down, though, earning a fourth chance with a searing forehand that clips the baseline. Medvedev stands firm with another fine serve. Djokovic gets break point number five; Medvedev somehow clings on with some outstanding defence, hanging in the rally before making Djokovic pay at the net. It’s outstanding from both players, but how Medvedev needs to get out of this game safely. Eventually he does, capitalising on a couple of errors from Djokovic. 11.11am GMT Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 1-0 Medvedev (*denotes server): This Djokovic gives you chances, as Medvedev noted before the match, but he also takes them. It will be tough for the young Russian to come back from this, though let’s not forget that Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Roger Federer from a set down yesterday. There’s hope yet for the young pretender. But not yet. Djokovic holds to love. Continue reading...



Maria Sharapova rebuffs questions on meldonium and booing after Australian Open exit – video

21-01-2019

Maria Sharapova declared Ashleigh Barty could win the Australian Open after having her own title ambitions crushed by the big home hopeful.But a surly Sharapova was in no mood to answer questions about her controversial seven-minute toilet break between the second and third sets of her 4-6 6-1 6-4 fourth-round loss to Barty.The five-time grand slam champion was jeered by the Rod Laver Arena crowd after leaving Barty waiting, but Sharapova refused to answer whether or not the booing rattled her.The Russian also took exception to a question about her no longer being able to take meldonium, a drug she used for a decade before being suspended for 15 months after continuing to use the substance once it was banned by authorities.Sharapova's defeat, as well as the shock exit on Sunday of second seed and fellow former champion Angelique Kerber, has blown Barty's bottom half of the draw wide open.If the Australian can topple two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's quarter-finals, then she will face either Kerber's surprise conqueror Danielle Collins, unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or world No5 Sloane Stephens for a place in the title decider. Continue reading...



Doubles troubles: Dan Evans sparks feud with Jamie Murray

21-01-2019

Evans: doubles stars don’t work to ‘make it in singles’Murray angrily retorts: ‘I make a better living than Dan’There’s troubles in doubles. The seemingly innocuous observation by Jamie Murray that the widely respected specialist coach, Louis Cayer, deserves to be made national performance director across all disciplines has broken out into a full-blown feud with Dan Evans.Evans, who does not play much doubles, entered the debate just as it was dying when he told the Daily Mail: “Who exactly has Louis Cayer ever coached apart from doubles players? Why would British tennis allow him to take charge? It’s a ludicrous comment.” He added, “Jamie thinks we should be celebrating six pairs inside the main draw of a grand slam? So we are celebrating people who didn’t make it at singles and people who didn’t have the attitude to work hard enough to make it in the singles game.” Continue reading...



Super Bowl: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs

21-01-2019

Tom Brady reaches an unprecedented ninth Super Bowl after leading his team to a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs.



Danny Cipriani waiting on England call after Owen Farrell hand surgery

21-01-2019

• England captain and fly-half had operation on a thumb• Brad Shields and Joe Launchbury also concerns for JonesDanny Cipriani will find out in the coming days if Owen Farrell’s thumb injury leads to an England reprieve and a place in the squad to prepare for their Six Nations opener against Ireland. Last week Cipriani was omitted from England’s 35-man squad but Eddie Jones has yet to decide whether he needs an extra fly-half for the forthcoming training camp in Portugal in light of Farrell’s injury.Jones said he was “cautiously optimistic” Farrell would be fit to face Ireland in Dublin in 13 days’ time after it emerged the fly-half underwent minor surgery which ruled him out of Saracens’ European victory over Glasgow. The Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, said Farrell was expected to be on the sidelines for seven to 10 days and while the Rugby Football Union on Sunday confirmed he is set to travel to Portugal as planned on Wednesday, Jones may yet choose to call another fly-half into camp. Continue reading...



Judd Trump hammers Ronnie O'Sullivan to win first Masters title

21-01-2019

Trump beats O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace29-year-old wins title for the first time in emphatic styleJudd Trump won his first Masters title with an emphatic 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace.The 29-year-old began as an underdog in his first Masters final against a player seeking his eighth title, but made an impressive start, sweeping to a 4-0 lead and chalking up breaks of 89, 87 and 56. Continue reading...



Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk

21-01-2019

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk and offers to help him in the future following their thrilling Masters semi-final.



Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

21-01-2019

Dan Robson’s display is silver lining for Wasps, Tadhg Beirne outmuscles Exeter while Saracens look Leinster’s biggest threatDan Robson’s performance for Wasps was one of the few shining lights on what was a difficult day for the home side, even if they avoided the thrashing they received in Dublin. He looks back to the kind of form he began the season in before the injury that denied him a first cap in autumn struck.Robson’s try, selling Andrew Porter a fine dummy before racing to the line, was a demonstration of what he can bring, most likely off the bench, for England and Eddie Jones, who was watching in the stands. Bath can take heart from their performance in a scrappy match at Toulouse, even if the French side may have had a reason to avoid pressing for the bonus points. Both English sides have much to do in the Premiership, though, so will be somewhat relieved that forgettable European campaigns are over. Gerard Meagher Continue reading...



Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

21-01-2019

• Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...