Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-01-2019

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?



Ireland Six Nations squad unveiled with positive update on Johnny Sexton

17-01-2019

• Schmidt says World Player of the Year ‘making good progress’• Scotland name seven uncapped players in 39-strong squadIreland’s coach, Joe Schmidt, gave a positive update on Johnny Sexton’s fitness when naming his squad for the opening two rounds of the Six Nations on Wednesday. Sexton, the reigning World Player of the Year, has been troubled by a knee tendon issue and will miss Leinster’s final European Champions Cup pool match at Wasps on Sunday.“Johnny Sexton is making good progress, while Joey Carbery and Jack Carty have both performed consistently well so far this season,” Schmidt said after naming a 38-man squad. Continue reading...



Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season

17-01-2019

• Manager says it is not illegal but not necessarily right• Bielsa insists he had no bad intentions or wish to cheatMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Continue reading...



Ireland v England: Dylan Hartley not in squad for Six Nations opener

17-01-2019

Co-captain Dylan Hartley misses out on England's initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury.



'I didn't see it': Nick Kyrgios bats off questions over Bernard Tomic claims – video

17-01-2019

Nick Kyrgios faces the media after Bernard Tomic's allegations that there is a rift in Tennis Australia between Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios, Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios is dismissive, saying he hasn't heard the interview that Tomic gave and says he would play Davis Cup if askedTomic launches attack on Hewitt: ‘No one likes him’ Continue reading...



Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

17-01-2019

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...



FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

17-01-2019

Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.



'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

17-01-2019

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent Continue reading...



Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

17-01-2019

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...



The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children's children

17-01-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down injured. For a while the crowd held their breath. They were, it seemed, about to witness the substitution of a substitute’s substitute. This was something they could tell their children about, and their children’s children. Continue reading...



Frank Lampard hits out at Bielsa after Derby sink Southampton in shootout

17-01-2019

Marcelo Bielsa might have been able to tell everyone this before the game but penalties were required to separate Southampton and Derby in their third-round FA Cup replay. It was Frank Lampard’s side who held their nerve and go through to face Accrington Stanley in the fourth round after Nathan Redmond was the only man to miss in the shootout, the winning kick struck home by the unlikely figure of Richard Keogh. Related: Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season Continue reading...



'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

17-01-2019

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.



With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend | Jonathan Wilson

17-01-2019

The Leeds manager has an almost pathological honesty and there are few people in football so ready to admit fault as himMarcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He hadn’t made it as a player, too slow to make more than four appearances in central defence for Newell’s Old Boys. He had floated about the lower leagues for a while, studying agronomy and physical education. A university side was an obvious stepping-stone to greater things, but Bielsa didn’t treat it as such. Rather he watched 3,000 players before selecting his squad of 20.The 63-year-old has always been meticulous. When he was given a job in youth development at Newell’s, he wondered whether clubs were missing out on players from the interior, so got a map of Argentina, divided it into 70 sections and arranged a trial in each. Because he didn’t like flying, he ended up driving more than 5,000 miles in his Fiat 147 to see the results, establishing a theme that would become familiar of human fallibility, often his own, banging up against his plans and principles. Continue reading...



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

17-01-2019

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



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

17-01-2019

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



Juventus beat Milan to Supercoppa Italiana after Cristiano Ronaldo winner

17-01-2019

• Juventus 1-0 Milan (Ronaldo 61)• Gonzalo Higuaín, linked with Chelsea, comes on for MilanCristiano Ronaldo’s goal secured the Supercoppa Italiana for Juventus after a 1-0 win over 10-man Milan. The Portugal international struck with a second-half header as Juventus, runners-up in the previous two seasons, got their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2015. It was also a first piece of silverware for Ronaldo since he swapped Real Madrid for Juventus last summer.Juve dominated the first half with Douglas Costa firing a shot across goal and narrowly wide before João Cancelo also missed the target. Continue reading...



'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

17-01-2019

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?



Jo Pavey, 45, targets record sixth Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020

17-01-2019

British distance runner Jo Pavey is targeting a record-equalling sixth Olympic Games next year, when she will be 46.