MCC granted planning permission for £50m Lord’s redevelopment

17-01-2019

• Capacity of the ‘home of cricket’ will increase to 31,000• Permission granted for work on Edrich and Compton standsThe capacity of Lord’s will increase to 31,000 after planning permission was granted for work on the Edrich and Compton stands. Work will begin in August and the seating should be ready for the 2020 season at a cost of £50m, with full completion – including catering facilities – to be ready for 2021. Related: Joe Root finds touch in England warm-up but Jonny Bairstow fails at No 3 Continue reading...



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.



Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport

17-01-2019

• Varnish had hoped to sue governing body• 28-year-old to consider her optionsJess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes. She began legal proceedings after claiming she was dropped from the British Cycling squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics in retaliation for criticising her coaches. She argued that she was in effect an employee of both British Cycling and UK Sport and therefore should be subject to certain protections under law – including sick pay, a pension and the right to sue for unfair dismissal.However, at a tribunal in Manchester last month British Cycling and UK Sport claimed national lottery funding for athletes is more akin to a university grant and therefore should not be subject to the same employment rights. Continue reading...



Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for playing badly? | The Knowledge

17-01-2019

Plus: a job lot of early substitutions, and more towns that can fit their whole populations (and more) into their football grounds. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for not playing well enough?” wonders Mitch Mitchell.Well, here’s a quick answer Mitch: yes, loads. “I’m sure scores of Leeds fans immediately thought of Paul Rachubka who was substituted at half-time in the 5-0 loss to Blackpool in 2011,” begins Jamie O’Hare, one of several to suggest this one. “Rachubka was not a great success at Leeds, he’d been signed that summer following his release from Blackpool. He didn’t play again for Leeds.” Continue reading...



Premier League: BBC executive Tim Davie turns down chief executive role

17-01-2019

BBC executive Tim Davie becomes the second person to turn down the chance to be the new head of the Premier League.



Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

17-01-2019

Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...



NFL kicking woes, Ellyse Perry's brilliance and Leo Messi's perfect pass | Classic YouTube

17-01-2019

Also featuring Australian Open memories, Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally and the joy of drones in sport1) Cody Parkey was left feeling like the loneliest man in the world after watching his last-gasp potentially game-winning field goal bounce off the upright and crossbar in the Chicago Bears’ playoff defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles (keep an eye on the mascot in the background, too). Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by Parkey’s supposed misfortune. He has a knack when it comes to finding the woodwork. Here he is clattering the goal-frame four times from four kicks in a match last November. And here are those doinks immortalised in Tecmo Super Bowl. Parkey still has some way to go before he matches this single rugby union penalty, though. It boinged off the crossbar and post a full four times! Over to you Cody.2) The Australian Open kicks off on Monday and, as always, Roger Federer is among the favourites. Here’s his emotional journey to winning a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne last year, when Caroline Wozniacki finally won her first. Her ding-dong battle with Simona Halep was one of the matches of the year. There have been countless classic matches down the years but here are some of the best: Chris Evert Lloyd v Martina Navratilova in 1982, Boris Becker v Omar Camporese in 1991, Jennifer Capriati v Martina Hingis in 2002, Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Marat Safin v Roger Federer in 2005. And will Bernard Tomic have the chutzpah to try this bizarre underarm serve against an opponent at Melbourne Park? We hope so. Continue reading...



Professional rider Mason Lowe dies after bull steps on his chest at PBR event

17-01-2019

Lowe, 25, was thrown and injured during event in DenverMissouri native had been ranked 18th in the world by PBRA professional bull rider has died as a result of injuries sustained in a competition in Denver.Professional Bull Riders (PBR) confirmed in a statement that Mason Lowe died on Tuesday after he was thrown from a bull and trampled during Monday’s event at the Denver Coliseum at the National Western Complex. 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...



Death of Natasha Galpin in gallops accident a reminder of riding risks

17-01-2019

An accomplished rider in the eventing field, Galpin suffered fatal injuries in a fall while riding work on TuesdayThe name of Natasha Galpin will have been in the thoughts of stable staff and racing professionals around Britain on Thursday morning, following the awful news on Wednesday that the 22-year-old had been killed by a fall on Iain Jardine’s gallops. Galpin was riding there on Tuesday morning when her mount suffered a ruptured artery and fell, causing her to sustain injuries from which she did not recover.By all accounts, Galpin was a highly accomplished rider in the eventing sphere, in which she won the Scottish and Northern Novice Championships of 2017 at Hendersyde, near Kelso. As well as working for Jardine, she ran her own livery yard and showed her longstanding love of horses through postings online. 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...



'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...



Arsenal’s sunny outlook is now threatened by gathering clouds

17-01-2019

After grand plans, unbeaten runs and good vibes come shabby results, transfer issues and Sven Mislintat’s impending exitThree months ago, with the autumn sunshine beaming into the boardroom Arsenal built to overlook the pitches of their Hertfordshire training base, ambition seemed to course from the new leadership team promoted to run the club in place of the outgoing Ivan Gazidis. Related: Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m? Continue reading...