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...



Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

17-01-2019

Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...



Thierry Henry sees Monaco hope amid VAR drama of draw with Vieira’s Nice

17-01-2019

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira occupied their own intensely involved worlds for almost two hours but, when their first taste of temporary enmity was done, they could look one another in the eye. Both men have influenced far better matches than this Derby de La Côte d’Azur, which conjured up a steady enough stream of flashpoints but laid bare the dearth of quality they must attempt to correct. In the end a draw between two winners kept everyone broadly happy and, in the case of Henry and Monaco, ensured the pressure of a relegation battle gets no graver for now. Related: Cesc Fàbregas says he feels young again after move to Monaco Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m?

17-01-2019

Today’s fluff is living its best lifeWith transfer guru Sven Mislintat heading for the hills, Stan Kroenke slamming shut the war chest and £350,000-a-week man Mesut Özil marooned on his sofa, Arsenal fans have gone into meltdown mode. But wait! James Rodríguez could be about to jet in and calm the tensions.Colombia’s 2012 World Cup hero is in the second season of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions are not too fussed about making the move permanent for £39.5m, and he would happily pack his bags for London if Arsenal can cover the remaining £3m of the £11.5m loan fee Bayern agreed with Real Madrid. Continue reading...



David Warner dealt injury blow while playing in Bangladesh

17-01-2019

Warner picks up elbow injury on Sylhet Sixers dutyBanned batsman to return to Australia for assessmentSteve Smith and David Warner’s preparations for their long-awaited World Cup returns could both be thrown into chaos, with the latter set to follow his ex-skipper home from Bangladesh with an elbow injury.Just six days after Smith left the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to have surgery on his elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Warner would also head home to seek medical assessment on the same joint. Continue reading...



Dylan Hartley left out of England’s initial Six Nations squad with injury

17-01-2019

• Hartley will miss England’s opener against Ireland next month• Cowan-Dickie, Singleton, Thorley, Robson and Earl in squadDylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury and will miss their opening fixture against Ireland next month.Hartley has not played for Northampton since 21 December because of a knee problem and Eddie Jones has revealed he will not travel to England’s training camp in Portugal next week as a result. Continue reading...



'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...



Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

17-01-2019

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...



Jonny Williams: ‘People said it’s nice to see some honesty from a footballer’

17-01-2019

The midfielder on being in the Sunderland ’Til I Die documentary, starting afresh at Charlton and his desire to play for Wales again“I didn’t get a dog. But I’m still thinking about it,” confides Jonny Williams. “I want a cute one that isn’t going to give me too many problems.”It has been a fortnight since the Wales international and reluctant star of the Sunderland ’Til I Die documentary took the hardest decision of his career so far. After five loan spells that culminated in his ill-fated sojourn on Wearside, Williams finally left Crystal Palace for Charlton on a permanent deal. Continue reading...



Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Selby beats Stephen Maguire to progress in Masters

17-01-2019

Watch the best shots from three-time Masters champion Mark Selby's 6-2 win over Stephen Maguire as he progresses to the quarter-finals.



'You don’t bounce back from hitting a woman': Is this UFC's biggest lie?

17-01-2019

MMA fighters are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for domestic violence than NFL players. But UFC does not want to talk about the issueThis Saturday former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy — a man once convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend — will make his official UFC debut. To add to the controversy, Hardy is scheduled to compete on the same fight card as Rachel Ostovich, who suffered a broken orbital bone during an alleged attack by her husband. Her husband, Arnold Berdon, was arrested for attempted second-degree murder but was later charged with second degree assault.The UFC’s decision to do business with Hardy and promote him on a fight card featuring an alleged victim of assault emphasizes the promotion’s tone-deaf approach to handling domestic violence and its apparent disregard for fighters’ violent pasts. Continue reading...



Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

17-01-2019

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.



Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams beats Eugenie Bouchard in second round

17-01-2019

Serena Williams swats aside Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to continue her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.



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.



The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

17-01-2019

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...