Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Roger Federer in four-set Australian Open thriller

20-01-2019

• No 14 seed wins 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5)• Tsitsipas will face Roberto Bautista-Agut in quartersRoger Federer, who was the oldest player left in the men’s draw at 37, gave his blessing to the youngest, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, after the Greek prodigy beat him to reach his first quarter-final of a slam and declared himself, “the happiest man on earth”.The eminent loser – a six-time Australian champion reaching for his third here in a row – was happy for him too, although he later riled at John McEnroe’s on-court suggestion that Tsitsipas’s 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) win in three hours and 45 minutes represented a changing of the guard. Continue reading...



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

20-01-2019

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.



Manchester United 2-1 Brighton: Rashford's 'calm, assured' finishing praised by Solskjaer

20-01-2019

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Marcus Rashford's "calm, assured" finishing after the England striker scored again in a 2-1 win over Brighton.



Altior makes it 17 wins out of 17 with undemanding Ascot success

20-01-2019

• Easy Clarence House Chase victory for 1-10 favourite• Only concern for Altior could be repeated jumps leftWhen horses are involved, there is always something to worry about but Altior once more rose above all concerns that could be invented about his chance to enjoy a facile success in the Clarence House Chase at odds of 1-10. He remains unbeaten in 17 races over obstacles and, when he turns out next in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be attempting to match the record of 18 set by Big Buck’s.The pre-race tension this time was created by reports over the health of his stablemates at Nicky Henderson’s stable in Lambourn. Henderson admitted during the week that he was interested in the results of some trachea washes taken from his charges and on Friday he revealed that, after blood tests were carried out, he was sufficiently concerned to keep three horses at home rather than sending them out for their target races at Haydock. Continue reading...



Laurent Koscielny’s unusual goal seals victory for Arsenal over Chelsea

20-01-2019

This was a defeat to leave all Chelsea’s frailties brutally exposed and the head coach reverting to his native tongue to make clear the depths of his dissatisfaction. Overwhelmed as Arsenal ripped into them through a one-sided first half, Maurizio Sarri’s team had no incision of their own with which to muster anything approaching a riposte. A side lacking a focal point to their front-line limped away in defeat attempting to recall what had constituted their solitary shot on target, and with the gap to fifth and sixth place trimmed to a precarious three points.Their efforts had been feeble. They are a team treading water at present and Gonzalo Higuaín, a short-term fix at 31 and a striker with no previous experience of the helter-skelter of this division, cannot arrive on loan from Juventus soon enough. How they could have done with the Argentinian in his pomp here as they attempted to retrieve the deficit shipped in that furious opening period, though that lack of firepower was only one aspect of the problem. Continue reading...



Controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy disqualified for illegal knee on UFC debut

20-01-2019

Former Cowboys star was convicted of assaulting womanDonald Cerrone calls out McGregor at UFC Fight NightThe controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy’s UFC debut ended with a disqualification loss after he hit Allen Crowder with an illegal knee to stop the fight in the second round. Hardy left the NFL after he was convicted of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. The charges were later dropped after prosecutors said they couldn’t locate the accuser and believed she reached a settlement with the athlete. Continue reading...



Scottish Cup win over Ayr United is 'Auchinleck Talbot's game-changing greatest day'

20-01-2019

Auchinleck Talbot secretary Henry Dumigan says knocking Ayr United out of the Scottish Cup surpasses his club's 12 Junior Cup triumphs.



'The boys are ready to fight,' says Jürgen Klopp after 4-3 win against Crystal Palace – video

20-01-2019

The Liverpool manager said the main emotion after after a less than convincing display against Crystal Palace was relief. The Reds managed a 4-3 victory over Roy Hodgson's side, despite going down to 10-men after James Milner was dismissed. Liverpool remain top of the table Continue reading...



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

20-01-2019

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.



Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Neil Robertson to reach first Masters final - best shots

20-01-2019

Watch the best shots as Judd Trump makes it through to his first Masters final by beating Neil Robertson 6-4.



Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines – in pictures

20-01-2019

After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this year’s Dakar RallyClick here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear Continue reading...



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

20-01-2019

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.



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

20-01-2019

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...



England’s Quad Series hopes hanging by a thread after South Africa loss

20-01-2019

• England 45-48 South Africa• England must now beat Australia by five goals to win SeriesEngland’s hopes of claiming their first Quad Series title appear in tatters after South Africa tore up the script at London’s Copper Box Arena.From the high of a repeat 13-goal drubbing of New Zealand in Liverpool last week to this shock 48-45 loss to outsiders South Africa, England now face the daunting prospect of not only having to defeat Australia on Sunday but needing to do so by at least five goals to have any chance of achieving Quad Series history. Continue reading...



Mauricio Pochettino says there is no need to change Spurs’ philosophy

20-01-2019

The absence of Kane and Son will not lead to panic. Instead a manager who believes in giving his players time to develop will allow youngsters their chance to shineDuring the days when Mauricio Pochettino was still feeling his way into the English language, he saw the chance to pull out an idiom beside the pitch at Turf Moor. He could hear his opposite number effing and blinding in the other technical area, swearing at everything and nothing as managers do, and thought he would try a mild interjection of his own.“Sean Dyche was on the touchline: ‘Fucking this, fucking that’,” he says. “At one moment I turned to him and said: ‘Fuck off, Sean. Hey, Sean: fuck off’.” Continue reading...



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

20-01-2019

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