Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers: Jordan Jones winner renders Jermain Defoe goal meaningless

24-01-2019 Jordan Jones scores the winner against the club he will join this summer, as Kilmarnock came from behind to beat Rangers and move into second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Jimmy Anderson helps revive England against West Indies on sluggish pitch

24-01-2019 • West Indies 264-8; Shai Hope 57, Shimron Hetmyer 56no• Anderson takes 4-33 off 24 overs, Ben Stokes takes 3-47With the ageless Jimmy Anderson at the helm and the second new ball in his hand, England just managed to retrieve a tricky situation. By snatching three late wickets as the sun headed swiftly towards the Caribbean sea, he dragged England back into a game that had been slipping out of control.Anderson finished the day with exceptional figures: 24-12-33-4. Leaving aside the wickets column, look at the volume of overs and runs conceded. Amid an uneven display among the bowlers – Ben Stokes was also impressive, while the rest struggled – Joe Root was indebted to his senior citizen as the West Indies slumped from 240 for four to 264 for eight against the second new ball. Continue reading...

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

24-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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

24-01-2019 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.

Nico Rosberg: Bringing F1 thinking to Davos

24-01-2019 Former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg wants to bring electric transport to the masses.

The Spin | Alastair Cook should follow tone set by CMJ in the commentary box

24-01-2019 Former England captain says he will refrain from personal criticism of players, but even a broadcaster as fair-minded as Christopher Martin-Jenkins could not always avoid controversyWhen Test Match Special announced that Alastair Cook would be lending his services to its non-ball-by-ball-coverage for two of the upcoming Caribbean Tests, the Spin thought immediately of another tall, reserved man whose gentle touch and warm voice anchored TMS for four decades.It seems unbelievable that it was just over six years ago (1 January 2013), that Christopher Martin-Jenkins slipped quietly away to his celestial Lord’s, at the age of 67, after suffering from cancer. His presence was always such a reassuring one that it wouldn’t be a surprise, even now, to switch on TMS and hear his sensible tones expressing some surprise at an outrageous choice of shot or an outre hairstyle. Something of the world at least would be back in its rightful place. Continue reading...

‘Subdued’ Cardiff City players train as Emiliano Sala dominates thoughts

24-01-2019 • Mood flat and sombre as Sala’s disappearance casts shadow• Neil Warnock said to be in ‘state of shock’ at situationCardiff City’s players returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since the news broke that Emiliano Sala, their club-record signing, was on board a plane that disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday evening.The session that took place at their Vale of Glamorgan base was described as flat and subdued as staff and players were consumed by thoughts of Sala and the realisation that he should have been out on the pitch training alongside them. Continue reading...

Karolina Pliskova v Naomi Osaka: Australian Open women's semi-finals – live!

24-01-2019 Updates from Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne ParkAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 5.10am GMT Both players make their way out onto the Rod Laver Arena, first Pliskova, followed closely by Osaka. A decent reception for both, but the Australian crowd leaning slightly towards Osaka in terms of support.And it’s hit 40 degrees in Melbourne. So much for a top of 36, predicted pre-game! 5.00am GMT So, to find out who will be Kvitova’s opponent in the final, and on to our second semi-final, between Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka.There were some shots of Osaka earlier taking a keen look at the “heat stress” index graphic just before the roof was closed. My understanding is we’ll stay with the roof closed for this second semi - not sure if that will favour anyone in particular. Continue reading...

Highlights: Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova after holding match points

24-01-2019 Serena Williams misses four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova wins the final six games to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.

England’s Marlie Packer: ‘I thought it was all over. I’d lose my job, lose my rugby’

24-01-2019 The Saracens back-rower’s career hung by a thread after a ‘soul-destroying’ drink-driving incident but the RFU’s support meant the chance of a fresh startMarlie Packer remembers it as a gorgeous August Saturday. Saracens had a pre-season friendly. She was still recovering from an operation, so didn’t play, but spent the day running out the water bottles. They won handily, and afterwards everyone went to the pub. It was the first time the whole squad had been back together since they won the Premiership final three months earlier. “Everyone’s spirits were really good,” Packer says. She had two drinks. “I didn’t really think about it, I didn’t feel drunk or anything like that, I was just in a good mood. We all were.” And then she drove home.It’s a long way from Saracens’ home ground to Packer’s house in Twickenham and she was most of the way there when it happened. Coming down the Kew Road she saw a car come rushing up to a junction ahead. She was sure it was going to pull out, so swerved into the other lane to avoid it. Her van clipped the back of an oncoming car, the airbags exploded, and her van smacked into the kerb. Through the shock, she felt certain she wasn’t hurt, so she unbuckled herself, opened the door and ran around behind to check on the people in the car she had hit. Mercifully, they were fine too. Continue reading...

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

24-01-2019 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?

Saints v Rams: Osi Umenyiora 'sick to stomach' after controversial NFL call

24-01-2019 The NFL This Week team dissect the controversial no-call in the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams' NFC Championship game.