Wales will not afford England a free ride to potential grand slam | Robert Kitson

23-02-2019 After a dominant start to the competition England can expect to face a major examination against Warren Gatland’s teamThe toll booths were removed from the Severn Bridge two months ago but granting a free ride to English rugby teams in Cardiff will never catch on. It explains why the Six Nations retains its passion and lustre, in defiance of societal changes and Britain’s shifting political sands. The desire to make England pay for the perceived crime of being English is always strongest on days like this, regardless of the championship table. Related: Eddie Jones finds a back-row trio who are singing from same song sheet | Andy Bull Continue reading...

Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

23-02-2019 A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City, given the player’s tragic death in the fallen private plane in the Channel on 21 January.Mark McKay, Willie’s son, had a mandate from Nantes to sell Sala to a UK club for 10% of the eventual £15m fee, and Willie McKay told the Guardian that he worked feverishly to interest Cardiff, persuade Sala to sign and cement the deal. His work included arranging two private flights for Cardiff’s manager, Neil Warnock, to watch Sala play for Nantes. Continue reading...

Alexander-Arnold: ‘I use last year’s loss at United as a learning point’

23-02-2019 The Liverpool right-back returns to Old Trafford keen to atone for chastening defeat by Manchester United 11 months ago“Don’t get complacent or big-headed” was the direct but well-meaning advice from Cafu to Trent Alexander-Arnold when the two-times World Cup winner attended an awards ceremony in Monaco this week. Listening to the Liverpool defender relive his uncomfortable afternoon at Manchester United last season underlines why his club and country do not – and Brazil’s most-capped player should not – worry about ego.Old Trafford, where Jürgen Klopp’s team head in search of the Premier League leadership on Sunday, staged what Alexander-Arnold describes as the hardest moment of his career last March. The Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid would claim that low mark two months later but United’s 2-1 victory, and the lessons from it, are seared on the 20-year-old. Continue reading...

Talking Horses: Glen Rocco can grab the bookies’ cash at Kempton

23-02-2019 A winning pointer in Ireland with a big jump in him, Glen Rocco showed promise around Kempton on Boxing Day when chasing home a talented sort who got first runTen runners is a disappointing turnout for the steeplechase formerly known as the Racing Post, which has been through several sponsors in recent years and is now the 888Sport Handicap Chase. But that is all to the good for connections of Glen Rocco (3.35), who has fewer rivals to beat at Kempton on his way to fulfilling the promise he has been showing this winter.A winning pointer in Ireland with a big jump in him, Glen Rocco showed promise around this track on Boxing Day when chasing home a talented sort who got first run. He then stormed home when returned to Kempton and stepped up to this distance last month. The handicapper has had his say but there is more to come from Nick Gifford’s chestnut. Rather Be has had a frustrating season but the memory of his narrow defeat at last year’s Cheltenham Festival sustains the sense that he can go close here. Continue reading...

Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 33 seconds into college basketball game – video

23-02-2019 Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on including US president Barack Obama and film director Spike Lee. The North Carolina Tar Heels went on to win 88-72 on Wednesday Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Marcus Rashford wanted by Barcelona?

23-02-2019 Today’s fluff is broadly fineMarcus Rashford is good at football! To the surprise of no one apart from José Mourinho, the Manchester United ace is capable of doing lots of goals and assists! All he needs is an arm round the shoulder, a few words of encouragement and a regular run of games up front! Then watch him fly. Watch him go. Watch him go all the way to Barcelona!That’s right: Barcelona have decided to make the United forward their top summer target. With Luis Suárez showing signs of decline, the Spanish champions have identified Rashford as a replacement for the Uruguayan forward and are willing to pay top dollar to get him. They’ll have to be fast, though, because United are on the verge of handing the England international a new long-term deal. Continue reading...

Champions League, angry Ronaldo and a Row 32 penalty – Football Weekly Extra

23-02-2019 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Nick Miller discuss everything looking like handball in slow-motion, goalless draws, Cristiano Ronaldo reacting like Ronaldo reacts to a defeat, the penalty which made it to Row 32 and P!nkJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last couple of days of football, starting with Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Schalke, having come back from a goal and a man down to take an advantage into the second leg. Continue reading...

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

23-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the Six Nations, Premier League football and the Track Cycling World Championships, plus much more.

West Ham 3-1 Fulham: Referee missed Hernandez handball - Claudio Ranieri

23-02-2019 Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is frustrated a controversial Javier Hernandez goal wasn't ruled out as his side stumbled after a good start to lose 3-1 away at West Ham.

Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash

23-02-2019 Who isn’t tough? Who didn’t show up? Who is going arty?Liverpool visit Manchester United on Sunday. Who were the world champions the last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford?FranceGermanySpainBrazilThe organisers of the Olympics are considering four new sports for the Games in Paris in 2024: surfing, climbing, skateboarding and…ChessSnookerBreakdancingSquashItalian football club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 by AC Cuneo last weekend. What was their excuse?They started the match with just seven players Six of their starters were teenagers Their 18-year-old captain had to double up as their manager All of the above As we approach the midpoint of the Six Nations, two teams remain unbeaten: England and…France IrelandScotlandWalesNicolò Zaniolo has been in great form this year, scoring important goals for Roma in Italy and the Champions League. But what did the 19-year-old have to do this week?Resit his driving test for the 10th time Do a month of military service Ask his mum to stop posting selfies online Take a week off for freshers week at the University of Rome Manchester City face Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday. Who did they beat in last year’s final?ChelseaSouthamptonArsenalWiganJarrell Miller has started the trash talk before his fight with Anthony Joshua, calling the British fighter, a “fraud”, “prick”, “square” and “giant pussy”. What else did Miller say to Joshua?"How tough can you be? Your cops don’t even got guns!""He ain’t nothing but a fat man. I’m going to punch him in his beer belly""My style is impetuous, my defence is impregnable and I’m just ferocious” "He’s too ugly to be world champion"Who said: “I cannot switch off. I have to accept it. I have this football virus. When I wake up in the morning, I think immediately about what game is on that day. That is my life”?David CameronArsène WengerJosé Mourinho Conor McGregorWhy has rugby player Nico Lee been banned for 13 weeks?He crept up behind a referee and pulled down his shortsHe peed on an opponent’s leg in a scrum He “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opponent’s faceHe walked up to the opposition’s manager and did the wanker sign in his faceManchester City goalkeeper Ederson did three of these things in his team’s 3-2 win against Schalke on Wednesday night. Which of them did he not do?Concede a goalSet up a goalReceive a yellow cardSave a shot1 and above.Oh dear2 and above.Oh dear3 and above.Not a bad effort4 and above.Not a bad effort5 and above.A fine effort6 and above.A fine effort7 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend8 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend9 and above.A very fine score. Have a great weekend0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.You genius. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

23-02-2019 Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

Cardiff 1-5 Watford: Neil Warnock laments 'bizarre' penalty call

23-02-2019 Cardiff boss Neil Warnock feels the "bizarre" first-half decision not to award his side a penalty affected his players in the second half where they went on to lose 5-1 to Watford.