Cardiff 1-5 Watford: Gerard Deulofeu scores hat-trick in Watford victory

23-02-2019 Gerard Deulofeu scores Watford's first top-flight hat-trick since 1986 as they boost their hopes of a Europa League spot by cruising to victory at Cardiff.

Chelsea may turn to England coach Steve Holland if Maurizio Sarri is sacked

23-02-2019 • Holland has worked at Chelsea and assists Gareth Southgate• Holland the favoured option to take charge till summerChelsea would consider approaching their former coach and current England assistant manager Steve Holland to help steady the ship on an interim basis if they call time on Maurizio Sarri’s tenure at the club over the next week.Sarri, who is seven months into a three-year contract, is clinging to his job despite the team’s progress to the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. Recent humiliating defeats by Manchester City and Bournemouth have eroded confidence in the Italian, who faces pivotal games against City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Super League Triathlon: World Champion Vicky Holland - 'It is brutal'

23-02-2019 World Triathlon Series Champion Vicky Holland discusses the Super League Triathlon format with BBC's Louise Minchin ahead of Saturday's eliminator races in Singapore.

Robert Kraft: New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution

23-02-2019 Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in sex sting operationKraft, 77, is among 25 individuals to be charged in probePolice say they have videotape of Kraft receiving sex actsTrump calls charges ‘very sad’ in remarks from Oval OfficeNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a sex trafficking sting operation in Florida, authorities said Friday.Kraft, the billionaire businessman whose Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month and who is one of the most powerful figures in American sports, was charged as a ‘john’ on two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, police said. Continue reading...

Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

23-02-2019 • We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. 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...

England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

23-02-2019 The prop has been described as a ‘timebomb’ and, as Wales will see in Cardiff, he is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may have what I would call his “odd moments” every now and again but I can live with that if you get the rest of the package and that is what we are now seeing. Related: Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’ Continue reading...

Manchester City fan in medically induced coma after alleged assault

23-02-2019 • City supporter had been attending game against Schalke• It was really tough news, says Pep GuardiolaThe Manchester City fan seriously injured during the win at Schalke is in a medically induced coma and Pep Guardiola, the team’s manager, has sent the 32-year-old his best wishes for a successful recovery.The supporter was at the Champions League game on Wednesday with his mother, father and sister when he suffered “massive trauma to his skull and brain” in an alleged assault just before the end of the last-16 opening leg. Police said there had been a violent confrontation on the walkway in front of the away fans’ stand and involving Schalke and City fans. Continue reading...

Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years

23-02-2019 Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as the likes of Jonny May and George North have emerged as key attacking forces once againInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to days long gone, when matches that were clotted with set-pieces and punch-ups were invariably interrupted by moments of brilliance that endure in the memory.Richards kick-started the golden era for Wales when they won the triple crown 50 years ago, but left for rugby league six months later. Others at that time went on to become world renowned while Richards was breaking records at Salford, but the game has seen few more accomplished wings: he had everything and more. Continue reading...

Dustin Johnson takes command as Rory McIlroy struggles on the greens

23-02-2019 • Tiger Woods stalking leaders in WGC Mexico Championship• Ricky Fowler penalised after falling foul of new rulesHow thoughts of a procession can quickly evaporate. Rory McIlroy, four holes into his second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, had already backed up an opening 63 with another three birdies. His lead over the field was four.Even a dropped shot at the 6th, after McIlroy found water when trying to reach the par five in two, did not particularly register. Worse, as he afford hope to the remainder of the field, was to follow. McIlroy four-putted from the fringe of the 9th for a double bogey. He missed from 3ft at the 15th. All the while, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar lurked with intent. Continue reading...

England in West Indies: Hosts claim dramatic 26-run victory

23-02-2019 West Indies produce an inspired fightback to claim a thrilling 26-run victory over England and level the one-day series at 1-1.

The Fiver | Sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience

23-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!“The protection of minors,” Fifa wrote in a statement issued today regarding Chelsea’s apparently repeated and flagrant flaunting of regulations concerning the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, “is a key element in Fifa’s regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount.” Continue reading...

Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

23-02-2019 The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. Pitbull was booked to perform at the opening of the Pakistan Super League at the Dubai Cricket Stadium last weekend.This was of course a hugely exciting prospect. As anyone who witnessed his set at the Brazil 2014 World Cup will be aware, Pitbull gives great opening ceremony, a style of performance that doesn’t really involve singing or rapping, but is more a matter of standing on a lighted plinth looking purposeful and occasionally pointing at things. Continue reading...

Six Nations: England 'would beat All Blacks' but Wales 'different animal' in Cardiff

23-02-2019 England's form is so good they would beat the world champion All Blacks, according to Wales legend Shane Williams.