Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

24-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Talking Horses: Too Darn Hot matches Frankel with two-year-old rating

24-01-2019 John Gosden’s colt allotted rating of 126 – the same mark Frankel received at the end of his juvenile seasonToo Darn Hot’s exceptional form in his juvenile campaign last season has just received the official seal of approval from British Horseracing Authority’s handicappers, with John Gosden’s colt allotted a rating of 126 in the 2018 two-year-old classification – the same mark that Frankel received at the end of his juvenile season in 2010. No two-year-old has been given a higher mark since Xaar in 1997.Frankel was joint-top in the ratings eight years ago, alongside Dream Ahead, but Too Darn Hot is 5lb clear of Charlie Appleby’s Quorto, with the Middle Park Stakes winner, Ten Sovereigns, from the Aidan O’Brien stable in Ireland, another pound further back on 120 Michael Bell’s Pretty Pollyanna, on 116, is last season’s top-rated juvenile filly. Continue reading...

#WorkoutWednesday: Max Whitlock's second HIIT routine

24-01-2019 In the fourth of our 2019 series of #WorkoutWednesday routines, GB Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock takes you through another of his favourite HIIT routines.

Victoria Pendleton reveals she considered taking her own life

24-01-2019 • Former Olympic cyclist speaks about mental health issues• 38-year-old has ‘turned a corner’ after summer tormentFormer Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed she considered taking her own life last summer.The 38-year-old has previously spoken about her mental health issues and, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, has given a graphic account of how matters deteriorated. Continue reading...

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...

Ireland’s Joe Schmidt prepares to host England in ‘brutal’ Six Nations opener | Robert Kitson

24-01-2019 England head to Dublin on the opening weekend for the first time since 1995, with Rory Best expecting a ‘monster’ testThe 2019 Six Nations championship will not conclude until mid-March but rarely has the grand old tournament’s opening weekend been so pivotal. Even Ireland’s usually understated head coach, Joe Schmidt, is warning his players to brace themselves for a “brutal” first-round collision with England, with the visitors intent on easing the hurt of their fifth-placed finish last season. Related: Owen Farrell expects to be fit to face Ireland in England’s Six Nations opener Continue reading...

Tiger Woods to open 2019 at Farmers Insurance Open looking for 81st PGA Tour title

24-01-2019 Tiger Woods makes his first start of 2019 at the Farmers Insurance Open on a Torrey Pines course that has proved so successful for him.

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

24-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Borussia Dortmund prepared to break transfer record to sign Wilfried Zaha

24-01-2019 • Bundesliga leaders interested in Crystal Palace forward• Palace expected to demand more than £50m for ZahaBorussia Dortmund have expressed an interest in signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace in the summer, with the Bundesliga leaders prepared to smash their transfer record to sign the Ivory Coast international.Dortmund are understood to have already made contact with Zaha’s representatives as they attempt to find a replacement for Christian Pulisic, who joined Chelsea this month for £58m but will not arrive at Stamford Bridge until next season. Despite signing a new contract at Selhurst Park at the start of this season worth £130,000 a week that lasts until 2023, it is believed that the 26-year-old would be open to a move to Germany as he is keen to play in the Champions League. Continue reading...

Nick Timothy fails at politics so walks straight into British sport’s blazer class | Marina Hyde

24-01-2019 Having stormed it with the Windrush scandal and dementia tax, Theresa May’s former chief of staff is now in place to look after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in BirminghamApart from the rude ones, there is only one word for the fact Theresa May’s former chief of staff Nick Timothy has been made a board member of the organising committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Inevitable. This is simply how stuff works. I’m only sorry our denuded empire means Nick can’t be given an Indian province or something. Or at least a go on Malaya.The ways Timothy’s latest appointment were inevitable are many and various, and we’ll come to them shortly. But we must begin with a recap of how we got here. Because, of course, Nick wasn’t always the crayonner of red lines, the taxer of dementia, the shitter of the electoral bed. And, in one potential timeline, the parliamentary-maths-destroyer that ends up causing no-deal Brexit. 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...

Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

24-01-2019 The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

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.

Watch 'incredible recovery' as jockey Mikey Sweeney almost falls off and still wins

24-01-2019 Jockey Mikey Sweeney on Ask Heather almost falls off but makes an "incredible recovery" then goes on to win the race.

Sergio Agüero puts icing on cake for Manchester City against Burton

24-01-2019 Manchester City’s chances of returning to Wembley were never on thin ice after their 9-0 first-leg victory but Pep Guardiola was relieved his players came through this game unscathed as Burton Albion’s pitch frosted up in sub-zero temperatures.Sergio Agüero’s first-half goal was sufficient to win the game, on a night when Nigel Clough’s League One team did themselves proud, but the City manager was just as glad his mixture of expensive players and young hopefuls did not pick up any serious injuries on a treacherous surface. “The game was very dangerous because the pitch was so slippery,” Guardiola said. “But no injuries, that is so important. We enjoy the moment because we are in a final. We know in Wembley, as we [discovered in beating Arsenal 3-0] last season, it’s quite special. It’s nice to play a final in Wembley.” Continue reading...

Masters Snooker 2019: Watch five great flukes

24-01-2019 Watch five great flukes from the 2019 Masters, including shots from Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Luca Brecel.

England in West Indies: James Anderson takes four wickets to boost tourists

24-01-2019 James Anderson takes four wickets in the final session to swing the first Test in England's favour on day one against West Indies in Barbados.