Delray Beach Open: Dan Evans beats Andreas Seppi to reach semi-finals

23-02-2019 Britain's Dan Evans reaches his first ATP Tour semi-final in over two years by beating Andreas Seppi in the Delray Beach Open.

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.

Manchester United result will not decide title, says Jürgen Klopp

23-02-2019 • Klopp worried about ‘too much pressure’ on his players• Liverpool manager backs Solskjær to land United job full-timeJürgen Klopp has said Liverpool will be under “too much pressure” should they consider Sunday’s visit to Manchester United a defining moment in the title race rather than an opportunity to inflict a first Premier League defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s reign.The Liverpool manager is acutely aware of the perception that Old Trafford is the most difficult assignment remaining, on paper at least, in his team’s pursuit of a first league championship for 29 years. Liverpool will move three points clear of Manchester City with a first win at United since their last title challenge in 2014, but Klopp believes it would be self-defeating to consider the wider implications of Sunday’s outcome. Continue reading...

England blown away by West Indies seamer Sheldon Cottrell in second ODI

23-02-2019 • Second ODI: West Indies 289-6; England 263• Cottrell takes 5-46 as West Indies win by 26 runs• View the full scorecard from the Kensington OvalA tight, tense evening in balmy Bridgetown saw West Indies level their one-day series with England thanks to an inspired spell of bowling from Jason Holder and five wickets for Sheldon Cottrell, a left-armer with a zany celebration.Eoin Morgan’s tourists had been chasing 290 to win this second fixture, a target set up by Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 104 in the first innings. And after half-centuries from the England captain (70) and Ben Stokes (79) they appeared to be heading towards a 2-0 series lead when needing 62 from 61 balls with six wickets in hand. Continue reading...

Manchester City 'made banned £200,000 Jadon Sancho agent payment'

23-02-2019 Manchester City made a banned payment of £200,000 to Jadon Sancho's agent when the England winger was 14 years old, according to Der Spiegel.

'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...

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

23-02-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

I never feared sack at Manchester City like Sarri does at Chelsea, says Guardiola

23-02-2019 • Catalan draws contrast with Chelsea’s short-term approach• Sarri’s side will be keen to avenge 6-0 loss, warns GuardiolaPep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte never did and suggested Maurizio Sarri may encounter the same lack of support.Guardiola struggled during his first season but never felt any sense he would be removed. He cited this when saying his experience was different to that of Sarri, who is under severe pressure during his opening campaign at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading...

Wales v England in the Six Nations: 'A sporting occasion like no other'

23-02-2019 A Wales v England Six Nations match in Cardiff attracts fans from all corners to sample a unique atmosphere, says chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

Six Nations: Wales v England - watch some of the greatest moments from past matches

23-02-2019 As Wales take on England in the Six Nations, watch some of the greatest moments, including Gavin Henson's tackle on Matthew Tait and James Haskell hitting the post.

Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

23-02-2019 The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line at the O2 and both boxers know the result will determine their futuresHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded with titles and cursed by ill-health, and he will be driven by the spectre of retirement to overcome Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in south-east London on Saturday night. Related: Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale Continue reading...

Weakened Scotland bidding to expose self-belief of unpredictable France

23-02-2019 Despite missing a cluster of key players Scotland believe they can win in Paris for the first time since 1999Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a second-string side. Of the team’s key quartet, only the captain, Greig Laidlaw, is in the squad, Finn Russell having joined Stuart Hogg and Willem Nel on the injury list this week.Factor in other absentees such as Huw Jones,, Ryan Wilson and Hamish Watson, and it may seem that this game is France’s to lose. But that also appeared to be the case at half-time in their last home game, before they went on to surrender a 16-0 lead to Wales. Given such an ignominious collapse was followed by a heavy defeat at Twickenham, it is evident self-belief is in short supply in the French ranks, as Jacques Brunel implied when asked if, by naming his team two days early, he were not giving the Scots an advantage. “After seeing our performance against England, Scotland must be pretty confident anyway,” the head coach said. Continue reading...

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...

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...