The Fiver | One of the banner occasions in the football calendar

24-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s one of the banner occasions in the football calendar: the semi-finals of England’s secondary knockout competition, Tin Pot! There have been some memorable ties down the years. The Fiver recalls Chelsea beating Wycombe Wanderers 4-0. One time, West Brom saw off Carlisle 4-1. And there was that season Manchester City battered West Ham 9-0 on aggregate. But anyway, those memorable ties we were talking about. Well, we vaguely remember fourth-tier Bradford City humiliating five-time winners Aston Villa. The Arsenal-Tottenham stramash in 1987 was fairly epic. And … erm … actually, sod it, that’ll do. QED! Continue reading...

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.

Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

24-01-2019 Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. 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...

Super Bowl: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs

24-01-2019 Tom Brady reaches an unprecedented ninth Super Bowl after leading his team to a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Australian Open: Serena Williams retreats after walkout mix-up

24-01-2019 Serena Williams is forced to turn back as she walks on to court while her opponent, Simona Halep, is being announced to the crowd before their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

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.

Australian exit shows Serena Williams is haunted by trauma of US meltdown

24-01-2019 Serena Williams has insisted she will ‘soldier on’ in search of slam glory but her quarter-final collapse against Karolina Pliskova posed questions about her emotional stateSerena Williams leaves Melbourne – and the rest of tennis – less certain about her future than her magnificent past, upset yet oddly resigned to the fact that what she hoped would be the extension of her comeback had unravelled in glorious confusion.In trying to rationalise the disappointment of falling three wins short of drawing alongside Margaret Court with a staggering 24 career majors, Williams moved with far more dexterity in the aftermath than she did while enduring a head-spinning collapse in the third set of her quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova. Continue reading...

Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey charged by FA over alleged Nazi salute

24-01-2019 • Wales goalkeeper could be banned for at least five matches• Hennessey has denied he was making Nazi saluteThe Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by allegedly making a Nazi salute, the Football Association has announced.Hennessey, 31, denies making the gesture in a picture posted on Instagram by his German teammate Max Meyer as the players celebrated their FA Cup win against Grimsby earlier this month. Continue reading...

Emiliano Sala: little hope player and pilot are alive, say rescuers

24-01-2019 Police to decide on Thursday whether to keep searching, as pilot is named as Dave IbbotsonRescuers fear that there is little hope of finding the footballer Emiliano Sala and an experienced pilot alive after their light aircraft went missing over the Channel Islands.The search for the new Cardiff City striker Sala and the pilot, who has been named as Dave Ibbotson from Lincolnshire, was postponed as darkness fell on Guernsey on Wednesday. A decision on whether to resume the search would be made early on Thursday, police said. It is understood that a French navy vessel had been directed to the area to assist. Continue reading...

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...

NBA: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry's worst five seconds of basketball

24-01-2019 Golden State superstar Stephen Curry shows he is human after all with five seconds of basketball to forget in the Warriors' 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

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...

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...

Emiliano Sala dominates news, thoughts and prayers in Argentina

24-01-2019 In two small, tightknit towns, locals hold the footballer dear, wait for updates and still hope for a miracleEmiliano Sala made a name for himself in France, playing for Bordeaux and Nantes among other clubs, but grew up in Argentina and the shock of what has happened to him is felt as much there as it is in Europe. Related: Emiliano Sala: little hope player and pilot are alive, say rescuers Continue reading...

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas v Rafael Nadal preview

24-01-2019 Stefanos Tsitsipas feels he "can do something good" against 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semi-final.

Ricky Ponting & Shane Warne send message to cricket car crash victim

24-01-2019 Wiltshire wicketkeeper Billy Cookson receives a special video message from Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan after a horrific car crash in Australia that almost claimed his life.

Maurizio Sarri: Eden Hazard 'has to do more' for Chelsea – video

24-01-2019 Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri said his main creative force Eden Hazard ‘is more of an individual player than a leader’, and urged the Belgian international to improve his level of performanceMaurizio Sarri questions Eden Hazard’s ability to be a leader for Chelsea Continue reading...

Seething Sarri, Liverpool win again and a slide-tackling fan – Football Weekly

24-01-2019 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Ed Aarons discuss Chelsea, Liverpool’s win over Palace, Claude Puel’s future at Leicester, Spurs’ dramatic win and the Charlton fan who slide-tackled his own playerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start by discussing Saturday’s London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri questioning his team’s motivation following their 2-0 defeat. We then move on to Liverpool’s wild win over Crystal Palace, before turning our attentions to the potentially differing futures of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Claude Puel. Continue reading...