Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

21-02-2019 Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.

England in West Indies: Jason Roy & Joe Root hit centuries in record chase

21-02-2019 Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root help England complete their highest one-day run-chase and beat West Indies in the series opener.

Scotland tour of Oman: Hosts respond to 10-wicket loss to win by 93 runs

21-02-2019 Scotland slip to a 93-run defeat by Oman in the second of their one day matches, just a day after bowling their opponents out for 24.

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

21-02-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years?

21-02-2019 Liverpool’s draw with Bayern followed a Champions League last-16 pattern so far – and the phenomenon runs deeperIt’s early days yet, of course. Nobody should be getting carried away. There’s plenty of time for the second legs or subsequent rounds to make a mockery of the thought but, after a few years in which the big clubs have treated caution as something laughably old-fashioned, a quaint affectation like a waxed moustache or a pocket-watch, might defending be making a comeback?There were no goals in Tuesday’s two Champions League ties. As yet, nobody has scored a goal in the first half of a Champions League knockout tie this season. Goals per game in the last 16 (with all the obvious caveats about sample size) are at less than two as opposed to five in the knockout phase last season. It’s as though the collective thought has gone round that after last season’s chaos of three-goal comebacks and nearly comebacks, getting the defence right is where teams can gain an edge. Continue reading...

Dan Evans into Delray Beach Open quarter-finals, Cameron Norrie loses in Rio Open

21-02-2019 Britain's Dan Evans beats wildcard Lloyd Harris 6-0 6-2 to reach the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals, while Cameron Norrie loses in the Rio Open.

'It's not the game we dreamed of': Jürgen Klopp disappointed by performance against Bayern – video

21-02-2019 Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp struck a philosophical tone after his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Admitting that Bayern would be the happier side to emerge from their Anfield encounter without conceding, he insisted that the result was still a good one for Liverpool: "If we won tonight 1-0, what changes, really?"Liverpool and Bayern Munich trade blows but draw leaves tie poised Continue reading...

Chelsea Women 6-0 Bristol City Women: Fran Kirby & Beth England score hat-tricks

21-02-2019 Fran Kirby and Beth England both grab hat-tricks as Chelsea thump Bristol City in the Women's Super League.

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Jurgen Klopp admits draw was 'not the game we dreamed of'

21-02-2019 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp describes his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie as "not perfect but good enough to work with".

Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight

21-02-2019 Miller says Joshua weight gain was aided by testosteroneUnderdog describes opponent as a ‘prick’ and an Uncle TomWere prizefights won on self-belief and a sharp tongue, Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller might already be the heavyweight champion of the world.They and he are not, of course. But that didn’t stop the outspoken challenger to Anthony Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles, for years one of the division’s most prolific talkers, from berating his forthcoming opponent as a “fraud”, “prick”, an “Uncle Tom” and “giant pussy” in a sensational opening salvo on Tuesday in the press conference to announce their 1 June showdown at Madison Square Garden. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of taking testosterone, based on how much weight he put on after London 2012. Continue reading...

Schalke 2-3 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling snatches late win for City

21-02-2019 Raheem Sterling scores a last-minute winner as 10-man Manchester City come from behind to beat Schalke in the Champions League.

Formula 1 testing 2019: Williams describe delayed start to testing as 'embarrassing'

21-02-2019 Williams say it was "embarrassing" for the team to miss the first two days of pre-season testing because their car was not ready.

Sadio Mane: Liverpool forward's house burgled during Champions League match

21-02-2019 Sadio Mane's house is burgled while the forward playing in Liverpool's Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

21-02-2019 Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

Rangers 5-0 Kilmarnock: Morelos quartet subdues 10-man visitors

21-02-2019 Alfredo Morelos scores four goals on his return from suspension as Rangers hammer 10-man Kilmarnock to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Why the future of the World Club Challenge must be secured

21-02-2019 Sunday night was a big success. The Super League and NRL should be working together to ensure this contest lives on By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAnyone doubting the status of the World Club Challenge should have seen the evidence in Wigan on Sunday evening. Giant flags, a serious burst of fireworks, and the NRL and Super League trophies greeted the players as they walked out at the DW Stadium. Amid all the ceremony, it felt as if there were more people on the pitch before kick-off than have been in the stands at some League One games this season. Wigan’s hotels were full and there were even half-and-half scarves for sale outside, for goodness’ sake.Yet after an interminable wait to collect their medals from Martin Offiah – looking like Cluedo’s Reverend Green in an extraordinary outfit - the victorious Roosters players seemed faintly embarrassed to be on stage after a ‘trial game’, looking at the strategically-placed bottles as if to say, “Champers, after that - really?”. But their achievement sunk in and they were still in their dressing room celebrating 80 minutes after the final hooter. Continue reading...

What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

21-02-2019 Plus: sent off after scoring a hat-trick, outscoring your age in a season and putting a corner flag to different use. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Continue reading...

FA Cup: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United highlights

21-02-2019 Watch highlights as Manchester United cruise past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone's managerial career

21-02-2019 Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against JuventusBy Greg Lea for These Football TimesIt is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When he replaced Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, the club appeared to be consigned to mid-table in La Liga. They had won the Europa League 18 months before he arrived at the club under Quique Sánchez Flores, but a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009 were the height of the club’s domestic achievements in the previous decade. The season before Simeone took over, Atlético finished behind Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in seventh place, 38 points behind champions Barcelona and just 15 above the relegation zone.That Atlético smashed the seemingly impregnable duopoly Barcelona and Real Madrid had established in La Liga to lift the title in 2014 – just three years into Simeone’s reign – is nothing short of sensational. He had already secured the club’s 10th Copa del Rey and another Europa League and Super Cup in his first two campaigns, as well as reaching the 2014 Champions League final, but his triumph in La Liga was undoubtedly the pinnacle. It is impossible to fluke your way to a league championship. Continue reading...