Can Leeds' Samantha Briggs be the Fittest on Earth in 2019?

21-02-2019 BBC Sport meets Samantha Briggs, from Leeds, who will compete to be crowned the Fittest on Earth at this year's CrossFit Games - a competition she won in 2013.

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.

Roger Federer confirms clay court comeback at Madrid Open

21-02-2019 • Swiss player has not played on clay for two years• Federer will be in the draw for tournament in MayRoger Federer has confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season after two years away.The 20-times grand slam title winner has not played since his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open last 16 in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title came in 2009, has preferred to skip the European clay events over the past two seasons to manage his schedule. The 37-year-old Swiss is the second most successful player at the Caja Mágica behind Rafa Nadal, winning three titles in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Continue reading...

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.

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...

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

21-02-2019 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

21-02-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Blame it on the bogey: player banned for 'clearing contents of nose' at opponent

21-02-2019 Nico Lee incident occurred in game against Connacht‘It is difficult to imagine how an act of this sort could be worse’Toyota Cheetahs centre Nico Lee has received a 13-week ban after he “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opposition player’s face.Lee was cited following the incident, which happened during South Africa-based Cheetahs’ Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht in Galway last Saturday. Continue reading...

The Fiver | Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

21-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Yesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Continue reading...

Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf?

21-02-2019 JB Holmes frustrated fans and fellow pros with a five-and-a-half hour round on Sunday. Many believe slow play is affecting the growth of the gameThe video says it all: as JB Holmes paced a 15-foot putt at the Genesis Open, he checked his yardage book thoroughly, presumably looking over notes that he had taken during a practice round. Then he plum bobbed with his putter, stepped away and plum bobbed again, stared down the line of the putt as if he were hunting prey, stood over the ball, then finally hit a shot. Which he missed. It got worse: he then took 50 seconds to hole the one-footer that remained, an age for something even amateurs would consider a tap-in.Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/ZUrqTMb6M3 Continue reading...

García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray

21-02-2019 Spaniard’s petulance, Kuchar’s thrifty touch and Holmes’s slow play sit uneasily with the public but Tiger Woods offers hopeThe World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is an unlikely saviour for the sport. At the first staging of this tournament, in 2017, players and caddies were affected by sickness to such an extent that an emergency ward by the 18th green would have been a valid addition. The impact on last year was inevitable; Rory McIlroy gave the event a miss despite a $10m prize pot, as again did Jason Day. The tournament seen by many as a beacon of light, having prised WGC status away from the Donald Trump-owned Doral site in Miami, was floundering. Related: Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf? Continue reading...

European Athletic Indoor Championships: Richard Kilty given special place

21-02-2019 Double reigning 60m champion Richard Kilty will compete in next month's European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, it is confirmed.

Football transfer rumours: Zidane to replace Sarri at Chelsea?

21-02-2019 Today’s fluff is the vicinityChelsea are already lining up replacements for Maurizio Sarri, who could receive 1,000 Nicorette patches as compensation for being sacked less than a year into his contract. The Italian is likely to be sacked after his team’s 17-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this weekend and Chelsea are thinking about which unfortunate sap to appoint next, with Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard’s Derby County manager Frank Lampard the early frontrunners. Let’s just hope the west Londoners know they’ll be legally obliged to change their name to Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard’s Chelsea if they go with the latter. Continue reading...