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"19.02.2017 19:07:00" theguardian.com Adam Silver says Kyrie Irving's flat-Earth theory is a comment on fake news It's perhaps a sign of a placid NBA All-Star weekend when the biggest issue the commissioner Adam Silver had to address is whether Kyrie Irving actually believes the Earth is flat NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes Kyrie Irving was making a point when he said on a podcast that he believes the world is flat
"19.02.2017 17:32:55" theguardian.com Wigan turn on the style to beat Cronulla and win World Club Challenge George Williams excelled as the Super League champions Wigan produced an outstanding team performance to beat Cronulla 22-6 and secure a clean sweep for the competition in the World Club Series Wigan Warriors named world champions for the fourth time after beating Cronulla Sharks to win the World Club Challenge
"19.02.2017 17:21:16" theguardian.com Teenage Welsh prodigy Jackson Page 'surpasses expectations' in first ranking event The 15-year-old prodigy Jackson Page tells Will Macpherson he 'surpassed expectations' on his first appearance in a professional event at the Welsh Open The 15-year-old snooker player Jackson Page on his run at the Welsh Open: 'My Facebook notifications have gone mad ...'
"19.02.2017 17:00:39" theguardian.com College basketball player held on $50,000 bail after brawl on court Police have charged two members of the Daniel Webster men's basketball team after a fight during a game that required 25 officers to restore order Police have charged two members of the Daniel Webster men's basketball team after a fight during a game that required 25 officers to restore order.
"19.02.2017 10:57:34" theguardian.com Joe Root's smooth succession leaves only small matter of winning games Rarely in English cricket history can there have been a captaincy transition with so little turmoil as Joe Root's but how this translates into on-field success remains to be seen All is peace and light within the England Cricket Test team as the leadership passes from one generation to the next … the fly in the ointment could come when they actually have to take to the field to try to win some games.
"19.02.2017 06:36:56" www.theguardian.com Dan Vickerman, former Wallabies player, dies aged 37 'Uncompromising competitor', who died at his family home on Saturday night, is survived by his wife and two children The rugby world is in shock after news of the tragic passing of Dan Vickerman
"19.02.2017 00:43:21" theguardian.com James Haskell: being on the England bench is hard but you still have a big role Haskell has embraced the intensity of Eddie Jones's regime and, after fully recovering from injury, is pushing for a starting place against Italy at Twickenham England Rugby's James Haskell: "I had my tendon reattached, the planter plate repaired and a small piece of bone excised. It has left me with an angry joint and an upset toe. It shows how important your foot is: when you play sport, you do everything with
"18.02.2017 23:25:41" theguardian.com LeBron James: there's no rivalry between Steph Curry and me Cavaliers star plays down suggestions that he and Steph Curry are rivals to match Larry Bird and Magic Johnson LeBron James: "I don't have a rivalry with Steph Curry. There's no way you can say 'let's talk about rivalries' and you say Bird and Magic, Carolina-Duke, Ohio State-Michigan, and then say LeBron and Steph"
"18.02.2017 22:22:58" theguardian.com Warren Gatland warning puts Lions on behaviour alert for New Zealand Warren Gatland wants his Lions to 'mend some stuff' from the 2005 tour in which Clive Woodward's squad were mocked, goaded and whitewashed Warren Gatland wants his Lions to 'mend some stuff' from the 2005 tour in which Clive Woodward's squad were mocked, goaded and whitewashed
"18.02.2017 19:12:52" theguardian.com IPL 'Hammerman' primed to make Ben Stokes his latest auction millionaire BBC Bargain Hunt's Richard Madley is again calling lots at cricket's richest auction with eight England players hoping to spark bidding wars among IPL franchises The IPL - Indian Premier League auction, cricket's most capricious market place, gets under way at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday and presiding over the bids, bargains and blow-outs will be the Briton known locally as “The Hammerman”
"18.02.2017 18:23:30" theguardian.com Record-breaker Laura Muir shows she's ready to follow in Mo Farah's footsteps Scotland's Laura Muir set British and European indoor 1,000m records at the Birmingham Grand Prix as Sir Mo Farah bowed out with victory in the 5,000m Moments after Laura Muir missed out on the 1,000m world record she tumbled to the track, closed her eyes and began swallowing huge gulps of oxygen. But the pain quickly subsided when she gazed at the scoreboard, which showed the results of her desperate
"18.02.2017 17:37:32" theguardian.com Bath see off Harlequins thanks to vintage performance by Rhys Priestland Bath were grateful for the kicking of Rhys Priestland as they beat Harlequins 22-12 in an unconvincing home display in the Premiership Bath Rugby 22-12 Harlequins Rugby Union
"18.02.2017 16:10:53" theguardian.com Cue Card romps to ninth Grade One triumph by 15 lengths in Ascot Chase Cue Card swept to his ninth Grade One triumph with a tremendous performance in the Betfair Ascot Chase at the Berkshire course, while Yanworth was made to work for narrow win in Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton Cue Card swept to his ninth Grade One triumph with a tremendous performance in the Ascot Chase
"18.02.2017 15:09:19" theguardian.com Lincoln City topple Burnley as Sean Raggett seals historic FA Cup shock Sean Raggett scored in the 89th minute against Burnley to secure a shock FA Cup victory for Lincoln City Lincoln City Football Club are in the FA Cup quarter-finals
"18.02.2017 13:41:50" theguardian.com Wigan's Oliver Gildart finds hope in father's World Club Challenge story Ian Gildart was in the Wigan squad who beat Manly 30 years ago and will be in the crowd to watch his son battle Cronulla for the top club prize in rugby league Ian Gildart was in the Wigan Warriors squad who beat Manly 30 years ago and will be in the crowd to watch his son battle Cronulla Sharks for the top club prize in rugby league
"18.02.2017 13:09:19" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: great fast-bowling spells Russell Jackson: From Lillee v Richards to Mitch Johnson destroying England, a selection of cricket's most hostile barrages From Lillee v Richards to Mitchell Johnson destroying England Cricket, a selection of cricket's most hostile barrages
"18.02.2017 12:19:52" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather can cash in on mismatch with Conor McGregor | Kevin Mitchell The potential meeting of the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor under Queensbury Rules would likely be an embarrassingly one-sided contest The potential meeting of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor under Queensbury Rules would likely be an embarrassingly one-sided contest
"18.02.2017 11:53:05" theguardian.com Mo Farah repeats criticism of US travel ban, calling it 'crazy and unfair' Mo Farah has stepped up his criticism of President Trump's attempt to impose a travel ban on people from mainly Muslim countries, calling it 'crazy and unfair' Mo Farah: 'They have made changes for people like me but the hard part was living in the US for six years and going to a training camp and hearing the news I can't go back and see my kids. That was scary and it was important for me to speak out as there
"18.02.2017 11:08:14" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton Dry weather should help Vintage Clouds in the Grand National Trial, and at 9-1 he has a lot of appeal All of the best bets for Saturday's racing
"18.02.2017 10:18:26" theguardian.com Eddie Jones's astute changes leave Six Nations rivals playing catch-up | Paul Rees England have harnessed the power of their squad as they close on the All Blacks record run of Test wins and it may come down to Scotland to halt their grand slam charge England Rugby have harnessed the power of their squad as they close on the All Blacks record and it may come down to Scottish Rugby to halt their RBS 6 Nations grand slam charge
"18.02.2017 09:30:13" theguardian.com Can I learn to love football? I can fake it with a stranger, but I don't feel a passion for the beautiful game. Can Scotland's superfans show me the way? I can fake it with a stranger, but I don't feel a passion for the beautiful game. Can Scotland's superfans show me the way?
"17.02.2017 22:05:57" theguardian.com Steve Borthwick defends under-pressure Dylan Hartley's England form The captain could lose his place for the Italy clash, with huge support for Saracens' Jamie George to replace him at hooker, while James Haskell is fit to make his first international start since last June "You've got to look at the influence that you also have on the game and the influence that you have on the players around you. Dylan has been very impactful at that. Dylan's impact upon this team is incredibly positive."
"17.02.2017 19:44:00" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Arsène Wenger, Barça and football hipster Barack Obama Who ignored Valentine's Day? Who remains unbeaten? And who's been on a cycle? Who stayed in for Valentine's Day? Who is unbeaten in the Six Nations? And who has been on a cycle for 17 years?
"17.02.2017 18:31:25" theguardian.com As Joe Root takes over, where are the great England captaincy shemozzles of yore? | Matthew Engel The ECB did their best to make it seem there was doubt over who would replace Alastair Cook in a role that has markedly declined in visibility and power - not to mention good-chappery and chaos "Maybe the ECB can learn more from Donald Trump than the other way round. He continually assures us he is smart enough to learn anything. If the presidency-gig fails to work out, couldn't the ECB at least hire him to take over the press conferences?"
"17.02.2017 14:42:16" theguardian.com Is the World Club Series already on its last legs? The World Club Series promised so much upon its launch in 2015 but another NRL whitewash this weekend could prove fatal for the format The World Club Series promised so much when launched in 2015 but another NRL whitewash this weekend could prove fatal for the format
"17.02.2017 13:30:09" theguardian.com Six Nations: Andy Robinson's verdict so far The former England and Scotland coach on the resurgent Scots, why Ireland will be kicking themselves, and how round three could be one to remember Andy Robinson, the former England and Scotland coach, gives his verdict on the resurgent Scots, why Ireland will be kicking themselves and why round three could be one to remember
"17.02.2017 11:11:54" theguardian.com Usain Bolt could regain 2008 gold as Nesta Carter challenges doping verdict Sprinter Nesta Carter has appealed against the decision to strip him and a Jamaican team featuring Usain Bolt of an Olympic 4x100 metres relay gold medal due to doping Usain Bolt's triple-treble could be back on
"17.02.2017 10:17:52" theguardian.com Loneliness, isolation and pressure: the inner demons of elite swimming Tom Dart: It's requires a particular brand of mental constitution to thrive in a sport where the world only sits up and takes notice once every four years "You have to be at peace with your own mind. If you have inner demons, swimming's probably not the sport for you”
"16.02.2017 21:47:34" theguardian.com Texas governor warns NFL is 'walking on thin ice' with 'bathroom bill' warning Republican governor Greg Abbott rips NFL over veiled threat, telling league to 'concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics' “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics"
"16.02.2017 18:00:08" theguardian.com Girls allowed back on junior basketball team after boys threaten boycott A group of fifth-graders in New Jersey were celebrating on Thursday after they won their battle to play mixed-sex basketball A group of fifth-graders in New Jersey are celebrating after they won their battle to play mixed-sex basketball, thanks to a high-level intervention from the Catholic church
"16.02.2017 17:17:15" theguardian.com Why the Six Nations should not be shortened The notion of a five-week tournament has been backed by Clive Woodward but the likely outcome would simply be to lower a level of competition that is currently soaring The idea of a five-week tournament has been backed by Clive Woodward but the likely outcome would be to lower a level of competition that is currently soaring
"16.02.2017 13:38:00" theguardian.com McLaren's reboot needs to be successful for the sake of F1 The Spice Girls and Jamiroquai helped McLaren stride into a new era 20 years ago. In contrast next week's launch will be low key but it must be hoped it heralds a major change in fortunes The Spice Girls launched a new era for McLaren 20 years ago. Next week's event will be low key by comparison but hopefully it will herald a change in fortunes
"16.02.2017 11:23:15" theguardian.com Will cricket be saved from itself? With skill and appetite growing outside Test-playing nations, the need to shift power from Australia, England and India has never been so great. But is incremental reform enough, and will urgent changes get the backing they need? With skill and appetite growing outside Test-playing nations, the need to shift power from Australia, England and India has never been so great. But is incremental reform enough, and will urgent changes get the backing they need?
"16.02.2017 00:03:37" theguardian.com Desperate McGregor remains a pawn in Mayweather's promotional game Les Carpenter: Conor McGregor won't get a fight with Floyd Mayweather unless Mayweather believes the fight will make him very, very rich. Therein lies the impasse No matter how much Conor McGregor preens this week in Las Vegas or posts tweets of himself on a throne, he's not getting a fight with Floyd Mayweather unless Mayweather believes the fight will make him very, very rich. Even if they can make a deal,
"15.02.2017 22:34:12" theguardian.com Joe Root can take heart from proud history of Yorkshire's England captains Past bodes well for Joe Root, Yorkshire's 10th England Test captain, who can look back on a lineage of lords, knights and no little silverware Joe Root will become the 10th Yorkshireman to captain England Cricket. This should be a reassuring experience for us all. England tend to do well when people who have played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club (Official) are in charge, as they can be swift
"15.02.2017 20:39:28" theguardian.com Draymond Green accuses Knicks owner James Dolan of 'slave master mentality' Green wades into row between James Dolan and Charles Oakley and tells Knicks: 'The man is a legend – treat him as such' “It wasn't a problem when Charles Oakley was speaking out then. Why is it all of a sudden a problem now? That's a slave master mentality" – Draymond Green accuses New York Knicks owner James Dolan
"15.02.2017 16:07:02" theguardian.com Joe Root says he will seek Alastair Cook's advice but do captaincy his way Joe Root is confident of 'putting his own stamp' on the England captaincy after being formally introduced at Headingley on Wednesday "I am sure there will be a number of players within the dressing room I'll call upon on to help me on occasions, but I will want to do things my way as well" – Joe Root on becoming England Cricket captain
"15.02.2017 15:00:04" theguardian.com Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw out of Six Nations The Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations while Wales have released Alex Cuthbert back to his region Cardiff Blues Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations
"15.02.2017 13:31:33" theguardian.com Joe Root should be himself – captains can confound expectations There is a consensus that Joe Root will be a good captain but it is important that he remains his own man as it is impossible to sustain an act in the dressing room England's new Test captain has all the right qualities to make a success of it but it is important that he remains his own man
"15.02.2017 12:01:44" theguardian.com Raymond van Barneveld: 'I'm playing the best darts of my career … but keep losing' No matter how well the great Dutchman plays, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson manage to raise their game to beat him, while he knows his time at the top is limited, he tells Rob Smyth “I'm happy with the way I'm playing but unfortunately there's no cigar. In terms of averages, I am playing the best darts of my career, but you don't want to play well and keep on losing. I'd rather have an 89 average and win" – Raymond van Barneveld on
"15.02.2017 10:59:59" theguardian.com If golf really wants innovation, how about a second cut for Saturday? Golf Sixes and the European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley's other initiatives are a hopeful sign that the need for radical thinking may be dawning on the game How to make golf more exciting and appealing
"15.02.2017 10:00:36" theguardian.com British Women's Tour organisers excited by prospect of Central London finish The 2017 British Women's Tour will finish in Central London's with riders doing 14 laps of a six-kilometre circuit in Piccadilly As well as the 14 laps of a six-kilometre circuit in Piccadilly, the five-day event will also include two hilly stages in the Peak District
"14.02.2017 23:27:28" theguardian.com Courtney Lawes credits England coach Eddie Jones for his return to form Courtney Lawes was instrumental in England's win over Wales at the weekend and has said Eddie Jones persuaded him to alter his game and in doing so push on for club and country England Rugby's Courtney Lawes: “It was Eddie who pointed it out. I used to carry a lot more when I was younger, then I kind of went away from it. I had a choice: carry on doing what I was doing and probably not play for England again, or develop my game,
"14.02.2017 21:47:53" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather says fight is 'close' as Conor McGregor lands in Las Vegas A fight between UFC's biggest star, Conor McGregor, and former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather appears to be moving closer to reality A fight between UFC's biggest star, Conor McGregor, and former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather appears to be moving closer to reality
"14.02.2017 16:35:28" theguardian.com Eddie Jones's replacements have made England virtually unbeatable | Gerard Meagher The statistics back up the facts as England under Jones have scored a remarkable 83 more points than their opponents in the last 20 minutes England Rugby's first two Six Nations Championship games have backed up Eddie Jones' claim that he has the best replacements bench in the world
"14.02.2017 14:05:47" theguardian.com Ben Stokes can be Joe Root's 'enforcer' says England captain's father Matt Root feels his son, Joe, will evolve into a more aggressive England captain than his predecessor Alastair Cook, with Ben Stokes as his 'enforcer' “Joe was quite nervous, as it was his first job interview”
"14.02.2017 12:52:34" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: Valentine's Day sporting massacres | Barry Glendenning From Sugar Ray Robinson v Jake LaMotta to Bowie Race Track, a date traditionally associated with romance has a history of sporting slaughter The Joy of Six: Valentine's Day sporting massacres, from Jake LaMotta to the England Cricket team, via Joleon Lescott
"14.02.2017 12:13:06" theguardian.com George Ford joins Leicester with Freddie Burns going to Bath in his place Leicester have announced the signing of George Ford from their Premiership rivals Bath and the England fly-half will join the club for the 2017-18 season Leicester Tigers have announced the signing of George Ford from Bath Rugby and the England fly-half will join the club for the 2017-18 season. Freddie Burns will move in the opposite direction
"14.02.2017 10:35:29" theguardian.com England risk shackling Ben Stokes' huge talent by making him vice-captain | Vic Marks Like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff the all-rounder craves to be taken seriously, but the decision to give him an official leading role may backfire Ben Stokes is now heir apparent to new England Cricket captain Joe Root – but as Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff learned, an official role can minimise the impact of an influential all-rounder
"14.02.2017 08:39:54" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero makes his point in Manchester City's win at Bournemouth Manchester City defeated Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal and a Tyrone Mings own goal AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester City
"13.02.2017 22:38:55" theguardian.com Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability Maro Itoje, nominally a flanker, alternated with the lock Courtney Lawes in England's Six Nations victory over Wales and said: 'I want to be the most complete player I can' “Having those two quality players, Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury, at the side of me helps"
"13.02.2017 20:47:08" theguardian.com It took me 25 years to get this picture: how I took my prize-winning Grand National shot Photographer Tom Jenkins had been putting cameras at the race's notorious Chair fence for a quarter of a century before he captured flying jockey Nina Carberry "On the right side of the photo there's a tail; when I first saw the picture I thought 'if only that tail wasn't there', but then I realised it actually makes it really nice – she's going into the back of another horse, which is just weird"
"13.02.2017 16:40:00" theguardian.com Greig Laidlaw a Six Nations doubt for Scotland after being sent back to club Greig Laidlaw is a potential doubt for the remainder of the Six Nations and the Scotland captain has returned to Gloucester for further assessment after injuring his ankle during the 22-16 defeat against France Six Scotland players are being assessed for their injuries after a bruising RBS 6 Nations defeat in Paris
"13.02.2017 15:02:55" theguardian.com Pelicans' Buddy Hield ejected after hitting DeMarcus Cousins in groin The New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Buddy Hield was ejected after a flagrant foul penalty in his team's loss to the Sacramento Kings A low blow
"13.02.2017 12:31:20" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Hull's new coach continues to impress despite defeat, Sam Allardyce's January signings have yet to have an impact, and the deepening muddle at Leicester Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action
"13.02.2017 11:56:21" theguardian.com Netball is the ultimate social sport – 150,000 people can't be wrong From the local courts to the international elite, netball is on the rise but the conversation around the game continues to neglect the action on court Outside netball there is a naivety about our game. It has taken us years to breakdown the schoolgirl stereotype and yet articles keep coming back to “I hated it at school” or “it's not cool”. Netball is the ultimate social sport.
"13.02.2017 10:57:43" theguardian.com Life as a Muslim-American Olympic champion: 'Travel has become a worry' Dalilah Muhammad brought home gold for the US in the 400m hurdles in Rio. But she describes the current political situation under Donald Trump as 'insane' “It's insane what's going on and what America is becoming. I definitely think it's scary for my mother having a daughter who is now so much in the public eye. My father loves it. He wants the world to see Muslims in a different light"
"13.02.2017 10:03:23" theguardian.com Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull As England have raised their standards to those of the southern hemisphere teams, so Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland have lifted their games and the tournament has benefited Six Nations verdict: As England Rugby have raised their standards to those of the southern hemisphere teams, so Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland have lifted their games and the tournament has benefited as a result
"13.02.2017 09:29:01" theguardian.com Joe Root to be appointed England Test captain after Andrew Strauss talks Joe Root will be appointed as England's new Test captain after accepting the position during talks with Andrew Strauss, the director of cricket, over the weekend Joe Root to be appointed England Cricket Test captain after Andrew Strauss talks
"13.02.2017 08:22:27" theguardian.com Eddie Jones considers ringing the changes for England's match with Italy Jamie George may replace the captain Dylan Hartley after impressing off the bench, while his Saracens team-mate Mako Vunipola is in line to make his comeback from injury in the Six Nations next round in two weeks' time Mako Vunipola, Anthony Watson and Jamie George could return for England Rugby against Italy, while Dylan Hartley may find himself dropped
"12.02.2017 19:51:47" theguardian.com Katarina Johnson-Thompson books European Indoor Championships place The British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson put aside the disappointment of her sixth place in Rio to book a berth in next month's European Indoor Championships in Budapest After Katarina Johnson-Thompson's Olympic heartbreak in Rio she not only picked up the pieces but radically rearranged them, deciding on a new coaching team and a new life in France. In Sheffield yesterday, however, some things remained reassuringly
"12.02.2017 17:19:30" theguardian.com France's Camille Lopez keeps cool as Scotland battle but fall short France won 22-16 in Paris, late penalties proving decisive after the ball fell off its tee as Finn Russell attempted a conversion that would have given Scotland a five-point lead France 22-16 Scotland
"12.02.2017 11:42:16" theguardian.com US Tennis says sorry for using Nazi-era anthem before Germany Fed Cup match The United States Tennis Association has apologised after a version of Germany's historic national anthem associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match “It was the worst experience that has ever happened to me - horrifying and shocking,” says Petkovic
"12.02.2017 10:31:10" theguardian.com Joe Root's promotion to England captain looks secured as others queue to be No2 Ben Stokes is the favourite and Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes are also in the running, but another option is not to name a vice-captain If Joe Root's ascendancy to the England Test captaincy has felt a locked-in path for some time, then the identity of the Yorkshireman's deputy may provide Andrew Strauss, the director of cricket, with a touch more to mull over before the big reveal.
"12.02.2017 10:00:00" England Rugby used up get out of jail cards in win over Wales, says Eddie Jones
"12.02.2017 09:00:03" theguardian.com Wales superb but pay price for Elliot Daly's moment of brilliance | Michael Aylwin Wales put on their best performance since the World Cup but were undone by Elliot Daly's brilliant try in the final minutes This was Wales national rugby union team's best performance since the last World Cup – that it was in vain will hurt horrifically
"11.02.2017 22:52:04" theguardian.com Wales 16-21 England: how the Six Nations players in Cardiff rated Joe Launchbury was in ferocious form for the victors, while Alex Cuthbert failed to convince for the hosts England Rugby's Joe Launchbury was man of the match but several Wales players, particularly Sam Warburton, did not deserve to lose
"11.02.2017 22:30:41" theguardian.com European Tour looks to entertain with new €1m GolfSixes team event A new six-hole team event, worth €1m, has been unveiled by the European Tour as it continues its quest to keep golf relevant A big money, six-hole team tournament is the latest innovation from the European Tour, who have recently allowed shorts on practice days and driving range music
"11.02.2017 21:57:41" theguardian.com Trump golf game gets special press box: a basement with blacked-out windows President hosts Japanese PM for a spot of fairways diplomacy but high-level golf game is off limits to reporters, blocked by black plastic sheeting There was a press blackout for Donald Trump's golf game with Shinzo Abe – with black plastic taped over the press box windows to ensure privacy
"11.02.2017 21:11:01" theguardian.com England 'used up get out of jail cards' against Wales, says Eddie Jones Eddie Jones was pleased with England's grit despite their 'indifferent' middle 40 after they beat Wales 21-16 to go top of the Six Nations table “It was a great Test. I never thought we were going to lose but I think we have used up all our get out of jail free cards ... we were indifferent in the middle 40 and we need to improve our consistency"
"11.02.2017 19:28:29" theguardian.com England sink Wales in thriller thanks to Elliot Daly's flying finish England dug deep to maintain Eddie Jones's winning run, coming from behind to win a dramatic Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff 21-16 Wales national rugby union team 16-21 England Rugby
"11.02.2017 16:41:48" theguardian.com Konta and Watson fight back to keep alive GB's Fed Cup promotion dreams Johanna Konta and Heather Watson overcame a dreadful start in the Fed Cup doubles to beat Croatia 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and seal a dramatic play-off victory for Britain Johanna Konta and Heather Watson came from a set down in the final-match decider as Great Britain kept alive their Fed Cup promotion hopes with a dramatic play-off victory over Croatia
"11.02.2017 12:05:16" theguardian.com Alastair Cook no longer an officer but still an asset to England's new commander | Vic Marks The record of former England captains as run-scorers is not that encouraging – only David Gower seems to have prospered – but such is Alastair Cook's single-mindedness he can buck that trend Now the challenge for Cook is to score stacks of runs for his new captain and he has been remarkably upbeat about that. He volunteered the notion of playing for another four years, which verges on the cavalier by Cook standards. The record of former
"11.02.2017 10:10:33" theguardian.com New England Patriots prove the potency of the great comeback | Andrew Anthony A moment of impossible fortune proved the turning point that sparked a stunning Super Bowl revival, and reminded us why fightback wins are the most cherished of all A moment of impossible fortune proved the turning point that sparked a stunning Super Bowl revival, and reminded us why fightback wins are the most cherished of all
"10.02.2017 23:35:18" theguardian.com Bristol's Tom Varndell breaks try-scoring record in defeat against Harlequins Bristol's Tom Varndell became the Premiership's all-time top try scorer on Friday as he touched down in the defeat by Harlequins for the 91st time, surpassing Mark Cueto's 90 Bristol Rugby Club's Tom Varndell has become the Premiership's all-time leading try scorer
"10.02.2017 23:13:06" theguardian.com Super League roundup: Leigh slump on return as Luke Gale shines for Castleford Luke Gale racked up 24 points for Castleford in a 44-16 win over Super League new boys Leigh while Widnes slumped to a 16-28 defeat at home to Huddersfield Leigh Centurions' return to Super League after 12 years away ended in a 44-16 defeat to Castleford Tigers
"10.02.2017 22:49:33" theguardian.com Jonathan Joseph: 'I like the atmosphere, it spurs me on and gets me going' The England centre tells Robert Kitson he is expecting 'a little bit of stick' from Wales fans on the way to the stadium in Cardiff but 'it's rugby, it's competitive' “We get a little bit of stick on the way in but it's rugby, it's competitive. Passionate fans will do whatever they can to give their team a little edge”
"10.02.2017 20:00:08" Video: Rio 2016 venues lie abandoned just six months after the Olympic Games
"10.02.2017 18:56:46" theguardian.com Carl Frampton: 'My daughter asked, why are they saying well done if you got beat?' Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Carl Frampton lost his belt and unbeaten record to his old foe, Leo Santa Cruz. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but he is already focused on reclaiming his title against the Mexican in Belfast “[Léo Santa Cruz] was telling me beforehand he was going to box, but who gives their game plan away? He double bluffed me. He was clever. But in no way was I being disrespectful to an opponent.”
"10.02.2017 17:55:08" theguardian.com Chess grandmaster plays 48 games at once, blindfolded while riding exercise bike The 28-year-old Timor Gareyev has set a new world record for blindfold chess and the US grandmaster says he is ready to take on 55 games simultaneously There is a new world record for blindfold chess
"10.02.2017 16:56:40" theguardian.com Wales' George North could miss Six Nations showdown with England George North, the Wales wing, is doubtful for the Six Nations match against England in Cardiff due to a dead leg The Wales wing George North has not trained all week
"10.02.2017 16:13:07" theguardian.com 'Extremely disappointed' Tiger Woods pulls out of two PGA events with injury Former world No1 withdraws from Genesis Open and Honda Classic and says doctors have told him to rest his bad back "My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks" – Tiger Woods
"10.02.2017 13:44:09" theguardian.com Dragon-sized demons loom as England look to conquer Welsh fear factor On the surface, a trip across the Severn should be no different to any other away day for Eddie Jones's team, but the scars of past battles have not yet fully healed England Rugby have played across the Severn since 1882 yet there is never a year, even now, when they approach the bridge toll booths whistling the carefree tune of the entirely relaxed
"10.02.2017 13:05:46" theguardian.com Caster Semenya given London 2012 gold medal after rival is stripped of title Mariya Savinova-Farnosova has been given a four-year doping ban by the court of arbitration for sport and been stripped of her London 2012 800 metres gold Mariya Savinova-Farnosova has been given a four-year doping ban
"10.02.2017 11:40:00" theguardian.com Rio's Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures Six months after hosting South America's first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues sit mainly idle and already in disrepair The state of Rio's Olympic venues is raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city
"10.02.2017 10:50:51" theguardian.com Six Nations: Seven things to look out for this weekend Leigh Halfpenny looks in the mood to give England a kicking, Italy's discipline will be tested by Ireland and France face Scotland knowing they cannot lose Six Nations Championship: seven things to look out for this weekend
"10.02.2017 07:41:12" www.theguardian.com Rio Olympic venues already falling into a state of disrepair Six months on from the 2016 Games, many of Rio's major Olympic venues have fallen into a state of disrepair – untenanted, looted and crumbling Just six months on from the 2016 Games, a number of Rio's major Olympic venues have fallen into a state of disrepair. The Maracanã has been looted, the key precinct has been shut down and so has the golf course
"09.02.2017 22:04:14" theguardian.com Six Nations: Injuries force England to run through back-row options against Wales Eddie Jones has selected Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford and Nathan Hughes in the back row, with a combined 20 caps, as he seeks a 16th consecutive Test win "Experience is not the sole quality required to excel in the Six Nations but, by any standards, England are short of it. Can their combination neuter the threat of three strong candidates for Lions places this summer and extend their team's winning Test
"09.02.2017 18:33:36" theguardian.com Eddie Jones opts for open roof in Wales v England match Eddie Jones has confirmed that he wants the Principality Stadium roof open on Saturday, denying Wales their wish for it to be closed, despite previously stating that he 'didn't care' if it was shut or not Eddie Jones has confirmed that he wants the Principality Stadium roof open on Saturday, denying Wales their wish for it to be closed, despite previously saying that he “didn't care” if it was shut or not
"09.02.2017 13:37:03" theguardian.com George North and Dan Biggar fit to face England in Six Nations Wales' George North and Dan Biggar have both been deemed fit to face England in Cardiff on Saturday, after overcoming injuries sustained during the 33-7 victory over Italy on the opening weekend of the Six Nations Wales have announced their team for the England match on Saturday – and George North and Dan Biggar are both selected
"09.02.2017 12:35:00" theguardian.com Running up the Empire State Building is exhausting – and hugely rewarding The record is 9 minutes 33 seconds, and this year's female champion is now the most successful runner in the event's history. Our writer scales the 86 flights himself and finds less heralded moments of triumph along the way The people who scale 86 flights of stairs in less than 10 minutes
"09.02.2017 10:17:45" theguardian.com Six Nations: England opt for Jack Clifford against Wales Jack Clifford has been named at openside flanker in England's side to face Wales on Saturday and forms part of an inexperienced back row that can boast just 10 international starts between them Eddie Jones has announced his England Rugby team for the Wales match on Saturday
"08.02.2017 22:01:01" theguardian.com LeBron James attacks travel ban: 'this does not represent the US' LeBron James has become the highest-profile athlete to speak out against Donald Trump's immigration policy, which is currently being fought over in court LeBron James: “I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people. I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it”
"08.02.2017 17:58:21" theguardian.com Golf in the rough again over Olympic venue that discriminates against women After the problems in Rio, there is more negative publicity over the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where women cannot become full members Welcome back to golf's age-old problem of discrimination, which has now been catapulted back into focus, this time in Tokyo, far away from gin-stained corduroys on Scotland's east coast
"08.02.2017 15:42:58" theguardian.com Two New England Patriots say they will refuse Trump's White House invite Two New England Patriots say they will not meet Donald Trump after their Super Bowl victory. At least they're not dodging the issue like their quarterback Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty say they will not meet Donald J. Trump after their victory Super Bowl. At least they're not dodging the issue like their quarterback, Tom Brady
"08.02.2017 14:17:28" theguardian.com Our team-by-team guide to the Super League How will new boys Leigh fare? Can Warrington shake off the double disappointment of last year? Are Wigan contenders once more? How will new boys Leigh fare? Will Warrington shake off the double disappointment of last year? Are Wigan contenders once more?
"08.02.2017 11:10:57" theguardian.com Sylvain Houles interview: on coaching Toulouse Olympique and farming sheep Toulouse won 25 of the 28 games they played last year as they earned promotion to the Championship. Their next ambition is to reach Super League "I consider myself full-time at the club but I have a sheep farm, too, one hour away in Albi. We produce sheep milk for Roquefort cheese. They make good milk and good cheese. Every morning I get up and work until 10am. Then I spend all my day at the club"
"08.02.2017 10:11:03" theguardian.com Alastair Cook plays a straight bat to the end but Kevin Pietersen regrets linger In his last press conference as England captain, Alastair Cook says he would have done nothing differently but admits fallout from sacking Kevin Pietersen took a heavy toll Alastair Cook, already unique among England Cricket captains in that he has led in more Tests, and scored more runs, than any of the 78 other men who have done the job, achieved another rare feat yesterday. He orchestrated a graceful resignation, on his
"08.02.2017 08:11:34" theguardian.com Indian becomes first player to score triple century in Twenty20 match An astonishing knock of 300 not out has propelled Mohit Ahlawat into cricket's history books after the batsman became the first to score a triple century in a Twenty20 match After "seeing off the new ball", Mohit Ahlawat hit 39 sixes and 14 fours from just 72 balls to reach 300 not out – in a Twenty20 match
"07.02.2017 23:14:32" theguardian.com Ben Te'o enjoys bumping around with England – next stop North Korea? England centre Ben Te'o is keen on visiting North Korea with Jonny May this summer so playing Wales in Cardiff on Saturday holds few fears “We've had quite a few chats and coffees about how we can fix the situation there. There's a lot that needs to be done. Maybe we'll be reporting to you live from North Korea in the summer” – England Rugby's Ben Te'o
"07.02.2017 22:10:43" theguardian.com Alastair Cook: ECB hung me out to dry in Kevin Pietersen furore Alastair Cook said he felt left 'out to dry' by the England and Wales Cricket Board over the Kevin Pietersen affair three years ago “I felt like it wasn't handled particularly well by the ECB. I know I was the lightning rod for it, every person thought it was my decision. I didn't actually have that final trigger" – Alastair Cook on the Kevin Pietersen affair
"07.02.2017 20:22:59" theguardian.com England's Eddie Jones wheels out new weapon against Wales: Gareth Southgate Gareth Southgate was drafted in by Eddie Jones as he seeks answer to why the England rugby team are 'petrified of playing Wales in Wales' England Rugby's Eddie Jones wheels out new weapon against Wales national rugby union team: Gareth Southgate
"07.02.2017 19:55:45" theguardian.com Two New England Patriots say they will refuse Trump's White House invite McCourty says he won't be attending customary celebration for Super Bowl winners because 'I don't feel accepted in the White House' “I'm not going to the White House. Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't”
"07.02.2017 19:03:40" theguardian.com Report into British Cycling sexism and bullying allegations to be delayed The publication of a highly anticipated report into the culture of British Cycling has been delayed until next month The publication of a highly anticipated report into the culture of British Cycling, which has examined serious allegations of sexism and bullying, is likely to be delayed until next month
"07.02.2017 18:02:38" theguardian.com Jason Gillespie says the timing is perfect for Joe Root to become England captain The former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie believes if Joe Root becomes England captain it would take his game 'to the next level' "I don't think there are any other candidates more qualified to take the role on than Joe Root. It can take his game to the next level. He's got responsibility away from the game as a new father and it's great timing for the young man to take the reins" –
"07.02.2017 17:05:17" Ron and his 52-year running streak Ron Hill, the former Olympian and marathon runner, has ended the longest recorded running streak in history at 19,032 days. Every day since 20 December 1964 Ron has run at least one full mile, despite surgery and being in a car crash. He ended his streak
"07.02.2017 15:30:00" theguardian.com Mickey Higham: Leigh do not want to be one-hit wonders Relegation from the Super League in 2005 sent Centurions into decline but upon their return the captain says 'players must reward those who built us back up' "We spiralled out of control when we left Super League in 2005 – now it's down to us as players to reward the people who have built us back up. We're a Super League club off the field; it's time to show we are on it” – Leigh Centurions captain Mickey
"07.02.2017 14:42:30" theguardian.com Alastair Cook: 'Coming back from India, I didn't think I could do it again' Alastair Cook believes it is 'the right time for me, and the right time for the team' that he steps down as England Test captain Alastair Cook says it is “the right time for me and the right time for the team” that he steps down as the England Cricket Test captain
"07.02.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com The perks of being an older boxing fan: each new fight can bring back your past Have you ever watched sport and felt as if you'd seen the exact same thing before? Connecting two moments that are decades apart feels strangely satisfying Have you ever watched sport and felt as if you'd seen the exact same thing before? Connecting two moments that are decades apart feels strangely satisfying
"07.02.2017 11:43:43" theguardian.com Atlanta Falcons finally have an identity: they're the team that blew it On Sunday night in Houston, Atlanta finally made fans sit up and take notice – because no one will forget such a crushing and incomprehensible loss Atlanta Falcons made fans sit up and take notice – because no one will forget such a crushing and incomprehensible loss
"07.02.2017 11:03:35" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: Sporting chokes Scott Murray: From Arnold Palmer to Steve Davis, via Milan and Jana Novotna, here are half a dozen memorable meltdowns Take heart Atlanta Falcons fans. You are not alone...
"07.02.2017 10:02:54" theguardian.com Victoria Williamson: 'You could see my bare spine. The skin had torn away' The 23-year-old sprint cyclist suffered horrific injuries in a mid-race collision last year but tells Donald McRae she now has her sights on next year's Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Victoria Williamson broke her neck, her back and her pelvis in a crash last year but she hasn't given up cycling. In fact, she's ready to get back on the bike and has her sights on the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020
"07.02.2017 09:15:00" theguardian.com Clubs in the dark over RFL plans to boost top players' wages by £25,000 The Rugby Football League are in talks with a number of elite England players over “ambassadorial contracts” which will mean they receive additional payment on top of their salaries at club level The Rugby Football League is in talks with a number of elite England players over “ambassadorial contracts”
"07.02.2017 08:33:18" theguardian.com Australian Rugby Union relief after man charged over All Blacks listening device Man believed to have been employed as a security consultant to appear in court in in March "Today's news is welcome news that an individual has been called to account over this incident" – Bill Pulver
"06.02.2017 22:47:59" theguardian.com Eddie Jones warns England players not to use Cardiff effect as an excuse The England coach has tried to play down the idea that Welsh passion gives them a significant home advantage in the Six Nations clash “We want the attitude that it doesn't matter what happens ... if they start throwing daffodils during the warm-up or make us stand out there for 15 minutes ... we can cope with all that"
"06.02.2017 19:48:52" theguardian.com Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sidestep Deflategate in Super Bowl MVP award New England Patriots' comeback king shook hands with NFL commissioner who had suspended him in the infamous ball tampering controversy Tom Brady began the season sitting out four New England Patriots games over Deflategate, and ended it collecting the Super Bowl MVP award from the man who suspended him
"06.02.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Denis Shapovalov fined $7,000 for smashing ball in tennis umpire's eye Denis Shapovalov has been fined $7,000 for his reckless actions in Great Britain's Davis Cup victory over Canada The 17-year-old would have been fined more but for his immediate apology
"06.02.2017 17:21:18" theguardian.com Tom Brady: the quarterback who even time can't beat At the age of 39 the New England Patriots quarterback is as dangerous as he was when he won his second Super Bowl at 26. It's as if he can go on forever At the age of 39 Tom Brady is as dangerous as he was when he won his second Super Bowl at 26. It's as if he can go on forever
"06.02.2017 15:33:01" theguardian.com Six Nations is in rude health thanks to airing of national antagonisms Six Nations has the highest average attendance in the world and full stadiums reflect the chance to indulge in idle chauvinism as much as the quality of rugby The Six Nations has the highest average attendance of any sports tournament in the world. It works out at 72,000 per match, which puts it ahead of the NFL, the MLB and every World Cup you'd care to mention. A large part of that is simply because it
"06.02.2017 14:05:43" What a night. What a match. What a finish.
"06.02.2017 13:13:19" theguardian.com Joost van der Westhuizen, former South Africa rugby great, dies aged 45 Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged 45 Joost van der Westhuizen, the South African rugby World Cup winner, has died aged 45. He had had been living with motor neurone disease since 2011
"06.02.2017 12:27:25" theguardian.com Captaincy was duty not art for Alastair Cook, English cricket's finest servant To Cook, captaincy was always a corollary of his monumental batting. Having carried the burden through 57 tumultuous Tests, he steps down exhausted but unbroken Since the first day of his captaincy in 2012, Alastair Cook has played more matches, batted in more innings, faced more balls and been at the crease for more minutes than any other player in the world. He has led his team through 16 series in seven
"06.02.2017 11:00:03" theguardian.com Simply, the best Super Bowl ever In 51 years of Super Bowls, there have been great games – but never had one gone to overtime, and never had one been so stuffed with brilliance In 51 years of Super Bowls, there have been great games – but none that went to overtime and none so stuffed with brilliance
"06.02.2017 09:59:31" theguardian.com Davis Cup: GB through after Canadian defaulted for hitting umpire with ball Great Britain won their Davis Cup tie against Canada in dramatic fashion after the teenager Denis Shapovalov was defaulted for hitting a ball into the face of the umpire Great Britain won their Davis Cup tie against Canada after teenager Denis Shapovalov was defaulted for hitting a ball into the face of umpire Arnaud Gabas
"06.02.2017 09:45:17" theguardian.com Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain Alastair Cook has stepped down from his role as England Test captain after 59 Tests, saying 'has been an incredibly hard decision' Alastair Cook has stepped down as England Cricket captain
"06.02.2017 09:10:11" theguardian.com Eddie Jones fans flames by saying England should beat small Wales England's head coach, Eddie Jones, has said he cannot understand why England have such a poor record against a country as small as Wales before their clash in Cardiff on Saturday 'I can't work out why the record of England Rugby in Wales is so poor. They are a country of three million people. There seems to be some sort of thing there. No one can tell me why the English are petrified of playing Wales in Wales'
"06.02.2017 08:14:35" theguardian.com Super Bowl 2017: Tom Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback victory Tom Brady has a record fifth Super Bowl win for a quarterback after the biggest comeback in the game's 51-year history So America hasn't changed that much in the last few months after all: the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions once again. They beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime amid a frenzied, brain-frying climax in Houston. At one point New
"05.02.2017 19:38:49" theguardian.com Davies display against Italy suggests Wales should say play again, Sam | Paul Rees The fly-half was involved in all three tries after coming on in the second half to leave Rob Howley with a dilemma over whether to play him against England in the Six Nations Rob Howley's dilemma before Saturday's encounter against England Rugby is whether to say Sam again, twice over
"05.02.2017 16:21:09" theguardian.com Halfpenny impresses as Wales start Six Nations campaign with win over Italy Wales started their Six Nations campaign with victory over Italy after they ground down a resilient Azzurri side with three tries in the final quarter Italy 7-33 Wales
"05.02.2017 15:20:32" theguardian.com Steve Kerr ejected and Steph Curry misses crucial shots in Warriors loss Draymond Green failed to knock down a three-pointer from the top of the arc at the final buzzer as the Sacramento Kings snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Warriors Golden State Warriors 106-109 Sacramento Kings
"05.02.2017 14:56:56" theguardian.com The gifs that explain how the Super Bowl will be decided In the tactical battle at Super Bowl 51, the Falcons must hope Vic Beasley creates pressure, while the Patriots could find success through Chris Hogan The Atlanta Falcons must hope Vic Beasley creates pressure, while the New England Patriots could find success through Chris Hogan
"05.02.2017 14:29:59" theguardian.com Dubai Desert Classic: Sergio García leads from start to finish to win title Spain's Sergio García led from start to finish to claim his 12th European Tour title, and first for three years, in impressive fashion in the Dubai Desert Classic Spain's Sergio García led from start to finish to claim his 12th European Tour title
"05.02.2017 11:39:01" theguardian.com Conor O'Shea points to Sergio Parisse in bid to end Italy's cycle of failure Conor O'Shea believes fundamental change is needed in Italian rugby to produce more players with Sergio Parisse's ability, mental strength and will to win Conor O'Shea on Italy in the RBS 6 Nations: 'No one is delusional about how hard a job this is going to be'
"05.02.2017 11:09:46" theguardian.com Tom Brady's bid for Super Bowl record seeks to shift attention away from Trump The New England Patriots' quarterback can win a fifth Super Bowl ring against Atlanta Falcons on Sunday – but everyone insists on talking about politics The New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady can win a fifth Super Bowl ring against Atlanta Falcons – but everyone insists on talking about politics.
"05.02.2017 10:54:14" theguardian.com ICC begins Big Three rollback despite India's objection The International Cricket Council has agreed 'in principle' to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game's finances and administration The International Cricket Council has agreed “in principle” to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game's finances and administration
"05.02.2017 10:48:38" theguardian.com How does liberal New England cope with the Patriots' Trump ties? Quite easily The owner, coach and quarterback of the Patriots have all shown quiet allegiance to Trump. It should leave sports fans in the liberal state of Massachusetts feeling conflicted, but winning is a powerful salve The owner, coach and quarterback of the New England Patriots have all shown quiet allegiance to Donald J. Trump. It should leave football fans in the liberal state of Massachusetts feeling conflicted, but winning is a powerful salve.
"05.02.2017 10:45:55" theguardian.com Six Nations: England take control after a mess of own making against France Eddie Jones's players found a way to win 19-16 after France's Guy Novés inspired a revival that almost forced a Six Nations major reversal 'What did France's brilliance add up to against England Rugby? A three-point defeat. Under Eddie Jones, England Rugby have acquired the happy knack of winning even when they don't play well.'
"05.02.2017 00:38:48" theguardian.com South Africa defy swarm of bees to beat Sri Lanka by seven-wickets South Africa and Sri Lanka players fell to the floor when a bee swarm arrived in Johannesburg but the home side wrapped up the ODI series 3-0 Bees stop play in Johannesburg
"04.02.2017 23:45:01" theguardian.com France played the better rugby but have forgotten how to win again | Michael Aylwin England did not deserve victory, but despite some superb play the French failed again to close out the game, something the hosts have learned to do at any cost "France now look stuck in that seemingly eternal Scotland rut – playing some great stuff, deserving of victory, yet not achieving it. And thus, the hard-bitten among us will insist, not deserving of victory at all."
"04.02.2017 22:49:01" theguardian.com Great Britain on verge of Davis Cup victory against Canada A doubles win for Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot has put Great Britain close to a Davis Cup victory over Canada in Ottawa Great Britain lead Canada 2-1 in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie after Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot won their doubles rubber
"04.02.2017 21:30:15" theguardian.com England 19-16 France: how the players rated in Six Nations opener Elliot Daly was England's star man while for France Louis Picamoles, Kevin Gourdon and Scott Spedding were unlucky to be on the losing side Four players stood out at Twickenham – and three of them were playing for Rugby France
"04.02.2017 20:52:21" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: England were awful but I always thought we were going to win Jones said England must improve a lot before playing Wales on Saturday and asked: 'Have I been too nice to the players? Maybe I need to be harder' “Have I been too nice to the players and smiling too much? Maybe I need to be a bit harder. We were off the pace and it was quite strange. At half-time we weren't even panting; it wasn't like we had played a game of rugby"
"04.02.2017 19:08:20" theguardian.com Ben Te'o comes to England's rescue after France threaten shock victory England beat France 19-16 at Twickenham after the visitors led with 10 minutes to go through Rabah Slimani's try before replacement Te'o struck Six Nations: England Rugby 19-16 Rugby France
"04.02.2017 17:51:45" theguardian.com Sergio García makes light of the dark to head Dubai Desert Classic Spain's Sergio García holed out for 68 in near darkness in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic to lead the chasing pack by three shots Sergio Garcia makes light of the dark to head Dubai Desert Classic
"04.02.2017 16:36:36" theguardian.com Scotland stun Ireland as last-gasp Greig Laidlaw penalties seal Six Nations win Ireland looked to have turned around a 13-point half-time deficit to edge out Scotland until two Greig Laidlaw penalties in the dying moments sealed a 27-22 win for the hosts Scotland national rugby union team 27-22 Ireland Rugby – Six Nations Championship report
"04.02.2017 13:47:04" theguardian.com The Super Bowl is America's biggest stage for play-acting as a united nation The country may be starkly divided off the field, but you would be hard-pressed to find anyone associated with the NFL acknowledging that fact – the show, after all, must go on What has the potential to be the most politically charged Super Bowl in history will be anything but if the pathologically apolitical NFL has anything to do with it.
"04.02.2017 11:25:41" theguardian.com Infuriating England can rise as quickly as Mike Gatting's Invincibles fell | Vic Marks The 30th anniversary of England's all-conquering Ashes tour and the side's rapid descent into disarray is a reminder of how fast fortunes can change in cricket This week 30 years ago an England Cricket cricket team, not necessarily noted for its diligence – or its fitness – completed an all-conquering tour of Australia. But Gatting's Invincibles were in disarray within six months
"04.02.2017 10:41:06" theguardian.com Super Bowl 51 prediction: Patriots' stout defense to tip scales against Falcons Paolo Bandini: New England's stout defense will make the difference in a mouth-watering matchup between the two best quarterbacks in the league this season Super Bowl LI prediction – New England Patriots'stout defense to tip scales against Atlanta Falcons
"04.02.2017 09:57:44" theguardian.com Eddie Jones wary of France's 'hard edge' as England go in pursuit of record win England are aiming for a record 15th consecutive victory when they host France on Saturday but Eddie Jones has warned that France are 'still as brutal as ever' Eddie Jones wary of Rugby France's 'hard edge' as England Rugby go in pursuit of record win
"03.02.2017 22:03:28" theguardian.com Jonny May: 'I am just trying to be my best. I've always had a belief inside' The maverick England wing is a source of amusement among his team-mates, once risking Eddie Jones's ire by sneaking to the toilet during a team meeting, but an obsessive streak lies beneath the surface Welcome to the wonderful if sometimes wacky world of English rugby's fastest man. How many other international sportsmen would freely admit to spending their long months of rehabilitation completing Harry Potter colouring-in books?
"03.02.2017 20:47:57" theguardian.com Alun Wyn Jones says Italy is not the place for Wales to blood youngsters Alun Wyn Jones, the new Wales captain, has defended Rob Howley's experienced team selection for Sunday's match in Italy and said the time to blood youngsters will come "Our selection has been respectful to Italy. There have been cries for more changes and the blooding of youngsters. That will happen in time, I'm sure of it, but do we want to expose them to a potential banana skin?"
"03.02.2017 18:18:21" theguardian.com ICC agree plan for nine-team Test championship spread over two years A Test championship – made up of nine teams and spread over two years – could begin in 2019 following a meeting of the International Cricket Council Under the proposal it is understood the current top nine Test nations would play four series at home and four away over a two-year period, with the league table leading into a final that would decide the outright Test champions
"03.02.2017 15:31:41" theguardian.com Will God decide Super Bowl 51? According to a new study, 25% of Americans believe that Sunday's result has already been decided by the good lord. But who is he (or she) rooting for? 25% of Americans believe that Sunday's result has already been decided by the good lord. But who is he (or she) rooting for?
"03.02.2017 13:13:11" theguardian.com Six Nations 2017: Scotland to provide early test of Ireland's favourites tag Joe Schmidt has urged Ireland to prove their historic autumn win over the All Blacks was not a one-off as they kick off their Six Nations campaign against an improving Scotland at Murrayfield Scotland beat France for the first time in 10 years last season. If they beat Ireland tomorrow, they'll prove that they are serious contenders for the trophy
"03.02.2017 12:22:39" theguardian.com Super League has fewer big-city clubs than the lower divisions. That's not good With Hull KR, Bradford Bulls, London Broncos, Newcastle Thunder and Coventry Bears out of the top tier, the rugby league landscape looks lopsided With Hull KR, Bradford Bulls, London Broncos, Newcastle Thunder, Sheffield Eagles, Toulouse Olympique and Coventry Bears out of the top tier, the rugby league landscape looks lopsided
"03.02.2017 11:11:59" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Six Nations, Serena Williams and the Super Bowl Which song won't be sung? Who spent big in January? And who isn't the big boy? Which song won't be sung? Who spent big? And who isn't "the big boy"?
"03.02.2017 10:19:15" theguardian.com Six Nations is the one European tradition that still unites everyone The competition could be on the cusp of a gripping new era but England will have their work cut out if they are to repeat the glory of last year Just as Europe is ripping itself asunder politically, the Six Nations could be on the cusp of a gripping new era.
"02.02.2017 23:11:45" theguardian.com Eddie Jones brushes off Jim Telfer's barb and prepares England for 'war' Eddie Jones has given the Six Nations pot a vigorous stir on the eve of this year's tournament by dismissing the notion of English arrogance as 'absolutely ridiculous' “Certainly there is history between France and England Rugby ... it's always a historic game. So there have been 20 wars, have there? That's a lot of rivalry there. There is another one happening on Saturday”
"02.02.2017 21:54:06" theguardian.com England's whirlwind white-ball tour of India tantalises despite clear frustration | Barney Ronay It is possible to argue England could have won every short‑form game before that final thrashing had they not been undone by a series of improbable events Better to burn out than fade away and England Cricket's players certainly ended their white‑ball tour of India in a shared magnesium flare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium
"02.02.2017 18:20:26" theguardian.com Classic YouTube: Speedskating, buzzer-beaters, Super Bowl and more This week's roundup also features a cycling cliffhanger, Sam Allardyce, Daley Thompson scoring at Wembley and a side-stepping streaker The best sports videos on YouTube this week
"02.02.2017 17:25:58" theguardian.com Paddy Jackson key to Ireland's hopes against Scotland in Six Nations The Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will deputise for the injured Jonathan Sexton at Murrayfield while 13 Glasgow Warriors players feature in Vern Cotter's Scotland squad With Jonny Sexton out, it's time for Paddy Jackson to step up for Ireland at Murrayfield
"02.02.2017 16:08:43" theguardian.com Julio Jones: the Falcons superstar who can decide Super Bowl LI Jones is the player to watch on Sunday – and if Matt Ryan connects often enough with his star wide receiver, the Falcons will win their first championship Why Julio Jones is the man to watch at the Super Bowl
"02.02.2017 14:45:33" theguardian.com Andriy Grivko kicked out of Dubai Tour after punching Marcel Kittel in face The race leader Marcel Kittel tweeted a photo of his bloodied face after an incident involving Andriy Grivko during stage three of the Dubai Tour "I won't accept an apology for this. That has nothing to do with cycling. What Grivko did is a shame for our beautiful sport"
"02.02.2017 13:34:04" theguardian.com Six Nations could be the most open in years The England coach is the country's best selector since the era of Clive Woodward but scheming outside-halves could help the chasing nations The view at last week's Six Nations launch was that this would be the most unpredictable tournament for years. It's a prediction that will be tested on the opening weekend, when last year's top three meet the bottom three.
"02.02.2017 11:01:04" Will Scotland and Italy, both at home in the opening weekend, spring some surprises? Will England continue their dominant form from last year? How will the new tackling laws and bonus points affect the competition?
"02.02.2017 10:14:44" theguardian.com Australia and New Zealand ODI called off due to unsafe outfield Australia's ODI against New Zealand in Napier ended in farcical fashion, with play abandoned because of a sodden field that both teams had deemed unsafe Five pitch inspections, no drops of rain and some angry fans
"02.02.2017 00:08:15" theguardian.com Graham Taylor: football luminaries gather for former manager's funeral Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and John Barnes among mourners at funeral of former Watford manager “'Family first, except on match days,' he used to say,” Graham Taylor's daughter Joanne told mourners during a poignant service at St Mary's Church
"01.02.2017 22:50:53" theguardian.com George Kruis ruled out of England's Six Nations opener by a knee injury George Kruis will miss the game against France and England fear the influential Saracens lock could be ruled out of the entire Six Nations with a knee ligament problem George Kruis to miss England Rugby's Six Nations Championship opener against Rugby France after injury in 'super intense' training
"01.02.2017 20:35:15" theguardian.com England 'weren't good enough' in crushing T20 defeat to India, admits Eoin Morgan Eoin Morgan made no attempt to hide his disappointment after England's stunning collapse in Bengaluru “It's very disappointing. For maybe 60% of the game we were competitive and right in amongst it, but fell away terribly towards the end. We committed a cardinal sin of losing two 'in' players in one over. We weren't up to it at all” – Eoin Morgan
"01.02.2017 19:15:51" theguardian.com England collapse hands India a clean sweep of Test, ODI and T20 series India wrapped up the Twenty20 series 2-1 with a 75-run victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium following a England collapse which featured five ducks The Indian Cricket Team wrapped up the Twenty20 series 2-1 with a 75-run victory following an England Cricket collapse which featured five ducks and will live long in the memory
"01.02.2017 18:38:27" theguardian.com James Ellington back on his feet and says he will be back on track in 2018 James Ellington is determined to return to action next year after the British Olympic sprinter took his first steps since breaking his pelvis and both legs in a motorcycle accident “First proper steps with a fractured pelvis, fractured left leg and completely broken right leg. Can't believe the progress so far – the hospital physio thought I would be in a wheelchair for at least six weeks before I could even attempt this. I will be
"01.02.2017 18:00:04" theguardian.com Strange Super Bowl bets: tips for the creative gambler Jimmy Traina: Will Lady Gaga go blonde for the half-time show? How many times will Trump tweet? Time to put your money where your mouth is Will Lady Gaga say “Trump” during the half-time show? Will a player kneel during the national anthem? How many times will Gisele Bündchen be shown on TV?
"01.02.2017 17:00:02" theguardian.com Refresh your Six Nations knowledge with our quiz Why were matches held in October? Where did Wales call home in 1999? And which Irishman won 65 caps in the tournament? How much do you know about the Six Nations (and Five Nations)?
"01.02.2017 16:00:01" theguardian.com Jonny Gray's 'scary' potential at the forefront of a new dawn for Scotland Scotland's formidable young lock goes into the Six Nations in a rich vein of form with team-mates ranking him as one of the best in the world Why Jonny Gray is the player to watch at the Six Nations
"01.02.2017 15:01:52" theguardian.com Is sharing the limelight with men good for women's sport? England's women's rugby team will play their Six Nations opener immediately after the men on Saturday but some argue that women's sport is better off developing its own culture England's women's rugby team will play their Six Nations opener immediately after the men on Saturday. Is that a good idea?
"01.02.2017 13:27:02" theguardian.com Tiger Woods has no intention of becoming a ceremonial golfer Golf would relish a Tiger Woods renaissance, which the 14-times major champion, against all odds, reckons is still plausible Tiger Woods is the world No666 but he is still interested in only one thing: winning
"01.02.2017 11:10:00" theguardian.com Six Nations 2017: all six teams previewed and rated Absences will test Eddie Jones' champions while Ireland need Jonathan Sexton fighting fit and Wales look to Dan Biggar to be more adventurous Our big team-by-team guide to the Six Nations
"01.02.2017 10:23:27" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp apologises for outburst at fourth official after Chelsea draw Antonio Conte praised Chelsea on a significant night in the Premier League title race that left Jürgen Klopp apologising for shouting at the fourth official “I turned to the fourth official and said: 'Nobody can beat us.' Obviously that is absolutely not true but that's what I said in this moment. I went back to him and said: 'Sorry – you are the wrong person to speak to.' He said: 'No problem, I like your
"01.02.2017 09:36:55" theguardian.com Sebastian Coe faces increasing scrutiny over what he knew at IAAF The IAAF president has always maintained he only knew the Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova was blackmailed after watching revelations on German TV 'There is one thing we can say with certainty. Coe seems guilty of either a staggering lack of curiosity or a piety rarely unseen outside a nunnery'
"31.01.2017 23:46:53" theguardian.com Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas in doubt as stadium deal breaks down Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pulled out of a deal to build a $1.9bn stadium for the Oakland Raiders in Las Vegas The Oakland Raiders' plan to relocate to Las Vegas has hit a major stumbling block
"31.01.2017 20:30:03" theguardian.com Ronda Rousey is 'probably done', UFC president Dana White says Former women's bantamweight champion has yet to make decision on future, but UFC president does not expect Ronda Rousey to returnz “In the conversation I had with [Ronda Rousey], if I had to say right here, right now – and I don't like saying right here, right now because it's up to her, it's her thing – but I wouldn't say she fights again. I think she's probably done."
"31.01.2017 18:15:18" theguardian.com England's Joe Root ready for big-scoring climactic T20 battle with India Chettithody Shamshuddin will stand in England's Twenty20 series decider despite the controversy over his performance in Nagpur After five matches, three weeks and an endless seam of hysterically received sky-bound swipes of the white ball it is finally hit or bust for the England Cricket team in Bangalore
"31.01.2017 16:20:56" theguardian.com Johnny Sexton ruled out of Ireland's opener against Scotland Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland's Six Nations opener against Scotland after failing to shake off his calf problem Jonny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland Rugby's first game of the Six Nations Championship
"31.01.2017 15:30:00" theguardian.com Our predictions for the Six Nations Ireland are the favourites to win the 2017 tournament but face competition from England, with Scotland an outside bet One of our writers thinks Scotland will win it. Do you?
"31.01.2017 14:24:03" theguardian.com LeBron James launches tirade against Charles Barkley: 'I never spit on a kid' LeBron James has finally snapped after Charles Barkley's long-time criticism of the Cleveland Cavaliers star “I'm tired of biting my tongue. There's a new sheriff in town” – LeBron James
"31.01.2017 13:30:01" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Michael Conlan on the Olympics and turning pro Michael Conlan's middle-finger salute after his controversial defeat at the Olympics made him famous but his focus is now on winning his professional debut – in New York on St Patrick's Day – and becoming a world champion "When people stop and ask for a photo, they ask me to give the finger. It'll always be there, but it doesn't bother me anymore because I am going to go on to bigger things. When the professional chapter opens on 17 March, the amateur chapter of my book
"31.01.2017 12:41:38" theguardian.com Super Bowl 51: what you need to know Get up to speed before the biggest night in American football All you need to know about Super Bowl LI
"31.01.2017 10:19:44" theguardian.com Eddie Jones has match fitness problems in England pack for France opener Joe Marler, James Haskell and George Kruis could feature after injury and Courtney Lawes said the depleted side can still draw on 'so many good players' England Rugby's injury headaches are easing in the run-up to their opening match against France at Twickenham on Saturday
"31.01.2017 08:42:05" theguardian.com Los Angeles Olympic bid likely to survive Trump immigration order furore Money is likely to prove more powerful than disapproval of Donald Trump's actions when the IOC decides who will host the 2024 Olympics Donald J. Trump's latest executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US for the next 90 days has inadvertently performed an act of presidential vandalism on LA's Olympic bid. Some even fear it
"31.01.2017 01:23:00" theguardian.com St Louis Cardinals docked two draft picks and fined $2m for hacking Astros MLB has ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2m as compensation for hacking their database An unusual case of cybercrime in Major League Baseball
"30.01.2017 20:48:56" theguardian.com British Cycling coach insists he did not know contents of Wiggins package The British Cycling coach Simon Cope said: 'Hand on heart … I do not know what was in there' as it emerged he had been summoned to appear before a select committee along with the former Team Sky doctor “Hand on heart, hand on my kids' hearts, I do not know what was in there. It's not for me to ask ... I trust who I work for. There's never been any inkling of anything untoward so why would you question it?"
"30.01.2017 18:46:43" theguardian.com Eddie Jones wants to be the big man like Donald Trump, blasts Jim Telfer Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer has launched a withering attack on the England head coach Eddie Jones, Twickenham and the side's supporters "The way he speaks, it's a bit like Donald Trump. He wants to be the big man, you know? He doesn't seem to show much respect and it could come back to bite him"
"30.01.2017 16:37:31" theguardian.com Team Sky deny using motorised bikes at the 2015 Tour de France The doctor alleged to have received a mystery package intended for Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins at a race in 2011 will answer questions from the culture, media and sport select committee next month Team Sky have denied “mechanical doping” at Le Tour de France
"30.01.2017 15:29:19" theguardian.com Jo Pavey: give a parade to athletes denied medals by Russian cheats Jo Pavey has called for British athletes who are retrospectively awarded medals to be honoured with a special ceremony at the world championships in London this summer “It would be lovely to have that moment in front of 50,000 people at the Olympic Stadium. It would be very special" – Jo Pavey
"30.01.2017 14:15:00" theguardian.com Roger Federer eyes Wimbledon success after Australian Open triumph Roger Federer believes his best chance of landing a 19th grand slam title lies at Wimbledon in the summer, on the grass, as opposed to at Roland Garros Next up for Roger Federer: win his 19th grand slam at Wimbledon
"30.01.2017 13:23:10" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Ben Youngs Eddie Jones may have revitalised the England side as a whole but there are few players who have benefited as much as scrum-half Ben Youngs Ben Youngs on Eddie Jones: "We were all a little nervous but I remember his first presentation and he spoke amazingly about how we should want to be the best team in the world – and that he believed we would do it. After that meeting I believed it totally
"30.01.2017 10:25:02" theguardian.com The Olympic skier from the Caribbean who inked tattoos to fund her comeback Anaïs Caradeux likes a challenge. After spending her childhood in Guadeloupe, she moved to the Alps, took up skiing and took on a hazardous Olympic sport "I want to make the next Olympics. We get a very short life and I feel a responsibility to try to represent myself as best as I can in something I love so dearly. I know when it's gone, it's gone forever”
"30.01.2017 08:59:00" theguardian.com Marcus Stoinis heroics not enough as Australia fall to New Zealand in first ODI Marcus Stoinis belted a remarkable maiden ODI century in Auckland but could not stop Australia suffering a dramatic six-run loss to New Zealand New Zealand Cricket beat Cricket Australia by six runs
"30.01.2017 08:42:25" theguardian.com Silverstone owners confident British Grand Prix will continue at circuit Derek Warwick, president of the British Racing Drivers' Club which owns the circuit, was optimistic about its future as host, saying: 'Liberty don't want to lose Silverstone and the British Grand Prix' "We don't want to lose it, there has to be middle ground for all of us" – Derek Warwick
"29.01.2017 22:37:45" theguardian.com Léo Santa Cruz bests Carl Frampton in rematch for WBA featherweight title Northern Irishman suffers first career defeat and loses featherweight title in rematch with relentless American puncher Barry McGuigan has called for a third fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz – this time in Belfast
"29.01.2017 21:15:16" theguardian.com Roger Federer is peerless but he and Rafael Nadal have made each other great | Kevin Mitchell The Swiss player won a thrilling Australian Open final but would have been happy to 'accept a draw' against another wonderful ambassador for tennis Roger Federer has made himself peerless with an 18th grand slam but Rafa Nadal brought the very best out of him in a final that burned as fiercely as any in recent memory
"29.01.2017 19:17:41" theguardian.com Jasprit Bumrah seals narrow India win over England to level T20 series India edged out England by five runs in the second T20 international in a thrilling and slightly acrimonious match that takes the series to a decider in Bangalore on Wednesday India have levelled the Twenty20 series with England Cricket after a tense victory in the second international
"29.01.2017 17:38:14" theguardian.com Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still want more after Australian Open A victorious Roger Federer, after beating Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final, said playing the Spaniard was still 'the ultimate challenge' and brushed off criticism of a time out "I don't know what he's talking about. I felt my quad midway through the second set, and the groin started to hurt midway through the third set. The rules are there so that you can use them. I'm the last guy to call a medical time out.” Roger Federer
"29.01.2017 16:29:12" theguardian.com Justin Bieber crushed against boards during NHL All-Star Celebrity Game Justin Bieber got a taste of NHL hockey and the Staples Center glass Saturday, courtesy of veteran Chris Pronger Justin Bieber crushed against boards during NHL All-Star Celebrity Game
"29.01.2017 16:00:10" theguardian.com Serena Williams insists: 'I would be nothing without my sister Venus' | Bryan Armen Graham Straight out of the notorious Los Angeles neighbourhood of Compton, the incomparable sister act show yet again that they dominate women's tennis “There's no way I would be at 23 grand slam titles without Venus. There's no way I would be at one without her. There's no way I would be anything without her. She's the only reason the Williams sisters exist”
"29.01.2017 14:26:13" theguardian.com Conor McGregor: my focus is on Floyd Mayweather over UFC title defence Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have reiterated they would be willing to fight each other in a bout that would draw in millions of dollars for the pair “The Floyd Mayweather fight is being more than explored. That fight has been in the works for a while now. It's a fight the people want. It's the fight I want”
"29.01.2017 13:26:47" theguardian.com Sir Mo Farah: 'Queen made me a knight, Donald Trump made me an alien' Sir Mo Farah has condemned Donald Trump's decision to ban Muslims from several countries from travelling to America, calling the decision “ignorant and prejudiced” "The Queen made me a knight, Donald J. Trump made me an alien"
"29.01.2017 13:14:00" theguardian.com Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in thrilling Australian Open final Roger Federer claimed his 18th grand slam title with a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over his old foe Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final Roger Federer beats Rafa Nadal in epic Australian Open final to win 18th grand slam title
"29.01.2017 11:54:28" theguardian.com What the Williams sisters mean in America today | Derrick Clifton In an uncertain era, the success of Venus and Serena tells a story of the greatness that already exists in the United States In an uncertain era, the success of Venus Williams and Serena Williams tells a story of the greatness that already exists in the United States
"29.01.2017 10:27:43" theguardian.com England's Anthony Watson: 'Eddie makes it like a club atmosphere' The England wing tells Paul Rees he has a different outlook on running after heeding Eddie Jones's words and using his time on the sidelines with a broken jaw to improve his game “Off the pitch, Eddie gives us a lot of freedom to make the right choices. That has brought the team together and you have seen that when games get to 60 minutes and it is stalemate, people put in that extra effort and that is partly developed off the
"29.01.2017 09:46:35" theguardian.com Ben Duckett: 'It was extremely tough out there in India for the Tests' Ben Duckett tells Ali Martin his mind was in turmoil before and during his final England Test innings on the tour of India “I was on the verge of getting dropped … I did what the captain said. When the England Cricket captain asks for a group to do something, and everyone buys into it, you do it really”
"29.01.2017 08:58:33" theguardian.com Léo Santa Cruz bests Carl Frampton in rematch for WBA featherweight title Northern Irishman suffers first career defeat and loses featherweight title in rematch with relentless American puncher Revenge for Leo Santa Cruz, pure despair for Carl Frampton
"29.01.2017 08:31:03" theguardian.com Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open men's final – live! Game-by-game report: Will 35-year-old Roger Federer win his 18th slam against an old foe looking for No15? Join Jacob Steinberg Roger Federer v Rafa Nadal: Australian Open final – live!
"29.01.2017 00:43:04" theguardian.com Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz: WBA world featherweight boxing – live! The Northern Irishman defends his WBA featherweight crown against the man he won it from last year. Follow all the action from Las Vegas with Bryan Graham Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz – live!
"28.01.2017 18:59:34" theguardian.com Son Heung-min shines as Tottenham beat Wycombe in 4-3 thriller An injury-time winner from Son Heung-min ensured Tottenham avoided an embarrassing FA Cup exit with a 4-3 win after falling two goals behind to Wycombe Tottenham Hotspur left it very late to beat Wycombe Wanderers FC
"28.01.2017 17:44:06" theguardian.com Theo Robinson seals shock victory for non-league Lincoln over Brighton A second-half surge took Lincoln City past Championship leaders Brighton, with goals from Alan Power and Theo Robinson and a Fikayo Tomori own-goal sealing a shock 3-1 home victory Lincoln City Football Club are in the FA Cup fifth round
"28.01.2017 17:21:44" theguardian.com Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal roll back years for unexpected encore The great rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is about to have a new chapter and even after more than a decade the Australian Open final could go either way It is the debate that pollutes a thousand friendships: is Roger Federer, who has won 17 majors, entitled to be regarded as the greatest player tennis has ever seen if he has lost 23 times in 34 matches to Rafa Nadal, who has won 14 slams?
"28.01.2017 14:49:14" theguardian.com Many Clouds collapses and dies after beating Thistlecrack at Cheltenham Many Clouds, the winner of the Grand National in 2015, collapsed and died after lowering the colours of Thistlecrack and winning the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham Many Clouds tragically collapsed and died after lowering the colours of Thistlecrack and winning the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham
"28.01.2017 13:56:44" Usain Bolt on having to return his 2008 Olympic relay gold Usain Bolt on having to return his 2008 Olympic relay gold: 'I wasn't pleased. No one would be pleased'
"28.01.2017 13:32:22" theguardian.com England hope Jordan and Mills can wrap up historic T20 series victory in India England are 1-0 up and their last white-ball series triumph in India was in 1984, while they will seek more control from Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills In Nagpur on Sunday afternoon the England Cricket team will have the chance to do something no England team has managed since 1984
"28.01.2017 13:08:41" theguardian.com Serena Williams stands tall as the greatest of her generation There was an inevitability about the way Serena bested her beloved older sister in the Australian Open final to confirm her status as the best of modern times Serena Williams is the enduring number one, the little sister who did to Venus Williams what she has done to hundreds of other players down the years. Except she did it with sibling empathy only they could properly understand
"28.01.2017 12:13:55" theguardian.com Sam Warburton: 'If you get criticism, so be it – you take rough with smooth' Relieved of the Wales captaincy and finally able to start a Six Nations injury free after a run of club games, Sam Warburton tells Paul Rees it is time to be selfish 'My priority has always been to play well and if you get something on top of that, whether with Cardiff Blues or Wales, it is a nice bonus. My favourite moment with the Lions in 2013 was getting my No7 shirt because it filled a goal I set myself as a
"28.01.2017 11:30:55" theguardian.com Women's Six Nations: England may be professional but will feel the pressure After last year's disappointments England, with 38 players now on professional contracts, are targeting their first Six Nations title since 2012 'Last year the priority was the Olympics, but now we're in World Cup year it's back to XVs. A lot of the girls that were at Rio have come back into our squad. Their experience of the last two years has really added strength. Now we've come on board on 1
"28.01.2017 10:11:12" theguardian.com Australian Open: Serena Williams beats sister Venus for record 23rd slam title A 6-4, 6-4 victory over sister Venus gave Serena Williams her seventh Australian Open title and a record open-era haul of 23 grand slam titles Serena Williams is the most prolific grand slam winner of the Open era in women's tennis after claiming her 23rd major singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Venus Williams at the Australian Open
"28.01.2017 09:26:24" theguardian.com Netball needs more male players to become an Olympic sport, says Tracey Neville More men will have to start playing netball if it is to become an Olympic sport believes Tracey Neville, the England head coach 'Raising the profile of female sport in general is always a challenge. Australia and NZ would disagree because there it's played equally by both genders. That's only the case in pockets in the UK. Obviously, to increase male participation in netball would
"28.01.2017 09:15:27" theguardian.com England buck trend by preparing Keaton Jennings for future leading role The 24-year-old who was parachuted into India to open the batting has been getting the Sandhurst treatment with England Lions and would snap your hand off to play 100 Tests at No10 That England Cricket's hopes for the left-hander go beyond the promise of this early impact with the bat and the prospect that he, Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed could form the top three for the year ahead against South Africa, West Indies and eventually
"28.01.2017 07:57:26" www.theguardian.com Australian Open: tennis greats divided on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Pat Rafter says Rafa, Pat Cash says Roger, while Rod Laver and others are also divided Tennis greats are divided on the big Roger Federer v Rafa Nadal final at the Australian Open
"27.01.2017 23:04:16" theguardian.com Tiger Woods misses cut as return falls flat at Farmers Insurance Open Tiger Woods's much anticipated return to the PGA Tour after an absence of 17 months ended prematurely on Friday with a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego It is the sixth time in his past 12 starts on the PGA TOUR that Tiger Woods has not advanced to the weekend, with five missed cuts and a withdrawal
"27.01.2017 21:15:03" theguardian.com Phil Taylor says 2017 will be his final year on professional darts circuit Phil Taylor announced that 2017 will be his last year on the professional darts circuit “It's the last year for me"
"27.01.2017 18:43:11" theguardian.com World amateur boxing removes all its top judges from competitions Amateur boxing body Aiba has admitted to an 'unwelcome axis of influence' at the Rio Games having sidelined all 36 referees and judges who worked there Aiba has admitted “an unwelcome axis of influence” affected its judging during a hugely controversial Rio Olympics.
"27.01.2017 18:15:01" theguardian.com David Weir says decision to quit Team GB fuelled by abusive coach in Rio Six time Paralympic champion David Weir has explained the reasons behind his decision to retire from racing for Team GB ”Sometimes I feel like I've been stabbed in the back”
"27.01.2017 17:35:45" theguardian.com Enes Kanter punches chair – and breaks his arm The Oklahoma City Thunder player punched chair in frustration during their win over Dallas and is set to miss the next two months Enes Kanter could miss two months of the season after breaking his arm punching a chair. "Things happen. If he could take it back he definitely would," said Oklahoma City Thunder team-mate Russell Westbrook
"27.01.2017 16:22:36" theguardian.com Viv Richards: My family values The former West Indies batsman on the influence of church, his cricketing father, home discipline and bringing up his children "Sport was a huge part of family life. Where we lived there was a cricket club, where we played every day except for Sundays, which our parents felt was a sacred day. The other kids would pass by and make fun of us, saying our parents were too strict, but
"27.01.2017 14:54:27" theguardian.com Rafa Nadal to face Federer in final after beating Dimitrov Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 to seal a place in the Australian Open final, where he will play Roger Federer in search of a 15th grand slam title Rafa Nadal will play Roger Federer in the Australian Open final on Sunday
"27.01.2017 14:21:16" theguardian.com Venus and Serena Williams create a new chapter in their remarkable family story In Melbourne on Saturday, the sisters with 29 grand slam titles between them will add No30 to the Williams family ledger – and they're not done yet The Williams sisters will have won 30 grand slams between them by the end of the weekend – and they're not done yet
"27.01.2017 12:03:10" theguardian.com A life in boxing: Freddie Roach on Ali, Tyson, Cotto and Pacquiao Freddie Roach arrives at his Wild Card boxing gym in Hollywood every morning before 5am grateful that he can dedicate another day to the sport he loves "Mike Tyson has the most incredible memory you can imagine. He came to the gym not so long ago and he pointed out individuals who worked here and said: 'You fired him, him and him.' He told me why I'd fired them exactly, then started asking me why they
"27.01.2017 11:14:47" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Federer, Southampton and the Williams sisters Who might retire at 65? Who led the Saints to glory? And who is Superman? Who might retire at 65? Who led the Saints to glory? And who is Superman?
"27.01.2017 08:06:33" theguardian.com Australian Open boss: Roger Federer not getting favours with faster courts Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has rejected talk that tournament officials have deliberately sped up the courts to suit Roger Federer "If people think the courts have been designed to suit one particular player ... Rafa Nadal has had great success on clay"
"26.01.2017 17:58:27" theguardian.com England beat India in the first T20 international The tourists' victory was built on the efforts of England's bowlers, as Moeen Ali showed excellent control to produce his best T20 figures of 2-21 England won the first T20 international of this three-match series, chasing down 147 to win by seven wickets with 11 balls to spare
"26.01.2017 16:50:35" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino makes hospital visit to see stricken Ryan Mason Mauricio Pochettino went to St Mary's Hospital in London on Thursday afternoon to visit the stricken Ryan Mason and said the Tottenham Hotspur squad had sent their former team-mate a video message "He is a special player for us and for me, personally. He grew up here at Tottenham. He is a person that we love” – Mauricio Pochettino on Ryan Mason
"26.01.2017 14:18:11" theguardian.com Roger Federer defies age and expectations to dazzle Australia The Swiss will rarely have had to fight harder than he did to subdue Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open semi-final and become the oldest man to reach a grand slam final since 1974 and did so with grace and panache A few hours after 35-year-old Serena Williams joined her 36-year-old sister, Venus, in the women's final, 35-year-old Roger Federer somehow conjured some more retro magic to beat Stan Wawrinka, a mere 31, for the 19th time in 22 matches
"26.01.2017 12:35:00" theguardian.com Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final The world No17 triumphed 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 after a three hours and five minutes match at the Rod Laver Arena. Roger Federer – the world No17 – will compete for his 18th grand slam singles title on Sunday
"26.01.2017 11:47:51" theguardian.com English clubs want Six Nations shortened from seven to five weeks England's leading clubs are seeking a reduction in the length of the Six Nations from seven to five weeks, it is understood Should the Six Nations be cut by two weeks?
"26.01.2017 10:31:57" theguardian.com Hosting fees, race length and streaming: what is F1's future under Liberty? New chief executive Chase Carey has quickly addressed some of F1's problems yet hard decisions over key issues like race fees cannot be put off for long Will the new owners make F1 cheaper – and better?
"26.01.2017 08:23:53" theguardian.com Venus Williams' fairytale run continues as she books final date with Serena Venus beats CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3 while Serena overcame
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, once owned tennis as if it were a private business. On Saturday they will resume the partnership in the final of the Australian Open
"25.01.2017 17:27:21" theguardian.com The Cavaliers are in a slump and LeBron James is not happy Cleveland need some help if they want another NBA championship – but they don't have much room to add an impact player, assuming one is even available What's wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James?
"25.01.2017 14:37:48" theguardian.com Usain Bolt stripped of Olympic relay gold after Nesta Carter fails drug test Usain Bolt is no longer a nine-time Olympic champion after being stripped of his 2008 4x100m relay gold because his Jamaica team-mate, Nesta Carter, has been found guilty of a doping infringement. There goes Usain Bolt's "triple-treble"
"25.01.2017 13:50:00" theguardian.com St Andrews women members still have no changing room in main clubhouse More than two years after a historic vote by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club seemingly to admit women to the club, female members still have no changing room inside the St Andrews clubhouse More than two years after women were first admitted as members, they still have no changing room inside the St Andrews clubhouse
"25.01.2017 13:33:57" theguardian.com St Andrews women members still have no changing room in main clubhouse More than two years after a historic vote by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club seemingly to admit women to the club, female members still have no changing room inside the St Andrews clubhouse More than two years after a historic vote by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club seemingly to end centuries of discrimination by admitting women to the club, female members still have no changing room inside the St Andrews clubhouse
"25.01.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com England have no world class players, says Eddie Jones at Six Nations launch Eddie Jones has said that England, despite going unbeaten in 2016, have no world class rugby union players England Rugby went unbeaten in 2016 but their coach thinks they have no world class players
"25.01.2017 12:15:00" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal revival rolls on with win over Milos Raonic Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic in straight sets to set up a semi-final with Grigor Dimitrov and keep a 15th grand slam title in sight Rafa Nadal is in the Australian Open semi-finals – and in the hunt for a 15th grand slam title
"25.01.2017 11:20:42" theguardian.com Why Super League clubs are investing in youth rather than costly NRL imports A look forward to the least anticipated season ever; Toronto Wolfpack should blast their way through League 1; and Ashley Gibson is still going at the age of 37 The last couple of weeks before the Super League season kicks off used to be filled with anticipation over how your club's new glamour signing from Australia would fit in. How would he cope with the British winter, muddy pitches, chanting crowds and the
"25.01.2017 10:14:17" theguardian.com Serena Williams ends Johanna Konta's run in quarter-final The tournament favourite remains on course to rewrite the history books after ending the British No1's run at Melbourne Park in comfortable fashion Serena Williams has knocked Johanna Konta out of the Australian Open
"25.01.2017 09:59:13" theguardian.com Australian Open defeat reveals different side to emotional Konta Despite an upseting defeat to Serena Williams, the British No1 can be proud of her achievement of getting so far in the toughest quarter of the draw 'I cried because I'm generally quite an emotional person. I think I've never hid that away. I've worked incredibly hard to direct that emotion into a positive way and into a constructive way on court. But off court I'm still very emotional'
"25.01.2017 00:10:09" theguardian.com Johanna Konta a model of competitive cool as Serena Williams awaits Briton's steep ascent has not dented her focus as she prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final against a sporting icon looking to make history "I have never been on court with her, so I am looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to competing, and really going out there and trusting in my own system and trusting in the good things that I bring to the court.”
"24.01.2017 23:14:34" theguardian.com Hughie Fury: Tyson and me can match the Klitschkos and win all the belts The cousin of the former heavyweight champion of the world has said he believes his family can create a dynasty in the division "The dream is for both of us to rule the heavyweight division; that is what I've always wanted. Hopefully Tyson can get his arse back in gear then we can do it. The plan is when Tyson comes back we get the belts, every one of them.”
"24.01.2017 22:08:25" theguardian.com Dan Cole: 43-0 is Leicester's worst ever defeat … it's never been as bad as this The England prop said record defeat to Glasgow was among low points of his career but hopes it will be the 'kick up the arse' the club needed Dan Cole: "The club has been through them before but in my 10 years at Leicester it's never been as bad as this."
"24.01.2017 19:14:06" theguardian.com F1's Chase Carey: races should be Super Bowls; events that capture a whole city The new chief executive of Formula One, Chase Carey, wants to turn races into week-long extravaganzas with entertainment and music, and also underlined the importance of the British Grand Prix "We have 21 races – we should have 21 Super Bowls. They should be week-long extravaganzas with entertainment and music, events that capture a whole city."
"24.01.2017 18:39:55" theguardian.com Reborn Tymal Mills's Twenty20 vision a glimpse into modern cricket After an injury scare made a T20 career the perfect move, Tymal Mills is back in the England setup via Asia, Australia and plenty in between England Cricket's Tymal Mills: a definitively modern English international cricketer, a freelancer sharpened to a fine point, and the fastest bowler in the country
"24.01.2017 18:00:51" theguardian.com The reluctant feminist who could talk Lord's language At heart, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, the women's cricket pioneer who died recently, did not dream of overturning the establishment – she wanted to be part of it Rachael Heyhoe Flint did so much for women's cricket that she became women's cricket
"24.01.2017 15:49:14" theguardian.com Nicole Cooke tells MPs that British Cycling is sexist and unaccountable Nicole Cooke has launched a coruscating attack on British Cycling and told MPs that she has no faith in the UK Anti-Doping Agency's ability to investigate cases or the testing they conduct Do you think sexism was culturally embedded in British Cycling?
Nicole Cooke: “Yes I do”
"24.01.2017 12:09:55" theguardian.com Roger Federer into Australian Open semis after win over Mischa Zverev Roger Federer will face his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the Australian Open after a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev Roger Federer will play Stan Wawrinka in semi-finals on Thursday
"24.01.2017 10:22:00" theguardian.com Six Nations cries out for a France restored to their grandest traditions When France face England at Twickenham, imagine a pack with terrifying power and a clever set of midfield backs, running instinctively brilliant lines Imagine a France side faithful to its grandest traditions under Guy Novès. Visualise a pack with terrifying power and a clever set of midfield backs, running the instinctively brilliant support lines that used to be their penchant. Imagine them belting
"24.01.2017 09:05:46" theguardian.com Venus Williams rolls back the years to reach Australian Open semis at 36 The veteran downs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to record her 50th career win at Melbourne Park and set up a final four meeting with fellow American Coco Vandeweghe Venus Williams wound back the clock to beat world No27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenko in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), and set up an Australian Open semi-final appearance so unlikely that if she wins it and the outing after that, they should make her a bigger
"23.01.2017 22:32:29" theguardian.com Bernie Ecclestone's 40-year reign as F1 chief reaches end of road Bernie Ecclestone has been replaced by Liberty Media CEO Chase Carey after the sale of F1's commercial rights was confirmed "I'm proud of the business that I built over the last 40 years and all that I have achieved with Formula One"
"23.01.2017 19:20:21" theguardian.com England's victory in Kolkata offers promise for Champions Trophy Trevor Bayliss wants his bowling unit to improve but their performance at Eden Gardens is something to build on ahead of June's tournament "England's bowling has been the major concern in India, as it has throughout the transformation of the batting lineup into a cloudless attacking machine"
"23.01.2017 16:23:52" theguardian.com Deflategate was supposed to kill Goodell and the Patriots. They're still thriving New England are into another Super Bowl and the NFL commissioner is still in power despite numerous debacles. So much for scandals So much for scandals
"23.01.2017 15:49:35" theguardian.com Nicola Adams set to turn professional after leaving GB Olympic programme Nicola Adams is set to turn professional after leaving the GB Boxing programme with immediate effect. Nicola Adams is turning pro
"23.01.2017 12:41:45" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Carl Frampton The WBA featherweight champion is preparing for his rematch against Léo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas but he tells Donald McRae he still remembers how he started his journey to the top “From Tiger's Bay in Belfast to the MGM in Vegas … it's been some ride so far. And the best is still to come” – Carl Frampton opens up about being voted the fighter of the year for 2016 and his rematch against Léo Santa Cruz
"23.01.2017 10:30:06" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2jomAAK
"23.01.2017 09:14:18" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Joe Perry to win record seventh Masters title Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a record seventh Masters title when he came from behind to beat Joe Perry 10-7 at Alexandra Palace "When I was young, I was happy to have won one so to have won seven so there must be someone up there looking after me" – Ronnie O'Sullivan
"23.01.2017 08:24:10" theguardian.com Rampant Glasgow spearhead revived Celtic challenge in Champions Cup | Robert Kitson With the Warriors, Leinster and Munster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals the idea thatPro12 teams were struggling to compete with their richer neighbours has been quashed For a current barometer of national rugby morale it is hard to beat the quarter-final lineup of Europe's flagship tournament
"23.01.2017 07:55:00" theguardian.com Johanna Konta sets up Australian Open quarter-final date with Serena Williams Johanna Konta looked every inch a potential grand slam champion on her way to reaching a last-eight clash with Serena Williams at Melbourne Park Johanna Konta will face Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals
"23.01.2017 00:26:53" theguardian.com Atlanta Falcons crush Green Bay Packers in NFC championship game The Atlanta Falcons are headed to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history after routing the Green Bay Packers The Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998
"22.01.2017 21:49:40" theguardian.com Andy Murray's Australian Open demise opens door to Roger Federer fairytale Roger Federer was due to meet the world No1, Andy Murray, in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open but now Sunday's final beckons for the 35-year-old Roger Federer can see a path to his 18th grand slam – but Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Rafa Nadal could stand in his way
"22.01.2017 19:38:51" theguardian.com Wasps lack bite in win over Zebre as Ashley Johnson scores two tries Ashley Johnson scored two tries and the job was done for Wasps but director of rugby Dai Young will be far from happy with the overall performance ahead of the knockout stages Zebre Rugby 27-41 Wasps
"22.01.2017 17:13:47" theguardian.com MLB suffers tragedy as Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte killed in car crashes Major League Baseball has been hit by a double tragedy after two players were killed in separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic The Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and the former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte both died on Sunday after separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic
"22.01.2017 16:44:52" theguardian.com England beat India in thriller as Chris Woakes holds nerve in last over England won the third OBO in Kolkata, surviving a late assault by Kedar Jadhav to win by five runs England Cricket 321-8; Indian Cricket Team 316-9 – England win by five runs
"22.01.2017 16:21:52" theguardian.com Tommy Fleetwood beats Dustin Johnson to HSBC Championship by a shot England's Tommy Fleetwood produced a brilliant burst of scoring to claim his second European Tour title in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Three major champions – Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson – could not catch England's Tommy Fleetwood at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
"22.01.2017 15:04:12" theguardian.com Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a bully and praises marches The San Antonio Spurs coach has made it clear he feels no better about the new president following his inauguration. San Antonio Spurs's coach Gregg Popovich on Donald J. Trump: 'You really can't believe anything that comes out of his mouth … I'd just feel better if somebody was in that position that showed the maturity and psychological and emotional level of somebody
"22.01.2017 14:25:44" theguardian.com Top seed Angelique Kerber knocked out of Australian Open by Coco Vandeweghe The top seed and reigning champion Angelique Kerber was bundled out of the fourth round of the Australian Open by the big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe on Sunday, losing 6-2, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena Another Australian Open shock
"22.01.2017 12:03:17" theguardian.com Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in epic five set Australian Open match A resilient Roger Federer showed there was life in his 35-year-old legs as he overhauled the fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to book a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals Roger Federer's fairytale return from injury continues at the Australian Open
"22.01.2017 10:46:11" theguardian.com Jo-Wilfried Tsonga too strong for Dan Evans in Australian Open fourth round Dan Evans became the second British male to be knocked out of the Australian Open men's singles on day seven, as he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets on Hisense Arena Dan Evans is out of the Australian Open after losing 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to Jo Wilfried Tsonga
"22.01.2017 10:18:21" theguardian.com Monty Panesar: I just want to play for England again, I've got to do it The spinner has been troubled on and off the pitch but a winter spent coaching in Australia has left him in positive mood for 2017, he tells Will Macpherson Monty Panesar: "It's just in me. I've got to do it, I just want to play for England Cricket again. I will keep going until … I don't know … Until I can't do any more. I will keep fighting to get there."
"22.01.2017 07:57:24" www.theguardian.com Andy Murray crashes out of Australian Open to inspired Mischa Zverev The World No1 and tip seed Andy Murray was knocked out of the Australian Open by an inspired showing from the German Alexander Zverev, the world No50 Another huge Australian Open upset as Andy Murray crashes out
"21.01.2017 21:39:40" theguardian.com NFL Championship Games predictions: Falcons to end Packers' hopes Aaron Rodgers has had a great run but injuries will catch up with Green Bay, while the Patriots' struggles against Houston do not bode well for Tom Brady Paolo Bandini predicts that The Pittsburgh Steelers will play Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI
"21.01.2017 19:59:02" theguardian.com Glasgow qualify for quarter-finals with six-try humiliation of Leicester Glasgow had a bonus point wrapped up before half-time as they heaped embarrassment on Leicester in their 43-0 away win, which was the Tigers' heaviest ever European defeat Leicester Tigers 0-43 Glasgow Warriors
"21.01.2017 15:15:36" theguardian.com Jason Roy hails England's 'serious performances' despite defeats in India Jason Roy insisted England played well during their ODI defeats in both Pune and Cuttack, and that their ultimate target is the home Champions Trophy in June It seems fair to say Eden Gardens probably isn't the place England would have chosen to nurse their bruises at the end of a rather brutal losing ODI series. Kolkata's colosseum is the second largest cricket stadium in the world after the MCG, but it's
"21.01.2017 13:25:34" theguardian.com Dan Robson says wise Wasps aim to go one step beyond this season Scrum-half believes semi-final defeats in both the Premiership play-offs and European Champions Cup in 2016 have given Wasps a harder edge "England is at the back of your mind, but there is not much you can do. I had a chat with Eddie [Jones] the other week and he told me what I need to keep working on."
"21.01.2017 10:09:06" theguardian.com Australian Open: Johanna Konta powers through against Caroline Wozniacki Konta beats Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 and will play Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round Johanna Konta is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open against Ekaterina Makarova - for the second year in a row - after beating the former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki in an hour-and-a-quarter on day six, and there are sound reasons to
"20.01.2017 18:32:30" theguardian.com Eddie Jones bemoans lack of leaders in England squad Eddie Jones has cited England's lack of leaders as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to winning the 2019 World Cup Eddie Jones says England's lack of leaders could hold them back
"20.01.2017 15:45:20" theguardian.com José Mourinho pays tribute to 'fantastic professional' Memphis Depay José Mourinho has paid tribute to Memphis Depay following the winger's £16m move to Lyon, claiming the Dutchman never stood a chance at Old Trafford because there are so many wide players ahead of him José Mourinho has paid tribute to Memphis Depay, the "fantastic professional" he sold to Lyon
"20.01.2017 13:31:47" theguardian.com Dan Evans into Australian Open fourth round after beating Bernard Tomic Dan Evans is into the last 16 of the Australian Open after beating the Australia No27 seed Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 in the third round Dan Evans is into the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career
"20.01.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com Lack of power and passion hint at the possible decline of Novak Djokovic It is impossible to tell how deep Novak Djokovic's bruises go after a shock loss to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open, and old certainties have splintered Is Novak Djokovic in decline?
"20.01.2017 09:30:46" theguardian.com Andy Murray wins tough Australian Open match against Sam Querrey World No1 Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after a straight sets win over American Sam Querrey in Melbourne With Novak Djokovic checking airline schedules, Andy Murray knew this was no time to slip up and he duly delivered an impressive three-set win over Sam Querrey on day five to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open
"19.01.2017 21:39:55" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan laments England's failure to execute plans in India victory England captain Eoin Morgan, who scored a defiant 102 in the 15-run defeat against India, claimed his side lost as they failed to execute their plans England Cricket's Eoin Morgan admitted his side simply had not been good enough with both bat and ball after a 15-run loss ensured defeat in the three‑game one-day series against India.
"19.01.2017 19:21:48" theguardian.com Tom Arscott sacked by Sale over alleged leak of information to Bristol Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match The Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match.
"19.01.2017 17:45:01" theguardian.com India beat England in second ODI by 15 runs to wrap up series victory India beat England in the second one-day international in Cuttack by 15 runs thanks to 100-plus scores from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni The England Cricket team were narrowly overpowered by India in Cuttack, going down swinging by 15 runs to lose the three-match series at the earliest possible juncture
"19.01.2017 15:59:42" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic endures Australian Open horror show This was sporting drama that Tennis Australia could not have dialled up in a movie, although they did not want their defending champion leaving the tournament in the first week When the 117th best player in the world, Denis Istomin, put his 15th ace past the six-times champion, Novak Djokovic, in the fourth-set tie-break to take their match into a deciding set, disbelief dressed the Serb's reddened face. It had been seven years
"19.01.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas move to Mercedes could result in fireworks with Lewis Hamilton A predicted understudy role would take the pressure off the Finn but with the F1 drivers' market opening up at the end of 2017, he is likely to come out fighting With 10 years and three world championships under his belt in F1, there is little that will unnerve Lewis Hamilton. But adapting to his new Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, might prove complex
"19.01.2017 12:55:00" theguardian.com Tokyo Olympic golf course urged to let women be full members City's governor, Yuriko Koike, urges Kasumigaseki Country Club, a venue for 2020, to let women play on Sundays The golf course that will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics does not accept women as full members
"19.01.2017 11:48:29" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic says 'there was not much I could do' after defeat Novak Djokovic was in gracious mood following his shock second-round defeat to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open on Thursday, insisting 'there was not much I could do' against the Uzbeki world No117 “All credit to Denis. He stepped it up, played aggressive, served very well, very precise. It's a tennis match. On a given day, you can lose. Nothing is impossible. There are over a hundred players in the main draw. The quality of tennis keeps rising each
"19.01.2017 10:07:49" theguardian.com If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events Joss Gross: The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these 'The loudness of the hot take crowd has meshed too well with the possibility of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The fact that this same group wanted Mayweather to fight Ronda Rousey doesn't mean anything. It's volume for volume's sake and
"19.01.2017 09:15:24" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic stunned as Australian Open title defence ends against Denis Istomin Defending champion Novak Djokovic fell to a shock defeat at the hand of Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after losing to world No117 Denis Istomin in five sets
"18.01.2017 22:09:35" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: 'I want England to be the best. You should never be satisfied' England head coach has set his sights on the 2019 World Cup but says Dylan Hartley may not be captain by that time while Alun Wyn Jones is a shoo-in for the Lions armband "I want England to be the best. You should never be satisfied" – England Rugby's Eddie Jones
"18.01.2017 20:23:21" theguardian.com Jos Buttler welcomes knockout pressure while England ponder plan for Kohli Jos Buttler has set his sights on a big score against India as England look to save the ODI series Talk in the buildup that England Cricket might try to bounce Virat Kohli got short shrift from KL Rahul. But England will have to do something different to keep this series against the Indian Cricket Team alive
"18.01.2017 18:40:34" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios shows his many sides to explain defeat in Australian Open | Russell Jackson Australian was two sets up and coasting against the Italian veteran but another meltdown on court has left him searching for answers Nick Kyrgios delivered a media performance to rival his fascinating on-court meltdown against Andreas Seppi. In both mediums he displayed virtually every one of his multiple tennis personalities
"18.01.2017 17:46:19" theguardian.com Rachael Heyhoe Flint, trailblazer for women's sport, dies aged 77 The former England women's cricket captain and Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died aged 77, Wolves have announced The former England women's cricket captain and Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died aged 77
"18.01.2017 16:25:23" theguardian.com Dan Evans sends world No7 Marin Cilic crashing out of Australian Open Dan Evans reached the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time by knocking Marin Cilic out of the Australian Open "It was definitely the biggest win of my career”
"18.01.2017 14:23:45" theguardian.com GB sprinter James Ellington left with 'career threatening injuries' after head-on crash The British 100m sprinter James Ellington is in hospital with career-ending injuries after being involved a head-on collision while riding a motorbike during a training camp in Spain The Team GB sprinter James Ellington is in hospital with career-ending injuries after being involved a head-on collision while riding a motorbike during a training camp in Spain
"18.01.2017 13:12:33" theguardian.com Andy Murray shrugs off ankle issue to reach Australian Open third round Andy Murray had to call on a trainer in the third set after injuring his ankle but beat the world No156 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 with relative ease Andy Murray is in the third round of the Australian Open and looking as dominant as he did when stringing together 28 wins in a row on his rise to No1 in the world
"18.01.2017 10:52:48" Our favourite photos from today's action at the Australian Open
The full gallery: http://bit.ly/2jxX4vO
"18.01.2017 09:54:17" theguardian.com Roger Federer through in straight sets despite fading in second round clash Swiss shows signs of fatigue towards end of match against Noah Rubin but still does enough to progress into third round at Australian Open Roger Federer showed signs of fatigue towards the end of his straight sets victory over Noah Rubin but did enough to progress into third round at the Australian Open
"18.01.2017 00:44:18" theguardian.com Tomlin calls Antonio Brown 'selfish and inconsiderate' over Facebook incident Steelers coach apologises for bad language after Sunday's game but says Brown was 'foolish' to post locker-room video to Facebook “It was foolish of him to do that. It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate of him to do that. There are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective, and we will punish him" – The Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin, on Antonio
"18.01.2017 00:00:01" theguardian.com Johanna Konta smiles ahead in calm under pressure stats for Australian Open | Kevin Mitchell The world No9 was amused yet pleased by a survey that said she is the coolest player in times of stress among all the entrants at the first major of the season According to a survey released this week, Johanna Konta is tougher in the clutch points than even last year's Australian Open finalists, Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams
"17.01.2017 22:51:11" theguardian.com Alun Wyn Jones: 'Wales are an experienced team but not an old one' He has taken over the captaincy from Sam Warburton and there is talk he may also lead the Lions in New Zealand in the summer but Alun Wyn Jones tells Paul Rees he is only focused on the Six Nations for now "Wales are an experienced team but not an old one" – Interview with the new captain of Wales national rugby union team
"17.01.2017 17:34:46" Our favourite photos from today's action at the Australian Open
The full gallery: http://bit.ly/2j5A1Wl
"17.01.2017 14:46:39" theguardian.com Ivo Karlovic hits 75 aces in epic as records tumble at Australian Open Ivo Karlovic broke the record for the most number of aces in an Australian Open match after firing 75 past Horacio Zeballos in a marathon five-set victory Karlovic won 6-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 after five hours and 15 minutes
"17.01.2017 13:59:14" theguardian.com Why Golf Magazine's Most Beautiful Women list makes me shudder As well as the obvious point that golf in a bikini is uncomfortable, objectifying athletes does nothing for the sport we love 'Perhaps magazines and websites think that if they started providing real coverage on LPGA golfers men would lose interest. Maybe they're right, but they would no longer be marginalising women. Women make up 50% of the population, so in business terms it
"17.01.2017 13:10:41" theguardian.com Alun Wyn Jones replaces Sam Warburton as Wales captain Wales will have a new captain for the Six Nations after Sam Warburton stepped down in order to concentrate on his game Alun Wyn is the new Wales national rugby union team captain
"17.01.2017 12:28:40" theguardian.com Rugby sevens is growing in popularity and deserves more respect Rugby's entertaining little brother was the unexpected star of the Rio Olympics but sevens remains the poor relation of the British game Rugby's entertaining little brother was the unexpected star of the Olympics but sevens remains the poor relation of the British game
"17.01.2017 09:55:04" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic begins Australian Open title defence – live! Rolling report: Join Jacob Steinberg for live coverage of day two in Melbourne, as Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a record seventh Australian Open Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta have all made it into the second round at the Australian Open. Next up: Novak Djokovic's first-round match against Fernando Verdasco
"17.01.2017 08:20:00" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer to ease into Australian Open second round Rafael Nadal cast aside the disappointments of last year to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Florian Mayer on Tuesday Rafa Nadal is through to the Australian Open second round
"17.01.2017 08:13:45" theguardian.com See you in June: Warriors lay waste to Cavaliers in potential finals preview Draymond Green records triple-double as Golden State cruise to lopsided win over Cleveland at Oracle Arena Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in the Golden State Warriors' 126-91 rout of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
"17.01.2017 07:45:00" theguardian.com Johanna Konta grinds out Australian Open win in valuable first-round outing Britain's No1 women's player reaches second round at Melbourne Park with gritty straight-sets win over Flipkens Johanna Konta won 7-5, 6-2 to reach the second round
"17.01.2017 07:16:01" theguardian.com Heather Watson dumps Samantha Stosur out of Australian Open Heather Watson booked a place in the second round as Samantha Stosur's inability to progress deep into her home grand slam continues Heather Watson won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Margaret Court Arena
"16.01.2017 23:02:45" theguardian.com RFU investigating allegations of 'leaked information' in Sale v Bristol match Sale have made a complaint to the Rugby Football Union after information was allegedly leaked to opponents Bristol earlier this month The Sale Sharks have made a complaint to the RFU after information was allegedly leaked to New Year's Day opponents Bristol
"16.01.2017 20:37:00" theguardian.com Joe Root says England need better plan to counter India's Virat Kohli Kohli scored 122 in India's three-wicket win in the first ODI of a three-match series and Root said it may help if England had slightly more individual plans for him Virat Kohli has scored 777 runs against England Cricket since November
"16.01.2017 18:33:44" theguardian.com Thirty-two games without a win: Rudy Gestede and sport's great rotten streaks The Middlesbrough striker hasn't won in the Premier League since August 2015 – while things are even worse for Sunderland's Jack Rodwell. Who else has had similar runs to forget? From Merlene Ottey to Michael Ballack: sport's unluckiest losers
"16.01.2017 15:46:06" theguardian.com Australian Open: day one – in pictures The Australian Open has started in Melbourne and it is as picturesque as ever
"16.01.2017 14:34:11" theguardian.com Murray and Federer made to work in Australian Open first round Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko Andy Murray and Roger Federer are into the second round
"16.01.2017 13:10:01" theguardian.com Serena Williams may be world No2 but she is as dangerous as ever Bryan Armen Graham: She's lost the No1 ranking and is nearer to 40 than 30, but only a fool would doubt Serena as she enters returns to Melbourne with history in sight She's lost the No1 ranking and is nearer to 40 than 30, but only a fool would doubt Serena Williams as she enters returns to Melbourne with history in sight
"16.01.2017 11:55:00" theguardian.com Defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber survives scare Angelique Kerber beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 but had to fight hard after a second set shock Angelique Kerber won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the end but world No51 Lesia Tsurenko raised serious question marks about the defending champion's ability to win back-to-back Australian Open titles
"16.01.2017 10:50:00" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving Featuring a defender falling on his face, an entertaining motorsport, a fight that really jumped up a notch and got out of hand fast and two high-fives failures Nutmegging, netbusting and snowboarding over a car
"16.01.2017 10:18:08" theguardian.com European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points A harsh call against Danny Cipriani could help Toulouse reach the quarter-finals, Glasgow are playing Leicester at the right time, and Alex Lozowski excelled for Saracens against Scarlets All the weekend's action form the European Rugby Champions Cup
"16.01.2017 07:45:58" theguardian.com Andy Murray makes hard work of Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko
"16.01.2017 01:38:13" theguardian.com Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys on final play in NFL playoff thriller Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are headed to the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2014 season after a thrilling finish in Dallas Green Bay Packers will play Atlanta Falcons for a place in the Super Bowl after edging a thriller against the No1 seeded Dallas Cowboys
"15.01.2017 22:43:24" theguardian.com Johanna Konta has form to repeat Australian Open run despite tough draw Johanna Konta admitted she is flattered but not deceived by those talking up her chances of victory at the Australian Open Can Johanna Konta match, or even improve on, her run to the Australian Open semi-finals in 2016?
"15.01.2017 22:11:21" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas's move to Mercedes set to be finalised this week Valtteri Bottas's switch from Williams to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes appears set to be finalised this week Valtteri Bottas is set to join Mercedes-AMG from Williams Martini Racing
"15.01.2017 20:45:37" theguardian.com Saracens stay unbeaten as Chris Ashton secures late draw at Scarlets Chris Ashton scored a dramatic last-gasp try to earn Saracens a 22-22 draw with Scarlets in Pool Three of the Champions Cup at Parc y Scarlets Scarlets 22-22 Saracens
"15.01.2017 16:40:33" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy to have scans on back and in doubt for HSBC Championship Rory McIlroy is hoping to be fit for the Abu Dhabi tournament but will go for scans in Dubai after he lost the South Africa Open in a play-off to Graeme Storm "It was manageable this week with tape and a few pills so I am fine but first and foremost I have to get fully fit and healthy again"
"15.01.2017 13:58:17" theguardian.com Graeme Storm beats Rory McIlroy in South African Open play-off Graeme Storm pipped Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the South African Open, 83 days after losing his European Tour card Graeme Storm pipped Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the South African Open, 83 days after losing his European Tour card
"15.01.2017 12:00:47" theguardian.com Pakistan salvage some pride as Australia are cut down to size in second ODI Pakistan showed some much-needed resilience to claim a six-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's second ODI Pakistan Cricket Team eased to a six-wicket victory to level the five-match ODI series with Cricket Australia at one apiece
"15.01.2017 00:04:39" theguardian.com Will the ascent of Donald Trump make American athletes irate again? | Bryan Armen Graham If sport is a microcosm of life the ascent of Donald Trump is no different with LeBron James and Tom Brady among those speaking their minds from both sides of the debate If sport is a microcosm of life the ascent of Donald J. Trump is no different with LeBron James and Tom Brady among those speaking their minds from both sides of the debate
"14.01.2017 22:39:00" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Castres' Rory Kockott gets a pass away Rory Kockott attempts to get another Castres attack underway as the French side visit Franklins' Gardens to take on Northampton Saints in the European Champions Cup Sport picture of the day: Castres Olympique Officiel's Rory Kockott gets a pass away
"14.01.2017 20:50:07" theguardian.com Francis Saili try edges Munster past Glasgow and into quarter-finals The replacement Munster wing scored the only try of a tight match in Glasgow and secured a 14-12 win for the visitors, who ensured they will be in the next round of the Champions Cup Glasgow Warriors 12-14 Munster Rugby
"14.01.2017 19:46:31" theguardian.com Protests over Kempton sale fail to materialise during Lanzarote Hurdle day There was no visible public protest at Kempton on Saturday against its proposed sale, despite being described as one of racing's 'crown jewels' Not a placard was waved in anger nor a banner unfurled as the campaign to save Kempton racecourse from extinction made the weakest of starts
"14.01.2017 18:56:45" theguardian.com Virat Kohli oozes charm as he prepares for ODI series against England | Barney Ronay Tourists will need to adopt fearless mode to bring India's new one-day captain Virat Kohli down from the rare levels at which he is batting in the 50-over game It is tempting to compare Virat Kohli to a Premier League footballer, but he is more like the best American sports figures, willing to talk about tactics and stats and team-mates and fears and hopes and feelings. It is a brilliant lesson in how to be a
"14.01.2017 18:07:12" theguardian.com Wasps stay on course as Dan Robson secures last-gasp win over Toulouse The Wasps scrum-half emulated Rob Howley's feat in the 2003-04 final by scoring a try in the 80th minute against Toulouse, sealing a hard-fought Pool 2 match 17-14 Wasps 17-14 Stade Toulousain
"14.01.2017 15:18:09" theguardian.com 'I was always going to come back,' says Roger Federer ahead of Australian Open Federer claimed he is fully fit after his knee problems for a 18th Australian Open but gambling overshadowed the start in Melbourne with more minor players banned “I was always going to come back because my knee wasn't so bad" – Roger Federer
"14.01.2017 13:18:53" theguardian.com Johanna Konta given seal of approval for Australian Open by friend and rival Heather Watson A year on from Konta's big breakthrough at the Australian Open, Watson has claimed she has the consistency and mental toughness to challenge for slam glory "She works really hard, is very professional and I think Jo is definitely a contender for slams” – Heather Watson on Johanna Konta
"14.01.2017 11:56:31" theguardian.com Andy Murray disappointed with LTA chief executive Downey's early exit Andy Murray has expressed his disappointment at Michael Downey's decision to return to Canada two years before the end of his five-year term as chief executive of the LTA "It's disappointing, really, because it's just another change for British tennis" – Andy Murray
"14.01.2017 10:37:04" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: nutmegging, netbusting and snowboarding over a car Featuring an entertaining motorsport, a fight that really jumped up a notch and got out of hand fast and two high-fives failures Featuring a defender falling flat on his face
"13.01.2017 22:10:21" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'They will never take my soul. They will never take my spirit' Snooker's biggest star is now a traveller, raconteur, intensely political and pushing at fresh boundaries – and he's happier for what he is finding, he tells Sean Ingle "I spent 10 days in bed, watching TV, some darts, loads of Netflix. I had a great time. Just chilled out"
"13.01.2017 18:20:57" theguardian.com Andy Murray eager and ready to avenge near-misses at Australian Open Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have changed their games to reduce the strain but can still expect to beat the rest and meet each other in the final in Melbourne Andy Murray has never won the Australian Open. He is keen to make amends for that in Melbourne in the next fortnight
"13.01.2017 15:26:30" theguardian.com Dave Brailsford appears to be losing his grip The man who has seemed such a casual authority at the head of Team Sky now looks like a malfunctioning robot having made a number of bad decisions The Team Sky boss now looks like a malfunctioning robot
"13.01.2017 13:48:45" theguardian.com Australian Open men's form guide Andy Murray is seeking his first Australian Open after five defeats in the final while there are some famous dark horses lower down in the seedings The players to watch in Melbourne
"13.01.2017 12:21:11" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Matthew Wade makes ground on Pakistan Australia's Matthew Wade dives to make his ground during the one-day cricket match between Pakistan and Australia. Wade's maiden ODI century steered the hosts to a 92-run victory in their series opener at the Gabba Our picture of the day comes from the one-day international between Pakistan Cricket Team and Cricket Australia
"13.01.2017 10:13:10" theguardian.com Johanna Konta wins Sydney International Great Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title Johanna Konta has warmed up for the Australian Open in style
"12.01.2017 22:13:04" theguardian.com James DeGale aiming to dethrone only champion in Floyd Mayweather stable Eddie Hearn believes James DeGale is facing a 'great fighter' in Badou Jack, but is not worried as he describes his man as from 'a whole other level' No fighter was ever able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring but James DeGale can do the next best thing when he faces Badou Jack in a super middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
"12.01.2017 20:27:22" theguardian.com Brian Fletcher, three-time Grand National winning jockey, dies aged 69 The man who partnered Red Rum to his first two Grand Nationals, Brian Fletcher, as well as winning on Red Alligator, has died Long-retired greats of jump racing have been sharing their memories of Brian Fletcher, the jockey most closely associated with Red Rum and three times a Grand National winner, who has died aged 69.
"12.01.2017 18:56:50" theguardian.com San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles because the city chose to put its own needs before those of a sports franchise and its wealthy backers Les Carpenter: "As someone who entered this world on the hilltop behind Qualcomm Stadium and was raised by a father who had grown up dreaming of professional football in his hometown, the thought of the Chargers playing in LA leaves a pit in my stomach."
"12.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Rugby's tackling laws a step forward but serious injuries remain inevitable World Rugby's new laws may eventually result in less concussion cases but it will take time to remove legacy of rugby league's influence on the 15-man game The new laws may result in fewer concussions but it will take time to remove legacy of rugby league's influence on union
"12.01.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: thundering over the fences at Taunton The sun and clouds in the blue sky, along with the position of the remote camera and the flying birch and dirt, combine to create a dramatic image as some of the runners in a race at Taunton clear a fence Our favourite picture of the day
"12.01.2017 16:27:54" theguardian.com Australian Open women's form guide Can Angelique Kerber regain the levels she reached during a stellar 2016? will Serena Williams bounce back to the top? And how will Johanna Konta cope with top-10 status? There is plenty to look out for in Melbourne The players to watch in Melbourne
"12.01.2017 13:49:44" theguardian.com The best sports videos on YouTube this week This week's roundup also features paddle board boxing, the 1998 World Cup and some harsh refereeing decisions Featuring Tyson Fury's attempt to jump over a gate
"12.01.2017 12:24:36" theguardian.com The evolution of the NBA big man A new generation of seven-footers has shifted the balance of power in the NBA from the shorter guys – but are these changes good for the game? Size matters
"12.01.2017 10:47:43" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton left with a clear path to greatness at Mercedes The technical director Paddy Lowe's departure hard on the heels of world champion Nico Rosberg leaves the British driver as the team's senior figure Lewis Hamilton has never enjoyed genuine seniority over a Mercedes team-mate – until now
"12.01.2017 09:50:27" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight UFC star Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather has told ESPN he wants to take on UFC star for $100m and added: 'Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight - let's make it happen' "Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight – let's make it happen" – Floyd Mayweather
"11.01.2017 22:06:00" theguardian.com Kempton campaigners determined to fight racecourse closure plans Kempton campaigners believe they can thwart a Jockey Club plan to build houses on the Sunbury racecourse Kempton campaigners gear up to fight plans to close racecourse https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/11/kempton-park-jockey-club-development-plan
"11.01.2017 19:38:45" theguardian.com Sam Warburton's captaincy of Wales in doubt as Alun Wyn Jones waits in wings Sam Warburton's future as Wales captain will be decided when he meets interim head coach Rob Howley next week Sam Warburton has not told Wales that he wants to give up the captaincy but he will meet Rob Howley at the beginning of next week to discuss the position
"11.01.2017 19:04:29" theguardian.com Limping Nick Kyrgios only a long shot but a fascinating Australian Open looms | Russell Jackson Kyrgios is hobbling towards the opening round of his home grand slam, but his 2017 campaign might tell us if and how he is maturing Nick Kyrgios Kyrgios is hobbling towards the opening round of the Australian Open, but his 2017 campaign might tell us if and how he is
"11.01.2017 18:13:42" theguardian.com Eddie Jones forced to rebuild England scrum as injury problems bite Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola will both miss opening Six Nations games with Leicester prop Ellis Genge expected to be recalled to squad How will Eddie Jones react to England's injury problems?
"11.01.2017 15:26:50" theguardian.com Dakar Rally 2017: stages one to eight – in pictures The Dakar Rally rally has made its way through Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia over the last week, giving us some spectacular images
"11.01.2017 13:41:40" theguardian.com 10 golfing hopes for 2017 Here are some hopes and ambitions – with varying confidence – for golf in 2017 - Tiger Woods wins again
- Rory McIlroy claims The Masters
- Jin Jeong discovers some form
- Lydia Ko is given the credit she deserves
"11.01.2017 12:09:28" theguardian.com Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquaio fight confirmed for April Arguably the biggest fight in Australian boxing history has been confirmed with Jeff Horn to face boxing great Manny Pacquiao in April Manny Pacquiao will be back in action in April against Jeff Horn, a former schoolteacher who first took up fighting to protect himself from bullies
"11.01.2017 11:04:55" theguardian.com Joe Marler's broken leg adds to England's Six Nations worries England have increasing fitness concerns ahead of next month's Six Nations championship, with almost half their pack set to be worryingly short of match practice prior to the defending champions' opening game against France at Twickenham on 4 February Another blow for the England Rugby team
"11.01.2017 09:46:45" theguardian.com Digital illusion: the mystery of Josh Hazlewood's missing finger A photograph of the Australian fast bowler's apparently deformed hand has caused confusion and consternation A photograph of the Australian Cricket Team bowler's apparently deformed hand has caused confusion and consternation
"11.01.2017 00:14:36" theguardian.com Joe Marler's suspected broken leg adds to England's Six Nations worries England have increasing fitness concerns ahead of next month's Six Nations championship, with almost half their pack set to be worryingly short of match practice prior to the defending champions' opening game against France at Twickenham on 4 February Joe Marler's suspected broken leg adds to England Rugby's Six Nations Championship worries
"10.01.2017 22:35:02" theguardian.com Dave Brailsford accuses Ukad chief of undermining inquiry with criticisms The evidence provided by the Team Sky principal and other leading figures in British cycling has been described as 'very disappointing' by Ukad chairman David Kenworthy The beleaguered Team Sky head, Sir Dave Brailsford, has criticised the chairman of UK Anti Doping, David Kenworthy, alleging that by speaking out last weekend, the Ukad leader may have undermined the ongoing inquiry into alleged wrongdoing in cycling
"10.01.2017 21:44:50" theguardian.com More athletes file sexual abuse lawsuit against former USA Gymnastics doctor A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts has been hit with a new lawsuit by 18 women and girls More athletes file sexual abuse lawsuit against former USA Gymnastics doctor
"10.01.2017 20:57:03" theguardian.com Richie Porte: 'I pinch myself most days. It wasn't long ago that I was working 9-5' | Kieran Pender Ahead of the Tour Down Under, Richie Porte opens up about a disappointing past season, Tour de France ambitions and his friendly rivalry with Chris Froome “I pinch myself most days. Everyone has a unique path but mine was particularly strange. It wasn't long ago that I was working 9am-5pm at a swimming pool" – Richie Porte interview
"10.01.2017 20:03:56" theguardian.com Kempton the victim as Jockey Club puts a price on 'priceless' heritage | Greg Wood The proposed loss of the iconic course where Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star made their names has provoked astonishment and anger from jump-racing fans. A concerted protest campaign can be expected The proposed loss of the iconic course where Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star made their names has provoked astonishment and anger from jump-racing fans
"10.01.2017 19:01:22" theguardian.com Sebastian Coe defies select committee over Russia corruption scandal Sebastian Coe was asked to reappear before a parliamentary select committee looking into doping after evidence from Dave Bedford but the president of the IAAF will not do so Sebastian Coe will defy a summons from parliament to answer further questions concerning when he first heard about corruption within the corridors of the IAAF and the extent of Russia's doping problems because he believes he has no fresh information to
"10.01.2017 17:41:07" Isiah Thomas, 2 x NBA champion, goes against reporter Max Whittle for some one-on-one on court and in conversation. The NBA is in town for a Global Game on Thursday. Comment below with your questions for Isiah...
"10.01.2017 17:25:20" Time well spent by the staff at Allstars Sports Bar Bristol, who pulled off this spectacular trick shot
"10.01.2017 15:48:42" theguardian.com How accidental captain MS Dhoni reshaped cricket His remarkable decision-making made him the limited-overs master and thereby inspired the IPL but he first led India only because top names – and the BCCI – were rejecting T20 MS Dhoni: a man who changed the course of cricket
"10.01.2017 13:03:53" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Andy Murray warms up in Australia Using the light to accentuate Andy Murray and turn the court black makes for a great photo in the buildup to the Australian Open at Melbourne Park The dark and the knight
"10.01.2017 10:50:53" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios wears 'Fuck Donald Trump" T-shirt to press conference The Australian changed into the top, which displayed a picture of the US president-elect complete with devil horns, shortly after defeating Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match When asked about the "Fuck Donald Trump" T-shirt he was wearing, Nick Kyrgios said: “It's pretty explanatory”
"10.01.2017 10:03:01" theguardian.com Welcome to the era of the rugby super coach Eddie Jones and Ben Ryan both enjoyed a year to remember in 2016 with England and Fiji and we have entered an era where the coaches seem to have become an increasingly valuable commodity in the game Who is the most influential person in top-level rugby? In days of yore it was always the players and, for better or worse, the referee. More recently it could be argued it is the TMO or even the TV director who selects the key replays. Increasingly,
"10.01.2017 08:45:07" theguardian.com Sir Andy Murray admits to having reservations over accepting knighthood Sir Andy Murray has admitted to having reservations about accepting a knighthood because he was worried it would 'distract' him from his goal of remaining the world's No1 player Sir Andy Murray: 'A few of the players have been chatting to me about it and asking what do we call you. Andy is fine'
"10.01.2017 00:00:03" theguardian.com Back yard to Big Bash: Ashleigh Gardner's star rises after intense year of cricket | Russell Jackson The teenager has gone from child prodigy to WBBL star, and the Sydney Sixers all-rounder hopes to inspire a new generation of Aboriginal cricketers “I see myself as a role model for younger, aspiring Aboriginal kids playing sport on the whole, but mainly in cricket. It's definitely something you want to show to the Aboriginal community, that if you're determined to achieve something you can do it no
"09.01.2017 21:58:42" theguardian.com Odell Beckham Jr punches hole in wall after nightmarish playoff debut New York Giants star wide receiver reportedly punches hole in wall and bangs head against locker after coming up small in playoff blowout New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr punched a hole in the wall after his nightmarish NFL playoff debut against the Green Bay Packers
"09.01.2017 21:16:04" theguardian.com Racing blackout on betting shop TV screens adds to gloom for sport of kings Disagreement between bookmakers and racecourses over payments has not been resolved and TV viewing figures have dropped alarmingly Live horse racing coverage was blanked out in the majority of Britain's betting shops on Monday as the result of an ongoing dispute over media rights payments between bookmakers and racecourses
"09.01.2017 20:02:02" theguardian.com Dana White attacks 'uppity 80-year-old' Meryl Streep over MMA comments The UFC president has taken aim at Meryl Streep after she criticized mixed martial arts and football in her Golden Globes speech "The last thing I expect is for an uppity 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts” – UFC's Dana White takes aim at Meryl Streep
"09.01.2017 17:02:56" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins libel case against athletics coach over doping claims A Swedish district court ordered Ulf Karlsson to pay a fine for comments he made at a panel discussion at a sports conference in April Another victory for Zlatan Ibrahimovic
"09.01.2017 14:52:25" theguardian.com England's Chris Robshaw ruled out for 12 weeks Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the Six Nations after Harlequins confirmed the England flanker will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder on Monday and will be sidelined for 12 weeks Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the Six Nations
"09.01.2017 12:54:56" theguardian.com The Big Interview: James DeGale James DeGale, the IBF world super-middleweight champion, tells Donald McRae how he will need the fear of failure to inspire him in a year that could net him £10m "This could be a £10m year for me,” says James DeGale soon after he has ambled downstairs wearing nothing but his underpants. “Badou Jack … Callum Smith … George Groves … that could make me 10 million,” DeGale says as his eyes widen.
"09.01.2017 10:18:07" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2iZbt4t
Featuring some sneaky spy games...
"09.01.2017 09:04:00" theguardian.com Talking points from the weekend's Premiership and European action Munster's emotional victory at Racing sets up a shootout with Glasgow, new tackling laws cause confusion, and Worcester are in another relegation battle Munster Rugby won an emotional encounter, Wasps and Leicester Tigers served up a thriller and Worcester Warriors are in trouble
"08.01.2017 23:28:40" theguardian.com Scotland's Laura Muir offers early glimpse into the post-Farah era | Sean Ingle Farah remains Britain's most popular athlete by a mile but at Great Edinburgh International XCountry there were the first stirrings of a changing of the guard Laura Muir's performance in Edinburgh this weekend mark her out as a coming star, writes Sean Ingle:
"08.01.2017 18:27:19" theguardian.com James Haskell return lasts 35 seconds as Wasps repel Leicester fightback The England flanker James Haskell's comeback from injury lasted barely a minute as Wasps reclaimed top spot in the Premiership after holding off a fierce Leicester fightback to secure a 22-16 win Wasps 22-16 Leicester Tigers
"08.01.2017 13:15:46" theguardian.com Deta Hedman determined to finally deliver women's darts world title Beaten three times in the BDO final at Lakeside in the deciding set, the 57-year-old Royal Mail worker clocks up 14-hour shifts to be able to find time for darts How does the No1 seed for the BDO World Championship prepare? Fourteen-hour shifts for Royal Mail, finishing at 4am
"08.01.2017 10:34:31" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan brings his white-ball expertise on return to lead England England's one-day captain is back in charge for the trip to India and victory would obscure any lingering discontent about his opting out of the Bangladesh tour "Eoin Morgan's England Cricket absence in Bangladesh infuriated Andrew Strauss, and the consequence is that he does not have quite so much rope at his disposal when things go wrong. Not that this is likely to disturb him …"
"07.01.2017 23:29:37" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins in The Jump? Let's cut him a bit of celebrity slack | Tim Lewis The cycling legend's entry into the Channel 4 reality show will be seen by some as a sell-out, but we can't expect our sporting heroes to have impeccable legacies Bradley Wiggins' entry into Channel 4 reality show The Jump will be seen by some as a sell-out, but we can't expect our sporting heroes to have impeccable legacies
"07.01.2017 22:19:00" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: 'Six Nations can be the greatest tournament in the world' The England coach does not believe the introduction of bonus points for the 2017 tournament will have any impact and is keen to see his side get off to a flying start against France regardless “I want us to go out there and set a benchmark in the first game. The Six Nations Championship is a unique competition because of the intensity of the rivalry. If we can get the rugby to a great level, it will become the greatest tournament in the world"
"07.01.2017 21:55:14" theguardian.com Mike Williams: 'We have a chance against Wasps to make Cockers proud' The Leicester flanker, who moved to England from Zimbabwe with the aim of playing Test rugby, has recovered from a recurring arm injury and hopes to catch Eddie Jones' eye once again, he tells Paul Rees “We have a chance to make a statement against Wasps and put in a performance to make Cockers proud. I had never come across anyone so dedicated to a club or whose mental toughness so inspired you" – Leicester Tigers' Mike Williams
"07.01.2017 21:19:33" theguardian.com Damian Collins wants more information on Fluimucil from Team Sky Damian Collins, the head of the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: 'I think Team Sky need to set out how they used Fluimucil' "Team Sky need to set out how they used Fluimucil, how often and for what purposes. British Cycling should also be in a position to state whether this was a drug they routinely kept in their stores and was it regularly supplied to Team Sky”
"07.01.2017 20:03:25" theguardian.com Saracens survive loss of Richard Barrington to sneak draw against Exeter Saracen's Richard Barrington was sent off after only 11 minutes of his side's 13-13 Premiership draw with Exeter, for a shoulder charge that knocked out Geoff Parling Saracens 13-13 Exeter Chiefs Official – The crackdown on dangerous tackles yielded its first Premiership casualty
"07.01.2017 18:38:37" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic edges out Andy Murray in three sets to win Qatar Open Andy Murray lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open, the world No1's first defeat in a competitive match since September Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world No1, in an epic Qatar Open final
"07.01.2017 16:59:50" theguardian.com Sir Mo Farah seventh as Leonard Korir wins Great Edinburgh XCountry Korir pipped the Scot Callum Hawkins on the line to win the cross country race, while an unconcerned Farah admitted he was not in top shape and had felt ill beforehand “During the last couple of weeks training hasn't gone well, so I could have pulled out and stayed at home. But I was running for my country so I decided to come" – Mo Farah
"07.01.2017 12:08:20" theguardian.com Kevin Pietersen's quickfire 73 helps Stars to Melbourne derby win over Renegades Kevin Pietersen led the Melbourne Stars to a thumping 46-run win over the Renegades in their Big Bash League derby The former England Cricket international belted 73 from 46 balls as the Stars posted 200-7
"07.01.2017 11:35:23" theguardian.com Ukad chair adds to pressure on Sir Dave Brailsford over mystery package proof David Kenworthy, the outgoing Ukad chairman, has added to the pressure on Sir Dave Brailsford by labelling evidence given to parliament over the delivery of a package in 2011 as 'extraordinary' and 'very disappointing' “Everybody can remember this from five years ago, but no-one can remember what was in the package. That strikes me as being extraordinary" – David Kenworthy
"06.01.2017 17:12:11" theguardian.com Rugby union's new tackle laws explained World Rugby's new directives for punishing high tackles come into effect this weekend, but in truth they have left it up to coaches and players to figure out for themselves how to adapt What are the new tackling laws and will they make a difference?
"06.01.2017 16:07:51" theguardian.com Former Wasps owner expresses interest in re-forming Bradford Bulls David Thorne, the former CEO and owner of the rugby union side Wasps, is one of the parties interested in re-forming Bradford Bulls following the club's liquidation The former owner of Wasps is interested in re-forming Bradford Bulls RLFC
"06.01.2017 13:53:30" theguardian.com Bradford Bulls' demise should worry second-tier clubs in other sports The news of Bradford Bulls' liquidation did not come as a surprise but it should serve as a warning to other league, union, cricket and football clubs The news of Bradford Bulls RLFC' liquidation should serve as a warning to other league, union, cricket and football clubs
"06.01.2017 12:50:45" theguardian.com Yasir Shah: the cricketer who laughed If a cricketer can be judged by his mood when the chips are down, the Pakistan spinner has won plenty of admirers on his side's dismal tour of Australia If a cricketer can be judged by his mood when the chips are down, Yasir Shah has won plenty of admirers on Pakistan's dismal tour of Australia
"06.01.2017 10:24:49" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather to train Soulja Boy for fight with Chris Brown Beef between the two R&B stars is to become a pay-per-view boxing match in Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather is coming back to boxing ... to train Soulja Boy for his fight against Chris Brown
"06.01.2017 09:04:45" theguardian.com David Warner fireworks set Australia on path towards victory over Pakistan Australia's batsmen embarrassed Pakistan's patched-up attack, handing Nathan Lyon the perfect platform to shine on the final day of the three-Test series Cricket Australia's David Warner smashes second-fastest half-century in Test cricket history to set up potentially thrilling final day against Pakistan Cricket Team
"05.01.2017 21:13:35" theguardian.com Future of F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in doubt over hosting costs The future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been called into doubt after the circuit's owners, the British Racing Drivers' Club, revealed that hosting the Formula One event is becoming financially unfeasible The future of the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been called into doubt
"05.01.2017 19:23:58" theguardian.com Monaco Grand Prix to be shown on free-to-air TV for first time since 2012 The Monaco Grand Prix will be broadcast live on free-to-air television in the UK for the first time in five years The Monaco Grand Prix is set to be shown on terrestrial TV for the first time in five years
"05.01.2017 17:52:45" theguardian.com FA Cup third-round fever, NBA All Star talk and the perfect frozen putt This week's roundup also features David Brent, an irritant ball boy, more woe for Notts County and a painful shriek for Pittsburgh Steelers The best sports videos on YouTube this week
"05.01.2017 13:48:02" theguardian.com Leicester at crossroads as old ways start to look like the wrong ones Welford Road club find themselves in the position of Arsenal FC post-Abramovich, qualifying for Europe while living within their means and reducing debt How Leicester Tigers became the Arsenal of Premiership Rugby
"05.01.2017 12:01:30" How about this for New Year inspiration? 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand has set a new record by cycling more than 14 miles in one hour. "I'm not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back," he said. "I am not here to be champion. I am here
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"05.01.2017 00:32:40" theguardian.com Chris Gayle marks 'Don't Blush Baby' anniversary with lewd video post A year on from the “Don't Blush Baby” controversy, West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has posted on social media and told Australia to “lighten the ----- up” A year on from the “Don't Blush Baby” incident, West Indies cricket team player Chris Gayle has re-ignited controversy by posting a raunchy video on social media and telling Australia to “lighten the phuck up”
"04.01.2017 23:41:46" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan strikes 'unbelievable' six to clinch Big Bash win for Thunder Departing Sydney Thunder star Eoin Morgan hopes the dramatic BBL win he secured at the Sydney Showgrounds will prove to be the turning point Eoin Morgan's 'unbelievable' six clinches Big Bash League win for Sydney Thunder against Kevin Pietersen's Melbourne Stars in England Cricket one-day captain's last game before series against the Indian Cricket Team
"04.01.2017 22:21:12" theguardian.com The trouble at Leicester: 'I'd be saying black and Cockers would say white' Aaron Mauger, who has taken over at Leicester Tigers following the sacking of Richard Cockerill, has revealed the coaching differences that harmed the club “We probably have a lot of fundamental differences of philosophy in how to play and train to the point where I'd be saying black and Cockers would be saying white” – Aaron Mauger on Richard Cockerill's Leicester Tigers exit
"04.01.2017 21:14:28" theguardian.com James DeGale believes he will win IBF-WBC unifying fight with Badou Jack IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale believes he can win his unifying fight with WBC champion Badou Jack and return to England for a big fight in the summer "The plan is to beat Badou Jack and have a big fight at home" – James DeGale
"04.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Olympic champion Ashton Eaton and wife Brianne retire together Double Olympic champion and heptathlete wife retire on same day, saying there isn't anything left for them in track and field Double Olympic champion Ashton Eaton and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a two-time heptathlon world silver medallist, have retired on the same day
"04.01.2017 17:51:47" theguardian.com Andrea Radrizzani buys 50% of Leeds United to be co-owner with Massimo Cellino Radrizzani to discuss buying Massimo Cellino's remaining 50% in summer Andrea Radrizzani, the Italian TV rights mogul, has purchased a 50% stake in Leeds United and will consider a full takeover in the summer
"04.01.2017 15:38:38" theguardian.com Why drubbings exceed draws in Test cricket's modern era The tactics and techniques ushered in by T20 have meant fewer five-day matches going the distance, with 2016 producing one of the smallest draw percentages the game has seen There were 47 Tests in 2016 and only seven were drawn. In 1997, almost half of all Tests played ended in a draw, 21 out of 44. Why the change?
"04.01.2017 12:39:16" theguardian.com Manu Tuilagi to miss rest of season with cruciate knee ligament injury Leicester have announced their England centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury Manu Tuilagi wil miss the rest of season – including the Six Nations Championship
"04.01.2017 11:26:58" theguardian.com Is it time to let the ladies into Muirfield? Once again the stark choice between preserving their lunching tradition and hosting the Open worth £80m to the local economy will vex the guardians of golf club privilege over whether to change their men-only membership rules Once again the stark choice between preserving their lunching tradition and hosting the Open – which is worth £80m to the local economy – will vex the guardians of golf club privilege
"04.01.2017 10:08:56" theguardian.com Serena Williams suffers shock loss to Madison Brengle Serena Williams' Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt when her fellow American Madison Brengle stunned the world No2 by beating her 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic "I played – I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene – but that's how I played" – Serena Williams sums up her performance
"03.01.2017 17:58:27" theguardian.com New initiative to tighten up the tackle law may be rugby's big-bang moment World Rugby's decision to clamp down on high hits from Tuesday will free up the game for creative ball-carriers and try-scoring rates should soar even higher There are no big games being played today but this date could be remembered as among the most significant in modern rugby union history
"03.01.2017 16:53:08" theguardian.com 'Just don't call me a celebrity': Bradley Wiggins joins The Jump The retired cyclist Bradley Wiggins has signed up for Channel 4's winter sports-based reality TV show on a lineup that also includes Robbie Fowler, Louis Smith, Jade Jones and Kadeena Cox Bradley Wiggins: eight-time Olympic medallist, Tour de France champion and ... skijumper
"03.01.2017 15:08:27" theguardian.com Bradford Bulls go into liquidation after years of financial struggle Bradford Bulls, the troubled rugby league club, have been liquidated having gone into administration three times in four years Bradford Bulls RLFC have gone into liquidation
"03.01.2017 14:14:50" theguardian.com When nature calls, we should all be able to answer – disabled or not It is enraging, though sadly unsurprising, that a Paralympian was left to wet herself for lack of an accessible train toilet It's a disgrace that a Paralympian had to wet herself on a train, but it's not a surprise
"03.01.2017 12:35:18" theguardian.com Darts quiz: how much do you know about the PDC World Championship? Michael van Gerwen became a two-time world champion when he beat Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace on Monday. Do you know your darts history? Michael van Gerwen is the new world champion but do you know what age he was when Phil The Power Taylor won his first title in 1995?
"03.01.2017 12:00:50" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Dakar Rally begins in Paraguay Spain's Gerard Farres Guell powers his Yanmar KTM through the water during stage one of the Dakar rally between Asunción in Paraguay and Resistencia, Argentina. This year's race, which also takes in Bolivia, finishes in Buenos Aires on 14 January The Dakar Rally 2017 is underway – and it looks spectacular
"03.01.2017 10:49:38" theguardian.com Fans in fancy dress at the darts – in pictures The international fans that follow the world's biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year's event at Alexandra Palace in north London The best pictures from the World Darts Championship
"03.01.2017 10:01:08" theguardian.com Will Ronda Rousey's downfall kill female UFC? The American's future is uncertain after defeat to Amanda Nunes. But women's mixed martial arts are in rude health and has other big draws Will Ronda Rousey's downfall kill female UFC? Don't panic just yet
"03.01.2017 09:18:13" theguardian.com Australia in command of SCG Test after Warner and Renshaw centuries Centuries from David Warner and Matt Renshaw at the SCG have piloted Australia to an imposing total of 3-365 at stumps on day one of the third Test Contrasting centuries from David Warner and Matt Renshaw at the SCG led the Australian Cricket Team to an imposing 365-3 at stumps on day one of the third Test against Pakistan Cricket Team
"02.01.2017 19:13:12" theguardian.com Charlie Mulgrew strikes to hand Blackburn victory against Newcastle Charlie Mulgrew scored for Blackburn with a second-half free-kick as Newcastle surrendered top spot in the Championship Blackburn Rovers had just one shot on target but it was enough to give them a 1-0 win against Newcastle United
"02.01.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku blasts home to secure Everton win over Southampton Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku scored each side of a Leighton Baines penalty to give Ronald Koeman a 3-0 victory over his former club Everton Football Club 3-0 Southampton FC
"02.01.2017 17:24:11" theguardian.com Manchester City's 10 men sink Burnley thanks to Clichy and Agüero Manchester City shrugged off the dismissal of Fernandinho to beat Burnley 2-1, thanks to two goals in four minutes by Gaël Clichy and the substitute Sergio Agüero Manchester City 2-1 Burnley Football Club
"02.01.2017 15:11:27" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: tennis through the keyhole This shot of Alexander Zverev playing at the Hopman Cup in Perth stood out for its bold use of light and the geometric shapes created by the court. Zverev lost the match 7-5, 6-3 to France's Richard Gasquet Our favourite picture of the day
"02.01.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Paralympian forced to wet herself on train without accessible toilet Anne Wafula Strike says she was left humiliated after three-hour journey on CrossCountry train with no disabled toilet Anne Wafula Strike says she was 'completely robbed of her dignity' after a train company failed to provide an accessible toilet on a three-hour journey
"02.01.2017 11:54:36" theguardian.com Three memories of cricket in 2016 Following on from his memories of 2014 and 2015, Gary looks back on 2016 and celebrates a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups A deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups
"02.01.2017 09:46:01" Timeline Photos Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four TDs in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North-winning 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions and wrapping up the NFL playoff
"02.01.2017 08:49:38" theguardian.com Michael van Gerwen blitzes Van Barneveld to set up dream PDC final Michael van Gerwen produced a stunning display of darts to beat Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 and reach the PDC World Darts Championship final Michael van Gerwen's average of 114.05 was the highest in the history of the world championship as he set up a final against Gary Anderson
"02.01.2017 08:20:40" theguardian.com The strange evolution of the pole vault world record: from Bubka to Lavillenie Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 and then spent a decade edging it upwards at a rate that suited his sponsors. Bubka's final record of 6.15m stood for two decades, until Renaud Lavillenie went to Ukraine last year, jumped a Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 … then kept breaking it every year after, centimetre by centimetre, for the reward money
"01.01.2017 19:41:52" theguardian.com Manu Tuilagi suffers new knee injury as Saracens edge past Leicester On a bad day for Leicester they lost 16-12 to Saracens while Manu Tuilagi went off injured just 24 hours after being named in the England squad Leicester Tigers 12-16 Saracens
"01.01.2017 15:40:32" theguardian.com LeBron James offers support as Ronda Rousey considers future in UFC Ronda Rousey has received support from fellow high-profile athletes after her first-round defeat to Amanda Nunes on Friday night "In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That's coming from somebody who has experienced it.”
"01.01.2017 10:22:33" theguardian.com The alternative 2016 sports awards: the year's best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns Forget the medal tables: it was another big year for sporting soap opera. The quotes, the rows and the capybaras that made the past 12 months special "That bloody thing is huge. Have you seen it? It's half wombat, half dog."
"01.01.2017 00:27:40" theguardian.com Sport calendar 2017: your essential guide to the next 12 months The British & Irish Lions are on tour, the world's finest athletes head to London, the Ashes are at stake in Australia and there are international honours in women's football, rugby league and one-day cricket The British & Irish Lions are on tour, the world's finest athletes head to London, the Ashes are at stake in Australia and there are international honours in women's football, rugby league and one-day cricket
"31.12.2016 21:36:24" theguardian.com Usain Bolt surprises MUTV with phone call to discuss win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough
"31.12.2016 17:32:07" theguardian.com Willian double sinks brave Stoke and extends Chelsea run to 13 straight wins Chelsea completed their 13th straight victory against a spirited Stoke side who twice equalised at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa's 85th-minute goal sealed their 4-2 Premier League win Chelsea Football Club 4-2 Stoke City Football Club
"31.12.2016 16:35:31" theguardian.com Chamberlin and Chapman aim to put fun back into racing at ITV Channel 4's era as the sport's sole terrestrial broadcaster has come to an end and racing authorities are hoping for a turnaround in viewing figures on new home At 1pm on New Year's Day, a new era in UK televised horse racing begins when ITV Racing takes over as the sport's main home on the box
"31.12.2016 15:28:06" theguardian.com Ronda Rousey's defeat to Amanda Nunes is a cautionary tale for UFC fighters The American fighter was once the queen of mixed martial arts but after two successive losses she has demonstrated that fame is of little help in the octagon Ronda Rousey showed that in the UFC there is no height from which a star can't fall. No limb he or she can't hit on the way down. And no thud they won't feel. Her stardom reached well beyond the cage, but no amount of fame could save her from another
"31.12.2016 14:46:03" theguardian.com Eddie Jones names Manu Tuilagi in England squad camp before Six Nations Eddie Jones has announced a revised 45-man elite player squad (EPS) and named the 33 players who will attend a two-day training camp in Brighton as England begin their preparation for the Six Nations James Haskell, Maro Itoje, Manu Tuilagi, Mike Williams, Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson all return for England Rugby after injury
"31.12.2016 14:02:46" theguardian.com 'I still feel like Andy Murray,' says tennis No1 after knighthood Andy Murray says he is happy to have received a knighthood in the New Years Honours on Friday and the news is a welcome boost to start the new year Andy Murray says he is happy to have a Sir in front of his name – even if it will take some getting used to
"31.12.2016 13:28:18" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: footballers in the mist This festive season has seen parts of the United Kingdom blessed/cursed (delete as appropriate) with an abundance of foggy days, and this was just the case on Friday night as Yeovil Town hosted Portsmouth It probably wasn't a surprise that Yeovil Town FC v Portsmouth Football Club finished 0-0
"31.12.2016 12:37:54" theguardian.com Torch-bearer James Hook looks to light up again in instinctive style James Hook's career for Wales stalled but the Gloucester player's skills are in demand and he is optimistic there is still an international future for him as he returns to Ospreys 'I have had a wonderful career which has another chapter to run'
"31.12.2016 12:05:30" theguardian.com Runner's cheating is exposed but for once a sponsor stands tall Robert Young's attempted ultra-running feats attracted great sympathy and support, given his troubled background, but when his honesty was challenged his backers did the right thing Robert Young's attempted ultra-running feats attracted great sympathy and support, but when his honesty was challenged his backers did the right thing – and set a rare example
"31.12.2016 11:28:39" theguardian.com The Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year: Fabio Pisacane The Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane is the Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year for his determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at 14 The Cagliari Calcio defender is the first winner of the award for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A TIM after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story
"31.12.2016 10:09:47" theguardian.com Women's cricket in 2016: England's big call and the emergence of KSL Captain Charlotte Edwards left and Tammy Beaumont seized her chance, with the emergence of new faces leading nicely into the Kia Super League England captain Charlotte Edwards left and Tammy Beaumont seized her chance, with the emergence of new faces leading nicely into the Kia Super League
"31.12.2016 06:25:41" Timeline Photos Amanda Nunes Leoa beats Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds to retain her UFC title at #ufc207
"30.12.2016 23:16:54" theguardian.com Andy Murray knighted in New Year honours list rewarding UK sport stars Olympians and Paralympians make up 10% of 2017 list with Mo Farah also knighted and Jessica Ennis-Hill made a dame Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah lead the New Year honours list, with stars of Rio 2016 making up 10% of the entire list
"30.12.2016 23:14:40" theguardian.com Wasps top Premiership after Jimmy Gopperth has final say at Newcastle Wasps leapfrogged Saracens at the top of the Premiership but they were made to work for a 34-30 comeback victory at Newcastle Newcastle Falcons 30-34 Wasps
"30.12.2016 19:29:59" theguardian.com Semesa Rokoduguni: 'I like working with Eddie. When he's not happy, he tells you' The Bath wing has responded well to being dropped by Eddie Jones and is aiming to further his claims for an England recall against Exeter on Saturday “I have grown more used to the weather now, but growing up in Fiji it was all about playing outside. Wherever you go, you see rugby posts and kids playing, not with rugby balls, because there aren't any, but plastic bottles or a pair of flip-flops tied
"30.12.2016 17:13:09" theguardian.com Fancy dress fans at the World Darts Championship – in pictures The international fans that follow the world's biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best – and worst – dressed from this year's event at Alexandra Palace in north London
"30.12.2016 16:26:14" theguardian.com Andy Murray suffers shock defeat against David Goffin in Abu Dhabi Andy Murray ended a triumphant 2016 in defeat, beaten for the first time by David Goffin in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi Andy Murray ended a triumphant 2016 in defeat, beaten for the first time by David Goffin in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship
"30.12.2016 15:17:32" theguardian.com Jamie Murray: 'I'll say it – Andy is not the easiest guy to instantly warm to' After getting through countless partners, contemplating quitting tennis, and coping with the success of his sibling, the elder Murray brother ends 2016 as world doubles No 1. 'I'm not jumping for joy,' he tells us Big interview: Jamie Murray
After getting through countless partners, contemplating quitting tennis, and coping with the success of his sibling, the elder Murray brother ends 2016 as world doubles No1. 'I'm not jumping for joy,' he tells us
"30.12.2016 14:26:06" theguardian.com Nic Maddinson dropped as Australia recall Agar and O'Keefe for SCG Test Australia will take three spin options into the third Test against Pakistan at the SCG, with Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar picked in the 13-man squad The Australian Cricket Team will take three spin options into the third Test against the Pakistan Cricket Team in Sydney, with Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar joining Nathan Lyon in the 13-man squad
"30.12.2016 13:43:38" theguardian.com Premier League club-by-club guide to the January transfer window We look at each Premier League club, what they need to strengthen and who they are hoping to sign in the January transfer window Everything you need to know about the Premier League's January sales
"30.12.2016 13:17:08" theguardian.com Our sport picture of the day … Despite all their experience as well as the floodlights illuminating the ski jumping hill at Oberstdorf in Germany it must be a bit unnerving soaring through the air once the sun has gone down Shining a light on the Four Hills Tournament
"30.12.2016 12:32:06" theguardian.com NFL Week 17 predictions: Packers to beat Lions in battle for NFC North Detroit have been impressive at home this season but Aaron Rodgers is a man who does not know when he is beaten The Detroit Lions have been impressive at home this season but Aaron Rodgers is a man who does not know when he is beaten
"30.12.2016 11:56:17" theguardian.com Basketball in 2016: 10 memorable moments The Golden State Warriors' dream season ends in a LeBron James nightmare; legends leave the game; the basketball world mourns Pat Summitt The Golden State Warriors' dream season ended in a LeBron James nightmare, legends left the game, and the basketball world mourned Pat Summitt
"30.12.2016 11:15:49" theguardian.com Three memories of cricket in 2016 Following on from his memories of 2014 and 2015, Gary looks back on 2016 and celebrates a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups Celebrating a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups
"30.12.2016 09:58:58" 2016: a year of sporting controversy From the Russian doping scandal to Maria Sharapova and meldonium, we look some of the bigger sports stories of 2016 which took place away from the field of play itself
"30.12.2016 09:19:19" theguardian.com Tom Jenkins' best sports photos of 2016 Our sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recalls how each one was created
"30.12.2016 08:00:06" theguardian.com Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Serena Williams has announced she is engaged to the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian Serena Williams announced she is engaged to Alexis Ohanian in a poem on a Reddit thread for people to share their engagement stories
"30.12.2016 07:20:16" www.theguardian.com Mitchell Starc leads Australia to dramatic Melbourne Test win over Pakistan | Russell Jackson Mitchell Starc has lead Australia to a thrilling victory in the final hour of the Boxing Day Test, in which they defeated Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs A day of cricket which initially promised little provided such riches for the Australian Cricket Team against the Pakistan Cricket Team
"30.12.2016 00:29:06" theguardian.com Michael van Gerwen sees off Darren Webster to reach quarter-finals Michael van Gerwen showed off some good form as he reached the quarter-finals of the world darts championship with a 4-1 victory over Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace Michael van Gerwen showed some of his best form as he reached the quarter-finals of the world darts championship with a 4-1 victory over Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace
"29.12.2016 22:05:16" theguardian.com World No 1 Andy Murray changes tack as Australian Open challenge looms The Scot has been a runner up on five occasions but hopes a new approach improves on that sequence Andy Murray, the world No1, returns to the court in Abu Dhabi on Friday hoping a change of preparations can help deliver an elusive Australian Open title next month
"29.12.2016 17:36:29" theguardian.com Child abuse in sport and the progress made towards eradicating it Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but now sets the gold standard for the world in safeguarding Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but it now sets the gold standard
"29.12.2016 15:29:02" theguardian.com Nicole Cooke: 'Team Sky and British Cycling provide more questions than answers' Shane Sutton and David Brailsford's appearances in front of the culture, media and sport committee sparked so many flashbacks to my frustration in trying to deal with British Cycling Nicole Cooke: Team Sky and British Cycling provide more questions than answers
"29.12.2016 10:35:50" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins' life and career – in pictures From riding a bike as a two-year-old to winning his fifth gold at the Rio Olympics, here are some of the best photographs from the life of Sir Bradley Wiggins
"28.12.2016 23:03:44" theguardian.com From MVP to also-ran: what happened to Cam Newton's season? The Carolina Panthers quarterback lit up the NFL last season. But it's hard to maintain such excellence when you're let down by your supporting cast Where has it all gone wrong for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this season?
"28.12.2016 21:25:24" theguardian.com Carson Wentz buys shotguns for Philadelphia Eagles offensive line The rookie quarterback has bought customized firearms for his team-mates as a Christmas gift Carson Wentz has given his Philadelphia Eagles offensive line some extra protection – buying them customised shotguns for Christmas
"28.12.2016 20:00:01" theguardian.com The 2016 Rusties: Guardian Australia's alternative sporting awards Who won the the Todd Carney cup for bad publicity? How about the Mile Jedinak golden microphone for unfortunate gaffes? And then there's Warnie … Your host Russell Jackson hands out the prizes Shane Warne, Nick Kyrgios and Harry Redknapp star in Guardian Australia's alternative sport awards
"28.12.2016 18:23:40" theguardian.com Ana Ivanovic announces her retirement from tennis Former world No1 and French Open winner Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis Former world No1 and ROLAND-GARROS champion Ana Ivanovic has retired from tennis at the age of 29
"28.12.2016 15:28:29" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins announces retirement from cycling Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling, ending a career that saw him win a British record eight Olympic medals as well as the country's first Tour de France title “2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, 'feet on the ground, head in the clouds' kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances! They do now”
"28.12.2016 10:34:40" theguardian.com Russian officials admit to 'institutional conspiracy' of doping Olympic athletes Russian officials have admitted for the first time to a state-backed campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country's athletes Russian officials have admitted for the first time to a state-backed campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country's athletes
"27.12.2016 15:42:12" theguardian.com Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull From Usain Bolt's golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps's herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in Rio The enduring image will be that shot of Usain Bolt sporting his cartoon grin, striding out ahead of the field in the 100m semi-finals
"27.12.2016 13:35:26" theguardian.com Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director The former England spinner Ashley Giles, a former Warwickshire director of cricket, has returned to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire to pursue 'a great opportunity' Ashley Giles is back at Edgbaston