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"26.03.2017 15:59:03" theguardian.com Former IndyCar and Nascar driver David Steele killed during Florida race Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida after his car struck a retaining wall A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report says Steele was driving a sprint car when his vehicle's left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing Steele's vehicle to go up in the air, spin 180 degrees and hit the retaining wall
"26.03.2017 12:41:47" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton: 2017 rules made battle with Sebastian Vettel 'harder than ever' Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has said that he fears rule changes for the 2017 season could make overtaking harder after he finished second to Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix "Unfortunately it's harder than ever to get close to cars, which is a shame. We can't even have a close battle. I wish we could race a lot closer in the cars that we have today”
"26.03.2017 09:45:58" theguardian.com Ultimate Fighting Championship: the fight of our lives? Mixed martial arts is the fastest-growing sport on Earth. Beloved by Vladimir Putin and its so-called 'godfather', Donald Trump, what does this bloody spectacle say about the world we live in? We took a seat cage-side… Mixed martial arts is the fastest-growing sport on Earth. Beloved by Vladimir Putin and its so-called 'godfather', Donald J. Trump, what does this bloody spectacle say about the world we live in?
"26.03.2017 07:04:24" theguardian.com Sebastian Vettel wins Melbourne Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel has won the season-opening 2017 Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, edging out Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari finally ended three years of Mercedes dominance with a win they truly deserved
"26.03.2017 00:23:17" theguardian.com Anthony Crolla shows heart but loses on points to Venezuelan Jorge Linares Hometown hero Anthony Crolla lost out on points in a hard-fought, sportsmanlike battle with the silky Venezuelan Jorge Linares at Manchester's MEN Arena Anthony Crolla showed plenty of heart but it was not enough as he lost to the clinical defending champion Jorge Linares in Manchester
"25.03.2017 22:00:07" theguardian.com Gary Gold finds vindication in Worcester revival after painful Bath exit Gary Gold, still smarting from his mysterious sacking by Bath in 2013, tells Paul Rees uncertainty is ruinous but Worcester, like Wasps, are doing things differently “I have been a professional coach for 16 years and that is the only time it has happened to me. I am still pretty much in the dark about why it did ... when a decision is not related to the success of the team, you get sad at the route the sport is going
"25.03.2017 20:08:58" theguardian.com USA Hockey rebuffed as replacements stand in support of women's boycott Several players spurn advances from federation to replace striking squad, leaving USA's participation at world championships in doubt USA Hockey have offered at least two high school players the chance to play in the world championships – but players are standing by the first team's boycott over low pay
"25.03.2017 19:46:49" theguardian.com F1 new look quickens cars and pulses beyond Australian Grand Prix Whatever the outcome in Melbourne, Formula One changes are injecting a strong belief that 2017 excitement will not just be about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Quicker cars, more exciting races and a closer field behind Lewis Hamilton mean optimism is high as F1 returns
"25.03.2017 18:06:32" theguardian.com Harlequins humble Newcastle as Chris Robshaw returns to action Chris Robshaw marked his return to action with an emphatic victory as Harlequins dispatched Newcastle 53-17 at the Twickenham Stoop Harlequins Rugby Union 53-17 Newcastle Falcons
"25.03.2017 17:31:01" theguardian.com Leicester strike late to edge past Northampton in thriller Owen Williams kicked two late penalties to earn Leicester a 36-31 victory over Northampton at Franklin's Gardens, having been 28-23 with 10 minutes remaining and 14 men Official Northampton Saints 31-36 Leicester Tigers
"25.03.2017 16:29:27" theguardian.com Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by the top four | Paul Wilson The teams in the top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand The teams in the Premier League top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list, while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand
"25.03.2017 15:32:25" theguardian.com Bitter end for Cricket Australia's brewery deal after 20-year innings Carlton and United Breweries calls time on 20-year deal as groups opposed to alcohol-related advertising in sport hail the move Carlton and United Breweries has ended its 20-year sponsorship deal with Cricket Australia, a move welcomed by groups opposed to alcohol advertising in sport
"25.03.2017 14:52:47" theguardian.com F1 stars on the new season: 'They will be the fastest cars we've ever driven' Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and the great and good of the paddock give their views on what to expect from the 2017 F1 season Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari: 'Naturally, the day I came into F1 the cars got a bit faster, then they tended to stall a little bit. We distributed straight-line speed versus cornering speed and for us – what really gives us a good feeling – is cornering
"25.03.2017 13:45:23" theguardian.com All Blacks have nothing to fear, for all the fury of Six Nations | Paul Rees England's second Six Nations title in a row said more about the weakness of the opposition in a tournament lacking the finesse and subtlety the Lions will need in New Zealand The RBS 6 Nations is the envy of the southern hemisphere – albeit for its licence to print money rather than the quality of the rugby it inspires
"25.03.2017 13:09:47" theguardian.com Yadav stars on debut to give India the momentum despite Smith century Steve Smith posted yet another captain's century but Australia wasted a strong start to be all out for 300 late on day one of their Test series decider against India Steve Smith posted yet another captain's century but the Australian Cricket Team wasted a strong start to be all out for 300 late on day one of their Test series decider against the Indian Cricket Team
"25.03.2017 12:28:42" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins: doping 'worst thing to be accused of for a man of my integrity' Sir Bradley Wiggins has described the claims he may have broken anti-doping rules - which he strongly denies - as 'horrible' 'It's been horrible, but fortunately there is an investigation going on. That will run its course and then I'll have my say. There's a lot to say and it's going to shock a few people'
"25.03.2017 11:50:53" theguardian.com Castleford intent on proving Salford defeat was a one-off against Catalans Luke Gale said Castleford need a good performance against Catalans to prove they have learned from their surprise first defeat of the season at Salford It is how Castleford Tigers respond that will tell us the most about the credentials of Daryl Powell's side in 2017
"25.03.2017 11:13:25" theguardian.com Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker scores 70 points to create a piece of NBA history Suns' Booker becomes only sixth player of all time to score 70 in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant among the storied ranks Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just three others in NBA history
"25.03.2017 10:37:33" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for Newbury and Kelso The EBF Mares' Final is always one of the most competitive handicap hurdles but in Hughie Morrison's Sister Sibyl there is still value to be found Our pick of the best bets for today's racing action
"25.03.2017 10:08:15" theguardian.com England players return as Premiership clubs seek to bask in Six Nations glow England and Six Nations have hogged the best players for seven weeks but Premiership clubs are now at full strength to make a final push for the play-offs England Rugby and the RBS 6 Nations have hogged the best players for seven weeks but Premiership Rugby clubs are now at full strength to make a push for the play-offs
"25.03.2017 08:43:01" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton pips Vettel to pole for season-opening F1 Australian GP Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Australian Grand Prix as local hope Daniel Ricciardo crashes in qualifying Australian GP qualifying top five:
1) Lewis Hamilton
2) Sebastian Vettel
3) Valtteri Bottas
4) Kimi Raikkonen
5) Max Verstappen
"24.03.2017 22:50:22" theguardian.com Jonny May seals victory as Gloucester take maximum points against Bristol Bristol are on course for an immediate return to the Championship after losing 32-14 to their county rivals Gloucester at Ashton Gate Bristol Rugby Club 14-32 Gloucester Rugby
"24.03.2017 21:20:20" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy refuses to panic about Masters after Match Play exit Rory McIlroy, the world No3, said he was not bothered by his lack of competitive golf before the Masters in early April, saying: 'I can't see a downside' “Don't panic” was the Rory McIlroy cry in relation to whether his Masters preparations might have been fatally undermined by a lack of golf
"24.03.2017 21:00:22" theguardian.com Email throws fresh light on British Cycling's burying of bullying British Cycling made no mention of bullying in a summary of a 2012 internal review sent to UK sport, despite it being one of the key findings The extent to which British Cycling failed to deal with allegations of bullying when they surfaced more than four years ago – as well as what UK Sport knew about the problems in the velodrome – is revealed by correspondence between the two bodies obtained
"24.03.2017 18:07:19" theguardian.com Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton still hold the edge in F1 Faster cars and fresh challenges from Ferrari and Red Bull can be anticipated as the season starts in Melbourne but Mercedes are well placed to remain on top Expect to see faster cars and fresh challenges from Ferrari and Red Bull when the F1 season starts in Melbourne but Mercedes are well placed to remain on top
"24.03.2017 15:30:00" theguardian.com Tiger Woods' magical Masters moment of 1997 still resonates Watching Tiger Woods now is a struggle but the 20th anniversary of his first Augusta triumph stirs memories of a first-day tee shot that signalled his greatness Watching Tiger Woods now is a struggle but the 20th anniversary of his first triumph at the Masters Tournament stirs memories of greatness
"24.03.2017 14:10:37" theguardian.com From the ring to the octagon: when a boxing writer spent six months in MMA I hadn't paid much attention to UFC until I was asked to write a book with fighter Dan Hardy. The sport won me over, but boxing will always be my true love I hadn't paid much attention to UFC until I was asked to write a book with fighter Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy. Six months with Dan won me over to the sport but boxing will always be my true love
"24.03.2017 12:30:00" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: F1, Tom Brady and wildlife Which animal showed up in Miami? Who went global? And who is 'so happy'? Which animal showed up in Miami? Who does not cover 30% of the earth's surface? And who is 'so happy'?
"24.03.2017 11:35:52" theguardian.com F1 2017: guide to the cars and drivers for the season Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes are still the team to beat with Valtteri Bottas given tough job of replacing world champion Nico Rosberg but testing showed Ferrari and Williams could be contenders Our team-by-team guide to the new F1 season
"24.03.2017 10:20:55" theguardian.com How time has run out for greyhound racing in Wimbledon Punters young and old are saddened as Wimbledon Stadium, the most famous dog racing venue in the country, prepares to face its final curtain Gone to the dogs
"24.03.2017 09:30:52" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton fastest in Melbourne F1 practice as Mercedes show early pace Lewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions for the opening grand prix of the 2017 Formula One season in Australia with Valtteri Bottas second Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have made a flying start to the F1 season with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas fastest in Melbourne practice
"23.03.2017 23:46:53" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy out of Match Play Championship without playing a shot Rory McIlroy will not make the final 16 of the WGC Match Play Championship after he was knocked out on Thursday, as his opponent Gary Woodland withdrew without hitting a ball Perhaps Rory McIlroy should look on the bright side; he will now be afforded a quieter time in the immediate lead-up to the Masters than has historically been the case. Freshness should come naturally. The alternative, worrying aspect is attached to
"23.03.2017 18:07:37" theguardian.com Trevor Bayliss: I'm not a dictator, says England cricket coach Before the Champions Trophy and an Ashes series the Australian intends leaving no stone unturned watching emerging players in the County Championship "If we don't give the fans what we want then we will lose them, and might lose the game of cricket. This is an entertainment business, if you are not entertaining people don't turn up."
"23.03.2017 16:13:47" theguardian.com Wakefield Trinity deny planning to sell their Super League licence Wakefield Trinity's chairman said reports of them selling their Super League licence were a non-story, though they are still looking for somewhere to play next season Wakefield Trinity have denied reports they are set to sell their Super League licence, with the club's chairman calling it a “non-story”
"23.03.2017 12:59:46" theguardian.com Eddie Jones has given England a spine – now to work on problem solving Six Nations success was a testament to Eddie Jones's planning and vision, but the matches against Italy and Ireland showed England are still a work in progress when it comes to adapting their game England won the Six Nations but they are still a work in progress. This is what Eddie Jones needs to do next
"23.03.2017 11:37:34" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: boxing and UFC comebacks from the canvas From Carl Froch's controversial victory over George Groves to Matt Hughes's implausible choking of Frank Trigg in Dana White's favourite ever UFC fight Six cracking comebacks in boxing and UFC
"22.03.2017 20:35:10" theguardian.com Newport Gwent Dragons to be taken over by Welsh Rugby Union The WRU will take over one of its four regions in July to prevent it from folding after failing to secure outside investment The Welsh Rugby Union will take over one of its four regions, Newport Gwent Dragons, in July to prevent it from folding
"22.03.2017 19:51:21" theguardian.com England will not face New Zealand in autumn as Barbarians game is confirmed England's hopes of a showdown with New Zealand later this year are over after the All Blacks opted to fulfil their planned fixture with the Barbarians on 4 November instead England Rugby's hopes of a showdown with New Zealand later this year are over after the All Blacks opted to fulfil their planned fixture with the the Barbarians instead
"22.03.2017 18:43:27" theguardian.com Dubai World Cup favourite Arrogate is dirt version of Frankel, says trainer Bob Baffert, whose Arrogate will run in the same green, white and pink colours as Frankel, said it is 'pretty amazing Prince Khalid Abdullah would own two of best horses we've seen' “I think this horse is like the dirt version, in the States, of Frankel. I trained American Pharoah, and I thought when he retired it was going to be really tough to fill those shoes, and then here comes Arrogate. He got into those shoes and just kept
"22.03.2017 17:03:42" theguardian.com F1 season brings fresh approach, new rules and a revived optimism Whatever happens at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix there are already good reasons for fans to be excited about the future Why you should be excited about the new F1 season
"22.03.2017 14:44:59" theguardian.com If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors The prospect of the Frenchman hanging around at Arsenal presents a number of challenges for everyone – not least the media and the fans struggling to keep any perspective The prospect of Arsène Wenger hanging around at Arsenal presents a number of challenges for everyone – not least the media and the fans struggling to keep any perspective
"22.03.2017 13:18:30" theguardian.com British Cycling to miss out on £17m of funding until culture fears are addressed Sport England is to withhold £17m of funding from British Cycling until the sport's governing body can ease fears over how it is being run Sport England is to withhold £17m of funding from British Cycling until the sport's governing body changes its “culture of fear” and “dysfunctional leadership”
"22.03.2017 11:36:33" theguardian.com Cricket's All Stars scheme is fine but kids must see the game as well as play it | Andy Bull The ECB's All Stars scheme to encourage the very young to play is laudable but cricket suffers by being hidden from view Sports administrators with grand plans should generally be treated like Nigerian princes who want to share their inheritance. There are occasional exceptions though, and the ECB have just launched a scheme that almost everyone agrees is a good thing
"22.03.2017 10:09:27" theguardian.com Max Verstappen: 'I have always been relaxed and that made me fast' Max Verstappen tells Giles Richards he will not change his attacking style of driving for the new Formula One season Is Max Verstappen ready to take on Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vetel and Kimi Raikkonen? "Absolutely. For me it doesn't matter if you are fighting a world champion or not. I'm not worried about that"
"21.03.2017 22:09:41" theguardian.com Paris Olympic bid chief: 'now or never' as city vies with Los Angeles for Games The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday that he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games "It is my mentality to respect the process and fight for the principles I believe in. If we don't win, OK – but at least we will have fought for the principles I have in my heart."
"21.03.2017 21:25:38" theguardian.com Mason Crane and Liam Dawson take chance to impress England hierarchy Andrew Strauss' three-year plan to expand England's ODI choices has proved worthwhile for players and coaches Mason Crane's chances of making his England debut this summer have increased after a productive and historic winter.
"21.03.2017 18:26:56" theguardian.com 'Women's football needs to stand on its own' - readers on the FA's new plans The FA want to double the number of girls and women taking part in football to nearly six million by 2020. But will the ambitious new strategy work? The FA want to double the number of girls and women taking part in football to nearly six million by 2020, but will the ambitious new strategy work?
"21.03.2017 16:19:15" theguardian.com Colin Kaepernick's search for new team draws Donald Trump's attention Donald Trump has always been proud of the mark he has made on the sports world and on Monday he took credit for Colin Kaepernick's fruitless search for a new team Donald J. Trump has always been proud of the mark he has made on the sports world – his golf handicap, his friendship with Tom Brady and his sterling work as a caddy – and he is now taking credit for Colin Kaepernick's (so far) fruitless search for a new
"21.03.2017 15:10:23" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas: 'I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel no pressure at all' Mercedes' new man has said that Lewis Hamilton is 'one of the best' but added that he is ready for the fight going into the season Valtteri Bottas accepts his Mercedes-Benz team-mate Lewis Hamilton 'is one of the best' but says he is ready for the fight after replacing Nico Rosberg
"21.03.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Rugby league fans moan about TV but 12 matches are broadcast live every week You will need to pay for it – and buy a diary – but you can now watch Super League, NRL and League 1 matches on TV. There was no coverage 30 years ago You will need to pay for it – and buy a diary – but rugby league fans can now watch 12 live matches a week on TV. There was no coverage 30 years ago
"21.03.2017 12:00:00" theguardian.com Who should Warren Gatland pick for the Lions? Warren Gatland has four weeks to put together a British and Irish Lions squad capable of overpowering the All Blacks for the first time since 1971 Warren Gatland has four weeks to put together a Lions squad capable of overpowering the All Blacks for the first time since 1971
"21.03.2017 11:14:29" theguardian.com Elise Christie: 'It was easier to hide from stuff before social media' The newly crowned triple world speed skating champion on Twitter trolls, rugby union mentors, the trouble with dots and her dislike of coriander Elise Christie: "In short track there are a lot of people who don't understand it and for them to judge me … you can get knocked over at any point in a race and your Olympics are over"
"20.03.2017 23:59:01" theguardian.com All 16 teams left in the 2017 NCAA tournament – ranked Allen Barra: The Sweet 16 is set after four frenetic days. Which of the teams left standing has the best chance of cutting down the next in Phoenix? Ranking all the teams still in the race as NCAA March Madness reaches the Sweet 16
"20.03.2017 23:05:57" theguardian.com Eddie Jones defends Dylan Hartley over British Lions selection doubts Eddie Jones backed Dylan Hartley after Warren Gatland hinted the England captain and hooker could miss out on Lions selection “I think New Zealand are there for the taking. You've got to play smart against them, but the sort of personnel the Lions could field against them, could be the sort of team that could do that."
"20.03.2017 22:24:21" theguardian.com Tiger Woods opens up on racial slurs that drove his desire for dominance | Ewan Murray Former world No1 says in book on his extraordinary triumph at the 1997 Masters 'I wanted us to be colour blind. Twenty years later, that has yet to happen' “It would have been naive of me to think my win would mean the end of 'the look' when a person from any minority walked into some golf clubs, especially the game's private clubs. I only hoped my win, and how I won, might put a dent in the way people
"20.03.2017 21:01:47" theguardian.com Matt O'Connor to return to Leicester Tigers to replace Aaron Mauger as coach Leicester Tigers have brought back the Australian in an attempt to halt their decline following the dismissal of Richard Cockerill Matt O'Connor is coming back to Leicester Tigers, the club where he won three Premiership titles
"20.03.2017 19:31:26" theguardian.com Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico The NFL announced that Brady's jersey has been recovered after being found in the possession of an unidentified member of the international media Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey has been tracked down by the FBI – in Mexico
"20.03.2017 17:48:19" theguardian.com Adele fans' trampling of Gabba pitch leads to AFLW grand final being moved The AFLW grand final between Brisbane and Adelaide will be played on the Gold Coast after the Gabba pitch was deemed unsuitable due to damage caused by Adele concert-goers “We have done everything possible to encourage the turf, but the speed at which the turf grows is outside of our control”
"20.03.2017 15:55:05" theguardian.com Andre Agassi: 'One day your entire way of life ends. It's a kind of death' The former world No1 tells Donald McRae about life after tennis married to Steffi Graf, another of the sport's biggest names: 'If I went back in time I would probably retire sooner' Andre Agassi on his life after tennis: "In the last three and a half years I deployed over $650m nationally to build 79 new schools. I've got 1,200 kids in my foundation school. I now have 38,000 kids nationwide"
"20.03.2017 15:35:48" theguardian.com Our big review of the Six Nations From Michele Campagnaro's solo try against England to Leigh Halfpenny's performances, here are the highlights and lowlights from 2017's tournament Best player, best match, best try, biggest letdown and what it means for the Lions
"20.03.2017 13:42:43" theguardian.com Behind the scenes at Michael Conlan's pro debut: Conor McGregor, 1D and a TKO Professional debuts tend to take place in local leisures centres, but Michael Conlan introduced himself with a third-round win at Madison Square Garden Professional debuts tend to take place in local leisures centres, but Michael Conlan introduced himself with a third-round win at Madison Square Garden
"20.03.2017 12:09:21" theguardian.com Cracks in Gennady Golovkin's armour give hope to Álvarez and Saunders The Kazakh world middleweight champion was taken the distance for the first time since 2008 by Daniel Jacobs and his lack of timing and composure gives future challengers hope Gennady Golovkin was taken the distance for the first time since 2008 by Daniel Jacobs, giving challengers hope
"20.03.2017 10:56:22" theguardian.com But for one England try the Six Nations would have been a five-way tie It was a Six Nations to savour, with the standard of play and level of ferocity increasing, but unfortunately the Italians are being left behind Apart from the three matches in Rome, England's win in Cardiff was the only away victory in the tournament. With so little between those five teams, it proved to be crucial. If it had not been for that final try by Elliot Daly, the tournament would have
"20.03.2017 10:18:27" theguardian.com Roger Federer continues to defy time and critics with Indian Wells win Roger Federer defeated his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to win in Indian Wells, two months after winning the Australian Open 'Religious miracles are oceans parting and the lame throwing away their sticks. In tennis the earthly equivalent is Federer taking six months out in 2016 to recover from knee surgery that might have spirited him into retirement and returning to win this
"20.03.2017 00:14:07" theguardian.com Roger Federer sweeps aside Stan Wawrinka for historic Indian Wells title At 35 years and seven months, Federer became the oldest champion in the desert tournament's history by defeating his countryman in straight sets At 35 years and seven months, Roger Federer became the oldest champion in the desert tournament's history on Sunday, surpassing Jimmy Connors, who was 31 years and five months when he won in 1981
"19.03.2017 23:00:49" theguardian.com Gregor Townsend will boost Scotland's expansive game, says Stuart Hogg Stuart Hogg is sure the style favoured by Vern Cotter will continue under the new coach, Gregor Townsend: 'It's exciting times for Scottish rugby' “It's exciting times for Scottish Rugby. Much the same to what he brings at Glasgow Warriors, we tend to play expansive rugby. Nothing for us really changes from Glasgow to Scotland"
"19.03.2017 19:20:51" theguardian.com I won Olympic golds with endometriosis. Anything is possible | Emily Seebohm Exclusive: The Olympic swimming champion tells how she discovered she had the disease and why she's decided to talk about it now "I didn't say anything at the time because I didn't want anyone to say that my swimming was affected by endometriosis. I didn't want to have a reason why I couldn't swim well at the Olympics before I had even swum. I don't think the endo can be blamed for
"19.03.2017 16:03:55" theguardian.com New Zealand media on England loss: 'Overstuffed plastic bags in need of a trolley' The two sides' winning record battle has ended in a draw, but the reaction to England's defeat has turned up the heat on this rivalry, with some claiming it is in fact Ireland that are New Zealand's closest challengers “England were wrecking balls in chains. A lot of them looked like overstuffed plastic shopping bags in desperate need of a trolley”
"19.03.2017 15:02:59" theguardian.com Bravo England on 18 in a row but Cyprus beat rats, kicks and punches for 24 | Simon Burnton England could not better New Zealand's 18-match winning streak but they were still six short of the sequence set by Cyprus in 2014 Cyprus sit at the peak of a statistical mountain, while few others ever leave the foothills
"19.03.2017 12:40:00" theguardian.com Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti says Stade Francais merger is off A planned merger between Parisian rugby powerhouses Racing 92 and Stade Francais looks set to be cancelled amid strong opposition, the Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti said on Sunday "I have decided to give the beautiful project up" – Racing 92's Jacky Lorenzetti
"19.03.2017 12:16:00" theguardian.com Australia under pressure after India dominate day four of third Test Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha complimented with a career-best 117 to deflate Australia India assumed control on day four against Australia, who now trail by 129 runs
"19.03.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Ireland 13-9 England: how the Six Nations players in Dublin rated Johnny Sexton, Iain Henderson, Peter O'Mahony and Rory Best excelled to give Ireland control while Anthony Watson and Joe Marler suffered afternoons to forget It was an afternoon to forget for England Rugby, especially for Joe Marler and captain Dylan Hartley
"19.03.2017 10:55:00" theguardian.com Dustin Johnson grows into No1 role and sets sights on WGC Match Play Dustin Johnson hopes to follow victories in the Genesis Open and WGC Mexico Championship with another this week in the WGC Match Play in Austin Dustin Johnson is chasing a treble that would once have looked impossible for one of the great underachievers of this age
"19.03.2017 10:23:40" theguardian.com Mercedes' Toto Wolff: 'Best drivers are all not easy. This makes them the best' | Giles Richards While Lewis Hamilton and his F1 team appear closer than ever the executive director, Toto Wolff, accepts 'the way the best ones are calibrated can cause bumps on the way' “Who would want to settle for second best just for the easiness of a relationship?” – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport' Toto Wolff
"18.03.2017 21:11:13" theguardian.com Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of 'undermining game's integrity' Rob Howley, Wales's coach, has accused France of undermining the integrity of the game over their replacement of Uini Atonio with Rabah Slimani during the frantic finale of their Six Nations match in Paris “What happened in the last 10 minutes shouldn't happen again on an international rugby field"
"18.03.2017 19:25:30" theguardian.com England pursuit of grand slam and record foiled by defiant Ireland A try by Iain Henderson made the difference in Ireland's 13-9 victory and halted England's chase of a record 19 victories in the Six Nations finale Ireland national rugby union team 13-9 England Rugby
"18.03.2017 18:11:07" theguardian.com France go the extra mile to defeat Wales in chaotic ending in the 100th minute France defeated Wales 20-18 in Paris after an astonishing 20-minute last phase of play that culminated in them scoring a try to complete the victory France leave Wales stunned after extraordinary finish amid 100th-minute madness
"18.03.2017 15:31:09" theguardian.com How the Heat got hot: the secrets to Miami's incredible turnaround With 23 wins in 28 games, Miami has surged back into playoff contention after sitting 11-30. Chris Smith reports on a remarkable NBA turnaround With 23 wins in 28 games, Miami Heat have surged back into playoff contention after sitting 11-30. Chris Smith reports on a remarkable NBA turnaround
"18.03.2017 14:46:33" theguardian.com Scotland send Vern Cotter off on a high with easy win over Italy Scotland ended their Six Nations campaign in Vern Cotter's final match as their coach with a handsome 29-0 victory over Italy Scotland national rugby union team 29-0 Italy national rugby union team
"18.03.2017 13:17:53" theguardian.com Geoffrey Boycott and Les Cusworth remind us games change without our noticing | Tim Lewis Test cricket and rugby are very different sports now compared to the 1970s and 1980s but golf has struggled to evolve and finds itself in a deep hole Test cricket is a very different sport from the game played in the 1970s and 1980s, even the 90s, and Hameed reminded me of this fact. Michael Atherton has said the same. Reflecting on the defining innings of his career, his unbeaten 185 in 492 balls
"18.03.2017 10:34:52" theguardian.com 'This is your night': Conlan's dream debut wipes out nightmares of the past Irishman's third-round knockout of Tim Ibarra, amid all the trappings of a major bout, means he can now make headlines for the right reasons With a dream of a professional debut on Friday night in New York, Michael Conlan all but erased the nightmarish end that befell his decorated amateur career at the Rio Olympics eight months ago.
"17.03.2017 22:50:57" theguardian.com England women win Six Nations grand slam after under-20s do the same England women beat Ireland 34-7, after the under-20 side had defeated their Irish opponents 14-10, setting the stage for England's men to complete a treble grand slam on Saturday There have been worse times to be an England rugby fan.
"17.03.2017 22:08:43" theguardian.com Ben Youngs: 'It won't feel like we've won the Six Nations unless we beat Ireland' The England scrum-half tells Robert Kitson he is embracing the challenge of chasing history and aims to avoid the strange feeling of losing but winning in 2011 'Although we've won the title, we don't feel like we've won it yet. It won't feel like that unless we get the result we want. The thought of being defeated and going up to get a trophy … it wouldn't feel right.'
"17.03.2017 21:17:01" theguardian.com Numbers still stack up for fidgety Australia captain Shakin' Steven | Barney Ronay If Steve Smith has a wider claim on some kind of ultimacy right now it is perhaps a minor role as the greatest Test batsman to be nobody's favourite Test batsman "Since his breakthrough in England in 2013 Smith averages 71 in 42 Tests. Right now the history of sustained elite Test match batting reads: Bradman; fresh air; more fresh air; Smith; everyone else."
"17.03.2017 20:09:29" theguardian.com Maria Sharapova expects suspicious welcome back into tennis fold Maria Sharapova accepts she will have a cloud of suspicion hanging over her when she returns to the game next month “I think if I was trying to hide something, I don't think I would come out to the world and say I was taking a drug for 10 years. If I was really trying to take the easy way out, that's not a very smart thing to do.”
"17.03.2017 18:48:04" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Roger Federer clash with food poisoning Australian says he 'had a restless night of being sick' and withdraws hours before Indian Wells quarter-final The mouthwatering clash between Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer will not happen. Kyrgios has withdrawn from their BNP Paribas Open match because of illness.
"17.03.2017 17:02:13" theguardian.com Sizing John wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup as Cue Card falls again The winner gave Jessica Harrington her first victory in the race with her first runner when coming home a clear-cut winner of jumping's blue riband prize as Cue Card fell as the same fence as last year Sizing John won a dramatic Cheltenham Gold Cup, as the popular Cue Card fell at the third-last fence for the second year in a row, while favourite Djakadam faded out of the places close home
"17.03.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com UFC fighter Brad Pickett set for one last turn in octagon The 38-year-old has no fear before his last fight – against Marlon Vera in London – but, he tells Andy Bull, the idea of retirement does scare him People sometimes ask 38-year-old Brad Pickett what he does for a living. And he takes pleasure in telling them: “I'm an ultimate fighter"
"17.03.2017 15:50:00" theguardian.com Cheltenham Festival: Sizing John wins Gold Cup day – live! Previews, tips, updates, results and more from the final day at Prestbury Park Sizing John has won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham
"17.03.2017 15:06:56" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: right man at right time for England Eddie Jones was on the periphery of rugby until Japan's shock victory in the 2015 World Cup propelled him into the England job How Eddie Jones rescued England Rugby – and saved his career
"17.03.2017 13:24:52" theguardian.com Ireland without injured Conor Murray for Six Nations finale with England Conor Murray has failed to shake off a shoulder problem and will miss Ireland's Six Nations finale with England on Saturday If Ireland are to stop England winning the grand slam, they will have to do it without Conor Murray
"17.03.2017 12:21:51" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Leicester's run, rugby records and Cheltenham races Who are England chasing? Who followed his father? And who is still No1? Who are England chasing? Who followed his father? And which Biblical character is "still No1"?
"17.03.2017 11:04:57" theguardian.com Six Nations: seven things to look out for this weekend Billy Vunipola's return should boost England, while Ireland are likely to struggle without Conor Murray and France may be distracted by domestic matters Our big preview to the final weekend of the Six Nations
"17.03.2017 08:08:53" www.theguardian.com Leigh heap pressure on Warrington after Gareth Hock leads the way Warrington slumped to their fifth Super League defeat in a row, going down 22-8 at Leigh for whom Gareth Hock was outstanding Leigh Centurions 22-8 Warrington Wolves
"17.03.2017 07:30:00" theguardian.com Cheltenham Gold Cup: Cue Card ready for take six at the Festival | Greg Wood Colin Tizzard's popular chaser Cue Card is back for another tilt at the Gold Cup after falling three from home when in contention in 2016 Cue Card has it all: raw ability, stage presence, and a boy-next-door backstory in a sport normally dominated by super-rich. If he comes home in front in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he will be the most popular winner of the race for many years
"16.03.2017 22:43:33" theguardian.com Michael O'Leary team not ruling out return to having horses in Mullins yard The prominent owner's racing manager said he may one day have horses again with the trainer he took 60 away from, but despite winning a handicap on Thursday still complained about Irish horses' treatment by the official British handicapper “Lots of you are trying to stir things up between me and Willie. I fall out with people over fees all the time! He's just one in the pile.”
"16.03.2017 20:51:21" theguardian.com Rider admits breaking 'no needle' rule and accuses Team Sky of cover-up Team Sky's Josh Edmondson admitted self-injecting vitamins and claimed management covered it up when they discovered what he had been doing Team Sky have denied accusations that they were involved in a cover-up in 2014.
"16.03.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Buoyant England are not yet ready to win World Cup, warns Eddie Jones Eddie Jones has told his England players they are not yet good enough to win the World Cup despite standing on the verge of a world record 18 consecutive victories “It's going to take a lot of work to get a team good enough to win a World Cup because we're not good enough at the moment. We don't have the density that we need to win a World Cup in terms of leaders. Having said that we've progressed a long way in the
"16.03.2017 18:05:53" theguardian.com Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh roar back with Cheltenham Festival four-timer The victory for the trainer in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival was made all the more sweeter given that prominent owner Michael O'Leary, who sponsors the race, took 60 horses away from Mullins earlier this season after a dispute about a rise Four of the best for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins at Cheltenham, including Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase and Nichols Canyon in the Stayers' Hurdle
"16.03.2017 17:27:29" theguardian.com Mercedes could lose Lewis Hamilton, warns Damon Hill Damon Hill has warned Mercedes they must treat Lewis Hamilton with care this season to avoid potentially losing the driver to another team "Lewis is an emotional beast and there might be a situation where he just goes: 'I've had enough and I don't want to do it'. That's true for every driver but some don't have the luxury he has, as he might be in demand somewhere else" – Damon Hill on Lewis
"16.03.2017 15:45:54" theguardian.com England's men, women and Under-20s line up trio of Six Nations grand slams The Red Roses face a title showdown with unbeaten Ireland in Dublin on Friday, after the Under-20s chase a clean sweep to cap off their free-scoring campaign England are on the trail of a treble of Six Nations grand slams in Ireland this weekend. The Under-20s, like Eddie Jones's senior side, clinched their title with a match to spare while England's women face Ireland, who are also unbeaten
"16.03.2017 14:39:35" theguardian.com Cheltenham Gold Cup: horse-by-horse guide Fourteen runners line up for the big betting race of the meeting on the final day of the Festival Your guide to the 14 runners in the Gold Cup
"16.03.2017 11:12:57" theguardian.com Will Warren Gatland's tactics suit England players? The Six Nations winners have an attacking style but Gatland's Wales are grittier and the head coach is faced with a tough job matching personnel with outlook Warren Gatland faces a tough job matching his approach to the England Rugby players who have won the Six Nations
"16.03.2017 09:51:51" theguardian.com Who was Australia's first surfer? A tale of sailors, spectators and a Duke In surfing, things rarely stay the same for long, even when it comes to its history. So it follows that in recent years fresh photos show a new contender Who was Australia's first surfer? This simple question has divided and confused surfing enthusiasts for generations
"16.03.2017 08:13:48" www.theguardian.com Empire Of Dirt well placed to do Michael O'Leary proud in Ryanair Chase The Irishman clearly desires a winner in the race that bears his company's name and the horse is good enough to be competing in the Gold Cup instead Our guide to the best bets on day three of the Cheltenham Festival
"16.03.2017 00:25:41" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios shocks world No2 Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells Australia's Nick Kyrgios beat world No2 Novak Djokovic for the second time in a row to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells Nick Kyrgios won 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals at the expense of Novak Djokovic
"15.03.2017 22:32:29" theguardian.com Samir Nasri tells Jamie Vardy to 'play the game like a man' after red card Samir Nasri says Jamie Vardy play-acted to get him sent off in Leicester's win over Sevilla “For me, he is a cheat" – Samir Nasri on Jamie Vardy
"15.03.2017 20:44:27" theguardian.com Stop-start Might Bite regains his focus to edge home at Cheltenham Star novice chaser Might Bite injected wholly unnecessary drama into RSA Chase, which he ought to have won by about 20 lengths at Cheltenham There was a photo-finish on day two at Cheltenham
"15.03.2017 19:30:00" theguardian.com Brian Ashton: 'We were blown away by the fervour of the Irish. We weren't ready for it' A decade on from England's historic visit to Croke Park their head coach at the time, Brian Ashton, recounts how his players became overawed by the occasion Brian Ashton remembers the sense of foreboding, even now
"15.03.2017 18:36:00" theguardian.com Douvan flops as Special Tiara wins Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival The hot favourite Douvan was well beaten in a major shock as trainer Willie Mullins yet to send out a winner at the meeting The Cheltenham Festival crowd has been rocked by one of the biggest upsets in the race-meeting's history
"15.03.2017 17:20:58" theguardian.com Did desire for Olympic medals blind UK Sport to its responsibilities? Management speak and 'aspirational goals' were the order of the day with bodies like British Cycling seen as vital to the targets that had been set “There is a real problem with the culture. It is win at all costs, even if it is to the detriment of the system as a whole. There is no interest in anything other than winning medals"
"15.03.2017 15:46:36" theguardian.com Manchester joins race to host 2022 Commonwealth Games Manchester has joined Birmingham and Liverpool in making its pitch to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games The Commonwealth Games could be going to Manchester ... or Birmingham or Liverpool
"15.03.2017 13:43:34" theguardian.com Ireland v England primes Andy and Owen Farrell for ultimate family affair Father and son will be in opposition camps for Saturday's grand slam decider and sentiment will be put to one side as senior looks to stop in-form junior When Owen Farrell was asked what it would be like coming up against his dad, Andy, the Ireland defence coach, on Saturday he said: “I wouldn't say I'm coming up against him. I don't think he's playing is he?”
"15.03.2017 13:21:26" theguardian.com ICC reform and 'Big Three' break-up threatened as chairman offers to resign Plans for reform at the International Cricket Council have been left in a state of flux after Shashank Manohar, the chairman of the governing body and a driving force for change, tendered his resignation Plans for reform at the ICC and the creation of a world Test championship have been left in a state of flux after Shashank Manohar, the chairman of the governing body and a driving force for change, tendered his resignation
"15.03.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Why March Madness is bad for college basketball Allen Barra: The NCAA tournament is as wildly popular as ever, but the increased emphasis on March means fewer people are paying attention to the regular season The tournament is as wildly popular as ever, but the increased emphasis on March means fewer people are paying attention to the regular season
"15.03.2017 12:10:31" theguardian.com UK Sport 'went easy' on British Cycling to keep medal factory intact Senior figures at funding body UK Sport are believed to have told its in-house governance unit to “go easy” on British Cycling because “that's where the medals come from” Senior figures at the funding body UK Sport told its governance unit to “go easy” on British Cycling because “that's where the medals come from”, more than two years before Jess Varnish made public allegations of bullying and sexism
"15.03.2017 10:12:27" theguardian.com Cheltenham Festival: Douvan can make it 14 wins in a row for Mullins Queen Mother winner looks assured but bank on Divin Bere in the Fred Winter Want to win big at Cheltenham? Read this (and be lucky)...
"15.03.2017 09:20:55" www.theguardian.com Michael O'Leary draws first blood as Willie Mullins has Festival blank Michael O'Leary won the Cheltenham's Mares' Hurdle with a horse he removed last year from Willie Mullins Apple's Jade, one of the 60 horses Michael O'Leary removed from the Willie Mullins yard last autumn, beat off two of her former stable companions to win the Mares' Hurdle, and ensure Mullins drew a blank on the Festival's opening day for the first time
"15.03.2017 09:00:17" www.theguardian.com Jockey Club to rein in alcohol consumption at Cheltenham Festival Following 2016 incident of inappropriate behaviour by footballers and reality stars, horse-racing event organiser sets plans to control alcohol sales 'You're going to have to do something much more radical if you really want to cut down on drinking. It hasn't stopped us getting stuck in so far'
"15.03.2017 08:40:47" www.theguardian.com Cheltenham Festival: Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle Trainer Nicky Henderson records a one-two in the big race on the opening day of the meeting as he wins the event for a record sixth time Buveur D'Air and My Tent Of Yours completed a one-two for McManus's famous green and gold colours in the Champion Hurdle, and made him the first owner in Festival history to reach 50 winners at the meeting
"15.03.2017 08:15:55" www.theguardian.com Cheltenham Festival: Douvan can make it 14 wins in a row for Mullins Queen Mother winner looks assured but bank on Divin Bere in the Fred Winter All the best bets for day two of the Cheltenham Festival
"14.03.2017 23:30:39" theguardian.com England's Owen Farrell ready to upset mum in family affair against Ireland Owen Farrell comes up against his father, Andy, now Ireland's defence coach, in Dublin with his mother just wanting 'everyone to do well' Owen Farrell comes up against his father, Andy, now Ireland's defence coach, in Dublin with his mother just wanting 'everyone to do well'
"14.03.2017 18:37:11" theguardian.com Bro-go areas: the last few men's only clubs Now that Muirfield golf club has voted to allow women in, where can men go to be surrounded only by other men? We rate the blokiest holdouts around Now that Muirfield golf club has voted to allow women in, where can men go to be surrounded only by other men? We rate the blokiest holdouts around
"14.03.2017 17:34:01" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather fails to pay fans the courtesy he affords Trump | Kevin Mitchell Floyd Mayweather, the narcissistic former champion, may be one of the greats but he prioritised sleep over any show of respect at a recent engagement in London Floyd Mayweather kept his fans waiting – while he had a two-hour nap
"14.03.2017 13:49:15" theguardian.com Muirfield golf club to allow women to join for the first time Scottish course banned from hosting Open championship reverses decision against allowing female members in new ballot Members voted 80.2% in favour of updating their membership policy
"14.03.2017 13:42:15" theguardian.com Holding to Boycott: the greatest over ever? Michael Holding says he bowled plenty of faster and better overs in his career, but the six balls that assailed and finally dismissed Geoffrey Boycott in Barbados 36 years ago today do take some beating Michael Holding says he bowled plenty of faster and better overs in his career, but the six balls that assailed and finally dismissed Geoffrey Boycott in Barbados 36 years ago take some beating
"14.03.2017 12:28:41" theguardian.com Liverpool and Birmingham interested in rescuing 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast's mayor says the Australian city isn't interested in rescuing the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the hosting rights Birmingham and Liverpool are interested in hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 after Durban was stripped of their hosting rights due to financial problems
"14.03.2017 11:49:49" theguardian.com Ireland's mood has changed as record-chasing England loom The theory was that Eddie Jones' England would be weighed down by hunting a win milestone but it is Ireland who have so far failed to deal with Six Nations pressure Ireland's match with England on Saturday was supposed to be a winner-takes-all contest but defeats against Scotland and Wales have left the hosts wondering if they will finish third in the Six Nations
"14.03.2017 10:22:18" theguardian.com The Cheltenham Festival: where the extraordinary is an everyday occurrence British racing's biggest success story over the last two decades is arguably the most successful major event, in terms of its growth and popularity, in any mainstream sport The Cheltenham Festival has been British racing's biggest success story over the last two decades, and arguably the most successful major event, in terms of its growth and popularity, in any mainstream sport
"14.03.2017 09:05:19" theguardian.com How we fought back against surfing's sexist bullies | Layne Beachley The seven-time world champion tells of the 'enormous sacrifices' made by her generation of female surfers to get recognition – and why the sport's sponsors now need to do more to deliver real parity The seven-time world champion tells of the 'enormous sacrifices' made by previous generations of female surfers to get recognition – and why despite great advances there is still more to do
"13.03.2017 23:19:34" theguardian.com Outrage after Brazil football team signs goalkeeper convicted of killing girlfriend Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was released last month after serving partial sentence for murder of Eliza Samudio, received contract from Boa Esporte Bruno – as he is best known in Brazil – has served less than a third of the 22-year sentence handed down by a lower court for ordering the 2010 killing of his former partner and the mother of his child. Video clips showed him celebrating his release with
"13.03.2017 22:17:08" theguardian.com Eddie Jones stokes All Blacks rivalry but warns of Ireland backlash Eddie Jones has stoked the rivalry between England and New Zealand by comparing his All Black counterpart, Steve Hansen, to the cunning Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood “It's a bit like Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf when the wolf comes dressed up as the grandmother. When an All Blacks coach is complimenting you, you always have to be careful”
"13.03.2017 17:48:03" theguardian.com Eighth overtime's the charm: Norwegian hockey teams play marathon game Norway's Storhamar Dragons prevail in what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history Joakim Jensen finally ended what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history, scoring in the eighth overtime in the Norwegian League playoffs
"13.03.2017 17:44:36" theguardian.com Michael Conlan: 'After five years I want to be out of boxing, having made enough money to retire' The Irish bantamweight – eliminated controversially at Rio 2016 – tells Kevin Mitchell he has his future planned as he builds up to his professional debut on St Patrick's Day at Madison Square Garden, where 'all of ringside will be there for me' Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan: "I am perfectly capable of going to war, but I have always found it a better way to box my way through"
"13.03.2017 17:31:00" theguardian.com England happy to wait until they can step out from All Blacks' shadow New Zealand's superior statistics in their 18-game winning run do not deter England's Eddie Jones from insisting his team aspire to end up as world No1 How does England's 18-game winning run compare with New Zealand's?
"13.03.2017 13:51:08" theguardian.com Paddy Brennan on his Gold Cup fall: 'I wanted to die' When Cue Card came down in Cheltenham's Gold Cup, Paddy Brennan tells Donald McRae he had the feeling he'd murdered someone. Now has the chance of redemption in the same race and on the same horse “I want to die,” says Paddy Brennan quietly when he is asked to remember the thoughts running through his head as he lay on the ground after he and Cue Card had fallen while seemingly on course to win last year's Gold Cup. Brennan made a mistake and Cue
"13.03.2017 11:32:18" theguardian.com Chris Froome backs Dave Brailsford to continue as Team Sky boss Chris Froome has registered his support for embattled Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford to continue in his role "Without Dave B, there is no Team Sky" – Chris Froome
"12.03.2017 23:20:00" theguardian.com George Ford says England are in no mood to ease up against Ireland Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has challenged his team to achieve greatness against Ireland and repeat the grand slam “We are hugely excited about the challenge of going over to Dublin and trying to create some history... We want to go one better and try to get that grand slam"
"12.03.2017 22:43:56" theguardian.com NCAA tournament bracket 2017: make your March Madness picks March Madness is upon us: 68 teams, 67 games, three pulse-pounding weeks, one national champion. Now it's time to pick your bracket. Print a copy and fill it out by hand or do it on your browser. Time to make your NCAA March Madness picks with our interactive tournament bracket
"12.03.2017 22:25:21" theguardian.com Irresistible England turn open Six Nations into comfortable canter | Robert Kitson Under Eddie Jones's stewardship England have run away with a Six Nations tournament that was expected to be the most competitive for years With England Rugby cantering past Scotland to take the title, it is easy to forgot that this was supposed to be the most competitive Six Nations Championship for years
"12.03.2017 20:02:59" theguardian.com Castleford's attacking flair secures comfortable victory over Widnes Castleford Tigers maintained their unbeaten start to the Super League season with a 34-0 victory at Widnes Vikings Are Castleford Tigers genuine Super League title contenders?
"12.03.2017 18:27:23" theguardian.com Team Sky's Sergio Henao holds off Alberto Contador to win Paris-Nice Colombia's Sergio Henao held off a final-day charge from Alberto Contador to win the Paris-Nice race by just two seconds after eight days of racing After eight days of racing, Team Sky's Sergio Henao beat Alberto Contador to the Paris-Nice title by just two seconds
"12.03.2017 15:25:00" theguardian.com Enjoy Cheltenham – but the gambling fun never stops for the bookies | Barry Glendenning During this splendid week of racing, football and Six Nations rugby union, sports fans face a bombardment of advertising from betting firms desperate to gain new customers Across the bookmaking industry more than £350m is expected to be wagered on Cheltenham alone and we all know where most of that will end up
"12.03.2017 14:25:06" theguardian.com Tobefair: the Cheltenham favourite owned by 17 regulars of a Pembroke pub Trounced in his early races, Tobefair heads for the Cheltenham Festival having been transformed into a winning machine. Chris Cook meets the people behind the Welsh wonderhorse Trounced in his early races after changing hands for nothing, Tobefair has been transformed into a winning machine putting fear into bookies at the Cheltenham Festival. But who are the people behind the Welsh wonderhorse?
"12.03.2017 12:25:00" theguardian.com David Haye refuses to cast out beast inside despite unseemly war of words | Kevin Mitchell David Haye embraced the victor Tony Bellew, who he had threatened to put in hospital, but still insists the pre-fight tirades were real It did not take long for the public embrace of David Haye and Tony Bellew – the televised moment that delivered what seemed to be the heartwarming conclusion to months of mutual loathing – to fade like a forgotten family photo
"12.03.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Andy Murray at a loss to explain shock Indian Wells defeat by Vasek Pospisil Beaten Andy Murray struggled to put his finger on the cause of his ongoing Indian Wells woes after a shock second-round defeat against Canada's Vasek Pospisil Andy Murray beaten 6-4, 7-6 in second round in California
"12.03.2017 10:46:47" theguardian.com Jonathan Joseph's turnaround matches England's change of attitude | Andy Bull Dropped against Italy, the centre returned to deliver stiletto blows to Scotland and earn a standing ovation in England's Six Nations title triumph Joseph's performances for England Rugby had, by his own high standards, been so ordinary that Eddie Jones dropped him from their match against Italy. Now he was back in the lineup and playing as well as he has ever done
"11.03.2017 22:20:00" theguardian.com England's Liam Plunkett aiming to make most of one-day recall Liam Plunkett said he wants to make the most of his opportunity following his recall to England's ODI squad Liam Plunkett was England Cricket's star with the ball in the Caribbean but after taking 11 years to earn 49 caps, he is not taking his 50th for granted
"11.03.2017 22:00:00" theguardian.com Leicester's Freddie Burns leads charge to see off Saracens and seal final place Freddie Burns scored 17 points as Leicester dumped the holders Saracens out of the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a convincing 32-10 win at Allianz Park Leicester Tigers will face Exeter Chiefs Official or Harlequins Rugby Union in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final after seeing off Saracens
"11.03.2017 21:32:42" theguardian.com England 61-21 Scotland: how the Six Nations players rated at Twickenham England's hat-trick hero Jonathan Joseph was in sparkling form for the Six Nations champions, while Fraser Brown's early visit to the sin-bin immediately put Scotland on the back foot Jonathan Joseph was star of the show for England Rugby but several Scotland Rugby Team players did not show up until it was too late
"11.03.2017 21:30:00" theguardian.com Eddie Jones challenges his England players to achieve greatness in Dublin The England head coach described next Saturday's Six Nations match against Ireland as a chance to make history, while his Scotland counterpart was concerned over an injury-hit team “Ireland will be in a psychologically strong position. They are out of the tournament and they love spoiling parties, especially England's. The players have the opportunity to achieve greatness and they are in the changing room talking about it; they want
"11.03.2017 20:42:05" theguardian.com England's Kay Wilson scores magnificent seven to crush Scotland Kay Wilson scored seven tries for England Women as they thrashed Scotland 64-0 in the Six Nations at the Twickenham Kay Wilson scored a magnificent seven tries as England women's national rugby union team thrashed Scotland to set up a Women's Six Nations title decider with Ireland
"11.03.2017 19:51:33" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather says he's coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor Boxer says he's ready to take on UFC's biggest star and announces: 'Simple and plain, let's fight in June' "I'm coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don't want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Simple and plain, let's fight in June.”
"11.03.2017 18:03:49" theguardian.com England and Jonathan Joseph thump Scotland to seal Six Nations title A hat-trick of tries for Jonathan Joseph helped England to a 61-21 win against Scotland to claim the Six Nations title and to equal the world record for… England Rugby and Jonathan Joseph thump Scotland 61-21 to win Six Nations Championship
"11.03.2017 17:15:47" theguardian.com Hull survival prospects boosted as Oumar Niasse double sees off Swansea The on-loan Everton forward Oumar Niasse scored a second-half double for Hull City as they weathered a nervy last few minutes to record a 2-1 win over Swansea at the KCom Stadium Hull City 2-1 Swansea City Football Club – Premier League report
"11.03.2017 16:21:13" theguardian.com Claressa Shields stops Szilvia Szabados on landmark night for women's boxing Shields, who became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable TV, wins the NABF middleweight championship "I box like Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis mixed together" – Claressa Shields after making women's boxing history
"11.03.2017 15:45:43" theguardian.com France put Italy in their place after Gaël Fickou gets them going Italy led 8-3 early one but ultimately were overrun in the second half by a France side who won their Six Nations match in Rome 40-18 after Gaël Fickou's try steadied them Italy 18-40 Rugby France – Six Nations Championship report
"11.03.2017 13:26:49" theguardian.com Logan Tomkins escapes shadow of elder brothers in new life at Salford Logan Tomkins, whose brothers Sam and Joel made their names at Wigan, has moved to Salford and is looking forward to facing Wakefield on Sunday “People used to say: 'There's another Tomkins brother' and watch me more closely because of it. And if I didn't play that well, people would be all over me”
"11.03.2017 12:48:14" theguardian.com Four decades after the Battle of the Sexes, the fight for equality in tennis goes on In 1973, Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs and won. Her victory changed women's tennis – but today's game is still no feminist paradise In 1973, Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs and won. Her victory changed women's tennis – but today's game is still no feminist paradise
"11.03.2017 10:47:55" theguardian.com Jess Varnish calls on British Cycling board to resign after leaked report Jess Varnish said cycling's governing body 'threw her under a bus' over her sexism claims after a leaked report gave a damning verdict on British Cycling's 'dysfunctional' leadership Jess Varnish calls on entire British Cycling board to resign after leaked report
"11.03.2017 10:19:15" theguardian.com England need to make their familiar strengths pay against Scotland | Robert Kitson Despite closing in on a world record for consecutive wins England have been unconvincing of late and the visitors will pose some awkward questions Over the next eight days, Eddie Jones and the Lions coach, Warren Gatland, are set to discover if England Rugby are the genuine article or a fading shadow of the side that reigned supreme in 2016
"11.03.2017 01:23:00" theguardian.com Johanna Konta beats Fed Cup team-mate Heather Watson at Indian Wells Johanna Konta, the British No1, beat the No2, Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-4 in 94 minutes at Indian Wells while Elina Svitolina extended her winning run to 14 matches against Wang Qiang British No1 Konta wins 6-4, 6-4 in 94 minutes against British No2
"11.03.2017 01:00:01" theguardian.com McLaren left under pressure before F1 season with car failure in Spain Fernando Alonso, McLaren's top driver, blamed Honda after stopping twice in testing in Barcelona and the executive director, Zak Brown, was also unhappy with the lack of progress The team's relationship with their engine supplier, Honda, is under considerable strain and turning the situation round in time for the first race in Australia in two weeks looks increasingly difficult
"11.03.2017 00:08:32" theguardian.com Ireland's Joe Schmidt concedes Six Nations title after defeat in Wales The Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, conceded the Six Nations title after his side suffered their heaviest defeat to Wales in 34 years “We are no longer in the hunt for the championship, but there is still a lot for us to play for in what has been, as we expected at the start, a very competitive Six Nations" – Joe Schmidt
"10.03.2017 22:11:08" theguardian.com George North's two tries drive Wales past Ireland in thundering win George North scored a try in each half and Jamie Roberts added on late on as Wales beat Ireland 22-9 in the Six Nations Wales 22-9 Ireland
"10.03.2017 20:04:49" theguardian.com Golden glare from Brailsford's success allowed autocracy to develop in shadows | Andy Bull Dave Brailsford, British Cycling's performance director, fulfilled his brief by providing medals galore and no one really bothered how he went about it Back when there was an appetite for such things, Sir Dave Brailsford offered “20 lessons in leadership” for the website of a financial services consultancy called Harrington Starr
"10.03.2017 18:24:49" theguardian.com Lizzie Kelly on riding in the Gold Cup: 'I don't think about the fact that I'm a girl' The only woman to win a Grade One jumps race in Britain will be the first female rider for 33 years with a ride in next week's highlight at the Cheltenham Festival 'The way I view it is that I've put in just as much hard work and effort as everybody else and I don't feel as though I deserve more attention based purely on the fact that I'm a girl. There are plenty of other people out there who work just as hard as me
"10.03.2017 17:15:00" theguardian.com England to make late call on Owen Farrell's fitness England will take a decision on the fitness of Owen Farrell on Saturday morning before England's 4pm Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham England Rugby will make a decision on Owen Farrell's fitness on Saturday morning before their clash with Scotland at Twickenham at 4pm
"10.03.2017 17:10:50" theguardian.com John Surtees, former F1 and motorcycle world champion, dies aged 83 John Surtees, the only man to win the Formula One and motorcycle grand prix world titles, has died aged at the age of 83 John Surtees, the only man to win the F1 and motorcycle GP world titles, 'passed away peacefully' on Friday after a short period in intensive care
"10.03.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Tyson Fury: I've turned corner after battle with depression Tyson Fury has labelled his battle with depression as “the hardest fight of my life” but insists he has turned a corner as he prepares to launch his comeback later this year "I've moved on from the dark and scary place I've been living. If I can beat depression then I can beat anything! The hardest fight of my life!"
"10.03.2017 14:50:47" theguardian.com Six Nations: Upbeat Ireland refuse to let roof lower expectations Jonathan Sexton's return has given Ireland a boost and they go to Cardiff with Wales in the rare position of being out of title contention Ireland can still win the Six Nations but Wales came out on top when the teams last met in Cardiff in the tournament. Which team will triumph under the roof tonight?
"10.03.2017 13:30:00" theguardian.com Sir Dave Brailsford insists he will not quit Team Sky Sir Dave Brailsford has insisted he will not leave his post at Team Sky despite the ongoing scrutiny about the mystery package delivered to Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné and his management of British Cycling Is David Brailsford considering leaving Team Sky? "No. My thoughts are about what's good for the team and what's right. We're just here to win as many races as possible and do it the right way"
"10.03.2017 12:34:22" theguardian.com 34 years of hurt: will Scotland end their Twickenham hoodoo? Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 but there is rising hope among former players that they can finally pull it off against England Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 but their former players think they might beat England this weekend
"10.03.2017 10:24:11" theguardian.com Six Nations: seven things to look out for this weekend England's replacements may prove key, while Wales are grappling with problems of their own making as Italy scent an upset It's the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations. Here are a few things to look out for in the three matches
"10.03.2017 01:22:52" theguardian.com British Cycling's reputations in tatters after scathing review A review into the British Cycling Board described a 'culture of fear', called Dave Brailsford 'untouchable' and said Shane Sutton was totally unsuitable for a leadership role Sir Dave Brailsford is described as an “untouchable” figure who took decisions about the multi-million-pound budget himself while Shane Sutton, who was technical director of British Cycling until resigning last year, was said to be totally unsuitable for
"09.03.2017 23:24:35" theguardian.com Scotland's Tim Visser says England players 'pretending to be confident' The Scotland winger Tim Visser said, 'England players are not as cocky as they normally are' and his coach, Vern Cotter, is expected to target England's scrum at Twickenham "The players themselves are not as cocky as they normally are, which is a good sign"
"09.03.2017 21:20:00" theguardian.com Alex Hales and Joe Root hit fine tons as England hammer West Indies Alex Hales's fifth one-day hundred, Joe Root's ninth and a merciless bowling display powered England to a 186-run win over West Indies in the third ODI for a 3-0 series victory England Cricket sealed a 3-0 series whitewash over the Windies Cricket with a 186-run win in Barbados
"09.03.2017 20:18:59" theguardian.com Tony Romo might be a splash signing, but he won't deliver a Super Bowl | Les Carpenter If the Broncos or Texans believe the former face of the Cowboys is the one to lead them to football's biggest prize, they are being more hopeful than wise The biggest Tony Romo issue for the Super Bowl seekers is that nothing in his 13 NFL seasons says he is a Super Bowl quarterback. He has forever been November's quarterback, putting up gorgeous regular-season statistics only to stumble in the most
"09.03.2017 17:26:53" theguardian.com Sailor is first person to cross Atlantic on stand-up paddleboard Chris Bertish, South African sailor, finishes epic 4,050-mile journey in Antigua Chris Bertish has become the first person to cross the Atlantic ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after an epic 4,050-mile, 93-day trip
"09.03.2017 16:50:43" theguardian.com Red Bull can turn F1 season into a much-needed thriller With the new regulations 2017 will be a season-long development race, and the Red Bull team of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen looks best-equipped to challenge the dominance of Mercedes Why Red Bull Racing look best-equipped to challenge Mercedes-Benz this season
"09.03.2017 16:08:12" theguardian.com The best sports videos on YouTube this week This week's roundup also features 77-hole-outs in Mexico, the gobby history of baseball's spitball, and a tootle round the Nürburgring Goals direct from kick-off, officious officials and European Cup maulings – they're all in this week's Classic YouTube
"09.03.2017 15:29:28" theguardian.com Barry Davies: 'Each generation gets the commentator it deserves' The legendary commentator, currently working on The Jump, reflects on a career studded by Maradona, Heysel and broadcasting across a range of sports Was Diego Maradona's second goal against England at the 1986 World Cup the greatest moment you commentated upon? "The line I said was 'that was pure football genius', and the use of the word 'pure', in comparison with his cheating 10 minutes earlier, was
"09.03.2017 14:21:32" theguardian.com A week in Breitbart Sports: anger, annoyance, and an ESPN obsession Sport, the ultimate unifier, can provide a valuable escape from our hyper-political culture. But does that hold true on Breitbart? DJ Gallo logged on to find out The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart? The site, remember has produced such headline hits as “The Solution To Online 'Harrassment' is Simple: Women Should Log Off”; “Birth
"09.03.2017 11:58:55" theguardian.com Six Nations: Jones keeps Vunipolas on England bench for Scotland game Eddie Jones has resisted the temptation to put Billy Vunipola straight back into England's starting XV against Scotland, instead naming the No8 and his brother Mako on the bench Eddie Jones has announced the England Rugby team that will face Scotland on Saturday
"09.03.2017 08:34:09" theguardian.com ICC clears Virat Kohli and Steve Smith over second Test run-ins The International Cricket Council has not charged a single player involved in the spiteful second Test between Australia and India Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have escaped sanction for their behaviour in the Indian Cricket Team's victory in the second Test, after the ICC - International Cricket Council shouldered arms in response to every send-off, run-in, accusation, antagonistic
"08.03.2017 20:07:55" theguardian.com Jason Roy wants to be known for winning matches by scoring centuries Jason Roy, the England opener, wants to be known as the solid player at the top of the order, scoring centuries “KP is a bit of a freak and so hard to imitate but hopefully I'll learn a bit more from him this summer. His advice is to keep things simple and make sure that you're going into a game 100% comfortable with your defence. Do that and your attacking shots
"08.03.2017 17:51:11" theguardian.com Wada makes move to ban controversial drug used by Bradley Wiggins The World Anti-Doping Agency is considering a blanket ban on the controversial drug used by Bradley Wiggins Wada is considering a blanket ban on the controversial drug used by Bradley Wiggins before his victory at Le Tour de France
"08.03.2017 15:06:49" theguardian.com England say boards that appeared to show Six Nations team 'not significant' England deny they have given Scotland an advantage heading into Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash by unwittingly offering an insight into their team selection "There's nothing significant in it at all. In training we go through all different kinds of permutations and combinations of players"
"08.03.2017 12:57:19" theguardian.com Wales pick George North for Ireland match despite fears over his defence The Wales coach Rob Howley has named an unchanged team for Friday's Six Nations clash against Ireland in Cardiff George North is in the Wales team to play Ireland on Friday night
"08.03.2017 11:44:44" theguardian.com Team Sky are hoist on their own petard by admissions of amateurism Having sold themselves as the ultimate in professionalism, Team Sky and British Cycling are now asking us to accept a remarkable litany of basic mistakes as the anti-doping investigation rolls on Having sold themselves as the ultimate in professionalism, Team Sky and British Cycling are now asking us to accept a remarkable litany of basic mistakes as the anti-doping investigation rolls on
"08.03.2017 10:13:38" theguardian.com 'Snake eyes' for Manny Pacquiao as big-money bout with Amir Khan called off Manny Pacquiao's promoter says Filipino boxer will no longer fight Amir Khan on 23 April after promised $38m sum failed to materialize Manny Pacquiao's fight with Amir Khan is off
"08.03.2017 00:30:24" "Women are still disadvantaged and sometimes actively discriminated against in sport"
"08.03.2017 00:15:56" theguardian.com England ready to recall Alex Hales for the final ODI with West Indies Alex Hales, expected to play for England in the dead ODI against West Indies, has been told he and Jason Roy are the favoured opening batsmen for the Champions Trophy Alex Hales is in line to make his England Cricket return against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday and has been told by the management that his opening partnership with Jason Roy is their first-choice pairing going into the Champions Trophy in June
"08.03.2017 00:13:32" theguardian.com Women in Sport says FA, RFU and ECB risk cuts over lack of boardroom diversity Women in Sport says the FA, RFU and ECB do not employ enough women in senior positions and may lose government funding "We've known about it for a long time and we've been calling for it for a long time. So we want to see rapid change"
"07.03.2017 23:39:41" theguardian.com Serena Williams to cede No1 ranking after Indian Wells injury withdrawal Knee ailment will prevent 23-times grand slam champion from playing at Indian Wells and Miami Open Serena Williams has withdrawn from this week's tournament at Indian Wells due to a left knee injury, a decision that will cost her the world No1 ranking she reclaimed at the Australian Open
"07.03.2017 18:39:27" theguardian.com Team Sky's Dave Brailsford admits 'mistakes were made' over medical package Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has said “mistakes were made” by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures, but that “there is a fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing” Sir Dave Brailsford has said “mistakes were made” by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures, but that “there is a fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing”
"07.03.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Team Sky riders offer mixed support to Sir Dave Brailsford The dozen who have not so far tweeted in support include Chris Froome, who has posted in the last 24 hours but only to praise a dinner he had enjoyed at a South African restaurant The Team Sky riders who have – and have not – backed Sir Dave Brailsford publicly
"07.03.2017 17:29:24" theguardian.com Has Eddie Jones accidentally revealed his England team? Eddie Jones appears ready to put Billy Vunipola straight back into England's starting XV for Saturday's Calcutta Cup match against Scotland with Jonathan Joseph also apparently in line for a recall after pictures emerged that seemed to show his intending Billy Vunipola returns for the England Rugby team?
"07.03.2017 15:42:48" theguardian.com Greg Rutherford on being swindled: 'I was in such a panic I called WeBuyAnyCar.com' Greg Rutherford, the winner of long jump gold at London 2012, has told how his trust in his agent resulted in him unable to pay his mortgage or tax bill "I looked in my bank account and I had nothing,” says Greg Rutherford betrayal, as he recalls the moment it hit home that his agent had fleeced him of £48,448. “I started thinking, are you bloody kidding me? My mortgage was due and I couldn't pay it. I
"07.03.2017 14:29:15" theguardian.com The first step on a long, difficult but welcome road back to cricket in Pakistan The news that Pakistan is to host international cricket again in September will be greeted with joy in that country and with caution elsewhere, but can only be good news for the game The news that Pakistan is to host international cricket again will be greeted with joy in that country and with caution elsewhere, but can only be good news for the game
"07.03.2017 12:11:51" theguardian.com Kevin Pietersen to make surprise Surrey return for T20 Blast Kevin Pietersen will make a surprise return to county cricket this summer for Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast Kevin Pietersen: “I'm absolutely over the moon to be joining Surrey again. I've missed playing here at home and it's going to be a special feeling walking out at The Oval again."
"07.03.2017 11:23:17" theguardian.com More money, more football, but are we now reaching saturation point? BT Sport has gambled on the Champions League with a new £1.18bn deal but could the competition's predictability lead to more people switching off? BT Sport has gambled on the UEFA Champions League with a new £1.18bn deal but will the competition's predictability lead to more people switching off?
"07.03.2017 01:12:04" theguardian.com Dan Cole is key to England's quest for record win against Scotland The super-fit prop Dan Cole has played in all of England's 17 consecutive victories and considers himself a fair way off his peak England Rugby have won 17 matches in a row, and prop Dan Cole has played in all of them
"07.03.2017 00:09:33" theguardian.com England's Chris Woakes finds life is good on and off the field Chris Woakes has said England's depth in batting will stand them in good stead for the Champions Trophy in the summer In the last few weeks Chris Woakes has got married, signed a six-figure IPL - Indian Premier League contract and guided England Cricket to a series victory with the bat
"06.03.2017 23:04:48" theguardian.com Laura Muir has mentality and genetics to live up to 'once-in-a-generation' tag | Sean Ingle Scottish long-distance runner has the tools to live up to Neil Black's 'once-in-a-generation' tag after winning double gold at the European Indoor Championship Laura Muir is targeting double gold at IAAF World Championships London 2017 after being labelled a "once-in-a-generation athlete"
"06.03.2017 20:54:03" theguardian.com Eddie 'the Eagle' soars again: ski jumper returns 30 years after Calgary Olympics Eddie Edwards, who charmed spectators at 1988 Winter Olympics despite finishing last, describes successful landing of six jumps as 'absolutely relief' Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards returned to Calgary on Sunday, 29 years after his memorable Olympic appearance, and landed all six of his jumps
"06.03.2017 18:45:00" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather's van burned outside Birmingham hotel during UK tour West Midlands police are investigating a fire that engulfed a vehicle belonging to the retired boxer outside a posh Birmingham hotel as an arson attack “Offenders smashed the window of the vehicle, a people carrier, before pouring accelerant inside and setting it alight”
"06.03.2017 17:57:34" theguardian.com Pakistan to host international cricket again with T20 series versus World XI Exclusive: The International Cricket Council is planning to send a World XI to Pakistan for a four-match T20 series in September The four-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium – to be called The Independence Cup to mark the 70th anniversary of partition – is intended to continue the reintroduction of top-level cricket to Pakistan after a near eight-year hiatus
"06.03.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Greg Rutherford 'left feeling sick' after being cheated out of £48,000 Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford said he was left 'feeling sick' after finding out his former manager had cheated him out of tens of thousands of pounds to fuel a gambling addiction Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford said he was left “feeling sick” after finding out his former manager had cheated him out of more than £48,000 to fuel a gambling addiction
"06.03.2017 15:11:15" theguardian.com Kadeena Cox: 'There are nights I can't sleep because the spasms are so bad' The first British Paralympian to win golds in two different sports since 1984 tells Jacob Steinberg about living with multiple sclerosis, causing a stir on reality TV and proving people wrong Kadeena Cox – the first British Paralympian to win golds in two different sports since 1984 – opens up about multiple sclerosis, causing a stir on reality TV and proving people wrong
"06.03.2017 12:04:09" theguardian.com Super League clubs could be allowed to relocate south – or abroad The Rugby Football League opened the door to Super League sides relocating to the south of England or abroad in saying it would listen to requests to move franchises Super League clubs could move out of their traditional northern heartland and go to Bristol, Newcastle or Coventry – and even abroad after the RFL said it would listen to top-flight sides who wished to relocate
"06.03.2017 11:05:43" theguardian.com David Haye must realise his time is up Tony Bellew's victory over David Haye has surely put an end to the Londoner's career in the ring and he can now retire with £4m in the bank David Haye came to this bout with only eight competitive rounds in five years. He has always been a star but the glow has dimmed
"06.03.2017 09:54:43" theguardian.com Dustin Johnson holds off rising star Jon Rahm to win WGC event in Mexico Dustin Johnson won the WGC-Mexico Championship to cement his status as world No1, holding off the challenge of Tommy Fleetwood, Ross Fisher and the 22-year-old Spaniard Jon Rahm For Dustin Johnson there were back-to-back wins, a fourth World Golf Championship and endorsement of his status as the No1 golfer in the world
"06.03.2017 08:23:41" theguardian.com Exclusive: Super League clubs could be allowed to relocate south – or abroad The Rugby Football League opened the door to Super League sides relocating to the south of England or abroad in saying it would listen to requests to move franchises Super League clubs could move out of their traditional northern heartland and head south to Bristol – as well as to Newcastle and Coventry – and even abroad after the RFL said it would listen to top-flight sides if they were seeking to relocate
"05.03.2017 23:05:07" theguardian.com Cycling drug inquiry will switch focus to painkiller tramadol Questions for Team Sky and British Cycling as the sport's drug inquiry switches focus to the painkiller tramadol that can also enhance performance Questions for Team Sky and British Cycling as the substance, which can enhance performance, is likely to draw the attention of the MPs committee
"05.03.2017 20:30:15" theguardian.com Worcester take giant leap towards safety by hitting Bristol for six The Warriors ran in six tries to secure a bonus point and move seven clear of their relegation rivals with a 41-24 thrashing Worcester Warriors 41-24 Bristol Rugby Club
"05.03.2017 18:38:24" theguardian.com Laura Muir wins 3,000m to clinch second gold at European Indoor Championships Great Britain's Laura Muir has won gold in the 3,000m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade after breaking the competition record Britain's Laura Muir has won two gold medals and set two European Indoor Championships records in the last 24 hours
"05.03.2017 17:35:34" theguardian.com Saracens ease past Newcastle as Billy Vunipola comes through return The England No8 played 72 minutes of Saracens' comfortable bonus-point win at Newcastle, in his first game after a knee injury that has kept him out since… Billy Vunipola has given England Rugby a boost after returning for Saracens in their win over Newcastle Falcons
"05.03.2017 15:18:03" theguardian.com Sammy Jo Bell to return after horror fall that put her in wheelchair for weeks Sammy Jo Bell will return to action at Wolverhampton on Monday, 10 months after a paddock injury that left her with a broken pelvis Ten months after breaking her pelvis when Royal Duchess reared up and fell on top of her, Sammy Jo Bell is ready to return to racing
"05.03.2017 13:46:11" theguardian.com Tony Bellew reveals he suffered broken hand in victory over David Haye The Liverpudlian claims to have suffered the injury in second or third round of his surprise heavyweight win, while Eddie Hearn suggested Bellew could fight Deontay Wilder next “I know there's been a lot of bad blood and I think some of the things he said were disgusting and distasteful but it was purely one way. I didn't want to hurt David. My 11-year-old son had to listen to someone tell people he was going to decapitate me”
"05.03.2017 11:45:01" theguardian.com Sara Cox: 'I'd like to leave behind a legacy for other female referees' The 26-year old Sara Cox is one of a growing trend of women officials in rugby union and tells Gerard Meagher there are no limits on how far they can go The rugby referee Sara Cox: 'What the roof is I don't know. Nobody has ever told me if there is a roof. You plough forward and see where you go.'
"05.03.2017 11:15:01" theguardian.com Team Sky: Sir Dave Brailsford must face the music – and then resign Sir Dave Brailsford owes it to the riders and staff of Team Sky to deal with the public questioning over the Jiffy bag and its contents before he falls on his sword "When and if Ukad offers some light on what went on between 2011 and 2014 at Team Sky and British Cycling – even if its revelations offer a picture that is no worse than what has already been disclosed – Sir Dave Brailsford should then fall on his sword"
"05.03.2017 10:34:26" theguardian.com Team Sky doctor was allegedly sent banned testosterone patches Dr Richard Freeman, at the centre of UK anti-doping inquiry, told investigators substance was not intended for any riders Team Sky doctor was allegedly sent banned testosterone patches
"05.03.2017 00:06:53" theguardian.com Justin Thomas leads but Rory McIlroy in touch at WGC event in Mexico A wonderful third day at Club de Golf Chapultepec ended with Justin Thomas in the lead, with Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson close behind Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are all lurking behind leader Justin Thomas at the WGC-Mexico Championship
"04.03.2017 23:51:47" theguardian.com Tony Bellew stops hobbling David Haye in extraordinary boxing upset Tony Bellew stopped a hobbling David Haye in the 11th round to ruin the former world champion's return to the ring and shock the boxing world. Tony Bellew stopped a hobbling David Haye in the 11th round to cause a huge upset at the O2 Arena
"04.03.2017 23:00:00" theguardian.com Ben Youngs says return of Vunipolas will give England extra confidence | Paul Rees Champions have yet to enjoy a half-time lead in this year's Six Nations but with inspirational brothers set to return there is a belief that is all about to change "Not many players can do what Billy Vunipola does. No8s can suck in players but not many can carry two, three defenders and physically impose himself from minute one until 80. He's not a guy who waits for the game to come to him"
"04.03.2017 22:40:00" theguardian.com European Indoor Athletics: Laura Muir breaks 1500m record to win gold Great Britain's Laura Muir comfortably won the European Indoor Championship 1500m in Belgrade, setting a new championship record Laura Muir has broken a European indoor record that was set eight years before she was born
"04.03.2017 22:25:33" theguardian.com Hamish Watson: 'I hung a saltire in my bedroom to prove I was Scottish' The Scotland back-row who grew up in England is lighting up the Six Nations despite his small stature and a debut to forget against Italy two years ago “I've supported Scotland pretty much all my life, since I was eight years old. It's a big game because we haven't beaten them in ages, not because I lived in England when I was younger”
"04.03.2017 21:30:00" theguardian.com David Haye v Tony Bellew: heavyweight boxing – live! Round-by-round report: After weeks of trash-talking, David Haye and Tony Bellew step into the ring. Join Lawrence Ostlere for the latest Join us for live round-by-round coverage of David Haye v Tony Bellew
"04.03.2017 19:57:52" theguardian.com Mo Farah 'happy to be tested' amid claims Usada wants to check for EPO Mo Farah insists that he is more than happy for his blood samples to be retested amid claims that Usada wants them checked for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO “I'm not aware of any request ... But as I've said many times, I'm happy to be tested anytime, anywhere and have any of my samples tested or retested now or at any time in the future, by any official body”
"04.03.2017 17:59:21" theguardian.com Junior Sau's two tries see Salford home as Warrington still seek first win Last year's Super League runners-up, Warrington Wolves, are still without a win this season after losing 24-14 to Salford Red Devils Salford Red Devils 24-14 Warrington Wolves
"04.03.2017 17:43:44" theguardian.com Wasps extend Premiership lead with Kurtley Beale-inspired win at Bath Kurtley Beale put in an excellent display and scored two tries as Wasps extended their lead at the top of the Premiership with a commanding 24-3 victory over Bath at The Rec Bath Rugby 3-24 Wasps
"04.03.2017 16:55:25" theguardian.com Andy Murray too good for Fernando Verdasco and claims Dubai title Andy Murray shrugged off early nerves to claim his first title of the year with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Championships Andy Murray shrugged off early nerves to claim his first title of the year with a straight-sets victory over Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
"04.03.2017 15:48:22" theguardian.com Leonard Barden on Chess The No9 seed beat Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun on her way to the title in a tournament that was marred by controversy The world women's championship in Tehran ended with a shock on Friday afternoon when Tan Zhongyi, the No9 seed but little known outside China, defeated the No2 seed, Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, in speed tie-breaks to capture the crown
"04.03.2017 14:37:59" theguardian.com Boxing quiz: how much do you know about heavyweight fights? Prepare for the big fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew by testing your knowledge of previous heavyweight bouts Test your knowledge of heavyweight boxing with our quiz
"04.03.2017 13:43:31" theguardian.com Rabbitohs defend call to keep Inglis on pitch despite serious injury South Sydney captain Greg Inglis is expected to miss up to six months of rugby league after injuring his knee in the Rabbitohs' season opener on Friday South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis is expected to miss up to six months of rugby league after injuring his knee in their NRL - National Rugby League season opener
"04.03.2017 13:11:43" theguardian.com Warren Gatland and would-be Lions: crunch time for North, Hartley and co With two weeks left to impress the coach, which players have put their hands up in the Six Nations and who might miss out on the tour to New Zealand? With two weeks left to impress the coach, which players have put their hands up in the RBS 6 Nations and who might miss out on the tour to New Zealand?
"04.03.2017 12:17:55" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for Newbury and Doncaster Vic De Touzaine can strike for Venetia Williams and get the better of Oldgrangewood in the Greatwood Gold Cup Our pick of the best bets for Saturday's racing action
"04.03.2017 11:38:33" theguardian.com Nathan Lyon's record 8-50 decimates India on day one of Bangalore Test Nathan Lyon has taken a record-breaking 8-50, the best figures by a touring bowler, as India were shot out for 189 on day one of the Bangalore Test Australian Cricket Team bowler Nathan Lyon produced the greatest performance of his 65-Test career, grabbing the astonishing figures of 8-50 to bundle the Indian Cricket Team out for 189 on day one in Bangalore
"04.03.2017 10:55:57" theguardian.com Fate hands Alex Hales return to England fold after troubled winter Alex Hales hopes to play some part in the ODI series in the West Indies as he recovers from a broken hand and he has set his sights on next winter's Ashes, he tells Ali Martin 'If there is a moral to the story it is to make sure you take your catches then you won't break your bones'
"04.03.2017 10:12:01" theguardian.com Tommy Seymour hopes Scotland maintain clinical edge at Twickenham Tommy Seymour says Scotland have developed the mental ability to see tight games out and are aiming for the same against England at Twickenham, he tells Gerard Meagher It may be England's replacements bench who proudly wear the label of finishers but, judging by the first three rounds of the RBS 6 Nations, it could equally apply to Scotland's back line
"04.03.2017 09:20:24" theguardian.com Humiliating 65-point defeat for Rebels as ruthless Hurricanes run riot Melbourne's nightmare start to the Super Rugby season has continued with a humiliating 71-6 loss to defending champions the Hurricanes in Wellington Melbourne's nightmare start to the Super Rugby season continued with a humiliating 71-6 loss to defending champions the Hurricanes in Wellington
"04.03.2017 07:37:07" www.theguardian.com UFC 209: Nurmagomedov hospitalized and title fight with Ferguson called off Nurmagomedov taken to hospital for 'weight management issues' and officials announce fight has been cancelled on doctor's orders Khabib Nurmagomedov's title bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 will not go ahead after the Dagestani fighter was taken to hospital with 'weight management issues'
"03.03.2017 23:55:25" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy leads WGC event in Mexico at halfway after round of 65 Rory McIlroy leads the WGC Championship event in Mexico by two shots at the halfway stage with Ross Fisher in joint second with Phil Mickelson The prospect of Rory McIlroy being restored as the top ranked golfer in the world by Monday morning is suddenly a live one
"03.03.2017 23:10:34" theguardian.com Exeter complete double over Leicester to climb within one point of the top Exeter inflicted the biggest home league defeat of the season on Leicester with 34-15 win to cement second place in the Premiership while Northampton beat Sale 32-12 Leicester Tigers 15-34 Exeter Chiefs Official
"03.03.2017 22:10:24" theguardian.com Andy Murray through to Dubai Duty Free final after beating Lucas Pouille World No1 Andy Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after a 7-5, 6-1 win over Lucas Pouille Andy Murray stayed on course for his first title of 2017 with a straight-sets victory over Lucas Pouille at the Dubai Duty Free Championships and he will face Fernando Verdasco in the final
"03.03.2017 18:46:21" theguardian.com European Indoor Athletics: Laura Muir set for 1500m and 3,000m titles Laura Muir qualified for the 1500m and 3,000m finals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in the Kombank Arena Laura Muir finished a hard day's toil, in which she qualified for Saturday's 1500m and Sunday's 3,000m finals at these European Indoor Athletics Championships within the space of five hours – and then revealed she had gone for a cheeky jog back to the
"03.03.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Haye v Bellew, Liverpool's losses and Luis Enrique Which boxer went out with a win? Who can't add? And which David hit a treble? Which heavyweight boxer retired with a win? Who can't do the maths? And which David hit a hat-trick in the Premier League?
"03.03.2017 16:02:48" theguardian.com David Haye and Tony Bellew ready for war after ugly war of words Having engaged in tedious and unpleasant trash-talking, the two fighters must now deliver with their fists at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night On Saturday night, two brave men will give their all and, afterwards, almost certainly will say a lot that is unrecognisable from the vitriol they have traded recently. Expect David Haye to give the victory speech and Tony Bellew to speak in defeat but,
"03.03.2017 13:51:53" theguardian.com Alex Goode on England and the pain of being dropped: 'It's incredibly tough' Alex Goode knows if he plays unbelievably well there is still a chance of a recall from Eddie Jones, he tells Robert Kitson How does it feel to be dropped from the England Rugby team? “You're angry, you're pissed off, the last thing you want to be doing is sitting in the M25 traffic going home. You get home, you're sore and knackered and just in a bad place. You have a very
"03.03.2017 12:58:41" theguardian.com Seven-year-old tenpin bowler stripped of title for wearing jeans Grayson Powell, seven, was disqualified for wearing wrong colour jeans in Newfoundland tournament – but the governing body insists rules are rules The seven-year-old bowled the game of his life but was disqualified for wearing the wrong trousers
"03.03.2017 11:08:26" Guardian football Former Southampton FC and England football team footballer Matt Le Tissier talks to Max Whittle about the highlights from his career and takes us on a tour of his memorabilia. Leave your questions and comments below. Former Southampton FC and England football team footballer Matt Le Tissier talks to Max Whittle about the highlights from his career and takes us on a tour of his memorabilia. Leave your questions and comments below.
"03.03.2017 10:24:14" theguardian.com Why would anyone drop the All Blacks to play for Ulster? Charles Piutau explains Charles Piutau missed out on winning the Rugby World Cup when he signed for Ulster but his move wasn't about his success – it was about his family's welfare Charles Piutau missed out on winning the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks when he signed for Ulster Rugby Official but his move wasn't about his success – it was about his family's welfare
"03.03.2017 08:28:07" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg praises F1 cars as monstrous but looks can be deceiving | Giles Richards The new season's cars have not proved as easy to drive as they look, the verdict is still out on the shark fins while Christian Horner says the move to social media is an instant success Nico Rosberg was full in his praise for the new machinery for 2017 and the test it presents, describing the cars as 'monstrous' and the drivers as 'gladiators'
"02.03.2017 17:47:01" theguardian.com Hillsborough families to crowdfund to pay police chief's costs Five ordered to pay £28,000 court fees incurred by former South Yorkshire police boss David Crompton A crowdfunding appeal has been set up for five people whose relatives died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton
"02.03.2017 16:25:45" theguardian.com David Haye warns Tony Bellew to 'enjoy last days' before heavyweight bout David Haye has already been criticised for the severity of his threats ahead of his match-up with Tony Bellew on Saturday and he is still crossing the line David Haye has told Tony Bellew to “enjoy his last couple of days” before Saturday's fight between the pair
"02.03.2017 14:24:45" theguardian.com How Derry Mathews started a disabled boxing class after taking stick on Twitter Derry Mathews – who is fighting on the Haye-Bellew undercard on Saturday – hopes to take his classes for young people with disabilities around the world “People come with all sorts of disabilities. I have an amputee with one arm. He couldn't do a press-up and now he beats everyone in the gym. They're just winners" – Derry Mathews
"02.03.2017 12:27:20" theguardian.com Expansion appears one way forward but Six Nations happy with status quo Super Rugby and Pro 12 are flirting with the idea of increasing the number of teams in their competitions but there is no pressure on the Six Nations to entertain change Super Rugby and PRO12 Rugby are flirting with the idea of adding more teams to their competitions but there is no pressure on the Six Nations to change
"02.03.2017 10:55:53" theguardian.com Swedish women's team replace shirt names with messages of empowerment The Swedish national team have dropped the names on the back of their football shirts in favour of messages that 'inspire women to show that everything is possible' Sweden's women's team have dropped the names on the back of their football shirts in favour of messages that “inspire and motivate women to show that everything is possible”
"02.03.2017 00:03:44" theguardian.com England's Ben Stokes has few fears before Carlos Brathwaite reunion Ben Stokes says his mauling by Carlos Brathwaite that ended in England's defeat by West Indies in the World Twenty20 final is now firmly behind him “He's still as big as he was back then. We saw each other last night. I wouldn't say I shook his hand – with the way they shake hands out here there's about five different ways of doing it … but we caught up.”
"01.03.2017 23:18:00" theguardian.com Borthwick insists England will be better for facing Italy's ruckless tactic England kept their Grand Slam defence intact and Steve Borthwick insists they will be better for facing Italy's ruckless tactics "I don't actually possess a law book but maybe I should get one. I looked in my hotel room and there's a Bible next to the bed. I should probably replace that."
"01.03.2017 20:52:19" theguardian.com Radical rule change plan includes no sanction for moving ball accidentally Proposals announced to speed up game and make rules more straightforward, including eliminating numerous penalties and banning caddies from lining up players “Our aim is to make the rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward.”
"01.03.2017 18:48:25" theguardian.com Ukad chief's scathing attack on British Cycling and Team Sky medical records British Cycling and Team Sky have no records at all to prove what was in a medical package carried to France for Sir Bradley Wiggins at the end of the Critérium du Dauphiné race in 2011, the head of the UK's anti-doping agency has told a committee of MPs British Cycling and Team Sky have no records at all to prove what was in a medical package carried to France for Bradley Wiggins at the end of the Critérium du Dauphiné race in 2011, the head of the UK's anti-doping agency has told a committee of MPs
"01.03.2017 18:17:59" theguardian.com West Indies cricket aims to be more inclusive as hopes grow for new dawn England's opponents in the ODI series that starts on Friday are looking for a new start after years of strife that have left them ranked ninth over 50 overs and tarnished T20 glory England's opponents in the ODI series that starts on Friday are looking for a new start after years of strife
"01.03.2017 16:17:44" None of the basketball players could reach the ball – so a young boy came to the rescue
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"01.03.2017 15:30:01" theguardian.com David Haye fit to fight Tony Bellew after achilles fear, insists Eddie Hearn Eddie Hearn has insisted David Haye remains fit to fight Tony Bellew on Saturday despite reports suggesting an achilles injury could lead to his withdrawal "I'd heard about an achilles [problem] a few weeks back but he was playing football on Soccer AM at the weekend. If you're that worried about an achilles injury you're not playing football, are you?"
"01.03.2017 14:29:29" theguardian.com Jamie Peacock interview: on England, Hull KR and Rocky III Jamie Peacock won everything as a player – including nine Super League titles – and now he is trying to give Hull KR and England the winning edge Jamie Peacock on England's hopes at this year's World Cup, his job at Hull Kingston Rovers and what we can learn from Rocky
"01.03.2017 11:44:36" theguardian.com Running in circles: my track marathon Everyone wants a nice, flat marathon course for a crack at their PB. But 105 laps of the track are not for the faint hearted, as Stuart Goodwin discovered I ran 105 laps of the track and scythed 23 minutes off my personal best – but I'm not sure I'll run another track marathon
"01.03.2017 10:34:33" theguardian.com Bernard Tomic quits mid-match due to 'unbearable' 27C heat Bernard Tomic's commitment to tennis is expected to come under the microscope again after the Australian pulled out of his first round match in Acapulco citing 'unbearable heat' Bernard Tomic pulled out of his first round match at the Mexico Open due to "unbearable heat"'
"28.02.2017 23:27:00" theguardian.com David Haye hoping his latest retirement schedule rethink can be his last David Haye planned to become world heavyweight champion and retire at 31. Now 36 and preparing to fight Tony Bellew in London, he says he wants to be out of boxing in two years "I believe I can achieve what I need to achieve before my 38th birthday but I don't want to put a timer on it, a date on it."
"28.02.2017 22:48:26" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy: I talked golf not politics during round with Donald Trump The world No 3 has said was shocked by the criticism he received after playing the US president at golf "I felt I was in a position where I couldn't really do anything but say 'yes'. Respect the office even if you don't respect the guy that's in it, go play and go from there. I actually enjoyed myself, I had a good time."
"28.02.2017 19:36:49" theguardian.com Jess Varnish questions British Cycling's reform promises amid report secrecy Jess Varnish is increasingly questioning whether British Cycling is serious about reform after it gagged her from speaking about the details of its internal report into her allegations of sexism and bullying “I'm not seeing full and frank disclosure. I am not seeing all of the information. We either haven't seen the full report – or we have seen the full report and it was a very shoddy piece of work.”
"28.02.2017 18:00:04" theguardian.com NFL players claim London nightclub denied them entry for being 'too urban' NFL player Mark Ingram claims he and three of his New Orleans Saints team-mates were denied entry to a London nightclub on Monday evening for being 'too urban' NFL player Mark Ingram claims he and three of his New Orleans Saints team-mates were denied entry to a nightclub in London on Monday night for being "too urban"
"28.02.2017 17:09:59" theguardian.com Minnesota Vikings' new glass-plated stadium is a 'death trap' for birds US Bank Stadium study shows birds are flying into its clear glass and conservation groups want authorities to take steps to prevent collisions The US Bank Stadium , which opened last year and cost more than $1bn of mostly taxpayer money, is beautiful, large, glassy – and deadly to birds
"28.02.2017 14:27:13" theguardian.com Former Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut sells Olympic medals 'The Sparrow from Minsk', now a US citizen, who dazzled audiences at Munich in 1972 reported to be 'almost destitute' Olga Korbut, the gymnast who dazzled the world at the 1972 Munich games, has sold her Olympic medals after falling into financial difficulty
"28.02.2017 12:46:01" theguardian.com Ian Botham's simple solutions may not save Durham but star quality might The former England captain joined Durham before their inaugural County Championship season in 1992 but will need to work his magic again if the heavily penalised county are to prosper in the season ahead Durham are a good club who have been badly managed and harshly punished. They have a fine academy and loyal fans. They need to pull together now and Ian Botham is a good man to rally around.
"28.02.2017 10:25:39" theguardian.com South Korea closes biggest dog meat market in run-up to Olympics Animals at Moran market in Seongnam were kept in inhumane conditions and killed using electrocution, hanging and beating South Korea's biggest dog meat market – where animals were electrocuted, hanged and beaten – has been closed as the country prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics
"27.02.2017 23:31:53" theguardian.com Double honours for Daniel Taylor as the Guardian wins four SJA awards Daniel Taylor was named Football Writer of the Year and won Scoop of the Year for the football abuse scandal, while Sean Ingle won Specialist Correspondent and Guardian Sport was named Website of the Year Daniel Taylor picked up two major prizes at Monday night's prestigious Sports Journalists Association awards for his reporting of the football abuse scandal, while Guardian Sport won website of the year
"27.02.2017 22:13:37" theguardian.com World Rugby backs referee Poite over England v Italy ruck debate World Rugby has given its backing to the referee Romain Poite after Eddie Jones criticised the Frenchman for his performance during England's victory over Italy on Sunday World Rugby has given its backing to the referee Romain Poite after Eddie Jones criticised the Frenchman for his performance during England Rugby's Six Nations victory against Italy on Sunday
"27.02.2017 20:32:05" theguardian.com David Haye, seemingly rattled, reacts to taunts from Tony Bellew supporters David Haye and Tony Bellew had to be separated during a Liverpool press conference, with Bellew telling his rival: 'The big fat scouser will come through you like a steam train' David Haye and Tony Bellew had to be separated during a feisty press conference
"27.02.2017 19:58:52" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton fastest on first day of testing as Mercedes deliver on speed Hamilton went a second quicker than 2016's fastest time in Barcelona but Red Bull's Adrian Newey was still confident of challenging Mercedes There is plenty of time yet but as Red Bull's chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, pointed out at the Circuit de Catalunya, looking for mere speed is not enough – it is the competition that counts
"27.02.2017 19:51:07" theguardian.com Muslim MMA star's father and mentor denied visa for US ahead of UFC 209 The father of one of MMA's most talented fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been denied a visa to the US ahead of this weekend's UFC 209 in Las Vegas. The father of one of MMA's most talented fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been denied a visa to the US ahead of this weekend's UFC 209 in Las Vegas
"27.02.2017 18:27:47" theguardian.com England's rugby team aren't the first to be confused by the rules of their own game The defending champions were baffled by Italy's entirely legal tactics at Twickenham. They aren't the only elite athletes to need to check the rulebook It was extraordinary to hear several experienced England Rugby players asking the referee to explain the laws of the sport they play for a living during an actual game – but it wasn't a first
"27.02.2017 17:38:51" theguardian.com Keegan Hirst: I envied the lads brave enough to come out at school The 29-year-old is close to a Wakefield Trinity debut – to become the first gay English rugby player to reach the heights of Super League – but tells Donald McRae he 'went through bad phases' to get there When Keegan Hirst makes his debut for Wakefield Trinity he will become the first gay English rugby player to reach the heights of Super League. He "went through bad phases" to get there
"27.02.2017 16:41:50" theguardian.com World Rugby backs referee Poite in England v Italy ruck debate World Rugby has given its backing to the referee Romain Poite after Eddie Jones criticised the Frenchman for his performance during England's victory over Italy on Sunday World Rugby has backed the referee Romain Poite after Eddie Jones criticised the Frenchman for his performance during England's match with Italy on Sunday
"27.02.2017 14:10:02" theguardian.com The sport of skeleton celebrates helmet art: bears, eagles and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – in pictures Skeleton riders reach speeds of over 80mph while showing off some rather fetching artwork on their crash helmets. Here are some of our favourites
"27.02.2017 13:10:16" theguardian.com David Haye knows how to sell but must be reminded you do not play boxing The heavyweight will quietly hope that pushing the promotion of bout against Tony Bellew beyond acceptable limits does not backfire on him and the sport Has David Haye gone too far?
"27.02.2017 11:12:32" theguardian.com Six Nations: talking points from the weekend's action Italy proved a bigger point beyond their spoiling tactics, Finn Russell leads a long list of potential Scottish Lions and will Ireland pay the price for a lack of pace out wide? It was a dramatic, controversial weekend in the Six Nations. Here is our big review of the action
"27.02.2017 10:33:35" theguardian.com Russian team scores 11 own goals so they face easier opponent in next round Rivals also score nine own goals during bandy match after its players 'decided to have a bit of fun' – now both teams face disciplinary actions The game finished 11-9, after the two teams scored 20 own goals
"27.02.2017 09:09:25" theguardian.com Olympic bidders face harsh reality of costs heavily outweighing benefits The IOC may find fewer cities eager to host the Games with experts agreeing that staging the event is economically damaging despite a larger revenue cake It does not help a city's chances of making a profit when the IOC pockets more than 70% of Olympic TV revenue compared with less than 4% between 1960 and 1980. Or that even making a bid costs millions. Chicago, for instance, ploughed more than $70m into
"27.02.2017 01:21:14" theguardian.com England suggest Italy's no-ruck innovation could kill rugby union George Ford has called on World Rugby to change its laws before England face Scotland after their 36-15 bonus-point victory against Italy, which Eddie Jones described as 'a joke' George Ford has called on World Rugby to change its laws before England Rugby face Scottish Rugby after their 36-15 bonus-point victory against Italy, which was described as “a joke” by Eddie Jones
"27.02.2017 01:15:16" theguardian.com Conor Murray promises 'a lot more to come' from Ireland in Wales clash Conor Murray said, 'It will be a massive game in Cardiff' after Ireland's 19-9 win over France kept their title hopes alive while Guy Novès said his team stagnated Conor Murray: “We beat a good French team, but there were parts of our game we were not happy with, such as holding on to the ball in their 22. What matters is that we are still in the hunt for the title and it will be a massive game in Cardiff. There is
"26.02.2017 23:01:37" theguardian.com Alberto Salazar and Mo Farah still have many questions to answer Allegations about the American coach are not going away, which means both he and Farah must engage more fully with those who are challenging them Allegations about Alberto Salazar are not going away, which means both he and Mo Farah must engage more fully with those who are challenging them
"26.02.2017 19:13:05" theguardian.com Five talking points: England caught cold by Italian rules of engagement Italy's novel approach to the breakdown threw Eddie Jones' England off their stride in the Six Nations match at Twickenham and yet again it was left to his finishers to extend the winning run England Rugby caught cold by Italian rules of engagement – Five talking points from a hard-fought Twickenham victory
"26.02.2017 18:15:46" theguardian.com Amir Khan rebuffs Eddie Hearn after announcing fight with Manny Pacquiao | Kevin Mitchell Amir Khan landed a farewell blow on promoter Eddie Hearn after agreeing terms with former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao for 23 April showdown In what looks like a coordinated social media announcement designed to bypass their advisers, Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao are telling the boxing world they are happy to fight each other on 23 April, five years after their last sparring sessions in the
"26.02.2017 17:48:26" theguardian.com Jack Nowell propels England past spirited Italy after first-half scare Jack Nowell scored two tries as England came back from 10-5 down at half-time against Italy to win 36-15 at Twickenham England Rugby 36-15 Italy – Six Nations Championship report
"26.02.2017 17:44:07" theguardian.com George Baker in intensive care following fall at St Moritz track Course officials at St Moritz find 'crack in ice' after George Baker's injury. Barry Geraghty, meanwhile, was said to be 'very optimistic' of riding at Cheltenham George Baker, who won last year's St Leger on Harbour Law, was airlifted to a trauma unit in Chur in Switzerland on Sunday morning after suffering a head injury in a fall at St Moritz's White Turf event, which is staged on a snow-covered frozen lake.
"26.02.2017 16:12:38" theguardian.com My-King Johnson is first openly gay scholarship player in major college football University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history “I do feel like when I say that [I'm gay], it can put a target on my back. But whatever”
"26.02.2017 12:57:05" theguardian.com Alberto Salazar link with Mo Farah raised again by leaked US report Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar is facing more questions about whether he circumvented anti-doping rules following fresh allegations that he abused prescription medicines at the Nike Oregon Project "It's deeply frustrating that I'm having to make an announcement on this subject. I am a clean athlete who has never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages and it is upsetting that some parts of the media, despite the clear facts,
"26.02.2017 12:46:00" theguardian.com Owen Farrell will beat Jonny Wilkinson's England win-record, says Eddie Jones Eddie Jones, the England coach, has backed the fast-developing Owen Farrell to surpass records of Jonny Wilkinson during the next stage of his international career "When you are young, you are hot under the collar and do not have patience. He has learned patience with age. You could tell when he was young that he would always be a player driven to be the best; if you have that amount of desire and a reasonable
"26.02.2017 10:42:42" theguardian.com England's Ben Stokes takes guard in hostile West Indies territory | Vic Marks Ben Stokes was smashed to all parts by Carlos Brathwaite in the World Twenty20 final and the Caribbean fans are unlikely to let him forget it in a hurry "Stokes, bolstered by his new IPL status, is bound to be a centre of attention especially when he is running up to bowl at Brathwaite (that's Carlos, the hitter, rather than Kraigg, the grinder)."
"26.02.2017 09:56:34" theguardian.com Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao agree to 'super fight' in April Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain's Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan in April Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan agree terms for 'super fight' on 23 April
"26.02.2017 00:18:19" theguardian.com Australia end wait for win in India as Steve Smith backs his words with action | Adam Collins The Australia captain and his coach Darren Lehmann have talked of the need for resilience and adaptation after recent disasters, and those qualities were at the fore to end a ten-year wait for a Test win in India Steve Smith has often talked about resilience in the wake of disastrous defeats, but he was the definition of the word in leading Cricket Australia to a shock win in India
"25.02.2017 22:24:00" theguardian.com Owen Farrell will beat Jonny Wilkinson's England win-record, says Eddie Jones Eddie Jones, the England coach, has backed the fast-developing Owen Farrell to surpass records of Jonny Wilkinson during the next stage of his international career 'A player who in his early years appeared wooden and drew comparisons with Jonny Wilkinson for his attention to detail, meticulous preparation and comfort in structure has bloomed under Eddie Jones into a match-winner with the ball in his hand as well as
"25.02.2017 22:11:06" theguardian.com David Haye insists he must beat Tony Bellew if he is to continue boxing Former WBA champion David Haye said there can be only one result in his comeback fight at the O2 Arena and predicted: 'I can guarantee you Bellew is going to be retiring this year' "If I was to somehow miraculously lose this fight, then my ambitions for becoming a world champion will be 100% gone. It's literally a no-lose fight. I cannot under any circumstances lose this fight in any way, shape, or form.”
"25.02.2017 20:47:51" Video preview: England Rugby take on Italy in Six Nations Championship
"25.02.2017 20:38:39" theguardian.com 'We can beat anyone,' says John Barclay as Scotland eye England scalp Scotland have their sights set on upsetting England in the Calcutta Cup after their impressive victory over Wales “We have beaten Ireland, who are a very good team, and we have beaten Wales, who are a very good team. We believe we can beat anyone.”
"25.02.2017 20:05:01" theguardian.com Johnny Sexton kicks Ireland to top of Six Nations with victory over France Ireland moved to the top of the Six Nations table with a comfortable 19-9 win against France at the Aviva Stadium Ireland national rugby union team 19-9 Rugby France
"25.02.2017 18:07:35" theguardian.com Toronto Wolfpack take leap into the muddy unknown in rural Yorkshire Rugby league's first-ever transatlantic team made a bizarre, dirty but ultimately successful competitive debut against amateurs Siddal in the Challenge Cup, writes Aaron Bower Toronto Wolfpack, rugby league's first transatlantic team, made a bizarre, dirty but successful debut against amateurs Siddal in the Challenge Cup
"25.02.2017 17:24:09" theguardian.com England beat Italy in Women's Six Nations after Vicky Fleetwood hat-trick England scored five tries to beat Italy 29-15 in the Women's Six Nations despite replacement Katy Mclean being sent off for a dangerous tackle England 29-15 Italy
"25.02.2017 16:42:38" theguardian.com Tim Visser's heroics help Scotland end Six Nations losing streak against Wales Scotland overcame injuries to key players to fight back and end a run of nine consecutive defeats against Wales Scotland 29-13 Wales
"25.02.2017 15:45:02" This Girl Can campaign launches new ad Sport England release a new ad for the This Girl Can campaign, which encourages women to challenge cultural assumptions about femininity that prevent them engaging in sport and exercise
"25.02.2017 14:46:14" theguardian.com Russell Westbrook's 28th triple-double of the season helps Thunder top Lakers Westbrook scores 17 points for the 65th triple-double of his as career as Oklahoma City beat LA 110-93 Russell Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Lakers 110-93
"25.02.2017 13:52:23" theguardian.com Rugby union players Ali Williams and James O'Connor arrested in Paris Former All Black lock Ali Williams and former Australia back James O'Connor have been arrested after allegedly trying to buy cocaine near a nightclub The former All Black lock Ali Williams and former Australia back James O'Connor have been arrested in Paris after allegedly trying to buy cocaine near a nightclub
"25.02.2017 13:02:22" theguardian.com What makes a player with no Tests or ODIs worth £1.4m in IPL? A life-changing back injury, an in-demand angle of delivery and an impressive contacts book have paved the way to astonishing riches for the Englishman Tymal Mills A life-changing back injury, an in-demand angle of delivery and an impressive contacts book have paved the way to riches for bright England Cricket talent Tymal Mills
"25.02.2017 12:23:03" theguardian.com Super Rugby: Waratahs shade it over Force, as Brumbies lose to Crusaders Waratahs beat Western Force 19-13, while Crusaders beat Brumbies 17-13 Former NRL back Reece Robinson produced a near-perfect kicking display as the Waratahs slogged their way to a 19-13 Super Rugby opening-round win over Western Force
"25.02.2017 11:45:57" theguardian.com England's 'finishers' continue evolution of 23-a-side game against Italy England have taken the novel approach of announcing their matchday squad to face Italy with 'finishers' rather than replacements on the bench at Twickenham England Rugby have taken the novel approach of announcing their matchday squad to face Italy and referring to their replacements' bench as the 'Finishers'
"25.02.2017 10:32:04" theguardian.com Simone Biles: 'My guiltiest pleasure? A pizza and ice-cream party' The gymnast on the bee that surprised her, why she hates talking about her weight but quite likes the idea of being a witch Simone Biles Q&A:
What would your super power be? 'To be a witch. A good witch, of course. It would be cool to control things with my mind'
"25.02.2017 09:51:52" theguardian.com Steve O'Keefe takes 12 wickets as Australia thrash India inside three days Australia beat India by 333 runs in a Test lasted less than three days What a result for the Australian Cricket Team against India
"25.02.2017 08:49:00" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for Lingfield, Kempton and Newcastle Barry Geraghty will ride for Fergal O'Brien for the first time at Kempton and can return Viva Steve to the winners' enclosure in the Betbright Chase Our pick of the best bets for Saturday's racing action
"25.02.2017 06:38:59" www.theguardian.com 'World's worst skier': how it went downhill for Adrian Solano, Venezuela's Eddie the Eagle The novice had only trained on wheels before arriving in Finland to compete in the Nordic world ski championships How it went downhill for Adrian Solano, Venezuela's Eddie the Eagle
"24.02.2017 23:25:55" theguardian.com Gavin McDonnell eager to emulate world champion sibling at 'the very top' | Kevin Mitchell Hull's Ice Arena will erupt on Saturday if the McDonnell family can add another title belt to their haul, but Rey Vargas looks a formidable opponent The McDonnell family could have two world boxing champions by Sunday morning with Gavin McDonnell aiming to match twin brother Jamie with victory over Rey Vargas
"24.02.2017 22:07:47" theguardian.com Alastair Cook's England visit before Italy game begs cricket score gags England training for the Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham has been about staying ruthless or, as Eddie Jones says: 'We want to play with real pressure and intent' Alastair Cook was the latest high-profile visitor to England Rugby's training camp after Antonio Conte and Alan Pardew watched on earlier in the week
"24.02.2017 19:48:29" theguardian.com Mercedes' latest era of F1 domination shows no sign of crumbling | Richard Williams F1 is waiting anxiously to see if new regulations can end what feels like a period of stagnation. Most of all, the sport would like to see Mercedes face stiffer competition F1 returns with new owners and a new outlook, but the dominance of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is likely to continue
"24.02.2017 18:08:07" theguardian.com Top US golfers say they'd jump at the chance to play with Trump An informal survey by the New York Times shows 89% of golfers would accept an invitation from the president 89% of PGA Tour golfers would accept invitation to play a round with Donald J. Trump
"24.02.2017 15:31:33" theguardian.com Italy's Conor O'Shea: 'We're going into our Colosseum this weekend' Two heavy Six Nations defeats have given the Italy coach a taste of the pitfalls of the job, but also extra motivation for the daunting prospect of England at Twickenham on Sunday “We know we're the underdog, we know the system has to change, we know we need to invest but we also know there's a massive history. We don't have the money of other countries but we have to make sure we nourish what is there. I want to come back on
"24.02.2017 12:54:53" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Rory McIlroy on Trump, Tiger and the Masters The four-times major winner tells Ewan Murray of the sympathy he feels for Tiger Woods and his own preparations for the Masters in April after recovering from a rib injury "Something like this probably won't happen again in our lifetime. I'm very attuned to it, I watch a lot of news. You can't avoid it. I had no interest in politics until a couple of years ago; now I can't seem to get away from it. The whole circus, this
"24.02.2017 09:59:30" theguardian.com Jess Cameron: the Ashes winner who became an Aussie Rules footballer Not many Australian cricketers have won an Ashes series in England and a World Twenty20. Cameron has done both – and she is now testing herself in the AFLW Not many Australian cricketers have won an Ashes series in England and a World Twenty20. Jess Cameron has done both – and she is now testing herself in the AFL Women's league
"23.02.2017 18:59:47" theguardian.com Six Nations: Scotland's John Barclay banks on his local knowledge of Wales Scotland's new captain, John Barclay, will have spent less time with the side's analysts this week as he prepares to become the eighth player to lead his country against Wales while playing for a Welsh club John Barclay, a flanker with the Scarlets and a colleague of the Wales forwards Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Jake Ball, takes over as Scotland's captain from Greig Laidlaw for this weekend's match at Murrayfield.
"23.02.2017 18:12:18" theguardian.com Johnny Sexton to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash with France The fly-half has not featured for Ireland since the autumn defeat against New Zealand in Dublin Johnny Sexton is expected to start for Ireland against France on Saturday
"23.02.2017 17:24:58" theguardian.com 2017 F1 cars are launched — in pictures The F1 cars for the 2017 season
"23.02.2017 15:00:15" theguardian.com Manny Pacquiao confirms talks with Amir Khan Two days after Bob Arum had dismissed out of hand the idea of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, the Filipino great has revealed he is in talks with the Briton Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao are in talks over a potential fight this summer
"23.02.2017 14:01:26" theguardian.com Lutalo Muhammad: 'Missing out on gold hurt me to my core. I'll never get over it' British Olympic taekwondo finalist went from gold to silver in a second in Rio but despite the searing pain he says he does have some fun flashbacks, he tells Sean Ingle What would Lutalo Muhammad do differently if he could go back in time to the last second of the Olympic taekwondo final in Rio? “Duck,” he says. Instead he kept his head high and suffered the ultimate sporting sliding-doors moment as his opponent, Cheick
"23.02.2017 12:38:51" theguardian.com How Australia and India produced the second tied Test in cricket history Australia are currently in India for a four-Test series, but it is hard to imagine any of their matches being as dramatic as their meeting in Madras in 1986 Australia and India both finished on 744 runs after four exhausting days, making this the second tied Test in cricket history – and it remains the most recent
"23.02.2017 11:15:59" theguardian.com Six Nations: England omit Jonathan Joseph from squad to face Italy Jonathan Joseph is a surprise omission from England's squad to face Italy on Sunday with Elliot Daly likely to return to his preferred No13 jersey following his match-winning try against Wales Jonathan Joseph has been left out of the England Rugby squad to face Italy on Sunday
"23.02.2017 10:05:17" theguardian.com Golf struggles to find an appropriate relationship with betting As growth of markets and tipster columns focus attention on the sport, it seems at pains to keep the gambling world at arm's length for fear of being compromised Golf is fumbling around for the appropriate way to develop a relationship with a market that could undermine sporting integrity
"23.02.2017 00:50:15" theguardian.com Nascar's Danica Patrick: I've probably had 12 concussions in my career Popular driver says risk of head injury 'makes you think' and estimates she's sustained at least a dozen concussions over her career Nascar's Danica Patrick: “If there was someone that told me, or I hope any other driver … if you have another wreck, you could have a serious problem, then they would [choose to] be out. I would be out because I love what I do, but I love lots of other
"22.02.2017 22:47:45" theguardian.com David Haye and Tony Bellew sell tickets but promoter Hearn calls for calm David Haye has questioned his rival Tony Bellew's mental state as the ill-feeling continued before their 4 March bout at London's 02 Arena Tony Bellew has already said he will take a swipe at David Haye if he comes within distance of the south Londoner during Monday's pre-fight press conference
"22.02.2017 20:45:11" theguardian.com Paris and Los Angeles tussle for 2024 Olympics after Budapest's withdrawal Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been withdrawn according to a government spokesman. "There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough"
"22.02.2017 20:06:38" theguardian.com Pie-gate leaves nasty smell – and it's football's links with betting industry | Paul MacInnes This season 11 of Premier League's 20 teams have shirts sponsored by betting companies – is it healthy the gambling industry is so deeply embedded in our national sport? One of the things Pie-gate makes you wonder is just when betting companies decided they were funny. The answer is probably something to do with Paddy Power, which in 2002 claimed the keenly disputed title of “most complained-about advert of the year” by
"22.02.2017 16:51:35" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton calls on F1's new owners to modernise 'outdated' sport Lewis Hamilton has accused Formula One of being “outdated” and has called on its new owners to reinvigorate the sport. "I don't feel F1 is winning, it hasn't been for a long time. That is to do with rule changes and not engaging the fans enough. There still is a great following in Formula One and I am excited for the new owners coming in. I hope they do something new" –
"22.02.2017 16:13:43" theguardian.com Adam Lallana will sign new long-term contract with Liverpool The 28-year-old has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's plans at Anfield and the club have been in discussions over a contract extension with his representatives over recent months Adam Lallana is expected to sign a new £150,000-a-week four-year contract with Liverpool FC in the next 24 hours
"22.02.2017 13:14:34" theguardian.com Blackburn Rovers appoint Tony Mowbray as new head coach Blackburn Rovers have appointed Tony Mowbray as the club's new head coach, after Owen Coyle was sacked on Tuesday Blackburn Rovers have brought in Tony Mowbray to replace Owen Coyle
"22.02.2017 12:03:36" theguardian.com If Rory McIlroy must play golf with Trump we need some juicier details Rory McIlroy has faced predictable criticism for playing a round with the US president, but he can take the sting out of the controversy by telling us whether Trump cemented his reputation as a cheat on the course Rory McIlroy has faced predictable criticism for playing a round of golf with Donald J. Trump, but he can take the sting out of the controversy by telling us whether the President cemented his reputation as a cheat on the course
"22.02.2017 10:48:30" theguardian.com Saving the LA Lakers could be Magic Johnson's greatest trick of all Les Carpenter: Magic Johnson has always been one of the NBA's most transformative figures, but he'll can become the league's ultimate renaissance man if he fixes the Lakers Magic Johnson has always been one of the NBA's most transformative figures, but he'll can become the league's ultimate renaissance man if he fixes the LA Lakers
"22.02.2017 08:26:25" theguardian.com Eddie Jones and England hope 'finishers' repeat history against Italy | Robert Kitson For England this year's Six Nations schedule has distinct similarities to 2003 and some successful tinkering against the visitors Italy would intensify them England Rugby will be hoping Six Nations history is about to repeat itself
"21.02.2017 22:29:13" theguardian.com England's Joe Marler: stepping away from Tests in 2016 helped me on field England's Joe Marler said his self‑imposed Test exile last year has improved his life on and off the field as he prepares to face an Italy team coached by Conor O'Shea “It helped stepping away from rugby a little bit. Making more effort with my family and realising that is my number one priority and the thing I enjoy most has also helped me on the field. The boys were very understanding but I think they were a bit
"21.02.2017 21:57:04" theguardian.com Australia must follow Steve Smith's example to stand a chance in India | Russell Jackson Australia's Test tour promises little in the way of genuinely competitive cricket, as a rock-solid home batting line-up meets a fledgling one When even Ricky Ponting is crossing his fingers and hoping for nothing more impressive than a respectable Cricket Australia loss to the Indian Cricket Team, the world really has been tipped on its head
"21.02.2017 20:59:48" theguardian.com Roger Federer extends playing career to 2019 with Swiss indoor deal Roger Federer has committed to playing in his home-town tournament in Basle until 2019, dispelling any speculation over possible retirement Roger Federer will continue playing tennis for three more years at least
"21.02.2017 20:19:46" theguardian.com Lakers place Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in major shake-up Mitch Kupchak is out as Lakers' general manager as Magic Johnson is promoted to president of basketball operations The LA Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office
"21.02.2017 18:05:41" theguardian.com When publicity stunts in sport don't go as planned Wayne Shaw has left Sutton United amid investigations into his pie-eating antics during the FA Cup game against Arsenal but he is not the first person in sport to have a publicity stunt backfire Wayne Shaw said his pie-eating antics were just "a bit of fun and me being hungry" but he has resigned from the club
"21.02.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com Candace Wiggins: I was bullied for being straight in '98% gay' WNBA Former standout guard describes 'very, very harmful' culture of women's league, saying she was targeted for harassment for being heterosexual Former professional basketball player Candace Wiggins says she was harassed during her career because she was straight
"21.02.2017 15:56:08" theguardian.com Alexei Smertin named as Russia's anti-racism inspector before 2018 World Cup Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin has been put in charge of investigating football racism in Russia Alexei Smertin – who said "there's no racism in Russia" in 2015 – has been put in charge of investigating football racism in Russia
"21.02.2017 12:38:48" theguardian.com Nattu's deal the latest product of IPL's dream factory A bowler who honed his craft with a tennis ball and has played only four T20 games for his state side offers the latest example of the IPL's capacity for fairytales The village of Chinnappampatti is so small that is does not even seem to show up on most maps. It has five bus stops, three temples, two schools, and, as of this week, one hero. His name is Thangarasu Natarajan, though most who know him call him "Nattu",
"21.02.2017 11:02:20" theguardian.com Earthquake simulators helping English rugby unlock future talent Potential England players of the future have embarked on an RFU programme that uses some unusual methods to foster decision-making and resilience Exposing academy kids to a simulated earthquake might not sound the obvious way to unlock world-class rugby talent, but English coaches are beginning to think a little bit differently
"21.02.2017 09:11:43" McLaren trailer: new film tells the story of a motor racing icon Watch the trailer for McLaren, a new film telling the story of motor racing icon Bruce McLaren
"21.02.2017 08:27:07" theguardian.com Sports are cut adrift in the drive for British Olympic medals With UK Sport coming under increasing financial pressure, sports failing its podium test are being made to pay a heavier price While the headlines were about the defenestration of more sports, there was also a sense at UK Sport HQ on Monday that a chilly wind was blowing in its direction too owing to a combination of greater inflation, a weaker pound, and the growing cost of
"21.02.2017 00:05:16" theguardian.com Tony Bellew hates training but banks on it reaping rewards against David Haye Tony Bellew is suffering for his art – or so he wants David Haye to believe as their London heavyweight showdown on 4 March approaches "I hate camp. But it's going to pay off when I hit him [David Haye] in that ridiculous haircut" – Tony Bellew
"20.02.2017 22:11:33" theguardian.com Fit-again Taulupe Faletau gives Wales 'nice Murrayfield selection headache' Taulupe Faletau has recovered from a knee injury to leave Wales with a back-row dilemma for the Six Nations match against Scotland Taulupe Faletau will this week face his first nervous buildup to a Wales team selection since making his international debut in 2011
"20.02.2017 19:00:02" theguardian.com With the IPL's millions, this is surely the best time to be a top-level cricketer|Vic Marks After Tymal Mills went for £1.4m in the latest IPL auction, what price would Ian Botham or Denis Compton in their pomp have reached? No matter that the IPL - Indian Premier League is broadcast on a subscription channel out there, Ben Stokes is going to be on every billboard as the competition's highest-paid overseas cricketer
"20.02.2017 18:12:33" theguardian.com Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach Scott Quigg, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher's care and will now base himself at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in Los Angeles "I need a fresh challenge to help me grow. Over the last few weeks I've been in America training and I'm delighted to announce I will be basing myself in Los Angeles at the Wild Card gym" – Scott Quigg
"20.02.2017 14:00:59" theguardian.com GB badminton 'staggered' as funding cuts for seven Olympic sports upheld Badminton, archery, fencing, goal ball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby have had their claims for money for the next Olympic cycle rejected Badminton, archery, fencing, goal ball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will now receive no financial support from the lottery-backed funding agency
"20.02.2017 13:06:24" theguardian.com Video: football team refuse to continue playing after penalty Hồ Chí Minh City players refuse to continue playing in their Vietnam league match on Sunday after the referee awards a late penalty to opponents Long An An extreme reaction to conceding a penalty...
"20.02.2017 10:55:20" theguardian.com IPL auction: Ben Stokes sets record as highest-paid international player England all-rounder Ben Stokes will earn £1.7m for playing in the Indian Premier League after being signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants Ben Stokes has become the highest paid overseas cricketer in the 10-year history of the Indian Premier League after securing a £1.7m contract to play for Rising Pune Supergiants
"20.02.2017 09:20:10" theguardian.com Eddie Jones' tactical periodisation stirs up perfect brew for England Eddie Jones's introduction of tactical periodisation has changed England from a tea-and-scones approach to sharp right to the end, which has helped extend their unbeaten run into the Six Nations England Rugby coach Eddie Jones has changed his players from a tea-and-scones approach, helping extend their unbeaten run into the Six Nations
"20.02.2017 08:31:19" theguardian.com IPL auction: Ben Stokes sets record as highest-paid international player England all-rounder Ben Stokes will earn £1.7m for playing in the Indian Premier League after being signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants Ben Stokes will earn £1.7m for playing in the IPL - Indian Premier League after being signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants. England Cricket colleague Tymal Mills earned a lucrative deal of his own as he was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for
"19.02.2017 22:16:11" theguardian.com Richard Kilty fears theft of spikes at indoor trials could have been sabotage The British sprinter Richard Kilty fears he was the victim of sabotage after his racing spikes were stolen from the call room at last weekend's indoor trials Richard Kilty was forced to run in borrowed shoes after his spikes went missing at indoor trials – and he fears they were stolen
"19.02.2017 22:06:00" theguardian.com Jonny May says tougher competition for wing places can only improve England Eddie Jones finally has a full stable of wide players to pick from, pitching Jonny May into a likely battle with Anthony Watson for a slot against Italy, but the wing feels the battle for a jersey benefits the team “It's tough, you honestly don't know who's going to play. But we want to be the best team in the world and it's only going to make us better players, competing with one another to get in that team"
"19.02.2017 19:52:57" theguardian.com Premiership round-up: Denny Solomona edges Sale closer to safety Denny Solomona ran in three tries to help Sale edge closer to Premiership safety with a 34-28 win over Wasps as Newcastle emerged 46-31 victors in 11-try thriller over Northampton The Sale Sharks have edged closer to Aviva Premiership safety with a superb victory over Wasps
"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