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"25.04.2017 12:14:56" Softball fan makes a spectacular catch ... and then falls off his truck while celebrating
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"25.04.2017 10:54:11" theguardian.com County cricket talking points: early form suggests we are in for a cracking season Five of the eight teams in Division One have won one of their three matches so far. With teams taking points off each other, we may see another final-day thriller Why we might be treated to another final-day thriller this season
"25.04.2017 10:27:57" theguardian.com The soccer refugees threatened by Trump's travel ban We asked six players who came to the US how Trump's attempted ban, which would bar travel for citizens of some Muslim countries, has affected their lives We asked six players who came to the US how Donald J. Trump's attempted ban, which would bar travel for citizens of some Muslim countries, has affected their lives
"25.04.2017 09:05:00" theguardian.com Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2023 would capture hearts and minds Ireland fans have shown there is a deep well of passion for rugby in the country which the World Cup would do well to tap into in 2023 Why Ireland should host the Rugby World Cup in 2023
"25.04.2017 08:15:08" theguardian.com Talking Horses: in search of a title-clinching winning nap at Yarmouth Thanks to Chris Corrigan's 9-2 winner yesterday, The Guardian has hit the front in the Racing Post's Naps table … Our pick of today's best horse racing bets. And we're in form …
"25.04.2017 07:33:29" theguardian.com Marco Fu edges out Neil Robertson in thriller to set up quarter-final against Selby Marco Fu of China defeated the former winner Neil Robertson 13-11 to reach the quarter-final of the world championship Marco Fu's 13-11 victory was full of drama as Neil Robertson, a winner at the Crucible in 2010, missed on the black to take the contest to a deciding 25th frame
"24.04.2017 23:34:21" theguardian.com Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child US tennis great responds to controversial Romanian's 'chocolate with milk' comment at Fed Cup tennis meeting in Romania “It disappoints me to know we live in a society in which people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers. Does my sassiness upset you. Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot
"24.04.2017 22:31:34" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua wise to Vladimir Klitschko's attempts to unsettle him | Paul MacInnes Eddie Hearn says in the week of Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title fight against Vladimir Klitschko at Wembley he has 'never seen someone as calm going into a fight like this' "I study boxing, I see where he is coming from. I can see his angles. It is important to unsettle a fighter … You have to stay level-headed even when you want to lose your head" – Anthony Joshua
"24.04.2017 21:56:23" theguardian.com Jamie Peacock defends England's heritage policy against backlash Jamie Peacock has defended England's policy towards heritage players after Wayne Bennett, the head coach, selected two Australian‑born players in his squad to face Samoa next month “I think there's a real feel at the moment against globalisation so it's no surprise to see it come into sport, too. But the rules are the rules. We've not been beating Australia and New Zealand so we need to find a way to change that. Everyone else seems
"24.04.2017 20:29:52" theguardian.com County cricket roundup: Ryan McLaren sparks Lancashire comeback An eighth-wicket stand of 77 helped Lancashire secure a stunning victory over Somerset at Old Trafford Lancashire County Cricket Club's grizzled, unglamorous overseas pro Ryan McLaren was the star of the fourth day as his side pulled off a remarkable comeback win against Somerset County Cricket Club
"24.04.2017 19:46:03" theguardian.com England look for Mark Wood to pull up trees in Champions Trophy The England and Durham pace bowler, Mark Wood, is back from injury and ready for selection for the Champions Trophy The importance of Mark Wood to England Cricket's hopes of winning a first ever 50-over global tournament looks set to be underlined when the squads for the upcoming series against Ireland and South Africa, and the Champions Trophy in June, are named on
"24.04.2017 18:13:13" theguardian.com Child sex offender worked at schools cricket association with ECB permission The ECB's child protection policies are likely to come under close scrutiny after it emerged a convicted child sex offender worked at a prestigious schools cricket association with written permission from the ECB Exclusive: Child sex offender worked at schools cricket association with ECB permission
"24.04.2017 16:44:14" theguardian.com Serena Williams indicates she will return to tennis after birth of child In her first public statement since her pregnancy was announced, Serena Williams has indicated she intends to return to tennis after the birth of her first child Serena Williams has suggested she will return to tennis – in an Instagram post addressed to her unborn child
"24.04.2017 16:23:11" theguardian.com The London Marathon men who finished together The London Marathon runner on how he got a memorable moment, if not a personal best time, when he helped fellow runner David Wyeth to finish "It was fate. We were meant to cross the finish line together"
"24.04.2017 14:39:08" theguardian.com The untold story of the Olympic medal winner who nearly died Ten months before Anyika Onuora won bronze with the GB 4x400m team in 2016 she was in hospital with life-threatening malaria. Here she tells Donald McRae about her survival and comeback for the first time Anyika Onuora was admitted to hospital with life-threatening malaria. "I wanted to cry but it was too painful," she says. "I started shaking uncontrollably. I honestly thought: 'I'm going to die.'" Ten months later she won a medal for Team GB at the
"24.04.2017 13:16:25" theguardian.com London marathon runner reunited with finish-line helper David Wyeth says he wouldn't have got to the end without Matthew Rees's help and he regrets having put himself at risk "He said, 'I've got to finish,' and I said, 'You will,' and I helped him up. It was clear he wouldn't be able to do this alone, so I thought 'stick with him' to make sure he reached that finish line"
"24.04.2017 10:57:50" theguardian.com What we've learned from the first half of the Super League season Castleford are worth watching; Wigan won't surrender their title without a fight; Hull FC are bizarre; and Toronto Wolfpack are far too good for League One Every Super League club has now played 11 games, meaning we are at the halfway mark of the regular season. Here's what we have learned so far
"24.04.2017 09:28:00" theguardian.com Ellie Downie praised by Nadia Comaneci after European Championship gold Ellie Downie left Romania with four medals and the praise of gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci ringing in her ears after a successful European Championships in Cluj 'Everything has changed for Britain since London 2012. They have made a big investment and they have made a big effort to promote the sport and I can see the success is really appreciated'
"24.04.2017 07:52:00" theguardian.com Steve O'Keefe overlooked by Cricket Australia for 2017-18 contract Troubled Test spinner Steve O'Keefe has missed out on a Cricket Australia contract for the 2017-18 season Troubled tweaker Steve O'Keefe and batsman Shaun Marsh have been snubbed for Cricket Australia contracts in a signal they are surplus to Ashes requirements
"24.04.2017 07:19:35" theguardian.com Wladimir Klitschko says he and Joshua have sent out 'great message' for boxing Wladimir Klitschko has said the well-mannered build-up to his fight with Anthony Joshua at Wembley is in stark contrast to the bad pre-fight behaviour of Tyson Fury and David Haye Wladimir Klitschko: 'We didn't use the F-word. We were not throwing tables and glasses. No T-shirts. The attitude and the respect to each other is being passed down to all the other young men down there in the gyms'
"23.04.2017 21:56:01" theguardian.com Vunipola brothers keep good times rolling as Saracens aim for glory Sarries flew to Barcelona for a bonding session just hours after reaching their second successive Champions Cup final with a 26-10 win over Munster Saracens flew to Barcelona for a bonding session just hours after reaching their second successive Champions Cup final with a 26-10 win over Munster
"23.04.2017 19:55:59" theguardian.com Lancashire's Liam Livingstone makes Test claim with 168 against Somerset Lancashire's Livingstone helping turn tables on Somerset; Yorkshire forced to follow on at Hampshire; Middlesex fight to save game against Essex The expectation is that Liam Livingstone will play white-ball cricket for England this summer, probably as soon as next month. But with 168, the highest of his five first-class centuries, and second outstanding contribution in Lancashire County Cricket
"23.04.2017 18:49:46" theguardian.com Tennis must not allow Ilie Nastase to volley away his latest indiscretions | Sean Ingle Ilie Nastase has a long history of behaving badly and the game's authorities have done it a disservice by not challenging him with sufficient force
"23.04.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com British club runner Josh Griffiths bursts on to world stage at London Marathon The British club runner Josh Griffiths was the first home runner to finish at the London Marathon to earn a place at the 2017 world championships in London Something strange and entirely wondrous began to happen to Josh Griffiths, a 23-year-old club runner from Cross Hands, halfway through his first ever race over 26.2 miles on Sunday
"23.04.2017 18:02:32" theguardian.com Clermont reach Champions Cup final as Camille Lopez seals win over Leinster Camille Lopez sealed Clermont Auvergne's 27-22 Champions Cup semi-final win against Leinster, with the Irish thwarted when a late try was overruled by the television match official Clermont 27-22 Leinster Rugby
"23.04.2017 15:56:13" theguardian.com Maria Sharapova's return to tennis would sit more easily if she showed contrition The five-times grand slam winner is no Lance Armstrong-scale villain but her doping crime was not victimless and she seems not to have learned any lessons The five-times grand slam winner is no Lance Armstrong-scale villain but her doping crime was not victimless and she seems not to have learned any lessons
"23.04.2017 14:50:31" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal beats Albert Ramos-Viñolas to win 10th Monte Carlo Masters Rafael Nadal claimed the Monte Carlo Masters for the 10th time – an ATP record for a single event – beating his fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas 6-1, 6-3 Rafa Nadal wins Monte Carlo Masters with straight-sets defeat of Alberto Ramos-Vinolas
"23.04.2017 13:20:19" theguardian.com Johanna Konta: No one should have to be subjected to that kind of abuse Johanna Konta admitted the abuse she received at the Fed Cup tie against Romania will take time to get over as Great Britain slipped to defeat by the hosts "I think it'll be something I'll do my best to overcome and to just understand. It's not something I've ever experienced before and I hope never to experience it again. I felt the crowd today were a lot fairer and I felt they supported Simona well.”
"23.04.2017 12:52:24" theguardian.com David Weir after winning London marathon: 'The last four months have been hell' David Weir banished his Rio Paralympics demons by winning a record seventh London marathon wheelchair race David Weir banished his Rio Paralympics demons by winning a record seventh London marathon wheelchair race – despite fearing that would miss the race after a hellish few months.
"23.04.2017 11:53:30" theguardian.com London Marathon: Keitany and Wanjiru make it a memorable day for Kenya Mary Keitany set a women-only world record and Daniel Wanjiru held off the great Kenenisa Bekele to complete a stellar day for Kenya at the London Marathon Mary Keitany set a women-only world record and Daniel Wanjiru held off the great Kenenisa Bekele to complete a stellar day for Kenya at the London Marathon
"23.04.2017 09:16:44" theguardian.com Saracens and Munster serve up feisty tie to keep Warren Gatland on edge Any notion that Lions tourists would exercise restraint were dispelled in Dublin as Saracens won a raucous encounter with quality at a premium Any notion that British and Irish Lions tourists would exercise restraint were dispelled in Dublin as Saracens won a raucous encounter with quality at a premium
"23.04.2017 08:23:31" theguardian.com Stadium deals, corruption and bribery: the questions at the heart of Brazil's Olympic and World Cup 'miracle' The two mega-events were framed as a reason for Brazilians to be proud; instead a supreme court investigation keeps unearthing unsavoury allegations The two mega-events were framed as a reason for Brazilians to be proud of a modern and forward-looking country; instead the economy has been shattered and a supreme court investigation keeps unearthing unsavoury allegations
"22.04.2017 22:17:10" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua a model of calm as stormclouds gather above Wembley A low-key training base in Sheffield houses a fighter preserving his aggression ahead of Saturday's WBA title fight against Wladimir Klitschko At first glance the EIS in Sheffield is just like any other leisure centre. There are mums escorting soggy-haired kids from the pool, couples getting lost looking for the badminton courts, wilting sandwiches for sale at the cafe. No one would guess that
"22.04.2017 19:26:04" theguardian.com Saracens can get even better says Mark McCall after battling win at Munster Saracens' director of rugby said they are not looking beyond their next two league matches as they close in on a European and Premiership double for the second consecutive season "We never talk about the double. We've got a lot of experience in big games now and that experience really stood us in good stead against Munster Rugby. We think we can get better as a side: our age profile is really good and we want this to go on for a
"22.04.2017 18:02:51" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal into Monte Carlo final with contentious win over David Goffin The Spaniard will face Albert Ramos-Viñolas after his semi-final opponent relinquished a first-set lead following a controversial call by the umpire Poor David Goffin. The estimable Belgian was playing a level of tennis good enough to seriously inconvenience Rafa Nadal in the Monte Carlo semi-final when a horrendous umpiring mistake wrecked his day, his week and his season
"22.04.2017 17:37:48" theguardian.com Ilie Nastase must be evicted from tennis for his behaviour at Fed Cup | Kevin Mitchell Ilie Nastase gave endless entertainment in his day, but he has crossed a line with his cowardly abuse of Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong and Serena Williams at the Fed Cup 'Sadly for this engaging but infuriating individual, he remains an unreconstructed fool. Indulged by those prepared to either live in the flickering glow of his personality or simply look the other way, he continues to do as he pleases'
"22.04.2017 17:18:30" theguardian.com Saracens reach Champions Cup final as Chris Wyles seals win over Munster Mako Vunipola scored the opening try for Saracens as the defending champions beat Munster 10-26 in Dublin to reach their third Champions Cup final in four years Saracens are into the Champions Cup final after a 26-10 win over Munster Rugby in Dublin
"22.04.2017 16:54:52" theguardian.com Britain's Fed Cup tie in Romania descends into chaos after Nastase tirade – video Ilie Nastase sparks chaos with foul-mouthed outburst during Great Britain's Fed Cup tie in Romania on Saturday Ilie Nastase sparks chaos with a foul-mouthed outburst during Great Britain's tie in Romania on Saturday
"22.04.2017 16:29:11" theguardian.com West Ham frustrate Everton's hopes of a top-four finish in incident-free draw Slaven Bilic's much-changed West Ham side held Everton to a 0-0 draw at home to quash the Merseyside team's hopes of a place in the Champions League West Ham United 0-0 Everton Football Club
"22.04.2017 15:44:23" theguardian.com Scottish Grand National: Vicente wins for second year in a row Vicente joined the list of dual Scottish Grand National winners after getting up in the final stride at Ayr. Vicente joined the list of dual Scottish Grand National winners after getting up in the final stride at Ayr
"22.04.2017 13:49:20" theguardian.com Russell Westbrook scores another triple-double as Thunder hold off Rockets Westbrook scores 32 points as Oklahoma City cut series deficit to 2-1, while Chris Paul scores a season-high 34 to help Clippers defeat Utah Another Russell Westbrook special for the Oklahoma City Thunder
"22.04.2017 13:15:28" theguardian.com Force fall short as Chiefs win Super Rugby clash by nine points The Western Force provided stiff opposition but ultimately came up short as the powerful Chiefs did enough to win their Super Rugby clash by nine points Western Force 7-16 Chiefs Rugby
"22.04.2017 11:52:28" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan could keep the hits coming after reaching Crucible last eight Ronnie O'Sullivan fired notice of his hunger to land a sixth world title as he ruthlessly saw off Shaun Murphy to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield 'I'm like a band or a singer nowadays. But I'm not confident of writing great albums every year. I haven't had the greatest of seasons – I haven't written a great album this year – but it hasn't been a bad year … The Rolling Stones are still the big act,
"22.04.2017 10:39:53" theguardian.com Moneyball: was the book that changed baseball built on a false premise? Scarcely a week goes by without some franchise being credited with successful use of Moneyball statistics – but is Michael Lewis's book all it's cracked up to be? Scarcely a week goes by without some franchise being credited with successful use of Moneyball statistics – but is Michael Lewis's book all it's cracked up to be?
"22.04.2017 10:07:42" theguardian.com Leinster's Stuart Lancaster ready for the heat of Clermont's cauldron Stuart Lancaster, former England head coach, has overseen an impressive revival at Leinster but knows Clermont Auvergne will offer a formidable attacking threat in the Champions Cup 'As I learned with England, it is all about winning. I've been unbelievably impressed with the quality of players that are here, the mind-set to want to get better and to go to a fourth European Cup final, which is a massive driver for the players, who
"22.04.2017 09:38:09" theguardian.com Eliud Kipchoge applies science to his pursuit of two-hour marathon milestone | Sean Ingle Kipchoge is foregoing the London Marathon to focus on an audacious Nike-backed unofficial world record attempt, with the two-hour barrier the target In any other year, Eliud Kipchoge would be lining up in this Sunday's London marathon not only as a scalding-hot favourite for a third successive victory but also with a dead eye on Dennis Kimetto's world record of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.
"22.04.2017 09:07:12" theguardian.com Michele Scarponi, former Giro d'Italia winner, dies after collision with van The Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has died at the age of 37 after being struck by a van while training 'This is a tragedy too big to be written'
"22.04.2017 08:11:14" theguardian.com Steve Davis: 'Since leaving snooker I've got my adrenaline rush a different way' The six-times world title winner now performs at Glastonbury rather than the Crucible and his new career as a DJ is providing fulfilment, he tells Simon Burnton 'It requires no skill compared with being a snooker player, it requires no practice. You just turn up with a bunch of CDs and records, put them on, press play and then have a dance. As a snooker player you have to practise for eight hours every day, and
"22.04.2017 06:47:48" theguardian.com Ilie Nastase faces censure for racist comments about Serena Williams Ilie Nastase, Romania's captain, was heard to say of Serena Williams' baby, due in the autumn: 'Let's see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?' Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams' pregnancy on the eve of Romania's Fed Cup play-off against Britain
"21.04.2017 22:56:00" theguardian.com Richard Wigglesworth, the overlooked fulcrum in the purring Saracens machine | Robert Kitson Saracens have more Lions squad members than any other club but Richard Wigglesworth, their influential scrum-half, and others like him are just as vital to the team's success Saracens have more Lions squad members than any but their influential scrum-half and others like him are just as vital to the team's success
"21.04.2017 22:33:00" theguardian.com David Goffin edges out Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in semi-final The Belgian David Goffin won a hard-fought quarter-final against Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo to set up a semi-final date with the master of the clay court, Rafael Nadal Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are, according to the rankings, the two best players in the world but, when the combative Serb followed the Scot out of the Rolex Masters on Friday, that looked to be an assumption worth challenging
"21.04.2017 22:05:45" theguardian.com Patrick Ah Van drives over to snatch win for Widnes against St Helens Two tries from Patrick Ah Van helped Widnes to a hard-fought 16-14 Super League victory over St Helens Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club 16-14 Official St.Helens RLFC
"21.04.2017 21:07:43" theguardian.com Ian Ritchie denies hypocrisy accusations after England select Denny Solomona The Rugby Football Union chief executive, Ian Ritchie, has denied accusations of hypocrisy after Denny Solomona's inclusion in England's squad for the summer tour of Argentina The Rugby Football Union chief executive, Ian Ritchie, has denied accusations of hypocrisy after Denny Solomona's inclusion in England Rugby's squad for the summer tour of Argentina and sees no issue with Eddie Jones selecting the New Zealand-born winger
"21.04.2017 20:52:55" theguardian.com Bookmaker Bet365 admits mistake in wrangle over £54,000 account The internet bookmaker Bet365 has admitted it acted in error after it threatened to levy a 5% fee every 28 days on an account that has been frozen for a year with a £54,000 balance The leading internet bookmaker Bet365, which has been refusing to allow one of its customers to withdraw a £54,000 balance for the last 12 months, admitted on Friday that it had acted in error when it warned the punter involved that it could levy a 5%
"21.04.2017 20:04:18" theguardian.com County cricket: James Vince pushes England case with Hampshire century Elsewhere Liam Livingstone was the top scorer, with 69, in Lancashire's innings of 109 against Somerset, while Middlesex made a strong start against Essex On a day that began with all nine visiting captains opting to forgo the toss and stick the home side in – pre-empting bowlers' dominance – it was prospective England batsmen making the grandest statements
"21.04.2017 15:35:15" theguardian.com Conor Murray out of Munster's Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens Conor Murray has been ruled out of Munster's Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in what comes as a major blow to his side's hopes of European glory Conor Murray has been ruled out of Munster's Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in what comes as a major blow to his side's hopes of European glory and a disruption to Warren Gatland's plans for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
"21.04.2017 13:54:26" theguardian.com Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham blues show creative gifts can get lost in dugout | Richard Williams The story of Zola's last decade provides an illustration of the difficulty experienced by so many creative players who set out to translate their talents to the manager's role The story of Gianfranco Zola's past decade offers an illustration of the difficulties experienced by so many creative players who set out to translate their talents to the manager's role
"21.04.2017 11:33:36" theguardian.com LeBron James scores 41 to lead Cavaliers to record-breaking comeback win Cavs overcome 25-point half-time deficit to beat Indiana 119-114 – the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history Cavs overcome 25-point half-time deficit to beat Indiana 119-114 – the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history
"21.04.2017 11:06:03" theguardian.com Liverpool first to answer call for British cities' 2022 Commonwealth Games bid Liverpool has launched a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the government called on UK cities to formulate plans for how to stage the event Liverpool has launched a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the government called on UK cities to formulate plans for how to stage the event
"21.04.2017 09:26:38" theguardian.com Neil Robertson says video game addiction damaged snooker career Australia's snooker world champion Neil Robertson says an addiction to video games had a negative impact on his professional and personal lives "The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably have had around 120 because I got addicted like hell to Fifa 14. That really affected the second half of my season. I wouldn't say I would have won a lot more tournaments if it wasn't for video games
"20.04.2017 22:33:36" theguardian.com Olympic gold medallist Brianna Rollins handed year ban for missing drug tests Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins banned after failing to appear for three drug tests The Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins has been banned for a year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after missing three drugs tests in 2016 – two of them after she forgot to update her whereabouts details when she was attending a fete of
"20.04.2017 22:09:31" theguardian.com Johanna Konta can be world No1 in Serena's absence, says Andy Murray Andy Murray has backed Johanna Konta to continue her rise up the WTA rankings, maybe to the top, while Serena Williams takes the rest of the year off to have a baby Johanna Konta can be world No1 in Serena Williams's absence, says Andy Murray
"20.04.2017 20:48:02" theguardian.com Aaron Hernandez family wants player's brain examined for signs of CTE Family has arranged for Boston University researchers looking at brain trauma in athletes to take possession of Hernandez's brain “If we don't get answers and answers quickly, we're going to court. It is literally a destruction of evidence” – Aaron Hernandez's lawyer
"20.04.2017 20:06:44" theguardian.com Jo Pave: I will never get that moment back standing on the podium The British runner, who will compete in the London Marathon, has revealed her bittersweet feelings about being finally awarded a 2007 world championship medal “I was just lying there on the track feeling like I had let people down because I had just come fourth. It should have been a day where I should have been thrilled about getting a medal for my country and yet I will never get that moment back standing on
"20.04.2017 16:06:24" theguardian.com Rob Gronkowski: the man called Gronk who makes sports fun As he showed at the White House, Gronk comes across as the ultimate bro, but he's an incredibly shrewd self-promoter – and the league's finest tight end "Rob Gronkowski can catch. Rob Gronkowski likes beer. Rob Gronkowski spikes things. That's as on-brand and as authentic as you can get."
"20.04.2017 14:36:17" theguardian.com Eddie Jones rings the changes for England's tour of Argentina | Robert Kitson Fifteen uncapped players, including the twins Ben and Tom Curry, will head to South America in June as the head coach seeks to re-energise English rugby "Those who thought England's Lions-depleted squad to tour Argentina would be a largely predictable list do not know Eddie Jones very well …"
"20.04.2017 14:09:48" theguardian.com Catriona Matthew paints ominous picture of Ladies European Tour | Ewan Murray The US-based 47-year-old Scot says up-and-coming European female golfers need a part-time job to support themselves and the financial contrast with the LPGA is certainly stark "Catriona Matthew has never needed to shout from the rooftops to make significant points. She does, however, carry enough experience and knowledge to speak with authority on the state of women's golf."
"20.04.2017 12:41:49" theguardian.com What is the last thing a football club needs? A stadium with ski jumps Playing football matches at a Winter Olympics ski-jumping venue might sound smart, but it has left Gangwon FC with a ludicrous ground they don't need Gangwon style
"20.04.2017 12:16:45" theguardian.com Gatland's Lions will follow Ireland and look to feed off All Black mistakes Eddie Jones's glorious England revolution has come too late for this tour. Like Ireland and Wales, the Lions will seek territory and set-piece mastery The Breakdown: welcome to Warrenball
"20.04.2017 11:09:00" theguardian.com All Blacks' Steve Hansen says Dylan Hartley would have been asset to Lions The All Blacks coach said 'this is the best Lions team we've seen come here for a long, long time' All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: 'This is the best Lions team we've seen come here for a long, long time'
"20.04.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: happy endings in sport | Nick Miller From Nasser Hussain's farewell century to Rocky Marciano's perfect legacy and Eric Cantona's lack of doubt, we salute six triumphant farewells Or how to make a perfect exit
"20.04.2017 10:00:00" theguardian.com Craig Hodges: 'Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say' He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight An NBA great talks Trump, Michael Jordan, Rodney King and Colin Kaepernick with Donald McRae
"20.04.2017 09:30:00" theguardian.com Tony Adams' moves, Munster in Europe and a London Marathon timelapse This week's roundup also features stunning running rugby, Harry Redknapp's stories, and Andy Murray teaching Roger Federer how to backhand slice This week's Classic YouTube …
"20.04.2017 09:07:26" theguardian.com Renault's F1 car of future is fascinating but the sport must be competitive | Giles Richards All three start-up teams who joined F1 in 2010 have gone but Haas may provide the template to realise Ross Brawn's dream of a grid where anyone can win Change is coming to Formula One and the sport, which has evolved in an awkward, disjointed and unsatisfactory fashion in recent years, badly needs to get it right …
"19.04.2017 23:10:31" theguardian.com Serena Williams confirms pregnancy and expects her first child 'this fall' The 23-time grand slam champion posted a photo of herself with a baby bump showing with the caption '20 weeks' on Wednesday “I'm happy to confirm Serena Williams is expecting a baby this fall,” a spokesperson for the world No2 told The Guardian by email
"19.04.2017 22:26:35" theguardian.com Lions goalkicking can give us the edge in New Zealand, says Warren Gatland Sam Warburton has been named the captain of the British & Irish Lions for the second time but Dylan Hartley was left out of the 41-man squad to tour New Zealand "I think we've got four or five of the world's best goalkickers going with us and if we're going to have an edge somewhere it could be in that area. Beauden Barrett is not kicking at the moment"
"19.04.2017 19:59:36" theguardian.com Brady misses Patriots' White House visit as Gronkowski interrupts Sean Spicer Gronkowski crashes Sean Spicer's press briefing after star quarterback Brady says he has 'personal family matters' to attend to Rob Gronkowski -Gronk looked over and enquired: “Sean, need some help?”
Spicer replied: “I think I got this, but thank you.”
Gronkowki: “You sure?”
Spicer: “Maybe. All right, thanks man. I'll see you in a minute”
"19.04.2017 19:03:44" theguardian.com Aaron Hernandez died as he lived: a mystery to everyone The descent and death of the former NFL star showed us that we can never really know those who live their lives in the public eye The descent and death of the former NFL star in prison showed us that we can never really know those who live their lives under the public gaze
"19.04.2017 13:12:17" theguardian.com Team Sharapova use deep waters of euphemism to wash away drug stain | Marina Hyde Avalanche of meticulously planned publicity has prepared the ground for Maria Sharapova's return in Stuttgart but an unfortunate set of facts has been glossed over "One can only assume she doesn't realise it, but nothing widens the credibility gap with Maria Sharapova quite so much as the manner of her return. As always with the women's tour's most bankable star, who returns to tennis next week after a 15-month
"19.04.2017 11:34:11" theguardian.com Sam Warburton named Lions captain as Dylan Hartley is left out of squad Sam Warburton has been named captain of the British & Irish Lions for the summer tour of New Zealand but Dylan Hartley was left out Ross Moriarty, Jared Payne and Jack Nowell also get the call but no place for Joe Launchbury …
"19.04.2017 10:01:49" theguardian.com Lions 2017 squad announcement – live! Rolling report: Who will be named in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad to face New Zealand? Find out with Barry Glendenning Who is on the plane to New Zealand? Find out right here
"18.04.2017 22:39:29" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan keen to move past World Snooker bullying accusations Ronnie O'Sullivan, five times world champion, wants to focus on 'performing to the very best of my ability' after his accusations against World Snooker were denied by Barry Hearn “There has been some speculation and commentary around the answers I gave when questioned by the media on Sunday. Any outstanding issues with the snooker authorities will be addressed by my legal team following the conclusion of this great event" – Ronnie
"18.04.2017 22:15:20" theguardian.com Wales centre Jamie Roberts set to make cut in Gatland's Lions squad Several high-profile England players will miss Lions tour of New Zealand but the Wales centre Jamie Roberts is set to be a surprise inclusion when Warren Gatland announces his squad Wales national rugby union team centre Jamie Roberts set to make cut in Gatland's Lions squad
"18.04.2017 20:22:29" theguardian.com Pirates outfielder Starling Marte given 80-game ban for failing drug test Pittsburgh star, 28, tests positive for nandrolone and won't be eligible to return until mid-July Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte given 80-game ban for failing drug test
"18.04.2017 18:00:01" theguardian.com Dylan Hartley hoping for last-gasp reprieve in Gatland's Lions squad Several high-profile members of England's record-equalling side under Eddie Jones are set to be disappointed when Warren Gatland announces his British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand Dylan Hartley hoping for last-gasp reprieve in Warren Gatland's Lions squad but several other high-profile England Rugby players set to miss out
"18.04.2017 16:25:34" theguardian.com eSports to be a medal event at 2022 Asian Games Competitive gaming will be added to the official programme at the 2022 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia announced on Monday The boldest step yet towards the mainstream recognition of competitive gaming
"18.04.2017 15:55:00" theguardian.com New York Rangers' Zamboni drivers enjoy sports' coolest job Dave Caldwell: As the Zamboni drivers at Madison Square Garden, London expat Paul Curtis and Long Beach native Jack Durkin share one of hockey's most crucial jobs Smooth operators
"18.04.2017 15:19:00" theguardian.com The uncomfortable truth behind Marshawn Lynch's weird homecoming By plotting his NFL comeback for a Raiders team that's already given up on the city, Marshawn Lynch's homecoming has the potential to be very awkward By plotting his NFL comeback for a Raiders team that's already given up on the city, Marshawn Lynch's homecoming has the potential to be very awkward
"18.04.2017 13:37:58" theguardian.com British Athletics doctors face scrutiny from MPs over Mo Farah infusion British Athletics doctors will face parliamentary scrutiny over whether Mo Farah violated any anti-doping rules in 2014 British Athletics doctors will face parliamentary scrutiny over whether Mo Farah violated any anti-doping rules, or took potentially dangerous prescription drugs when there was no medical need
"18.04.2017 13:19:00" theguardian.com Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya arrested in London Tycoon held on behalf of Indian authorities investigating fraud claims linked to Kingfisher Airlines collapse Vijay Mallya, the multimillionaire co-owner of the Force India F1 team, has been arrested in London on behalf of Indian authorities investigating allegations of fraud in connection with the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines
"18.04.2017 12:05:44" theguardian.com Cricket's slow-burn satisfaction nods to the notion faster isn't always better | The Spin Nothing in sport matches sitting in a sparse crowd like a content pigeon savouring the rhythm of the day. It's like a secret only a few know about Nothing in sport matches sitting in a sparse crowd like a content pigeon savouring the rhythm of the day. It's like a secret only a few know about
"18.04.2017 11:54:36" theguardian.com Dan Hardy: 'There's something within me that needs that last great UFC test' The tranquillity of Dan Hardy's post-MMA and UFC life is a world away from the brutality of the world he used to inhabit. So, asks Donald McRae, why is he planning a comeback? The tranquillity of Dan Hardy's post-MMA and UFC life is a world away from the brutality of the world he used to inhabit. So why is he planning a comeback?
"18.04.2017 10:01:52" theguardian.com County cricket talking points: old pros prevail for Kent, Surrey and Lancashire Darren Stevens gave himself an early birthday present; Kumar Sangakkara hits another century; and Shivnarine Chanderpaul enjoys a long stand at The Oval Six talking points from the lastest county cricket action, featuring Darren Stevens' early birthday present and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's long stand at The Oval
"18.04.2017 09:46:33" theguardian.com Warren Gatland can give Lions nous and substance for All Blacks challenge Whatever squad is unveiled on Wednesday, there should be enough ballast in the Lions party to compete in rugby's most formidable environment in New Zealand There has never been an Official Lions Rugby coach with more of a finger on the Kiwi pulse. It has to be an advantage when it comes to identifying resilient, tough players best equipped to prey on All Blacks minds
"18.04.2017 07:43:32" theguardian.com Bernard Tomic says he is 'not motivated' for Davis Cup in 2017 Bernard Tomic has closed the door on helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in a decade as he focuses solely on arresting his rankings slide Bernard Tomic has closed the door on helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in more than a decade as he focuses solely on arresting his dramatic rankings slide
"18.04.2017 07:36:35" theguardian.com George Kruis makes quick recovery to stay on Warren Gatland's Lions radar Saracens second-row George Kruis returned ahead of schedule from a knee injury on Sunrday, playing the full 80 minutes against Northampton to stay in Lions squad contention George Kruis has sent a message to Warren Gatland before the British & Irish Lions squad is named on Wednesday after once again showing his remarkable powers of recovery this season by returning from knee surgery ahead of schedule
"18.04.2017 07:28:20" theguardian.com Simon Zebo puts Munster on alert over Saracens dangerman Chris Ashton Chris Ashton has scored 13 tries in his past 12 games and Munster have been warned of the threat the wing poses in the Champions Cup semi-final 'It is just going to take us playing to the best of our ability. Saracens are defending champions and they are an unbelievable side. We will show them respect but we will give it our best shot'
"17.04.2017 23:15:02" theguardian.com England's Joe Launchbury and Jonathan Joseph set to miss out on Lions squad Warren Gatland appears set to overlook a number of England's Six Nations champions when he names his British & Irish Lions squad tomorrow/on Wednesday with the second-row Joe Launchbury among those expected to miss out Warren Gatland is expected to overlook a number of England Rugby's Six Nations Championship champions when he names his Official Lions Rugby squad on Wednesday, with the second-row Joe Launchbury among those to miss out
"17.04.2017 22:22:00" theguardian.com Petra Kvitova in draw for French Open as recovery from knife attack continues Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has entered the draw for next month's French Open four months after suffering a serious hand injury, she said on Monday “This unfortunately does not mean necessarily that I will be ready to play in Paris, but that I'm doing everything possible to give myself the chance and keep a positive mindset. There remains a long road ahead”
"17.04.2017 19:22:26" theguardian.com F1 Bahrain Grand Prix: five things we learned at Sakir | Giles Richards McLaren reap the rewards of clever PR but Fernando Alonso punctures the team's bonhomie; Bernie back in the spotlight; Ferrari have race pace; Bottas and Raikkonen need to step up 1) McLaren finally hit right note
2) Bonhomie goes for a burton
3) Bernie Ecclestone back in the spotlight
4) Scuderia Ferrari have it when it counts
5) Secondary drivers need to step up
"17.04.2017 17:09:06" theguardian.com Kyle Edmund beats Dan Evans to face Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo Masters Kyle Edmund won the battle of the Brits at the Monte-Carlo Masters with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Dan Evans Kyle Edmund won a career-first Tour match against Dan Evans and earned the right to test his clay-court skills against the greatest player in the history of the discipline, Rafa Nadal
"17.04.2017 16:43:23" theguardian.com A hell of a job: why the Lions selection process is almost as tough as the tour The particulars of the selection and announcement of the Lions squad may have changed a bit since 1888, but the tension players and selectors feel has endured A hell of a job: why the Lions selection process is almost as tough as the tour
"17.04.2017 13:55:39" theguardian.com Mercedes consider team orders to stop F1 threat of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel The Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff, has said the team will consider team orders after defeat at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday The Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff, has said the F1 team will consider team orders after defeat at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday
"17.04.2017 09:21:23" theguardian.com Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action Saracens Alex Lozowski stakes further England claim, Worcester's Ben Te'o gives reminder to Lions and Eddie Jones has busy time casting eye over options for tour of Argentina Alex Lozowski stakes further England claim, Ben Te'o gives reminder to Lions and Eddie Jones is busy casting his eye over options for tour of Argentina
"16.04.2017 22:12:17" theguardian.com Andy Murray admits paying price of battle to reach top of world rankings Andy Murray returns to action at Monte Carlo Masters admitting that the effort of reaching No1 last year may have contributed to his stop-start beginning to the 2017 season Simon Cambers: "In the yin and yang of the sporting world, Andy Murray returns to action at the Monte Carlo Masters this week admitting that the effort of ending last year as world No1, for the first time in his career, may well have contributed to his
"16.04.2017 22:10:25" theguardian.com Ben Youngs makes a 'nice little last push' for Lions squad place Ben Youngs impressive for Leicester as he pushes claims for inclusion in Warren Gatland's Lions squad for New Zealand Gerard Meagher: "As final auditions go, Ben Youngs could hardly have done more to press his case for inclusion in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad when it is announced on Wednesday."
"16.04.2017 19:36:47" theguardian.com County cricket round-up: Alastair Cook's return powers Essex past Somerset Alastair Cook hit a century for Essex in his first competitive match since resigning the England captaincy while Ben Coad took 10 Yorkshire wickets for Warwickshire Essex and Alastair Cook are back, and mean business. In his first competitive match since resigning the England captaincy in February, Cook's 110 – his 57th first-class century – provided the backbone of Essex's remarkable chase of 255 against Somerset at
"16.04.2017 17:28:31" theguardian.com Wasps consign Bristol to bottom place with a comfortable victory Bristol, beaten 36-21 by Wasps at home, remain bottom of the Premiership and now face almost certain relegation Bristol Rugby Club 21-36 Wasps
"16.04.2017 17:12:21" theguardian.com Sebastian Vettel triumphs in Bahrain with Lewis Hamilton second Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton – who was hit by a five-second-penalty – and Valtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel took the win and the lead of the world championship in Bahrain after a tense tactical race in which his Ferrari team called their aggressive strategy with aplomb to ensure the best his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton could manage was second
"16.04.2017 16:46:30" theguardian.com Alex Lozowski sparks Saracens revival to defeat dominant Northampton Northampton lost 25-27 to Saracens despite dominating proceedings. Saracens remain in the hunt for a top-two finish Official Northampton Saints 25-27 Saracens
"16.04.2017 15:42:20" theguardian.com Warrington's Declan Patton wants return of team's Super League 'real high' Declan Patton has been part of Warrington's three-game unbeaten run and says their recent upturn in form must continue against Huddersfield 'In an era littered with an abundance of exciting young British talent, Warrington Wolves's Declan Patton is rightly considered to be among the very best.'
"16.04.2017 10:47:03" theguardian.com Lions squad: two-tone approach may throw Warburton and Hartley a lifeline | Paul Rees The Lions selection debate will be settled on Wednesday when experience and versatility are likely to be the decisive factors in Warren Gatland's thinking to face the All Blacks Warren Gatland's last Lions squad made it clear that he was looking for power. This time, it's harder to tell where he will place his emphasis.
"16.04.2017 10:18:27" theguardian.com County cricket: Hampshire v Middlesex, Somerset v Essex - live! Rolling report: Join Will Macpherson for live updates from around the grounds as Alastair Cook could be the key for Essex Join Will Macpherson for updates from around the Specsavers County Championship grounds
"16.04.2017 10:11:44" theguardian.com Sergio García's Masters triumph reveals the secret of sportsmanship | Andrew Anthony The Spaniard previously cast as a sore loser finally won a major after he made peace with defeat – and his victory shed light on the inherent futility of gamesmanship 'The secret of sportsmanship is that learning how to lose can also teach you how to win'
"16.04.2017 07:14:12" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua: 'Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people' Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he's won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua: 'I have to act as if I belong here, because this is what I've chosen to do'
"15.04.2017 21:57:11" theguardian.com Essex victory hopes could rest on unbeaten Alastair Cook Essex are hoping that Alastair Cook, the only batsman to reach 50 in the match, can lead them to their victory target of 255 on day three against Somerset Essex County Cricket Club's victory hopes against Somerset County Cricket Club could rest on unbeaten Alastair Cook
"15.04.2017 19:26:48" theguardian.com Ex-NFL player Todd Heap was driving truck that hit and killed daughter, three Heap, 37, was behind the wheel when he accidentally struck the girl on the driveway of their home in suburban Phoenix Former NFL player Todd Heap accidentally ran over and killed his three-year-old daughter while moving his truck in the driveway of his home
"15.04.2017 18:54:11" theguardian.com Hampshire's Michael Carberry leads by composed example against Middlesex Michael Carberry's measured unbeaten 84 helped Hampshire to a promising 209 for four in reply to Middlesex's 356 all out at the Ageas Bowl Hampshire Cricket's Michael Carberry leads by composed example against Middlesex County Cricket Club - Official Club Site
"15.04.2017 17:27:00" theguardian.com Worcester's rare win over Bath makes them all but safe from the drop Worcester's 25-19 victory against Bath means Bristol are 12 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership with three games remaining Worcester Warriors 25-19 Bath Rugby
"15.04.2017 17:05:58" theguardian.com Ellis Genge's belligerent display earns Leicester a bonus over Newcastle Ellis Genge scored two tries against Newcastle to help tighten Tigers' grip on fourth place with a 30-3 win Leicester Tigers 30-3 Newcastle Falcons
"15.04.2017 16:41:51" theguardian.com Everton go fifth after Romelu Lukaku completes victory over Burnley Phil Jagielka and a Ben Mee own goal also on the scoresheet in Everton's 3-1 home win against Burnley that took them above Manchester United and Arsenal Everton Football Club 3-1 Burnley Football Club
"15.04.2017 16:17:34" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas surprises Lewis Hamilton by taking Bahrain F1 pole A mistake by Lewis Hamilton on his final flying lap helped his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas take his first F1 pole position, in Bahrain Valtteri Bottas claimed the first pole position of his career at the Bahrain Grand Prix
"15.04.2017 15:32:25" theguardian.com Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 move signals new McLaren era under Zak Brown Fernando Alonso has praised the vision of McLaren's new team principal, Zak Brown, saying the driver's Indy 500 switch would never have been sanctioned by his predecessor, Ron Dennis It was a decision unthinkable under the team's former chief executive Ron Dennis but positively encouraged by the new executive director, Zak Brown, the architect of the deal and the man who is now leading McLaren's attempt to return to the top tier of F1
"15.04.2017 14:53:07" theguardian.com Wigan's George Williams admits he was tempted by lure of Australia George Williams said the lure of Australia and the NRL was 'massive' before he decided to commit his long-term future to Wigan George Williams said the lure of Australia and the NRL - National Rugby League was 'massive' before he eventually decided to commit his long-term future to Wigan Warriors
"15.04.2017 13:36:11" theguardian.com County cricket: Hampshire v Middlesex, Somerset v Essex and more – live! Join our cricket writers for the latest updates from around the county grounds and join the discussion Get your county cricket fix while it's live
"15.04.2017 13:00:39" theguardian.com Sunderland v West Ham, Crystal Palace v Leicester and more: clockwatch – live! Rolling report: Follow all the goals and key moments from the Premier League and across Europe with Simon Burton's updates Follow all of Saturday's football action as it happens
"15.04.2017 11:11:51" theguardian.com Mark Tainton fights on but says Pat Lam can lead Bristol to the big time The outgoing head coach believes Bristol's brilliant stadium and the impending arrivals of Steven Luatua and Ian Madigan mean relegation would not ruin the club's grand plans Easter Sunday is associated with resurrection and Bristol Rugby Club are in need of divine intervention if they are to dodge an immediate return to the Championship
"15.04.2017 10:17:15" theguardian.com George Smith caps 150th Super Rugby appearance with Reds' triumph George Smith capped his 150th Super Rugby appearance with a try in the Queensland Reds' 47-34 victory over the Kings on Saturday Queensland Reds beat Southern Kings 47-34, while Hurricanes beat Blues 28-24 at Eden Park
"15.04.2017 09:45:59" theguardian.com Durham put on brave face but are still haunted by last season's nightmare | Ali Martin Durham supporters show what they think of the ECB while Nottinghamshire were always going to prove the toughest of Division Two opponents 'Everyone was shocked but then it was quickly a realisation of right, let's show the north-east spirit and values we always carry of hard work, honesty and trusting each other. We need to be brave now to try and get results. We have a chance to make it a
"15.04.2017 09:10:46" theguardian.com Marshawn Lynch to join Oakland Raiders in comeback from retirement The five-time Pro Bowl running back is reportedly set to join the Oakland Raiders on an incentive-laden deal Marshawn Lynch is back. Almost, anyway
"15.04.2017 08:38:52" theguardian.com John Higgins hails rise in prize money before richest world championship John Higgins, four times champion, will play the world No18, Martin Gould, in his first match at snooker's world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield John Higgins believes the day when snooker players earn wages comparable to those of Premier League footballers is on the horizon
"15.04.2017 08:13:06" theguardian.com Exeter march on but Henry Slade a saint and sinner against Harlequins The England coach, Eddie Jones, watched Exeter Chiefs beat Harlequins 39-26 but may have had mixed feelings over Henry Slade's performance Harlequins Rugby Union 26-39 Exeter Chiefs Official
"15.04.2017 07:34:32" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Best Saturday bets for Musselburgh and Haydock Easter Saturday could be one of the most competitive day's racing in the calendar, and this time Sindarban looks good to win at Musselburgh Our pick of the best bets for Saturday's racing action
"15.04.2017 06:52:46" theguardian.com Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey in line for special London medals ceremony Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey are expected to be handed retrospective medals at the world championships in August following the demotion of drug cheats The Guardian has learned that organisers of the World Athletics Championships in London in August are close to announcing special podium ceremonies to award Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey the medals they missed out on owing to drug cheats
"14.04.2017 16:42:52" theguardian.com Dan Rooney: much-loved Steelers scion who left a lasting mark on the NFL Over five decades with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rooney showed a courage many others lacked, and his legacy is the league's most progressive piece of legislation Over five decades with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney showed a courage many others lacked, and his legacy is the league's most progressive piece of legislation
"14.04.2017 15:41:04" theguardian.com Wesley So wins US chess title despite struggling to break down opponents The world No2 beat Alexander Onischuk 1.5-0.5 in a speed tie-break after finishing in join first with three wins and eight draws from 11 rounds Arguably the real winners from the event are the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who can view a less than overwhelming performance by his rivals, and the ex-champion Vlad Kramnik, who advanced to No3 in the rankings and is now in pole position as one of
"14.04.2017 15:10:17" theguardian.com Coventry v Charlton match delayed due to flying plastic pigs Kick-off in the League One match between Coventry City and Charlton was delayed by 15 minutes after fans threw small plastic pigs on to the pitch at the Ricoh Arena Pigs did fly
"14.04.2017 13:47:42" theguardian.com Wigan Warriors down 12-man St Helens in derby thriller Another captivating instalment of what many believe is rugby league's greatest rivalry ended with Wigan Warriors beating St Helens – who had Kyle Amor sent off – 29-18 Wigan Warriors 29-18 Official St.Helens RLFC
"14.04.2017 13:15:32" theguardian.com Jason Kenny considering retirement from cycling, reveals Laura Kenny The six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny is taking an extended break from cycling following the Rio Olympics and he is considering his future in the sport 'He's having six months to decide what he wants to do, whether to carry on or whether to retire. I'm not sure he even knows to be totally honest'
"14.04.2017 12:25:04" Timeline Photos Sport picture of the day: middle and out for Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond against Sussex
"14.04.2017 11:54:55" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Eden Hazard looks up for his reunion with José Mourinho, Steve Cook can catch the eye against Spurs and Arsenal could be under pressure at Middlesbrough Your Premier League weekend starts here
"14.04.2017 11:26:10" theguardian.com Russell Westbrook's brilliance: does science suggest it will end in burnout? The Oklahoma City Thunder guard has carried his team on his shoulders during a record-breaking season. But is such excellence sustainable? The Oklahoma City Thunder guard has carried his team during a record-breaking season. But is such excellence sustainable?
"14.04.2017 10:29:01" theguardian.com NBA playoffs preview: should we expect a Cavaliers-Warriors rematch? Golden State and Cleveland remain favorites to reprise their NBA finals match-up, but it's not inevitable, and the Spurs, Rockets and Thunder can challenge Breaking down the NBA playoffs
"14.04.2017 09:42:29" theguardian.com Jenson Button thrilled to make one-off return for McLaren at F1 Monaco GP Jenson Button will deputise for McLaren in place of Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix next month, the Formula One team have announced Jenson Button will deputise for McLaren in place of Fernando Alonso at the Monaco GP next month
"14.04.2017 09:15:09" theguardian.com 'Big Cats', brand reviews and the rampant commercialism of the Lions No Lions tour before 1991 made a profit but, with 35,000 fans expected to descend on New Zealand, 11 major sponsors and stuff to sell, the brand is now big business No tour before 1991 made a profit but since the 2009 trip to South Africa it has increasingly become a cash cow to be milked. Standard Life Investments has replaced HSBC, whose estimated £7m sponsorship in 2013 contributed to a profit of around £6m. In
"14.04.2017 06:26:19" theguardian.com Arizona teenager Becca Longo makes history with college football scholarship Basha High School place-kicker signs history-making national letter of intent with Colorado's Adams State University 'I see her as a football player who earned it. It was like recruiting any other athlete. To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive'
"13.04.2017 18:25:50" theguardian.com Pittsburgh Penguins fan stabbed in head refuses treatment until end of game A Pittsburgh man stabbed in the head with a screwdriver on Wednesday night refused medical attention until the Penguins' playoff opener was over There's dedication to supporting your team, and then there's this Pittsburgh Penguins fan …
"13.04.2017 16:37:06" theguardian.com Fernando Alonso says struggling McLaren made it easy to miss Monaco The Spaniard said finishing fifth or below at the Monaco GP would 'not change my life' unlike winning the Indy 500 "I have won there a couple of times already and I am a two-times world champion so to have fifth, seventh or ninth in Monaco will not change my life"
"13.04.2017 14:13:32" theguardian.com 'Will Ferrell gets us into talks we couldn't dream of': LAFC gear up for MLS Los Angeles' newest MLS team has celebrity backing as well as a vice-president of soccer operations who learned under Sir Alex Ferguson Los Angeles Football Club – the newest team in MLS – are co-owned by 27 big-hitters from the world of sports, entertainment and business, including Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson and Mia Hamm
"13.04.2017 11:17:08" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Sergio García, Tony Adams and a floating football Who had a bad weekend? Who chased the money? And who is playing catch-up? Who had a "bad weekend"? Who chased "all that money"? And who is playing catch-up?
"13.04.2017 09:27:44" theguardian.com Should Warren Gatland pick Dylan Hartley for the Lions squad? Questions persist over England captain's form but character and temperament are important factors too and the hooker could play a vital role in New Zealand Warren Gatland names his British & Irish Lions squad next Wednesday. Should England captain Dylan Hartley be in it?
"12.04.2017 20:51:04" theguardian.com City of St Louis file lawsuit against NFL over Rams move to Los Angeles The city of St Louis and the region's sports authority are suing the NFL over the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles The lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles Rams failed to meet league relocation rules when leaving for Los Angeles before last season, constituting a contractual breach with St Louis.
"12.04.2017 19:21:59" theguardian.com Stuart Broad will know his body's limits, but the physios probably know better | Vic Marks Stuart Broad was refused permission to play for Nottinghamshire this week and, while player availability is a controversial issue, with fast bowlers caution is understandable Vic Marks on the Stuart Broad debate: "The sole criterion for the availability of England cricketers at county level must be the physical and mental state of the player concerned, his individual needs and his impending workload."
"12.04.2017 17:10:00" theguardian.com Sonny Bill Williams permitted to wear kit free of alcohol and gambling logos The New Zealand World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams will not have to wear Auckland Blues' kit that includes specific logos “My objection to wearing clothing that markets banks, alcohol and gambling companies is central to my religious beliefs and it is important to me to have been granted this exemption"
"12.04.2017 16:04:02" theguardian.com Fernando Alonso and McLaren should be admired for Indy 500 decision The former F1 world champion has ambitions to complete motorsport's triple crown but the decision is also revealing about his relationship with the team "It's one of my ambitions to win the triple crown. It's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it" – Fernando Alonso
"12.04.2017 13:57:01" theguardian.com Fernando Alonso to miss F1 Monaco Grand Prix to race in Indianapolis 500 Fernando Alonso will miss this year's Monaco Grand Prix after it was confirmed by McLaren that he will compete at the blue-riband Indianapolis 500 event instead Fernando Alonso will miss this year's Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indianapolis 500, meaning Jenson Button could return for the F1 race
"12.04.2017 11:20:48" theguardian.com The art of sports photography: plan, stay calm and fight your corner Sports photography isn't just about being at the right place at the right time. As Karen M. Edwards explains, you have to be prepared – and willing to jostle Sports photography isn't just about being at the right place at the right time. You have to prepare – and be willing to jostle
"12.04.2017 09:17:40" theguardian.com Wladimir Klitschko: 'This may sound arrogant but I am like Mount Everest' The 41-year-old's training camp in the Alps looks like the setting for a horror film and he tells Sachin Nakrani he is in the mood to give Anthony Joshua a scare when they meet on 29 April at Wembley Wladimir Klitschko: "You can climb it during a certain period of time – during two weeks in April I believe – and say: 'I conquered Everest.' Then you've got to run down because it's going to take you down if you miss the time. Some make it back but a lot
"11.04.2017 21:10:09" theguardian.com 'Phenomenal' Maro Itoje relishing new role as lineout leader | Gerard Meagher There would not seem room for another string on the 22-year-old's bow but the England second‑row continues to grow, on and off the pitch “I always wanted to know how to do it. I want to be the roundest player I can. Having the ability to do this definitely strengthens your arsenal”
"11.04.2017 19:40:53" theguardian.com Stuart Broad's request to play against Durham knocked back by ECB Director of cricket Andrew Strauss declines the player's bid to delay his time off after 48 hours' negotiations, leaving Broad to take Easter off just one game into his campaign Stuart Broad's request to play for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club against Durham CCC knocked back by ECB
"11.04.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com Sam Warburton faces fitness race for Lions after suffering knee injury Wales and Cardiff Blues flanker Sam Warburton will be sidelined for approximately six weeks after suffering a knee injury Sam Warburton, the favourite to captain the Lions on the summer tour to New Zealand, is unlikely to play again this season
"11.04.2017 16:27:34" theguardian.com Sergio García sets sights on the Open after Masters triumph After defeating Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta, Sergio García said the Masters was akin to the Champions League of golf, but that the Open was 'like the Champions' Champions League' Sergio Garcia: “It's better late than never. I have to continue on the same path. I hope this is not the last. The Masters is like the Champions League, but the British Open is like the Champions' Champions League."
"11.04.2017 14:02:52" theguardian.com ECB's Kolpak clampdown is the latest gambit in cricket's old war Hampshire's moves for Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw mark a new chapter in the eternal tug-of-war over cricketers' labour. At least no one got kidnapped this time Hampshire's moves for Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw mark a new chapter in the eternal tug-of-war over cricketers' labour. At least no one got kidnapped this time
"11.04.2017 11:18:38" theguardian.com County cricket talking points: Surrey top the table but it's not an even playing field Pre-season punishments have made the season unnecessarily complicated; Mark Footitt impressed for Surrey; and Dan Lawrence is one to watch at Essex Our big review of the week's county cricket action
"11.04.2017 09:00:17" theguardian.com Justin Rose has time on his side but second place at Augusta still hurts Justin Rose, beaten by Sergio García in a play-off, can be proud of his part in a memorable Masters Sunday but does not want to make a habit of finishing as runner-up at Augusta It has been four years since Justin Rose won his first major, the US Open at Merion. He is too good a player to settle for one and knows it. “I really feel like this is a tournament that I can go on and win,” he said, “I'd like to win three or four Green
"10.04.2017 18:50:01" theguardian.com Dan Lawrence's hard labour sees Essex to a draw against Lancashire Dan Lawrence batted all day for an undefeated 141 to see Essex to a draw against Lancashire in their County Championship opener while Surrey saw off Warwickshire by an innings Dan Lawrence reined himself in to score his fifth first-class century and save a game Essex County Cricket Club looked likely to lose, at the start of play and after they lost three quick wickets after lunch
"10.04.2017 18:39:09" theguardian.com Sergio García won back American hearts as well as claiming the Masters The Spaniard's status as a Ryder Cup rival and his tetchy relationship with Tiger Woods has not endeared him to US galleries, but they were willing him to victory at Augusta on Sunday Sergio García's relationship with American galleries is akin to his rollercoaster journey with golf itself. On Sunday evening, both had come full circle. So, too, did a relationship between the latest Masters champion and Augusta National
"10.04.2017 16:41:50" theguardian.com Oh, Sergio! How García proved me wrong after all these years After 73 failed attempts to win a major Sergio García finally came good at Augusta National and having seemingly have thrown his challenge away once again After 73 failed attempts to win a major, Sergio Garcia finally came good at Augusta – and proved me wrong
"10.04.2017 15:44:09" theguardian.com F1: five things we learned from the Chinese Grand Prix Max Verstappen shows he can sing in the rain; long live overtaking – it's now better than ever; Niki Lauda should know better than bet against Mercedes Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish as Max Verstappen made his mark and the drivers had some fun overtaking in the new cars
"10.04.2017 12:15:05" theguardian.com The best photos from the 2017 Masters at Augusta After four days of great action which culminated in Sergio García's victory, we take a look back at some of our favourite images from the first major of 2017 Our favourite photos from a spectacular few days at the Masters
"10.04.2017 12:11:47" theguardian.com Barry Hearn: 'I hit my son with a proper shot but he dropped me twice' The promoter Barry Hearn tells Donald McRae how he found out if his son Eddie had what it takes to be big in business Barry and Eddie Hearn open up about snooker, boxing and how the pair fought each other in a ring when Eddie was only 16 so his dad could toughen him up
"10.04.2017 11:19:43" theguardian.com Super League intensifies efforts to tempt union players to switch codes Super League aims to attract top players from rugby union and the NRL “We're hoping to attract players from the NRL but also rugby union”
"10.04.2017 10:03:25" theguardian.com 'My toes are frostbitten': why weather can be MLS's toughest opponent Teams will often play in a snowstorm one week, and blazing sun the next. Does any other league in the world present such challenges? MLS teams can play in a snowstorm one week and then blazing sun the next. Does any other league present such challenges?
"10.04.2017 08:24:08" theguardian.com Grand National peak viewing figure raises advertising worry for ITV A warm, sunny day may have contributed to the cut in the peak viewing figure for Aintree but ITV Racing's impressive audience share for its first National will ease disappointment Exceptional weather across the country on Grand National day has been suggested as one reason for an abrupt decline in the viewing figures for the sport's most famous event on Saturday, when it was broadcast on ITV for the first time.
"10.04.2017 07:48:25" theguardian.com Sergio García: winning Masters on Seve Ballesteros's birthday is something amazing Sergio García hailed the influence both of José María Olazábal and the late Seve Ballesteros after the Spaniard ended his 18-year wait to win a major “I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots or some of those putts. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazábal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something amazing" – Sergio Garcia
"10.04.2017 00:26:02" theguardian.com Sergio García the last man standing and finally a Masters champion | Andy Bull US challenge petered out before the turn and Sergio García saw off Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup team-mate, at the first extra hole in what also became a celebration of their great sportsmanship Finally a Masters champion
"09.04.2017 23:59:51" theguardian.com Sergio García wins the Masters after beating Justin Rose in play-off Spain's Sergio García won a sudden-death play-off to take his first major crown after Rose, with whom he shared the overnight lead, looked close to victory The long, painful wait is over. On what would have been the 60th birthday of Seve Ballesteros, at the conclusion of his 71st consecutive major, Sergio García is a champion. Amid moving scenes at the Masters Tournament, which emphasised so many
"09.04.2017 19:53:00" theguardian.com The Masters 2017: fourth round - live! Hole-by-hole report: Can Sergio García see off the challenge from Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth on the final day to claim his first ever major? Find out with Scott Murray Follow the climax to the 2017 Masters live, with Scott Murray
"09.04.2017 19:40:05" theguardian.com County round-up: Jonathan Trott century for Warwickshire holds up Surrey Jonathan Trott's 41st first-class century steadied Warwickshire against Surrey while Hampshire chased down 320 with four wickets in hand to beat Yorkshire Jonathan Trott ambled to the crease, on a pair, at the end of the third day's second over, with Warwickshire in the mire, trailing by 334 and facing an innings defeat by Surrey Cricket. By day's end he had a 41st first-class century and had shaved the
"09.04.2017 14:49:23" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton is 'loving his fight' with Sebastian Vettel after Chinese GP win Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel 'is at his best and is phenomenally quick' which makes beating him 'so much more satisfying' “I am fighting a four-time world champion who is at his best and is phenomenally quick. And Scuderia Ferrari are the best they have been in a decade. I love this fight that we are having”
"09.04.2017 08:56:17" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton leads from start to finish to continue Chinese GP success Lewis Hamilton started on pole position at the Shanghai International Circuit and never relinquished his lead as the Mercedes driver picked up his sixth Chinese Grand Prix win Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag as Scuderia Ferrari failed to make the best of the clear pace they had, with Sebastian Vettel managing only second
"09.04.2017 00:10:14" theguardian.com Justin Rose scents Masters glory but Jordan Spieth eyes redemption The Englishman ended the third round of the Masters in a share of the lead with Sergio García as he looks to win his second major Justin Rose scents Masters Tournament glory but Jordan Spieth eyes redemption
"08.04.2017 23:44:47" theguardian.com Phil Mickelson's rash gamble a fitting end to his uneasy Masters week | Andy Bull The American avoided a court appearance in the prosecution of a celebrity gambler but his luck ran out on the 3rd in a wildly inconsistent display at Augusta Phil Mickelson avoided a court appearance in the prosecution of a celebrity gambler but his luck ran out on the 3rd in a wildly inconsistent Masters Tournament display at Augusta
"08.04.2017 22:14:23" theguardian.com Amy Tinkler grabs the attention of female fans at World Cup of Gymnastics The World Cup of Gymnastics, including Amy Tinkler and promoted by Barry Hearn at the O2 in London, is tapping successfully into female interest in the sport As Amy Tinkler came centre stage, a roar went up. But the cheer was not one of encouragement. This was London's O2 arena, with a crowd of around 12,000 people who had come from across the country to watch gymnastics hit the big time. The roar was
"08.04.2017 21:17:21" theguardian.com Courtney Lawes hunts Lions spot in New Zealand after England power play Courtney Lawes forced his way into a stocked England back row by changing his training regime and hopes to round off a career-defining season with a crack at the All Blacks “I have been working on my ball-carrying, which is not easy when you are not the biggest or strongest guy, and I thought I did pretty well in the Six Nations. Billy Vunipola is 140kg and pretty quick whereas I am a lanky 115kg second row"
"08.04.2017 20:35:19" theguardian.com Saracens imperious in crushing Wembley win over Harlequins Owen Farrell kicked 20 points in Saracens' resounding 40-19 victory against Harlequins to keep the pressure on Wasps and Exeter at the top of the Premiership Saracens 40-18 Harlequins Rugby Union
"08.04.2017 19:53:29" theguardian.com Derek Fox in dreamland after One For Arthur wins Grand National Derek Fox hails legend Jack Berry after winning his last-gasp fitness fight to ride One For Arthur to remarkable Grand National victory A week ago, Derek Fox was having to use his left fist when doing press-ups because using his fingers would have put too much of a strain on his broken wrist. Now he is the Grand National-winning jockey
"08.04.2017 18:14:31" theguardian.com Bristol pushed closer to relegation but Exeter made to work hard for win A hugely spirited performance from Bristol was not quite enough as they lost 38-34 at Exeter to stand eight points behind 11th-placed Worcester Exeter Chiefs Official 38-34 Bristol Rugby Club
"08.04.2017 17:38:55" theguardian.com Anthony Watson's rapid double fires Bath fightback to beat Leicester Bath came from behind late on to beat Leicester 27-21 as Anthony Watson scored two tries in front of a crowd of over 60,000 at Twickenham Bath Rugby 27-21 Leicester Tigers
"08.04.2017 17:04:09" theguardian.com Antoine Griezmann's late leveller in Madrid derby slows Real title charge Griezmann's 85th-minute goal cancels out Pepe's headed opener at the Bernabéu as Atlético earn a dramatic 1-1 draw against La Liga leaders Real Real Madrid C.F. 1-1 Atlético de Madrid
"08.04.2017 16:45:33" theguardian.com One For Arthur wins Grand National for trainer Lucinda Russell Derek Fox rides the winner on his first ever ride in the race One For Arthur wins 2017 Grand National!
"08.04.2017 16:00:50" theguardian.com Great Britain out of Davis Cup as Nicolas Mahut guides France to win France's Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot in four sets to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Great Britain in their Davis Cup quarter-final France's Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot in four sets to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Great Britain
"08.04.2017 14:02:25" How handicapping works at the Grand National
"08.04.2017 12:56:00" theguardian.com Grand National 2017: news and updates before the big race at Aintree – live! Rolling report: Join Tony Paley for all the latest in the buildup to the four-and-a-half mile race at Aintree Grand National 2017: news and updates before the big race at Aintree – live coverage!
"08.04.2017 12:22:22" theguardian.com Former England rugby union player Brian Moore suffers heart attack Moore, who made 64 appearances for country in 1980s and 90s, thanks health professionals for saving his life The former England Rugby union player Brian Moore is recovering in hospital following a heart attack
"08.04.2017 12:00:13" theguardian.com Saracens' Billy Vunipola: 'You build relationships by being vulnerable' The No8 talks about anxieties over Lions selection, Saracens' culture of success and how his game has improved since Eddie Jones's England arrival Billy Vunipola: “Everyone says: 'I'm not thinking about the Lions' – they're all lying. It's all the media training, everyone is scared of saying: 'I'm scared of not going.'”
"08.04.2017 11:43:12" theguardian.com Hamilton edges Vettel to claim pole at F1's Chinese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton shaded a tight Chinese Grand Prix qualifying tussle with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to claim second successive pole position Lewis Hamilton on pole for F1 Chinese Grand Prix
"08.04.2017 10:24:18" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Lord Windermere tipped to shine in our Grand National preview Odds of 50-1 look far too big for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Lord Windermere, and allow for a good return each-way, even if he finds something finishing more strongly Lord Windermere tipped to shine in our Grand National preview
"07.04.2017 23:53:01" theguardian.com Sergio García shines at Masters to raise hopes of end to major drought Sergio García's great talent was on display with birdies at Augusta's first three holes in his second round: 'I want to make sure I keep riding that wave' Sergio Garcia is joint-leader at the half-way stage with Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters but defending champion Danny Willett missed the cut
"07.04.2017 20:20:14" theguardian.com County round-up: Lancashire's Jimmy Anderson torments Essex with the bat Jimmy Anderson shone for Lancashire against Essex while Yorkshire's Gary Ballance launched his captaincy with a fine innings against Hampshire James Anderson was involved in a sprightly last wicket stand of 51 as Lancashire County Cricket Club were bowled out for 319 – a few more than Essex County Cricket Club would have liked from 160 for six
"07.04.2017 16:06:22" theguardian.com The IPL is back: cue bedlam, squeals, thunder and pure cricketing energy The commentary is awful and the fielding is terrible but T20 franchise cricket positively writhes with energy – the counties cannot ignore the heat and light Yes, it's back. The IPL - Indian Premier League is upon us once again, here for another very special season just a little bit more special than the last very special season. This week marks the start of the 10th edition, billed as an anniversary affair in
"07.04.2017 15:49:42" theguardian.com USA's Dawn Staley completes her CV and career opportunities continue to knock | Richard Williams The three-times Olympic gold medallist Dawn Staley has progressed from the housing projects of north Philadelphia to taking charge of the USA Olympic women's basketballers at Tokyo 2020 If I were Mark Clark, whose appointment as the performance director of British Basketball was announced a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to encourage more girls to play the game, I'd spend some of the £4.7m allocated to participation by Sport England
"07.04.2017 15:37:16" theguardian.com Davis Cup: Kyle Edmund loses to Pouille as Great Britain beaten in first rubber Great Britain's hopes of causing an upset against France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals suffered a major blow with defeat for Kyle Edmund against Lucas Pouille in the opening rubber Great Britain's hopes of causing an upset against France in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-finals suffered a major blow with defeat for Kyle Edmund
"07.04.2017 13:11:46" How does handicapping work at the Grand National Never really understood handicapping? Go no further before you choose your horse this weekend. Here's everything you need to know about horse racing's dark art
"07.04.2017 13:07:08" theguardian.com County cricket financial healthcheck: the bottom lines around the country While Surrey have an annual revenue of around £32m and Somerset are the model non-Test county, times are tough at Northamptonshire and Durham While Surrey have an annual revenue of around £32m and Somerset are the model non-Test county, times are tough at Northamptonshire and Durham
"07.04.2017 11:12:28" theguardian.com Do Premiership rugby's London days out signal rude health or desperation? | Robert Kitson The crowds flocking to Twickenham and Wembley for Bath v Leicester and Saracens v Harlequins will be cited as proof of the game's growth but they mask concerns ranging from fixture congestion to financial uncertainty Does rugby union aspire to be a sport for the masses or to retain a certain boutique-hotel charm? Should it fill every spare calendar space or pay more heed to player welfare? Even Premiership Rugby's own research suggests casual fans find the season's
"07.04.2017 10:35:14" theguardian.com Golf is ready for a women's Masters even if Augusta National isn't Anya Alvarez: A women's major at Augusta would go a long way toward growing the game – and an even longer way toward dispelling the club's rep as a bastion for sexism A women's major at Augusta would go a long way toward growing the game – and an even longer way toward dispelling the club's rep as a bastion for sexism
"07.04.2017 09:59:10" The fences at the Grand National were redesigned in 2013 to be more forgiving on the horses, but how are they made? Meet the men behind some of the most iconic fences in the world.
"07.04.2017 09:31:20" theguardian.com Grand National 2017: sweepstake kit Fancy organising an office sweepstake or just having a bit of fun? Download and print out our handy guide to Saturday's runners and riders at Aintree Fancy organising an office sweepstake or just having a bit of fun? Download and print out our handy guide to Saturday's runners and riders at Aintree
"07.04.2017 08:56:59" theguardian.com Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sumgong tests positive for EPO Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, has tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF, Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, has tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO
"07.04.2017 00:13:18" theguardian.com Dustin Johnson makes dramatic Masters withdrawal after fall down stairs The world No1, Dustin Johnson, was hampered by a back injury from falling down stairs on the eve of the Masters and pulled out at the first tee Day one report: Charley Hoffman shot a seven-under-par 65 to lead the field by four strokes, after world No1 Dustin Johnson pulled out on the first tee due to a back injury sustained from falling down stairs
"06.04.2017 22:00:17" theguardian.com Jordan Spieth returns to Amen Corner and shows depth of his tenacity | Andy Bull There was a time when the 23-year-old made playing Augusta National look easy. Not any more, but Spieth showed plenty of grit in exorcising the demons of 2016 Jordan Spieth easily negotiated Amen Corner - where he had so much trouble last year - before recording a nine on the 15th
"06.04.2017 18:01:19" theguardian.com Leicestershire docked 16 points on eve of new County Championship season Leicestershire will start their County Championship campaign today on minus 16 points after they were dramatically punished on the eve of the new season following an incident last week against Loughborough University involving their seam bowler Charlie Leicestershire will start their Specsavers County Championship campaign on minus 16 points and with their captain, Mark Cosgrove, banned for one match following an incident last week against Loughborough University involving their seam bowler Charlie
"06.04.2017 17:14:45" theguardian.com Masters begins with 'Arnie's Army' tribute to beloved friend Arnold Palmer | Andy Bull Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and thousands of others remembered a man who had been part of the furniture at an event he made his own since 1958 Thousands of fans came to see the old champions taking part in the honorary start but to mark the one who was missing, Arnold Palmer, who died last September. In his place, his widow, Kit, and his old Green Jacket, draped across the back of a lawn chair.
"06.04.2017 16:08:43" theguardian.com Joe Marler says six-week Six Nations proposals are 'ridiculous' The England prop Joe Marler has described proposals to reduce the length of the Six Nations to six weeks as 'ridiculous' 'They can slap me on the wrist for that all they want but it's such a physical tournament, the game itself is getting more and more physical every week. I can't say that I would be in favour of it. I wouldn't like it to happen'
"06.04.2017 15:02:41" theguardian.com Cricket is fierce in Mumbai's field of dreams At the Oval Maidan recreation ground in Mumbai young cricketers can imagine they are the next MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli India is home to many religions: Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian and more. But they say the No 1 religion is cricket. And a trip to the Oval Maidan, a nine-hectare recreation ground in Mumbai, seems to confirm this
"06.04.2017 14:31:20" theguardian.com Lizzie Kelly and Tea For Two beat Cue Card in Betway Bowl at Aintree The winning pair put their Cheltenham Gold Cup disaster behind them to deliver a stunning upset on day one of the Grand National meeting Lizzie Kelly and Tea For Two put their Gold Cup disaster behind them to deliver a stunning upset in the Betway Bowl on day one of the Grand National meeting
"06.04.2017 13:47:35" theguardian.com NBA star Thabo Sefolosha receives $4m payout from NYPD over nightclub fracas Atlanta Hawks guard-forward was thrown involved in fracas in 2015, where he said he was 'attacked and jumped' by police officers Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha settled his lawsuit against New York City after he was acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub that left him with a broken leg and the end of his NBA season
"06.04.2017 12:53:05" theguardian.com The growing acceptance of tanking is good for the NBA | Hunter Felt The end of the NBA season is approaching which means it's time for fans of teams out of the playoff hunt to start rooting for losses The end of the NBA season is approaching which means it's time for fans of teams out of the playoff hunt to start rooting for losses
"06.04.2017 12:24:11" theguardian.com Has US sports media really become a leftwing propaganda tool? Jack Moore: Is the supposed leftward shift in sports reporting the product of vast liberal conspiracy – or what happens when the myth of sports as escapism is dispelled? Is the supposed leftward shift in sports reporting the product of vast liberal conspiracy – or what happens when the myth of sports as escapism is dispelled?
"06.04.2017 11:39:39" theguardian.com Red Rum, Brianna Lyston and upside-down synchronised swimming | Classic YouTube This week's roundup also features dog-on-pitch hijinks, a basketball hero, and stellar overtaking from the 2013 British Karting Championships Our pick of the best sports clips on the web this week
"06.04.2017 11:10:04" theguardian.com County Championship 2017: Divisions One and Two – team-by-team guide Surrey's signings make them a good bet for the title though Middlesex and Somerset should challenge again while Sussex have strengthened enough to gain promotion It's nearly here …
"06.04.2017 10:41:25" theguardian.com Talking Horses: best Aintree bets as Grand National meeting begins Empire of Dirt can get the better of Cue Card in the Bowl, while it could also pay to take on Buveur D'Air in the Aintree Hurdle Our pick of the best bets on day one of the Grand National meeting
"06.04.2017 09:11:22" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton's battle with Sebastian Vettel could match F1's great rivalries | Giles Richards The Mercedes and Ferrari drivers continue their Formula One duel in China on Sunday and Hamilton is relishing the challenge of Vettel having a competitive car The Mercedes and Ferrari drivers continue their F1 duel in China and Lewis Hamilton is relishing the challenge of Sebastian Vettel having a competitive car
"06.04.2017 08:19:20" theguardian.com Augusta's ever-expanding footprint sparks Masters lengthening debate | Andy Bull As the venue for the major continues to expand its grounds the possibility of tinkering with some of the holes raises its head again On TV, it seems Augusta National never changes, as if the place was pickled in the early 1930s. The opposite is true
"06.04.2017 07:33:46" theguardian.com Eden Hazard outwits Manchester City to strengthen Chelsea's title grip Eden Hazard's double gave Chelsea a 2-1 win against Manchester City which leaves Conte's men seven points clear at the top with eight games to play Chelsea Football Club 2-1 Manchester City
"05.04.2017 23:08:37" theguardian.com Saracens performance director Phil Morrow to join Lions tour Phil Morrow, Saracens' performance director, has been recruited by Warren Gatland for the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer as part of the strength and conditioning team Phil Morrow, Saracens' performance director, has been recruited by Warren Gatland for the Official Lions Rugby tour to New Zealand this summer
"05.04.2017 21:46:08" theguardian.com Dustin Johnson a doubt for Masters after injuring back in fall on stairs Dustin Johnson's manager says the world's No1 player has taken a serious fall on a staircase on the eve of the Masters The Masters Tournament favourite, Dustin Johnson, took a serious fall on a staircase on Wednesday and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world No1 would be able to play the tournament
"05.04.2017 18:54:17" theguardian.com Willie Mullins exonerated by Irish officials over vet drugs bust Tim Brennan is accused of possessing unauthorised drugs while he was visiting the trainer's stable in Carlow Irish authorities have clarified that no suspicions are harboured about the champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins, following news that a vet is accused of possessing unauthorised drugs while he was visiting Mullins's stable in Carlow
"05.04.2017 16:17:42" theguardian.com Wladimir Klitschko praises Anthony Joshua's strength but queries his ability Wladimir Klitschko has described Anthony Joshua as a fighter who gets confidence from his 'big muscles' and suggested that will ultimately not be enough for the 27-year-old to hold onto his IBF title "Anthony Joshua wants to demolish people, but did you hear about boxing? It's the sweet science. The ice is thin and the most vicious boxers get conquered"
"05.04.2017 13:59:56" theguardian.com Super League clubs vote for salary cap rise and second marquee player Super League clubs have voted to increase the competition's salary cap as well as a number of dispensations to slow the player drain from English rugby league The £1.825m wage ceiling has risen only slightly since its introduction in 1999, while this season, NRL - National Rugby League teams are allowed to spend around £4m per season on salaries. However, senior officials from the 12 Super League clubs voted
"05.04.2017 11:40:45" theguardian.com Athletics' nationality debate to reignite as Miguel Francis swaps Antigua for GB One of Usain Bolt's training partners has reignited the debate about athletes switching nationalities by deciding to run for Great Britain, the Guardian can reveal Exclusive: Miguel Francis, a training partner of Usain Bolt who ran the seventh fastest 200m in the world last year, has now been given permission to run for Britain by the IAAF
"05.04.2017 09:20:33" theguardian.com Danny Willett embraces task of rescaling Masters mountain after testing year Danny Willett compared his 2016 Masters triumph to climbing Everest and admitted it was 'incredibly difficult' to stay at the top all the time as he reflected on his difficult year “You've achieved the greatest height in your game. You have got to the pinnacle. You've climbed Everest and you've put your flag in. Unfortunately, you've got to either climb down or stay up there and it's incredibly difficult to stay up there all the
"04.04.2017 19:17:36" theguardian.com Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev agree to terms for June rematch in Las Vegas Ward and Kovalev will look to produce a more definitive conclusion in a rematch of their hotly contested light heavyweight title fight There was little to separate Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev after their unified light heavyweight title fight in November, but now both men will have the opportunity to produce a more definitive conclusion
"04.04.2017 18:11:23" theguardian.com Twenty years on, where is the legacy of Tiger Woods' defining Masters triumph? Tiger Woods' 1997 win was supposed to open up golf to black players - but, on the eve of the 2017 tournament, little appears to have changed Tiger Woods' 1997 Masters Tournament win was supposed to open up golf to black players – but, on the eve of the 2017 event, little appears to have changed
"04.04.2017 17:04:31" theguardian.com Why won't the NHL allow its players to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics? The league has confirmed that its players won't be going to Pyeonchang next year. Josh Kloke runs through a decision that could hurt hockey in the long-term The NHL has confirmed that its players won't be going to Pyeonchang next year. Josh Kloke runs through a decision that could hurt hockey in the long-term
"04.04.2017 16:09:00" theguardian.com Tony Romo to retire from NFL and move into sports broadcasting Dallas Cowboys to release veteran quarterback from contract so he can pursue a career as a TV analyst Tony Romo is ready to call time on his 14-year NFL career and move into broadcasting
"04.04.2017 14:38:49" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy makes late change to brand of woods on eve of Masters Rory McIlroy has changed his brand and model of fairway woods on the eve of the Masters, switching to TaylorMade fairway woods Rory McIlroy has changed his brand and model of fairway woods on the eve of the Masters, taking to Augusta National on Tuesday with a bag including newly-introduced TaylorMade fairway woods alongside Callaway irons and driver
"04.04.2017 12:34:20" theguardian.com Chris Woakes: 'The IPL is a one-off opportunity I can't turn down' An inspired spell of death bowling on England's recent tour of India helped earn the bashful boy from Birmingham a chance with Kolkata Knight Riders, and Woakes is relishing the opportunity 'I hope to go to that next level and develop my white-ball cricket across the board really. Death bowling is an area of my game that has improved dramatically, I think, but to be considered a world-class death bowler you have to do it against the best
"04.04.2017 11:40:50" theguardian.com T20 has to attract the next generation first, and the blazers will follow the kids | Andy Bull Australia's Big Bash has been a success because the people behind it realised that the vast swathes of the population who were not watching cricket outweighed the outdated concerns of those who were Australia's Big Bash has been a success because the people behind it realised that the vast swathes of the population who were not watching cricket outweighed the outdated concerns of those who were
"04.04.2017 10:58:28" theguardian.com Jessica Fishlock: 'Louis van Gaal was awe-inspiring but also a little crazy' As she becomes the first Wales player to reach 100 caps, the midfielder reflects on a career that has included working with the former Holland manager As she becomes the first Wales player to reach 100 caps, the midfielder reflects on a career that has included working with the former Holland and Manchester United manager
"04.04.2017 09:42:55" theguardian.com 'More than just luck': the science behind Tom Brady's preposterous longevity Ian McMahan: As he readies for what could be a long career past age 40, Brady remains proof that how you take care of your genes matters more than genetics Love him, hate him, but never doubt him. That may stick in the throat of many Patriots' haters but with the gaudy statistics and five Super Bowl victories to prove it, Tom Brady seems to achieve whatever he wills. And what he wants, to hear team owner
"04.04.2017 08:48:23" theguardian.com Dan Norton is on the brink of try-scoring history. He deserves recognition | Robert Kitson The 29-year-old Sevens sensation can break the international record for tries scored in Hong Kong – it's high time he was more appreciated This is the story of a man who has played barely 10 seconds of Premiership rugby yet has earned genuine respect on every continent. Having already won an Olympic medal, he is now one try away from overtaking everyone who has ever picked up a ball and run
"04.04.2017 07:56:53" theguardian.com Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko cleared of doping in French 'pseudo-affair' Paris-based former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko have been officially cleared of doping by the French Anti-Doping Agency Paris-based former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko have been officially cleared of doping by the French Anti-Doping Agency
"03.04.2017 22:24:10" theguardian.com NHL officially decides to pull players from 2018 Olympics in South Korea League ends weeks of speculation by announcing it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea The NHL has announced it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting the season for three weeks – despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go
"03.04.2017 21:56:50" theguardian.com Andy Tennant backs Shane Sutton and culture of British Cycling before review The Great Britain team pursuiter Andy Tennant has defended British Cycling's medal-or-nothing culture, saying it should not be about being 'all cuddly and care bears' “It's great to be all cuddly and care bears but in my opinion they shouldn't be spending time on us – I mean me and Wendy on this occasion – when they've got four riders who have got to go and win a medal, that's what they are there for"
"03.04.2017 19:04:31" theguardian.com Lee Westwood: 'You really don't know how long you can go on for' Two decades on from his Augusta debut, and a year after finishing second behind Danny Willett, the 43-year-old is ready for another tilt at the Masters “You really don't know how long you can go on for. I can't see them making Augusta any shorter, the only stumbling block would be when you start hitting it shorter because it is a long golf course already. But I still get it out there far enough" – Lee
"03.04.2017 18:29:29" theguardian.com Alastair Cook: 'My relationship with Joe Root is absolutely fine' The former England captain insists there will be no problems playing alongside his successor come the South Africa series in July and for now is focusing purely on doing well for Essex in the County Championship "Hopefully it'll be absolutely fine. Hopefully I can support Joe whichever way he'd like me to support him. I feel like I can get back in the troops and get on with it and hopefully score some runs and help England win cricket games" – Alastair Cook
"03.04.2017 16:53:52" theguardian.com MLB stadium foods 2017: would you like extra cheese with your melted cheese? Hungry?
"03.04.2017 15:21:30" theguardian.com Lexi Thompson's trial by TV viewer shows why golf struggles to grow Viewers should not feel emboldened to change the outcome of a tournament – and, more importantly, the sport should not let them Viewers should not feel emboldened to change the outcome of a tournament – and, more importantly, the sport should not let them
"03.04.2017 12:38:25" theguardian.com When Masters years ended in seven: eight famous or forgotten anniversaries | Scott Murray From the nearly man who gave golf lessons to Dwight Eisenhower to a player whose clothing would have made Payne Stewart look like Johnny Cash From the nearly man who gave golf lessons to Dwight Eisenhower to a player whose clothing would have made Payne Stewart look like Johnny Cash
"03.04.2017 11:24:35" theguardian.com Athletes' medical data at risk after IAAF suffers alleged Fancy Bears cyber attack Athletes' confidential data is under threat of being made public after the IAAF revealed it had suffered a suspected Russian cyber attack which it believes has compromised medical records An IAAF statement said a Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bears was believed to be behind the attack in February and that it targeted information concerning applications by athletics for Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The IAAF said it had contacted
"03.04.2017 10:29:17" theguardian.com Roger Federer's resurgence shows less can be more on gruelling Tour | Kevin Mitchell The Swiss master's astonishing return has proved that longevity is still possible at the top of the game if you manage your schedule and know your body's limits It is astonishing to witness Roger Federer move with the joy and smoothness of his youth. He went five years without a slam until Melbourne. So superb is his current level, nobody is saying he will have to wait much longer for his next and 19th major,
"03.04.2017 09:58:43" theguardian.com James Ellington: 'Blood poured out of me. I thought I might not survive this' | Donald McRae The Olympic sprinter James Ellington is regaining fitness and aiming to be back running on the track next year after a horrific motorbike accident in Tenerife in January left him in a wheelchair “Starting with the right leg I had a compound fracture of the tibia and a complete break in the fibula. I fractured my left ankle completely and it's giving me grief now. I pulled my pelvis apart, opening it up by a centimetre. I ruptured tissue at the
"03.04.2017 05:10:33" theguardian.com Four-stroke penalty reported by TV viewer nixes Lexi Thompson's major bid Thompson led by three strokes with six holes left when informed of penalty, which was prompted when a TV viewer emailed over incorrect ball placement After gathering her composure when her three-shot lead vanished, the 22-year-old rallied to card a closing 67 and tie at 14-under with South Korea's So Yeon Ryu. But Ryu triumphed with a birdie at the first extra hole
"02.04.2017 16:32:33" theguardian.com The 94-year-old Masters champion, who shares Tiger's locker, on why he won't go back Jack Burke Jr, the second oldest living holder of a green jacket, recalled the day he defied the elements to claim victory at Augusta in 1956 Even Augusta National's offer of $10,000 for expenses is not enough for Jack Burke to change his mind on going back to the Masters Tournament.
"02.04.2017 13:06:50" theguardian.com Johanna Konta adds confidence to game to lay groundwork for ranking rise | Kevin Mitchell The British No1's Miami Open triumph was the culmination of improving her winning percentage over the past two years and adopting a methodical approach 'What Konta has done over the past two years is not only dramatically improve her winning percentage but bring calm to her game, which ensures she is able to ride out most crises'
"02.04.2017 10:14:59" theguardian.com Grand National 2017: Raz De Maree offers best value in a wide-open field The National has rarely been more difficult to call than it is this year, but Raz De Maree, Definitly Red, Vicente and Cause Of Causes look like the smartest tips Grand National tipping guide: Raz De Maree, Definitly Red, Vicente and Cause Of Causes look like the smartest bets
"02.04.2017 10:11:39" theguardian.com 'It was like a battlefield' – 50 years on from Foinavon's sensational National win On Saturday it will be exactly 50 years since the amazing 1967 Grand National when 100-1 shot Foinavon took full advantage of a freak set of events at the 23rd On Saturday it will be exactly 50 years since the amazing 1967 Grand National when 100-1 shot Foinavon took full advantage of a freak set of events
"02.04.2017 09:27:41" theguardian.com Saracens' Mark McCall believes rugby calendar changes could cause burnout The Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall fears players will not have enough recovery time under the new schedule 'Something has to give'
"02.04.2017 09:27:09" theguardian.com Jimmy Anderson and Alastair Cook to kick-start cricket's brave new world | Vic Marks England stars will have the chance to shine early on in a County Championship season that will be punctuated by a number of international innovations This spring offers something special and unusual for the cricket fan. For once it will be far easier to see an England cricketer in the shires in April than a cuckoo.
"02.04.2017 09:26:30" theguardian.com Masters 2017: Contenders and outsiders to watch, from Johnson to Luck Dustin Johnson is in fine form, Hideki Matsuyama poses a threat while Rory McIlroy and Jason Day chase elusive Augusta glory while amateurs Curtis Luck and Stewart Hagestad are worth following Masters Tournament: Dustin Johnson is in fine form, Hideki Matsuyama poses a threat while Rory McIlroy and Jason Day chase elusive Augusta glory … but is Danny Willett heading for trouble?
"01.04.2017 20:45:44" theguardian.com Johanna Konta announces her arrival at the next level of her sport | Kevin Mitchell The British No1 Johanna Konta's straight-sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Miami Open takes her to No7 in the world, and could herald a bright new era for British tennis Johanna Konta's 6-4, 6-3 victory over the former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki in the Miami Open final marked her first tournament win at a top-tier WTA event
"01.04.2017 16:34:48" theguardian.com Chelsea stunned by resurgent Crystal Palace and Christian Benteke Crystal Palace came from behind to shock the Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge Chelsea Football Club's lead at the top of the Premier League is down to seven points after a shock defeat to Crystal Palace Football Club
"01.04.2017 15:51:42" theguardian.com Jordan Spieth out to banish demons of spectacular Masters collapse Jordan Spieth is hoping to make amends after blowing a five-stroke lead by dropping six strokes in three back-nine holes during the final round of last year's Masters Leading sportspeople insist career lows resonate far more than the ultimate highs. If that is the case, Jordan Spieth's stumble from a seemingly unassailable position of five shots in front of the 2016 Masters field provides motivation that will be hard
"01.04.2017 15:21:10" theguardian.com Bravery staves off Ryan Moore four-timer to win Lincoln Handicap Bravery made a fairytale start to life under trainer David O'Meara when denying Ryan Moore a four-timer on Oh This Is Us in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster Ryan Moore landed a 575-1 treble on the first day of the turf Flat season, but he just couldn't get the better of Bravery in the Lincoln
"01.04.2017 14:02:40" theguardian.com Danny Cook: the Essex boy likely to be riding the Grand National favourite Danny Cook, who will climb on board Definitly Red next Saturday at Aintree, went to see the Grand National on his first trip to the races 18 years ago Some jump jockeys are bred for the game. They grow up on a farm or in a stable, race ponies as soon as they can sit straight in a saddle and then move on to the local hunt. Danny Cook is not one of them
"01.04.2017 13:45:13" theguardian.com UConn's 111-game win streak ends on Mississippi State overtime buzzer-beater Mississippi State ends UConn's record 111-game win streak on Morgan William's last-gasp jump shot in Final Four UConn's record 111-game winning streak came to a startling end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women's basketball history
"01.04.2017 12:41:00" theguardian.com Roger Federer touches tennis perfection after lightening load of expectation Few expected the 35-year-old to win the Australian Open after his injuries but he has been on stunning form since and a more relaxed attitude has helped There is no doubt that Roger Federer, that most heavenly of players, is enjoying a second coming at an age when most top players are either retired or long past their peak
"01.04.2017 12:07:52" theguardian.com Ollie Rayner hopes Middlesex find keys to sustained success The spin bowler knows he and his team are there to be shot at but an ego-free group are looking to retain the County Championship under Angus Fraser 'I tried to use a seven iron but on reflection, a wedge might have been better,' says Ollie Rayner, the Middlesex County Cricket Club - Official Club Site spinner, as he recalls failing to break into his own house using a golf club in the small hours
"01.04.2017 11:35:44" theguardian.com Underdogs Glasgow full of expectation on Champions Cup journey to Saracens Beating Saracens at Allianz Park is a daunting quarter-final task but Gregor Townsend's free-flowing Glasgow are ready for one of their biggest games in the Champions Cup Glasgow Warriors are going boldly to where they have never been before
"01.04.2017 10:46:32" theguardian.com Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for Doncaster, Kempton and beyond Withernsea is a consistent enough horse that rarely wins but is surely overpriced at 28-1 for the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster with Yuften a short-priced favourite Our pick of the best bets for today's racing action
"01.04.2017 10:15:46" theguardian.com Steve Finn: 'Fundamentally I don't think I'm a nice guy when I bowl' Middlesex and England quick Steve Finn tells Will Macpherson he has plenty on his plate as he contemplates his 13th first-class season 'When I have a good day I remind myself that I'm not the best bowler in the world, and a bad day I remember that I'm not the worst either. You can't flit between the two that quickly'
"01.04.2017 09:29:39" theguardian.com Chris Ashton: 'I think my missus is closer to a Lions place than me' Saracens winger is at peace with his internatonal exile and wants to finish with a flourish before his move to France The Saracens winger is at peace with his internatonal exile and wants to finish with a flourish before his move to France
"01.04.2017 08:53:10" theguardian.com Cambridge look to put pneumonia and Boat Race losing streak behind them | Simon Burnton After contracting pneumonia in Cambridge's defeat last year – their fourth in succession – Ashton Brown is fit again and hoping to get one over Oxford in the women's Boat Race After contracting pneumonia in Cambridge's defeat last year – their fourth in succession – Ashton Brown is fit again and hoping to get one over Oxford
"01.04.2017 08:26:51" theguardian.com Lizzie Armitstead: 'I could kick myself and kick myself' The one-time darling of British cycling comes clean about her three missed drugs tests, sexism and cash in the sport The one-time darling of British cycling comes clean about her three missed drugs tests, sexism and cash in the sport
"01.04.2017 07:37:20" theguardian.com Roger Federer wins thriller against Nick Kyrgios to reach Miami Open final Swiss ace downs Australian youngster in epic semi-final in Key Biscayne, and will play Rafa Nadal, who beat the unseeded Fabio Fognini with ease Roger Federer's season of resurgence took another thrilling turn when he won a see-saw semi-final against Nick Kyrgios at the Miami Open, 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5)
"01.04.2017 00:00:29" theguardian.com Tiger Woods rules himself out of the 2017 Masters Tiger Woods rules himself out of the 2017 Masters due to back problems Tiger Woods will miss the Masters Tournament and it is unclear when he is likely to play again
"31.03.2017 21:46:21" theguardian.com Leeds hold off Wigan to keep revival rolling in enthralling victory Leeds showed further evidence of their improvement with a scintillating victory over Wigan, their fourth consecutive win Leeds Rhinos 26-18 Wigan Warriors
"31.03.2017 20:07:44" theguardian.com Jordan Spieth leads high-profile exodus from Shell Houston Open Jordan Spieth remained defiant despite failing to make the cut at the Shell Houston Open in Texas “I don't have two weekends in a row off very often. A few years ago we missed the cut here and we had a chance to win on Sunday at the Masters Tournament, so I'm not considering myself out of next week."
"31.03.2017 18:49:26" theguardian.com Danny Cook: the Essex boy likely to be riding the Grand National favourite Danny Cook, who will climb on board Definitly Red next Saturday at Aintree, went to see the Grand National on his first trip to the races 18 years ago Danny Cook had never been near a racehorse before a trip to watch the 1999 Grand National. Now, after a drug ban, broken bones and a few wrong turns, he is set to ride the favourite at Aintree next Saturday
"31.03.2017 15:37:01" theguardian.com Liverpool and Everton: the battle for the soul of football Merseyside's big two go head-to-head on Saturday but off the pitch there is a concern among both sets of fans about the 'experience' of following their respective sides Two iconic British clubs, whose identities are so finely entwined with their communities, are no more immune from the forces of globalisation and gentrification than any other
"31.03.2017 12:08:00" theguardian.com Lizzie Armitstead becomes latest rider to accuse British Cycling of sexism Lizzie Armitstead has become the latest British rider to open up about her experiences of sexism in cycling – which included being 'left with no choice' but to dance with a male team-mate for his birthday "There was a lack of leadership. They let me down big time"
"31.03.2017 11:10:00" theguardian.com Danny Willett: 'There have been massive highs but some pretty low lows' Danny Willett has suffered a slump in form after his unexpected Masters triumph last April but he says his religious upbringing has helped him come to terms with his problems Danny Willett has suffered a slump in form since his victory in the Masters Tournament last year but says his religious upbringing has helped him come to terms with his woes
"31.03.2017 11:03:30" theguardian.com What I'm really thinking: the female football fan I'm not trying to show you up or chat you up, I just want to join in the banter "Why do I love it? I imagine for the same reason as you. I just do. My love for my team and the sport are immutable. I wish that was what you saw first."
"31.03.2017 10:07:06" theguardian.com Video: Liverpool, Everton and a fight for a football city's soul Paul MacInnes talks to lifelong supporters of both clubs to find out how they're coping with the developments In the build-up to the Merseyside derby we spoke to fans of Liverpool FC and Everton FC about their clubs, stadiums and city
"31.03.2017 09:13:13" theguardian.com Johanna Konta beats Venus Williams and faces Wozniacki in Miami Open final Johanna Konta's stranglehold over Venus Williams continues as she became the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final
"31.03.2017 09:00:20" theguardian.com Stuart Lancaster excited to get back to coaching basics as Leinster face Wasps Stuart Lancaster, former England coach, has had a more hands-on role at Leinster, who face Wasps in the Champions Cup quarter-finals having scored the most tries in the pool stages It would be fascinating to know how Stuart Lancaster feels when Eddie Jones praises his predecessor's part in England Rugby's resurgence
"30.03.2017 17:37:09" theguardian.com Liam Livingstone: 'I have always had that confidence that I could make it' After a mighty winter with the Lions, the England selectors are infatuated with the Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone, who seems certain to win an ODI cap this summer After a mighty winter with the Lions, the England Cricket selectors are infatuated with the Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone, who seems certain to win an ODI cap this summer
"30.03.2017 13:33:30" theguardian.com Cricket may feature at 2024 Olympic Games, says ICC chief executive The prospect of cricket appearing at the Olympics for the first time in 124 years has inched a step closer after the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson confirmed the majority of his members back applying to be included in the 2024 Games And the gold goes to …
"30.03.2017 11:29:21" theguardian.com Are rugby union and its calendar stretched to breaking point? | Paul Rees Now rugby union's tour schedule after 2019 has been agreed the devil will be in the detail, with the game at a point where firm leadership is required to avoid rupture 'There will come a point when fence-sitting will not be an option because it will have collapsed'
"30.03.2017 10:05:09" theguardian.com Coventry at Wembley, Boat Race drama and Gigi Buffon | Classic YouTube This week's roundup also features Dara Ó Briain's foray behind the cricket mic, spectacular rally driving and dreamy mountain biking The best sports videos on YouTube this week
"30.03.2017 09:06:09" theguardian.com Montpellier owner's interest in Gloucester prompts authorities' concern The likelihood of Montpellier owner, Mohed Altrad purchasing a stake in Gloucester has resulted in the authorities warning both clubs over integrity issues The contentious attempt by Montpellier's owner to purchase a stake in Gloucester is set to be approved following months of talks – but both clubs have been warned will be banned from European tournaments indefinitely if any integrity issues arise in
"29.03.2017 19:23:47" theguardian.com Jordan Spieth: 'To win the Masters you will have to beat Dustin Johnson' Jordan Spieth thinks Dustin Johnson is the player to beat to win the Masters but he believes he is the man to do it if he takes his A game to Augusta Jordan Spieth thinks Dustin Johnson is the player to beat to win the Master but he believes he is the man to do it if he takes his A game to Augusta
"29.03.2017 17:00:33" theguardian.com Team Sky's slapdashery stuffs more mysteries in metaphorical jiffy bag It's all very well eliminating every speck of dust, but eliminating medical records is less easy to get behind – people will wonder which was the more significant Time for another shot of Team Sky, whose functionaries seemingly will not rest until no human can utter the phrase “marginal gains” without deploying sarcastic air quotes
"29.03.2017 15:06:26" Lee ODonnell – the Mad Scientist – has became the first person to land a front-flip in a Monster Truck. Don't try this at home
"29.03.2017 13:59:11" theguardian.com Jo Pavey to receive bronze for World Championships … 10 years late Jo Pavey is set to receive the first global medal of her career after it was confirmed she would be upgraded to 10,000m bronze at the 2007 World Championships Jo Pavey said it was “bitter sweet”, “upsetting” and “frustrating” to be denied her moment on the podium
"29.03.2017 12:16:18" theguardian.com Imagine an all-English Wimbledon final. That just happened in squash Laura Massaro met Sarah-Jane Perry in the final of the British Open this weekend. It's just a shame very few people heard about itBy James Willstrop for Willstrop's World, part of the Guardian Sport Network Imagine the hype if two English players met in a Wimbledon final. Well, two women contested the final of squash's equivalent competition on Sunday and you probably heard nothing about it
"29.03.2017 10:59:50" theguardian.com Cyclists fined for riding in bike lanes during race Bike enthusiasts the world over have been calling out for more cycle lines to be created but when 15 professional riders used them during a race, they were each fined Bike enthusiasts the world over have been calling out for more cycle lines to be created, but when 15 professional riders used them during a race, they were each fined.
"29.03.2017 09:05:46" theguardian.com Veganism raises your game. Just ask Jermain Defoe The science is clear: powered by a plant-based diet, we can all run faster, live more healthily and cut our recovery times The science is clear: powered by a plant-based diet, we can all run faster, live more healthily and cut our recovery times
"28.03.2017 17:52:20" theguardian.com Derek Fox confident of return to saddle in time for Grand National The Irishman Derek Fox, recovering from a broken wrist and collarbone, has two rides over obstacles lined up before the Aintree showpiece, where he is due to ride the fancied One For Arthur "The plan is for him to be assessed and hopefully passed fit by the doctor at Kelso on Monday. His first ride back will be in a bumper at Carlisle next Wednesday and then he'll return to full action at Aintree the next day."
"28.03.2017 17:45:00" theguardian.com Jimmy Anderson hopes for injury-free England Test summer in runup to Ashes The Lancashire swing bowler Jimmy Anderson is taking the road back to full fitness 'step by step' and he could line up for his county against Alastair Cook's Essex from 7 April "I didn't enjoy the last trip to Australia and I don't want that to be my last. I'm focused on staying fit and keen on trying to find some form."
"28.03.2017 17:24:12" theguardian.com George Kruis faces race against time to prove fitness for Lions selection George Kruis is likely to play his first game since injury for Saracens three days before Warren Gatland names his squad "I think he's got a chance. George could be back towards the end of April, that's the best guess, but it could be sooner than that."
"28.03.2017 16:52:20" theguardian.com Britain's first black female footballer revealed after case of mistaken identity Emma Clarke, who was playing in the 1890s, has been established as Britain's first black female footballer and her remarkable story is being brought to life in a play The remarkable story of Emma Clarke, Britain's first black female footballer
"28.03.2017 12:58:03" theguardian.com Isn't it time cricket consigned 'chinaman' to the past? With the laws of the game now encompassing gender-neutral terminology, the banishing of a phrase coined in Yorkshire over 90 years ago seems a little overdue The language of the game is changing. And about time. Next up should be the term "Chinaman"
"28.03.2017 11:56:24" theguardian.com Andy Murray not in Great Britain team for Davis Cup quarter-final Andy Murray has not been included in the Great Britain team for the Davis Cup quarter-final with France Andy Murray is struggling with a “tear” to his right elbow
"28.03.2017 09:10:26" theguardian.com Virat Kohli says he is no longer friends with Australian opponents India skipper Virat Kohli says he is no longer friends with Australian players and never will be following a heated Border-Gavaskar Trophy series Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli says he is no longer friends with Australian players and never will be following his side's triumph in a heated Border-Gavaskar Trophy series
"28.03.2017 07:48:57" theguardian.com Adopt-a-Lion: New Zealand rugby fans offer to host British and Irish free of charge Most hotel rooms sold out during tour, so rugby fan Adam Gilshnan set up Facebook page linking Lions supporters with generous locals With hotel rooms mostly sold out and Airbnb accommodation going for as much as NZ$1,200 a night for the Lions tour to New Zealand, Kiwis are offering Lions fans free accommodation, "rugby bbqs" and to “chat rugby non-stop”.
"28.03.2017 07:42:33" theguardian.com Fudge over new T20 tournament will damage England's World Cup chances ECB's plan for a regional T20 tournament in 2020 will hurt 50-over county cricket and emasculate the NatWest Blast in its desire to enhance the next round of TV contracts The ECB's plan for a regional T20 tournament will hurt 50-over county cricket and emasculate the NatWest T20 Blast in its desire to enhance next round of TV contracts
"27.03.2017 22:47:14" theguardian.com Joe Root backs new T20 plan but says it should be free to air for fans The England Test captain has come out in favour of the new Twenty20 competition but has expressed some doubts about the coverage Joe Root has backed the ECB's regional T20 plan – but wants games shown on terrestrial TV to boost public interest in cricket
"27.03.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Dustin Johnson's self-belief is sky-high on the road to Augusta | Ewan Murray Dustin Johnson's third title in a row at WGC Match Play in Austin makes him short-priced favourite for the year's first major in Augusta Dustin Johnson heads to Augusta as the man to beat but since Tiger Woods' last win in 2005, more rank outsiders than hot favourites have won the Masters Tournament
"27.03.2017 18:55:05" theguardian.com NFL's addiction to free public money fuels Raiders move to Las Vegas Lost in the bombast of the Raiders' exit from Oakland is the not-so-subtle admission by the NFL that their opposition to gambling was always temporary The NFL is selling its long-held opposition to gambling in exchange for a $750m Sin City palace capable of holding Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and drafts, writes Les Carpenter
"27.03.2017 18:46:11" theguardian.com New Twenty20 tournament will 'future-proof' cricket, says Tom Harrison The ECB chief executive has defended the new Twenty20 event and says it will engage a new generation of children An eight-team regional Twenty20 cricket tournament is moving ever closer, with ECB chief executive Tom Harrison targeting "a new generation that responds to big box-office occasions"
"27.03.2017 15:00:23" 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… For an event that presents itself as “the most exciting combat sport in the world” UFC involves many long minutes in which, to the untutored eye, nothing much happens at all
"27.03.2017 13:18:00" theguardian.com India close to Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory after Australia collapse India are on the brink of winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and require 87 runs with 10 wickets remaining after day three of the Dharamsala Test Australia will almost certainly hand the Border-Gavaskar trophy back to India on day four of the Test series decider, with the hosts 19-0 after being set a target of just 106 runs in Dharamsala
"27.03.2017 12:16:17" theguardian.com Gregor Townsend: 'Saracens quarter-final is the ultimate challenge' He will take the reins for Scotland in the summer but for now the Glasgow Warriors head coach is only focusing on the chance to knock out the all-conquering European champions on Sunday Gregor Townsend, the inspirational Glasgow Warriors coach, speaks about leading the club that has transformed Scottish rugby
"27.03.2017 11:37:26" theguardian.com F1: five things we learned from the Australian Grand Prix Passing at Albert Park is always difficult but Lewis Hamilton reiterated new rules make overtaking harder, Red Bull lack balance and Williams are still top stoppers Lewis Hamilton will not have it all his own way this season
"27.03.2017 10:24:40" theguardian.com Tony Bellew wit and sensibility marks him out from the commentary pack Scouser offered a refreshing insight on Jorge Linares's victory over Anthony Crolla that did not fit Sky's guts-and-glory template You don't have to agree with – or understand – everything Tony Bellew says to appreciate that he knows what he's talking about. His wit and good sense help him stand out as a smart commentator
"27.03.2017 09:30:47" theguardian.com Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action Northampton display top-four credentials, Henry Slade's time to shine for England and the future is bright for Bristol regardless of what happens Our big roundup of the weekend's Premiership Rugby action
"26.03.2017 21:35:25" theguardian.com Leicester show togetherness despite Mauger disruption, says Tom Youngs Leicester's captain, Tom Youngs, said it was sad to see the coach Aaron Mauger go but 'we sent him out on a deserved high' with the 36‑31 win at Northampton "It is sad to see Aaron go and it was emotional after the match, but we sent him out on a deserved high"
"26.03.2017 19:15:00" theguardian.com Wasps confirm Premiership play-offs place by beating battling Worcester A red card for Worcester's Bryce Heem turned the game in Wasps' favour in this 40-33 Aviva Premiership win for the home side London Wasps 40-33 Worcester Warriors
"26.03.2017 18:55:00" theguardian.com Bath outclassed as eight-try Saracens take game to a different level Mark McCall, Saracens' director of rugby summed up his side's 53-10 Aviva Premiership victory over Bath when saying: 'We took our game to a different level' Saracens 53-10 Bath Rugby
"26.03.2017 18:19:23" theguardian.com Castleford battle back to sink Catalans and return to top of Super League Castleford Tigers trailed 14-0 to Catalans Dragons after 11 minutes but fought hard to secure a 43-26 victory Castleford Tigers 43-26 Catalan Dragons
"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