FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Martyn Waghorn equalises for visitors

17-01-2019

Martyn Waghorn equalises for Derby County as they come back from 2-0 down in their FA Cup third-round replay against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.



NFL kicking woes, Ellyse Perry's brilliance and Leo Messi's perfect pass | Classic YouTube

17-01-2019

Also featuring Australian Open memories, Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally and the joy of drones in sport1) Cody Parkey was left feeling like the loneliest man in the world after watching his last-gasp potentially game-winning field goal bounce off the upright and crossbar in the Chicago Bears’ playoff defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles (keep an eye on the mascot in the background, too). Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by Parkey’s supposed misfortune. He has a knack when it comes to finding the woodwork. Here he is clattering the goal-frame four times from four kicks in a match last November. And here are those doinks immortalised in Tecmo Super Bowl. Parkey still has some way to go before he matches this single rugby union penalty, though. It boinged off the crossbar and post a full four times! Over to you Cody.2) The Australian Open kicks off on Monday and, as always, Roger Federer is among the favourites. Here’s his emotional journey to winning a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne last year, when Caroline Wozniacki finally won her first. Her ding-dong battle with Simona Halep was one of the matches of the year. There have been countless classic matches down the years but here are some of the best: Chris Evert Lloyd v Martina Navratilova in 1982, Boris Becker v Omar Camporese in 1991, Jennifer Capriati v Martina Hingis in 2002, Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Marat Safin v Roger Federer in 2005. And will Bernard Tomic have the chutzpah to try this bizarre underarm serve against an opponent at Melbourne Park? We hope so. Continue reading...



Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season

17-01-2019

• Manager says it is not illegal but not necessarily right• Bielsa insists he had no bad intentions or wish to cheatMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Continue reading...



Reece Prescod: ‘I want to run sub-10 seconds for the 100m at every meet’

17-01-2019

The fast-finishing sprinter has record-breaking ambitions for 2019 which all begin with work he has done to improve his start“I don’t wake up to be average,” says Reece Prescod, as he outlines his plans to go global in 2019. “And if I don’t aim for great things, then I won’t achieve anything.” And then it all tumbles out. His ambition to topple Linford Christie’s 25-year-old British 100m record. His intention to break 20 seconds in the 200m. And – for good measure – to finish off the year by taking gold at the world championships in Doha. Related: Calls for ‘warts and all’ examination into UK Athletics after chairman goes Continue reading...



Katelyn Ohashi: The 'perfect 10' gymnastics routine with over 60 million views

17-01-2019

US college gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's floor routine became a viral hit and has had more than 60 million views in four days.



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

17-01-2019

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



Nessun Dorma: from Beckham and Ravanelli to Royle and Clough

17-01-2019

The pod reunite to discuss the opening day of the 1996-97, World Cup qualifiers, Oldham Athletic and Nottingham ForestPopular culture is littered with examples of the second body of work falling beneath the standards of the first. Thankfully for us, it’s a grey area as to whether the Arts Council consider nostalgic football podcasts to be part of popular culture. We’ve certainly not seen a grant, let’s put it that way. So, while that remains unclear, here at Nessun Dorma we decided that embarking on a second series was a relatively low-risk exercise. We’re now four episodes into it, and here’s a quick recap on what we’ve covered so far… Continue reading...



Andy Murray criticises LTA chiefs over failure to build on his success

17-01-2019

Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray criticises British tennis for failing to translate his achievements into the growth of the game at home.



Bet365 obtained details of punter’s account via Skrill in McCann case

17-01-2019

• Skrill complied with order to reveal details of McCann’s account• Megan McCann suing bookie for nearly £1m in unpaid winningsA legal case from January 2017 which relates to Megan McCann’s long-running attempt to sue Bet365 for £1m appears to suggest co-operation between Britain’s biggest online bookmaker and the leading money-transfer company, Skrill.McCann is suing Bet365 over a £25,000 bet on four races in Britain and Ireland which was placed and accepted via the firm’s website in June 2016. The winnings due on the bet amount to just over £975,000 but Bet365 has refused to pay out, or return the initial £25,000 stake, because it claims that the stake was provided by a “third party” in contravention of its Terms and Conditions (T&Cs). Continue reading...



Petr Cech’s trophy-strewn career the result of enduring excellence | Dominic Fifield

17-01-2019

Cech, who will retire this summer, won every major honour with Chelsea and Arsenal, with the highlights being the Premier League and Champions LeagueIt feels appropriate to start with that night at the Allianz Arena almost seven years ago when, one by one, players of considerable reputation in Bayern Munich’s ranks withered in Petr Cech’s presence. Six different opponents strode up to take a penalty and, on each occasion, the Chelsea goalkeeper dived the right way. The three saves he conjured would effectively secure his club’s first European Cup.Cech, like his victorious teammates, did not sleep much after that giddy triumph in Bavaria with the celebrations rightly raucous and prolonged. But, on the morning after the night before, he offered an insight into the scale of the planning which had made that success possible. In his possession, as he sat in a small meeting room at the team hotel, was a two-hour DVD detailing every penalty Bayern had been awarded over the previous five years. He and his confidante, the goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, had studied each in meticulous detail, learning the takers’ habits and routines. He knew what was coming. Continue reading...



The Spin | From sunstroke to stray dogs, Windies warm-ups are rarely dull for England

17-01-2019

Poor pitches, poorer opposition and cows on the wicket have made pre-Test games in the Caribbean entirely unpredictableFrom Mike Gatting’s shiner to Andrew Flintoff’s pedalo England’s visits to West Indies have rarely been free of memorable incident, with even the humble warm-ups reliably producing drama, interest and controversy. England are due to arrive in Barbados on Friday for their latest tour and it would be no surprise if the first days were to throw up a few dramatic moments – and perhaps a bit of comedy.So intriguing have previous warm-ups been that on the one vaguely recent occasion when they were not particularly compelling, the lack of interest was itself interesting. That was in 1990, when England prepared for a Test series against a side packed with fast bowlers and exclusively right-handed batsmen with a series of games against teams stuffed with spinners and southpaws. Continue reading...



Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

17-01-2019

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...



Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa's PowerPoint presentation after 'spying' claims

17-01-2019

When Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa held a news conference, nobody expected a full PowerPoint presentation.



Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

17-01-2019

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.



FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

17-01-2019

Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.



Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for playing badly? | The Knowledge

17-01-2019

Plus: a job lot of early substitutions, and more towns that can fit their whole populations (and more) into their football grounds. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for not playing well enough?” wonders Mitch Mitchell.Well, here’s a quick answer Mitch: yes, loads. “I’m sure scores of Leeds fans immediately thought of Paul Rachubka who was substituted at half-time in the 5-0 loss to Blackpool in 2011,” begins Jamie O’Hare, one of several to suggest this one. “Rachubka was not a great success at Leeds, he’d been signed that summer following his release from Blackpool. He didn’t play again for Leeds.” Continue reading...



Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Selby beats Stephen Maguire to progress in Masters

17-01-2019

Watch the best shots from three-time Masters champion Mark Selby's 6-2 win over Stephen Maguire as he progresses to the quarter-finals.



Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

17-01-2019

Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...