Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

21-02-2019

Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...



AFLX coin toss to be replaced by rock, paper, scissors

21-02-2019

Latest innovation seeks to encourage on-pitch ‘banter’Much-criticised pre-season event takes place on FridayThe much-maligned AFLX competition, which takes place on Friday in Melbourne, will employ a game of rock, paper, scissors instead of the more traditional coin toss to determine the direction teams kick at Marvel Stadium.The latest innovation is an attempt at maintaining the focus on entertainment at the pre-season event by creating “banter” on the pitch, with teammates of the four captains encouraged to hang around the staging of the game and engage in ribbing the opposition. Continue reading...



Jason Roy and Joe Root sink West Indies after Chris Gayle flays England

21-02-2019

• First ODI: England, 364-4, bt West Indies, 360-8, by 6 wkts• Gayle 135 after Roy drop; England opener hits 123, Root 102Jason Roy is not short on self-belief. And in the one-day series opener between West Indies and England here on Wednesday – a match that made spectating, or simply walking past the ground, something of a health hazard – this character trait very much came to the fore.Lesser players might have felt a touch sheepish at the mid-innings break. Having dropped Chris Gayle on nine, Roy watched the opener plough on for 135 from 123 balls, blazing 12 out of a world record 23 sixes from the home side as they posted an imposing 360 for eight. Continue reading...



Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

21-02-2019

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.



Pep Guardiola: 'Still we are not ready to fight for the Champions League' – video

21-02-2019

A late Raheem Sterling strike was the difference as Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 away at Schalke. The home side were awarded two penalties in the first half after Sergio Agüero opened the scoring. City went down to 10-men after Nicolás Otamendi was shown a second yellow, the first awarded after a controversial VAR decision Continue reading...



Mesut Özil’s Arsenal future is in his own hands, says Unai Emery

21-02-2019

• Manager says it is up to player to get career back on track• Arsenal take on Bate Borisov in Europa League on ThursdayUnai Emery has said it is up to Mesut Özil to get his Arsenal career back on track after revealing he has spoken to the midfielder about his regular absences from the first-team squad.Özil has featured in only 18 games in all competitions this season and made one start since Boxing Day. He has missed nine games through illness in just over a year and is unlikely to feature when his teammates try to overturn a one-goal deficit in the second leg of their Europa League tie against Bate Borisov at the Emirates. Continue reading...



Stricker ‘overwhelming choice’ as USA Ryder Cup captain, says Tiger Woods

21-02-2019

• 51-year-old handed honour in home state of Wisconsin• Woods says Stricker was ‘deserving’ of honourTiger Woods has delivered a ringing endorsement of Steve Stricker’s appointment as the USA’s Ryder Cup captain. In the least surprising development of this golfing year, Stricker was confirmed in position by the PGA of America on Wednesday. He will seek to reclaim the cup from Europe at Whistling Straits next September. Related: García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Zidane to replace Sarri at Chelsea?

21-02-2019

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



England in West Indies: Jason Roy & Joe Root hit centuries in record chase

21-02-2019

Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root help England complete their highest one-day run-chase and beat West Indies in the series opener.



Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus

21-02-2019

For Atlético Madrid it was the perfect finale and it left them dreaming of the perfect final. Two late goals from their two Uruguayan centre-backs, first José Maria Giménez and then Diego Godín, sent a gigantic roar round this stadium, the kind of noise this place has never heard before. The Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s home for just over a year, will host the 2019 Champions League final and, as they sang long and loud, they did so in the hope that their team will be there too, invited to the party they host. Related: Raheem Sterling gives Manchester City crucial advantage over Schalke Continue reading...



Watch: Were officials right to send off Kilmarnock's Bachmann against Rangers?

21-02-2019

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke called goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann's sending off in his side's 5-0 Scottish Cup fifth-round replay hammering by Rangers "a joke". Is he right?



Leroy Sane: How the Schalke schoolboy became a Premier League star at Manchester City

21-02-2019

Leroy Sane's former teachers and coaches tell the story of his "amazing rise" from Schalke's youth academy to starring for Manchester City.



Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury rematch: WBC 'confident' the fight will take place

21-02-2019

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder "owe it to the fans" to make a rematch happen, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says.



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

21-02-2019

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



NBA: Jayson Tatum's 'spectacular drive & finish' in NBA's top 10 plays

21-02-2019

Watch the best plays from last week's NBA games including a spectacular finish from the Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum.