'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

21-02-2019

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.



Welsh connection will not distract Billy Vunipola from England’s cause | Andy Bull

21-02-2019

The No 8 lived in Wales as a child but says he is committed to helping England win their crucial Six Nations encounterPeople say love comes in different shapes and sizes, and in Wales on Saturday it will be 6ft 3in and 20st 7lb. Billy Vunipola says he wants to show the Welsh just how much he cares by helping England win at the Principality Stadium. No joke.Vunipola moved to Wales when he was six years old, and he has so much affection and respect for the people he knows there that he will be using those feelings as fuel for the “emotional battle”. After all, Vunipola says, when you are looking for motivation “love works better than hate because you have a clear mind. With hate you think everything’s wrong and it’s not your fault.” 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.



Warren Gatland ensures Wales leave nothing to chance against England | Ben Ryan

21-02-2019

The head coach’s inside knowledge means a greater insight into what to expect in the crucial Six Nations encounterWhen you have already coached the world-class talent in the team you are playing against at the weekend, it’s fair to say it won’t do you any harm. Information gleaned from reams of video or the brains of performance analysts will give you a pretty good picture. However, the experiences you have gone through and the intimate knowledge of the opposition’s key figures turns all that into 4K resolution.Warren Gatland will have felt his vision is particularly sharp this week. On Saturday, two great rivals go toe-to-toe in what is certainly the biggest matchup between the two since the pool game at the World Cup in 2015. The plan for Wales going into the 80 minutes in Cardiff will be as clear and concise as Warren Gatland has ever produced. From his time with the British and Irish Lions Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and more will be known to Gatland way beyond any match analysis. He knows how they play, what makes them tick and what they are capable of. Continue reading...



Laura Muir: Scot's record-breaking spikes could be investigated

21-02-2019

The spikes worn by Laura Muir while breaking the British indoor mile record will be investigated if complaints are made about them, athletics' governing body has said.



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...



Manchester United take ‘massive belief’ into Liverpool game, says Ashley Young

21-02-2019

• United at home against league leaders Liverpool on Sunday• Wins at Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea have brought confidenceAshley Young has said Manchester United’s victories at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have given Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side “massive belief” as they prepare to face the league leaders, Liverpool, on Sunday.The 2-0 triumph at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday means United have won 11 of the 13 games the Norwegian has taken charge of since succeeding José Mourinho after the defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in December. Their only defeat came against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie last week. Solskjær has seen his side set up a sixth-round meeting with Wolves in the FA Cup and move up to fourth place in the Premier League. Continue reading...



Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

21-02-2019

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.



Paul Pogba drives Man Utd into FA Cup quarter-finals with 'magnificent' display

21-02-2019

A "magnificent" performance from Paul Pogba, who made one and scored one, drives Man Utd to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup fifth round tie.



Schalke 2-3 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling snatches late win for City

21-02-2019

Raheem Sterling scores a last-minute winner as 10-man Manchester City come from behind to beat Schalke in the Champions League.



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...



'The whole village is united': Warnock attends Emiliano Sala's funeral – video

21-02-2019

The Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, has attended the funeral of Emiliano Sala in the town of Progreso, Argentina. Sala was killed when the aircraft he was flying in crashed on 21 January, en route to Cardiff from Nantes, the player having signed with the Premier League club days earlier Continue reading...



Georginio Wijnaldum insists clean sheet could be a boon for Liverpool

21-02-2019

• Defender believes result was good for Liverpool and Bayern• Goalless draw was achieved without key personnel in defenceGeorginio Wijnaldum has rejected the idea that Bayern Munich hold the advantage in their Champions League tie with Liverpool, insisting a clean sheet at Anfield could prove decisive for Jürgen Klopp’s free-scoring team in the second leg.Liverpool travel to Munich in three weeks’ time without the commanding first-leg lead that characterised their run to last season’s Champions League final following the goalless draw with the German champions. Mats Hummels, the Bayern defender, said the last-16 tie was balanced but that Niko Kovac’s team were satisfied with the result and their gameplan. Continue reading...



Talking Horses: Gordon Elliott on his big-name Cheltenham contenders

21-02-2019

The trainer has plenty of horses heading to Cheltenham for what could be a memorable festival for his stablesThe top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last two years, Gordon Elliott spoke at length on Tuesday about his prospects for next month:Apple’s Jade, 9-4 Champion Hurdle Continue reading...



Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

21-02-2019

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.