Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid

17-01-2019

• Argentina striker set to cut short Milan loan spell• Move would pave way for Álvaro Morata to join AtléticoChelsea are close to securing the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus after submitting a formal offer for the Argentina international. Related: Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín Continue reading...



Professional rider Mason Lowe dies after bull steps on his chest at PBR event

17-01-2019

Lowe, 25, was thrown and injured during event in DenverMissouri native had been ranked 18th in the world by PBRA professional bull rider has died as a result of injuries sustained in a competition in Denver.Professional Bull Riders (PBR) confirmed in a statement that Mason Lowe died on Tuesday after he was thrown from a bull and trampled during Monday’s event at the Denver Coliseum at the National Western Complex. Continue reading...



'I'm glad I'm the underdog': Adrien Broner ready for showdown with Manny Pacquiao – video

17-01-2019

Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, says his title defence against Adrien Broner will be a ‘once in a lifetime’ fight. The WBA welterweight champion, who turned 40 last month, knows he will have his hands full when he battles the hard-hitting American in Las Vegas on 19 January and is not lining up fighters down the road.Meanwhile Broner, who is seeking his first victory since a split decision win in February 2017, says: ‘I’m glad I’m the underdog.’Pacquiao angers opponent Broner after discussing Mayweather at press conference Continue reading...



‘Football is a message of peace’: Saudi Arabia and Qatar put politics aside

17-01-2019

Their governments may be locked in a diplomatic stand-off but off-field issues are played down before their Asian Cup matchNo wonder the Asian Football Confederation bans all talk of politics at its competitions. Plenty of games on the continent come with off-pitch baggage: the Korean Derby, Iran v Iraq and Vietnam v Cambodia to name just a few. But, traditionally, Saudi Arabia v Qatar has not been anything to write home about – not until now. These days one cannot write home to Riyadh if one is in Doha and vice versa and that is just one reason why Thursday’s Asian Cup clash between the two is eagerly awaited.Some have been calling the meeting in Abu Dhabi, capital of the host nation the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the “Blockade Derby”. The UAE – along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017. The claim was that, among other things, Doha was guilty of supporting terrorism. 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.



Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport

17-01-2019

• Varnish had hoped to sue governing body• 28-year-old to consider her optionsJess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes. She began legal proceedings after claiming she was dropped from the British Cycling squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics in retaliation for criticising her coaches. She argued that she was in effect an employee of both British Cycling and UK Sport and therefore should be subject to certain protections under law – including sick pay, a pension and the right to sue for unfair dismissal.However, at a tribunal in Manchester last month British Cycling and UK Sport claimed national lottery funding for athletes is more akin to a university grant and therefore should not be subject to the same employment rights. Continue reading...



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

17-01-2019

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.



'Thank you Andy Murray': Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

17-01-2019

Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was his final match.After the match a video was shown in the stadium with tributes from players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon Continue reading...



Former West Indies coach Stuart Law says old charges can trouble England

17-01-2019

• New Middlesex head coach believes old side can upset England• Australia says his country have ‘lost track of what’s important’Stuart Law says he has softened since he stopped playing but one would not necessarily guess it from the way he talks. On Wednesday, at his first press conference as Middlesex coach, Law had some kind words to say about West Indies, where he has just finished a two-year stretch as head coach, but some candid ones about the state of the game in Australia.“The staging of the Big Bash right in the middle of the Test summer probably isn’t the smartest move,” Law said. “I keep hearing that the Big Bash is doing so well. If it’s doing so well, play it in March. Don’t take up the time of Test match cricket, because the boys should be playing red-ball cricket alongside the Test matches.” Continue reading...



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.



FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Stuart Armstrong heads Saints into lead

17-01-2019

Southampton take the lead against Derby County in their FA Cup third-round replay as Stuart Armstrong reacts quickest to head home after Shane Long's effort is saved.



Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

17-01-2019

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins major return, says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, says the surgeon who saved his career can do the same for Andy Murray, who is seriously considering having the operation. Related: Wimbledon without surgery is ‘option B’ but Murray has a plan to ponder | Kevin Mitchell 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.



Ireland Six Nations squad unveiled with positive update on Johnny Sexton

17-01-2019

• Schmidt says World Player of the Year ‘making good progress’• Scotland name seven uncapped players in 39-strong squadIreland’s coach, Joe Schmidt, gave a positive update on Johnny Sexton’s fitness when naming his squad for the opening two rounds of the Six Nations on Wednesday. Sexton, the reigning World Player of the Year, has been troubled by a knee tendon issue and will miss Leinster’s final European Champions Cup pool match at Wasps on Sunday.“Johnny Sexton is making good progress, while Joey Carbery and Jack Carty have both performed consistently well so far this season,” Schmidt said after naming a 38-man squad. Continue reading...