Arsenal’s sunny outlook is now threatened by gathering clouds

After grand plans, unbeaten runs and positive vibes have come shabby results, transfer issues and Sven Mislintat’s impending exitThree months ago, with the autumn sunshine beaming into the boardroom Arsenal built to overlook the pitches of their Hertfordshire training base, ambition seemed to course from the new leadership team promoted to run the club in place of the outgoing Ivan Gazidis. Related: Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m? Continue reading...



Katie Boulter loses but earns praise of Aryna Sabalenka at Australian Open

• Briton beaten 6-3, 6-4 in second round by No 11 seed• Boulter’s ‘really big hitting’ also impresses Annabel CroftKatie Boulter was lauded for a brave performance in exiting her first Australian Open, but it was equally obvious that players such as the powerful young Belarusian who beat her in straight sets, Aryna Sabalenka, will make life difficult for everyone on the Tour in the next decade or so. Related: Nadal, Dimitrov and Sharapova: Australian Open day three – live! Continue reading...



Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...



The Spin | Cricket’s American dream remains as USA welcomed back into ICC fold | Emma John

Three years after they were kicked out, the USA have had their member status restored and a new governing body has big ideas for the progression of the game for both men and womenWas that a whiff of fatted calf we could smell this week? The USA finally returned to the cricketing fold, three years after being kicked out of the ICC for behaviour unbecoming an associate member, and the whole affair had a slight feel of the prodigal son about it.“The International Cricket Council today welcomed USA Cricket as its 105th Member, in what is a historical milestone for the governing body established in 2017,” beamed the official press release, as champagne corks popped across the Atlantic. The use of the word historical seemed a bit rich – after all, it’s also the only milestone this one-year-old organisation has achieved. But maybe the person who wrote it was feeling nostalgic. After all, 54 years ago, in 1965, the USA had been the very first non-Commonwealth country admitted to the ICC. And the decades since haven’t exactly wreathed it in glory. Continue reading...



Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England warm-up but Olly Stone’s tour over

• England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 131-11 (tea)• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower backA second sleepy day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown suddenly burst into life on the stroke of tea when Stuart Broad claimed his third hat-trick in the whites of England.Broad, who continues to trial the new shorter run-up he unveiled in Sri Lanka, was returning for his second spell of the day when, with thoughts turning to refreshments, he removed the tailenders Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins lbw. Continue reading...



Manchester City to sign 18-year-old Ante Palaversa from Hajduk Split for £7m

• Palaversa has made first-team breakthrough this season• Midfielder to carry on at Hajduk until summerManchester City have reached an agreement with Hajduk Split to sign the highly rated 18-year-old central midfielder Ante Palaversa for an initial £7m. Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...



Jess Varnish: Cyclist loses employment case at tribunal

Ex-GB cyclist Jess Varnish fails in her attempt to prove she was an employee of British Cycling and UK Sport at an employment tribunal.



Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...



'VAR wasn't brought in for this' - MOTD pundits discuss Derby's disallowed goal against Southampton

The Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow Derby's goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay with Alan Shearer arguing ''VAR wasn't brought in for this."



Enes Kanter: Turkey seeks arrest of New York Knicks star - media

The New York Knicks' Enes Kanter is accused of having links with armed groups, a claim he denies.



Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...