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

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...



Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...



Phil Foden ‘brilliant’ for Manchester City against Newport, says Pep Guardiola

• Manager praises 18-year-old’s influence in hard-fought win• ‘He’s a player who is ready – ready to play’Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden for producing a “brilliant” performance against Newport County after the 18-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City reach the quarter-finals. Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez scored the other goals as the Premier League champions won 4-1 to break Newport’s brave resistance. Related: Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed Continue reading...



Wigan’s Tom Davies: ‘I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to make it’

The winger talks about his arduous road from working in the pavilion at Leigh to lining up in the World Club ChallengeWhen the superstars of Sydney Roosters take to the field at the DW Stadium on Sunday evening in the 2019 World Club Challenge, the Wigan winger Tom Davies may be forgiven if he takes a moment to look around and pinch himself. He is already a Super League winner at the age of 22 but not so long ago Davies would have been thought more likely to be watching his hometown club from the stands as the Warriors aim to be crowned the best club side in the game.“I came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to make it,” he says. The journey for most talented young players in Wigan is often fairly simple: they are signed for the club’s junior development system at a young age and eventually progress to the first team. Davies’s story could not be more different. Continue reading...



The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...



Manchester United and Chelsea seek some salvation in a Wembley return | Paul Wilson

The clubs are meeting in the FA Cup’s tie of the round after sobering defeats last weekThe fast-moving world of football has managed to overtake what promised to be an FA Cup treat at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. When the draw was made, Chelsea’s pairing with Manchester United was the obvious fifth-round highlight, but that was before both clubs suffered chastening setbacks.Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat of the Premier League era at the hands of Manchester City last Sunday, a 6-0 thrashing that left Maurizio Sarri in a state of shock. It is highly unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United will be quite so ruthless and relentless, though with a Carabao Cup final against City due at the end of the month one could readily understand Sarri and his players feeling apprehensive about the possibility of setting up another meeting in a different competition. Continue reading...



David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership

• Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety, was the farthest notion from any of the minds assembled here in Barnet. Indeed, with an hour gone, Saracens were trailing, as they had for the entirety of the third quarter. The stuff of champions it was not.This was one of those domestic matches in the shadow of the Six Nations that tend not to linger in the memory. Saracens took their first try early, but thereafter neither side could make anything stick. With a try all of a sudden on the stroke of half-time, it was Leicester who took an unlikely lead into the break. Continue reading...



Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...



Laura Muir records third fastest indoor mile at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Laura Muir sets the third fastest indoor mile of all time, smashing the British record in the process, at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.



Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate

Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reigning champions will look to punish a wasteful display from Rangers when they travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday by stretching their advantage to eight.Wright’s St Johnstone had shipped five after opting to go on the attack on their last visit to Govan. But there was little danger of them opening up as they returned to Glasgow’s south side on the back of five straight defeats in which they had conceded 13 goals. Continue reading...



Cougars claw back in a heartwarming tale of rugby league resurrection | Tanya Aldred

Keighley were in special measures and heading nowhere in November. Now they are back on the sporting mapIn dark times, stories of resurrection have always worked a treat for those trying to flog a religion or sell a little hope. And in a small Yorkshire town once sustained by textiles, resurrection is exactly what a likable offbeat collective is trying to bring.Keighley Rugby League Club, a regular member of the last-chance saloon, was placed in special measures in November for failing to pay the players’ wages. It looked to be in dire trouble, only to be rescued at the 11th hour by a consortium of familiar faces, the men in charge during the glory years of the 1990s, when the waiting list for boundary boards was so long that the club flogged advertising space on the roof. Continue reading...



Stars implode to hand Renegades their first Big Bash title

Melbourne Renegades 145/5 (20) defeat Melbourne Stars 132/7 (20)Relive the action as it happened - over-by-overThe Melbourne Renegades are BBL champions for the first time, with the Melbourne Stars suffering a stunning collapse of 7-19 with a maiden title in sight. Related: Big Bash League final: Stars capitulate to hand Renegades title Continue reading...



Haydock Park: Mass brawl among 50 spectators

Haydock Park officials are investigating after a mass brawl involving about 50 people broke out among spectators at the racecourse.



FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Fantastic Foden, nose 'splattering' saves & cabbage-patch pitches

Watch the quirkier moments from Manchester City's FA Cup fifth-round victory against Newport County, including a cabbage-patch playing surface and Joe Day's "nose splattering" save.



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Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’

England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St Lucia, the answer is wonderfully simple: “You almost feel like a superhero. I’ve been playing Mario Kart recently and yeah, it’s like when you get a magic mushroom and you’re just absolutely flying.”It will come as little surprise to learn Wood is still glowing from victory in the third Test against West Indies and his maiden five-wicket haul. The 29-year-old sat down for a chat this week and, in that inimitable Ashington twang, his delight at finally becoming a match-winner shone through. Continue reading...



Wales’s 1969 wing wizard Maurice Richards: ‘I scored the tries but forwards won it’

The scourge of England in Cardiff 50 years ago looks back on a thrilling victory in which he ran in four tries and explains why he switched codes at the end of that yearThey used to say the wind blew hardest at Cardiff Arms Park when it was trying to catch Maurice Richards. It had no more success than the England team that arrived in the Welsh capital 50 years ago chasing a share of the Five Nations title but left resembling the rubble where the north stand had been. Richards ran in four tries in a thrilling 30-9 victory that afternoon, equalling a Wales record that still stands. Wales scooped the triple crown and the championship.That afternoon’s demolition of England was the start of a golden era for the men in red, but before the end of the year the 24-year-old Cardiff wing, a 1968 Lion who had still to reach his peak, had left Wales and his job at Port Talbot steelworks for rugby league, where he would become Salford’s record try scorer and appearance holder in a 14-year career. Continue reading...