Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Continue reading...



Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...



FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.



Monaco may regret sacking the man who revitalised the club

Vadim Vasilyev made Monaco the model of a sustainable, profitable club. But he has paid for their disastrous seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsUntil recently, mistakes were rare at Monaco. In just five years, the Russian duo of billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev and vice president Vadim Vasilyev led the club from the second tier to the Ligue 1 title. But the club collapsed this season and the owner has now acted, sacking Vasilyev. “Now it is time for change,” said Rybolovlev in a statement on Valentine’s Day. “I have made a personally very difficult decision to release Vadim Vasilyev from his post as vice president and CEO of the club.”Initially appointed as an advisor in January 2013, Vasilyev was quickly promoted to CEO and vice president, becoming the club’s spokesperson and spearhead. His strategy centred on realism, revenue and hardball negotiating. He knew Monaco were working within certain restraints and that copying PSG’s model simply wasn’t sustainable. “You need more than money and ambition,” he explained. “You need to be in a big town, to have a population around you, play in a big league. There are several elements which just don’t exist [here].” With a population of just 40,000 and the smallest crowds in Ligue 1, Monaco would have to do things differently. Continue reading...



Thomas Hitzlsperger makes swift impact at struggling Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

Though there is no heavy-handedness about the new head of sport, he is already having an influenceThere was, at last, a feeling of partial satisfaction and some optimism. A sixth defeat in seven games for lowly VfB Stuttgart is no reason for breaking out the party bunting but the manner, if not the result, felt like it might be a departure in the right direction.To an extent, it’s an indication of just how bad it’s been around the place in recent months. On the final day of last season, as they gleefully threw cake, jelly, and whipped the tablecloths off at Bayern Munich’s title party with a 4-1 win, Stuttgart had positioned themselves at the gates of Europe. But then a late summer flounder became a full-blown autumnal panic, coach Tayfun Korkut was replaced by Markus Weinzierl, and the former Schalke boss had been unable to bring any sense of calm in nearly four months. Continue reading...



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.



The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

Inch-perfect set pieces, curled shots in to the top corner and even an odd volley poked in to the back of the net featured among the best goals from this weekend's action.



Nicky Henderson out of sync with ‘bizarre preparation’ for Cheltenham

• Local freeze-up and Kempton gallop ban annoy trainer• Henderson upbeat over Buveur D’Air’s Festival prospectsNicky Henderson has complained that his team is having “a bizarre preparation” for Cheltenham, having to cope with an unexpected round of vaccinations, missed prep-runs, localised bad weather and other interruptions to his usual regime. Still, the champion trainer seemed to be keeping his sense of humour as he hosted his annual pre-Festival media morning and evidently still expects to do very well at the race meeting where his 60 career wins is a British record, with Buveur D’Air and Altior heading a long list of classy contenders.“We have got thrown out of sync here,” said Henderson, reflecting on the rule requiring a recent vaccination, introduced in the middle of one night last week. It was “a nuisance”, he added, requiring him to stop exercising most of his string for three or four days, with Cheltenham just a month off. Continue reading...



Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...



Jurgen Klopp: Crowd can take Liverpool 'from 100% to 140%'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Anfield crowd can take his side "from 100% to 140%" against Bayern Munich



England women in India: Captain Heather Knight guides England home in warm-up

Captain Heather Knight steers England to victory in their final warm-up match before their one-day international series against India.



World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



Women's FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea play Durham, Man City face Liverpool

Holders Chelsea will travel to Championship side Durham in the quarter-finals of the Women's FA Cup.



Toto Wolff: Mercedes boss has concerns about impact of Brexit on F1

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says a no-deal Brexit would be "a nightmare scenario" for British-based teams.



Haydock deplores crowd fights in which mother holding child surrounded

• Haydock says those involved will be banned from all its venues• 26-year-old man charged with affray and drug possessionOfficials at Haydock racecourse have deplored the crowd trouble that marred Saturday’s racing at the Merseyside track, where a mother holding a toddler found herself surrounded by men throwing punches. Footage of the incident, apparently shot by a teenage media worker, has been widely shared online, reviving memories of the troubled spring racing endured last year, when large-scale fights erupted at Ascot and Goodwood on consecutive Saturdays.“We are extremely disappointed by the incident, which is completely out of character with a jumps fixture in February,” a spokesman for Haydock said. “Our security teams were on hand to bring this under control and eject those involved, and we had ample security to do so. We involved the police who we are continuing to work with on this matter and those involved will be banned from Haydock Park and all other venues in our group.” Continue reading...



Formula 1 testing 2019: Williams in turmoil as Sebastian Vettel fastest

Williams are in turmoil in the build-up to the new F1 season as a result of delays building their new car, as Sebastian Vettel is fastest for Ferrari.



Talking Horses: Dan Skelton crosses fingers as vaccinated runners return

The trainer isn’t expecting vaccinations to affect Cheltenham Festival runs, but this week’s prep races may be a different storyAfter a weekend of flu-affected action, jump racing will return to something like a level playing field this week and Dan Skelton is one of many trainers hoping his horses will be able to run to their best despite an unscheduled round of vaccinations. The new rule requiring runners to have had a recent vaccination came in last Monday night, since when the normally prolific Skelton has had just five runners, but it will be a different story this week; lots of his horses got their jabs and will be eligible to run from Tuesday.The Warwickshire trainer told me of his concern that some of those vaccinated last week, at his yard and at many others, may not run to form right away. “You are going to get horses this week and possibly the week after that seem OK at home but don’t run as well as expected. Some are going to feel no different and some are going to feel a bit down and you can’t tell until you get to the business end of a race. Continue reading...