Netball International Quad Series: England beaten by South Africa in London

Commonwealth Games champions England lose 48-45 to South Africa in their second Quad Series match at London's Copper Box Arena.



Masters Snooker 2019: Ding denied 147 despite thrilling attempt

China's Ding Junhui agonisingly misses out on a maximum 147 break during his Masters semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.



Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’

The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his father’s death‘Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...



Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely difficult to motivate’

• Manager furious after side’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal• Sarri attacks lack of ‘ferocity’ among his playersMaurizio Sarri launched a stinging attack on his Chelsea players’ mentality after a meek defeat to Arsenal, accusing them of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game.For the first time since taking over at Stamford Bridge six months ago, Sarri felt compelled to revert to his native Italian and lean on an interpreter to express his exasperation at a defeat which means Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to only three points. Continue reading...



England’s Quad Series hopes hanging by a thread after South Africa loss

• England 45-48 South Africa• England must now beat Australia by five goals to win SeriesEngland’s hopes of claiming their first Quad Series title appear in tatters after South Africa tore up the script at London’s Copper Box Arena.From the high of a repeat 13-goal drubbing of New Zealand in Liverpool last week to this shock 48-45 loss to outsiders South Africa, England now face the daunting prospect of not only having to defeat Australia on Sunday but needing to do so by at least five goals to have any chance of achieving Quad Series history. Continue reading...



International Quad Series: England lose 48-45 to South Africa in London

England lose 48-45 to South Africa in their second International Quad Series match at London's Copper Box Arena.



Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup goals, Floyd Mayweather and Brexit moans

Who scored? Who hit a wall? Who threw in the towel?Which of these FA Cup third-round ties features two clubs who have won the competition six times each?Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Birmingham City Wolves v Liverpool Who was top scorer in the FA Cup last season?Romelu LukakuDick WilliamsEden HazardWill GriggWho said: “I tried everything to turn it around, I went backstage and hit a wall. I think I broke my hand. I was trying just that little bit too hard”?Tenshin Nasukawa Michael SmithCarl FramptonTakuma InoueHow long did it take Floyd Mayweather to beat Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing match in Tokyo?14 seconds 140 seconds14 minutes 14 two-minute rounds Which tennis players faced each other in a competitive match for the first time this week?Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Roger Federer and Serena WilliamsKristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first four matches as Manchester United boss. Which former United manager won his first five league games in charge?David Moyes José Mourinho Louis van Gaal Matt Busby Which of these World Cups will not be played this year? Rugby World CupCricket World CupRugby League World Cup Netball World CupSanti Cazorla scored twice for Villarreal on Thursday night as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in La Liga. Who was Cazorla playing against the last time he scored a league goal (it was a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot)?BarcelonaAtlético Madrid JuventusSouthampton Blackpool played Sunderland at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day. What percentage of the fans at the game were there to support the away team?0% 50% 71%100% Who has been complaining about Brexit, saying: "It’s horrible isn’t it. Did you vote for Brexit? Brex-shit. I don’t like it. Look at the pound and the euro. I get everything paid in pounds so just have a look how much it dropped. Let’s say it dropped by 10%, that’s cost me 10% of my prize money straight away. So that’s quite a lot of money"?Ronnie O'SullivanLewis HamiltonMichael van GerwenPhil Taylor1 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 2 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 3 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 4 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 5 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 6 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 7 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 8 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 9 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 0 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 10 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. Continue reading...



José Mourinho bemoans lack of backing compared to Klopp and Guardiola

• Former Manchester United manager points our rivals’ spending• ‘Pep made great decisions, great decisions that were supported’The former Manchester United manager José Mourinho has claimed Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp were afforded more luxuries than him in the Premier League.The Portuguese highlighted the support Guardiola and Klopp have received in the transfer market since taking over at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. Mourinho appeared to struggle to secure his intended transfer targets in the summer at Old Trafford, but Guardiola and Klopp have not had that problem. Continue reading...



Saracens into Champions Cup last eight as top seeds after beating Glasgow

• Pool 3: Saracens 38-19 Glasgow• Form of Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola gives England a liftOn the day Saracens announced the latest blow for England with the loss of Owen Farrell, they duly gave English rugby the sort of fillip only they are qualified to administer. A bonus-point win at home to Glasgow means Saracens qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup as unbeaten top seeds. And the form of their remaining England players is cause for celebration, never more so when three of them, forwards all, combined sweetly with an Aussie to score the bonus-point fourth, Maro Itoje galloping clear to claim the try and the man-of-the-match award.“It’s been a really good squad effort,” said their director of rugby, Mark McCall. “We’ve won games, including all three away, without some big names. To get 28 points [out of 30] in a competition like this is a big achievement.” Continue reading...



Australian Open: Barty overcomes first-set loss to see off Sharapova

Ashleigh Barty defeats Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Australian progresses to her first major quarter-finalMaria Sharapova, the ice queen of tennis, melted in the warm glow that swelled in the Rod Laver Arena on day seven of the 2019 Australian Open, lifting one of their own, Ashleigh Barty, into the quarter-finals here for the first time since Jelena Dokic nine years ago.Barty, the two-sport prodigy who returned from international cricket to tennis three years ago, had too much game for the tough 31-year-old Russian and won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 22 minutes to record one of the major upsets of the tournament. Continue reading...



Jamaica's racetrack warriors of Caymanas Park – in pictures

While spending time in Jamaica in the 1980s and 1990s, reportage photographer Wayne Tippetts developed a fascination with the Caymanas Park horse racing track in Portmore, the last remaining track on the island. In recent years he has revisited the track gaining behind-the-scenes access and we take a look at selection of these images Continue reading...



Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep beats Venus Williams - best shots

Watch the best shots from world number one Simona Halep's 6-2 6-3 third-round win over Venus Williams at the Australian Open in Melbourne.



Callum Wilson’s blistering strike sets up Bournemouth for win over West Ham

If West Ham were not wounded enough by the possible departure of Marko Arnautovic, it felt as if industrial quantities of salt had been rubbed in here. While their star forward sat at home, dropped after expressing his desire to join Guangzhou Evergrande, a bad week was compounded in wildly contrasting ways by two men who have been touted to take his place.The one who did, Andy Carroll, produced an inexplicable miss after half-time to let Bournemouth off in a tightly-poised game. The one they would apparently like to sign, Callum Wilson, promptly scored a blistering opener and West Ham’s lack of response after that provided a grim snapshot of how things might look if Arnautovic gets his wish. Continue reading...



Jose Mourinho: I've had three job offers but I don't park the bus

Jose Mourinho says he has turned down three job offers since being sacked as Manchester United boss and rejects criticism of the team's playing style.



Mauricio Pochettino says there is no need to change Spurs’ philosophy

The absence of Kane and Son will not lead to panic. Instead a manager who believes in giving his players time to develop will allow youngsters their chance to shineDuring the days when Mauricio Pochettino was still feeling his way into the English language, he saw the chance to pull out an idiom beside the pitch at Turf Moor. He could hear his opposite number effing and blinding in the other technical area, swearing at everything and nothing as managers do, and thought he would try a mild interjection of his own.“Sean Dyche was on the touchline: ‘Fucking this, fucking that’,” he says. “At one moment I turned to him and said: ‘Fuck off, Sean. Hey, Sean: fuck off’.” Continue reading...



Wimbledon chairman criticises 'nonsense' tournament scheduling

Philip Brook is worried by scheduling that will see two important tournaments clashPhilip Brook, who retires in December after nearly 10 years as Wimbledon chairman, has made a rare foray into tennis politics, describing as, “nonsense” scheduling that will pit the Davis Cup against the new ATP world team competition.The competitions have already divided loyalties, with most of the leading players abandoning the 119-year-old Davis Cup – relaunched by the ITF in a fortnight-long team format in November in Madrid - in favour of more money, as well as ranking points, in the ATP’s World Team Cup, which will be held in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney ahead of the 2020 Australian Open. Continue reading...



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...