Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.



Kurtley Beale ready to move on after creating 'bad image' for rugby with videos

Beale returns to action for Waratahs this weekend Two white powder videos emerged last monthAn apologetic Kurtley Beale says his focus is now solely on the rugby after admitting videos featuring him had created a “bad image” for the game. The Wallabies and Waratahs playmaker was forced into damage control last month after two videos were released of him in the presence of white powder. Related: Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby | Bret Harris Continue reading...



Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a dismal habit that shows us sport at its most small-minded and should have been banned long ago. But this week it has done the world a favour.In the Test in St Lucia, the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel was bad-mouthing the England captain, Joe Root. What Gabriel said the stump microphone did not catch but it did bring us Root’s reply: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Continue reading...



Naomi Osaka: split with coach was refusal to put ‘success over happiness’

• Two-time slam champion parted with Sascha Bajin this month• World No 1 said rumours of money issues are ‘hurtful’Naomi Osaka is adamant that her surprise split with the coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but was because she refused to put “success over happiness”.The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back grand slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings, rising from No 72 at the start of 2018 to No 1. But only two weeks after her win at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money. Continue reading...



Mercedes enjoy constructive winter but Williams sleep through alarm | Richard Williams

Formula One has come out of hibernation with some teams looking in better shape than others and questions over marketing activitiesA few days ago a man called James Allison made Formula One feel like something other than a lost cause. In a short promotional film the technical director of the Mercedes team – the winner of the last five world championships – explained what it takes to create and build a new grand prix car. His enthusiasm dispelled a lot of the scepticism surrounding the sport’s future.Allison made a compelling argument that F1’s core activity has not really changed over the decades. What his colleagues were doing over the winter as they assembled the new W10, which made its debut in the first day of testing in Barcelona this week in the hands of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, was essentially the same as their earliest predecessors were doing more than 100 years ago. Continue reading...



The breakdown will be a key to who gets into the fast lane at Cardiff | Nick Evans

England will miss Mako Vunipola on Saturday but they have enough ball-carriers to turn on the power against WalesIt is not uncommon to introduce themes every now and then – we often use them at Harlequins – and one we’ve used recently is called decapitation strike. It’s a military term and it’s all about targeting the key individuals of an organisation and taking advantage of the knock-on effect – watching everything else fall away if you can eliminate their leaders. It could well be a key theme for Wales to target England’s half-backs in a similar fashion on Saturday.Owen Farrell is so influential in terms of how he organises England’s attacking and territorial shape, and he and Ben Youngs would be the two Wales targets. That may look like the Wales scrum-half coming hard off the defensive line, making sure that Farrell has to pass early, negating the ability to bring Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi into the game thus winning the gainline battle. If Wales make him play early then they can bring their defensive line up and shut down England’s options. 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



Arsène Wenger suggests Mesut Özil’s new deal put him in ‘comfort zone’

• Playmaker got deal while Frenchman was still at helm• Özil has started one game since Boxing DayArsène Wenger believes the decision to offer Mesut Özil a long-term contract last year may have left the German in a “comfort zone”.Özil ended speculation about his future last year by committing himself to Arsenal until the summer of 2021, with Wenger still at the helm. But the playmaker has fallen out of favour under Wenger’s successor, Unai Emery, having started only one game since Boxing Day to bring renewed scrutiny as to whether he will remain at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading...



Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...



Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...



Adil Rashid to play to his strengths against Chris Gayle and West Indies

• Leg-spinner is key part of Eoin Morgan’s ODI attack• Moeen Ali believes Rashid can still be ‘world beater’ in TestsThere are 101 days to go until England’s World Cup campaign gets under way against South Africa at the Oval and one player who should thrive during the team’s exclusive diet of limited-overs matches until then is Adil Rashid.Rashid’s 19 Test caps have returned fleeting success and after a low-key outing in Barbados last month – a defeat he might have sat out had England not bungled their selection – the leg-spinner returned home for the birth of his second son. This departure came with talk that his time in the longer format may be up. Continue reading...



'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?



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.



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.



Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp

• Premier clubs do not sell to rivals, Liverpool manager adds• England forward joined Dortmund for £8m in 2017Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool were beaten to the signing of Jadon Sancho by Borussia Dortmund because Manchester City refused to sell to a Premier League rival.The Liverpool manager confirmed his club’s interest in the teenage forward before Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, who attempted to add Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to their squad last month. While greater first-team opportunity is viewed as the principal reason for leaving the Premier League for the Bundesliga, with Sancho, Keanan Bennetts and Reiss Nelson among those to depart in recent seasons, Klopp believes the transfer policies of English clubs is another factor. Continue reading...



FA Cup quarter-final draw: Manchester sides kept apart

• Manchester City face Swansea, United go to Wolves• Millwall v Brighton and Watford v Crystal PalaceThe Manchester clubs were kept apart in the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals, made shortly after United’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea. Manchester City will make another trip to south Wales, this time to play Swansea, after beating Newport County in the fifth round. And United will travel to Wolves.Brighton face a daunting trip to Millwall while there is an all-Premier League tie at Vicarage Road where Watford will host Crystal Palace. Continue reading...



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?