16-02-2019 Harry Wilson: ‘Ian Rush phoned. I thought what do I call him? Ian? Rushy?’

The Liverpool winger, on loan at Derby, talks about that five-fingered goal celebration at Manchester United and his surprise Wales debut at 16In October 2013, Harry Wilson was having a lie-in, watching television in bed in academy digs in Eccleston, round the corner from Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby, when his phone rang again. He had already missed a couple of calls from an unknown number. “I don’t usually answer them but something told me to answer it, so I answered it and it was Ian Rush,” Wilson explains, smiling. “He was like: ‘Hiya Harry, it’s Ian Rush.’ I was like: ‘What do I call him? Do I call him Ian? Do I call him Rushy?’ I didn’t really know what to call him.” Related: FA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Andy Farrell says succeeding Joe Schmidt will be his greatest challenge

• Ireland assistant ‘proud and privileged’ to take reins• Farrell confirms Johnny Sexton will be fit for Italy gameAndy Farrell has rated succeeding Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach the biggest challenge of his career. The former dual-code England international will step up from assistant coach when Schmidt steps down after the autumn’s World Cup in Japan.The 43-year-old has worked under Schmidt since 2016 amid Ireland’s rise to second in the world, after four years as England defence coach. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know

Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama probes the fraying covenant between white power brokers and their mostly black labor forceSteven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, written by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and available for streaming on Netflix, is the finest movie ever made about the business of professional sports, not for the answers it purports to give about a billion-dollar industry charged by undercurrents of race and politics but the questions it asks. Related: High Flying Bird review – Soderbergh scales new heights on Netflix Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Colin Kaepernick: Former NFL quarterback settles 'collusion' case

Colin Kaepernick and former team-mate Eric Reid reach settlements with the NFL over 'collusion' cases against team owners.

16-02-2019 Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Dan Christian heroics send Renegades into Big Bash League final

Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by three wicketsStars await in all-Melbourne final on SundayMelbourne Renegades will host cross-city rivals the Stars in Sunday’s BBL decider after claiming a thrilling three-wicket semi-final victory over Sydney Sixers.Set 181 to win on Friday night at Marvel Stadium, the Renegades required 46 off the final four overs but held their nerve to book a first BBL final appearance. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted with potholes and misleading signposts. After his greatest triumph on Saturday he was gracious in victory, 11 months after he had been booed by some home supporters at Twickenham after Ireland had secured the Grand Slam there.“They are a top team,” he said of Ireland, the world’s form country in 2018 who had been systematically taken apart by England. And they are. Just as England found last year after two years of barely uninterrupted success under Jones, nothing feeds the appetite of an ambitious team like a setback. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 FA Cup: Man City will suffer against League Two Newport County, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City will "suffer" against Newport County in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie, says boss Pep Guardiola.

16-02-2019 Qatar Open: Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina to reach final

Simona Halep is through to the final of the Qatar Open where she will play Elise Mertens.

16-02-2019 Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup

Watford reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons after a hard-fought win against battling QPR at Loftus Road.

16-02-2019 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...

16-02-2019 Talking Horses: rhythm for Al Dancer at Ascot plus Saturday’s best bets

The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained unbeaten hurdler looked to have plenty more to offer when he won at CheltenhamA slightly reduced version of the Betfair Handicap Hurdle will be the main betting race on Ascot’s excellent card and it is hard to escape the claims of Al Dancer (3.20). From the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that had a winner with its first runner back after racing restarted this week, he is unbeaten over hurdles and looked highly progressive when scoring at Cheltenham in December.That was his handicap debut and even a 12lb hike in the ratings may not stop him. Getaway Trump is a talented opponent but may find this too much of a test of speed. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 FA Cup: 'He's fluffed it' - Mumford & Sons try football commentary

Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall give football commentary a go, describing Nat Knight-Percival's bizarre FA Cup goal for Bradford in 2017.

16-02-2019 Formula E recap: Bird is the word in Santiago

Watch short highlights as Great Britain's Sam Bird wins his his first Formula E race of the season with a scintillating victory in Santiago, Chile.

16-02-2019 Newport County: the inside story of a club that rose from the dead

Before the League Two side host Manchester City in the FA Cup we hear the remarkable tale from four people who know it bestAlthough Newport County went out of business in 1989, after being relegated from the Football League the previous season, the start of that decade was a golden era, notably the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final against Carl Zeiss Jena in 1981.David Hando (Newport County AFC honorary president and former chairman): If we had goalline technology we’d have won that and played Benfica in the semi-final. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Sebastian Vettel backs Ferrari’s ‘extreme’ design in bid for F1 title

• Four-times F1 champion ‘really excited’ by Ferrari’s new car• Mattia Binotto says team ‘tried to be as extreme as we could’Sebastian Vettel is confident Ferrari have the car to mount a strong fight for the Formula One title . The team unveiled the SF90 at Marenello on Friday as they attempt to end more than a decade without winning F1, with the team principal, Mattia Binotto, describing the design as an “evolution” pushed to be “extreme”.The car is named to recognise the 90 years since Enzo Ferrari established the Scuderia at Modena in 1929. Since then they have competed in every F1 championship and are the most successful team in the sport. However they have not won the drivers’ championship since Kimi Raikkonen’s victory in 2007 and the constructors’ since 2008. Last season their challenge fell away as Vettel made mistakes and the team failed to match the development of Mercedes. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning

The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and yellow, the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is in the President’s Lounge telling reporters about his lucky stones. The original FA Cup-winning Crazy Gang may have been uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes many moons ago, but at the fan-owned phoenix club which replaced it there is still an apparent undercurrent of madness.Quiet and unassuming, Wordsworth is anything but deranged, although at one point he teetered on the brink. As a Southend player, he suffered the trauma of losing his beloved older brother, Steven, to a heart attack, a bereavement that led to a slump in form and eventually left him without a club. Picked up by Wimbledon, he is looking forward to an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Millwall on Saturday following his side’s demolition of West Ham. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 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...

16-02-2019 Juventus 3-0 Frosinone: Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juve go 14 points clear

Juventus move 14 points clear at the top of Serie A with a routine victory over struggling Frosinone.