21-01-2019 Australian Open 2019: Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares into doubles quarter-finals

Britain's Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares book their place in the men's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open.

21-01-2019 Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

• 10-year-old suffers second defeat since comeback• ‘We’ll get the vets and the physios to check,’ says RussellOne For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

• Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 European Champions Cup: Wasps 19-37 Leinster

Holders Leinster secure a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster with a comfortable win away to Wasps in their final pool game.

21-01-2019 Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

21-01-2019 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.

21-01-2019 Judd Trump hammers Ronnie O'Sullivan to win first Masters title

Trump beats O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace29-year-old wins title for the first time in emphatic styleJudd Trump won his first Masters title with an emphatic 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace.The 29-year-old began as an underdog in his first Masters final against a player seeking his eighth title, but made an impressive start, sweeping to a 4-0 lead and chalking up breaks of 89, 87 and 56. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

21-01-2019 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

21-01-2019 Premier League stats: Man City eclipse Europe's elite, Salah's prolific form & Solskjaer's super start

Manchester City's quick fire century, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's super start and Paul Pogba's best season yet - the best stats from the Premier League weekend.

21-01-2019 Chelsea have a good manager and players – so why are they in a mess? | Jonathan Wilson

With no long-term strategy at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri is trying to impose his rigid style on players unsuited to itIn September 2016, after Chelsea had lost limply away to Arsenal, Antonio Conte laid into the “bad attitude” of his players. They went on to win their next 13 league games and by the end of the season were Premier League champions. Perhaps Maurizio Sarri hopes for something similar after his attack on the “mentality” of his players following Saturday’s limp defeat away to Arsenal which was, if anything, even more ferocious. Perhaps there will be a reaction. But at half-time in that 2016 defeat, Conte also made a major tactical shift, adopting the back three Chelsea would play for the rest of his tenure. Sarri seems unlikely to change anything. Related: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely difficult to motivate’ Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Garth Crooks' team of the week: Schar, Koscielny, Neves, Rashford, Salah

Who had Garth Crooks jumping out of his chair? Who is breaking his heart? Find out in his latest team of the week.

21-01-2019 Huddersfield 0-3 Manchester City: Guardiola delight at Blue's 'incredible' season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describes his side's season as "incredible" after a 3-0 Premier League win over managerless Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

21-01-2019 Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather after dominating Broner

‘If Mayweather wants to challenge me, I’m a champion’Filipino defends WBA regular welterweight championshipPacquiao beats Broner by unanimous decision – as it happenedManny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he still has plenty of fight in a dominant win over Adrien Broner – and called out Floyd Mayweather in his post-fight press conference.With Mayweather watching from ringside in Las Vegas, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Rachel Dunn guides England to victory but Australia claim Quad Series

• England 52-49 Australia• Tracey Neville got tactics spot on to repel Australia challengeThere was no maiden Quad Series crown for England but, in the context of what is to come this year, another successful chapter in their captivating rivalry with Australia may be much more significant.Needing to win by five to claim the Quad Series title after a dominant victory over the Silver Ferns and defeat by South Africa on Saturday, England always had the odds stacked against them. In the end their 52-49 victory proved last year’s shock Commonwealth Games triumph was no fluke. One from two objectives to start this monumental year left an overriding sense of satisfaction. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Chelsea players are 'extremely difficult to motivate', says Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri launched a scathing attack on his players after they laboured to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League.An irate Sarri, who opted to speak Italian in his press conference to properly execute his message, accused his squad of being ‘extremely difficult to motivate’.First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny allowed the Gunners to move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who have failed to find their rhythm in 2019.Sarri insists the mentality of his players must improve, hinting at personnel changes before the January transfer window is over.Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League - as it happened! Continue reading...