Marcus Rashford: How has Solskjaer got the best out Man Utd striker

Match of the Day 2 pundits Danny Murphy and Dion Dublin discuss how Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the best out of in-from striker Marcus Rashford.

20-01-2019

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk and offers to help him in the future following their thrilling Masters semi-final.

20-01-2019

Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens to set up quarter-final with unseeded American Collins

Russian upsets No5 seed in late-night three setterDanielle Collins shocks No2 seed Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2The unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against Sloane Stephens 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and match her best show in grand slams.The match ended in the early hours of Monday in Melbourne. Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to convert her third set point and level the match. Continue reading...

20-01-2019

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...

20-01-2019

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.

20-01-2019

England preparation for West Indies 'not ideal', says James Anderson

England's preparations for their Test series in the West Indies are "not ideal" but they must "make do", says veteran seam bowler James Anderson.

20-01-2019

Highlights: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 to win first Masters title

Watch highlights as Judd Trump beats seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace to win his first Masters title.

20-01-2019

John Scales: ‘I punched a hole in the wall when I had to leave Liverpool’

The former England defender talks of how Alan Sugar and a smoke alarm changed a career that took him from Wimbledon to Anfield to SpursThe Fox and Grapes sits just off Wimbledon Common. Tucked down a side street, it is now a posh gastropub with pints for £5.75 and well-groomed dogs adorning the floor. It has not always been this way. John Scales sits in a quiet corner in the back, describing the eve of the 1988 FA Cup final and how the Wimbledon team arrived to let off steam the night before facing Liverpool. Related: Steve Ogrizovic: ‘I enjoyed the police. I was good at clearing bars and clubs’ Continue reading...

20-01-2019

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...

20-01-2019

Jimmy Anderson warns of West Indies’ big incentive to beat England

• ‘You can see it in the players’ eyes,’ says Anderson• England must be ‘on top form’ on Caribbean tourJimmy Anderson acted as England’s speaker in Barbados over the weekend and, on the subject of how much West Indian desire there is to beat the tourists in their upcoming Test series, apparently the eyes have it.As the sole survivor from the last successful excursion to these parts, when an unused squad player during the 3-0 win in 2004 under Michael Vaughan, Anderson was asked why subsequent visits have returned just one Test victory from nine matches. Continue reading...

20-01-2019

Sterling and Sané ensure Manchester City cruise to victory at Huddersfield

For a team with Manchester City’s ambitions, Huddersfield were obliging opponents. Pep Guardiola’s men duly took advantage of a side whose toes seem tagged for the relegation morgue and, in the process, renewed their threat in a title race that still offers them all sorts of possibilities. The gap at the top of the table is back to four points and the message for Liverpool is loud and clear: it is going to be a heck of a job to shake off the current champions.Not that this was the most devastating performance to be seen from City this season. Indeed, they may reflect that on a better day it would have been a prime opportunity to add even more sheen to their outstanding goal difference in the top division. Yet it was difficult to be too critical when City were still capable of winning with something to spare despite a performance, by their standards, that seldom encroached above six out of 10. Continue reading...

20-01-2019

Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Masters final 10-4 at Alexandra Palace

Judd Trump wins his first Masters title as a rapid start paves the way for a 10-4 victory over seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

20-01-2019

Huddersfield set to put faith in Jan Siewert as answer to their prayers | Paul Doyle

Terriers are ready to appoint the coach of Borussia Dortmund’s second string as new manager, as they did with David WagnerOf all the greats to have played at the John Smith’s Stadium, the best known is surely Jon Bon Jovi. So it was fitting that just before kick-off the public announcer played a track by everyone’s favourite rock cowboy, who performed here on his One Wild Night tour in 2001. Fitting, too, that for the first match following Monday’s departure of David Wagner as Huddersfield’s manager the chosen track was Keep The Faith.The plan, mind you, was for Wagner to deliver the final pre-match pep talk to the crowd via a pre-recorded video message. But a technical glitch with the stadium’s giant screen meant the German could only be seen, not heard. That, too, was apt in a season in which rotten luck has been a significant factor in Huddersfield’s predicament. Whatever the breaks, from ricochets of the ball to contested refereeing decisions, they have tended to go against the Yorkshire side, right up to what turned out to be Wagner’s last match in charge, when, at Cardiff City last week, Huddersfield were awarded a penalty only for it to be curiously overturned following advice from one of the referee’s assistants. Continue reading...

20-01-2019

Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Winks' 'unbelievable' late winner

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Winks' injury-time winner at Fulham shows the importance of "believing until the end".

20-01-2019

Match of the Day: Why Danny Murphy's convinced Liverpool will be champions

Find out why Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace has convinced Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy that the Reds will be Premier League champions.

20-01-2019