Newcastle see off Blackburn with Joselu and Ayoze Pérez extra-time flourish

16-01-2019 In word and deed Rafael Benítez gives the impression the FA Cup is a competition Newcastle can do without. His players’ commitment to victory at Blackburn suggested otherwise. The Premier League strugglers lost a two goal lead and two central defenders to injury before securing their place in round four with a spirited, clinical performance at Ewood Park.Newcastle were taken to extra time – an exertion both managers would rather have avoided – by Tony Mowbray’s determined Championship side as Adam Armstrong and Darragh Lenihan cancelled out an early advantage provided by two academy graduates. The visitors then lost Ciaran Clark plus his replacement, Jamaal Lascelles, to injury before extra-time goals from Joselu and Ayoze Pérez brought merited reward plus a welcome shot of confidence. Continue reading...

Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

16-01-2019 Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

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

16-01-2019 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?

David Squires on … the timeless magic of the FA Cup

16-01-2019 Our cartoonist looks back at third-round weekend, some shocks and a helpful arrival at Old TraffordTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

16-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Arsenal's post-Wenger plans in tatters with Sven Mislintat set to leave club

16-01-2019 • Mislintat’s chances of move to technical director had slimmed• German feared role would become that of glorified chief scoutArsenal’s grand plans to restructure post-Arsène Wenger have begun to splinter with Sven Mislintat, brought in as head of recruitment, set to leave after feeling his position has become untenable.The German, whose ideas in the sphere of spotting and developing talent are highly regarded in European football, was initially appointed in November 2017 by Ivan Gazidis, with the idea that his role would evolve into that of a technical director as the club aimed to refresh its operation once they moved on from the Wenger era. Continue reading...

The Fiver | Cech, mate

16-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Unlike say, a certain couple of Fulham players, it is difficult to imagine Petr Cech ever clashing with a teammate during a yoga class. While it is easy to imagine the Arsenal keeper trying somebody’s nerves by complimenting them excessively on their Downward Facing Dog, repeatedly offering them drinks from his water bottle or accidentally treading on their velvet slings, the prospect of actually coming to blows with one of football’s nicest men in any environment seems so implausible as to be utterly beyond the realms of possibility. Google “Petr Cech” and “controversy” and one of very few occasions in which the 36-year-old appears to have lost his cool in a senior career spanning almost 20 years was when he cut loose at the end of a game and gave referee Mike Dean both barrels. Which doesn’t really count because it was referee Mike Dean, a fabled attention-seeker who probably deserved both barrels. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

16-01-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.

Can Scotland translate Champions Cup progress into a Six Nations surge? | Robert Kitson

16-01-2019 Glasgow and Edinburgh can both reach the European quarter-finals, which should give national side grounds for optimismThere can be no question about the best rugby story of 2019 so far. For Scotland to have the chance of both its professional teams reaching Europe’s last eight going into the final round of Champions Cup pool matches is as unprecedented as it is great news for a tournament which thrives on diversity. Sure, the leading Irish, French and English candidates are still in the mix but a double-whammy of Edinburgh and Glasgow really would be a collector’s item.It is not always an easy life as a pro rugby player in Scotland. There are bigger bucks available elsewhere and, until this season, their major teams have reached the European quarter-finals just twice and once respectively in 22 years of trying. When Gregor Townsend names his Six Nations squad this week it will be from a position of collective psychological strength unparalleled since Jim Telfer’s heyday. Continue reading...

Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

16-01-2019 The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career – and it is still going – having managed 16 teams in eight different countries but, he says on a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, there are not many things he would have done differently over the past 42 years.Not a single one? “Well …” the current Philippines coach says when we meet at a swish hotel next to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Maybe one then … and that would be that last World Cup.” Continue reading...

Amir Khan to fight welterweight champion Crawford in defining bout

16-01-2019 • Fight scheduled for MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden• Khan will be trained by the respected Virgil HunterAmir Khan will challenge the outstanding WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on 20 April.The 32-year-old rejected terms to finally meet his rival Kell Brook to instead pursue one of the world’s finest fighters and what could prove his defining fight at either Las Vegas’s MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden in New York. Continue reading...

NFL kicking woes, Ellyse Perry's brilliance and Leo Messi's perfect pass | Classic YouTube

16-01-2019 Also featuring Australian Open memories, Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally and the joy of drones in sport1) Cody Parkey was left feeling like the loneliest man in the world after watching his last-gasp potentially game-winning field goal bounce off the upright and crossbar in the Chicago Bears’ playoff defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles (keep an eye on the mascot in the background, too). Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by Parkey’s supposed misfortune. He has a knack when it comes to finding the woodwork. Here he is clattering the goal-frame four times from four kicks in a match last November. And here are those doinks immortalised in Tecmo Super Bowl. Parkey still has some way to go before he matches this single rugby union penalty, though. It boinged off the crossbar and post a full four times! Over to you Cody.2) The Australian Open kicks off on Monday and, as always, Roger Federer is among the favourites. Here’s his emotional journey to winning a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne last year, when Caroline Wozniacki finally won her first. Her ding-dong battle with Simona Halep was one of the matches of the year. There have been countless classic matches down the years but here are some of the best: Chris Evert Lloyd v Martina Navratilova in 1982, Boris Becker v Omar Camporese in 1991, Jennifer Capriati v Martina Hingis in 2002, Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Marat Safin v Roger Federer in 2005. And will Bernard Tomic have the chutzpah to try this bizarre underarm serve against an opponent at Melbourne Park? We hope so. Continue reading...

Mick Schumacher: Ferrari driver academy spot for son of seven-time champion Michael

16-01-2019 Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael, has joined the Ferrari driver academy, sources close to the team say.

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

16-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Masters 2019: Neil Robertson knocks out world champion Mark Williams - best shots

16-01-2019 Neil Robertson battles back from 3-1 down to beat world champion Mark Williams 6-3 in the first round of the Masters.