Bloated, jumbled and too long: where now for the Big Bash? | Geoff Lemon

18-02-2019 Audience weariness set in after the expanded competition failed to deliver this seasonAs the Renegades beat the Stars in the Big Bash final on Sunday, there was a general sense of “at last”. Less that a Melbourne team had broken the city’s title drought, but because the competition was over. The persistent response from punters and pundits alike is that the season has dragged on after it expanded from 43 matches to 59.Others have rejected that contention. Administrators like the outgoing (in both senses of the word) Cricket New South Wales boss Andrew Jones and his Cricket Tasmania counterpart Nick Cummins have used Twitter to back the expansion, regularly posting and debating attendances and ratings as the numbers roll in. They make fair points, like that the television numbers remain strong and that the timespan of this season’s competition is only marginally longer than last. Continue reading...

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

18-02-2019 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...

FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

18-02-2019 Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.

Sports quiz of the week: managers, money, metal medals and monikers

18-02-2019 Who defied his age? Who scored quickly? Who made a packet? Matt Kuchar earned $1.3m in prize money for his victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. How much did the golfer pay his caddie?$5,000$130,000 $300,000 $1.3m Why does Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Jarrell Miller, go by the nickname “Big Baby”? He takes a cuddly toy with him wherever he goesHe weighed 10 pounds at birthHis first opponent called him that before the opening bell – and was quickly knocked outHe lost a betJoshua is fighting Miller on 1 June. Which other sporting event is taking place that night?The last game of the Six Nations The Cricket World Cup final The men’s singles final at WimbledonThe Champions League finalWho scored a hat-trick in 30 minutes this week?Sergio Agüero Eden Hazard Roberto Firmino Jonny MayPaul Scholes made his managerial debut this week. Which footballer announced his retirement on the day Scholes made his playing debut way back in 1994?Bryan Robson Gary LinekerDiego Maradona Glenn Hoddle Gordon Banks, who died this week aged 81, is most famous for winning the World Cup with England in 1966. In which country did he play his last game as a professional footballer in 1977?Republic of IrelandEgyptCanada UruguayDeclan Rice says he wants to play for the England football team. Why has his decision gone down badly with some Irish supporters?He grew up in Northern Ireland and played for their Under-21 team He was born in the Republic of Ireland He has already played three matches for the Republic of IrelandHe was in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 but didn't playThe organisers of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo say the medals will be made from…Metals mined from below the stadium in Tokyo Old phones and computersShipwrecks found off the Japanese coastMetal found in the Acropolis in Athens Where is the best team in the southern hemisphere meeting the best team in the northern hemisphere this weekend?Wellington WichitaWiganWinnipegMatthijs de Ligt captained Ajax against Real Madrid this week in the Champions League. What is remarkable about that?He only made his debut in August He has already signed to play for Real Madrid next season He is still a teenagerHis brother captained the team in their previous match 1 and above.Nine wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive2 and above.Eight wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive3 and above.Chin up. There's always next week4 and above.Chin up. There's always next week5 and above.That's a fine score. Well played6 and above.That's a fine score. Well played7 and above.That's a fine score. Well played. 8 and above.That's a super score. Well played9 and above.You star. Have a great weekend0 and above.Ten wrong answers in a multiple-choice format. Impressive10 and above.You legend. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

Tyson Fury signs ESPN fight deal worth reported £80m

18-02-2019 British heavyweight Tyson Fury signs a fight deal with a United States television network worth a reported £80m.

David Squires on … Chelsea's humiliation at Manchester City

18-02-2019 Our resident cartoonist on Maurizio Sarri’s dismay, Mike Dean and a man trying to wear trousers as a jumperTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 after naming team of just seven teenagers

18-02-2019 • Club would have been thrown out of league for forfeiting match• All seven were teenagers; Hicham Kanis scored six for CuneoSerie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches, but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were able to field only seven players in a 20-0 defeat at mid-table Cuneo. Related: Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona Continue reading...

F1 2019: A look at the cars for the new season

18-02-2019 With the 2019 season starting next month, the teams have unveiled their new cars prior to testing in Barcelona Continue reading...

The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

18-02-2019 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.

Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

18-02-2019 For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace highlights

18-02-2019 Watch highlights as first-half goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer help Crystal Palace beat Doncaster Rovers and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.