Millwall charged after fans allegedly chanted racial abuse at FA Cup tie

21-02-2019 • Club charged after footage of chants emerged on social media• Millwall to issue life bans to any fan found guiltyThe Football Association has charged Millwall after a section of their fans allegedly chanted racial abuse during the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton.A clip of some Millwall fans singing a song which appeared to include discriminatory language emerged after the game, and as such the club have been charged under the rule that covers misconduct in the stands and places the responsibility on clubs to control their support. Continue reading...

Leroy Sane: How the Schalke schoolboy became a Premier League star at Manchester City

21-02-2019 Leroy Sane's former teachers and coaches tell the story of his "amazing rise" from Schalke's youth academy to starring for Manchester City.

Claire Williams denies team in crisis but admits to testing embarrassment

21-02-2019 • Williams finally get car on to track, two days late• Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari look very strongThe Williams deputy principal, Claire Williams, has said her team’s failure to run a car in Formula One testing for the opening two and half days was an embarrassment unparalleled in their 40-year history.Williams finally put their car on track here on Wednesday afternoon with the British rookie George Russell at the wheel but he completed only 23 laps. Claire Williams denied the team were in crisis, despite increased speculation that the fault lay with the technical director, Paddy Lowe. Continue reading...

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

21-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the Six Nations, Premier League football and the Track Cycling World Championships, plus much more.

Matija Nastasic: ‘I told Pellegrini it was better for everyone if I left City’

21-02-2019 The defender’s career in Manchester ended in frustration but he has flourished at Schalke and is confident his current side can upset his old one in their Champions League meetingIt is with matter-of-fact delivery, rather than obvious emotion or regret, that Matija Nastasic recounts the meeting that in effect brought about his departure from Manchester City. He had made a rapid impact after arriving from Fiorentina as a 19-year-old in 2012 but, two and a half years on, had fallen off Manuel Pellegrini’s radar with no obvious explanation bar some niggling injuries he had long since overcome.“I was thinking a lot: ‘What is the problem?’” he says. “After some time I spoke with Pellegrini and he explained I had to wait for my chance. In the end there were not so many opportunities to play. There was no issue between us but I couldn’t understand why it was like that and told him that I felt I could help the team more, that I should have more playing time at that moment and that, if it was not possible at City, then it would be better for everybody that I changed club.” Continue reading...

Warren Gatland ensures Wales leave nothing to chance against England | Ben Ryan

21-02-2019 The head coach’s inside knowledge means a greater insight into what to expect in the crucial Six Nations encounterWhen you have already coached the world-class talent in the team you are playing against at the weekend, it’s fair to say it won’t do you any harm. Information gleaned from reams of video or the brains of performance analysts will give you a pretty good picture. However, the experiences you have gone through and the intimate knowledge of the opposition’s key figures turns all that into 4K resolution.Warren Gatland will have felt his vision is particularly sharp this week. On Saturday, two great rivals go toe-to-toe in what is certainly the biggest matchup between the two since the pool game at the World Cup in 2015. The plan for Wales going into the 80 minutes in Cardiff will be as clear and concise as Warren Gatland has ever produced. From his time with the British and Irish Lions Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and more will be known to Gatland way beyond any match analysis. He knows how they play, what makes them tick and what they are capable of. Continue reading...

Olympic Games: Paris organisers propose breakdancing to IOC as a new sport for 2024

21-02-2019 Paris 2024 organisers will propose breakdancing to the IOC for inclusion, as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

Mesut Özil’s Arsenal future is in his own hands, says Unai Emery

21-02-2019 • Manager says it is up to player to get career back on track• Arsenal take on Bate Borisov in Europa League on ThursdayUnai Emery has said it is up to Mesut Özil to get his Arsenal career back on track after revealing he has spoken to the midfielder about his regular absences from the first-team squad.Özil has featured in only 18 games in all competitions this season and made one start since Boxing Day. He has missed nine games through illness in just over a year and is unlikely to feature when his teammates try to overturn a one-goal deficit in the second leg of their Europa League tie against Bate Borisov at the Emirates. Continue reading...

Harry Kane returns to Tottenham training prior to Burnley trip

21-02-2019 • England captain tweets picture of Spurs return• Kane has been out since 13 January with ankle injuryHarry Kane has handed Tottenham a fitness boost after posting a picture training alongside his teammates.Kane is expected to return to action ahead of schedule in Spurs’ Premier League match at Burnley on Saturday. Continue reading...

England v West Indies: Tourists recall Sam Billings & Dawid Malan for T20 series

21-02-2019 England recall Sam Billings and Dawid Malan for the three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies in March.

Six Nations 2019: Max Boyce recounts 1999 Wales v England thriller

21-02-2019 BBC Sport looks back to a thrilling encounter at Wembley in 1999, when Wales dashed England's hopes of winning the Grand Slam and Five Nations.

'It's not the game we dreamed of': Jürgen Klopp disappointed by performance against Bayern – video

21-02-2019 Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp struck a philosophical tone after his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Admitting that Bayern would be the happier side to emerge from their Anfield encounter without conceding, he insisted that the result was still a good one for Liverpool: "If we won tonight 1-0, what changes, really?"Liverpool and Bayern Munich trade blows but draw leaves tie poised Continue reading...

Alysa Liu's remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

21-02-2019 The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating championship in Detroit, Michigan, last month. Her coach, Laura Lipetsky who has worked with her since she was five, hugged her.Liu had just won the national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest athlete to have done so, and with two triple axels no less. The weeks since have been a media frenzy. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and profiles on her meteoric rise have been published across the world. But for all the attention Liu has received, she won’t be able to compete in Worlds. She’s too young. A 1997 International Skating Union rule requires athletes to be at least 15 by 1 July preceding the season to participate in senior-level international events. Continue reading...

Steve Clarke: Rangers will do 'everything possible' to eradicate abuse suffered by Kilmarnock boss

21-02-2019 Rangers say they will do "everything possible" to eradicate the abuse aimed at Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke in their Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox.

The in-form young footballers in 2019

21-02-2019 Kylian Mbappé is making 2019 his own, but teenagers Jadon Sancho, Ibrahima Konaté and Nicolo Zaniolo are also thrivingBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredPeter Bosz’s arrival as Bayer Leverkusen head coach just before Christmas has had a galvanising effect on a number of his players. Kai Havertz has certainly profited from the Dutchman’s possession-based approach. The teenager, now operating in a midfield three, has scored in three of his last four leagues games and boasts a pass accuracy of 87.4% in 2019. Rating: 7.42 Continue reading...

Talking Horses: Rooneys return to Cheltenham plus Thursday's best bets

21-02-2019 Owners reverse decision to snub Festival after discussions and reassurances from track officialsThe Rooney family are to enter horses for the Cheltenham Festival, it was announced by the racecourse on Thursday morning. Paul and Clare Rooney, who are among the most prolific owners in jump racing, made headlines last month when they instructed their trainers to make no further entries at the home of jump racing, because of concerns over injuries suffered by some of their runners at the track, but their fears have evidently been allayed.“They’ll have plenty of entries,” confirmed Jason Maguire, their racing manager. He mentioned I’m A Game Changer as one of their more likely contenders for the Festival’s handicaps. The Last Samuri and Kruzhlinin could represent the Rooneys in the Foxhunter Chase. Continue reading...

Snobs are wrong about women’s Serie A. It’s tight at the top and I’m learning

21-02-2019 A salary cap makes it hard for Italy to attract the world’s best but being at Juventus has shown me the standard is highIt’s been a great week for Juventus Women as we followed up a 2-0 win over our title rivals Milan on Sunday by reaching the last four of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday. That means we are one point clear of Fiorentina at the top and will face Milan, who are in their first season, in the two-leg semi-final.I have been particularly impressed with the parity and competition at the top of the Serie A women’s league. I have been aware of a bit of snobbery about the standard here from some players, agents and coaches I have spoken to. There seems to be an uncertainty about it. Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

21-02-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Zion Williamson injured as Nike shoe falls apart after 33 seconds

21-02-2019 Zion Williamson, the 18-year-old tipped to be the next big thing in basketball, is injured after only 33 seconds on Wednesday as his Nike shoe falls apart.