Australian Open 2019: Johanna Konta through after beating Ajla Tomljanovic

16-01-2019 Johanna Konta boosts British hopes at the Australian Open with a titanic three-set win over home player Ajla Tomljanovic in Melbourne.

FA Cup: Josleu puts Newcastle 3-2 up against Blackburn in extra time with controversial goal

16-01-2019 A controversial goal from Joselu is allowed to stand as Newcastle take a 3-2 lead against Blackburn in extra time of their FA Cup third-round replay.

Transfer roundup: Valencia want Javier Hernández and Fulham sign Ryan Babel

16-01-2019 • Striker keen to join Spanish club from West Ham• Crystal Palace set to sign goalkeeper Lucas PerriJavier Hernández is wanted by Valencia and is keen to join the Spanish club but West Ham will not allow him to leave unless they can bring in another striker.Valencia want a loan deal for Hernández, whereas West Ham would prefer a sale – if they do business at all. They are facing the possibility of losing another forward, Marko Arnautovic, to an unnamed Chinese club, and regard Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson as his ideal replacement. Continue reading...

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

16-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

16-01-2019 The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. 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...

Masters 2019: Barry Hawkins proves too strong for Shaun Murphy at Masters - best shots

16-01-2019 Barry Hawkins beats former world champion Shaun Murphy 6-2 to reach the quarter-final of the Masters.

Tottenham lose Harry Kane until March due to ankle ligament injury

16-01-2019 • Striker sustained injury in defeat by Manchester United• He will miss games against Chelsea and Borussia DortmundTottenham Hotspur’s worst fears have been realised after a scan on Harry Kane’s left ankle confirmed he sustained ligament damage during the defeat by Manchester United. The England captain is not expected even to resume training until early March.The striker had hobbled away from Wembley on Sunday after hurting the joint in a challenge with Phil Jones towards the end of the 1-0 loss and, while he had initially conceded he would miss at least a month in rehabilitation, medical tests on the ankle suggest his absence will extend further. Continue reading...

World Series MVP John Wetteland charged with child sexual abuse

16-01-2019 52-year-old was arrested on Monday in TexasWetteland helped Yankees to victory in 1996 World SeriesFormer major league pitcher John Wetteland has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Denton County jail records show the 52-year-old Wetteland was arrested on Monday and freed on $25,000 bond.Authorities have not released details of the investigation into the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer. Wetteland was MVP of the 1996 World Series, in which he led the New York Yankees to their first championship since 1978. The All-Star closer was 48-45 with 330 saves and a 2.93 ERA during his career, which lasted from 1989 until 2000. 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...

Petr Cech: Arsenal keeper to retire at end of season

16-01-2019 Arsenal's former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, 36, announces he will retire at the end of the season.

Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

16-01-2019 Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...

British Cycling: BBC obtains email at centre of testosterone delivery

16-01-2019 BBC Sport obtains an email at the centre of the controversy over a mystery delivery of testosterone to the National Cycling Centre.

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

16-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Henry and Vieira put aside friendship for first meeting as managers | Nick Ames

16-01-2019 Derby on the Riviera between Henry’s Monaco and Vieira’s Nice will be special for the former Arsenal and France teammatesWhen Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira met in London over Christmas, using a short break in the Ligue 1 schedule to take coffee in the way they always have, both men knew they have to pick their moments carefully nowadays. One of modern football’s powerhouse friendships, an awesome concentration of sheer accomplishment, must be put on hold twice a year from now on and on Wednesday they will discover how that feels. The 108th Derby de la Côte d’Azur is a significant staging post in their careers and, while their bond is rooted in years of success on the pitch, a sense of mutual adversity colours their first encounter as managers of Monaco and Nice.“We’re both really excited about it,” Vieira said on Tuesday, capturing the sentiment of last month’s chit-chat. But he allowed himself a smile when the notion of feeling sympathy with Henry, whose Monaco side sit second from bottom, was offered. Vieira’s spell at Nice has begun in stately fashion but his feeling of serenity was interrupted last week when Jean-Pierre Rivère and Julien Fournier – the club’s president and general manager respectively, both credited with his appointment – announced their impending departures. The reason given was “divergences” with Nice’s Sino-American owners and, with the team looking to push on from eighth place, the timing could hardly have been worse. Continue reading...