23-02-2019 Miguel Almirón sparkles on home debut as Newcastle down Huddersfield

When the floodlights were turned on in the second half it seemed almost unnecessary. This was less to do with dusk still being some way off than the sense that Miguel Almirón already appeared to have flicked a switch and illuminated the entire stadium.Admittedly, he missed a few chances and Huddersfield did play most of the match with 10 men but the Paraguay playmaker’s home debut proved little short of electrifying. When he was replaced by Christian Atsu in the 80th minute it was to a standing ovation with Atsu’s enthusiastic clapping as he waited to come on amusing the fourth official, Martin Atkinson. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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

23-02-2019 Abbie Scott warns England that Wales are different beast at home

England have made a blistering start to their Six Nations campaign but their captain is warning against complacencyAfter such an emphatic start to the Six Nations, chalking up two wins and 92 points, complacency might be the most dangerous opponent for England’s women in Cardiff at lunchtime on Sunday.Not so, according to the Red Roses’ new captain, Abbie Scott. “Wales will be a big challenge,” says the Harlequins lock. “They’re a different beast away. We can’t be complacent. We’ve played here before and lost.” Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Solskjær wants to build team 'worthy of Manchester United's history' – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be hoping his unbeaten start in the Premier League continues if his side can see off Liverpool on Sunday. Speaking prior to the game the Norwegian said that he wants to create a side 'worthy of Manchester United's history'. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Football League: Norwich win a thriller, Paul Scholes's Oldham lose again

Benrahma’s majestic hat-trick helps Brentford thump HullLeeds maintain promotion push with freak winning goalThe leaders Norwich City twice came from behind to beat in-form Bristol City 3-2. Two high-class goals from Kenny McLean gave Norwich victory in an excellent game at Carrow Road that also included a glorious, elegant solo goal from City’s Callum O’Dowda. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Burnley’s Ashley Barnes sinks Spurs then Pochettino confronts referee

Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino should have been wary about describing this game as a cup final for his players. Everybody knows Tottenham rarely last long in the cups and defeat at the hands of a more determined Burnley should now bring an end to talk of the title run-in turning into a three-horse race. The Spurs manager admitted as much and is likely to face an FA charge after venting his fury at the referee at the final whistle.Spurs did not look much like title contenders, unable to convert 70% of possession into clear threats on goal and short of inspiration when tasked with breaking down Burnley’s dogged lines of defence. Harry Kane played and scored but with limited chances the home side finished better and deservedly took the points with goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Chess: England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

China, Russia and United States are the favourites for next month’s showdown in KazakhstanEngland have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected to fight it out for the gold medals. Last year, England finished fifth, the squad’s best performance since 1998, at the 184-nation Batumi Olympiad which was a qualifier for the world teams. Related: Magnus Carlsen pays for poor start as Daniil Dubov wins World Rapid Chess Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Watford in seventh heaven as Gerard Deulofeu hat-trick sinks Cardiff

Gerard Deulofeu, once one of European football’s brightest hopes, is finally fulfilling his potential to give Watford supporters hopes of their very own continental adventure.The former Barcelona prodigy used the Cardiff City Stadium pitch as his playground as he scored a hat-trick in this striking win for Javi Gracia’s men. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Manchester City beat Arsenal in penalty shootout to win Continental Cup

• Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City • City win 4-2 on pens; Karen Bardsley saves two penaltiesThe Manchester City manager, Nick Cushing, was full of praise for Karen Bardsley after her two penalty shootout saves gave Manchester City a Continental League Cup final win against a depleted and exhausted Arsenal.“She is an incredible goalkeeper and an incredible person. I know when we play KB she comes out with big saves in big moments,”said Cushing. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Women's Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City (2-4 pens)

Manchester City win the Women's League Cup for the third time, beating Arsenal in a penalty shootout at Bramall Lane.

23-02-2019 Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss might apologise to referee Mike Dean

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he "crossed the line" when he approached referee Mike Dean on the pitch after the loss at Burnley.

23-02-2019 The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Six Nations: France 27-10 Scotland - Scots' 20-year wait for Paris win goes on

Scotland's 20-year wait for a win in Paris goes on as France show glimpses of their old flair to record a first victory of this Six Nations.

23-02-2019 Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Manchester United’s golden child Marcus Rashford finds his lost lustre | Barney Ronay

It’s been three years since the forward burst into Manchester United’s first team and he looks better than ever now José Mourinho has been sent packingThere is a famous photo of Marcus Rashford lining up with his teammates before an England Under-16s fixture. Glancing down the row of likely lads you notice an adorably baby-faced Joe Gomez, the youthful Dominic Solanke, looking pretty much the same as the adult Dominic Solanke, and towards the far end a gap in the line where a face should be.Except, look closer and there is someone there, almost blocked from view by the looming outline of the small girl standing in front of him. Yes, it’s Rashford. And yes, he’s tiny, peeping out between the schoolkids with the same sense of quiet poise that has carried him through the past three years, almost to the day, since his debut for Manchester United. Continue reading...