Dan Evans smiles in defeat by Roger Federer after 'terrible' time during ban

17-01-2019 Evans delivers best display since comeback, losing 7-6, 7-6, 6-3‘I was in a bad place,’ he says of nine-month drugs suspension A year after he found himself “in a pretty bad place” and contemplating retirement from tennis at 27, Dan Evans can smile again, bathed in accolades for three sets against Roger Federer that lit up day three of the Australian Open – and gave the loser much-needed heart.It took Federer two and a half hours to beat the world No 189 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 on the Rod Laver Arena, a place where he has celebrated victory in the first major of the year six times. Continue reading...

Masters 2019: Unexplained whistle interrupts Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson first-round match

17-01-2019 An unexplained 'whistle' noise interrupts Judd Trump's first-round match against Kyren Wilson, with commentator John Virgo suggesting the kettle might have boiled.

Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid

17-01-2019 • Argentina striker set to cut short Milan loan spell• Move would pave way for Álvaro Morata to join AtléticoChelsea are close to securing the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus after submitting a formal offer for the Argentina international. Related: Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín Continue reading...

MCC granted planning permission for £50m Lord’s redevelopment

17-01-2019 • Capacity of the ‘home of cricket’ will increase to 31,000• Permission granted for work on Edrich and Compton standsThe capacity of Lord’s will increase to 31,000 after planning permission was granted for work on the Edrich and Compton stands. Work will begin in August and the seating should be ready for the 2020 season at a cost of £50m, with full completion – including catering facilities – to be ready for 2021. Related: Joe Root finds touch in England warm-up but Jonny Bairstow fails at No 3 Continue reading...

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Johanna Konta in action: Australian Open day four – live!

17-01-2019 Updates on another busy night of tennis in MelbourneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.43am GMT Simona Halep, who was given a few problems by Kaia Kanepi in the first round, isn’t having it all her own way today. The world No1 led Sofia Kenin 6-3, 3-0 - but Kenin has managed to fight back to 3-3 in that second set. Halep’s looking a bit flustered. 7.42am GMT Alex Bolt, the Australian wild card, looked out of luck not so long ago. He trailed Gilles Simon, the 29th seed, by a set and a break. But he’s only gone and snatched that second set 6-4! Meanwhile David Goffin, the 21st seed, has levelled his match against Romania’s Marius Copil at one set apiece. Continue reading...

David Warner dealt injury blow while playing in Bangladesh

17-01-2019 Warner picks up elbow injury on Sylhet Sixers dutyBanned batsman to return to Australia for assessmentSteve Smith and David Warner’s preparations for their long-awaited World Cup returns could both be thrown into chaos, with the latter set to follow his ex-skipper home from Bangladesh with an elbow injury.Just six days after Smith left the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to have surgery on his elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Warner would also head home to seek medical assessment on the same joint. Continue reading...

Katelyn Ohashi: The 'perfect 10' gymnastics routine with over 60 million views

17-01-2019 US college gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's floor routine became a viral hit and has had more than 60 million views in four days.

Cricket’s vices are no more common – it’s just harder to keep them secret | Andy Bull

17-01-2019 Players have been fighting, drinking and sleeping around for as long as they’ve been batting, bowling and catching but these days you can guarantee everyone will know about itWhenever David Green belched he would say “Boycott!” and since he belched a lot “Boycott” was probably one of the first few words I ever heard him say, followed, in short order, by a philippic against “whichever fucker” had forgotten to replace the cellophane wrap on the tray of sandwiches at the back of the press box, the admonishment of a sloppy piece of outfielding, and a caustic enquiry about whether any of the rest of us could possibly help him solve a cryptic crossword clue which he probably already knew the answer to.Green, who played county cricket for 15 years, and wrote about it for another 30, was one of those characters people worry aren’t around any more. He died in 2016. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Southampton 2-2 Derby County (3-5 pens) Highlights

17-01-2019 Derby come from two goals down before beating Southampton 5-3 on penalties in a thrilling FA Cup third-round replay.

Ireland Six Nations squad unveiled with positive update on Johnny Sexton

17-01-2019 • Schmidt says World Player of the Year ‘making good progress’• Scotland name seven uncapped players in 39-strong squadIreland’s coach, Joe Schmidt, gave a positive update on Johnny Sexton’s fitness when naming his squad for the opening two rounds of the Six Nations on Wednesday. Sexton, the reigning World Player of the Year, has been troubled by a knee tendon issue and will miss Leinster’s final European Champions Cup pool match at Wasps on Sunday.“Johnny Sexton is making good progress, while Joey Carbery and Jack Carty have both performed consistently well so far this season,” Schmidt said after naming a 38-man squad. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Martyn Waghorn equalises for visitors

17-01-2019 Martyn Waghorn equalises for Derby County as they come back from 2-0 down in their FA Cup third-round replay against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

17-01-2019 Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...

Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

17-01-2019 The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little surprise given that his father was once a star quarterback at Texas A&M and his uncle played professionally for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Murray started off his college career playing both sports, but the Oakland A’s were excited enough by his talent that they picked Murray in the 2018 first-year player draft and signed him to a deal that guaranteed the outfielder $4.6m. This despite the fact that Murray was still playing football. Continue reading...

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

17-01-2019 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...

Djokovic and Federer pay tribute to 'friend, colleague, rival' Andy Murray – video

17-01-2019 World No 1 Novak Djokovic reflected on 'friend and rival' Andy Murray after the Briton revealed the Australian Open could be his last tournament due to a persistent hip injury. Roger Federer also paid tribute to Murray, saying he was 'a little bit shocked' by the newsFearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near Continue reading...

The Spin | From sunstroke to stray dogs, Windies warm-ups are rarely dull for England

17-01-2019 Poor pitches, poorer opposition and cows on the wicket have made pre-Test games in the Caribbean entirely unpredictableFrom Mike Gatting’s shiner to Andrew Flintoff’s pedalo England’s visits to West Indies have rarely been free of memorable incident, with even the humble warm-ups reliably producing drama, interest and controversy. England are due to arrive in Barbados on Friday for their latest tour and it would be no surprise if the first days were to throw up a few dramatic moments – and perhaps a bit of comedy.So intriguing have previous warm-ups been that on the one vaguely recent occasion when they were not particularly compelling, the lack of interest was itself interesting. That was in 1990, when England prepared for a Test series against a side packed with fast bowlers and exclusively right-handed batsmen with a series of games against teams stuffed with spinners and southpaws. Continue reading...

Enes Kanter: Turkey seeks arrest of New York Knicks star - media

17-01-2019 The New York Knicks' Enes Kanter is accused of having links with armed groups, a claim he denies.

Thierry Henry won't like Patrick Vieira for a 'little bit' during Monaco v Nice – video

17-01-2019 Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has joked that he and former teammate Patrick Vieira 'won't like each other for a little bit' when the Ligue-1 strugglers play Nice on 16 January.Henry played alongside Vieira, who now manages eighth-place Nice, for Arsenal from 1999 to 2005, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups along the way. The pair also lifted the World Cup together with France in 1998.'We played with each other, battled with each other, in the national team and with Arsenal. But, it's going to be Monaco versus Nice. That's the most important thing,' Henry told the media ahead of the match at the Stade Louis II Cesc Fàbregas leaves Chelsea to reunite with Thierry Henry at Monaco Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

17-01-2019 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.