Tyson Fury signs ESPN fight deal worth reported £80m

19-02-2019 British heavyweight Tyson Fury signs a fight deal with a United States television network worth a reported £80m.

Jurgen Klopp: Crowd can take Liverpool 'from 100% to 140%'

19-02-2019 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Anfield crowd can take his side "from 100% to 140%" against Bayern Munich

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

19-02-2019 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Liverpool cannot afford to consider Bayern a fading force, says Klopp

19-02-2019 • Manager convinced Bavarians will exploit any slips• ‘There is no obvious problem, it makes them more dangerous’Jürgen Klopp has studied Bayern Munich’s last seven matches as homework for the return of the Champions League at Anfield. “And I did not get up once afterwards and think: ‘It’s clear, this is where we can have them’,” reflected a manager who, through personal experience and realistic analysis, is uneasy with the idea that Liverpool will welcome a fading side on Tuesday. Related: Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp Continue reading...

The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

19-02-2019 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.

FA Cup: Goalkeeper Frank Fielding nearly scores last-gasp goal against Wolves

19-02-2019 Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding comes up for a corner late in injury time but his effort is saved by John Ruddy as Wolves hang on win.

Leeds United: Championship club fined £200,000 by EFL over 'spygate'

19-02-2019 Leeds United are fined £200,000 by the English Football League for watching opponents train before matches.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

19-02-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

19-02-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Scotland are hopeful Finn Russell will be fit to face France in Paris

19-02-2019 • Fly-half hurt playing for Racing 92• Stuart Hogg will not be availableFinn Russell has given Scotland hope that he may face France on Saturday despite going off with a head injury in Paris on Sunday.The fly-half failed an initial head injury assessment after going off just before the break in a Top 14 encounter for Racing 92 against Toulouse. But he was symptom-free after he arrived in Edinburgh on Monday morning and observed a light, mainly tactical training session at Scotland’s camp. Continue reading...

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

19-02-2019 Marcus Rashford a joy to watch and a constant menace while Eden Hazard must be running low on patienceKepa Arrizabalaga 5 No chance with first goal but should have done better to prevent Pogba’s header creeping in. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Neal Maupay misses a fantastic chance for Swansea against Brentford

19-02-2019 Brentford's Neal Maupay misses a glorious opportunity, firing over from close range during Brentford's 4-1 defeat by Swansea in their fifth round FA Cup tie at the Liberty Stadium.

Mauro Icardi, Internazionale and the return of unwelcome headlines | Paolo Bandini

19-02-2019 Inter dug deep to see off Sampdoria, but without their forward after he was stripped of the captaincyThe first time the big screen cut to Mauro Icardi, it stayed with him for only a few seconds. He had arrived just before kick-off for Inter’s game against Sampdoria, taking a seat beside his wife, and agent, Wanda in the stands at San Siro. Neither seemed to notice when the cameras picked them out, provoking brief jeers from the home crowd.But the camera lingered a little longer the second time around. Play had stopped, and the mood inside the stadium was restless, with the score still lgoalless after the interval. This time the whistles were ear-splitting. Wanda glanced up at the screen, and quickly cast her eyes back down. Continue reading...

The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

19-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

Thomas Hitzlsperger makes swift impact at struggling Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

19-02-2019 Though there is no heavy-handedness about the new head of sport, he is already having an influenceThere was, at last, a feeling of partial satisfaction and some optimism. A sixth defeat in seven games for lowly VfB Stuttgart is no reason for breaking out the party bunting but the manner, if not the result, felt like it might be a departure in the right direction.To an extent, it’s an indication of just how bad it’s been around the place in recent months. On the final day of last season, as they gleefully threw cake, jelly, and whipped the tablecloths off at Bayern Munich’s title party with a 4-1 win, Stuttgart had positioned themselves at the gates of Europe. But then a late summer flounder became a full-blown autumnal panic, coach Tayfun Korkut was replaced by Markus Weinzierl, and the former Schalke boss had been unable to bring any sense of calm in nearly four months. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

19-02-2019 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...

Manchester United and Pogba extend Chelsea’s misery as fans turn on Sarri

19-02-2019 Chelsea will not stand for much more of this. Maurizio Sarri, isolated and alone, shuffled around his technical area as his team were outmuscled, outmanoeuvred and outclassed by Manchester United to depart the FA Cup with the kind of whimper that has become far too commonplace over recent weeks. The Italian’s eyes never left the pitch but he could not have escaped the full repertoire of chants, whipped up by the fans in the Matthew Harding stand – where faith in the current regime appears wrecked beyond repair – and which damned their own head coach. The humiliation was brutal. Related: Maurizio Sarri clings on to job after furious Chelsea fans lose patience Continue reading...

Talking Horses: Dan Skelton crosses fingers as vaccinated runners return

19-02-2019 The trainer isn’t expecting vaccinations to affect Cheltenham Festival runs, but this week’s prep races may be a different storyAfter a weekend of flu-affected action, jump racing will return to something like a level playing field this week and Dan Skelton is one of many trainers hoping his horses will be able to run to their best despite an unscheduled round of vaccinations. The new rule requiring runners to have had a recent vaccination came in last Monday night, since when the normally prolific Skelton has had just five runners, but it will be a different story this week; lots of his horses got their jabs and will be eligible to run from Tuesday.The Warwickshire trainer told me of his concern that some of those vaccinated last week, at his yard and at many others, may not run to form right away. “You are going to get horses this week and possibly the week after that seem OK at home but don’t run as well as expected. Some are going to feel no different and some are going to feel a bit down and you can’t tell until you get to the business end of a race. Continue reading...

Hearts keeper Colin Doyle gifts Motherwell three points at Fir Park.

19-02-2019 A "monumental blunder" from Hearts goalkeeper Colin Doyle gifted Motherwell all three points in Sunday's Scottish Premiership.