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

16-01-2019 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?

FA Cup: Darragh Lenihan levels for Blackburn with 'thumping' header against Newcastle United

16-01-2019 Darragh Lenihan scores on the stroke of half-time as Blackburn come from two goals down to level with Newcastle United in their FA Cup third-round replay at Ewood Park.

Nicola Adams v Arely Mucino: WBO world flyweight bout tops bill featuring Daniel Dubois

16-01-2019 Nicola Adams will fight for a world title for the first time when she faces Arely Mucino at the Royal Albert Hall.

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

16-01-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Townsend names seven uncapped players in Scotland’s Six Nations squad

16-01-2019 • David Cherry and Jake Kerr feature in 39-strong squad• Gregor Townsend looks to improve on last year’s third placeGregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the Six Nations as he seeks to improve on last year’s third place in the tournament.Three hookers – Edinburgh’s David Cherry, Leicester’s Jake Kerr and Grant Stewart of Glasgow – have been handed call-ups following injuries to Fraser Brown and George Turner. They are joined by the Newcastle back-row Gary Graham, Glasgow’s tighthead prop D’Arcy Rae and centre Sam Johnson, while centre Chris Dean of Edinburgh is also selected. Continue reading...

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

16-01-2019 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...

The Fiver | Cech, mate

16-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Unlike say, a certain couple of Fulham players, it is difficult to imagine Petr Cech ever clashing with a teammate during a yoga class. While it is easy to imagine the Arsenal keeper trying somebody’s nerves by complimenting them excessively on their Downward Facing Dog, repeatedly offering them drinks from his water bottle or accidentally treading on their velvet slings, the prospect of actually coming to blows with one of football’s nicest men in any environment seems so implausible as to be utterly beyond the realms of possibility. Google “Petr Cech” and “controversy” and one of very few occasions in which the 36-year-old appears to have lost his cool in a senior career spanning almost 20 years was when he cut loose at the end of a game and gave referee Mike Dean both barrels. Which doesn’t really count because it was referee Mike Dean, a fabled attention-seeker who probably deserved both barrels. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

16-01-2019 Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...

Katie Boulter loses but earns praise of Aryna Sabalenka at Australian Open

16-01-2019 • Briton beaten 6-3, 6-4 in second round by No 11 seed• Boulter’s ‘really big hitting’ also impresses Annabel CroftKatie Boulter was lauded for a brave losing debut in the Australian Open, but it was equally obvious that players such as the powerful young Belarusian who beat her in straight sets, Aryna Sabalenka, will make life difficult for everyone on the Tour in the next decade or so. Related: Nadal, Dimitrov and Sharapova: Australian Open day three – live! Continue reading...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

16-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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

16-01-2019 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...

Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

16-01-2019 Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

'Thank you Andy Murray': Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

16-01-2019 Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was his final match.After the match a video was shown in the stadium with tributes from players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon Continue reading...

Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

16-01-2019 • The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins major return, says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, says the surgeon who saved his career can do the same for Andy Murray, who is seriously considering having the operation. Related: Wimbledon without surgery is ‘option B’ but Murray has a plan to ponder | Kevin Mitchell Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: excellence, excuses, exits and exemptions

16-01-2019 Who was schooled? Who is going global? Who stayed at home?Who has launched an athletics team and hopes to enter the Olympics for the first time?San Marino Vatican CityGibraltarSomalilandWho is the only manager still working in English football who has won the FA Cup?Pep GuardiolaRafa BenítezRoberto MartínezTony PulisArsenal and Manchester United will meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup. What was unusual about the last time they met in the final of the competition?United scored twice in the last five minutes but still lostIt was the first FA Cup final decided by a penalty shootoutIt was the first final with a red cardIt was the first final at the new WembleyPádraig Harrington will captain Europe at the Ryder Cup next year, becoming the second Irishman to take the job after Paul McGinley. What do the two men have in common?Neither won the Ryder Cup as a playerThey were born on the same dayThey both won three majorsThey went to the same school in DublinThe Australian Open begins on Monday. In which of these years was the tournament not played?1969198619972000Why was Venus Williams given a point penalty at the Australian Open 20 years ago?She shouted the words “stupid person” at herself after a bad shotSome of her hair beads came loose and scattered on to the courtShe changed her shirt, which she had put on back to frontShe stood in front of a line judge and stared at her for 20 secondsMo Salah was crowned African player of the year this week. Who else won the award while playing for Liverpool?Sadio Mané El Hadji Diouf Kolo Touré Rigobert Song Why did Finland forward Riku Riski refuse to play in a football match against Sweden this week?He was born in Sweden and said facing them would be “ultimately self-defeating” He was at the Golden Globes, where he was nominated for best original song His brother plays for Sweden and he promised his mother they would never face each otherThe game was held in Qatar and he declined to travel due to “the ethical reasons”Who reacted to a cup exit by saying: “The wind didn’t help. Players struggled to control the ball”?Marcelo Bielsa Claude Puel Jürgen KloppClaudio Ranieri Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday as they lost to Guingamp in Paris. When had PSG last lost a game in one of France's two cup competitions?Last SundayLast JanuaryTwo years agoFive years ago1 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score2 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score3 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score4 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score5 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend6 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend10 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Oh dear. Continue reading...

Victory over France can propel Wales to Six Nations glory, says Gatland

16-01-2019 • Gatland believes opening match in Paris will be ‘our toughest’• ‘The whole thing about the Six Nations is momentum‘Warren Gatland won his first Six Nations in charge of Wales in 2008 and believes he will have an excellent chance of repeating the feat in his final year with the men in red if they win in Paris on the opening night of the tournament next month.France lost at home to Fiji in their final match of last year’s autumn series but Gatland predicts they will provide Wales’s toughest match of the tournament. The closest the 2018 grand-slam winners Ireland came to defeat was at the Stade de France when Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal with the countdown clock at zero pinched victory. Continue reading...

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

16-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.