The NFL's Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

16-02-2019 Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can challenge the best wrestler in any weight class if they want to take his place.“Fairest thing in the world,” he smugly tells them. As soon as one kid raises his hand to make that challenge, the coach quickly dismisses the team, pulls him aside, and says: “You’re out of your mind!” Continue reading...

Qatar Open: Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win her biggest tour title

16-02-2019 Belgium's Elise Mertens wins the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simon Halep at the Qatar Open.

Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

16-02-2019 The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...

Laura Muir records third fastest indoor mile at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

16-02-2019 Laura Muir sets the third fastest indoor mile of all time, smashing the British record in the process, at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

FA Cup: Ederson makes a stunning save to deny Newport a shock opener

16-02-2019 Manchester City's Ederson makes a superb save from Newport's Tyreeq Bakinson to keep the scores level at Rodney Parade.

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

16-02-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

16-02-2019 Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

16-02-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

16-02-2019 For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Newport 1-4 Man City: Phil Foden double helps City into FA Cup quarter-finals

16-02-2019 Phil Foden scores twice as Manchester City avoid an FA Cup upset by beating a stubborn Newport County to reach the quarter-finals.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

16-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.

Kusal Perera heroics lead Sri Lanka to remarkable Test win in South Africa

16-02-2019 • South Africa 235 & 259; Sri Lanka 191 & 304-9• Tourists put on 78 for final wicket in dramatic finaleKusal Perera produced a swashbuckling innings for the ages to almost single-handedly lift Sri Lanka to a remarkable one-wicket win over South Africa in a nail-biting conclusion to the first Test.The tourists were close to defeat in Durban when they subsided to 226 for nine in pursuit of 304, but Perera held his nerve with an astonishing 153 not out to get them over the line. Continue reading...