Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to sacrifice her happiness after split from coach

18-02-2019 World number one Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to "sacrifice" her happiness following her split from coach Sascha Bajin.

Stars implode to hand Renegades their first Big Bash title

18-02-2019 Melbourne Renegades 145/5 (20) defeat Melbourne Stars 132/7 (20)Relive the action as it happened - over-by-overThe Melbourne Renegades are BBL champions for the first time, with the Melbourne Stars suffering a stunning collapse of 7-19 with a maiden title in sight. Related: Big Bash League final: Stars capitulate to hand Renegades title Continue reading...

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

18-02-2019 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?

Sports quiz of the week: a birthday present, a record and a whiskey cup

18-02-2019 Who wants a miracle? Who needs a drink? Who ran the world?What did Susannah Gill achieve in 24 hours, 19 minutes and nine seconds?She rowed from Botany Bay to Belfast She cycled from Asia to AfricaShe ran seven marathons across seven continents in seven daysShe swam from England to FranceNeymar celebrated his 27th birthday this week. In his speech at his party, what did the PSG forward say he wanted as a present?For his teammates “to stop losing without me” To move back to Spain A new metatarsal To become “the Tom Brady of soccer”Where is the Centenary Quaich being contested this weekend?DublinEdinburghLondon Chicago53% of households in New Orleans watched the Super Bowl last year. Why did that figure fall to 26% this year?People listened to the radio instead as Barack Obama was doing guest commentary Fans boycotted because a dubious refereeing decision ruled out their team Donald Trump was in the city so people were out protesting The main broadcast company mistakenly sold rights to New Zealand rather than New OrleansIn which of these leagues has one of the teams not lost yet this season?Bundesliga La Liga Ligue 1 Premier League Serie AAnd which league has a team who have not drawn a game yet this season?BundesligaLa Liga Ligue 1Premier League Serie A What world record did golfer James Nitties equal this week at the Vic Open in Australia?He went 18 straight tournaments without dropping a shot He hit nine birdies in a row He missed the cut at a tournament for the 21st time in a row He lost 10 balls on one roundWhy did Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day sprint off the pitch at the final whistle after his team had beaten Middlesbrough in the FA Cup?To brush his hair and "look smart" for the post-match interviewsHe was “absolutely busting for a number two”He is a Middlesbrough fan and “felt a bit teary”To see his partner, who was in labourDulwich Hamlet signed Simon Bloch Jørgensen this week. What makes Jørgensen stand out?He plays as a goalkeeper but refuses to wear gloves He is the tallest professional footballer playing in EnglandHe wears glasses while playing He insists on wearing a shirt with no branding or sponsorship PSG play Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Which of these footballers has not played for both teams?Gabriel Heinze Ángel Di María Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ray Wilkins Laurent Blanc David Beckham It’s the Madrid derby this weekend, which pits Diego Simeone against Santiago Solari, the sixth different Real Madrid manager he has faced while in charge of Atlético. Who did Simeone face in his first Madrid derby as a manager?Rafa BenítezFabio Capello José MourinhoCarlo AncelottiWhich of the last-16 ties features two clubs that have won the competition three times in a row?Manchester United v PSGAtlético Madrid v JuventusLiverpool v Bayern MunichAjax v Real Madrid 11 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend12 and above.You've done very, very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend1 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun2 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun3 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK5 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK6 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK7 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend8 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend9 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend0 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun10 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend Continue reading...

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

18-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.

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

18-02-2019 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...

Chelsea v Man Utd: Vote for your favourite FA Cup goal

18-02-2019 There have been some great goals in Chelsea-Manchester United FA Cup games - but which is your favourite?

Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

18-02-2019 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

18-02-2019 Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...

The Dozen: the best FA Cup fifth round pictures

18-02-2019 Images from around the grounds as teams vie for a place in the quarter-finals Continue reading...

Jeffrey Schlupp sets Crystal Palace on path to last eight against Doncaster

18-02-2019 Crystal Palace are in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons while Doncaster Rovers must wait another year at least to reach the sixth round for the first time, falling in the fifth on the fifth occasion after an ultra-professional display from their PremierLeague visitors.Victory for Roy Hodgson’s team was set up by Jeffrey Schlupp’s fine individual opening strike – “a wonderful goal”, according to the manager. By the end of Manchester United’s visit to Chelsea on Monday night Palace will be one of six top-flight sides in the sixth-round draw. Hodgson, though, is not yet dreaming of Wembley success. Continue reading...

Diallo leaps over Shaq to win NBA slam-dunk contest as Harris shocks Steph Curry

18-02-2019 Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo lights up NBA All-Star WeekendNets’ Joe Harris beats Curry brothers in three-point contestOklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo put on a show during the NBA’s All-Star weekend to win the league’s annual slam dunk contest.Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round dunking over Shaquille O’Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a “Superman” shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at almost rim level, putting him in control after his opponent, New York’s Dennis Smith Jr, failed to make a dunk in his first try of the final. Continue reading...

Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'sure' Alexis Sanchez form will improve

18-02-2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Man Utd will see the best of Alexis Sanchez, as Gianfranco Zola calls for 'Sarri-ball' patience

Wolves into FA Cup quarter-finals as Ivan Cavaleiro sinks Bristol City

18-02-2019 A major trophy within three years was not quite on the list of essentials when Fosun took over Wolves in 2016, but the team are now serious contenders for an FA Cup win that would crown the club’s reconfiguration beyond all imagining. They will compete in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 and nobody will feel sure of dismissing a team that, against opponents who had been in scintillating form, mastered both sides of the game to secure safe passage.Ivan Cavaleiro’s 28th-minute goal was enough to take them through and at that point it was hard to envisage the chaotic injury-time scenes that saw John Ruddy, the Wolves goalkeeper, forced to block a volley from his opposite number, Frank Fielding, with the tie’s last action. Wolves had controlled the opening period and might have gone in at half-time with the game safe; Bristol City re-emerged looking far more like a team who had won their previous nine games and, by the end, Nuno Espírito Santo could take satisfaction from the different facets his side had been obliged to show. Continue reading...

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

18-02-2019 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.

The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

18-02-2019 Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pace is sheer bliss, as long as it’s on your side. In St Lucia on Sunday evening England, who had been blown away in the first two Tests by a resurgent West Indies attack, finally produced a riposte. Mark Wood came on after 20 overs, when the game is inclined to nod off, and suddenly every delivery carried an electric charge. Bowling to Shai Hope, Wood beat the bat outside off stump with his first ball, and his second, and his third. The fourth was a bouncer, which Hope wisely ducked. The little box on the screen that clocks the bowler’s speed showed 145kph, or 90mph. A stiff breeze was helping, but then Wood, so often kept off the field by a dodgy ankle, deserved a fair wind. Continue reading...

FA Cup fifth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

18-02-2019 Imperilled Millwall deliver a breath of fresh air, Yves Bissouma shines and Wolves’ old boys offer a platform for the revamp Related: The Dozen: the best FA Cup fifth round pictures Continue reading...

Danni Wyatt: ‘It’s about getting those horrible thoughts out of your head’

18-02-2019 Wyatt has become England’s key T20 player over the past year or so and attributes her improved performances in limited-overs cricket to relaxation and perspectiveDanni Wyatt has been having trouble sleeping. Not that England Women’s best T20 player over the last year or so was being kept up worrying about her form. Before flying out to India for six limited-overs games over the next few weeks, Wyatt was staying near the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Unfortunately her digs were right next to the student union.Still, the way Wyatt has played since a breakthrough innings in Australia a year and a half ago, she could probably not sleep a wink and still hit a match-winning knock. With England in heavy bother at 16 for four in the first T20 of the 2017 Ashes, Wyatt hit 50 off 36 balls and, even though England lost, she was pushed up to open. In the final game of the series she hit an extraordinary 57-ball 100 which levelled the Ashes. Continue reading...