Watch 'incredible recovery' as jockey Mikey Sweeney almost falls off and still wins

Jockey Mikey Sweeney on Ask Heather almost falls off but makes an "incredible recovery" then goes on to win the race.

22-01-2019

NBA: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry's worst five seconds of basketball

Golden State superstar Stephen Curry shows he is human after all with five seconds of basketball to forget in the Warriors' 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

22-01-2019

Marc Skinner: ‘Orlando Pride are mesmerising. It’s a different level’

After leaving his beloved Birmingham, the young manager is relishing working with global stars such as Marta and Morgan“I asked the guys if I could just spend a little bit of time in the middle of the pitch to visualise what the players go through.”Standing in front of 25,500 purple seats, the new Orlando Pride manager Marc Skinner paused to drink it all in. It is a world away from Solihull Moors’ 3,050‑capacity Damson Park, where his former club, Birmingham City women, ply their trade. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Fearless esports racers blur lines between games and the real thing | Andy Bull

McLaren are investing in sim racing which, they think, could lead to an F1 champion in the next decadeLast Saturday afternoon a 23-year-old Italian called Enzo Bonito won a car race at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, and when he did it, motorsport shifted, just a little bit, towards a strange new future. Bonito was competing in the Race of Champions (RoC), racing head-to-head in a heat against Lucas di Grassi, a 34-year-old who won the Formula E championship just a couple of seasons back. And then, just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, Bonito did it again the next day. This time he beat the 2012 Indycar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. The thing is, Bonito is a sim racer. He learned everything he knows from playing computer games.“It wasn’t much of a surprise for me at all, if I’m honest,” says Ben Payne, who is the director of esports at McLaren. “But I know it raises eyebrows for a lot of other people.” McLaren are investing a lot of time, effort and money in esports. Bonito is part of their team, along with Rudy van Buren, who won three races at last year’s RoC, in Riyadh. Van Buren was working as a kitchen salesman when he won McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition, which earned him a year-long job as their simulator driver. Later this year, Payne says, Van Buren will likely make the switch from being a virtual racing driver to a real racing driver. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Joe Root tells England players to focus on West Indies and not the Ashes

• Captain does not want team to be distracted• ‘We have to look after here and now’, says RootJoe Root has ordered his players to forget about jostling for Ashes places as they look to become just the second England team in 51 years to win a Caribbean Test series.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s first Test against West Indies at the Kensington Oval, where around 9,000 travelling fans will be in full voice, the message from the England captain was to focus on the present and back up their 3-0 win in Sri Lanka earlier in the winter. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

The goalscoring streaks of the season: Rashford, Messi and ... Quagliarella

Marcus Rashford has scored in his last four league games but no one in Europe can compete with Fabio QuagliarellaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen Marcus Rashford curled in Manchester United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, he stretched his scoring streak to four league games in a row. Prior to this run of goals, Rashford had only ever scored in two straight league games but now he has a chance to do something Harry Kane has never managed: score in five consecutive league games. Eleven players have done just that in Europe’s big leagues this season – with one even scoring in 10 straight games. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

The Spin | Alastair Cook should follow tone set by CMJ in the commentary box

Former England captain says he will refrain from personal criticism of players, but even a broadcaster as fair-minded as Christopher Martin-Jenkins could not always avoid controversyWhen Test Match Special announced that Alastair Cook would be lending his services to its non-ball-by-ball-coverage for two of the upcoming Caribbean Tests, the Spin thought immediately of another tall, reserved man whose gentle touch and warm voice anchored TMS for four decades.It seems unbelievable that it was just over six years ago (1 January 2013), that Christopher Martin-Jenkins slipped quietly away to his celestial Lord’s, at the age of 67, after suffering from cancer. His presence was always such a reassuring one that it wouldn’t be a surprise, even now, to switch on TMS and hear his sensible tones expressing some surprise at an outrageous choice of shot or an outre hairstyle. Something of the world at least would be back in its rightful place. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Five West Indies players to watch against England

From Roston Chase to Shimron Hetmyer, the players who could give England problems during the forthcoming Test seriesSpin-bowling all-rounder who has been outscored by only Kraigg Brathwaite over the 30 months since his Test debut. He disappointed on the tour of England in 2017, when he averaged 13.33 in six innings, but stood out in last year’s trip to India, where he averaged 46.25, scored a century – the only one in his last 30 Test innings – in Hyderabad and was his team’s most consistent player. “He’s a quality player,” says the former West Indies head coach, Stuart Law. “I think he understands spin. They face a lot of spin back in the Caribbean. He has a long reach and he’s a clean striker of the ball. He has worked hard against pace and it’s not a weakness any more, it has started becoming a strength.” The 26-year-old is increasingly unlikely to be seen with the ball in his hand, though: Chase bowled at least 30 overs in four of his first five Tests, but has not done so since Headingley in 2017 and these days rarely gets into double figures. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Australian Open 2019: Petra Kvitova sets up semi-final against Danielle Collins

Petra Kvitova reaches her first Grand Slam semi-final since being stabbed in a knife attack as she beats Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open.

22-01-2019

Wayne Rooney spoke 'broken English' at time of arrest, says police report

Footballer was arrested in December for public intoxicationFormer England captain plays for DC United in MLSThe former England captain Wayne Rooney was speaking “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication and swearing at a Washington DC airport last month, it has emerged.Deadspin obtained the incident report from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, and published the details on Tuesday. According to the report, the arresting officer was dispatched after receiving a report of a person trying to go through a secure door. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Rafael Nadal: 'It's so special to be back where I am' – video

Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a clinical 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in one hour and 47 minutes.Nadal said it was more than he could have hoped for in his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him out of last year's US Open. Chasing his 18th grand slam title, the second seed will meet Roger Federer's fourth-round conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in Thursday's semi-final. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Tottenham’s Dele Alli set to miss at least six weeks with hamstring strain

• Forward picked up injury in game against Fulham• Alli not likely to be back in training until early MarchDele Alli faces a lay-off of at least six weeks, after his worst fears over the severity of the hamstring injury he suffered at Fulham on Sunday were confirmed. Alli stretched as he chased a loose ball into touch in the 86th minute of the game, which Tottenham won 2-1, and when he reached his hand back to grab the hamstring and then stayed down, the situation looked bad.Mauricio Pochettino said as much afterwards and the manager knew he would be without Alli for a period of games, beginning with the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea on Thursday night. With Harry Kane out until early March with an ankle ligament problem, he simply hoped it would not be too many. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

22-01-2019

Emiliano Sala: Search for Cardiff City FC player's plane suspended

Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft which vanished over the Channel Islands.

22-01-2019

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

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...

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