Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

• Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...

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AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs – live!

Teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium for place in Super Bowl LIIIEmail David with your thoughts or tweet him @LengelDavidNFC Championship game: Rams beat Saints after missed call 2.02am GMT Patriots 17-14 Chiefs, 8:40 4th quarterMahomes in the shotgun, New England send everybody, and the pivot throws it away. 2.01am GMT Patriots 17-14 Chiefs, 8:51 4th quarterWell, after all this, KC have the momentum and the ball. Quickly however, it’s 3rd & 8 after Mahomes fires high over the hands of Williams. Continue reading...

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.

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Judd Trump hammers Ronnie O'Sullivan to win first Masters title

Trump beats O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace29-year-old wins title for the first time in emphatic styleJudd Trump won his first Masters title with an emphatic 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace.The 29-year-old began as an underdog in his first Masters final against a player seeking his eighth title, but made an impressive start, sweeping to a 4-0 lead and chalking up breaks of 89, 87 and 56. Continue reading...

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Roger Federer plans to play clay-court season after Australian Open exit

Roger Federer says he plans to play the clay-court season after skipping it for two successive years.

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Highlights: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 to win first Masters title

Watch highlights as Judd Trump beats seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace to win his first Masters title.

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

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.

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Liverpool favoured by fortune but fly to Dubai with defensive dilemma | Andy Hunter

Jürgen Klopp’s team showed again against Crystal Palace how adept they are at eking out victory but James Milner’s late red card exacerbates a defensive problemMention the title to Jürgen Klopp and he tends to go into meltdown but there are days and there are games when a 29-year-old dream sharpens into focus. Liverpool endured and enjoyed one of those days against Crystal Palace when their manager’s fist-pumping celebrations resurfaced long after he left the Anfield pitch to reinforce the point he is understandably averse to say. The countdown is under way.Liverpool did not perform like title favourites against Roy Hodgson’s dangerous side, who scored as many goals as 10 previous visiting teams to Anfield combined this season yet departed ruing their lack of points, fortune and goalkeeping options. The nature of Liverpool’s 19th victory in 23 league outings, a truly outstanding return, will not have been lost on Pep Guardiola, however. The single-minded pursuit of three more invaluable points, the breaks and the composure shown at 0-1 and 2-2 were not lost on Klopp either. Continue reading...

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Garth Crooks' team of the week: Schar, Koscielny, Neves, Rashford, Salah

Who had Garth Crooks jumping out of his chair? Who is breaking his heart? Find out in his latest team of the week.

21-01-2019

Premier League stats: Man City eclipse Europe's elite, Salah's prolific form & Solskjaer's super start

Manchester City's quick fire century, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's super start and Paul Pogba's best season yet - the best stats from the Premier League weekend.

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

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?

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I want Leicester players back with a smile, says beleaguered Claude Puel

• Leicester’s next game is away to Liverpool on 30 January• Against good teams we’ve had good consistency, he saysClaude Puel has urged his Leicester City team to rediscover their ruthless streak in time to navigate a testing run of fixtures as his struggles to convince continue. The under-pressure manager saw his side succumb to a fifth league defeat in eight matches after throwing away a point at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday after twice levelling and has challenged his players to show their quality in their next three matches, against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.A stoppage-time winner by Diogo Jota condemned Leicester to a third consecutive defeat but Puel is adamant his players are capable of bouncing back in style. Leicester have lost at home to Cardiff and Southampton in the past four weeks but have equally beaten Chelsea and Manchester City in that same time frame. Continue reading...

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David Squires on … football spying and Neil Warnock's Brexit views

Our cartoonist looks at the off-field stories dominating the headlines at Leeds, Derby, Cardiff … and NewcastleTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

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Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Masters final 10-4 at Alexandra Palace

Judd Trump wins his first Masters title as a rapid start paves the way for a 10-4 victory over seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

21-01-2019

Netball: England beat Australia 52-49 but miss out on Quad Series

Watch the closing stages as England beat Australia 52-49 in a repeat of their Commonwealth Games final victory, but fall short of the five-goal margin needed to win the Quad Series.

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Sterling and Sané ensure Manchester City cruise to victory at Huddersfield

For a team with Manchester City’s ambitions, Huddersfield were obliging opponents. Pep Guardiola’s men duly took advantage of a side whose toes seem tagged for the relegation morgue and, in the process, renewed their threat in a title race that still offers them all sorts of possibilities. The gap at the top of the table is back to four points and the message for Liverpool is loud and clear: it is going to be a heck of a job to shake off the current champions.Not that this was the most devastating performance to be seen from City this season. Indeed, they may reflect that on a better day it would have been a prime opportunity to add even more sheen to their outstanding goal difference in the top division. Yet it was difficult to be too critical when City were still capable of winning with something to spare despite a performance, by their standards, that seldom encroached above six out of 10. Continue reading...

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Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

• 10-year-old suffers second defeat since comeback• ‘We’ll get the vets and the physios to check,’ says RussellOne For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at. Continue reading...

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