19-01-2019 Spygate: Pep Guardiola says 'everybody does it' in other countries

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is asked about watching opponents' training sessions, in what has become known as 'Spygate'.

19-01-2019 Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup goals, Floyd Mayweather and Brexit moans

Who scored? Who hit a wall? Who threw in the towel?Which of these FA Cup third-round ties features two clubs who have won the competition six times each?Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Birmingham City Wolves v Liverpool Who was top scorer in the FA Cup last season?Romelu LukakuDick WilliamsEden HazardWill GriggWho said: “I tried everything to turn it around, I went backstage and hit a wall. I think I broke my hand. I was trying just that little bit too hard”?Tenshin Nasukawa Michael SmithCarl FramptonTakuma InoueHow long did it take Floyd Mayweather to beat Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing match in Tokyo?14 seconds 140 seconds14 minutes 14 two-minute rounds Which tennis players faced each other in a competitive match for the first time this week?Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Roger Federer and Serena WilliamsKristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first four matches as Manchester United boss. Which former United manager won his first five league games in charge?David Moyes José Mourinho Louis van Gaal Matt Busby Which of these World Cups will not be played this year? Rugby World CupCricket World CupRugby League World Cup Netball World CupSanti Cazorla scored twice for Villarreal on Thursday night as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in La Liga. Who was Cazorla playing against the last time he scored a league goal (it was a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot)?BarcelonaAtlético Madrid JuventusSouthampton Blackpool played Sunderland at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day. What percentage of the fans at the game were there to support the away team?0% 50% 71%100% Who has been complaining about Brexit, saying: "It’s horrible isn’t it. Did you vote for Brexit? Brex-shit. I don’t like it. Look at the pound and the euro. I get everything paid in pounds so just have a look how much it dropped. Let’s say it dropped by 10%, that’s cost me 10% of my prize money straight away. So that’s quite a lot of money"?Ronnie O'SullivanLewis HamiltonMichael van GerwenPhil Taylor1 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 2 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 3 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 4 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 5 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 6 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 7 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 8 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 9 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 0 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 10 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Jack Leach and Adil Rashid may become victims of England’s strength in depth

• Smith hopes to de-stigmatise omissions by rotating on the road• Moeen may be the solitary spinner with Root providing coverA handy indicator of a team’s strength can often be found on its bench and this should be a source of comfort for England come Wednesday’s first Test against West Indies when considering some of the names who may miss out.Over the course of the tourists’ four days of warm-up cricket against the Board President’s XI there have been clues as to which way Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss (as well as the recently arrived Ed Smith) are leaning and it could well see two key players from the victory in Sri Lanka – Jack Leach and Adil Rashid – mixing the drinks. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson & Thomas Bjorn star in comedy golf sketch

Some of golf's biggest names star in a brilliant comedy sketch where they try to come up with viral video ideas for the year ahead.

19-01-2019 'I have fought all my life': Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in FebruarySinger Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest against racial injustice.Knight, who is from Atlanta, where the game will be played, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice”, and to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 WBBL: Perry launches Sixers into final against Brisbane Heat

Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Renegades in epic super over Brisbane Heat beat Sydney ThunderA sublime all-round performance from Ellyse Perry has propelled the Sydney Sixers to an epic super over WBBL semi-final victory over the Melbourne Renegades.In front of 3,500 fans at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval, Perry crunched Molly Strano for a six with two balls remaining in the super over to steer the two-time reigning champions into their fourth consecutive grand final after scores were tied at the end of 40 overs. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Australian Open: Halep to meet Serena Williams in last-16 clash worthy of final

• World No 1 beats Venus Williams for loss of five games• Serena Williams makes short work of Dayana YastremskaA fourth-round collision on Monday that will rip the 2019 Australian Open wide apart brings the official world No 1, Simona Halep, and the best player in the history of the game, Serena Williams, together for the ninth time.The American has an 8-1 grip on that rivalry, but the Romanian comes into the match after beating her sister, Venus, fairly convincingly on day six, 6-2, 6-3 in a little more than an hour-and-a-quarter. However, the younger Williams sister has been in equally awesome form in the first week, taking just over an hour to beat the Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska for the loss of just three games. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 When we lose a game we’ll see how good we are, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Solskjær’s side have not gone behind in his six games in charge • Manchester United host Brighton at Old Trafford on SaturdayOle Gunnar Solskjær believes his management of Manchester United will face a different test when a game is finally lost but is confident he and the players will respond. Related: Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United? Continue reading...

19-01-2019 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

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

19-01-2019 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

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

19-01-2019 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...

19-01-2019 Structural flaws in Australia’s World Cup defence exposed in series loss

This team just can’t score enough runs and the bowling attack has looked piecemeal in the one-day series against India“I honestly believe we should take confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very close to them. We could have won tonight.” Related: MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Owen Farrell thumb injury deals blow to England’s Six Nations preparations

• England co-captain requires surgery on tendon • ‘He should be back in seven to 10 days,’ says McCallEngland’s preparations for the Six Nations have been dealt a grievous blow by a thumb injury to Owen Farrell. The England captain was announced on Friday in the Saracens team to play Glasgow the next day, only to be pulled on the morning of the match. He had surgery on a tendon in his thumb on Saturday, an injury picked up in training on, presumably, the Friday.“It’s a simple procedure,” said Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby. “He should be back in seven to 10 days.” Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Manny Pacquiao takes on Adrien Broner amid Mayweather rematch speculation

Even at 40, the Filipino senator is still one of the world’s best welterweights entering his title defense against Adrien BronerManny Pacquiao finds himself in a bit of an unusual spot entering Saturday’s welterweight showdown with the profane underachiever Adrien Broner on the Las Vegas strip.The Filipino senator, who celebrated his 40th birthday in December, may well be a silhouette of the hyperkinetic force of nature that captured world titles in a record eight weight classes (from 112 to 154lbs) over the last two decades, catapulting from fringe curiosity to global brand. Yet even the reduced present-day iteration set to climb through the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his 70th professional bout continues to fight at a high level and is no worse than a top-five welterweight in the world. Continue reading...