Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

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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Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 to set up LA Rams meeting

The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime to reach the Super Bowl where they will face the LA Rams.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flightView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

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Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk and offers to help him in the future following their thrilling Masters semi-final.

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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

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The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Huddersfield 0-3 Man City: Champions ease past managerless Terriers

Manchester City ease past managerless Huddersfield to move back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

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Altior makes it 17 wins out of 17 with undemanding Ascot success

• Easy Clarence House Chase victory for 1-10 favourite• Only concern for Altior could be repeated jumps leftWhen horses are involved, there is always something to worry about but Altior once more rose above all concerns that could be invented about his chance to enjoy a facile success in the Clarence House Chase at odds of 1-10. He remains unbeaten in 17 races over obstacles and, when he turns out next in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be attempting to match the record of 18 set by Big Buck’s.The pre-race tension this time was created by reports over the health of his stablemates at Nicky Henderson’s stable in Lambourn. Henderson admitted during the week that he was interested in the results of some trachea washes taken from his charges and on Friday he revealed that, after blood tests were carried out, he was sufficiently concerned to keep three horses at home rather than sending them out for their target races at Haydock. Continue reading...

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