FA Cup: Murray Wallace gives Millwall the lead against Wimbledon

Murray Wallace heads Millwall into the lead against AFC Wimbledon in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Kingsmeadow.

16-02-2019

FA Cup: Ashley Cole heads Derby back into contention against Brighton

Ashley Cole scores his first FA Cup goal to give Derby hope in their fifth-round tie, but hosts Brighton hold on to secure a 2-1 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay patient despite lack of game-time

• Gianfranco Zola says: ‘He’s always on the edge of the team’• Chelsea and Malmö charged by Uefa after fans throw objectsGianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea’s infrequent use of Callum Hudson-Odoi since the forward’s failure to push through a move to Bayern Munich last month and suggested few teenagers at Europe’s elite clubs would have enjoyed as much game-time. Related: FA Cup fifth round: match previews for the weekend’s games Continue reading...

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Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning

The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and yellow, the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is in the President’s Lounge telling reporters about his lucky stones. The original FA Cup-winning Crazy Gang may have been uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes many moons ago, but at the fan-owned phoenix club which replaced it there is still an apparent undercurrent of madness.Quiet and unassuming, Wordsworth is anything but deranged, although at one point he teetered on the brink. As a Southend player, he suffered the trauma of losing his beloved older brother, Steven, to a heart attack, a bereavement that led to a slump in form and eventually left him without a club. Picked up by Wimbledon, he is looking forward to an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Millwall on Saturday following his side’s demolition of West Ham. Continue reading...

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Elaine Thompson wins 60m Asha Philip second at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins the women's 60m final with Great Britain's Asha Philip second at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

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Newport County v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the tie at Rodney ParadeNewport County: inside story of a club that rose from the deadAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 5.42pm GMT 9 min: Mahrez twists O’Brien this way and that and leaves him behind as he heads for the touchline. He looks up and drills a cross-shot at goal that Day tips away for a throw-in on the far side. Some lovely trickery by the City winger there, though. 5.40pm GMT 7 min: City dominate possession for a minute but then the ball gets caught behind Silva and his pass is cut out in Newport’s half. Poole does well under pressure to knock a ball down the line that Amond hares in to behind Otamendi. He dribbles into the box but is crowded out as Stones get back to cover. Continue reading...

16-02-2019

Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx

Surrey club’s record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning well ahead to the showdown with a fresh and dangerous challenger at the final league weekend in early May.Guildford’s record unbeaten run, which stands at 70 wins and two draws stretching over more than six years, is threatened by promoted chesscom.Manx Liberty, whose squad is packed with seasoned grandmasters and bankrolled by a leading global chess website. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: QPR's Toni Leistner misses a golden chance against Watford

Toni Leistner misses a golden chance for QPR late in the game as they lose 1-0 to Watford in the FA Cup fifth round at Loftus Road.

16-02-2019

Talking Horses: rhythm for Al Dancer at Ascot plus Saturday’s best bets

The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained unbeaten hurdler looked to have plenty more to offer when he won at CheltenhamA slightly reduced version of the Betfair Handicap Hurdle will be the main betting race on Ascot’s excellent card and it is hard to escape the claims of Al Dancer (3.20). From the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that had a winner with its first runner back after racing restarted this week, he is unbeaten over hurdles and looked highly progressive when scoring at Cheltenham in December.That was his handicap debut and even a 12lb hike in the ratings may not stop him. Getaway Trump is a talented opponent but may find this too much of a test of speed. Continue reading...

16-02-2019

Sri Lanka beat South Africa: Kusal Perera hits 153 not out in one-wicket win

Kusal Perera hits an unbeaten 153 as Sri Lanka chase 304 to claim a stunning one-wicket win over South Africa in the first Test in Durban.

16-02-2019

Clan Des Obeaux underlines Gold Cup hopes with imperious Ascot win

• Odds-on favourite powers clear to win Denman Chase• Coneygree retired by connections after pulling up in raceClan Des Obeaux cemented his Cheltenham Gold Cup claims with a facile success in the Betfair Denman Chase at Ascot.This recognised trial for the blue riband at Prestbury Park next month was swiftly re-scheduled following the abandonment of racing at Newbury last Saturday because of the outbreak of equine influenza. With connections of last season’s Gold Cup hero Native River deciding against running at Ascot, Clan Des Obeaux’s task appeared significantly more straightforward than it would have been at Newbury a week ago – and he was priced up accordingly as the 2-5 favourite for Paul Nicholls. Continue reading...

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Knockaert and Locadia put Brighton into last eight despite late Cole scare

Ashley Cole has a record seven FA Cup winners medals and now he can also say that he has scored in the competition but he will not be contesting this season’s quarter-finals, as his landmark goal here was not enough to save Derby from elimination. The 38-year-old full-back scored after being introduced as a half-time substitute but Brighton clung on and advanced thanks to first-half strikes by Anthony Knockaert and Jürgen Locadia.“It got a bit nervy at the end,” admitted Chris Hughton, whose side had been comfortably superior to the disappointingly limp visitors for most of the match. The Derby manager, Frank Lampard, said he was annoyed with his team’s first half display but proud of their turnaround in the second. By the dying minutes they resembled the side who had produced cup upsets against Manchester United and Southampton earlier this season, but by then it was too late. Continue reading...

16-02-2019

The Breakdown | England lead the way in turning to pace, not the set-piece, for tries

With referees awarding fewer penalties in the Six Nations, sides in possession have a greater licence to go on the attackSpring has come early in the Six Nations. The opening two rounds have been relatively open, assisted by a sharp drop in the penalty count as referees look for fewer excuses to blow the whistle. With the emphasis this year on continuity rather than a contest for possession teams, led by England, are becoming less reliant on set-pieces and turnovers as vehicles for tries. Related: England’s Mako Vunipola ruled out of Six Nations with ankle injury Continue reading...

16-02-2019

Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe's biggest clubs

Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blanchflower’s famous quote would point out something else: that the game is also about politics and placement, about soft power, about presenting a face to the world.As the Champions League knockout stage kicks in, this element of Big Football is primed once again to take the main stage, the executive arm of a sport that has never looked so tangled. Continue reading...

16-02-2019

FA Cup: AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Millwall highlights

Watch highlights as Murray Wallace's header gives Millwall a hard-fought victory over AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup fifth round.

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Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

16-02-2019

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?

16-02-2019

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

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

16-02-2019

Super League v NRL: is the northern hemisphere bridging the gap? | Aaron Bower

As Wigan take on the Roosters in the World Club Challenge, Super League needs to demonstrate the English game’s healthIt is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and never has that mantra been more applicable to a sporting event than in rugby league’s World Club Challenge. Of the 26 previous versions of the event to determine the best club side in the sport – dating back to the inaugural unofficial clash between Sydney and St Helens in 1976 – there have been more tweaks and changes than most league fans would care to remember.From the ill-fated, expanded 1997 edition, in which British clubs performed disastrously amid millions of dollars’ worth of losses, to the short-lived World Club Series of recent seasons, the format has never discovered its panacea. The purported disparity between the sport’s two elite competitions, Super League and the NRL, has long been cited as the reason why the competition has never properly taken off but, as Wigan prepare to host the Roosters on Sunday in the latest instalment, just how big is the gap between the two? Continue reading...

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