'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.

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.

21-01-2019

Trevor Bayliss hopes for England Ashes and World Cup double before he quits

• Head coach confident team are prepared well to win both• On West Indies series: ‘It’s not easy playing away from home’Trevor Bayliss is confident he has readied England’s cricketers for the pressures of their World Cup and Ashes year, as the head coach enters the final stretch of his tenure in the relative calm of the Caribbean.The three-match Test series against West Indies that gets under way at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday sees Joe Root’s side begin favourites, a status expected to be bestowed on them come the summer’s dual campaigns at home. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

John Scales: ‘I punched a hole in the wall when I had to leave Liverpool’

The former England defender talks of how Alan Sugar and a smoke alarm changed a career that took him from Wimbledon to Anfield to SpursThe Fox and Grapes sits just off Wimbledon Common. Tucked down a side street, it is now a posh gastropub with pints for £5.75 and well-groomed dogs adorning the floor. It has not always been this way. John Scales sits in a quiet corner in the back, describing the eve of the 1988 FA Cup final and how the Wimbledon team arrived to let off steam the night before facing Liverpool. Related: Steve Ogrizovic: ‘I enjoyed the police. I was good at clearing bars and clubs’ Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

21-01-2019

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.

21-01-2019

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

Tom Brady brilliant in the clutch as Patriots beat Chiefs to set up Rams Super Bowl

New England Patriots 37-31 Kansas City Chiefs (OT)Patriots quarterback leads two late drives in thrilling winRams reached Super Bowl LIII with victory over SaintsThe New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady’s brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and Rex Burkhead’s two-yard touchdown lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship on Sunday night.The drive, during which New England had three third-down conversions, against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

'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?

21-01-2019

'I belong at the top': José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video

A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place finish was one of his ‘best achievements in football’. At 55, he said he was too young to retire from club managementJosé Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Irish clubs have strength in depth but Saracens can reach European final | Robert Kitson

European quarter-finals coincide with Brexit date but clubs are expected to fulfil their fixtures without any fussReaching the last eight of Europe may yet prove the easy bit for those involved in this season’s quarter-finals. With the United Kingdom currently due to leave the European Union on that same March weekend, there is potential for travel disruption although tournament organisers say that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they have been assured that free movement of fans or players will not be immediately affected.With at least half of the quarter-finals in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup set to involve cross-border flights either to or from Europe, however, officials from European Professional Club Rugby are keeping a close watch on Brexit developments. EPCR’s chairman, Simon Halliday, says he hopes no one will be left “sitting on the tarmac” and remains optimistic neither competition will be undermined. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

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...

21-01-2019

Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens to set up quarter-final with unseeded American Collins

Russian upsets No5 seed in late-night three setterDanielle Collins shocks No2 seed Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2The unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against Sloane Stephens 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and match her best show in grand slams.The match ended in the early hours of Monday in Melbourne. Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to convert her third set point and level the match. Continue reading...

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