'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

Harry Potter fan Calum Chambers reveals his football secrets...

Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.

19-01-2019

Djokovic advances at Australian Open but shows irritability on and off court

• No 1 seed beats Shapovalov in four sets after lights complaints• Serbian later insists he is not trying to oust ATP’s KermodeNovak Djokovic will probably be favourite to win every tournament he enters this year – including this Australian Open, where he has been champion six times in 14 visits – but the world No 1 showed signs of irritability on and off the court here on day six that suggest he needs to quickly find some tranquility.Djokovic snapped after dropping the third set against the young Canadian hustler, Denis Shapovalov, copping a code violation for swearing, before finishing in an angry flourish to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on a warm Saturday afternoon on Rod Laver Arena, to book a fourth-round match against Andy Murray’s Brisbane conqueror, Daniil Medvedev, who made short work of David Goffin, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. 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

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.

19-01-2019

Wasps face the might of Leinster and then another player exodus

• Leinster hammered Wasps 52-3 in Dublin in October• Hughes, Le Roux, Cooper-Woolley all set to leaveWhen Wasps last entertained Leinster in Europe, they won 51-10 on their way to the Champions Cup semi-finals. It was only three years ago and completed an 84-16 season’s double, but when the sides meet at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday it is the Premiership side who are facing the hiding.Wasps have not won a match in Europe this season, conceding a half-century of points in Dublin in the opening round and doubled by Toulouse with only a draw at home to Bath offering any solace. “We do not want a repeat of what happened in Leinster,” said their coach, Dai Young. “We are facing what is effectively the Ireland team just before the Six Nations and if we are not near our best it will be a tough day.” At least they will not have to worry about Jonathan Sexton, who is again absent with a knee injury. Continue reading...

19-01-2019

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

19-01-2019

Paul Pogba: Man Utd is home for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United can achieve a top-four finish this season, and also discusses interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

19-01-2019

Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness yearsCarry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fellaini might be on his way out of Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Friday press conference went the other way. Instead Solskjær offered what newspapers like to call “a vote of confidence” in the gangling Belgian utility-menace, talking up Fellaini’s continued presence through this, his sixth year as a Manchester United player.It isn’t hard to see why some said his time was up. Under Solskjær Fellaini has played three minutes in the Premier League. His basic footballing presence has seemed at odds with a more mobile, fluid style. Plus there is of course a wider symbolic aspect to all this. Continue reading...

19-01-2019

Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as 'one of the best players in the world' – video

Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal who beat him in the third round at Wimbledon last year.Nadal, who defeated Matt Ebden in straight sets, said he was well aware of de Minaur's prodigous talent with the 19-year-old, who has a Spanish mother, splitting his time between Spain and Australia.'He's a great young player, playing with big confidence after winning matches,' Nadal said. 'It will be tough one and I need to be ready for it.'Australian Open 2019: Nadal, Sharapova and Kerber through – as it happened Continue reading...

19-01-2019

Gonzalo Higuaín to arrive in London for formalities of Chelsea loan move

• Striker will join initially for six months from Juventus• Maurizio Sarri also hopes to sign a midfielder this monthGonzalo Higuaín is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities of his move to Chelsea from Juventus, initially on a six-month loan, with Maurizio Sarri still keen for the striker to be joined by a midfielder at Stamford Bridge.Higuaín, who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Milan, has said his goodbyes to his Rossoneri teammates having pushed to be reunited with Sarri, under whose stewardship he scored 36 goals for Napoli in Serie A two seasons ago. Continue reading...

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