Manchester City: Phil Foden says his side can win quadruple this season

17-02-2019 Manchester City can "definitely" complete a historic quadruple this season, says midfielder Phil Foden.

Teemu Pukki scores twice for rampant Norwich in thrashing of Bolton

17-02-2019 It would be hard to imagine a more emphatic reaction to a setback. Norwich recorded their joint-biggest win of the season, reclaimed the lead in the Championship less than 72 hours after losing it and delivered the kind of elegant evisceration that serves as a statement. In leapfrogging Leeds they also surpassed their points total for last season, and made Wednesday’s defeat at Preston look an anomaly.“It was important to respond,” said the Norwich manager, Daniel Farke. “It was a top-class performance.” Continue reading...

Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid: Lionel Messi scores one penalty but misses another

17-02-2019 Lionel Messi scores one penalty and misses another as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid to move seven points clear at the top of La Liga.

Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

17-02-2019 Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...

FA Cup: Phil Foden's brilliant finish ends Newport's hopes of a late comeback.

17-02-2019 Manchester City's Phil Foden scores a superb late goal against Newport County in their FA Cup fifth-round tie.

Laura Muir has her sights on 1988 indoor mile record in Birmingham

17-02-2019 • Kirsty Wade’s indoor mile Birtish record has stood for 31 years• Muir to defend her 1500m and 3,000m indoor titles next monthShortly after Laura Muir first broke into the British team in 2014 she received an unexpected request from the Welsh middle distance legend Kirsty Wade. “We think Laura has something special,” she wrote in a long email via her husband. “And we would love to see her name in front of mine in the rankings over the next few years.” Related: Laura Muir: ‘I don’t like taking anything. I don’t even drink coffee’ Continue reading...

European roundup: Barcelona edge to win; Pizarro is oldest Bundesliga scorer

17-02-2019 • Lionel Messi penalty enough for leaders against Valladolid• Pizarro breaks record with last-gasp goal for Werder BremenA first-half penalty from Lionel Messi was enough to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid to preserve their comfortable lead at the top of La Liga. Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip had an excellent game against his former club and saved another penalty from Messi on 85 minutes. Related: Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe's biggest clubs Continue reading...

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

17-02-2019 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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

17-02-2019 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...

David Beckham sees Salford City beaten on first visit since becoming co-owner

17-02-2019 • Salford lose in National League to struggling Dover Athletic• Beckham watching for first time since buying 10% stakeDavid Beckham saw Salford City suffer a surprise home defeat as he watched the National League club in action for the first time since becoming co-owner.Beckham last month followed his former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in securing a 10% stake in the club from Peter Lim, making the Class of 92 majority shareholders, with the Singapore businessman retaining 40%. Continue reading...