FA Cup: Brighton's Anthony Knockaert scores v Derby County

16-02-2019 Anthony Knockaert gives Brighton the lead against against Derby County in the FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Amex Stadium.

Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

16-02-2019 England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

16-02-2019 Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 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.

Emiliano Sala: Nantes players wear black shirts in tribute to teammate – video

16-02-2019 Emiliano Sala was given an emotional tribute during Nantes' first home game since the footballer was confirmed to have died in a plane crash.The 28-year-old's former teammates wore black shirts with the name 'Sala' on the back and Nantes fans also held up the number 9 in memory of the Argentinian. Sala, who had spent four seasons at Nantes, was travelling to his new club Cardiff City with pilot David Ibbotson, when their plane went missing over the English channel on 21 January.Sala 'will leave an eternal memory' says emotional Nantes coach – video Continue reading...

Gordon Banks: Gary Lineker pays tribute to 'true hero'

16-02-2019 Gary Lineker looks back on the career of England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

16-02-2019 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?

Étienne Capoue’s strike for Watford leaves QPR to rue missed chances

16-02-2019 Queens Park Rangers had to wait for this moment. Their previous appearance in the FA Cup fifth round had come at Wimbledon in 1997 and it is doubtful whether any club has since endured a more dismal record in the competition. The London club had won only four ties – each of them in the third round – before this season.Rangers promised to fight and they made light of a run of five consecutive Championship defeats that has sucked them down to 18th in the table to give their Premier League opponents a scare. Continue reading...

Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

16-02-2019 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...

Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

16-02-2019 England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a dismal habit that shows us sport at its most small-minded and should have been banned long ago. But this week it has done the world a favour.In the Test in St Lucia, the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel was bad-mouthing the England captain, Joe Root. What Gabriel said the stump microphone did not catch but it did bring us Root’s reply: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 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 6.28pm GMT “Re: 26 min: I can reassure Peter Oh that Newport is EXACTLY like he imagines it. But sadly, it’s never recovered from the closing of TJs, rock club par excellence. The site of Kurt Cobain’s proposal to Courtney Love (allegedly). If County can keep the score like this, it might be almost as impressive!” whoops Matt Dony. @GreggBakowski Considering that one London club conceded 4 goals inside 20 minutes just a week ago Newport can be promoted to PL without a second thought Sarri will anyway be available to coach Newport by summer 6.21pm GMT Does that count as a Cup shock already? What an incredible effort by the League Two side to keep City at bay. They’ve been heroic at the back and punchy up front on set-pieces –exactly as Michael Flynn would have wanted them to be. Stay tuned. I’ll be back shortly. Here’s some half-time reading on another Welsh team: Related: How Swansea City went from model club to desperate cautionary tale | Stuart James Continue reading...

Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

16-02-2019 Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFLParties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pactThe NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. Related: Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick's protest at the Super Bowl? Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 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.

Why the Jones and Gatland rivalry will fuel passion for Cardiff showdown | Ugo Monye

16-02-2019 The England and Wales head coaches, who share a huge amount of success and respect for each other, are likely to provide much entertainmentEddie Jones and Warren Gatland are going to have some fun next week. So far we’ve heard them both desperately vying to be the underdog – it’s the only time coaches ever compliment each other – but when we get into Test week we’ll see a few grenades launched from each side of the border.Personally, I love it. It’s two coaches who have huge respect for each other casually flirting in public. It’s hollow – because what they are saying publicly and what they are saying privately are two completely different things – but it’s great entertainment. We don’t have to encourage it, just sit back and enjoy it. Too often in sport coaches and players do not tell us what they think so Eddie and Warren should be applauded. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Murray Wallace gives Millwall the lead against Wimbledon

16-02-2019 Murray Wallace heads Millwall into the lead against AFC Wimbledon in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Kingsmeadow.

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

16-02-2019 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...