The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

21-01-2019 Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...

Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 to set up LA Rams meeting

21-01-2019 The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime to reach the Super Bowl where they will face the LA Rams.

Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas speaks after win over Roger Federer

21-01-2019 Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is "the happiest man on earth' after beating defending champion Roger Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

'Rashford is playing the best football in his career,' says Solskjær after United win – video

21-01-2019 Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance for Manchester United with a wonderful goal as his side won 2-1 at home to Brighton. Speaking after the match Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he believes the forward is currently the best striker in the Premier League with Harry Kane out injured Continue reading...

Jimmy Anderson warns of West Indies’ big incentive to beat England

21-01-2019 • ‘You can see it in the players’ eyes,’ says Anderson• England must be ‘on top form’ on Caribbean tourJimmy Anderson acted as England’s speaker in Barbados over the weekend and, on the subject of how much West Indian desire there is to beat the tourists in their upcoming Test series, apparently the eyes have it.As the sole survivor from the last successful excursion to these parts, when an unused squad player during the 3-0 win in 2004 under Michael Vaughan, Anderson was asked why subsequent visits have returned just one Test victory from nine matches. Continue reading...

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

21-01-2019 Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flightView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Masters final 10-4 at Alexandra Palace

21-01-2019 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.

Garth Crooks' team of the week: Schar, Koscielny, Neves, Rashford, Salah

21-01-2019 Who had Garth Crooks jumping out of his chair? Who is breaking his heart? Find out in his latest team of the week.

Australian Open: Barty overcomes first-set loss to see off Sharapova

21-01-2019 Ashleigh Barty defeats Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Danielle Collins thrashes Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2Australians, generally, do not over-react to winning against the odds, partly because the gambling culture embedded so deeply in the national psyche is the perfect tool for handling the highs and lows of sport.So Ashleigh Barty’s thrilling win over Maria Sharapova on day seven of the Australian Open to ensure a quarter-final appearance – the first by an Australian woman since Jelena Dokic 10 years ago – was acclaimed not as a shock but a deserved dividend on her backing her freewheeling tennis. Continue reading...

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

21-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.