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

19-01-2019 • 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...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

19-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

19-01-2019 Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...

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

19-01-2019 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...

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Denico Autry falls foul with Key & Peele reference

19-01-2019 Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora explain how Denico Autry of the Indianapolis Colts fell foul of the NFL celebration rules by referencing a skit by US comedians Key & Peele.

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

19-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Edinburgh sink Montpellier to qualify for quarter-finals with Glasgow

19-01-2019 • Edinburgh 19-10 Montpellier• Darcy Graham’s second-half try clinches Murrayfield battleEdinburgh sealed Champions Cup quarter-final places for themselves and Glasgow with a 19-10 victory over Montpellier. Related: Exeter target finest Champions Cup feat with qualification on line at Munster Continue reading...

From Allison to Hoddle via Souness: beware the manager returning ‘home’ | Scott Murray

19-01-2019 Martin O’Neill may have won two European Cups as a player for Nottingham Forest but while his appointment as manager may be a romantic tale such second comings rarely end wellNever go back, that’s what they say. It’s beneficial advice. But it is a warning that all too often goes unheeded. Look at them all, hooking up with their exes, visiting their hometown for the first time in years, booking the same holiday in the hope of reliving that perfect break. Don’t do it! That old flame won’t rekindle; an old foe will start a fistfight; it’ll rain all week and the hotel’s now infested with mice. No, it’s best to keep moving forward. Never go back.They tell you this in the world of football too, but here again folk don’t always listen. History is strewn with tales of managers returning to their alma mater on a white charger in the windswept style, only to come a cropper in short order and limp off in abject defeat. It’s a state of affairs that may give Nottingham Forest pause, as they welcome back Martin O’Neill to the scene of his greatest playing successes, a managerial marriage that’s seemed inevitable for decades, but a romantic appointment fraught with danger. Continue reading...

When we lose a game we’ll see how good we are, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

19-01-2019 • Solskjær’s side have not gone behind in his six games in charge • Manchester United host Brighton at Old Trafford on SaturdayOle Gunnar Solskjær believes his management of Manchester United will face a different test when a game is finally lost but is confident he and the players will respond. Related: Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United? Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

19-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Drones on track to stay flying at British racecourses for foreseeable future

19-01-2019 • Punters gaining an edge via time-lag on TV pictures • Sky working on problem but Ascot joining in AprilDrone activity around British racecourses is likely to continue for many months to come, with Sky Sports Racing in particular seemingly unable to reduce the time-lag on its pictures from 25 British tracks as a result of its use of satellites to broadcast live coverage.Drones have been spotted around courses covered by both Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing, the sport’s two non-terrestrial broadcasters, in recent months, providing instant feeds of action to a handful of punters and a priceless edge in the volatile in-running markets. Continue reading...

Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

19-01-2019 Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...

Jorge Linares: Three-weight world champion defeated by Pablo Cesar Cano

19-01-2019 Three-weight world champion Jorge Linares suffers a shock first-round defeat by Pablo Cesar Cano in New York.

Wolves v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

19-01-2019 Premier League updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offTime running out for Puel’s quest to galvanise LeicesterAnd feel free to email [email protected] 11.52am GMT Harvey Barnes makes his first start in the Premier League for Leicester City today. This is what the 21-year-old midfielder will find in the Molineux away dressing room. Hopefully superstition isn’t an issue for the young man, because the way his shirt’s been folded, the bottom of the numbers aren’t in view. And those socks have been paired to different lengths. It’s chaos. Who could concentrate in the face of such disorder? I’d be spinning like a top. A free bottle of calming isotonic pop, though, so it’s swings and roundabouts. 11.38am GMT Two changes for Wolves off the back of their 3-0 defeat at the Etihad. Romain Saiss and Ruben Vinagre take the place of the suspended Willy Boly and the benched Matt Doherty, neither of whom particularly covered themselves in glory on Monday night.Leicester make three changes to the team that lost 2-1 at home to Southampton last Saturday. Danny Simpson, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes replace James Maddison, Marc Albrighton and Hamza Choudhary, who all drop to the bench. Barnes, who impressed on his recent loan spell at West Brom, makes his first Premier League start for the club. Continue reading...