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

19-01-2019 Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.

West Ham tested by second bid for unhappy Marko Arnautovic

19-01-2019 • Guangzhou Evergrande bid £35.2m for player, who aims to leave• Manuel Pellegrini drops striker for Bournemouth tripWest Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic has been tested by a €40m (£35.2m) offer from Guangzhou Evergrande.The Premier League club are furious with Arnautovic over behaviour that has led to the striker being dropped for the game at Bournemouth and apologising to his teammates, but are likely to hold out for a third bid from the Chinese Super League side, who had previously offered €35m. Continue reading...

Durham's 'accidental manager' sets sights on promotion to WSL

19-01-2019 Buoyed by recent victory over Manchester United, Durham are thriving without the need for attachment to a men’s clubIt is a clear, crisp, good-to-be-alive January day in a green, wooded Durham valley and Lee Sanders has a bright future to map out.Beneath an unbroken blue sky and illuminated by low winter sunshine, reconstruction work on the £31m overhaul of Maiden Castle, Durham University’s sports centre, continues apace but the builders have still to reach the ordered chaos of Sanders’s cluttered upstairs office. Continue reading...

Spygate: Pep Guardiola says 'everybody does it' in other countries

19-01-2019 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is asked about watching opponents' training sessions, in what has become known as 'Spygate'.

Scottish Cup: Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil previews Auchinleck v Ayr United

19-01-2019 "Welcome to the home of the pick and the poet, the music and the mercurial" - Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil welcomes the Scottish Cup to Ayrshire.

Arsenal’s era of austerity is not over yet: Emery must make do and mend | David Hytner

19-01-2019 High wages, the lack of Champions League revenue and Kroenke’s parsimony are making the Gunners uncompetitiveIt was the news that Arsenal supporters had longed to hear and it was delivered with an uncharacteristic flourish by Ivan Gazidis. The date was 6 June 2013 and the club’s then chief executive told a group of journalists that Arsenal’s austerity era – necessitated by the move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 – was over. Related: Unai Emery says Arsenal can forget top four if they lose to Chelsea Continue reading...

Australian Open: Halep to meet Serena Williams in last-16 clash worthy of final

19-01-2019 • World No 1 beats Venus Williams for loss of five games• Serena Williams makes short work of Dayana YastremskaA fourth-round collision on Monday that will rip the 2019 Australian Open wide apart brings the official world No 1, Simona Halep, and the best player in the history of the game, Serena Williams, together for the ninth time.The American has an 8-1 grip on that rivalry, but the Romanian comes into the match after beating her sister, Venus, fairly convincingly on day six, 6-2, 6-3 in a little more than an hour-and-a-quarter. However, the younger Williams sister has been in equally awesome form in the first week, taking just over an hour to beat the Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska for the loss of just three games. Continue reading...

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

19-01-2019 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...

Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record

19-01-2019 The Norwegian managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless runIt will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive draws which threatened to derail his achievement of staying No 1 in the global rankings since July 2011.Carlsen halved his final five rounds at the European Club Cup in October, famously drew all 12 classical games in his world title match with Fabiano Caruana in November, then this week halved his first four rounds at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, where the international tournament continues this weekend and can be viewed online, with grandmaster and computer commentaries, from 12.30pm daily. 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.

Exeter target finest Champions Cup feat with qualification on line at Munster

19-01-2019 • Premiership club must win at Thomond Park in pool decider• Baxter unhappy at having less recovery time than MunsterExeter are being challenged to pull off one of the great escapes in European rugby history when they face Munster in their Pool Two decider in Limerick. The Chiefs’ director of rugby, Rob Baxter, believes making the last eight ahead of the Irish province would rank as his club’s finest Champions Cup achievement but says poor scheduling has made his players’ task harder. Related: Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’ Continue reading...

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 OCD 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...