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

19-01-2019 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.

Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson & Thomas Bjorn star in comedy golf sketch

19-01-2019 Some of golf's biggest names star in a brilliant comedy sketch where they try to come up with viral video ideas for the year ahead.

Masters 2019: Best shots as Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Ryan Day

19-01-2019 Watch five of the best shots from Ronnie O'Sullivan's 6-3 quarter-final victory over Welshman Ryan Day at the 2019 Masters.

Talking Horses: unsung Ascot specialist Mr Medic offers plenty of appeal

19-01-2019 The selection got up near the line when he won at Ascot just before Christmas in 2017 but he won with much more authority when stepped up to Saturday’s distance there in NovemberMost punters love a course specialist and the unsung Mr Medic (3.00) appears to have the happy knack of running well around Ascot. Robert Walford’s runner can get a third success at the Queen’s track in Saturday’s Bet365 Handicap Chase.Mr Medic got up near the line when he scored at Ascot just before Christmas in 2017 but he won with much more authority when stepped up to this distance there in November. He went up the weights for that but was running another big race at Cheltenham last month until making a horlicks of the fourth-last. At 8-1 he makes lots of appeal. Continue reading...

Paul Pogba: Man Utd is home for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

19-01-2019 Paul Pogba believes Manchester United can achieve a top-four finish this season, and also discusses interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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...

Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Mark Selby to reach semi-finals

19-01-2019 Judd Trump knocks world number one Mark Selby out of the Masters to reach the semi-finals with a 6-2 victory.

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'.

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?

Alone It Stands: Munster rugby takes down All Blacks, moves on Manhattan

19-01-2019 John Breen’s very Irish play, finally brought to New York, tackles the meaning of sport – and therefore life itselfIt’s a shame, in a way, that John Breen’s opera from 2014, Breakdown, is not in fact about rugby. In his play Alone It Stands, at 59E59 in New York City until the end of the month, the Irishman turns a maul into a screaming birth. God knows what he could do with a ruck.Like rugby union itself, the play is very simple and hugely complicated. Six actors take on a multitude of parts to tell the tale of 31 October 1978, the day Munster, the most southerly province, beat the mighty New Zealand All Blacks. 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...

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...

The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

19-01-2019 Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement 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...

Champions Cup: Edinburgh 19-10 Montpellier - Hosts secure home quarter-final

19-01-2019 Edinburgh defeat Montpellier to clinch a Champions Cup quarter-final place along with Glasgow.

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

19-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.