Roger Federer: Son Lenny steals the show after win at Australian Open

19-01-2019 Roger Federer's son Lenny steals the show on court after the 20-time Grand Slam champion beats Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open.

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...

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.

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...

Australian Open 2019: Pouille v Popyrin and Pliskova v Giorgi – live!

19-01-2019 Serena wins and Halep beats Venus to set up clash fit for a finalDjokovic regains calm to turn lights off for ShapovalovAnd feel free to mail Tom with your thoughts 12.06pm GMT It’s a tie-breaker in the men’s match. Popyrin refused to be broken but could not find an inch on Pouille’s serve. The Frenchman ran away in first set decider, can Popyrin do any better here? 12.00pm GMT Giorgi finally takes her third set point after breaking Plíšková for a third time. We’ll have a deciding set. It now seems a question of who will hold serve rather than break it. Continue reading...

'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

19-01-2019 Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent Continue reading...

Manny Pacquiao takes on Adrien Broner amid Mayweather rematch speculation

19-01-2019 Even at 40, the Filipino senator is still one of the world’s best welterweights entering his title defense against Adrien BronerManny Pacquiao finds himself in a bit of an unusual spot entering Saturday’s welterweight showdown with the profane underachiever Adrien Broner on the Las Vegas strip.The Filipino senator, who celebrated his 40th birthday in December, may well be a silhouette of the hyperkinetic force of nature that captured world titles in a record eight weight classes (from 112 to 154lbs) over the last two decades, catapulting from fringe curiosity to global brand. Yet even the reduced present-day iteration set to climb through the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his 70th professional bout continues to fight at a high level and is no worse than a top-five welterweight in the world. 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...

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.

Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

19-01-2019 Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...

Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams comforts teenager after third-round victory

19-01-2019 Seven-time champion Serena Williams comforts opponent Dayana Yastremska after powering past the teenager into the Australian Open fourth round.

Wasps face the might of Leinster and then another player exodus

19-01-2019 • Leinster hammered Wasps 52-3 in Dublin in October• Hughes, Le Roux, Cooper-Woolley all set to leaveWhen Wasps last entertained Leinster in Europe, they won 51-10 on their way to the Champions Cup semi-finals. It was only three years ago and completed an 84-16 season’s double, but when the sides meet at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday it is the Premiership side who are facing the hiding.Wasps have not won a match in Europe this season, conceding a half-century of points in Dublin in the opening round and doubled by Toulouse with only a draw at home to Bath offering any solace. “We do not want a repeat of what happened in Leinster,” said their coach, Dai Young. “We are facing what is effectively the Ireland team just before the Six Nations and if we are not near our best it will be a tough day.” At least they will not have to worry about Jonathan Sexton, who is again absent with a knee injury. Continue reading...

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.