David Beckham buys Salford City stake and makes Class of 92 majority owners

23-01-2019 • Beckham ‘really excited to be spending more time in Salford’• He joins Neville brothers, Giggs, Butt and Scholes at clubDavid Beckham has become a shareholder in Salford City, taking a 10% stake and so joining Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes as Class of 92 owners.Beckham’s acquisition of his stake from Peter Lim makes the Class of 92 majority shareholders, the Singapore businessman retaining 40%. Continue reading...

Wayne Hennessey: Crystal Palace goalkeeper charged for alleged Nazi salute

23-01-2019 Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is charged with a breach of FA rules for making an alleged Nazi salute in a photo.

Winx world’s best at last but has to share top billing with Cracksman

23-01-2019 • Australian mare won her fourth Cox Plate in October• John Gosden’s Cracksman rated alongside Winx on 130Winx, the Australian mare who took her winning sequence to 29 races with a record fourth success in the Cox Plate in October, was named the world’s best racehorse for the first time in her career at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.She took only a share of the prize, however, as Cracksman, John Gosden’s Champion Stakes winner, was rated alongside Winx on a mark of 130, with Accelerate, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, third on the list with a rating of 128. Continue reading...

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

23-01-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

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

23-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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

23-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Lucas Pouille on Amélie Mauresmo's coaching and the next generation – video

23-01-2019 Less than two months after hiring Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, Lucas Pouille is into his first ever grand slam semi-final. 'She knows everything about tennis. It's not about being a woman or a man. It doesn't matter,' the 24-year-old said when he was asked about Mauresmo during an on-court interview after beating Milos Raonic in four sets at the Australian Open. Pouille also spoke about another rising star in the game, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is also in the semi-finals in Melbourne.Pouille to face Djokovic in Australian Open semi-final  Continue reading...

Highlights: Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova after holding match points

23-01-2019 Serena Williams misses four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova wins the final six games to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.

'I had to dig deep': Novak Djokovic on overcoming injury woes – video

23-01-2019 Novak Djokovic has discussed his long injury battle after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open when Kei Nishikori retired hurt in their quarter-final.The World No 1 had failed to reach the last four in the past two editions of the tournament as he battled with an elbow problem, but is now bidding for a record seventh title in Melbourne.Djokovic will meet first-time grand slam semi-finalist Lucas Pouille for a place in Sunday's final.Lucas Pouille on coach Amélie Mauresmo – video Continue reading...

Danielle Collins: the feisty US college star causing upsets at the Australian Open

23-01-2019 The 25-year-old eschewed turning pro to concentrate on her education. Now she credits her collegiate career with her run to the semi-finals in Melbourne Early in her Australian Open quarter-final victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday, Danielle Collins challenged a line call that had gone in her opponent’s favor. Her challenge was incorrect, and a frustrated Collins complained loudly about the outcome. That reaction was unsurprising: during her run to the semi-finals, Collins has established herself as someone unafraid to make her opponents uncomfortable. Before now Collins had never won a main draw match at a major, and her boldness is one of the reasons she is deep into the second week in Melbourne.Collins hasn’t exactly come out of nowhere – she is the world No 35 – but the casual tennis fan can be forgiven for having no idea who this vocal, unflinching American is. The 25-year-old was ranked 162nd a year ago, before she put together wins over Madison Keys on her way to the quarters at Indian Wells, Coco Vandeweghe and Venus Williams during a semi-final run in Miami, Victoria Azarenka en route to another semi-final in San Jose, and Carla Suárez-Navarro in Eastbourne. Continue reading...

Victoria Pendleton reveals she considered taking her own life

23-01-2019 • Former Olympic cyclist speaks about mental health issues• 38-year-old has ‘turned a corner’ after summer tormentFormer Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed she considered taking her own life last summer.The 38-year-old has previously spoken about her mental health issues and, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, has given a graphic account of how matters deteriorated. Continue reading...

David Squires on … Mesut Özil and Unai Emery's relationship

23-01-2019 Our resident cartoonist takes Arsenal’s enigmatic playmaker and his manager to see a counsellorTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...