Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

20-02-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Roger Federer confirms clay court comeback at Madrid Open

20-02-2019 • 20-times grand slam winner hasn’t played on clay for two years• Federer will be in draw for tournament in MayRoger Federer confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season after two years away.The 20-times Grand Slam champion has not played this year since his Australian Open round of 16 defeat by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title came in 2009, has preferred to skip the European clay season over the last two seasons to manage his schedule. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Stoke to offload Saido Berahino after arrest?

20-02-2019 Today’s fluff is here, at leastTottenham Hotspur are planning to abandon their recent policy of not signing any new players by dipping into the market next summer. A spanking new defender is high on Mauricio Pochettino’s shopping list and the name of Real Betis’s Aïssa Mandi is being named in dispatches. A right-back who can fill in at centre-back if required, the 27-year-old Algerian international is also inching his way across Arsenal’s radar.According to reports in Spain, Unai Emery is also interested in signing Éver Banega from Sevilla. The reformed party boy is a firm favourite of Arsenal’s Spanish manager, who coached him at both Valencia and Sevilla, and more recently tried unsuccessfully to bring him to the Emirates in January. Contracted to Sevilla until 2020, the 30-year-old Argentinian midfielder is valued at about £17m. Continue reading...

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Champions League player ratings

20-02-2019 Jordan Henderson gave a captain’s performance for Liverpool and Javi Martínez’s authoritative display stood out for BayernAlisson Occasionally over-confident with ball at his feet, important early save to prevent Matip own goal. 6 Continue reading...

Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf?

20-02-2019 JB Holmes frustrated fans and fellow pros with a five-and-a-half hour round on Sunday. Many believe slow play is affecting the growth of the gameThe video says it all: as JB Holmes paced a 15-foot putt at the Genesis Open, he checked his yardage book thoroughly, presumably looking over notes that he had taken during a practice round. Then he plum bobbed with his putter, stepped away and plum bobbed again, stared down the line of the putt as if he were hunting prey, stood over the ball, then finally hit a shot. Which he missed. It got worse: he then took 50 seconds to hole the one-footer that remained, an age for something even amateurs would consider a tap-in.Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/ZUrqTMb6M3 Continue reading...

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

20-02-2019 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.

Paul Pogba drives Man Utd into FA Cup quarter-finals with 'magnificent' display

20-02-2019 A "magnificent" performance from Paul Pogba, who made one and scored one, drives Man Utd to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup fifth round tie.

Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat

20-02-2019 Japan's Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny following the split from her coach for defeat in her first match since becoming world number one.

Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

20-02-2019 Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

The Fiver | Unfit to face inferior players who have hardly run a lap since Christmas

20-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Buoyed, cheered and generally heartened by the sight of Tottenham Hotspur piling some Big Cup hurt on German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Arsenal fans can look forward to some fun of their own when their team goes toe to toe with the works team of a tractor factory in Belarus tonight in Euro Vase. Bate Borisov are the opposition in the first knockout round and while most of their players are unknown outside their native country, there will at least be one recognisable face among the ranks. Continue reading...

The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

20-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Jurgen Klopp says Champions League draw 'not a dream result'

20-02-2019 Liverpool's goalless Champions League first-leg draw against Bayern Munich is "not a dream result but a good one", says manager Jurgen Klopp.

Manny Machado agrees $300m deal with Padres, according to reports

20-02-2019 Twenty-six year-old set to join team building for futureDeal would be second-most valuable in baseball historyManny Machado, one of baseball’s biggest free agents, has signed a 10-year, $300m deal with the San Diego Padres, according to ESPN. The Padres executive chairman, Ron Fowler, said “we are continuing discussions” but it is believed the financial part of the deal has been confirmed with Machado still needing to pass a physical. This likely is semantics. Machado has not passed a physical and the two sides have not finalized language. But they are in agreement on financial terms. https://t.co/j4kcZZBRg1 Continue reading...

Matija Nastasic: ‘I told Pellegrini it was better for everyone if I left City’

20-02-2019 The defender’s career in Manchester ended in frustration but he has flourished at Schalke and is confident his current side can upset his old one in their Champions League meetingIt is with matter-of-fact delivery, rather than obvious emotion or regret, that Matija Nastasic recounts the meeting that in effect brought about his departure from Manchester City. He had made a rapid impact after arriving from Fiorentina as a 19-year-old in 2012 but, two and a half years on, had fallen off Manuel Pellegrini’s radar with no obvious explanation bar some niggling injuries he had long since overcome.“I was thinking a lot: ‘What is the problem?’” he says. “After some time I spoke with Pellegrini and he explained I had to wait for my chance. In the end there were not so many opportunities to play. There was no issue between us but I couldn’t understand why it was like that and told him that I felt I could help the team more, that I should have more playing time at that moment and that, if it was not possible at City, then it would be better for everybody that I changed club.” Continue reading...

Questions facing England in West Indies 100 days out from World Cup | The Spin

20-02-2019 A new-ball partner for Woakes, whether Wood has a role and back-up batting at the top of the order are among the issuesEngland play 11 one-day internationals and two international warm-up matches before the World Cup starts on 30 May, but this five-match series is the last before they must announce their 15-man squad. A 16th space would allow them to cover all bases, but 15 means a corner needs to be cut. They are likely to want two spare seam bowlers, especially as those players are most susceptible to injury, which means they will have to sacrifice either a second back-up batsman (Alex Hales will be the first) or a back-up spinner. Or they could cheat. That’s what they have done with the current squad, in which Joe Denly nominally fills both roles. Denly’s last ODI appearance was in 2009 and England need to find out whether he, with support from Joe Root, is a realistic option should Adil Rashid or Moeen Ali sustain an injury. The alternatives are not irresistible, though Liam Dawson – not in the squad for West Indies – would be a more reliable, like‑for‑like substitute. Continue reading...

Wales turn England changing room into a theatre for Ray Gravell play

20-02-2019 • Squad sees actor called Gareth Bale play the late Wales centre• ‘It reminded you of the reasons some of us play rugby’Wales have turned to Gareth Bale to ensure they maintain their winning start to the Six Nations against England at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. They were at the ground on Monday night to hear his impassioned one-man performance of one of the Welsh game’s most lauded figures, the late Ray Gravell.Not the Wales and Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale, but an actor of the same name who has taken Grav, Owen Thomas’s play on the Llanelli and Lions centre, around the country for the last four years. Most of the Wales squad and management watched the performance in the dressing room England will change in this weekend. Continue reading...

David Squires on … Tottenham's grand designs for their new stadium

20-02-2019 Our cartoonist looks at Spurs and their protracted renovations to move back into their groundTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...