Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

19-01-2019 The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

Structural flaws in Australia’s World Cup defence exposed in series loss

19-01-2019 This team just can’t score enough runs and the bowling attack has looked piecemeal in the one-day series against India“I honestly believe we should take confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very close to them. We could have won tonight.” Related: MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia Continue reading...

Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep beats Venus Williams to reach last 16

19-01-2019 Top seed Simona Halep sets up an Australian Open last-16 match with Serena Williams by beating the American's older sister Venus.

Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup goals, Floyd Mayweather and Brexit moans

19-01-2019 Who scored? Who hit a wall? Who threw in the towel?Which of these FA Cup third-round ties features two clubs who have won the competition six times each?Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Birmingham City Wolves v Liverpool Who was top scorer in the FA Cup last season?Romelu LukakuDick WilliamsEden HazardWill GriggWho said: “I tried everything to turn it around, I went backstage and hit a wall. I think I broke my hand. I was trying just that little bit too hard”?Tenshin Nasukawa Michael SmithCarl FramptonTakuma InoueHow long did it take Floyd Mayweather to beat Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing match in Tokyo?14 seconds 140 seconds14 minutes 14 two-minute rounds Which tennis players faced each other in a competitive match for the first time this week?Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Roger Federer and Serena WilliamsKristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first four matches as Manchester United boss. Which former United manager won his first five league games in charge?David Moyes José Mourinho Louis van Gaal Matt Busby Which of these World Cups will not be played this year? Rugby World CupCricket World CupRugby League World Cup Netball World CupSanti Cazorla scored twice for Villarreal on Thursday night as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in La Liga. Who was Cazorla playing against the last time he scored a league goal (it was a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot)?BarcelonaAtlético Madrid JuventusSouthampton Blackpool played Sunderland at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day. What percentage of the fans at the game were there to support the away team?0% 50% 71%100% Who has been complaining about Brexit, saying: "It’s horrible isn’t it. Did you vote for Brexit? Brex-shit. I don’t like it. Look at the pound and the euro. I get everything paid in pounds so just have a look how much it dropped. Let’s say it dropped by 10%, that’s cost me 10% of my prize money straight away. So that’s quite a lot of money"?Ronnie O'SullivanLewis HamiltonMichael van GerwenPhil Taylor1 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 2 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 3 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 4 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 5 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 6 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 7 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 8 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 9 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 0 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 10 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. Continue reading...

Six Nations: England's Owen Farrell to undergo minor procedure on thumb

19-01-2019 England's preparations for their Six Nations opener against champions Ireland in Dublin have been hit by an injury to captain Owen Farrell.

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] 12.43pm GMT Coady rakes a glorious long pass down the inside-left channel to send Jota into an awful lot of space. Jota wins a corner, which Moutinho takes long. Bennett rises above a flat-footed Maguire, and plants a header into the top right! Once again, Schmeichel had no chance, and this is a superb start by Wolves! Star soccer! 12.40pm GMT 10 min: Maguire’s back up and about. Continue reading...

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...

The Fiver | A kind of softly moving statue by which to remember Arsène Wenger

19-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The big January transfer news continues to roll in, after Oumar Niasse, a player famously deprived of a locker at Everton by Ronald Koeman, left Goodison Park to join Cardiff City. Then Yohan Benalouane, a player stored in a locker for almost two years by Claude Puel, did one from Leicester to hurry into the warm embrace of Nottingham Forest’s new manager, Martin O’Neill, who confirmed he hopes to swell the good vibes at the City Ground by bringing along, as his assistant, that most eminent graduate of the Wealdstone Raider School of Motivational Discourse, Roy Keane. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

19-01-2019 • Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on benchMauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to replace the injured Harry Kane and the absent Son Heung-min. The Tottenham manager stressed that Fernando Llorente was also in his thoughts for the lead striker role, even though the Spaniard has started only one Premier League game in his 18 months at the club. Related: Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

19-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany 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'.

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.

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...

Djokovic advances at Australian Open but shows irritability on and off court

19-01-2019 • No 1 seed beats Shapovalov in four sets after lights complaints• Serbian later insists he is not trying to oust ATP’s KermodeNovak Djokovic will probably be favourite to win every tournament he enters this year – including this Australian Open, where he has been champion six times in 14 visits – but the world No 1 showed signs of irritability on and off the court here on day six that suggest he needs to quickly find some tranquility.Djokovic snapped after dropping the third set against the young Canadian hustler, Denis Shapovalov, copping a code violation for swearing, before finishing in an angry flourish to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on a warm Saturday afternoon on Rod Laver Arena, to book a fourth-round match against Andy Murray’s Brisbane conqueror, Daniil Medvedev, who made short work of David Goffin, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Continue reading...

Richard Parks: Former rugby international's 'harrowing' South Pole record attempt

19-01-2019 Former Wales rugby international Richard Parks says his failed attempt to set a new world record skiing solo to the South Pole was a "harrowing" experience.

Crystal Palace to shelter homeless at Selhurst Park stadium

19-01-2019 The emergency accommodation at Crystal Palace's stadium can house up to 10 rough sleepers.