Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to advance

19-01-2019 Novak Djokovic regains his composure after being frustrated over a floodlight issue to beat Denis Shapovalov and reach the Australian Open fourth round.

Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as 'one of the best players in the world' – video

19-01-2019 Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal who beat him in the third round at Wimbledon last year.Nadal, who defeated Matt Ebden in straight sets, said he was well aware of de Minaur's prodigous talent with the 19-year-old, who has a Spanish mother, splitting his time between Spain and Australia.'He's a great young player, playing with big confidence after winning matches,' Nadal said. 'It will be tough one and I need to be ready for it.'Australian Open 2019: Nadal, Sharapova and Kerber through – as it happened Continue reading...

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...

David Squires on … football spying and Neil Warnock's Brexit views

19-01-2019 Our cartoonist looks at the off-field stories dominating the headlines at Leeds, Derby, Cardiff … and NewcastleTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

When we lose a game we’ll see how good we are, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

19-01-2019 • Solskjær’s side have not gone behind in his six games in charge • Manchester United host Brighton at Old Trafford on SaturdayOle Gunnar Solskjær believes his management of Manchester United will face a different test when a game is finally lost but is confident he and the players will respond. Related: Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United? Continue reading...

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

19-01-2019 Judd Trump beats world number one Mark Selby 6-2 to reach the Masters semi-finals, where he will face Neil Robertson.

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...

Emma Hayes: Chelsea Women boss would consider managing a men's team

19-01-2019 Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes says she would consider managing in the men's game.

England's Eddie Jones: 'I don't expect, I prepare them to beat Ireland' – video

19-01-2019 Eddie Jones has spoken before England’s Six Nations campaign, which begins in Dublin against Ireland. Dylan Hartley will miss the opener at the Aviva Stadium through injury, as well as Chris RobshawHartley left out of England’s initial Six Nations squad Continue reading...

'I have fought all my life': Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

19-01-2019 ‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in FebruarySinger Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest against racial injustice.Knight, who is from Atlanta, where the game will be played, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice”, and to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights. 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...

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.

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'.

Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

19-01-2019 Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...

Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines – in pictures

19-01-2019 After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this year’s Dakar RallyClick here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear Continue reading...

Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

19-01-2019 Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness yearsCarry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fellaini might be on his way out of Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Friday press conference went the other way. Instead Solskjær offered what newspapers like to call “a vote of confidence” in the gangling Belgian utility-menace, talking up Fellaini’s continued presence through this, his sixth year as a Manchester United player.It isn’t hard to see why some said his time was up. Under Solskjær Fellaini has played three minutes in the Premier League. His basic footballing presence has seemed at odds with a more mobile, fluid style. Plus there is of course a wider symbolic aspect to all this. Continue reading...

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...

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...

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19-01-2019 With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...