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...

Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

19-01-2019 Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. Continue reading...

Harry Potter fan Calum Chambers reveals his football secrets...

19-01-2019 Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.

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...

The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

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...

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.

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...

Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

19-01-2019 Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...

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

19-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp wary of Crystal Palace after City shock

19-01-2019 • ‘In counterattacks, at set pieces, it is clear they are good’• Klopp dismisses speculation of Anfield return for CoutinhoJürgen Klopp has said Liverpool must heed the warning of Crystal Palace’s recent victory at Manchester City to avoid a similar shock against Roy Hodgson’s side.Liverpool are unbeaten in 31 Premier League home matches since Palace recorded a third consecutive away win at Anfield in April 2017. The league leaders can re-establish a seven-point lead over City at the top, at least until Sunday, by extending that sequence to the second longest in the club’s history on Saturday. Continue reading...

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

19-01-2019 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

19-01-2019 Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic 'won't play Davis Cup again' – video

19-01-2019 Lleyton Hewitt has responded to Bernard Tomic's astonishing broadside, accusing Tomic of threatening him and his family for more than 12 months and saying Tomic will never play Davis Cup tennis while he is involvedLleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family 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...

West Ham tested by second bid for unhappy Marko Arnautovic

19-01-2019 • Guangzhou Evergrande bid £35.2m for player, who aims to leave• Manuel Pellegrini drops striker for Bournemouth tripWest Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic has been tested by a €40m (£35.2m) offer from Guangzhou Evergrande.The Premier League club are furious with Arnautovic over behaviour that has led to the striker being dropped for the game at Bournemouth and apologising to his teammates, but are likely to hold out for a third bid from the Chinese Super League side, who had previously offered €35m. Continue reading...

The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

19-01-2019 Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement 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...

WBBL: Perry launches Sixers into final against Brisbane Heat

19-01-2019 Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Renegades in epic super over Brisbane Heat beat Sydney ThunderA sublime all-round performance from Ellyse Perry has propelled the Sydney Sixers to an epic super over WBBL semi-final victory over the Melbourne Renegades.In front of 3,500 fans at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval, Perry crunched Molly Strano for a six with two balls remaining in the super over to steer the two-time reigning champions into their fourth consecutive grand final after scores were tied at the end of 40 overs. 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...