Noor Husin: The Afghan refugee who became his country's first EFL player

22-01-2019

Noor Husin was born into a city on the frontline of Afghanistan's civil war. Now he is at Notts County and dreaming of the World Cup.



‘We'll fight again if you want’: Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather after Broner fight – video

22-01-2019

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a someone on the wrong side of 40. Whether Pacquiao's dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night. In a press conference after the match Pacquiao sent a message to Mayweather: ‘I’m still active, go back to the ring … challenge me, I'm a champion.’ With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight titleManny Pacquiao beats Adrien Broner on points to retain welterweight title – as it happened Continue reading...



Serena Williams knocks out Simona Halep in epic Australian Open clash - highlights

22-01-2019

Serena Williams outlines why she is the favourite to win the Australian Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over world number one Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.



'They were happy tears,' says Kvitova after beating Barty – video

22-01-2019

Petra Kvitova has advanced to her first grand slam semi-final since surviving a brutal knife attack by a burglar in her home town in the Czech Republic two years ago. The World No 6 beat Ashleigh Barty 6-1, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open - ending home hopes of quelling a 41-year singles title drought.Following her win, Kvitova said: 'It wasn't really easy to see myself in the semi-final of a grand slam' after everything she has been through. The two-time Wimbledon champion was told she would likely never play again after having her left playing hand seriously injured.Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka and sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who clash in the quarter-finals and fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova, who faces Serena Williams in the last eight, are the only players who can stop Kvitova from climbing to world No 1 for the first time.Kvitova sets up Australian Open last four clash with unseeded Danielle Collins Continue reading...



NBA: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry's worst five seconds of basketball

22-01-2019

Golden State superstar Stephen Curry shows he is human after all with five seconds of basketball to forget in the Warriors' 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.



Marc Skinner: ‘Orlando Pride are mesmerising. It’s a different level’

22-01-2019

After leaving his beloved Birmingham, the young manager is relishing working with global stars such as Marta and Morgan“I asked the guys if I could just spend a little bit of time in the middle of the pitch to visualise what the players go through.”Standing in front of 25,500 purple seats, the new Orlando Pride manager Marc Skinner paused to drink it all in. It is a world away from Solihull Moors’ 3,050‑capacity Damson Park, where his former club, Birmingham City women, ply their trade. Continue reading...



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

22-01-2019

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...



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

22-01-2019

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...



Emiliano Sala: Cardiff's new striker who was on missing plane – video report

22-01-2019

Cardiff City's new signing Emiliano Sala was aboard a small plane that disappeared over the English Channel, the French civil aviation authority has said.The light aircraft, which had two passengers on board, lost contact on Monday night off the coast of Guernsey as it made the journey from Nantes - where Sala had played since 2015. The 28-year-old striker had spent the previous hours saying farewell to teammates in the French city after Cardiff signed the Argentinian-Italian for a club-record fee, believed to be £15m.Nantes were due to play Entente Sannois in the French Cup on Wednesday but the third-tier club said it was postponed until Sunday 'following the disappearance of the plane of former player Emiliano Sala.'Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala was on missing plane, French authorities say Continue reading...



NFL investigates reports of laser pointed at Tom Brady during Chiefs game

22-01-2019

Incident appears to have occurred just before interceptionPatriots won game to reach next month’s Super Bowl LIIIThe NFL is looking into reports that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was targeted with a laser pointer during his team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Related: Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in Continue reading...



David Gilbert makes 147th official 147 maximum break

22-01-2019

English snooker player David Gilbert makes the 147th official 147 maximum break, 37 years after Steve Davis registered the first.



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

22-01-2019

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



Ronaldo accepts €18.8m deal over tax evasion

22-01-2019

The football superstar has signed a deal with Spanish prosecutors that will spare him jail time.



Six Nations: Bath centre Jonathan Joseph returns to England squad

22-01-2019

Centre Jonathan Joseph is added to the England squad heading to Portugal on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Six Nations.



Wayne Rooney spoke 'broken English' at time of arrest, says police report

22-01-2019

Footballer was arrested in December for public intoxicationFormer England captain plays for DC United in MLSThe former England captain Wayne Rooney was speaking “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication and swearing at a Washington DC airport last month, it has emerged.Deadspin obtained the incident report from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, and published the details on Tuesday. According to the report, the arresting officer was dispatched after receiving a report of a person trying to go through a secure door. Continue reading...



Tottenham’s Dele Alli set to miss at least six weeks with hamstring strain

22-01-2019

• Forward picked up injury in game against Fulham• Alli not likely to be back in training until early MarchDele Alli faces a lay-off of at least six weeks, after his worst fears over the severity of the hamstring injury he suffered at Fulham on Sunday were confirmed. Alli stretched as he chased a loose ball into touch in the 86th minute of the game, which Tottenham won 2-1, and when he reached his hand back to grab the hamstring and then stayed down, the situation looked bad.Mauricio Pochettino said as much afterwards and the manager knew he would be without Alli for a period of games, beginning with the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea on Thursday night. With Harry Kane out until early March with an ankle ligament problem, he simply hoped it would not be too many. Continue reading...



The Fiver | Cardiff City's Sala confirmed as being on board missing flight

22-01-2019

Last Saturday, just three days ago, Emiliano Sala agreed to join Cardiff City. His £15m transfer from Nantes generated much excitement: the 28-year-old striker from Argentina had scored 12 goals in 16 matches this season in France, a record bettered only by Nicolas Pépé and PSG’s front three, and would become the Bluebirds’ record signing. Nantes waved off a much-loved talent with their blessing. “The management and the whole of FC Nantes thank warmly Emiliano Sala, and wish him much success for the rest of his career,” read one official tweet. “Forever yellow and green,” promised another. Then on Monday he bade farewell to his former team-mates, posting a snap of himself on social media, arms around old buddies, warmth radiating from the screen. Alongside yellow and green hearts read one simple message: “La ultima ciao.” The last goodbye. Continue reading...