Serena Guthrie column: Five things the Quad Series taught us for the World Cup

21-01-2019

In her column for BBC Sport, Serena Guthrie explains what England learned from the Quad Series as they prepare for the World Cup.



The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

21-01-2019

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...



Roger Federer beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open

21-01-2019

Watch highlights as the 20-year-old 14th seed from Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas beats defending champion Roger Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in Melbourne.



Paul Pogba’s ‘pace and power’ stresses need for rethink over BAME coverage | Sachin Nakrani

21-01-2019

Language used to describe Frenchman’s revival highlights importance of the debate sparked by Raheem SterlingIt is just over six weeks since Raheem Sterling caused a stir on an otherwise sleepy Sunday morning. Dogs were being walked and churches were being prepared for service when the winger grabbed people’s attention with that Instagram post. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, we were talking about race.Specifically, we were talking about how we talk about race. Sterling had homed in on the practices of certain sections of the media, claiming they helped “fuel racism”, and from the industry came an acceptance that things had to change. Chins were stroked, think pieces were written. This, we were told, was a turning point. And then everyone simply turned back to what they had previously been doing. Continue reading...



Shai Hope aims to beat the England team he might have played for

21-01-2019

West Indies batsman says playing for England crossed his mind but he is happy to inspire Caribbean cricketers insteadShai Hope made his debut against England at the Kensington Oval four years ago and has since risen to become the West Indian batsman of whom they are truly wary.A Test average of 28 might not suggest such but after those sparkling twin hundreds at Headingley in 2017 – the only time in the ground’s 129-year first-class history – the tourists know full well the numbers are misleading. What they may not be aware of, however, is that Hope once briefly considered throwing his lot in with them. Continue reading...



Arsenal confirm Sven Mislintat will leave club on 8 February

21-01-2019

• Head of recruitment was in post for less than 14 months• Arsenal braced to be without Bellerín for a lengthy periodArsenal have announced that the head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, will leave the club next month.The German joined the Gunners in December 2017 and will have been in place for less than 14 months when he departs on 8 February. Continue reading...



The Fiver | What happens next is the fun part

21-01-2019

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!As an ice-cool fizzy drink would say, what’s the worst that can happen? By airing his grievances after Chelsea’s tepid defeat at Arsenal and throwing his players under the nearest King’s Road bus service, Maurizio Sarri has opened up a box-fresh can of worms. It is a move that has ruffled feathers before, one that has all of the decorum and coup de grace of José Mourinho’s attritional public dressing-room wars. It will not affect his players, the Italian says, but it’s hardly going to galvanise an infamously brittle squad. Cue player power revolt part VI? They may have not quite reached the realms of full-blown crisis mode just yet, but losing consecutive games to London rivals hardly gets the juices flowing. Enter Gonzalo Higuaín. Continue reading...



Serena Williams too hot for Simona Halep in tense Australian Open battle

21-01-2019

Williams defeats world No 1 Halep 6–1, 4–6, 6–4 Karolina Pliskova awaits for Williams in quarter-finalsThe last time Serena Williams came to Melbourne, she was five weeks pregnant and went on to win the Australian Open for the seventh time. On day eight of the 2019 championships, two years older at 37, she dredged up a sliver of her old magic to hold off the robust challenge of the world No 1 Simona Halep and edge closer to joining Margaret Court on the all-time record of 24 majors. It was a typically mercurial performance, that swung between brilliant and desperate. Related: Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev: Australian Open last 16 – live! Continue reading...



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

21-01-2019

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



Masters Snooker 2019: Watch five great flukes

21-01-2019

Watch five great flukes from the 2019 Masters, including shots from Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Luca Brecel.