19-02-2019 The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 FA Cup quarter-final draw: Manchester sides kept apart

• Manchester City face Swansea, United go to Wolves• Millwall v Brighton and Watford v Crystal PalaceThe Manchester clubs were kept apart in the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals, made shortly after United’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea. Manchester City will make another trip to south Wales, this time to play Swansea, after beating Newport County in the fifth round. And United will travel to Wolves.Brighton face a daunting trip to Millwall while there is an all-Premier League tie at Vicarage Road where Watford will host Crystal Palace. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 FA Cup: Daniel James gives Swansea lead against Brentford

Swansea City's Daniel James scores "a wonderful solo goal" to give them the lead against fellow Championship side Brentford in the FA Cup fifth round.

19-02-2019 Adil Rashid to play to his strengths against Chris Gayle and West Indies

• Leg-spinner is key part of Eoin Morgan’s ODI attack• Moeen Ali believes Rashid can still be ‘world beater’ in TestsThere are 101 days to go until England’s World Cup campaign gets under way against South Africa at the Oval and one player who should thrive during the team’s exclusive diet of limited-overs matches until then is Adil Rashid.Rashid’s 19 Test caps have returned fleeting success and after a low-key outing in Barbados last month – a defeat he might have sat out had England not bungled their selection – the leg-spinner returned home for the birth of his second son. This departure came with talk that his time in the longer format may be up. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Mauro Icardi, Internazionale and the return of unwelcome headlines | Paolo Bandini

Inter dug deep to see off Sampdoria, but without their forward after he was stripped of the captaincyThe first time the big screen cut to Mauro Icardi, it stayed with him for only a few seconds. He had arrived just before kick-off for Inter’s game against Sampdoria, taking a seat beside his wife, and agent, Wanda in the stands at San Siro. Neither seemed to notice when the cameras picked them out, provoking brief jeers from the home crowd.But the camera lingered a little longer the second time around. Play had stopped, and the mood inside the stadium was restless, with the score still lgoalless after the interval. This time the whistles were ear-splitting. Wanda glanced up at the screen, and quickly cast her eyes back down. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Talking Horses: Blaklion sale shows Grand National dream is potent as ever

The purchase of Blaklion is an act of pure optimism, but it is at least reminiscent of a Scottish Grand National winner of yoreI find myself thinking about Little Polveir, which is something to be grateful for. He was a game little beast who won the Scottish Grand National in 1987 and followed up in the real thing at Aintree two years later, when he led from halfway and ran on strongly up the run-in, seeing off late challenges by two big names, West Tip and The Thinker.Surely Little Polveir has also been in the recent thoughts of Darren Yates, who, it was revealed on Monday, has bought Blaklion in the hope of seeing his colours carried to victory in the National. Buying a 10-year-old staying chaser is an act of pure optimism that will never make Forbes’s list of ‘Ten Smart Things You Should Really Be Doing With Your Money’, so my hat is off to Yates, who clearly has a high opinion of this kind of horse and must therefore have been brought up the right way. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Liverpool cannot afford to consider Bayern a fading force, says Klopp

• Manager convinced Bavarians will exploit any slips• ‘There is no obvious problem, it makes them more dangerous’Jürgen Klopp has studied Bayern Munich’s last seven matches as homework for the return of the Champions League at Anfield. “And I did not get up once afterwards and think: ‘It’s clear, this is where we can have them’,” reflected a manager who, through personal experience and realistic analysis, is uneasy with the idea that Liverpool will welcome a fading side on Tuesday. Related: Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Thomas Hitzlsperger makes swift impact at struggling Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

Though there is no heavy-handedness about the new head of sport, he is already having an influenceThere was, at last, a feeling of partial satisfaction and some optimism. A sixth defeat in seven games for lowly VfB Stuttgart is no reason for breaking out the party bunting but the manner, if not the result, felt like it might be a departure in the right direction.To an extent, it’s an indication of just how bad it’s been around the place in recent months. On the final day of last season, as they gleefully threw cake, jelly, and whipped the tablecloths off at Bayern Munich’s title party with a 4-1 win, Stuttgart had positioned themselves at the gates of Europe. But then a late summer flounder became a full-blown autumnal panic, coach Tayfun Korkut was replaced by Markus Weinzierl, and the former Schalke boss had been unable to bring any sense of calm in nearly four months. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 FA Cup: Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace highlights

Watch highlights as first-half goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer help Crystal Palace beat Doncaster Rovers and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

19-02-2019 Jurgen Klopp: Crowd can take Liverpool 'from 100% to 140%'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Anfield crowd can take his side "from 100% to 140%" against Bayern Munich

19-02-2019 Jürgen Klopp ready for dangerous threat of Bayern Munich – video

Liverpool host five-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Speaking before the game, Jürgen Klopp discussed the 'outstanding' atmosphere he's anticipating at Anfield. Bayern travel to Merseyside with five key players missing, however Liverpool aren't without their own issues, with Virgil van Dijk suspended Continue reading...

19-02-2019 John Motson apologises for calling Millwall’s Tom Elliott ‘big, black and brave’

• Motson made remarks on TalkSport before FA Cup tie• TalkSport says it has treated matter ‘very seriously’John Motson has personally apologised to the Millwall striker Tom Elliott after describing him as “big, black and brave” on TalkSport.The 73-year-old broadcaster, who came out of retirement last summer to join TalkSport after 50 years with the BBC, made his remarks before Millwall’s FA Cup fifth-round win at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Too old and porous? Bayern Munich face Liverpool amid serious doubts

The German champions have been sluggish for much of the season and the problems may run to the very top“Maybe they are slowly becoming part of the problem,” mused Stefan Effenberg in November. The former Bayern Munich midfielder was referring to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness, the chief executive and the president of the Bundesliga club respectively, and went on to suggest the club were going stale under their leadership.“They have made grave errors when it comes to the planning of the squad,” he said. “They have to look at the characters in the squad and get rid of five or six players. Maybe it is time for some new impulses from the outside.” Continue reading...

19-02-2019 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

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.

19-02-2019 Monaco may regret sacking the man who revitalised the club

Vadim Vasilyev made Monaco the model of a sustainable, profitable club. But he has paid for their disastrous seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsUntil recently, mistakes were rare at Monaco. In just five years, the Russian duo of billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev and vice president Vadim Vasilyev led the club from the second tier to the Ligue 1 title. But the club collapsed this season and the owner has now acted, sacking Vasilyev. “Now it is time for change,” said Rybolovlev in a statement on Valentine’s Day. “I have made a personally very difficult decision to release Vadim Vasilyev from his post as vice president and CEO of the club.”Initially appointed as an advisor in January 2013, Vasilyev was quickly promoted to CEO and vice president, becoming the club’s spokesperson and spearhead. His strategy centred on realism, revenue and hardball negotiating. He knew Monaco were working within certain restraints and that copying PSG’s model simply wasn’t sustainable. “You need more than money and ambition,” he explained. “You need to be in a big town, to have a population around you, play in a big league. There are several elements which just don’t exist [here].” With a population of just 40,000 and the smallest crowds in Ligue 1, Monaco would have to do things differently. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

19-02-2019 Kurtley Beale ready to move on after creating 'bad image' for rugby with videos

Beale returns to action for Waratahs this weekend Two white powder videos emerged last monthAn apologetic Kurtley Beale says his focus is now solely on the rugby after admitting videos featuring him had created a “bad image” for the game. The Wallabies and Waratahs playmaker was forced into damage control last month after two videos were released of him in the presence of white powder. Related: Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby | Bret Harris Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp

• Premier clubs do not sell to rivals, Liverpool manager adds• England forward joined Dortmund for £8m in 2017Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool were beaten to the signing of Jadon Sancho by Borussia Dortmund because Manchester City refused to sell to a Premier League rival.The Liverpool manager confirmed his club’s interest in the teenage forward before Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, who attempted to add Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to their squad last month. While greater first-team opportunity is viewed as the principal reason for leaving the Premier League for the Bundesliga, with Sancho, Keanan Bennetts and Reiss Nelson among those to depart in recent seasons, Klopp believes the transfer policies of English clubs is another factor. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Caster Semenya’s lawyers accuse the IAAF of underhand tactics

• Claim that naming witnesses broke confidentiality• Runner is challenging revised eligibility ruleCaster Semenya’s lawyers have accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of using underhand tactics to gain public support at the start of their contentious dispute at the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne. Related: Court has Semenya’s career in its hands – and decision could affect all of sport | Sean Ingle Continue reading...