15-02-2019 Manchester United’s Martial and Lingard ruled out for three weeks

• United pair suffer groin and hamstring problems respectively• Gomes, Chong, Sánchez and Lukaku in line to deputiseAnthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are out for up to three weeks because of injury, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær saying that means a chance for Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku to step up for Manchester United.Martial and Lingard were forced off during Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford because of groin and hamstring problems respectively. Continue reading...

15-02-2019 Solskjær’s stumble, a Wembley rumble and Banks of England – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Lars Sivertsen discuss Solskjær’s stumble, Wembley’s rumble, a momentous first Champions League VAR, Declan Rice’s defection to England and the passings of two football legendsJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last couple of days of football, starting with PSG inflicting the first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure as Manchester United boss, as they take a 2-0 scoreline back to the Parc des Princes in three weeks time. Continue reading...

15-02-2019 FA Cup: 'He's fluffed it' - Mumford & Sons try football commentary

Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall give football commentary a go, describing Nat Knight-Percival's bizarre FA Cup goal for Bradford in 2017.

15-02-2019 Reece Prescod tones down social life in quest for world championship gold

Sprinter has stopped going out at nights and replaced house music with reading to prepare for the worlds in SeptemberReece Prescod is as disarmingly honest as he is dizzingly fast. So when the 22-year-old is asked whether he ever feels a devil on his shoulder trying to distract him from becoming the world’s best sprinter, he smiles, says “Yeah, yeah, 100%” and then adds bluntly: “To me there is no point in going on a night out if you are going to be half-hearted. If I am going out, I go full sesh.”Full sesh, it turns out, is a few drinks at a meal, followed by a few more afterwards and staying out until the small hours – which is hardly ideal when one’s intention is to win Olympic 100m gold in Tokyo. But Prescod says in recent months he has changed; these days he is scanning the bigger picture, not chasing short-term pleasures. Continue reading...

15-02-2019 Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe's biggest clubs

Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blanchflower’s famous quote would point out something else: that the game is also about politics and placement, about soft power, about presenting a face to the world.As the Champions League knockout stage kicks in, this element of Big Football is primed once again to take the main stage, the executive arm of a sport that has never looked so tangled. Continue reading...

15-02-2019 Premiership: Gloucester beat leaders Exeter 24-17 at Kingsholm

Gloucester upset Premiership leaders Exeter as they win 24-17 in a thrilling contest at Kingsholm.

15-02-2019 The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted with potholes and misleading signposts. After his greatest triumph on Saturday he was gracious in victory, 11 months after he had been booed by some home supporters at Twickenham after Ireland had secured the Grand Slam there.“They are a top team,” he said of Ireland, the world’s form country in 2018 who had been systematically taken apart by England. And they are. Just as England found last year after two years of barely uninterrupted success under Jones, nothing feeds the appetite of an ambitious team like a setback. Continue reading...

15-02-2019 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.

15-02-2019 Gazprom v Abu Dhabi: an alternative guide to the Champions League ties

Other states, hedge funds and a tax haven also feature in our look at how club owners and partners stack up in the last 16Schalke 04 Continue reading...

15-02-2019 'I'm always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea, says Sarri after humiliation at Man City – video

Maurizio Sarri feels he is 'always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea after watching them succumb to their heaviest defeat in almost 28 years.The pressure intensified on the Italian after Sergio Agüero's 11th Premier League hat-trick, Raheem Sterling's double and Ilkay Gundogan's goal wrapped up an incredible 6-0 win for Manchester City. Sarri made an encouraging start to his tenure. Chelsea were unbeaten after their first 12 top-flight matches under him but the Blues have faded out of title contention and face a battle to finish in the top four. Agüero hits hat-trick in Chelsea’s humiliation by Manchester City Continue reading...

15-02-2019 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?