16-02-2019 Presenting Percy to miss prep race and may go straight into Gold Cup

• Trainer Pat Kelly opts against running in chase at Gowran• Owner Philip Reynolds says they are ‘happy with where he is’Presenting Percy could go straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup after connections of the talented but rarely spotted animal decided against the prep run that had been planned for him on Saturday. That raises the extraordinary possibility of a horse starting favourite for the Gold Cup despite not having raced over fences for a full year.Horses have won major races after injury-plagued preparations, restricted them to rare appearances at the track but it is something new for a young, reportedly healthy and top-class chaser to be campaigned so sparingly. There was no public comment from his Athenry-based trainer, Pat Kelly, and the only available explanation came from Presenting Percy’s owner, Philip Reynolds. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...

16-02-2019 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...

16-02-2019 Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Flamengo pay tribute to 10 teenage players who died in training ground fire

Flamengo players and fans are joined by Fluminense to pay tribute to the 10 teenage players who died in a training ground fire.

16-02-2019 '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...

16-02-2019 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

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

16-02-2019 Henrik Kristoffersen wins giant slalom gold at 2019 World Championships

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen wins the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2019 World Championships, clinching the top spot by just 0.20 seconds.

16-02-2019 '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.

16-02-2019 FA Cup: QPR's Toni Leistner misses a golden chance against Watford

Toni Leistner misses a golden chance for QPR late in the game as they lose 1-0 to Watford in the FA Cup fifth round at Loftus Road.

16-02-2019 Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx

Surrey club’s record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning well ahead to the showdown with a fresh and dangerous challenger at the final league weekend in early May.Guildford’s record unbeaten run, which stands at 70 wins and two draws stretching over more than six years, is threatened by promoted chesscom.Manx Liberty, whose squad is packed with seasoned grandmasters and bankrolled by a leading global chess website. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Ferrari hope new SF90 F1 car will end 10-year title drought

Ferrari's new F1 car is a "development of last year's, not a revolution" says team principal Mattia Binotto at its unveiling before the 2019 season.

16-02-2019 Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid defender 'had no choice' over controversial yellow card

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he "had no choice" but to make the foul that earned him a yellow card against Ajax.

16-02-2019 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.