24-02-2019 Bernardo Silva: Manchester City's rising star beloved by Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has said the Portuguese playmaker is ‘a joy’ to coach and one of the best players in England this seasonBernardo Silva’s status with Pep Guardiola is clear. “I love him,” says Manchester City’s manager, who last month warned Kevin De Bruyne that while injured he had lost his place to the Portuguese.To inform City’s best player of last season that he has a fight to be selected over Silva illustrates just how good the Lisbon-born playmaker has been. At 24 Silva is the future and present of City, a player Guardiola can play in at least four positions. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Manchester United’s golden child Marcus Rashford finds his lost lustre | Barney Ronay

It’s been three years since the forward burst into Manchester United’s first team and he looks better than ever now José Mourinho has been sent packingThere is a famous photo of Marcus Rashford lining up with his teammates before an England Under-16s fixture. Glancing down the row of likely lads you notice an adorably baby-faced Joe Gomez, the youthful Dominic Solanke, looking pretty much the same as the adult Dominic Solanke, and towards the far end a gap in the line where a face should be.Except, look closer and there is someone there, almost blocked from view by the looming outline of the small girl standing in front of him. Yes, it’s Rashford. And yes, he’s tiny, peeping out between the schoolkids with the same sense of quiet poise that has carried him through the past three years, almost to the day, since his debut for Manchester United. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Dylan Hartley will miss remainder of Six Nations due to upcoming knee surgery

• England co-captain due to have operation on Tuesday• Hooker expected to be back in action in four weeksDylan Hartley will play no part in England’s Six Nations campaign after it emerged he will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday. The England co-captain has not appeared in the tournament so far and will be out of action for at least a month.Hartley has not played since 21 December because of what Eddie Jones described as “wear and tear” and Northampton called a “grumbly knee”. It was hoped the hooker would be able to avoid an operation but he saw a surgeon on Friday and one is required. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Chess: England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

China, Russia and United States are the favourites for next month’s showdown in KazakhstanEngland have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected to fight it out for the gold medals. Last year, England finished fifth, the squad’s best performance since 1998, at the 184-nation Batumi Olympiad which was a qualifier for the world teams. Related: Magnus Carlsen pays for poor start as Daniil Dubov wins World Rapid Chess Continue reading...

24-02-2019 In an age of endless cricket Sri Lanka just gave us a special moment | Andy Bull

Kusal Perera’s and Oshada Fernando’s last-wicket stand of 78 to beat South Africa last weekend was one of the finest spectacles the game has produced in recent yearsLast Saturday in Christchurch, Martin Guptill thrashed a century for New Zealand in a one-day game against Bangladesh; in Dubai, Shahid Afridi finished off Multan Sultans’ Twenty20 match against Islamabad United with back-to-back sixes; and in Chittagong a young kid called Jamie Smith made a run-a-ball hundred for England Under-19s in a Test against Bangladesh. Cricket’s always on, somewhere or other, one format or another, bat hitting ball like the background tick-tock of a wall clock, something you only really notice when you look at it, catch a fraction of the match in a gif, a clip, a stream, or tweet, or a glance at a scorecard.Amid all the rest of it, South Africa and Sri Lanka were playing in the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. The match had meandered into a fourth day and it looked as if it was only going one way. South Africa v Sri Lanka isn’t necessarily a series you stop to watch. They have been playing each other for only 26 years and, in South Africa, the contests have been off-puttingly one-sided. Sri Lanka had played 13 Tests there before this series and won only one of them, in 2011, when Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samararweera made all the runs and Rangana Herath took most of the wickets. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss might apologise to referee Mike Dean

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he "crossed the line" when he approached referee Mike Dean on the pitch after the loss at Burnley.

24-02-2019 Pep Guardiola: Manchester United win would be good for title race

A Manchester United win against Liverpool would be a good result in the title race, says Pep Guardiola.

24-02-2019 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.

24-02-2019 'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Klopp: Solskjær has made Manchester United a threat again – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says Ole Gunnar Solskjær has brought 'all the things Sir Alex Ferguson stood for' back to Manchester United, ahead of their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.Klopp has ‘no doubt’ Solskjær will be given permanent Manchester United job Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Sheffield United rise to second as Kieran Dowell header sees off West Brom

Sheffield United maintained their hold on the second automatic promotion place in the Championship after Kieran Dowell’s first-half header extended West Brom’s increasingly unproductive home form.Darren Moore’s team may have started the day as the division’s leading scorers, having secured eight wins from their last nine away games, but they have now not won at the Hawthorns since Boxing Day as they missed the chance to overtake their promotion rivals. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Nathan Redmond: ‘The last two years have been the biggest learning curve’

The Southampton winger is finally recovering his confidence after enduring a torrid time since his England debut“There’s nothing worse than not being able to get past a certain point, which I thought was never ending,” Nathan Redmond says. Over his shoulder, the skies are starting to darken at Southampton’s impressive training ground on the fringes of the New Forest. Fresh from another demanding session after a week in Tenerife under the watchful eye of his club’s workaholic manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, Redmond is reflecting on a challenging period of his career that saw him miss the decisive penalty for England against Germany in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals as well as be booed off by his own club’s supporters.“I wasn’t doing anything right, I hadn’t scored a goal and was not performing for my team,” he says. “There were so many things going on and I wasn’t doing anything to change it. I guess I had to go through all of those things to realise how fortunate I am to be playing football. But at the same time I don’t want to end up being somebody who wastes something I’ve been blessed with.” Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Walt claims Kempton’s big prize to sound fanfare for the Bambi stables

• Small-time owner praises winning trainer Neil Mulholland • In Newcastle’s Eider, Caroline Bailey has her biggest successSaturday’s two feature races showed once again that those with only a small stake in jump racing are still able to carry off a big prize. The Eider at Newcastle fell to Crosspark, providing Northamptonshire’s Caroline Bailey with the most notable success of her long career, while the main prize here went to the Neil Mulholland-trained Walt, whose owner nearly quit the game a year ago after losing the only other horse he had.“We had one called Burns Cross,” Phil Simmonds recalled as he fussed over Walt in the winner’s enclosure, “and unfortunately he had a small injury on his foot. He went to the best veterinary surgeon we could find, in Newmarket, but unfortunately he died coming round from the operation; he broke his neck. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray

Spaniard’s petulance, Kuchar’s thrifty touch and Holmes’s slow play sit uneasily with the public but Tiger Woods offers hopeThe World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is an unlikely saviour for the sport. At the first staging of this tournament, in 2017, players and caddies were affected by sickness to such an extent that an emergency ward by the 18th green would have been a valid addition. The impact on last year was inevitable; Rory McIlroy gave the event a miss despite a $10m prize pot, as again did Jason Day. The tournament seen by many as a beacon of light, having prised WGC status away from the Donald Trump-owned Doral site in Miami, was floundering. Related: Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf? Continue reading...

24-02-2019 France turn screw with late fourth try as Scotland’s losing Paris run continues

• France 27-10 Scotland• French atone for debacle at TwickenhamFrance have remembered at last. Beautiful rugby is all very well but without the route to victory they have found it empty of late. On a sunny afternoon in Paris they played beautifully and with the bloody-mindedness to make sure that, this time, there would be no forgetting to win.Scotland arrived with a team stripped by injury. It showed. The scoreline flatters them. They found plenty of scope for expression themselves but each gap taken felt like an isolated flash rather than the sustained coherence of France’s play. After a shaky start Blair Kinghorn looked threatening in attack, as did Peter Horne, the replacements for Scotland’s most high-profile absences, but there was a lack of authority, not least up front, where France dominated the set piece. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Manchester City beat Arsenal in penalty shootout to win Continental Cup

• Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City • City win 4-2 on pens; Karen Bardsley saves two penaltiesThe Manchester City manager, Nick Cushing, was full of praise for Karen Bardsley after her two penalty shootout saves gave Manchester City a Continental League Cup final win against a depleted and exhausted Arsenal.“She is an incredible goalkeeper and an incredible person. I know when we play KB she comes out with big saves in big moments,”said Cushing. Continue reading...

24-02-2019 Wilfried Zaha’s Palace double puts Leicester’s Claude Puel in trouble

On a day when Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager to take charge of a team in the Premier League, his side won a contest that left many Leicester fans believing Claude Puel’s reign has gone on too long.This result was a vital boost in Crystal Palace’s fight against relegation and exposed Leicester’s manager to more flak. Boos at the final whistle confirmed as much. This time two years ago Leicester were making their way back from a Champions League knockout tie at Sevilla, now they appear to be heading nowhere fast. Seven defeats in nine matches is no kind of haul for a club who aspire to returning to Europe. Puel insisted his team deserved better and pleaded with fans to keep faith. Continue reading...