16-02-2019 Caster Semenya: South African government calls on world to fight against IAAF rule

South African Caster Semenya has been "targeted" by athletics' governing body, the IAAF, according to her country's sports minister

16-02-2019 Bloodied Tom Curry channels spirit of Terry Butcher to stake England claim

The 20-year-old flanker has quickly become a vital part of the team and now looks forward to testing himself against WalesPerhaps it should not be surprising Tom Curry did not know who Terry Butcher is. It is a sure-fire way to make one feel old, yes, but not really a shock considering Curry was born almost a decade after Butcher’s blood-soaked heroics earned his place in English sporting legend. At 20 Curry is the youngest member of the England squad, as such responsible for keeping his teammates’ drinks topped up, and he has a way to go to earn legend status. But the early signs bode well. And he has already had his bloody Butcher moment – his face covered in claret during England’s thumping win over France last Sunday. “I thought I was just sweating,” says Curry. “Then it came up on the big screens and the whole crowd went: ‘Oooh.’”As with most things Curry took it in his stride and he is matter of fact about how it happened: “I think I just head-butted the full-back.” Rather, it was his mum, Susanne, who was more concerned. “My mum’s tears had dried up [after the game] I think! Everyone was surprised how small [the scar] was, given how much blood there was. [My mum] was asking me on Tuesday night if my head was all right but everything was fine.” Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Dan Christian heroics send Renegades into Big Bash League final

Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by three wicketsStars await in all-Melbourne final on SundayMelbourne Renegades will host cross-city rivals the Stars in Sunday’s BBL decider after claiming a thrilling three-wicket semi-final victory over Sydney Sixers.Set 181 to win on Friday night at Marvel Stadium, the Renegades required 46 off the final four overs but held their nerve to book a first BBL final appearance. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs

• Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvetrees converted all three and kicked a penalty. Exeter’s tries came from Nic White and Tom O’Flaherty. Joe Simmonds kicked a penalty and conversion with Gareth Steenson also adding a conversion. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 FA Cup: Newport hoping to pull off biggest FA Cup shock of all time

Newport County manager Mike Flynn tells Football Focus reporter Mark Clemmit that his side hope to pull off the "biggest FA Cup shock" of all time when they take on Man City.

16-02-2019 High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know

Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama probes the fraying covenant between white power brokers and their mostly black labor forceSteven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, written by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and available for streaming on Netflix, is the finest movie ever made about the business of professional sports, not for the answers it purports to give about a billion-dollar industry charged by undercurrents of race and politics but the questions it asks. Related: High Flying Bird review – Soderbergh scales new heights on Netflix Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Reece Prescod: British sprinter to skip European Indoors in favour of World Championships

Reece Prescod will skip the European Indoors in Glasgow to focus on "bigger goal" of Doha World Championships.

16-02-2019 Colin Kaepernick: Former NFL quarterback settles 'collusion' case

Colin Kaepernick and former team-mate Eric Reid reach settlements with the NFL over 'collusion' cases against team owners.

16-02-2019 Sports quiz of the week: a birthday present, a record and a whiskey cup

Who wants a miracle? Who needs a drink? Who ran the world?What did Susannah Gill achieve in 24 hours, 19 minutes and nine seconds?She rowed from Botany Bay to Belfast She cycled from Asia to AfricaShe ran seven marathons across seven continents in seven daysShe swam from England to FranceNeymar celebrated his 27th birthday this week. In his speech at his party, what did the PSG forward say he wanted as a present?For his teammates “to stop losing without me” To move back to Spain A new metatarsal To become “the Tom Brady of soccer”Where is the Centenary Quaich being contested this weekend?DublinEdinburghLondon Chicago53% of households in New Orleans watched the Super Bowl last year. Why did that figure fall to 26% this year?People listened to the radio instead as Barack Obama was doing guest commentary Fans boycotted because a dubious refereeing decision ruled out their team Donald Trump was in the city so people were out protesting The main broadcast company mistakenly sold rights to New Zealand rather than New OrleansIn which of these leagues has one of the teams not lost yet this season?Bundesliga La Liga Ligue 1 Premier League Serie AAnd which league has a team who have not drawn a game yet this season?BundesligaLa Liga Ligue 1Premier League Serie A What world record did golfer James Nitties equal this week at the Vic Open in Australia?He went 18 straight tournaments without dropping a shot He hit nine birdies in a row He missed the cut at a tournament for the 21st time in a row He lost 10 balls on one roundWhy did Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day sprint off the pitch at the final whistle after his team had beaten Middlesbrough in the FA Cup?To brush his hair and "look smart" for the post-match interviewsHe was “absolutely busting for a number two”He is a Middlesbrough fan and “felt a bit teary”To see his partner, who was in labourDulwich Hamlet signed Simon Bloch Jørgensen this week. What makes Jørgensen stand out?He plays as a goalkeeper but refuses to wear gloves He is the tallest professional footballer playing in EnglandHe wears glasses while playing He insists on wearing a shirt with no branding or sponsorship PSG play Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Which of these footballers has not played for both teams?Gabriel Heinze Ángel Di María Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ray Wilkins Laurent Blanc David Beckham It’s the Madrid derby this weekend, which pits Diego Simeone against Santiago Solari, the sixth different Real Madrid manager he has faced while in charge of Atlético. Who did Simeone face in his first Madrid derby as a manager?Rafa BenítezFabio Capello José MourinhoCarlo AncelottiWhich of the last-16 ties features two clubs that have won the competition three times in a row?Manchester United v PSGAtlético Madrid v JuventusLiverpool v Bayern MunichAjax v Real Madrid 11 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend12 and above.You've done very, very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend1 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun2 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun3 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK5 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK6 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK7 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend8 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend9 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend0 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun10 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend 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 In defence of Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole has won more FA Cups than any player in history. Isn’t it time we appreciated his achievements?By Sean Cole for WSC, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAshley Cole played for Derby County in the Championship last weekend, his first appearance in English football for almost five years. The 38-year-old, who has felt curiously rootless and unloved throughout his career, says this will be his final stop before retirement. Of the much-vaunted, and subsequently derided, golden generation, Cole was arguably the only one to live up to his billing. For several years at Arsenal and Chelsea he made a compelling case for being the world’s best left-back. While Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were all overhyped at times, Cole was under-appreciated.There are several reasons why this might be the case, but there are clear parallels between him and Raheem Sterling. Both are outstanding black footballers, raised in London, who were branded greedy and irresponsible from a young age. Neither would claim to be entirely blameless, but the negative attention they have received from sections of the press has been wildly disproportionate. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Bayern recover from 13-second own goal to beat Augsburg and close gap at top

• Bayern win 3-2 and are two points behind Borussia Dortmund• Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’s 3-0 defeat of FrosinoneBayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman is a doubt for his side’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday after limping out of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.Coman scored twice to bring his side back from behind before David Alaba scored a second-half winner which helped Bayern reduce the gap to the Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund, to two points. Continue reading...

16-02-2019 Laura Muir has her sights on 1988 indoor mile record in Birmingham

• Kirsty Wade’s indoor mile Birtish record has stood for 31 years• Muir to defend her 1500m and 3,000m indoor titles next monthShortly after Laura Muir first broke into the British team in 2014 she received an unexpected request from the Scottish middle distance legend Kirsty Wade. “We think Laura has something special,” she wrote in a long email via her husband. “And we would love to see her name in front of mine in the rankings over the next few years.” Related: Laura Muir: ‘I don’t like taking anything. I don’t even drink coffee’ Continue reading...