21-01-2019 Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in

The New England Patriots quarterback stepped up with his team’s season on the line and time running out on Sunday. Then he did it again in overtimeDid you feel the inevitability? Tom Brady in overtime, needing to put together a drive to win the game and send the New England Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl. And, of course, he delivered, because Brady always delivers. He marched his team down the field with the confidence and presence of the greatest to ever play quarterback. Related: Tom Brady brilliant in the clutch as Patriots beat Chiefs to set up Rams Super Bowl Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Football transfer rumours: Andy Carroll to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasonsTottenham have identified the perfect person to deputise for their occasionally injured English striker Harry Kane, and it is the almost permanently injured English striker Andy Carroll. The West Ham target man has a contract that expires in the summer and could thus be available for a mere £2m, depending – according to the Sun – on “whether Manuel Pellegrini reckons he needs the 6ft 4in striker to cover for unsettled Marko Arnautovic”. An 18-month contract is being readied, though reports in Spain suggest Spurs are also interested in the 22-year-old Real Betis striker Antonio “Tonny” Sanabria.A large photograph of Matteo Darmian dominates the front page of Italy’s TuttoSport, with the paper asserting that Juventus have the Manchester United full-back “in their grasp”. A loan deal – which could cost them €4m – with a clause allowing them to make the move permanent in the summer should they wish (and be willing to pay another €8m) has already been agreed, and the player could be on his way to Turin within hours. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Huddersfield 0-3 Manchester City: Guardiola delight at Blue's 'incredible' season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describes his side's season as "incredible" after a 3-0 Premier League win over managerless Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

21-01-2019 Kurtis Patterson moves into position to make Australia Test debut

NSW batsman scores back-to-back centuriesAustralia play Sri Lanka in two-match seriesKurtis Patterson’s twin tour-game centuries against Sri Lanka have earned him a shot at a national debut with a late call-up to Australia’s Test squad. The 25-year-old made scores of 157 and 102 for a Cricket Australia XI and the pink ball in Hobart last week, making him a possible solution to the national team’s batting woes for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting at the Gabba on Thursday.Patterson upstaged Australia’s first Test squad members Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski who all failed to push their case in the tour match which ended in a draw on Saturday. The New South Welshman’s back-to-back tons against the tourists continued his recent run of form which included a century in Sydney Premier Cricket a week prior to the Hobart clash and an unbeaten 107 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield before Christmas. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Judd Trump: Masters champion was 'sick of watching other players win'

Judd Trump was "sick of losing" and said winning consistently had "finally sunk into his head" after his Masters final win over Ronnie O'Sullivan.

21-01-2019 Barcelona 3-1 Leganés: La Liga – as it happened

Lionel Messi was required to jump off the bench to inspire Barcelona to victory over the La Liga minnows 10.44pm GMT BARCELONA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a 3-1 win over a dogged Leganes side on Sunday, creating one goal and scoring another to keep the Catalans five points clear at the top of La Liga. Messi, left out of the starting line-up for only the second time this season when fit, was called on with 64 minutes on the clock and the game poised at 1-1 after Leganes forward Martin Braithwaite had cancelled out Ousmane Dembele’s first-half opener with a 57th-minute strike. The Argentine quickly provided the spark Barca needed by firing a venomous shot from the outside the area which was too powerful for goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar to hold, and Luis Suarez pounced to stab home on the rebound in the 71st minute after a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review. La Liga’s top scorer made sure of the victory in stoppage- time, sweeping across the area and hammering the ball past a helpless Cuellar for his 18th goal of the season in Spain’s top flight, taking leaders Barca on to 46 points, five clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, after 20 games. 9.44pm GMT It took Lionel Messi’s magic to win it, and he came on just as Leganes, thanks to that goal from Martin Braithwaite, believed they could get something from the match. The magician needed just 30 minutes to find an assist, a goal and another win. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 'The boys are ready to fight,' says Jürgen Klopp after 4-3 win against Crystal Palace – video

The Liverpool manager said the main emotion after after a less than convincing display against Crystal Palace was relief. The Reds managed a 4-3 victory over Roy Hodgson's side, despite going down to 10-men after James Milner was dismissed. Liverpool remain top of the table Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Paralympic champions Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen Kehoe: 'Two fun girls who do an amazing sport'

Paralympic champions Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe on creating history, meeting royalty and an encounter with Dermot O'Leary.

21-01-2019 Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines – in pictures

After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this year’s Dakar RallyClick here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear Continue reading...

21-01-2019 '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.

21-01-2019 I want Leicester players back with a smile, says beleaguered Claude Puel

• Leicester’s next game is away to Liverpool on 30 January• Against good teams we’ve had good consistency, he saysClaude Puel has urged his Leicester City team to rediscover their ruthless streak in time to navigate a testing run of fixtures as his struggles to convince continue. The under-pressure manager saw his side succumb to a fifth league defeat in eight matches after throwing away a point at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday after twice levelling and has challenged his players to show their quality in their next three matches, against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.A stoppage-time winner by Diogo Jota condemned Leicester to a third consecutive defeat but Puel is adamant his players are capable of bouncing back in style. Leicester have lost at home to Cardiff and Southampton in the past four weeks but have equally beaten Chelsea and Manchester City in that same time frame. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 'It’s time to say goodbye': Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

Injuries have taken toll on 34-year-old American skierVonn had been planning on retiring at the end of the yearLindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her knees, Vonn said immediate retirement “is a possibility.” The 34-year-old quickly clarified her comments by adding: “But I’m emotional right now. I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.” She was more decisive when interviewed by Swiss TV, saying “now it’s time to listen to my body and it’s time to say goodbye.” Continue reading...

21-01-2019 West Indies coach Richard Pybus turns a deaf ear to agitators

• Englishman’s appointment has caused infighting in Caribbean• Pybus concentrates on Wednesday’s first Test against EnglandWest Indies’ interim head coach, Richard Pybus, claims to have a near Zen-like focus leading into Wednesday’s first Test despite his recent appointment causing the latest round of political infighting in the Caribbean.After three years as director of cricket the Englishman returned as a high performance director last year before now stepping into a nine-month tenure as head coach following Stuart Law’s switch to Middlesex and an interim spell for the team under Nic Pothas. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather after dominating Broner

‘If Mayweather wants to challenge me, I’m a champion’Filipino defends WBA regular welterweight championshipPacquiao beats Broner by unanimous decision – as it happenedManny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he still has plenty of fight in a dominant win over Adrien Broner – and called out Floyd Mayweather in his post-fight press conference.With Mayweather watching from ringside in Las Vegas, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Masters Snooker 2019: Watch the best shots from the tournament

Watch the best shots of the 2019 Masters, featuring Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson.

21-01-2019 Chelsea have a good manager and players – so why are they in a mess? | Jonathan Wilson

With no long-term strategy at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri is trying to impose his rigid style on players unsuited to itIn September 2016, after Chelsea had lost limply away to Arsenal, Antonio Conte laid into the “bad attitude” of his players. They went on to win their next 13 league games and by the end of the season were Premier League champions. Perhaps Maurizio Sarri hopes for something similar after his attack on the “mentality” of his players following Saturday’s limp defeat away to Arsenal which was, if anything, even more ferocious. Perhaps there will be a reaction. But at half-time in that 2016 defeat, Conte also made a major tactical shift, adopting the back three Chelsea would play for the rest of his tenure. Sarri seems unlikely to change anything. Related: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely difficult to motivate’ Continue reading...

21-01-2019 Judd Trump hammers Ronnie O'Sullivan to win first Masters title

Trump beats O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace29-year-old wins title for the first time in emphatic styleJudd Trump won his first Masters title with an emphatic 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace.The 29-year-old began as an underdog in his first Masters final against a player seeking his eighth title, but made an impressive start, sweeping to a 4-0 lead and chalking up breaks of 89, 87 and 56. Continue reading...

21-01-2019 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.