Masters 2019: Ding Junhui forfeits frame against Luca Brecel

18-01-2019 Ding Junhui makes three fouls in succession to forfeit a frame in his Masters quarter-final win against Luca Brecel.

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

18-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

18-01-2019 Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...

With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend | Jonathan Wilson

18-01-2019 The Leeds manager has an almost pathological honesty and there are few people in football so ready to admit fault as himMarcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He had not made it as a player, too slow to make more than four appearances in central defence for Newell’s Old Boys. He had floated about the lower leagues for a while, studying agronomy and physical education. A university side was an obvious stepping-stone to greater things, but Bielsa did not treat it as such. Rather, he watched 3,000 players before selecting his squad of 20.The 63-year-old has always been meticulous. When he was given a job in youth development at Newell’s, he wondered whether clubs were missing out on players from the interior, so got a map of Argentina, divided it into 70 sections and arranged a trial in each. Because he did not like flying, he ended up driving more than 5,000 miles in his Fiat 147 to see the results, establishing a theme that would become familiar of human fallibility, often his own, banging up against his plans and principles. Continue reading...

Lleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family

18-01-2019 Hewitt cuts all contact after multiple threats and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captainLleyton Hewitt has sensationally claimed Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captain.Speaking after his Australian Open doubles exit on Thursday, Hewitt said he had cut all contact with Tomic following the alleged abuse over the past 18 months. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Emerson Palmieri to leave Chelsea for Juventus?

18-01-2019 Today’s tittle-tattle has never known more about Derby County Not content with having a name that makes him sound like two-thirds of a 1970s London prog rock band, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is now the subject of interest from Juventus. A bit-part player at Stamford Bridge, the Italian international has played only two Premier League games this season and would go to Turin as cover for Alex Sandro. Related: Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid Continue reading...

Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic 'won't play Davis Cup again' – video

18-01-2019 Lleyton Hewitt has responded to Bernard Tomic's astonishing broadside, accusing Tomic of threatening him and his family for more than 12 months and saying Tomic will never play Davis Cup tennis while he is involvedLleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family Continue reading...

Australia v India: third one-day international – live!

18-01-2019 Updates from the series decider at the MCGAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 2.06am GMT Justin Langer is on Fox Cricket. He notes that India and England have “some of the all time great players” in their team at the moment. “Hopefully, by the time we get to the World Cup we’ll have a settled team and we’ll give it a good crack.”Interesting question from Adam Gilchrist at the end about the number of interviews that he now has to do as a result of the new broadcast deal. “It is like the Truman Show,” he says. 2.04am GMT Aaron Finch says that Australia would have bowled too. He confirms the inclusions of Stanlake and Zampa. “It might nibble a touch but it could be a bit on the slower side early,” the captain adds. “I would have bowled but we are not too disappointed.”Australia: Alex Carey (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa Continue reading...

El Loco, Huddersfield and trouble at Arsenal – Football Weekly Extra

18-01-2019 Faye Carruthers, Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen talk Marcelo Bielsa, David Wagner’s Huddersfield exit, Gonzalo Higuaín’s mooted Chelsea move and Amy Lawrence joins us to talk all things ArsenalJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football news and action, starting with the impromptu press briefing called by Marcelo Bielsa to address the morality and legality of his scouting methods. Continue reading...

Jonny Williams: ‘People said it’s nice to see some honesty from a footballer’

18-01-2019 The midfielder on being in the Sunderland ’Til I Die documentary, starting afresh at Charlton and his desire to play for Wales again“I didn’t get a dog. But I’m still thinking about it,” confides Jonny Williams. “I want a cute one that isn’t going to give me too many problems.”It has been a fortnight since the Wales international and reluctant star of the Sunderland ’Til I Die documentary took the hardest decision of his career so far. After five loan spells that culminated in his ill-fated sojourn on Wearside, Williams finally left Crystal Palace for Charlton on a permanent deal. Continue reading...