Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

17-01-2019 • The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins major return, says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, says the surgeon who saved his career can do the same for Andy Murray, who is seriously considering having the operation. Related: Wimbledon without surgery is ‘option B’ but Murray has a plan to ponder | Kevin Mitchell Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

17-01-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

17-01-2019 Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.

Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England warm-up but Olly Stone’s tour over

17-01-2019 • England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 203-19• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower backThe wickets tumbled on the second day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval and never more so than on the stroke of tea, when Stuart Broad offered a reminder of his penchant for a burst by claiming his third hat-trick in the whites of England.Broad was returning for his second spell of the day against the President’s XI when, with thoughts turning to refreshments in 30-degree heat, he exploited the capricious pitch to remove tail-enders Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins lbw in the space of two balls. Continue reading...

Jess Varnish: Cyclist loses employment case at tribunal

17-01-2019 Ex-GB cyclist Jess Varnish fails in her attempt to prove she was an employee of British Cycling and UK Sport at an employment tribunal.

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

17-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Solskjær's joy of six, Liverpool's grind, Declan Rice and spies – Football Weekly

17-01-2019 Melissa Rudd, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Jonathan Wilson discuss Manchester United’s win at Wembley, Mike Ashley’s money, Declan Rice’s future, Burnley’s 2-1 win without a shot on target and SpygateJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Spurs at Wembley, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sixth victory in his six games in charge. Continue reading...

The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

17-01-2019 Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season

17-01-2019 • Manager says it is not illegal but not necessarily right• Bielsa insists he had no bad intentions or wish to cheatMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Continue reading...

Why Hakeem al-Araibi's plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself | Nikki Dryden

17-01-2019 The IOC cannot watch from the sidelines as an Australian athlete risks a return to tortureIn the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimming Championships were held and the Handball World Championships, football’s Asian Cup and tennis grand slam the Australian Open have begun. The Winter X Games and Super Bowl will also be under way soon. Yet one of our fellow Australian athletes, Hakeem al-Araibi, a former international footballer, remains in jail, awaiting the worst fate of any asylum seeker or refugee: extradition back to the country that persecuted him, the country he fled in fear for his life. Continue reading...

Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Kyren Wilson; Mark Selby defeats Stephen Maguire

17-01-2019 Judd Trump will play Mark Selby in the Masters quarter-finals after they both won 6-2 in their first round matches.

Cricket’s vices are no more common – it’s just harder to keep them secret | Andy Bull

17-01-2019 Players have been fighting, drinking and sleeping around for as long as they’ve been batting, bowling and catching but these days you can guarantee everyone will know about itWhenever David Green belched he would say “Boycott!” and since he belched a lot “Boycott” was probably one of the first few words I ever heard him say, followed, in short order, by a philippic against “whichever fucker” had forgotten to replace the cellophane wrap on the tray of sandwiches at the back of the press box, the admonishment of a sloppy piece of outfielding, and a caustic enquiry about whether any of the rest of us could possibly help him solve a cryptic crossword clue which he probably already knew the answer to.Green, who played county cricket for 15 years, and wrote about it for another 30, was one of those characters people worry aren’t around any more. He died in 2016. Continue reading...

Masters 2019: Unexplained whistle interrupts Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson first-round match

17-01-2019 An unexplained 'whistle' noise interrupts Judd Trump's first-round match against Kyren Wilson, with commentator John Virgo suggesting the kettle might have boiled.

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-01-2019 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

17-01-2019 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...

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

17-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Dan Evans smiles in defeat by Roger Federer after 'terrible' time during ban

17-01-2019 Evans delivers best display since comeback, losing 7-6, 7-6, 6-3‘I was in a bad place,’ he says of nine-month drugs suspension A year after he found himself “in a pretty bad place” and contemplating retirement from tennis at 27, Dan Evans can smile again, bathed in accolades for three sets against Roger Federer that lit up day three of the Australian Open – and gave the loser much-needed heart.It took Federer two and a half hours to beat the world No 189 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 on the Rod Laver Arena, a place where he has celebrated victory in the first major of the year six times. Continue reading...

Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

17-01-2019 The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Stuart Armstrong heads Saints into lead

17-01-2019 Southampton take the lead against Derby County in their FA Cup third-round replay as Stuart Armstrong reacts quickest to head home after Shane Long's effort is saved.