Former West Indies coach Stuart Law says old charges can trouble England

17-01-2019 • New Middlesex head coach believes old side can upset England• Australia says his country have ‘lost track of what’s important’Stuart Law says he has softened since he stopped playing but one would not necessarily guess it from the way he talks. On Wednesday, at his first press conference as Middlesex coach, Law had some kind words to say about West Indies, where he has just finished a two-year stretch as head coach, but some candid ones about the state of the game in Australia.“The staging of the Big Bash right in the middle of the Test summer probably isn’t the smartest move,” Law said. “I keep hearing that the Big Bash is doing so well. If it’s doing so well, play it in March. Don’t take up the time of Test match cricket, because the boys should be playing red-ball cricket alongside the Test matches.” Continue reading...

Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa's PowerPoint presentation after 'spying' claims

17-01-2019 When Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa held a news conference, nobody expected a full PowerPoint presentation.

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

17-01-2019 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.

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...

Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Selby beats Stephen Maguire to progress in Masters

17-01-2019 Watch the best shots from three-time Masters champion Mark Selby's 6-2 win over Stephen Maguire as he progresses to the quarter-finals.

Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid

17-01-2019 • Argentina striker set to cut short Milan loan spell• Move would pave way for Álvaro Morata to join AtléticoChelsea are close to securing the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus after submitting a formal offer for the Argentina international. Related: Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín Continue reading...

Transfer round-up: Everton’s Oumar Niasse to join Cardiff on loan

17-01-2019 • Bournemouth target Brentford’s Chris Mepham• Crystal Palace’s Jaïro Riedewald set for Celta Vigo loanOumar Niasse has agreed to join Cardiff City on loan from Everton until the end of the season, when the Welsh club would have the option to make the deal permanent.If they chose to take it, the total cost of the package would be £10m, including the loan fee. The 28-year-old striker, whose Everton contract runs until June 2020, will undergo his Cardiff medical on Thursday. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Southampton 2-2 Derby County (3-5 pens) Highlights

17-01-2019 Derby come from two goals down before beating Southampton 5-3 on penalties in a thrilling FA Cup third-round replay.

Thierry Henry won't like Patrick Vieira for a 'little bit' during Monaco v Nice – video

17-01-2019 Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has joked that he and former teammate Patrick Vieira 'won't like each other for a little bit' when the Ligue-1 strugglers play Nice on 16 January.Henry played alongside Vieira, who now manages eighth-place Nice, for Arsenal from 1999 to 2005, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups along the way. The pair also lifted the World Cup together with France in 1998.'We played with each other, battled with each other, in the national team and with Arsenal. But, it's going to be Monaco versus Nice. That's the most important thing,' Henry told the media ahead of the match at the Stade Louis II Cesc Fàbregas leaves Chelsea to reunite with Thierry Henry at Monaco 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.

Djokovic and Federer pay tribute to 'friend, colleague, rival' Andy Murray – video

17-01-2019 World No 1 Novak Djokovic reflected on 'friend and rival' Andy Murray after the Briton revealed the Australian Open could be his last tournament due to a persistent hip injury. Roger Federer also paid tribute to Murray, saying he was 'a little bit shocked' by the newsFearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near Continue reading...

MCC granted planning permission for £50m Lord’s redevelopment

17-01-2019 • Capacity of the ‘home of cricket’ will increase to 31,000• Permission granted for work on Edrich and Compton standsThe capacity of Lord’s will increase to 31,000 after planning permission was granted for work on the Edrich and Compton stands. Work will begin in August and the seating should be ready for the 2020 season at a cost of £50m, with full completion – including catering facilities – to be ready for 2021. Related: Joe Root finds touch in England warm-up but Jonny Bairstow fails at No 3 Continue reading...

Six Nations 2019: Uncapped Connacht trio in Ireland squad

17-01-2019 Uncapped Connacht trio Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell included in the Ireland squad for this year's Six Nations.

Southampton 2-2 Derby County: Championship side edge thriller on penalties

17-01-2019 Derby recovered from a two-goal deficit to edge past Southampton 5-3 on penalties in their FA Cup third round replay at St. Mary's