The Fiver | Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

22-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Yesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Continue reading...

Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal against Fifa decision

22-02-2019 Chelsea have been banned from signings during the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to youth players, Fifa announces.

Matt Doherty: Can Wolves defender predict the future?

22-02-2019 After correctly predicting Wolves would win the Championship last year, Football Focus sees whether right-back Matt Doherty's mystic powers extend beyond his own team.

Women's Super League round-up: Chelsea stars Fran Kirby & Beth England hit hat-tricks

22-02-2019 Watch the best action from Wednesday's Women's Super League, including hat-tricks for Chelsea pair Fran Kirby and Beth England in the Blues' 6-0 win over Bristol City Women.

Pulwama attack: BCCI calls on ICC to act following Kashmir incident

22-02-2019 India's cricket board calls on the ICC to "sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates" amid fallout from a suicide attack in Kashmir.

Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

22-02-2019 Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

Bristol City's Lee Johnson 'first man' to use drones for analysis

22-02-2019 Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson tells Football Focus that he was the first man in English football to use drones as a tool to analyse training.

McLaren: James Key to start next month after move from Toro Rosso

22-02-2019 James Key will take up his new role as McLaren technical director on 25 March after the team reached a deal with his former employer Toro Rosso.

Robert Kraft: New England Patriots owner charged in sex sting

22-02-2019 The billionaire owner of the New England Patriots is accused of soliciting sex at a Florida spa.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

22-02-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Manchester City fan in medically induced coma after alleged assault

22-02-2019 • City supporter had been attending game against Schalke• It was really tough news, says Pep GuardiolaThe Manchester City fan seriously injured during the win at Schalke is in a medically induced coma and Pep Guardiola, the team’s manager, has sent the 32-year-old his best wishes for a successful recovery.The supporter was at the Champions League game on Wednesday with his mother, father and sister when he suffered “massive trauma to his skull and brain” in an alleged assault just before the end of the last-16 opening leg. Police said there had been a violent confrontation on the walkway in front of the away fans’ stand and involving Schalke and City fans. Continue reading...

India v England: England collapse in ODI defeat by India in Mumbai

22-02-2019 England women are choked by the India spinners to lose the first one-day international by 66 runs in Mumbai.

Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

22-02-2019 A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City, given the player’s tragic death in the fallen private plane in the Channel on 21 January.Mark McKay, Willie’s son, had a mandate from Nantes to sell Sala to a UK club for 10% of the eventual £15m fee, and Willie McKay told the Guardian that he worked feverishly to interest Cardiff, persuade Sala to sign and cement the deal. His work included arranging two private flights for Cardiff’s manager, Neil Warnock, to watch Sala play for Nantes. Continue reading...

Alysa Liu's remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

22-02-2019 The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating championship in Detroit, Michigan, last month. Her coach, Laura Lipetsky who has worked with her since she was five, hugged her.Liu had just won the national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest athlete to have done so, and with two triple axels no less. The weeks since have been a media frenzy. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and profiles on her meteoric rise have been published across the world. But for all the attention Liu has received, she won’t be able to compete in Worlds. She’s too young. A 1997 International Skating Union rule requires athletes to be at least 15 by 1 July preceding the season to participate in senior-level international events. Continue reading...