Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

22-02-2019 • We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy's Giants cameos

22-02-2019 This week’s roundup also features Wales v England memories, Sir Charles Barkley and Francis Benali1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will finally settle their longstanding beef: who was made to look sillier by George Groves? On which point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering that it required a second stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered at the hands of Eubank Sr. And for old time’s sake here are Groves and Carl Froch showing how it’s done, and here’s the best of the Prince. Related: Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight 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...

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...

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.

Roy Hodgson on becoming oldest Premier League manager

22-02-2019 Roy Hodgson says he would have to "learn to live without" football when he decides to retire as prepares to become the oldest manager in the Premier League's history this weekend.

England’s Eddie Jones seeking display of ‘real steel’ against Wales

22-02-2019 Coach says his team needs to be ready to deliver knockout blow in Cardiff ‘like that heavyweight boxer’Not for almost two decades have England headed for Cardiff sounding as quietly confident as they have done this week. It guarantees them nothing, of course, but it is years since a visiting Six Nations coach came across as more expectant than Eddie Jones on the eve of a fixture that has haunted England so often in the past.Jones has mostly been busy highlighting the rising expectation on Welsh shoulders of late but, after naming an increasingly predictable English starting XV, it was his reply to the final question of his press briefing that betrayed England’s true mindset. Above all else the Australian wants his side to display “real steel” and is convinced it will be forthcoming. “I know we’re going to get it,” he said, repeating the sentence for emphasis. “I can see it in the players’ eyes now.” Continue reading...

Super League Triathlon: World Champion Vicky Holland - 'It is brutal'

22-02-2019 World Triathlon Series Champion Vicky Holland discusses the Super League Triathlon format with BBC's Louise Minchin ahead of Saturday's eliminator races in Singapore.

England Women’s dramatic batting collapse hands India opening ODI win

22-02-2019 • India Women 203, England Women 136; India win by 66 runs• Ekta Bisht takes 4-25 as England collapse from 111-3England Women suffered a batting collapse as Ekta Bisht claimed four wickets to help India complete a 66-run victory in the first one-day international of the series in Mumbai.Having been set a target of 203 the tourists saw seven wickets fall for only 25 runs – the last four managing to add only one as the captain, Heather Knight looked on. She finished on 39 not out. Continue reading...

Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years

22-02-2019 Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as the likes of Jonny May and George North have emerged as key attacking forces once againInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to days long gone, when matches that were clotted with set-pieces and punch-ups were invariably interrupted by moments of brilliance that endure in the memory.Richards kick-started the golden era for Wales when they won the triple crown 50 years ago, but left for rugby league six months later. Others at that time went on to become world renowned while Richards was breaking records at Salford, but the game has seen few more accomplished wings: he had everything and more. Continue reading...

Robert Kraft: New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution

22-02-2019 Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in sex sting operationKraft, 77, is among 25 individuals to be charged in probeNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged in Florida on charges of soliciting a prostitute as part of a sex sting operation, authorities said Friday.Kraft, whose Patriots are America’s currently most celebrated NFL team, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in connection with the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in charges first uncovered by a Treasure Coast News report. Continue reading...

Leander Dendoncker: ‘There had to be a reason I wasn’t in Wolves’ team’

22-02-2019 He had to wait until December for his big chance but there was no banging on the door by the midfielder from PasschendaeleGiven it was hailed as a coup when Wolves signed Leander Dendoncker last summer, it was surprising to see him sitting on the bench during the first half of the season. Nuno Espírito Santo is known for rarely changing a winning team but there must have been times when Dendoncker wondered whether moving to Molineux was a mistake. There were even rumours the Belgian would ask to leave in January.Yet it is not in Dendoncker’s nature to lose his cool. The 23‑year‑old grew up in Passchendaele, a small village known as a first world war battlefield, and he has never been the type to throw his weight around. He used his time on the bench to study how Nuno’s 3-4-3 system worked and made sure he stayed fit and focused. There was no question of him banging on the manager’s door. Continue reading...

In an age of endless cricket Sri Lanka just gave us a special moment | Andy Bull

22-02-2019 Kusal Perera’s and Oshada Fernando’s last-wicket stand of 78 to beat South Africa last weekend was one of the finest spectacles the game has produced in recent yearsLast Saturday in Christchurch, Martin Guptill thrashed a century for New Zealand in a one-day game against Bangladesh; in Dubai, Shahid Afridi finished off Multan Sultans’ Twenty20 match against Islamabad United with back-to-back sixes; and in Chittagong a young kid called Jamie Smith made a run-a-ball hundred for England Under-19s in a Test against Bangladesh. Cricket’s always on, somewhere or other, one format or another, bat hitting ball like the background tick-tock of a wall clock, something you only really notice when you look at it, catch a fraction of the match in a gif, a clip, a stream, or tweet, or a glance at a scorecard.Amid all the rest of it, South Africa and Sri Lanka were playing in the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. The match had meandered into a fourth day and it looked as if it was only going one way. South Africa v Sri Lanka isn’t necessarily a series you stop to watch. They have been playing each other for only 26 years and, in South Africa, the contests have been off-puttingly one-sided. Sri Lanka had played 13 Tests there before this series and won only one of them, in 2011, when Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samararweera made all the runs and Rangana Herath took most of the wickets. 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.