The Fiver | Pontificating about the Corinthian spirit of fair play

18-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!One of the few benefits of being related to this tea-timely email’s book-writing, cricket-playing, pyramid-inverting, tactics-obsessed Wearside cousin Mackem Lobanovskyi 4-2-3-1 False Nine Wilson Fiver, is that we’ve been looped in on the whole Marcelo Bielsa phenomenon since before it became fashionable on Wednesday. While Proper Journalists were taking time out from trying to procure and publish sneak previews of England team-sheets to pontificate about the Corinthian spirit of fair play, our cousin took time out of boring us with his batting average and bowling figures to regale us with stories about the man they call El Loco. Continue reading...

The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children's children

18-01-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down injured. For a while the crowd held their breath. They were, it seemed, about to witness the substitution of a substitute’s substitute. This was something they could tell their children about, and their children’s children. Continue reading...

England's Eddie Jones: 'I don't expect, I prepare them to beat Ireland' – video

18-01-2019 Eddie Jones has spoken before England’s Six Nations campaign, which begins in Dublin against Ireland. Dylan Hartley will miss the opener at the Aviva Stadium through injury, as well as Chris RobshawHartley left out of England’s initial Six Nations squad Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

18-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - Richard Keogh scores winning penalty

18-01-2019 Richard Keogh scores the decisive penalty as Derby reach round four of the FA Cup by beating Southampton 5-3 in a shootout.

Masters 2019: Ding Junhui beats Luca Brecel 6-5 - best shots

18-01-2019 Ding Junhui beats Luca Brecel in a thrilling match to set up a Masters semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Marco Silva happy with Everton squad and says reinforcements are unlikely

18-01-2019 • ‘It is not a frustrating situation,’ says manager • Richarlison likely to remain main strikerMarco Silva has confirmed Everton are unlikely to spend any money in the current transfer window unless they sell a player first, but says he is happy enough to work with the present squad.“We have our goals for the season and they won’t change whether we sign players or not,” the Everton manager said. “We don’t have the financial conditions to go into the market at the moment, I have to find different solutions. We will only be using the market if we sell one of our players, but that doesn’t mean I am looking to sell to raise funds. 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...

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

18-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

18-01-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.

Jose Mourinho: Ex-Manchester United manager 'too young to retire'

18-01-2019 Jose Mourinho says he is "too young" to retire, in his first interview since being sacked by Manchester United.

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

18-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy dresses as Spiderman at training

18-01-2019 A Leicester player dresses up as Spiderman for their training session, and manager Claude Puel said he is "not surprised" - but who was it?

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

18-01-2019 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

Canelo Álvarez to fight Danny Jacobs in middleweight unification bout

18-01-2019 Mexican is three-division champ after win over Rocky FieldingFight will take place on 4 May at venue to be decidedCanelo Álvarez will return to the ring – and the middleweight division – on 4 May to fight Danny Jacobs. The Mexican will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a match-up of two of the sport’s top performers. No venue has been announced for the bout on the eve of Cinco de Mayo.Álvarez (50-1-2, 35 knockouts) became a three-division world champion by stopping Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December. He now goes back to middleweight, where he owns a draw and a victory over Gennady Golovkin that lifted him to the top of a loaded division. Continue reading...

Wada retrieves doping data from Moscow but doubts linger over veracity

18-01-2019 • Craig Reedie hails major breakthrough for clean sport• Data has to be checked and authenticatedThe World Anti-Doping Agency says its expert team has finally managed to retrieve all the doping data from the Moscow laboratory – but admits it cannot yet be sure whether it is genuine. Related: Inconceivable! Russia yet again leaves Sir Craig Reedie looking the fool | Marina Hyde Continue reading...

Max Parrot: Canadian Olympic snowboarder diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

18-01-2019 Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot - who won Olympic silver in 2018 - has been diagnosed with a rare cancer.