The Fiver | Pontificating about the Corinthian spirit of fair play

19-01-2019 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...

England in West Indies: Chris Woakes takes 3-31 in warm-up match

19-01-2019 Chris Woakes takes 3-31 in England's final warm-up match before the first Test against the West Indies.

Champions Cup: Edinburgh 19-10 Montpellier - Hosts secure home quarter-final

19-01-2019 Edinburgh defeat Montpellier to clinch a Champions Cup quarter-final place along with Glasgow.

Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10 reminded America life could be fun again

19-01-2019 The gymnast’s unbridled exuberance and joy set off a floor routine that captivated millions around the world as a message of hope to all in the face of adversityThere’s a reasonably good chance you’ve already seen the video of the American gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s floor exercise from a quad meet in Anaheim last weekend. The two-minute clip of the UCLA senior tumbling and swaying and launching her 4ft 10in form into the air to a frenetic mashup of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s hits became a viral smash almost immediately after it was posted to the team’s Twitter feed and has since racked up more than 40m views and counting.Virality is an unpredictable cocktail and the widespread appeal of the 21-year-old’s routine, which earned the sixth perfect score of her collegiate career and helped the Bruins to a first-place finish over California, Michigan State and UC Davis, is not down to any one ingredient. Her technical skill and extraordinary athleticism are obvious – the double layout with a split is a kicker rarely seen on the college level – but hardly unparalleled. Her charisma and showmanship are palpable but not without precedent, nor are the nostalgia-drizzled musical choices of Ike & Tina Turner and Earth, Wind & Fire along with the Jackson 5 and Michael and Janet Jackson. Continue reading...

Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

19-01-2019 Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Denico Autry falls foul with Key & Peele reference

19-01-2019 Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora explain how Denico Autry of the Indianapolis Colts fell foul of the NFL celebration rules by referencing a skit by US comedians Key & Peele.

The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

19-01-2019 Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage this weekend hunting a first victory over an Irish province in this season’s tournament. Its clubs have three opportunities: Ulster travel to Leicester, Leinster are away to Wasps and, in the one contest that has an outcome for both teams, Exeter have to become the fourth team to topple Munster at Thomond Park in the competition.The Chiefs’ task is even more demanding because of the bonus point Munster secured at Gloucester last Friday. It means Exeter not only have to win but deny their opponents a bonus point, unless they score at least four tries. For all the impact they have made in the Premiership in recent seasons, reaching the last three finals, they have yet to find the formula in Europe where a gameplan based on retaining possession is more hazardous because of the extra latitude given to the defending side at the breakdown. Continue reading...

Edinburgh sink Montpellier to qualify for quarter-finals with Glasgow

19-01-2019 • Edinburgh 19-10 Montpellier• Darcy Graham’s second-half try clinches Murrayfield battleEdinburgh sealed Champions Cup quarter-final places for themselves and Glasgow with a 19-10 victory over Montpellier. Related: Exeter target finest Champions Cup feat with qualification on line at Munster Continue reading...

Jan Siewert: Huddersfield approach Borussia Dortmund coach

19-01-2019 Huddersfield approach Borussia Dortmund for permission to speak to coach Jan Siewert for their vacant manager role.

Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

19-01-2019 Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: In other countries everyone spies

19-01-2019 • Manager says he still respects Leeds’s Marcelo Bielsa• Guardiola considering buying new left-back in summerPep Guardiola has said his Bayern Munich team were spied on but that he would never resort to such tactics in England, as the fallout from the Marcelo Bielsa affair continued.Bielsa has admitted to spying on every team Leeds United have played this season. Guardiola said it had done nothing to damage his respect for the Argentinian and that spying was common in Spain, where he managed Barcelona. Continue reading...

West Ham tested by second bid for unhappy Marko Arnautovic

19-01-2019 • Guangzhou Evergrande bid £35.2m for player, who aims to leave• Manuel Pellegrini drops striker for Bournemouth tripWest Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic has been tested by a €40m (£35.2m) offer from Guangzhou Evergrande.The Premier League club are furious with Arnautovic over behaviour that has led to the striker being dropped for the game at Bournemouth and apologising to his teammates, but are likely to hold out for a third bid from the Chinese Super League side, who had previously offered €35m. Continue reading...

Harry Potter fan Calum Chambers reveals his football secrets...

19-01-2019 Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.

Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

19-01-2019 • Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on benchMauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to replace the injured Harry Kane and the absent Son Heung-min. The Tottenham manager stressed that Fernando Llorente was also in his thoughts for the lead striker role, even though the Spaniard has started only one Premier League game in his 18 months at the club. Related: Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

Structural flaws in Australia’s World Cup defence exposed in series loss

19-01-2019 This team just can’t score enough runs and the bowling attack has looked piecemeal in the one-day series against India“I honestly believe we should take confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very close to them. We could have won tonight.” Related: MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia Continue reading...

Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

19-01-2019 The Queenslander’s run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic’s spatAshleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of story Australian tennis badly needs right now.While various stars of the men’s game here, faded and flickering, former and current, embarrass themselves on an almost daily basis by bickering in public over private rows, the 22-year-old Queenslander with the open smile and rock-solid game has been quietly working her way to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Continue reading...

Masters Snooker 2019: Neil Robertson beats Barry Hawkins to reach semi-finals - best shots

19-01-2019 Watch the best shots as Neil Robertson comes from to beat Barry Hawkins 6-3 at the Masters to set up a semi-final against Judd Trump.

Champions Cup pool-by-pool preview: Saracens’ Brad Barritt chases home tie

19-01-2019 Barritt returns to captain Saracens on the weekend that decides the pools as his side seek to set up a home quarter-finalJonathan Joseph makes his first appearance for Bath since April after recovering from a long-term foot injury. Joseph, who was left out of England’s squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland, comes back into the side at outside-centre while Dave Attwood and Francois Louw return for the trip to Toulouse. Zack Holmes is back at fly-half for the French side. Leinster, who will guarantee top spot with victory at Wasps, welcome back Robbie Henshaw, Devin Toner and Jack McGrath while Sean O’Brien is fit to take his place on the bench but Jonathan Sexton is absent. Elliot Daly comes back in for Wasps on the left wing. Continue reading...

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

19-01-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.