The Fiver | Unfit to face inferior players who have hardly run a lap since Christmas

16-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Buoyed, cheered and generally heartened by the sight of Tottenham Hotspur piling some Big Cup hurt on German league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Arsenal fans can look forward to some fun of their own when their team goes toe to toe with the works team of a tractor factory in Belarus tonight in Euro Vase. Bate Borisov are the opposition in the first knockout round and while most of their players are unknown outside their native country, there will at least be one recognisable face among the ranks. Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.

Matt Kuchar apologises to temporary caddie and agrees to pay $50,000

16-02-2019 • David Ortiz helped Kuchar win £1.3m at Mayakoba Golf Classic• World No 22 previously defended decision to pay Ortiz $5,000Matt Kuchar has issued an apology and said he will pay a temporary caddie in full following his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic last November.Kuchar, 40, this week defended his decision to pay $5,000 (£3,900) to a local caddie, David Ortiz, who had stepped in for his regular one, John Wood. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Man City will suffer against League Two Newport County, says Pep Guardiola

16-02-2019 Manchester City will "suffer" against Newport County in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie, says boss Pep Guardiola.

Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

16-02-2019 England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey’s legendary 1966 side. However it’s Banks’s twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed ‘one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping’Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...

FA People's Cup: Romance FC - the female five-a-side football collective

16-02-2019 Meet Romance FC - the collective of creative women from East London who are playing in this year's FA People's Cup.

Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

16-02-2019 For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs

16-02-2019 • Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvetrees converted all three and kicked a penalty. Exeter’s tries came from Nic White and Tom O’Flaherty. Joe Simmonds kicked a penalty and conversion with Gareth Steenson also adding a conversion. Continue reading...

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

16-02-2019 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?

FA Cup fifth-round predictions: Lawro v Radio 1Xtra DJs Big Zuu & Trevor Nelson

16-02-2019 BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Radio 1Xtra DJs Big Zuu & Trevor Nelson to predict this weekend's fifth-round FA Cup ties.

Andy Farrell says succeeding Joe Schmidt will be his greatest challenge

16-02-2019 • Ireland assistant ‘proud and privileged’ to take reins• Farrell confirms Johnny Sexton will be fit for Italy gameAndy Farrell has rated succeeding Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach the biggest challenge of his career. The former dual-code England international will step up from assistant coach when Schmidt steps down after the autumn’s World Cup in Japan.The 43-year-old has worked under Schmidt since 2016 amid Ireland’s rise to second in the world, after four years as England defence coach. Continue reading...

Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

16-02-2019 Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...

Super League v NRL: is the northern hemisphere bridging the gap? | Aaron Bower

16-02-2019 As Wigan take on the Roosters in the World Club Challenge, Super League needs to demonstrate the English game’s healthIt is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and never has that mantra been more applicable to a sporting event than in rugby league’s World Club Challenge. Of the 26 previous versions of the event to determine the best club side in the sport – dating back to the inaugural unofficial clash between Sydney and St Helens in 1976 – there have been more tweaks and changes than most league fans would care to remember.From the ill-fated, expanded 1997 edition, in which British clubs performed disastrously amid millions of dollars’ worth of losses, to the short-lived World Club Series of recent seasons, the format has never discovered its panacea. The purported disparity between the sport’s two elite competitions, Super League and the NRL, has long been cited as the reason why the competition has never properly taken off but, as Wigan prepare to host the Roosters on Sunday in the latest instalment, just how big is the gap between the two? Continue reading...

PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay

16-02-2019 Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired by 1980s terrace culture”. The idea behind the new shoe, an Adidas press release explained, is to capture the sights and sounds of English football 30 years ago. And who knows, it could work out well. Perhaps the new Adidas Widespread Racism will go on to become a huge hit.This is of course a joke. The new shoe isn’t called the Adidas Widespread Racism. That would be ridiculous. Not to mention an insult to the hard-working team of marketeers and product developers behind the Adidas Piss Stink and its companion shoe, the Adidas Dart In The Eye. Continue reading...

Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx

16-02-2019 Surrey club’s record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning well ahead to the showdown with a fresh and dangerous challenger at the final league weekend in early May.Guildford’s record unbeaten run, which stands at 70 wins and two draws stretching over more than six years, is threatened by promoted chesscom.Manx Liberty, whose squad is packed with seasoned grandmasters and bankrolled by a leading global chess website. Continue reading...

Ascot, Gowran Park, Haydock, Wincanton: Cornelius Lysaght previews horse racing's 'Super Saturday'

16-02-2019 King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux aims for victory, Waiting Patiently returns, plus more on a bumper day of racing.

FA Cup fifth round: AFC Wimbledon looking to write a new chapter against Millwall

16-02-2019 League One AFC Wimbledon have much to be optimistic about before their FA Cup fifth-round tie with Millwall, despite sitting bottom of League One.