World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

17-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup goals, Floyd Mayweather and Brexit moans

17-01-2019 Who scored? Who hit a wall? Who threw in the towel?Which of these FA Cup third-round ties features two clubs who have won the competition six times each?Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Birmingham City Wolves v Liverpool Who was top scorer in the FA Cup last season?Romelu LukakuDick WilliamsEden HazardWill GriggWho said: “I tried everything to turn it around, I went backstage and hit a wall. I think I broke my hand. I was trying just that little bit too hard”?Tenshin Nasukawa Michael SmithCarl FramptonTakuma InoueHow long did it take Floyd Mayweather to beat Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing match in Tokyo?14 seconds 140 seconds14 minutes 14 two-minute rounds Which tennis players faced each other in a competitive match for the first time this week?Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Roger Federer and Serena WilliamsKristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first four matches as Manchester United boss. Which former United manager won his first five league games in charge?David Moyes José Mourinho Louis van Gaal Matt Busby Which of these World Cups will not be played this year? Rugby World CupCricket World CupRugby League World Cup Netball World CupSanti Cazorla scored twice for Villarreal on Thursday night as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in La Liga. Who was Cazorla playing against the last time he scored a league goal (it was a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot)?BarcelonaAtlético Madrid JuventusSouthampton Blackpool played Sunderland at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day. What percentage of the fans at the game were there to support the away team?0% 50% 71%100% Who has been complaining about Brexit, saying: "It’s horrible isn’t it. Did you vote for Brexit? Brex-shit. I don’t like it. Look at the pound and the euro. I get everything paid in pounds so just have a look how much it dropped. Let’s say it dropped by 10%, that’s cost me 10% of my prize money straight away. So that’s quite a lot of money"?Ronnie O'SullivanLewis HamiltonMichael van GerwenPhil Taylor1 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 2 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 3 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 4 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 5 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 6 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 7 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 8 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 9 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 0 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 10 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. Continue reading...

Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Kyren Wilson; Mark Selby defeats Stephen Maguire

17-01-2019 Judd Trump will play Mark Selby in the Masters quarter-finals after they both won 6-2 in their first round matches.

Pep Guardiola on Manchester City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves – video

17-01-2019 Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points. Pep Guardiola said his team could not afford to worry about what Liverpool did in their games, but could only control their own performances. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Continue reading...

Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport

17-01-2019 • Varnish had hoped to sue governing body• 28-year-old to consider her optionsJess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes. She began legal proceedings after claiming she was dropped from the British Cycling squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics in retaliation for criticising her coaches. She argued that she was in effect an employee of both British Cycling and UK Sport and therefore should be subject to certain protections under law – including sick pay, a pension and the right to sue for unfair dismissal.However, at a tribunal in Manchester last month British Cycling and UK Sport claimed national lottery funding for athletes is more akin to a university grant and therefore should not be subject to the same employment rights. Continue reading...

Six Nations 2019: Uncapped Connacht trio in Ireland squad

17-01-2019 Uncapped Connacht trio Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell included in the Ireland squad for this year's Six Nations.

Enes Kanter: Turkey seeks arrest of New York Knicks star - media

17-01-2019 The New York Knicks' Enes Kanter is accused of having links with armed groups, a claim he denies.

Arsenal’s sunny outlook is now threatened by gathering clouds

17-01-2019 After grand plans, unbeaten runs and good vibes come shabby results, transfer issues and Sven Mislintat’s impending exitThree months ago, with the autumn sunshine beaming into the boardroom Arsenal built to overlook the pitches of their Hertfordshire training base, ambition seemed to course from the new leadership team promoted to run the club in place of the outgoing Ivan Gazidis. Related: Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m? Continue reading...

Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England warm-up but Olly Stone’s tour over

17-01-2019 • England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 203-19• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower backThe wickets tumbled on the second day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval and never more so than on the stroke of tea, when Stuart Broad offered a reminder of his penchant for a burst by claiming his third hat-trick in the whites of England.Broad was returning for his second spell of the day against the President’s XI when, with thoughts turning to refreshments in 30-degree heat, he exploited the capricious pitch to remove tail-enders Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins lbw in the space of two balls. Continue reading...

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

17-01-2019 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.

Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

17-01-2019 The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little surprise given that his father was once a star quarterback at Texas A&M and his uncle played professionally for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Murray started off his college career playing both sports, but the Oakland A’s were excited enough by his talent that they picked Murray in the 2018 first-year player draft and signed him to a deal that guaranteed the outfielder $4.6m. This despite the fact that Murray was still playing football. Continue reading...

Petr Cech’s trophy-strewn career the result of enduring excellence | Dominic Fifield

17-01-2019 Cech, who will retire this summer, won every major honour with Chelsea and Arsenal, with the highlights being the Premier League and Champions LeagueIt feels appropriate to start with that night at the Allianz Arena almost seven years ago when, one by one, players of considerable reputation in Bayern Munich’s ranks withered in Petr Cech’s presence. Six different opponents strode up to take a penalty and, on each occasion, the Chelsea goalkeeper dived the right way. The three saves he conjured would effectively secure his club’s first European Cup.Cech, like his victorious teammates, did not sleep much after that giddy triumph in Bavaria with the celebrations rightly raucous and prolonged. But, on the morning after the night before, he offered an insight into the scale of the planning which had made that success possible. In his possession, as he sat in a small meeting room at the team hotel, was a two-hour DVD detailing every penalty Bayern had been awarded over the previous five years. He and his confidante, the goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, had studied each in meticulous detail, learning the takers’ habits and routines. He knew what was coming. Continue reading...

Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season

17-01-2019 • Manager says it is not illegal but not necessarily right• Bielsa insists he had no bad intentions or wish to cheatMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Continue reading...