Martin O’Neill boards the Nottingham Forest train and wants express start

18-01-2019 O’Neill won two European Cups with the club as a player and is targeting promotion to the top flight after a 20-year hiatusAs Martin O’Neill reflected on what it was like to be the new manager of Nottingham Forest, back at the club where he won two European Cups and once spoke of it being “like getting on a train and never getting off”, he made it clear why the idea of following in Brian Clough’s footsteps – albeit 20 managerial changes further down the line – had been so attractive.“Firstly, just the name: Nottingham Forest,” he said. “It’s an extraordinarily brilliant name for a football club. Really, it’s not like you can attach a ‘United’ or a ‘City’ to it and, for me to be part of it, especially in successful times, was great. Continue reading...

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...

MSU head resigns after saying some Nassar survivors are 'enjoying' themselves

18-01-2019 MSU board vote to make resignation immediateEngler said some Nassar victims were ‘enjoying’ the ‘spotlight’The Michigan State University interim president John Engler has stepped down amid heavy criticism over last week’s remarks that some survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse were “enjoying” the “spotlight” of their involvement in the worst sex-abuse case in US sports history.On Wednesday afternoon Engler submitted a letter of resignation saying he would step down next week. But on Thursday, MSU’s board of trustees voted to make the resignation immediate. Continue reading...

NBA backs decision by Knicks’ Enes Kanter not to come to London

18-01-2019 • Kanter has been critical of Turkish president Erdogan• Washington Wizards 101-100 New York KnicksAs the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks rolled into town for the NBA’s ninth London game the league’s commissioner Adam Silver offered his full backing to Enes Kanter – who stayed in the US for the Knicks’ 101-100 defeat – amid reports that Turkey had requested an Interpol red notice for his extradition and arrest on terrorism charges. Related: Turkey reportedly seeking warrant for Knicks' Enes Kanter over 'terror' claims Continue reading...

'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

18-01-2019 Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent Continue reading...

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.

Levante hope to have Barça thrown out of Copa del Rey over ineligible player

18-01-2019 • ‘We have no doubt about Chumi,’ say Barcelona of 19-year-old• Catalan side won 3-0 on Thursday to win tie 4-2 on aggregateThe Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, says his side should still be in the Copa del Rey quarter-final draw despite accusations from Levante that they fielded an ineligible player in the first leg. Related: Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit Continue reading...

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

18-01-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Masters Snooker 2019: Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Ding Junhui in last four

18-01-2019 Ronnie O'Sullivan reaches the semi-finals of the Masters with a 6-3 win over Ryan Day and will play Ding Junhui after he beats Luca Brecel 6-5.

Lleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family

18-01-2019 Hewitt cuts all contact after multiple threats and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captainLleyton Hewitt has sensationally claimed Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captain.Speaking after his Australian Open doubles exit on Thursday, Hewitt said he had cut all contact with Tomic following the alleged abuse over the past 18 months. Continue reading...

With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend | Jonathan Wilson

18-01-2019 The Leeds manager has an almost pathological honesty and there are few people in football so ready to admit fault as himMarcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He had not made it as a player, too slow to make more than four appearances in central defence for Newell’s Old Boys. He had floated about the lower leagues for a while, studying agronomy and physical education. A university side was an obvious stepping-stone to greater things, but Bielsa did not treat it as such. Rather, he watched 3,000 players before selecting his squad of 20.The 63-year-old has always been meticulous. When he was given a job in youth development at Newell’s, he wondered whether clubs were missing out on players from the interior, so got a map of Argentina, divided it into 70 sections and arranged a trial in each. Because he did not like flying, he ended up driving more than 5,000 miles in his Fiat 147 to see the results, establishing a theme that would become familiar of human fallibility, often his own, banging up against his plans and principles. 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...

Marko Arnautovic: West Ham forward can leave if price is right says Manuel Pellegrini

18-01-2019 West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will not stop Marko Arnautovic moving to China if the price is right.

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

18-01-2019 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?