18-02-2019 FA Cup: Daniel James gives Swansea lead against Brentford

Swansea City's Daniel James scores "a wonderful solo goal" to give them the lead against fellow Championship side Brentford in the FA Cup fifth round.

18-02-2019 Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Mauro Icardi, Internazionale and the return of unwelcome headlines | Paolo Bandini

Inter dug deep to see off Sampdoria, but without their forward after he was stripped of the captaincyThe first time the big screen cut to Mauro Icardi, it stayed with him for only a few seconds. He had arrived just before kick-off for Inter’s game against Sampdoria, taking a seat beside his wife, and agent, Wanda in the stands at San Siro. Neither seemed to notice when the cameras picked them out, provoking brief jeers from the home crowd.But the camera lingered a little longer the second time around. Play had stopped, and the mood inside the stadium was restless, with the score still lgoalless after the interval. This time the whistles were ear-splitting. Wanda glanced up at the screen, and quickly cast her eyes back down. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

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

18-02-2019 Arjen Robben: ‘If you ask what is the worst stadium for me, it’s Liverpool’

In his tenth and final season at Bayern Munich the Dutchman talks about his extraordinary decade in Bavaria and burning desire to avenge Champions League traumas at Anfield“‘Enjoy it, enjoy it,’ that’s what you say to young players.” Arjen Robben is wrestling with the question of whether, across two decades of dedication to his art, he has managed to practise what he preaches. “But then you ask yourself: ‘Are you also enjoying it?’ Maybe it’s good, also, for yourself to enjoy it.”It comes to be a recurring theme during a lunchtime at Bayern Munich’s training ground that finds Robben in mellow, reflective mood. Outside, the snow is melting and the sky getting brighter but, with every lengthening day, the winter of his career with the German champions creeps in a little more. In June he will draw a line under 10 years’ service and he fully admits the scale of what he has achieved takes some working through. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

Inch-perfect set pieces, curled shots in to the top corner and even an odd volley poked in to the back of the net featured among the best goals from this weekend's action.

18-02-2019 Monaco may regret sacking the man who revitalised the club

Vadim Vasilyev made Monaco the model of a sustainable, profitable club. But he has paid for their disastrous seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsUntil recently, mistakes were rare at Monaco. In just five years, the Russian duo of billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev and vice president Vadim Vasilyev led the club from the second tier to the Ligue 1 title. But the club collapsed this season and the owner has now acted, sacking Vasilyev. “Now it is time for change,” said Rybolovlev in a statement on Valentine’s Day. “I have made a personally very difficult decision to release Vadim Vasilyev from his post as vice president and CEO of the club.”Initially appointed as an advisor in January 2013, Vasilyev was quickly promoted to CEO and vice president, becoming the club’s spokesperson and spearhead. His strategy centred on realism, revenue and hardball negotiating. He knew Monaco were working within certain restraints and that copying PSG’s model simply wasn’t sustainable. “You need more than money and ambition,” he explained. “You need to be in a big town, to have a population around you, play in a big league. There are several elements which just don’t exist [here].” With a population of just 40,000 and the smallest crowds in Ligue 1, Monaco would have to do things differently. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

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

18-02-2019 Football rumours: Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is standing here beside itself As Chelsea embark on a crucial make-or-break nine-day period in their season, the mood of their manager Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to be improved by talk linking Zinedine Zidane with his job. Chelsea entertain Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight and in the wake of humiliating defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Manchester City, Sarri is a man under pressure. Assorted news outlets say Zidane would be interested in replacing him, but only if he’s guaranteed a £200m war-chest, a major say in recruitment, an assurance that Eden Hazard will stay at the club and the moon in a pail of water. Related: Maurizio Sarri must be given more time to adapt Chelsea, says Gianfranco Zola Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Daytona 500: Giant crash triggered by Paul Menard causing 'carnage everywhere'

American driver Paul Menard triggers a giant crash in the Daytona 500 with 10 laps to go, a race that Denny Hamlin went on to win.

18-02-2019 Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500 after series of huge crashes

Victory comes month after death of team’s co-owner, JD GibbsOnly 14 cars finish race after smashes take out most of fieldDenny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years, leading a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing. The victory on Sunday was a fine tribute to JD Gibbs, who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease. JD Gibbs co-founded the race team with his father and discovered Hamlin. Hamlin said when he arrived at Daytona International Speedway that both the 500 and this season were dedicated to JD Gibbs.Kyle Busch finished second and Erik Jones was third as the Gibbs drivers held off Ford driver and reigning Nascar champion Joey Logano’s frantic push in overtime. Continue reading...