The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

18-01-2019 Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

18-01-2019 Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained an inherited burden, the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness yearsCarry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fellaini might be on his way out of Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Friday press conference went the other way. Instead Solskjær offered what newspapers like to call “a vote of confidence” in the gangling Belgian utility-menace, talking up Fellaini’s continued presence through this, his sixth year as a Manchester United player.It isn’t hard to see why some said his time was up. Under Solskjær Fellaini has played three minutes in the Premier League. His basic footballing presence has seemed at odds with a more mobile, fluid style. Plus there is of course a wider symbolic aspect to all this. Continue reading...

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

18-01-2019 Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.

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

18-01-2019 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...

Cowdenbeath unhappy after Rangers Scottish Cup tie is postponed

18-01-2019 Cowdenbeath believe their Scottish Cup tie against Rangers could have gone ahead after it is postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova beats defending champion Caroline Wozniacki

18-01-2019 Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is knocked out of the Australian Open by five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova.

Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

18-01-2019 The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

Bernard Tomic calls Lleyton Hewitt 'liar' over claims he threatened Davis Cup captain

18-01-2019 Bernard Tomic calls Australia Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt a "liar" for saying he had been threatened "physically" and "blackmailed" by him.

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

18-01-2019 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.

Masters Snooker 2019: Ding Junhui forfeits frame against Luca Brecel

18-01-2019 Ding Junhui makes three fouls in succession to forfeit a frame in his Masters quarter-final win against Luca Brecel.

Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines – in pictures

18-01-2019 After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this year’s Dakar RallyClick here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear Continue reading...

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

18-01-2019 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.

Jan Siewert: Huddersfield approach Borussia Dortmund coach

18-01-2019 Huddersfield approach Borussia Dortmund for permission to speak to coach Jan Siewert for their vacant manager role.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

18-01-2019 Who will Pochettino turn to up front? Will Lindelöf banish bad memories of Brighton? And should Sarri start Giroud? If Mauricio Pochettino could have picked one Premier League team to start playing against without his top scorer and his most in-form attacker, then he would surely have plumped for Fulham. Claudio Ranieri’s defensively chaotic side are the perfect opponents in a far-from-ideal scenario for Tottenham, who must learn to cope without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. It will still be interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino tries to overcome those losses. Perhaps he will ask Dele Alli or Lucas Moura to play as a shifty striker or maybe he’ll deploy Fernando Llorente, a more conventional centre-forward who netted a hat-trick in the recent annihilation of Tranmere Rovers? Or the manager might even push his faith in youth to an unprecedented extreme by giving a start to the highly promising 16-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott, who has yet to appear for the senior team? Whatever the manager opts for, Spurs can be confident of victory given that Fulham have been so hapless this season that they even managed to concede two goals last week despite restricting Burnley to no shots on target. PD Continue reading...

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

18-01-2019 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...