Seething Sarri, Liverpool win again and a slide-tackling fan – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Ed Aarons discuss Chelsea, Liverpool’s win over Palace, Claude Puel’s future at Leicester, Spurs’ dramatic win and the Charlton fan who slide-tackled his own playerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start by discussing Saturday’s London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri questioning his team’s motivation following their 2-0 defeat. We then move on to Liverpool’s wild win over Crystal Palace, before turning our attentions to the potentially differing futures of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Claude Puel. Continue reading...

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Ricky Ponting & Shane Warne send message to cricket car crash victim

Wiltshire wicketkeeper Billy Cookson receives a special video message from Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan after a horrific car crash in Australia that almost claimed his life.

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The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

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PSG’s Neymar a doubt for Manchester United tie after metatarsal injury

• Tuchel worried after Brazilian suffers recurrence of injury• Barcelona lose to Sevilla in Copa del Rey quarter-finalNeymar is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League tie against Manchester United after suffering a recurrence of a metatarsal injury in his right foot during a 2-0 victory over Racing Strasbourg in the French Cup on Wednesday.The Brazil striker left the pitch after an hour after Strasbourg’s midfielder Moataz Zemzemi attempted to tackle him three times before the referee, Johan Hamel, awarded a free-kick. He was taken to hospital for precautionary tests, with manager Thomas Tuchel admitting he is worried about the forward’s condition and blaming the referee for not blowing for a foul sooner. Continue reading...

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Owen Farrell expects to be fit to face Ireland in England’s Six Nations opener

• Fly-half has undergone minor surgery on his thumb• Johnny Sexton also set to play in Dublin on 2 FebruaryOwen Farrell has declared himself on course to lead England in their Six Nations opener in Ireland despite undergoing thumb surgery last weekend, handing Eddie Jones a major boost.Farrell had an operation on a thumb tendon Saturday, putting into question is participation against the defending champions in Dublin on 2 February. Over the weekend Jones said he was “cautiously optimistic” Farrell would face Ireland but the 27-year-old delivered a more bullish assessment at the Six Nations launch on Wednesday. Continue reading...

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Paul Scholes says Class of 92 should have greater role at Manchester United

• Scholes surprised that only Nicky Butt works at United• Scholes feels ‘you’ve got your club back’ with SolskjærPaul Scholes believes it is “strange” that only Nicky Butt of the Class of 92 works at Manchester United, the former midfielder stating that Sir Alex Ferguson’s wish was for them all to have roles.Scholes was referring to himself, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Gary and Phil Neville together with Butt, who is the head of academy at United. Scholes went as far as to say that he had been left feeling unwelcome at United. The six own 60% of Salford City, following the announcement on Wednesday that Beckham has bought a 10% stake. Continue reading...

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'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Australian Open and World Indoor Bowls Championships, plus much more.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams retreats after walkout mix-up

Serena Williams is forced to turn back as she walks on to court while her opponent, Simona Halep, is being announced to the crowd before their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

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Australia v Sri Lanka: first Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.15am GMT 21st over: Australia 66-1 (Harris 34, Khawaja 11) More runs for Australia behind square on the offside, this time courtesy of a canny Khawaja guide for four from a decent Kumara yorker. The bowler then beats the batsman’s outside edge next delivery. Sri Lanka haven’t bowled intimidatingly well tonight, but nor have they had much luck when they’ve put the ball in the right areas. 10.10am GMT 20th over: Australia 61-1 (Harris 34, Khawaja 7) Sri Lanka have enjoyed a host of mini-victories in this night session without creating many clear wicket-taking opportunities. This over Chameera finds the outside edge of both batsmen, Khawaja’s nibble landing well short of the cordon, Harris’ squirting between the slips and gully and away for runs. Continue reading...

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Saints v Rams: Osi Umenyiora 'sick to stomach' after controversial NFL call

The NFL This Week team dissect the controversial no-call in the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams' NFC Championship game.

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Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova win to reach Australian Open women's final – as it happened

Osaka beats Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4Kvitova beats Danielle Collins 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 7.28am GMT So, it ends on the narrowest of calls, but with a consistent quality of tennis that you’d expect from two semi-finals.It loomed for the merest of moments as a potential all-Czech final as Karolina Pliskova threatened to back up from her heroics last night in defeating Serena Williams during a pulsating second set in which she was nearly flawless, levelling the ledger against Naomi Osaka. But it was the Japanese who found an extra gear in the third, returning to some of the aggressive, fine-margin tennis that saw her power through the opening set - one break proving enough to grind out a three-set thriller in just shy of two hours. 56 winners and 15 aces from the world No 4; who could leap to world No 1 with a win here in Melbourne. 7.10am GMT Serving for the match, Osaka puffs out her cheeks and draws a deep breath after she finds the net with an unforced error to make it 15-15. Is the pressure showing? Another unforced error sees Pliskova level again at 30-30 but the Japanese keeps her cool to bring up match point! She aces, or at least she thinks she does, but the call is out. She challenges, naturally, and would you believe it, she’s bang on! The ball clipped the line and Osaka is in the semis! Continue reading...

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Gonzalo Higuaín: ‘infernal machine’ ready to relaunch career at Chelsea | Marcus Christenson

The Argentinian striker is set to work with the ‘best ever manager’ Maurizio Sarri but can he conquer the Premier League at the age of 31?“Not even a phone call.” Maurizio Sarri could not hide his disappointment. Gonzalo Higuaín had just left Napoli for Juventus for £75.3m but had not been in touch to say either goodbye or to explain himself. For Sarri, that was inexcusable.“I find it very difficult to focus on him right now because I have just seen him in a Juventus shirt,” Sarri said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport in July 2016. “It was his decision because the offer we made to him was similar to the other offers he had. From a personal point of view there is bitterness because I expected him to make a short phone call at least, maybe even five minutes before his medical [at Juve].” Continue reading...

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Mauricio Pochettino calls for VAR in Premier League to be postponed

• Spurs manager fears system harms ‘dynamic’ English game• Win over Chelsea would bring Pochettino closer to first trophyMauricio Pochettino has outlined his grave misgivings about VAR and called on the authorities to postpone its introduction to the Premier League next season because there remain too many grey areas.The video assistant referee has been used in the Carabao and FA cups and Pochettino says nobody has been entirely sure why and when the on‑field referee will turn to it, suggesting inconsistency is one of the problems. Continue reading...

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