18-02-2019 Wolves into FA Cup quarter-finals as Ivan Cavaleiro sinks Bristol City

A major trophy within three years was not quite on the list of essentials when Fosun took over Wolves in 2016, but the team are now serious contenders for an FA Cup win that would crown the club’s reconfiguration beyond all imagining. They will compete in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 and nobody will feel sure of dismissing a team that, against opponents who had been in scintillating form, mastered both sides of the game to secure safe passage.Ivan Cavaleiro’s 28th-minute goal was enough to take them through and at that point it was hard to envisage the chaotic injury-time scenes that saw John Ruddy, the Wolves goalkeeper, forced to block a volley from his opposite number, Frank Fielding, with the tie’s last action. Wolves had controlled the opening period and might have gone in at half-time with the game safe; Bristol City re-emerged looking far more like a team who had won their previous nine games and, by the end, Nuno Espírito Santo could take satisfaction from the different facets his side had been obliged to show. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Scott Brown sees red for celebration after scoring late winner for Celtic

Brendan Rodgers excused Scott Brown’s red card at Kilmarnock which came after the Celtic captain’s deflected 90th-minute goal gave his side a 1-0 win that moves them eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.Steve Clarke’s men gave as good they got until the defender Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for a high challenge on Brown in the 75th minute. With the game heading for a goalless draw the midfielder latched on to a Dedryck Boyata knockdown and his shot deflected off the debutant substitute Alex Bruce and into the net to secure an eighth successive domestic win since the start of 2019. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pace is sheer bliss, as long as it’s on your side. In St Lucia on Sunday evening England, who had been blown away in the first two Tests by a resurgent West Indies attack, finally produced a riposte. Mark Wood came on after 20 overs, when the game is inclined to nod off, and suddenly every delivery carried an electric charge. Bowling to Shai Hope, Wood beat the bat outside off stump with his first ball, and his second, and his third. The fourth was a bouncer, which Hope wisely ducked. The little box on the screen that clocks the bowler’s speed showed 145kph, or 90mph. A stiff breeze was helping, but then Wood, so often kept off the field by a dodgy ankle, deserved a fair wind. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Dan James lights up the Liberty as Swansea breeze past Brentford

It will be remembered here as the day Dan James staked his claim to be part of Great Britain’s sprinting team for the 2020 Olympics. The 21-year-old was unplayable as his breathtaking pace turned this FA Cup tie on its head and took Swansea into the quarter-finals for only the fifth time in their history. Related: Jeff Schlupp sets Crystal Palace on path to last eight against Doncaster Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Alexis Sánchez goals will start to flow like ketchup, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Manchester United manager backs his Chilean forward• Sánchez looks to rediscover form against Chelsea in FA CupOle Gunnar Solskjær has denied Alexis Sánchez is past his best, saying that once the Chilean forward scores it will be like squeezing a “bottle of ketchup” and his best form will be released. Related: Ryan Giggs: ‘It didn’t work for United but Van Gaal was brilliant for me’ Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to sacrifice her happiness after split from coach

World number one Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to "sacrifice" her happiness following her split from coach Sascha Bajin.

18-02-2019 Manchester United and Chelsea seek some salvation in a Wembley return | Paul Wilson

The clubs are meeting in the FA Cup’s tie of the round after sobering defeats last weekThe fast-moving world of football has managed to overtake what promised to be an FA Cup treat at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. When the draw was made, Chelsea’s pairing with Manchester United was the obvious fifth-round highlight, but that was before both clubs suffered chastening setbacks.Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat of the Premier League era at the hands of Manchester City last Sunday, a 6-0 thrashing that left Maurizio Sarri in a state of shock. It is highly unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United will be quite so ruthless and relentless, though with a Carabao Cup final against City due at the end of the month one could readily understand Sarri and his players feeling apprehensive about the possibility of setting up another meeting in a different competition. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Welsh Open: Neil Robertson beats Stuart Bingham in final

Neil Robertson holds off a spirited fightback from Stuart Bingham to win the Welsh Open final 9-7 in Cardiff.

18-02-2019 Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Continue reading...

18-02-2019 UK Athletics selects only one male sprinter for European Indoor Championships

• Ojie Edoburun is sole pick for men’s 60m in a 48-strong team• Reigning champion Richard Kilty thought to be lodging appealThe UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, has defended the bizarre policy that has led to only one British male sprinter being selected for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.On Sunday Black named a record-equalling 48-strong team for the event and backed Laura Muir to “do something special” when she goes for the 1500m and 3,000m double in front of her home fans. However, in the men’s 60m only Ojie Edoburun – who finished last in the British Indoor Championships final – has been picked, with several big names, including Reece Prescod and CJ Ujah, deciding not to run. Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

18-02-2019 England in West Indies: Joe Root & Jason Roy hit centuries in warm-up win

England cruise to a 171-run win in their only warm-up match before the one-day series in the West Indies.

18-02-2019 Formula E: 'Absolute chaos' as Nelson Piquet crash brings out red flag in Mexico

Nelson Piquet's spectacular crash with Jean-Eric Vergne causes "absolute chaos" and brings out the red flag at the Mexico City E-Prix.

18-02-2019 Ryan Giggs: ‘It didn’t work for United but Van Gaal was brilliant for me’

The Wales manager discusses the loneliness of his job, what Manchester United should do next and why he turned to a psychologist“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager of Wales since January 2018, Giggs has had nine games to get used to the isolation.“I’m lucky to have great staff around me and, during the week, you’re constantly in meetings and on the training ground. But it’s that hour before the game, when the coaches take the lads out to warm up, that you feel it. You’re alone in the dressing room and you’ve done everything you can. That’s a lonely time. There’s nothing left to do. You’re on your own.” Continue reading...

18-02-2019 Everything’s a little too cosy in football’s game of family fortunes | Daniel Taylor

Why do managers keep signing their sons and using them as agents? And just what persuaded Cardiff to give contracts to Willie McKay’s twins?By now, I expect you might have seen that old video clip of the time Harry Redknapp was hosting a question-and‑answer session at West Ham and taking a bit of heat from someone in the audience who seemed to suspect they might have taken their reputation as a family club a little too far.The irate fan didn’t seem to care when Redknapp said the 18‑year‑old sitting to his right was destined for the “very, very top”. That player was a young Frank Lampard. “Not good enough,” complained the punter. Why, he wanted to know, was Lampard getting a game? Why had the manager’s nephew been fast-tracked into the team when a better player by the name of Scott Canham had been let go for peanuts? Continue reading...

18-02-2019 European roundup: Barcelona edge to win; Pizarro is oldest Bundesliga scorer

• Lionel Messi penalty enough for leaders against Valladolid• Pizarro breaks record with last-gasp goal for Werder BremenA first-half penalty from Lionel Messi was enough to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid to preserve their comfortable lead at the top of La Liga. Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip had an excellent game against his former club and saved another penalty from Messi on 85 minutes. Related: Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe's biggest clubs Continue reading...

18-02-2019 FA Cup: Crystal Palace's Max Meyer scores second goal against Doncaster Rovers

Crystal Palace's Max Meyer extends Crystal Palace's lead against League One Doncaster in their FA Cup fifth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.

18-02-2019 Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal: Women's FA Cup fifth round – as it happened

Two goals from Bethany England and another from Jonna Andersson ensure an error-prone Arsenal are knocked out of the Women’s FA Cup 3.55pm GMT Thanks for joining me. Until we meet again. Goodbye! 3.53pm GMT A pretty atrocious afternoon at the office for Arsenal who just couldn’t compete with Chelsea today. The fact they were second best was mainly down to a defence that fell well short of expectations. The goalkeeper gifted one goal, Mitchell another and the third was certainly avoidable but Arsenal just could not cope with the concept of defending a ball over the top. Chelsea took their goals well and could have scored more but stopped at three to be polite. Continue reading...