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

21-02-2019 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...

Football transfer rumours: Zidane to replace Sarri at Chelsea?

21-02-2019 Today’s fluff is the vicinityChelsea are already lining up replacements for Maurizio Sarri, who could receive 1,000 Nicorette patches as compensation for being sacked less than a year into his contract. The Italian is likely to be sacked after his team’s 17-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this weekend and Chelsea are thinking about which unfortunate sap to appoint next, with Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard’s Derby County manager Frank Lampard the early frontrunners. Let’s just hope the west Londoners know they’ll be legally obliged to change their name to Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard’s Chelsea if they go with the latter. Continue reading...

Steve Clarke: Rangers will do 'everything possible' to eradicate abuse suffered by Kilmarnock boss

21-02-2019 Rangers say they will do "everything possible" to eradicate the abuse aimed at Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke in their Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox.

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

21-02-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

21-02-2019 This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...

Leroy Sane: How the Schalke schoolboy became a Premier League star at Manchester City

21-02-2019 Leroy Sane's former teachers and coaches tell the story of his "amazing rise" from Schalke's youth academy to starring for Manchester City.

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Jurgen Klopp admits draw was 'not the game we dreamed of'

21-02-2019 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp describes his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie as "not perfect but good enough to work with".

Scotland turn to Peter Horne as Finn Russell’s replacement against France

21-02-2019 • Fly-half joins Blair Kinghorn and Nick Grigg in Scotland team• Injuries force four changes for Six Nations Test in ParisPeter Horne has been handed the Scotland No 10 jersey against France following the injury to Finn Russell.The full-back Blair Kinghorn and the centre Nick Grigg have also come into the back division for Saturday’s Six Nations Test in Paris, while the fit-again back-row forward Magnus Bradbury has earned a recall following his comeback for Edinburgh. Continue reading...

Cheltenham: Clare and Paul Rooney tell trainers to resume entering runners at course

21-02-2019 Leading owners Paul and Clare Rooney want their horses to race again at Cheltenham after previous concerns over injury rates.

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

21-02-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

21-02-2019 Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.

Welsh connection will not distract Billy Vunipola from England’s cause | Andy Bull

21-02-2019 The No 8 lived in Wales as a child but says he is committed to helping England win their crucial Six Nations encounterPeople say love comes in different shapes and sizes, and in Wales on Saturday it will be 6ft 3in and 20st 7lb. Billy Vunipola says he wants to show the Welsh just how much he cares by helping England win at the Principality Stadium. No joke.Vunipola moved to Wales when he was six years old, and he has so much affection and respect for the people he knows there that he will be using those feelings as fuel for the “emotional battle”. After all, Vunipola says, when you are looking for motivation “love works better than hate because you have a clear mind. With hate you think everything’s wrong and it’s not your fault.” Continue reading...

Bury’s Ryan Lowe: ‘Jürgen Klopp complimented me on my style and system’

21-02-2019 Manager has made his club one of the Football League’s most free-scoring sides – and a visit to Guardiola is in the diaryIf you were asked to guess the highest-scoring teams in the top four divisions, you would pick Manchester City straight away. Norwich would not take too long. A bit of thinking would lead you to Luton. But a team you might not get but are right up there with the most prolific in the land are Bury.The Shakers are the entertainers of League Two, with 85 goals in all competitions this season, playing with a gung-ho style that looks good fun but is probably not a relaxing watch for their supporters. Continue reading...

Wales’s George North happy to win ‘ugly or pretty’ against England

21-02-2019 Winger has been impressed by England’s performances in the Six Nations but believes Wales can meet the challenge‘It does not get any bigger than this” is a catchphrase of a television programme for aspirational cooks, but it will do at the Principality Stadium on Saturday when the ancient rivalry between Wales and England is seasoned by the prospect of the Six Nations title in World Cup year.A third successive victory in Cardiff would leave England needing to self-destruct to miss out on a third championship in four years under Eddie Jones with home fixtures against Italy and Scotland to follow, while Wales probably need to match Warren Gatland’s final year in charge with his first one and secure the grand slam. Continue reading...