Welsh Open: Neil Robertson beats Stuart Bingham in final

18-02-2019 Neil Robertson holds off a spirited fightback from Stuart Bingham to win the Welsh Open final 9-7 in Cardiff.

UK Athletics selects only one male sprinter for European Indoor Championships

18-02-2019 • 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...

Chris Ashton to miss England clash with Wales because of calf injury

18-02-2019 • Ashton has returned to Sale for rehab work• Injury opens opportunity for Jack Nowell and Joe CokanasigaEngland have suffered a major blow in the buildup to their Six Nations grand slam eliminator against Wales on Saturday after Chris Ashton was ruled out with a calf strain. Ashton suffered the injury during a training session at Twickenham on Friday and after further assessment over the weekend he was left out of the 33-man squad which convened at England’s Bagshot base on Sunday night.England are confident Ashton will be fit to face Italy on 9 March but his absence against Wales is a setback for Eddie Jones, who is already without Mako Vunipola for the trip to Cardiff. Maro Itoje will continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury with England this week but he was not named as part of the squad and as a result is not in contention to face Wales. Dylan Hartley, meanwhile, will stay with Northampton, meaning he too will miss Saturday’s match. Continue reading...

Chris Gayle: West Indies batsman to retire after 2019 World Cup

18-02-2019 West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this summer's World Cup.

Diallo leaps over Shaq to win NBA slam-dunk contest as Harris shocks Steph Curry

18-02-2019 Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo lights up NBA All-Star WeekendNets’ Joe Harris beats Curry brothers in three-point contestOklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo put on a show during the NBA’s All-Star weekend to win the league’s annual slam dunk contest.Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round dunking over Shaquille O’Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a “Superman” shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at almost rim level, putting him in control after his opponent, New York’s Dennis Smith Jr, failed to make a dunk in his first try of the final. Continue reading...

FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

18-02-2019 Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.

Scott Brown sees red for celebration after scoring late winner for Celtic

18-02-2019 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...

FA Cup: Daniel James gives Swansea lead against Brentford

18-02-2019 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.

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

18-02-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.

Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'sure' Alex Sanchez form will improve

18-02-2019 Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will see the best of forward Alexis Sanchez by the end of the season.

Manchester United and Chelsea seek some salvation in a Wembley return | Paul Wilson

18-02-2019 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...

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

18-02-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

18-02-2019 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.