West Indies v England: Joe Root says it does not matter who scores his team's runs

22-01-2019 England Test captain Joe Root says it does not matter who scores his team's runs, as long as they are winning.

Ronaldo agrees to pay €19m fine to settle tax fraud case

22-01-2019 Juventus footballer pleads guilty after agreeing to fine and suspended sentence in Madrid courtThe Portugal and Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted committing tax fraud while playing for Real Madrid and agreed to pay an €18.8m (£16.5m) fine after striking a deal with prosecutors and tax authorities in return for a 23-month suspended prison sentence.Ronaldo, 33, had been accused of defrauding the authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) in unpaid taxes between 2011 and 2014. Continue reading...

The goalscoring streaks of the season: Rashford, Messi and ... Quagliarella

22-01-2019 Marcus Rashford has scored in his last four league games but no one in Europe can compete with Fabio QuagliarellaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen Marcus Rashford curled in Manchester United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, he stretched his scoring streak to four league games in a row. Prior to this run of goals, Rashford had only ever scored in two straight league games but now he has a chance to do something Harry Kane has never managed: score in five consecutive league games. Eleven players have done just that in Europe’s big leagues this season – with one even scoring in 10 straight games. Continue reading...

Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

22-01-2019 Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. Continue reading...

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

22-01-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Australian Open and World Indoor Bowls Championships, plus much more.

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

22-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Super Bowl: Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans Saints to NFC title after controversial call

22-01-2019 Watch highlights as the Los Angeles Rams clinch the NFC title and a place in the Super Bowl with a controversial 26-23 overtime victory at the New Orleans Saints.

Rafael Nadal: 'It's so special to be back where I am' – video

22-01-2019 Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a clinical 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in one hour and 47 minutes.Nadal said it was more than he could have hoped for in his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him out of last year's US Open. Chasing his 18th grand slam title, the second seed will meet Roger Federer's fourth-round conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in Thursday's semi-final. Continue reading...

Chris Mepham: Bournemouth sign defender from Brentford for £12m

22-01-2019 Bournemouth sign Wales defender Chris Mepham for a reported £12m from Championship side Brentford.

Kevin-Prince Boateng completes surprise loan move to Barcelona

22-01-2019 • Barça confirm forward’s arrival with €8m purchase option• Former Spurs and Portsmouth forward joins from SassuoloKevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona in a shock move from the Italian side Sassuolo. The La Liga leaders have announced the arrival of Boateng on an initial loan deal with the option for an €8m (£7.05m) permanent move in the summer.Barcelona confirmed the forward’s arrival shortly after Boateng told reporters in Italy that the transfer was complete. The 31-year-old will sign his contract on Tuesday before a photo session and press conference at Camp Nou. Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup goals, Floyd Mayweather and Brexit moans

22-01-2019 Who scored? Who hit a wall? Who threw in the towel?Which of these FA Cup third-round ties features two clubs who have won the competition six times each?Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Birmingham City Wolves v Liverpool Who was top scorer in the FA Cup last season?Romelu LukakuDick WilliamsEden HazardWill GriggWho said: “I tried everything to turn it around, I went backstage and hit a wall. I think I broke my hand. I was trying just that little bit too hard”?Tenshin Nasukawa Michael SmithCarl FramptonTakuma InoueHow long did it take Floyd Mayweather to beat Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing match in Tokyo?14 seconds 140 seconds14 minutes 14 two-minute rounds Which tennis players faced each other in a competitive match for the first time this week?Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Roger Federer and Serena WilliamsKristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first four matches as Manchester United boss. Which former United manager won his first five league games in charge?David Moyes José Mourinho Louis van Gaal Matt Busby Which of these World Cups will not be played this year? Rugby World CupCricket World CupRugby League World Cup Netball World CupSanti Cazorla scored twice for Villarreal on Thursday night as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in La Liga. Who was Cazorla playing against the last time he scored a league goal (it was a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot)?BarcelonaAtlético Madrid JuventusSouthampton Blackpool played Sunderland at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day. What percentage of the fans at the game were there to support the away team?0% 50% 71%100% Who has been complaining about Brexit, saying: "It’s horrible isn’t it. Did you vote for Brexit? Brex-shit. I don’t like it. Look at the pound and the euro. I get everything paid in pounds so just have a look how much it dropped. Let’s say it dropped by 10%, that’s cost me 10% of my prize money straight away. So that’s quite a lot of money"?Ronnie O'SullivanLewis HamiltonMichael van GerwenPhil Taylor1 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 2 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 3 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 4 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 5 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 6 and above.Nice work. Happy new year. 7 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 8 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 9 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. 0 and above.Ah well. Happy new year. 10 and above.What a start to 2019! Happy new year. Continue reading...

Joe Root tells England players to focus on West Indies and not the Ashes

22-01-2019 • Captain does not want team to be distracted• ‘We have to look after here and now’, says RootJoe Root has ordered his players to forget about jostling for Ashes places as they look to become just the second England team in 51 years to win a Caribbean Test series.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s first Test against West Indies at the Kensington Oval, where around 9,000 travelling fans will be in full voice, the message from the England captain was to focus on the present and back up their 3-0 win in Sri Lanka earlier in the winter. Continue reading...