23-02-2019 England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

The prop has been described as a ‘timebomb’ and, as Wales will see in Cardiff, he is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may have what I would call his “odd moments” every now and again but I can live with that if you get the rest of the package and that is what we are now seeing. Related: Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’ Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

23-02-2019 Alysa Liu's remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating championship in Detroit, Michigan, last month. Her coach, Laura Lipetsky who has worked with her since she was five, hugged her.Liu had just won the national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest athlete to have done so, and with two triple axels no less. The weeks since have been a media frenzy. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and profiles on her meteoric rise have been published across the world. But for all the attention Liu has received, she won’t be able to compete in Worlds. She’s too young. A 1997 International Skating Union rule requires athletes to be at least 15 by 1 July preceding the season to participate in senior-level international events. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Dundee 2-4 Hibernian: Visitors hold on in six-goal thriller

Paul Heckingbottom makes it two wins from two as Hibernian boss as his side moves into the Premiership top six with victory over Dundee.

23-02-2019 Eddie Jones finds a back-row trio who are singing from the same song sheet | Andy Bull

The breakdown will be as vital as ever in Cardiff and England have uncovered two flankers who are prospering thereIn the beginning Eddie Jones made it look easy. He had an idea what was wrong with England’s back row, had even explained the problem in a column for the Daily Mail while Stuart Lancaster was still in charge, and he knew a quick fix for it too. When Jones took over as head coach he moved Chris Robshaw over to the blindside flank, picked James Haskell to play on the openside and brought back Billy Vunipola, who had been injured, at No 8. Jones knew he needed to bring a young back-row through too, because Robshaw and Haskell were both getting on, so he picked Jack Clifford. Simple. Related: England’s Eddie Jones seeking display of ‘real steel’ against Wales Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Gareth Anscombe selection highlights Wales’s adapted Warrenball strategy

Warren Gatland’s fly-half decision suggests Wales will vary their attack plan in the Six Nations duel with EnglandA constant of Welsh rugby through the years has been a raging debate about who should play at fly-half. Even Cliff Morgan, Barry John and Phil Bennett had their detractors, but lost in the verbal jousting between Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones this week was the former’s decision to play Gareth Anscombe at 10 against England ahead of the more experienced and battle-hardened Dan Biggar. Related: Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Talking Horses: Glen Rocco can grab the bookies’ cash at Kempton

A winning pointer in Ireland with a big jump in him, Glen Rocco showed promise around Kempton on Boxing Day when chasing home a talented sort who got first runTen runners is a disappointing turnout for the steeplechase formerly known as the Racing Post, which has been through several sponsors in recent years and is now the 888Sport Handicap Chase. But that is all to the good for connections of Glen Rocco (3.35), who has fewer rivals to beat at Kempton on his way to fulfilling the promise he has been showing this winter.A winning pointer in Ireland with a big jump in him, Glen Rocco showed promise around this track on Boxing Day when chasing home a talented sort who got first run. He then stormed home when returned to Kempton and stepped up to this distance last month. The handicapper has had his say but there is more to come from Nick Gifford’s chestnut. Rather Be has had a frustrating season but the memory of his narrow defeat at last year’s Cheltenham Festival sustains the sense that he can go close here. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 '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.

23-02-2019 WGC-Mexico Championship: Dustin Johnson leads by two at halfway

Dustin Johnson leads by two at the WGC-Mexico Championship, with Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar sharing second place.

23-02-2019 Chelsea may turn to England coach Steve Holland if Maurizio Sarri is sacked

• Holland has worked at Chelsea and assists Gareth Southgate• Holland the favoured option to take charge till summerChelsea would consider approaching their former coach and current England assistant manager Steve Holland to help steady the ship on an interim basis if they call time on Maurizio Sarri’s tenure at the club over the next week.Sarri, who is seven months into a three-year contract, is clinging to his job despite the team’s progress to the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. Recent humiliating defeats by Manchester City and Bournemouth have eroded confidence in the Italian, who faces pivotal games against City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Weakened Scotland bidding to expose self-belief of unpredictable France

Despite missing a cluster of key players Scotland believe they can win in Paris for the first time since 1999Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a second-string side. Of the team’s key quartet, only the captain, Greig Laidlaw, is in the squad, Finn Russell having joined Stuart Hogg and Willem Nel on the injury list this week.Factor in other absentees such as Huw Jones,, Ryan Wilson and Hamish Watson, and it may seem that this game is France’s to lose. But that also appeared to be the case at half-time in their last home game, before they went on to surrender a 16-0 lead to Wales. Given such an ignominious collapse was followed by a heavy defeat at Twickenham, it is evident self-belief is in short supply in the French ranks, as Jacques Brunel implied when asked if, by naming his team two days early, he were not giving the Scots an advantage. “After seeing our performance against England, Scotland must be pretty confident anyway,” the head coach said. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Cardiff 1-5 Watford: Gerard Deulofeu scores hat-trick in Watford victory

Gerard Deulofeu scores Watford's first top-flight hat-trick since 1986 as they boost their hopes of a Europa League spot by cruising to victory at Cardiff.

23-02-2019 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

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

23-02-2019 Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

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...

23-02-2019 Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. Pitbull was booked to perform at the opening of the Pakistan Super League at the Dubai Cricket Stadium last weekend.This was of course a hugely exciting prospect. As anyone who witnessed his set at the Brazil 2014 World Cup will be aware, Pitbull gives great opening ceremony, a style of performance that doesn’t really involve singing or rapping, but is more a matter of standing on a lighted plinth looking purposeful and occasionally pointing at things. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Super League Triathlon: World Champion Vicky Holland - 'It is brutal'

World Triathlon Series Champion Vicky Holland discusses the Super League Triathlon format with BBC's Louise Minchin ahead of Saturday's eliminator races in Singapore.

23-02-2019 Man Utd v Liverpool: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scores FA Cup winner at Old Trafford in 1999

Watch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score the winning goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round match in 1999.

23-02-2019 Roy Hodgson on becoming oldest Premier League manager

Roy Hodgson says he would have to "learn to live without" football when he decides to retire as prepares to become the oldest manager in the Premier League's history this weekend.

23-02-2019 The Fiver | Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Yesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Continue reading...