19/02/2017: FRONT PAGE: Wenger wants four more years – ideally at Arsenal
Arsène Wenger has said his appetite for management remains so strong that he wants to continue for at least four more years – preferably at Arsenal. The Frenchman, whose 20-year reign at the club reached a crisis point on Wednesday with the 5-1...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Raggett to riches but Imps spurn the beer
BURNLEY 0 LINCOLN CITY 1 Raggett 89 A crate of beer awaited Lincoln City players when they returned to their dressing room after prolonged and hugely deserved celebrations. “We got rid of it,” revealed the manager, Danny Cowley. “We are a professional...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: BARTON DENIES FOUL PLAY
Burnley’s Joey Barton hit back at critics online after two flashpoints at Turf Moor. In the first Barton ran into the out-stretched arm of Lincoln’s Matt Rhead and claimed a deliberate elbow; in the second he appeared to claw at Terry Hawkridge’s face....... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: GIANT SLAYERS
1948 THIRD ROUND Colchester 1 Huddersfield 0 16,000 fans piled in to Layer Road to watch their Southern Football League side stun Huddersfield with a goal from the captain Bob Curry. They made it as far as a fifth-round 5-0 defeat at Blackpool. 1949...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Chelsea survive scare thanks to Pedro and Costa
WOLVES 0 CHELSEA 2 Pedro 65 Costa 89 Chelsea endured a scare in the company of Wolves but eventually emerged smiling thanks to second-half goals by Pedro and Diego Costa. It was the right result, in the end, but the Championship team can take pride...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: ‘Maybe we’ve brought some of the magic back’
Lincoln City have brought the magic back to the FA Cup, claimed their manager, Danny Cowley, after becoming the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals in 103 years with victory at Premier League Burnley. The National League leaders’...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Cummings and Millwall lord it over Leicester
MILLWALL 1 Cummings 90 LEICESTER CITY 0 There was tumult on and off the pitch at the Den but after Neil Harris’s redoubtable Lions claimed their third Premier League scalp one thing is certain: League One Millwall will join non-league Lincoln City in...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Brighton go back on top after Baldock sinks Barnsley
BARNSLEY 0 BRIGHTON 2 Baldock 53 68 This was a landmark success for Chris Hughton in multiple ways: a 100th match in charge of Brighton delivered a 50th victory plus a return to the top of the Championship. In replacing Newcastle at the summit, for...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Pitch invasion was expected, says Lions manager
Unwelcome scenes followed Millwall’s FA Cup triumph against Leicester at the Den, with police horses being required to restore order after a pitch invasion. The Millwall manager, Neil Harris, said he had not seen – but nor could he condone – the......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Wagner rings changes to match Guardiola’s gilded understudies
HUDDERSFIELD 0 MANCHESTER CITY 0 In all probability neither side wanted a replay, though in an open and entertaining game neither side actually did enough to win. Manchester City’s thoughts will already be turning to Monaco in the Champions League,......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Stuani ends spirited Oxford fightback
MIDDLESBROUGH 3 Leadbitter 26pen Gestede 34 Stuani 86 OXFORD 2 Maguire 64 Martínez 65 Aitor Karanka’s belief that his relegation-threatened side can afford to take the FA Cup seriously is set to be tested. Not that too many Teessiders will be overly...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Zola questions Birmingham future after latest defeat
The future of Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham City was in doubt last night after he admitted he was seeking talks with the club’s Chinese owner, Paul Suen Cho Hung, after their 4-1 home defeat to QPR. Since Zola took over from Gary Rowett in December,...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: SATURDAY SUNDAE
MAN OF THE DAY 2012: @SeanRaggett tweets: “I hope I get to play against Joey Barton one day #dream #kneehightackles.” 2017: Scores Lincoln’s winner at Barton’s Burnley. Also back in circulation yesterday after Barton’s drop and roll at Turf Moor:...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: SIXTH-ROUND DRAW
The ball numbers to watch in today’s quarter-final draw (6.30pm, BT Sport 2) 1 Lincoln City 2 Fulham or Tottenham 3 Blackburn or Manchester United 4 Sutton United or Arsenal 5 Middlesbrough 6 Chelsea 7 Huddersfield or Manchester City 8 Millwall...
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Rovers crave escape from Venky’s circle of destruction
“We should be looking forward to an FA Cup tie at home against Manchester United, a dream tie for most clubs with the chance of an upset and reaching the quarter-finals. Yet we are indifferent about the whole thing. The game is meaningless and we’d...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: ROVERS’ YEARS OF PAIN UNDER VENKY’S
Nov 2010 Indian poultry giant Venky’s pays £23m for Blackburn, pledging to retain Sam Allardyce. Venky’s chair Anuradha J Desai: “We plan to establish Blackburn as a truly global brand … one of the best-run clubs in the Premier League.” Dec 2010...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Xia’s Holloway dig looking hollow
“They’re lucky I’ve put them this high,” Ian Holloway wrote in a pre-season feature last August in which he tipped Aston Villa, newly relegated from the Premier League, to finish 16th in the Championship. “They could easily get relegated again, with......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: FA made to look dopey by City fine
Many congratulations to the Football Association for demonstrating how seriously it takes the doping regulations by fining Manchester City a whopping £35,000 for simultaneously being the most financially endowed club on the planet while not apparently......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: DOUBLE NOMINATION
Observer columnist Daniel Taylor has been recognised in the shortlists for the prestigious Society of Editors’ Press Awards. Our chief football writer has been nominated in two categories – Sports Journalist of the Year and News Reporter of the year –......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: ‘When we saw the team Leeds put out against us we took it as disrespectful‘
The manager, Paul Doswell He’s a lovely fella who is always very excitable. He loves the FA Cup and his big passion is Sutton United, so I think this Cup run has been the one thing he has always wanted in his life. I played under the assistant...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Rich pickings for Kroenke and co - but trophies have failed to follow the money
Announcing the latest booming set of financial figures for Arsenal as Europe’s seventh wealthiest club, the chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, gave an assessment of prospects the regime can now be held to. Revealing income in 2015-16 of £354m, with much more...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MANAGER NEWS
Last week’s moves: Italy, 9 Feb: Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani rejects pressure on coach Massimo Oddo. “Oddo seems to have become an imbecile in everybody’s eyes, but not in mine. Yes, it may make me an oddball in this business, but I stand by......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Bale scores on return from injury to seal win
Gareth Bale marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a well-taken finish to seal Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Bernabéu. The Wales forward last played in a Champions League group match at Sporting Lisbon on 22 November...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MEANWHILE
Also last week from Fifa: a rebuttal after Swiss media revealed Gianni Infantino accepted a private jet flight from Russian minister Vitaly Mutko in November. Fifa says the gift from Mutko, who faces a Fifa integrity inquiry over links to...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Bayern rescue late draw
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich needed a last-gasp goal from striker Robert Lewandowski to rescue a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin. Hertha scored through Vedad Ibisevic, the Bosnian volleying in his ninth goal of the campaign, and Bayern, who crushed......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MOST REASONABLE
Romania: Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali, declining fan input into the club’s rebrand after a court ruled Romania’s defence ministry owns the rights to the Steaua name. “I’ve chosen ‘FCSB’. It stands for ‘Faci Ce Spune Becali’ [Do what Becali tells...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Arter partner has girl
The Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter’s partner, Rachel, has given birth to a girl. The 27-year-old’s club congratulated him and his family on the birth of Raine, who was born 14 months after his daughter Renée was delivered stillborn. Bournemouth’s......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: PLUS: MOST LET DOWN
Brazil: Corinthians club model and Miss Bumbum 2016 winner Erika Canela, attending a press launch with a plaster covering her new tattoo of Donald Trump’s face. Canela said she had the tattoo last month in a bid to “change his views on women and......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: LAUNCH OF THE WEEK
“Upton Gardens”, a new development on West Ham’s old ground, featuring 25% affordable housing – the minimum permitted, up from an initial offer of 0%, one-bed flats from £350,000, and a launch event in a casino. Developers: “We will ensure the spirit...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MOST LAID BACK
Chile: Santiago Morning coach Hernán Godoy, assessing the work of “bastard” match officials. “If you mashed all four officials together you still wouldn’t get one straight one. It’s bad robbery. And you press, you all say nothing, you never rock the......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MAN OF THE WEEK
Diego Maradona – meeting the press 24 hours after becoming a Fifa global goodwill ambassador. His key line - denying he hit a reporter who asked him a question: “I didn’t hit you. If I hit you, you wouldn’t have a nose left. One on one, I’d destroy you.”... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MOST GOT AT
Argentina U20 coach Gerardo Salorio, 57, suspended for trying to climb perimeter fencing to fight fans. “People call me old, a drunk, but I just climbed the fence to look for the haters. I say a thousand sorries, but I’m feeling like Jesus to be honest...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: FASTEST WORK
Fifa’s ethics committee: opening proceedings to determine former Guatemala FA head Brayan Jiménez’s fit and proper person status, seven months after he pleaded guilty in New York to fraud and racketeering. Jiménez said last year that he spent five......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: AND LOOKING AHEAD
Qatar 2022 head Hassan al-Thawadi – moving the news agenda on from slavestate headlines by billing the tournament a “celebration of humanity”. “The importance of people-to-people relations should not be underestimated and there is no more effective......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: OTHER NEWS: BRAVEST STAND
Uli Hoeness, Bayern president and paroled €27.2m tax evasion convict, accusing winger Douglas Costa of “desperate” greed for dropping hints about a transfer. “This is his attempt to get more money and it won’t work. He can try 10 more times. He’s no......
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: HULL CITY
18th RICK SKELTON @HullCityLive Are you going down? For the first time this season I can actually say no - I really don’t think we are. Reasons to be hopeful One main reason: Marco Silva. He’s galvanised the club, revitalised existing players such...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: CRYSTAL PALACE
19th CHRIS WATERS @clapham_grand Are you going down? It feels like we are in a tailspin and our record over the past 14 months gives no indication we will pull out of it. Yes, we have home games against Middlesbrough, Leicester and Hull to come, but...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: MIDDLESBROUGH
16th ROBERT NICHOLS @rob_fmttm Are you going down? I think we may just about survive this – but there’s a good chance it will go all the way to the final whistle of the final match. Reasons to be hopeful Our defence and organisation. On our day we...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: LEICESTER
17th CHRIS WHITING @ChrisRWhiting Are you going down? If we keep playing the way we are, without question. Not only will we go down, we’ll finish rock bottom. But surely the fairytale won’t end this way? Reasons to be hopeful We’re the champions of...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: SUNDERLAND
20th PETER SIXSMITH SalutSunderland.com Are you going down? We’ve had four escapes in a row but I don’t see a fifth one coming this year. Poor players, no discernible tactics and a rapidly disillusioned support suggest we are heading, finally, for a...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: BOURNEMOUTH
14th PETER BELL AFCBchimes.blogspot.co.uk Are you going down? Before the Manchester City game when we put up a reasonable fight I’d have been in the “oh, no, we’re in trouble” camp. But in that game the belief was back – it was the best the team have...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: SWANSEA
15th KEVIN ELPHICK VitalFootball.co.uk, @VitalSwansea Are you going down? If you’d have asked me that question about two months ago, I’d definitely have said yes - but with new manager Paul Clement’s arrival and an incredible four wins moving us four...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Nasri smiling as Sevilla’s latest reboot gathers pace
There’s something about Sevilla, Vitolo says. He is the latest in a long line of players they bought cheaply, €400,000 in his case, turned into an international, won trophies with and, in all probability, will sell for a huge profit. Atlético Madrid...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Agüero ready to step in for Jesus and counter Falcao’s devilry
As a result of Arsenal’s not entirely unexpected setback at the Allianz Arena in midweek, Manchester City are the Premier League’s best Champions League hope, as they are neither 5-1 down from the first leg nor in danger of relegation like Leicester....... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Do Scotland have the needle to puncture Jones’s England bubble?
Eddie Jones will soon have a bigger record collection than the late John Peel. If England beat Italy at Twickenham next Sunday, and it is all but a case of when, it would be their 10th consecutive Six Nations victory and would equal the longest winning...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: ‘Being on the bench is hard but now you still have a massive role to play,’ says Haskell
James Haskell is keen to start what he has finished. The England flanker spent the opening two rounds of the Six Nations Championship on the bench having missed the first half of the season with a toe injury. But he made such a significant impact after...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Beat the Scots and Wales can win title – Biggar
Dan Biggar dosed up on painkillers to ensure he could play against England last weekend but nothing could numb the agony he felt after victory was snatched from Wales in the final moments. Biggar, whose place had been under threat from his Ospreys...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Gatland warns Lions: beware the dirty tricks brigade
The last time Warren Gatland had a dig at New Zealand, one of their national newspapers put a cartoon of him dressed as a clown on the front page of their sport section. That was in November, when Gatland said he was “embarrassed” that the New Zealand...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Vintage Priestland lifts sloppy Bath out of haze
The morning mist gave way to afternoon sunshine, but two sides some way below full strength found themselves trapped in a haze. A game bristling with attacking intent too often lacked vision and clarity, raising the question of the value of league...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Gildart finds hope in dad’s glorious tale
“My dad always speaks about it, literally all the time,” says Oliver Gildart, laughing, as he prepares for the biggest game of his burgeoning career. For the 20-year-old, today’s World Club Challenge is uncharted territory given it is the first time in...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: TREBLE TOP
Mikaela Shiffrin won a record-equalling third consecutive world championship women’s slalom title with two blistering runs to secure a first gold medal for the United States at this year’s event. The 21 year old from Vail, Colorado, matched the...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Bristol suffer at the hands of rampant Tigers
Leicester Tigers thrashed the Premiership’s bottom club Bristol 50-17 to take their points haul from two successive home games to 84. Leicester, who beat Gloucester 34-9 last weekend, hit Bristol with eight tries in front of a crowd of 21,848. The......
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Wood out of Lions series
Mark Wood’s comeback date has been put back after he was withdrawn from England Lions’ squad for the one-day series against Sri Lanka A next month. The Durham paceman was a late addition to the squad after spending the winter rehabilitating from a......
19/02/2017: RUGBY UNION: Pakistan pair charged
The Pakistan Cricket Board has given Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif 14 days to respond to charges of violating its anti-corruption code in the Pakistan Super League. Sharjeel and Latif have given statements to the PCB’s anti-corruption unit amid......
19/02/2017: CRICKET: Once a year I am most influential man in cricket, says Mr Bargain
The Indian Premier League auction, cricket’s most capricious market place, gets under way at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru tomorrow and presiding over the bids, bargains and blow-outs will be the Briton known locally as “The Hammerman”. A career...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: CRICKET: Root makes all right noises about sidekick Stokes
The Joe Root inauguration week is finally over. His elevation to the England Test captaincy seemed to take longer than installing a prime minister and seldom has there been such unanimity at a time of change. Andrew Strauss, the director of England...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: CRICKET: BARGAIN HUNT
T20 is a batsman’s game but the biggest draws in this year’s auction overseen once more by Richard Madley (pictured) – those with the highest base price of 2 crore rupees (£240,000) – are, Eoin Morgan aside, bowlers and all-rounders. Angelo Mathews,...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RACING: Record run shows Muir ready to take on Farah’s middle-distance mantle
Moments after Laura Muir missed out on the 1,000m world record she tumbled to the track, closed her eyes and began swallowing huge gulps of oxygen. But the pain quickly subsided when she gazed at the scoreboard, which showed the results of her...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: RACING: Cue Card sets the stage for a Gold Cup thriller
The most durable of top-class jumpers, Cue Card came here for his first run since turning 11 and delivered the ninth Grade One success of his career, seven years after the first. For those of his followers who were distressed to see him comprehensively...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: Mayweather can cash in on MMA mismatch
For all the talk that has built up around the putative showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor being about the best pound-for-pound boxer of the past quarter of a century taking on the brightest star in the history of mixed martial arts,...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: COMING THIS WEEK
FOCUS ON McCOY It was just over two years ago, on 5 February 2015, that Tony McCoy revealed he was retiring from racing at the end of the season. The then 40-year-old, chasing his 20th successive jump jockeys championship, was already being followed...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FOOTBALL: EUROPA WEDNESDAY
What’s that? Like Super Sunday, but with more Krasnodar. Go on… There’s a rare piece of Europa League rescheduling this week: three second legs all brought forward a day from their standard Thursday slots. So at 5pm on Wednesday it’s Schalke v PAOK...... Pubdate: