22/01/2017: FRONT PAGE: Rooney: United record is huge honour
Wayne Rooney, a teenager when he arrived at Manchester United more than a decade ago, beamed with delight yesterday after plundering a stoppage-time equaliser to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. A free-kick against Stoke City brought his...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FRONT PAGE: Klopp slams defensive ‘big mistake’ in title blow
Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool felt “really bad” after their Premier League title aspirations were damaged by a shock 3-2 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Swansea City. Liverpool missed the chance to close the gap on Chelsea to four points as they...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Son strikes to seal Tottenham fightback
By the end, Tottenham Hotspur might even have been reflecting on their first run of seven straight top-division wins in half a century. They rode their luck at times and Manchester City are entitled to be aggrieved bearing in mind the chaotic events...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Spurs in disbelief after Lloris helps City regain their faith in misfiring attack
Claudio Bravo was the goalkeeper under pressure going into this match; Hugo Lloris was the one who ended up going to pieces. While Manchester City’s last line of defence did not exactly redeem his reputation, Tottenham’s goalkeeping was the greater...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: OUT OF PEP
After starting with 10 straight wins in all competitions City faltered while Spurs’ run, seven straight wins before yesterday, is their best for 50 years... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Gerrard: defeat has damaged title chances
Steven Gerrard, newly returned to Anfield as a youth team coach, acknowledged that Liverpool’s title hopes had suffered a sizable setback after the 3-2 home defeat by Swansea. “It’s going to be very difficult now and they have left themselves with a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: NUMBERS GAME
17 Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield has ended after 17 matches (W11 D6). 15 Swansea won a league game at Liverpool for the first time in their history – they had previously failed to win on 15 visits. 3 Swansea scored with all......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Ferguson’s high-stakes gamble claims place among greatest
It is one of the slightly lost details of Wayne Rooney’s unveiling as a Manchester United player, but at the time Sir Alex Ferguson felt the need to defend blowing United’s entire transfer budget for the following year on a teenager. “The fact is he is......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: SATURDAY SUNDAE
MAN OF THE DAY Wayne Rooney – roundly written off all season, and still breaking records. GOALS OF THE DAY Roberto Firmino’s chest control, spin and half-volley for Liverpool; and Forest’s Ben Osborn with the day’s fanciest free-kick: flicking up...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: FACE IN THE CROWD
Spotted among the United fans at the Bet365 Stadium: Marcos Rojo... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Contentious Coleman goal puts Palace in drop zone
Just when Sam Allardyce thought his luck was about to change, Seamus Coleman’s winner six minutes from time ensured the former England manager is still waiting for his first Premier League victory in charge of Crystal Palace. Having seen his three-man...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Phillips lights up Albion to leave Sunderland facing dark days
With the absolute minimum of fuss, West Bromwich despatched Sunderland to further their claim to be the best of the rest in the Premier League and leave David Moyes a step closer to relegation. The Sunderland manager was in the unusual position of...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Afobe steals in to give resilient Bournemouth a late point
Walter Mazzarri felt Watford threw away two points as they twice blew the lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth. Goals from Joshua King and the substitute Benik Afobe cancelled out headers from Christian Kabasele and Troy Deeney to stretch Watford’s winless...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Africa Cup site ‘hacked’
A group of hackers in Russia claimed to have shut down the website of the Africa Cup of Nations to protest against it being held in Gabon, where the president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, retained power in disputed and violent elections last year. Associated...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Balotelli questions if racism is ‘legal in France’
A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans if racism was “legal in France” after the Nice striker accused Bastia fans of abusing him during his team’s 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday. The Italian posted a message on his Instagram page yesterday, saying:......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Ramos atones for Real
Sergio Ramos made amends for his untimely own goal at Sevilla last week by scoring twice as Real Madrid bounced back from two successive defeats to beat Málaga 2-1 and go four points clear at the top of La Liga – at least until today’s games. The Real......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Osborn shows why Forest fans are angry
If Fawaz Al Hasawi continues to repeat his mistakes and sanction the sale of Ben Osborn to Newcastle before the closing of the transfer window, the anti-Kuwaiti-owner protests staged in an attempt to drive him out of the City Ground will look like a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Carroll cracks whip to leave Boro cowering
Andy Carroll not only scored twice but made a compelling case for an England recall as West Ham United’s winter revival continued amid growing Teesside gloom. As hard as Adama Traoré tried – and, on the bleakest of January afternoons, Aitor Karanka’s...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Ritchie returns rampant Newcastle to top
Newcastle moved back to the top of the Championship with an emphatic 4-0 rout of the bottom club, Rotherham. After Brighton beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night, Rafa Benítez’s men responded in style against their plucky visitors. Daryl Murphy’s...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: NEXT IN AT FOREST?
Forest caretaker Gary Brazil is favourite to land the job full-time and has been told to make new signings – but owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has options, including former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Ranieri’s men hit the road with season on the line
For a team that have developed an aversion to playing away this season, Leicester City’s next batch of fixtures should ring a few alarm bells. The champions are on the road in five out of six games in a season-defining period that includes three......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: SAID & DONE
QUOTE OF THE WEEK Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin – assessing what makes the rebranded Fifa 2.0 better. “I can see their objective of World Cup expansion is to make money. That’s one thing you can see clearly now: the new Fifa is more focused on...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Progress at a price for capital grounds
It isn’t always easy remembering what Stamford Bridge used to be like before the money arrived. Suffice to say, though, it was nothing like the shiny, photogenic ground Chelsea call home now. Stamford Bridge had soul. But it was hard-faced, too, and a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: Van Basten out of bounds with offside plan
Is anybody else getting the impression that Marco van Basten is worth keeping an eye on now he has popped up in a Fifa blazer with a piece of paper in the top pocket letting us know that, if he gets his way, football might never be the same again? Van...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: ‘Every decision I take, I put the club first' f Conte restores harmony after Costa Chaos
Friday afternoon in Cobham’s crammed media suite and, not for the first time of late, Antonio Conte was beginning to tire of all things Diego Costa. The Chelsea manager had already made clear the striker has fully recovered from the lower back pain...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL: The unlikely lads: how non-league players are finding a way to the top ‘I
got made redundant by Bentley on the Tuesday, which was crazy because I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said Arsenal’s new signing Cohen Bramall earlier this month. “My agent Lee Payne rings me on the Wednesday saying you’ve got a trial at...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: TENNIS: A week to remember: how daredevil Evans matured in Melbourne
Whatever else happens to the extraordinary career and interesting life of Dan Evans, it has already been a ride of which Evel Knievel would be envious. He is the daredevil of his calling, a calculated risk-taker who has flirted with disaster on...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: TENNIS: ‘Konta belongs at the top - she has everything to be there’
Johanna Konta may not negotiate her way through a very tough field to win this Australian Open, but her new coach, the highly credentialed Wim Fissette, is convinced the best player women’s tennis in Britain has had in a long while will eventually win...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: TENNIS: Nadal’s hard work pays dividends in Zverev marathon
An epic contest spanning four hours and five gruelling sets is not the most obvious pick-me-up heading into the second week of a major, but Rafael Nadal believes he can draw renewed self-belief from his 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexander...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: TENNIS: HOW DID THEY DO?
Two key fourth-round matches – Andy Murray v Mischa Zverev and Dan Evans v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – were due to take place early this morning. Read Kevin Mitchell’s reports at theguardian.com/sport... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: CRICKET: Roy hails serious performances despite defeats
It seems fair to say Eden Gardens probably is not the place England would have chosen to nurse their bruises at the end of a rather brutal losing ODI series. Kolkata’s colosseum is the second largest cricket stadium in the world after the MCG, but it...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: CRICKET: MONTY PANESAR
‘I just want to play for England again. I will keep going until … I don’t know … Until I can’t do any more. I will keep fighting’... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Robson believes Wasps can earn their stripes in Zebre’s jungle
Dan Robson’s quick thinking in the final minute against Toulouse last Saturday kept Wasps on course to make the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup, although the reward could be a trip to the three-times winners Leinster, who are unbeaten at...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Jones eyes an advantage with Dr Calder’s focus
Eddie Jones believes the crackdown on high tackling will stimulate attacking rugby, one reason why he has hired the vision specialist Dr Sherylle Calder through to the 2019 World Cup. Calder, who worked with England’s 2003 World Cup-winners, will be...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Wales want Principality roof shut for Six Nations
Wales have asked Six Nations organisers to classify the Principality Stadium as a closed-roof ground, meaning all matches in the tournament would be played under cover regardless of the weather. The roof may be closed currently only if both teams...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Ashton bites hand that will feed him
Saracens will enjoy home advantage in the quarter-finals after eventually subduing Toulon in a juddering clash of super-heavyweights that resonated to the thud of smash hits. Chris Ashton scored the game’s only try 20 minutes from time and it looked...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Seymour and glorious Glasgow thump sorry Tigers
Should we bury Leicester or praise Glasgow? Reasons for astonishment came thick and fast in an extraordinary evening’s rugby. First, let’s be positive. Glasgow are into the quarter-finals of Europe for the first time and what an addition they will be....... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: RUGBY UNION: Fofana out of Six Nations
Wesley Fofana has been ruled out of the Six Nations after rupturing his achilles tendon in the 48-26 home win for Clermont over Exeter. Fofana, who has 44 caps and 14 tries for France, sustained the injury late in the first half. Clermont said that the......
22/01/2017: GOLF: Surprised Hatton eyes his just deserts after dismay in Dubai
Tyrrell Hatton has desert redemption on his mind. In the Englishman’s last start, at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, a 72nd-hole stumble allowed Matthew Fitzpatrick to claim the trophy. With one round to play here at the Abu Dhabi HSBC...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: GOLF: Bristol De Mai a cracker for Jacob
All eyes were on Alary, a dark horse for the Gold Cup, as the field set off for the Peter Marsh Chase here but it was a striking grey who led the field home and established his own case for jumping’s most prestigious race. Bristol De Mai, a 66-1 chance...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: GOLF: Vonn back on top after long injury absence
Lindsey Vonn won the women’s downhill at Garmish-Partenkirchen in her second race since returning after an 11-month injury layoff. The four-times World Cup champion and 2010 Olympic downhill gold medallist was fastest at every intermediate stage on the......
22/01/2017: GOLF: Lucky break for Ogier
The defending world champion, Sébastien Ogier, moved into the lead at the season-opening Monte Carlo rally after Thierry Neuville sustained a puncture on the day’s last stage and went out. The Belgian Neuville was in the overall lead when his Hyundai......
22/01/2017: GOLF: No action over Murray
Munster have been cleared of any wrongdoing over their handling of the head knock sustained by Conor Murray in their Champions Cup victory over Glasgow at Scotstoun last Saturday. European Professional Club Rugby’s investigation found that “Murray did......
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL RESULT: Panesar: I just want to play for England again
It was the Northamptonshire coach, David Ripley, who came up with the idea that Monty Panesar should spend this winter in Australia. If it seemed a risky move to send a man with well-documented mental health problems, kept in check by a robust support...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL RESULT: THE AGENDA
The eyes of the world remain on the USA today with the championship games of the NFL and places in the Super Bowl at stake. The Green Bay Packers travel to Georgia to face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC match (Sky Sports 1, 8.05pm), before the New...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL RESULT: LOOK OUT FOR …
More magic of the FA Cup? Scottish FA Cup, yes. Today’s big TV game isn’t Arsenal or Chelsea – it’s part-time Albion Rovers v Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic: a fourth-round romance, live on Sky at 3pm. Albion Rovers? That’s two teams, right? They used to...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FOOTBALL RESULT: THE FULL MONTY
2001 Makes first-class debut for Northants against Leicestershire. 2006 England Test debut against India in Nagpur aged 23. First wicket: Sachin Tendulkar, lbw for 16. 2009 Despite a vital innings in a last-wicket partnership with Jimmy Anderson that......