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

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.

21-01-2019

'Rashford is playing the best football in his career,' says Solskjær after United win – video

Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance for Manchester United with a wonderful goal as his side won 2-1 at home to Brighton. Speaking after the match Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he believes the forward is currently the best striker in the Premier League with Harry Kane out injured Continue reading...

21-01-2019

José Mourinho must bin blame game and learn from his failings at United | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s former manager fails to show any hint of humility or to acknowledge he made mistakes at Old TraffordThe people who used to work with Sven-Göran Eriksson tell a story about the former England manager, going back to the European Championship in 2004, when he did something that was totally out of character. He almost lost his temper.England had just been knocked out by Portugal. Inside the dressing room was a scene of desolation and the Football Association’s staff saw something in his face that day they had never seen before: fury. A bad refereeing decision had denied Sol Campbell a late winner and Eriksson wanted to know where the official was. He was puce with anger. He left the dressing room to rap on the referee’s door and, when it swung open, there were a few interminable moments when nobody could quite be sure how far he was willing to take it. At which point Sven, once again, reverted to being Sven. “Mr referee,” he said, holding out his hand. “I wanted to say thank you for a good game.” Continue reading...

21-01-2019

The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Rashford at Ronaldo level after 150 Manchester United games, says Solskjær

• Manchester United manager heaps praise on 21-year-old• ‘He is a proper Manc. You can’t kick him and keep him down’Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Marcus Rashford is on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were when they had played 150 times for Manchester United.Rashford marked his landmark appearance with arguably the finest goal of his career in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, a strike deriving from impressive close control and a curled finish from a tight angle. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

• Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

David Squires on ... the Socceroos' progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyardsTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 to set up LA Rams meeting

The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime to reach the Super Bowl where they will face the LA Rams.

21-01-2019

John Scales: ‘I punched a hole in the wall when I had to leave Liverpool’

The former England defender talks of how Alan Sugar and a smoke alarm changed a career that took him from Wimbledon to Anfield to SpursThe Fox and Grapes sits just off Wimbledon Common. Tucked down a side street, it is now a posh gastropub with pints for £5.75 and well-groomed dogs adorning the floor. It has not always been this way. John Scales sits in a quiet corner in the back, describing the eve of the 1988 FA Cup final and how the Wimbledon team arrived to let off steam the night before facing Liverpool. Related: Steve Ogrizovic: ‘I enjoyed the police. I was good at clearing bars and clubs’ Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Leinster cruise past tame Wasps and train their sights on Ulster

• Wasps 19-37 Leinster• Home team end European campaign without a victoryAlmost three years ago to the day Leinster came here and were duly sent home, tails between their legs, having shipped more than 50 points. If ever there was a demonstration of how the tables have turned since then it was this routine bonus-point victory in which they were rarely required to find top gear.Wasps were better in the second half but here ends a European campaign in which they have failed to record a single victory. Back in 2016 they were one of five Premiership quarter-finalists and one of three to reach the last four. Wasps’s subsequent struggles neatly sum up those of the English sides as a whole, with the obvious exception of Saracens. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

• 10-year-old suffers second defeat since comeback• ‘We’ll get the vets and the physios to check,’ says RussellOne For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Masters Snooker 2019: Ding denied 147 despite thrilling attempt

China's Ding Junhui agonisingly misses out on a maximum 147 break during his Masters semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

21-01-2019

Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in

The New England Patriots quarterback stepped up with his team’s season on the line and time running out on Sunday. Then he did it again in overtimeDid you feel the inevitability? Tom Brady in overtime, needing to put together a drive to win the game and send the New England Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl. And, of course, he delivered, because Brady always delivers. He marched his team down the field with the confidence and presence of the greatest to ever play quarterback. Related: Tom Brady brilliant in the clutch as Patriots beat Chiefs to set up Rams Super Bowl Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Irish clubs have strength in depth but Saracens can reach European final | Robert Kitson

European quarter-finals coincide with Brexit date but clubs are expected to fulfil their fixtures without any fussReaching the last eight of Europe may yet prove the easy bit for those involved in this season’s quarter-finals. With the United Kingdom currently due to leave the European Union on that same March weekend, there is potential for travel disruption although tournament organisers say that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they have been assured that free movement of fans or players will not be immediately affected.With at least half of the quarter-finals in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup set to involve cross-border flights either to or from Europe, however, officials from European Professional Club Rugby are keeping a close watch on Brexit developments. EPCR’s chairman, Simon Halliday, says he hopes no one will be left “sitting on the tarmac” and remains optimistic neither competition will be undermined. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Kurtis Patterson moves into position to make Australia Test debut

NSW batsman scores back-to-back centuriesAustralia play Sri Lanka in two-match seriesKurtis Patterson’s twin tour-game centuries against Sri Lanka have earned him a shot at a national debut with a late call-up to Australia’s Test squad. The 25-year-old made scores of 157 and 102 for a Cricket Australia XI and the pink ball in Hobart last week, making him a possible solution to the national team’s batting woes for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting at the Gabba on Thursday.Patterson upstaged Australia’s first Test squad members Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski who all failed to push their case in the tour match which ended in a draw on Saturday. The New South Welshman’s back-to-back tons against the tourists continued his recent run of form which included a century in Sydney Premier Cricket a week prior to the Hobart clash and an unbeaten 107 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield before Christmas. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Wimbledon chairman criticises 'nonsense' tournament scheduling

Philip Brook is worried by scheduling that will see two important tournaments clashPhilip Brook, who retires in December after nearly 10 years as Wimbledon chairman, has made a rare foray into tennis politics, describing as, “nonsense” scheduling that will pit the Davis Cup against the new ATP world team competition.The competitions have already divided loyalties, with most of the leading players abandoning the 119-year-old Davis Cup – relaunched by the ITF in a fortnight-long team format in November in Madrid - in favour of more money, as well as ranking points, in the ATP’s World Team Cup, which will be held in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney ahead of the 2020 Australian Open. Continue reading...

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