Andy Murray pulls out of Marseille tournament as he weighs up hip surgery

Murray’s team deny he has already decided to have operationMarseille statement said Scot would ‘undergo further surgery’Fevered speculation about Andy Murray’s retirement plans refuses to die down just days after his early exit from the Australian Open, and his team on Friday were forced to deny that he has already committed to having surgery on his hip.The former world No1 probably will have an operation to resurface the hip bone, using a metal implant, but organisers of the Marseille tournament from which he has withdrawn made the false assumption in an announcement that he had already decided to do so. Continue reading...

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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.

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MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia

Australia 230 (48.4 overs); India 234-3 (49.2 overs)Tourists add 2-1 victory to Test series successMS Dhoni consigned Australia to yet another ODI series defeat, delivering a spectacular knock to lead India to a dramatic seven-wicket victory at the MCG. Set 231 to win Friday’s decider, India chased their target with four balls to spare to claim a 2-1 series victory and cap off a summer of unprecedented triumph.Veteran Dhoni again steered India to victory, scoring an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls – his third 50 from as many games – to repeat his match-winning heroics in Adelaide. Continue reading...

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Sports quiz of the week: Murray, Marcelo Bielsa and Manny Pacquiao

Who ran for 83 hours? Who exerted herself? Who left London?Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is retiring at the end of the season. Which of these statements about Cech is false?He was born a triplet He took up drumming after playing Rock Band on the PlayStation with Carlo Cudicini He played in France before his move to England in 2004 He has more Premier League titles than any other keeperThe Dakar Rally – in which trucks, motorcycles and quad bikes race off-road for 3,000 miles – drew to a close this week in the city where it had begun 11 days before. Where?DakarPortoLimaZoetermeerWho said: "I’m a supporter of Leeds and hopefully next season they can be in the Premier League. It would be good for the Premier League"?Frank Lampard Stuart Pearce David Cameron Pep Guardiola Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win a gruelling 268-mile race along the Pennine Way this week, breaking the course record by 12 hours. What made her achievement at the Spine Race even more remarkable?She is only 16 years old She expressed breast milk for her baby along the wayShe was doing her job (as a vet) the day before She ran a marathon the day after the race – and won that too Complete the sequence: Slavisa Jokanovic, Mark Hughes, José Mourinho …Claudio Ranieri Neil Warnock David WagnerAntonio Conte It has been played in Italy 21 times, China four times, the US twice, Qatar twice and Libya once. Where was it played this week?BelgiumSaudi ArabiaEnglandChileWho said: "I don’t agree with athletes having to physically exert themselves in the wee hours of the morning"?Serena Williams Johanna KontaEddie JonesRonnie O'SullivanThere are a lot of Dembélés in the world of sport. The Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembélé left Tottenham to play in China this week. Moussa Dembélé, the French striker, is now playing for Lyon. In which sport did another Moussa Dembélé represent Senegal at the Olympics in 2012?Football Basketball110m hurdles FencingManny Pacquiao fights Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Which of these statements about Pacquiao is false?Pacquiao is now in his 40s He has won world titles in eight weight divisions This is his 70th professional fight He is currently the president of the PhilippinesIt looks as if Andy Murray has played his last game at the Australian Open, a competition he has never won. How many times did he lose to Novak Djokovic in the final?OneTwoThreeFour1 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend2 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend3 and above.Ah well. Have a great weekend4 and above.That's a decent score. Have a great weekend5 and above.Respectable score. Have a great weekend6 and above.An impressive score. Have a great weekend7 and above.A very impressive score. Have a great weekend8 and above.A very, very impressive score. Have a great weekend9 and above.You are a sporting genius. Have a great weekend0 and above.Oh dear. Have a great weekend10 and above.You are a genius. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

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The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children's children

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down injured. For a while the crowd held their breath. They were, it seemed, about to witness the substitution of a substitute’s substitute. This was something they could tell their children about, and their children’s children. Continue reading...

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Wasim Khan: Can Pakistan be the number one cricket nation?

Wasim Khan, who will become managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board in February, speaks to BBC Sport's Joe Wilson about his aspirations.

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José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football

• ‘People don’t know what is going on behind the scenes’• Portuguese says his next job will be in ‘top-level football’José Mourinho has used his first major interview since Manchester United sacked him to suggest that his former club does not have the structure in place to cope with the demands of modern football, with player power now heavily influencing the game. Related: Manchester United need to use head not heart over future of Solskjær | Eni Aluko Continue reading...

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Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

The Queenslander’s run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic’s spatAshleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of story Australian tennis badly needs right now.While various stars of the men’s game here, faded and flickering, former and current, embarrass themselves on an almost daily basis by bickering in public over private rows, the 22-year-old Queenslander with the open smile and rock-solid game has been quietly working her way to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Continue reading...

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Gonzalo Higuaín to arrive in London for formalities of Chelsea loan move

• Striker will join initially for six months from Juventus• Maurizio Sarri also hopes to sign a midfielder this monthGonzalo Higuaín is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities of his move to Chelsea from Juventus, initially on a six-month loan, with Maurizio Sarri still keen for the striker to be joined by a midfielder at Stamford Bridge.Higuaín, who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Milan, has said his goodbyes to his Rossoneri teammates having pushed to be reunited with Sarri, under whose stewardship he scored 36 goals for Napoli in Serie A two seasons ago. Continue reading...

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Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Eddie Jones says Jack Nowell can become a forward for England

• Coach believes back will be ‘the new breed of player’• ‘There is no reason why you can’t play nine forwards’Eddie Jones has made the remarkable claim he may break from convention and select nine forwards in his England side. Jack Nowell is also now seen as an option at openside flanker for the Six Nations as Jones considers ripping up the traditional playbook, predicting the emergence of a “new breed of player” equally adept as a forward and a back. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...

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Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’

The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his father’s death‘Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...

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Masters Snooker 2019: Ding Junhui forfeits frame against Luca Brecel

Ding Junhui makes three fouls in succession to forfeit a frame in his Masters quarter-final win against Luca Brecel.

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Jose Mourinho: Ex-Manchester United manager 'too young to retire'

Jose Mourinho says he is "too young" to retire, in his first interview since being sacked by Manchester United.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Who will Pochettino turn to up front? Will Lindelöf banish bad memories of Brighton? And should Sarri start Giroud? If Mauricio Pochettino could have picked one Premier League team to start playing against without his top scorer and his most in-form attacker, then he would surely have plumped for Fulham. Claudio Ranieri’s defensively chaotic side are the perfect opponents in a far-from-ideal scenario for Tottenham, who must learn to cope without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. It will still be interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino tries to overcome those losses. Perhaps he will ask Dele Alli or Lucas Moura to play as a shifty striker or maybe he’ll deploy Fernando Llorente, a more conventional centre-forward who netted a hat-trick in the recent annihilation of Tranmere Rovers? Or the manager might even push his faith in youth to an unprecedented extreme by giving a start to the highly promising 16-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott, who has yet to appear for the senior team? Whatever the manager opts for, Spurs can be confident of victory given that Fulham have been so hapless this season that they even managed to concede two goals last week despite restricting Burnley to no shots on target. PD Continue reading...

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Time running out for Claude Puel’s quest to galvanise Leicester

The club may sit eighth in the Premier League but the football has largely been stodgy and their manager’s attempts to forge a new possession-based identity are not bearing fruitAnother week, another audience with Leicester City’s manager, and another question about his future. “It’s a common thread, all press conferences, I cannot manage these rumours,” Claude Puel replied, smiling. “It’s often we have a lot of bets about my future. But I’m sorry for lots of people who made this bet because they lost a lot of money.”Puel remains the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job, which may come as a surprise to those whose knowledge of Leicester begins and ends with their position in the table: eighth. The assumption that tends to follow is that any disgruntled Leicester supporters have ideas above their station, fuelled by that 5,000-1 triumph three years ago, and now expect to challenge for the title every season. Continue reading...

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Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Mark Selby to reach semi-finals

Judd Trump knocks world number one Mark Selby out of the Masters to reach the semi-finals with a 6-2 victory.

18-01-2019

Maria Sharapova ends Caroline Wozniacki's Australian Open defence

Sharapova beats defending champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-3Russian will face Australian Ashleigh Barty in fourth roundCaroline Wozniacki’s reign as Australian Open champion ended with a three-set defeat by Maria Sharapova in the third round.The battle of two of the biggest names in the game did not disappoint but in the end Sharapova’s fierce hitting won the day as she surged to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory on Rod Laver Arena. Continue reading...

18-01-2019

West Ham tested by second bid for unhappy Marko Arnautovic

• Guangzhou Evergrande bid £35.2m for player, who aims to leave• Manuel Pellegrini drops striker for Bournemouth tripWest Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic has been tested by a €40m (£35.2m) offer from Guangzhou Evergrande.The Premier League club are furious with Arnautovic over behaviour that has led to the striker being dropped for the game at Bournemouth and apologising to his teammates, but are likely to hold out for a third bid from the Chinese Super League side, who had previously offered €35m. Continue reading...

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