World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

16-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

16-01-2019 The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career – and it is still going – having managed 16 teams in eight different countries but, he says on a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, there are not many things he would have done differently over the past 42 years.Not a single one? “Well …” the current Philippines coach says when we meet at a swish hotel next to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Maybe one then … and that would be that last World Cup.” Continue reading...

David Wagner can hold head high after end of Huddersfield love affair | Barry Glendenning

16-01-2019 The German will not struggle to find another job given the miracles he produced at the John Smith’s StadiumWhen football clubs and their managers part by “mutual consent” the consent is invariably a lot more mutual on the part of one side than the other. Social media being as it is, it came as little or no surprise when the reaction of many Huddersfield Town fans and neutrals to Monday’s announcement by the club’s Twitter account that David Wagner and the club had severed ties in just such a fashion was one of mouth-foaming outrage based on the incorrect assumption the German had been fired.For those who actually took the time to read the accompanying statement, it was soon clear the agreement on this parting of the ways seemed genuinely reciprocal. The conversation that ultimately led to his departure was initiated by Wagner, who offered to stand down at the end of the season citing his need for a break “from the rigours of football management”. It was eventually decided between the hierarchy and manager that it would be best for the club if he left immediately. Now they find themselves marooned at the bottom of the Premier League without the man who masterminded their unlikely passage to the top tier. One of top-flight football’s few genuinely warm and gloopy romances has come to an amicable but ultimately sad end. Continue reading...

Masters 2019: Barry Hawkins proves too strong for Shaun Murphy at Masters - best shots

16-01-2019 Barry Hawkins beats former world champion Shaun Murphy 6-2 to reach the quarter-final of the Masters.

Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

16-01-2019 Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

Dan Evans: 'I was in a bad place. I didn't watch any of the matches'

16-01-2019 The world No 189 loses to Roger Federer in three tight setsPlayer spoke of despair a year ago after nine-month drugs banA year after he found himself “in a pretty bad place” and contemplating retirement from tennis at 27, Dan Evans can smile again, bathed in accolades for three sets against Roger Federer that lit up day three of the 2019 Australian Open – and gave the loser much-needed heart.It took Federer two-and-a-half hours to beat the world No 189 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 on the show court of the Australian Open, a space where he has celebrated victory in the first major of the year seven times. Continue reading...

Can Scotland translate Champions Cup progress into a Six Nations surge? | Robert Kitson

16-01-2019 Glasgow and Edinburgh can both reach the European quarter-finals, which should give national side grounds for optimismThere can be no question about the best rugby story of 2019 so far. For Scotland to have the chance of both its professional teams reaching Europe’s last eight going into the final round of Champions Cup pool matches is as unprecedented as it is great news for a tournament which thrives on diversity. Sure, the leading Irish, French and English candidates are still in the mix but a double-whammy of Edinburgh and Glasgow really would be a collector’s item.It is not always an easy life as a pro rugby player in Scotland. There are bigger bucks available elsewhere and, until this season, their major teams have reached the European quarter-finals just twice and once respectively in 22 years of trying. When Gregor Townsend names his Six Nations squad this week it will be from a position of collective psychological strength unparalleled since Jim Telfer’s heyday. Continue reading...

Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

16-01-2019 The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

Manchester City refuse to give Uefa any comment on FFP allegations

16-01-2019 • Club argues claims are based on ‘hacked or stolen’ emails• Uefa wrote to City inviting comment before ChristmasManchester City have refused to give Uefa any comment on allegations that they breached financial fair play regulations and misled the governing body because the club argues the claims were based on “hacked or stolen” emails.The Uefa committee responsible for FFP wrote to City before Christmas inviting comment on allegations reported in the German magazine Der Spiegel that the club’s declarations in 2013-15 were “a web of lies”. Continue reading...

NFL kicking woes, Ellyse Perry's brilliance and Leo Messi's perfect pass | Classic YouTube

16-01-2019 Also featuring Australian Open memories, Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally and the joy of drones in sport1) Cody Parkey was left feeling like the loneliest man in the world after watching his last-gasp potentially game-winning field goal bounce off the upright and crossbar in the Chicago Bears’ playoff defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles (keep an eye on the mascot in the background, too). Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by Parkey’s supposed misfortune. He has a knack when it comes to finding the woodwork. Here he is clattering the goal-frame four times from four kicks in a match last November. And here are those doinks immortalised in Tecmo Super Bowl. Parkey still has some way to go before he matches this single rugby union penalty, though. It boinged off the crossbar and post a full four times! Over to you Cody.2) The Australian Open kicks off on Monday and, as always, Roger Federer is among the favourites. Here’s his emotional journey to winning a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne last year, when Caroline Wozniacki finally won her first. Her ding-dong battle with Simona Halep was one of the matches of the year. There have been countless classic matches down the years but here are some of the best: Chris Evert Lloyd v Martina Navratilova in 1982, Boris Becker v Omar Camporese in 1991, Jennifer Capriati v Martina Hingis in 2002, Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Marat Safin v Roger Federer in 2005. And will Bernard Tomic have the chutzpah to try this bizarre underarm serve against an opponent at Melbourne Park? We hope so. Continue reading...

Australian Open: Katie Boulter's run ended by Aryna Sabalenka

16-01-2019 Katie Boulter's run in the Australian Open comes to an end in the second round with defeat by 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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

16-01-2019 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.

'I didn't see it': Nick Kyrgios bats off questions over Bernard Tomic claims – video

16-01-2019 Nick Kyrgios faces the media after Bernard Tomic's allegations that there is a rift in Tennis Australia between Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios, Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios is dismissive, saying he hasn't heard the interview that Tomic gave and says he would play Davis Cup if askedTomic launches attack on Hewitt: ‘No one likes him’ Continue reading...