McLaren: James Key to start next month after move from Toro Rosso

James Key will take up his new role as McLaren technical director on 25 March after the team reached a deal with his former employer Toro Rosso.

'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Shaun Murphy: 'The worst run of my professional life hurts'

Former world champion Shaun Murphy says he is experiencing the worst run of his professional career.

Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City, given the player’s tragic death in the fallen private plane in the Channel on 21 January.Mark McKay, Willie’s son, had a mandate from Nantes to sell Sala to a UK club for 10% of the eventual £15m fee, and Willie McKay told the Guardian that he worked feverishly to interest Cardiff, persuade Sala to sign and cement the deal. His work included arranging two private flights for Cardiff’s manager, Neil Warnock, to watch Sala play for Nantes. Continue reading...

Pulwama attack: BCCI calls on ICC to act following Kashmir incident

India's cricket board calls on the ICC to "sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates" amid fallout from a suicide attack in Kashmir.

Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

• We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

Klopp has ‘no doubt’ Solskjær will be given permanent Manchester United job

• Liverpool manager backs Norwegian before Old Trafford clash• Klopp confirms Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez out with injuryJürgen Klopp has said there is no doubt Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be Manchester United manager next season having restored “all the things Sir Alex Ferguson stood for” at Old Trafford.Solskjær remains on loan at United from Norwegian side Molde but such has been his impact as caretaker manager – 11 victories in 13 matches plus revitalising the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial – that Klopp believes his appointment as José Mourinho’s permanent replacement is inevitable. Continue reading...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

FA People's Cup: Renaissance FC - a 'new beginning' for refugees united over football

Renaissance FC - a five-a-side team - tell their story of football bringing refugees together to give them an opportunity to feel at home in England.

Man Utd v Liverpool: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scores FA Cup winner at Old Trafford in 1999

Watch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score the winning goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round match in 1999.

The NFL's Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can challenge the best wrestler in any weight class if they want to take his place.“Fairest thing in the world,” he smugly tells them. As soon as one kid raises his hand to make that challenge, the coach quickly dismisses the team, pulls him aside, and says: “You’re out of your mind!” Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss sends 'best wishes' to fan injured in Schalke

Manager Pep Guardiola sends his "best wishes" to the Man City fan critically injured after Schalke game.

EFL warns Coventry City they risk expulsion over home venue uncertainty

• Coventry given deadline of 5 March to provide an update• Club say they ‘want to do a deal’ to stay at Ricoh ArenaOne hundred years after joining the Football League, Coventry City have been warned they may face expulsion from it if they do not confirm where they plan to host matches next season.The club’s tenancy at the Ricoh Arena runs out this summer and no end is in sight to their long-running dispute over rent and other issues with the stadium’s owners, the Premiership rugby club Wasps, and Coventry city council, the freeholder. The EFL says the uncertainty cannot be tolerated much longer. Continue reading...

Australia dominance continues despite scare against New Zealand in women’s ODI

NZ 236-9; Australia 241 | Australia win by five runsAustralia take 1-0 series leadA whole match could be summed up by Sophie Devine’s groan as she hit the ball. Ellyse Perry’s first of the day. Short, wide. Devine slapped it in the air straight to point, and even as it left her bat she knew she’d made a mess of it.And with that first wicket of their run chase, it already felt like New Zealand would again be unable to defy history and unable to make the most of a chance they’d created. Continue reading...

What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

Plus: sent off after scoring a hat-trick, outscoring your age in a season and putting a corner flag to different use. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Continue reading...

Women's Super League round-up: Chelsea stars Fran Kirby & Beth England hit hat-tricks

Watch the best action from Wednesday's Women's Super League, including hat-tricks for Chelsea pair Fran Kirby and Beth England in the Blues' 6-0 win over Bristol City Women.

Manchester City fan in medically induced coma after alleged assault

• City supporter had been attending game against Schalke• It was really tough news, says Pep GuardiolaThe Manchester City fan seriously injured during the win at Schalke is in a medically induced coma and Pep Guardiola, the team’s manager, has sent the 32-year-old his best wishes for a successful recovery.The supporter was at the Champions League game on Wednesday with his mother, father and sister when he suffered “massive trauma to his skull and brain” in an alleged assault just before the end of the last-16 opening leg. Police said there had been a violent confrontation on the walkway in front of the away fans’ stand and involving Schalke and City fans. Continue reading...