Transfer roundup: Valencia want Javier Hernández and Fulham sign Ryan Babel

• Striker keen to join Spanish club from West Ham• Crystal Palace set to sign goalkeeper Lucas PerriJavier Hernández is wanted by Valencia and is keen to join the Spanish club but West Ham will not allow him to leave unless they can bring in another striker.Valencia want a loan deal for Hernández, whereas West Ham would prefer a sale – if they do business at all. They are facing the possibility of losing another forward, Marko Arnautovic, to an unnamed Chinese club, and regard Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson as his ideal replacement. Continue reading...

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Victory over France can propel Wales to Six Nations glory, says Gatland

• Gatland believes opening match in Paris will be ‘our toughest’• ‘The whole thing about the Six Nations is momentum‘Warren Gatland won his first Six Nations in charge of Wales in 2008 and believes he will have an excellent chance of repeating the feat in his final year with the men in red if they win in Paris on the opening night of the tournament next month.France lost at home to Fiji in their final match of last year’s autumn series but Gatland predicts they will provide Wales’s toughest match of the tournament. The closest the 2018 grand-slam winners Ireland came to defeat was at the Stade de France when Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal with the countdown clock at zero pinched victory. Continue reading...

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Six Nations 2019: Scotland include uncapped hookers Kerr, Cherry & Stewart, plus centre Dean

Scotland include three uncapped hookers and Edinburgh centre Chris Dean in a 39-man squad for the forthcoming Six Nations.

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'Thank you Andy Murray': Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was his final match.After the match a video was shown in the stadium with tributes from players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon Continue reading...

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Masters 2019: Neil Robertson knocks out world champion Mark Williams - best shots

Neil Robertson battles back from 3-1 down to beat world champion Mark Williams 6-3 in the first round of the Masters.

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Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Darragh Lenihan levels for Blackburn with 'thumping' header against Newcastle United

Darragh Lenihan scores on the stroke of half-time as Blackburn come from two goals down to level with Newcastle United in their FA Cup third-round replay at Ewood Park.

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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold out for up to month with knee injury

• Right-back hurt at Brighton but played full 90 minutes• Milner or Fabinho could fill in with Clyne out on loanLiverpool have suffered another defensive injury setback with Trent Alexander-Arnold facing up to a month on the sidelines with a knee problem.The 20-year-old sustained the injury during the warm-up at Brighton on Saturday. He was able to play the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 win but tests have revealed a minor ligament issue that is likely to rule out the right-back for around four weeks. Continue reading...

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Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins on return and says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, says the surgeon who saved his career can do the same for Andy Murray, who is seriously considering having the operation. Related: Wimbledon without surgery is ‘option B’ but Murray has a plan to ponder | Kevin Mitchell Continue reading...

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

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

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Katie Boulter loses but earns praise of Aryna Sabalenka at Australian Open

• Briton beaten 6-3, 6-4 in second round by No 11 seed• Boulter’s ‘really big hitting’ also impresses Annabel CroftKatie Boulter was lauded for a brave losing debut in the Australian Open, but it was equally obvious that players such as the powerful young Belarusian who beat her in straight sets, Aryna Sabalenka, will make life difficult for everyone on the Tour in the next decade or so. Related: Nadal, Dimitrov and Sharapova: Australian Open day three – live! Continue reading...

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Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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NFL: Tom Brady is so childish! - Osi Umenyiora not impressed by New England Patriots

NFL This Week's Osi Umenyiora calls New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady "childish" after his claims that people didn't believe they could make the AFC Championship game.

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Ashleigh Barty loses coach but wins latest Australian Open encounter

Barty beats China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in MelbourneWin comes with ill coach Craig Tyzzer in quarantinePlaying with freedom and no fear, Ashleigh Barty has powered into the Australian Open third round without even a coach. Barty clubbed China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday before revealing she had been largely flying solo during her charge to the last 32 for only the second time.With trusty mentor Craig Tyzzer quarantining himself from Melbourne Park with a virus, Barty has been leaning on Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik for support while carrying the hopes of the nation. Continue reading...

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