West Indies coach Richard Pybus turns a deaf ear to agitators

• Englishman’s appointment has caused infighting in Caribbean• Pybus concentrates on Wednesday’s first Test against EnglandWest Indies’ interim head coach, Richard Pybus, claims to have a near Zen-like focus leading into Wednesday’s first Test despite his recent appointment causing the latest round of political infighting in the Caribbean.After three years as director of cricket the Englishman returned as a high performance director last year before now stepping into a nine-month tenure as head coach following Stuart Law’s switch to Middlesex and an interim spell for the team under Nic Pothas. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Jorge Molina and his remarkable road to the brink of Europe with Getafe | Sid Lowe

Right now, it’s not unrealistic to suggest Getafe’s well-travelled striker could contribute if he got the call to represent SpainJorge Molina set out in an old Seat 850, sitting proudly behind the wheel of a car that hadn’t come off the production line for 30 years and shuddered as it made its way down the road, so the journey was bound to take a while. It’s a long way from Alcoyano to Europe and the verge of the national team, after all, but he’s nearly there now. Looking up from the bottom of tercera division, the place where it all began around the turn of the century, 466 teams stand between you and the very top; looking up from the place where he and his team are this morning, almost 20 years on, long after he should have left, just five do. As for Molina himself, no one stands before him any more. That, at least, was the verdict of the Getafe fans this weekend.A qualified teacher with a degree in PE, coaching badges and his sporting director’s licence, the man teammates say seems shy but does a great impression of the boss, supporters reckon Jorge Molina is qualified to play for Spain too. Which perhaps they would, but that doesn’t make them wrong. As he departed on Friday night with Getafe on course for a 4-0 win over Alavés, first he was handed a standing ovation and then he was serenaded, a song starting, “Jorge, selección!” running around the Coliseum and welcomed by everyone except maybe the man himself. Asked about it afterwards, he blushed a little, smiled awkwardly, almost laughed and looked away, as if embarrassed. “Nah,” he said. “It’s nice, and I’m happy, but that’s all. Let’s be realistic: I’m of an age now …” Continue reading...

21-01-2019

'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

'It’s time to say goodbye': Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

Injuries have taken toll on 34-year-old American skierVonn had been planning on retiring at the end of the yearLindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her knees, Vonn said immediate retirement “is a possibility.”The 34-year-old quickly clarified her comments by adding: “But I’m emotional right now. I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.” She was more decisive when interviewed by Swiss TV, saying “now it’s time to listen to my body and it’s time to say goodbye.” Continue reading...

21-01-2019

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...

21-01-2019

Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

Watch: Angry Zverev smashes racquet after defeat

Alexander Zverev destroyed a racquet in a spectacular meltdown in the second set during his fourth-round match against Canada's Milos Raonic.

21-01-2019

Ashley Cole: Derby County sign veteran ex-England defender

Derby County sign former England, Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole on a deal until the end of the season.

21-01-2019

Seething Sarri, Liverpool win again and a slide-tackling fan – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Ed Aarons discuss Chelsea, Liverpool’s win over Palace, Claude Puel’s future at Leicester, Spurs’ dramatic win and the Charlton fan who slide-tackled his own playerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start by discussing Saturday’s London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri questioning his team’s motivation following their 2-0 defeat. We then move on to Liverpool’s wild win over Crystal Palace, before turning our attentions to the potentially differing futures of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Claude Puel. Continue reading...

21-01-2019

'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.

21-01-2019

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.

21-01-2019

Netball: England beat Australia 52-49 but miss out on Quad Series

Watch the closing stages as England beat Australia 52-49 in a repeat of their Commonwealth Games final victory, but fall short of the five-goal margin needed to win the Quad Series.

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