19-01-2019 Mohamed Salah double helps Liverpool to rollercoaster win over Crystal Palace

The good news for Manchester City is that Liverpool suddenly look quite vulnerable. They conceded three goals here and ended up with 10 men after James Milner had, almost inevitably, picked up a second yellow card for another foul on Wilfried Zaha. The bad news is that they are still winning, even in adverse circumstances, and have reopened a seven-point gap. The home side’s 10 men managed what turned out to be the decisive goal when Sadio Mané cut in from the left to score in stoppage time, and despite Max Meyer grabbing a last gasp-third for the visitors, Liverpool clung on for three important points. Related: Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford strike as Manchester United beat Brighton Continue reading...

19-01-2019 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...

19-01-2019 David Squires on ... the Socceroos' progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyardsTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Shane Lowry wins first European Tour title since 2015 at Abu Dhabi

• Irishman gets the better of Richard Sterne by one shot• Joose Luiten finishes three shots back in third placeShane Lowry has fixed his sights firmly on the Ryder Cup after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for a first European Tour title since 2015. The Irishman produced a magnificent fightback to overturn Richard Sterne’s four-shot lead in the final seven holes and win with a birdie on the 18th.Lowry suffered a miserable time on the USPGA Tour last year, finishing 138th on the money list and without any top-10 finishes.But the 31-year-old is determined to win a place on Pádraig Harrington’s Europe team at the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 'I belong at the top': José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video

A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place finish was one of his ‘best achievements in football’. At 55, he said he was too young to retire from club managementJosé Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep beats Venus Williams - best shots

Watch the best shots from world number one Simona Halep's 6-2 6-3 third-round win over Venus Williams at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

19-01-2019 Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

• Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on benchMauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to replace the injured Harry Kane and the absent Son Heung-min. The Tottenham manager stressed that Fernando Llorente was also in his thoughts for the lead striker role, even though the Spaniard has started only one Premier League game in his 18 months at the club. Related: Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic 'won't play Davis Cup again' – video

Lleyton Hewitt has responded to Bernard Tomic's astonishing broadside, accusing Tomic of threatening him and his family for more than 12 months and saying Tomic will never play Davis Cup tennis while he is involvedLleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Trevor Bayliss hopes for England Ashes and World Cup double before he quits

• Head coach confident team are prepared well to win both• On West Indies series: ‘It’s not easy playing away from home’Trevor Bayliss is confident he has readied England’s cricketers for the pressures of their World Cup and Ashes year, as the head coach enters the final stretch of his tenure in the relative calm of the Caribbean.The three-match Test series against West Indies that gets under way at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday sees Joe Root’s side begin favourites, a status expected to be bestowed on them come the summer’s dual campaigns at home. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 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...

19-01-2019 'I have fought all my life': Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in FebruarySinger Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest against racial injustice.Knight, who is from Atlanta, where the game will be played, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice”, and to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 James Ward-Prowse hits stunning goal to steer Southampton past Everton

James Ward-Prowse’s thumping drive sparked Southampton’s 2-1 win over Everton. The England midfielder’s second goal in as many league matches set up consecutive top-flight victories for manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl. Lucas Digne put through his own net for Saints’ second as they shook off their midweek FA Cup loss to Championship side Derby. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s neat finish set up a fraught finale but Saints held on for a thoroughly deserved victory.Hasenhüttl sat Ward-Prowse down before the turn of the year and told him to “toughen up” to maximise his talents. The fruits of that heart-to-heart and Hasenhüttl’s high standards are clear: two Ward-Prowse goals and two league wins – following the 2-1 victory at Leicester last weekend and now this hard-fought triumph over the Toffees. Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford strike as Manchester United beat Brighton

Marcus Rashford graced his 150th Manchester United appearance with a strike he – and those inside Old Trafford – will always remember. Goal No 41 of his career came just before the interval and ensured a seventh win from Ole Gunnar Solskjær opening seven matches in charge.The Norwegian believes Rashford may currently be the Premier League’s finest No 9. “He’s playing the best football of his career,” Solskjær said. “Harry Kane is injured so maybe that gives him the chance to be the best at the moment.” Continue reading...

19-01-2019 Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to advance - best shots

Watch the best shots as Novak Djokovic advances to the last 16 of the Australian Open with a 3-1 victory against Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

19-01-2019 'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent Continue reading...

19-01-2019 'The boys are ready to fight,' says Jürgen Klopp after 4-3 win against Crystal Palace – video

The Liverpool manager said the main emotion after after a less than convincing display against Crystal Palace was relief. The Reds managed a 4-3 victory over Roy Hodgson's side, despite going down to 10-men after James Milner was dismissed. Liverpool remain top of the table Continue reading...

19-01-2019 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.

19-01-2019 Jamaica's racetrack warriors of Caymanas Park – in pictures

While spending time in Jamaica in the 1980s and 1990s, reportage photographer Wayne Tippetts developed a fascination with the Caymanas Park horse racing track in Portmore, the last remaining track on the island. In recent years he has revisited the track gaining behind-the-scenes access and we take a look at selection of these images Continue reading...