Ricky Ponting & Shane Warne send message to cricket car crash victim

23-01-2019 Wiltshire wicketkeeper Billy Cookson receives a special video message from Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan after a horrific car crash in Australia that almost claimed his life.

Emiliano Sala, the humble forward who enriched everyone's lives

23-01-2019 Argentinian striker’s move to Cardiff was a natural progression as his goal-scoring record steadily improvedBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsOutside of Paris, goals can be rare in Ligue 1. But since joining Nantes, Emiliano Sala has scored more than most. He was outstanding in the first half of this season and attracted interest from abroad. Having travelled to Wales twice to agree a potentially career‑defining transfer with Cardiff, he returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his teammates on Monday night.“The last goodbye” was the caption Sala put on a social media post of himself surrounded by them at the club’s training ground before he was driven to the airport for his return to Wales and Premier League football by Nicolas Pallois, a Nantes defender and close friend. Sala was due in Cardiff by 9pm but never arrived after the plane in which he was travelling disappeared over the Channel. Continue reading...

Footballers who have scored goals with unlikely parts of the body | The Knowledge

23-01-2019 Plus: most foreign managers from a single nation, more subbed goalkeepers and dire champions. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the furthest distance a player has scored from without using their head or foot, disregarding deflections?” wonders Michael Hargreaves.The answer to this question depends on how you define ‘deflection’. “I’m sure there are longer-range examples from others, but maybe none so entertaining as Ben Williamson’s ‘butt goal’ for Cambridge against Notts County,” offers Miles Fenton. “It wasn’t intentional, but can’t be called a deflection either,” he adds, challenging anyone – anyone – to dispute his definition. Continue reading...

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

23-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

NBA: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry's worst five seconds of basketball

23-01-2019 Golden State superstar Stephen Curry shows he is human after all with five seconds of basketball to forget in the Warriors' 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Rio Ferdinand: ‘I used to drink 10 pints then move on to vodka’

23-01-2019 Since retiring, the former England footballer has campaigned against Brexit and knife crime, and made a moving documentary about the death of his wife. Now he has embarked on a health business – but is it credible?Rio Ferdinand has experienced terrible loss in recent years. In 2015, his wife and the mother of his three children, Rebecca Ellison, died of cancer aged 34. Then in 2017 his mother, Janice St Fort, died from cancer too, aged 58. Now, he says, he is doing anything he can to ensure he and his children are not prematurely bereaved again.So perhaps it is not surprising to find the former footballer promoting a DNA kit that claims to pinpoint the personalised exercise and nutrition needed for a longer life. Ferdinand is 40 now, and looks even stronger than he did when he was one of the best defenders in the world, an imposing, beautifully balanced ball-playing centre back who won 81 England caps and six Premier League titles with Manchester United. He is certainly bigger – 16kg (2st 7lb) heavier, a brick wall of a man, with arms like surfboards. Continue reading...

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

23-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Watch 'incredible recovery' as jockey Mikey Sweeney almost falls off and still wins

23-01-2019 Jockey Mikey Sweeney on Ask Heather almost falls off but makes an "incredible recovery" then goes on to win the race.

Fearless esports racers blur lines between games and the real thing | Andy Bull

23-01-2019 McLaren are investing in sim racing which, they think, could lead to an F1 champion in the next decadeLast Saturday afternoon a 23-year-old Italian called Enzo Bonito won a car race at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, and when he did it, motorsport shifted, just a little bit, towards a strange new future. Bonito was competing in the Race of Champions (RoC), racing head-to-head in a heat against Lucas di Grassi, a 34-year-old who won the Formula E championship just a couple of seasons back. And then, just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, Bonito did it again the next day. This time he beat the 2012 Indycar champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. The thing is, Bonito is a sim racer. He learned everything he knows from playing computer games.“It wasn’t much of a surprise for me at all, if I’m honest,” says Ben Payne, who is the director of esports at McLaren. “But I know it raises eyebrows for a lot of other people.” McLaren are investing a lot of time, effort and money in esports. Bonito is part of their team, along with Rudy van Buren, who won three races at last year’s RoC, in Riyadh. Van Buren was working as a kitchen salesman when he won McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition, which earned him a year-long job as their simulator driver. Later this year, Payne says, Van Buren will probably make the switch from being a virtual racing driver to a real racing driver. Continue reading...

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

23-01-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

The goalscoring streaks of the season: Rashford, Messi and ... Quagliarella

23-01-2019 Marcus Rashford has scored in his last four league games but no one in Europe can compete with Fabio QuagliarellaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen Marcus Rashford curled in Manchester United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, he stretched his scoring streak to four league games in a row. Prior to this run of goals, Rashford had only ever scored in two straight league games but now he has a chance to do something Harry Kane has never managed: score in five consecutive league games. Eleven players have done just that in Europe’s big leagues this season – with one even scoring in 10 straight games. Continue reading...

The Spin | Alastair Cook should follow tone set by CMJ in the commentary box

23-01-2019 Former England captain says he will refrain from personal criticism of players, but even a broadcaster as fair-minded as Christopher Martin-Jenkins could not always avoid controversyWhen Test Match Special announced that Alastair Cook would be lending his services to its non-ball-by-ball-coverage for two of the upcoming Caribbean Tests, the Spin thought immediately of another tall, reserved man whose gentle touch and warm voice anchored TMS for four decades.It seems unbelievable that it was just over six years ago (1 January 2013), that Christopher Martin-Jenkins slipped quietly away to his celestial Lord’s, at the age of 67, after suffering from cancer. His presence was always such a reassuring one that it wouldn’t be a surprise, even now, to switch on TMS and hear his sensible tones expressing some surprise at an outrageous choice of shot or an outre hairstyle. Something of the world at least would be back in its rightful place. Continue reading...

F2Tekkz: How winning the Fifa FUT Champions Cup changed his life

23-01-2019 Four months after enrolling at college, Donovan Hunt's life changed when he won a major Fifa eSports tournament.

Russia avoids further Wada sanctions despite missing data deadline

23-01-2019 • Russia missed deadline by more than a fortnight• ‘We will not be deterred from this mission,’ says ReedieRussia has avoided further sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency despite missing by more than a fortnight a 31 December deadline to provide doping data from its Moscow laboratory.However, Russia has been warned it faces being banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and prohibited from hosting international sporting events if there is any evidence that the lab data – which was retrieved last week – has been tampered with. Continue reading...

Nico Rosberg: Bringing F1 thinking to Davos

23-01-2019 Former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg wants to bring electric transport to the masses.

Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey charged by FA over alleged Nazi salute

23-01-2019 • Wales goalkeeper could be banned for at least five matches• Hennessey has denied he was making Nazi saluteThe Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by allegedly making a Nazi salute, the Football Association has announced.Hennessey, 31, denies making the gesture in a picture posted on Instagram by his German teammate Max Meyer as the players celebrated their FA Cup win against Grimsby earlier this month. Continue reading...

Usain Bolt gives up on football dream, saying his 'sports life is over'

23-01-2019 Bolt trialled with Australian side Central Coast Mariners32-year-old says he ‘really enjoyed just being in a team’Usain Bolt has given up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, saying “the sports life is over” for him.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist was unable to agree a contract with Australian side Central Coast Mariners late last year after a trial. Continue reading...