21-02-2019 Stricker ‘overwhelming choice’ as USA Ryder Cup captain, says Tiger Woods

• 51-year-old handed honour in home state of Wisconsin• Woods says Stricker was ‘deserving’ of honourTiger Woods has delivered a ringing endorsement of Steve Stricker’s appointment as the USA’s Ryder Cup captain. In the least surprising development of this golfing year, Stricker was confirmed in position by the PGA of America on Wednesday. He will seek to reclaim the cup from Europe at Whistling Straits next September. Related: García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray Continue reading...

21-02-2019 The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone's managerial career

Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against JuventusBy Greg Lea for These Football TimesIt is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When he replaced Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, the club appeared to be consigned to mid-table in La Liga. They had won the Europa League 18 months before he arrived at the club under Quique Sánchez Flores, but a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009 were the height of the club’s domestic achievements in the previous decade. The season before Simeone took over, Atlético finished behind Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in seventh place, 38 points behind champions Barcelona and just 15 above the relegation zone.That Atlético smashed the seemingly impregnable duopoly Barcelona and Real Madrid had established in La Liga to lift the title in 2014 – just three years into Simeone’s reign – is nothing short of sensational. He had already secured the club’s 10th Copa del Rey and another Europa League and Super Cup in his first two campaigns, as well as reaching the 2014 Champions League final, but his triumph in La Liga was undoubtedly the pinnacle. It is impossible to fluke your way to a league championship. Continue reading...

21-02-2019 Joe Marler has no regrets over England absence despite pull of Wales tussle

• Prop has had no call from Eddie Jones despite Vunipola injury• Marler happy out of England fray but Wales is ‘incredible’ gameJoe Marler has admitted he would love to be playing for England against Wales on Saturday but insists he has no regrets over his international retirement despite Mako Vunipola’s injury-enforced absence.England head to Cardiff light on experience at loosehead prop after Vunipola was ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, leaving Eddie Jones to choose between Ben Moon and Ellis Genge, who have five Test starts between them. Marler revealed Jones has not been in contact about coming out of retirement and, while he did not completely close the door on doing so in the future, he said adding to his 59 England caps was “highly unlikely”. He did concede that England versus Wales was his favourite fixture to play in because of the hostility of the Welsh supporters. Continue reading...

21-02-2019 Snooker Shoot Out: Reanne Evans and Emma Parker ready for 'massive opportunity'

Reanne Evans and Emma Parker are preparing to be the first women to compete on television in the final stages of a world ranking event in the UK.

21-02-2019 Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

21-02-2019 Claire Williams denies team in crisis but admits to testing embarrassment

• Williams finally get car on to track, two days late• Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari look very strongThe Williams deputy principal, Claire Williams, has said her team’s failure to run a car in Formula One testing for the opening two and half days was an embarrassment unparalleled in their 40-year history.Williams finally put their car on track here on Wednesday afternoon with the British rookie George Russell at the wheel but he completed only 23 laps. Claire Williams denied the team were in crisis, despite increased speculation that the fault lay with the technical director, Paddy Lowe. Continue reading...

21-02-2019 Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury rematch: WBC 'confident' the fight will take place

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder "owe it to the fans" to make a rematch happen, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says.

21-02-2019 '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.

21-02-2019 Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.

21-02-2019 Pep Guardiola: 'Still we are not ready to fight for the Champions League' – video

A late Raheem Sterling strike was the difference as Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 away at Schalke. The home side were awarded two penalties in the first half after Sergio Agüero opened the scoring. City went down to 10-men after Nicolás Otamendi was shown a second yellow, the first awarded after a controversial VAR decision Continue reading...

21-02-2019 Blame it on the bogey: player banned for 'clearing contents of nose' at opponent

Nico Lee incident occurred in game against Connacht‘It is difficult to imagine how an act of this sort could be worse’Toyota Cheetahs centre Nico Lee has received a 13-week ban after he “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opposition player’s face.Lee was cited following the incident, which happened during South Africa-based Cheetahs’ Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht in Galway last Saturday. Continue reading...