20-02-2019 Jordan Henderson steps up to show the value of meat and potatoes | Barney Ronay

The Liverpool captain is often maligned but he outshone more expensive dishes such as Thiago and James in his side’s hard-fought 0-0 draw with Bayern MunichThey came to Anfield expecting fire and light and red-shirted vengeance. They came scenting one of those hair-raising nights when the air seems to throb with wild, skirling possibilities. They may, on reflection, have slightly misread the situation.In the buildup to this Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich Jürgen Klopp had promised “passion football”, presumably a sub-genre of the usual heavy metal style: speed-metal football, Lancashire pomp-rock. Continue reading...

20-02-2019 Talking Horses: Gordon Elliott on his big-name Cheltenham contenders

The trainer has plenty of horses heading to Cheltenham for what could be a memorable festival for his stablesThe top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last two years, Gordon Elliott spoke at length on Tuesday about his prospects for next month:Apple’s Jade, 9-4 Champion Hurdle Continue reading...

20-02-2019 Matti Nykänen, the Flying Finn who fell so far, so fast | Andy Bull

The ski-jumper, who won five Olympic medals, had an otherworldly talent but not the sense, or support, he needed to cope with the fame it won himMatti Nykänen used to fly so far, so fast that it felt as if he would never come down. When the Finn broke the world ski jump record for the fifth, and final, time at Planica in 1985 he was moving so quickly that the cameraman struggled to track him through the air.Watching the footage you wonder if he might disappear into the yonder off the far side of the screen. In those days, the mid-1980s, Nykänen was the best ski jumper in the world and almost unbeatable. The records were the least of it. He won five world titles, five Olympic medals, including three golds in one Games, and four World Cups. Continue reading...

20-02-2019 Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua

• UK fighter says outspoken American is ‘jealous’ of him• ‘He’s slow, he’s not a puncher ... I can’t really respect that’So much of the early buildup to Anthony Joshua’s forthcoming defence of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles has centred on those the British champion will not be fighting on 1 June at Madison Square Garden instead of on Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller. That is more than fine with Joshua, who understands that fans would rather be served a long-awaited summit meeting with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury than Miller, an unfancied former kickboxer who has been installed as a 5-1 underdog in the contest.“My view on the whole situation is they’ll appreciate you when you’re done,” Joshua said on Tuesday at the Garden. “So right now I’m just going with where the best opportunities are and I’m making the right decisions for the long term. I’ll beat up Jarrell Miller, and what that then does help me do is say to Wilder: ‘Look, if you don’t want want to come to the UK, you’ve seen what we’ve done in the US, so let’s work on having it here on both of our terms.’” Continue reading...

20-02-2019 '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.

20-02-2019 Delray Beach Open: Dan Evans and Juan Martin del Potro through in Florida

British number three Dan Evans is through to the last 16 of the Delray Beach Open in Florida after beating defending champion Frances Tiafoe.

20-02-2019 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...

20-02-2019 Jürgen Klopp ready for dangerous threat of Bayern Munich – video

Liverpool host five-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Speaking before the game, Jürgen Klopp discussed the 'outstanding' atmosphere he's anticipating at Anfield. Bayern travel to Merseyside with five key players missing, however Liverpool aren't without their own issues, with Virgil van Dijk suspended Continue reading...

20-02-2019 Anthony Crolla: Terms agreed for Vasyl Lomachenko fight

Great Britain's Anthony Crolla will face Vasyl Lomachenko in a WBA world title fight in Los Angeles in April.

20-02-2019 Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager says winning is 'only solution'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says winning matches is the "only solution" and describes criticism of his system as a "false problem".

20-02-2019 Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...