'I'm always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea, says Sarri after humiliation at Man City – video

Maurizio Sarri feels he is 'always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea after watching them succumb to their heaviest defeat in almost 28 years.The pressure intensified on the Italian after Sergio Agüero's 11th Premier League hat-trick, Raheem Sterling's double and Ilkay Gundogan's goal wrapped up an incredible 6-0 win for Manchester City. Sarri made an encouraging start to his tenure. Chelsea were unbeaten after their first 12 top-flight matches under him but the Blues have faded out of title contention and face a battle to finish in the top four. Agüero hits hat-trick in Chelsea’s humiliation by Manchester City Continue reading...

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Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of facing England in Six Nations after setback

• Full-back Halfpenny will miss Scarlets’ Pro14 match• Wales confirm he will not be considered for selectionThe full-back Leigh Halfpenny will not be considered by Wales for their crucial Six Nations match against England in Cardiff next weekend after his planned comeback for the Scarlets at Treviso on Saturday, three months after he suffered concussion, was aborted.Halfpenny returned to full training last week and was released to the Scarlets by Wales on Wednesday in the hope that he would play in Treviso. However, the following day the medical teams of both the region and Wales agreed that his return should be delayed. Continue reading...

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Henrik Kristoffersen wins giant slalom gold at 2019 World Championships

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen wins the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2019 World Championships, clinching the top spot by just 0.20 seconds.

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'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.

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Qatar Open: Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina to reach final

Simona Halep is through to the final of the Qatar Open where she will play Elise Mertens.

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FA Cup: Newport hoping to pull off biggest FA Cup shock of all time

Newport County manager Mike Flynn tells Football Focus reporter Mark Clemmit that his side hope to pull off the "biggest FA Cup shock" of all time when they take on Man City.

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The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Can Day's twins be Newport's lucky charm against Manchester City?

Joe Day's newborn twins and son Harrison will be at Newport County's FA Cup game against Manchester City on Saturday.

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and his staff

• Manager compensated following his sacking in December• Portuguese’s next move will be to host show on Russian TVManchester United made a payoff of almost £20m to José Mourinho and his staff, the club’s half-yearly accounts have revealed.Mourinho was sacked in December after 17 league games in his third season, with a contract due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign. Figures released on Thursday list a sum of £19.6m as “an exceptional item relating to compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office”. Continue reading...

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Solskjær’s stumble, a Wembley rumble and Banks of England – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Lars Sivertsen discuss Solskjær’s stumble, Wembley’s rumble, a momentous first Champions League VAR, Declan Rice’s defection to England and the passings of two football legendsJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last couple of days of football, starting with PSG inflicting the first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure as Manchester United boss, as they take a 2-0 scoreline back to the Parc des Princes in three weeks time. Continue reading...

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Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute. Continue reading...

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