Canelo Álvarez to fight Danny Jacobs in middleweight unification bout

Mexican is three-division champ after win over Rocky FieldingFight will take place on 4 May at venue to be decidedCanelo Álvarez will return to the ring – and the middleweight division – on 4 May to fight Danny Jacobs. The Mexican will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a match-up of two of the sport’s top performers. No venue has been announced for the bout on the eve of Cinco de Mayo.Álvarez (50-1-2, 35 knockouts) became a three-division world champion by stopping Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December. He now goes back to middleweight, where he owns a draw and a victory over Gennady Golovkin that lifted him to the top of a loaded division. Continue reading...

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Jose Mourinho: Ex-Manchester United manager 'too young to retire'

Jose Mourinho says he is "too young" to retire, in his first interview since being sacked by Manchester United.

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Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as 'one of the best players in the world' – video

Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal who beat him in the third round at Wimbledon last year.Nadal, who defeated Matt Ebden in straight sets, said he was well aware of de Minaur's prodigous talent with the 19-year-old, who has a Spanish mother, splitting his time between Spain and Australia.'He's a great young player, playing with big confidence after winning matches,' Nadal said. 'It will be tough one and I need to be ready for it.'Australian Open 2019: Nadal, Sharapova and Kerber through – as it happened Continue reading...

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Manchester United need to use head not heart over future of Solskjær | Eni Aluko

The interim manager has made a superb start but United should turn to Zinedine Zidane to build a dynastyI’ve been intrigued to see the reaction to Manchester United’s win against Spurs at the weekend, with lots of supporters and pundits already making a case for why Ole Gunnar Solskjær should be given the job full-time. Prior to the Spurs game, many said “Manchester United haven’t played anyone yet” but the Norwegian quickly showed how far his side have come in defeating a title-challenging Tottenham team. Related: José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football Continue reading...

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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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Masters 2019: Ding Junhui beats Luca Brecel 6-5 - best shots

Ding Junhui beats Luca Brecel in a thrilling match to set up a Masters semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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The Fiver | Pontificating about the Corinthian spirit of fair play

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!One of the few benefits of being related to this tea-timely email’s book-writing, cricket-playing, pyramid-inverting, tactics-obsessed Wearside cousin Mackem Lobanovskyi 4-2-3-1 False Nine Wilson Fiver, is that we’ve been looped in on the whole Marcelo Bielsa phenomenon since before it became fashionable on Wednesday. While Proper Journalists were taking time out from trying to procure and publish sneak previews of England team-sheets to pontificate about the Corinthian spirit of fair play, our cousin took time out of boring us with his batting average and bowling figures to regale us with stories about the man they call El Loco. Continue reading...

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Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, Australian Open and Masters snooker, plus much more.

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Jonny Bairstow retains wicketkeeper ambition after falling shy of century

• England 379-10 v West Indies President’s XI• Bairstow makes 98 and Rory Burns chips in with 68Jonny Bairstow fell two runs short of a second century in his new No 3 position but the Yorkshireman’s desire to reclaim England’s wicketkeeping gloves remains undimmed.On a day when Mark Wood was called up as the replacement for Olly Stone, who leaves on Friday following the diagnosis of a lower back stress injury, it was Bairstow who crackled. His 98 from 112 balls helped the tourists to 379 all out against the West Indies President’s XI – their final innings before next week’s first Test. Continue reading...

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José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football

• ‘People don’t know what is going on behind the scenes’• Portuguese says his next job will be in ‘top-level football’José Mourinho has used his first major interview since Manchester United sacked him to suggest that his former club does not have the structure in place to cope with the demands of modern football, with player power now heavily influencing the game. Related: Manchester United need to use head not heart over future of Solskjær | Eni Aluko Continue reading...

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