Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

• We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

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Chess: England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

China, Russia and United States are the favourites for next month’s showdown in KazakhstanEngland have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected to fight it out for the gold medals. Last year, England finished fifth, the squad’s best performance since 1998, at the 184-nation Batumi Olympiad which was a qualifier for the world teams. Related: Magnus Carlsen pays for poor start as Daniil Dubov wins World Rapid Chess Continue reading...

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Wales will not afford England a free ride to potential grand slam | Robert Kitson

After a dominant start to the competition England can expect to face a major examination against Warren Gatland’s teamThe toll booths were removed from the Severn Bridge two months ago but granting a free ride to English rugby teams in Cardiff will never catch on. It explains why the Six Nations retains its passion and lustre, in defiance of societal changes and Britain’s shifting political sands. The desire to make England pay for the perceived crime of being English is always strongest on days like this, regardless of the championship table. Related: Eddie Jones finds a back-row trio who are singing from same song sheet | Andy Bull Continue reading...

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Solskjær wants to build team 'worthy of Manchester United's history' – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be hoping his unbeaten start in the Premier League continues if his side can see off Liverpool on Sunday. Speaking prior to the game the Norwegian said that he wants to create a side 'worthy of Manchester United's history'. Continue reading...

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Six Nations: Wales v England - watch some of the greatest moments from past matches

As Wales take on England in the Six Nations, watch some of the greatest moments, including Gavin Henson's tackle on Matthew Tait and James Haskell hitting the post.

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Manchester City’s Demi Stokes eyes glory in familiar Continental Cup final

Left-back is confident her side can exact revenge on Arsenal in repeat of last year’s League Cup showpieceDemi Stokes sounds slightly surprised. “I didn’t actually know they’d won it that many times,” says the Manchester City and England left-back. “But you can’t think about the past – it won’t matter on Saturday.”Stokes is talking about the Continental League Cup final at Bramall Lane where City, twice winners of the eight-year-old competition, face Arsenal, who have lifted the trophy five times. Continue reading...

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Super League Triathlon: World Champion Vicky Holland - 'It is brutal'

World Triathlon Series Champion Vicky Holland discusses the Super League Triathlon format with BBC's Louise Minchin ahead of Saturday's eliminator races in Singapore.

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Gareth Anscombe selection highlights Wales’s adapted Warrenball strategy

Warren Gatland’s fly-half decision suggests Wales will vary their attack plan in the Six Nations duel with EnglandA constant of Welsh rugby through the years has been a raging debate about who should play at fly-half. Even Cliff Morgan, Barry John and Phil Bennett had their detractors, but lost in the verbal jousting between Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones this week was the former’s decision to play Gareth Anscombe at 10 against England ahead of the more experienced and battle-hardened Dan Biggar. Related: Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years Continue reading...

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Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years

Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as the likes of Jonny May and George North have emerged as key attacking forces once againInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to days long gone, when matches that were clotted with set-pieces and punch-ups were invariably interrupted by moments of brilliance that endure in the memory.Richards kick-started the golden era for Wales when they won the triple crown 50 years ago, but left for rugby league six months later. Others at that time went on to become world renowned while Richards was breaking records at Salford, but the game has seen few more accomplished wings: he had everything and more. Continue reading...

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Waratahs accused of playing like Harlem Globetrotters after scare in Japan

NSW edge past Sunwolves 31-30 in TokyoCaptain Michael Hooper unhappy with outingCaptain Michael Hooper has accused his NSW Waratahs of trying to play like the Harlem Globetrotters after scraping to an unimpressive 31-30 Super Rugby win over the Sunwolves. A record-breaking double from Israel Folau helped the Waratahs survive an enormous fright in Tokyo on Saturday, with the fast-finishing hosts coming painfully close to pulling off an upset.The Sunwolves were only denied victory when five-eighth Hayden Parker skewed a late dropped-goal attempt. Under pressure from Karmichael Hunt, Parker could not land his attempt from straight in front of the posts, ending a game in which the Kiwi’s accurate goalkicking kept the Sunwolves in touch. Continue reading...

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Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...

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Weakened Scotland bidding to expose self-belief of unpredictable France

Despite missing a cluster of key players Scotland believe they can win in Paris for the first time since 1999Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a second-string side. Of the team’s key quartet, only the captain, Greig Laidlaw, is in the squad, Finn Russell having joined Stuart Hogg and Willem Nel on the injury list this week.Factor in other absentees such as Huw Jones,, Ryan Wilson and Hamish Watson, and it may seem that this game is France’s to lose. But that also appeared to be the case at half-time in their last home game, before they went on to surrender a 16-0 lead to Wales. Given such an ignominious collapse was followed by a heavy defeat at Twickenham, it is evident self-belief is in short supply in the French ranks, as Jacques Brunel implied when asked if, by naming his team two days early, he were not giving the Scots an advantage. “After seeing our performance against England, Scotland must be pretty confident anyway,” the head coach said. Continue reading...

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