Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather after dominating Broner

‘If Mayweather wants to challenge me, I’m a champion’Filipino defends WBA regular welterweight championshipPacquiao beats Broner by unanimous decision – as it happenedManny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he still has plenty of fight in a dominant win over Adrien Broner – and called out Floyd Mayweather in his post-fight press conference.With Mayweather watching from ringside in Las Vegas, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes. Continue reading...

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Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines – in pictures

After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this year’s Dakar RallyClick here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear Continue reading...

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Rachel Dunn guides England to victory but Australia claim Quad Series

• England 52-49 Australia• Tracey Neville got tactics spot on to repel Australia challengeThere was no maiden Quad Series crown for England but, in the context of what is to come this year, another successful chapter in their captivating rivalry with Australia may be much more significant.Needing to win by five to claim the Quad Series title after a dominant victory over the Silver Ferns and defeat by South Africa on Saturday, England always had the odds stacked against them. In the end their 52-49 victory proved last year’s shock Commonwealth Games triumph was no fluke. One from two objectives to start this monumental year left an overriding sense of satisfaction. Continue reading...

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'Rashford is playing the best football in his career,' says Solskjær after United win – video

Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance for Manchester United with a wonderful goal as his side won 2-1 at home to Brighton. Speaking after the match Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he believes the forward is currently the best striker in the Premier League with Harry Kane out injured Continue reading...

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Liverpool favoured by fortune but fly to Dubai with defensive dilemma | Andy Hunter

Jürgen Klopp’s team showed again against Crystal Palace how adept they are at eking out victory but James Milner’s late red card exacerbates a defensive problemMention the title to Jürgen Klopp and he tends to go into meltdown but there are days and there are games when a 29-year-old dream sharpens into focus. Liverpool endured and enjoyed one of those days against Crystal Palace when their manager’s fist-pumping celebrations resurfaced long after he left the Anfield pitch to reinforce the point he is understandably averse to say. The countdown is under way.Liverpool did not perform like title favourites against Roy Hodgson’s dangerous side, who scored as many goals as 10 previous visiting teams to Anfield combined this season yet departed ruing their lack of points, fortune and goalkeeping options. The nature of Liverpool’s 19th victory in 23 league outings, a truly outstanding return, will not have been lost on Pep Guardiola, however. The single-minded pursuit of three more invaluable points, the breaks and the composure shown at 0-1 and 2-2 were not lost on Klopp either. Continue reading...

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Chelsea players are 'extremely difficult to motivate', says Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri launched a scathing attack on his players after they laboured to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League.An irate Sarri, who opted to speak Italian in his press conference to properly execute his message, accused his squad of being ‘extremely difficult to motivate’.First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny allowed the Gunners to move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who have failed to find their rhythm in 2019.Sarri insists the mentality of his players must improve, hinting at personnel changes before the January transfer window is over.Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League - as it happened! Continue reading...

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Jimmy Anderson warns of West Indies’ big incentive to beat England

• ‘You can see it in the players’ eyes,’ says Anderson• England must be ‘on top form’ on Caribbean tourJimmy Anderson acted as England’s speaker in Barbados over the weekend and, on the subject of how much West Indian desire there is to beat the tourists in their upcoming Test series, apparently the eyes have it.As the sole survivor from the last successful excursion to these parts, when an unused squad player during the 3-0 win in 2004 under Michael Vaughan, Anderson was asked why subsequent visits have returned just one Test victory from nine matches. Continue reading...

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Barcelona 3-1 Leganés: La Liga – as it happened

Lionel Messi was required to jump off the bench to inspire Barcelona to victory over the La Liga minnows 10.44pm GMT BARCELONA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a 3-1 win over a dogged Leganes side on Sunday, creating one goal and scoring another to keep the Catalans five points clear at the top of La Liga. Messi, left out of the starting line-up for only the second time this season when fit, was called on with 64 minutes on the clock and the game poised at 1-1 after Leganes forward Martin Braithwaite had cancelled out Ousmane Dembele’s first-half opener with a 57th-minute strike. The Argentine quickly provided the spark Barca needed by firing a venomous shot from the outside the area which was too powerful for goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar to hold, and Luis Suarez pounced to stab home on the rebound in the 71st minute after a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review. La Liga’s top scorer made sure of the victory in stoppage- time, sweeping across the area and hammering the ball past a helpless Cuellar for his 18th goal of the season in Spain’s top flight, taking leaders Barca on to 46 points, five clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, after 20 games. 9.44pm GMT It took Lionel Messi’s magic to win it, and he came on just as Leganes, thanks to that goal from Martin Braithwaite, believed they could get something from the match. The magician needed just 30 minutes to find an assist, a goal and another win. Continue reading...

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Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

• 10-year-old suffers second defeat since comeback• ‘We’ll get the vets and the physios to check,’ says RussellOne For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at. Continue reading...

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Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens to set up quarter-final with unseeded American Collins

Russian upsets No5 seed in late-night three setterDanielle Collins shocks No2 seed Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2The unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against Sloane Stephens 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and match her best show in grand slams.The match ended in the early hours of Monday in Melbourne. Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to convert her third set point and level the match. Continue reading...

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José Mourinho must bin blame game and learn from his failings at United | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s former manager fails to show any hint of humility or to acknowledge he made mistakes at Old TraffordThe people who used to work with Sven-Göran Eriksson tell a story about the former England manager, going back to the European Championship in 2004, when he did something that was totally out of character. He almost lost his temper.England had just been knocked out by Portugal. Inside the dressing room was a scene of desolation and the Football Association’s staff saw something in his face that day they had never seen before: fury. A bad refereeing decision had denied Sol Campbell a late winner and Eriksson wanted to know where the official was. He was puce with anger. He left the dressing room to rap on the referee’s door and, when it swung open, there were a few interminable moments when nobody could quite be sure how far he was willing to take it. At which point Sven, once again, reverted to being Sven. “Mr referee,” he said, holding out his hand. “I wanted to say thank you for a good game.” Continue reading...

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