'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.

20-01-2019



The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

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Manchester United 2-1 Brighton: Rashford's 'calm, assured' finishing praised by Solskjaer

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Marcus Rashford's "calm, assured" finishing after the England striker scored again in a 2-1 win over Brighton.

20-01-2019



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

20-01-2019



Djokovic advances at Australian Open but shows irritability on and off court

• No 1 seed beats Shapovalov in four sets after lights complaints• Serbian later insists he is not trying to oust ATP’s KermodeNovak Djokovic will be among the favourites to win every tournament he enters this year – including this Australian Open, where he has been champion six times in 14 visits – but the world No 1 showed signs of irritability on and off the court here on day six that suggest he needs quickly to find some tranquillity.Djokovic snapped after dropping the third set against the young Canadian hustler Denis Shapovalov copping a code violation for swearing, before finishing in an angry flourish to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on a warm Saturday afternoon on Rod Laver Arena, to book a fourth-round match against Andy Murray’s Brisbane conqueror, Daniil Medvedev, who made short work of David Goffin, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Continue reading...

20-01-2019



Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

20-01-2019



Manny Pacquiao beats Adrien Broner to retain WBA world title on points

Manny Pacquiao retains his WBA world welterweight title with a unanimous points win over Adrian Broner in Las Vegas.

20-01-2019



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

20-01-2019



Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely difficult to motivate’

• Manager furious after side’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal• Sarri attacks lack of ‘ferocity’ among his playersMaurizio Sarri launched a stinging attack on his Chelsea players’ mentality after a meek defeat to Arsenal, accusing them of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game.For the first time since taking over at Stamford Bridge six months ago, Sarri felt compelled to revert to his native Italian and lean on an interpreter to express his exasperation at a defeat which means Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to only three points. Continue reading...

20-01-2019



Australian Open: Halep to meet Serena Williams in last-16 clash worthy of final

• World No 1 beats Venus Williams for loss of five games• Serena Williams makes short work of Dayana YastremskaA fourth-round collision on Monday that will rip the 2019 Australian Open wide apart brings the official world No 1, Simona Halep, and the best player in the history of the game, Serena Williams, together for the ninth time.The American has an 8-1 grip on that rivalry, but the Romanian comes into the match after beating her sister, Venus, fairly convincingly on day six, 6-2, 6-3 in a little more than an hour-and-a-quarter. However, the younger Williams sister has been in equally awesome form in the first week, taking just over an hour to beat the Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska for the loss of just three games. Continue reading...

20-01-2019



Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barriers at the foot of the Aorangi Terrace.Andy Murray may yet play another Wimbledon this summer, depending on the state of his chronic, career-capping hip injury. But in the wake of a raw and tearful press conference on Friday morning it seems highly likely that next week’s Australian Open will be the final appearance of a stellar, transformative, broadly-sketched tennis career. Continue reading...

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Roger Federer has 'no plans' to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64th time.“I’m injury-free, enjoying myself,” the Swiss said. "My wife’s happy. So, for the moment, there are absolutely no complaints and no plans. I’m just happy where I am in my life, in my career right now.”Retirement not on Roger Federer's mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16 Continue reading...

20-01-2019



Football League: Sheffield United crash at Swansea as Porstmouth lose again

Lambert generosity goes unrewarded, Abraham on the markLuton crush Peterborough, debut double for SmithSheffield United blew the chance to put pressure on the clubs in automatic promotion positions when crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Swansea. After second-placed Norwich beat Birmingham 3-1 on Friday and leaders Leeds suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Stoke, Blades were blunt and were carved open by the smooth move that set up Oli McBurnie’s 65th minute winner. Derby clung to their sixth-placed play-off position with a 2-1 defeat of strugglers Reading. Duane Holmes scored his first senior goal before Harry Wilson’s deflected effort went in on the stroke of half-time. Sone Aluko got one back but Derby, tired after their midweek FA Cup win over Southampton, saw out the win. Continue reading...

20-01-2019



Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Sarri questions players' 'determination'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is "angry" following his side's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal and says his players "lacked determination".

20-01-2019