Huddersfield set to put faith in Jan Siewert as answer to their prayers | Paul Doyle

Terriers are ready to appoint the coach of Borussia Dortmund’s second string as new manager, as they did with David WagnerOf all the greats to have played at the John Smith’s Stadium, the best known is surely Jon Bon Jovi. So it was fitting that just before kick-off the public announcer played a track by everyone’s favourite rock cowboy, who performed here on his One Wild Night tour in 2001. Fitting, too, that for the first match following Monday’s departure of David Wagner as Huddersfield’s manager the chosen track was Keep The Faith.The plan, mind you, was for Wagner to deliver the final pre-match pep talk to the crowd via a pre-recorded video message. But a technical glitch with the stadium’s giant screen meant the German could only be seen, not heard. That, too, was apt in a season in which rotten luck has been a significant factor in Huddersfield’s predicament. Whatever the breaks, from ricochets of the ball to contested refereeing decisions, they have tended to go against the Yorkshire side, right up to what turned out to be Wagner’s last match in charge, when, at Cardiff City last week, Huddersfield were awarded a penalty only for it to be curiously overturned following advice from one of the referee’s assistants. 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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Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Winks' 'unbelievable' late winner

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Winks' injury-time winner at Fulham shows the importance of "believing until the end".

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Leinster cruise past tame Wasps and train their sights on Ulster

• Wasps 19-37 Leinster• Home team end European campaign without a victoryAlmost three years ago to the day Leinster came here and were duly sent home, tails between their legs, having shipped more than 50 points. If ever there was a demonstration of how the tables have turned since then it was this routine bonus-point victory in which they were rarely required to find top gear.Wasps were better in the second half but here ends a European campaign in which they have failed to record a single victory. Back in 2016 they were one of five Premiership quarter-finalists and one of three to reach the last four. Wasps’s subsequent struggles neatly sum up those of the English sides as a whole, with the obvious exception of Saracens. Continue reading...

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'The boys are ready to fight,' says Jürgen Klopp after 4-3 win against Crystal Palace – video

The Liverpool manager said the main emotion after after a less than convincing display against Crystal Palace was relief. The Reds managed a 4-3 victory over Roy Hodgson's side, despite going down to 10-men after James Milner was dismissed. Liverpool remain top of the table Continue reading...

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Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’

The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his father’s death‘Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...

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Altior makes it 17 wins out of 17 with undemanding Ascot success

• Easy Clarence House Chase victory for 1-10 favourite• Only concern for Altior could be repeated jumps leftWhen horses are involved, there is always something to worry about but Altior once more rose above all concerns that could be invented about his chance to enjoy a facile success in the Clarence House Chase at odds of 1-10. He remains unbeaten in 17 races over obstacles and, when he turns out next in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be attempting to match the record of 18 set by Big Buck’s.The pre-race tension this time was created by reports over the health of his stablemates at Nicky Henderson’s stable in Lambourn. Henderson admitted during the week that he was interested in the results of some trachea washes taken from his charges and on Friday he revealed that, after blood tests were carried out, he was sufficiently concerned to keep three horses at home rather than sending them out for their target races at Haydock. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | A kind of softly moving statue by which to remember Arsène Wenger

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The big January transfer news continues to roll in, after Oumar Niasse, a player famously deprived of a locker at Everton by Ronald Koeman, left Goodison Park to join Cardiff City. Then Yohan Benalouane, a player stored in a locker for almost two years by Claude Puel, did one from Leicester to hurry into the warm embrace of Nottingham Forest’s new manager, Martin O’Neill, who confirmed he hopes to swell the good vibes at the City Ground by bringing along, as his assistant, that most eminent graduate of the Wealdstone Raider School of Motivational Discourse, Roy Keane. Continue reading...

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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.

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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?

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Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. Continue reading...

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Katelyn Ohashi proves smiling can be a serious asset to elite athletes | Tim Lewis

Gymnast’s joyful routine is a happy alternative to putting on that grim ‘game face’ in a business where smiling is, well, frowned uponBetween Brexit and Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, aka this Monday– it’s not always been easy of late to sustain the self-satisfied, privileged-white-male grin that greets you in my byline picture. It is perhaps these ambient feelings of dread that have sent me for solace, again and again, to a video of an American university student doing a gymnastics floor routine. The two-minute clip of 21-year-old Katelyn Ohashi tumbling, flipping and pretzeling to cheesy, nightclub staples has had more than 60 million views this week. It’s a blast of concentrated positivity and good vibes that is the time-poor equivalent of days spent under a Sad lamp.Analysis has already been done on why the world has fallen so hard for the diminutive Ohashi. And the story is a heartwarming one. Ohashi was a junior star – winning four golds at the US nationals aged 14, then beating Simone Biles two years later – but lost her passion for gymnastics. She was injured and put on weight. “I hated myself,” she admitted last year. “I was broken.” A perfect-10 routine is a thing of beauty any time, but it means even more for someone who was written off when she was still a teenager. Continue reading...

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Highlights: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 to win first Masters title

Watch highlights as Judd Trump beats seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace to win his first Masters title.

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The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

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AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs – live!

Teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium for place in Super Bowl LIIIEmail David with your thoughts or tweet him @LengelDavidNFC Championship game: Rams beat Saints after missed call 1.36am GMT Gostkowski drills it into the back of the net, and we’re back to a two-score game. That 12-yard loss on the Hill punt return was such a killer. 1.34am GMT Patriots 14-7 Chiefs, 4:19 3rd quarterWhite runs up the middle to the KC 30 on a draw play. It will be a 48-yard attempt by Stephen Gostkowski. Continue reading...

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Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Harry Winks scores in stoppage time for victory

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his side are "alive and will continue to fight" despite losing to Tottenham through Harry Winks' injury-time header at Craven Cottage.

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