19-02-2019 Laureus World Sports Awards: Simone Biles and Novak Djokovic win top honours

Gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Novak Djokovic win the top prizes at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

19-02-2019 Naomi Osaka: split with coach was refusal to put ‘success over happiness’

• Two-time slam champion parted with Sascha Bajin this month• World No 1 said rumours of money issues are ‘hurtful’Naomi Osaka is adamant that her surprise split with the coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but was because she refused to put “success over happiness”.The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back grand slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings, rising from No 72 at the start of 2018 to No 1. But only two weeks after her win at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Arsène Wenger suggests Mesut Özil’s new deal put him in ‘comfort zone’

• Playmaker got deal while Frenchman was still at helm• Özil has started one game since Boxing DayArsène Wenger believes the decision to offer Mesut Özil a long-term contract last year may have left the German in a “comfort zone”.Özil ended speculation about his future last year by committing himself to Arsenal until the summer of 2021, with Wenger still at the helm. But the playmaker has fallen out of favour under Wenger’s successor, Unai Emery, having started only one game since Boxing Day to bring renewed scrutiny as to whether he will remain at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Ellis Genge hoping to be the man with a dragon tattoo

• England prop building a collection of body art on his right foot • Genge hoping for Six Nations start against Wales on SaturdayHeard the one about the England player hoping to get a Welsh dragon tattooed on his foot? Those who say rugby is short on characters have clearly not met Ellis Genge, the Leicester loosehead prop, whose taste in inspirational body art is putting the boot into Six Nations convention.To mark significant English Tests and overseas tours, the 23-year‑old likes to have a reminder of the experience inked on his right foot. Despite having only six caps, he already has a wide array of designs including wallabies, a springbok, a puma and a shamrock to denote successful recent England performances against Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Ireland, among others. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Refereeing of women’s football needs work. Here is the plan to tackle it | Suzanne Wrack

Full-time officials for Women’s Super League and a fast-track pathway for female referees are among the ideasConsider these three incidents: the Chelsea midfielder Drew Spence cynically scything down Arsenal’s Kim Little, breaking one of Little’s legs, but picking up only a yellow card; David McNamara’s rock, paper, scissors debacle; and Phil Neville questioning two penalty shouts and a disallowed goal against Australia.This season the standard of refereeing in the women’s game has been under the microscope. It always has been. Except now, with a fully professional top division and more televised coverage than ever, there are a lot more eyes peering through that microscope. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Maurizio Sarri: I haven't spoken to Abramovich for three weeks – video

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted he has not spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich since his side's record-breaking 6-0 loss to Manchester City – or for the weeks leading up to that result.The Italian has come under pressure after a string of poor results that has seen Chelsea slip to sixth in the league. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 FA Cup: Neal Maupay misses a fantastic chance for Swansea against Brentford

Brentford's Neal Maupay misses a glorious opportunity, firing over from close range during Brentford's 4-1 defeat by Swansea in their fifth round FA Cup tie at the Liberty Stadium.

19-02-2019 Wales v England: Ellis Genge will not change as he fills in for Mako Vunipola

England loose-head prop Ellis Genge vows to do things his own way after being tasked with filling in for the 'best in the world' in Mako Vunipola.

19-02-2019 Chelsea fans don’t often have time to turn on a manager – this felt decisive | Jonathan Wilson

Maurizio Sarri is serving up predictable, sterile football and some choices are hard to fathom but Chelsea share the blame for this messChelsea fans don’t often turn on their manager. They don’t usually have time. But there, distinct in the cool February air, just six days before they play in a cup final, it was: “Fuck Sarriball! Fuck Sarriball! Fuck Sarriball!” Add in the booing at the final whistle and the chants for Callum Hudson-Odoi throughout the second half and it’s fair to say the Matthew Harding Stand has made its mind up about Maurizio Sarri.Fans are not always right, of course, as a notorious Old Trafford bedsheet of the late eighties makes clear, and boards must make their own decisions, but this nonetheless felt a decisive moment. Stamford Bridge turned on André Villas-Boas and it didn’t like Rafa Benítez from the start, but outright revolt against a manager is unusual. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 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.

19-02-2019 The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

Inch-perfect set pieces, curled shots in to the top corner and even an odd volley poked in to the back of the net featured among the best goals from this weekend's action.

19-02-2019 Tyson Fury's ESPN deal creates barriers and confusion, say Costello & Bunce

Tyson Fury's deal with a US broadcaster could have damaging ramifications for a thriving heavyweight division, say the 5 live boxing team.

19-02-2019 Adil Rashid to play to his strengths against Chris Gayle and West Indies

• Leg-spinner is key part of Eoin Morgan’s ODI attack• Moeen Ali believes Rashid can still be ‘world beater’ in TestsThere are 101 days to go until England’s World Cup campaign gets under way against South Africa at the Oval and one player who should thrive during the team’s exclusive diet of limited-overs matches until then is Adil Rashid.Rashid’s 19 Test caps have returned fleeting success and after a low-key outing in Barbados last month – a defeat he might have sat out had England not bungled their selection – the leg-spinner returned home for the birth of his second son. This departure came with talk that his time in the longer format may be up. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 David Squires on … Chelsea's humiliation at Manchester City

Our resident cartoonist on Maurizio Sarri’s dismay, Mike Dean and a man trying to wear trousers as a jumperTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Millie Bright misses out on SheBelieves Cup squad through injury

Chelsea defender Millie Bright is ruled out of Phil Neville's England squad for the SheBelieves Cup because of injury.

19-02-2019 Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Marcus Rashford a joy to watch and a constant menace while Eden Hazard must be running low on patienceKepa Arrizabalaga 5 No chance with first goal but should have done better to prevent Pogba’s header creeping in. Continue reading...

19-02-2019 Scotland tour of Oman: Tourists bowl hosts out for 24 in 10-wicket win

Scotland bowl out Oman for 24 - the fourth-lowest score in List A cricket - with six home batsmen making ducks in a 10-wicket defeat.

19-02-2019 FA Cup: Chelsea v Man Utd - watch best goals

Watch the best goals from the last 20 years of Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup ties, including strikes from David Beckham and Eden Hazard.