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.

17-02-2019

Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Manchester City: Phil Foden says his side can win quadruple this season

Manchester City can "definitely" become the first English side to win all four major trophies in one season this term, says midfielder Phil Foden.

17-02-2019

'The whole village is united': Warnock attends Emiliano Sala's funeral – video

The Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, has attended the funeral of Emiliano Sala in the town of Progreso, Argentina. Sala was killed when the aircraft he was flying in crashed on 21 January, en route to Cardiff from Nantes, the player having signed with the Premier League club days earlier Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Laura Muir records third fastest indoor mile at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Laura Muir sets the third fastest indoor mile of all time, smashing the British record in the process, at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

17-02-2019

Arjen Robben: ‘If you ask what is the worst stadium for me, it’s Liverpool’

In his tenth and final season at Bayern Munich the Dutchman talks about his extraordinary decade in Bavaria and burning desire to avenge Champions League traumas at Anfield“‘Enjoy it, enjoy it,’ that’s what you say to young players.” Arjen Robben is wrestling with the question of whether, across two decades of dedication to his art, he has managed to practise what he preaches. “But then you ask yourself: ‘Are you also enjoying it?’ Maybe it’s good, also, for yourself to enjoy it.”It comes to be a recurring theme during a lunchtime at Bayern Munich’s training ground that finds Robben in mellow, reflective mood. Outside, the snow is melting and the sky getting brighter but, with every lengthening day, the winter of his career with the German champions creeps in a little more. In June he will draw a line under 10 years’ service and he fully admits the scale of what he has achieved takes some working through. Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Formula E: Lucas di Grassi wins dramatic Mexico E-Prix

Brazil's Lucas di Grassi wins a dramatic Mexico City Formula E-Prix after overtaking Pascal Wehrlein metres before the finish line.

17-02-2019

Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate

Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reigning champions will look to punish a wasteful display from Rangers when they travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday by stretching their advantage to eight.Wright’s St Johnstone had shipped five after opting to go on the attack on their last visit to Govan. But there was little danger of them opening up as they returned to Glasgow’s south side on the back of five straight defeats in which they had conceded 13 goals. Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Clan Des Obeaux shines as Paul Nicholls lands 45,863-1 eight-timer

• Nicholls’ Ascot famous five includes awesome Clan Des Obeaux• Haydock racing marred when fight breaks out at the trackIn the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, Clan Des Obeaux was the young upstart with everything still to prove against big-name rivals. Less than three months later, he will go into the Gold Cup at Cheltenham on 15 March with a fair claim to be the best staying chaser in training after a flawless trial in the Denman Chase here on Saturday, the highlight of an exceptional afternoon for his trainer, Paul Nicholls.In all, Nicholls took five of the eight races on an Ascot card reinforced by events switched from Newbury’s meeting last weekend, which fell victim to the six-day suspension of racing due to an outbreak of equine flu. His stable had good winners too at both of the day’s other jump meetings – Haydock Park and Wincanton – and finished the afternoon with eight in all, at combined odds of 45,863-1. He also shortened from 9-4 to 6-4 over the course of the afternoon to seize back the trainer’s title from Nicky Henderson. Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Emiliano Sala: Nantes players wear black shirts in tribute to teammate – video

Emiliano Sala was given an emotional tribute during Nantes' first home game since the footballer was confirmed to have died in a plane crash.The 28-year-old's former teammates wore black shirts with the name 'Sala' on the back and Nantes fans also held up the number 9 in memory of the Argentinian. Sala, who had spent four seasons at Nantes, was travelling to his new club Cardiff City with pilot David Ibbotson, when their plane went missing over the English channel on 21 January.Sala 'will leave an eternal memory' says emotional Nantes coach – video Continue reading...

17-02-2019

Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record

• Scot smashes standard set in 1988 by five seconds • Teenage Ethiopian Samuel Tefera sets 1500m world recordNo sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest threat to retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. She did not pose for selfies, as she usually does; instead her coach Andy Young handed fans autographed photographs.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for everyone. I didn’t want to leave the fans without things but I’ve got to look after my own health.” Continue reading...

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