Solskjær says beating Liverpool would be ‘worthy of United’s history’

• United have lost only one of caretaker’s 13 games in charge• Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could return on SundayOle Gunnar Solskjær believes if Manchester United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday it will be another step towards making his side one “worthy of club history”.The interim-manager has won 11 of his 13 games in charge, losing just once, to Paris Saint-Germain in last week’s Champions League last-16 first leg. Three of those victories were at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, moreover. Continue reading...

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West Ham United 3-1 Fulham: Controversial Hernandez goal helps hosts to victory

Javier Hernandez's controversial goal with his arm contributes to Fulham's 18th Premier League defeat of the season as West Ham fight back from behind to win at London Stadium.

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West Ham 3-1 Fulham: Manuel Pellegrini pleased with reaction to going a goal down

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is unsure why his team started so badly but is happy with the way his players reacted to going a goal down, to then beat Fulham 3-1.

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Bristol City's Lee Johnson 'first man' to use drones for analysis

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson tells Football Focus that he was the first man in English football to use drones as a tool to analyse training.

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Alysa Liu's remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating championship in Detroit, Michigan, last month. Her coach, Laura Lipetsky who has worked with her since she was five, hugged her.Liu had just won the national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest athlete to have done so, and with two triple axels no less. The weeks since have been a media frenzy. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and profiles on her meteoric rise have been published across the world. But for all the attention Liu has received, she won’t be able to compete in Worlds. She’s too young. A 1997 International Skating Union rule requires athletes to be at least 15 by 1 July preceding the season to participate in senior-level international events. Continue reading...

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West Ham 3-1 Fulham: Referee missed Hernandez handball - Claudio Ranieri

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is frustrated a controversial Javier Hernandez goal wasn't ruled out as his side stumbled after a good start to lose 3-1 away at West Ham.

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England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

The prop has been described as a ‘timebomb’ and, as Wales will see in Cardiff, he is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may have what I would call his “odd moments” every now and again but I can live with that if you get the rest of the package and that is what we are now seeing. Related: Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’ Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Marcus Rashford wanted by Barcelona?

Today’s fluff is broadly fineMarcus Rashford is good at football! To the surprise of no one apart from José Mourinho, the Manchester United ace is capable of doing lots of goals and assists! All he needs is an arm round the shoulder, a few words of encouragement and a regular run of games up front! Then watch him fly. Watch him go. Watch him go all the way to Barcelona!That’s right: Barcelona have decided to make the United forward their top summer target. With Luis Suárez showing signs of decline, the Spanish champions have identified Rashford as a replacement for the Uruguayan forward and are willing to pay top dollar to get him. They’ll have to be fast, though, because United are on the verge of handing the England international a new long-term deal. Continue reading...

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Snooker Shoot Out: Emma Parker loses to Laxman Rawat in first round

Women's under-21 number one Emma Parker loses to Laxman Rawat in the first round of the Snooker Shoot Out in Watford.

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Cardiff 1-5 Watford: Neil Warnock laments 'bizarre' penalty call

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock feels the "bizarre" first-half decision not to award his side a penalty affected his players in the second half where they went on to lose 5-1 to Watford.

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Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line at the O2 and both boxers know the result will determine their futuresHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded with titles and cursed by ill-health, and he will be driven by the spectre of retirement to overcome Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in south-east London on Saturday night. Related: Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale Continue reading...

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Bookmakers call for drugs clampdown to tackle racecourse brawls

• Call for tracks to counter illegal drug use• Layers respond to fights at Haydock last weekendRacecourses should do more to counter illegal drug use and fighting, according to on-course bookmakers who are well placed to witness bad behaviour among the crowds at British tracks. The Guardian spoke to several bookmakers this week in the aftermath of a nasty incident at Haydock last Saturday, when a mother and child found themselves surrounded by men throwing punches at each other.“The general consensus from bookmakers is that it is a drug issue. It is not alcohol,” said Adam Swann, who, in common with most bookmakers, takes bets at several tracks. He was at Haydock on Saturday. “Remember we are dealing with these people and we can tell if someone is a bit wired or not. I found a nearly empty bag of some substance behind my joint at York. One bookmaker found a bag in front of his joint at Aintree. They are just two examples out of many.” Continue reading...

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EFL warns Coventry City they risk expulsion over home venue uncertainty

• Coventry given deadline of 5 March to provide an update• Club say they ‘want to do a deal’ to stay at Ricoh ArenaOne hundred years after joining the Football League, Coventry City have been warned they may face expulsion from it if they do not confirm where they plan to host matches next season.The club’s tenancy at the Ricoh Arena runs out this summer and no end is in sight to their long-running dispute over rent and other issues with the stadium’s owners, the Premiership rugby club Wasps, and Coventry city council, the freeholder. The EFL says the uncertainty cannot be tolerated much longer. Continue reading...

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What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

Plus: sent off after scoring a hat-trick, outscoring your age in a season and putting a corner flag to different use. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Continue reading...

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Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...

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Six Nations: England 'would beat All Blacks' but Wales 'different animal' in Cardiff

England's form is so good they would beat the world champion All Blacks, according to Wales legend Shane Williams.

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Manchester City’s Demi Stokes eyes glory in familiar Continental Cup final

Left-back is confident her side can exact revenge on Arsenal in repeat of last year’s League Cup showpieceDemi Stokes sounds slightly surprised. “I didn’t actually know they’d won it that many times,” says the Manchester City and England left-back. “But you can’t think about the past – it won’t matter on Saturday.”Stokes is talking about the Continental League Cup final at Bramall Lane where City, twice winners of the eight-year-old competition, face Arsenal, who have lifted the trophy five times. Continue reading...

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'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

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Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years

We delve into the Guardian and Observer archives to mine excerpts from match reports of memorable Five and Six Nations clashesWales, with a delirious commitment to handling rugby which at times made one wonder at the reality of it all, completely shattered England’s delusions of winning the triple crown and sharing the Championship. It must be said that in the making of this, one of the greatest spectaculars ever seen in a rugby international in the British Isles, England fully played their part. Continue reading...

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