The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted with potholes and misleading signposts. After his greatest triumph on Saturday he was gracious in victory, 11 months after he had been booed by some home supporters at Twickenham after Ireland had secured the Grand Slam there.“They are a top team,” he said of Ireland, the world’s form country in 2018 who had been systematically taken apart by England. And they are. Just as England found last year after two years of barely uninterrupted success under Jones, nothing feeds the appetite of an ambitious team like a setback. Continue reading...

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England rest Buttler and Stokes and recall Malan and Billings for T20 series

• England name 14-man squad for T20s against West Indies• Jason Roy will also miss out to attend birth of first childEngland have decided to rest Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for the Twenty20 series against West Indies.Sam Billings of Kent and Middlesex’s Dawid Malan return to a 14-man squad for the three-match series against the world champions, which starts on 5 March in St Lucia. It is the first time either have appeared in an England squad since last year’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading...

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Where is Gordon Taylor’s PFA review? No doubt he’s beavering away | Marina Hyde

The world’s highest-paid union official promised a review in November but it appears to be moving at a glacial paceI don’t know the Latin for “look busy and it’ll die down” – but whatever it is, it could do with being carved above the lintel of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s office in Manchester.This is the stronghold of the organisation’s chief executive Gordon Taylor, who has been in charge for just the 40 years so far. That is slightly shy of someone like Cameroonian dictator Paul Biya, who has notched up 43 years of tireless service to his subjects. But as far as comparisons with other bosses in the humanitarian sector are concerned, there’s really no one to remotely touch him in terms of longevity. Certainly not since Mother Teresa left us. Continue reading...

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Millwall charged after fans allegedly chanted racial abuse at FA Cup tie

• Club charged after footage of chants emerged on social media• Jürgen Klopp fined £45,000 by FA for comments about refereeThe Football Association has charged Millwall after a section of their fans allegedly chanted racial abuse during the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton.A clip of some Millwall fans singing a song which appeared to include discriminatory language emerged after the game, and as such the club have been charged under the rule that covers misconduct in the stands and places the responsibility on clubs to control their support. Continue reading...

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Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller shoves Joshua in fiery press conference

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller gets off to fiery start after the American shoves the Briton ahead of their fight on 1 June in New York.

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Pep Guardiola: 'Still we are not ready to fight for the Champions League' – video

A late Raheem Sterling strike was the difference as Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 away at Schalke. The home side were awarded two penalties in the first half after Sergio Agüero opened the scoring. City went down to 10-men after Nicolás Otamendi was shown a second yellow, the first awarded after a controversial VAR decision Continue reading...

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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'It's not the game we dreamed of': Jürgen Klopp disappointed by performance against Bayern – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp struck a philosophical tone after his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Admitting that Bayern would be the happier side to emerge from their Anfield encounter without conceding, he insisted that the result was still a good one for Liverpool: "If we won tonight 1-0, what changes, really?"Liverpool and Bayern Munich trade blows but draw leaves tie poised Continue reading...

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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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Women's Super League round-up: Chelsea stars Fran Kirby & Beth England hit hat-tricks

Watch the best action from Wednesday's Women's Super League, including hat-tricks for Chelsea pair Fran Kirby and Beth England in the Blues' 6-0 win over Bristol City Women.

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'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | Wing commanders: why Six Nations speedsters are rolling back the years

Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as Jonny May and George North have emerged as key forcesInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to days long gone when matches that were clotted with set pieces and punch-ups were invariably interrupted by moments of brilliance that endured in the memory.Richards kick-started the golden era for Wales when they won the triple crown 50 years ago, but left for rugby league six months later. Others at that time went on to become world renowned while Richards was breaking records at Salford, but the game has seen few more accomplished wings: he had everything and more. Continue reading...

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