'I had to dig deep': Novak Djokovic on overcoming injury woes – video

Novak Djokovic has discussed his long injury battle after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open when Kei Nishikori retired hurt in their quarter-final.The World No 1 had failed to reach the last four in the past two editions of the tournament as he battled with an elbow problem, but is now bidding for a record seventh title in Melbourne.Djokovic will meet first-time grand slam semi-finalist Lucas Pouille for a place in Sunday's final.Lucas Pouille on coach Amélie Mauresmo – video Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Andrea Belotti or Maxi Gómez to West Ham?

Today’s fluff cuts you deep and leaves a scar According to the front page of TuttoSport the idea of Andrea Belotti moving from Torino to West Ham “is no joke”. As headlines go it’s not the most encouraging, but just a year or so ago this would have been the sort of proposition that nobody of sound mind would have dared make, with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Milan and Chelsea among the superclubs being linked with the prolific Italian and his employers frantically inserting a €100m release clause into his contract. Since then his form has dipped and football’s biggest chequebooks have been taken elsewhere, allowing clubs of West Ham’s slightly less exalted stature to sneak into the picture. Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

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Tony Romo: The NFL commentator who can predict the future

The NFL This Week team are in awe of Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, whose clairvoyant commentary was on display in the AFC championship game.

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Australian exit shows Serena Williams is haunted by trauma of US meltdown

Serena Williams has insisted she will ‘soldier on’ in search of slam glory but her quarter-final collapse against Karolina Pliskova posed questions about her emotional stateSerena Williams leaves Melbourne – and the rest of tennis – less certain about her future than her magnificent past, upset yet oddly resigned to the fact that what she hoped would be the extension of her comeback had unravelled in glorious confusion.In trying to rationalise the disappointment of falling three wins short of drawing alongside Margaret Court with a staggering 24 career majors, Williams moved with far more dexterity in the aftermath than she did while enduring a head-spinning collapse in the third set of her quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova. Continue reading...

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Paul Scholes says Class of 92 should have greater role at Manchester United

• Scholes surprised that only Nicky Butt works at United• Scholes feels ‘you’ve got your club back’ with SolskjærPaul Scholes believes it is “strange” that only Nicky Butt of the Class of 92 works at Manchester United, the former midfielder stating that Sir Alex Ferguson’s wish was for them all to have roles.Scholes was referring to himself, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Gary and Phil Neville together with Butt, who is the head of academy at United. Scholes went as far as to say that he had been left feeling unwelcome at United. The six own 60% of Salford City, following the announcement on Wednesday that Beckham has bought a 10% stake. Continue reading...

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Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova on mental struggles after 2016 knife attack

Petra Kvitova thinks "not very many people believed" she could return to the top of the sport after she was hurt during a knife attack.

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Seething Sarri, Liverpool win again and a slide-tackling fan – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Ed Aarons discuss Chelsea, Liverpool’s win over Palace, Claude Puel’s future at Leicester, Spurs’ dramatic win and the Charlton fan who slide-tackled his own playerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start by discussing Saturday’s London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri questioning his team’s motivation following their 2-0 defeat. We then move on to Liverpool’s wild win over Crystal Palace, before turning our attentions to the potentially differing futures of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Claude Puel. Continue reading...

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Is Tony Romo already the greatest TV analyst in US sports?

The former Cowboys quarterback’s talent for predicting plays has garnered praise. But it is his genuine love for football that warms viewers’ heartsAfter last weekend’s AFC Championship Game, in which Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to victory over MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, the internet was abuzz with praise for a third quarterback, this one working from the booth. Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys QB who began his career as an NFL broadcaster in 2017, received wide acclaim for his in-game analysis alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz.Through four quarters and overtime, Romo gleefully diagnosed the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, offering sharp insight into the mindsets of his fellow quarterbacks. Most impressive of all, Romo predicted how plays would develop with uncanny accuracy, earning him the title of “Romostradamus” from Nantz and a #You’reAWizardTony hashtag from MLB All-Star Bryce Harper. On Monday, the NFL tweeted a compilation of Romo’s eerily accurate pre-play predictions: Continue reading...

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Emiliano Sala: Missing Cardiff City footballer search continues

Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since Monday.

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Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Australian Open and World Indoor Bowls Championships, plus much more.

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