23-01-2019 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

23-01-2019 Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Stuart Lancaster: ‘I haven’t decided if I’ll go to watch England play Ireland’

The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his father’s death‘Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical. Related: England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

23-01-2019 Saints fans file lawsuit to replay NFC championship game after missed call

Hearing is set for Monday over end to Saints’ loss to RamsNew Orleans businessman rents billboards critical of NFLIn the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders have asked a judge to reverse the result of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl, or order a replay.Tuesday’s state court filing says the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, should implement a league rule governing “extraordinarily unfair acts.” Continue reading...

23-01-2019 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 From Blissett to Bendtner: eight of football’s most unlikely transfers

In light of the transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo to Barcelona, here are eight unlikely transfers with mixed results that raised eyebrows in the football worldKevin Prince-Boateng’s move to Barcelona from Sassuolo has certainly raised a few eyebrows among those who remember his spells in England with Tottenham and Portsmouth. But as the Ghana international joins forces with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez et al at Camp Nou, here are some other unlikely transfers from down the years. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Rafael Nadal: 'It's so special to be back where I am' – video

Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a clinical 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in one hour and 47 minutes.Nadal said it was more than he could have hoped for in his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him out of last year's US Open. Chasing his 18th grand slam title, the second seed will meet Roger Federer's fourth-round conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in Thursday's semi-final. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 South Korea unveils biggest ever investigation into abuse in sport

Human rights commission to interview possibly thousands of adults and children in wake of allegationsSouth Korea’s human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to allege they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.The year-long investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing from primary schools upwards, Park Hong-geun, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said on Wednesday. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Australian Open: Serena Williams loses to Karolina Pliskova in thriller

Pliskova beats Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5Naomi Osaka beats Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1Serena Williams, her movement cramped late in the match by a rolled ankle, blew a third-set 5-1 lead, four match points, a rematch with Naomi Osaka and a chance to equal the 24 slam titles of Margaret Court in a dramatic quarter-final on Wednesday.Karolina Pliskova remained calm as Williams disintegrated physically after her left ankle collapsed under her during a foot-fault when in sight of victory, and went on to win 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. On Thursday, she plays Osaka – Williams’s conqueror in the US Open final – after the exciting young Japanese player had accounted for the Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 in just an hour and 12 minutes in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Emiliano Sala: Claudio Ranieri leads messages for missing Cardiff forward

Missing Cardiff forward Emiliano Sala is a "fighter" and "wonderful character", says Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, who managed him at Nantes.

23-01-2019 Jermaine McGillvary: Huddersfield and England winger tears hamstring

Huddersfield and England winger Jermaine McGillvary is set to miss at least two months with a hamstring tear.

23-01-2019 Emiliano Sala: Cardiff's new striker who was on missing plane – video report

Cardiff City's new signing Emiliano Sala was aboard a small plane that disappeared over the English Channel, the French civil aviation authority has said.The light aircraft, which had two passengers on board, lost contact on Monday night off the coast of Guernsey as it made the journey from Nantes - where Sala had played since 2015. The 28-year-old striker had spent the previous hours saying farewell to teammates in the French city after Cardiff signed the Argentinian-Italian for a club-record fee, believed to be £15m.Nantes were due to play Entente Sannois in the French Cup on Wednesday but the third-tier club said it was postponed until Sunday 'following the disappearance of the plane of former player Emiliano Sala.'Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala was on missing plane, French authorities say Continue reading...

23-01-2019 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

23-01-2019 Championship promotion race: who’s heading up and who’s missing out? | Ben Fisher

Leeds have set the pace but the chasing pack are closing and the race to reach the Premier League is hotting upEver since Marcelo Bielsa took charge last summer the fear, in some quarters at least, was that Leeds would fail to last the distance – or that ‘El Loco’, a headline appointment, might himself not finish the season in charge. The early pacesetters, Leeds now face the true litmus test given they have lost four of their last five games. They have coped admirably with injuries, strengthening their goalkeeping options with Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, while the next generation have flourished, none more so than Jack Clarke. Until the turn of the year there were no blemishes but Bielsa’s spying revelations have brought with them even greater scrutiny. So far Bielsa and Leeds – a sleeping giant in every sense – have proved a match made in heaven, a glorious cocktail, though the next four gruelling months represent the final hurdle. Continue reading...

23-01-2019 NFL investigates reports of laser pointed at Tom Brady during Chiefs game

Incident appears to have occurred just before interceptionPatriots won game to reach next month’s Super Bowl LIIIThe NFL is looking into reports that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was targeted with a laser pointer during his team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Related: Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in Continue reading...

23-01-2019 Australian Open: Serena Williams retreats after walkout mix-up

Serena Williams is forced to turn back as she walks on to court while her opponent, Simona Halep, is being announced to the crowd before their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

23-01-2019 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.