23-02-2019 '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.

23-02-2019 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...

23-02-2019 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.

23-02-2019 Man Utd v Liverpool: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scores FA Cup winner at Old Trafford in 1999

Watch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score the winning goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round match in 1999.

23-02-2019 Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash

Who isn’t tough? Who didn’t show up? Who is going arty?Liverpool visit Manchester United on Sunday. Who were the world champions the last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford?FranceGermanySpainBrazilThe organisers of the Olympics are considering four new sports for the Games in Paris in 2024: surfing, climbing, skateboarding and…ChessSnookerBreakdancingSquashItalian football club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 by AC Cuneo last weekend. What was their excuse?They started the match with just seven players Six of their starters were teenagers Their 18-year-old captain had to double up as their manager All of the above As we approach the midpoint of the Six Nations, two teams remain unbeaten: England and…France IrelandScotlandWalesNicolò Zaniolo has been in great form this year, scoring important goals for Roma in Italy and the Champions League. But what did the 19-year-old have to do this week?Resit his driving test for the 10th time Do a month of military service Ask his mum to stop posting selfies online Take a week off for freshers week at the University of Rome Manchester City face Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday. Who did they beat in last year’s final?ChelseaSouthamptonArsenalWiganJarrell Miller has started the trash talk before his fight with Anthony Joshua, calling the British fighter, a “fraud”, “prick”, “square” and “giant pussy”. What else did Miller say to Joshua?"How tough can you be? Your cops don’t even got guns!""He ain’t nothing but a fat man. I’m going to punch him in his beer belly""My style is impetuous, my defence is impregnable and I’m just ferocious” "He’s too ugly to be world champion"Who said: “I cannot switch off. I have to accept it. I have this football virus. When I wake up in the morning, I think immediately about what game is on that day. That is my life”?David CameronArsène WengerJosé Mourinho Conor McGregorWhy has rugby player Nico Lee been banned for 13 weeks?He crept up behind a referee and pulled down his shortsHe peed on an opponent’s leg in a scrum He “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opponent’s faceHe walked up to the opposition’s manager and did the wanker sign in his faceManchester City goalkeeper Ederson did three of these things in his team’s 3-2 win against Schalke on Wednesday night. Which of them did he not do?Concede a goalSet up a goalReceive a yellow cardSave a shot1 and above.Oh dear2 and above.Oh dear3 and above.Not a bad effort4 and above.Not a bad effort5 and above.A fine effort6 and above.A fine effort7 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend8 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend9 and above.A very fine score. Have a great weekend0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.You genius. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Wales v England in the Six Nations: 'A sporting occasion like no other'

A Wales v England Six Nations match in Cardiff attracts fans from all corners to sample a unique atmosphere, says chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

23-02-2019 Matt Doherty: Can Wolves defender predict the future?

After correctly predicting Wolves would win the Championship last year, Football Focus sees whether right-back Matt Doherty's mystic powers extend beyond his own team.

23-02-2019 Javier Hernández on hand as West Ham recover from early blow to beat Fulham

Fulham have only themselves to blame for their season, confused decision-making and erratic management probably sending them straight back to the Championship. But on this one occasion they can feel genuinely aggrieved that their fate was unfairly decided by someone else.They were ahead and playing well against West Ham, when Javier Hernández punched home a goal and changed the course of a game that ended in defeat for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Continue reading...

23-02-2019 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...

23-02-2019 Zenit fans give team fiery welcome before Europa League tie – video

Zenit fans gave a stirring welcome to their team as they approached the stadium on Thursday. Zenit were heading towards the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg for their Europa League tie with Fenerbahce. A must-win game for them after a 1-0 defeat away, and perhaps it made all the difference the home side going on to win 3-1 on the night Continue reading...

23-02-2019 Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 33 seconds into college basketball game – video

Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on including US president Barack Obama and film director Spike Lee. The North Carolina Tar Heels went on to win 88-72 on Wednesday Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke Continue reading...