Trainers pull out of Lingfield over ‘horrendous’ prize money

• 20 trainers pull horses from Saturday’s Lingfield card• ARC cut prize money contribution by £3m in 2019Racing’s latest prize-money row has dramatically undermined Saturday’s Lingfield card, with one race drawing no runners at all and another attracting one. Trainers said they had taken their horses out because the £4,500 on offer for the races at the Arena Racing Company track was “horrendous” and there were more attractive options elsewhere. Related: Talking Horses: Arc £3m prize-money cuts start to bite at Southwell Continue reading...

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Celtic out of Europe as Toljan red card gives Valencia upper hand and victory

rogersCeltic’s 16th European game this season was also their last. A journey that began with the Champions League qualifiers in Armenia on 10 July ended in the Europa League round of 32 in Spain seven months later. Continue reading...

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Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years

Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as the likes of Jonny May and George North have emerged as key attacking forces once againInterviewing 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 endure 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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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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Europa League: 10-man Celtic beaten by Valencia

A battling performance from 10-man Celtic is not enough in Spain as Valencia knock them out of the Europa League at the last-32 stage.

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England pick Jack Nowell and Ben Moon to start against Wales

Eddie Jones makes only two changes to team that beat FranceJoe Cokanasiga set to make Six Nations debut off the benchJack Nowell and Ben Moon have been named to start for England against Wales on Saturday as Eddie Jones makes two changes to his side. Joe Cokanasiga, the 21-year-old winger who scored two tries in his first two England matches during the autumn, is also in line for a first Six Nations appearance having been named on the bench. Related: Welsh connection will not distract Billy Vunipola from England’s cause | Andy Bull Continue reading...

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The Fiver | It was nice to see Diego Simeone bucking that trend

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The punditry career of Robbie Savage. The reboot of Magnum PI. The Independent Group extemporising philosophically on roundtable debate shows. There’s enough unnecessary, inexplicable, depressing nonsense on television to be dealing with these days without getting worked up about VAR. So hats off to Pep Guardiola for shrugging his shoulders last night and declaring himself “a big fan” of the much-maligned, pernickety officiating system which has only tarnished three Big Cup knockout matches and one World Cup final so far. “I trust VAR!” he trilled with the magnanimity one can only afford when your team has dodged a bullet and it might be best to keep your powder dry so you can properly kick off when the video ref awards Real Madrid a preposterous last-minute penalty in the next round. Continue reading...

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Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy's Giants cameos

This week’s roundup also features Wales v England memories, Sir Charles Barkley and Francis Benali1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will finally settle their longstanding beef: who was made to look sillier by George Groves? On which point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering that it required a second stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered at the hands of Eubank Sr. And for old time’s sake here are Groves and Carl Froch showing how it’s done, and here’s the best of the Prince. Related: Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight 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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'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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VAR brings drama – it enhanced the Champions League at Schalke

Manchester City’s experience showed VAR is imperfect and will not end debates but also demonstrated its beautyVAR: farce or fantastic fillip for football? Thirty-five minutes into Manchester City’s breathless 3-2 win at Schalke came an incident that was a gift for those who view the system as a farrago waiting to happen.When Daniel Caligiuri’s shot hit Nicolás Otamendi’s right arm the technology kicked in. Except, not at first, as the pitch-side monitors failed to work. This caused a delay of three minutes before studio-based officials informed the referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, a penalty should be awarded. Continue reading...

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Six Nations 2019: Max Boyce recounts 1999 Wales v England thriller

BBC Sport looks back to a thrilling encounter at Wembley in 1999, when Wales dashed England's hopes of winning the Grand Slam and Five Nations.

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Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale

• Senior suggests Junior may struggle with mental approach• ‘It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I’m not convinced he will win’The trouble with boxing is that the real thing is invariably preceded by faux outrage and empty rhetoric, but it was nonetheless a minor jolt to hear Chris Eubank admit he was “petrified” about the outcome of his son’s career-defining fight against James DeGale on Saturday night.Senior (or “English”, to use his preferred handle) was the master of surprises in his fighting days and did not disappoint in his role as father and sometime adviser to Eubank Jr when he declared: “It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I am petrified he may not win this.” He added: “I’m not convinced [Junior] will win, because James DeGale has pedigree in terms of being [an Olympic] gold medallist, twice a world champion. It’s real. I respect the man’s abilities. Junior has it – but who turns up on the night? 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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Schalke 2-3 Man City: We are not ready to fight for the Champions League - Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side are "not ready to fight for the Champions League" after conceding twice and having a player sent off in their 3-2 win over Schalke.

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Gregor Townsend bullish over Scotland chances but hails ‘outstanding’ France

• Scotland coach plots first win in Paris in 20 years• Peter Horne steps up as fly-half against FranceGregor Townsend believes opportunity knocks for Scotland in Paris despite his side being denied the services of a string of key performers.The stand-off Finn Russell, the full-back Stuart Hogg, the centre Huw Jones and the back-rower Ryan Wilson have all been ruled out of Saturday’s match against France as Townsend’s injury woes continue to mount up. Continue reading...

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Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

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Widnes cancel Sheffield game as administration threat looms

• Championship fixture with Sheffield postponed• Future of rugby league club looks direThe threat of administration at Widnes appears an increasing possibility following the postponement of Sunday’s Championship home match against Sheffield.Widnes, who are former world champions, announced on Monday they were facing significant cash-flow problems after a consortium decided against a takeover of the club, who were relegated from Super League last season following a seven-year stay. Continue reading...

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‘I’ve had to hold back animal Harry Kane’s Spurs return,’ says Pochettino

• Tottenham striker back in training after ankle injury• ‘I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not’Mauricio Pochettino has praised the “animal” qualities that have enabled Harry Kane to fight back from an ankle injury to the point where he could return to action at Burnley on Saturday.The striker has missed seven Spurs matches since damaging the ankle in the defeat by Manchester United on 13 January. Continue reading...

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