February 1, 2019

Rugby – Wales seal record comeback win as France implode

Battered, bruised and 16-0 down at halftime, Wales produced a record comeback to beat France 24-19 in a compelling opening Six Nations match played in driving rain on Friday.
February 1, 2019

Force of habit and French blunders save Wales

Wales were saved by a couple of shocking French errors and sheer force of habit as they achieved a great escape in a thrilling 24-19 comeback win in the Six Nations opener at the Stade de France on Friday.
February 1, 2019

Golf – Rose to take month off after missing Saudi cut

World number one Justin Rose will have a month off after missing the cut at the Saudi International on Friday.
February 1, 2019

Doping – London 2012 high jump champion Ukhov among 12 Russians banned

London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes to be handed doping bans by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) acting for the IAAF in the absence of the banned Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF).
February 1, 2019

Barca’s Cillessen out for six weeks with calf injury

Barcelona's stand-in goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out for six weeks with a torn calf muscle, the club said in a statement on Friday, and will miss both legs of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid.
February 1, 2019

Tennis – Germany, Australia off to strong starts in Davis Cup qualifying

Former winners Germany, Australia and Serbia made solid starts on Friday in their quest to qualify for November's Davis Cup finals week in Madrid.
February 1, 2019

Qatari goal machine Ali targets Europe move before 2022 World Cup

Almoez Ali brushed off a row about his eligibility to scoop an Asian Cup winner's medal and smash a 23-year-old scoring record on Friday, confirming that Qatar have a potential star in the making for when they host the 2022 World Cup.
February 1, 2019

Barca primed for gruelling ‘Clasico’ Cup tie

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said his side's Copa del Rey semi-final clashes with Real Madrid will further exhaust his players at a pivotal moment in the season but will also provide a great spectacle for fans.
February 1, 2019

Ireland’s Best wants perfect performance against England

Ireland captain Rory Best has called on his side to produce their greatest performance as they begin the defence of their Six Nations title against England at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
February 1, 2019

Kane is recovering well, says Pochettino

Injured Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is recovering well and aiming to be back in action as soon as possible, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.
February 1, 2019

Ali on target as Qatar stun Japan to win first Asian Cup

Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday.
February 1, 2019

Dortmund sign free-scoring substitute Alcacer permanently from Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund have exercised their option to sign on-loan striker Paco Alcacer permanently from Barcelona for a fee totalling 28 million euros, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Friday.