Tyson Fury to fight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on 15 June

24-03-2019 Britain's former world champion Tyson Fury will face German heavyweight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on 15 June.

Harry Redknapp is playing a familiar tune to disown Birmingham’s blues | Daniel Taylor

24-03-2019 Birmingham’s owners brought the points deduction on themselves with some preposterous decisions. But why do these things keep happening to Harry?Harry Redknapp used to tell a story, going back to his days as the manager of West Ham, that probably sums up why so many people within the industry, even those who are fond of his ways, usually take the policy that he can be pretty brazen sometimes when it comes to blurring the lines between the truth and, well, the other bits.It goes back to the days when Slaven Bilic was a player at the club and had a buyout clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for £2.5m. Bilic had become disillusioned playing for a struggling team, where there was no money for elite signings, and went to see Redknapp one day to say he had been told Spurs wanted to pay the release fee. Continue reading...

Germany face long road back to top after Joachim Löw’s drastic overhaul | Marcus Christenson

24-03-2019 Manager insists he knows how to cope with pressure before Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands but there is a sense that the country has fallen out of love with its national teamBefore the game against Serbia, Germany’s followers displayed a huge choreography, forming the letters “Danke” with three numbers underneath them: 5, 13 and 17.It was the fans’ way of saying thank you to Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng, the three world champions who had been unceremoniously dumped by Joachim Löw at the beginning of the month and told they would not be considered for selection again in the near future. Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate says England hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling was devastating

24-03-2019 • Southgate: ‘Sterling is a role model for younger players’ • Standing ovation for his part in 5-0 win over Czech RepublicGareth Southgate praised Raheem Sterling’s “devastating” performance and the manner in which he has turned around his international career as England started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic.Sterling contributed a first hat-trick and won a penalty converted by Harry Kane before retiring to a standing ovation having scored five goals in his last three England appearances. Southgate said the Manchester City forward, as one of the more experienced and influential members of the squad, has graduated to become a member of the national team’s in-house leadership group. Continue reading...

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

24-03-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Jadon Sancho toasts Raheem Sterling’s example to England youngsters

24-03-2019 • ‘I’m just happy to share a pitch with Raheem,’ says Sancho• Gareth Southgate praises Borussia Dortmund teenagerAmid the smiles that followed England’s beautiful dissection of the Czech Republic on Friday night, few were bigger than Jadon Sancho’s when asked whether Raheem Sterling was now one of the daddies of the team. “Yeah,” the 18-year-old replied, his face lighting up as he began his eulogy. “His numbers are crazy this year, and he’s showing all the youngsters what it’s about. I’m just happy that I’m sharing a pitch with him.”Not so long ago it would have been unusual for a 24-year-old such as Sterling to be regarded as an elder statesman. Then again, in Gareth Southgate’s new England all sorts of staid conventions are being joyously ripped up. The Manchester City forward has the second-highest number of caps in the squad with 48 – just one behind Jordan Henderson – and nine players have fewer than 10 appearances. Increasingly, the emphasis is on youthful dash and dare. Continue reading...

Valspar Championship: Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald in contention

24-03-2019 Paul Casey takes a lead into the final day of the Valspar Championship, where Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald are in contention.

Team Sky’s Ineos deal will prompt mixed emotions in the peloton | William Fotheringham

24-03-2019 The team Brailsford built will continue and – while not everybody will like its backers – should remain as strong as everWith one bound, Sir Dave Brailsford is free. Confirmation that the team he has built over the last 10 years would continue has come early, as the petrochemical firm Ineos confirmed it will be Team Sky’s replacement name sponsor from early May. In December Brailsford seemed set for the biggest challenge of his 30 years in cycling: finding a new backer prepared to announce sponsorship in good time, and willing to finance the team to the level that had delivered six Tour de France wins with three different riders in seven attempts.Getting this done early was critical to avoid pressure coming to bear on Sky’s marquee riders as their agents got the jitters. The level of finance mattered as well, because it was hard to imagine the attraction for Brailsford in putting a team on the road that would function at a lower level than Sky. Continue reading...

Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins warns Saracens may suffer Twickenham hangover

24-03-2019 Co-captain says European Champions Cup quarter-final next Saturday could resound to impact of Scotland’s stunning Six Nations fightback against EnglandGlasgow have not beaten Saracens in five attempts in the European Cup, but after last week’s astonishing comeback by Scotland in the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham, they aim to make lightning counterattacking strike for a second time next Saturday, against the English champions.Scotland came from 31-0 down against England to lead 38-31 before having to settle for a draw after conceding a try in the final minute. Glasgow have conceded 38 points on their two visits to Allianz Park, in January and in the 2017 quarter-final, and their surest form of defence will again be attack. Continue reading...

Tour Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan holds lead over Neil Robertson

24-03-2019 Ronnie O'Sullivan reels off four consecutive frames as he secures a lead over Neil Robertson at the Tour Championship.

Football transfer rumours: Mané out, Varane in at Liverpool?

24-03-2019 Today’s rumours spent way too long thereIn a development in no way intended to cram as many big names as possible into a headline, news outlets are reporting that David Beckham would quite like to sign Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo for his new MLS franchise.Meanwhile, Real Madrid are also plotting a revamp that will tick all search engine optimisation boxes. Zinedine Zidane has decided to eschew Neymar and go for at least one of Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Sadio Mané. With Chelsea facing a transfer ban and therefore reluctant to sell even if that means losing Hazard for nothing next year, and Madrid not keen on facing Daniel Levy, the Spanish club reckon Mané is the most gettable of the trio. Continue reading...

Photo of AFLW player Tayla Harris is not the problem, the vile trolls are | Kasey Symons

24-03-2019 The image showcased all that is good about the women’s game; by deleting it, 7AFL sent out entirely the wrong messageAt the 1:20-minute mark of the AFLW’s Pride Game between the Western Bulldogs and Carlton, the Blues’ star forward, Tayla Harris, booted the first goal of the game after taking a beautiful contested mark 40 metres out. Commentator Kelli Underwood was calling the play. “Tayla Harris with that very familiar approach, and that very familiar finish.” Related: AFLW's on-field excellence and engaged fans draw focus away from trolls | Kirby Fenwick Continue reading...

Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain, Italy and Swiss start with wins

24-03-2019 • Sergio Ramos scores Panenka in Spain’s 2-1 win over Norway• Italy beat Finland 2-0; Sweden defeat Romania 2-1The Spain captain Sergio Ramos scored another Panenka penalty to give his side a 2-1 home win over Norway in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier but it was a far from convincing display from Luis Enrique’s side. Spain made a slick start and took the lead at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium when Rodrigo Moreno volleyed in Jordi Alba’s cross from close range in the 16th minute and continued to dominate proceedings without carving out many clear chances.Norway, who had done little in attack, levelled in the 65th minute with a perfectly taken penalty from striker Josh King after Iñigo Martínez had hauled Bjørn Johnsen to the floor. Spain earned a spot-kick of their own six minutes later when Álvaro Morata was tripped by Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. Ramos took it and chipped the ball down the middle to score his fifth Panenka of the season and the eighth of his career. Continue reading...

Noel Fehily triumphs at Newbury on final ride of his career as a jockey

24-03-2019 • Fehily wins on Get In The Queue in the bumper for Harry Fry• ‘If I got beat on a 1-3 shot I would’ve been deemed a failure’Noel Fehily’s retirement proved to be one of those slightly unreal occasions at the races when everyone believes they know what’s about to happen and, lo, it came true as the 43-year-old bowed out on a winner. Get In The Queue, the final mount of the Cork-born jockey’s career, was sent off at odds of 1-3 and eventually mastered his rivals, to the delight of nearly everyone present except the bookmakers.It made for an ideal farewell for Fehily, who had crowds of family, friends and well-wishers present and was given a guard of honour by his fellow riders. His departure rather took over what is in any case a low-key card and, by the time of the bumper race near the end of the day, the weight of expectation on Get In The Queue was such that defeat would have been very deflating. Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

24-03-2019 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.