Cougars claw back in a heartwarming tale of rugby league resurrection | Tanya Aldred

18-02-2019 Keighley were in special measures and heading nowhere in November. Now they are back on the sporting mapIn dark times, stories of resurrection have always worked a treat for those trying to flog a religion or sell a little hope. And in a small Yorkshire town once sustained by textiles, resurrection is exactly what a likable offbeat collective is trying to bring.Keighley Rugby League Club, a regular member of the last-chance saloon, was placed in special measures in November for failing to pay the players’ wages. It looked to be in dire trouble, only to be rescued at the 11th hour by a consortium of familiar faces, the men in charge during the glory years of the 1990s, when the waiting list for boundary boards was so long that the club flogged advertising space on the roof. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

18-02-2019 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's league form since December shows they can beat "any team" in the Champions League, as Spurs prepare for the first leg of their last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break Continue reading...

FA Cup: Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores opener against Doncaster

18-02-2019 Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores the opener against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Sports quiz of the week: a birthday present, a record and a whiskey cup

18-02-2019 Who wants a miracle? Who needs a drink? Who ran the world?What did Susannah Gill achieve in 24 hours, 19 minutes and nine seconds?She rowed from Botany Bay to Belfast She cycled from Asia to AfricaShe ran seven marathons across seven continents in seven daysShe swam from England to FranceNeymar celebrated his 27th birthday this week. In his speech at his party, what did the PSG forward say he wanted as a present?For his teammates “to stop losing without me” To move back to Spain A new metatarsal To become “the Tom Brady of soccer”Where is the Centenary Quaich being contested this weekend?DublinEdinburghLondon Chicago53% of households in New Orleans watched the Super Bowl last year. Why did that figure fall to 26% this year?People listened to the radio instead as Barack Obama was doing guest commentary Fans boycotted because a dubious refereeing decision ruled out their team Donald Trump was in the city so people were out protesting The main broadcast company mistakenly sold rights to New Zealand rather than New OrleansIn which of these leagues has one of the teams not lost yet this season?Bundesliga La Liga Ligue 1 Premier League Serie AAnd which league has a team who have not drawn a game yet this season?BundesligaLa Liga Ligue 1Premier League Serie A What world record did golfer James Nitties equal this week at the Vic Open in Australia?He went 18 straight tournaments without dropping a shot He hit nine birdies in a row He missed the cut at a tournament for the 21st time in a row He lost 10 balls on one roundWhy did Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day sprint off the pitch at the final whistle after his team had beaten Middlesbrough in the FA Cup?To brush his hair and "look smart" for the post-match interviewsHe was “absolutely busting for a number two”He is a Middlesbrough fan and “felt a bit teary”To see his partner, who was in labourDulwich Hamlet signed Simon Bloch Jørgensen this week. What makes Jørgensen stand out?He plays as a goalkeeper but refuses to wear gloves He is the tallest professional footballer playing in EnglandHe wears glasses while playing He insists on wearing a shirt with no branding or sponsorship PSG play Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Which of these footballers has not played for both teams?Gabriel Heinze Ángel Di María Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ray Wilkins Laurent Blanc David Beckham It’s the Madrid derby this weekend, which pits Diego Simeone against Santiago Solari, the sixth different Real Madrid manager he has faced while in charge of Atlético. Who did Simeone face in his first Madrid derby as a manager?Rafa BenítezFabio Capello José MourinhoCarlo AncelottiWhich of the last-16 ties features two clubs that have won the competition three times in a row?Manchester United v PSGAtlético Madrid v JuventusLiverpool v Bayern MunichAjax v Real Madrid 11 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend12 and above.You've done very, very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend1 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun2 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun3 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK5 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK6 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but certainly OK7 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend8 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend9 and above.You've done well there. Good work. Have a super weekend0 and above.It's not a good score but fret not. It's a Friday. Go forth and have fun10 and above.You've done very well there. Good work. Have a super weekend Continue reading...

The Dozen: the best FA Cup fifth round pictures

18-02-2019 Images from around the grounds as teams vie for a place in the quarter-finals Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

18-02-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Phil Foden ‘brilliant’ for Manchester City against Newport, says Pep Guardiola

18-02-2019 • Manager praises 18-year-old’s influence in hard-fought win• ‘He’s a player who is ready – ready to play’Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden for producing a “brilliant” performance against Newport County after the 18-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City reach the quarter-finals. Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez scored the other goals as the Premier League champions won 4-1 to break Newport’s brave resistance. Related: Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed Continue reading...

Chris Ashton to miss England clash with Wales because of calf injury

18-02-2019 • Ashton has returned to Sale for rehab work• Injury opens opportunity for Jack Nowell and Joe CokanasigaEngland have suffered a major blow in the buildup to their Six Nations grand slam eliminator against Wales on Saturday after Chris Ashton was ruled out with a calf strain. Ashton suffered the injury during a training session at Twickenham on Friday and after further assessment over the weekend he was left out of the 33-man squad which convened at England’s Bagshot base on Sunday night.England are confident Ashton will be fit to face Italy on 9 March but his absence against Wales is a setback for Eddie Jones, who is already without Mako Vunipola for the trip to Cardiff. Maro Itoje will continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury with England this week but he was not named as part of the squad and as a result is not in contention to face Wales. Dylan Hartley, meanwhile, will stay with Northampton, meaning he too will miss Saturday’s match. Continue reading...

FA Cup Magic, fifth round: Super solo goals, Maupay's miss & 'everything but the kitchen sink'

18-02-2019 Watch the quirkier moments from the FA Cup fifth round, including last-gasp goalkeeping antics, a solo goal from Swansea's Daniel James, and a contender for miss of the round.

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

18-02-2019 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Colin Kaepernick wants NFL return and Patriots may be interested, says lawyer

18-02-2019 Former 49ers quarterback settled case with NFL on FridayMark Geragos says his client is still staying in shapeColin Kaepernick’s lawyer says his client still wants to play in the NFL, and believes he would fit in well at the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.On Friday, Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid settled a complaint of collusion against the NFL. Reid and Kaepernick claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. The terms of the agreement are confidential. Continue reading...

Uneven AFLW conferences already undermining fairness of competition | Kasey Symons

18-02-2019 The revamped system was designed for fairness but after just three rounds it is proving problematicFlag favourites North Melbourne and the surprise packet of the season Fremantle are the only sides to remain undefeated at the conclusion of round three of the 2019 AFLW season. The Kangaroos continued to impress over the weekend and now sit on top of the heavily-weighted Conference A ladder with an intimidating percentage of 250.8, but the new conference system is already proving to be problematic with a clear divide between the two pools.When the concept of conferences was first floated it was met with criticism and questions of fairness. AFL head of women’s football, Nicole Livingstone, said, “we recognise in having a seven-game home and away season not everyone will play each other once, so conferences allow for fairer ladders that reflect that”. Continue reading...

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

18-02-2019 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?