FA Cup predictability, trouncings and wild finales – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Faye Carruthers and James Montague discuss the opposite of thrills and spills in the FA Cup, ownership at Old Trafford, a 20-0 shellacking, the Champions League and Folkestone funJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with an FA Cup fifth round which saw the first seven ties won by the team highest up in the league pyramid. There were good moments despite the predictability: Phil Foden staking a claim for a starting place, Daniel James running incredibly fast and Toni Leistner with one of the misses of the season. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | This rag-tag collection of multi-millionaire footballers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Following a weekend of FA Cup ties that produced no upsets whatsoever, it is left to the plucky minnows of Chelsea to go all Mills & Boon on the fifth-round romance stakes by slaying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Two places and one point behind United in the English league pyramid, it has been left to this rag-tag collection of butchers, carpenters and postmen – or, at the very least, multi-millionaire footballers who may know their local butcher, carpenter or postman – to fly the flag for the little guy when United’s juggernaut rolls up with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United highlights

Watch highlights as Manchester United cruise past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...

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Danni Wyatt: ‘It’s about getting those horrible thoughts out of your head’

Wyatt has become England’s key T20 player over the past year or so and attributes her improved performances in limited-overs cricket to relaxation and perspectiveDanni Wyatt has been having trouble sleeping. Not that England Women’s best T20 player over the last year or so was being kept up worrying about her form. Before flying out to India for six limited-overs games over the next few weeks, Wyatt was staying near the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Unfortunately her digs were right next to the student union.Still, the way Wyatt has played since a breakthrough innings in Australia a year and a half ago, she could probably not sleep a wink and still hit a match-winning knock. With England in heavy bother at 16 for four in the first T20 of the 2017 Ashes, Wyatt hit 50 off 36 balls and, even though England lost, she was pushed up to open. In the final game of the series she hit an extraordinary 57-ball 100 which levelled the Ashes. Continue reading...

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Wales’s 1969 wing wizard Maurice Richards: ‘I scored the tries but forwards won it’

The scourge of England in Cardiff 50 years ago looks back on a thrilling victory in which he ran in four tries and explains why he switched codes at the end of that yearThey used to say the wind blew hardest at Cardiff Arms Park when it was trying to catch Maurice Richards. It had no more success than the England team that arrived in the Welsh capital 50 years ago chasing a share of the Five Nations title but left resembling the rubble where the north stand had been. Richards ran in four tries in a thrilling 30-9 victory that afternoon, equalling a Wales record that still stands. Wales scooped the triple crown and the championship.That afternoon’s demolition of England was the start of a golden era for the men in red, but before the end of the year the 24-year-old Cardiff wing, a 1968 Lion who had still to reach his peak, had left Wales and his job at Port Talbot steelworks for rugby league, where he would become Salford’s record try scorer and appearance holder in a 14-year career. Continue reading...

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Shaun Harvey calls time after surviving Football League breakaway threat

• League’s chief executive will leave role at end of the season • Bad blood from Sky TV deal played some part in departureShaun Harvey has become the latest high-ranking figure in English football to declare he is stepping down after confirming he will leave his role as the Football League’s chief executive at the end of the season.With the Premier League yet to appoint a successor to Richard Scudamore following his departure in December and with Martin Glenn having said he will quit his post as the Football Association’s chief executive in May, Harvey’s departure after more than five years was announced on Monday by the EFL. The 48-year-old said he and the board had decided “to now move in a different direction having concluded a number of commercial contracts that leave the league in a stable position” – a reference to the domestic broadcasting deal he agreed with Sky last year. Continue reading...

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Women's FA Cup quarter-final draw: Durham v Chelsea, Man City v Liverpool

Holders Chelsea will travel to Championship side Durham in the quarter-finals of the Women's FA Cup.

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Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...

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John Mitchell and Warren Gatland forget friendship for Cardiff evening

• England’s defence coach remembers the old days in Waikato • Former teammates and housemates on opposite sides nowJust occasionally in sport there is no escaping one’s past. Once upon a time Warren Gatland and John Mitchell were house-mates in Hamilton, sharing car rides to training and much else besides. Little did either of them guess they would one day be reunited as rival coaches in the cauldron of a Six Nations Wales-England encounter in Cardiff. Related: England can trade on being hated, says defence coach John Mitchell | Gerard Meagher Continue reading...

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Caster Semenya: South African runner's appeal against IAAF rule begins

Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya's appeal against a regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners is under way.

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Talking Horses: Dan Skelton crosses fingers as vaccinated runners return

The trainer isn’t expecting vaccinations to affect Cheltenham Festival runs, but this week’s prep races may be a different storyAfter a weekend of flu-affected action, jump racing will return to something like a level playing field this week and Dan Skelton is one of many trainers hoping his horses will be able to run to their best despite an unscheduled round of vaccinations. The new rule requiring runners to have had a recent vaccination came in last Monday night, since when the normally prolific Skelton has had just five runners, but it will be a different story this week; lots of his horses got their jabs and will be eligible to run from Tuesday.The Warwickshire trainer told me of his concern that some of those vaccinated last week, at his yard and at many others, may not run to form right away. “You are going to get horses this week and possibly the week after that seem OK at home but don’t run as well as expected. Some are going to feel no different and some are going to feel a bit down and you can’t tell until you get to the business end of a race. Continue reading...

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Daytona 500: Giant crash triggered by Paul Menard causing 'carnage everywhere'

American driver Paul Menard triggers a giant crash in the Daytona 500 with 10 laps to go, a race that Denny Hamlin went on to win.

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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.

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FA Cup: Chelsea v Man Utd - watch best goals

Watch the best goals from the last 20 years of Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup ties, including strikes from David Beckham and Eden Hazard.

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Caster Semenya’s lawyers accuse the IAAF of underhand tactics

• Claim that naming witnesses broke confidentiality• Runner is challenging revised eligibility ruleCaster Semenya’s lawyers have accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of using underhand tactics to gain public support at the start of their contentious dispute at the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne. Related: Court has Semenya’s career in its hands – and decision could affect all of sport | Sean Ingle Continue reading...

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Arsène Wenger suggests Mesut Özil’s new deal put him in ‘comfort zone’

• Playmaker got deal while Frenchman was still at helm• Özil has started one game since Boxing DayArsène Wenger believes the decision to offer Mesut Özil a long-term contract last year may have left the German in a “comfort zone”.Özil ended speculation about his future last year by committing himself to Arsenal until the summer of 2021, with Wenger still at the helm. But the playmaker has fallen out of favour under Wenger’s successor, Unai Emery, having started only one game since Boxing Day to bring renewed scrutiny as to whether he will remain at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading...

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Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp

• Premier clubs do not sell to rivals, Liverpool manager adds• England forward joined Dortmund for £8m in 2017Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool were beaten to the signing of Jadon Sancho by Borussia Dortmund because Manchester City refused to sell to a Premier League rival.The Liverpool manager confirmed his club’s interest in the teenage forward before Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, who attempted to add Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to their squad last month. While greater first-team opportunity is viewed as the principal reason for leaving the Premier League for the Bundesliga, with Sancho, Keanan Bennetts and Reiss Nelson among those to depart in recent seasons, Klopp believes the transfer policies of English clubs is another factor. Continue reading...

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