17-02-2019 Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain's deportation case that would have sent him back to his native country, where he says he was tortured Continue reading...

17-02-2019 Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record

• Scot smashes standard set in 1988 by five seconds • Teenage Ethiopian Samuel Tefera sets 1500m world recordNo sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest threat to retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. She did not pose for selfies, as she usually does; instead her coach Andy Young handed fans autographed photographs.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for everyone. I didn’t want to leave the fans without things but I’ve got to look after my own health.” Continue reading...

17-02-2019 David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership

• Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety, was the farthest notion from any of the minds assembled here in Barnet. Indeed, with an hour gone, Saracens were trailing, as they had for the entirety of the third quarter. The stuff of champions it was not.This was one of those domestic matches in the shadow of the Six Nations that tend not to linger in the memory. Saracens took their first try early, but thereafter neither side could make anything stick. With a try all of a sudden on the stroke of half-time, it was Leicester who took an unlikely lead into the break. Continue reading...

17-02-2019 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes snooker's Welsh Open, Premier League football and the Alpine Ski World Championships, plus much more.

17-02-2019 Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

17-02-2019 Laura Muir in record GB squad for European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

British Athletics name a record-equalling 48 athletes for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow in March.

17-02-2019 Houghton inspires Manchester City Women to FA Cup win over Tottenham

• Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester City • Ellie Roebuck saves penalty as City make FA Cup quarter-finalsTottenham were given another look at the level they need to reach to be competitive in the Women’s Super League should they win promotion as goals from the captain Steph Houghton, Lauren Hemp and Gemma Bonner, along with a penalty save from Ellie Roebuck, ensured Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals.“There’s another two levels, there’s the top-top, the top-four, and then there’s the rest. We know we can compete at that level,” said the Spurs manager, Karen Hills, whose team held off City for much of the first half. “We’re semi-professional and they’re full-time – if it got evened up who knows? We know we’re not a million miles off and what the girls did was fantastic. The crowd were brilliant today and hopefully they can be proud of the girls.” Continue reading...

17-02-2019 Brett Morris hat-trick powers Roosters past Wigan in World Club Challenge

• World Club Challenge: Wigan 8-20 Sydney Roosters• Sydney side start superbly and ride second-half pressureTrent Robinson had promised in the buildup to the World Club Challenge that, irrespective of the purported attitude from Australian rugby league to the event, his Sydney Roosters were here to respect both the competition and the Super League champions, Wigan. That respect may well have been pivotal in ensuring the Roosters were crowned world champions for a record-equalling fourth time.History awaited Wigan, who knew that victory against the all-conquering NRL premiers would ensure they became the first side in rugby league history to win the World Club Challenge five times. They will look back on a desperately below-par opening quarter as their downfall – but can stand proud for their performance thereafter. Continue reading...

17-02-2019 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

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

17-02-2019 Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can win 'every single game' in the Champions League – video

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...

17-02-2019 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.

17-02-2019 The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...

17-02-2019 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...