FA Cup: Ederson makes a stunning save to deny Newport a shock opener

Manchester City's Ederson makes a superb save from Newport's Tyreeq Bakinson to keep the scores level at Rodney Parade.



Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’

England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St Lucia, the answer is wonderfully simple: “You almost feel like a superhero. I’ve been playing Mario Kart recently and yeah, it’s like when you get a magic mushroom and you’re just absolutely flying.”It will come as little surprise to learn Wood is still glowing from victory in the third Test against West Indies and his maiden five-wicket haul. The 29-year-old sat down for a chat this week and, in that inimitable Ashington twang, his delight at finally becoming a match-winner shone through. Continue reading...



PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay

Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired by 1980s terrace culture”. The idea behind the new shoe, an Adidas press release explained, is to capture the sights and sounds of English football 30 years ago. And who knows, it could work out well. Perhaps the new Adidas Widespread Racism will go on to become a huge hit.This is of course a joke. The new shoe isn’t called the Adidas Widespread Racism. That would be ridiculous. Not to mention an insult to the hard-working team of marketeers and product developers behind the Adidas Piss Stink and its companion shoe, the Adidas Dart In The Eye. Continue reading...



The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pace is sheer bliss, as long as it’s on your side. In St Lucia on Sunday evening England, who had been blown away in the first two Tests by a resurgent West Indies attack, finally produced a riposte. Mark Wood came on after 20 overs, when the game is inclined to nod off, and suddenly every delivery carried an electric charge. Bowling to Shai Hope, Wood beat the bat outside off stump with his first ball, and his second, and his third. The fourth was a bouncer, which Hope wisely ducked. The little box on the screen that clocks the bowler’s speed showed 145kph, or 90mph. A stiff breeze was helping, but then Wood, so often kept off the field by a dodgy ankle, deserved a fair wind. Continue reading...



David Beckham sees Salford City beaten on first visit since becoming co-owner

• Salford lose in National League to struggling Dover Athletic• Beckham watching for first time since buying 10% stakeDavid Beckham saw Salford City suffer a surprise home defeat as he watched the National League club in action for the first time since becoming co-owner.Beckham last month followed his former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in securing a 10% stake in the club from Peter Lim, making the Class of 92 majority shareholders, with the Singapore businessman retaining 40%. Continue reading...



Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath

• Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were preoccupied by a fear of going down. Premiership Rugby wants an immediate end to relegation while allowing the Championship champions this season to be promoted, as long as they are London Irish, to make it 13 at the top. Unlucky for some. Related: David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership Continue reading...



Teemu Pukki scores twice for rampant Norwich in thrashing of Bolton

It would be hard to imagine a more emphatic reaction to a setback. Norwich recorded their joint-biggest win of the season, reclaimed the lead in the Championship less than 72 hours after losing it and delivered the kind of elegant evisceration that serves as a statement. In leapfrogging Leeds they also surpassed their points total for last season, and made Wednesday’s defeat at Preston look an anomaly.“It was important to respond,” said the Norwich manager, Daniel Farke. “It was a top-class performance.” Continue reading...



Kusal Perera heroics lead Sri Lanka to remarkable Test win in South Africa

• South Africa 235 & 259; Sri Lanka 191 & 304-9• Tourists put on 78 for final wicket in dramatic finaleKusal Perera produced a swashbuckling innings for the ages to almost single-handedly lift Sri Lanka to a remarkable one-wicket win over South Africa in a nail-biting conclusion to the first Test.The tourists were close to defeat in Durban when they subsided to 226 for nine in pursuit of 304, but Perera held his nerve with an astonishing 153 not out to get them over the line. Continue reading...



Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed

“We couldn’t, could we?” wrote Michael Flynn, Newport County’s manager, in the match programme. No, ultimately, was the answer but Newport gave it one hell of a go on a day that will live long in the memory for every one of their supporters, in particular that moment when Pádraig Amond pulled a goal back with two minutes remaining and the League Two club dared to dream.It was 2-1 at that point and there was a flicker of hope that disappeared just as quickly as it arrived. Phil Foden, who was the standout player on a pudding of a pitch, scored the second of his two goals in the 89th minute with a splendid left-footed shot and it was then left to Riyad Mahrez to add a fourth deep in injury time. Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City?

Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax Continue reading...