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Australian Open 2018: Wawrinka out but Federer and Halep advance – day four as it happened

Stan Wawrinka was hindered by his troublesome knee in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 defeat by the American Tennys Sandgren, but Roger Federer, Simona Halep and Juan Martin del Potro won, as did the home favourite Ashleigh Barty

A letter to Cyrille Regis … my dad’s hero, who gave me the belief to follow my dreams | Liam Rosenior

You helped convince my father he could be a successful, black footballer and your courage gave the generation beneath you (including me) the confidence to push forward

Women’s draw opens up for Maria Sharapova after Johanna Konta exit


Day by day, the rankings on the women’s tour are being shredded to the point of irrelevance – and when Jo Konta joined Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe, Petra Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza among a slew of seeded players to…

Ben Stokes’ court date clashes with England Twenty20 comeback match


The England all-rounder Ben Stokes is to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he was supposed to be making his international comeback in a Twenty20 tri-series match in New Zealand.

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Farewell Ronaldinho, bobsleigh thrills and Dustin Johnson's miracle drive | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a Robbie Fowler dink, a memorable ODI between Australia and England and all of Boca Juniors’ goals from 2017


Sánchez-Mkhitaryan deal ‘likely to happen’, says Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger has made it clear that he expects to swap Alexis Sánchez for Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as he described this transfer window as “more disturbing” and “more destabilising” than ever for Arsenal.

England name eight uncapped players in Six Nations squad for Italy opener

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Eddie Jones has named the uncapped loosehead props Lewis Boyce and Alec Hepburn in his England’s 35-man Six Nations squad and promoted the back-row Zach Mercer to a fully-fledged member of the group.


Johanna Konta down and out in Melbourne after defeat to Bernarda Pera


Jo Konta said before her second-round match against the world No123, Bernarda Pera, she was unsure what the American slam debutante looked like, although they had played each other as juniors. After an hour and 40 minutes on Show Court 2…


Antonio Conte: VAR official made ‘big mistake’ over Chelsea penalty shout

Antonio Conte has suggested the video assistant referee, Mike Jones, was guilty of a “big, big mistake” after opting not to flag up a potential penalty as Chelsea’s third round replay victory over Norwich City descended into farcical…


Ben Stokes: all-rounder cleared to play for England after affray charge

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Ben Stokes will return to international cricket in February after the England and Wales Cricket Board lifted his suspension. On Monday, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Stokes would be charged with affray and the ECB’s board…

Hazard penalty puts Chelsea through against Norwich on dramatic Cup night

The anarchy into which this tie descended through extra-time actually made Chelsea’s eventual progress feel almost incidental. Antonio Conte had cause to celebrate Willy Caballero’s fine save and a perfect quintet of penalties in the…


Chelsea beat Norwich on penalties, Swansea 2-1 Wolves, Wigan 3-0 Bournemouth – as it happened

Chelsea were pushed all the way by Norwich, but won on penalties and join Swansea and Wigan in the fourth round


Doubts over Reuben family involvement in Newcastle takeover

A major British family investor, the first to be named by the businesswoman Amanda Staveley as a financial backer of her £250m bid to buy Newcastle United, has said they are not now planning to invest in the club. According to both parties…

Eddie Jones’ extended deal shows the RFU grasping succession planning | Robert Kitson


Orderly change has rarely been Twickenham’s strong point but with the Australian staying until 2021 the union has a clear post-World Cup plan


Theo Walcott’s £20m Everton move spells trouble for Lookman and Vlasic | Andy Hunter

Sam Allardyce says Theo Walcott ‘should be at the peak of his career’ and he is an experienced goalscorer but his arrival is bad news for Everton’s youngsters


Ben Stokes: ECB ruling raises more questions over their decision-making | Vic Marks


Decision to reinstate England all-rounder for series in New Zealand despite pending trial for affray has puzzling aspects


James Haskell banned for England’s first two Six Nations games

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The Wasps flanker James Haskell will be unavailable for England’s first two Six Nations games after receiving a four-week ban.

Gary Speed 'one of four players coached by Bennell to have killed themselves'

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Former Wales manager hanged himself years after playing in team coached by Barry Bennell, court hears

Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse

Olympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar.


Ronaldinho: a player so good he made you smile

The Brazilian has retired after an extraordinary career but his wonderful talent will be remembered for ever. ‘He changed our history,’ the Barcelona midfielder Xavi said

Wednesday, Jan 17

Laura Robson becomes first player to suggest renaming Margaret Court Arena

Laura Robson has come out in favour of renaming the Margaret Court Arena, becoming the first current player at the Australian Open to advocate doing so.

Eddie Jones’ extended deal with England opens the door to the Lions

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Eddie Jones remains in contention to take charge of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa despite his two-year contract extension to stay on as England’s head coach until August that year, the Rugby Football Union has…

Rafael Nadal beats Leonardo Mayer in the Australian Open second round – as it happened

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No1 seed beats Argentinian 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Australian Open 2018: Kyrgios, Dimitrov and more – day three live!

Tuesday, Jan 16

West Ham 1-0 Shrewsbury, Leicester 2-0 Fleetwood: FA Cup replays as they happened

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a VAR-assisted goal for Leicester, Cardiff booked a date with Manchester City and West Ham needed extra time to see off Shrewsbury

England’s Test demise is no surprise as T20 generation follow the money | Andy Bull

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England’s victory at the MCG showed the difference between the Test and one-day teams, and where the priorities lie for players for whom the red-ball game is no longer the pinnacle

Chris Froome’s failed test will be the end of Team Sky, warns Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis has launched a stinging attack on Team Sky, claiming the idea of marginal gains and a zero tolerance policy is a facade and “just great PR”. The American, who turned informant after testing positive for drugs, scoffed at…

Australian Open 2018: Federer advances, Barty sees off Sabalenka, Del Potro wins – as it happened

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Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro cruised through, but Heather Watson made a first-round exit after losing to Yulia Putintseva

Monday, Jan 15

Manchester United’s José Mourinho expects rival bids for Alexis Sánchez

José Mourinho believes “other big clubs” are interested in the Arsenal forward, Alexis Sánchez, despite Manchester City appearing to clear the way for Manchester United to secure the Chile forward citing the escalating costs of any deal.

Former West Brom and England striker Cyrille Regis dies – updates as they happened

We followed all the reaction and tributes to the footballing trailblazer who died at the age of 59 following a cardiac arrest

Ben Stokes charged with affray over incident outside Bristol nightclub

The England cricketer Ben Stokes has vowed to clear his name after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub in September.

Australian Open 2018: Nadal, Kyrgios, Wozniacki win; Sock out on day one – as it happened

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It was a day of surprises with the Americans Venus Williams, Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vanderweghe and John Isner all tumbling out but Rafael Nadal and Elina Svitolina cruised through

Sunday, Jan 14

Liverpool and Mohamed Salah put thrilling end to Manchester City’s run

Finally, there is a glimmer of hope for the teams desperately clinging to Manchester City’s coat-tails. Only a tiny glimmer, maybe, and nobody should really imagine it will change too much when it comes to the destination of the…

Bournemouth v Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe secured Bournemouth a comeback victory in a hugely damaging result for Arsenal’s top-four prospects

England beat Australia by five wickets in first one-day international – as it happened

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Jason Roy hit the biggest one-day score in England history to help his side to a record-breaking victory in the first ODI against Australia

NFC divisional playoff: Atlanta Falcons 10-15 Philadelphia Eagles – as it happened

Eagles will face Vikings or Saints in NFC Championship; Email dj.gallo.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @DJGalloEtc

Saturday, Jan 13

Tottenham outclass uninspired Everton as Harry Kane reaches new milestone

While Cenk Tosun offered flashes of promise on his Everton debut, in the end he was powerless to stop himself from becoming the latest striker to be left in the shade by Harry Kane. Tosun’s muscular cameo was an isolated bright spot for…

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane became Tottenham’s all-time leading Premier League marksman as Everton were outplayed at Wembley.

Chelsea 0-0 Leicester, Newcastle 1-1 Swansea and more – as it happened

Wins for Crystal Palace, West Ham and West Brom; Chelsea held by Leicester at Stamford Bridge; Newcastle and Swansea share points; Watford rescue point with controversial late equaliser; View the Premier League table

Novak Djokovic takes qualified risk before toughest Australian Open test yet


Novak Djokovic handed out sugar-free sweets to the media again on Saturday, spreading love and good health in equal measure, but no amount of bonhomie could disguise that the six-time winner of the Australian Open is in for the toughest…