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'I worked my butt off': Lindsey Vonn emotional after winning downhill bronze

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Lindsey Vonn, one of the great alpine skiers of all time, was unable to repeat her downhill victory in the 2010 Olympics in a title defense eight years in the waiting on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon in Pyeongchang.

Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo | Barney Ronay


The little genius changed the gravity of this tie with a piece of classic unforgiving skill to score his first goal against Chelsea, but until then the hosts had been a match for Barcelona

Jim Furyk expects ‘fire’ from Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup

Jim Furyk has backed Tiger Woods to bring “fire” to this year’s Ryder Cup after the 14-times major winner’s guaranteed involvement in the event was confirmed. Woods, who insists he retains aspirations of playing for the US once again, has…

Bayern Munich v Besiktas: Champions League – as it happened

Bayern Munich made the most of Domagoj Vida’s red card to thrash Besiktas 5-0 and all but seal their place in the Champions League last eight

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Garlic Girls: South Korean curling team ward off more seasoned rivals

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The five women have become internet sensations with their unlikely progression to Winter Olympic semi-finals in Pyeongchang


Winter Olympics women's downhill skiing: Lindsey Vonn wins bronze – as it happened

American misses out on second Olympic gold; Lindsey Vonn: ‘There’s nothing special about me. I just ski fast’; Latest medal table | Full event schedule


Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: we were close to the perfect game against Barcelona

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea can still achieve “something incredible” at the Camp Nou after emerging disappointed only to draw with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.


Lionel Messi breaks his duck against Chelsea to earn draw for Barcelona

In the end, it turned out to be a harsh reminder for Chelsea about the realities of the Champions League and, unfortunately for Andreas Christensen, a personal ordeal for the player who has been trusted by Antonio Conte to assume a…

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Champions League – as it happened

Updates from the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge; Live scores: the goals from the games in the UK and Europe; Send your thoughts to Scott.Murray@theguardian.com


Is Elise Christie Olympic nightmare down to bad luck or bad racing? | Sean Ingle

One or two slices of misfortune would be natural. But a run of six successive crashes or disqualifications at a Winter Olympics is harder to explain away


Just how dangerous are Winter Olympic sports?

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Pyeongchang has witnessed its fair share of thrills and spills, but which events result in the most injuries?


Facts can be stranger than fiction when it comes to failing drug tests | Andy Bull

Athletes are becoming more susceptible to being spiked and more prone to outlandish explanations if the recent case of a couple of Japanese kayakers is anything to go by


Sergio Agüero considering pressing charges over Wigan crowd trouble

Sergio Agüero believes he was told to “suck my dick” and was spat at in his ear by the Wigan supporter who confronted him at the DW Stadium on Monday, with the striker considering pressing charges for common assault.

Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?

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Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snow


Winter Olympics 2018: all the latest from day 11 in Pyeongchang – as it happened

Martin Fourcard’s brilliant Biathlon gold and a German clean sweep in the Nordic Combined were the highlights, as Elise Christie’s Games came to an end

Krushelnitsky denies drugs charge after Winter Olympics test failure

The medal-winning Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied using banned drugs after testing positive for meldonium at the Winter Olympics as Russia announced a criminal investigation had been opened into the circumstances.

Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?


Chicago Blackhawks ban four fans for racist taunting during game


The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals.


David Squires on … West Brom's mini-break in Barcelona

Our cartoonist on Alan Pardew’s team-building exercise in Catalonia


‘No to Monday night football’: Frankfurt fans protest against Bundesliga plans

The Bundesliga’s plans for increased Monday night matches met with fierce resistance as Eintracht Frankfurt fans showed their disapproval in their game against RB Leipzig.

Tuesday, Feb 20

'Robbed of moment of glory': Norwegian curlers want special medal ceremony

The Norwegian curlers who missed out on a bronze medal due to Russian doping want Winter Olympics organisers to hold a new podium ceremony for them in Pyeongchang because they feel “robbed of their moment of glory”.

Winter Olympics ice dancing: Canada's Virtue/Moir win gold, Shibutanis take bronze – as it happened

Overexposed: Papadakis and skating wardrobe malfunctions; Latest medal table | Full event schedule

Monday, Feb 19

Wigan’s Will Grigg stuns Manchester City and ends quadruple dream

There is a famous song about the man who has just scorched Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple. And in the closing moments here it is doubtful if “Will Grigg’s on fire” has ever reverberated around this stadium with greater noise and…

The forgotten story of ... Mexico's answer to Cool Runnings

The Tames brothers’ dream of competing at the Olympics took them from Mexico City to Germany, Dallas and finally a trip to Calgary in a VW van

FA Cup fifth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Connor Goldson and Ethan Ampadu showed their worth, Mauricio Pellegrino’s taxigate sympathy and Coventry must not be forgotten

Danica Patrick's Nascar career ends in crash as Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500


Austin Dillon put the No3 back in victory lane in the Daytona 500 as Danica Patrick’s career ended with a crash.

Sunday, Feb 18

Romelu Lukaku must show he can make his mark on the biggest stages | Richard Jolly

Manchester United’s £75m signing has produced the goods against lesser opposition but must raise his game with more challenging matches coming up at home and in Europe

Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid: La Liga – as it happened

Asensio scores twice as Real Madrid edge thriller; Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

Devante Smith-Pelly says racial taunting from NHL fans was 'disgusting'

Devante Smith-Pelly was taunted by four fans shouting “basketball, basketball, basketball” on Saturday night during the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Washington Capitals.

Hakan Sukur – Turkey’s fallen hero who can never return home

Scorer of the fastest World Cup goal had Turkey’s president as a wedding guest but now lives in enforced exile in the US

Saturday, Feb 17

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku sinks Huddersfield despite VAR chaos

Paul Pogba missed this game through illness, leaving Manchester United to book their place in the last eight of the FA Cup without him. Thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s 20th and 21st goals of the season they managed it comfortably enough, the…

Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

The coach used Neymar’s exit as a chance to reboot the faltering giants as Chelsea may find out on Tuesday

LeBron James responds to Fox host's controversial 'shut up and dribble' comment

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LeBron James has responded to what many perceived as racist comments from Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain

Lizzy Yarnold created history by becoming the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title – and then revealed how close she had come to pulling out of the Games because a virus that had laid her low for a week.

Friday, Feb 16

Roger Federer becomes oldest world No1 after beating Robin Haase

Roger Federer became the oldest world No 1 after he beat Robin Haase in the World Tennis Tournament quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

José Mourinho says talk Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United is ‘lies’

José Mourinho has denied his relationship with Paul Pogba has broken down and described speculation the midfielder may want to leave as “a lot of lies”.

'A slow pace but it's a pace': Tongan skier surpasses goals in Pyeongchang

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Pita Taufatofua, who has only ever spent 12 weeks on snow, finishes third last in 15km

Jamaican bobsleigh team back in business thanks to offer of new sled

Cool Runnings II is back on. Fears that the Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team would miss their first Winter Olympics, after the coach quit and threatened to take their sled with her, appear to have abated after a beer company offered to buy…