Ranking England’s 11 Test spinners since Graeme Swann retired — can Dominic Bess succeed where others could not?

When Dominic Bess walks out at Lord’s to face Pakistan on Thursday, he will become the 12th Test match spinner England have selected since Graeme Swann’s retirement in 2013. Some were seasoned veterans who made little impression on the biggest stage, others were young potentials prematurely plucked from the county circuit and a few still…

Arsenal’s Unai Emery welcome video appears to erase Arsene Wenger from history 

No managerial appointment or new signing is complete without a glossy welcome video, and Arsenal did not disapppoint with a slick production beckoning the Unai Emery-era.  Using the motif ‘The Next Chapter’, the 50-second clip posted on the club’s official Twitter account segued through the notable managerial reigns of Arsenal’s history — with the exception of Arsene Wenger’s…

Rafael Nadal’s 15 most outrageous ever shots 

Ahead of the French Open starting on Sunday, we wallow in the greatest shots hit by the 10-times winner and tournament favourite Rafael Nadal.  As with ‘Roger Federer’s sexiest shots‘, we have tried to pick a range of shots rather than just a series of absolutely ludicrous forehands down the line (of which there are about…

Loris Karius exclusive interview: Champions League glory with Liverpool would be ultimate validation

Loris Karius can visualise the wild celebrations, a victorious goalkeeper sprinting towards teammates consumed by joy. It is a stirring image he recalls from childhood — of an idol whose penalty shootout valour secured a place in Champions League legend. But forget Jerzy Dudek in Istanbul, or Bruce Grobbelaar in Rome. “Oliver Kahn against Valencia in 2001,” says…

Exeter vs Saracens, Premiership Final 2018: What date is the fixture, what TV channel and what is our prediction?

This year’s Aviva Premiership Final is a repeat of the 2016 final, which Saracens won 28-20, while Exeter return to defend a title they clinched following an extra-time triumph against Wasps last season. A Chiefs victory would see them become only the fourth club after Sarries, Leicester and Wasps to successfully defend Premiership silverware since the competition began…

The seven greatest ever French Open matches

7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) — 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan’s defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the…

Has Unai Emery accidentally revealed he is new Arsenal manager?

Unai Emery appears to have announced himself as Arsenal’s new manager. The 46-year-old’s official website — www.unai-emery.com — displayed a picture of the former Paris St Germain head coach alongside an Arsenal crest and the message: «Proud to be part of the Arsenal family.» After social media lit up at the supposed revelation, www.unai-emery.com stopped working,…

Madison Genesis and NJC-Biemme-Echelon dominate in Durham

Madison Genesis surged into a four-point lead at the top of the OVO Energy Tour Series following Tuesday’s Durham round, taking the honours in both the hill-climb challenge up the city’s cobbled South Street and the evening’s traditional circuit race. While the gap in the men’s championship widened, with erstwhile leaders JLT Condor slipping to…

Will Satch picked for World Cup despite heart scare

Britain’s rowers start their World Cup campaign next week, and Olympic champion Will Satch was  relieved to have been included in the team announced on Tuesday. Having had heart surgery to cure atrial fibrillation in January, Satch collapsed at final trials last month. “It’s been a bumpy road but the last few weeks have been good,…

Eric Molina banned for failing drug test after Anthony Joshua fight

The American heavyweight boxer Eric Molina has been suspended for two years by UK Anti-Doping for failing a performance-enhancing drug test after his loss to Anthony Joshua. It was revealed on Tuesday that Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, following his third-round stoppage defeat by Joshua in December 2016 in Manchester, a defence of…

Stoke City appoint Gary Rowett as manager

Stoke have appointed Gary Rowett as their new manager on a three-year deal, the club have announced. Rowett leaves beaten play-off semi-finalists Derby, where he had signed a new long-term contract in January of this year. The 44-year-old will be charged with getting Stoke back into the Premier League at the first attempt following their…

Swansea interview Ostersunds manager Graham Potter for vacant position

Swansea have interviewed Graham Potter, the highly-regarded Ostersunds manager, as they ramp up their search for a new head coach. Potter is emerging as a serious contender to take over at the relegated Premier League club after talks with the board earlier this week. The 43-year-old has established an excellent reputation working in Sweden, achieving…

Exclusive interview: ‘Why does the British public want our fighters to fail ?’ asks Geordie Shore turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers ahead of Bellator 200 debut  

Aaron Chalmers, who shot to fame as an actor in the reality television series Geordie Shore, faces Ash Griffiths on his debut in the Bellator mixed martial arts fight league at Wembley Arena on Friday night, in just his fourth professional fight. The former North Sea oil rig scaffolder, with a social media following of 3.2 million, reveals…

Tracey Neville interview: ‘Usually people ask me about my brothers Gary and Phillip — to have the roles reversed makes me break down’

Amid the maelstrom of emotions that engulfed Tracey Neville after a heart-stopping netball triumph, perhaps the most powerful was a sense of validation that she was, belatedly, the most celebrated figure in her family. Once the euphoria of a first Commonwealth Games gold medal for England’s Roses, sealed by a stunning 52-51 win over Australia last…

Exclusive interview Bellator 200: Michael ‘Venom’ Page hits out at Paul Daley as ‘self-harmer’ and has ‘lost interest’ in all-British showdown

Michael ‘Venom’ Page is one of the most thrilling fighters in MMA, and ahead of his welterweight contest with American David Rickels at Bellator 200 at Wembley Arena on Friday night, hit out at British rival Paul Daley, who he believes is denying the Londoner an opportunity to settle their feud. Exclusive interview       David …

Wasps flanker Jack Willis ruled out for up to a year in fresh injury blow for England

Wasps flankers Jack Willis has been ruled out for up to a year after suffering a serious knee injury in last weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens. «Following consultation with a specialist, it has been determined that Jack Willis sustained a significant multi-ligament injury to his right knee during last Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final,» Wasps said…

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed as West Ham manager

West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as manager on a deal worth up to £7 million-a-year including bonuses. The former Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and Manchester City manager has signed a three-year contract at the London Stadium after leaving Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune. The 64-year-old Chilean will be the…

Manchester City in fresh talks with Leicester over signing Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola bids to strengthen his formidable attacking options this summer. The Premier League champions backed out of a move for Mahrez in January after refusing to meet Leicester City’s demands for a package worth around £90 million but they…

Exclusive: Chelsea make Robert Lewandowski main summer target as they plan spending spree

Chelsea will push on with ambitious summer transfer plans despite the crisis that threatens to engulf owner Roman Abramovich, with the club making Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No 1 target. Abramovich’s visa application has been delayed, with the Government set to ask the Russian oligarch how he acquired his wealth if it is to be…

Santi Cazorla leaves Arsenal after horrific run of injuries

Arsenal have announced that Santi Cazorla is leaving the club after coming to the end of his contract. The 33-year-old made 180 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Malaga in 2012, scoring 29 goals in all competitions. Former Spain international Cazorla has not appeared for Arsenal since sustaining an Achilles injury in October 2016….

West Ham agree Manuel Pellegrini deal worth up to £7m a year

Manuel Pellegrini has agreed a deal to take over as manager of West Ham United worth up to £7 million-a-year including bonuses. An announcement will be made this week. The 64-year-old Chilean will be the highest-paid manager in West Ham’s history, earning more than twice the amount paid to his predecessors, with a £5m-a-year basic…

Marcus Smith named in England squad for World U20 Championship

Marcus Smith has been named in the England squad for the World Under 20 Championship in France, which begins at the end of this month. The 19 year-old fly-half, who is currently with Eddie Jones’ senior squad preparing for the Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians on Sunday, enjoyed a break-out season with Harlequins in…

Tennis Podcast: Alexander Zverev lost in Rome, but is he Rafael Nadal’s biggest French Open threat?

Moments after Rafael Nadal is crowned Champion in Rome for the eighth time, Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law bask in the London sunshine to discuss the King of Clay’s rain-assisted victory over Alexander Zverev, and the extraordinary performance of Elina Svitolina to dismantle an out-of-sorts Simona Halep.  Other Rome talking points are…

How Owen Farrell is driving the standards at Saracens: ‘If it is an effort error then he gives you the look’

Saracens will take their famed one-for-all mentality into their fourth Premiership final in five years knowing equally that stand-out individual performers such as fly-half Owen Farrell will provide the stardust that makes them marginal favourites to defeat defending champions Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham on Saturday. Farrell was in imperious form in this madcap game against…

Man City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak convinced club will get even better under ‘relentless’ Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” pursuit of success and improvement will ensure there is no let-up from Manchester City next season, according to the club’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak.   Al-Mubarak is convinced that the Premier League champions can get better under Guardiola and says the club have learnt some important mistakes from their past two failed title…

Joe Simmonds — the apprentice who has displaced the master — thriving in role of driving Exeter to even greater heights

This time last year, Joe Simmonds was in the stands as Exeter’s 24th man while his elder brother, Sam, etched himself into Devon folklore by scoring an 80th-minute try to win their Premiership semi-final against Saracens. On Saturday, it was the junior Simmonds’ turn to shine in a comprehensive semi-final victory, delivering a masterful performance at…

Manuel Pellegrini arrives at West Ham for manager role talks

West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was…

Antonio Conte does not know the rules of football

Michael Oliver is on course to be the best referee in the world and his performance in the FA Cup final proved it. His display was exemplary, and it also showed that some senior figures in the game – particularly Antonio Conte and many of the players – do not know the rules. Two years…

Chris Ashton set to face England at Twickenham with the Barbarians

Chris Ashton is in line to go up against England with the Barbarians next Sunday at Twickenham. Telegraph Sport understands that Ashton has been made available to the invitational side after Toulon were knocked out of the Top 14 on Friday night at the quarter-final – or barrages – stage. Toulon drew 19-19 with Lyon at Stade Mayol, but…

Total Football Podcast: ‘Jose Mourinho is like a vampire sucking the life out of Man Utd’

Saturday’s FA Cup Final is the main subject of discussion on this week’s Total Football Podcast, with Telegraph Sport’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt joining host Thom Gibbs to dissect the game. There’s also an England World Cup squad to analyse, with all the big topics covered including which formation Gareth Southgate will play, who will start…

Paul Scholes lays into Alexis Sanchez: ‘His performances for Man Utd must improve — they can’t get any worse’

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has laid into Alexis Sanchez following the FA Cup final, claiming his performances «can’t get any worse». Chile international Sanchez was singled out for criticism following his poor display as United lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday. Scholes believes Sanchez will have to improve vastly next season…

Trent Alexander-Arnold exclusive interview: The reason I chose Liverpool, facing Cristiano Ronaldo and my joy at World Cup call-up

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s memories of his first Anfield game will always be crystal clear, not least because it was the night that he was baptised as a Liverpool fan and into the great European tradition of which he has already become a part. Liverpool’s 19-year-old breakthrough star and fresh World Cup call-up is sitting on the…

Jurgen Klopp: It will take 15 years for Mo Salah to match Cristiano Ronaldo

Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah will have to repeat this season’s heroics “for the next 15 years” to match the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo. Salah and Ronaldo’s performance in the Champions League final may not only determine who wins the competition, but also this year’s Ballon d’Or, a personal accolade dominated by the Real Madrid superstar and Lionel…

England players prepared for racial abuse at World Cup in Russia

England’s planning for the World Cup in Russiawill include preparing players for racial abuse, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Pippa Grange, a psychologist who is the Football Association’s head of people and team development, will cover how to cope with racist incidents in a series of workshops. England players will not leave the pitch if they…

Denny Solomona is close to tour start, says Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has insisted that he did not hesitate to select Denny Solomona for England’s three-Test tour of South Africa despite the Sale Sharks wing’s disciplinary issues this season. Solomona has just returned from a four-week ban after being found guilty by an independent Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel for directing a homophobic slur at…

Ben Youngs hails ‘phenomenal’ brother Tom after wife goes into remission following four-year cancer battle

Ben Youngs has paid tribute to his “phenomenal” brother Tom days after it was confirmed that his sister-in-law, Tom’s wife Tiffany, has gone into remission following a four-year battle with cancer. Just 12 months ago, doctors told Tiffany that the condition she had been fighting for three years had become terminal, a prognosis that prompted…

Rhododendron finally prevails to win Lockinge Stakes

Rhododendron, who was more often the bridesmaid than the bride when it really mattered in 2017, set the standard for older milers this season when she bravely held on by a short-head to win the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. When she burst a blood vessel in the French Oaks almost a…

Liverpool cancel Borussia Monchengladbach friendly over alleged illegal approach for Rhian Brewster

Liverpool’s dispute with Borussia Monchengladbach following an alleged illegal approach for teenager Rhian Brewster has intensified with the postponement of a prestigious pre-season fixture between the clubs. The German club were heading to Anfield on August 7 for a curtain-raiser to the 2018-19 season. But such is the acrimony sparked by the pursuit of Brewster,…

Wasps defend decision to let James Haskell attend Royal Wedding while Wasps played Premiership semi-final

Wasps have defended the decision to allow James Haskell to attend the Royal Wedding while his club were playing in the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens. Former Wasps and England captain Lawrence Dallaglio questioned the decision on BT Sport, claiming that Haskell, who was ruled out of Wasps’ 57-33 defeat with an ankle injury, should…

Gianluigi Buffon bids Juventus an emotional farewell in final appearance

Gianluigi Buffon’s career has been defined by high emotion and drama, and his final Juventus appearance against Verona was a fittingly passionate goodbye.  The legendary goalkeeper leaves Juventus this summer after 17 years of service, with reports linking the 40-year-old to West Ham and Liverpool.  Buffon moved to Turin from Parma for £32.6 million in…

Exeter vs Newcastle, Aviva Premiership play-off: live score updates 

Auto update On Off 1:59PM Exeter vs Newcastle: The showdown Gary Graham is attempting to follow in his father’s footsteps when he faces the might of the Exeter Chiefs in today’s Aviva Premiership semi-final. The Newcastle flanker and his team-mates may be the surprise package in the end-of-season shoot-out, but it is not entirely unfamiliar…

Saracens vs Wasps, Aviva Premiership play-off live score updates

Today’s match at Allianz Park kicks off at 12.30pm Billy Vunipola returns for Saracens after injury Sarries finished 2nd in the regular season, Wasps 3rd Auto update On Off 11:39AM Here come the boys… 11:38AM WASPS TEAM NEWS — Hughes returns! Nathan Hughes returns to start at No 8. On the bench Guy Thompson is in line to…

Celtic have the chance to create history, says Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation — frequently voiced in England — that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard. Given that if Celtic beat Motherwell in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park Rodgers and his players will achieve an unprecedented double clean sweep of the domestic honours, his claim is likely to prompt…

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