Victoria Pendleton: Olympic champion 'turns corner' after suicide thoughts

24-01-2019 Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton says she has "turned a corner" after she "was minutes away" from taking her own life last summer.

Australian exit shows Serena Williams is haunted by trauma of US meltdown

24-01-2019 Serena Williams has insisted she will ‘soldier on’ in search of slam glory but her quarter-final collapse against Karolina Pliskova posed questions about her emotional stateSerena Williams leaves Melbourne – and the rest of tennis – less certain about her future than her magnificent past, upset yet oddly resigned to the fact that what she hoped would be the extension of her comeback had unravelled in glorious confusion.In trying to rationalise the disappointment of falling three wins short of drawing alongside Margaret Court with a staggering 24 career majors, Williams moved with far more dexterity in the aftermath than she did while enduring a head-spinning collapse in the third set of her quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova. Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

24-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Football transfer rumours: José Mourinho lined up by PSG?

24-01-2019 Today’s rumours are in harmonyFresh from delivering a plaintive lament about the difficult character of the modern player, José Mourinho has been tipped to become the new manager of Neymar. Thomas Tuchel is under pressure, see, after only winning 9-0 last weekend in Ligue 1, where PSG have but a 13-point lead at the top of the table, with two matches in hand. If they were to offset that embarrassment in that Champions League, then the French club might jilt Tuchel and make a move for Mourinho, who bumped into the the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, while a-punditing in Qatar recently. That story will sadden the hearts of fun-lovers, who would much prefer Mourinho to be thrust into power at PSG *before *their next Champions League fixture, which, of course, is against Manchester United, whose fortunes have turned around in exactly the manner you’d expect after replacing Mourinho with a bubbly work experience intern from Norway. Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

Highlights: Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova after holding match points

24-01-2019 Serena Williams misses four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova wins the final six games to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.

‘Subdued’ Cardiff City players train as Emiliano Sala dominates thoughts

24-01-2019 • Mood flat and sombre as Sala’s disappearance casts shadow• Neil Warnock said to be in ‘state of shock’ at situationCardiff City’s players returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since the news broke that Emiliano Sala, their club-record signing, was on board a plane that disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday evening.The session that took place at their Vale of Glamorgan base was described as flat and subdued as staff and players were consumed by thoughts of Sala and the realisation that he should have been out on the pitch training alongside them. Continue reading...

Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

24-01-2019 Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse. Continue reading...

Australia v Sri Lanka: first Test, day one – live!

24-01-2019 Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 3.59am GMT 11th over: Sri Lanka 27-1 (Karunaratne 11, Chandimal 1) The skipper, Chandimal, was not down to bat at No3 but he is walking out now at the fall of the first wicket instead of Dhananjaya. He’s off the mark first ball with a push to mid-on, Karunaratne defending the rest of the successful set with soft hands.That was the first wicket for Pat Cummins as Australia’s vice-captain. Through him, we’re one step closer to the fast bowler captaincy revolution. Viva! OUT. And who else to strike but @patcummins30?!Thirimanne goes, and it's 1/26 #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/wmBtNSxhiy 3.54am GMT Full and round the wicket, Cummins gave Thirimanne an invitation to drive that he could not turn down. Doing just enough off the deck, the outside edge flew straight into the hands of the local boy Labuschagne at third slip. They’re away. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

24-01-2019 This week's sport on the BBC includes the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Australian Open and World Indoor Bowls Championships, plus much more.

David Squires on … Mesut Özil and Unai Emery's relationship

24-01-2019 Our resident cartoonist takes Arsenal’s enigmatic playmaker and his manager to see a counsellorTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

Maro Itoje commits future to Saracens with new deal until 2022

24-01-2019 • England forward says he is ‘pleased to stay’• Itoje had been linked with HarlequinsSaracens have confirmed Maro Itoje has signed a new deal until 2022. The England forward’s current contract at the Premiership champions was due to expire next summer but an announcement on Wednesday confirmed he has committed his future to the club.“I’m really pleased to be staying on at Saracens,” he said. Continue reading...

Frenkie de Jong to join Barcelona in €75m summer transfer from Ajax

24-01-2019 • 21-year-old will join Barça on five-year contract on 1 July• De Jong joins Adrien Rabiot in agreeing summer moveThe Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona this summer on a five-year contract for €75m (£65.3m), the La Liga club have announced. Related: Frenkie de Jong to join Barcelona in €75m summer transfer from Ajax Continue reading...

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

24-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

NBA: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry's worst five seconds of basketball

24-01-2019 Golden State superstar Stephen Curry shows he is human after all with five seconds of basketball to forget in the Warriors' 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Victoria Pendleton reveals she considered taking her own life

24-01-2019 • Former Olympic cyclist speaks about mental health issues• 38-year-old has ‘turned a corner’ after summer tormentFormer Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed she considered taking her own life last summer.The 38-year-old has previously spoken about her mental health issues and, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, has given a graphic account of how matters deteriorated. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

24-01-2019 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers: Jordan Jones winner renders Jermain Defoe goal meaningless

24-01-2019 Jordan Jones scores the winner against the club he will join this summer, as Kilmarnock came from behind to beat Rangers and move into second place in the Scottish Premiership.