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BeIN Sports chief in World Athletics Championships corruption inquiry

• French authorities suspect he paid bribes for Doha bid• Yousef Al-Obaidly denies wrongdoing in statementThe director general of the Qatari television group BeIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid brib…

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Champions League no longer contest of champions but battle between leagues | Paul Wilson

While the old format never produced a same-nation final, this will be the seventh since 2000, as England steps into the void left by Spain. But there is no point weeping over lost romanceRichard Scudamore retired too soon! No sooner had the Premier Lea…

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Ghana president convinces Asamoah Gyan to come out of 24-hour retirement

President urged Gyan ‘in the national interest’ to make U-turnStriker retired after reportedly being dropped as captainAsamoah Gyan has made a rapid U-turn on his decision to retire from Ghana duty and will now play at the Africa Cup of Nations after b…

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Ghana president convinces Asamoah Gyan to come out of 24-hour retirement

President urged Gyan ‘in the national interest’ to make U-turnStriker retired after reportedly being dropped as captainAsamoah Gyan has made a rapid U-turn on his decision to retire from Ghana duty and will now play at the Africa Cup of Nations after b…

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Amnesty: Don’t let Azerbaijan hide human rights abuses behind football

• Body criticises decision to stage Europa League final in Baku• ‘Azerbaijan is in the grip of a sinister human rights crackdown’Amnesty International has increased the pressure on European football’s governing body Uefa by saying Azerbaijan must not b…

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Cricket – Kohli ready for tough challenge

India captain Virat Kohli says there will be no room for complacency at the World Cup.

India face South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in their first four games of the tournament and Kohli knows that his side will have to be at their bes…

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Rugby League – Watson demands high standards

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson thinks his side are capable of challenging the top teams in Super League.

Salford are currently seventh in the table after losing their last game to St Helens.
They face Hull KR on Sunday at the Magic Weekend…

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County Championship: Somerset v Warks, Lancs v Worcs and more – live!

Regular updates from around the county groundsYou can email Tanya here, tweet her here or post BTLDay two: how Tuesday’s action unfoldedAli Martin’s England World Cup team guide 12.06pm BST Sam Hain still there, but fast running out of partners. Oliver…

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Horse Racing – Morrison to bide his time

Hughie Morrison will wait as long as possible before deciding whether Telecaster will race in the Derby at Epsom on 1st June.

Telecaster won last week’s Dante Stakes at York and is 6/1 with bet365 to win the Derby.
A fee of £85,000 will be required …

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Borussia Dortmund sign Thorgan Hazard for £22.5m from Mönchengladbach

• Younger brother of Eden signs five-year-deal at BVB• It’s the perfect time for the next step, says 26-year-oldBorussia Dortmund have signed the striker Thorgan Hazard from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach for £22.5m.The younger brother of C…

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The English manager in charge of Taiwan’s football team

Three years ago Louis Lancaster was coaching youth players at Watford. Now he is taking Taiwan up the Fifa world rankingsBy Chris Evans for The Set PiecesIt was the hardest decision of Louis Lancaster’s life. The ambitious coach was on the cusp of star…

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Daniel James: Manchester United in talks for Swansea City winger

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Daniel James: Manchester United in talks for Swansea City winger

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John Daly’s buggy gives us a joyride in front of po-faced golf authorities

It’s hard to escape the sense that the powers-that-be just feel someone like Daly makes the place untidyNews that the R&A is considering John Daly’s request for permission to use a buggy for July’s Open at Royal Portrush has been met by a growing c…

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Cheeky finish: high school footballer scores ‘goal of the year’ with backside – video

Caleb Dokter, who plays for the Western Christian Boys Soccer team, scored the somewhat unconventional goal during his team’s 10-0 victory over Missouri Valley in the top division of Iowa’s High School Athletic Association. Journalist Travis Chinn, who…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: the complete guide to all the stadiums

All you need to know about the nine venues for the tournament in France, including history lessons and the hitches along the wayClick on each image for caption information Continue reading…

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What is the longest gap between a league title win and European glory? | The Knowledge

Plus: long-serving kit manufacturers, football on the big screen (part IIII) and clubs that compete in the most different sports“This season’s Champions League final will be contested by two teams who have gone a combined 87 years without a domestic le…

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Do the USA women need to win the World Cup to win it all?

The World Cup and an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation will coalesce into a summer of the highest stakes for the USWNTWhen the US women’s national team takes the field in France in June, they will be fighting for th…

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Talking Horses: They’re off at Ayr after delayed start to Flat season

Drainage work problems have plagued the track since the Ayr Gold Cup was transferred to Haydock in 2017It has been a long time coming but Ayr’s Flat racing season gets underway on Wednesday, when the track’s executives will hope to draw a final line un…

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Sloane Stephens: ‘You should be scared of the living, not the dead’

Last year’s French Open finalist talks to Tumaini Carayol about death, illness, maturity and discovering the focus that has often eluded herSloane Stephens grew up surrounded by dead bodies. Her extended family owns a funeral home, so her formative yea…