Warren Gatland backs himself and Wales to clinch Six Nations

• Gatland: ‘I pride myself on my record’• Dispute with Ireland over Principality Stadium roofA feature of Warren Gatland’s coaching career is that his teams tend to deliver when it matters. When he had a dig at England last month for bottling it on the big occasion, Wales’ coach did so from...

Frank de Boer struggles early in MLS as Pity and Atlanta United fail to fire

The Five Stripes won the title in just their second season. But after the departure of two key figures they have struggled to find a new identityGonzalo “Pity” Martínez was welcomed to the US with a song. As he stepped off the team bus, Atlanta United supporters...

Odell Beckham Jr trade shows NFL teams value draft picks over talent

The Giants’ dumbfounding decision to trade an all-time great at the peak of his powers is the latest example of an NFL team valuing their culture and the allure of hope over talentThe Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr to the Browns on Tuesday night, weeks after paying the star...

Eddie Jones puts pressure on ‘tired’ Wales in push for Six Nations title

• England coach: ‘I see a Wales team that looks tired’• Jones says dropped Cokanasiga can play 100 TestsWarren Gatland has told Eddie Jones to mind his own business after the England coach said Wales looked “tired” before their Six Nations decider with Ireland in Cardiff. Jones also believes the Irish...

Victory in US for Tommy Fleetwood ‘only a matter of time’, says Rory McIlroy

• Englishman shot first-round 65 in Players Championship• ‘He is one of the best players in the world’It was hardly a shock to hear Rory McIlroy endorse the chances of Tommy Fleetwood winning in the United States before long. Singing Tommy’s praises has become an understandable theme.The...

Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus

The striker’s best performance for Juve in the Champions League embodied the club’s ‘until the end’ mottoThe Juventus motto is “fino alla fine” – in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening the men’s team proved these words are not empty but alive. Juve aspire to be a team...

Bryony Frost makes history with Frodon in Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

• Ryanair Chase winner Frodon and rider get huge reception • Front-runner looked beaten before rallying to win after lastBryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at the Cheltenham Festival as Frodon made all the running under a perfectly judged ride in the Ryanair Chase here on...

Jump Girls shows female jockeys blazing an often perilous trail

New documentary highlights women who have made their name in the often cut-throat, brutal and downright dangerous sport of horse racingAs Rachael Blackmore was led back to the Cheltenham Festivalwinner’s enclosure on board A Plus Tard after the pair bolted home in Tuesday’s penultimate race, one of Racing...

Gambling Commission ‘content’ with way BetBright voided ante-post bets

• Punter plans to sue over potential payout of £30k• Backer had outstanding football bets with firmA punter whose ante-post bets with a potential payout of nearly £30k were voided by the defunct bookmaker BetBright last week said on Wednesday that he is preparing to launch a legal action...

Four English clubs in the Champions League last eight. What took so long?

Celebrate by all means but ask also why Premier League sides have underperformed for a decade and remember it means little without the trophyUnfurl the bunting, roll out the barrel, clear the streets for a party: there are four Premier League teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions...

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