The best of Gordon Banks, Tony Romo's gold and Juve's Welshmen | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features a Nascar crash, the World Club Challenge and parkour1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Marcus Rashford wanted by Barcelona?

Today’s fluff is broadly fineMarcus Rashford is good at football! To the surprise of no one apart from José Mourinho, the Manchester United ace is capable of doing lots of goals and assists! All he needs is an arm round the shoulder, a few words of encouragement and a regular run of games up front! Then watch him fly. Watch him go. Watch him go all the way to Barcelona!That’s right: Barcelona have decided to make the United forward their top summer target. With Luis Suárez showing signs of decline, the Spanish champions have identified Rashford as a replacement for the Uruguayan forward and are willing to pay top dollar to get him. They’ll have to be fast, though, because United are on the verge of handing the England international a new long-term deal. Continue reading...



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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Six Nations, Premier League football and the Track Cycling World Championships, plus much more.



Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss might apologise to referee Mike Dean

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he "crossed the line" when he approached referee Mike Dean on the pitch after the loss at Burnley.



Abbie Scott warns England that Wales are different beast at home

England have made a blistering start to their Six Nations campaign but their captain is warning against complacencyAfter such an emphatic start to the Six Nations, chalking up two wins and 92 points, complacency might be the most dangerous opponent for England’s women in Cardiff at lunchtime on Sunday.Not so, according to the Red Roses’ new captain, Abbie Scott. “Wales will be a big challenge,” says the Harlequins lock. “They’re a different beast away. We can’t be complacent. We’ve played here before and lost.” Continue reading...



'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...



Will MMA ever be an Olympic sport?

Global popularity and an ancient pedigree make MMA a sensible fit for today’s Olympics. The reasons why it’s not even being considered – too violent? too popular? – are less clearGatekeepers charged with determining which sports can qualify for the Olympic programme say they carefully considered mixed martial arts before concluding this month that it isn’t the appropriate time to recognize a worldwide governing body for amateur MMA.The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the umbrella organization for all established sports, informed the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the World Mixed Martial Arts Association that one of the oldest sports known to man, popular with spectators as far back as the Ancient Olympic Games (as pankration) and modern audiences alike, would not be granted a two-year provisional term supporting and guiding international federations on the path towards full GAISF membership, a prerequisite for consideration by the International Olympic Committee. Continue reading...



The Fiver | Sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!“The protection of minors,” Fifa wrote in a statement issued today regarding Chelsea’s apparently repeated and flagrant flaunting of regulations concerning the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, “is a key element in Fifa’s regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount.” Continue reading...



Mark Wood not losing sleep over Jofra Archer’s imminent England arrival

• Archer will be eligible for England on 17 March• ‘I wouldn’t say I’m up at night worried,’ says WoodJofra Archer will qualify to play for England on 17 March but Mark Wood, while acknowledging the Barbados-born fast bowler represents a threat to his own World Cup spot, claims not to be losing any sleep over it at present.Wood was the pick of England’s attack on Friday as they suffered their first one-day international defeat to West Indies in four years, a thrilling 26-run win for the hosts at a teeming Kensington Oval that left the five-match series locked at 1-1 heading to Grenada. Continue reading...



Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy's Giants cameos

This week’s roundup also features Wales v England memories, Sir Charles Barkley and Francis Benali1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will finally settle their longstanding beef: who was made to look sillier by George Groves? On which point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering that it required a second stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered at the hands of Eubank Sr. And for old time’s sake here are Groves and Carl Froch showing how it’s done, and here’s the best of the Prince. Related: Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight Continue reading...



Manchester United’s golden child Marcus Rashford finds his lost lustre | Barney Ronay

It’s been three years since the forward burst into Manchester United’s first team and he looks better than ever now José Mourinho has been sent packingThere is a famous photo of Marcus Rashford lining up with his teammates before an England Under-16s fixture. Glancing down the row of likely lads you notice an adorably baby-faced Joe Gomez, the youthful Dominic Solanke, looking pretty much the same as the adult Dominic Solanke, and towards the far end a gap in the line where a face should be.Except, look closer and there is someone there, almost blocked from view by the looming outline of the small girl standing in front of him. Yes, it’s Rashford. And yes, he’s tiny, peeping out between the schoolkids with the same sense of quiet poise that has carried him through the past three years, almost to the day, since his debut for Manchester United. Continue reading...



Pep Guardiola: Manchester United win would be good for title race

A Manchester United win against Liverpool would be a good result in the title race, says Pep Guardiola.