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

21-01-2019 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

21-01-2019 Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Continue reading...

Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

21-01-2019 All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

Highlights: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 to win first Masters title

21-01-2019 Watch highlights as Judd Trump beats seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace to win his first Masters title.

Roger Federer plans to play clay-court season after Australian Open exit

21-01-2019 Roger Federer says he plans to play the clay-court season after skipping it for two successive years.

Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Winks' 'unbelievable' late winner

21-01-2019 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Winks' injury-time winner at Fulham shows the importance of "believing until the end".

Huddersfield 0-3 Manchester City: Guardiola delight at Blue's 'incredible' season

21-01-2019 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describes his side's season as "incredible" after a 3-0 Premier League win over managerless Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

'I belong at the top': José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video

21-01-2019 A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place finish was one of his ‘best achievements in football’. At 55, he said he was too young to retire from club managementJosé Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

21-01-2019 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Maurizio Sarri says slamming Chelsea’s players was not a risky move

21-01-2019 • Manager says they lacked ‘ferocity’ in their defeat at Arsenal• Adds he is ‘a straight talker’ not worried about bruising egosMaurizio Sarri does not believe it was a risky move to accuse his Chelsea players of being “extremely difficult to motivate” and lacking “ferocity” in their game after the tame defeat at Arsenal.Sarri struggled to contain his anger after a result which means fourth-placed Chelsea’s lead over Arsenal and Manchester United has been cut to three points and the Italian made it clear he views the problem as mental rather than tactical, saying there will be no drastic changes for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Continue reading...