England’s Ben Stokes an injury doubt for third Test after running on beach

Ben Stokes has emerged as an injury doubt for the third Test against West Indies starting on Saturday with a bruised right heel that may have been caused by running on the beach. The all-rounder reported soreness in the area after the team underwent a fitness session on the sands of Rodney Bay on Wednesday…

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup fourth round – live!

3 min: Cleared comfortably by Palace but Spurs remain locked in possession and, understandably, with a lack of obvious creativity through the middle are getting the ball wide. 2 min: For Georges-Kévin N’Koudou fans, he’s playing as a left-sided forward with Lucas to the right of Llorente. Meanwhile, Walker-Peters motors forward and wins a corner…

FA Cup buildup, transfer news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

You read Andy Hunter’s piece with Accrington a little earlier – now here is some hot-off-the-wires bullishness from their excellent manager, John Coleman: I wouldn’t be surprised if we beat them. I’d be delighted but I wouldn’t be surprised. We’re pleased we’re at home, that gives us more of a fighting chance. Derby are the…

Is Tony Romo already the greatest TV analyst in US sports?

After last weekend’s AFC Championship Game, in which Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to victory over MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, the internet was abuzz with praise for a third quarterback, this one working from the booth. Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys QB who began his career as…

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

Australia: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon Sri Lanka still coming. Not sure what’s going on here, but I’ll have it up asap. Dinesh Chandimal has called correctly. Teams as named coming in a tick. This…

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

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. The 21-year-old Netherlands international had been one of Europe’s most sought-after young players, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also interested in signing him. But after weeks of negotiations, De Jong’s arrival…

Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

Ashleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of story Australian tennis badly needs right now. While various stars of the men’s game here, faded and flickering, former and current, embarrass themselves on an almost daily basis by…