Feed aggregator

The Avengers, the Minions and the Terminator touch down at Super Bowl Sunday

Guardian Sport - 25 min 51 sec ago

Forget the football, just watch the trailers: Hollywood is splashing out on some expensive ad-time to show off its forthcoming wares

The annual Super Bowl broadcast invariably features a torrent of TV spots promoting the movies that Hollywood hopes will be massive at the multiplexes in 2015. Sunday’s event is expected to give us 30-second glimpses of Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator: Genisys and Minions, among others, and there is even talk, however unlikely, of a fresh look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens or a first glimpse of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Here’s a quick rundown of what we can expect.

Related: Jurassic Park IV: something has survived (and it seems to be half human) | Ben Child

Continue reading...

Police probe Roy Keane 'incident'

BBC Sport - 27 min 7 sec ago
Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident in Greater Manchester involving former footballer Roy Keane.

Leonard Barden on Chess

Guardian Sport - 33 min 17 sec ago

The Carlsen generation has stormed to the top of international chess. Norway’s world champion won the elite Tata Steel Wijk tournament last week with 9/13, while half a point behind him were four grandmasters from China, France, the Netherlands and the US, all of them aged under 25. And first prize in the B group went to Wei Yi, only 15, with an attacking style reminiscent of the legendary Mikhail Tal.

This break-through for the young guard has occurred so fast that the invitations to next month’s elite events at Baden, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, have largely excluded them in favour of the older generation aged around 40 led by Vishy Anand and Vlad Kramnik. America’s Wesley So, 21, who has made the fastest jump, was not even invited to the current Grand Prix tournaments which will determine two of the eight places in the 2016 candidates. However, this event is scheduled for the United States, which probably means So will have a wildcard place.

Continue reading...

Sharapova aims to end 11-year run

BBC Sport - 35 min 12 sec ago
World number two Maria Sharapova aims to end a losing streak against Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

Chelsea v Manchester City: match preview

Guardian Sport - 37 min 28 sec ago

José Mourinho has empirical evidence that the world is against him. His star striker’s unwitting tread on the foot of an opponent has been distorted into a stamping storm and suspension while the Chelsea manager himself is £25,000 lighter for having had the temerity to suggest that the world is indeed against him. He might be without not only Diego Costa but Cesc Fàbregas, who has a hamstring issue, against a City side who are having a wobble. Expect more fireworks. David Hytner

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

Continue reading...

Liverpool v West Ham United: match preview

Guardian Sport - 50 min 44 sec ago

Liverpool can leapfrog Sam Allardyce’s team with victory at Anfield, where West Ham United have not won in the league since The Beatles were at number one with ‘She Loves You’ in September 1963. Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll have a point to prove against the manager who ended their Anfield careers, Brendan Rodgers, but his team have taken 14 points from a possible 18 since losing to Manchester United and have Daniel Sturridge back for the first time since August. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

Continue reading...

Diego Costa not an easy character, says Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini – video

Guardian Sport - 51 min 25 sec ago
The Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says it would be good for the Chelsea striker Diego Costa 'to change a little bit'. Costa will miss the Premier League game against City because of a ban Continue reading...

VIDEO: Chelsea game not a final - Pellegrini

BBC Sport - 54 min 18 sec ago
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Saturday's away trip to Chelsea "is not the game that will decide the title".

Patriots boosted by Rob Gronkowski's power and playfulness

Guardian Sport - 57 min 14 sec ago

The New England tight end brings a burst of energy to the game - and could be the difference in the Super Bowl

Not many professional athletes have been made into the star of an erotic novella. Even fewer would feel comfortable sharing such literature with an international TV audience. But New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not your average professional athlete. Which is why he spent a portion of Super Bowl Media Day reading aloud from A Gronking to Remember.

The book, written without the player’s prior knowledge, tells the tale of a married woman who sees Gronkowski on TV and becomes obsessed with him. It ends with him performing his trademark touchdown celebration – a violent spike of the football – into the protagonist’s bottom. The image seemed to tickle Gronkowski deeply. “If someone wants it,” he giggled, “that’d be pretty funny”.

Related: All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is Seattle Seahawks' outspoken talisman

Related: Super Bowl XLIX analysis: why the Patriots will edge the Seahawks

Related: Memory Lane: Super Bowl – in pictures

Continue reading...

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

Stabroek - 1 hour 10 min ago
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested for murder today in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person near Los Angeles, the Los...

View full article at stabroeknews.com

No Man Utd offer for Clyne - Koeman

BBC Sport - 1 hour 12 min ago
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Manchester United have made no enquiries for right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

Rory McIlroy takes Dubai Desert Classic lead with second-round 64

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 14 min ago
• McIlroy has one-shot advantage over Marc Warren
• Lee Westwood also pushing for victory
Andy Sullivan masters Rory McIlroy in Dubai

So much for distraction. If the sense that Rory McIlroy’s professional pursuits have not been harmed by the imminent nature of a court case with his former managers was not already clear, a second round of 64 at the Dubai Desert Classic hammered home the point. He continues to perform as if he is without a care in the world.

McIlroy leads this event at the halfway point for the fifth time in his career. The nature of his performance so far in reaching 14 under par would be impressive enough without high-profile legal matters as a backdrop. Golf’s top-ranked player has an ability to shut out external matters which rivals anyone in sport. Playing each half of the course in 32 shots illustrated the consistency in McIlroy’s game; for now, not a single part of it looks weak.

Continue reading...

Police investigating alleged road rage incident involving Roy Keane

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 22 min ago
• Said to have had altercation with taxi driver in Altrincham
• Former Manchester United captain lives in nearby Hale

Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident involving Roy Keane.

The 43-year-old former Manchester United captain is said to have got into an altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre, which led to police being called.

Continue reading...

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 24 min ago

One of Alan Irvine’s high points at West Brom was victory at White Hart Lane in September, and completion of a league double would maintain the Baggies’ impressive form since Tony Pulis arrived. Pulis will want to avoid a repeat of last season’s meeting when the Baggies led Tottenham 3-0 only to draw. Spurs arrive just three points off 4th place, and will be buoyed by surviving Wednesday’s testing encounter with Sheffield United to make the League Cup final. Charles Crook

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

Continue reading...

Ginola out of Fifa presidential race

BBC Sport - 1 hour 26 min ago
Ex-Premier League player David Ginola is out of the Fifa presidential election race after failing to secure nominations.

Ferrari unveil new F1 car – video

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 39 min ago
Ferrari have launched their new FS15-T car for the 2015 Formula One season. The four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel will make his driving debut for the team after joining from Red Bull. Ferrari are eager to bounce back after 2014 became their first winless F1 season since 1993. The first grand prix will take place on 15 March in Melbourne, Australia Continue reading...

Leinster get go-ahead to revamp RDS Arena before Ireland’s World Cup bid

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 43 min ago
• Leinster may sell naming rights to help pay for redevelopment
• Newly-developed RDS Arena could help Ireland’s World Cup bid

Leinster’s RDS Arena has secured the green light for a €20m (£15m) redevelopment. The stadium in Donnybrook, south Dublin, is to be transformed into a 25,000-capacity venue, with the ground’s naming rights possibly being sold off to help pay for it.

Leinster will continue to play their home games at the ground during the redevelopment, which is expected to begin in 2016 and will create a mainly all-seater stadium with plans for one terrace to be finalised. The new venue will also host equestrian events, music concerts and other sports as they arise.

Continue reading...

Luncheon commented on procedure for promotion of torture cops, not decision -AG

Stabroek - 1 hour 46 min ago
Attorney General Anil Nandlall yesterday issued a statement saying that a comment by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon approving of the promotion of two policemen accused of...

View full article at stabroeknews.com

Stoke’s Robert Huth given two-match ban by FA for Twitter indiscretion

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 54 min ago
• Defender admitted breaching FA’s rules on social media
• Player participated in Twitter gender game
• The FA statement in full on Robert Huth

The Stoke defender Robert Huth has been given a two-match suspension and fined after he admitted breaching FA rules in relation to social media comments.

Huth had responded to a Twitter account which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender, and was found to be in breach of FA rules relating to comments which are indecent, improper, or bring the game into disrepute.

Continue reading...