11/2019 • 14 January, 2019
Millie Knight withdraws through injury
British visually impaired skier Millie Knight will not defend her World Championship downhill title because of an "ongoing injury". The 19-yearold won world downhill gold in Tarvisio, Italy, in 2017 as well as silver medals in the slalom, giant slalom and combined disciplines. In 2018, she and guide Brett Wild won three medals at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang. Knight wrote onTwitterthat she is "unable to give 100%". "It is with a heavy heart that Brett and I wonʼt be competing at the World Championships this year," she said.
Andy Murray: Britonʼs retirement will be ʼdevastatingʼ, says Sue Barker
Aleksandar Kolarovʼs free kick stunner secures Serbia win over Costa Rica A brilliant second half free kick from captain Aleksandar Kolarov led Serbia to a deserved win over Costa Rica. Serbia were wasteful in front of goal but did enough to secure three vital points in Group E. Another World Cup day, another sublime freekick. If Cristiano Ronaldo’s ice-cold effort tosnatch a point against arch-rivals Spain on day two was the current goal of the tournament front-runner, the Portuguese may have just met his match. Aleksandar Kolarov, take a bow. A combination of poor finishing and sublime goalkeeping had kept the scores level until Serbia’s no.11 produced his moment of magic. Kolarov’s powerful left foot is no secret, but few inside the stadium would have expected such a thunderous strike when the Roma defender stood over a free kick midway through the second half. His shot was unstoppable; a side-footed missile which screamed into the top corner of the Costa Rica net. Kaylor Navas, who kept his team in the game with several crucial saves either side of half time, was nowhere near it.
Alexander Zverev looking to finally leap past big three Australian Open:
After a strong end to 2018 Alexander Zverev has another chance to improve a mediocre Grand Slam record, but there are doubts about his fitness. Angelique Kerber will be looking to win her second Australian Open. The changing of the guard in menʼs tennis is taking a lot longer than expected. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer still occupy the top-three ranking spots despite a combined age of 100. The trio have also won all but one of the last 13 Australian Open titles, and Djokovic is the favorite to claim a seventh Melbourne crown when the tournament begins in earnest on Monday. But withAndy Murrayʼs retirement imminentand Stan Wawrinka also battling a series of injuries, Germanyʼs Alexander Zverev has emerged as the man most likely to challenge the primacy
of the three men at the top. ZverevʼsATP Finals win at the end of 2018proved he could cut it against the big beasts of the sport but the 21-year-old Germanʼs failure to go past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam remains a question mark – as does his current fitness, having rolled over on his ankle during training in Melbourne this week. This came just days after he pulled out of the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide, saying he had suffered a strained hamstring in training. However, there is no talk of him pulling out of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Unai Emery: Mesut Ozilʼs Arsenal omission defended by manager Andy Murray is the "greatest we have ever had" says "devastated" BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker after the Briton revealed he plans to retire this year. Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray, 31,is being forced to quitbecause of a hip injury. The Scot will play at next weekʼs Australian Open but admitted it could be the final tournament of his career. "To watch him this morning in tears in that media room, it just shows what it means to him," Barker told the BBC. "It is the realisation that he is facing the fact that his career is coming to an end sooner rather than later." 6
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of the Gunnersʼ squad for Saturdayʼs 1-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham. The German midfielder has not started Arsenalʼs last four games, albeit two while recovering from a knee injury. When pushed over why he left Ozil out, Emery said: "I decided the players I think are the best for this match. "We win with him, we lose with him. I think it is not one player (which means) we canʼt win or lose." Ozilʼs last full game was the 3-1 win over Burnley on 12 December but he
has been left out of the starting XI on nine occasions in the league this season. Emery said the German midfielder was "left out for tactical reasons" at Bournemouth in November but has explained injuries are behind his other absences. "The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match," added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League. "We couldʼve won or lost. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but the decision was to come with these players."