Teenage sensation Coco Gauff becomes the first 15-year-old to crack the top 50 on the WTA ranking in 15 years after an incredible run on a professional circuit last year
- Coco Gauff becomes first 15- year old to crack the top 50 in WTA rankings in 15 years
- The American emulates Sesil Karatantcheva who did the same in August 2005
- Gauff & # 39; s ranking at the end of the year in 2018 was 686 before reaching 68 at the end of 2019
Gauff, who continued her dramatic rise by reaching the fourth round on her Australian Open debut before losing to the final champion Sofia Kenin, emulates the Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva, who is at the same age reached the top 50 in August 2005.
She also reached the third round of the US Open before taking her first WTA title in Linz, Austria at the end of the 2019 season.
Gauff & # 39; s end-of-year ranking in 2018 was 686 before she climbed unbelievably to 68 at the end of 2019.
The teenager will look forward to continuing to raise her rankings when she comes into action again next month to play at the Indian Wells Open.
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Villarreal: Diego Simeone & # 39; s men return to La Liga top four as record sign Joao Felix ends competition goal of drought
- Atletico Madrid eased past Villarreal with a 3-1 home victory in La Liga on Sunday
- Record sign Joao Felix registered his first competition goal for almost five months
- Atleti has a fine had a week after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League
- The victory took the side-level of Diego Simeone with Seville placed fourth on 43 points
Atletico Madrid registration of signing Joao Felix scored for the first time in the competition for nearly five months when his party defeated Villarreal 3-1 at home on Sunday to climb back to the top four in La Liga .
The 20-year-old, who signed Atletico last year for Benfica for 126 million euros, had missed most of last month due to an injury, but came off the bench to score his third goal after Paco Alcacer had given Villarreal an early lead.
Argentinian striker Angel Correa pulled Atletico just before half-time and Captain Koke put them in front in the 64th minute.
Substitute Felix stamped the victory with all of his shot from just outside the area 10 minutes later.
The victory followed Atletico & # 39; s impressive 1-0 win at home for Champions League-holders Liverpool in the last 16 of Tuesday 16.
Diego Simeone & # 39; s side reached the third place in the rankings, level with Sevilla in fourth place at 43 points after 25 games.
& # 39; It would mean the world & # 39 ;: Ben White goes to the top but wants to help Leeds triumph in the championship and first reach the Premier League
- Defense of Ben White has had an excellent season lent to Leeds from Brighton
- The 22-year-old was again impressed when Leeds sat at home [Reading Reading]
- The Whites won 1-0 and approaching promotion at the top of the championship
Eyebrows were raised last summer when Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa sold defend Pontus Jansson to promoter Brentford and replaced him with Ben 1945. Ben White from .
Brighton sees Wit as an important part of their plans and he seems to make a decent bet that they will play Premier League football next season, regardless of whether Leeds ends their 16-year exile from the top flight.
& # 39; Who knows? & # 39; was White's diplomatic response when asked about the prospect of a permanent transfer to Elland Road. He was more open about the prospect of helping promotion win.
& # 39; It would mean the world, & # 39; he said. "I don't think there's a better team for it."
White & # 39; s latest display helped Bielsa & # 39; s men to a new precious victory, leaving them five points in third place with 12 games left.
When midfielder Kalvin Phillips was forced out in the first half with a calf problem, White was pushed from the center back to the center of the park with an impressive effect. His defensive and technical qualities have helped him in both positions this season.
& # 39; It was very different, but I learn every day, & # 39; said White. & # 39; I had never played in midfield before. It's harder, but I enjoy it and it's something I'm working on. & # 39;
Phillips & # 39; injury is not serious, encouraging hope that he could be fit for Wednesday's trip to Middlesbrough.
The winner of Pablo Hernandez in the 57th minute was skillfully taken, stabbed after his first attempt was stopped, although it needed a dramatic late rescue by goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to seal the points. Casilla's FA hearing in an alleged racist remark against Charlton striker Jonathan Leko last September took place in London.
A verdict is expected soon, for fear of a long ban.
Katy Marchant complains about lack of world class female sprinters in British Cycling and admits they miss Becky James and Jess Varnish
- Britain does not have a ladies sprint for the Olympic Games qualified
- The British team could struggle to match the 11 medals they won in Rio in 2016
- Two of those gongs four years ago were won by the retired Becky James
- Tyson Fury perhaps produced the best representation of a British hunter abroad
- The wants from Alan Minter and Nigel Benn also pulled overseas shocks
- JEFF POWELL of Sportsmail ranks the best of the displays of British hunters
- Steve Smith from Australia has returned to the top of the world batting ranking
- The 30-year-old has replaced Indian Virat Kohli at the top of the list
- Smith has re-entered Australia & # 39; s team to play England in the fourth Ashes test
- The former captain made 378 runs in the first two tests of the series
- Kristoffer Ajer pulled Celtic level and Odsonne Edouard put them ahead
- Leigh Grffiths commanded his return to the side in the second half
- Scottish Premiership
- League One
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- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
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- Scottish Div 3
- Call 1
- Series A
- La Liga
- Robbie Savage believes that Manchester United needs three signing sessions to compete
- Kalidou Koulibaly, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho are the priorities of Savage
- challenge Liverpool and Manchester City
Katy Marchant regretted the lack of British Cycling in the world – class female sprinters – admit that they have the & # 39; experience & # 39; from Becky James and Jess Varnish.
Great Britain has not qualified the women's sprint for this summer Olympic Games and still has to secure places in the individual sprint and keirin of the woman. That is why the British team in Tokyo could struggle to match the 11 medals on the circuit in Rio.
Two of those gongs four years ago were won by James, who claimed silver in both the sprint and keirin, but she retired in just 25 years of age. Meanwhile, Varnish was fired controversially before Rio 2016 when she was also 25.
Britain now has only one world-class female sprinter in Marchant, 27, who won bronze behind James in the sprint in Rio and will race this week in the sprint and keirin at the World Championships in Berlin while competing in the qualification for Toko.
She will be accompanied in the sprint in Germany by one of the young Lauren Bate, 20 or Sophie Capewell, 21, but they are not seen as medal candidates at this stage.
Asked if British Cycling missed James and Varnish, Marchant admitted: & I think so because of their experience e. Many of the riders are now a lot younger.
misses & # 39; We were thin on the ground after the Rio Olympics. When Becky left, I was the only driver. We then had two or three academy drivers and that is not enough to produce an Olympic gold-winning team.
& # 39; It is disappointing that we did not qualify for the team sprint. But you can't make a team of two with just two riders, you need people to support you.
& # 39; We're in a good place toward 2024. We have a group of five, six girls now who are all capable of doing great things in the future, but they're just not quite able to step out at the moment. & # 39;
From Tyson Fury & # 39; s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to Alan Minter overcoming Vito Antuofermo, Jeff Powell ranks his top five British hunters abroad
The 31-year-old Deontay Wilder struck down twice in the seventh round stoppage
Among those in the conversation are Alan Minter & # 39; s points win Vito Antuofermo in 1980 and Fury & # 39; s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko who initially brought him to global attention.
JEFF POWELL of Sportsmail gives his vision on the best overseas performance of British hunters over the years.
1 FURY v WILDER II (2020)
The Gypsy King told everyone that he was going to Las Vegas and one of would beat the biggest punchers in heavyweight history. Few people outside of his team believed him. Many assumed that such tactics would be suicide.
How wrong they were. In an amazing display, Fury completed one of the biggest comebacks in boxing history, beating Wilder from the start.
2 ALAN MINTER v VITO ANTUOFERMO (1980)
In his first world title fight, Crawley & # 39; s Minter went to one of the boxers of boxing – Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – to win the WBC and WBA world middleweight crowns.
Antuofermo had aligned with Marvin Hagler the year before, but Minter rose from a 14th round knockout to achieve a controversial victory with shared decision, in part thanks to a crooked score from British judge Roland Dakin .
3 FURY v WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (2015)
Fury ended the nine-year Ukrainian government after a messy but masterly fight in Düsseldorf. Wearing battered old boots given to him by Manny Steward – uncle of current coach Javan & # 39; SugarHill & # 39; Steward and a former Klitschko mentor – the Brit outboxed the champion to win a unanimous decision.
Fury became Britain's fifth world heavyweight champion.
4 LLOYD HONEYGHAN v DONALD CURRY (1986)
Honeyghan was so sure that he the undisputed welterweight champion would upset that he would put $ 5,000 on himself to win.
The odds of 5-1 reflected how unknown the challenger was in boxing circles. Both were undefeated but Curry was considered one of the best on the planet. Honeyghan made a mockery of predictions before the fight, which dominated Curry, who failed to come out for the seventh round.
5 NIGEL BENN v DOUG DeWITT (1990)
The Dark Destroyer traveled to Atlantic City , New Jersey, to tackle the WBO middleweight DeWitt champion.
The British boxer, in his first world title fight, was dropped in the second round. But Benn collected brilliantly, DeWitt floors in the third session and three more times in the eighth.
Benn sank to his knees after the referee waved it away, before being harassed by his team after a sensational stop win.
Steve Smith wins top position in official test battle ranking before returning Old Trafford Ashes
Steve Smith has regained the world's top position batting ranking after his performances in the current Ashes series.
Former Australian Captain Smith, 30, has replaced India & # 39; s Virat Kohli as number one in the International Cricket Council batting list announced Tuesday.
Smith has a chance to strengthen his place at the top in the fourth Ashes Test, which starts in Old Trafford on Wednesday.
First test at Edgbaston: 144 & 142
Second test at Lord: 92 & retired
Third test in Headingley: Wounded
India-skipper Kohli dropped to number two in the rankings after his first-ball duck during his 257 run victory on his part against the West Indies in the second test in Jamaica.
Smith, who returns to Australia's spearhead in Old Trafford after missing the third test in Headingley because of the consequences of a concussion, made for centuries in the first test and 92 in the second.
He had completed the third defeat of the Ashes Test at Headingley after suffering a concussion when he was struck by a vicious bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord & # 39; s.
Smith first climbed the top of the ICC batting rankings in December 2015 and stayed there until August 2018 when he was passed by Kohli during his 12-month cricket ban for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
On his return to Test cricket last month, the righthander made 144 in his first innings against England in the first Test in Edgbaston and 142 in his second.
Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock: Hoops recover from arrears and achieve comfortable win against Killie with 10 men, expanding their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 12 points
Eamonn Brophy put Kilmarnock ahead with penalty after Jozo Simunonovic foul
for Kilmarnock a second bookable violation
In the middle of an edgy title race people behave strangely. Seconds after Kilmarnock claimed the lead in Parkhead with a seventh minute penalty, the roars of the out fans were drowned out by those of Celtic support. the effect resembles a Mexican wave around Celtic Park.
At five past three, leading 2-1 at McDiarmid Park, Steven Gerrard's team were back in the game. It ultimately gives an illusion. Although Eamonn Brophy defeated Fraser Forster of 12 meters, Neil Lennon's team believed it was coming. Within half an hour, goals from Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard had turned the game upside down and Celtic was on its way to a 12-point lead at the top of the SPFL Premiership.
For a Kilmarnock game that haunted a third Parkhead victory in 83 years, the game started well and went downhill fast. Fortunately for escaping a red card for a dangerous challenge at Jeremie Frimpong in the last meeting of the parties in Rugby Park, justice eventually reached midfielder Alan Power.
A second yellow card shown for another scything tackle on the same player left the loss of the Irish the Ayrshire team to play with ten men in the last half hour. By that time, the promise of the seventh minute penalty awarded to Jozo Simunovic who encountered Brophy had almost disappeared.
A penalty hero for Celtic in Copenhagen on Thursday evening, Fraser Forster suspected the right direction but could not prevent Brophy & # 39; s thumping high effort bulging the back of the net. Shortly after a direct equalizer, the next best thing for Celtic was a St. Johnstone equalizer. So it was then that we witnessed the remarkably strange spectacle of home support that responded to the loss of a goal with unrestrained joy.
The leader had to sew another title once make its way through the eye of a needle. With an early goal of clinging to Kilmarnock, they had to defend better than in a dramatic mid-week defeat of the Scottish Cup against Aberdeen. After a 2-1 victory over Rangers, the title Celtic swung the road, they succeeded so much. And could have lost a wheelbarrow.
Celtic slowly steamed up and eventually won comfortably through goals from Ajer, Edouard and Leigh Griffiths Kilmarnock goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu previously denied Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths Celtic & # 39; s equalizer after 28 minutes. A corner of Griffiths ran through a ruck of bodies to Christopher Julien on the right, the Frenchman's cut rammed into the net through the Norwegian international Ajer to roar with relief.
The game was transformed five minutes later. Recalled to the first eleven Greg Taylor & # 39; s long diagonal ball to the back post was sent back to the mixer by Jozo Simunovic. Odsonne Edouard hit the goal from close range, the ball came from Kirk Broadfoot last in the net. The defender denounced keeper Branescu as Celtic visibly relaxed. Kilmarnock has never been able to do the same.
The arrival of Chris Burke signaled Alex Burke's attempt to return during the break to enter the competition. In complete control after their early anxiety, Celtic never allowed it. Beyond the urgency and energy of Callum McGregor – Captain in the absence of Scott Brown – and Ryan Christie was ruthless.
Despite his 26th goal of the season before half time, Edouard was unusually wasteful before making way for Vakoun Bayo late in the game.
Presented with two glorious chances by Ryan Christie and then Griffiths, the top scorer missed the goal on both occasions.
Kilmarnock was still in play until Power – booked in the last minutes of the first half – saw Frimpong clatter red. The work was difficult enough with eleven men. With ten it was borderline impossible.
Celtic managed to secure the points – hammering another nail into the remains of a Rangers title match – with a third goal in 62 minutes.
Frimpong & # 39; s fine pass sent Christie sprinting to the sidelines, a beaten left foot rammed close up by Griffiths for his eight goal of the season.
Seconds after Greg Taylor & # 39; s 18-year-old brother Ally arrived as a replacement for Kilmarnock. The left back thought he had hit Griffiths a fourth. The striker went a second early and was marked for offside.
But for Branescu, Celtic would have scored five or six. The goalkeeper had a great game, refused Grifffiths once and replaced Bayo twice. If Kilmarnock could be grateful for small mercies, the same could not be said for a Rangers team team struggling to keep pace.
TEAM LINEUPS, MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Celtic (3-5-2): Forster, Simunovic, Jullien, Ajer, Frimpong, Rogic (Elyounoussi 74), McGregor, Christie, Taylor, Griffiths (Bitton 82) ), Edouard (Bayo 74)
Subs not used: Klimala, Bauer, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Bain
Targets: Ajer (28), Edouard (33), Griffiths (62)
Manager : Neil Lennon
Kilmarnock (3-5-2): Branescu, Del Fabro (Taylor 71), Findlay, Broadfoot, O & # 39; Donnell, Dicker, El Makrini (Burke 46), Power, Hamlainen, Brophy (Kiltie 65), Kabamba
Subs: Johnson, Millen, Koprivec, Connell
Objectives: Brophy (6)
Booked: El Makrini (21), Power (45 + 1, 57)
Sent: Power (57)
Manager: Alex Dyer
Referee: Referee: ] Kevin Clancy
Odion Ighalo was unable to suppress his excitement and immediately contacted a former teammate a few hours after securing a dream Isaac Success Premier League back.
The Nigerian striker reported Success at & # 39; I am back & # 39; to declare after concluding a six-month loan circuit to Manchester United after hours of last breathlessness deadline negotiations
And after slowly building up his competitive fitness in Carrington, Ighalo could compete against Watford performance – the club that represented the 30-year-old between 2014 and 2017.
Here, Sportsmail looks back at the spell of Ighalo on Vicarage Road.
Ighalo stays close to many figures, both present and past, in Watford, and is likely to be treated to a warm welcome by the traveling contingent of the club.
He first moved to Hertfordshire on a temporary link from the Udinese to Serie A and choose to go to the championship after a warm farewell. His first goal for Watford arrived at the end of September against Brentford, with Ighalo set off on the rebound after his first penalty was saved.
With three goals scored in his first four starts in the second layer, Watford Ighalo broke on a permanent deal, exactly the day after the frontman was released from his parent club.
His ability in the penalty area soon resulted in four second half goals against Blackpool, who despite the visitors had had a 7-2 routine effect an advantage with two goals during the break.
Watford achieved automatic promotion despite missing first place on the last day of the campaign to Bournemouth, and Ighalo extended his impressive count for the season to 20 goals.
And its relentless form did not extend to the beginning of the return of the Hornets top flight.
Watford traveled to Everton for the season opener, with Ighalo being introduced from the bank with another 16 minutes of collision left. The striker rushed to the edge of the coffin and turned on his right foot before creating a garden of space with an extremely timed faintness. The out-supporters burst into ecstasy a few seconds later after Ighalo & # 39; s powerful strike whistled past Tim Howard and into the far corner.
A brace against West Ham in October caused Ighalo to reach seven goals for the season, becoming Watford's highest scorer ever in the Premier League after just opening 11 games.
For a short spell, a short spell The goal of Ighalo usually resulted in a victory for Watford – with the red-hot attacker who earned the club maximum points for the fourth consecutive time.
That statistic was secured with braces against Liverpool, after Ighalo showed tremendous strength to hold back Martin Skrtel before drilling low above Adam Bogdan to double Watford's lead.
Goals: Goals: 40
( Statistics from all competitions )
A textbook close-range header close-up victory for the hosts, and Ighalo haul for December saw him the player of the top flight call cht of the month.
& # 39; It was fantastic because no one could imagine that Watford would beat Liverpool because they are a big side, & # 39; Ighalo later revealed. & # 39; It was one of the best moments in my life and my career. & # 39;
But after making an impression during the holiday season, Ighalo was unable to maintain his calm and started a barren spell of 599 minutes.
During his controversial struggles, the ailing ace traveled with Watford to Old Trafford, home of the club he supported at a young age.
Ighalo emphasized his eagerness to score against United, with strike partner Troy Deeney even delivering a dressing after a show of selfishness.
I remember that Troy Deeney told me that you had to take it easy because I was eager to score against Man United, Ighalo said. & # 39; Even some of the balls I had close to the area I had to pass, but I wanted to shoot, I wanted to score myself, so Troy was not happy.
& # 39; You must pass the ball. There was that passion because I wanted to create history that I scored against my boys club, the club that I supported when I was young. & # 39;
The scoring drought was finally ended against Arsenal in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, with the Nigerian star breaking through the impasse in the Emirates when Watford reached the last four of the competition for the first time in nine years.
But the following season meant even more disappointment for Ighalo, with only one league goal netted for a series of 15 matches without finding the back of the net.
The striker, visible lack of confidence, lost his place under Walter Mazzarri – despite rejecting a £ 300k-a-week deal with Hebei China Fortune in favor of a new five-year contract on Vicarage Road.
His relationship with Deeney, who had often proved so fruitful for the club, suffered. The usual flicks and tricks that Ighalo usually longed to gradually fade, and Watford eventually reduced their losses to a large extent by writing really on the wall.
Ighalo joined Changchun Yatai for a reported amount of £ 20 million and wrote down £ 190k per week.
The move to China, which triggered a mixed reaction among Watford believers, came as a surprise with co-top flight outfits Crystal Palace and West Brom who were also interested.
And perhaps controversially, Ighalo admitted that the handsome salary package that both player and club had to offer turned out to be crucial.
He said: & # 39; Watford fans don't know but I had an offer from Crystal Palace on the table and West Bromwich, but the club was looking for a lot of money and that is why I accepted Changchun Yatai at the time.
& # 39; So instead of sitting there and not playing, I had to move. When the opportunity presented itself, I accepted it because China could pay for what Watford wanted.
& # 39; But this is past tense now. I am happy and Watford are happy because they have earned a lot of money with me. And they are still my team in the Premier League.
& # 39; I know nothing about other players. Maybe they go there for different ambitions. Me? Yes, I went there for the money, I'm honest, but I don't know why other players go there. & # 39;
Despite relegation with Changchun Yatai, Ighalo was able to form an exit in the form of Shanghai Shenhua after scoring 36 goals for his previous club – and also a shock move to Barcelona refused.
His consistency in the Chinese Super League drew a surprise offer from Manchester United, with the club desperately seeking reinforcement following Marcus Rashford's injuries.
After being chased away in the rigors of the top flight, Ighalo is likely to act against the Hornets in Old Trafford – and will certainly be welcomed by both sets of supporters on Sunday afternoon.
SPAL (4-3-3) : Wolfi, Cionek, Bonifazi, Zubas, Reca, Missiroli (Tunjov 80), Valdifiori, Castro (Fares 60), Strefezza, Petagna, Valoti
Subs not used: Floccari, Murgia, Dabo, Thiam , Vicari, Letica, Sala, Dias da Silva Dal Belo, Di Francesco, Tomovic
Scorers: (Petanga pen 69)
Posted: Zubas, Valoti, Cionek, Strefezza
Juventus (4-3-3) : Szczesny, Danilo, Rugani, Chiellini (from Light 55), Sandro, Ramsey (Rabiot), Bentancur, Matuidi (Bernardeschi 79), Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo
Subs not used: ]  Buffon, De S ciglio, Pinsoglio, Olivieri, Coccolo, Peeters, de Oliveira Andrade
Scorers: Ronaldo (39), Ramsey (60)
Booked: Matuidi, Danilo
Referee: Federico La Penna
& # 39; If Solskjaer receives £ 250 million to sign three players, they can challenge Liverpool and Man City for next season's title: Robbie Savage makes bold claim about Manchester United
United has recently fallen far below their rivals because they are drifting 38 points from the Merseyside club at the top of the competition and failing to capture their Manchester rivals despite City itself a patchy season.
Nevertheless, United academy product Savage believes the club could have the signings of Kalidou Koulibaly, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again competing with top teams.
"Green shoots of recovery are often hard to find in the fragmented season of Manchester United – but they are only three signings away from challenging Liverpool and Manchester City," Savage said in his column for the Mirror.
& # 39; That may seem like a bold statement about a team that has lost this season against Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Newcastle, West Ham, Watford and Burnley. & # 39;
Despite some bad results, there have been clear moments for This season united, beating City and remai n the only team to take a point from Liverpool.
Solskjaer was also encouraged by the signing of the Bruno Fernandes selection framework and the Odion Ighalo short-term agreement in January, and Savage believes that a summer window of achieving their top transfer goals could see them return as a force in the Premier League.
& # 39; If Solskjaer were to receive £ 250 million to go out and sign central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, playmaker Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho in front, Solskjaer's best team would be Liverpool and Manchester City next season run for their money.
Napoli's Koulibaly, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Jusson Sancho of Borussia Dortmund all have exceptional seasons for their respective clubs and have been associated with moves to Old Trafford in the summer.
The red devils are only three points away from fourth place because they are ready to fight it out with Tottenham, Chelsea and Sheffield United for the Champions League qualification for next season.