tv Sport Today BBC News January 16, 2018 1:45am-2:01am GMT
3—0 at home against relegation—threatened stoke city. maria sharapova prepares for her grand slam comeback in melbourne. and former champion ding junhui is knocked out of the masters in the first round by ryan day. hello and welcome to the programme, where we start with the footballing news that manchester united have beaten stoke city 3—0 at old trafford. new stoke manager paul lambert, who was appointed hours before the game, watched from the stands as first antonio valencia and then anthony martial scored first—half goals, both outstanding strikes from distance, in what was martial‘s 50th for the club. romelu lukaku notched a third in the final 20 minutes, and the result meansjose mourinho‘s side close the gap on leaders manchester city to 12 points. but can they still catch their local rivals? we know that the distance is a very
important distance. i have been there before, and you can't control your destiny, and you play relaxed. and when you play relaxed, the best qualities are coming. sol and when you play relaxed, the best qualities are coming. so i think they have their destiny in their hands. but we want to win matches, we wa nt hands. but we want to win matches, we want to finish the best we can. meanwhile, manchester united target alexis sanchez won't be joining rivals manchester city. the club have decided not to pursue their interest in signing the arsenal forward, as the 29—year—old would be too expensive, although united and now chelsea are in the running to sign the chile international. ryan giggs says he is so proud to be named as the new manager of the wales national team. the 44—year—old signed a four—year deal to replace chris coleman, who stepped down after wales failed to reach this year's world cup. giggs captained his country, and won 64 caps, but his only managerial experience so far was a brief spell in charge of manchester united when david moyes was sacked in 2014. i'm going to give it might all. like i've always done. when i played for
my country, i give it my all. —— my all. and now is probably the proudest moment of my life, to lead the welsh nation into the next two the welsh nation into the next two the four years, obviously with the euros and the world cup. we haven't beenin euros and the world cup. we haven't been ina euros and the world cup. we haven't been in a world cup since 1958. i wa nt to been in a world cup since 1958. i want to get this group of players they are, and i want to be part of that, obviously. tributes have been paid to the former england footballer cyrille regis, who has died at the age of 59. regis scored 112 goals for west bromwich albion. this is one of his most famous, winning him goal of the season in 1982. regis won five caps for england, and was a crucial part of their fa cup—winning side in 1987 with coventry city. the centre—forward was a pioneer for black footballers in the game, and was subject to racist abuse from fans during the late 19705. he opened doors. as a black person back then, in between the age of
eight and 15, i was a west brom fan, because of the three big players, including cyrille and i wanted to be a centre—forwa rd, including cyrille and i wanted to be a centre—forward, so i tried to copy what cyrille regis did. he held the ball down, scored left footed goals, right footed goals. he led, and he liked responsibility. he wouldn't shirk attacking, he wouldn't shirk a challenge, and he was a winner. people like ian wright, mark bright, les ferdinand, ian taylor, all that era of black players coming through at that time, people like cyrille, they were our idols, they were our teachers, they were our mentors. and whatever they did, we tried to emulate as best we could. we got nowhere near them, i would like to say, because they were head and shoulders above everyone else. but what they had to go through in order to achieve goals, and achieve in general, we werejust to achieve goals, and achieve in general, we were just happy to have people like that to show us the way.
now to the australian open tennis, where day two is under way, and there has already been success for the women's ninth seed johanna konta. we can go live to our reporter gigi salmon in melbourne. gigi, seemed like a comfortable victory for konta? it really was. it was just over one hour on court for the british number one, with the ninth seed here and former semifinalist and she eased through against the number 19, straight sets, 6—3, 6—1. she was in better in all areas. she had her serve broken on one occasion but she will be very happy with her day's work. some more names to give you, former world number one pliskova. kerber is for— one up, and with garcia's victory, we await the arrival of former champion maria sharapova. she won in 2008 at this was her first appearance since she tested positive for a banned
substance. she went on to serve as 16 month ban. it was also interesting that she was part of the tournament launch. she actually brought the trophy out on stage. sharapova is due on court in a couple of minutes‘ time. sharapova is due on court in a couple of minutes' time. intel is about the men's draw, roger federer in action later against aljaz bedene, who we know plenty about. yes, aljaz bedene was a brit this time last year but now he is representing his country because he wasn't able to represent great britain in the davis cup and would like to represent slovenia in the 0lympics, but it is a big task against roger federer, the defending five—time champion. federer says the 37—year—old shouldn't be favourite to wina 37—year—old shouldn't be favourite to win a tournament, but he is, and for very good reason. yesterday you saw a very good performance from rafael nadal, but interestingly six time champion novak djokovic will have his first competitive match since his elbow injury affected his career last year. there is tennis everywhere you look today, because of the estate two. some big names
you out on court other than later but all eyes will be on the rudd labour arena this evening for the night session and roger federer. thank you very much for your time, we will let you get back to it. the four—time olympic gymnastics champion simone biles says she was sexually abused by the former team usa gymnastics sports doctor larry nassar. nassar is serving a 60—yearjail sentence for having child sex abuse images on his computer. he is also awaiting sentence after admitting assaulting female gymnasts. biles stated on social media that: i too am one of the many survivors sexually abused by larry nassar. please believe me when i say it was a lot harder to speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. there are many reasons i have been reluctant to share my story, but i now know it's not my fault. we need to know why this was able to take place for so long, and to so many of us. there has been disappointment for chinese snooker fans. ding junhui has lost in the first round of the masters tournament in london, which features the world's top 16 players. the former champion was beaten 6—4 by ryan day. 0ur reporterjamie broughton
was watching at alexandra palace. china's ding junhui is the biggest snooker star in asia, and his matches are watched by a vast tv audiences. ding is an entertaining player to watch, and he made a confident start against ryan day. the former masters champion quickly w011 the former masters champion quickly won the opening three frames, to raise two or 3—0 lead. but, just when the match looked like it might is starting to slip away from day, he responded. crucially he won frame four, the last before the big session break. after the interval, the welshman really turned on the style. he made back—to—back centuries to entertain the large crowd watching in the auditorium. the welshman then won the next, to ta ke the welshman then won the next, to take the lead for the first time. ding had a great chance to win frame
eight, but his foul on the bullo with the rest proved to be very costly. the chinese superstar kept fighting, though, and made his second century, to keep his hopes of victory alive. but any thoughts of the match going to a deciding frame quickly ended when day made a century break of his own, to win. and there was more disappointment for chinese snooker fans, as liang wenbo was beaten 6—4 byjudd trump. the englishman managed to survive a superb fightback from the 30—year—old, who recovered from being 5—1 down to bring it back to 5—4. but trump managed to prevail, winning the final frame after liang gambled on a difficult green. the philadelphia 76ers have beaten the toronto raptors 117—111, as they rebounded from a demoralising loss to the boston celtics in london last week. joel embiid was at the heart of things, scoring 3a points against the raptors, who are second in the eastern conference. there was no late slip—up, like last week, when philly led
the celtics by 22 points, only to eventually lose out. but they are ninth in the east, and currently still outside the playoff places. south africa hold a lead of 118 heading into day four of the second test in centurion, despite a defiant 153 from indian skipper virat kohli. india reached 307 in their opening innings, but the proteas moved to 90—2 in their second innings before the rain intervened, as they look to take an unassailable 2—0 lead in the best—of—three series. ican i can tell you the fourth one—day international between new zealand and pakistan is taking place in hamilton. new zealand have already w011 hamilton. new zealand have already won that series 3—0. this is the fourth match. pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. for everything else, of course, you can go to the
website, including updates on the australian open tennis. from me and the rest of the sport today team, until next time, good life. —— goodbye. hello there. i think some people might welcome the change to the weather this week from what we had last week — grey, damp, drizzly conditions. this week is looking colder. certainly we're getting our air sourced from the arctic, from greenland. it's going to bring strong winds, sunshine, and showers. the showers will continue to be frequent as they will through the course of the night, and early on into tuesday. with snow falling over the higher ground the north, even some wintriness down to lower levels. to the south, largely of rain. on tuesday itself, looking colder than it has been. windy, as well, and there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers. some will be heavy and a frequent.
most of them in the north and west of the uk. watch out for ice first thing, as well, across parts of scotland, northern ireland, and north—west england. there will be accumulating snow on the hills. some wintriness down to lower levels. add on the wind, it's going to be quite a wild morning. there could be some ice, as well, across parts of northern and western wales. but i think, to the south of here, these showers should be mainly of rain, maybe a little wintriness over the very highest hills. but, for east anglia into the east midlands and the south—east, a largely dry start. but chilly wherever you are, if you factor in that wind. throughout the day it will be blustery. west or north—west winds will be touching gale—force in exposure, blowing in plenty of showers, as you can see here, mostly in the north and west. snow, maybe even blizzard conditions. accumulating snow over the high ground in the north. if you factor in the wind, it will feel more like sub—zero, with the north wind. on wednesday, fewer showers.
they will be most frequent across the north and north—west corner of the country. accumulating snow on the hills and wintry to the lower levels. there's some good, lengthy spells of sunshine in parts of england and wales. temperatures of 3—7 degrees. now, things get quite interesting as we head into the middle of the week. we look out to the atlantic to the next area of low pressure. it looks like it's going to be a deepening area of low pressure, and could bring a significant spell of gales, maybe even severe gales, to england and wales. and to the northern flank, in the cold air, we could see some significant snow through central southern scotland. so either where you get the gales or the snow in the north, it is likely there could be some disruption possible to this system, so keep tuned to bbc local radio. but the good news is it will hurtle through quite quickly. thursday morning, the wind will have died down, the snow will have eased. not a bad day for many central, southern, and eastern areas. plenty of sunshine. further blustery showers across the north and west. and things look that they've calmed down slightly as we head on towards the end of the week and into the weekend, but remaining on the cold side.
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