Leroy Sané’s fine double fires Manchester City past Hoffenheim

13-12-2018

Leroy Sané scored both goals as the Group F winners cruised to a fourth victory but for the second game in a row a Manchester City player seemed to be singled out by opposing fans and this time it was the German.The 22-year-old appeared to receive some heightened abuse from Hoffenheim fans when taking a first-half corner. After what happened to Raheem Sterling at Chelsea on Saturday – four home fans have been suspended pending a club and police investigation into alleged racial invective – Guardiola was asked about the incident involving his match-winner. Continue reading...



Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India | Geoff Lemon

13-12-2018

The series moves to Perth and a new Test venue with plenty of local influence in the home team “A good South Australian question,” laughed Justin Langer at Adelaide airport when local journalists finished his departure press conference on the topics of local boys Alex Carey and Travis Head. But the national men’s coach is from Western Australia, and his state is no less parochial.If you didn’t know where Langer was from, a walk around the old Waca Ground would soon get you up to date. “The water that Langer and co grew up on,” promises a sign above the drinking taps, while an elevated bar is named “Langer’s Loft”. The walkway walls are covered in huge photos of various Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers, and inside one gate is a three-man montage mural of Marshes: Geoff flanked by sons Mitchell and Shaun, in a visual display of elite lineage. Continue reading...



'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

13-12-2018

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.



Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

13-12-2018

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.



Pep Guardiola: England 'has a diamond' in Phil Foden, says Man City boss

13-12-2018

England has "a diamond" in 18-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.



Klopp hails 'exceptional' Salah as Liverpool brush Bournemouth aside – video

13-12-2018

Jürgen Klopp heaped praise on Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian's second hat-trick for Liverpool powered his team to victory over Bournemouth. The 4-0 win extended Liverpool's unbeaten streak to 17 league games, equalling the club's all-time record. Klopp insisted that all credit for Liverpool's 'massive' Premier League form should go to his players. Continue reading...



Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird

13-12-2018

British driver Sam Bird talks us through Formula E's best moments since its debut in 2014 and why it's 'more exciting' than F1.



David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

13-12-2018

Our cartoonist on why it’s hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent yearsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his book Goalless Draws Continue reading...



Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

13-12-2018

This week's sport on the BBC includes the final round of matches in the group stages of the Champions League, European rugby union and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.



Mo Salah, Liverpool’s kangaroo, looks ready to bounce through winter slog | Barney Ronay

13-12-2018

The Egyptian just keeps on keeping on, and does so with a rare lightness, hinting at what may be to come in the next monthsJust past the half hour at a chilly, angsty Anfield Mo Salah was suddenly free in space on the edge of the Napoli box, scampering in on goal in that bouncy style, hair flapping, legs whirring like a cartoon kangaroo. Salah had time to look up, pause and nudge a doomed pass across the six-yard box in the vague direction of Sadio Mané. There was a groan from the stands, but not much of a groan. The one thing they know for sure about Salah around here is that he just keeps on keeping on. Some footballers are relentless in a pained kind of way, tied to the rack, teeth clenched, head down. Salah has a lightness to him. He keeps coming because he knows in the end the game will open up, that his ability to glide and spring sideways with preternatural speed will find the right pocket of space. Related: Salah and Alisson heroics ensure Liverpool qualify at Napoli’s expense Continue reading...



Cheltenham Festival to reduce field sizes in bid to improve safety

13-12-2018

• Changes proposed for meeting after seven deaths this year• Pre-race veterinary checks to be increased at the fixtureThe British Horseracing Authority published a series of recommendations on Wednesday designed to improve the safety and welfare of horses and riders in National Hunt racing as a whole and at the Cheltenham Festival in March in particular. The proposals are the result of a review of the Festival which was launched after seven horses died as a result of injuries sustained at this year’s meeting, including three in the final race, the two-mile Grand Annual Chase.In all, the review makes 17 recommendations, which include increased pre-race veterinary checks on runners, a reduction in the safety limit for two-mile chases from 24 to 20 and detailed analysis of faller rates for both trainers and jockeys both at Cheltenham and in all jump racing. Trainers and jockeys with faller rates “higher than the historical average” will be required to “engage constructively” with the BHA to find ways in which their number of fallers can be reduced. Continue reading...



Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season

13-12-2018

• Manchester United have also been linked to Argentinian• Pochettino’s stock rising after Champions League progressTottenham are braced for further interest in Mauricio Pochettino after the manager enhanced his reputation with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona – a result that carried his team into the Champions League knockout rounds.It is an open secret at the club that they expect a fight to keep Pochettino at the end of the season with Real Madrid, in particular, monitoring his progress. Real sacked Julen Lopetegui at the end of October and turned to Santiago Solari, initially on a caretaker basis. In mid-November they gave him a contract until 2021. Manchester United are also admirers and considered him after the departure of Louis van Gaal in 2016 only to appoint José Mourinho. Continue reading...



Bradford City 4-4 Peterborough: Toney's brilliant half-way line goal in FA Cup replay

13-12-2018

Ivan Toney scores a free-kick from the halfway line during Peterborough's thrilling FA Cup second round replay win over Bradford City.