Zlatan Ibrahimovic: La Galaxy striker to stay with Major League Soccer side for 2019

Ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will spend a second season at Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

17-12-2018

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-12-2018

Jacob Stockdale: ‘We went after the All Blacks with confidence’

The Ireland wing on his memorable try against New Zealand, his World Cup ambitions and talking to prisoners at Northern Ireland’s highest security prisonJacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster winger was the player of the tournament while setting a Six Nations record by scoring seven tries as Ireland sealed the grand slam. Stockdale also made the difference with the only try of the game when Ireland beat New Zealand last month to complete a year in which they could claim to be the best side in the world.Stockdale has already told me about going into jail with his father, the chaplain at Maghaberry prison in Belfast, so he could talk to inmates who have been locked up after committing violent crimes. He has also confirmed his love for Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan and proved himself an assured 22-year-old who is different to many of his contemporaries. It is striking that, before we discuss his try against the All Blacks, Stockdale has a laugh about himself as he remembers missing the first time Ireland beat New Zealand – in a momentous match in Chicago in November 2016. Continue reading...

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

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

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

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

17-12-2018

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greets fans after allegations of racist chanting

Bruce Buck greets fans at the turnstiles before the Premier League win at Brighton, following allegations of racism against the club's fans.

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Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign outside the grotto promising that Santa will be back again tomorrow. So, at that time of night, it’s little kids this way and big kids that, up the hill and on beyond the fair to the Great Hall for the opening night of the PDC World Championship. For a lot of people the trip is a winter tradition now, a little less solemn than the carol service at St Paul’s, a little less sobering than swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas morning.The Championship has junked one of its own old rituals. The walk-on girls are gone. The PDC chairman, Barry Hearn, says he was forced into it by the TV companies. “It’s out of my control,” he said. “We’re living in changing times – the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength.” Continue reading...

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, the Olympia Horse Show and Australia v India in day four of the second test.

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José Mourinho safe for now amid business as usual at Manchester United

• No change of manager after defeat at Liverpool• Mourinho has clear week to prepare for Cardiff tripJosé Mourinho is safe from the sack for the immediate future, with it being business as usual for the Manchester United manager despite Sunday’s insipid 3-1 loss at Liverpool.Mourinho is coming under increasing pressure because of United’s poor season so far, a run that has left them in sixth place, yet the Guardian understands that Mourinho is to remain in place. Continue reading...

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Ralph Hasenhüttl hails Southampton team and fans after 'amazing' win over Arsenal – video

Ralph Hasenhüttl enjoyed a dream home debut as Southampton manager after Charlie Austin's late header earned a 3-2 win over Arsenal. The victory was Saint's first in the Premier League on home soil since late April and prompted scenes of jubilation in the stands followed by a lap of honour on the pitch. Hasenhüttl sent free beer vouchers to season ticket holders during the week in an attempt to have 'everyone in our boat to row with us' and after ending the Gunners' 22-game unbeaten run, the new manager joked about considering whether to make this a regular occurrence.Free beers for fans … three cheers for Southampton, says Hasenhüttl Continue reading...

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NFL plays of the week: DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Golladay & Doug Baldwin all feature

DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Golladay and Doug Baldwin feature in NFL plays of the week, which also includes two spectacular kick returns and some great teamwork from the New England Patriots.

17-12-2018

NFL week 15 review: Philadelphia Eagles shock LA Rams to stay in play-off race

The Philadelphia Eagles keep their play-off hopes alive as Nick Foles' return helps them to victory, while the Chicago Bears clinch the NFC North.

17-12-2018

The Fiver | Bad tidings for Manchester United

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After 189 games, including preliminary rounds, qualifying rounds, the play-offs and group stages, Big Cup is finally down to the last 16 clubs. And on Monday morning, in the dormant volcano Uefa calls its lair, those teams were paired for the first of the knockout stages to take place in February next year. While any outcome was likely to spell bad tidings for Manchester United, the news they’ll be playing PSG may have prompted a handful involved with the club – their manager, all their players and every single one of their fans – to wish they hadn’t actually over-achieved by getting out of their group. It’s usually customary to say these are the games “you dream of playing in”; after the shellacking they suffered at the hands of Liverpool, this is the stuff of nightmares for United. Continue reading...

17-12-2018

Track Cycling World Cup: Matt Walls seals omnium gold

Britain's Matt Walls puts in a strong ride in the points race to seal gold in the men's omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

17-12-2018

Why Villarreal are starting to get that sinking feeling again | Sid Lowe

The Yellow Submarine are one of only six clubs whose salary limit is over €100m: they’re too good to go down. As in 2012Sergio Asenjo just sat there shaking his head. The goalkeeper who has suffered four cruciate knee ligament tears – three in his right knee, one in his left – was in no hurry to get up this time. “I want them to see what’s at stake in our eyes,” Villarreal’s new manager Luis García Plaza had said before the game against Huesca and they could certainly see it in Asenjo’s eyes now that it was all over. Slowly, he stood, went to the end where maybe 100 fans gathered stunned, silently handed over his shirt and turned to walk away, beaten at the last. This was supposed to be a new beginning, but it had ended like that.Asenjo saved a penalty and nine other shots on Sunday evening. On a personal level, it had been the best game of his career, he admitted – a career cut short whenever he was on the verge of a Spain call. He was “simply spectacular”, one report said after a match with “three penalties, one red card and a great keeper”. He’d saved from Gonzalo Melero, Moi Gómez, Cucho Hernández, Pablo Insua and Jorge Pulido, and kept on saving all the way to the final minute. That time, though, the ball came back out and Samuele Longo scored, the ball rebounding in off him. It was the 94th minute and Huesca had made it 2-2 against Villarreal. Which might not sound that bad, but as Villarreal’s manager admitted, the situation is “jodida”. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | How best to avoid a hiding with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver would give several pennies for the thoughts of José Mourinho as he sits in the suite he has called home for the past two-and-a-half years at the Lowry Hotel. With the thrill of frightening staff by dressing as a zombie using his shower curtain, snaffling complimentary biscuits and tungsten-tipped screws long gone and being able to take apart and reassemble his Corby Trouser Press quicker than a blindfolded soldier field-stripping an AK47 assault rifle, the Manchester United manager has plenty of time to dwell on the vicissitudes of life, not least how best to avoid a hiding against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job. Continue reading...

17-12-2018

Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Canelo and conspiracies

Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s penalties?What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball teamMarvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero moviePhil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golfNasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in HoustonMichael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double He was born in Ballyrock He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never willHe weighed 10lb when he was born On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?ChampChopperCinnamonChilledAll four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?Manchester United LiverpoolTottenham HotspurManchester CityVinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?Iker CasillasRaúlGutiLuis Enrique Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league? Luis SuárezDanny MurphySteven GerrardFernando TorresTeam Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?Vincenzo NibaliNairo Quintana Rigoberto Urán Romain Bardet The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario KartTag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choiceEngland played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?Men's Hockey World CupChess World CupCurling World CupWomen's Volleyball World CupIn which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?RiyadhLondonNew York CityMelbourne1 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score2 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score3 and above.Oh dear4 and above.Not bad but not great5 and above.Not bad but not great6 and above.Nice work. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Poor show10 and above.You are a genius. Enjoy your weekend Continue reading...

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