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

12-12-2018 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.

Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: how the players rated in the Champions League

12-12-2018 Georginio Wijnaldum proves the outstanding player for Liverpool at Anfield, while Kalidou Koulibaly shines for NapoliAlisson 9/10 One save to make all night and delivered. In the 92nd minute too. The difference between pain and progress. Continue reading...

Alvarez v Fielding: Briton ready to seize chance against Mexican legend

12-12-2018 Rocky Fielding used his selfie with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez to impress Mexicans on holiday - now he is preparing to fight the country's boxing icon.

David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

12-12-2018 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...

Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

12-12-2018 The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online betting will soon introduce a whistle-to-whistle ban on television advertising around sporting events is a collector’s item. Ray Winstone’s loss, many will feel, is the armchair fan’s gain.The market leaders in online gambling, including Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power Betfair, are all signed up to the voluntary ban, from which TV coverage of horse racing will be exempt. So, too, are the firms with big retail estates, such as Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, who may – perhaps – have learned a lesson from their long, bitter and ultimately futile campaign to resist pressure for a cut in stakes on fixed‑odds betting terminals. Continue reading...

Can women save sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

12-12-2018 The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before Continue reading...

Luton aim high once again after building on their talented reserves | Ben Fisher

12-12-2018 The Hatters’ under-11 class of 2009 were the best of their age in Europe and several have gone on to enjoy decent careers – a couple of them at the renascent Kenilworth RoadNine years ago Luton Town were crowned European champions. They swatted aside Werder Bremen in the quarter-finals, edged past FC Zurich after extra-time in the semis and beat Bayern Munich in the final, clinching a 3-2 win with four seconds to play. It was at the Aarau Masters, a televised five-a-side tournament in Switzerland played in front of 3,000 spectators, where Luton’s under-11s triumphed, upstaging the cream of the crop from across the continent, including Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.Among those celebrating that day was James Justin, now 20 and a core member of a free-scoring Luton team who are flying high in League One under Nathan Jones. Others from the class of 2009 have progressed nicely too, with Jamal Lewis excelling at Norwich, the brothers Jay and Cole Dasilva on the books of Chelsea and Brentford respectively, while Frankie Musonda remains at Luton. Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

12-12-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Olympian Jess Varnish accuses British Cycling of 'extreme control'

12-12-2018 Employment tribunal hears athlete allege she was punished for minor transgressionsThe Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the organisation for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.In order to bring her discrimination claim, Varnish, 28, must first prove that she was an employee of either British Cycling, which didn’t pay her but had supported her training since she was 12, or UK Sport, which from 2015 provided her with a £21,500 tax-free grant towards her living and training costs. Continue reading...

Paul Pogba shocked at Manchester United omission for past two games

12-12-2018 • José Mourinho has omitted midfielder for two matches• Scott McTominay preferred for 15 minutes against FulhamPaul Pogba has been left shocked at being dropped by José Mourinho, with the Manchester United midfielder left out of the starting XI for the past two games against Arsenal and Fulham.The relationship between player and manager has been rocky since the start of the season. Yet despite Mourinho having terse words for Pogba privately and publicly, the France international did not expect to be left out of the XI. Continue reading...

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I never said it was impossible’

12-12-2018 • Late equaliser puts Spurs into last 16 of Champions League• Spurs should be able to play ties at new groundMauricio Pochettino could look forward to the prospect of Champions League football at Tottenham’s new stadium, after his team drew 1-1 with Barcelona on a tumultuous night to qualify for the last 16. Tottenham were helped out by the score in the other Group B tie – Inter’s home draw with PSV Eindhoven. They had needed to match Inter’s result. Related: Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16 Continue reading...

Wayne Rooney: DC United midfielder visits White House and meets Barron Trump

12-12-2018 Former England captain Wayne Rooney visits the White House, the home of US president Donald Trump, for a Christmas party.

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

12-12-2018 Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino says 'mission impossible' achieved

12-12-2018 Tottenham achieved "mission impossible" by qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

12-12-2018 In only two Test matches have both captains declared with a score below 150 and both involved England and plenty of rainIn only two Test matches have both captains declared with scores below 150 and in those games, by definition extraordinary, the higher of those totals was a mere 81. Both involved England and both had one other thing in common: rain, plenty of it, and pitches at best partially protected and massively affected.The two third-innings declarations remain the two lowest such totals in the history of Test cricket and they set the two lowest fourth-innings, post-declaration targets ever, though one was almost three times as big as the other. Continue reading...

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

12-12-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

12-12-2018 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...