Jess Varnish tribunal: British Cycling coaches had 'extreme control'

12-12-2018 Jess Varnish tells an employment tribunal that British Cycling coaches would "listen through the door", as she seeks damages for wrongful dismissal.

Tottenham fans bask in afterglow of a defiantly un-’Spursy’ denouement | Sid Lowe

12-12-2018 Tottenham’s support had to contemplate failure in Barcelona until Lucas Moura suddenly turned the evening on its headTottenham’s fans had just been asked to stay in their seats after the final whistle when Érik Lamela collected the ball on the left and saw Harry Kane move ahead.It was more than an hour since Ousmane Dembélé had scored the opening goal at the Camp Nou and 15 minutes since the news had come in from Milan, where their fate was also being decided and where Mauro Icardi had scored. There were six minutes to go now, Internazionale were level against PSV Eindhoven, and Spurs were out. High in the east stand, a long wait lay ahead, 6,000 of them, sitting there behind the glass, contemplating failure in the cold. Continue reading...

The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018

12-12-2018 Seventy-two judges from 30 countries have had their say and here is our top 100 of the best players in the world. In association with The Offside Rule Suzanne Wrack meets our No 1, Pernille HarderInterview: Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegeberg Continue reading...

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

12-12-2018 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...

Yaya Touré ends second spell with Olympiakos after three months

12-12-2018 • Touré leaves by mutual consent having made five appearances• ‘Yaya is leaving as a friend ... our paths will surely cross again’Yaya Touré has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old made five appearances during his second spell, the last of which was on 8 November.Touré left Manchester City at the end of last season but failed to make an impact at Olympiakos with whom he won the domestic double in the 2005-06 season. Continue reading...

Guardiola says racism is everywhere and praises ‘incredible’ Sterling

12-12-2018 • Manchester City manager says racism must be fought• Guardiola thanks Chelsea for reaction to alleged racismPep Guardiola has said “racism is everywhere” and has to be fought each day. Manchester City’s manager was speaking after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused at Chelsea.Sterling was verbally abused on Saturday and the incident is being investigated by Chelsea and the Metropolitan police. Four Chelsea supporters have been suspended by the club. One of them pictured verbally abusing Sterling has reportedly denied any racial element. Continue reading...

Premiership Rugby aiming to finalise £230m CVC deal by Christmas

12-12-2018 • Agreement reached in principle with private equity firm• Each club will receive £18m windfall if deal goes throughPremiership Rugby hopes to conclude a £230m agreement with a private equity firm before Christmas after a board meeting on Tuesday failed to tie up a few loose ends.When the 13 shareholders in Premiership Rugby, made up of the 12 clubs in the top flight plus London Irish, first discussed the proposal in September they rejected it, not least because CVC Capital Partners wanted a 50% stake in the league. Continue reading...

Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

12-12-2018 Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freestyle win. The 18-year-old mowed down American Mallory Comerford and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk in the last 50m to claim victory in 1min 51.38sec – a new Commonwealth, Oceania and national record.Titmus’ stirring effort on the opening night of the six-day event at Hangzhou shattered Emma McKeon’s mark of 1:51.66 set at the 2015 national short course titles. It moved the teenager to fourth on the all-time rankings. Continue reading...

Monday Night Football: Has Jason Witten ruined a US television institution?

12-12-2018 The former Cowboy has been a disaster since he joined the most storied broadcast in American sports, but he’s not the show’s only problemThe NFL has a multitude of problems: players committing off-the-field violence, the Oakland Raiders in general and, most worrying of all, the growing realization that the game is inherently dangerous to its participants’ long-term health. With all this happening, one would think the state of the league’s flagship broadcast wouldn’t be a huge story. That, however, would underestimate just how unwatchable Monday Night Football has become this season, particularly due to former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten’s brutal start as the show’s lead analyst.It was inevitable that there would be some growing pains over at MNF, as the show replaced the entire booth during the offseason. Witten’s predecessor, Jon Gruden, left to become Oakland’s head coach, a move that has been bad for both the broadcast and the team. Meanwhile, play-by-play man Sean McDonough returned to his old gig as a college football announcer. In their stead came Witten and Joe Tessitore. Tessitore, a veteran of boxing and college football coverage, has had some struggles making the adjustment to his new gig. Most notably, he’s been guilty of over-talking. Continue reading...

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's side in perfect shape after Napoli victory

12-12-2018 Liverpool's win over Napoli to reach the Champions League knockout phase leaves their season in perfect shape.

Advent calendar 2018: Lionel Messi's goal for Argentina against Nigeria, from every angle

12-12-2018 Watch Lionel Messi's fantastic strike in Argentina's 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the Group D game of the World Cup, from every angle.