13-12-2018 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho criticises starting players after Champions League defeat by Valencia

Jose Mourinho criticises Manchester United's starting players after their limp Champions League loss to Valencia.

13-12-2018 Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in his voice. “You don’t know where they come from but you can feel that something’s going to happen. I had that feeling when I won the worlds. I had that feeling when I won the Challenge Tour. They’re like premonitions.”Cross shakes his head and smiles at the mysterious force of the past two years. His life has been transformed from being an electrician who won £7 after victory in a pub tournament, to becoming the world champion of darts 18 months later. Cross won £400,000 on 1 January 2018 when, in the PDC world championship final, he crushed his hero, Phil Taylor, at the end of his first year as a professional. Since then, Cross put on five stone in weight and was disconcerted when the lives of his wife and three children were threatened by a crank who was offended by his stunning rise. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Champions League last 16: who’s hot, who’s not and potential match-ups

Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United face the prospect of daunting ties after the cream rose to the top in the groupsThe Premier League will supply a quarter of the teams in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will take place at 11am on Monday. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other, and likewise teams who qualified from the same group. Group winners will be drawn against second-placed teams, with the top seed enjoying home advantage in the second leg. VAR will be used for the rest of the competition. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Jacqui Oatley: women's football is generations away from equality, but it's getting there – video

Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley believes it will take 'a couple of generations' to make football a more equal environment, but that change can already been seen in the women's game. In a short film - part of series produced for Twitter UK as part of its support for Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign - Oatley said she hopes 'the assumption of knowledge is there just the same [for female reporters, commentators and presenters] as it is when a male voice is delivering.'The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Copa Sudamericana 2018: Atletico Paranaense beat Junior to win Copa Sudamericana

Watch highlights from Atletico Paranaense's victory over Junior FC on penalties to win the Copa Sudamericana trophy in Brazil.

13-12-2018 The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018 | Simon Burnton

While the more deserving await the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award verdict on Sunday night, here is our list of sporting anti-heroes from 2018Rahman has managed to squeeze a single Test, eight ODI appearances and the same number of T20s into a year in which there have been, to the day, just two months in which the Bangladeshi batsman was not suspended from any form of cricket. On New Year’s Day he picked up a six-month suspension from the domestic game, was stripped of his central contract and fined $25,000 for, during a first-class game in the last week of 2017, asking the on-field umpires’ permission to briefly leave the field and, having secured it, assaulting a 12-year-old boy who had apparently “made a noise” at him, while hiding behind a sightscreen (though not from an eagle-eyed official). “We have meted out a heavy punishment,” said the BCB disciplinary committee vice-chairman, Sheikh Sohel. “This is his last chance. If he has another brush with indiscipline, he will be permanently suspended.” This was not exactly true. In the summer Rahman’s Facebook account threatened to physically assault a fan who criticised his form, and that other brush with indiscipline had come to pass. After promising “that he would never do such a thing again” and also “admitting to a lot of things” he was fined and suspended afresh, this time from domestic cricket. “He said that his account was hacked but we took into account other incidents, some of which he has admitted to be true,” said the BCB director, Ismail Haider Mallick, so the player had at least displayed some of the elite honesty that many in cricket aspire to. “If there is a repeat, he will be serving longer suspensions. Some people get their act straight, some don’t.” Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Football transfer rumours: Yaya Touré to join Crystal Palace or West Ham?

Today’s piffle just wants to feel appreciatedPurveyors of birthday cakes the length and breadth of England are waiting with bated breath to see which, if any, Premier League club will give Yaya Touré a gig. The 35-year-old Ivorian has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club, having made only three appearances. “Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him,” said the Greek club in a statement, shortly after ordering security to close the doors firmly behind him, double-lock them, nail stout planks across them and barricade them with several grand pianos. Now that his latest Greek odyssey is at an end, Touré is hopeful of reviving what’s left of his career in the English top flight if he can find a club who’ll take a punt on him. Crystal Palace have been mentioned in passing, although a high maintenance, past-his-prime player sounds more like West Ham’s bag. Related: José Mourinho says he learned ‘nothing’ in Champions League loss to Valencia Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season.

13-12-2018 Geraint Thomas has no regrets over new deal before Sky pulled team backing

• Tour de France winner confident new sponsor will be found• ‘It would be super-disappointing if this team was to stop’Geraint Thomas insists he has no regrets in signing a new deal with Team Sky in September – despite being in “shock” when he learned that Sky had pulled the plug on its sponsorship deal.This year’s Tour de France winner, who considered becoming team leader of the Polish team CCC before agreeing an improved £3.5m a year deal with Team Sky, is also confident that Sir Dave Brailsford will find a new title sponsor to keep the team together in 2020 because it is one of the most successful in any sport. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Hockey World Cup 2018: England through to World Cup semi-finals

England make it through to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup after a thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals in India.

13-12-2018 Cheltenham tweaks welcome but perception of racing's safety may never change | Talking Horses

BHA needed to respond after a spike in deaths at the 2018 Festival, but the chasm between the public’s view of the dangers of horse racing and the actuality may never be bridgedThe BHA’s review of last season’s Cheltenham Festival, which was overseen by Brant Dunshea, its director of integrity and regulatory operations, was published on Wednesday afternoon and can be read in full here. It makes 17 recommendations in all and most fall into the category of reasonable, well-considered proposals, which attempt to reduce the number of fatal injuries to horses both at the Festival meeting and throughout jumps racing as a whole.The decision to extend pre-race veterinary examinations to include all runners at the Festival is logical and sensible, and so too the move to support and trial the use of padded hurdles and visual aids for horses to ensure that they see fences as clearly as possible. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 NFL This Week: Could Amari Cooper send the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl?

After spending a first-round draft pick trading for wide receiver Amari Cooper, have the Dallas Cowboys found the missing piece to their team?

13-12-2018 Jose Mourinho: Champions League qualification 'is a success' for Man Utd

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League "is a success".

13-12-2018 Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India | Geoff Lemon

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...

13-12-2018 Team Sky: Chris Froome, Sir Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas react to sponsorship withdrawal

Chris Froome, Sir Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas react to Sky's decision to withdraw backing of Team Sky at the end of 2019.

13-12-2018 Formula E explained: Beginners' guide

Watch our guide to Formula E ahead of the new season, which gets under way in Saudi Arabia on 15 December live on BBC Sport.

13-12-2018 Tony Adams to become new president of Rugby Football League

• Former Arsenal player made contacts through Sporting Chance• Charity has helped more than 400 rugby league playersTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England footballer, will become the new president of the Rugby Football League next summer. Adams, who has worked with the RFL in developing rugby league’s player welfare programmes via his Sporting Chance charity, will succeed Andy Burnham and become the 29th person to occupy the role.“It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL,” Adams said. “I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in rugby league. I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.” Continue reading...