12-12-2018 Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss on 'unbelievable' win to reach Champions League last 16

Jurgen Klopp says he could "fill his adrenaline in bottles" after an "unbelievable" win over Napoli earned his side place in the Champions League knockout stage.

12-12-2018 David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

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...

12-12-2018 Cameron Radigan opens up on his passion for archery

Cameron Radigan on his campaign to have his leg amputated and his archery dream.

12-12-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

12-12-2018 ‘#weareNOTgymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of Lisses. She is a 20m tall triangular wall, rutted and pocked with concrete knobs, ledges and gullies. In the late 1980s David Belle and his friends would come here to swing, leap and bound from one of her nooks to the next until they made it all the way to the platform at the top. They were not only playing but training. There was a discipline to it. Because it all grew out of the obstacle course techniques David was taught by his father, Raymond, who had been a soldier and a fireman. They called it “parcours” or “route”. Related: Penalty flops and flips, Grand Final memories and Parkour 3.0 | Classic YouTube Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Paul Pogba shocked at Manchester United omission for past two games

• 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...

12-12-2018 Cheltenham deaths review prompts safety changes in racing

A review into the deaths of horses at the Cheltenham Festival warns that welfare issues threaten the future of the sport.

12-12-2018 Herman Ouseley to stand down as chairman of football’s Kick It Out

• Respected leader of anti-racism campaign to go after 25 years• ‘Kick It Out is well positioned to keep the momentum afloat’Lord Herman Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out after 25 continuous years in that position since the organisation was established in 1993.The 73-year-old is understood to have informed Kick It Out’s trustees some time ago that he intended to retire at the end of this season and the announcement is not related to the resurgence of alleged racist incidents in the game. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: how the players rated in the Champions League

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...

12-12-2018 Luka Doncic's genius has managed to make a great NBA rookie class look average

The 2018 draft-class may well end up being one of the greatest in history. But they risk being eclipsed by the Slovenian teenagerPoor Marvin Bagley. The bouncy one-and-done Duke big man went second overall in the 2018 NBA draft and so far he is having what is, by any reasonable standard, an excellent rookie season, even though he plays for the Sacramento Kings, which is hardly his fault. Bagley is not an excellent NBA player right now; in fact, by most metrics, he’s kind of a bad NBA player. But most rookies, even the really good ones, are bad players. And just 20 games into his career, Bagley is pouring in points and grabbing rebounds at the same ferocious clip he did at Duke – 12.9 and 6.2 in just under 24 minutes per game – and he’s doing it despite taking several thousand fewer shots than Trae Young.In almost any other season, Bagley’s nifty stats plus his arrival coinciding with the Kings’ revival would be enough to anoint him an early rookie of the year candidate. If he’d come out of college two years ago, when Malcolm Brogdon won the award because Ben Simmons was injured and the rest of the 2016 draft class was trash, it would be Bagley’s name on that trophy and not Brogdon’s. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

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...

12-12-2018 The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

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...

12-12-2018 England’s Sam Curran set for high price at IPL cricket auction

• Eoin Morgan and Joe Root not among 18 English players• 2019 World Cup reduces time available to play in IPLSam Curran has been confirmed as one of 18 English players who will feature in next week’s Indian Premier League auction, with the Surrey all-rounder expected to be in high demand after a breakout year in international cricket.The home World Cup in 2019 reduces the availability of England’s one-day players to the first four weeks of the IPL that starts on 29 March, meaning a number of the more established names may go unsold in Jaipur next Tuesday. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Alisson the rock in Liverpool’s solid defence, says Virgil van Dijk

• Goalkeeper vital to defensive improvement this season• Van Dijk: ’It’s important to have such a guy behind’There was a grin from Virgil van Dijk before giving his assessment of Alisson’s contribution to Liverpool’s victory over Napoli. “He was there to do his job,” the defender said. Bear hugs and effusive praise could come from others.Van Dijk was, of course, correct, although a Liverpool goalkeeper doing his job so well, so consistently and so decisively feels a novelty in the context of Anfield’s recent history. Continue reading...