Football transfer rumours: Harry Kane or Richarlison to Barcelona?

10-12-2018 Today’s tell-all is on holiday by mistake More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye. Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

10-12-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback to defeat Cardiff and extend unbeaten run

10-12-2018 • Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues• Premiership champions maintain winning run after early scareSaracens march on with another half-century, another seven tries and another demonstration of how determined they are to reclaim the Champions Cup trophy. If there was any surprise, it took until the introduction of the 20-year-old back-row Ben Earl early in the second half to turn the match in their favour but, all be told, this was a show of Saracens’ remarkable strength in depth to extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches in all competitions. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...

Raheem Sterling has kicked up a storm but as ever the outrage will pass | Stan Collymore

10-12-2018 The England forward’s Instagram post has got people, journalists especially, talking about racism but nothing will change – it never doesWith one early-morning Instagram post Raheem Sterling has got everyone talking about racism. Racism in football, racism in the media, racism in society as a whole and from certain high-up quarters the response has been to show sympathy and support for Sterling and call for change. But here’s the thing: nothing will change. It never does when it comes to racism in this country.Britain now is as it was in the 1970s, when I was growing up in Cannock, a mixed-raced child within a community that was, and remains, 99.9% white. In this post-Brexit vote environment, people again feel free to be openly racist, saying and writing the types of things that vilify certain sections of society for no other reason than the way they look. There’s a blame culture at play and, more often than not, it’s black and Asian people who get the blame. Continue reading...

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

10-12-2018 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...

Jason Roy could add spice to England setup as Ed Smith mulls Test squad

10-12-2018 Selector has not shied away from bold picks and may use West Indies Tests to experiment with the exciting over the pragmaticSince Ed Smith became the chief selector it has been worth keeping an eye on the announcement of England squads. He has delivered a few surprises in his nine months in the job, during which he has never seemed intimidated by the enterprising selection that might attract some flak.Smith’s best call for the Test team was probably his first – he has suggested as much – when he selected Jos Buttler, who had not expected the call because of the long-accepted drawback of him not having encountered a red ball for months. His most controversial was the recall of Adil Rashid, who was in retirement from red-ball cricket at the time. Both decisions provoked plenty of criticism, which has long since evaporated. Continue reading...

David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

10-12-2018 Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

10-12-2018 Bournemouth are looking threadbare, Pep Guardiola shows the stomach for a fight and Leicester pine for Jamie VardyWith the issues piling up in terms of Arsenal’s defensive composition, it almost passed unnoticed that against Huddersfield they managed a league clean sheet – their first since September. Centre‑back concerns felt strongly under the microscope at the end of a week when Rob Holding suffered a cruciate injury, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi picked up simultaneous suspensions for their yellow card count, and the German skulked off with an injury in any case. Unai Emery has to find, to borrow an old Wengerism, internal solutions for Sunday’s game at Southampton. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal, career full-backs, could be drafted in to a back three. Laurent Koscielny has not played for seven months and was not deemed fit enough to come on against Huddersfield. Emery will have to make do and mend. Amy Lawrence Continue reading...

Decision on Michael Cheika's Wallabies future to be made 'ahead of Christmas'

10-12-2018 Rugby Australia board hear presentation from coachChairman Cameron Clyne refuses to answer questionsRugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to guarantee or clarify the position of Michael Cheika following a presentation from the Wallabies’ coach, but says a thorough review will be completed before Christmas.Clyne came out seven hours into an unfinished RA board meeting on Monday, but spent just 50 seconds giving a statement to the media. He didn’t answer questions despite being asked if Cheika’s job was safe. Continue reading...

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

10-12-2018 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...

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

10-12-2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Raheem Sterling negative press coverage 'emboldens racist rhetoric' - PFA

10-12-2018 Negative press coverage of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling "emboldens racist rhetoric", says the PFA.

Newcastle 1-2 Wolves: Chris Waddle on a pivotal time for the Magpies

10-12-2018 Newcastle need a new owner now, two new attackers in January and to keep hold of manager Rafael Benitez next summer, says former Magpies winger Chris Waddle.