Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola has 'no regrets' after defeat at Stamford Bridge

10-12-2018 Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his side were "fantastic" during their 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and has "no regrets" over the way they played.

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

10-12-2018 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

Australia v India: Tourists claim first Test win in Australia since 2008

10-12-2018 India clinch a dramatic 31-run victory in the first Test against Australia to claim only their sixth Test win down under.

Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or reactions echoed class she shows on pitch | Eni Aluko

10-12-2018 The Norwegian’s powerful, inspiring speech gave me goose bumps and the award’s worthy winner dealt with Martin Solveig’s casual sexism magnificentlyWhen I was a young girl I had to deal with people calling me weird and strange because I spent so much time around boys playing football. However I am not alone – that seems to be a regular theme when you speak to many of the great female professional footballers in the world about their journey to where they are now. It is not free of adversity and it is challenging having to justify your talent in what has been considered a man’s sport for centuries.I think the quicker we tell young girls who dream of playing professionally that they should believe in themselves, the more prepared they will be for the world of pro sport. Which is why Ada Hegerberg’s speech at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday was so powerful. Continue reading...

Phil Neville says England staff are locked in room plotting World Cup glory

10-12-2018 • Lionesses in Group D with Scotland, Japan and Argentina• ‘They want to win a World Cup. It’s what I was brought in to do’As street cleaners swept Parisian boulevards clear of rubber bullets and owners of looted shops began compiling inventories for insurance companies on Sunday, Phil Neville’s staff were also working overtime.While Saturday’s anti-government protesters torched cars and inhaled teargas in the centre of the French capital, the World Cup draw took place amid stringent security on a nearby island in the Seine. The 24 competing teams were divided into six groups – with matches to be played across nine cities – and England drew Scotland, Argentina and Japan. 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...

World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Lauren Williams aims to pay off parents' mortgage

10-12-2018 Lauren Williams aims to win the season-ending World Taekwondo Grand Slam event in China to help pay off her parents' mortgage.

From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

10-12-2018 The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a single name lifts an athlete closer to the stars. Few have flown so far into the stratosphere – and plummeted with such Icarusian suddenness – as Tiger. History suggests his flight is far from over. Continue reading...

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

10-12-2018 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...

River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win the Copa Libertadores final

10-12-2018 Watch highlights as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to claim their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy in front of 72,000 fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

Favourite Sizing Tennessee likely to miss Welsh Grand National

10-12-2018 • Colin Tizzard horse struggling to recover from Newbury outing• Min heads impressive six-timer for Willie MullinsSizing Tennessee is likely to miss the Welsh Grand National, for which he has been favourite since a storming success last weekend in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Colin Tizzard, who trains the 10-year-old, said the horse had not recovered as well as had been hoped from the Newbury race and now requires a bit more time between his races.“I don’t think Sizing Tennessee will go for the Welsh National,” Tizzard said on Sunday. “He’s an older boy, he had a harder race than I thought. He’s a little bit shuffly. It’ll work very well to give him five or six weeks. The Welsh National is quite close and he had a hard old race. Continue reading...

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

10-12-2018 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...