Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool ‘to put right our mistake’ against Napoli

11-12-2018 • Klopp says Champions League predicament is ‘our fault’• ‘We didn’t win often enough to be through already‘Our responsibility. Our mistake. The words peppered Jürgen Klopp’s Napoli press conference, leaving no doubt that blame for Liverpool’s Champions League predicament rests on their doorstep. Opportunity for salvation resides there too. Anfield knows the script so well. “I know it will be difficult,” their manager said, “but I can not help think about it without a smile on my face.”Liverpool have backed themselves into a corner in Europe once again as a consequence of losing three away games in a group for the first time. Carlo Ancelotti, the Napoli and former Milan manager, needs no schooling on his opponents’ powers of recovery. A 1-0 win or victory by two goals at Anfield will guarantee Liverpool qualification for the knockout phase. Defeat to an Italian club that has never won in England, combined with a loss for Paris Saint-Germain at Red Star Belgrade, and the new Premier League leaders will be out of European competition completely nine months after reaching the Champions League final. Their manager sees only an opportunity to rectify a campaign of contrasts. Continue reading...

Sam Twiston-Davies not Harry Cobden to ride Politologue in King George

11-12-2018 • Harry Cobden aboard Clan Des Obeaux on Boxing Day• Quality of Kempton fences discussed by leading trainersSam Twiston-Davies will keep the ride on Politologue when the grey lines up for the King George VI Chase in a fortnight’s time to the surprise of anyone who assumed Harry Cobden would be back aboard.Cobden has been principal jockey to the horse’s trainer, Paul Nicholls, since Twiston-Davies gave up that job to go freelance in May but he will ride the stable’s Clan Des Obeaux, who is much less fancied in the betting. Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

11-12-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have to educate the media about racism | Musa Okwonga

11-12-2018 Sterling should be free to do his job – play football. But he’s right that the British media needs to tackle racism, head onRaheem Sterling is busy. He is busy being a world-class forward for Manchester City and England and he is busy being a parent. It is therefore confusing as to why, on top of these considerable responsibilities, he is now apparently expected to educate Britain – including a cluster of journalists who claim to know no better – about the media’s role in the racism he experiences both in and on the way to his place of work.Following a Premier League match against Chelsea, during which he stated that he was subjected to a racist tirade from a nearby fan, Sterling took to Instagram to express his concern about the vastly different treatment that white and black players receive from certain sections of the British media. Sterling drew a connection between the negative coverage that black players constantly receive and their treatment by the public. Continue reading...

England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury

11-12-2018 • Wing damaged medial ligament in loss to Leinster• Eddie Jones due to name squad on 16 JanuaryThe England wing Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a battle to prove his fitness for the Six Nations after Bath confirmed he has suffered a torn medial knee ligament. Related: Joe Cokanasiga has power and pace to add to England’s strength in depth Continue reading...

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

11-12-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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

11-12-2018 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...

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

11-12-2018 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.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

11-12-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the final round of matches in the group stages of the Champions League, European rugby union and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Sunderland 'Til I Die: Netflix series charts pain, prayers and passion for the club – trailer

11-12-2018 Netflix has released a trailer for Sunderland 'Til I Die, a new docu-series following the club's first season back in the Championship after the team crashed out of the Premier League in 2017.The fly-on-the-wall style series, following the 2017-18 season as the club suffered a second consecutive relegation, features interviews with the club’s manager, players and dedicated fans.All eight episodes of the Netflix series will be released globally on 14 December.Sunderland’s Jack Ross: ‘I’ll never regret accepting this job, whatever happens’ Continue reading...

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

11-12-2018 Jess Varnish tells an employment tribunal that British Cycling coaches would "listen through the door", as she seeks damages for wrongful dismissal.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: The cheeky trophy spills the beans on his 65-year career

11-12-2018 Before BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, the trophy remembers his wonderful 65-year career living with some of the world's greatest sporting stars.

Rugby league should never forget the power of free-to-air TV

11-12-2018 If the sport wants a mainstream audience, it has to prioritise its relationship with the BBC and coverage of the England teamBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredDoes rugby league take the BBC for granted? And are the RFL flogging a dead horse with the Challenge Cup? I left Parliament mulling over those questions after seeing a fascinating presentation by three of BBC Sport’s leading figures last week.The Beeb showed 57 hours of league this year and broadcast 50 live commentaries on national radio. They account for 78% of all rugby league viewing on TV, with over seven million people watching more than 15 minutes of rugby league on BBC this year compared to two million on Sky. They are essential to the game retaining its status in the mainstream media. Continue reading...

Hockey World Cup: England 2-0 New Zealand - highlights

11-12-2018 England beat New Zealand 2-0 with goals from Will Calnan and Luke Taylor, to set up a quarter-final against Olympic champions Argentina on Wednesday.

Skateboarding: How to do kickflips with British Olympic hopeful Alex Decunha

11-12-2018 British skateboarder Alex Decunha shows BBC Sport how to do "one of his favourite tricks" - kickflips.

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

11-12-2018 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...

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss says 'racism is everywhere'

11-12-2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says "racism is everywhere" following the alleged racial abuse of his forward Raheem Sterling.

'We're not here to be Invincibles': Guardiola hails players despite loss to Chelsea – video

11-12-2018 Pep Guardiola struck a philosophical tone after Manchester City's 0-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, insisting: 'We're not here to be Invincibles; we're here to be champions.' Despite dominating possession for most of the game, Manchester City conceded a goal in each half to slump to their first league defeat in eight months and drop to second place in the Premier League. Guardiola praised his team's performance despite the result, claiming they had played with 'great personality' throughout.David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Continue reading...