WTA gives increased protection for returning mothers on tour for 2019

Mothers returning to tennis will have increased rankings protection on the WTA Tour from next season after a rule change.

13-12-2018

Champions League roundup: Juventus and Real Madrid suffer shock defeats

• Real Madrid 0-3 CSKA, Young Boys 2-1 Juventus• Bayern top Group E after 3-3 draw with AjaxJuventus and Real Madrid may have won their groups but both suffered shock defeats on Wednesday, while Ajax and Bayern Munich contested a six-goal thriller as they battled for top spot in Group E.Juve needed a win against Young Boys to make sure of top spot in Group H, but slumped to their first competitive away defeat in more than a year as Guillaume Hoarau scored twice to earn the Swiss side’s first ever group stage win. Continue reading...

13-12-2018

Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. Continue reading...

13-12-2018

The Fiver | The Modern Pantheon of Memorable Anfield Saves (est. Dec 2018)

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Liverpool fans can be forgiven for floating on air right now, feeling a little woozy, spaced out, positively trippy. Partly because they’re currently top of the league, unbeaten, with half a chance of … well, OK, a quarter of a chance of the title. Partly because they’re somehow through to the knockout stage of Big Cup having played the sum total of one decent 45 against notoriously flaky travellers PSG. But mainly because they appear to have a proper, fully functioning, dependable, diligent, decent, grown-up goalkeeper. By our reckoning they haven’t signed one of those since landing Ray Clemence from Firewall FC in 1967, so this abrupt reality shift is bound to scramble a few heads. But relax. Open up your mind. Continue reading...

13-12-2018

Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years on the news beat for various tabloid newspapers. That may surprise a few people because, outside the industry, there seems to be a perception you are either one or the other: broadsheet or red-top, luvvie or rotter. But it doesn’t actually work like that. I worked for a freelance agency in the Midlands, covering for virtually all the national titles, and there was no room for journalistic snobbery for a young reporter with a provisional driving licence and 40-words-per-minute shorthand.But it was definitely an eye-opener. One story was of a car being stolen in Leicester while, unbeknown to the thief, a baby was strapped into the back seat. The car was still missing and the police had organised a press conference for her mother, who had not been identified, to make a public appeal. It was a big story and there were a lot of national newspaper journalists in attendance. But I can still remember the awkwardness when she came in and the vibe from several reporters – not just the tabloids – that there was an issue, news-wise. The woman in question wasn’t white. She was Indian and that was a problem, I was told, because the relevant newspapers might no longer think it was a photograph, or story, their readership wanted. Continue reading...

13-12-2018

Manchester City 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim: Qualification 'incredible success', says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's qualification for the Champions League last 16 was an "incredible success", says manager Pep Guardiola.

13-12-2018

Leigh Griffiths takes break from Celtic to tackle off-field problems

• Striker to get ‘all the help he needs’ from Celtic• Brendan Rodgers: ‘He has reached a point where it is a struggle’The buildup to a decisive European tie for Celtic has been overshadowed by Leigh Griffiths being given indefinite leave further to reports he is to receive professional help for off-field problems. Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday the striker is “struggling” and that “life is tough for him right now”.The 28-year-old is reported to have an issue with gambling, to the point where he apparently entered into a self-exclusion programme from a group of one leading bookmaker’s shops. While Rodgers understandably did not offer details, he strongly hinted at concerns that need to be resolved. 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

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

The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018

Seventy-two judges from 30 countries have had their say and here is our top 100 of the best players in the world. In association with The Offside Rule Suzanne Wrack meets our No 1, Pernille HarderInterview: Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegeberg Continue reading...

13-12-2018

Nicolas Chauvin: Stade Francais teenager dies after tackle in game at Bordeaux

A 19-year-old rugby player with French side Stade Francais dies in hospital after breaking his neck in a youth game.

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...

13-12-2018

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...

13-12-2018

PDC World Darts Championship 2019: Michael van Gerwen heads biggest field ever

Michael van Gerwen says he has been working on his finishing as the world number one goes in search of a third PDC World Championship.

13-12-2018

Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...

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...

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