Philip Rivers leads LA Chargers to last-gasp comeback win over Kansas City Chiefs

Chargers rally back from 14-point deficit with four minutes leftRivers throws TD and completes two-point conversion at deathPhilip Rivers and the Chargers finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs.All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a questionable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the final touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a two-point conversion. Continue reading...

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Leeds promotion push unlikely to be affected by fate of Eleven Sports

• Owner Andrea Radrizzani runs struggling streaming service• Leeds confident Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion drive is still onFears that Leeds’s promotion push might be derailed by the potential closure of Eleven Sports UK, the streaming service run by the club’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, appear unfounded.Senior figures at Elland Road are understood to be confident that, for the remainder of this season at least, any closure would make no material difference to Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. The former Argentina and Chile manager has led Leeds to second place in the Championship, one point behind Norwich, leaving them on course for the automatic promotion to the Premier League which would transform their finances. Continue reading...

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Rangers crash out after Dejan Ljubicic fires late winner for Rapid Vienna

Steven Gerrard said Rangers will need January reinforcements after watching his side miss out on the Europa League last 32.Rangers needed to beat Rapid Vienna in their final Group G match if they were to follow Villarreal through to the knockout rounds. Their remarkable journey that started on 12 July as they were forced to battle through four qualifiers came to an end after Dejan Ljubicic’s late winner sealed victory for Rapid. Continue reading...

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Team Sky: Adoration, loathing and ambivalence - now clouds fall across Sky's future

From basking in a golden glow to being pilloried for operating in ethically grey areas - maybe it is a natural time for Team Sky to end, writes Tom Fordyce.

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Taekwondo World Championships: I'll buy another pizzeria if I win, says Walkden

Bianca Walkden would spend her prize money on another pizzeria if she wins this weekend’s World Taekwondo Grand Slam in China.

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Copa Sudamericana 2018: Atletico Paranaense beat Junior to win Copa Sudamericana

Watch highlights from Atletico Paranaense's victory over Junior FC on penalties to win the Copa Sudamericana trophy in Brazil.

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing it reshapes and even deforms the whole competition. So it was with the state-sponsored German grand prix teams in the 1930s, with East African distance runners over the past two decades and with football clubs benefiting today from the sovereign wealth of Arab states. Team Sky’s recent dominance of cycling’s major events can be measured on that scale.Many will mourn the passing of a name that helped bring British riders to the forefront of the sport: first Bradley Wiggins, then Chris Froome and most recently Geraint Thomas. When Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 it was the fulfilment of what had long appeared an impossible dream. By the time of Thomas’s recent Tour victory – a sixth for Sky in seven years – it seemed almost commonplace. Froome’s victories in the Vuelta a España in 2017 and this year’s Giro d’Italia meant he and the team held all three grand tour jerseys simultaneously. Continue reading...

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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...

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Football transfer rumours: Ben Chilwell to Manchester City for £50m?

Today’s fluff is on the upWith Benjamin Mendy still sidelined through injury, Manchester City are ready to bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in January. A summer spent in the company of a personal trainer doing sprints in a Milton Keynes park have yielded rich dividends for the youngster, who told one interviewer: “I feel like this season needs to be the season I push on”. Having done exactly that, he may earn himself a move to the reigning Premier League champions to further his education under Pep Guardiola. £50m is the fee being mentioned. Related: Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy Continue reading...

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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...

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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

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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...

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Danny Cipriani: ‘It’s been the same story for six years, hasn’t it?’

Fly-half remains philosophical about his England exile and is enjoying his new leadership role at GloucesterIf Danny Cipriani feels messed around by England he hides it well. You might expect confusion, resentment, even betrayal at how he again finds himself on the outside looking in after the briefest of comebacks over the summer but on a chilly afternoon in Gloucestershire there is nothing but positivity from the exiled fly-half.To recap, Cipriani made his first England start in 10 years in their first win in six matches in June but was discarded again for the autumn campaign. It followed his arrest in Jersey but Eddie Jones insisted his latest omission was based on form, all while Cipriani was tearing up trees with his new club, Gloucester. Continue reading...

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Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign outside the grotto promising that Santa will be back again tomorrow. So, at that time of night, it’s little kids this way and big kids that, up thehill and on beyond the fair to the Great Hall for the opening night of the PDC World Championship. For a lot of people the trip is a winter tradition now, a little less solemn than the carol service at St Paul’s, a little less sobering than swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas morning. Continue reading...

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Martin Glenn resigns as FA chief executive after challenge-packed tenure

CEO will leave after four years after 2018-19 seasonFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke pays tribute Martin Glenn has resigned as the Football Association’s chief executive and is to leave his role at the end of the season, bringing to an end four years characterised by institutional change and public controversy.The 58-year-old has presided over a historically successful period for England’s teams and kickstarted the growth of the women’s game in the country. He has also found himself embroiled in various scandals, from the Eni Aluko affair to the departure of Sam Allardyce after 67 days. Most recently, he was left embarrassed when the proposed sale of Wembley stadium fell through after objections from the FA’s council. Continue reading...

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Can women save Sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never beforeYokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures Continue reading...

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