British surfer Tom Butler conquers potential world record '100ft tall wave' – video

Briton Tom Butler believes he may have broken the world record for surfing the biggest ever wave after successfully riding a huge swell at Nazaré in Portugal on 14 December.The 29-year-old says the wave was estimated to be more than 100ft tall. The current official record is 80ft, which was set last year by Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa also at Nazaré.Butler said surfing the wave was like 'running away from a raging bull'. It is likely he will have to wait for the WSL Big Wave Awards in April 2019 for official confirmation on whether he broke the world record.Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport Continue reading...

19-12-2018

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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River Plate stunned by Al Ain in Club World Cup shootout

• South American champions beaten on penalties by UAE side• Real Madrid face Kashima Antlers on WednesdayThe South American champions, River Plate, were upset by Al Ain in the Club World Cup on Tuesday, losing in a penalty shootout after the semi-final finished 2-2 after extra-time.Al Ain’s players converted all five penalties before the goalkeeper Khalid Eisa saved Enzo Pérez’s fifth shot for River to seal a 5-4 victory. Continue reading...

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'I'm not a predatory lender': Derek Fisher goes from the NBA to player loans

The five-time NBA champion is now an executive at Asset Capital. But is he helping athletes or exploiting them?Derek Fisher began the month defending his credentials as the newly appointed head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Fisher’s December continued with the former basketball star denying he is a legal loan shark.It was revealed last week that the five-time NBA champion and former coach of the New York Knicks is joining Luxury Asset Capital, a boutique lender and posh pawnbroker for clients who are loaded but not liquid. The company is launching a sports and entertainment division that seeks to woo athletes, offering short-term loans of about $50,000 to $5m using assets such as contracts, pensions, cars, watches, fine art and jewelry as collateral. Continue reading...

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Big Bash League 2018-19 opener: Adelaide Strikers beat Brisbane Heat – as it happened

Brisbane 146; Adelaide 147-5 (19.1 overs)Strikers win first game of BBL season by five wickets 11.36am GMT Adelaide came away with the victory, and thoroughly deserved it after commanding the match from start to finish.At times it felt like modern T20 v something a little more dated. All the hype surrounded The Bash Brothers, who - we were told - would get Brisbane off to the rollicking, entertaining start we craved. This is a very basic conception of cricket in this format that consciously overhypes hitting long and constantly undervalues less marketable elements like tactical nuance, placement, accurate bowling, and so on. 11.20am GMT Pretty clinical from the reigning premiers here at The Gabba. Some thoughts to follow... Continue reading...

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What is the longest Boxing Day away trip a football team has made? | The Knowledge

Plus: giving up big Christmas leads in the league and the ground that opened up to use its pitch for skating. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the longest Boxing Day away trip a team has had to make?” enquires David Gregson.Let’s begin with a look at this year’s festive journeys (all the below are via the AA Route Planner, rather than as the crow flies). The longest trip on offer in the top flight will be taken by Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle, who must journey 174 miles to Anfield – four miles further than Cardiff’s away-day at Crystal Palace. The furthest trip in the country, meanwhile is Plymouth’s 211-mile trek to AFC Wimbledon. Continue reading...

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Lewis Hamilton 'used wrong words' in slums comment

Lewis Hamilton says he is "super proud" of hometown Stevenage after his faux pas at the SPOTY awards.

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What next for Manchester United? Sort Pogba mess and show humility

The Old Trafford to-do list before a permanent manager comes must also include appointing a transfers expert Related: José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 years Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

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Manchester United fans on Mourinho: the 'serial winner' who had to go

Outside Old Trafford, fans reacted with an air of despondency to the inevitability of their manager’s sackingOn a wet and windy day outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford, an air of despondency met the news that José Mourinho had been sacked after the club’s worst start to a season in nearly 30 years. Most fans said they expected him to get the bullet but many expressed surprise at the timing.“He had to go. I think it was inevitable but not now,” said Neil Crawford, 72, out shopping at the club’s gargantuan megastore with his wife Liz, 77. “They may as well have waited until May as this season is more or less over for United.” Continue reading...

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FA Cup highlights: Blackpool 3-2 Solihull Moors

Watch highlights as a Jay Spearing penalty in extra-time help Blackpool edge past a spirited Solihull Moors and into the FA Cup third round where they will host Arsenal.

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Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was suspended at the time over their supplements saga.Flanagan and the club have until the end of January to respond to a breach notice, which is when the NRL will make its final determination. Until then Flanagan cannot have any official involvement with the club. Continue reading...

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Man Utd caretaker manager until end of season

Manchester United name former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

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Focus on skill and not emotion rewards Tim Paine's new Australia

Australia skittle India’s tail end before lunch on final dayPaine ‘relieved’ to post his first win as captainIt was with just enough of the old and just enough of the new that Tim Paine’s side found the necessary balance to win their first international fixture under his tutelage. Both captains acknowledged the runs made by the hosts at the start of the Test were the biggest input to the result, a base that allowed the Australian attack to swamp their opposition four days later – a business model they made their own for two decades when they were the top of the world.Getting ahead in the game also allowed them to project themselves accordingly, Paine himself taking responsibility for pushing back against the hyperactivity of his opposite number, Virat Kohli, that dominated so much of the colour and movement through the middle days of this Test. When it all came together on the fourth evening and fifth morning in Perth, it was the best sign yet of a welcome thaw in Australia’s long winter. Continue reading...

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The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos

Our picture editors select their favourite images from around the grounds Continue reading...

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Kelly Cates and Kenny Dalglish: a relationship forged in football | Suzanne Wrack

The broadcaster and her father discuss their lives in the game and their push to get more girls and women playing football“I can’t remember the first time I fell in love with football because it’s always been there. It’s a bit like asking when was the first time you fell in love with your mum and dad – you just always have.”Many would agree with Kelly Cates’s sentiment but few have had a life as close to the sport as she has. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Talking Horses: £17,500 on offer, four horses running – pity poor Ludlow

The Beginner’s Chase at Ludlow has prize money of £17,500 but with only four horses running, and no each way betting, it won’t be much of a spectacleNewbury’s long history and high profile will mean that it is the first stop for many punters this morning, but with prize money under scrutiny following Arena Racing Company’s £3m cut to its contribution in 2019, it is only fair to point out that Ludlow’s card this afternoon is the most valuable of the day, with a guaranteed £100k up for grabs. The bulk of the cash is concentrated on three events: two handicap chases worth £26k and £25k, and a beginners’ chase with £17,500 on offer, and in the case of the latter contest, the track could be forgiven for wondering why they bother. Five runners were declared overnight and the field is now down to four after the outsider Scartare was scratched this morning, so there will be no each-way betting and, in all likelihood, nothing like the spectacle that fans might expect with that much money at stake. Continue reading...

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France facing up to clamour for rugby to change after spate of tragedies | Andy Bull

After three deaths in five months in France and with politicians now demanding answers, has the sport become too brutal?Last Wednesday Nicolas Chauvin was killed after he was injured playing rugby. Chauvin was 18, a student at the Paris Descartes University, and a flanker in the academy at Stade Français. He was playing for their under-21 team against UBB when he was caught in a two-man tackle that broke his neck, caused a cardiac arrest, and cut off the oxygen supply to his brain. Chauvin had signed with the club only in June but had made such a strong impression that he’d already been training with the senior squad. His family said the last six months were the happiest of his life. Related: 'He doesn’t play in a dinner suit': the 25 best rugby union quotes of 2018 | Robert Kitson Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester City (1-3 pens)

Holders Manchester City edge through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals by beating Leicester City 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

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