17-12-2018 Anthony Martial: Man Utd extend deal for France forward

Manchester United trigger the option of a year's extension on the contract of forward Anthony Martial, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2020.

17-12-2018 Why Villarreal are starting to get that sinking feeling again | Sid Lowe

The Yellow Submarine are one of only six clubs whose salary limit is over €100m: they’re too good to go down. As in 2012Sergio Asenjo just sat there shaking his head. The goalkeeper who has suffered four cruciate knee ligament tears – three in his right knee, one in his left – was in no hurry to get up this time. “I want them to see what’s at stake in our eyes,” Villarreal’s new manager Luis García Plaza had said before the game against Huesca and they could certainly see it in Asenjo’s eyes now that it was all over. Slowly, he stood, went to the end where maybe 100 fans gathered stunned, silently handed over his shirt and turned to walk away, beaten at the last. This was supposed to be a new beginning, but it had ended like that.Asenjo saved a penalty and nine other shots on Sunday evening. On a personal level, it had been the best game of his career, he admitted – a career cut short whenever he was on the verge of a Spain call. He was “simply spectacular”, one report said after a match with “three penalties, one red card and a great keeper”. He’d saved from Gonzalo Melero, Moi Gómez, Cucho Hernández, Pablo Insua and Jorge Pulido, and kept on saving all the way to the final minute. That time, though, the ball came back out and Samuele Longo scored, the ball rebounding in off him. It was the 94th minute and Huesca had made it 2-2 against Villarreal. Which might not sound that bad, but as Villarreal’s manager admitted, the situation is “jodida”. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 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?

17-12-2018 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

17-12-2018 Champions League: tie-by-tie analysis of the last-16 games

Manchester City will be delighted with Schalke, while Manchester United face an ominous prospect in PSGTry as he might, Txiki Begiristain found it hard to hide his delight. Although City’s director of football said all the right things about Schalke representing a difficult hurdle to his side’s prospects of progressing to the last eight in the competition they covet most, a meeting with the team who are currently 13th in the Bundesliga is unlikely to raise much concern in the corridors of power at the Etihad Stadium. Dominico Tedesco’s side finished five points behind Porto in a weak group and have lost eight times in the league this season, although Pep Guardiola will not underestimate their threat even if he did not lose to them in six meetings as Bayern Munich manager. The former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb and Switzerland striker Breel Embolo are potential danger men as Leroy Sané returns to his former club for the first time since joining City in 2016. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Taekwondo: Lauren Williams & Bianca Walkden both win grand slam gold for Team GB

Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams both win gold for Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam finals in China.

17-12-2018 Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora: British heavyweights set for acrimonious rematch

British heavyweight Dillian Whyte explains why he "wants blood" from his rematch with compatriot Dereck Chisora.

17-12-2018 Champions League draw: Liverpool v Bayern Munich, Man Utd v Paris St-Germain

Liverpool are drawn against German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16, while Manchester United face Paris St-Germain.

17-12-2018 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

17-12-2018 Death of Christian Gentner's father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective | Andy Brassell

Stuttgart’s struggles this season paled into insignificance after the death of the father of one of their totemic playersWhen it’s all about the show, it’s easy to overdramatise results, moments, little victories, setbacks. In a season in which VfB Stuttgart have lost all the momentum from their excellent finish to last season, struggled for goals, for form and fired coach Tayfun Korkut as fears of a second relegation in three seasons have grown, they have been part of this sort of dialogue as much as any other club.After a gutsy second-half display against Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart had battled to a second straight win at home, and a third in their last five Bundesliga games, which gave them a degree of extra comfort in 15th, having started the day two points above the foot of the table. After a rousing second-half comeback, the majority of the 47,680 gathered in a freezing Mercedes-Benz Arena exhaled a collective sigh of relief. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Shaqiri, scrambles and Champions League draw thoughts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Marcus Bean discuss the Champions League draw, dour management, Xherdan Shaqiri’s career revival, goalmouth scrambles and a message for listeners in TogoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend’s football action, starting with Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which has done something for the Anfield side’s title-challenging credentials, and nothing for José Mourinho’s job prospects. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 'Just perfect': Jürgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's victory over Manchester United – video

Two second-half goals from the substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Liverpool a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp's side regained top spot with a pulsating performance in the north-west derby. Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Track Cycling World Cup: Matt Walls seals omnium gold

Britain's Matt Walls puts in a strong ride in the points race to seal gold in the men's omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

17-12-2018 The Fiver | Bad tidings for Manchester United

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After 189 games, including preliminary rounds, qualifying rounds, the play-offs and group stages, Big Cup is finally down to the last 16 clubs. And on Monday morning, in the dormant volcano Uefa calls its lair, those teams were paired for the first of the knockout stages to take place in February next year. While any outcome was likely to spell bad tidings for Manchester United, the news they’ll be playing PSG may have prompted a handful involved with the club – their manager, all their players and every single one of their fans – to wish they hadn’t actually over-achieved by getting out of their group. It’s usually customary to say these are the games “you dream of playing in”; after the shellacking they suffered at the hands of Liverpool, this is the stuff of nightmares for United. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 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...

17-12-2018 Roma woes find temporary relief with win amid Pallotta protests | Paolo Bandini

Before the unconvincing win over Genoa, banners and posters appeared all over the city telling Roma’s president to ‘go home’It is sometimes said, in a sporting context, that winning cures all ills. But not in Italy’s capital city. Roma beat Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night, their first victory in six games across all competitions. They were jeered at the final whistle, all the same.It had not been a compelling performance. Roma trailed twice to opponents who have not won a game themselves since September. Genoa appeared to have taken the lead for a third time at the start of the second half, but Darko Lazovic’s strike was ruled out after a VAR review. They ought to have had a penalty in the game’s dying moments, too. Continue reading...