12-12-2018 Team Sky will cease to exist as broadcaster pulls sponsorship

Decision will bring to an end ownership of Team Sky in 2019Brailsford says team may continue with a new partnerTeam Sky will cease to exist at the end of next year after Sky announced that it will finish its involvement in professional cycling at the end of 2019.The news, which was broken to stunned riders and staff over dinner at their training camp in Mallorca on Tuesday night, draws to an end more than a decade of success during which the team won six Tour de France yellow jerseys as the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana – along with 52 other stage races and 25 one-day races. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Liverpool’s squad strength shows Jurgen Klopp progress

Liverpool's squad strength is the best way to gauge their progress under Jurgen Klopp and it will play a big part in any future success, says Mark Lawrenson.

12-12-2018 The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

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...

12-12-2018 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

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.

12-12-2018 Glenn Hoddle jokes Spurs game 'wasn't good for my recovery'

Ex-Spurs player Glenn Hoddle jokes that his recovery from cardiac arrest was not helped by the dramatic way Spurs made the Champions League last 16.

12-12-2018 NFL This Week: Patrick Mahomes' no-look pass means 'all your rules go out the door'

Jason Bell & Osi Umenyiora tell Mark Chapman that the defensive rule book is 'out the door' after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a no-look pass on Sunday.

12-12-2018 Hockey World Cup: England beat Argentina 3-2 to reach semi-finals

England reach the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup in India with a thrilling 3-2 victory over reigning Olympic champions Argentina.

12-12-2018 Klopp hails 'exceptional' Salah as Liverpool brush Bournemouth aside – video

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...

12-12-2018 Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Guardiola says racism is everywhere and praises ‘incredible’ Sterling

• Manchester City manager says racism must be fought• Guardiola thanks Chelsea for reaction to alleged racismPep Guardiola has said “racism is everywhere” and has to be fought each day. Manchester City’s manager was speaking after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused at Chelsea.Sterling was verbally abused on Saturday and the incident is being investigated by Chelsea and the Metropolitan police. Four Chelsea supporters have been suspended by the club. One of them pictured verbally abusing Sterling has reportedly denied any racial element. Continue reading...