Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

16-12-2018 A growing ‘kindful movement’ is gathering pace, says author Caroline Millington, and men have much to gain from itYou’d have had to be trapped in the Love Island villa all summer with no access to the outside world to have missed the latest movement in self-care.It’s on T-shirts, phone covers, Instagram quotes, street art … I’ve even written an entire book about it. The buzzword? “Kind”. Continue reading...

Eric Dier: Tottenham midfielder out until 2019 after having appendix removed

16-12-2018 Tottenham will be without midfielder Eric Dier until 2019 after he had surgery to remove his appendix.

British yachtswoman eager to race again after capsizing in storm

16-12-2018 Susie Goodall, the only woman in the Golden Globe Race, is unfazed despite being rescued in the Southern OceanA British yachtswoman, who was rescued after her boat capsized during a solo, round-the-world race, has said she would do it again “in a heartbeat”.Susie Goodall’s comments were made after arriving on dry land in Chile, in the southern city of Punta Arenas on Friday, where she was met by her mother and brother. The family smiled and hugged before they joined her in an ambulance for a medical check-up in the port city. Continue reading...

Australia build lead despite imperious Virat Kohli century in second Test

16-12-2018 Australia 326 & 132-4 (48 overs); India 283Australia lead by 175 runs at stumps on day threeOne thing that Virat Kohli does is makes you feel you’ve witnessed a classic.Not all innings are created equal. Cheteshwar Pujara in Adelaide and Kohli in Perth each made 123. Each faced a similar number of balls. Pujara’s was a perfect display of pacing and patience. Kohli’s felt special in a way all its own. Continue reading...

Watford 3-2 Cardiff: Warnock describes referee as 'Sunday trainee'

16-12-2018 Cardiff manager Neil Warnock describes referee Andy Madley as a "Sunday trainee" after his side's 3-2 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Gary Anderson beats Kevin Burness to make third round of PDC World Darts

16-12-2018 • Two-time world champion hits seven 180s during victory• Wins also for Ted Evetts, Chris Dobey and Danny NoppertThe two-time world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the third round of the PDC World Championship by beating Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness 3-1, hitting seven 180s on the way.Anderson won three legs in a row to take the opening set against Burness, who beat Paul Nicholson in the day’s afternoon session. Continue reading...

Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Pep Guardiola relived to win 'dangerous, dangerous' game

16-12-2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is delighted after seeing his side head back to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over a "dangerous" Everton side.

Harry Kane tipped for BBC’s top gong but history may point to a surprise | Sean Ingle

16-12-2018 The England striker is favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year but footballers do not have a great record in the eventEver since England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, Harry Kane has been a smouldering favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The Spurs striker has already won the golden boot. No wonder many believe he is a shoo-in to lift the famous silver-plated trophy of a four-turret lens camera engraved with many legends of British sport.Yet history reminds us that footballers and Spoty do not always mix. For while 18 track and field stars have walked away with the award in its 64-year history – with Formula One drivers claiming it seven times and tennis players six – footballers have done so on only five occasions. Continue reading...

Blog: ‘Why my fiancee and I are creating a new joint surname when we marry’

16-12-2018 In his second weekly blog, Alexi Duggins explains how he’s making sure his upcoming marriage will be a genuine, equal partnershipIn two months’ time, I get married. It’s a big occasion for many reasons: I’ll be making a lifelong commitment to the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met, it’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever done, and it will also be the first time that my family have seen me cry in public since an ill-advised midnight screening of Ghostbusters II. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

16-12-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Luka Milivojevic’s magic lifts Roy Hodgson as Palace edge Leicester

16-12-2018 Wilfried who? Crystal Palace, after 14 consecutive defeats across two seasons in Premier League matches played without their star player in the starting line-up, have finally won.It was not pretty but Roy Hodgson did not care on a day that marked the end of relentless speculation that his team are incapable of prevailing without Wilfried Zaha. Continue reading...

Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

16-12-2018 The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lovren, startled that the ball has got as far as the back post, realises too late that Arkadiusz Milik has stolen behind him; he cannot get to the forward in time. Time slows. Milik is in form; he has the best goals‑per‑minute ratio in Serie A this season. Eight yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat, it seems he must score the goal that will put Napoli through.But Milik doesn’t score. He jabs without conviction. Alisson does everything he can, springing from his line, spreading himself towards the ball, which hits his body and cannons to safety. Liverpool have survived. Continue reading...

Klopp and Liverpool sense chance to inflict killer blow on Mourinho | Barney Ronay

16-12-2018 Liverpool’s manager has a habit of handing his Manchester United rival defeats that spell the end of the roadIt is a tribute to the indelible grandeur of Manchester United that even a season of constipated football and toxic managerial asides can still seem epic-scale and entirely engrossing.Not to mention eminently saleable, another commodity out there to be retailed. In the week leading up to Sunday’s Premier League trip to Anfield, MUTV has continued to seek new subscribers by pushing a rather telling product. Continue reading...

Hockey Men's World Cup 2018: England thrashed by Belgium in semi-finals

16-12-2018 England lose a third straight men's Hockey World Cup semi-final as they are thrashed 6-0 by Belgium in India.

Cyrille Regis remembered by Viv Anderson

16-12-2018 9 February 1958 – 14 January 2018The former England defender recalls his friend, a formidable opponent, skilled striker and ‘legend of the English game’• Elyse Dodgson remembered by April de Angelis• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2018 in full hereCyrille was genuinely the most lovely, mild-mannered and pleasant man I have ever known. At least until he got on the pitch. When you played against him, he was an absolute beast. Challenging him was like hitting a brick wall. He was so powerful: great in the air, very quick, with two good feet and an eye for goal. He had everything you could want in a centre-forward, he ticked all the boxes.He played for West Brom while I was at Nottingham Forest. We were local rivals and both had good teams at the time, so we had a lot of games, real ding-dong battles. We came across each other all the time. The game I really remember, though, was one I didn’t play in: an FA Cup quarter-final in 1978. I was suspended that day so was watching from the stands, and he scored an absolute screamer as they beat us 2-0. I remember it like it was yesterday. What a player he was on his day. Continue reading...