Billy Monger wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for 2018

16-12-2018 Teenage racing star Billy Monger has been named the winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award.

'Fantastic' win completes very good week for Spurs - Mauricio Pochettino

16-12-2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praises the character of his "fantastic" players after Spurs secured an important 1-0 home win over Burnley at Wembley Stadium.

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

16-12-2018 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...

Liverpool 'have to be angry' against Manchester United, says Klopp – video

16-12-2018 The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that his side will be angry ahead of their game with Manchester United on Sunday, adding that 'we fight for our points'. When asked about his counterpart José Mourinho Klopp praised what he called 'one of the most successful managers in the world' Continue reading...

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

16-12-2018 Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins the 2018 BBC Africa Footballer of the Year award.

'Canelo' Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Mexican eases to win at Madison Square Garden

16-12-2018 Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez claims a world title in a third weight division as he knocks Britain's Rocky Fielding down four times in three rounds.

Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

16-12-2018 Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with impunity … It was like a dark shadow came over.”Gareth Farrelly, now 43 and a qualified lawyer, with a Premier League and international career behind him, is recalling the bullying he says he endured as a young player at Aston Villa in the 1990s from the coach Kevin MacDonald. It was a “relentlessly negative” regime under him. Continue reading...

Canelo Álvarez awaits in Rocky Fielding's unlikely shot at glory

16-12-2018 Few will give the 31-year-old Liverpudlian a chance on Saturday when he climbs through the ropes at Madison Square Garden to face Canelo ÁlvarezWhen Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez announced the first opponent of his blockbuster 11-fight, $365m contract with upstart streaming service DAZN, the collective reaction from the general public was unanimous: Who?Few beyond dedicated boxing fans were familiar with Rocky Fielding, the lesser of the two super middleweight champions recognized by the World Boxing Association, the sanctioning body that hands out belts seemingly at will and has done more to cheapen the currency of a world title than any one factor (and it is a high bar). Continue reading...

BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

16-12-2018 • Nick Rust commented on discussions not yet taken place• The New One retires as Brain Power wins the dayRacing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Rust, on the highly emotive subject of whip use. Rust told a BBC journalist that “a new structure for penalties and deterrents for overuse of the whip” would be announced next month, when in fact initial discussions on any such change have not even begun.Mere hours after Rust’s comments were published on Friday night, the BHA confirmed it had not yet broached the subject. “We are in a position to consider how to progress this issue,” it said in a statement, adding that its review of fatalities at Cheltenham had to be completed before the whip review could start. Privately officials concede that Rust had spoken wildly out of turn and it is understood he made a contrite phone call to Paul Struthers, his opposite number at the Professional Jockeys Association, in an attempt to smooth things over. Continue reading...

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

16-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Liverpool v Man Utd: Jurgen Klopp says his side need to be 'angry' on Sunday

16-12-2018 Jurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to be "angry" when they host long-time rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Advent calendar 2018: Kevin Anderson wins second-longest match in Wimbledon history

16-12-2018 Kevin Anderson finally wins the second-longest match in Wimbledon history against American John Isner, after six hours and 36 minutes.

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

16-12-2018 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...