The Superclásico final that became too big and too bad for Buenos Aires

19-12-2018 For the last five years, Copa90 have been making films about the biggest derbies in the world. Now for the biggestA film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkOn the ground at the Superclásico final in Buenos Aires ... and MadridThe two biggest football clubs in Argentina? The fiercest rivalry in South America? The best derby in the world? Every superlative was used to describe the first ever Superclásico final in the Copa Libertadores. As the eyes of the world turned towards Buenos Aires, our team of filmmakers set off to experience the “final to end all finals” first hand. Everyone expects controversy from this fixture, but no one could have predicted what happened between these two teams over two legs in two continents.First off, Boca’s home tie at La Bombonera. After a biblical rainstorm led to a 24-hour delay, the football gods finally gave the fans the moment they had been waiting for all their lives on Sunday 11 November. The first of the two ties ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The away goals rule was not in play, so the tie was perfectly poised before the second leg. Continue reading...

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford ups and downs

19-12-2018 BBC Sport looks back on Jose Mourinho's two-and-a-half years as Manchester United manager as the Portuguese coach is sacked with the club sixth in the Premier League.

Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

19-12-2018 This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...

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

19-12-2018 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.

FA Cup highlights: Blackpool 3-2 Solihull Moors

19-12-2018 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.

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss remains 'focused' despite Man Utd link

19-12-2018 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is "focused" on his current job after being asked about the vacant role at Manchester United.

Alan Shearer: Q&A on Jose Mourinho's sacking by Manchester United

19-12-2018 BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer answers questions about Jose Mourinho's sacking as Manchester United manager on Tuesday.

Jacob Stockdale: ‘We went after the All Blacks with confidence’

19-12-2018 The Ireland wing on his memorable try against New Zealand, his World Cup ambitions and talking to prisoners at Northern Ireland’s highest security prisonJacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster wing was the player of the tournament while setting a Six Nations record by scoring seven tries as Ireland sealed the grand slam. Stockdale also made the difference with the only try of the game when Ireland beat New Zealand last month to complete a year in which they could claim to be the best side in the world.Stockdale has already told me about going into jail with his father, the chaplain at Maghaberry prison in Belfast, so he could talk to inmates who have been locked up after committing violent crimes. He has also confirmed his love for Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan and proved himself an assured 22-year-old who is different to many of his contemporaries. It is striking that, before we discuss his try against the All Blacks, Stockdale has a laugh about himself as he remembers missing the first time Ireland beat New Zealand – in a momentous match in Chicago in November 2016. Continue reading...

New Perth stadium passes first Test with flying bouncers | Geoff Lemon

19-12-2018 Despite underwhelming crowds, the pitch delivered a degree of uncertainty that made for an uplifting encounterLean back with a satisfied sigh, a post-schweppervesence exhalation. Smack your lips if it takes your fancy. For those who care even a little about Australian cricket, that was exactly what was needed.Not the win, in a parochial sense. Nor the verbal back-and-forth that spilled over, with players inspired to amateur thespianism by the newly attentive stump microphones. But a cracker of a Test match, following one in Adelaide that was excellent in a different way. A series full of interest and intrigue, set up at 1-1 heading into Boxing Day and the New Year. Continue reading...

Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

19-12-2018 Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

Bill Slater: Wolverhampton Wanderers legend dies aged 91

19-12-2018 Former Wolves captain and club legend Bill Slater dies at the age of 91, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and illness.

Transgender women in sport: Are they really a 'threat' to female sport?

19-12-2018 Transgender women's participation in female sport has prompted criticism, but two trans athletes says there is a lot of misunderstanding.

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

19-12-2018 Holders Manchester City edge through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals by beating Leicester City 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United's new manager?

19-12-2018 Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are possible contenders to be José Mourinho’s long-term successorMourinho sacked after United’s worst start in 28 yearsThe former France international is currently out of work after leaving Real Madrid last summer following the victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Remarkably, that was his third triumph in the competition in only two and a half years in charge. Is unlikely to join a club until next summer, which could suit United. Continue reading...

London Irish to leave Madejski and share with Brentford at new stadium

19-12-2018 • Brentford’s new west London ground will open in 2020• London Irish have played at Reading’s stadium for 18 yearsLondon Irish will play their home games at the new Brentford Community Stadium from 2020.The Championship leaders have reached an agreement with Brentford Football Club to play at the west London stadium, which is currently under construction and will have a capacity of 17,250. It is due to open in 2020. Continue reading...

Mourinho v the media: the road to his Manchester United sacking – video

19-12-2018 José Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United after overseeing the club's worst start to a campaign for 28 years.The Portuguese coach was often criticised for the team's pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players, leading to many tense exchanges during his meetings with the press.Mourinho started his two-year tenure at Old Trafford by winning two trophies – the League Cup and Europa League – but failed to win silverware in his second season before their dreadful start to his third campaignDavid Squires on ... José Mourinho's United exit Continue reading...

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson tries to block shot with his shoe

19-12-2018 Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson makes an unorthodox attempt to block an opponent's shot after losing his shoe during his side's 132-105 NBA win over the Sacramento Kings.