'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

12-12-2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss says 'racism is everywhere'

12-12-2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says "racism is everywhere" following the alleged racial abuse of his forward Raheem Sterling.

Guardiola says racism is everywhere and praises ‘incredible’ Sterling

12-12-2018 • 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...

The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

12-12-2018 When you look closely at the ritual, it begins to seem odd that cricket lets blind luck and ‘dynamical bias’ play such a large partWhen he was 14, Persi Diaconis packed a fresh deck of cards and a spare pair of socks into a knapsack and ran away from home to become a magician’s assistant. He spent the next few years as an apprentice with Dai Vernon, whose sleight of hand was so smart, so sharp, he even beat Harry Houdini, who famously claimed he could pick any magic trick on the third go, until Vernon fooled him seven times in a row.They used to call Vernon “the Professor”, and now they do Diaconis, too. Because that is what he is. The Mary V Sunseri professor of statistics and mathematics, to be exact, at Stanford, where he has been continuing his lifelong study of chance and probability. Continue reading...

Ada Hegerberg, a dog's goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

12-12-2018 This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concentrate on some whopper asking her to twerk. Here’s more on the Lyon and Norway star. Related: Ada Hegerberg: first women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner is asked to twerk Continue reading...

Irish police investigate rape claim against 'sports star' in Dublin

12-12-2018 Woman reportedly filed complaint before being taken to sexual assault unitIrish police are investigating a claim that a prominent sports star raped a young woman in a hotel in Dublin city centre.Detectives from Pearse Street Garda station are investigating the alleged assault, which is said to have happened between midnight and 2am on Monday. Continue reading...

Klopp says £67m Alisson ‘worth double’ after save puts Liverpool through

12-12-2018 • Alisson keeps out Napoli in stoppage time• Carlo Ancelotti says Van Dijk deserved red cardJürgen Klopp said he would have paid double for Alisson after the £65m “lifesaver” secured Liverpool’s place in the Champions League knockout with a crucial stoppage-time save against Napoli. Related: Salah and Alisson heroics ensure Liverpool qualify at Napoli’s expense Continue reading...

Sponsorship milestone shows women’s football is now big business | Suzanne Wrack

12-12-2018 Backing by Visa indicates women’s game has value and is the biggest sign of its potential to be self-sustaining to dateSponsorship deals are routinely mocked, from Manchester United’s mattress partners to Everton’s Angry Birds sleeves, with some companies all too keen to get themselves associated with Premier League clubs. And we roll our eyes at the latest madcap scenarios players find themselves in at launch events.However Uefa’s announcement that it has agreed a seven-year deal with Visa as the first sponsor of Uefa women’s football deserves the celebratory tone with which it was unveiled. Because, for a change, it actually is a groundbreaking deal. Why? Because as Nadine Kessler, Uefa’s head of women’s football, said, the aim is “to assign a clear value to women’s football”. Continue reading...

Talking Horses: the 'quiet' horse who became a fiery Grand National hope

12-12-2018 Walk In The Mill looks a live contender for the big Aintree race after winning over the famous green fences on SaturdaySacrifices are sometimes necessary in the buildup to a really important moment in your professional life and so it is that Walk In The Mill has been put on a strict diet of hurdle races for the next two months, part of his preparation for the Grand National in early April. The eight-year-old put his name in lights by winning Saturday’s Becher Chase and looks a serious contender for the real thing, if he can be delivered there in one piece by his trainer, Robert Walford. Continue reading...

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: The cheeky trophy spills the beans on his 65-year career

12-12-2018 Before BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, the trophy remembers his wonderful 65-year career living with some of the world's greatest sporting stars.

NBA: Bridges, Adebayo & Doncic all feature in the plays of the week

12-12-2018 This week's NBA plays of the week feature some brilliant dunks from Bam Adebayo and Miles Bridges.

How often do Barcelona lose at home?

12-12-2018 The almost impregnable Camp Nou, home to Barcelona, is the barrier to Tottenham’s qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions LeagueWho wears blue-and-garnet stripes and scarcely loses at home? Barcelona. We may be fast approaching yuletide, the season of half-baked one-liners, dodgy dad jokes and tacky gadgets funnelling out of Christmas crackers, but the size of the task facing Tottenham Hotspur who visit Catalonia on Tuesday night is no laughing matter.The reality is they have to win, or at least match, Internazionale’s result against bottom-of-the-group PSV Eindhoven to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Saying that, Mauricio Pochettino’s side probably do not know whether to laugh or cry given Barça’s imperious formperformance at the Camp Nou. Continue reading...

Johnny Sexton set to end career in Ireland after signing contract extension

12-12-2018 New IRFU deal will run until end of the 2020-21 season‘I am delighted ... it is where I have always wanted to play’Johnny Sexton has signed a contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union until the end of the 2020-21 season which is likely to see him end his playing career in Dublin.The Leinster and Ireland fly-half has enjoyed a stellar 2018 for his province and country and was crowned World Rugby Player of the Year. Sexton, 33, helped Leinster to a European Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 double, after steering Ireland to a Six Nations grand slam. Continue reading...

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's side in perfect shape after Napoli victory

12-12-2018 Liverpool's win over Napoli to reach the Champions League knockout phase leaves their season in perfect shape.

England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury

12-12-2018 • Wing damaged medial ligament in loss to Leinster• Eddie Jones due to name squad on 16 JanuaryThe England wing Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a battle to prove his fitness for the Six Nations after Bath confirmed he has suffered a torn medial knee ligament. Related: Joe Cokanasiga has power and pace to add to England’s strength in depth Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

12-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

12-12-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson gets play very wrong against Minnesota Vikings

12-12-2018 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson endures a nightmare play against the Minnesota Vikings, but did eventually recover to lead his team to a 21-7 win on Monday night.