Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018

Seventy-two judges from 30 countries have had their say and here is our top 100 of the best players in the world. In association with The Offside Rule Suzanne Wrack meets our No 1, Pernille HarderInterview: Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegeberg Continue reading...

11-12-2018

'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.

11-12-2018

The classic Test match Australia never deserved to win… and didn’t | Geoff Lemon

It was tight at Adelaide Oval but had Australia miraculously made 31 more runs, it would have been an injusticeThere can come a point in cricket matches when people start believing the impossible. When the ones in offices who don’t care about sport find themselves drawn into the spectacle. When their colleagues who were covertly following the game abandon all pretence.When the last couple of batsmen in a team need 150 runs to win, no one pays attention. But when that target dips under 100, then 90, then 80, bystanders get interested by pure osmosis. The arithmetic of the target ticking down is something the most casual observer can understand. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Advent calendar 2018: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title

Watch highlights from Angelique Kerber's victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title in front of a star-studded Centre Court crowd.

11-12-2018

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

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...

11-12-2018

Sunderland 'Til I Die: Netflix series charts pain, prayers and passion for the club – trailer

Netflix has released a trailer for Sunderland 'Til I Die, a new docu-series following the club's first season back in the Championship after the team crashed out of the Premier League in 2017.The fly-on-the-wall style series, following the 2017-18 season as the club suffered a second consecutive relegation, features interviews with the club’s manager, players and dedicated fans.All eight episodes of the Netflix series will be released globally on 14 December.Sunderland’s Jack Ross: ‘I’ll never regret accepting this job, whatever happens’ Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to snap up Thorgan Hazard?

Today’s tittle-tattle is delaying the inevitableCiggie-loving Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is blowing heart-shaped smoke rings in the direction of Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, according to the Daily Star. Despite an initial reluctance to allow the 24-year-old Albanian to move to Stamford Bridge during the summer, reports in Italy say Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has now sanctioned a deal that could see Hysaj make the switch in a transaction worth £50m to the Serie A club. In more worrying news for Sarri, Eden Hazard remains typically noncommittal about his future at Chelsea, but has said talks about a new contract with his current employers have broken down. Meanwhile in Germany, Hazard’s brother Thorgan, a midfielder with Borussia Möchengladbach, is being linked with a January move to Liverpool. Related: Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool ‘to put right our mistake’ against Napoli Continue reading...

11-12-2018

BBC Get Inspired: Is boxing or MMA safe for children?

Some children are being introduced to combat sports at a young age, but are they risking serious brain injuries?

11-12-2018

Chelsea suspend supporters after alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling

• Four fans banned while club conduct investigation• Chelsea vow to ‘support any criminal prosecutions’Chelsea have suspended four people from attending their matches, pending further investigations into allegations of racial abuse directed towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.The incident occurred during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Hatem Ben Arfa has not lost his eye for a spectacular finish

Earlier this year Hatem Ben Arfa sarcastically ‘celebrated’ a year away from first-team action. Now he is a player rebornBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“Joyeux anniversaire à moi,” read the caption as Hatem Ben Arfa posed, thumbs up and grinning. A small cake with a single candle sat in front of him, but celebrating he was not. The 31-year-old’s birthday had passed a month previously; instead his Instagram post back in April was born of sarcasm. “One year without a game calls for a party,” he joked. Exiled at PSG, a full year had passed since Ben Arfa had played – and scored twice – in a 4-0 win over Avranches in the Coupe de France. His career was seemingly petering out but, as this week has shown, the unpredictable Frenchman isn’t finished just yet.Football faded from view this weekend in France as bubbling civil unrest instigated by the gilets jaunes movement forced six of 10 Ligue 1 games to be postponed as the stretched police force were unable to guarantee safety at many grounds. Some, including managers of the teams left to continue as normal, questioned the decision to play at all. However, Rennes forward Ben Arfa – once of Newcastle United and Hull City – showed no sign of relinquishing his newfound verve. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...

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