Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Blues 'mentality' makes Maurizio Sarri 'very happy'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is "very happy" with the way his side played and feels they fully deserved their 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

09-12-2018



Felipe Anderson wonder-goal seals West Ham comeback over Crystal Palace

West Ham’s bid to become the Premier League’s maverick force is gathering powerful momentum. Any attempt to make sense of their wild inconsistency feels futile at the moment, with the sense of disorder summed up by the sight of Manuel Pellegrini struggling to stifle a laugh as he tried to offer considered analysis on a chaotic performance from his weird and occasionally wonderful side.Pellegrini is usually much more circumspect when he meets the media. This time, however, he had no option but to chuckle after an afternoon that had featured sloppy concessions, wonder strikes from Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass, a classic piece of poaching from Javier Hernández and a flamboyant comeback that lifted West Ham into the top half for the first time this season. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start

Now, perhaps, we can understand why Pep Guardiola did not want to entertain any questions before this match about the possibility of Manchester City going unbeaten through the entire season. The Invincibles mark II? Not quite. The champions have been reminded what it feels like to lose a Premier League match, eight months since it last happened, and suddenly it is Guardiola’s team playing catch-up at the top of the table.Those of us who have lauded them for so long would probably be well advised not to join the stampede of revisionists finding fault in what had previously looked like a perfectly oiled machine. Yet, if nothing else, at least it is a reminder that City are not as slick as many people believed. They had been behind for a grand total of 12 minutes in all their previous league fixtures and, on the evidence of this defeat, it is fair to say Liverpool, the new leaders, can be encouraged by the possibilities that have opened up. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



NFL round-up: Miami miracle downs Patriots while Rodgers sets NFL record

Dolphins secure last-gasp victory over PatriotsAaron Rodgers sets streak for passes without interceptionSaints clinch NFC South with win over Tampa BayKenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play on Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.The Patriots were 16 seconds from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play to rally from a 33-28 deficit. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



Twickenham considers NFL-style plan for elite to split into two regions

• Nigel Melville suggests geographical spread of clubs• Premiership still wants to ringfence itselfThe Rugby Football Union has proposed expanding the Premiership to 16 teams – split into two conferences – to resolve the continuing debate over promotion and relegation.Nigel Melville, the interim RFU chief executive, believes a move towards an American model, dividing the league along geographical boundaries, would answer the long-standing issue of whether to ringfence the Premiership. He also believes doing away with the Premiership Rugby Cup – largely a development competition – and reducing the number of professional players in England would be of long-term benefit. Continue reading...

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Women's World Cup 2019: Phil Neville excited by 'mouth-watering' match against Scotland

Manager Phil Neville says England women's World Cup opener against Scotland will provide his team with a tough test.

09-12-2018



Favourite Sizing Tennessee likely to miss Welsh Grand National

• Colin Tizzard horse struggling to recover from Newbury outing• Min heads impressive six-timer for Willie MullinsSizing Tennessee is likely to miss the Welsh Grand National, for which he has been favourite since a storming success last weekend in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Colin Tizzard, who trains the 10-year-old, said the horse had not recovered as well as had been hoped from the Newbury race and now requires a bit more time between his races.“I don’t think Sizing Tennessee will go for the Welsh National,” Tizzard said on Sunday. “He’s an older boy, he had a harder race than I thought. He’s a little bit shuffly. It’ll work very well to give him five or six weeks. The Welsh National is quite close and he had a hard old race. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



Newcastle 1-2 Wolves: Visitors score 95th-minute winner against 10 men

The Premier League needs video assistant referees immediately, says Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez after the 2-1 defeat by Wolves.

09-12-2018



Son Heung-min and Dele Alli lift Tottenham a class above Leicester

How deceptive appearances can be. On the face of things this was hardly an assignment Mauricio Pochettino would have asked for with a potentially season-defining match in Barcelona three days away, and to the naked eye his decision to name Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench seemed to play fast and loose with the evening’s outcome. Yet reality told a different tale: one of a surprisingly comfortable win that at once minimised Tottenham’s stress levels before visiting the Camp Nou and left them aglow with what feels like a renewed set of possibilities on the domestic front.That they departed so buoyantly owed plenty to Son Heung-min, whose slow start to the season has seemed a distant memory over the past three weeks. A largely dreary first half was drawing to a close when, cutting inside on to his left foot, he cracked a marvellously clean 20-yard shot across Kasper Schmeichel and ended a Leicester resistance that had just begun to appear precarious. He crossed for Dele Alli to score Spurs’ second after half-time and ensure that, with 36 points from 16 games, they have made their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



European Cross Country: 'What are you doing?!' When knee slide celebrations go wrong

European Cross Country champion Jimmy Gressier's celebration goes completely wrong as he attempts to cross the finish line in style with a knee slide.

09-12-2018



Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of La Liga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Following Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at Valencia in which the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, racing to a 3-0 lead by half-time.Messi opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before Ousmane Dembélé doubled the lead on 26 minutes and Luis Suárez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time. The Barcelona captain, who finished only fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, curled in another superb dead-ball strike on 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and team performance. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



Cardiff’s Nick Williams: ‘Going on this long must be to do with my genes’

In an age of early retirements the 35-year-old Cardiff No 8 has already outlasted most modern players, and he is not finished yetNick Williams turned 35 last Sunday. As he drew breath to extinguish the candles on his cake, the Cardiff Blues No 8 marvelled that he was still taking the field at a time when the physical toll on players was prompting a number of early retirements.It is not as if the former Junior All Black, who arrived at the Arms Park after stints with Munster, Aironi and Ulster, operates on the margins of a game. At more than 20st few players are more effective at finding their way over the gainline and the demolition man intends to raze a few more defences before touching his cap to the passing of the years. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath

• Bath 10-17 Leinster• Sam Underhill shines in Bath’s lost causeBath have been flagging of late, one victory in 10 matches before welcoming the Champions Cup holders, which is maybe why they decided to confiscate 1,500 Leinster flags before the match on health and safety grounds. They succeeded in lowering the provinces’s standard, but could not stop it fluttering on a dank afternoon when defences prevailed.The Leinster supporters’ club intended to hand them out to members before kick-off. They would have been useful to shield their eyes after a first half that was a triumph for the conditions. Bath have been typical in recent weeks of the muddling mediocrity in the Premiership below the top two: as the weather has deteriorated, so have skill levels but here they worked to the advantage of Bath who from the outset played the role of underdog despite home advantage. Continue reading...

09-12-2018



River Plate v Boca Juniors: Copa Libertadores final, second leg – live!

Kick-off due at 7.30pm GMT, first leg was drawn 2-2Debacle around final is a story of Argentinian politicsEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 9.54pm GMT 113 min: Boca are throwing the kitchen sink at River. Tevez wins a corner .. 9.52pm GMT 111 min: Carlos Tevez is on for Boca. Buffarini off. Continue reading...

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