15-12-2018 LA Chargers beat Kansas City Chiefs in stunning late comeback

The Los Angeles Chargers fight back from seven points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs with a two-point conversion in the final seconds.

15-12-2018 Jamie Lawrence: ‘One minute I’m in jail, the next on TV with Sunderland’

The former Premier League winger is stepping back into jails to help prisoners and working with young players ‘to change their whole outlook on life’For a man whose slogan is “Prison to Premiership” it was a tense moment for Jamie Lawrence to find himself outside Brixton prison on a crisp winter’s morning, preparing to go back inside. He was here as a teenager, PN 2991LAWRENCE. He trots out his prison number, thinks about the boy he was then, the circumstances that allowed crime to seem like the easier option. Now 48, he braced himself to step back into his former life hoping he might strike some kind of chord with the prisoners of today. Whatever talks and workshops are on offer to them, not many can look them in the eye and level with them in the way he can.He half smiles as he explains that these days he gets cleared by security. “Normally I was going in the sweat box before I was going in,” he says wryly. “It was nice to go through the gate. I got introduced to the boys. I was nervous as hell. There were 12 prisoners in a little room. I started sharing my story, from being in prison to getting out and turning my life around and playing in the Premiership and for my country. We challenged them with a few things about what they are going to do on release. ‘How can you not reoffend?’ That is so, so important. Continue reading...

15-12-2018 Watford 3-2 Cardiff: Warnock describes referee as 'Sunday trainee'

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock describes referee Andy Madley as a "Sunday trainee" after his side's 3-2 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

15-12-2018 BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

• 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...

15-12-2018 Classy Virat Kohli leads India fightback in face of quality Australian bowling

India reach 3-172 with Kohli looking composed on 82 not outAustralia’s lead by 154 runs at stumps on day two in PerthVirat Kohli has provided predictably composed resistance in the second Test, classily conquering some quality bowling as India reached 3-172 and trimmed Australia’s lead to 154 runs at stumps on day two in Perth.The four-Test series was almost billed as a battle between Australia and Kohli, such were the headlines and hype about the world’s best batsman with an outstanding record in this country. Continue reading...

15-12-2018 'Canelo' Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Briton relishing chance to upset the odds

Rocky Fielding says he will relish the chance to upset the odds when he takes on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at Madison Square Gardens.

15-12-2018 Can women save Sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

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...

15-12-2018 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

15-12-2018 European Rugby Champions Cup: Leinster 42-15 Bath

Champions Cup holders Leinster make up ground on pool leaders Toulouse and end Bath's hopes of reaching the knockout stage with a 42-15 win in Dublin.

15-12-2018 Jamie George’s late try seals victory for Saracens over Cardiff Blues

• Cardiff 14-26 Saracens• Owen Farrell on form with two conversions and four penaltiesA year ago this weekend, Saracens slumped to their seventh successive defeat, a run so out of kilter with the norm it was like going back in time to find Henry VIII supping with the Pope. The Premiership champions arrived here nursing a 21-match unbeaten record stretching back to April Fool’s Day having put 51 points on the Blues six days before and won with a degree of comfort, doing no more than they had to on the wettest of afternoons.The Blues fought for 80 minutes rather than the 40 they had at Allianz Park, but Saracens know how to grind out victories. Trailing at half-time, as they had the previous weekend, they absorbed pressure, scored points on their few visits to their opponents’ 22 and, tellingly, survived the loss of the second row Will Skelton to the sin-bin after 62 minutes. Continue reading...

15-12-2018 Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign outside the grotto promising that Santa will be back again tomorrow. So, at that time of night, it’s little kids this way and big kids that, up the hill and on beyond the fair to the Great Hall for the opening night of the PDC World Championship. For a lot of people the trip is a winter tradition now, a little less solemn than the carol service at St Paul’s, a little less sobering than swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas morning.The Championship has junked one of its own old rituals. The walk-on girls are gone. The PDC chairman, Barry Hearn, says he was forced into it by the TV companies. “It’s out of my control,” he said. “We’re living in changing times – the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength.” Continue reading...

15-12-2018 Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

A growing ‘kindful movement’ is gathering pace, says author Caroline Millington, and men have much to gain from itYou’d have had to be trapped in the Love Island villa all summer with no access to the outside world to have missed the latest movement in self-care.It’s on T-shirts, phone covers, Instagram quotes, street art … I’ve even written an entire book about it. The buzzword? “Kind”. Continue reading...

15-12-2018 Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Canelo and conspiracies

Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s penalties?What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball teamMarvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero moviePhil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golfNasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in HoustonMichael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double He was born in Ballyrock He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never willHe weighed 10lb when he was born On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?ChampChopperCinnamonChilledAll four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?Manchester United LiverpoolTottenham HotspurManchester CityVinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?Iker CasillasRaúlGutiLuis Enrique Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league? Luis SuárezDanny MurphySteven GerrardFernando TorresTeam Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?Vincenzo NibaliNairo Quintana Rigoberto Urán Romain Bardet The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario KartTag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choiceEngland played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?Men's Hockey World CupChess World CupCurling World CupWomen's Volleyball World CupIn which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?RiyadhLondonNew York CityMelbourne1 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score2 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score3 and above.Oh dear4 and above.Not bad but not great5 and above.Not bad but not great6 and above.Nice work. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Poor show10 and above.You are a genius. Enjoy your weekend Continue reading...

15-12-2018 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley; Eriksen breaks Clarets' resistance in added time

Christian Eriksen's stoppage-time strike breaks Burnley's brave resistance as Tottenham maintain their pursuit of the top two in the Premier League.

15-12-2018 Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem?

Football Focus speaks to former England midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, journalist Jonathan Liew and Kick It Out's Troy Townsend to debate race, football and the media.

15-12-2018 World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Four Britons through to Sunday's finals

Britain's Jade Jones, Lauren Williams, Bianca Walkden and Bradly Sinden reach the finals of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam.

15-12-2018 Taekwondo: GB's Bradly Sinden beats Dae-hoon Lee to reach final

Great Britain's Bradly Sinden beats South Korea's Dae-hoon Lee in dramatic style to reach the -68kg final of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam.

15-12-2018 European roundup: Benzema gives Real Madrid win amid Bernabeu boos

• Real Madrid fans unhappy despite 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano• Serge Gnabry stars as Bayern Munich beat Hannover 4-0Real Madrid edged a 1-0 win over minnows Rayo Vallecano, earning a third consecutive La Liga victory and rising to third in the table, but they again failed to sparkle and had to endure booing from their unhappy supporters.Karim Benzema beat a poorly constructed offside trap to score the only goal of the game in the 13th minute. The win put Santiago Solari’s side on 29 points, one clear of fourth-placed Sevilla who host Girona on Sunday and two behind leaders Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. Continue reading...

15-12-2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year: who should win five top awards? | Observer writers

Our writers offer their choices for the highest honours at the prestigious ceremony, from Ronnie O’Sullivan to Tracey NevilleRonnie O’Sullivan has been winning for 25 years now: five world championships, seven Masters and seven UK titles, the latest of them this month. His 19th major victory means he has overtaken Stephen Hendry and become the most successful player in snooker history. Continue reading...