11-12-2018 David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

11-12-2018 Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. 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 Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool ‘to put right our mistake’ against Napoli

• Klopp says Champions League predicament is ‘our fault’• ‘We didn’t win often enough to be through already‘Our responsibility. Our mistake. The words peppered Jürgen Klopp’s Napoli press conference, leaving no doubt that blame for Liverpool’s Champions League predicament rests on their doorstep. Opportunity for salvation resides there too. Anfield knows the script so well. “I know it will be difficult,” their manager said, “but I can not help think about it without a smile on my face.”Liverpool have backed themselves into a corner in Europe once again as a consequence of losing three away games in a group for the first time. Carlo Ancelotti, the Napoli and former Milan manager, needs no schooling on his opponents’ powers of recovery. A 1-0 win or victory by two goals at Anfield will guarantee Liverpool qualification for the knockout phase. Defeat to an Italian club that has never won in England, combined with a loss for Paris Saint-Germain at Red Star Belgrade, and the new Premier League leaders will be out of European competition completely nine months after reaching the Champions League final. Their manager sees only an opportunity to rectify a campaign of contrasts. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Talking Horses: the 'quiet' horse who became a fiery Grand National hope

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...

11-12-2018 Sponsorship milestone shows women’s football is now big business | Suzanne Wrack

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...

11-12-2018 The Knowledge: heavy FA Cup upsets and long-distance journeymen

Plus: the clubs named after breweries, and the Newcastle fan who invented the windscreen wiper. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the heaviest defeat inflicted on a top-division side by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup?” asks Lindsay Davis. “The best I can discover is Scunthorpe United (2nd Div) 6-2 Blackpool (1st Div) in the 1961 third round.” Related: From signing to scoring: what is football's fastest ever debut goal? | The Knowledge 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 Barcelona v Tottenham: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT game at Camp NouLiverpool v Napoli – live! Join Simon Burnton for the latestAnd you can drop Paul an email or tweet @Paul_Doyle 8.50pm GMT Spurs started slowly and fell behind to a wonderful solo goal by Dembélé. But the visitors then got their act together and began to expose frailties in the makeshift home defence. They have every chance of getting back into this game, even if Barça still carry a threat on the break (and have a rather formidable-looking bench if needed). As things stand, Spurs would progress even if they lose because Inter are trailing at home to PSV - but Pochettino & Co sure can’t bank on that score remaining the same. 8.46pm GMT 44 min: Coutinho turns beautifully past Winks and then drives into the box from the left. He tries to poke a low shot into the far corner, but instead it hits the outside of the post and travels wide. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Herman Ouseley to stand down as chairman of football’s Kick It Out

• Respected leader of anti-racism campaign to go after 25 years• ‘Kick It Out is well positioned to keep the momentum afloat’Lord Herman Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out after 25 continuous years in that position since the organisation was established in 1993.The 73-year-old is understood to have informed Kick It Out’s trustees some time ago that he intended to retire at the end of this season and the announcement is not related to the resurgence of alleged racist incidents in the game. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Paul Pogba shocked at Manchester United omission for past two games

• José Mourinho has omitted midfielder for two matches• Scott McTominay preferred for 15 minutes against FulhamPaul Pogba has been left shocked at being dropped by José Mourinho, with the Manchester United midfielder left out of the starting XI for the past two games against Arsenal and Fulham.The relationship between the midfielder and his manager has been rocky since the start of the season. Yet despite Mourinho having terse words for Pogba privately and publicly, the France international did not expect to be left out of the XI. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Yaya Touré ends second spell with Olympiakos after three months

• Touré leaves by mutual consent having made five appearances• ‘Yaya is leaving as a friend ... our paths will surely cross again’Yaya Touré has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old made five appearances during his second spell, the last of which was on 8 November.Touré left Manchester City at the end of last season but failed to make an impact at Olympiakos with whom he won the domestic double in the 2005-06 season. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

11-12-2018 How often do Barcelona lose at home?

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...

11-12-2018 Pep Guardiola: Racism is everywhere, not just in football, says Man City boss

Man City manager Pep Guardiola says "racism is everywhere, it's not just in football," after the alleged racial abuse of his forward Raheem Sterling in a game at Chelsea.

11-12-2018 Wagner's controversial blocked field-goal helps Seahawks beat Vikings

Minnesota Vikings 7-21 Seattle SeahawksOfficials throw flag on block and then pick it up againBobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. It was Seattle’s fourth straight victory. Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a two-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman provided the capper with a 29-yard fumble return touchdown 18 seconds later. Continue reading...

11-12-2018 Cameron Radigan opens up on his passion for archery

Cameron Radigan on his campaign to have his leg amputated and his archery dream.

11-12-2018 Skateboarding: How to do kickflips with British Olympic hopeful Alex Decunha

British skateboarder Alex Decunha shows BBC Sport how to do "one of his favourite tricks" - kickflips.