Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

16-12-2018

• Fan throws beer before world No 1’s match with Alan Tabern• Dutchman beats Tabern 3-1 at Alexandra PalaceMichael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern.The Dutchman was visibly shocked by the incident and returned backstage to compose himself. Once he returned to the stage he beat his English opponent 3-1 in the second round. Continue reading...



Sports Personality of the Year 2018: When is it on and how can I vote?

16-12-2018

When is Sports Personality of the Year on? How can I watch it? Where can I vote? Find out here.



Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

16-12-2018

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...



Classy Virat Kohli leads India fightback in face of quality Australian bowling

16-12-2018

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...



Jamie George’s late try seals victory for Saracens over Cardiff Blues

16-12-2018

• 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...



What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

16-12-2018

Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...



BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

16-12-2018

• 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...



From the Tavern to the Palace: the decade since darts went large – video

16-12-2018

It’s now more than a decade since the PDC world championship moved from the Circus Tavern in Purfleet to London’s Alexandra Palace and the game of darts has grown beyond all expectations. We talked to a number of the figures behind the growth of the game both in front and behind the cameras Continue reading...



Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins 'breaking the mould' for women in football – video

16-12-2018

Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingham, believe ‘women’s football is going in the right direction’ and hope to inspire the next generation of female players. You can watch all four films in the series here.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...



Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

16-12-2018

This week's sport on the BBC includes European rugby union, Carabao Cup quarter-finals, Olympia Horse Show and Sports Personality of the Year.



Football transfer rumours: Ben Chilwell to Manchester City for £50m?

16-12-2018

Today’s fluff is on the upWith Benjamin Mendy still sidelined through injury, Manchester City are ready to bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in January. A summer spent in the company of a personal trainer doing sprints in a Milton Keynes park have yielded rich dividends for the youngster, who told one interviewer: “I feel like this season needs to be the season I push on”. Having done exactly that, he may earn himself a move to the reigning Premier League champions to further his education under Pep Guardiola. £50m is the fee being mentioned. Related: Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy Continue reading...



Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

16-12-2018

Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head around the fact he is a World Cup winner. Reality kicks in on occasion. Most obviously there was the moment on the open-top bus, crawling down the Champs Élysées in mid-July serenaded by half a million compatriots, when nine air force jets roared overhead trailing red, white and blue in their plumes and he felt “like a rock star”. He will receive a replica of the trophy any day now to sit alongside the framed photograph of his eldest daughter, Jade, kissing the real thing amid the ticker tape and pyrotechnics at the Luzhniki. Related: Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup Continue reading...



Raúl Jiménez puts Wolves on their way as Bournemouth struggle again

16-12-2018

Nuno Espírito Santo is proud of the way his Wolves players have bounced back from a difficult run of results to create a notable piece of club history.Wanderers have won three straight top-flight matches for the first time in almost 40 years after beating Bournemouth 2-0. After successes against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days it is the first time since March 1980 that Wolves have recorded three consecutive victories in the top division. Continue reading...



Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

16-12-2018

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...



World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

16-12-2018

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



Stuttgart: Christian Gentner's father dies in stadium after Bundesliga game

16-12-2018

Stuttgart mourn the loss of captain Christian Gentner's father, who died in the stadium after Saturday's win over Hertha Berlin.



'Canelo' Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Mexican eases to win at Madison Square Garden

16-12-2018

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez claims a world title in a third weight division as he knocks Rocky Fielding down four times in three rounds.



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

16-12-2018

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