Matthew Walls and Fred Wright claim silver in Madison at track World Cup

16-12-2018

• Young British pair finish second behind Denmark• Jack Carlin, Elinor Barker edged out of medals on day twoGreat Britain claimed a silver medal in the men’s Madison on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in London.Matthew Walls and Fred Wright followed up Friday’s team pursuit bronze medals by sealing second place, 16 points behind Denmark. Continue reading...



Harry Kane tipped for BBC’s top gong but history may point to a surprise | Sean Ingle

16-12-2018

The England striker is favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year but footballers do not have a great record in the eventEver since England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, Harry Kane has been a smouldering favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The Spurs striker has already won the golden boot. No wonder many believe he is a shoo-in to lift the famous silver-plated trophy of a four-turret lens camera engraved with many legends of British sport.Yet history reminds us that footballers and Spoty do not always mix. For while 18 track and field stars have walked away with the award in its 64-year history – with Formula One drivers claiming it seven times and tennis players six – footballers have done so on only five occasions. Continue reading...



Watford hold on for nervy home win after Cardiff’s frenetic fightback

16-12-2018

This was a good win for Watford. Such was the harum-scarum nature of the closing stages, however, that a moment’s reflection was needed in order to be sure. After dominating possession and storming to a 3-0 lead with some sumptuous goals, they almost threw it away in the last 10 minutes. The final moments saw the hosts clinging on to the result, keeping the ball by the corner flag.The time-wasting made Neil Warnock chuckle afterwards and once again his Cardiff side had rattled loftier opponents. Junior Hoilett and Bobby Reid both scored in the last 10 minutes to make the result close but even the Cardiff manager had to admit it was closer than it should have been. “We thought we would try and contain them and then have a go in the last half-hour,” he said. “But you don’t legislate for losing two or three goals by that point.” Continue reading...



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.



Indonesian Masters: Justin Rose misses world number one spot by one stroke

16-12-2018

Justin Rose misses out on a return to the top of the rankings by finishing one shot outside the top 12 at the Indonesian Masters.



Salomón Rondon seals precious points for Newcastle at Huddersfield

16-12-2018

Newcastle spluttered at first but, after finding rhythm in the second half, produced the best move of the match. That work led to a fine goal for Solomón Rondón and another three precious points on the road.They have earned 10 of their 16 Premier League points this season away from St James’s Park, largely thanks to the sort of efficiency that they eventually showed here against hosts who dominated possession but, as so often, lacked sharpness when it mattered most. Continue reading...



Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

16-12-2018

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...



Australia v India: second Test, day three – live!

16-12-2018

Updates from the third day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email [email protected] 9.24am GMT 41st over: Australia 121-4 (Khawaja 37, Paine 1) That was not the smartest bit of batting from Travis Head, who was caught at third man in the first innings as well. Tim Paine, the new batsman, wears a beautiful short ball from Shami on the glove. Australia lead by 164 in this wonderful Test match. 9.20am GMT Travis Head walks straight into the trap. For the second time in this session, a bowling change has brought a first-ball wicket. Head slashed at a short ball from the new bowler Mohammed Shami; it flew off the top edge to third man, where Ishant Sharma took a very good catch. Continue reading...



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

16-12-2018

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.



European roundup: Real win amid boos, while Ronaldo seals derby for Juventus

16-12-2018

• Real Madrid fans unhappy despite 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano• Cristiano Ronaldo penalty seals derby victory against TorinoReal 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...



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

16-12-2018

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



What ‘masculinity’ means when you’re gay, bi or trans …

16-12-2018

We’re in the middle of a ‘genderquake’ where the qualities traditionally associated with men are changing daily. So how do three LGBT guys define manliness in 2018? By Joe StoneWhat does it mean to be a man? Right now, masculinity is under the microscope like never before. But one group that is used to navigating the tricky terrain of gender norms is the LGBT community. In a recent survey by Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay magazine, 69% of readers admitted they’d been made to feel “less of a man” because they are gay, bisexual or queer. More troubling still, 41% said that at some point they themselves thought that they were less of a man too. 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...