Crunch time for Newcastle fans desperate to see return of human touch | Daniel Taylor

The fact the protest scheduled for the Wolves game was postponed because it could ‘jeopardise the potential sale’ by Mike Ashley shows how much Newcastle supporters want changeApologies if this may sound terribly cynical, but when Mike Ashley announced that he was closing in on a deal to sell Newcastle United, possibly even severing his ties before the end of the month, it wasn’t easy knowing whether to take it at face value bearing in mind his track record for being – and I will couch this as politely as possible – slightly careless with the truth.Ashley does, after all, have previous when it comes to blurring the facts for his own means and, by his own admission, there have been times in the past when the club’s idea of PR – spin, make-believe, call it what you will – has involved saying whatever they believe supporters want to hear. Newcastle’s fans have been here before. More times, in fact, than they would probably wish to remember since they started longing for the end of the Ashley era. Or, perhaps more accurately in this case, the end of an error. Continue reading...

10-12-2018

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?

10-12-2018

River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win the Copa Libertadores final

Watch highlights as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to claim their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy in front of 72,000 fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

10-12-2018

N’Golo Kanté’s manic commitment helps Chelsea rattle Manchester City | Barney Ronay

French midfielder grew into the game helping to vindicate Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play him in right-sided roleHow do you solve a problem like N’Golo? On the evidence of a bruising, thrilling night at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri’s attempts to transform the best covering midfielder in the world into a withdrawn right-sider may or may not succeed. But it won’t be for want of manically committed effort from the man himself, who provided a lesson in making a plan work, even when that plan seems to push you to the fringes.For the opening 44 minutes of this 2-0 Chelsea win Manchester City had eased around like a swarm of blue-shirted princelings, scything through what was once Kanté country. Just past the half hour there was a beautiful moment as Riyad Mahrez walked one way in the centre circle, then shuffled back the other, making Antonio Rüdiger hare off into the wrong movie set, a man suddenly speaking the wrong lines and dancing the wrong steps. Continue reading...

10-12-2018

Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...

10-12-2018

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.

10-12-2018

UK Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win seventh title

Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win a record seventh UK Championship and become the first player to win 19 'Triple Crown' titles.

10-12-2018

Copa Libertadores final: River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time (agg 5-3)

Juan Quintero's stunning extra-time goal helps River Plate win the Copa Libertadores with a historic victory over Boca Juniors in Madrid.

10-12-2018

River Plate claim Copa Libertadores against 10-man Boca with Quintero goal

• River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (aet; 5-3 on agg)• Pratto 68 Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44It may be marked with an asterisk and there could be more chapters to come in this extraordinary story, soaked in symbolism, sport and society, drama and emotion too, raw and exhilarating to the last, but River Plate are the Copa Libertadores winners – clinching a title they and Boca Juniors, their great rivals from across Buenos Aires, always knew would be forever.The game that would never end, reached the very, very end. “It’s been almost 60 days since this started and there is tremendous sadness,” said the Boca manager, Guillermo Schelotto. With 120 minutes gone and River 2-1 up, he watched as Leonardo Jara hit the post, the tension clawing at nerves as never before. That left Boca with one last chance: a corner the referee seemed determined to delay, as if clinging to this game, not wanting to let it go, and their goalkeeper Esteban Andrada in attack where he had been for seven or eight minutes already. It also left them exposed. Continue reading...

10-12-2018

Is it Chelsea & Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert? Or is it Lionel Messi?

Chelsea and Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert produces a "Lionel Messi-esque" piece of skill in the 4-0 WSL win at Brighton.

10-12-2018

Walks on the white side: bold, impressive … but what's the point? | Tim Lewis

Two men are racing across the Antarctic but what is the value in these polar adventures?Been feeling some anemoia of late. If I were 20, this nostalgia for a time I’ve never known might have led me to listen non‑ironically to the Spice Girls or to buy a Fila tracksuit. But I’m older than that, so I went further back. To 1875 to be precise. I knew the name, Captain Matthew Webb, and his signature achievement: that he was the first man to swim the English Channel unaided. But nothing else, and his story is a belter, full of derring-do and godforsaken tragedy.Part of the appeal of Captain Webb is that his challenges were often so weirdly, byzantinely pointless. They included floating for 60 hours in a whale tank in Westminster and swimming 14 hours a day for six days. He once took on a Newfoundland dog whose owner boasted of its legendary stamina in a test of endurance in choppy seas. The poor mutt almost drowned while Webb happily trod water for more than an hour. Continue reading...

10-12-2018

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flightView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

10-12-2018

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...

10-12-2018

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the conclusion of snooker's UK Championship, plus European Champions Cup rugby and the first Test between Australia and India.

10-12-2018

Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp praises 'brilliant' Mohamed Salah

Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop praises Mohamed Salah's "brilliant" performance after the Egyptian scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

10-12-2018

Match of the Day: Ian Wright and Martin Keown assess Premier League title race

Match of the Day pundits Martin Keown and Ian Wright both agree that the Premier League title race is now on with Liverpool now leading Manchester City by one point.

10-12-2018

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

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

10-12-2018