Advent calendar 2018: A celebration of England's leading Test run-scorer - Alastair Cook

Watch the Pint-sized celebration of Alastair Cook's record-breaking Test career as the former England captain retires from international cricket.

19-12-2018

Man Utd: Who will replace Jose Mourinho on permanent basis?

Mauricio Pochettino? Zinedine Zidane? Diego Simeone? BBC Sport looks at who could replace Jose Mourinho at Man Utd in the long term.

19-12-2018

Wingate & Finchley fail to score in epic goalmouth scramble with Dulwich Hamlet – video

Some heroic defending on the Dulwich Hamlet line prevented Wingate & Finchley from scoring during an epic scramble when the two sides met in the FA Trophy. Wingate & Finchley eventually won 2-0. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Talking Horses: £17,500 on offer, four horses running – pity poor Ludlow

The Beginner’s Chase at Ludlow has prize money of £17,500 but with only four horses running, and no each way betting, it won’t be much of a spectacleNewbury’s long history and high profile will mean that it is the first stop for many punters this morning, but with prize money under scrutiny following Arena Racing Company’s £3m cut to its contribution in 2019, it is only fair to point out that Ludlow’s card this afternoon is the most valuable of the day, with a guaranteed £100k up for grabs. The bulk of the cash is concentrated on three events: two handicap chases worth £26k and £25k, and a beginners’ chase with £17,500 on offer, and in the case of the latter contest, the track could be forgiven for wondering why they bother. Five runners were declared overnight and the field is now down to four after the outsider Scartare was scratched this morning, so there will be no each-way betting and, in all likelihood, nothing like the spectacle that fans might expect with that much money at stake. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Watch: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score for Man Utd against Liverpool

Watch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score the winning goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in their FA Cup fifth round match in 1999.

19-12-2018

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

19-12-2018

Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United's new manager?

Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are possible contenders to be José Mourinho’s long-term successorMourinho sacked after United’s worst start in 28 yearsThe former France international is currently out of work after leaving Real Madrid last summer following the victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Remarkably, that was his third triumph in the competition in only two and a half years in charge. Is unlikely to join a club until next summer, which could suit United. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Shaqiri, scrambles and Champions League draw thoughts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Marcus Bean discuss the Champions League draw, dour management, Xherdan Shaqiri’s career revival, goalmouth scrambles and a message for listeners in TogoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend’s football action, starting with Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which has done something for the Anfield side’s title-challenging credentials, and nothing for José Mourinho’s job prospects. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Jacob Stockdale: ‘We went after the All Blacks with confidence’

The Ireland wing on his memorable try against New Zealand, his World Cup ambitions and talking to prisoners at Northern Ireland’s highest security prisonJacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster wing was the player of the tournament while setting a Six Nations record by scoring seven tries as Ireland sealed the grand slam. Stockdale also made the difference with the only try of the game when Ireland beat New Zealand last month to complete a year in which they could claim to be the best side in the world.Stockdale has already told me about going into jail with his father, the chaplain at Maghaberry prison in Belfast, so he could talk to inmates who have been locked up after committing violent crimes. He has also confirmed his love for Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan and proved himself an assured 22-year-old who is different to many of his contemporaries. It is striking that, before we discuss his try against the All Blacks, Stockdale has a laugh about himself as he remembers missing the first time Ireland beat New Zealand – in a momentous match in Chicago in November 2016. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Whyte v Chisora & Warrington v Frampton: Warren & Hearn on PPV clash

Promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren discuss why two pay-per-view fights are being shown at the same time on Saturday.

19-12-2018

'I'm not a predatory lender': Derek Fisher goes from the NBA to player loans

The five-time NBA champion is now an executive at Asset Capital. But is he helping athletes or exploiting them?Derek Fisher began the month defending his credentials as the newly appointed head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Fisher’s December continued with the former basketball star denying he is a legal loan shark.It was revealed last week that the five-time NBA champion and former coach of the New York Knicks is joining Luxury Asset Capital, a boutique lender and posh pawnbroker for clients who are loaded but not liquid. The company is launching a sports and entertainment division that seeks to woo athletes, offering short-term loans of about $50,000 to $5m using assets such as contracts, pensions, cars, watches, fine art and jewelry as collateral. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

David Squires on ... José Mourinho's United exit and Southampton's spirit

Our cartoonist on Emo Mourinho’s last stand, festive cheer at St Mary’s and Roy Hodgson cooking up a Crystal Palace winView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was suspended at the time over their supplements saga.Flanagan and the club have until the end of January to respond to a breach notice, which is when the NRL will make its final determination. Until then Flanagan cannot have any official involvement with the club. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Dillian Whyte: 'Warrior' ready for Dereck Chisora rematch

Behind the scenes with British heavyweight Dillian Whyte as he prepares to fight Dereck Chisora.

19-12-2018

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal and Chelsea battle for Cengiz Under?

Today’s fluff has forgottenAs nothing especially surprising or notable happened yesterday, it falls to the Mill – the noble, brave saviour that is the Mill – to rescue this whole content operation and bring some big numbers to the party. What would they do without us?It sounds like both Arsenal and Chelsea could be removing their blazers and setting their pocket watches to one side in order to grapple for Roma’s Cengiz Under, who will set one of them back £54m. Continue reading...

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