Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins the 2018 BBC Africa Footballer of the Year award.

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Jacqui Oatley: women's football is generations away from equality, but it's getting there – video

Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley believes it will take 'a couple of generations' to make football a more equal environment, but that change can already been seen in the women's game. In a short film - part of series produced for Twitter UK as part of its support for Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign - Oatley said she hopes 'the assumption of knowledge is there just the same [for female reporters, commentators and presenters] as it is when a male voice is delivering.'The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

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

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...

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Liverpool 'have to be angry' against Manchester United, says Klopp – video

The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that his side will be angry ahead of their game with Manchester United on Sunday, adding that ‘we fight for our points’. When asked about his counterpart José Mourinho Klopp praised what he called ‘one of the most successful managers in the world’ Continue reading...

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Adetomiwa Edun: The man who plays Fifa's Alex Hunter

Adetomiwa Edun is the actor who plays Alex Hunter, the young star of the Fifa video game franchise. What is it like being the face of the world's best known fictional footballer?

15-12-2018

Talking Horses: Frodon can bag Gold Cup prize on big day at Cheltenham

The selection rarely runs a bad race at the track and could well have the class to carry top weight to victoryThe BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November is often the best guide to the big handicap chase at the December meeting, even if the former is staged on the old course at the home of jumps racing while the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is on the new.It is the placed horses and the unlucky ones that tend to come to the fore a month later, however, and the top-class Exotic Dancer, who was twice placed in the Gold Cup, was the last to complete the double in 2006. That does not bode well for Baron Alco, who enjoyed an easy time of it in front in the BetVictor this season and is 6lb higher in the official ratings. Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A crunch clash at Anfield, depleted Palace and Huddersfield teams, and the start of a crucial run for FulhamIt is a marker of how far Manchester United have fallen to see that when Gary Neville set about choosing his combined XI for Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday Night Football, he included just three outfield United players. The only player he picked with conviction was Anthony Martial at left wing, admitting Eric Bailly would not be in if Joe Gomez was fit and laughing that his selection of Paul Pogba alongside Naby Keïta and Gini Wijnaldum was “just an opportunity to get a United player in”. Nobody would argue that Liverpool are the better side, and have been for a number of years, yet the past eight league meetings read W0, D3, L5 for the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness against Napoli so nearly came back to bite them in the Champions League; they can ill afford the same profligacy against a José Mourinho side that is unlikely to be anything other than defensively minded. MB Continue reading...

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PDC World Darts Championship: Gary Anderson beats Kevin Burness

Two-time champion Gary Anderson finishes strongly to beat debutant Kevin Burness at the PDC World Championship.

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

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...

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Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year‑old in her home city of Tver, just over 100 miles from Moscow, and realised she had an unerring knack for hitting trebles and doubles – and beating the older boys at her youth club. “I wasn’t very well liked,” she laughs. “I think that’s what toughened me up, because I’ve always had to be amongst the boys. Being a girl I have had to fight for my spot.”Not a great deal has changed in the intervening two decades. But having qualified for one of two new women’s spots at this year’s expanded PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday, the 34-year-old Dobromyslova intends to make the most of her opportunity. “You don’t realise how many emotions I have,” she says. “I’m excited, I’m nervous and I know playing in front of thousands of people will be challenging. But with a bit of luck, who knows what could happen?” Continue reading...

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Kevin de Bruyne: Pep Guardiola says Man City midfielder finished last season 'exhausted'

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne finished last season "exhausted", according to his manager Pep Guardiola.

15-12-2018

Ashley Giles appointed England’s new director of cricket

• Former England left-arm spinner succeeds Andrew Strauss• Replacing Trevor Bayliss will be Giles’ first critical decisionAshley Giles will succeed Andrew Strauss as the managing director of England’s men’s cricket in January, the ECB has confirmed. Tom Harrison, the chief executive, described Giles as “the standout candidate amongst a very strong field”.Giles was a stalwart member of the England team that Strauss played in at the beginning of this century and that won the Ashes in the greatest series in living memory in 2005. He may not have been the most talented cricketer in that dressing room but Giles was reliable and a fine influence. Continue reading...

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Can women save Sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never beforeYokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures Continue reading...

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