Gareth Anscombe: ‘Wales are now genuine heavyweights. Warren’s one of the best’

Cardiff Blues fly-half, who faces Saracens in the Champions Cup on Saturday, on Wales’ potentially defining 2019 and the social media abuse that rocked him after his move from New ZealandBeneath the seasonal mistletoe in Wales this Christmas there will be less frivolity than normal. With the nation’s rugby team third in the world rankings, this is no time for casual distractions. Forget the frankincense and myrrh: just imagine the golden glow in 2019 should wise old Warren Gatland deliver a Six Nations title and World Cup glory as parting gifts to his followers. Related: The end of an era: what next for All Blacks after Steve Hansen? Continue reading...

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Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018.

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Hockey Men's World Cup 2018: England thrashed by Belgium in semi-finals

England lose a third straight men's Hockey World Cup semi-final as they are thrashed 6-0 by Belgium in India.

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Champions League: how far will the 16 teams go in the knockout stages?

Will PSG finally make the last four? Will Liverpool win away from Anfield? Will Lyon win another game? By Ben McAleer and Josh Wright for WhoScoredAjax have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and almost did so as group winners. The four-time European Cup winners were eight minutes away from beating Bayern Munich on Wednesday, only to then come from behind and secure a 3-3 draw. Ajax are one of only five teams unbeaten in the competition, after three wins and three draws. They have been particularly successful in turning over the ball high up the pitch and that could be important in the knockout stage; only Manchester City (43) won possession in the attacking third more times than Ajax (39). Continue reading...

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Hockey Men's World Cup 2018: England thrashed by Belgium in semi-finals

England lose a third consecutive men's Hockey World Cup semi-final as they are thrashed 6-0 by Belgium in India.

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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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Danny Cipriani: ‘It’s been the same story for six years, hasn’t it?’

Fly-half remains philosophical about his England exile and is enjoying his new leadership role at GloucesterIf Danny Cipriani feels messed around by England he hides it well. You might expect confusion, resentment, even betrayal at how he again finds himself on the outside looking in after the briefest of comebacks over the summer but on a chilly afternoon in Gloucestershire there is nothing but positivity from the exiled fly-half.To recap, Cipriani made his first England start in 10 years in their first win in six matches in June but was discarded again for the autumn campaign. It followed his arrest in Jersey but Eddie Jones insisted his latest omission was based on form, all while Cipriani was tearing up trees with his new club, Gloucester. Continue reading...

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Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off Clockwatch – live with Ben Fisher!Late stocking filler? The Title in paperback!And you can email Scott with your thoughts 2.37pm GMT Bernardo Silva speaks! “It was good to give a response after the Chelsea defeat. We are happy especially as we knew we were playing a very tough team. To get the three points is very good.”A smiling Gabriel Jesus adds: “My English is not good like Bernardo, but I try! I’m so happy with the game and with the win. This season is more difficult for me because other clubs are stronger. This game was difficult so I am happy. The game was amazing.” 2.27pm GMT After that rare defeat last weekend, Manchester City spring back to the top of the Premier League. They’re two points clear of Liverpool, 44 points to 42, though of course Jurgen Klopp’s side can reclaim top spot with victory over Manchester United at Anfield tomorrow. Everton meanwhile remain in seventh, on 24 points, though Bournemouth, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers all have chances to leapfrog them this afternoon. Continue reading...

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'It's right for the team': Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

After 14 years Steve Hansen has called time on coaching New Zealand. The 59-year-old announced that he will be stepping down after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying that it was time for 'a fresh pair of eyes'. The All Blacks have lost only eight of 96 Tests under Hansen, a win ratio of 89%.  Continue reading...

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the final round of matches in the group stages of the Champions League, European rugby union and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing it reshapes and even deforms the whole competition. So it was with the state-sponsored German grand prix teams in the 1930s, with East African distance runners over the past two decades and with football clubs benefiting today from the sovereign wealth of Arab states. Team Sky’s recent dominance of cycling’s major events can be measured on that scale.Many will mourn the passing of a name that helped bring British riders to the forefront of the sport: first Bradley Wiggins, then Chris Froome and most recently Geraint Thomas. When Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 it was the fulfilment of what had long appeared an impossible dream. By the time of Thomas’s recent Tour victory – a sixth for Sky in seven years – it seemed almost commonplace. Froome’s victories in the Vuelta a España in 2017 and this year’s Giro d’Italia meant he and the team held all three grand tour jerseys simultaneously. Continue reading...

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Exeter keep hopes alive with bonus-point victory over Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Danny Cipriani leaves ground with right arm in a slingA week in Europe can be a very long time in both politics and rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeared to have scuppered their European hopes. This time it was the Cherry and Whites who experienced a similar sinking feeling as Chiefs finally secured a relieving victory to throw Pool Two wide open.Munster and Castres will have enjoyed this result, with both English clubs now facing an uphill battle to progress. Exeter’s last-gasp try bonus point, secured by their England prop Harry Williams, has further clouded the outlook for Gloucester; should they and the Chiefs both win their finaltwo matches with maximum points, Exeter will be first among equals courtesy of Williams’s late close-range effort. 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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Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

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...

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Klopp and Liverpool sense chance to inflict killer blow on Mourinho | Barney Ronay

Liverpool’s manager has a habit of handing his Manchester United rival defeats that spell the end of the roadIt is a tribute to the indelible grandeur of Manchester United that even a season of constipated football and toxic managerial asides can still seem epic-scale and entirely engrossing.Not to mention eminently saleable, another commodity out there to be retailed. In the week leading up to Sunday’s Premier League trip to Anfield, MUTV has continued to seek new subscribers by pushing a rather telling product. Continue reading...

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Great Britain begin Track Cycling World Cup with double pursuit gold

• Hosts win men’s and women’s team events in London• Young British quartet pick up bronze in men’s eventGreat Britain enjoyed a successful first day of the Track Cycling World Cup in London that produced golds in the women’s and men’s team pursuit.Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson claimed their third consecutive World Cup title after reeling in the United States with more than 1km to go. Continue reading...

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David Ginola makes his Premier League predictions

Former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder David Ginola guesses at wins for both his former clubs as well as Liverpool over Manchester United in Premier League predictions.

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