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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Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem?

Football Focus speaks to former England midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, journalist Jonathan Liew and Kick It Out's Troy Townsend to debate race, football and the media.

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Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lovren, startled that the ball has got as far as the back post, realises too late that Arkadiusz Milik has stolen behind him; he cannot get to the forward in time. Time slows. Milik is in form; he has the best goals‑per‑minute ratio in Serie A this season. Eight yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat, it seems he must score the goal that will put Napoli through.But Milik doesn’t score. He jabs without conviction. Alisson does everything he can, springing from his line, spreading himself towards the ball, which hits his body and cannons to safety. Liverpool have survived. Continue reading...

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Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

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Taekwondo: GB's Bradly Sinden beats Dae-hoon Lee to reach final

Great Britain's Bradly Sinden beats South Korea's Dae-hoon Lee in dramatic style to reach the -68kg final of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam.

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Raheem Sterling comments 'a game changing moment' for sports journalism

BBC Sport's Hugh Woozencroft debates with three black sports journalists the issues raised by Raheem Sterling's comments on race, football and the media.

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Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Canelo and conspiracies

Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s penalties?What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball teamMarvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero moviePhil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golfNasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in HoustonMichael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double He was born in Ballyrock He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never willHe weighed 10lb when he was born On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?ChampChopperCinnamonChilledAll four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?Manchester United LiverpoolTottenham HotspurManchester CityVinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?Iker CasillasRaúlGutiLuis Enrique Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league? Luis SuárezDanny MurphySteven GerrardFernando TorresTeam Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?Vincenzo NibaliNairo Quintana Rigoberto Urán Romain Bardet The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario KartTag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choiceEngland played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?Men's Hockey World CupChess World CupCurling World CupWomen's Volleyball World CupIn which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?RiyadhLondonNew York CityMelbourne1 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score2 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score3 and above.Oh dear4 and above.Not bad but not great5 and above.Not bad but not great6 and above.Nice work. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Poor show10 and above.You are a genius. Enjoy your weekend Continue reading...

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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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England’s hockey World Cup dream ended by Belgium in semi-final rout

• England beaten 6-0 in Bhubaneswar• Belgians will face Australia or Netherlands in the finalEngland’s dream of reaching a first men’s hockey World Cup final since 1986 was ended in humbling fashion as they were beaten 6-0 by Belgium in Bhubaneswar, India.England pulled off a major surprise by beating the world’s second-ranked side, Argentina, in their quarter-final – but were brought down to earth by the world’s No 3 team, who raced into an early two-goal lead. Continue reading...

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Hodgson feels bloodied Crystal Palace sink into ‘absolute doom and gloom’

Palace host Leicester on Saturday but are missing Wilfried Zaha, without whom they have not won since September 2016Roy Hodgson was discussing defeat, a numbed sense of disappointment Crystal Palace have had to endure too often this season, when the conversation veered unexpectedly into even gorier territory. “You will never get away from the classic American expression that the winner bathes in the loser’s blood,” he said. “That’s where we are. We’ve lost, so it’s our blood out there at the moment and the winners are bathing in it. I just hope we’ll be doing a bit of bathing in blood ourselves in future.” Related: Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview Continue reading...

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Gary Anderson beats Kevin Burness to make third round of PDC World Darts

• Two-time world champion hits seven 180s during victory• Wins also for Ted Evetts, Chris Dobey and Danny NoppertThe two-time world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the third round of the PDC World Championship by beating Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness 3-1, hitting seven 180s on the way.Anderson won three legs in a row to take the opening set against Burness, who beat Paul Nicholson in the day’s afternoon session. Continue reading...

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Dina Asher-Smith a real contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis HamiltonA hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the country’s leading athletes – along with 12,000 paying spectators – gather at the Genting Arena in Birmingham for the 65th running of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Yet, in a break from recent tradition, a woman has a genuine shot at the main prize.Not since 2006, when Zara Phillips was rewarded for winning the equestrian world title, has the award gone to a woman – and since then the only women to make even the podium are the athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey, and the swimmer Rebecca Adlington. Yet the bookmakers rate Dina Asher-Smith as a genuine contender after a dizzying few months, during which she became the first British track and field star to claim a treble of gold medals at a major championships. Continue reading...

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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.

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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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NRL urged to ban for life players convicted of sexual assault and domestic violence

Gender adviser Catharine Lumby calls for ‘extremely tough’ approach after string of recent chargesNRL players convicted of serious offences such as sexual assault should be banned for life, the league’s gender advisor and a former team captain says.Former Canberra Raiders captain Alan Tongue also believes the NRL should consider decreasing the salary cap for players in response to a spate of recent alleged sexual assault and domestic violence incidents. Continue reading...

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Formula E gears up: new batteries, Felipe Massa and ‘Mario Kart’ boosts | Giles Richards

There are new names, street circuits and a new ‘attack mode’ but batteries that last an entire race may be the key innovationFormula E has always enjoyed grand city centre destinations as a central tenet of the all-electric series. Beginning its fifth season on Saturday, however, there is a sense that it is in a position to deliver the drama such grand stages demand, now boasting technology, drivers and manufacturers coming together with greater coherence and credibility than ever.The new season opens in Riyadh, the first of 13 races held across 12 meetings. There will be no race in the UK, which has not held FE since its last appearance in London’s Battersea Park in the second season, but other cities including New York, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Berlin and Monaco will all play host to the series that held its first round in 2014. Four years on the racing has fundamentally changed for the better. Continue reading...

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British yachtswoman eager to race again after capsizing in storm

Susie Goodall, the only woman in the Golden Globe Race, is unfazed despite being rescued in the Southern OceanA British yachtswoman, who was rescued after her boat capsized during a solo, round-the-world race, has said she would do it again “in a heartbeat”.Susie Goodall’s comments were made after arriving on dry land in Chile, in the southern city of Punta Arenas on Friday, where she was met by her mother and brother. The family smiled and hugged before they joined her in an ambulance for a medical check-up in the port city. Continue reading...

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Newcastle cancel Christmas party after deciding it would be a ‘wrong’ move

• Threat of relegation means no festive fun for players • ‘If something’s wrong, you have to realise,’ says Rafael BenítezNewcastle United’s players have cancelled their Christmas party for the second year running, and Rafael Benítez is suitably relieved.Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle’s captain, had planned a festive celebration in London this weekend but he and his team-mates came to the conclusion that partying is not a good look for a side in peril of relegation. Continue reading...

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