Chelsea suspend supporters after alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling

• Four fans banned while club conduct investigation• Chelsea vow to ‘support any criminal prosecutions’Chelsea have suspended four people from attending their matches, pending further investigations into allegations of racial abuse directed towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.The incident occurred during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Sunderland 'Til I Die: Netflix series charts pain, prayers and passion for the club – trailer

Netflix has released a trailer for Sunderland 'Til I Die, a new docu-series following the club's first season back in the Championship after the team crashed out of the Premier League in 2017.The fly-on-the-wall style series, following the 2017-18 season as the club suffered a second consecutive relegation, features interviews with the club’s manager, players and dedicated fans.All eight episodes of the Netflix series will be released globally on 14 December.Sunderland’s Jack Ross: ‘I’ll never regret accepting this job, whatever happens’ Continue reading...

11-12-2018

'His Magnum opus': even for Lionel Messi, this was special | Sid Lowe

This weekend Messi did something unusual: he did something he hasn’t done before, exceeding his own expectationsSunday morning and military machines rolled down the Castellana, armoured vehicles on the move. Snipers stood on roofs and helicopters circled. Something big was happening. “We’ll know how it feels,” Marca said, which they wouldn’t of course, but like everyone else they hoped to find out. And, like everyone else, they were trying. Politicians packed the place, more even than usual, and people arrived from everywhere, papers dedicating dozens of pages. Florentino Pérez left Real Madrid’s match at Huesca early to be there and the best player in the world was due as soon as he’d finished, his club mates too. The third best was there. And so was the fifth.Leo Messi boarded a plane bound for the Bernabéu, where he’s scored more than any visitor, but he wasn’t playing this time. This was the weekend when Javi Calleja was sacked as Villarreal manager and a last-minute equaliser for Valencia couldn’t stop Mestalla whipping out white hankies; when Betis defender Sidnei went all Maradona, or so they said, and Eibar and Levante went wild; when Cornellá hosted the Catalan derby and Butarque the “southern derby”, Leganés’s mascot presiding over an on-pitch proposal at half-time against Getafe because nothing says romance like a six-foot cucumber. Yet much of that didn’t warrant a word because this was also the weekend when Madrid hosted the derby; one they tried to make their own, although it’s not. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams never got a sniff of 23 majors – not with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in her path – and the golden British women’s hockey team of Rio 2016 never even took to the field. It sounds like a dystopian nightmare. In fact it was an idea mooted on Radio 4 last week in a Woman’s Hour discussion about whether transgender women should play women’s sports.When it was put to the psychologist Dr Beth Jones that it could lead to no woman playing for a British team again, her response was startling. “They may, they may not. That is all in the future to be determined,” she said. Told that the idea would seem a “horrifying prospect” for those who believe in the importance of female sport, Jones replied that women might also push themselves more. “There is a bit of an argument, academically, that perhaps women cap their capability psychologically because they are competing against other women,” she added. “If they feel they’re then competing against men – perhaps they would up their performance and be competing on more of that level.” Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left hanging in the breeze with the future direction of the flagship national team still uncertain. After the Wallabies produced an abysmal 4-9 win-loss record this year – their worst performance since 1958 – it was widely accepted that Rugby Australia had to be seen to be doing something to turn the team around in time for the World Cup in Japan next year.The fate of Cheika and his assistants was meant to be decided at a RA board meeting in Sydney on Monday, but no action was taken in what amounted to a public relations disaster. Instead, RA chairman Cameron Clyne held a doorstop press conference to announce the “process” would be “wrapped up” by Christmas. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

NFL round-up: Miami miracle downs Patriots while Rodgers sets NFL record

Dolphins secure last-gasp victory over PatriotsAaron Rodgers sets streak for passes without interceptionSaints clinch NFC South with win over Tampa BayKenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play on Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.The Patriots were 16 seconds from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play to rally from a 33-28 deficit. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Invisible banana skins thrown at black people every day, says John Barnes

After the alleged abuse of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, former Liverpool winger John Barnes tells BBC Sport the problem of racism has never gone away.

11-12-2018

Snooker UK Championships: Watch the 10 best shots

Watch the 10 best shots from the 2018 UK Snooker Championship in York featuring Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire, Rory McLeod and eventual winner Ronnie O'Sullivan.

11-12-2018

UK Snooker Championship 2018: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen - best shots

Watch the best shots as Ronnie O'Sullivan secures a record seventh UK Championship and 19th Triple Crown title, beating Mark Allen 10-6.

11-12-2018

Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online betting will soon introduce a whistle-to-whistle ban on television advertising around sporting events is a collector’s item. Ray Winstone’s loss, many will feel, is the armchair fan’s gain.The market leaders in online gambling, including Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power Betfair, are all signed up to the voluntary ban, from which TV coverage of horse racing will be exempt. So, too, are the firms with big retail estates, such as Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, who may – perhaps – have learned a lesson from their long, bitter and ultimately futile campaign to resist pressure for a cut in stakes on fixed‑odds betting terminals. Continue reading...

11-12-2018

Champions League: Barcelona issues give Spurs cause for optimism

Tottenham face the daunting task of aiming to win in the Nou Camp on Tuesday, but Guillem Balague says Barcelona have problems Spurs can exploit.

11-12-2018

The Fiver: The only people laughing are watching David Luiz’s defending

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Is it true that the Fiver never gets invited to cool dinners with influential football intellectuals? The Fiver prefers not to comment on idle speculation. The Fiver has lots of friends! Lots of important and influential friends in high places and anyway its invite to Arrigo Sacchi’s meal with Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri earlier this year probably got lost in the post. So stop laughing. The Fiver totally would have applied for a passport in order to fly to Italy for that. Continue reading...

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