Football transfer rumours: Ben Chilwell to Manchester City for £50m?

15-12-2018 Today’s fluff is on the upWith Benjamin Mendy still sidelined through injury, Manchester City are ready to bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in January. A summer spent in the company of a personal trainer doing sprints in a Milton Keynes park have yielded rich dividends for the youngster, who told one interviewer: “I feel like this season needs to be the season I push on”. Having done exactly that, he may earn himself a move to the reigning Premier League champions to further his education under Pep Guardiola. £50m is the fee being mentioned. Related: Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy Continue reading...

British yachtswoman eager to race again after capsizing in storm

15-12-2018 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...

Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

15-12-2018 Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head around the fact he is a World Cup winner. Reality kicks in on occasion. Most obviously there was the moment on the open-top bus, crawling down the Champs Élysées in mid-July serenaded by half a million compatriots, when nine air force jets roared overhead trailing red, white and blue in their plumes and he felt “like a rock star”. He will receive a replica of the trophy any day now to sit alongside the framed photograph of his eldest daughter, Jade, kissing the real thing amid the ticker tape and pyrotechnics at the Luzhniki. Related: Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup Continue reading...

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

15-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Blog: ‘Why my fiancee and I are creating a new joint surname when we marry’

15-12-2018 In his second weekly blog, Alexi Duggins explains how he’s making sure his upcoming marriage will be a genuine, equal partnershipIn two months’ time, I get married. It’s a big occasion for many reasons: I’ll be making a lifelong commitment to the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met, it’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever done, and it will also be the first time that my family have seen me cry in public since an ill-advised midnight screening of Ghostbusters II. Continue reading...

Canelo Álvarez awaits in Rocky Fielding's unlikely shot at glory

15-12-2018 Few will give the 31-year-old Liverpudlian a chance on Saturday when he climbs through the ropes at Madison Square Garden to face Canelo ÁlvarezWhen Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez announced the first opponent of his blockbuster 11-fight, $365m contract with upstart streaming service DAZN, the collective reaction from the general public was unanimous: Who?Few beyond dedicated boxing fans were familiar with Rocky Fielding, the lesser of the two super middleweight champions recognized by the World Boxing Association, the sanctioning body that hands out belts seemingly at will and has done more to cheapen the currency of a world title than any one factor (and it is a high bar). Continue reading...

LA Chargers beat Kansas City Chiefs in stunning late comeback

15-12-2018 The Los Angeles Chargers fight back from seven points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs with a two-point conversion in the final seconds.

'Canelo' Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Briton relishing chance to upset the odds

15-12-2018 Rocky Fielding says he will relish the chance to upset the odds when he takes on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at Madison Square Gardens.

Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem?

15-12-2018 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.

Jürgen Klopp: trophies are not everything, Liverpool need solid base

15-12-2018 • Manager wants to build foundation for lasting success• ‘If I’m not as smart as Einstein should I not even try?’Jürgen Klopp has said silverware is not the only measure of success but Liverpool’s progression as a club should provide the basis for sustained achievement at Anfield.The Liverpool manager accepted José Mourinho’s latest reminder that “trophies matter” before Manchester United’s visit to Anfield, with his Old Trafford rival making reference to the absence of silverware from Klopp’s tenure in the buildup to Sunday’s fixture. Klopp, however, insists his reign should not be judged on trophies alone but on the clear development of the squad and club since his arrival in October 2015. He claimed life would be “shit” if not finishing first was considered worthless. Continue reading...

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

15-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

José Mourinho: Manchester United are far from playing in my image

15-12-2018 • Manager says reasons run deeper than transfers• Trophies matter, Mourinho says, before game at LiverpoolJosé Mourinho believes Manchester United are a long way from playing in his image and has suggested structural issues at the club are to blame.United travel to Anfield on Sunday 16 points behind Jürgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders. Liverpool are viewed as a team in their manager’s image and Mourinho was asked whether the same could be said for him and United. Continue reading...

David Ginola makes his Premier League predictions

15-12-2018 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.

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

15-12-2018 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...

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

15-12-2018 Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins the 2018 BBC Africa Footballer of the Year award.