17-12-2018 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.

17-12-2018 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

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

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Geraint Thomas wins Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Watch as Geraint Thomas is announced as the winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

17-12-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

17-12-2018 What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year winner: Geraint Thomas triumphs after Tour de France success

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas beats Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018.

17-12-2018 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-12-2018 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...

17-12-2018 Eighth defeat in a row all but ends Leicester’s Champions Cup hopes

• Leicester 11-34 Racing 92Leicester’s season is not yet at the halfway point but some deeply uncomfortable statistics are already stacking up. This was the Tigers’ eighth straight defeat in all competitions, the club’s worst run since 1975, and their final two pool games in Europe are now all but academic following this latest four-try reverse in front of their own supporters.Local expectations have sunk so low that the club’s former player Austin Healey, summarising on BT Sport, was moved afterwards to describe their next Premiership game against Harlequins as “possibly the biggest game in their history”. Lose to Quins at Welford Road on Saturday and it is conceivable the Tigers could be at the foot of the domestic league table, which really would start the Christmas alarm bells clanging. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Three Lions performed by The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner

Watch as The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner reunite to perform a special rendition of Three Lions at Sports Personality of the Year at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

17-12-2018 In defence of Lyon manager Bruno Génésio

The Lyon boss is mocked regularly but reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League is a real achievementBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLyon were without a win in four games before they played Monaco on Sunday on night. They also went into the game on a high, having ground out a gritty draw in Ukraine against a cagey Shakhtar Donetsk side in conditions that were challenging to say the least. These two statements represent the interminable pendulum of Lyon’s fortunes, from match to match and even from minute to minute. Through it all, Bruno Génésio has had his hand on the tiller, often looking as embattled as José Mourinho at his most frightened.Génésio was born in Lyon, played for the club for a decade and was a loyal assistant to Rémi Garde and Hubert Fournier before taking over as manager on Christmas Eve in 2015. His first season was an unmitigated success as the club weathered the loss of Nabil Fékir to a season-ending injury and secured a place in the Champions League. In his second season, 2016-17, he looked out of his depth in the Champions League as he failed to beat either Sevilla or Juventus in the group stage, but a stirring run to the last four of the Europa League put him back in good stead, even if Lyon were torn to ribbons by Ajax in the semi-finals. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 '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...

17-12-2018 Talking Horses: new data suggests 4% of punters have accounts restricted

A survey analysed by Justice For Punters offers one of the few data-based insights into extent of the issueOne of the more vexed questions in modern betting concerns how often bookmakers are willing to restrict winning customers or close down their accounts altogether. Anecdotal evidence suggests this is happening more and more often, to the point that you often hear punters complaining that firms are trying to make it impossible to be a long-term winner, while betting companies insist that only a tiny percentage of punters are affected. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 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...

17-12-2018 Australia v India: Virat Kohli and Tim Paine clash in second Test in Perth

Australia captain Tim Paine and India counterpart Virat Kohli clash on day four of the second Test in Perth as the hosts close in on victory.

17-12-2018 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

17-12-2018 Europa League: Chelsea to meet Malmö and Celtic get Valencia in last 32 – as it happened

Lazio v Sevilla looks like the tie of the round, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Celtic head to Malmo, BATE and Valencia 12.49pm GMT And with that, I’m done. It’s been exceptional from first to last. Bye! 12.40pm GMT Arsenal played Borisov just last season, when they handed them a royal thrashing at the Emirates: Related: Wilshere and Debuchy end goal droughts as Arsenal crush Bate Borisov Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Tyson Fury's message on mental health

Tyson Fury speaks at Sports Personality of the Year about his recovery from mental health problems and his return to the boxing ring.