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 ‘Having children changes everything’ – lessons from my father about how to be a man

Society has changed immeasurably over the last few decades, so how has that affected what it takes to be a good man? Who better to ask than my dad? By Andrew DickensFor several millennia now, men have had things their own way (I’m assuming there are no howls of protest at this statement). But in the last few decades, things seem to have changed for the better – and changed fast. So fast, we are told, that men’s moral compasses are spinning. In the space of a generation, what it means to be a good man has been completely overhauled. 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 From the Tavern to the Palace: the decade since darts went large – video

It’s now more than a decade since the PDC world championship moved from the Circus Tavern in Purfleet to London’s Alexandra Palace and the game of darts has grown beyond all expectations. We talked to a number of the figures behind the growth of the game both in front and behind the cameras Continue reading...

17-12-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Rangers 1-0 Hamilton Academical: Steven Gerrard's side move top of Premiership

Steven Gerrard's Rangers return to the top of the Premiership after a slim home win over Hamilton Academical.

17-12-2018 Jose Mourinho: 'Hard to see him at Man Utd next season'

Jose Mourinho's job might not be in imminent danger but it's hard to see him at Manchester United past this season, says Phil McNulty.

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 '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 Advent calendar 2018: Kevin Anderson wins second-longest match in Wimbledon history

Kevin Anderson finally wins the second-longest match in Wimbledon history against American John Isner, after six hours and 36 minutes.

17-12-2018 José Mourinho: We were unable to cope with Liverpool’s physicality

• United manager says he has too many injury-prone players• ‘Liverpool are fast, intense, aggressive, physical, objective’José Mourinho confessed Manchester United could not cope with the intensity or physicality of Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp’s team returned to the Premier League summit with a convincing victory at Anfield.Mourinho claimed his squad contains too many injury-prone players and was therefore no match for the impressive qualities of Liverpool, a remarkable admission from a United manager, as two deflected strikes from Xherdan Shaqiri sealed a merited 3-1 win for the unbeaten league leaders. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Ralph Hasenhüttl hails Southampton team and fans after 'amazing' win over Arsenal – video

Ralph Hasenhüttl enjoyed a dream home debut as Southampton manager after Charlie Austin's late header earned a 3-2 win over Arsenal. The victory was Saint's first in the Premier League on home soil since late April and prompted scenes of jubilation in the stands followed by a lap of honour on the pitch. Hasenhüttl sent free beer vouchers to season ticket holders during the week in an attempt to have 'everyone in our boat to row with us' and after ending the Gunners' 22-game unbeaten run, the new manager joked about considering whether to make this a regular occurrence.Free beers for fans … three cheers for Southampton, says Hasenhüttl Continue reading...

17-12-2018 How can a sport worth billions spend just a pittance on fighting racism? | Daniel Taylor

As Herman Ouseley announces his impending retirement from Kick It Out after 25 years, a game that can gift Richard Scudamore £5m can surely fund the campaign properlyIt is probably a measure of the man – and the fact he would never draw attention to this himself – that I must confess that, until the last week, I did not realise Herman Ouseley had never received a penny in wages during all the years he has been at the forefront of football’s anti‑racism campaigning.He announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from Kick It Out at the end of the season, when he will be 74, and it probably sums up the modern‑day sport that he will be lucky to receive a thank you from some of the clubs that decided a gold clock was clearly insufficient as a farewell gift for Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, if the alternative was to parachute £5m into his account. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Chicago Blackhawks mascot, Tommy the Hawk, bodyslams fan during fight

Fracas breaks out after Friday’s NHL game at United CenterTommy attacked by white man between ages of 18 and 20In a season during which the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, has become a national icon one of the NHL’s veterans has reminded American he can still make an impact.The Chicago Sun-Times said police were called to the United Center on Friday night around 11pm after the Chicago Blackhawks mascot, Tommy the Hawk, was punched in the face and put in a headlock. As Tommy is flightless he was unable to reach a perch, eyrie or tree branch for safety. Tommy’s assailant was described as a white man between 18 and 20, about 5ft 5in and 160lbs. Video showed Tommy was able to struggle free from the headlock and bodyslam his small but nimble opponent to the floor. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins 'breaking the mould' for women in football – video

Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingham, believe ‘women’s football is going in the right direction’ and hope to inspire the next generation of female players. You can watch all four films in the series here.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...