18-12-2018 Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder insists he was 'not tired' at the start of the season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne rebuffs manager Pep Guardiola's claims he had started the season "tired".

18-12-2018 Jose Mourinho sacked: 'Caption this', 'Do one' and other reaction to the news

After Manchester United sacked manager Jose Mourinho, United fans around the world have been sharing their reactions on social media.

18-12-2018 Wingate & Finchley fail to score in epic goalmouth scramble with Dulwich Hamlet – video

Some heroic defending on the Dulwich Hamlet line prevented Wingate & Finchley from scoring during an epic scramble when the two sides met in the FA Trophy. Wingate & Finchley eventually won 2-0. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 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.

18-12-2018 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.

18-12-2018 Transgender women in sport: Are they really a 'threat' to female sport?

Transgender women's participation in female sport has prompted criticism, but two trans athletes says there is a lot of misunderstanding.

18-12-2018 Australia wrap up victory to level Test series with India

Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 140 | Hosts win by 146 runsAustralian bowlers mop up tail before lunch on day fiveAustralia wasted little time on the final day of the second Test to wrap up victory before lunch at Perth Stadium and level the series against India with a 146-run victory – their first in this format of the game since the sandpaper scandal earlier this year.Needing five wickets to seal victory heading into day five – and with India requiring a further 175 runs – the writing was perhaps already on the wall, a sentiment that was reinforced when Mitchell Starc made an early breakthrough in the fifth over of the day, cramping up Hanuma Vihari who edged onto his thigh pad and was caught with ease by Marcus Harris. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 José Mourinho sacked: Manchester United to appoint caretaker – live!

Mourinho dismissed with caretaker to be appointedDavid Squires on ... Mourinho’s United exitEmail Paul or tweet @campbellwpaul 1.26pm GMT Gary Neville has been making the case for Mauricio Pochettino to take over at Old Trafford. It’s a great idea in principle, but Pochettino signed a five-year contract at Tottenham earlier this year. Daniel Levy is unlikely to wave him out the door. I said last season that the next manager of Manchester United should be Pochettino. If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham. You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times - publicly and in private - I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground. And for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.There will be others who say ‘no’ about Pochettino, but United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League. My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club - the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches. 1.16pm GMT Fancy a change of pace? This documentary about the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate is superb. And you could watch it all in your lunch hour. Related: The Superclásico final that became too big and too bad for Buenos Aires Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho says Klopp's team were 'stronger, better, faster'

Watch Jose Mourinho's last interview as Manchester United manager as the club announce his departure in his third year at Old Trafford.

18-12-2018 The Superclásico final that became too big and too bad for Buenos Aires

For the last five years, Copa90 have been making films about the biggest derbies in the world. Now for the biggestA film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkOn the ground at the Superclásico final in Buenos Aires ... and MadridThe two biggest football clubs in Argentina? The fiercest rivalry in South America? The best derby in the world? Every superlative was used to describe the first ever Superclásico final in the Copa Libertadores. As the eyes of the world turned towards Buenos Aires, our team of filmmakers set off to experience the “final to end all finals” first hand. Everyone expects controversy from this fixture, but no one could have predicted what happened between these two teams over two legs in two continents.First off, Boca’s home tie at La Bombonera. After a biblical rainstorm led to a 24-hour delay, the football gods finally gave the fans the moment they had been waiting for all their lives on Sunday 11 November. The first of the two ties ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The away goals rule was not in play, so the tie was perfectly poised before the second leg. Continue reading...