17-12-2018 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, the Olympia Horse Show and Australia v India in day four of the second test.

17-12-2018 The goalmouth scramble to end all goalmouth scrambles

Dulwich Hamlet somehow make six goal-line clearances to deny Wingate & Finchley in an epic goalmouth scramble during their FA Trophy first round fixture on Saturday.

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 Laura Kenny & Katie Archibald win madison gold at Track Cycling World Cup

British pair Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald produce a dominant performance to win gold in the women's madison at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year: England netball win Team & Greatest Sporting Moment awards

England's netballers win Team of the Year and Greatest Sporting Moment at SPOTY following their historic Commonwealth Games triumph.

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 1.11pm GMT Arsenal and Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing in the Europa League after being drawn against Bate Borisov and Malmo respectively in the last-32 of the competition, while Celtic face a tricky tie with Valencia. Unai Emery’s side must make the trip to Belarus to face Bate – who finished as runners-up in Chelsea’s group and boast former Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb in their ranks – for the first leg on 14 February before the return at the Emirates Stadium a week later.Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb Club Brugge v Red Bull SalzburgRapid Vienna v InternazionaleSlavia Prague v GenkGraznodar v Bayer LeverkusenZurich v NapoliMalmo v ChelseaShakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht FrankfurtCeltic v ValenciaStade Rennais v Real BetisOlympiakos v Dynamo KyivLazio v SevillaFenerbahce v Zenit St PetersburgSporting v VillarrealBATE Borisov v ArsenalGalatasaray v Benfica 12.49pm GMT And with that, I’m done. It’s been exceptional from first to last. Bye! Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Southampton have had an instant new-manager bounce while Huddersfield and Fulham look as if they must spendMaurizio Sarri fell short of accusing his players of complacency, but admitted something strange keeps happening when his Chelsea team appear to be in complete control of matches. At Wolves recently their early lead was overhauled and they were beaten. They had more leeway at Brighton with a two-goal cushion established but still ended a contest, in which they had been utterly dominant, heaving to repel Albion’s late flurry of attacks. Every long ball suddenly seemed a threat, every set piece a route to parity. It ensured what had been an impressive display felt rather undermined at the death. “We are a danger to ourselves,” admitted the Italian. It is affecting some more than others in their ranks, with Marcos Alonso’s early-season composure having evaporated of late. He rather personifies this team’s current fragility in periods within games. They escaped real damage at Brighton. “But suddenly the level of application and attention lowered,” added Sarri. That, in truth, does sound like complacency at work. Dominic Fifield Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Danny Cipriani: ‘It’s been the same story for six years, hasn’t it?’

Fly-half remains philosophical about his England exile and is enjoying his new leadership role at GloucesterIf Danny Cipriani feels messed around by England he hides it well. You might expect confusion, resentment, even betrayal at how he again finds himself on the outside looking in after the briefest of comebacks over the summer but on a chilly afternoon in Gloucestershire there is nothing but positivity from the exiled fly-half.To recap, Cipriani made his first England start in 10 years in their first win in six matches in June but was discarded again for the autumn campaign. It followed his arrest in Jersey but Eddie Jones insisted his latest omission was based on form, all while Cipriani was tearing up trees with his new club, Gloucester. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Simon Yates: Briton wants to 'finish the job off' at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Britain's Simon Yates says he wants to "finish the job off" when he returns to the Giro d'Italia in 2019.

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 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 '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 Xherdan Shaqiri ‘not surprised’ by shot tally against ‘defensive’ United

• Liverpool player hopeful of bringing title to Anfield• ‘I’m not surprised. We know United plays defensively’Xherdan Shaqiri has said it was no surprise Liverpool registered 36 shots against Manchester United given their defensive approach under José Mourinho, and believes Jürgen Klopp’s team can stay stop of the Premier League for the rest of the season.Shaqiri sealed victory for Liverpool over their old adversaries on Sunday with two goals following his 69th minute introduction. While the substitutes’ two strikes were deflected past David de Gea there was no disputing the merit of Liverpool’s first win in nine matches against United as they dominated at Anfield. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 The Fiver | How best to avoid a hiding with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver would give several pennies for the thoughts of José Mourinho as he sits in the suite he has called home for the past two-and-a-half years at the Lowry Hotel. With the thrill of frightening staff by dressing as a zombie using his shower curtain, snaffling complimentary biscuits and tungsten-tipped screws long gone and being able to take apart and reassemble his Corby Trouser Press quicker than a blindfolded soldier field-stripping an AK47 assault rifle, the Manchester United manager has plenty of time to dwell on the vicissitudes of life, not least how best to avoid a hiding against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job. Continue reading...