Football transfer rumours: Yaya Touré to join Crystal Palace or West Ham?

14-12-2018 Today’s piffle just wants to feel appreciatedPurveyors of birthday cakes the length and breadth of England are waiting with bated breath to see which, if any, Premier League club will give Yaya Touré a gig. The 35-year-old Ivorian has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club, having made only three appearances. “Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him,” said the Greek club in a statement, shortly after ordering security to close the doors firmly behind him, double-lock them, nail stout planks across them and barricade them with several grand pianos. Now that his latest Greek odyssey is at an end, Touré is hopeful of reviving what’s left of his career in the English top flight if he can find a club who’ll take a punt on him. Crystal Palace have been mentioned in passing, although a high maintenance, past-his-prime player sounds more like West Ham’s bag. Related: José Mourinho says he learned ‘nothing’ in Champions League loss to Valencia Continue reading...

Steve Hansen to step down as New Zealand coach after 2019 World Cup

14-12-2018 • World Cup-winning coach gives advance notice to help team• Hansen: ‘This is a critical process which shouldn’t be rushed’Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in charge of the All Blacks since 2012 and has had 16 years within the setup, will leave after his side’s title defence in Japan.“I think change after the World Cup will bring a new outlook for the team and it’ll be time for someone else to enhance the legacy of the All Blacks,” he said. Continue reading...

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

14-12-2018 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...

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan says being racially abused ‘hurts’

14-12-2018 • Gündogan talks about teammate Raheem Sterling’s experience• Germany midfielder abused after he met Turkey presidentIlkay Gündogan said he knows how it hurts to be racially abused, as he reflected on the experiences of his Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling.Gündogan has been booed more than once by Germany fans since he and Mesut Özil posed for a picture with the Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in May. Gündogan has also been insulted by a German politician on Facebook and attacked on social media. Continue reading...

Aston Villa: Kevin MacDonald 'reassigned' from under-23 coach role amid bullying claim

14-12-2018 Aston Villa "reassign" under-23s manager Kevin MacDonald from his role amid allegations of bullying by a former player.

Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

14-12-2018 Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly are among those who will receive an £85,000 windfall from the salePiers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, and the 754 other members of Wimbledon Park golf club have voted to sell their 120-year-old club to All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) for £65m.The golf club members voted 82% in favour of selling the 30-hectare (73-acre) golf club to the world famous Wimbledon tennis championship, which has fought a decade-long battle to expand the Grand Slam tournament on to the neighbouring golf club’s land. Continue reading...

Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

14-12-2018 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...

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

14-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Raptors complete sweep of Warriors without Leonard to fire NBA finals warning

14-12-2018 Toronto beat Golden State 113-93 without their best playerRaptors beat Warriors in Oakland for first time since 2004Two teams tipped to meet again for NBA title next yearMinus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother’s death two days earlier, the Toronto Raptors put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State. They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too, a very different scenario from when the teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago. Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, and the Raptors dominated from the start in routing the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night. Continue reading...

Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird

14-12-2018 British driver Sam Bird talks us through Formula E's best moments since its debut in 2014 and why it's 'more exciting' than F1.

Australia v India: second Test, first day – live!

14-12-2018 Updates from the opening day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 3.14am GMT 10th over: Australia 37-0 (Harris 16, Finch 20) Bumrah gets another over and it doesn’t go to plan, Finch timing three through midwicket then Harris driving a half-volley for three more out towards the cover rope. Shami a lock to get a chance from the southern end next up. “I’m at the staff Christmas party sneaking in as many looks at the cricket as I can,” says Dan Guidone. “I don’t think Australia could’ve asked for much more. Really proud of these two.” 3.10am GMT 9th over: Australia 31-0 (Harris 13, Finch 17) Aaron Finch will breathe a sigh with Ishant’s opening spell dealt with, Umesh Yadav on to replace him, the experienced seamer brought in to replace Ashwin. The opener does the job with the bat but is nearly run out by Kohli! He wanted Harris to come through for a single but was sent back, the throw not far from ending his morning in terrible fashion. Phew. Responding to that missed opportunity, Kohli took a ping at the non-strikers’ end from the next ball, allowing the pair to turn for a couple of overthrows. Continue reading...

The Fiver | The Modern Pantheon of Memorable Anfield Saves (est. Dec 2018)

14-12-2018 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Liverpool fans can be forgiven for floating on air right now, feeling a little woozy, spaced out, positively trippy. Partly because they’re currently top of the league, unbeaten, with half a chance of … well, OK, a quarter of a chance of the title. Partly because they’re somehow through to the knockout stage of Big Cup having played the sum total of one decent 45 against notoriously flaky travellers PSG. But mainly because they appear to have a proper, fully functioning, dependable, diligent, decent, grown-up goalkeeper. By our reckoning they haven’t signed one of those since landing Ray Clemence from Firewall FC in 1967, so this abrupt reality shift is bound to scramble a few heads. But relax. Open up your mind. Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

14-12-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Europa League: Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny returns in easy 1-0 win over Qarabag

14-12-2018 Laurent Koscielny plays for the first time since May as Arsenal complete the Europa League group stage with an easy win over Qarabag.