17-12-2018 Track Cycling World Cup: Matt Walls seals omnium gold

Britain's Matt Walls puts in a strong ride in the points race to seal gold in the men's omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

17-12-2018 Death of Christian Gentner's father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective | Andy Brassell

Stuttgart’s struggles this season paled into insignificance after the death of the father of one of their totemic playersWhen it’s all about the show, it’s easy to overdramatise results, moments, little victories, setbacks. In a season in which VfB Stuttgart have lost all the momentum from their excellent finish to last season, struggled for goals, for form and fired coach Tayfun Korkut as fears of a second relegation in three seasons have grown, they have been part of this sort of dialogue as much as any other club.After a gutsy second-half display against Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart had battled to a second straight win at home, and a third in their last five Bundesliga games, which gave them a degree of extra comfort in 15th, having started the day two points above the foot of the table. After a rousing second-half comeback, the majority of the 47,680 gathered in a freezing Mercedes-Benz Arena exhaled a collective sigh of relief. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Champions League draw: Liverpool v Bayern Munich, Man Utd v Paris St-Germain

Liverpool are drawn against German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16, while Manchester United face Paris St-Germain.

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.

17-12-2018 Australia sense victory in second Test after brutal day in Perth

Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 112-5 (41 overs) | Target 287Tourists still need 175 to win at stumps on day four Australia are on track to level the four-Test series after dismissing Virat Kohli and reducing India to 112-5 in a chase for 287 on a testy fourth day in Perth. Kohli led an inspired fightback in India’s first innings of the second Test but the world’s best batsman had no answers to Tim Paine’s barbs and Nathan Lyon’s bounce on Monday.Lyon dismissed Kohli for a seventh time in Tests, drawing him forward with a well-flighted delivery that was edged to Usman Khawaja at first slip, then Murali Vijay as India slumped to 55-4. Ajinkya Rahane’s needless dismissal then left Australia perfectly placed to complete their first Test win since the Cape Town cheating scandal, with one more wicket needed to expose the visitors’ long tail at Perth Stadium. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 'Just perfect': Jürgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's victory over Manchester United – video

Two second-half goals from the substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Liverpool a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp's side regained top spot with a pulsating performance in the north-west derby. Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd: No playmaker, no problem for Reds - Stephen Warnock analysis

MOTD2 pundit Stephen Warnock on why Fabinho and the rest of Liverpool's midfield are as effective at helping the league leaders attack as they are at protecting their defence.

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 Chelsea fans spoken to by police after reports of antisemitic chanting on train

• Three fans talked to by officers after Brighton game• This follows other alleged incidents of racism and antisemitismThree Chelsea supporters were spoken to by police after officers received reports of antisemitic chanting on a train carrying fans after the club’s game at Brighton on Sunday.The development is a fresh blow to Chelsea after a series of alleged incidents related to racism and antisemitism involving their supporters in the space of eight days. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with impunity … It was like a dark shadow came over.”Gareth Farrelly, now 43 and a qualified lawyer, with a Premier League and international career behind him, is recalling the bullying he says he endured as a young player at Aston Villa in the 1990s from the coach Kevin MacDonald. It was a “relentlessly negative” regime under him. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Tyson Fury is no angel but he should have been on the Spoty shortlist | Kevin Mitchell

It is toweringly paradoxical that a fighter who is trying against mountainous odds to put embarrassing chunks of his past behind him is reminded of his sins again in a public referendumGeraint Thomas deserves the acclaim of armchair Britain as the nation’s outstanding athlete of 2018. He’s a wonderful cyclist, won the Tour de France – only the third Briton to do so, after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome – and is, by all accounts, a decent man.Tyson Fury, on the other hand … is, well, a bit difficult. He fights for a living. He’s prone to discomfit “civilised company”. He grew up on a Travellers’ site. Some of his views would embarrass a nightclub bouncer. Or once did. Continue reading...

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 Australia captain Tim Paine has sledging spat with Kohli at second Test

• Captains clash after pledge to tone down outbursts• Umpire forced to intervene during morning sessionThe Australia captain, Tim Paine, became embroiled in a sledging spat with his India counterpart, Virat Kohli, on the fourth day of the second Test in Perth.Paine pledged to tone down any words on the field following his appointment as captain, in a bid to clean up the Australian team’s image and win back the public’s support after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa this year. 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.