14-12-2018 Raptors complete sweep of Warriors without Leonard to fire NBA finals warning

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...

14-12-2018 Champions League last 16: who’s hot, who’s not and potential match-ups

Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United face the prospect of daunting ties after the cream rose to the top in the groupsThe Premier League will supply a quarter of the teams in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will take place at 11am on Monday. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other, and likewise teams who qualified from the same group. Group winners will be drawn against second-placed teams, with the top seed enjoying home advantage in the second leg. VAR will be used for the rest of the competition. Continue reading...

14-12-2018 The Fiver | The Modern Pantheon of Memorable Anfield Saves (est. Dec 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...

14-12-2018 Chelsea condemn own fans over antisemitic chants in Budapest

Chelsea’s reputation took another withering blow on Thursday night, with the club condemning their own supporters after they were heard singing an antisemitic chant in Hungary, just days after four fans were suspended for allegedly abusing Raheem Sterling.Minutes into Chelsea’s first match since Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Manchester City was overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse directed at City’s Sterling, a group of the 1,273 travelling supporters were heard singing a derogatory chant about Tottenham fans, featuring antisemitic language. Continue reading...

14-12-2018 Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird

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.

14-12-2018 Alexandre Lacazette points the way in Arsenal’s Europa League run-out against Qarabag

A contest of limited consequence given Arsenal’s pre-match status as group winners might not have meant a great deal to many but to Laurent Koscielny the experience of feeling like a footballer out on the pitch again and under the floodlights appeared to mean everything.His individual performance passed without major incident – ideal under the circumstances – and when his number was up after 72 minutes he stopped for a moment and raised his fist to the air, before breaking into an elated smile. The crowd responded with a warm ovation. The substitutes all shook his hand when he got back to the bench, obviously delighted for him. This was a significant moment for the Arsenal captain. He described it later as “much more than a game”. Continue reading...

14-12-2018 Australia v India: second Test, first day – live!

Updates from the opening day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 4.00am GMT 20th over: Australia 58-0 (Harris 34, Finch 23) Ishant is back too, from the southern end. So, the openers have switched approach. The difference since the last time that he bowled is that Harris is now well set, happily jumping onto the front foot to defend with his off-drive. On the telly, they confirm that it is 36 degrees with 16 per cent humidity in the middle. Good point from CricViz: the Indian seamers are getting the ball moving more than enough, they just haven’t found a way through. In Adelaide, the average seam movement with the new ball was 0.55°. So far at the Optus Stadium, the ball has moved 0.79° off the surface. India can't blame the pitch - there's plenty of assistance. #AUSvIND 3.56am GMT 19th over: Australia 58-0 (Harris 34, Finch 23) Bumrah back for another go, from the northern end this time around. Finch turns the strike over early in the set behind square, Harris taking a single from the final ball in the same direction off his thigh pad. India have to keep their cool here in the lead up to lunch. The worst thing about India playing all quicks is that it means Rishabh Pant won't be keeping up to the stumps mic. #AUSvIND Continue reading...

14-12-2018 Chelsea draw 2-2 with MOL Vidi as Alvaro Morata injured

Chelsea lose striker Alvaro Morata to a knee injury as they draw with MOL Vidi in a Europa League dead rubber.

14-12-2018 Chelsea condemn anti-Semitic chants in MOL Vidi game

Chelsea say fans who sang an anti-Semitic chant in the Europa League game with MOL Vidi have "shamed the club".

14-12-2018 Martin Glenn resigns as FA chief executive after challenge-packed tenure

CEO will leave after four years after 2018-19 seasonFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke pays tribute Martin Glenn has resigned as the Football Association’s chief executive and is to leave his role at the end of the season, bringing to an end four years characterised by institutional change and public controversy.The 58-year-old has presided over a historically successful period for England’s teams and kickstarted the growth of the women’s game in the country. He has also found himself embroiled in various scandals, from the Eni Aluko affair to the departure of Sam Allardyce after 67 days. Most recently, he was left embarrassed when the proposed sale of Wembley stadium fell through after objections from the FA’s council. Continue reading...