Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd: Shaqiri goals put Klopp's men top

17-12-2018 Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scores two late goals as Liverpool beat Manchester United to return to the top of the Premier League.

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

17-12-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

José Mourinho: We were unable to cope with Liverpool’s physicality

17-12-2018 • United manager says he has too many injury-prone players• ‘Liverpool are fast, intense, aggressive, physical, objective’José Mourinho confessed Manchester United could not cope with the intensity or physicality of Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp’s team returned to the Premier League summit with a convincing victory at Anfield.Mourinho claimed his squad contains too many injury-prone players and was therefore no match for the impressive qualities of Liverpool, a remarkable admission from a United manager, as two deflected strikes from Xherdan Shaqiri sealed a merited 3-1 win for the unbeaten league leaders. Continue reading...

Jamie Lawrence: ‘One minute I’m in jail, the next on TV with Sunderland’

17-12-2018 The former Premier League winger is stepping back into jails to help prisoners and working with young players ‘to change their whole outlook on life’For a man whose slogan is “Prison to Premiership” it was a tense moment for Jamie Lawrence to find himself outside Brixton prison on a crisp winter’s morning, preparing to go back inside. He was here as a teenager, PN 2991LAWRENCE. He trots out his prison number, thinks about the boy he was then, the circumstances that allowed crime to seem like the easier option. Now 48, he braced himself to step back into his former life hoping he might strike some kind of chord with the prisoners of today. Whatever talks and workshops are on offer to them, not many can look them in the eye and level with them in the way he can.He half smiles as he explains that these days he gets cleared by security. “Normally I was going in the sweat box before I was going in,” he says wryly. “It was nice to go through the gate. I got introduced to the boys. I was nervous as hell. There were 12 prisoners in a little room. I started sharing my story, from being in prison to getting out and turning my life around and playing in the Premiership and for my country. We challenged them with a few things about what they are going to do on release. ‘How can you not reoffend?’ That is so, so important. Continue reading...

Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Three Lions performed by The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner

17-12-2018 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.

Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

17-12-2018 • Fan throws beer before world No 1’s match with Alan Tabern• Dutchman beats Tabern 3-1 at Alexandra PalaceMichael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern.The Dutchman was visibly shocked by the incident and returned backstage to compose himself. Once he returned to the stage he beat his English opponent 3-1 in the second round. Continue reading...

Confusion reigns after Suns and Grizzlies nearly trade for wrong player named Brooks

17-12-2018 Teams confuse Dillon Brooks and MarShon Brooks during move‘What happened last night was unfathomable,’ says GMThe Phoenix Suns traded Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards on Saturday for Kelly Oubre Jr and Austin Rivers, according to multiple reports. The deal capped a confusing series of events that unfolded Friday night when a proposed three-team trade fell apart over confusion about whether Dillon Brooks or MarShon Brooks would be included.The trade, as proposed originally, would have sent Ariza from the Suns to the Wizards, Oubre from the Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Rivers from the Wizards to the Suns. The Grizzlies would have sent Wayne Selden to the Suns. A player named Brooks also was to be involved, but that ended up as the hiccup to the deal. The Suns thought the Grizzlies would be sending them Dillon Brooks. Grizzlies officials thought it was MarShon Brooks they’d be trading. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino urges fans to ‘kill’ racism as Arsenal quarter-final looms

17-12-2018 • Racism is the worst thing in the world, says Spurs manager• Spurs have another north London derby this weekMauricio Pochettino wants to “kill” any bad behaviour and racism from the stands for Tottenham’s second north London derby inside three weeks.Spurs go to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, two and a half weeks after the league meeting there which led to one supporter being charged by the Metropolitan police and banned by Tottenham for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The fan has said it was not a racist act. Continue reading...

Rangers top the Premiership after Hibernian stun champions Celtic

17-12-2018 Rangers returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox. Celtic’s surprise defeat by Hibernian at Easter Road earlier in the day had left Kilmarnock in top spot but Steven Gerrard’s side took advantage to move a point clear of their Old Firm rivals.Gerrard has seen his side now score just one goal from open play in the last six games but it was enough on this occasion for an important three points after Daniel Candeias netted in the third minute. Continue reading...

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

17-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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

17-12-2018 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...