Geraint Thomas wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Welshman became only third Briton to win the Tour de FranceEngland women’s netball team win greatest sporting moment The Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas rode a wave of public support to become the BBC’s sports personality of the year and continue cycling’s recent dominance of the prize.Thomas was the fourth cyclist since 2008 to win the award after Sir Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins before him. The 32-year-old received endorsement on the night from Hoy, amongst others on social media, helping to rally the vote as Thomas forced five-time world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton into second place. Third place in the poll, which was decided by votes cast on the night by viewers, was England striker Harry Kane, top scorer in the World Cup. Continue reading...

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

Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald won gold in the women's madison at the Track Cycling World Cup.

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Taekwondo: Lauren Williams & Bianca Walkden both win grand slam gold for Team GB

Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams both win gold for Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam finals in China.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Billy Monger wins Helen Rollason Award

Watch as Lewis Hamilton presents Billy Monger with the Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

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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...

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

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...

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially biased agendas has been very positive. It feels like a genuine step forward is being made and that Sterling has managed to turn something outrageous into a catalyst for long, overdue change. Related: If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists | John Barnes Continue reading...

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How can a sport worth billions spend just a pittance on fighting racism? | Daniel Taylor

As Herman Ouseley announces his impending retirement from Kick It Out after 25 years, a game that can gift Richard Scudamore £5m can surely fund the campaign properlyIt is probably a measure of the man – and the fact he would never draw attention to this himself – that I must confess that, until the last week, I did not realise Herman Ouseley had never received a penny in wages during all the years he has been at the forefront of football’s anti‑racism campaigning.He announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from Kick It Out at the end of the season, when he will be 74, and it probably sums up the modern‑day sport that he will be lucky to receive a thank you from some of the clubs that decided a gold clock was clearly insufficient as a farewell gift for Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, if the alternative was to parachute £5m into his account. Continue reading...

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Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Canelo and conspiracies

Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s penalties?What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball teamMarvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero moviePhil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golfNasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in HoustonMichael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double He was born in Ballyrock He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never willHe weighed 10lb when he was born On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?ChampChopperCinnamonChilledAll four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?Manchester United LiverpoolTottenham HotspurManchester CityVinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?Iker CasillasRaúlGutiLuis Enrique Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league? Luis SuárezDanny MurphySteven GerrardFernando TorresTeam Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?Vincenzo NibaliNairo Quintana Rigoberto Urán Romain Bardet The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario KartTag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choiceEngland played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?Men's Hockey World CupChess World CupCurling World CupWomen's Volleyball World CupIn which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?RiyadhLondonNew York CityMelbourne1 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score2 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score3 and above.Oh dear4 and above.Not bad but not great5 and above.Not bad but not great6 and above.Nice work. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Poor show10 and above.You are a genius. Enjoy your weekend Continue reading...

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Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

Exclusive: bookmaker agreed to payments in return for a pledge not to inform watchdogOne of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator.Ladbrokes showered the gambling addict with thousands of pounds-worth of gifts over two years – including free tickets to football matches and business class flights. Continue reading...

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Unregulated Asian betting exchanges a threat to British racing, warns BHA

• Dunshea: ‘If it’s not regulated, it’s a significant threat’ • Asian Racing Federation has already set up betting taskforceRacing’s ruling body is preparing to put its weight behind efforts begun in Asia to deal with the increasing problem posed by unregulated betting exchanges. Huge volumes of money are reckoned to flow through a handful of websites that bet on races around the world, including British meetings, but neither the odds nor sums traded are visible to outsiders and there is no way to establish who is placing the bets, typically staked by agents.Such activity poses a twin danger to the sport. There is the obvious integrity threat that comes with a total lack of transparency. But such sites also undermine the sport’s income, since they make no financial contribution while taking business from bookmakers who have signed up to give a portion of their profits to racing. Continue reading...

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Boxing must test rigorously for drugs – and stop bobbing and weaving | Sean Ingle

Canelo Álvarez is now a three-weight world champion and awash with even more money in the same year he served a derisory six-month drug banAfter the dissection was over Rocky Fielding dropped to one knee, nodded and then smiled at his pathologist. It was an acknowledgement of a job expertly done. For three rounds Canelo Álvarez had swiftly worked him over, starting with the soft layer of flesh below his ribs, which was pounded until it became tenderised and meek. Soon Fielding’s nose was bloodied and his cheeks scuffed too. In truth, it was a mercy when a numbing body shot, which ripped the wind from his lungs and put him down for a fourth time, ended the night. Related: Canelo Álvarez builds brand with simple demolition of Rocky Fielding Continue reading...

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Wingate & Finchley fail to score in epic goalmouth scramble with Dulwich Hamlet – video

Some heroic defending on the Dulwich Hamlet line prevented Wingate & Finchley from scoring during an epic scramble when the two sides met in the FA Trophy. Wingate & Finchley eventually won 2-0. Continue reading...

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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...

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Advent calendar 2018: Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian

Watch the moment Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian by retaining her gold medal in the skeleton in Pyeongchang.

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea's Andreas Christensen to Barcelona?

Today’s tittle-tattle does not wish it could be Christmas every day The word on Las Ramblas is that Barcelona are in the market for a central defender and have made a formal bid for Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen. The 22-year-old Dane has found opportunities hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri and has been restricted largely to Europa League and Carabao Cup duty, but with Barça’s Samuel Umtiti sidelined, the Spanish side may need some back-up. While confusion reigns over the seriousness of Frenchman’s knee injury, his manager doesn’t appear too concerned. “We want four centre-backs who can play,” he said. “Umtiti could recover and that would be great news for us and would mean that we would have four centre-backs for the rest of the season, although three are left-footed. We’ll see what happens but I’m happy to manage with what I have.” Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

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Sports Personality of Year: Remembering Bannister, Regis, Bristow and the other stars we have lost

A chance to reflect on the people from the world of sport who have passed away in the past 12 months.

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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.

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