The NFL Show: Olly Murs is put through his paces by Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora

10-12-2018 Singer-song writer Olly Murs swaps his microphone for an American football as Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora put him through a series of NFL tests.

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

10-12-2018 Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

10-12-2018 Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

UK Snooker Championship 2018: Mark Allen beats Stuart Bingham - best shots

10-12-2018 Mark Allen fights back from 4-2 behind to beat Stuart Bingham 6-5 at the UK Snooker Championship to set up a final showdown with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

10-12-2018 Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of La Liga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Following Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at Valencia in which the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, racing to a 3-0 lead by half-time.Messi opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before Ousmane Dembélé doubled the lead on 26 minutes and Luis Suárez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time. The Barcelona captain, who finished only fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, curled in another superb dead-ball strike on 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and team performance. Continue reading...

Crunch time for Newcastle fans desperate to see return of human touch | Daniel Taylor

10-12-2018 The fact the protest scheduled for the Wolves game was postponed because it could ‘jeopardise the potential sale’ by Mike Ashley shows how much Newcastle supporters want changeApologies if this may sound terribly cynical, but when Mike Ashley announced that he was closing in on a deal to sell Newcastle United, possibly even severing his ties before the end of the month, it wasn’t easy knowing whether to take it at face value bearing in mind his track record for being – and I will couch this as politely as possible – slightly careless with the truth.Ashley does, after all, have previous when it comes to blurring the facts for his own means and, by his own admission, there have been times in the past when the club’s idea of PR – spin, make-believe, call it what you will – has involved saying whatever they believe supporters want to hear. Newcastle’s fans have been here before. More times, in fact, than they would probably wish to remember since they started longing for the end of the Ashley era. Or, perhaps more accurately in this case, the end of an error. Continue reading...

Is it Chelsea & Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert? Or is it Lionel Messi?

10-12-2018 Chelsea and Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert produces a "Lionel Messi-esque" piece of skill in the 4-0 WSL win at Brighton.

Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

10-12-2018 • Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...

Washington show NFL teams would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick

10-12-2018 Washington were pushing for the playoffs until two of their quarterbacks went down injured. But they have ignored a perfectly solid replacementColin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again, that much was made clear this week. Washington’s decision to sign the lightweight talents of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson over Kaepernick, a week after claiming Reuben Foster – a man arrested twice in the last year for domestic violence – on waivers and announcing to the world that it was prioritizing winning football games above all else, is as shameful as it is predictable.Washington plucked Johnson, who last threw a pass in the NFL in 2011, out of obscurity this week to back up Sanchez after Colt McCoy’s season ended with a broken fibula. McCoy previously replaced Alex Smith, who is out for the season with a broken leg suffered in Week 11. Continue reading...

Pernille Harder: Guardian's female footballer of the year in 60 seconds – video

10-12-2018 Pernille Harder has been voted as the Guardian's best female footballer in the world 2018. The Danish striker won the Uefa women's player of the year 2017-18 and spearheaded Wolfsburg's run to the Women's Champions League final, where she scored the opening goal. She has scored 32 goals in 42 appearances since joining Wolfsburg in 2017, as well as finding the net 53 times in over 100 international appearances for Denmark.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

Ollie Thorley’s brilliance helps Gloucester humble Exeter Chiefs

10-12-2018 • Exeter 19-27 Gloucester• Chiefs continue to struggle in EuropeThey have cracked this Premiership malarkey, but still Europe confounds Exeter. With this defeat, the Chiefs are all but out. It will feel just as painful to have been thus dismissed, within the walls of their own fortress, by Gloucester, familiar old Gloucester, against whom they know well the taste of victory.“That’s the big question,” conceded Rob Baxter, Exeter’s director of rugby. “Whether we just aren’t getting our heads around the Champions Cup thing quite yet, whether we’ve convinced ourselves that things have to be so different, that it’s making us quite inefficient. That’s our beauty as a side. We win things because we are a bit of a machine. The cogs tend to run pretty smoothly. It certainly didn’t feel like that for much of today.” Continue reading...

UK Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win seventh title

10-12-2018 Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win a record seventh UK Championship and become the first player to win 19 'Triple Crown' titles.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

10-12-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the conclusion of snooker's UK Championship, plus European Champions Cup rugby and the first Test between Australia and India.

'We're not here to be Invincibles': Guardiola hails players despite loss to Chelsea – video

10-12-2018 Pep Guardiola struck a philosophical tone after Manchester City's 0-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, insisting: 'We're not here to be Invincibles; we're here to be champions.' Despite dominating possession for most of the game, Manchester City conceded a goal in each half to slump to their first league defeat in eight months and drop to second place in the Premier League. Guardiola praised his team's performance despite the result, claiming they had played with 'great personality' throughout.David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Continue reading...

Favourite Sizing Tennessee likely to miss Welsh Grand National

10-12-2018 • Colin Tizzard horse struggling to recover from Newbury outing• Min heads impressive six-timer for Willie MullinsSizing Tennessee is likely to miss the Welsh Grand National, for which he has been favourite since a storming success last weekend in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Colin Tizzard, who trains the 10-year-old, said the horse had not recovered as well as had been hoped from the Newbury race and now requires a bit more time between his races.“I don’t think Sizing Tennessee will go for the Welsh National,” Tizzard said on Sunday. “He’s an older boy, he had a harder race than I thought. He’s a little bit shuffly. It’ll work very well to give him five or six weeks. The Welsh National is quite close and he had a hard old race. Continue reading...

NFL round-up: Miami miracle downs Patriots while Rodgers sets NFL record

10-12-2018 Dolphins secure last-gasp victory over PatriotsAaron Rodgers sets streak for passes without interceptionSaints clinch NFC South with win over Tampa BayKenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play on Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.The Patriots were 16 seconds from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play to rally from a 33-28 deficit. Continue reading...