Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

13-12-2018

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.



David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

13-12-2018

Our cartoonist on why it’s hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent yearsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his book Goalless Draws Continue reading...



Injured Aaron Mooy ruled out of Socceroos' Asian Cup defence

13-12-2018

Midfielder joins Daniel Arzani on sidelinesTom Rogic also injured but clear to play in UAEAustralia have suffered a huge blow ahead of next month’s Asian Cup with confirmation star midfielder Aaron Mooy will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.Huddersfield confirmed on Wednesday the 28-year-old had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Continue reading...



Raiders owner calls Oakland's lawsuit over team's move to Vegas 'malicious'

13-12-2018

City is seeking damages for money invested in RaidersLawsuit does not aim to stop team moving to Las VegasThe city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders’ upcoming move to Las Vegas.The suit, which was filed on Tuesday against the Raiders, the NFL and the other 31 teams, seeks lost revenue, money Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs. The suit does not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas but asks for damages that will help pay off the approximately $80m in debt remaining from renovations on the Coliseum. Continue reading...



Manchester United miss chance to top group after Spanish lesson at Valencia

13-12-2018

Manchester United are through to the next round of the Champions League but we knew that already. They are also not very good but then everyone knew that too. Switzerland’s Young Boys defeated Juventus 2-1 to hand United the chance to overhaul the Italian champions and take first place but they could not accept it. Instead they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia, limping into the last 16. On this evidence, and the accumulated evidence of this season it is hard to see them getting further.It was striking enough that United had got this far, securing a place in the knock-out phase already, given how poorly they have played; actually winning the group would have been too much. Yet that, unexpectedly, was a possibility. “I don’t think this result will be too important or make the difference,” Mourinho had admitted, while Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool was always going to take priority. Perhaps that lack of expectation helps justify this performance, but their failure to anticipate the opportunity to avoid Europe’s biggest teams might be one to regret now. Continue reading...



Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season

13-12-2018

• Manchester United have also been linked to Argentinian• Pochettino’s stock rising after Champions League progressTottenham are braced for further interest in Mauricio Pochettino after the manager enhanced his reputation with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona – a result that carried his team into the Champions League knockout rounds.It is an open secret at the club that they expect a fight to keep Pochettino at the end of the season with Real Madrid, in particular, monitoring his progress. Real sacked Julen Lopetegui at the end of October and turned to Santiago Solari, initially on a caretaker basis. In mid-November they gave him a contract until 2021. Manchester United are also admirers and considered him after the departure of Louis van Gaal in 2016 only to appoint José Mourinho. Continue reading...



Bradford City 4-4 Peterborough: Toney's brilliant half-way line goal in FA Cup replay

13-12-2018

Ivan Toney scores a free-kick from the halfway line during Peterborough's thrilling FA Cup second round replay win over Bradford City.



Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

13-12-2018

José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...



Can Sumo survive? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

13-12-2018

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never beforeYokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures Continue reading...



Harry Kane says Spurs are Champions League contenders after Barça draw

13-12-2018

• Spurs reaching last 16 is ‘massive achievement’ • ‘It’s important we go as far as we can in this competition’Harry Kane said Tottenham’s performance at Barcelona was the latest evidence that they can live with Europe’s best and should fire the belief they can progress deep into the Champions League.Spurs drew 1-1 at Camp Nou on Tuesday to advanced to the last 16, because Internazionale could only draw 1-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven. Tottenham had needed to match Inter’s result to go through. “Thank us later Spurs,” PSV’s account tweeted, with a winking emoji. Continue reading...



Cameron Radigan opens up on his passion for archery

13-12-2018

Cameron Radigan on his campaign to have his leg amputated and his archery dream.



Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

13-12-2018

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. Continue reading...