Phil Neville: 'To be told I knew nothing was incredibly disrespectful'

15-12-2018

The 41-year-old reflects on a year in charge of England Women and how he plans to lead them to World Cup glory next summer“Flown by. Absolutely flown by,” Phil Neville says as he reflects on his time in charge of the England women’s side. It has been almost a year and, as is the case with any job, there have been highs and lows, both of which Neville is willing and able to speak about on a clear winter’s afternoon at the national team’s base at St George’s Park.Pride and ambition radiate from the former Manchester United defender and no more so than when conversation turns to next summer’s World Cup in France. England qualified for the tournament with victory over Wales in August and, following last Saturday’s draw, have been placed in the same group as Scotland, Argentina and Japan. It starts on 7 June and for the manager the target is clear: to get to the final in Lyon a month later and win the competition for the first time. Continue reading...



What ‘masculinity’ means when you’re gay, bi or trans …

15-12-2018

We’re in the middle of a ‘genderquake’ where the qualities traditionally associated with men are changing daily. So how do three LGBT guys define manliness in 2018? By Joe StoneWhat does it mean to be a man? Right now, masculinity is under the microscope like never before. But one group that is used to navigating the tricky terrain of gender norms is the LGBT community. In a recent survey by Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay magazine, 69% of readers admitted they’d been made to feel “less of a man” because they are gay, bisexual or queer. More troubling still, 41% said that at some point they themselves thought that they were less of a man too. Continue reading...



Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

15-12-2018

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins the 2018 BBC Africa Footballer of the Year award.



Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

15-12-2018

Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head around the fact he is a World Cup winner. Reality kicks in on occasion. Most obviously there was the moment on the open-top bus, crawling down the Champs Élysées in mid-July serenaded by half a million compatriots, when nine air force jets roared overhead trailing red, white and blue in their plumes and he felt “like a rock star”. He will receive a replica of the trophy any day now to sit alongside the framed photograph of his eldest daughter, Jade, kissing the real thing amid the ticker tape and pyrotechnics at the Luzhniki. Related: Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup Continue reading...



Formula E breakdown: 'Unbelievable' circuits & 'mega' cars - five reasons to watch

15-12-2018

From "unbelievable" locations to former Formula 1 drivers in "mega" cars, BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jack Nicholls tells us why Formula E is a must-watch.



Taekwondo: GB's Bradly Sinden beats Dae-hoon Lee to reach final

15-12-2018

Great Britain's Bradly Sinden beats South Korea's Dae-hoon Lee in dramatic style to reach the -68kg final of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam.



Jacqui Oatley: women's football is generations away from equality, but it's getting there – video

15-12-2018

Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley believes it will take 'a couple of generations' to make football a more equal environment, but that change can already been seen in the women's game. In a short film - part of series produced for Twitter UK as part of its support for Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign - Oatley said she hopes 'the assumption of knowledge is there just the same [for female reporters, commentators and presenters] as it is when a male voice is delivering.'The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...



Gary Anderson beats Kevin Burness to make third round of PDC World Darts

15-12-2018

• Two-time world champion hits seven 180s during victory• Wins also for Ted Evetts, Chris Dobey and Danny NoppertThe two-time world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the third round of the PDC World Championship by beating Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness 3-1, hitting seven 180s on the way.Anderson won three legs in a row to take the opening set against Burness, who beat Paul Nicholson in the day’s afternoon session. Continue reading...



José Mourinho: Manchester United are far from playing in my image

15-12-2018

• Manager says reasons run deeper than transfers• Trophies matter, Mourinho says, before game at LiverpoolJosé Mourinho believes Manchester United are a long way from playing in his image and has suggested structural issues at the club are to blame.United travel to Anfield on Sunday 16 points behind Jürgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders. Liverpool are viewed as a team in their manager’s image and Mourinho was asked whether the same could be said for him and United. Continue reading...



Gareth Anscombe: ‘Wales are now genuine heavyweights. Warren’s one of the best’

15-12-2018

Cardiff Blues fly-half, who faces Saracens in the Champions Cup on Saturday, on Wales’ potentially defining 2019 and the social media abuse that rocked him after his move from New ZealandBeneath the seasonal mistletoe in Wales this Christmas there will be less frivolity than normal. With the nation’s rugby team third in the world rankings, this is no time for casual distractions. Forget the frankincense and myrrh: just imagine the golden glow in 2019 should wise old Warren Gatland deliver a Six Nations title and World Cup glory as parting gifts to his followers. Related: The end of an era: what next for All Blacks after Steve Hansen? Continue reading...



World Cup squads face wait for Premiership players due to insurance dispute

15-12-2018

• Premiership Rugby may hold back players until mid-August• Wales and Scotland among those who would be hardest hitAn insurance wrangle between World Rugby and the Premiership is threatening to severely hamper World Cup preparations for nations such as Wales and Scotland who could be deprived of their players in the buildup to the tournament.If the dispute is not resolved, the Guardian understands Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL) intends to prevent players from nations other than England joining their teams until mid-August, when the official Test window opens, only 35 days before the first match in Japan. Continue reading...



British yachtswoman eager to race again after capsizing in storm

15-12-2018

Susie Goodall, the only woman in the Golden Globe Race, is unfazed despite being rescued in the Southern OceanA British yachtswoman, who was rescued after her boat capsized during a solo, round-the-world race, has said she would do it again “in a heartbeat”.Susie Goodall’s comments were made after arriving on dry land in Chile, in the southern city of Punta Arenas on Friday, where she was met by her mother and brother. The family smiled and hugged before they joined her in an ambulance for a medical check-up in the port city. Continue reading...



Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

15-12-2018

The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lovren, startled that the ball has got as far as the back post, realises too late that Arkadiusz Milik has stolen behind him; he cannot get to the forward in time. Time slows. Milik is in form; he has the best goals‑per‑minute ratio in Serie A this season. Eight yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat, it seems he must score the goal that will put Napoli through.But Milik doesn’t score. He jabs without conviction. Alisson does everything he can, springing from his line, spreading himself towards the ball, which hits his body and cannons to safety. Liverpool have survived. Continue reading...



Marco Silva rules out loan move for Everton midfielder Tom Davies

15-12-2018

• ‘Tom is the present and the future of our club’• Phil Jagielka also remains in manager’s plansMarco Silva has said a loan exit for Tom Davies in January is impossible and that Everton’s club captain, Phil Jagielka, remains in his plans for the remainder of the season.Davies has been consigned to the bench since André Gomes established himself in Everton’s midfield, though he could feature at Manchester City on Saturday with Idrissa Gueye an injury doubt. Silva has assured the England Under-21 international that recent selections are not a reflection of his form and flatly rejected the possibility of the 20-year-old going on loan for more regular football. Continue reading...



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

15-12-2018

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



Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

15-12-2018

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with impunity … It was like a dark shadow came over.”Gareth Farrelly, now 43 and a qualified lawyer, with a Premier League and international career behind him, is recalling the bullying he says he endured as a young player at Aston Villa in the 1990s from the coach Kevin MacDonald. It was a “relentlessly negative” regime under him. Continue reading...