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

16-12-2018

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...



'It's right for the team': Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

16-12-2018

After 14 years Steve Hansen has called time on coaching New Zealand. The 59-year-old announced that he will be stepping down after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying that it was time for 'a fresh pair of eyes'. The All Blacks have lost only eight of 96 Tests under Hansen, a win ratio of 89%.  Continue reading...



The goalmouth scramble to end all goalmouth scrambles

16-12-2018

Dulwich Hamlet somehow make six goal-line clearances to deny Wingate & Finchley in an epic goalmouth scramble during their FA Trophy first round fixture on Saturday.



'I just stood there': Fielding admits tactical error after TKO loss to Canelo – video

16-12-2018

Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez won the WBA Super Middleweight title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York after his third round TKO victory over Rocky Fielding. Speaking after the match, Fielding admitted 'the better man won'Canelo Álvarez pours it on in three-round destruction of Rocky Fielding Continue reading...



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

16-12-2018

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...



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

16-12-2018

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...



Danny Cipriani: ‘It’s been the same story for six years, hasn’t it?’

16-12-2018

Fly-half remains philosophical about his England exile and is enjoying his new leadership role at GloucesterIf Danny Cipriani feels messed around by England he hides it well. You might expect confusion, resentment, even betrayal at how he again finds himself on the outside looking in after the briefest of comebacks over the summer but on a chilly afternoon in Gloucestershire there is nothing but positivity from the exiled fly-half.To recap, Cipriani made his first England start in 10 years in their first win in six matches in June but was discarded again for the autumn campaign. It followed his arrest in Jersey but Eddie Jones insisted his latest omission was based on form, all while Cipriani was tearing up trees with his new club, Gloucester. Continue reading...



José Mourinho can learn lessons from the greats of the music world | Tanya Aldred

16-12-2018

A top conductor gets the best out of his players and can turn a good performance from an orchestra into a great oneJosé Mourinho prowls the touchline at Old Trafford. Skulking, swearing, coat fully zipped against the dirtiest weather Manchester can throw at him, he glares at the pitch. Arms raised in shrugging disbelief, shoulders high, kissing his ears, then suddenly outwards, pointing with purpose, finally thrust deep into his pockets in high dudgeon. What do the players think? Do they care? For all the histrionics, he is essentially helpless, a puppeteer whose strings have been cut for 90 minutes, his one power the threat of substitution.Not far away, at the Bridgewater Hall, Omer Meir Wellber stands in front of the orchestra. From behind, the audience see his tail-coated arms held aloft, a baton resting softly between fingers and thumb in the right hand. They can only guess at his expression as he sways, arms jackknifing, body falling and rising, falling and rising. The orchestra, though, see it all – every twitch, every eyebrow conceit, the softness in the hands, the expression in the face. His involvement is total: the performance his to command. Continue reading...



Hockey Men's World Cup 2018: England thrashed by Belgium in semi-finals

16-12-2018

England lose a third straight men's Hockey World Cup semi-final as they are thrashed 6-0 by Belgium in India.



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

16-12-2018

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



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

16-12-2018

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.



Matthew Walls and Fred Wright claim silver in Madison at track World Cup

16-12-2018

• Young British pair finish second behind Denmark• Jack Carlin, Elinor Barker edged out of medals on day twoGreat Britain claimed a silver medal in the men’s Madison on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in London.Matthew Walls and Fred Wright followed up Friday’s team pursuit bronze medals by sealing second place, 16 points behind Denmark. Continue reading...



Liverpool 'have to be angry' against Manchester United, says Klopp – video

16-12-2018

The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that his side will be angry ahead of their game with Manchester United on Sunday, adding that 'we fight for our points'. When asked about his counterpart José Mourinho Klopp praised what he called 'one of the most successful managers in the world' Continue reading...



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

16-12-2018

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?



Sports Personality of the Year 2018: When is it on and how can I vote?

16-12-2018

When is Sports Personality of the Year on? How can I watch it? Where can I vote? Find out here.



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

16-12-2018

Teenage racing star Billy Monger has been named the winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award.



'Fantastic' win completes very good week for Spurs - Mauricio Pochettino

16-12-2018

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praises the character of his "fantastic" players after Spurs secured an important 1-0 home win over Burnley at Wembley Stadium.