18-12-2018 FA Cup: Southport 0-2 Tranmere Rovers highlights

Watch highlights as two brilliant volleys from Connor Jennings help Tranmere Rovers progress past Southport and set up a FA Cup third-round home tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

18-12-2018 Will the young stud quarterback become devalued in the modern NFL?

As the passing game becoming seemingly easier will teams pass on expending all their energy on finding the next great quarterback?If there’s one thing we can agree upon, it’s that the most precious resource in the NFL is a stud quarterback, and even more precious still, a young stud still on his rookie four-year deal. In the Moneyball realm of modern football, that’s the jackpot. It immediately throws open a multi-year Super Bowl window, and hands the franchise a stack of blank checks – in the form of early-round draft picks and free-agent contracts – that can be spread across several other key positions. And as long as quarterbacks are central to the team, it shall always be thus.If we need any more proof, well, just look at the past two decades, an era in which this particular unicorn has eluded the vast majority of the NFL. It’s been called “the hardest job in America”– something only football super-computers like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can do, and if you don’t have one of them you might as well pencil in a 6-10 season right now. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 The 100 best male footballers in the world 2018: Nos 100-71

Our panel of 225 experts from 69 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2018. We will unveil 30 names a day until the top 10 on Friday. Meet our 2018 judges2017 edition | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012The 100 best female footballers in 2018 Continue reading...

18-12-2018 The Superclásico final that became too big and too bad for Buenos Aires

For the last five years, Copa90 have been making films about the biggest derbies in the world. Now for the biggestA film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkOn the ground at the Superclásico final in Buenos Aires ... and MadridThe two biggest football clubs in Argentina? The fiercest rivalry in South America? The best derby in the world? Every superlative was used to describe the first ever Superclásico final in the Copa Libertadores. As the eyes of the world turned towards Buenos Aires, our team of filmmakers set off to experience the “final to end all finals” first hand. Everyone expects controversy from this fixture, but no one could have predicted what happened between these two teams over two legs in two continents.First off, Boca’s home tie at La Bombonera. After a biblical rainstorm led to a 24-hour delay, the football gods finally gave the fans the moment they had been waiting for all their lives on Sunday 11 November. The first of the two ties ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The away goals rule was not in play, so the tie was perfectly poised before the second leg. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Australia wrap up victory to level Test series with India

Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 140 | Hosts win by 146 runsAustralian bowlers mop up tail before lunch on day fiveAustralia wasted little time on the final day of the second Test to wrap up victory before lunch at Perth Stadium and level the series against India with a 146-run victory – their first in this format of the game since the sandpaper scandal earlier this year.Needing five wickets to seal victory heading into day five – and with India requiring a further 175 runs – the writing was perhaps already on the wall, a sentiment that was reinforced when Mitchell Starc made an early breakthrough in the fifth over of the day, cramping up Hanuma Vihari who edged onto his thigh pad and was caught with ease by Marcus Harris. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

18-12-2018 'He doesn’t play in a dinner suit': the 25 best rugby union quotes of 2018 | Robert Kitson

From Eddie Jones’s praise for ‘tough rooster’ Owen Farrell to Ellis Genge questioning rugby’s inclusivity and Ben Moon’s bouncy castle call-up“Is the international game under threat? I think it is. Look at the balance sheets of some nations and you can see exactly where we stand. If you ask me as a businessman, the business side of rugby is not working. By the 2019 World Cup we need to have a blueprint for the next 10 years. I’m not going to be an accomplice to rugby’s ruin” – World Rugby’s Agustín Pichot issues a stark global warning.“I don’t think the natural talent in New Zealand is better than some of the talent we have on this side of the world. Defensively in Europe we are more advanced than they are, most definitely” – Ronan O’Gara, currently Crusaders assistant coach. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Geordan Murphy: Leicester Tigers appoint interim boss as new head coach

Interim boss Geordan Murphy is formally appointed as Premiership club Leicester Tigers' new head coach.

18-12-2018 Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United's new manager?

Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are possible contenders to be José Mourinho’s long-term successorMourinho sacked after United’s worst start in 28 yearsThe former France international is currently out of work after leaving Real Madrid last summer following the victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Remarkably, that was his third triumph in the competition in only two and a half years in charge. Is unlikely to join a club until next summer, which could suit United. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, the Olympia Horse Show and Australia v India in day four of the second test.