16-12-2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – live!

Latest updates and reaction from the awards show in BirminghamThe Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 8.24pm GMT Dina Asher-Smith, another nominee for the big one, is on stage. The 22-year-old is the fastest British woman in the country and enjoyed a sublime year. She became the first British women to win three golds at the same European Championships, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events. “I quite like the world rankings the way they are now,” she says. “The reception when I got home from Berlin was what really resonated with me. Go for your dreams, work hard and go for it. Not everything comes at once.” 8.15pm GMT Frank Skinner has a quick thank you for Gareth Southgate, who is wearing what looks like an Aston Villa tie. “Thank you so much for the royalties,” he says, earning a big cheesy laugh from the crowd. Southgate is busy giving his acceptance speech but, right on cue, a few Birmingham lads in the crowd are belting out a rendition of “Southgate, you’re the one!” to the tune of that almighty Atomic Kitten number. Southgate, once the lads quieten down, says England won’t rest on their laurels until they’ve gone all the way. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Taekwondo: Lauren Williams & Bianca Walkden both win grand slam gold for Team GB

Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams both win gold for Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam finals in China.

16-12-2018 West Ham’s Felipe Anderson underlines Claudio Ranieri’s problems at Fulham

Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Fulham has been less “new manager bounce”, more the dull thud of the reality that he has inherited a squad not suited to the Premier League. Four points from the five matches he has presided over is not a collection rate that will keep Fulham from the Championship.The Italian pronounced this the best performance of that short reign but his statistical read-out of the game pinpointed where West Ham had won the match. “We shoot at goal 16 times,” said Ranieri. “They created two counterattacks and they scored. Our counterattack was not good.” Another pair of bald statistics are that Fulham stayed bottom of the Premier League and have not kept a clean sheet in their last 21 top-division matches. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Christian Eriksen’s late strike gives Tottenham win over Burnley

Last Tuesday, Tottenham played Barcelona in the Camp Nou for a place in the Champions League knockout stages. On Wednesday, they face Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final. A game against Burnley in front of a half-full Wembley, rain sheeting down and adding an extra chill to an already freezing Saturday, was always going to be what advertising types call a tough sell.Thank the lord then, for Christian Eriksen. For 90 minutes, it was the sort of grim afternoon that might lead everyone to question their life choices, the 0-0 scoreline to that point even less interesting than it might sound. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 'We were perfect': Jürgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's victory over Manchester United – video

Two second-half goals from the substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Liverpool a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp’s side regained top spot with a pulsating performance in the north-west derby. Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United Continue reading...

16-12-2018 'It's right for the team': Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

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...

16-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Billy Monger wins Helen Rollason Award

Watch as Lewis Hamilton presents Billy Monger with the Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

16-12-2018 '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.

16-12-2018 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

16-12-2018 Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign outside the grotto promising that Santa will be back again tomorrow. So, at that time of night, it’s little kids this way and big kids that, up the hill and on beyond the fair to the Great Hall for the opening night of the PDC World Championship. For a lot of people the trip is a winter tradition now, a little less solemn than the carol service at St Paul’s, a little less sobering than swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas morning.The Championship has junked one of its own old rituals. The walk-on girls are gone. The PDC chairman, Barry Hearn, says he was forced into it by the TV companies. “It’s out of my control,” he said. “We’re living in changing times – the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength.” Continue reading...

16-12-2018 The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Track Cycling World Cup: Matt Walls seals omnium gold

Britain's Matt Walls puts in a strong ride in the points race to seal gold in the men's omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

16-12-2018 Leinster strengthen Champions Cup credentials with 27-point win over Bath

• Leinster 42-15 Bath• Jack Conan the first of six different try scorers for LeinsterThe two greatest teams of European rugby, with four titles apiece, will now go head to head at the top of Pool 1. Leinster remain the favourites, despite trailing Toulouse by two points. The Irishmen were unplayable on Saturday, dismissing Bath with enough ease to look contemptuous. Theirs is home advantage in the next round against Toulouse, who collected the full five points at home to Wasps. Leinster are a safe bet to top the group. Related: Wasps out of Champions Cup as Antoine Dupont-inspired Toulouse seal win Continue reading...

16-12-2018 José Mourinho admits he is in the dark over possible January signings

• Manchester United manager does not know if club will back him• Mourinho describes Liverpool as ‘lucky ones’ and praises SalahJosé Mourinho has made the surprise admission that he does not know if Manchester United will back him in the January transfer window.United arrive at Liverpool for Sunday’s game having taken only six points from their past five Premier League matches and the manager is eager to add to his squad but says he is unsure whether the Old Trafford hierarchy will invest in recruits. “I don’t know if we are going to have new players – I would like to – but I don’t know if it is possible or not. It depends on the club,” he said, adding that his immediate aim is winning matches. “Honestly, I’m focused on my job of playing Liverpool and next week playing Cardiff, and I’m more focused on that.” Continue reading...

16-12-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

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...

16-12-2018 Free beers for fans … three cheers for Southampton, says Hasenhüttl

• Season-ticket holders given a free beer before Arsenal win• Hasenhüttl: ‘I heard if it works, you have to do it every game’Ralph Hasenhüttl called on Southampton to continue giving their season-ticket holders a free beer after Sunday’s experiment, designed to create a festive atmosphere at St Mary’s, was followed by the 3-2 victory over Arsenal that hauled the team out of the relegation zone.The win had a little more to do with Hasenhüttl’s methods swiftly bearing fruit and fine headers from Danny Ings (two) and Charlie Austin than complimentary Carlsberg, but a team who had not won since the start of September needed all the help they could get. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Matthew Walls and Fred Wright claim silver in Madison at track World Cup

• 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...