13-12-2018 Football transfer rumours: Yaya Touré to join Crystal Palace or West Ham?

Today’s piffle just wants to feel appreciatedPurveyors of birthday cakes the length and breadth of England are waiting with bated breath to see which, if any, Premier League club will give Yaya Touré a gig. The 35-year-old Ivorian has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club, having made only three appearances. “Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him,” said the Greek club in a statement, shortly after ordering security to close the doors firmly behind him, double-lock them, nail stout planks across them and barricade them with several grand pianos. Now that his latest Greek odyssey is at an end, Touré is hopeful of reviving what’s left of his career in the English top flight if he can find a club who’ll take a punt on him. Crystal Palace have been mentioned in passing, although a high maintenance, past-his-prime player sounds more like West Ham’s bag. Related: José Mourinho says he learned ‘nothing’ in Champions League loss to Valencia Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Gambling chiefs confirm 'whistle-to-whistle' television sport advertising ban

Gambling chiefs confirm plans to effectively ban television betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport.

13-12-2018 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

13-12-2018 Leeds promotion push unlikely to be affected by fate of Eleven Sports

• Owner Andrea Radrizzani runs struggling streaming service• Leeds confident Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion drive is still onFears that Leeds’s promotion push might be derailed by the potential closure of Eleven Sports UK, the streaming service run by the club’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, appear unfounded.Senior figures at Elland Road are understood to be confident that, for the remainder of this season at least, any closure would make no material difference to Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. The former Argentina and Chile manager has led Leeds to second place in the Championship, one point behind Norwich, leaving them on course for the automatic promotion to the Premier League which would transform their finances. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 England would have to 'screw-up' to not win World Cup, says James Anderson

England would have to "screw-up" to not win the 2019 World Cup, according to fast bowler James Anderson.

13-12-2018 Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird

British driver Sam Bird talks us through Formula E's best moments since its debut in 2014 and why it's 'more exciting' than F1.

13-12-2018 Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years on the news beat for various tabloid newspapers. That may surprise a few people because, outside the industry, there seems to be a perception you are either one or the other: broadsheet or red-top, luvvie or rotter. But it doesn’t actually work like that. I worked for a freelance agency in the Midlands, covering for virtually all the national titles, and there was no room for journalistic snobbery for a young reporter with a provisional driving licence and 40-words-per-minute shorthand.But it was definitely an eye-opener. One story was of a car being stolen in Leicester while, unbeknown to the thief, a baby was strapped into the back seat. The car was still missing and the police had organised a press conference for her mother, who had not been identified, to make a public appeal. It was a big story and there were a lot of national newspaper journalists in attendance. But I can still remember the awkwardness when she came in and the vibe from several reporters – not just the tabloids – that there was an issue, news-wise. The woman in question wasn’t white. She was Indian and that was a problem, I was told, because the relevant newspapers might no longer think it was a photograph, or story, their readership wanted. Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Copa Sudamericana 2018: Atletico Paranaense beat Junior to win Copa Sudamericana

Watch highlights from Atletico Paranaense's victory over Junior FC on penalties to win the Copa Sudamericana trophy in Brazil.

13-12-2018 WTA gives increased protection for returning mothers on tour for 2019

Mothers returning to tennis will have increased rankings protection on the WTA Tour from next season after a rule change.

13-12-2018 Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins 'breaking the mould' for women in football – video

Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingham, believe ‘women’s football is going in the right direction’ and hope to inspire the next generation of female players. You can watch all four films in the series here.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

13-12-2018 Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season.

13-12-2018 Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters, commentators and presenters is seen as normal.“When I was growing up I didn’t think it was an option to work in football,” said Oatley, who went on to become the first female commentator on Match of the Day. Continue reading...