12-12-2018 Hockey World Cup: England 2-0 New Zealand - highlights

England beat New Zealand 2-0 with goals from Will Calnan and Luke Taylor, to set up a quarter-final against Olympic champions Argentina on Wednesday.

12-12-2018 Can women save sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Chelsea fan ‘denies racially abusing Raheem Sterling’

• Fan quoted as saying he called Sterling Manc not black• Supporter said to be ‘deeply ashamed’ of behaviourA Chelsea fan pictured shouting insults at Raheem Sterling has denied racially abusing the Manchester City player but said he was “deeply ashamed” of his behaviour, according to the Daily Mail.The Mail quoted the supporter as saying: “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black cunt, I called him a Manc cunt. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: how the players rated in the Champions League

Georginio Wijnaldum proves the outstanding player for Liverpool at Anfield, while Kalidou Koulibaly shines for NapoliAlisson 9/10 One save to make all night and delivered. In the 92nd minute too. The difference between pain and progress. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Johnny Sexton: Ireland and Leinster fly-half signs new IRFU contract

Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton signs a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union and will play for Ireland and Leinster until 2021.

12-12-2018 Herman Ouseley to stand down as chairman of football’s Kick It Out

• Respected leader of anti-racism campaign to go after 25 years• ‘Kick It Out is well positioned to keep the momentum afloat’Lord Herman Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out after 25 continuous years in that position since the organisation was established in 1993.The 73-year-old is understood to have informed Kick It Out’s trustees some time ago that he intended to retire at the end of this season and the announcement is not related to the resurgence of alleged racist incidents in the game. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freestyle win. The 18-year-old mowed down American Mallory Comerford and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk in the last 50m to claim victory in 1min 51.38sec – a new Commonwealth, Oceania and national record.Titmus’ stirring effort on the opening night of the six-day event at Hangzhou shattered Emma McKeon’s mark of 1:51.66 set at the 2015 national short course titles. It moved the teenager to fourth on the all-time rankings. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Yaya Touré ends second spell with Olympiakos after three months

• Touré leaves by mutual consent having made five appearances• ‘Yaya is leaving as a friend ... our paths will surely cross again’Yaya Touré has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old made five appearances during his second spell, the last of which was on 8 November.Touré left Manchester City at the end of last season but failed to make an impact at Olympiakos with whom he won the domestic double in the 2005-06 season. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Sponsorship milestone shows women’s football is now big business | Suzanne Wrack

Backing by Visa indicates women’s game has value and is the biggest sign of its potential to be self-sustaining to dateSponsorship deals are routinely mocked, from Manchester United’s mattress partners to Everton’s Angry Birds sleeves, with some companies all too keen to get themselves associated with Premier League clubs. And we roll our eyes at the latest madcap scenarios players find themselves in at launch events.However Uefa’s announcement that it has agreed a seven-year deal with Visa as the first sponsor of Uefa women’s football deserves the celebratory tone with which it was unveiled. Because, for a change, it actually is a groundbreaking deal. Why? Because as Nadine Kessler, Uefa’s head of women’s football, said, the aim is “to assign a clear value to women’s football”. Continue reading...

12-12-2018 Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16

The drama and tension were unremitting to the last. Tottenham had been in and out and then they were back in again when the substitute Lucas Moura connected with Harry Kane’s cross to snatch the equaliser. Spurs had pressed hard on the front foot throughout an excellent second-half performance and the goal was no more than they deserved. Related: Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I never said it was impossible’ Continue reading...

12-12-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

12-12-2018 Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.