Jürgen Klopp: I was not for one second worried about Mohamed Salah’s form

10-12-2018 • Forward set a high bar, says coach after Bournemouth hat-trick• Klopp calls on fans to turn up the noise for Napoli visitJürgen Klopp says he was “not worried for one second” about Mohamed Salah’s form this season but admits both club and player have to learn to deal with the raised levels of expectation that mean the forward’s record-breaking haul in 2017-18 is the yardstick by which he is judged.Klopp was speaking after Salah scored a brilliant hat-trick in Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, taking his league tally for the season into double figures as Liverpool racked up a fifth straight top-flight win and supplanted Manchester City at the top of the table. Continue reading...

Rocky Fielding: ‘To fight at Madison Square Garden is unbelievable’

10-12-2018 The Liverpudlian fighter is not expected to beat Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez but has the confidence to cause an upsetThe odds of Rocky Fielding replicating Tyson Fury’s heroics when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez are certainly longer than were the Gypsy King’s against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles last weekend.But one man who is disregarding the 8-1 bookmakers have put on Fielding is Tony Bellew, the recently beaten and retired world champion who knows plenty about upsetting the odds. He said of his fellow Liverpudlian’s chances: “In a boxing ring anything can happen, absolutely anything. Let me just tell you, Rocky Fielding will not be as big an outsider as Buster Douglas was against Mike Tyson [42-1].” Continue reading...

Vasiliy Lomachenko overwhelms José Pedraza late to unify lightweight titles

10-12-2018 Ukrainian adds WBO lightweight title to WBA belt by decisionLomachenko outpoints Pedraza to unify titles – as it happenedOn a night when Vasiliy Lomachenko did not immediately appear at his imperious best, the sport’s most technically proficient fighter was more than brilliant enough to come through with a sensational finishing kick to unify world lightweight titles and bolster an already persuasive claim for the No 1 spot in boxing’s pound-for-pound pecking order.The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-division champion from Ukraine overcame a somewhat torpid start to overwhelm the game José Pedraza down the stretch, dropping the Puerto Rican veteran twice during a spine-tingling 11th round to secure a unanimous-decision victory that consolidated the WBA and WBO titles before a sellout crowd of 5,312 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The judges at ringside handed down scores of 117-109, 117-109 and 119-107, steeper all than the Guardian’s 116-110 but no less on the money. Continue reading...

WSL: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea highlights

10-12-2018 Watch highlights as Chelsea beat Brighton to maintain the pressure on WSL leaders Arsenal and Manchester City.

Adam Thompstone salvages losing bonus point for Leicester at Racing 92

10-12-2018 • Racing 92 36-26 Leicester• Tigers score four tries in defeatOn balance Leicester could have picked a better weekend to head to Paris. At least there were no riots or tear gas canisters inside Racing’s stunning new indoor home but an 80-minute water cannon bombardment might have been less arduous than some of the on-field punishment they soaked up en route to a 14th defeat in their last 15 European forays across the Channel. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

10-12-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

10-12-2018 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...

QBE Shootout: Graeme McDowell & Emiliano Grillo second in Florida

10-12-2018 Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and team-mate Emiliano Grillo finish second in the QBE Shootout in Florida.

Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

10-12-2018 • Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the president, Keramuddin Karim, after reviewing allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the Afghanistan women’s national team by AFF staff. Related: Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team Continue reading...

River Plate claim Copa Libertadores against 10-man Boca with Quintero goal

10-12-2018 • River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (aet; 5-3 on agg)• Pratto 68 Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44It may be marked with an asterisk and there could be more chapters to come in this extraordinary, soaked in symbolism, sport and society, drama and emotion too, raw and exhilarating to the last, but River Plate are the Copa Libertadores winners – clinching a title they and Boca Juniors, their great rivals from across Buenos Aires, always knew would be forever.The game that would never end, reached the very, very end. “It’s been almost 60 days since this started and there is tremendous sadness,” said the Boca manager, Guillermo Schelotto. With 120 minutes gone and River 2-1 up, he watched as Leonardo Jara hit the post, the tension clawing at nerves as never before. That left Boca with one last chance: a corner the referee seemed determined to delay, as if clinging to this game, not wanting to let it go,, and their goalkeeper Esteban Andrada in attack where he had been for seven or eight minutes already. It also left them exposed. Continue reading...

Ada Hegerberg, a dog's goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

10-12-2018 This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concentrate on some whopper asking her to twerk. Here’s more on the Lyon and Norway star. Related: Ada Hegerberg: first women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner is asked to twerk Continue reading...

Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video explainer

10-12-2018 The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium on 9 December. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for the animosity between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca, but the second leg at El Monumental was postponed after the Boca team bus was attacked before the matchPostponed Copa Libertadores final to be played at Bernabéu in Madrid Continue reading...

Chloe Kim soars in first international contest since Pyeongchang Olympics

10-12-2018 Kim wins World Cup halfpipe in first competiton since MarchTeen tops US team-mate Maddie Mastro at Copper MountainChloe Kim isn’t just a gold medalist: she’s a transcendent starOlympic hero Chloe Kim dominated in her first international contest since the Pyeongchang Games nine months ago, posting the top marks in the field during her first two runs to win the season-opening World Cup snowboard halfpipe event at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Related: Chloe Kim isn't just a gold medalist: she's a transcendent star Continue reading...

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

10-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

The Fiver: The only people laughing are watching David Luiz’s defending

10-12-2018 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Is it true that the Fiver never gets invited to cool dinners with influential football intellectuals? The Fiver prefers not to comment on idle speculation. The Fiver has lots of friends! Lots of important and influential friends in high places and anyway its invite to Arrigo Sacchi’s meal with Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri earlier this year probably got lost in the post. So stop laughing. The Fiver totally would have applied for a passport in order to fly to Italy for that. Continue reading...

Dundee v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – as it happened

10-12-2018 Dundee moved off the bottom thanks to a fine rearguard, their 10 men, limiting Rangers – who missed the chance to take top spot – to hopeful crosses and very little else 3.49pm GMT Rangers dropped another two points in the Premiership title race with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Dundee. After losing 1-0 at home to Aberdeen at Ibrox in midweek, the visitors found themselves in trouble again when former Gers striker Kenny Miller scored after just nine minutes when he capitalised on a hesitant Ibrox rearguard to beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor. 3.24pm GMT So there we are. That was a lot of fun, especially in the first half but also in the second. Rangers played like a team who haven’t been coached, without method or composure, which suited Dundee down to the ground. They have things about which to think before Thursday’s European decider, while Dundee will feel they’ve a decent chance of staying up. Ta-ra. Continue reading...

David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

10-12-2018 Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback to defeat Cardiff and extend unbeaten run

10-12-2018 • Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues• Premiership champions maintain winning run after early scareSaracens march on with another half-century, another seven tries and another demonstration of how determined they are to reclaim the Champions Cup trophy. If there was any surprise, it took until the introduction of the 20-year-old back-row Ben Earl early in the second half to turn the match in their favour but, all be told, this was a show of Saracens’ remarkable strength in depth to extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches in all competitions. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...