Injured Aaron Mooy ruled out of Socceroos' Asian Cup defence

13-12-2018 Midfielder joins Daniel Arzani on sidelinesTom Rogic also injured but clear to play in UAEAustralia have suffered a huge blow ahead of next month’s Asian Cup with confirmation star midfielder Aaron Mooy will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.Huddersfield confirmed on Wednesday the 28-year-old had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Continue reading...

Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

13-12-2018 The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing it reshapes and even deforms the whole competition. So it was with the state-sponsored German grand prix teams in the 1930s, with East African distance runners over the past two decades and with football clubs benefiting today from the sovereign wealth of Arab states. Team Sky’s recent dominance of cycling’s major events can be measured on that scale.Many will mourn the passing of a name that helped bring British riders to the forefront of the sport: first Bradley Wiggins, then Chris Froome and most recently Geraint Thomas. When Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 it was the fulfilment of what had long appeared an impossible dream. By the time of Thomas’s recent Tour victory – a sixth for Sky in seven years – it seemed almost commonplace. Froome’s victories in the Vuelta a España in 2017 and this year’s Giro d’Italia meant he and the team held all three grand tour jerseys simultaneously. Continue reading...

Champions League last 16: who’s hot, who’s not and potential match-ups

13-12-2018 • Manchester City, Barça, Real and Bayern among top seeds• Liverpool, Spurs and United face daunting prospectsThe Premier League will supply a quarter of the teams in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will take place at 11am on Monday. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other, and likewise teams who qualified from the same group. Group winners will be drawn against second-placed teams, with the top seed enjoying home advantage in the second leg. VAR will be used for the rest of the competition. Continue reading...

Maurizio Sarri calls alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling ‘disgusting’

13-12-2018 • Chelsea coach: ‘I condemn any form of discrimination’• Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles says Sterling is ‘brave’Maurizio Sarri has condemned discrimination in any form in the Chelsea coach’s first public comments since the alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Chelsea and the Metropolitan police launched investigations into alleged racist abuse from a section of home supporters towards the Manchester City forward in last Saturday’s 2-0 win for Sarri’s side. Chelsea subsequently suspended four people in connection with the incident. Continue reading...

Leroy Sané’s fine double fires Manchester City past Hoffenheim

13-12-2018 Leroy Sané scored both goals as the Group F winners cruised to a fourth victory but for the second game in a row a Manchester City player seemed to be singled out by opposing fans and this time it was the German.The 22-year-old appeared to receive some heightened abuse from Hoffenheim fans when taking a first-half corner. After what happened to Raheem Sterling at Chelsea on Saturday – four home fans have been suspended pending a club and police investigation into alleged racial invective – Guardiola was asked about the incident involving his match-winner. Continue reading...

Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK after only four months

13-12-2018 Service holds UFC, La Liga and Serie A rightsPromised distribution had not been securedEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix of Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, could be facing closure in the UK & Ireland after failing to attract enough subscribers.The service, which launched less than four months ago, has the UK rights to sports including Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

13-12-2018 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.

Chris Froome: Team Sky is not finished yet despite sponsor pulling plug in 2019

13-12-2018 Sky will end sponsorship of team at close of 2019 seasonSir Dave Brailsford says team may continue with a new partnerA defiant Chris Froome said Team Sky “is not finished yet by any means”, despite Sky’s decision to pull the plug at the end of next year on a sponsorship deal worth £30m a year.The four-times Tour de France winner also pledged to do everything possible to keep the team together, regardless of scepticism within cycling that another deep-pocketed sponsor will quickly ride to the rescue of the richest team in the sport. Continue reading...

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

13-12-2018 Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

NFL This Week: Patrick Mahomes' no-look pass means 'all your rules go out the door'

13-12-2018 Jason Bell & Osi Umenyiora tell Mark Chapman that the defensive rule book is 'out the door' after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a no-look pass on Sunday.

Paul Sherwen obituary

13-12-2018 Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sportPaul Sherwen, who has died of a heart attack aged 62, was a pioneering member of the group of English-speaking cyclists nicknamed the Foreign Legion, a doughty five-times Tour de France finisher and, together with Phil Liggett, half of the Channel 4 commentary pairing that brought the race into British sitting rooms daily for the first time during the late 1980s.“Phil and Paul” became the voices of the Tour de France across the English-speaking world: the voluble Liggett described the action and the more measured Sherwen detailed moves and personalities. For a generation of fans – initially in the UK, later across most of the English-speaking world – they were the defining voices of the sport. By this year, Sherwen had attended 40 tours. Continue reading...

Celtic: Leigh Griffiths faces spell out to deal with 'ongoing issues'

13-12-2018 Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will be "out of football for a little period of time" as he receives help with "ongoing issues", including some relating to his mental health.

Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

13-12-2018 Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year‑old in her home city of Tver, just over 100 miles from Moscow, and realised she had an unerring knack for hitting trebles and doubles – and beating the older boys at her youth club. “I wasn’t very well liked,” she laughs. “I think that’s what toughened me up, because I’ve always had to be amongst the boys. Being a girl I have had to fight for my spot.”Not a great deal has changed in the intervening two decades. But having qualified for one of two new women’s spots at this year’s expanded PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday, the 34-year-old Dobromyslova intends to make the most of her opportunity. “You don’t realise how many emotions I have,” she says. “I’m excited, I’m nervous and I know playing in front of thousands of people will be challenging. But with a bit of luck, who knows what could happen?” Continue reading...

‘Creative’ AlphaZero leads way for chess computers and, maybe, science | Sean Ingle

13-12-2018 Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov likes what he sees of computer that could be used to find cures for diseasesGarry Kasparov is not only humanity’s greatest ever chess player but its highest-profile victim of artificial intelligence. His loss to IBM’s super computer Deep Blue in 1997 made global headlines and left him feeling bitter and, well, blue. Yet there is a warm glint in his eye when he talks about AlphaZero, the game-changing chess program that took just four hours to teach itself to become the strongest in history. Related: Magnus Carlsen beats Caruana in tie-breakers to retain World Chess crown Continue reading...

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

13-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.