Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

16-12-2018 • Fan throws beer before world No 1’s match with Alan Tabern• Dutchman beats Tabern 3-1 at Alexandra PalaceMichael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern.The Dutchman was visibly shocked by the incident and returned backstage to compose himself. Once he returned to the stage he beat his English opponent 3-1 in the second round. Continue reading...

From the Tavern to the Palace: the decade since darts went large – video

16-12-2018 It’s now more than a decade since the PDC world championship moved from the Circus Tavern in Purfleet to London’s Alexandra Palace and the game of darts has grown beyond all expectations. We talked to a number of the figures behind the growth of the game both in front and behind the cameras Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

16-12-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Billy Monger wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for 2018

16-12-2018 Teenage racing star Billy Monger has been named the winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award.

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

16-12-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Christian Eriksen’s late strike gives Tottenham win over Burnley

16-12-2018 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...

Canelo Álvarez pours it on in three-round destruction of Rocky Fielding

16-12-2018 Álvarez lays waste to Fielding in three rounds – as it happenedKatie Taylor lights up New York and Eva Wahlström in defenseSaúl “Canelo” Álvarez did exactly what he was supposed to do against an overmatched opponent: he wasted no time and he closed the show.The 28-year-old superstar dropped Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding four times in a little over eight minutes on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden to win the WBA super middleweight championship and join an elite group of Mexican fighters to capture world titles in three different weight classes before a sold-out crowd of 20,112. Continue reading...

Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

16-12-2018 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...

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

16-12-2018 Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins the 2018 BBC Africa Footballer of the Year award.

Liverpool 'have to be angry' against Manchester United, says Klopp – video

16-12-2018 The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that his side will be angry ahead of their game with Manchester United on Sunday, adding that 'we fight for our points'. When asked about his counterpart José Mourinho Klopp praised what he called 'one of the most successful managers in the world' Continue reading...

Scottish Open: Mark Allen 'doesn't deserve to be in final' after 'disrespecting' tournament

16-12-2018 Mark Allen says he has reached the Scottish Open final despite "disrespecting the event" with a week of too much drinking.

Sports Personality of the Year: Billy Monger to receive Helen Rollason Award

16-12-2018 Teenage racing driver Billy Monger will receive the Helen Rollason Award at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.