Top Stories All News

Champions League last 16: Chelsea face Barça, Real Madrid land PSG – live!

Updates from the Champions League draw, 11am start (GMT); Champions League power rankings: Manchester City the team to beat; And feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Sean Dyche takes Burnley into lofty territory, José Mourinho miscalculated in the Manchester derby and Tiémoué Bakayoko fails to justify his costly transfer

The Tom Savage fiasco shows the NFL's concussion protocol is not working

When Houston’s quarterback returned to the field only minutes after a big hit left him twitching, it showed the NFL doesn’t care about getting concussions right

José Mourinho in post-match fracas over Manchester City’s ‘noisy’ celebrations

Police officers and stewards had to separate up to 20 players and members of staff from Manchester United and City after an extraordinary bust-up in which bottles and punches were thrown and Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants,…

Top Stories in last day


Saracens to open doors after all for restaged Clermont game on Monday

Saracens’s Champions Cup match against Clermont Auvergne will take place on Monday at Allianz Park, 24 hours after it was postponed due to “hazardous conditions” around the stadium.

Everton’s Sam Allardyce sees his dour derby plan come to fruition | Paul Wilson

It was no surprise to see the former England manager attempt to frustrate Liverpool with his pragmatic tactics in the 1-1 draw at Anfield


NRL club Manly face hefty penalties for alleged salary cap breaches


Manly could be facing a hefty fine and two officials could be deregistered after the NRL accused the club of salary cap breaches. The NRL on Monday issued the Sea Eagles with a breach notice over alleged salary cap breaches over the last…


Women's Big Bash League draws record viewing figures

www.theguardian.com also on The Guardian / AU

The first weekend of the third edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has attracted a peak audience of 629,000 with an average of 422,550 for the prime-time game between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars, the largest average of…


Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on target as Barcelona beat 10-man Villarreal


Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Villarreal, who had Dani Raba sent off in the second half.


Manchester City deserved derby win over United, says Pep Guardiola – video


In the post-match press conference following his team’s 2-1 win over their city rivals, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had a simple explanation for their success: ‘we were better.’ United manager José Mourinho found it within himself…

David Silva’s slow-motion grace proves far too much for Manchester United | Barney Ronay

In midfield or as an oddball centre-forward, Manchester City’s key man was brilliant in a win that could be decisive for his team’s title aspirations

NFL roundup: Eagles win NFC East but lose Wentz in thriller over Rams


Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury, and Jake Elliott kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left as the Eagles clinched the NFC East title.


Jürgen Klopp unhappy with penalty, but not Liverpool team selection

Jürgen Klopp refused to accept his team selection and substitutions had cost Liverpool victory in the Merseyside derby after he left Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench and withdrew Mohamed Salah before seeing Everton pinch…


Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

David Silva and Nicolás Otamendi scored from set-pieces while Ederson denied Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata late on as City went 11 points clear at the top with a derby victory

Manchester City defeat United with Otamendi strike and open 11-point gap

For Manchester City, this was not just the day they declared themselves the best team in town. It counts for more than that, surely, when there is now an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League and the team in second place have just…


Hibernian recover from two goals down to earn point against Celtic

Hibernian fought from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw in a pulsating encounter with leaders Celtic at Easter Road.

Wayne Rooney penalty earns Everton unlikely derby point at Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp turned on the referee, his assistants, the media and even a member of Everton’s press team over the penalty that cost Liverpool victory in the 229th Merseyside derby. Everyone appeared in the firing line for the Liverpool…

Liverpool 1-1 Everton: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute Premier League updates, 2.15pm kick-off (GMT); Manchester United v Manchester City – live!; Email Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch


Late Olivier Giroud equaliser spares Arsenal against Southampton

When Arsène Wenger made his third and final substitution, with Arsenal trailing and struggling for penetration, the travelling supporters groaned. Alexandre Lacazette had shown flashes of his threat but he was the player to make way.…


Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Southampton took the lead through Charlie Austin in the third minute and led until two minutes from time when Olivier Giroud’s header grabbed a point for an under-par Arsenal

Sunday, Dec 10

MLS Cup: Five things we learned from Toronto's cathartic, legacy-sealing win


Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore enjoyed sweet vindication as Toronto FC made their most compelling pitch for Major League Soccer’s best team ever

Vasyl Lomachenko makes Guillermo Rigondeaux quit in much-fancied bout


Vasyl Lomachenko beat Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night when Rigondeaux’s corner stopped the fight after six rounds because the boxer was complaining of pain in his left hand.

Jozy Altidore has last laugh to seal MLS Cup glory for Toronto FC


For long stretches of this final it looked as if Stefan Frei was about to singlehandedly thwart Toronto yet again. But this time Jozy Altidore proved to be his nemesis.

Toronto FC defeat Seattle Sounders to win the MLS Cup – as it happened

Jozy Altidore scores as Toronto FC win MLS Cup for the first time after Stefan Frei’s heroics in goal are not enough for the Seattle Sounders.

Saturday, Dec 9

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City: Premier League – as it happened

Newcastle’s poor form continued as Ayoze Perez’s late own goal settled an entertaining, slightly shambolic game at St James’ Park

Harry Kane strikes twice as Tottenham brush aside hapless Stoke City

Mark Hughes said he “didn’t see that second half coming”. What was worse, his players didn’t see it as it happened. Tottenham raced away to turn a first-half advantage into a full-time supremacy here and, in the process, cast further doubt…

Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea’s bubble burst by West Ham

Antonio Conte conceded that Chelsea’s title defence “never started” and a lack of consistency has made a repeat of last season’s Premier League win inconceivable.

Proxy battles by the US and Russia are taking sport back to the 1930s | Richard Williams

Lindsey Vonn’s outburst against Donald Trump means she takes her place in a complex game where politics and sport have once again become deeply entangled

Friday, Dec 8

LA Angels win sweepstakes to sign 'Japan's Babe Ruth' Shohei Ohtani

The Los Angeles Angels have landed the most coveted free agent in baseball, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.

Hope Solo joins crowded field to become next US Soccer president

Hope Solo, the controversial former United States goalkeeper, is running for president of the US Soccer Federation. The 36-year-old announced her surprise candidacy on Thursday night on Facebook.

Toronto FC, once the favourite punchline of MLS, aiming to have last laugh

The Canadian side go into Saturday’s MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders confident of becoming the team they always had the potential to be

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Records on the line in the Merseyside and Manchester derbies, Swansea’s bust-up to spark a reaction and a head to head between Sean Dyche and Marco Silva

Thursday, Dec 7

White House says US 'looks forward' to participating in Winter Olympics


The White House has moved to quell doubts over America’s participation in next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea due to the nuclear stand-off with the North.

Lindsey Vonn: 'I want to represent the US, not Trump' at Winter Olympics


American skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest athlete to speak out against Donald Trump.

ESPN: can The Worldwide Leader in Sports manage its own decline?

The sports broadcaster has been buffeted by layoffs, declining revenue and a stormy political climate. Will it adapt to a changed media landscape?

South Korea Winter Olympics: doubts raised over American athletes taking part

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, says the situation with North Korea has to be watched closely to ensure safety of sports stars

Wednesday, Dec 6

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signs reported $200m contract extension


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension, ending an extended standoff with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who had publicly voiced opposition to the pact.

Philippe Coutinho hat-trick inspires 7-0 Liverpool romp against Spartak Moscow

For Liverpool, this time there was never any danger that a 3-0 half-time lead could be lost. It was more just a surprise that their record win in the Champions League, an 8-0 thrashing of Besiktas in 2007, remained intact on a night when…

Has John Elway broken the flawed Broncos' championship window?


The former Denver quarterback helped mastermind his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory. But his inability to replace Peyton Manning has cost the team dear

Ryan Shazier thanks supporters as doctors monitor spine injury


Ryan Shazier has thanked those who sent him messages of support after he suffered a spinal injury during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.