Ashley Giles appointed England’s new director of cricket

15-12-2018 • Former England left-arm spinner succeeds Andrew Strauss• Replacing Trevor Bayliss will be Giles’ first critical decisionAshley Giles will succeed Andrew Strauss as the managing director of England’s men’s cricket in January, the ECB has confirmed. Tom Harrison, the chief executive, described Giles as “the standout candidate amongst a very strong field”.Giles was a stalwart member of the England team that Strauss played in at the beginning of this century and that won the Ashes in the greatest series in living memory in 2005. He may not have been the most talented cricketer in that dressing room but Giles was reliable and a fine influence. Continue reading...

World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Four Britons through to Sunday's finals

15-12-2018 Britain's Jade Jones, Lauren Williams, Bianca Walkden and Bradly Sinden reach the finals of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam.

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

15-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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

15-12-2018 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...

David Ginola makes his Premier League predictions

15-12-2018 Former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder David Ginola guesses at wins for both his former clubs as well as Liverpool over Manchester United in Premier League predictions.

Classy Virat Kohli leads India fightback in face of quality Australian bowling

15-12-2018 India reach 3-172 with Kohli looking composed on 82 not outAustralia’s lead by 154 runs at stumps on day two in PerthVirat Kohli has provided predictably composed resistance in the second Test, classily conquering some quality bowling as India reached 3-172 and trimmed Australia’s lead to 154 runs at stumps on day two in Perth.The four-Test series was almost billed as a battle between Australia and Kohli, such were the headlines and hype about the world’s best batsman with an outstanding record in this country. Continue reading...

New Zealand put Sri Lanka under pressure right from the start

15-12-2018 Tim Southee takes 5-67 as New Zealand exploit influential toss on first day of first testTim Southee took 5-67 as New Zealand exploited an influential toss to contain Sri Lanka to 275-9 on the first day of the first test at the Basin Reserve.A late unbeaten half century by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella helped swing the day a little in Sri Lanka’s favor. Dickwella hit 10 fours and was unbeaten on 73 at stumps, losing his last partner, Kasun Rajitha, to the last ball of the day. Continue reading...

Hodgson feels bloodied Crystal Palace sink into ‘absolute doom and gloom’

15-12-2018 Palace host Leicester on Saturday but are missing Wilfried Zaha, without whom they have not won since September 2016Roy Hodgson was discussing defeat, a numbed sense of disappointment Crystal Palace have had to endure too often this season, when the conversation veered unexpectedly into even gorier territory. “You will never get away from the classic American expression that the winner bathes in the loser’s blood,” he said. “That’s where we are. We’ve lost, so it’s our blood out there at the moment and the winners are bathing in it. I just hope we’ll be doing a bit of bathing in blood ourselves in future.” Related: Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview Continue reading...

Marco Silva rules out loan move for Everton midfielder Tom Davies

15-12-2018 • ‘Tom is the present and the future of our club’• Phil Jagielka also remains in manager’s plansMarco Silva has said a loan exit for Tom Davies in January is impossible and that Everton’s club captain, Phil Jagielka, remains in his plans for the remainder of the season.Davies has been consigned to the bench since André Gomes established himself in Everton’s midfield, though he could feature at Manchester City on Saturday with Idrissa Gueye an injury doubt. Silva has assured the England Under-21 international that recent selections are not a reflection of his form and flatly rejected the possibility of the 20-year-old going on loan for more regular football. Continue reading...

What ‘masculinity’ means when you’re gay, bi or trans …

15-12-2018 We’re in the middle of a ‘genderquake’ where the qualities traditionally associated with men are changing daily. So how do three LGBT guys define manliness in 2018? By Joe StoneWhat does it mean to be a man? Right now, masculinity is under the microscope like never before. But one group that is used to navigating the tricky terrain of gender norms is the LGBT community. In a recent survey by Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay magazine, 69% of readers admitted they’d been made to feel “less of a man” because they are gay, bisexual or queer. More troubling still, 41% said that at some point they themselves thought that they were less of a man too. Continue reading...

Vote for your World Sport Star of the Year 2018

15-12-2018 Vote now to help decide the winner of the BBC's World Sport Star of the Year award.

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

15-12-2018 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...

Team Sky: Chris Froome, Sir Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas react to sponsorship withdrawal

15-12-2018 Chris Froome, Sir Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas react to Sky's decision to withdraw backing of Team Sky at the end of 2019.

Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins 'breaking the mould' for women in football – video

15-12-2018 Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingham, believe ‘women’s football is going in the right direction’ and hope to inspire the next generation of female players. You can watch all four films in the series here.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

15-12-2018 Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...