18-12-2018 Shaqiri, scrambles and Champions League draw thoughts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Marcus Bean discuss the Champions League draw, dour management, Xherdan Shaqiri’s career revival, goalmouth scrambles and a message for listeners in TogoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend’s football action, starting with Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which has done something for the Anfield side’s title-challenging credentials, and nothing for José Mourinho’s job prospects. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Ralph Hasenhüttl hails Southampton team and fans after 'amazing' win over Arsenal – video

Ralph Hasenhüttl enjoyed a dream home debut as Southampton manager after Charlie Austin's late header earned a 3-2 win over Arsenal. The victory was Saint's first in the Premier League on home soil since late April and prompted scenes of jubilation in the stands followed by a lap of honour on the pitch. Hasenhüttl sent free beer vouchers to season ticket holders during the week in an attempt to have 'everyone in our boat to row with us' and after ending the Gunners' 22-game unbeaten run, the new manager joked about considering whether to make this a regular occurrence.Free beers for fans … three cheers for Southampton, says Hasenhüttl Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow land IPL contracts in auction – as it happened

Five English players were sold in the Jaipur auction but Chris Woakes missed out and late longlist addition Eoin Morgan was not put up for sale 3.59pm GMT And that’s your lot.So it seems Eoin Morgan’s 11th-hour submission for the auction longlist went overlooked by the eight teams, as he didn’t go under the hammer at all today. English players sold in the IPL auction: Sam Curran - KXIP - £800kJonny Bairstow - SRH - £240kJoe Denly - KKR - £110kHarry Gurney - KKR - £80kLiam Livingstone - RR - £50k Unsold: Pat Brown, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, JOverton, Lewis Gregory, Laurie EvansA total of 60 players have been sold at the VIVO #IPL2019Auction.40 Indians and 20 overseas players.Total money spent ₹1,06,80,00,000 pic.twitter.com/qvgjVrKJob 3.41pm GMT Manan Vohra is first of the three – Rajasthan swoop and take him for 20L.Next: Rajasthan go in for Ashton Turner, who’s taken at the third time of asking for 50L. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 The 100 best male footballers in the world 2018: Nos 100-71

Our panel of 225 experts from 69 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2018. We will unveil 30 names a day until the top 10 on Friday. Meet our 2018 judges2017 edition | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012The 100 best female footballers in 2018 Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Manchester United: Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford ups and downs

BBC Sport looks back on Jose Mourinho's two-and-a-half years as Manchester United manager as the Portuguese coach is sacked with the club sixth in the Premier League.

18-12-2018 Tottenham fan fined and banned for throwing banana skin at Arsenal

The Tottenham fan who threw a banana skin during the north London derby at Arsenal is fined and banned from football for four years.

18-12-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

18-12-2018 FA Cup second-round replay: Connor Jennings scores long-range volley to give Tranmere lead over Southport

Connor Jennings scores a stunning long-range volley from outside the area to give Tranmere an early lead against Southport in their FA Cup second-round replay.

18-12-2018 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, the Olympia Horse Show and Australia v India in day four of the second test.

18-12-2018 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

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

18-12-2018 Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with impunity … It was like a dark shadow came over.”Gareth Farrelly, now 43 and a qualified lawyer, with a Premier League and international career behind him, is recalling the bullying he says he endured as a young player at Aston Villa in the 1990s from the coach Kevin MacDonald. It was a “relentlessly negative” regime under him. Continue reading...

18-12-2018 Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss remains 'focused' despite Man Utd link

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is "focused" on his current job after being asked about the vacant role at Manchester United.

18-12-2018 'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.