09-12-2018 The Fiver: The only people laughing are watching David Luiz’s defending

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Is it true that the Fiver never gets invited to cool dinners with influential football intellectuals? The Fiver prefers not to comment on idle speculation. The Fiver has lots of friends! Lots of important and influential friends in high places and anyway its invite to Arrigo Sacchi’s meal with Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri earlier this year probably got lost in the post. So stop laughing. The Fiver totally would have applied for a passport in order to fly to Italy for that. Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Blues 'mentality' makes Maurizio Sarri 'very happy'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is "very happy" with the way his side played and feels they fully deserved their 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

09-12-2018 ‘#weareNOTgymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of Lisses. She is a 20m tall triangular wall, rutted and pocked with concrete knobs, ledges and gullies. In the late 1980s David Belle and his friends would come here to swing, leap and bound from one of her nooks to the next until they made it all the way to the platform at the top. They were not only playing but training. There was a discipline to it. Because it all grew out of the obstacle course techniques David was taught by his father, Raymond, who had been a soldier and a fireman. They called it “parcours” or “route”. Related: Penalty flops and flips, Grand Final memories and Parkour 3.0 | Classic YouTube Continue reading...

09-12-2018 The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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

09-12-2018 Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video explainer

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium on 9 December. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for the animosity between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca, but the second leg at El Monumental was postponed after the Boca team bus was attacked before the matchPostponed Copa Libertadores final to be played at Bernabéu in Madrid Continue reading...

09-12-2018 David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start

Now, perhaps, we can understand why Pep Guardiola did not want to entertain any questions before this match about the possibility of Manchester City going unbeaten through the entire season. The Invincibles mark II? Not quite. The champions have been reminded what it feels like to lose a Premier League match, eight months since it last happened, and suddenly it is Guardiola’s team playing catch-up at the top of the table.Those of us who have lauded them for so long would probably be well advised not to join the stampede of revisionists finding fault in what had previously looked like a perfectly oiled machine. Yet, if nothing else, at least it is a reminder that City are not as slick as many people believed. They had been behind for a grand total of 12 minutes in all their previous league fixtures and, on the evidence of this defeat, it is fair to say Liverpool, the new leaders, can be encouraged by the possibilities that have opened up. Continue reading...

09-12-2018 UK Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Tom Ford to reach final

Watch some of the best shots as Ronnie O'Sullivan cruises through his UK Snooker Championship semi final, beating Tom Ford 6-1 in York.

09-12-2018 Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Adam Thompstone salvages losing bonus point for Leicester at Racing 92

• Racing 92 36-26 Leicester• Tigers score four tries in defeatOn balance Leicester could have picked a better weekend to head to Paris. At least there were no riots or tear gas canisters inside Racing’s stunning new indoor home but an 80-minute water cannon bombardment might have been less arduous than some of the on-field punishment they soaked up en route to a 14th loss in their last 15 European forays across the Channel. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...

09-12-2018 '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?

09-12-2018 Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the president, Keramuddin Karim, after reviewing allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the Afghanistan women’s national team by AFF staff. Related: Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Twickenham considers NFL-style plan for elite to split into two regions

• Nigel Melville suggests geographical spread of clubs• Premiership still wants to ringfence itselfThe Rugby Football Union has proposed expanding the Premiership to 16 teams – split into two conferences – to resolve the continuing debate over promotion and relegation.Nigel Melville, the interim RFU chief executive, believes a move towards an American model, dividing the league along geographical boundaries, would answer the long-standing issue of whether to ringfence the Premiership. He also believes doing away with the Premiership Rugby Cup – largely a development competition – and reducing the number of professional players in England would be of long-term benefit. Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Jadon Sancho settles derby with Schalke as Dortmund move nine points clear

Sancho dedicates winning goal to late grandmotherSevilla held by Valencia, Atlético cruise past AlavésJadon Sancho’s winning earned Borussia Dortmund all three points in their local derby at Schalke and sent Lucien Favre’s team nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.The 18-year-old England international decided the contest in the 74th minute, cutting in from the left and shooting beyond Ralf Fahrmann for his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season. Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Why trash talk is essential to the fight game – video

Whether it’s showboating or shameful, puerile or poetry, trash talk is and will remain an integral part of professional fighting. It’s an invaluable promotional tool that risks contempt from the public and a powerful weapon that can distract your opponent, or make them stronger. In a sport where every move comes with the potential for a devastating counter, the double-edged nature of trash talk is most fitting Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Raheem Sterling accuses media of ‘fuelling racism’ after alleged abuse

• Forward expects ‘no better’ after alleged incident at Chelsea• Sterling screengrabs MailOnline story alongside Instagram postEngland and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has accused some sections of the media of helping to “fuel racism” with their portrayal of young black footballers after he was the victim of alleged racist abuse during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. Related: Chelsea and police investigate claims of racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling Continue reading...

09-12-2018 Dundee 1-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard's side held by ten men at Dens

Ten-man Dundee hold on for a draw against Rangers to move off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.