'Fantastic' win completes very good week for Spurs - Mauricio Pochettino

16-12-2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praises the character of his "fantastic" players after Spurs secured an important 1-0 home win over Burnley at Wembley Stadium.

BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

16-12-2018 • Nick Rust commented on discussions not yet taken place• The New One retires as Brain Power wins the dayRacing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Rust, on the highly emotive subject of whip use. Rust told a BBC journalist that “a new structure for penalties and deterrents for overuse of the whip” would be announced next month, when in fact initial discussions on any such change have not even begun.Mere hours after Rust’s comments were published on Friday night, the BHA confirmed it had not yet broached the subject. “We are in a position to consider how to progress this issue,” it said in a statement, adding that its review of fatalities at Cheltenham had to be completed before the whip review could start. Privately officials concede that Rust had spoken wildly out of turn and it is understood he made a contrite phone call to Paul Struthers, his opposite number at the Professional Jockeys Association, in an attempt to smooth things over. Continue reading...

Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Pep Guardiola relived to win 'dangerous, dangerous' game

16-12-2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is delighted after seeing his side head back to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over a "dangerous" Everton side.

World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Bianca Walkden & Lauren Williams win gold for GB

16-12-2018 Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams both win gold for Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam finals in China.

What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

16-12-2018 Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...

England’s hockey World Cup dream ended by Belgium in semi-final rout

16-12-2018 • England are thrashed 6-0 in Bhubaneswar• Netherlands beat Australia on penalties in other semi-finalEngland’s dream of reaching a first men’s hockey World Cup final since 1986 was ended in humbling fashion as they were beaten 6-0 by Belgium in Bhubaneswar, India.England pulled off a major surprise by beating the world’s second-ranked side, Argentina, in their quarter-final – but were brought down to earth by the world’s No 3 team, who raced into an early two-goal lead. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

16-12-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Liverpool v Man Utd: Jurgen Klopp says his side need to be 'angry' on Sunday

16-12-2018 Jurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to be "angry" when they host long-time rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem?

16-12-2018 Football Focus speaks to former England midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, journalist Jonathan Liew and Kick It Out's Troy Townsend to debate race, football and the media.

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

16-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.