Blog: ‘Why my fiancee and I are creating a new joint surname when we marry’

14-12-2018 In his second weekly blog, Alexi Duggins explains how he’s making sure his upcoming marriage will be a genuine, equal partnershipIn two months’ time, I get married. It’s a big occasion for many reasons: I’ll be making a lifelong commitment to the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met, it’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever done, and it will also be the first time that my family have seen me cry in public since an ill-advised midnight screening of Ghostbusters II. Continue reading...

Chelsea face partial stadium closure if Uefa finds fans guilty of antisemitism

14-12-2018 • Uefa to decide whether to open disciplinary case• Fàbregas happy if Chelsea ‘taught a lesson’ to tackle racismChelsea will be forced to close part of Stamford Bridge in the Europa League if Uefa concludes their fans were guilty of an antisemitic chant in Budapest.The governing body hopes to receive on Friday reports which will enable it to decide whether to open a disciplinary case. Chelsea have strongly condemned a section of their fans for a chant which referenced “yids” in the Europa League game at Vidi but Uefa needs to take its own judgment. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

14-12-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the final round of matches in the group stages of the Champions League, European rugby union and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

14-12-2018 Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

Alexandre Lacazette points the way in Arsenal’s Europa League run-out against Qarabag

14-12-2018 A contest of limited consequence given Arsenal’s pre-match status as group winners might not have meant a great deal to many but to Laurent Koscielny the experience of feeling like a footballer out on the pitch again and under the floodlights appeared to mean everything.His individual performance passed without major incident – ideal under the circumstances – and when his number was up after 72 minutes he stopped for a moment and raised his fist to the air, before breaking into an elated smile. The crowd responded with a warm ovation. The substitutes all shook his hand when he got back to the bench, obviously delighted for him. This was a significant moment for the Arsenal captain. He described it later as “much more than a game”. Continue reading...

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

14-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

14-12-2018 When you look closely at the ritual, it begins to seem odd that cricket lets blind luck and ‘dynamical bias’ play such a large partWhen he was 14, Persi Diaconis packed a fresh deck of cards and a spare pair of socks into a knapsack and ran away from home to become a magician’s assistant. He spent the next few years as an apprentice with Dai Vernon, whose sleight of hand was so smart, so sharp, he even beat Harry Houdini, who famously claimed he could pick any magic trick on the third go, until Vernon fooled him seven times in a row.They used to call Vernon “the Professor”, and now they do Diaconis, too. Because that is what he is. The Mary V Sunseri professor of statistics and mathematics, to be exact, at Stanford, where he has been continuing his lifelong study of chance and probability. Continue reading...

Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

14-12-2018 A growing ‘kindful movement’ is gathering pace, says author Caroline Millington, and men have much to gain from itYou’d have had to be trapped in the Love Island villa all summer with no access to the outside world to have missed the latest movement in self-care.It’s on T-shirts, phone covers, Instagram quotes, street art … I’ve even written an entire book about it. The buzzword? “Kind”. Continue reading...

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

14-12-2018 Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

Liverpool v Manchester United buildup, Chelsea latest and more – live!

14-12-2018 Countdown to weekend’s football in the Premier League and beyondChelsea face partial stadium closure if Uefa finds fans guiltyEmail Niall or tweet him @niallmcveigh 2.14pm GMT Afternoon, Niall here for a brief stint off the bench. Let’s start in Scotland, where Brendan Rodgers takes Celtic to Hibs for a tasty-looking contest on Sunday. Celtic are top but could be overtaken by Kilmarnock on Saturday, with Rangers also looking to capitalise if they slip up at Easter Road.“The games are coming thick and fast and we are putting a lot of energy into a lot of our games,” Rodgers said. “The guys have been amazing. The level they have been at, the concentration, the effort ... we have played a season worth of games already.” 1.53pm GMT A team news update from Pep Guardiola:Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero could return to the Manchester City side to face Everton. “He did the last two training sessions with the team. He has no pain but after we are going to decide,” Guardiola said. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will also be checked ahead of the game at the Etihad. The Belgian suffered a knee ligament injury in the EFL Cup win over Fulham on 1 November. Guardiola added: “The same as Sergio. He has trained, no pain. We will see.”He said: “In January we are not going to sign anyone.” Continue reading...

Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive | Eni Aluko

14-12-2018 Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially biased agendas has been very positive. It feels like a genuine step forward is being made and that Sterling has managed to turn something outrageous into a catalyst for long, overdue change. Related: If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists | John Barnes Continue reading...

Chelsea condemn own fans over antisemitic chant in Budapest

14-12-2018 Chelsea’s reputation took another withering blow on Thursday night, with the club condemning their own supporters after they were heard singing an antisemitic chant in Hungary, just days after four fans were suspended for allegedly abusing Raheem Sterling.Minutes into Chelsea’s first match since Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Manchester City was overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse directed at City’s Sterling, a group of the 1,273 travelling supporters were heard singing a derogatory chant about Tottenham fans, featuring antisemitic language. Continue reading...

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

14-12-2018 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.

'It's right for the team': Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

14-12-2018 After 14 years Steve Hansen has called time on coaching New Zealand. The 59-year-old announced that he will be stepping down after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying that it was time for 'a fresh pair of eyes'. The All Blacks have lost only eight of 96 Tests under Hansen, a win ratio of 89%.  Continue reading...

Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

14-12-2018 Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year‑old in her home city of Tver, just over 100 miles from Moscow, and realised she had an unerring knack for hitting trebles and doubles – and beating the older boys at her youth club. “I wasn’t very well liked,” she laughs. “I think that’s what toughened me up, because I’ve always had to be amongst the boys. Being a girl I have had to fight for my spot.”Not a great deal has changed in the intervening two decades. But having qualified for one of two new women’s spots at this year’s expanded PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday, the 34-year-old Dobromyslova intends to make the most of her opportunity. “You don’t realise how many emotions I have,” she says. “I’m excited, I’m nervous and I know playing in front of thousands of people will be challenging. But with a bit of luck, who knows what could happen?” Continue reading...

WTA offers ranking protection for mothers returning to tour

14-12-2018 Players will use previous rankings at select tournamentsReturn of Serena Williams after giving birth prompted debateThe WTA has given additional protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth.Players who have returned from maternity leave – or have been absent through injury – will now be allowed to use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year period following their comeback. Continue reading...

Martin Dubravka chooses his Newcastle United band-mates

14-12-2018 Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka grew up attending music school, but which of his teammates would he choose to form a team band?

Formula E breakdown: 'Unbelievable' circuits & 'mega' cars - five reasons to watch

14-12-2018 From "unbelievable" locations to former Formula 1 drivers in "mega" cars, BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jack Nicholls tells us why Formula E is a must-watch.