The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

09-12-2018 Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

Pernille Harder: Guardian's female footballer of the year in 60 seconds – video

09-12-2018 Pernille Harder has been voted as the Guardian's best female footballer in the world 2018. The Danish striker won the Uefa women's player of the year 2017-18 and spearheaded Wolfsburg's run to the Women's Champions League final, where she scored the opening goal. She has scored 32 goals in 42 appearances since joining Wolfsburg in 2017, as well as finding the net 53 times in over 100 international appearances for Denmark.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

Jason Roy could add spice to England setup as Ed Smith mulls Test squad

09-12-2018 Selector has not shied away from bold picks and may use West Indies Tests to experiment with the exciting over the pragmaticSince Ed Smith became the chief selector it has been worth keeping an eye on the announcement of England squads. He has delivered a few surprises in his nine months in the job, during which he has never seemed intimidated by the enterprising selection that might attract some flak.Smith’s best call for the Test team was probably his first – he has suggested as much – when he selected Jos Buttler, who had not expected the call because of the long-accepted drawback of him not having encountered a red ball for months. His most controversial was the recall of Adil Rashid, who was in retirement from red-ball cricket at the time. Both decisions provoked plenty of criticism, which has long since evaporated. Continue reading...

Cardiff’s Nick Williams: ‘Going on this long must be to do with my genes’

09-12-2018 In an age of early retirements the 35-year-old Cardiff No 8 has already outlasted most modern players, and he is not finished yetNick Williams turned 35 last Sunday. As he drew breath to extinguish the candles on his cake, the Cardiff Blues No 8 marvelled that he was still taking the field at a time when the physical toll on players was prompting a number of early retirements.It is not as if the former Junior All Black, who arrived at the Arms Park after stints with Munster, Aironi and Ulster, operates on the margins of a game. At more than 20st few players are more effective at finding their way over the gainline and the demolition man intends to raze a few more defences before touching his cap to the passing of the years. Continue reading...

UK Snooker Championship 2018: Mark Allen beats Stuart Bingham - best shots

09-12-2018 Mark Allen fights back from 4-2 behind to beat Stuart Bingham 6-5 at the UK Snooker Championship to set up a final showdown with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

09-12-2018 The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a single name lifts an athlete closer to the stars. Few have flown so far into the stratosphere – and plummeted with such Icarusian suddenness – as Tiger. History suggests his flight is far from over. Continue reading...

Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

09-12-2018 Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of La Liga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Following Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at Valencia in which the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, racing to a 3-0 lead by half-time.Messi opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before Ousmane Dembélé doubled the lead on 26 minutes and Luis Suárez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time. The Barcelona captain, who finished only fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, curled in another superb dead-ball strike on 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and team performance. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp: I was not for one second worried about Mohamed Salah’s form

09-12-2018 • Forward set a high bar, says coach after Bournemouth hat-trick• Klopp calls on fans to turn up the noise for Napoli visitJürgen Klopp says he was “not worried for one second” about Mohamed Salah’s form this season but admits both club and player have to learn to deal with the raised levels of expectation that mean the forward’s record-breaking haul in 2017-18 is the yardstick by which he is judged.Klopp was speaking after Salah scored a brilliant hat-trick in Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, taking his league tally for the season into double figures as Liverpool racked up a fifth straight top-flight win and supplanted Manchester City at the top of the table. Continue reading...

David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

09-12-2018 Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

Ada Hegerberg, a dog's goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

09-12-2018 This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concentrate on some whopper asking her to twerk. Here’s more on the Lyon and Norway star. Related: Ada Hegerberg: first women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner is asked to twerk Continue reading...

Dundee v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – as it happened

09-12-2018 Dundee moved off the bottom thanks to a fine rearguard, their 10 men, limiting Rangers – who missed the chance to take top spot – to hopeful crosses and very little else 3.49pm GMT Rangers dropped another two points in the Premiership title race with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Dundee. After losing 1-0 at home to Aberdeen at Ibrox in midweek, the visitors found themselves in trouble again when former Gers striker Kenny Miller scored after just nine minutes when he capitalised on a hesitant Ibrox rearguard to beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor. 3.24pm GMT So there we are. That was a lot of fun, especially in the first half but also in the second. Rangers played like a team who haven’t been coached, without method or composure, which suited Dundee down to the ground. They have things about which to think before Thursday’s European decider, while Dundee will feel they’ve a decent chance of staying up. Ta-ra. Continue reading...

The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

09-12-2018 In only two Test matches have both captains declared with a score below 150 and both involved England and plenty of rainIn only two Test matches have both captains declared with scores below 150 and in those games, by definition extraordinary, the higher of those totals was a mere 81. Both involved England and both had one other thing in common: rain, plenty of it, and pitches at best partially protected and massively affected.The two third-innings declarations remain the two lowest such totals in the history of Test cricket and they set the two lowest fourth-innings, post-declaration targets ever, though one was almost three times as big as the other. Continue reading...

WSL: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea highlights

09-12-2018 Watch highlights as Chelsea beat Brighton to maintain the pressure on WSL leaders Arsenal and Manchester City.