River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win the Copa Libertadores final

11-12-2018 Watch highlights as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to claim their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy in front of 72,000 fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

Everton 2-2 Watford: Late equaliser difficult to accept - Gracia

11-12-2018 Watford manager Javi Gracia says conceding an equaliser in the 96th minute at Goodison Park is "difficult to accept", after his side drew 2-2 against Everton.

'His Magnum opus': even for Lionel Messi, this was special | Sid Lowe

11-12-2018 This weekend Messi did something unusual: he did something he hasn’t done before, exceeding his own expectationsSunday morning and military machines rolled down the Castellana, armoured vehicles on the move. Snipers stood on roofs and helicopters circled. Something big was happening. “We’ll know how it feels,” Marca said, which they wouldn’t of course, but like everyone else they hoped to find out. And, like everyone else, they were trying. Politicians packed the place, more even than usual, and people arrived from everywhere, papers dedicating dozens of pages. Florentino Pérez left Real Madrid’s match at Huesca early to be there and the best player in the world was due as soon as he’d finished, his club mates too. The third best was there. And so was the fifth.Leo Messi boarded a plane bound for the Bernabéu, where he’s scored more than any visitor, but he wasn’t playing this time. This was the weekend when Javi Calleja was sacked as Villarreal manager and a last-minute equaliser for Valencia couldn’t stop Mestalla whipping out white hankies; when Betis defender Sidnei went all Maradona, or so they said, and Eibar and Levante went wild; when Cornellá hosted the Catalan derby and Butarque the “southern derby”, Leganés’s mascot presiding over an on-pitch proposal at half-time against Getafe because nothing says romance like a six-foot cucumber. Yet much of that didn’t warrant a word because this was also the weekend when Madrid hosted the derby; one they tried to make their own, although it’s not. Continue reading...

Jaguars' Leonard Fournette says he confronted fan after racial slur

11-12-2018 Player was involved in heated exchange at Titans gameJacksonville coach says he has not considered disciplineThe Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette says he became involved in a confrontation with a fan after he was the target of a racial slur.The incident happened during the Jaguars’ game at the Tennessee Titans last Thursday. A video published by TMZ shows Fournette shouting “You’re too old for that” and “I’m gonna beat your ass” at the fan. Players can be disciplined for confrontations with fans but at his Monday press conference Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he believed there were extenuating circumstances. “I met with Leonard,” said Marrone. “He said there was a racial slur, so that’s what was told to me.” Marrone added no one else had mentioned the slur but said: “I trust the player.” Continue reading...

Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho nets derby winner for Dortmund

11-12-2018 Jadon Sancho scores the winner as Borussia Dortmund move nine points clear of at the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Schalke.

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

11-12-2018 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video explainer

11-12-2018 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...

Mark Cavendish training OK and thinks he is over Epstein-Barr virus

11-12-2018 Mark Cavendish hopes his "mismanaged" illness troubles are over following a three-month break from cycling.

Everton 2-2 Watford: Marco Silva says Everton lost focus in second half

11-12-2018 Everton manager Marco Silva admits his side "lost focus" during the second half of their match against Watford, allowing the Hornets to score two quick goals and eventually draw 2-2.

Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

11-12-2018 The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in his voice. “You don’t know where they come from but you can feel that something’s going to happen. I had that feeling when I won the worlds. I had that feeling when I won the Challenge Tour. They’re like premonitions.”Cross shakes his head and smiles at the mysterious force of the past two years. His life has been transformed from being an electrician who won £7 after victory in a pub tournament, to becoming the world champion of darts 18 months later. Cross won £400,000 on 1 January 2018 when, in the PDC world championship final, he crushed his hero, Phil Taylor, at the end of his first year as a professional. Since then, Cross put on five stone in weight and was disconcerted when the lives of his wife and three children were threatened by a crank who was offended by his stunning rise. Continue reading...

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

11-12-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

The Knowledge: heavy FA Cup upsets and long-distance journeymen

11-12-2018 Plus: the clubs named after breweries, and the Newcastle fan who invented the windscreen wiper. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the heaviest defeat inflicted on a top-division side by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup?” asks Lindsay Davis. “The best I can discover is Scunthorpe United (2nd Div) 6-2 Blackpool (1st Div) in the 1961 third round.” Related: From signing to scoring: what is football's fastest ever debut goal? | The Knowledge Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Harry Kane or Richarlison to Barcelona?

11-12-2018 Today’s tell-all is on holiday by mistake More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye. Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

Raheem Sterling told Gary Neville about abuse concerns in 2016

11-12-2018 Ex-Man United defender Gary Neville says Raheem Sterling came to him for help after what he felt were "vicious" attacks during Euro 2016.