16-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year: Billy Monger to receive Helen Rollason Award

Teenage racing driver Billy Monger will receive the Helen Rollason Award at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

16-12-2018 Canelo Álvarez knocks out Rocky Fielding for WBA super middleweight title – live!

Álvarez drops Fielding four times in three rounds to win titleKatie Taylor defends lightweight titles against Eva WahlströmTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 5.08am GMT A total of 35 of the 73 punches Álvarez landed were to the body. An utterly devastating performance at Madison Square Garden. Fielding was simply in over his head.Canelo is now one of a select group of Mexican fighters to have won world championships in three difference weight classes. (Though to be fair, the real WBA champion at super middleweight is Callum Smith, who handed Fielding his first professional defeat by first-round stoppage three years ago.) 5.02am GMT Round 3It’s all Álvarez early in the third. He’s just picking Fielding off with one body shot after another. Fielding is firing back here. Some nice combinations upstairs, three or four punches all landing, but Álvarez is simply walking through them. Fielding is down a third time, another punishing left to the body! Oh dear. How much longer will it last? Fielding beats the count but moments later Fielding is down a fourth time when Álvarez catches him with a right hand upstairs as he’s ducking down. And the referee has stopped it! Continue reading...

16-12-2018 The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 GB claim Madison silver at Track Cycling World Cup in London

Great Britain claimed a silver medal in the men's Madison on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

16-12-2018 The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

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...

16-12-2018 Jonathan Kodjia salvages a point for Aston Villa against Stoke

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue salvaging a point late on. The visitors twice took the lead but Kodjia demonstrated his value by winning a penalty and then notching the equaliser.Joe Allen, who impressed for Stoke, opened the scoring two minutes into the second half and Benik Afobe hit the other from the penalty spot 12 minutes from time. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

• Fan throws beer before world No 1’s match with Alan Tabern• Dutchman beats Tabern 3-1 at Alexandra PalaceMichael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern.The Dutchman was visibly shocked by the incident and returned backstage to compose himself. Once he returned to the stage he beat his English opponent 3-1 in the second round. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign outside the grotto promising that Santa will be back again tomorrow. So, at that time of night, it’s little kids this way and big kids that, up the hill and on beyond the fair to the Great Hall for the opening night of the PDC World Championship. For a lot of people the trip is a winter tradition now, a little less solemn than the carol service at St Paul’s, a little less sobering than swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas morning.The Championship has junked one of its own old rituals. The walk-on girls are gone. The PDC chairman, Barry Hearn, says he was forced into it by the TV companies. “It’s out of my control,” he said. “We’re living in changing times – the PC brigade, the liberal brigade are out in strength.” Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Christian Eriksen’s late strike gives Tottenham win over Burnley

Last Tuesday, Tottenham played Barcelona in the Camp Nou for a place in the Champions League knockout stages. On Wednesday, they face Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final. A game against Burnley in front of a half-full Wembley, rain sheeting down and adding an extra chill to an already freezing Saturday, was always going to be what advertising types call a tough sell.Thank the lord then, for Christian Eriksen. For 90 minutes, it was the sort of grim afternoon that might lead everyone to question their life choices, the 0-0 scoreline to that point even less interesting than it might sound. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 West Ham’s Felipe Anderson underlines Claudio Ranieri’s problems at Fulham

Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Fulham has been less “new manager bounce”, more the dull thud of the reality that he has inherited a squad not suited to the Premier League. Four points from the five matches he has presided over is not a collection rate that will keep Fulham from the Championship.The Italian pronounced this the best performance of that short reign but his statistical read-out of the game pinpointed where West Ham had won the match. “We shoot at goal 16 times,” said Ranieri. “They created two counterattacks and they scored. Our counterattack was not good.” Another pair of bald statistics are that Fulham stayed bottom of the Premier League and have not kept a clean sheet in their last 21 top-division matches. Continue reading...

16-12-2018 Watford 3-2 Cardiff: Warnock describes referee as 'Sunday trainee'

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock describes referee Andy Madley as a "Sunday trainee" after his side's 3-2 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.