Amir Khan v Kell Brook: Costello and Bunce analyse long-awaited fight

Are Amir Khan and Kell Brook past their best? Could they fill a stadium? Mike Costello and Steve Bunce have their say.



River Plate claim Copa Libertadores against 10-man Boca with Quintero goal

• River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (aet; 5-3 on agg)• Pratto 68 Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44It may be marked with an asterisk and there could be more chapters to come in this extraordinary story, soaked in symbolism, sport and society, drama and emotion too, raw and exhilarating to the last, but River Plate are the Copa Libertadores winners – clinching a title they and Boca Juniors, their great rivals from across Buenos Aires, always knew would be forever.The game that would never end, reached the very, very end. “It’s been almost 60 days since this started and there is tremendous sadness,” said the Boca manager, Guillermo Schelotto. With 120 minutes gone and River 2-1 up, he watched as Leonardo Jara hit the post, the tension clawing at nerves as never before. That left Boca with one last chance: a corner the referee seemed determined to delay, as if clinging to this game, not wanting to let it go, and their goalkeeper Esteban Andrada in attack where he had been for seven or eight minutes already. It also left them exposed. Continue reading...



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

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.



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.



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

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.



Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left hanging in the breeze with the future direction of the flagship national team still uncertain. After the Wallabies produced an abysmal 4-9 win-loss record this year – their worst performance since 1958 – it was widely accepted that Rugby Australia had to be seen to be doing something to turn the team around in time for the World Cup in Japan next year.The fate of Cheika and his assistants was meant to be decided at a RA board meeting in Sydney on Monday, but no action was taken in what amounted to a public relations disaster. Instead, RA chairman Cameron Clyne held a doorstop press conference to announce the “process” would be “wrapped up” by Christmas. Continue reading...



Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years on the news beat for various tabloid newspapers. That may surprise a few people because, outside the industry, there seems to be a perception you are either one or the other: broadsheet or red-top, luvvie or rotter. But it doesn’t actually work like that. I worked for a freelance agency in the Midlands, covering for virtually all the national titles, and there was no room for journalistic snobbery for a young reporter with a provisional driving licence and 40-words-per-minute shorthand.But it was definitely an eye-opener. One story was of a car being stolen in Leicester while, unbeknown to the thief, a baby was strapped into the back seat. The car was still missing and the police had organised a press conference for her mother, who had not been identified, to make a public appeal. It was a big story and there were a lot of national newspaper journalists in attendance. But I can still remember the awkwardness when she came in and the vibe from several reporters – not just the tabloids – that there was an issue, news-wise. The woman in question wasn’t white. She was Indian and that was a problem, I was told, because the relevant newspapers might no longer think it was a photograph, or story, their readership wanted. Continue reading...



Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. Continue reading...



Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...



Raheem Sterling told Gary Neville about abuse concerns in 2016

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



Talking Horses: building plans in place at second London racecourse

Homes may be built around the edges of Sandown and the money used to fund improvements for racegoers and localsWe wake to more news of proposed development at a Jockey Club racecourse in the London area. Happily, the plans to put up 300 new homes and a hotel at Sandown would not mean obliterating the track itself, which is what could happen at Kempton under plans first mooted a couple of years ago. Continue reading...



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

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...



Match of the Day: Ian Wright and Martin Keown assess Premier League title race

Match of the Day pundits Martin Keown and Ian Wright both agree that the Premier League title race is now on with Liverpool now leading Manchester City by one point.



Brook v Khan may be latest fight that gets away in boxing’s numbers game | Kevin Mitchell

The two 32-year-olds are past their box-office peaks and Khan is being lined up to take on WBO title-holder Terence CrawfordThe immediate, logical reaction to Kell Brook grinding out a flat-footed points win over the Australian Michael Zerafa in Sheffield was that it would make his long-awaited showdown with Amir Khan much easier to put together.“If I was Amir Khan, I’d be straight on the phone,” Eddie Hearn said after an unimpressive 118-110, 119-109, 117-111 win that ensured Brook is the mandated challenger for Jarrett Hurd’s WBA light-middleweight title. “Kell knows that was below par. But, every time they fight, one becomes the favourite and one becomes the underdog. [Kell] knows he’s got to be a lot better than that, and he will be.” Continue reading...



'We're not here to be Invincibles': Guardiola hails players despite loss to Chelsea – video

Pep Guardiola struck a philosophical tone after Manchester City's 0-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, insisting: 'We're not here to be Invincibles; we're here to be champions.' Despite dominating possession for most of the game, Manchester City conceded a goal in each half to slump to their first league defeat in eight months and drop to second place in the Premier League. Guardiola praised his team's performance despite the result, claiming they had played with 'great personality' throughout.David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Continue reading...