17-12-2018 Ralph Hasenhüttl hails Southampton team and fans after 'amazing' win over Arsenal – video

Ralph Hasenhüttl enjoyed a dream home debut as Southampton manager after Charlie Austin's late header earned a 3-2 win over Arsenal. The victory was Saint's first in the Premier League on home soil since late April and prompted scenes of jubilation in the stands followed by a lap of honour on the pitch. Hasenhüttl sent free beer vouchers to season ticket holders during the week in an attempt to have 'everyone in our boat to row with us' and after ending the Gunners' 22-game unbeaten run, the new manager joked about considering whether to make this a regular occurrence.Free beers for fans … three cheers for Southampton, says Hasenhüttl Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of Year: Remembering Bannister, Regis, Bristow and the other stars we have lost

A chance to reflect on the people from the world of sport who have passed away in the past 12 months.

17-12-2018 Advent calendar 2018: Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian

Watch the moment Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian by retaining her gold medal in the skeleton in Pyeongchang.

17-12-2018 Advent calendar 2018: Kevin Anderson wins second-longest match in Wimbledon history

Kevin Anderson finally wins the second-longest match in Wimbledon history against American John Isner, after six hours and 36 minutes.

17-12-2018 Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.12pm GMT The draw is on! 12.12pm GMT Before we start, Uefa have decided which Champions League games will be played when. More detail here:Hot off the press - fixtures and dates. Interesting to note Spurs at home in the earlier week so doesn’t look like deal done to put it back given stadoium saga. pic.twitter.com/RVTEYY0Ptw Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

Exclusive: bookmaker agreed to payments in return for a pledge not to inform watchdogOne of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator.Ladbrokes showered the gambling addict with thousands of pounds-worth of gifts over two years – including free tickets to football matches and business class flights. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Talking Horses: new data suggests 4% of punters have accounts restricted

A survey analysed by Justice For Punters offers one of the few data-based insights into extent of the issueOne of the more vexed questions in modern betting concerns how often bookmakers are willing to restrict winning customers or close down their accounts altogether. Anecdotal evidence suggests this is happening more and more often, to the point that you often hear punters complaining that firms are trying to make it impossible to be a long-term winner, while betting companies insist that only a tiny percentage of punters are affected. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Eden Hazard ensures Chelsea stay in touch at top with win at Brighton

Eden Hazard departed this contest with a grimace seven minutes from time, his right ankle still smarting from the damage inflicted moments earlier by Dale Stephens’ unpunished challenge. The Belgian has grown used to taping on the ice packs in the dugout, and would rip the joint free once the final whistle had blown, but at least he could be warmed by the knowledge he had inflicted wounds of his own on the opposition.This had been Hazard at his mesmeric best, one of those displays where defenders seem hypnotised by his skill and shrink at his every involvement, the ball seemingly glued to his instep as he scuttles at pace through massed ranks of markers. The first tackle tends to leave him hobbling these days but, like a footballing Gordon Greenidge, he is at his most dangerous when the limp is established and the adrenaline is flowing. For an hour Brighton & Hove Albion had no answer. It was to their credit that they rallied late-on to make the closing stages so uncomfortable for Chelsea after what had initially threatened to be a saunter. Continue reading...

17-12-2018 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.

17-12-2018 Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd: No playmaker, no problem for Reds - Stephen Warnock analysis

MOTD2 pundit Stephen Warnock on why Fabinho and the rest of Liverpool's midfield are as effective at helping the league leaders attack as they are at protecting their defence.

17-12-2018 Sports Personality of the Year winner: Geraint Thomas triumphs after Tour de France success

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas beats Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018.

17-12-2018 European round-up: Barça go clear at top thanks to Lionel Messi hat-trick

• Levante 0-5 Barcelona; Sevilla 2-0 Girona• Ajax thrash De Graafschap 8-0 in EredivisieLionel Messi scored his 43rd hat-trick for Barcelona as they gained a measure of revenge for their record-wrecking defeat by Levante last season with a comprehensive 5-0 victory. Related: Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United Continue reading...

17-12-2018 Andrew Symonds labelled a 'fiction writer' over Monkeygate claim

Harbhajan Singh responds to Australian’s commentsSymonds said India spinner had tearfully apologisedFormer India Test star Harbhajan Singh has effectively called Andrew Symonds a liar and accused the Australian of being a “fiction writer” over his version of the “Monkeygate” controversy.Singh allegedly called Symonds a monkey during a 2008 Test match at the SCG. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the infamous incident, Symonds was interviewed by Fox Cricket and claimed Singh tearfully apologised to him in 2011. Continue reading...