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...

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...

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...

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

09-12-2018 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.

Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

09-12-2018 The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online betting will soon introduce a whistle-to-whistle ban on television advertising around sporting events is a collector’s item. Ray Winstone’s loss, many will feel, is the armchair fan’s gain.The market leaders in online gambling, including Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power Betfair, are all signed up to the voluntary ban, from which TV coverage of horse racing will be exempt. So, too, are the firms with big retail estates, such as Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, who may – perhaps – have learned a lesson from their long, bitter and ultimately futile campaign to resist pressure for a cut in stakes on fixed‑odds betting terminals. Continue reading...

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah romps to a hat-trick in 4-0 win at Bournemouth

09-12-2018 The general consensus seems to be that Mohamed Salah has not been quite the same player this season. On this evidence there is nothing to worry about after the striker produced a wonderful individual display that finished with him walking off the pitch with the matchball under his arm. A brilliant hat-trick was completed in style – Asmir Begovic, the Bournemouth goalkeeper, ended up on his backside, Steve Cook was trailing in Salah’s wake for the umpteenth time and Nathan Aké stood helpless on the line – as Salah flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his left boot. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

09-12-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the conclusion of snooker's UK Championship, plus European Champions Cup rugby and the first Test between Australia and India.

Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback to defeat Cardiff and extend unbeaten run

09-12-2018 • Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues• Premiership champions maintain winning run after early scareSaracens march on with another half-century, another seven tries and another demonstration of how determined they are to reclaim the Champions Cup trophy. If there was any surprise, it took until the introduction of the 20-year-old back-row Ben Earl early in the second half to turn the match in their favour but, all be told, this was a show of Saracens’ remarkable strength in depth to extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches in all competitions. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...

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

09-12-2018 • River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (5-3 agg)• Pratto 68, Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44It may forever be marked with an asterisk and there might well be more chapters to come in this most extraordinary of stories, soaked in symbolism, sport and society, drama and emotion too, raw and exhilarating to the last, but it is River Plate whose name is added to the list of Copa Libertadores winners. The game that would never end, reached the very, very end. With 120 minutes gone and River 2-1 up, Boca hit the post, the tension clawing at nerves like never before. That left them 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...

Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

09-12-2018 • Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton. Continue reading...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

09-12-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.