Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • Cristiano Ronaldo challenges Lionel Messi to join him in Serie A Cristiano-Ronaldo-challenges-Lionel-Messi-to-join-him-in-Serie-A

      Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has challenged Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona and sign for a club in Italy. Portugal international Ronaldo joined Serie A champions Juventus from Real Madrid in a £99.2m deal in the summer. Ronaldo and Argentina forward Messi, 31, have long been regarded as the world’s best players, each winning five Ballon d’Or awards before Real Madrid’s Luka Modric claimed this year’s prize. “I’d like him to come to Italy one day,” said Ronaldo, 33. “I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.” Ronaldo spent nine seasons at Real Madrid...

    • Barcelona beat Espanyol to move three points clear at the top Barcelona-beat-Espanyol-to-move-three-points-clear-at-the-top

        Lionel Messi scored two direct free-kicks in a single La Liga game for the first time as Barcelona beat Espanyol to move three points clear at the top. Messi first found the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to put the visitors ahead. Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca’s lead with a curling finish before Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a tight angle. Another sensational Messi set-piece – this time from further out – completed the victory. Sevilla had missed the chance to leapfrog Ernesto Valverde’s side earlier on Saturday as they were held to a...

    • Wilder v Fury II: WBC sanctions ‘direct’ rematch Wilder-v-Fury-II-WBC-sanctions-direct-rematch

      The WBC has sanctioned a “direct rematch” between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Britain’s Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial and thrilling draw in Los Angeles on Saturday. Both fighters have said they want a rematch, while Fury is pushing for it to be in the UK. The WBC said in a statement there was a “unanimous agreement” to sanction a rematch in a meeting of the board of governors. “Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to...

    • Australia v India: Cheteshwar Pujara leads India fight back at Adelaide Oval Australia-v-India-Cheteshwar-Pujara-leads-India-fight-back-a- Adelaide-Oval

        First Test, Adelaide Oval (day one): India: 250-9: Pujara 123, Cummins 2-49, Hazlewood 2-52, Lyon 2-83, Starc 2-63 Australia: Yet to bat Scorecard   Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century to lead India’s recovery to 250-9 on day one of the first Test in Australia. The Aussies are playing their first home Test series since March’s ball-tampering scandal and started strongly. India skipper Virat Kohli was caught by a diving Usman Khawaja at gully for three as the tourists slumped to 41-4. However, Pujara batted for six hours to score 123 before being run out by Pat Cummins’ direct hit to...

    • Ballon d’Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballond-Or-Luka-Modric-ends-dominance-of-Lionel-Messi-and-Cristiano-Ronaldo1

            Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and...

    • Real Madrid deny Sergio Ramos’ doping breach Real-Madrid-deny-Sergio-Ramos' -doping -breach

            Real Madrid have denied reports their captain Sergio Ramos failed a drug test before the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final. German weekly Der Spiegel reported the defender failed to declare he had taken a banned substance. Ramos had taken dexamethasone, and the captain went on to play the full 90 minutes in the final, which Real won 4-1 against Juventus, the report said. The three-time defending European champions said in a statement that Ramos “has never breached the anti-doping control regulations,” and that UEFA “closed the matter immediately,” following the “verification of experts from the World Anti-Doping...

    • Sri Lanka v England: Tourists on top after hosts collapse on day two srilanka-vs-england

            Third Test, Colombo (day two) England 336 (Bairstow 110, Stokes 57, Sandakan 5-95) & 3-0 Sri Lanka 240: Karunaratne 83, Dhananjaya 73, Rashid 5-49, Stokes 3-30 England lead by 99 runs Scorecard England took control of the third Test with eight wickets in the final session of day two as Sri Lanka tamely collapsed in Colombo. The hosts had reached 173-1 in reply to England’s 336 but lost nine wickets for 67 runs to be dismissed for 240. Adil Rashid finished with Test-best figures of 5-49, Ben Stokes claimed 3-30 and Keaton Jennings took four fine catches at short...

    • India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Match abandoned as rain plays spoilsport in crucial tie

      The second T20I between India and Australia has been abandoned. Australia will take a 1-0 series lead into the T20 decider at the SCG on Sunday. Here are the highlights: # The match has been abandoned at the MCG.  Tweets by BCCI # Australia 132/7 (19 overs) # Australia 122/7 (18 overs) # Australia 103/7 (17 overs) # Andrew Tye is the new man in!  # Wicket! Nathan Coulter Nile departs for an aggressive 9 ball 18 which nearly spells the end of the Australian resistance in a clash which has been largely one-sided so far! Australia 101/7 (16 overs) #...

    • Women’s World T20 semi-final, India vs England womens world t20 series

      India and England are all set to battle it out in the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua # England 93/2 (15 overs) # England 87/2 (14 overs) # England 79/2 (13 overs) # England 74/2 (12 overs) # England 70/2 (11 overs) # England need 53 runs off 60 balls and are marching on to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2018. The Indian bowlers need to pick some quick wickets to get back into the game.    # England 60/2 (10 overs) # England 52/2 (9...

    • Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root’s sublime 124 puts tourists on top england-lead-by-278-runs

          Second Test, Pallekele (day three) England 290 & 324-9: Root 124, Burns 59, Foakes 51*, Akila 6-106 Sri Lanka 336: Roshen 85, Karunaratne 63, Dhananjaya 59, Leach 3-70, Rashid 3-75 England lead by 278 runs Scorecard     England captain Joe Root hit a majestic century to put his side in a strong position to win the series against Sri Lanka on day three of the second Test. Root dominated the spinners, scoring freely to reach his 15th Test ton and first away from home since replacing Alastair Cook as skipper last year. He fell lbw for 124 to...