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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 – live!

48 min 7 sec ago

6.46pm GMT

All Liverpool cultural signifiers ticked in the opening credits as we zoom in on the Echo Arena – Beatles, Ferry Across the Mersey, Wayne Rooney, the Liver Building. Before the somewhat less Scouse Noel Gallagher gets things underway with some so-so pub rock. Obviously.

6.44pm GMT

But of course we’re not just here for the nice things in life – here’s the anti-Spoty awards, courtesy of Simon Burnton:

Related: The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2017

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Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet again as Liverpool hit Bournemouth for four

1 hour 52 sec ago

When Liverpool purr like this, delighting in every incisive move and swarming all over panicked opponents, it is hard to contemplate the reality they are a team only marginally closer to the top of the table than the condemned beneath the relegation cut-off. This was a performance to showcase all that is thrilling about Jürgen Klopp’s side, from Philippe Coutinho’s invention to Mohamed Salah’s bite, from the poise at pace in midfield to the relentless press which left Bournemouth gasping for breath. It would have been a stroll on the south coast had it not all been so blisteringly energetic.

Klopp could replace his entire front-line before the end, Roberto Firmino having plundered his team’s fourth, to allow Adam Lallana only a second cameo of the season and Sadio Mané an afternoon uninterrupted on the bench. This thrashing was implemented without a call for the Senegalese, with the hosts never threatening to overhaul the two-goal deficit, as they had last year, this time round. Liverpool are now unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions. Manchester City may not be looking over their shoulders quite yet but, on their day, this team remains one of the delights of the division.

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Manchester United will keep fighting for Premier League title, says Mourinho – video

1 hour 20 min ago

Jose Mourinho vows that Manchester United will fight for the title until the final game of the season following victory at West Brom on Sunday. United closed Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points after the 2-1 win at the Hawthorns. ‘We don’t want to go on holidays. We want to play until the last match,’ says Mourinho

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Manchester United still chasing hard but second best is the best on offer | Paul Wilson

1 hour 40 min ago
José Mourinho’s team showed fight in victory at West Bromwich Albion despite knowing they have little chance of winning title with City 11 points clear

Title contenders have been dropping like flies in recent weeks, Manchester City’s apparent impregnability at the top of the table acting like one of those light blue insect zappers you sometimes find in chip shops, and the difficulty for everyone else now is how hard to chase when the race already seems won.

Antonio Conte admitted defeat some time ago and one can sympathise with the Chelsea coach’s complaint that no one is watching his club any longer, even though they are in a good vein of form and have won eight of their past 10 games.

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Rain appears the only hope to stop Australia reigning supreme in Ashes | Adam Collins

2 hours 53 min ago
Joe Root’s momentary lapse of reason in Perth has left England’s Barmy Army looking to the weather forecasters for help in stopping the rot

Cognitive dissonance is flying the better part of 10,000 miles to watch the cricket then sing and dance and plead for rain. The healthy travelling support summed up England’s dire situation as well as any.

Maybe they had also directed their prayers in the direction of Cardiff in 2009, when the situation was much the same. Australia batted second there before a huge downpour ended Ricky Ponting’s quest for wickets on the fourth evening. We all know what happened next.

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

3 hours 5 min ago

4.30pm GMT

1 min Blow your whistle! Blow your hoooorn!

4.29pm GMT

Out they come. Bournemouth payers are hugging and stuff; in the studio, Graeme Souness is doubtless stroking his thighs as though Gennaro Gattuso has just offered out Joe Jordan.

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Romelu Lukaku sets Manchester United on victory path at West Brom

3 hours 11 min ago

The chase feels forlorn, and it must be even more dispiriting for Manchester United when they play the day after their neighbours have turned in yet another stirring performance, but José Mourinho and his players can at least take some satisfaction from the fact they managed to trim the deficit at the top back to 11 points.

Romelu Lukaku, taking his Premier League tally for the season into double figures, and Jesse Lingard got the goals on an afternoon that ended up being nothing like as comfortable as it should have been for United. Mourinho’s side were 2-0 up and strolling to victory when Albion punished their complacency by snatching a late goal through Gareth Barry that set up a tense finale.

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Elliot Daly scores two tries in Wasps’ revenge mission against La Rochelle

4 hours 5 min ago
• Wasps 21-3 La Rochelle
• Home side’s pack responds to humiliation in France with strong performance

Historically the fourth round of the Champions Cup tests a team’s mental fortitude and character as much as their rugby abilities, which was the case for Wasps as they looked to exorcise the demons inflicted on them by La Rochelle seven days earlier.

Officially the knockout stages do not begin until April but for Wasps this was knockout rugby in everything but name. Following their 49-29 humbling on the French Riviera last weekend, Dai Young’s side were forced to dig deep to stay in the competition. Wasps were knocked from pillar to post at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre last weekend but still managed to score four tries on limited territory and possession. That was key at the Ricoh Arena on a cold December afternoon with the Premiership finalists of last season fully aware if they could turn possession and territory in their favour they could hurt the French club with their dynamic back division.

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Craig Overton and Stuart Broad injury concerns add to England Ashes woe

4 hours 50 min ago
• Overton could miss rest of series after falling on cracked rib
• Broad has knee problem and is wicketless so far in Perth

Craig Overton is facing the prospect of his Ashes series ending early, and Stuart Broad is struggling with a knee issue that could require surgery at the end of the tour, as the problems continue to mount up for England and Joe Root.

Overton had been bowling through the pain of a cracked rib during the third Test. But on the third day he once again fell on the troublesome area when diving in the field. Having bowled just one over up to the point, he did not return to the attack as Australia posted 662 for nine declared.

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Hearts end Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten domestic run in emphatic style

5 hours 4 min ago

Hearts ended Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten domestic run in stunning fashion with a 4-0 hammering of the Premiership champions at Tynecastle.

A much-changed home side surged into a two-goal interval lead when the 16-year-old Harry Cochrane fired in his first goal for the Edinburgh club in the 26th minute before the former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty added a second with a fine finish nine minutes later.

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Milan thumped by struggling Verona amid Uefa concern over club’s finances

5 hours 20 min ago
• Verona 3-0 Milan (Caracciolo 24, Kean 55, Bessa 77)
• Uefa reject Milan request for temporary FFP exemption

Milan’s miserable season hit a new low when they slumped to a 3-0 loss at struggling Verona in Serie A on Sunday, two days after Uefa expressed concern over the club’s financial situation.

Antonio Caracciolo, Moise Kean and Daniel Bessa scored for Verona who climbed to 17th in the table after earning only their third league win of the season.

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West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

6 hours 10 min ago

1.25pm GMT

Alan Pardew has mostly kept faith with the players who held Liverpool at Anfield. Only one change for West Brom, Oliver Burke replacing Hal Robson-Kanu.

Manchester United make three changes to the side that beat Bournemouth 1-0. Ashley Young replaces Luke Shaw at left-back, Scott McTominay makes way for Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford comes in for Anthony Martial. Paul Pogba is still suspended.

1.20pm GMT

West Brom: Foster; Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Livermore, Krychowiak; Burke, Rondon, McClean. Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Brunt, Barry, Field, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Lingard, Rashford; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay, Martial, Ibrahimovic.

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Tottenham are the latest challengers floored by the Manchester City problem | Jonathan Wilson

6 hours 17 min ago
Spurs pressed Pep Guardiola’s side high up the pitch but were undone by Ederson’s distribution as Manchester City adjusted their gameplan to extend their winning run

The title race is done, Manchester City’s excellence beyond all previous experience. They’re less a football team now than one of those apparently unsolvable maths problems: Fermat’s Last Theorem, the Riemann Hypothesis, the Hodge Conjecture, the Guardiola Impossibility. How on earth do you beat them? Soon some American foundation will put up a prize to stimulate investigation. In 30 years, there will be a biopic about the savant who finally achieves it, his Eureka moment captured in a montage of unslept nights, screwed up paper and huge roller blackboards from which chalked formulae spew. Perhaps we need Brendan Rodgers back with his tea and toast and long dark nights of the goal at Melwood.

Mauricio Pochettino tried. He did not just pack men behind the ball. He did not look to deny City space and scrap and spoil. As he has done before against Pep Guardiola sides, he tried to pressure them, to squeeze them high up the pitch. The theory, at least, is sound: had Tottenham won, Pochettino would have become the first manager to beat Guardiola three times in league games. No manager has achieved more victories against Guardiola than Jürgen Klopp, whose method is always to press high.

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Restless Joe Root falls short again as England’s Ashes hopes slip away | Ali Martin

6 hours 41 min ago
In contrast to the Zen-like Steve Smith, Joe Root has tried to force the issue too often in Australia and his wafted edge off Nathan Lyon virtually sealed defeat

Joe Root slumped on his bat; a tripod of self-loathing as the ball, the shot and the moment sunk in. The England captain’s default setting is one of natural effervescence but here, with Nathan Lyon wheeling away in celebration and Australia closing in on the Ashes, the fizz was gone.

Lyon had only just come on. His first delivery, though the widest the off-spinner has sent down in the match on the surface least suited to him so far this series, was a length ball and not the half-volley Root saw. He wafted, he edged and, via the leg of Tim Paine behind the stumps, Steve Smith gobbled it up like a Four’n Twenty pie slathered in sauce.

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Ashes: Australia close in on series victory over England – video

7 hours 11 min ago

Australia edged closer to reclaiming the Ashes on day four of the third Test in Perth. The hosts put up a first innings total of 662-9 declared before taking four England wickets for 132 runs. Rain brought play to a premature finish at the Waca on Sunday with the tourists trailing by 127

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England on the edge of series defeat as Australia tighten grip on the Ashes

9 hours 14 min ago
• Third Test, day four: England 403 & 132-4; Australia 662-9 dec
• Hosts need six more wickets on day five to reclaim urn

A tempestuous Sunday in Perth ended with England on the brink of surrendering the Ashes. A fierce, winter wind blew all day, which had players digging into their cases for sweaters. The candlelight carols down by the River Swan were cancelled in the morning - there was certainly no chance of any candles staying alight and there were more serious concerns that the stage and the lights would be blown away.

To the despair of England fans at the Waca, the disruption to the cricket was surprisingly brief. Sometimes there was sun, sometimes showers and always that wind howling across the ground. Amid the gales Australia inexorably tightened their grip, declaring with a lead of 259 and then making clinical incursions into England’s batting like an expert surgeon. At the close the tourists were 132-4, still 127 runs away from making Australia bat again.

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Who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year team award?

9 hours 36 min ago
From England’s victorious youth football squads to cricket’s county championship underdogs, there are strong claims aplenty this year

They did not beat the double world champions over three compelling Tests, but Warren Gatland’s Lions deserve a place on the list for their part in a thrilling series in New Zealand that will stand the test of time. Often under the cosh, there were times when it looked as if the Lions would be hopelessly outmatched against a team as brilliant and confident as the All Blacks, especially after losing 30-15 in the first Test. Instead of allowing their hosts to run away with it, Gatland’s tourists responded with a magnificent performance in the second Test, fighting hard to win 24-21. Their task was still daunting, though: the final Test was at Eden Park and the All Blacks had not lost there since 1994. Yet the Lions held their nerve, battling to a 15-15 draw to fly home with their pride and dignity intact. It was the first drawn Lions series since 1955 but few were complaining.

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James Wade: ‘You need to be different to chase something hard when everyone is laughing at you’

10 hours 36 min ago
As he launches his latest tilt at the world championship title one of the top players in darts talks about his daily battle with the demons in his head

“She was shaking like a leaf when she met me because she doesn’t go out of the house normally,” James Wade remembers as he describes the moment last month when his impact on people far beyond darts became obvious again. Wade was about to reach the quarter-finals of the Players Championship in Minehead when his wife, Samantha, was approached by a deeply apprehensive woman. “It was nice when the lady came up,” Samantha says before turning to her husband. “But she had so many issues, didn’t she?”

“Yeah,” Wade says. “She was agoraphobic, bipolar and had many more anxiety issues but, somehow, she got in a car and allowed her husband to drive her from Bolton to Minehead.”

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Leroy Sané takes the breath away in Manchester City’s latest rampage | Barney Ronay

11 hours 6 min ago
After David Silva’s exceptional performance in the Manchester derby, it was the exquisitely talented Sané’s turn to shine in the rout of Tottenham Hotspur

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if Sergio, Kevin, David, Raheem and Gabriel don’t get you. Well, then, Leroy surely must. With apologies for summoning a distant echo of the cricket, not least on a freezing night in east Manchester when a strange, white, Santa’s beard‑like mist kept drifting in above the Etihad Stadium roof. But Tottenham were undone by raw speed here and above all by the thrilling precision of Leroy Sané on City’s left flank.

If last Sunday’s victory at Old Trafford was a tribute to David Silva’s ability to manipulate the ball, a triumph of engineered incision, then the league leaders were more direct here, scoring three times in the second half and punishing every mistake from a stretched and tiring Tottenham.

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Ugo Ehiogu remembered by Gareth Southgate

11 hours 36 min ago
3 November 1972 – 21 April 2017
The Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre-back was an imposing and dedicated player and later coach, but never forgot his roots in Hackney

• Antonio Carluccio remembered by Giorgio Locatelli

I first met Ugo in 1995 when I signed for Aston Villa. We were both young defenders and we played together as centre-backs. We had five years at Villa and then we both met up again at Middlesbrough, where we played together for another five seasons.

The reality of a centre-back partnership is that you put your bodies on the line for each other. You get in the way, block the shots, you cover each other’s backs metaphorically and physically. We developed a really close, almost telepathic understanding of each other. But you play with someone for 10 years and ultimately so much is unspoken between you. There are so many parts of each other’s life that you know nothing about.

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