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Newcastle United v Sunderland: Premier League – live! | Daniel Harris

*Latest updates from the Tyne-Wear derby*The Guardian’s top 100 footballers of 2014: Nos 100-71*E-mail Tweet @DanielHarris*All today’s live scores and results are here 1.02pm GMT A brilliant recent photo from this fixture. Football! 1.00pm GMT So, that’s four changes for Newcastle - in come Jamaat, Taylor, Ameobi and Tiote, with Haidara, Wi

Andrew Flintoff makes a duck on debut in Australia’s Big Bash

• Former England all-rounder makes three-ball duck for Brisbane Heat• New England ODI captain Eoin Morgan on winning Sydney Thunder side• Flintoff asks ECB to explain Kevin Pietersen’s sacking• Andrew Strauss condemns ECB treatment of Alastair CookAndrew Flintoff made an inauspicious start to life in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20, as his Brisbane Heat side were convincingly beaten by the Syd

Andrew Strauss calls ECB treatment of Alastair Cook ‘hugely disrespectful’

• Former England captain criticises ECB handling of Cook’s dismissal• Strauss backs decision to appoint Eoin Morgan• ECB make clear Kevin Pietersen will never play for England again• Cook ‘gutted’ to lose England ODI captaincyThe former England captain Andrew Strauss has criticised the ECB for their handling of Alastair Cook’s dismissal as one-day captain.Cook was dropped after it was con

Steve Smith fined for slow over-rate, risks ban if happens again

*Australia found to be three overs short of target in second Test*Smith docked 60 per cent of match fee, teammates 30 per centSteve Smith has been fined for Australia’s slow over-rate in the second Test against India and risks a one-match ban if found guilty of the same offence in the next year.Smith’s first Test as captain was considered a resounding success - standing in for the injure

The top 100 footballers 2014 – interactive

Welcome to the Guardian’s choice of the world’s top 100 footballers for 2014. Led by Hernán Crespo, Gilberto Silva, Slaven Bilic and Dietmar Hamann, our panel of 73 experts from 28 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest players on the planet this year. On Sunday we reveal Nos 100-71, on Monday Nos 70-41, on Tuesday Nos 40-11, before unveiling the top 10 on Christmas Eve to complete the

How the Guardian ranked the 2014 world's top 100 footballers

Hernán Crespo, Gilberto Silva, Slaven Bilic and Dietmar Hamann headed a panel of 73 judges from 28 nations as we compiled our latest list of the globe’s greatest players• Check out our top 100 footballers for 2014 interactiveHow do you choose the 100 best footballers in the world? This year we recruited our widest judging panel yet in the Guardian’s annual bid to settle the ultimate pub ar

Elena Baltacha remembered by Judy Murray

14 August 1983–4 May 2014The captain of the Fed Cup team, who coached the British No 1 tennis player from a young age, pays tribute to a ‘dream leader’ who battled injury and illness for years*See the Observer’s obituaries of 2014 in full*Bob Hoskins remembered by Helen MirrenThe first time I met Bally, she was nine years old. She came to a tournament I was running at the Dunblane tenn

Nathan Burns brace propels Wellington Phoenix to win over Sydney FC

*Sydney FC 0-2 Wellington Phoenix*Brace takes Burns’s seasonal tally to 10Nathan Burns has played himself into Asian Cup contention after slotting a double to guide Wellington Phoenix to a 2-0 A-League win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.Phoenix jumped the Sky Blues into fourth spot on the ladder, the highlight Burns’s wonderful individual effort to beat two defenders for his first goa

Muhammad Ali taken to hospital with pneumonia

Three-time world heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, in stable condition, says spokesmanBoxing great Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with pneumonia.The three-time world heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, was being treated by his team of doctors and was in a stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell. Continue reading...

Canberra United stun Perth Glory to win W-League grand final

*Perth Glory 1-3 Canberra United*Ashleigh Sykes scores twice in three minutesAshleigh Sykes has set her sights on World Cup glory after scoring two goals in three minutes to lift Canberra United to a shock 3-1 victory over record-setters Perth in Sunday’s W-League grand final.American import Stephanie Ochs unleashed a sweet 18-metre strike to open the scoring for Canberra at Perth’s nib

Big Bash League, Baby: Darren Sammy shines in Hurricanes win over Stars

*Hobart Hurricanes 5-190 beat Melbourne Stars 9-138 by 52 runs*‘It’s all about enjoying it. It’s not the Big Bash - it’s the BBLB’Darren Sammy marked his Big Bash League debut with a batting onslaught for the Hobart Hurricanes and heaped more pain on the Melbourne Stars.Sammy also took a crucial catch as the Hurricanes easily beat the Stars by 52 runs on Saturday night at the MCG. Conti

Jarryd Hayne says he will sign with an NFL team after Christmas

*Former NRL star back in Sydney due to visa issues*‘I’ll have a team and you will all know about it’Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has revealed he would have signed with a NFL franchise two weeks ago had it not been for visa issues which forced him back to Sydney.Hayne, who has been in the US chasing his dream of playing the NFL, arrived at Sydney Airport on Sunday morning. Conti

Queenslander Joe Burns to make Test debut for Australia on Boxing Day

*Burns called up in place of injured Mitchell Marsh*Lehmann says Burns ‘best man to fill’ Marsh’s spotJoe Burns will make his Test debut on Boxing Day, with national selectors blooding a batsman whom coach Darren Lehmann has long held in high regard.Queenslander Burns is set to replace injured allrounder Mitch Marsh in the XI that defeated India by four wickets in the second Test when Au

Perth Glory beat Central Coast to extend A-League lead to six points

*Perth Glory 4-1 Central Coast Mariners*Mariners eighth, now winless in 10 gamesRising star Danny De Silva nailed a 25-yard wonder goal and Chris Harold scored a brace to lift Perth Glory to a 4-1 win over Central Coast in Saturday night’s A-League clash at nib Stadium.With the Glory clinging to a 2-1 lead, De Silva latched onto Harold’s lob pass, tapped the ball up to himself while back

No tragedy if Wimbledon is served up by pay TV instead of BBC

The BBC and Wimbledon have gone together like strawberries and cream for nearly 80 years, but tennis went the way of cricket, football and rugby long ago‘Flog Wimbledon to pay-TV and you sell off a piece of Britain’s soul”, cries the _Daily Mail_, curiously warm-hearted because the BBC and the tournament “have gone together like strawberries and cream” for nearly 80 years. So repel prospective

Premier League fans’ half-time verdict part 2: Man United to West Ham

Fans assess their club’s season so far: the flops, the stars and who would play their manager in a movie• Part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City8/10 The belief is coming back and although we have been fortunate in a couple of games we are starting to show signs that we’re slowly moving through the gears. The team has been ripped apart by injuries but LVG has managed to put out various patched-up s

Sport news in brief

• Laura Deas secures skeleton silver in Calgary• Elise Christie wins World Cup bronze in SeoulGreat Britain’s Laura Deas secured her maiden World Cup medal as she took silver with a superb performance in Calgary. The 25-year-old from Wrexham – who is British Skeleton’s only Welsh slider and was competing for just the second time on the World Cup circuit, having made her debut at this level in

Premier League fans’ half-time verdict part 1: Arsenal to Man City

Fans assess their club’s season so far: the flops, the stars and who would play their manager in a movie• Part 2: Manchester United to West Ham5/10 Unrest on the terraces after our worst start to a campaign in 32 seasons is hardly surprising, with so many Gooners spoilt by all the glory of Arsène’s early years, unable to recall the dour mediocrity of our football in the era before (or before R

Football news in brief

• Gareth Bale scores as Real Madrid lift Club World Cup title• Luis Suárez on target to end his goal drought at BarcelonaReal Madrid landed their fourth title of the year by recording their 22nd straight victory to win the Club World Cup. The European champions defeated Argentinian side San Lorenzo 2-0 in Marrakesh to add the global crown to their Champions League, Super Cup and Copa Del Rey t

Championship roundup: Brentford now third; Jay Tabb shines for Ipswich

Mark Warburton insists that Brentford are big enough for the Premier League; Mick McCarthy praises Ipswich midfielder Jay TabbMark Warburton rejected suggestions that Brentford are not big enough to compete in the Premier League after another impressive win left them third. “I use Burnley as an example. I know Sean Dyche well and they were a team who had one of the smaller budgets in the divisi

Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo | Club World Cup final match report

• Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo• Ramos 37, Bale 51• Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo – as it happenedReal Madrid landed their fourth title of the year by recording their 22nd straight victory to win the Club World Cup.The European champions defeated the Argentinian side San Lorenzo 2-0 in Marrakech on Saturday night to add the global crown to their Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Copa del Re

Saturday Sundae: Jumpers at Bradford, but not for goalposts

• Paul Merson gets it wrong, but in some style• Salisbury say goodbye to their City waysCharlie Austin’s one-man show pulled QPR back from the brink of a ruinous festive defeat. Next stop: the England squad. Continue reading...

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers rallies to defence of Arsène Wenger

• Brendan Rodgers backs ‘a real statesman of the game’• Liverpool manager backs his team to adapt tactically• Arsène Wenger: 5-1 loss to Liverpool is ‘scar in your heart’Brendan Rodgers has criticised the Arsenal fans who took a banner to the recent game at West Bromwich demanding Arsène Wenger’s resignation, claiming that such a key figure in football in this country deserves more respect. “

Arsène Wenger insists he may well spend heavily for Arsenal in transfer market

• Manager was constrained by cost of building new stadium• A new centreback will be targeted in January transfer window• Arsenal sign Alexis Sánchez from Barcelona• Wenger signs Mesut Özil from Real Madrid• Arsenal sell Thomas Vermaelen to BarcelonaArsène Wenger insists he is no Scrooge and will be happy to splash the cash in January to improve Arsenal’s chances of enjoying a jolly end to t

Lessons learned put Arsenal on course for revenge over Liverpool at Anfield

Confident victories have followed defeats for Arsène Wenger and he believes they have left his side in good shape to take on Liverpool • Liverpool v Arsenal, Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 4pm• Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal• Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal• Arsenal 4-1 NewcastleThe memory of what happened at Anfield last season should be enough to convince Arsenal of the importance of setting their alarm clocks cor

The Agenda: TV’s Christmas sporting reviews of 2014 – plus Hollyoaks

All sport’s major events of the year get a festive retrospective, though it’s hard to know whether Ben Foden on Hollyoaks counts as one of themTwo full weeks of drinking and eating leave plenty of time to enjoy the best of the sporting year again and it begins on a high on Monday in the European Athletics Championships 2014 Review (Eurosport, 3.45pm), with Mo Farah and Jo Pavey starring as Brit

Liz McColgan-Nuttall is introducing girls in Qatar to running

The former 10,000m world champion had an enthusiastic response when she answered the state’s call to produce international talent• Qatar wins world athletics championships for 2019• Steve Cram in praise of Liz McColgan-Nuttall in 2007• Qatar confronted over use of migrant workersQatar has always been more famous for buying in athletes, than producing them. But on securing some of the world’s

Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole toughened by painful 5-1 Newcastle memory

The combative Sunderland midfielder looks forward to Sunday’s derby against Newcastle at St James’ which remains a special ground for himLee Cattermole may have a higher pain threshold than many footballers but there is one particular form of agony Sunderland’s midfield anchor never wants to experience again. He is not talking about being caught on the wrong end of an excruciating tackle or rec

Premiership clubs defend salary cap in wake of Saracens’ comments

• Cockerill: Cap is there for a reason• Ford claims Bath also agree with salary cap• Report of inquiry into Bath and Saracens not confirmed• Attempts to end Premiership salary cap set to failBath have remained silent on claims that they are being investigated by Premiership Rugby over breaches of the salary cap. Bath’s 39-16 defeat of their West Country rivals Gloucester was overshadowed by

Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo: Club World Cup - as it happened

Goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale were enough to secure the Club World Cup, beating San Lorenzo 2-0 in Marrakesh 9.22pm GMT So, another trophy for Real Madrid, and it wasn’t really close. They were clearly the better side from the first minute, and only really looked trouble when the Argentineans were being particularly aggressive. Still, they seem to have survived, and thanks to the

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