Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Canelo and conspiracies

19-12-2018 Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s penalties?What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball teamMarvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero moviePhil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golfNasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in HoustonMichael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double He was born in Ballyrock He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never willHe weighed 10lb when he was born On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?ChampChopperCinnamonChilledAll four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?Manchester United LiverpoolTottenham HotspurManchester CityVinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?Iker CasillasRaúlGutiLuis Enrique Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league? Luis SuárezDanny MurphySteven GerrardFernando TorresTeam Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?Vincenzo NibaliNairo Quintana Rigoberto Urán Romain Bardet The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario KartTag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choiceEngland played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?Men's Hockey World CupChess World CupCurling World CupWomen's Volleyball World CupIn which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?RiyadhLondonNew York CityMelbourne1 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score2 and above.Oh dear. That's a bad score3 and above.Oh dear4 and above.Not bad but not great5 and above.Not bad but not great6 and above.Nice work. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.Superb scoring. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Poor show10 and above.You are a genius. Enjoy your weekend Continue reading...

FA Cup highlights: Blackpool 3-2 Solihull Moors

19-12-2018 Watch highlights as a Jay Spearing penalty in extra-time help Blackpool edge past a spirited Solihull Moors and into the FA Cup third round where they will host Arsenal.

Advent calendar 2018: A celebration of England's leading Test run-scorer - Alastair Cook

19-12-2018 Watch the Pint-sized celebration of Alastair Cook's record-breaking Test career as the former England captain retires from international cricket.

John Farnworth's freestyle skills: How to do a popcorn flick

19-12-2018 CBBC's expert freestyler John Farnworth explains how to perform a popcorn flick. Watch more skills on CBBC's new show Match of the Day: Can You Kick It?

Mauricio Pochettino plays it cool but dance with United has already begun | David Hytner

19-12-2018 The Tottenham manager has been in Manchester United’s sights before and has enhanced his CV since – will the stars align this time?Mauricio Pochettino has been here before – with Manchester United and Real Madrid – and it is tempting to suggest that he has now perfected the tap-dance.On one side of the fine line, the Tottenham manager talks up the respect he has for his employer; his happiness in north London; his focus on the job in hand; his professionalism. And on the other, there are a series of expansive shrugs. Who knows what the future might hold? It is known as showing a bit of ankle. Continue reading...

'Ecstatic. Wonderful news': Manchester United fans react to Mourinho's sacking – video

19-12-2018 Manchester United fans outside Old Trafford reacted positively to the news of José Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday, saying it would give the team a boost on the pitchJosé Mourinho sacked: Manchester United to appoint caretaker – live!José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 yearsManchester United fans on Mourinho: the ‘serial winner’ who had to go Continue reading...

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

19-12-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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

19-12-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the Premier League, the Olympia Horse Show and Australia v India in day four of the second test.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær's record as a manager – video

19-12-2018 Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed the interim manager at Manchester United, replacing José Mourinho until the end of the season. The Norwegian says 'it's brilliant to be coming back'. Here's a look at how he's faired so far in his managerial career  Continue reading...

Mourinho’s place in United pantheon? Simply part of a botched succession | Paul Wilson

19-12-2018 He is more medal-strewn than David Moyes and a more entertaining character than Louis van Gaal but José Mourinho’s Manchester United experience amounted to a similar failureA couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to play against Chelsea, José Mourinho was asked whether his present club could ever hold the same place in his affections as his former one.Diplomatically, he chose to turn the question around, suggesting that he would always be held in special regard by Chelsea supporters for back-to-back league titles, Didier Drogba, John Terry and all the fun that was had in his first period at Stamford Bridge, but it might take a while to produce the same effect at United, who had known successful managers before and given the latest incumbent a lot to live up to. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal and Chelsea battle for Cengiz Under?

19-12-2018 Today’s fluff has forgottenAs nothing especially surprising or notable happened yesterday, it falls to the Mill – the noble, brave saviour that is the Mill – to rescue this whole content operation and bring some big numbers to the party. What would they do without us?It sounds like both Arsenal and Chelsea could be removing their blazers and setting their pocket watches to one side in order to grapple for Roma’s Cengiz Under, who will set one of them back £54m. Continue reading...