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United lose patience, sack Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, the club said yesterday. The 55-year-old Portuguese’s last match in charge was the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday, which left them 19 points behind their opponents. Mourinho’s sackingFULL STORY

Epic stand gives Sri Lanka hope

Angelo Mathews yesterday celebrated with push-ups on the pitch after joining Kusal Mendis in passing 100, as Sri Lanka batted the whole day without losing a wicket to give themselves hope of an unlikely first Test draw in Wellington. Mendis was 116 not out at stumpsFULL STORY

Australia have first win since scandal

Australia captain Tim Paine was relieved yesterday after his team beat India by 146 runs in Perth to level the series with their first Test win since the ball-tampering “sandpapergate” scandal. Set 287 to win, India resumed at 115-5 on the final day and never threatenedFULL STORY

Saints on the brink as Panthers flop

The New Orleans Saints on Monday moved to the brink of clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after squeezing past the Carolina Panthers 12-9. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was held to 203 yards after a superb defensive effort from the Panthers, who needed to win toFULL STORY

United face PSG, Reds draw Bayern in last 16

Liverpool are to take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while struggling Manchester United are to face French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland, as the Spaniards attemptFULL STORY

Curry hits 15,000 points as Warriors defeat Grizzlies

Kevin Durant on Monday scored 23 points as the Golden State Warriors kept the pressure on the Denver Nuggets with a 110-93 defeat of the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant was one of five Warriors players to make double figures as the depth of the NBA champions provedFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

TENNIS Return, dress rules eased A series of rule changes making it easier for women to return after pregnancy or injury was ratified on Monday by the WTA. Players making their way back to competition after being out for 52 weeks or longer are to be ableFULL STORY

United can’t live with Reds: Mourinho2018-12-18

Jose Mourinho on Sunday hinted that Manchester United’s players are simply not good enough to compete with Liverpool after being brushed aside 3-1 at Anfield by the English Premier League leaders. Mourinho claimed ahead of the game that Liverpool have had luck on their side thisFULL STORY

Hasenhuettl’s revitalized Saints stun Gunners2018-12-18

Unai Emery on Sunday admitted Arsenal need to fix their leaky defense after Southampton’s Charlie Austin punished a howler from goalkeeper Bernd Leno to seal a shock 3-2 win that ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run. Austin settled a thrilling English Premier League clash at StFULL STORY

Bears claim NFC North title by beating Packers2018-12-18

The Chicago Bears clinched the National Football Conference North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday threw for two touchdowns and Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers’ NFL-record streakFULL STORY

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