it's in cinemas now but it's going to be on netﬂix from wednesday, and it's a lovely little film. mainly to be seen at home. mark, thank you. see you next week. enjoy your cinema going whatever you're watching. i'm off the christmas card list! see you, bye—bye. that's it! laughter hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm gavin ramjaun. it's advantage verstappen, in the battle for the f1 title he's ahead of hamilton on the grid for the season ending thriller in abu dhabi. renaldo at the ready again. england crumble at the gabba... they're thrashed by australia who go 1—up in the ashes.
hello there, and welcome to sportsday. what a finale we have in store tomorrow when the f1 season comes to a climax. max verstappen will go into the abu dhabi grand prix on pole after finishing ahead of title rival lewis hamilton in qualifying earlier. it's so finely poised the pair level on points as their rivalry reaches fever pitch. nick parrott reports. as the sun goes down in abu dhabi, the pressure goes up. verstappen is first in the crucial second session of qualifying. the tyre was an driveable, and he was forced to change tactics. he will now start with a less durable soft tyre.
the final shoot—out for pole position that really matters. the weekend is being headlined by individuals but it was a team—mate that got verstappen through. perez provided a slipstream to help the flying dutchman go faster, and it helped. mercedes didn't copy that tactic. hamilton couldn't catch him. max did a great lap today so i couldn't answer to that lap, it was a fantastic lap from him. we are in a good position for tomorrow and i hope we can have a good race. we improved the car again in qualifying. so far this weekend, the car was a bit on and off but incredibly happy with this. this is of course what we wanted, but it's never easy, especially with their form the last few races. now i'm just looking forward to it tomorrow because that is most important. in the last six years, it is the person who has sat in front who has gone on to win. verstappen has landed
a heavy first blow, leaving hamilton on the ropes. the question is, can he recover? can he? spoke to the bbcs formula one reporterjenny gow earlier and i asked her how big of a job it would be for lewis hamilton. obviously everybody wants to start at pole position, especially when it comes to a decider but looking at social media, hamilton has come out and said, i quite like to start from this position because it means i can chase him down. i think there is a real sense of drama and occasion about this. lewis hamilton is going to have to pull out an exceptional performance if he's going to beat verstappen, who just seems to be on incredible form today. three leagues winds and roku are enjoying a renaissance. united are outside the tab for and goal difference only after being bottom
side marriage. renaldo again on the score sheet, jim langston was watching. apologies about that, we don't seem to have that report. we will try to get you a bit labour on —— later on. a 1- 1— zero win over norwich there. elsewhere, it was an unhappy return for an failed hero, stephen gerard whose aston villa side were beaten on his return to liverpool. gerrard, back at the club where it all began for the first time in 6 years, saw his team go down 1—0, mo salah�*s penalty giving liverpool all three points. liverpool stay just a point behind leaders man city. and just look at this reaction from liverpool fans as steven gerrard walked out of the anfield tunnel for the first time as a manager. he avoided any sentimentality, but liverpool boss jurgen klopp didn't. they were so much spoken about steven gerrard going back to liverpool. did you want to win to show the current manager is still the top dog?
i have no problem with these kind of things and i know i will not be here _ forever and i will be more than happy if it's stephen. nobody knows really what happens in the future but i didn't feel under pressure today. let's bring you that result from earlier on. manchester united beating norwich. let's hear now from jim's lump ——jim lumsden is report. ask united's newman at who he would fancy playing in his first away check, norwich would be right up there. taken apart by tottenham last time out, bottom of the table. united were unbeaten in five games, �*|_ united were unbeaten in five games, 1— zero win at crystal palace last weekend. five—time world player of the year, chris china renaldo started the game but had trouble finding his name. they created just a few scoring chances in the first half with harry maguire coming
close. ralph wants united to work harder, run faster. they've been careless with giving the ball away. norwich begin to gain confidence. but there's always renaldo. having been followed, he tucked away the resulting penalty with ease. united keeper earned his wages. i decided now level on planes at fourth place west ham, norwich remained deep in trouble. jim lumsden, bbc news. manchester city are still top of the table, but their rivals are very much breathing down their necks. wolves had to play the second half with ten men after him and as was kicked off, picking up two yellow cards and 48 seconds. city's win came from the penalty spot. that he was given as handball and raheem sterling scored his 100th premier league goalfrom and raheem sterling scored his 100th premier league goal from the spot.
lee play really good, it's not easy, ten players in the box, so the strikers came in, they dropped and they were close, they are so, so close. eight or nine players and always will be difficult and today may be a friend we missed some real chances, we are not any good condition do it, but about that, in spite of that, we won the game and, yeah, we are there. chelsea left it late, but secured _ we are there. chelsea left it late, but secured as _ we are there. chelsea left it late, but secured as a _ we are there. chelsea left it late, but secured as a dramatic - we are there. chelsea left it late, but secured as a dramatic win. i we are there. chelsea left it late, i but secured as a dramatic win. they had to come from behind to get a result against leads. these were the scene shortly after it full—time. the two teams clashing after a late penalty from george ennio had secured chelsea's lane stoppage time. leads mac had led originally with the penalty of their own. after it leads mac took the lead, they sealed the win later on behind
manchester city. i still having last the last two and the league bounced back with a convincing victory over southampton. the wind moves them a plaint off the top four. now, there was a shock defeat for last week's fa cup winners, chelsea in the women's super league this afternoon. they lost 1—nil away to reading. chelsea could have gone top of the league for the first time this season but it was the royals that went ahead after four minutes deanne rose breaking away and combining with emma harries to score from their only shot on target. chelsea domiated the game but failed to score leaving them a point adirft of arsenal at the top of the wsl. reading move up to fifth. rangers and celtic both have matches tomorrow and the scottish premier shipping today's games, back—to—back wins now. a1 —— they won. a vital victory for them. aberdeen one for a third time in a row getting the
better of bottom side saint johnston, and drying one l with saint aaron. if the first ashes test is anything to go by, england have long few weeks ahead of them down under in australia. joe root�*s side were outclassed on the fourth day crumbling at the gabba to lose by nine wickets. joe wilson reports. this is only fancy dress, just a humorous excursion in brisbane. but who strikes back? look what happened next. gone! a captain only added three runs on saturday. 0llie pope did this. build a winning position? england crumble. the tv pictures disappear for a bit but then ben stokes, where has that gone? court. to remember english hope? just a
cruel illusion. 0llie robinson departed like this. going past 400 career test wickets during the course of the day. all dressed up with the match running out. quick, you'd better dance or something. 0k... chris works fell, england were done and they were all out by lunch. australia just needed 22 win in their second innings. normal service resuming. england down under, outplayed. we put a lot of good work in and we built up a good partnership so it was on me to make most of that opportunity. credit to australia, they were bowling in good areas. they've had four days of cricket to acclimatise, for test matches to come and for opportunities. they were still trying to see it that way. joe wilson, bbc news. a lot of work
ahead perhaps for england. to rugby union now and there was a great win for leicester tigers who beat bordeaux 16—13 in france on the opening weekend of the european champions cup. leicester currently lead the english premiership with 9 wins from 9 and guy porter was first across the line in france. there was cause for concern when harry potter suddenly vanished before magically re appearing moments later. but bordeaux struck back with a perhaps a stint at hogwarts did enough there. but bordeaux struck back with a try before the break after which penalties were exchanged and it was 13 all with a few minutes on the clock. one more followed from the boot of george ford , leaving leicester to celebrate victory on their return to the european elite. toulouse began the defence of their title with a 39 points to 7 thrashing of cardiff. a superb kick from world player of the year antoine du pont found artur bonnevalfor the bonus point winning fourth try.
disappointment for bath who were outplayed by leinster at the aviva stadium. jamison gibson park went over twice in a seven—try thrashing that earned the four time champions a bonus point. bath scored two tries and gabe hamer webb's late consolation meant they avoided their biggest ever defeat in european competition. 45—20 the final score. coole cody took the headlines at cheltenham as he won the racing post gold cup. the 12—1 shot ridden by adam wedge held his nerve to hold ——and four time world championjohn higgins continued his recent superioirty over ronnie 0'sullivan beating him 6—1 at the scottish 0pen. higgins barely allowed 0'sullivan at the table in a one sided semi final and continued his dominance over the six time world champion, the wizard of wishaw has now beaten the rocket in five of their six meetings this year. having lost three finals in 2021 higgins will be looking to make it fourth time lucky when he faces either anthony mcgill or luca brecel in the final on sunday. will cody took the time, the 12 to one shot held his nerve to hold off midnight shadow to finish two links clear. cool cody had led at the paddy power gold cup last month, failed at the second to the last
fence. that is all from us. think you again for watching. we will see you again for watching. we will see you again for watching. we will see you again next time. that evening. we started the day chilly today that's on milder air spreading in from the southwest. it did feel a bit different by that time we reach the afternoon. a lot of caught around. tomorrow is much milderfor many of of caught around. tomorrow is much milder for many of us and will stay rather cloudy further outbreaks of rain. the rain moved in today and tracked in there is a wedge of mild air, right across the country, the blue colours making a bit of a return for scotland and northern ireland later tonight and into tomorrow. but it's still going to be much milder than what it should be for the time of year. 0vernight, life got around to there are breaks of rain for england and wales. clear, fresh across scotland and northern ireland, mild further south, ten or 12. northern ireland, mild further south, ten or 12 . we started very mild tomorrow, a lot of cut around,
this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. unless the government puts further restrictions in place, the uk faces a substantial wave of 0micron infections next month that might overwhelm the nhs — that's the stark warning from scientists. another 633 0micron cases are recorded in the last 24 hours — the uk's biggest dailyjump in 0micron infections so far. new rules on face masks, self isolation and vaccine passports will be voted on by mps in the commons on tuesday — according to government sources. at least 70 people have been killed as a series of devastating tornadoes strike the central united states, focusing on kentucky. this has been the most devastating tornado event in our state's history