the government needs to make a difficult decision if it's going to introduce restrictions but if the numbers of hospitalisations keep going up at the rate they are, you can see why they would need to change their mind. mew can see why they would need to change their mind.— can see why they would need to change their mind. new year honours for leadin: change their mind. new year honours for leading figures _ change their mind. new year honours for leading figures in _ change their mind. new year honours for leading figures in the _ change their mind. new year honours for leading figures in the battle - for leading figures in the battle against covid. doctorjenny harries, and jonathan van damme are knighted. husband and wife jason and laura kenny made a knight and aim for services to cycling. the president of south africa pays tribute to desmond tutu as the spiritual father of our new nation. today is
officially the hottest new year's day on record with temperatures reaching 16.2 degrees in saintjames park in central london. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm gavin ramjaun. they left it late, but manchester city come away with the points at arsenal, after stoppage time drama. mervyn king is sent packing from the palace byjames wade at the pdc world championship. and tom daley is among the sporting stars shining in this year's new year's honours.
hello there, and welcome to sportsday. they came so close — but ultimately mistakes cost arsenal at the emirates today against the premier league leaders manchester city. the gunners gave away a penalty, and had a man sent off in the early match — as city scored a stoppage time winner, to pull further clear at the top. patrick gearey reports. early kick—off, new year's day — tired arsenal and manchester city fans must hope their luck improves in 2022. referees, of course, can't afford to be bleary eyed, for soon, stuart attwell had a decision to make. no arsenal penalty, he said. and on reflection, var confirmed. not without question. arsenal didn't dwell on that, though. no time to, no need to. bukayo saka extended the new year's celebrations. only the manager missed out — he's in covid isolation. but in the second half came the hitch. a handful of bernardo silva's shirt, enough for a manchester city penalty and thanks to riyad mahrez, an equaliser, too.
now the game hurtled into a chaotic fast forward. a mistake, somehow city's nathan ake saved a goal, somehow arsenal's gabriel martinelli missed one. and just seconds later, the gunners' other gabriel, already booked, got himself sent off. arsenal's party was now a lock—out. could they stop city? stoppage time, the league leaders advanced and rodri won it. for those who came from manchester, worth waking up for. patrick gearey, bbc news. in most parts of the game they were better and we have to accept it, but at the same time we showed our personality, we showed why we are champions and where we want to be again. and, yes, it was a tough moment in half—time but we showed we want to go again and we push and push and we were smart and very effective in that moment. everybody talks about is _ effective in that moment. everybody talks about is being _ effective in that moment. everybody talks about is being a _ effective in that moment. everybody talks about is being a young - effective in that moment. everybody talks about is being a young team i talks about is being a young team which _ talks about is being a young team which we — talks about is being a young team which we are, and it shows, we don't fear anybody — which we are, and it shows, we don't fear anybody. we might get it wrong
sometimes against the bigger teams, but today, _ sometimes against the bigger teams, but today, ultimately we have lost but today, ultimately we have lost but it's _ but today, ultimately we have lost but it's a _ but today, ultimately we have lost but it's a tough one to swallow rather— but it's a tough one to swallow rather than getting beaten 4—0. tottenham have moved up to fifth in the table after a stoppage time winner saw them beat struggling watford. spurs had most of the ball but couldn't break down a resolute watford side, until davinson sanchez headed in a free kick in time added on. they're now two points behind fourth placed arsenal with two games in hand. watford have now lost their last six league games. we were very good in attack, to create chances, but they did not lose their patience and balance. for sure, we need to improve on the last pass, because i have seen the stats after the first half, 29 crosses, 29 crosses. an zero goals. and just one other game today to tell you about, after leicester — norwich was postponed due to covid. west ham are at crystal palace. and the hammers look out of sight in that one — 3—0 up at half time. manuel lanzini with
two of the goals. a win for west ham will see them gain ground back on a top four spot. so let's take a look at how the table stands. man city, way out in front — 11 points ahead of second placed chelsea now — who play tomorrow, albiet having played a game more. arsenal stay fourth despite the loss, but north london rivals tottenham very much breathing down their necks. newcastle united have made a bid to sign england right—back kieran trippier from atletico madrid. trippier, who was part of the england side that reached the final of euro 2020 last summer, helped atletico win la liga last season. newcastle are one off the bottom of the premier league everton have signed the ukraine defender vitaliy mykolenko from dynamo kiev. hejoins on a four—year deal, for a fee believed to be up to £17 million. he's played 21 times for his country, including their run to the quarter—finals of last year's european championship. mykolenko, who's 22, said he'd always dreamed of playing in the premier league. he's rafael benitez�*s sixth
signing for everton, who are 15th in the table. liverpool play chelsea tomorrow, but their managerjurgen klopp won't be with them. he's returned a suspected positive test for covid—19 and will miss the game. yesterday klopp said three players had tested positive. a liverpool statement says there has been no further cases among the playing squad but three backroom staff have also returned suspected positive tests. assistant pep lijnders will take charge for the visit to stamford bridge. well, that match tomorrow will see a little bit of history made as it'll be the first in england to have legal standing areas since a ban was introduced in 1994, following the taylor report into the hillsbrough disaster. there's been a long campaign to allow "safe standing" to return, and the chelsea boss hopes it will give his side a lift. hopefully, honestly, it will give us the extra boost and to our supporters because we absolutely need them on their best level in
this moment and right at the very first game in the new year against liverpool. let's take a quick look at more of the day's sport now. after australia batsman travis head was ruled out of the fourth ashes test after testing positive for covid, the rest of the squad have all returned negative tests. the next match in sydney starts on tuesday night. fourth seed james wade enjoyed a white wash victory over mervyn king to reach the semi—finals of the pdc world darts championship at london's alexandra palace. he'll face the winner of tonight's quarter final between defending champion gerwyn price and michael smith. twice former champion gary anderson is also through after beating luke humphries by five sets to two. he'll face second seed peter wright or callan rydz in the semi finals. l'homme presse' won the big race of the day , the novices' chase at cheltenham. trained by venetia williams, and ridden by charlie deutsch, the 7—4 favourite came home well ahead of the glancing queen. fantastikas was third. two games in rugby union's english premiership today. earlier, sale sharks went above wasps after completing a bonus point
victory over them. sale had their previous two matches called off but scored four tries to see off wasps including this one from marland yarde. it finished 26—18 and sale are up to ninth in the table exeter are up to fifth after beating bristol by 19 points to 13. they ran in three tries to just the one for bristol , the last from stuart hogg. bristol picked up a losing bonus point. so raducanu now an mbe, with tom daley becoming an 0be — but the greatest honour went to british cycling's golden couple, who are now sirjason and dame laura kenny. with the highlights from a long list, here's our sports correspondent andy swiss. after a glittering 2021, britain's sports stars are once again taking the honours, led by the ultimate golden couple. jason kenny takes the title! at the tokyo games, jason kenny powered to a record seventh 0lympic title while laura kenny raced to her fifth.
now the husband and wife receive a knighthood and damehood to cap an extraordinary year. 78 0lympians and paralympians have been honoured including tom daley. oh, yes, it's brilliant! he receives an 0be for his dramatic diving gold but also for services to lgbtq+ rights. being an 0be it feels like a responsibility to make the whole commonwealth a better place for lgbt people, for women, for people of colour, to make it a more inclusive and accepting environment where everybody can be anything they want, no matter where they come from. there is also an 0be for another tokyo hero. adam peaty is the double olympic champion. after winning such an emphatic gold, adam said this was more of a shock. an incredible surprise. it went to my mum's address and she rang me, like, "am i meant to know this?"
so i opened it and itjust makes you feel an immense pride. there is an 0be for hannah mills who became the 0lympics' most successful female sailor while there are mbes in bmx for gold medallist charlotte worthington and bethany shriever and also one for lauren price, the wales football international turned 0lympic boxing champion. i came home from camp and my nana said there was a letter for me. i didn't open it for a couple of days and didn't think anything of it. it was an mbe from the queen. does not get much better than that, does it? britain's successful paralympians are also recognised including a cbe for cyclistjody cundy, an 0be for kadeena cox — who helped to launch the queen's baton relay for this year's commonwealth games — and an mbe for swimmer maisie summers—newton, a double paralympic champion at just 19. without my mum and my grandad being a taxi service for me
and then my friends around me, that support bubble that i have, without their support i would not have been here today. so i suppose it is for everyone, really, notjust me. in football, there are an mbe for emma hayes and former sunderland captain gary bennett received an mbe for his work for the charity show racism the red card. yet another honour for the brightest new star of tennis. an mbe for the us open champion emma raducanu after what, for her, and for british sport, has been an unforgettable year. andy swiss, bbc news. that's all from sportsday. stay with us for kevin sinfield, the extra mile, but thats all from me for now.
i know it's going to be horrific. i know it's going to be really, really tough. but it's supposed to be. he's not been asleep. and there are serious risks. 100 miles in one day! you are crazy! people gravitate towards him because he so decent. i know it sounds like a massive man crush. i probably do have one. raining, sleeting, windy.
we wa nt we want everything thrown of us that there can be. there are people out there doing really tough. fighting a tough fight at the minute and just showing them we care. probably a bit apprehensive. you want to get going. my wife suggested running with both clubs. do the maths and work out the route. i was inspired by rob. he will be on all of our heads and hearts when we take on the run. you're going to leave from your current club, which is leicester, and then you're going to run until you get to leeds.
yes. work out the distance between leicester and leeds. you get 200 miles mark and combine the two. should have 6—9 months of training. but the reality is, people were diagnosed don't always get 6—9 months. here is a very special message from you. mate, another crazy- challenge is approaching. i would say good luck, but i know you will absolutely smash it. - i often say i would do the same for you, but these challenges . are beyond my means. i know my family will behind you, and i think the whole _ country is as well. 0n the behalf of me and all the sufferers out there, - thanks for the bottoms of our hearts. - you are so highly thought of. i know you will smash some sort of record for 100 miles. -
good luck, kevin. ps, i deleted this by accident and had to make it again, - so you better kill it! one of the first things kev talked about when he arrived,... building up leicester. when the have a bond with successful team—mates, the bond we have, with the leeds_ team—mates, the bond we have, with the leeds community and doing that with leicester. i think that shows what he does. that inspires them to run. sort of bloke you want go into the trenches with. he will do anything for us. everyone here is proud of him. running through the night, sleep deprived, fatigued —