Chelsea make "disrespectful" song choice ahead of Thomas Tuchel's first game in charge

Frank Lampard was axed as Chelsea boss on Monday morning following a string of mixed results at the west London club

Tottenham vs Liverpool prediction: Who will win as Mourinho and Klopp go head-to-head?

Tottenham host Liverpool in the Premier League this week but how will the match unfold? Here are the latest predictions.

Sam Allardyce targets signings of Mbaye Diagne and Okay Yokuslu to help West Brom

Sam Allardyce targets signings of Mbaye Diagne and Okay Yokuslu to help West Brom

Principality Stadium roof set to be shut for Six Nations despite Covid and no fans

There had been question marks over whether or not Wales would be allowed to shut the roof to do Covid-related health concerns

Manchester United transfer news: Paul Pogba tipped to stay if Red Devils win title

Rio Ferdinand believes the Frenchman could yet remain at Old Trafford

Scotland given Hampden Euro 2020 assurance as UEFA promises 'maximum space' to Tartan Army tournament dream

It had been feared that the ongoing pandemic would see the tournament moved to a single host country.

Olympic speculation is harming athletes, says Games chief Bach

By James Toney International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach claims continued speculation about this summer's Olympics in Tokyo is harming athletes and must stop. Four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent incensed some athletes when he suggested scrapping the event and awarding Tokyo the 2032 edition and London 2012 organiser Sir Keith Mills claimed he believed the Games were 'unlikely' to go ahead. And swim legend Mark Spitz...

Dean Smith eager to keep Tom Heaton at Villa Park

Tom Heaton has recently come back from a serious knee injury but has found himself on the bench upon making his return to Aston Villa’s first team squad. The 34-year-old hasn’t made an appearance at senior level since last January and has only represented the under-23s this season. He has been an unused substitute in Villa’s last five Premier League games. However, Villa manager Dean Smith insists that the England international has a place in...

Liverpool may have already avoided a major transfer mistake

Watford Ismaila Sarr was on Liverpool's transfer shortlist before Diogo Jota was signed in September

Paul Pogba on Manchester United future, new contract talks and Bruno Fernandes partnership

Paul Pogba has hinted that he could reconsider his future at Manchester United if the club match his ambitions of success. The 27-year-old midfielder's contract expires at the end of next season, and his agent Mino Raiola recently indicated that he wanted to leave the Old Trafford club. Pogba has endured a topsy-turvy time in Manchester, but his recent good form has helped turn United into Premier League title contenders. "Everybody knows that I...

Ricciardo: Norris partnership won't be a 'comedy show'

Daniel Ricciardo insists he is heading to McLaren to help the team build on its recent resurgence and not to create a “comedy show” with new team-mate Lando Norris. Ricciardo has joined the Woking-based outfit after a two-year stint at midfield rivals Renault where he will form a partnership alongside Norris. Since Norris arrived in F1 in 2019, the pair’s close bond is well-documented, providing fans with many entertaining moments. And while...

Greening 2.0: West Brom must land "agile" 24-cap beast, he once gave Pardew nightmares - opinion

West Brom could land their next Jonathan Greening by bringing Jesse Lingard to the Hawthorns this transfer window.

Tokyo Olympics: Hosting Games despite pandemic is not irresponsible, insists IOC president Thomas Bach

IOC president Thomas Bach has rejected the suggestion it would be irresponsible to put on the delayed Olympics as the world fights the current Covid-19 pandemic. In a conference call on Wednesday, Bach reiterated that his expectation was the Games would go ahead in Tokyo as planned. He said: “Based on the available countermeasures and based on experience with different sport events taking place all over the world and which are under way right...

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour expected to leave on loan for remainder of the season

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour expected to leave on loan for remainder of the season

Funso Ojo set for Aberdeen exit as Wigan close in on move for out of favour midfielder

The 29-year-old is not in the squad to face St Johnstone as he prepares to join the League One side.

Kieran Tierney's comment to Martin Odegaard sums up his first Arsenal training session

Norwegian forward Martin Odegaard, who has joined the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season, impressed even before the session got underway

FIFA 21 TOTW 18 lineup confirmed with Neymar, Karim Benzema and Frenkie de Jong

The FUT 21 Team of the Week 18 lineup features Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Everton may need to pay £45m for Tariq Lamptey

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has claimed that Everton could have to pay as much as £45m for Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey. The Athletic’s David Ornstein had previously revealed that the 20-year-old is a long-term Toffees target as the club looks to strengthen at right-back. Jonjoe Kenny looks close to joining Burnley, whilst club captain Seamus Coleman is 32 years of age and well into the autumn of his career. There is a sense of...

Fabian Schar admits Newcastle players are low on confidence

Tuesday night's 2-1 home defeat by Leeds was the Magpies' fifth on the trot and meant they have not won in the last nine either side of their exits from both domestic cup competitions.

Aubameyang grateful for support as Arsenal captain's mother recovers from illness

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared confident of returning soon after informing Arsenal fans why he had to miss their previous two matches.

Carlo Ancelotti hints that James Rodriguez could extend Everton stay

Carlo Ancelotti’s latest comments are bound to delight many Everton fans after the manager revealed that he sees no reason why James Rodriguez would not have his stay at Goodison Park extended. The Toffees signed Rodriguez on a two-year deal in September and an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months was included in the transfer. Signed on a free transfer from Real Madrid, as confirmed by Marcel Brands recently, the Colombian playmaker...

Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from Premier League fixture tonight

Follow all the action as Chelsea welcome Wolves to Stamford Bridge this evening in the first game of new head coach Thomas Tuchel’s tenure. The German, who has previously managed Borussia Dortmund and PSG, took charge of training yesterday evening after Frank Lampard was sacked on Monday. The Blues were thoroughly outclassed in their last league outing against Leicester and that defeat proved to be the final straw for Lampard, with the Blues...

Godfrey axed, £14.5m-rated ace starts in 4 changes by Ancelotti: Predicted Everton XI – opinion

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Everton’s Lucas Digne will be fit to face Leicester on Wednesday but will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure through suspension.

Newcastle could land a Fabian Schar upgrade for Steve Bruce in £4m-rated colossus – opinion

Steve Bruce can deliver a huge upgrade on Fabian Schar by signing Omar Colley amid claims Sampdoria are open to selling the Newcastle United target.

Pogba claims Man Utd players no longer 'cheating' each other as Red Devils chase title

Manchester United's more consistent form is down to players all working harder for each other, Paul Pogba says.

Liverpool and Everton interested in signing youngster Kyron Gordon

Liverpool and Everton are both interested signing Sheffield United youngster Kyron Gordon, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old centre-back is considered a ‘talented’ member of the Blades’ academy, almost forcing himself into Chris Wilder’s first team plans this season. He was named on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers earlier this month, but didn’t feature. Liverpool and Everton are believed to be...

Manchester United player Paul Pogba defends Zlatan Ibrahimovic over Romelu Lukaku incident

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has defended Zlatan Ibrahimovic against claims of racism.

Padraig Harrington says Ryder Cup will be a big party if spectators are back

Padraig Harrington knows all about the introduction of a son to the sporting world. Patrick, then three and a half, asked if ladybirds could be placed in the Claret Jug after daddy won the Open in 2007. Harrington was in the field as Tiger Woods played alongside his son, Charlie, at December’s PNC Championship. To some, Woods was needlessly exposing his 11-year-old to the spotlight. Harrington, though, looked on with admiration. “I just think...

Shumpert: It’s been tough this season but it’s really brought out more of who I am

Discovering her own mental toughness proved vital for basketball player Chelsey Shumpert after recovering from a knee injury that threatened to hamper her career, writes Nicola Kenton. The Nottingham Wildcats player experienced the third knee injury of her career last summer when she had meniscus and lateral damage. But the 25-year-old saw it as an opportunity to improve herself and get ready for the 2020-21 season of the Women’s British...

Everton sign Alisha Lehmann from West Ham on loan for the rest of the season

Everton sign Alisha Lehmann from West Ham on loan for the rest of the season

Laporta: Barcelona cannot allow 'disrespectful' PSG to talk about Messi

Joan Laporta understands the urgency to sort Lionel Messi's future - and is not happy with PSG's public interest in the player.

Thomas Tuchel plays down Chelsea academy fears with new boss to ‘push’ top young players to succeed

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he will push the club's academy stars to force their way into the first team. Concerns were raised among the fanbase that the sacking of Frank Lampard, who championed the academy while under a transfer ban and settled a number of young stars into the side, would see the Blues revert to form and not tap the resources in their youth setup. However, in an interview with the club media team, Tuchel...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains reasons for Arsenal absence in emotional statement

The Arsenal captain missed the weekend's FA Cup loss to Southampton and Tuesday night's win over the same opponents in the Premier League, with the club only declaring "personal issues" as the reason for his absence.

Juventus president deals a blow to hopes of a European super league

Juventus president deals a blow to hopes of a European super league

West Ham fans despair at David Ornstein's transfer suggestion on Jesse Lingard

Many West Ham fans have voiced their anguish on social media as The Athletic’s David Ornstein suggested that the Hammers’ pursuit of a striker could end with the capture of Jesse Lingard. Twitter: @utdreport If the Lingard deal gets done, it may mean West Ham shelve their plans to sign a striker this month — bu… (@David_Ornstein) The transfer of Lingard hasn’t been confirmed yet but could be completed as the Irons have...

Wales rugby players face prospect of being put in seven-day Paris quarantine ahead of Six Nations finale

Six Nations bosses are still without clarity over whether or not the French Government will give the relevant quarantine exemptions to players and operational staff

Jeremie Frimpong seals Bayer Leverkusen transfer as Celtic rake in huge fee for right-back

The 20-year-old has signed a four-year contract as he continues his career in the Bundesliga.

Chelsea XI vs Wolves: Team news and Tuchel’s starting lineup - Mount out; Havertz in; Werner on bench

A new era begins at Chelsea tonight as Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his first match, with Wolves visiting Stamford Bridge. All eyes are on the first team he picks - and intriguingly, Kai Havertz starts but Timo Werner is on the bench. German coach Tuchel has been charged with the responsibility of turning the expensive duo’s form around - after Frank Lampard’s failure to get the best out the summer signings contributed to his sacking on Monday....

The Cardiff City transfer headlines as Bluebirds and Birmingham City given transfer boost as Steven Gerrard makes Rangers contact for Jack Simpson

Here's your round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the Cardiff City Stadium

Aston Villa fans are all in agreement over 'horrendous' Burnley moment

Dean Smith's men are looking to take all three points from the game to continue their impressive start to the season.

'The music stopped': Kobe Bryant remembered on anniversary of death

Kobe Bryant wasn’t in the bubble with the Los Angeles Lakers last October when they won the NBA championship. He wasn’t at the All-Star weekend in Chicago where half the players wore his number on their uniforms, the other half wearing his daughter’s jersey number. He wasn’t there to hear the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that his career was worthy of enshrinement. Yet his presence was so clearly felt in each of those moments. “Everything...

Leone Nakarawa to leave Glasgow Warriors for Pro14 rivals Ulster

Leone Nakarawa will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season to join Guinness Pro14 rivals Ulster.

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and Itzulia Women's races added to growing list of cancellations in 2021

Men's 1.Pro Grand Prix de Denain-Porte du Hainau removed from UCI calendar

5 changes from Solskjaer, Martial replaces Rashford: Man Utd Predicted XI vs Sheff Utd - opinion

Manchester United play host to Premier League strugglers Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham despite interest from PSG

Jose Mourinho expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham despite interest from PSG

Magnussen enjoying Cadillac IMSA car after "easy to drive" F1 machinery

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says challenging for wins in the IMSA SportsCar Championship has taken him back to "the things that got me excited about being a race driver"

Mourinho could give Spurs new threat with £36m "exceptional talent" who idolises Ozil - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur would be getting something brand new if they secure the signing of Gladbach powerhouse Florian Neuhaus.

Semmens' top Jan priority surely clear after Tuesday; Southampton reportedly confident - opinion

Southampton are reportedly confident that Ryan Bertrand will sign a new contract with the club, which is a huge boost for Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Sean Stewart signs first professional contract with Norwich City

The 18-year-old has impressed since joining the Canaries in a scholarship deal back in 2019

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirms Euro 2021 plan and hopes for fans' return

The European Championships have already been put back 12 months after being postponed last year, and there have been questions over whether the proposed continent-wide format should be changed