Football

John Stones’ Man City resurgence is both a personal and collective triumph

It was the unlikeliest chapter in the unlikeliest comeback story of the season. John Stones not only delivered another excellent all-round display at the heart of Manchester City’s defence in the win over Crystal Palace but also scored his first Premier League goal for the club, some four-and-a-half years after joining. And then, he scored his second. “I would have loved a third,” he admitted in his post-match interviews. Only two months ago...


Jose Mourinho 'losing patience' with Gareth Bale amid hostile video footage

Bale has been used sparingly by his manager since his return to Tottenham and it seems Mourinho has little intention of playing him more often unless he sees significant changes


'Everything is possible' - ex-Swansea City, Man City and Stoke City star Wilfried Bony open to return as he reveals agent talks

Former Swansea City, Man City and Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony says he is keeping his options open as he looks to relaunch his career


Jose Mourinho backs Joe Rodon to get ‘much, much better’ at Tottenham

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says Joe Rodon is a long way from being the finished article but believes the centre-half has the potential to be “much, much better”. Rodon made his second Premier League start as part of Spurs’ back three in Sunday's 3-1 win over Sheffield United, having made his full debut in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea in November. Mourinho targeted a top centre-half in the summer but Milan Skriniar and Ruben Dias proved out of...


Michail Antonio’s hamstrings key to West Ham success, says Pablo Fornals

Pablo Fornals says Michail Antonio remaining fit is key to keeping West Ham on the front foot this season. The Hammers talisman, who has been struggling with hamstring problems since October, scored the winner against Burnley on his first Premier League start since November on Saturday. The forward converted Fornals's cross at the far post inside 10 minutes to make it five games unbeaten and three wins on the bounce in all competitions. With...


Chargers hire Rams DC Staley as head coach

Having impressed while serving as defensive coordinator for the Rams, Brandon Staley has landed the top job with the Chargers.


Liverpool Player Ratings: Manchester United (H)

Liverpool missed the chance to make an immediate return to the summit of the Premier League yesterday as they were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by rivals Manchester United. The Reds were far from their fluid, swashbuckling best but they had their moments as they made it 68 league matches unbeaten at home. Despite having much of the possession, Jurgen Klopp‘s side failed to create clear-cut scoring opportunities, with half-chances at best...


Get rid: Brands must end dud’s 14-year Everton association, he’s not fit for Ancelotti – opinion

Marcel Brands must end Beni Baningime’s 14-year Everton association and sell the midfielder during the January transfer window.


'No chance' - Swansea City boss Steve Cooper voices frustrations over fixture schedule and Barnsley and Blackburn travel plans

Swansea City's head coach Steve Cooper voiced frustrations over his side's schedule


Chelsea 'willing to smash transfer record to sign Haaland this year'

Haaland, who has scored 19 goals in 17 matches for Dortmund this season, has a £66.6million release clause in his contract which cannot be triggered until 2022.


Last of the six Man Utd signings named and shamed by Rio Ferdinand is set to leave

Back in January 2020, following a Manchester United defeat by Burnley, Rio Ferdinand hit out at the Red Devils' demise, laying the blame on the club's poor recruitment


Tanguy Ndombele meant it: Tottenham star’s stunning goal no fluke, says Joe Rodon

It was a goal so sublime, you initially had to wonder if he meant it but for Tanguy Ndombele's Tottenham team-mates, his moment of brilliance at Bramall Lane came as no surprise. With two Sheffield United defenders shepherding him towards the touchline, Ndombele stretched to hook an improvised, inch-perfect lob over Aaron Ramsdale and into the far corner. "The goal doesn't surprise me to be honest because he does spectacular things in training...


Liverpool fans can't explain why Minamino has been frozen out by Klopp

Some Liverpool fans have been left perplexed by Jurgen Klopp’s treatment of Takumi Minamino, as the Japanese failed to feature again at the weekend. The Reds were held to a forgettable 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday, as they failed to spark in the final third. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all far from their best at Anfield, and as the minutes ticked by, some inspiration from the substitutes’ bench was...


Thiago Alcantara names Liverpool trio who can help struggling front three

Liverpool failed to score for the third league game in a row on Sunday as their typically dynamic front line faltered again but Thiago feels the burden to score should not only be on them


Tom Brady keeps seventh Super Bowl dream alive after edging battle of ageing quarter-backs

Tom Brady kept alive hopes of winning a seventh Super Bowl of his career as he guided new side the Tampa Bay Bucaneers into the NFC Championship game. The 43-year-old got the better of long-term rival Drew Brees, at 42 just a year younger, in the latest showdown between the two all-time yardage leaders in NFL history. Brady scored a touchdown himself and threw two touchdown passes in a 30-20 victory over New Orleans Saints in what is expected to...


Crystal Palace consider move for Mainz 05 striker Jean-Philippe Mateta

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Mainz 05 striker Jean-Philippe Mateta to reinforce Roy Hodgson’s faltering attack. Christian Benteke has scored just three goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season, while Michy Batshuayi’s loan from Chelsea has proven ineffectual, with the striker yet to register a single goal for the Eagles. Palace have been assessing potential options and Mateta, who has scored 10 goals in 17 games in all...


Joe Shaugnessy slams officials for missing handball and says even St Johnstone players saw it

The Buddies defender was adamant the Perth side's winner should not have stood.


7 Rangers fringe stars Steven Gerrard could still look to offload in January shake-up

Minutes on the park have been scarce for some of the Ibrox dressing room so far this season.


Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan: Chelsea defender set for loan move with £25m buy option

AC Milan are closing in on a loan deal for Fikayo Tomori, which is expected to include £25million option to buy the Chelsea defender. The centre-back has been told he can leave this month to get more regular game-time – but Frank Lampard is adamant he wants any move to be temporary. Yet negotiations with Milan have led to discussions of a potential option to buy if he impresses in the second half of the season. Tomori has been restricted to just...


Simon Yates: Racing against my brother will be difficult but not a problem

‘I didn’t grow up wanting to win the Tour. I grew up wanting to be an Olympic champion’ says BikeExchange leader


George sees a change in Clippers: The chemistry is amazing

The Los Angeles Clippers have started the new NBA season in impressive fashion, thanks in part to the bond between the players.


Calum Hill up to first reserve for start of new season in Abu Dhabi

A few days after he was photographed practising in the snow in Scotland, Calum Hill is close to getting the chance to start his 2021 season in the heat of Abu Dhabi this week.


Man City vs Crystal Palace result: Five things we learned as City close in on leaders United

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to move up to second place in the Premier League. City’s early dominance didn’t create too many clear-cut sights of goal, but Kevin De Bruyne served up a brilliant cross from the right for the opener, headed in by John Stones. The home side were entirely dominant thereafter, with Palace only forging sporadic counter-attacking moments, but they held out defensively until 10 minutes...


Shi can save Wolves' season with swoop for "magic" £27m beast, he "can create panic" - opinion

Wolves could save their season with a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this January.


West Ham have Youssef En-Nesyri bid rejected by Sevilla; talks ongoing

West Ham have made a substantial offer worth an initial £22.5 million for Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri, according to The Athletic. The Moroccan joined from Sevilla last year after the Europa League holders activated his Leganes release clause worth just under £20m and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal, forming part of the team which won the continental competition last August. Despite the cost and the years left to run on his contract, the...


Roy Keane criticises Man Utd duo for disappointing performances against Liverpool

Manchester United failed to break down a makeshift Liverpool defence during a tepid goalless draw, with two of their biggest stars having quiet evenings at Anfield


West Ham could offer cash and Manuel Lanzini for Marseille's Morgan Sanson

West Ham are among the Premier League clubs interested in Marseille playmaker Morgan Sanson and could offer a player in a part-exchange deal to secure their man. According to The Sun, the Irons are prepared to offer a player-plus-cash deal involving Manuel Lanzini in order to persuade the French club to let the Hammers jump the queue. The 26-year-old French midfielder has reportedly turned down advances from the Hammers and looks likely to snub...


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees with Jurgen Klopp in praise for Liverpool duo

Manchester United fashioned the two best chances of the game but were largely kept at arm's length as they drew 0-0 at Liverpool, with the Reds' makeshift defence impressing


0 duels won, 0 dribbles, 0 shots - The one Man City star whose performance will concern Pep

Bernardo Silva was Pep Guardiola's one disappointment in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday evening.


Finance expert offers concerning Saints prediction amid financial report

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has suggested that Southampton could be forced to potentially sell off some of their key assets in the transfer market, or that Gao Jisheng could be forced to sell the club amid their latest financial report. The Saints released their financial report for the period of 2019 through to March 2020, which revealed that Southampton have made a loss of around £76m and taken out a loan of £78m which includes an...


Ronald Koeman defends Lionel Messi after Barcelona captain sent off for punching opponent

Lionel Messi's frustrations boiled over in closing stages of the Spanish Super Cup final and the Argentine hit Athletic Bilbao forward Asier Villalibre in the head


62% duels lost: "Perfect" LFC gem failed to repay Klopp's faith vs MUFC; he was dire - opinion

Liverpool midfielder Georginio WIjnaldum was far from his best in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.


Get it done: Ashley could avoid relegation by sanctioning Newcastle swoop for £15m gem – opinion

Mike Ashley can put any fears of relegation to bed by sanctioning a deal for Newcastle United to sign AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King.


Levy must offload £25m Spurs star, Dier claims there's "no-one worse to train against" - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur should look to move Lucas Moura on during the transfer window this month.


Joe Root wants more from 'not perfect' England after win in first Test

Joe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle after a seven-wicket win in the series opener that reminded him the team is far from the finished article. There was obvious delight in the away dressing room when Jonny Bairstow’s swept four completed a chase of 74 inside the first hour of the final morning, with Root’s men starting a subcontinental winter of...


German Zverev splits with Federer's management firm

German Zverev splits with Federer's management firm


Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarantine demands are rejected

Djokovic's reported list of demands included a shorter quarantine period, permission for players to visit their coaches, and access to courts where they could train for the tournament in Melbourne.


Ben Godfrey reveals his excitement upon joining Everton in 2020

Ben Godfrey has discussed life at Everton, his professional career to date and his hopes for the future at Goodison Park – and revealed some exciting beliefs about the Toffees. The former Norwich centre-back joined on the summer transfer window deadline day last October for a reported fee of £24.75m. The York-born 23-year-old has already made 11 league appearances this season and has been deployed as a full-back on both flanks at varying points....


Forget Pogba: £189k-p/w Man Utd beast who won 100% of his duels stole the show for OGS - opinion

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire led from the back against Liverpool.


American Magic to miss next Prada Cup races leaving Ainslie just one win from final

By James Toney Sir Ben Ainslie needs just one more win to clear the first hurdle of his America's Cup campaign. Three 'challenger' boats, from the USA, Italy and Great Britain, are contesting a series of round robin races in Auckland as they seek to become the team that takes on defending champions Team New Zealand in the 36th America's Cup match in March. After their dramatic capsize on Sunday, American Magic will not contest the remaining...


Football transfer rumours: Gaëtan Laborde to West Ham?

After Sebastian Haller’s sale to Ajax last week West Ham have cash in the bank and a desire to improve their attack, and they apparently feel that Montpellier’s Gaëtan Laborde, 26-year-old author of six goals in 20 Ligue 1 games this season, could be the £16m answer to their problems. Also on the radar, reports the Telegraph, are Boulaye Dia at Reims and Adam Armstrong at Blackburn. Héctor Bellerín is on his way out of Arsenal come the season’s...


Yan Bingtao stuns John Higgins to become youngest Masters champion in 26 years after brilliant comeback

The 20 year-old from China was ranked as a 50-1 outsider before the tournament but he produced a mature performance on Masters debut


Transfer news LIVE: Dele Alli pushes for PSG, Mesut Ozil edges to Arsenal exit, Juan Mata to leave Man Utd

Welcome along to Monday’s transfer news live as we follow all the latest rumours, gossip and done deals from the Premier League and around Europe, as a January exodus brews with stars from Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and more looking to find first-team football away from the English top flight. Dele Alli is pushing for a departure from Tottenham Hotspur and could get his wish with a move to Paris Saint-Germain this month, where his...


Rugby morning headlines as WRU to get millions from Welsh government and rising Welsh star reveals difficult Cipriani relationship

These are your rugby morning headlines from Wales and around the world on Monday, January 18


Liverpool fans are concerned about Trent's form after another poor display

A number of Liverpool supporters have bemoaned Trent Alexander-Arnold’s form, following another below par performance against Manchester United over the weekend. The Reds could only draw 0-0 at home to their bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon, as they struggled to find their rhythm once again. Liverpool now haven’t scored in the Premier League since December 27th, when Sadio Mane found the net against West Brom at Anfield. There were several...


Epic Australia vs India series goes down to the final day

The highest successful run chase at the Gabba was in 1951, when Australia finished 236-7 against the West Indies. The hosts haven't lost at there since 1988, but nobody is counting India out.


Jamie McCart excited for "big opportunity" as defender eyes Hampden heroics

The St Johnstone centre-half admits there is a great buzz around McDiarmid Park ahead of the cup semi-final


Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola to be handed £200m summer budget to rebuild side

The club's hierarchy are willing to back the Catalan in the next transfer window


Pogba 'cameo of two or three months brilliance' can win title -Neville

The Frenchman has fought his way back into the team recently and is beginning to perform well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. And Neville thinks he has the right kind of arrogance for the title race.


Jesse Lingard transfer update emerges as Aston Villa and Celtic rumours swirl

Aston Villa have been linked with this out-of-favour Manchester United player - but there are plenty of suitors for his signature