Roy Torrens ‘absolutely pivotal’ in Ireland’s journey from Associate to Test match status

Many people have been influential in Irish cricket’s meteoric rise over the last two decades, but for Kyle McCallan and Andrew White, there is no disputing who has been the “biggest cog in the wheel”.

Steve Bruce cuts press conference short as he gags reporters amid Newcastle turmoil

The Newcastle boss is facing a toxic situation on Tyneside with fans demanding his is sacked after a run of 10 games without a win

Mikel Arteta warned two Arsenal stars could pose the same problem as Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil ended his long-term stand-off with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta by completing his transfer to Fenerbahce - and a cub legend is worried two more players could be cast out

Hank Aaron obituary

For three decades the baseball player Hank Aaron, who has died aged 86, held the record for hitting more home runs – 755 – than anyone in major league history, and will be remembered in particular for No 715, which broke Babe Ruth’s career record. America had invested the number 714 with mythic significance, and Aaron discovered that many people resented a less charismatic figure relegating a legend to second place – especially when that man was...

FIFA 21 TOTW 18 predictions featuring Eden Hazard and Joao Felix amid TOTY promo

The Mirror Football FIFA 21 Ultimate Team TOTW 18 predictions feature Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix and Leicester City midfielder Wilfried Ndidi.

10 talking points from FA Cup fourth round as Man Utd progress but Liverpool and Arsenal out

Manchester United and Chelsea picked up wins in the FA Cup over the weekend, but Liverpool and Arsenal were both sent crashing out at the fourth round stage of the competition

Dean Smith gives promising update on Morgan Sanson deal

Aston Villa are seemingly closing in on the signing of Morgan Sanson, with Sky Sports revealing that a deal has been agreed with Marseille for the 26-year-old, who will cost £14m + £1.5m in add-ons. Villa’s initial bid was rejected and called “pathetic” by Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas, but they moved quickly to match the Ligue 1 club’s demands and are now close to their first acquisition of the January transfer window, with Dean Smith...

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh reacts to knockout defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has offered his thoughts on his fighter’s defeat by Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257. McGregor was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career as Poirier finished ‘Notorious’ with a flurry against the fence in the second round on Saturday, avenging a 2014 featherweight loss to the Irishman. The rematch on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi was contested at lightweight and marked McGregor’s first bout...

England to open Test summer against top-ranked New Zealand in June

England have confirmed that they will open their summer with two Tests against the world’s top-ranked side New Zealand in June. The matches against Kane Williamson’s Black Caps – who have not played Tests in England since 2015 – will take place at Lord’s (2-6 June) and Edgbaston (10-14), paving the way for the Ageas Bowl to host the World Test Championship Final. Surrey offered to host a Test at the Kia Oval, with profits being poured into the...

Celtic's looming Champions League gamble and the ruthless Rangers moves underlining Parkhead paralysis

Delaying the long-awaited review of Neil Lennon's position could have long-term implications.

Spurs dealt a huge injury blow ahead of Wycombe clash, Mourinho's now facing headache - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been dealt a huge blow to Serge Aurier ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round clash to Wycombe Wanderers.

Inside Steve Bruce press call: Why Newcastle gagged questions to their under-fire boss

Newcastle face Leeds tomorrow with Steve Bruce looking for a first win in 11 games - today he declared he'd "never shy away from a challenge", then cut his press conference short

“What a player” - Exclusive: Pundit “surprised” £45k-p/w Hasenhuttl fave is still at Southampton

In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Howey has praised James Ward-Prowse and suggested that he is surprised he is still with Southampton.

Sri Lanka vs England: Dom Sibley wraps up second Test victory by six wickets to clinch series

Chasing a target of 164 for victory with a day to spare to take a series 2-0. Stripped of its colour England’s win in the second Test over Sri Lanka looks a heck of a lot like dominance. And, really, that is what it was. There may have been dips and turns over the last two weeks, but day four of this second Test encapsulated the tourist's composure in crunch situations, albeit in fast-forward. They lost both tosses on two very different Galle...

Is Wycombe vs Tottenham on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch FA Cup fixture

Wycombe Wanderers welcome Tottenham to Adams Park Stadium on Monday night as the two sides battle in the FA Cup. Wycombe are hoping to claim a famous scalp as their league season has been poor following their dramatic promotion to the Championship. Tottenham are still going strong in the Premier League, and their form as of late has kept them on the edges of a title scrap after a flying start. READ MORE: Premier League fixtures and table - all...

Celtic, Chelsea, Newcastle? Rafa Benitez wants big European job after leaving Chinese Super League

Rafa Benitez is keen to get back into management after leaving Dalian Professional, the Chinese Super League (CSL) team this weekend. Although the 60-year-old has been liked with a move to Celtic, he wants a job in the Premier League. The former Newcastle United manager decided not to go back to China because of the pandemic rather than offers of employment at home. A number of teams across Europe have contacted him about his availability in...

Mburu, Omondi leave Mathare United as FKF Premier League transfer window opens

The club is expected to bring in new stars to fill the spaces left by the two and also strengthen the squad, generally

The winners and losers from Mick McCarthy appointment as Cardiff City outcasts given boost but Neil Harris kingpins could suffer

The Bluebirds appointed Mick McCarthy as manager on Friday and it will certainly be a change of pace from former manager Neil Harris, with some looking forward to reprieves and others more fearful of their roles

Edin Dzeko could make shock Everton switch

Edin Dzeko could make a surprise switch to Everton after he reportedly had a public fallout with Roma manager Paulo Fonseca. According to Gazzetta dello Sport [via SportWitness], the Bosnian forward has seemingly damaged his relationship with his manager beyond repair and could be made available either on loan or for a permanent transfer. The 34-year-old has scored seven goals in just 15 Serie A appearances this season, and his age has played no...

Ed Woodward has last laugh after Man Utd transfer Jose Mourinho didn’t want

Jose Mourinho was reportedly not convinced by the signing of Fred when he was Man Utd manager but Ed Woodward proceeded with the deal and has ultimately been proved right

Scottish football transfer LIVE: Celtic set to lose out on pair of transfer targets amid Lennon uncertainty, Rangers signing compared to current Ibrox hero, Celtic chief 'should not be trusted'

The latest Scottish football transfer news on Monday, January 25

Newcastle fans rage over DeAndre Yedlin work permit revelation

A number of Newcastle United supporters have been reacting furiously to Steve Bruce’s revelation that DeAndre Yedlin missed out on the game against Aston Villa on Saturday due to his work permit not arriving on time. The right-back, or right-wing-back, position has been a problematic one for the Magpies throughout the season so far, with Bruce having handed seven league appearances to Javier Manquillo, five to Emil Krafth and six to Yedlin so...

East Kilbride boss Stevie Aitken 'in the dark' over league future

Aitken says he's asked questions but has been left in 'no-man's land' over what happens next

Manchester United and Liverpool fans should not be too excited by Man City's injury blow

Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne for up to six weeks - but the stats and the history show they are capable of coping

Josh Reid: Coventry expected to wrap up signing of Ross County starlet in coming days as Staggies linked with Motherwell striker

Ross County boss John Hughes expects teenage defender Josh Reid to sign for Coventry this week.

Brazil to California to Lyon: Catarina Macario's long road to stardom

It has been a week to remember for Catarina Macario, the Brazilian-born, San Diego-raised midfielder who for years has been touted as the future of the US women’s national team but at the moment appears increasingly bound to its present.

Barcelona respond to Pep Guardiola's transfer update on Man City defender Eric Garcia

Pep Guardiola says he expects Eric Garcia to leave Manchester City either this month or in the summer.

Worse than Van de Beek: Man Utd lightweight who lost 100% of his duels let Ole down - opinion

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was abysmal against Liverpool in the 3-2 FA Cup win at Old Trafford.

Mourinho must unleash "exciting" Spurs gem, Ledley King said he's "hungry to play" - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho must unleash Japhet Tanganga against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round this evening.

Who is Dancing On Ice star Colin Jackson and who is he dating? Here's everything you need to know

Colin Jackson is currently taking part in hit show Dancing On Ice, but how much do we know about him away from the rink? Let's take a look...

Liverpool handed Joel Matip injury boost ahead of vital meeting with Tottenham

Joel Matip is expected to be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce. The Cameroonian didn’t feature in the Reds’ 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United on Sunday, as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage. Matip’s lack of involvement understandably led to fears that he could be out of the trip to Spurs on Thursday evening, given his injury-prone nature. Speaking in a Q&A...

Mark Noble unfazed by lack of West Ham starts as he targets behind-the-scenes role in future

Mark Noble says he is not phased by falling down the pecking order at West Ham this season and is determined to enjoy the "last little bit" of his playing career. The Hammers captain has started just two Premier League games all season, with David Moyes's side having racked up more points than any other West Ham team at this stage of a top-flight campaign. Moyes is insistent that Noble remains crucial to his squad, highlighting his role in the...

Steve Bruce opens up on Newcastle United links to former West Brom man

Steve Bruce is under intense scrutiny for Newcastle's run of results - but he still intends to add to his backroom team with this former Albion man

West Ham pushing for late Odsonne Edouard move

West Ham are thought to be pushing to sign Odsonne Edouard late in the January transfer window. That’s according to the Daily Star, who claim that David Moyes is desperate to land a suitable replacement for Sebastien Haller. The Hammers sold Haller to Ajax for £20m earlier this month, with the latest report also throwing in a £35m valuation for Edouard. The 23-year-old is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League, with a top-six side...

Liverpool fans laud Harvey Elliott after another assist for Blackburn

A number of Liverpool fans have been lauding the brilliance of Harvey Elliott, following another assist for Blackburn Rovers. The 17-year-old made the move to the Championship club back in October, with Jurgen Klopp failing to guarantee him regular minutes in the Reds’ first team. While some young players can struggle to adapt to life in a physical lower division, Elliott has been a huge success for Blackburn so far. On Sunday, the forward again...

Fernandes needs trophy to join United legends like Cantona, says Giggs

After scoring yet another winner for United, his talismanic role in the side has been compared club legend Cantona, who led United to six major honours after arriving at the club in 1992.

West Brom handed Man City injury boost as Conor Townsend update emerges

Albion’s medical team will be hoping that attendees of the club treatment room are kept to a low number - or none at all, where possible

Ospreys hand new deal to one of Welsh rugby's signings of the season

Stephen Myler is 36 but he's skippered the Welsh region and is directing operations with the skill and intelligence he showed when becoming an England international

San Francisco 49ers increase stake in Leeds and target qualifying for Europe

The NFL franchise have more than doubled their stake in Leeds to 37 per cent

DeVonta Smith: How the Slim Reaper ascended to become the star attraction at the Senior Bowl

Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith will attend the Senior Bowl and figures to have an extremely crowded interview schedule.

Christian Benteke to West Brom? Sam Allardyce admits interest in signing Crystal Palace striker

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has declared his interest in signing Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke. The former Palace boss is desperate to bring in a striker this month to aid the Baggies’ battle against the drop. Benteke has forced his way back into Roy Hodgson's side this season but his future is in doubt following the arrival of Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan from Mainz last week. Benteke is into the final six months of his deal at...

Jurgen Klopp chases Paul Pogba as Donny van de Beek Liverpool con fails

Moments you may not have spotted during Liverpool's FA Cup defeat at Manchester United on Sunday

Serie A title race closest in 10 years at halfway stage

Serie A title race closest in 10 years at halfway stage

Transfer news LIVE! Odegaard to Arsenal medical; West Ham want Lingard; Chelsea sack Lampard, Tuchel lined up

January transfer window - LIVE updates! Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea today. The Blues beat Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to save the manager’s job after a dismal run of five defeats in eight Premier League matches. Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Lampard at Stamford Bridge. Martin Odegaard to Arsenal is the transfer currently dominating the headlines as we...

A new star at Tottenham, ex-Liverpool man struggles and yet another Jefferson Montero injury - the mixed fortunes of those who left Swansea City last summer

The players who left Swansea City during the summer have experienced somewhat mixed fortunes this season

Ilicic puts Atalanta in title race and leaves 'Winter Champions' cold

There are no medals for Serie A’s ‘Winter Champions’. Every year, that title is foisted on the team thattopsthe table at the season’s midway stage, and every year the players and manager point out that it does not mean a great deal. It has become less a celebration than a custom: a moment to reflect on the preceding months and consider where the actual title race stands. Some years, though, the ritual feels especially absurd. On Saturday, Milan...

Perfect 150 for Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Having bemoaned his team for either turning up late or leaving too early in recent matches, Steven Gerrard received the perfect response in his 150th game as Rangers manager as they delivered one of their most complete performances of the season.

Poor past vs South Africa does not concern Pakistan captain Babar

Poor past vs South Africa does not concern Pakistan captain Babar

Many Everton Fans Praise Thierry Small after Debut

Carlo Ancelotti has smashed records at Everton with his latest decision – fielding young left-back Thierry Small in the latter stages of Everton’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday. At just 16 years and 176 days, Thierry Small is now officially the youngest player in Everton’s history to don the famous blue shirt. Everton fans will need to look back to 2008 to see the previous record-holder in Jose Baxter, now at Memphis, who made his...

Mercedes F1 boss Wolff out of quarantine after COVID-19 positive

UK-MOTOR-F1-MERCEDES:Mercedes F1 boss Wolff out of quarantine after COVID-19 positive