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EXC: Paolo Odogwu set for first England call-up coming in the 6N

EXCLUSIVE BY CHRIS FOY: Wasps flier Paolo Odogwu is set to earn a dramatic England call-up for the Six Nations, as reward for his scorching club form this season.


Locked down players should get preferential treatment: Vallverdu

Locked down players should get preferential treatment: Vallverdu


Celtic's summer signings rated as Shane Duffy's Parkhead dream turns into a nightmare

The champions are 21 points adrift and recruitment has come under the microscope.


Everton enquire about Real Sociedad's Modibo Sagnan

Everton have made enquiries as to the availability of 21-year-old Real Sociedad defender Modibo Sagnan. The French-born centre-back, who has been called up to the Mali national team in the past, has emerged as a breakout star for the Basque side in La Liga. He has appeared 10 times in the division following a loan spell lower down the Spanish football ladder, just under a third of which were as part of the starting XI. Having started in four of...


Barkley, Trezeguet & Wesley - Aston Villa injury news for Man City clash

Latest Aston Villa news from BirminghamLive brings the injury news ahead of the Premier League game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening


2021 Team Preview: Movistar Team Women

Annemiek van Vleuten brings world-class experience to exciting new roster in 2021


Eamonn Brophy profiled as former Killie striker looks to rejuvenate career with St Mirren

Ben McNicol, who watched the club’s new striker comes through the ranks at Hamilton, provides an in-depth look at ‘The Wolf’.


Tokyo Olympic bosses adamant Games will go ahead but no guarantee over spectators

Olympic bosses in Tokyo are adamant the year-delayed Games will go ahead as planned but have admitted it could yet take place without spectators. After London 2012 chief Sir Keith Mills yesterday said the Olympics were now likely to be cancelled, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto hit back. He told AFP: “We are not discussing cancellation. Holding the Games is our unwavering policy and, at this point in time, we’re not discussing anything other than...


Is Man City vs Aston Villa on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

The form of Manchester City will be pitted against the fitness of Aston Villa in an intriguing Premier League clash on Wednesday. Man City can go top with a win - which would be their sixth in a row after they beat Crystal Palace in convincing fashion on Sunday night. For Villa, though, it’s a first game since 1 January, when they lost 2-1 to Manchester United. Since then coronavirus concerns have forced a series of match postponements and the...


Hero, villain or troll? Kyrie Irving remains the NBA's oddest genius

Midway through the feature film Uncle Drew, the titular character confronts the coach who lured him and his over-the-hill teammates out of retirement and into a basketball tournament at New York City’s famed Rucker Park. Feeling conned into cooperating for the love of the game while a $100,000 winner’s prize went purposefully unmentioned, Uncle Drew flips his totally convincing wig. “You just don’t get it, do you, Young Blood,” he says. “This...


Gini Wijnaldum likely to leave Liverpool this summer, claims journalist

Gini Wijnaldum is likely to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce. The 30-year-old’s Reds future has been up in the air for months now, as he mulls over his next career decision. Wijnaldum’s Liverpool contract expires this summer and a move to Barcelona has been constantly reported. Now, Joyce claims the ‘likelihood’ is that the Dutchman will move when the season reaches its conclusion, bringing an end to...


India celebrates Rahane's 'fearless' men after incredible win in Australia

India celebrates Rahane's 'fearless' men after incredible win in Australia


Liverpool still in the race to sign David Alaba this summer

Liverpool are ‘still trying’ to sign David Alaba this summer, despite him reportedly agreeing a four-year deal with Real Madrid. That’s according to Bild journalist Christian Falk on Twitter, who claims the 28-year-old is still very much on the Reds’ radar. Alaba will bring an end to 11 years at Bayern Munich at the end of the season, during which time he has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns. Not only that, he has also...


Villa fans go wild after Ross Barkley is pictured in training

Aston Villa shared a picture on Twitter of Ross Barkley training with the first team ahead of tonight’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City and many fans were understandably very excited. The 27-year-old has been out for two months with a hamstring injury, but his return finally appears to be on the horizon. Barkley’s last appearance for Villa came in November’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Just five minutes into the game, he...


Holtby 2.0: Levy must dodge Spurs swoop for £90k-p/w misfit, Jose's dubbed him "magic" - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur would be repeating a familiar January transfer mistake by signing Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.


Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Like 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest from a team that has the Champions League anthem queued up on their PA system. Tottenham are one such club and are said to be monitoring the situation though Ralph Hasenhüttl believes Ings can get what he wants by firing Saints into the top four by...


Australian Open: Two more players test positive for Covid-19 ahead of tournament

The number of positive Covid-19 cases linked to the Australian Open has risen to 10 with officials revealing that two further players tested positive on Wednesday. There were three new cases in all, with another Covid-19 case concerning a support person - but it is thought that one of those positives will be reclassified as a historical case. One of the players in question had already been in a hard 14-day quarantine in their hotel room and...


Mauricio Pochettino reveals failed Lionel Messi loan as PSG transfer talk intensifies

Messi's future is up in the air at Barcelona with his contract due to expire in the summer, as PSG prepare to swoop in if he decides to start a new chapter elsewhere


Celtic fans react to club's official Stephen Welsh tweet

Several Celtic fans have been reacting to the club’s official post on social media regarding defender Stephen Welsh. The Hoops shared a birthday message on Twitter for the youngster, who turned 21 on Tuesday. Welsh, who can play at centre-back and right-back, has started three Scottish Premiership fixtures and one Europa League group game this season. His latest appearance came in the 1-1 draw with Hibernian last Monday but was left out of the...


De Bruyne v Grealish: Creative kings set to take centre stage in Man City v Aston Villa

Jack Grealish is much admired by Kevin De Bruyne and his performances this season measure up well to the Manchester City superstar.


Lampard accepts Chelsea 'not ready to compete' for Premier League title

After defeat to Leicester City, Frank Lampard acknowledged a title challenge is beyond Chelsea this season.


Ghosts of Chelsea past leave Frank Lampard searching for answers with time running out

“I feel my work was betrayed.” A Chelsea manager had lost at Leicester, reached the point of no return and decided to go down all guns blazing. In 2015, Jose Mourinho aped Tony Montana at the top of the staircase, trying to take everyone else out with him. Five seasons on, Frank Lampard did not copy the mentor he has become estranged from. He was too diplomatic, too reasonable. Perhaps his plight, despite a fifth defeat in eight, despite the...


Villa must unleash "exceptional" 27 y/o tonight, he can be Dean Smith's "match-winner" - opinion

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith must start Ross Barkley in his side's Premier League clash against Manchester City.


Scottish football LIVE: Edouard linked with Real Madrid, Hearts eye striker, Ntcham price tag set

The January transfer window in Scotland is into its third week and it is yet to really take off.


Roma's Fonseca unaware of substitutions mix-up in Coppa Italia exit

Roma's Fonseca unaware of substitutions mix-up in Coppa Italia exit


Klopp could refresh Salah by axing £99m-rated LFC gem for “confident” academy beast - opinion

Mohamed Salah has endured a poor run of form in recent fixtures but selecting Neco Williams ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold could the catalyst for a turnaround.


Steve Bruce can't find a way to make this Newcastle team work – but maybe there isn't one

Newcastle United look tactically bereft, and don't seem to have the right squad to find one to lift them out of their slump


Egos bruised, beaten Australia ponder next step

Egos bruised, beaten Australia ponder next step


Paul Merson makes Jurgen Klopp comparison as Brendan Rodgers' Leicester go top

Brendan Rodgers has done a fine job at Leicester and former Arsenal striker Paul Merson has lauded the Northern Irishman


Sevilla name their price for Youssef En-Nesyri

West Ham have found out just how much a deal for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri could set them back – and the touted figure is not pretty reading for the Hammers. According to Marca, Sevilla are seeking a figure in the region of €40m for the 23-year-old Moroccan international. In a further sting to David Moyes’ side, Sevilla are not open to any sort of instalment payment structure or bonuses to be included in that fee. That means the Irons would be...


Forget Devine: "Record-breaking" Spurs teen should be next academy gem in Jose's squad - opinion

Dane Scarlett is producing some superb performances in the Spurs academy which suggest that he could overtake Troy Parrott as the one to watch at THFC.


Phil Neville is about to discover that Inter Miami will be no beach holiday

On Monday morning, Inter Miami announced that Phil Neville would step down from his role as manager of the England women’s team to take the helm at the MLS club. The club, co-owned by Neville’s former teammate David Beckham, played their first season in MLS amid the tumultuous backdrop of 2020, and will look to Neville to turn the team into a force to be reckoned with in the seemingly ever-expanding league. In his first statement as Miami...


West Ham Player Ratings: West Brom (H)

West Ham made it four consecutive wins in all competitions on Tuesday evening as they defeated West Brom 2-1 at the London Stadium. Another three points see David Moyes’ side continue their upward trajectory in the Premier League and they now sit just two points outside of the top four, albeit with teams around them having played fewer matches. The Irons took the lead on the stroke of half-time after what was an even contest, Jarrod Bowen...


Mario Mandzukic relishing strike partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The 34-year-old has joined on a free transfer after leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail last July and will add even more experience to an already-stacked frontline in a bid to help secure the Serie A title.


West Ham could find their new Hugill by swooping for 16-goal ace with "explosive pace" - opinion

West Ham could find their new Jordan Hugill if they swoop for Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong.


Fernando Torres shows off incredible body transformation on Instagram

Since hanging up his boots 18 months ago, the 36-year-old looks to have put some serious hours into the gym having wowed fans with his bulky new physique during a casino advert for AW8.


'Big mistake' - Chelsea sent Aston Villa transfer demand after Leicester City loss

Latest Aston Villa transfer news from BirminghamLive as Chelsea fans discuss the decision from Frank Lampard to loan out Ross Barkley to Villa Park in the last window


Rugby morning headlines as Wales star rejects French interest and Wayne Pivac names Six Nations squad today

These are your rugby headlines from Wales and the wider world on the day Wayne Pivac unveils his 2021 Six Nations squad


Gary Neville backs Steve Bruce to stick with 4-4-2 for Aston Villa showdown

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will stick with the 4-4-2 setup for the Magpies’ trip to Aston Villa on Saturday and has backed them to start scoring goals again with that approach. Bruce’s reaction to the mounting pressure on his shoulders ahead of the game against Arsenal on Monday was to insist that the ‘gloves are off’ and that the Magpies would be braver and more adventurous in their attacking...


Southampton player ratings: Shrewsbury Town (H)

Southampton managed to secure a safe passage through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win against League One Shrewsbury Town at St Mary’s in the rearranged fixture on Tuesday night. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side could have been forgiven for not having the FA Cup high on their list of priorities given the amount of injuries inflicted upon them at the moment. Once again, the likes of Danny Ings, Yannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu, Will...


Alcoyano v Real Madrid: all set for Copa bow

Zidane's charges travel to El Collao for the one-legged round-of-32 encounter (9pm CET).


Sarah Thomas to make NFL history as first woman to officiate in the Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl, the NFL has announced. Thomas has been named as the down judge for the match on February 7 in a historic first for the sport four years after she became the league’s first full-time female official. Carl Cheffers, in what is his 21st season as an NFL official, has been given the role of refereeing his second Super Bowl having also performed the role back in 2017. In a...


How did Malone get Jokic to score more? - I beat him with a pillowcase of soda cans, jokes Nuggets coach

Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone is pleased Nikola Jokic is being more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor.


Rio Ferdinand responds to question over returning to Man Utd

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand has given his stance on returning to his former club in a coaching role after another former team-mate, Darren Fletcher, joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's staff


Liverpool and Man City 'set to battle it out for Adama Traore'

The Spain international has previously attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, due to his dribbling abilities and lightening speed.


Ashley blunder: Bruce may rue Newcastle missing out on “fantastic” £15.5m-rated target – opinion

Steve Bruce rue Mike Ashley failing to forge a successful swoop for Newcastle to sign Fikayo Tomori on loan as the Chelsea defender nears a move to AC Milan.


Debunking Michael Owen's "extreme selfishness" accusation aimed at Mohamed Salah

Salah has come in for criticism along with his fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in recent matches, with Owen singling out the Egyptian for self-centred behaviour


Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2: Of all the possible opponents at UFC 257, why ‘The Diamond’?

One minute and 46 seconds. That's how long Dustin Poirier survived the last time he shared the Octagon with Conor McGregor. That's how long it took before referee Herb Dean was forced to intervene, with McGregor gleefully pummelling Poirier with punches and hammer fists on the canvas at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. So why – over six years on from that three-round bout at UFC 178 – is the Louisianan stepping foot in the ring with 'Notorious'...


Zion needs to 'get in shape' to reach potential, warns Karl Malone

Karl Malone thinks Zion Williamson should be playing more minutes in the NBA and could benefit from slimming down his physique.


Why Manchester United would be wrong to worry about Bruno Fernandes’ Anfield performance

It took him nearly an entire year but finally, it happened: Bruno Fernandes played poorly in a Manchester United shirt. In fact, it was not the first time, but other underwhelming displays have been masked by a goal, assist or telling contribution which has then sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on their way to victory. And even when that has not been the case, his all-action style and unrelenting drive to play on the front foot has shielded him...