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Why Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier

For the first time in his career, Conor McGregor has been knocked out in the octagon. Here we’ll discuss how Dustin Poirier put on such a clinical performance. Poirier had set up his round 2 knock out by damaging McGregor’s calf in round 1 which had impacted him greatly. The calf kicks have been revolutionary in the sport of MMA which has become more popular in the past year or so. Poirier states in a post-fight interview that his coach, Mike...


Livingston boss David Martindale hails 'club legend' Scott Pittman following his 250th appearance for the club

Signed from Bo'ness United in 2015, the midfielder capped his milestone appearance with a late strike.


FIFA 21 FUT Champions rewards Player Picks issue confirmed as EA offer update

EA SPORTS have confirmed that there are ongoing issues regarding FIFA 21 FUT Champions rewards, more specifically with the Player Picks, with players complaining about the issue on social media.


Man Utd star told he "doesn't look like he enjoys football" after surprise defeat

Man Utd went down to a shock defeat at the hands of Sheffield Utd in what was a poor display with Anthony Martial in particular copping criticism


Thomas Tuchel’s first impression shows hint of sophisticated Chelsea tactics to come

‘Another One Bites the Dust’ was an apt choice of song to blast out over the Stamford Bridge PA system before kick-off. The brutal reality of life at Chelsea was also emphasised by the ‘In Frank We Trust’ banner still left hanging at the Shed End as a new man took to the dugout for the first time. Thomas Tuchel knows what he has let himself in for. The 11th permanent managerial appointment of Roman Abramovich’s reign will be given no honeymoon –...


Why we don’t see viral routines like Nia Dennis’s in the Olympics

The latest entry in the surprisingly robust YouTube subgenre of viral college gymnastics routines dropped over the weekend, flooding timelines everywhere and generating national media attention rare for the parochial sport. The footage of UCLA senior Nia Dennis tumbling and swaying in a shimmering blue leotard to a high-energy mashup of Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Megan Thee Stallion, Soulja Boy and Tupac Shakur from Saturday’s dual...


Lost possession 24x: Aston Villa lightweight let Dean Smith down with awful display - opinion

Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash let Dean Smith down in the Premier League defeat to Burnley.


West Ham 'in talks' to sign Hwang Hee-chan

West Ham are ‘in talks’ with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig to sign forward Hwang Hee-chan, according to Sky Sports. They claimed that Irons manager David Moyes is set to make a decision on the South Korean in the coming days as the search for a striker goes into the final days of the transfer window. Moyes has been left with only Michail Antonio in terms of senior strikers since January 8, when Sebastien Haller left the club for Ajax. In that time,...


Celtic fans discuss Villas-Boas as possible Lennon replacement

Several Celtic fans have been discussing the possibility of former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas becoming Neil Lennon’s potential replacement. Villas-Boas, 43, is currently the manager of Ligue 1 club Marseille, however, his future in France appears to be up in the air. According to French outlet Telefoot, relayed by reporter Robin Bairner on social media, Marseille have approached former Borussia Dortmund and Nice boss, Lucien Favre, over the...


Levy could secure Spurs their next Rose in £20m dynamo with an "unbelievable future" - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur could secure their future Danny Rose by signing Norwich City talent Max Aarons.


Southampton fans rubbish Edin Dzeko transfer links

Many Southampton fans have reacted to a report from Il Romanista claiming that the Saints made an offer to bring wantaway Roma striker Edin Dzeko to St Mary’s. The Bosnian is looking for a way out of the Serie A club after a fallout with manager Paulo Fonesca, although it is claimed the 34-year-old has rejected a move to the English south coast. The former Manchester City man, who won the Premier League twice during his time in England, is...


Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy hints at transfer plans as he appears to confirm Rangers deal

The Bluebirds manager oversaw his first game in charge of the Welsh club and now has a far better idea of what he will need in the coming days


Barcelona chief threatens to report PSG to FIFA over pursuit of Messi

The Barcelona icon is available on a free transfer in the summer and has been publicly courted by PSG, who are desperately trying to convince him to move to the French capital.


Flabbergasted Ally McCoist suffers Alfredo Morelos malfunction as Rangers hero delivers 'doesn't learn' verdict

The Colombian netted the only goal of the game against Hibs but fans and pundits weren't talking up his neat finish after the final whistle.


Olympics-Federations' finances hit by Tokyo delay, but no bankruptcy fears

UK-OLYMPICS-2020-FEDERATIONS:Olympics-Federations' finances hit by Tokyo delay, but no bankruptcy fears


Monaco 'best positioned to sign Arsenal's Lucas Torreira'

Torreira moved to Atletico on loan on the same day that Thomas Partey moved the other way to Arsenal but alternative options are now being looked at - and Monaco head the queue currently.


Baffled Brentford boss Thomas Frank's Leeds United point as he makes Swansea City, Norwich City and Watford prediction

Brentford boss Thomas Frank couldn't understand how his side failed to beat Swansea City on Wednesday night at the Liberty Stadium


Ainsley Maitland-Niles ready for Arsenal exit this month to boost flagging Euros hopes

EXCLUSIVE: The Arsenal youth product has struggled for minutes under Mikel Arteta this season, and he wants to get some football under his belt with the Euros in mind


Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe racially abused after Manchester United’s defeat by Sheffield United

Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were both subjected to racist abuse on social media after Manchester United were stunned by rock-bottom Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. The players, who started the fixture for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, were targeted on Instagram, with a number of racist comments and symbols appearing on old photos. Tuanzebe also appeared to delete his Twitter profile in wake of further abuse on the platform. Club...


Jack Simpson signs Rangers pre-contract as Ross Wilson reveals long-term chase for Bournemouth star

The 24-year-old is set to join Steven Gerrard's side at the end of the season.


Liverpool target Kayky rejects contract amid European interest

Liverpool’s Brazilian contingent could be strengthened in the near future as reported Reds target Kayky rejected a contract renewal at Fluminense, according to UOL. The report claims that the teenager is ‘getting closer and closer to European football’ amid interest from the Premier League champions and Shakhtar Donetsk, a regular home-from-home for Brazilian footballers. Still just 17 years old, Kayky would be unable to move until the summer...


Coyne would "love" to sign Grosjean for DCR IndyCar team

Dale Coyne says he would "love to have" ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean join his IndyCar team for the 2021 season, and is targeting an announcement next week


Thomas Tuchel left looking foolish as Christian Pulisic forced to correct his error

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made a faux-pas during his first game at the helm after mispronouncing Cesar Azpilicueta's nickname, with Christian Pulisic forced to correct him


7 passes all night: Wolves gem who won just 25% of his duels endured a torrid evening - opinion

Rayan Ait-Nouri had a night to forget when Wolves drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Wednesday evening.


Six riders who could replace Tom Dumoulin at the Tour de France

Analysing Jumbo-Visma's options for the biggest race of the season


Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon launches its 2021 events

Entries are now open for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and Virtual Half Marathon


Arteta calls Messi comparisons 'a losing battle' for new boy Odegaard

Arsenal signed the Real Madrid attacking midfielder on loan until the end of the season on Wednesday, handing him Mesut Ozil's No 11 shirt, and he takes part in his first full training session on Thursday.


Peter Crouch believes Liverpool will finish above Man United this season

Peter Crouch believes Liverpool will finish above Manchester United in the Premier League this season. The Reds have been in a wretched run of form of late, not winning in the league since thrashing Crystal Palace 7-0 on December 19th. On the flip side, United had been on a great run until their shock 2-1 defeat at home to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. It means Liverpool are six points adrift of their bitter rivals...


Sergio Reguilon to miss Tottenham's clash with Liverpool through injury

Tottenham have suffered an injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool tonight, with Sergio Reguilon ruled out of the game. That’s according to the Evening Standard, who claim that the left-back will be out of action for three weeks with a muscle problem. Liverpool head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a massive clash, having not won in the league since December 19th. Ben Davies has also been considered an injury concern...


No objections from Olympic partners say Tokyo organisers after call with Bach

UK-OLYMPICS-2020-TOKYO:No objections from Olympic partners say Tokyo organisers after call with Bach


Rafa Benitez £2m signing provides proof FSG need to make Liverpool January transfer

Rafa Benitez was forced into the transfer market for a defender and came up with a clever solution for Liverpool


Newcastle should reignite 2020 move for £10.5m gem; he could help ease relegation fear – opinion

Steve Bruce should urge Newcastle United to revive their failed interest in SC Braga forward Ricardo Horta with the Liga NOS star now a target for Lyon.


Thomas Tuchel press conference LIVE! New Chelsea boss on transfer plans, Havertz & Werner, Wolves draw & more

Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s first press conference as the new Chelsea manager. Frank Lampard was sensationally sacked by Roman Abramovich on Monday morning, with the Chelsea legend given his marching orders after a poor run of results. Lampard also struggled to coax performances from summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with the German duo flattering to deceive as Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League...


Everton fans vent their frustration in replies to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's tweet

It was a mixed bag of emotions for many loyal Everton fans after last night’s 1-1 stalemate with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City. Summer signing James Rodriguez stole the show with a scintillating curled effort from just outside of the box finding its way into the back of the net. However, the second half whittled down even the staunchest of optimistic Toffees into frustration as a sloppy error from Jordan Pickford gifted an equaliser to...


Sheffield United must not get carried away with shock win: Wilder

Sheffield United must not get carried away with shock win: Wilder


Arsenal issue early team news and injury updates ahead of Manchester United fixture

The early team news as Man Utd prepare to face Arsenal in the Premier League fixture this weekend.


Yannick Bolasie saga set to end; Middlesbrough deal imminent

Everton outcast Yannick Bolasie is set to sign imminently for Championship side Middlesbrough. The Teessiders’ manager Neil Warnock confirmed on Wednesday night that a deal for the DR Congo international was on the verge of being completed. The move would see the 31-year-old Toffees outcast reunite with the experienced tactician from their time working together in south London at Crystal Palace. Warnock, in clear admiration for the player, has...


Adrian Campos dead: Former F1 driver and team boss dies aged 60

Campos started 17 grands prix in 1987-88 without scoring a point and then focused on running teams in the junior series, working with future F1 champion Fernando Alonso


This season may be serial-winner Tom Brady's most remarkable achievement

Moments after triumphing in his 14th conference championship game last Sunday, Tom Brady jogged over to the Lambeau Field stands and waved down a security guard. “Can I say hi to my son?” he asked. And though the kid’s body was covered from head to toe against the cold and his face shrouded against Covid, there was no doubt that this was Brady’s oldest, Jack. The scene, captured by NFL Films, stood out as much for the boy’s size as its...


Decisive Mick McCarthy deserves praise, Cardiff City absences explained and Josh Murphy given big vote of confidence

The Bluebirds battled back to earn a point against Barnsley up at Oakwell, we pour over what was good and what went wrong


Sainz: 'extensive' maiden Ferrari test 'a day I'll never forget'

Carlos Sainz says his first test as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver was ” a day I’ll never forget” as he completed over 100 laps in a 2018-spec SF71H. Sainz has joined the Italian outfit after two impressive seasons at McLaren, in which he finished sixth in the drivers’ standings in two successive years. He becomes the first Spaniard to race for the Scuderia since his boyhood hero Fernando Alonso in 2014, who endured a five-year spell at Maranello....


Magazine: Why Williams' revival in F1 is real

Will Williams continue its Formula 1 recovery? How high up the grid can it climb? What is the new owner planning?


Tottenham vs Liverpool prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?

Tottenham are aiming to keep up the pressure on defending champions Liverpool when they welcome them to north London on Thursday. Spurs head into the clash still fighting on four fronts following their hard-earned FA Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the week. An early scare from Wycombe meant Tottenham relied on two late goals from Tanguy Ndombele who secured the 4-1 win. The Lilywhites will be looking to keep their eight-game...


Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy's shock decision to axe Liverpool's Harry Wilson and captain Sean Morrison and what happens next

Mick McCarthy's first Cardiff City line-up certainly caused a stir, but he gained a lot of praise from supporters for making some bold decisions


Liverpool could face nightmare scenario over Brazilian stars due to travel restrictions

Brazil are set to play Argentina in March which could have knock on affects for Liverpool who may be without stars like Alisson due to a forced quarantine


‘The spark is gone’: Where did it go wrong for Dele Alli?

At the turn of February 2015, Tottenham were applauded by recruitment staff across European football for landing Dele Alli, MK Dons’ 18-year-old maverick and England’s most vaunted talent on a pre-contract. In most cases, the congratulations came begrudgingly. None more so than from Melwood given Liverpool had exerted plenty of effort in trying to pull off the same coup. A closing detail was for the teenager to meet his hero, Steven Gerrard,...


Jurgen Klopp shares Liverpool's transfer plans for the remainder of January window

Liverpool have not yet acted in the transfer market despite their squad issues but Jurgen Klopp doesn't expect that to change in the month's final days


Havertz can be 'world class' if given time at Chelsea - Rolfes

It has not been an easy start to life at Chelsea for Kai Havertz but Simon Rolfes has no doubt he can thrive in the Premier League.


Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard, Liverpool eye starlet, Man Utd track midfielder

Welcome along to live coverage of all Wednesday’s transfer news, rumours, gossip and done deals as Arsenal complete the sensational loan move for Real Madrid and Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, Liverpool look to clinch the signing of Derby County wonderkid Kaide Gordon, and Manchester United are linked with a bid for Christoph Baumgartner. United are also in a race against time to get rid of many of their fringe players, and hope to offload...


Murray Davidson keen to build more momentum ahead of club's date with destiny

The St Johnstone midfielder has highlighted the importance of strong league form ahead of next month's cup final