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Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier weigh-in results: Main event and co-main event official for UFC 257

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier both successfully made weight on Friday ahead of their UFC 257 main event on Saturday. McGregor and Poirier last fought one another in 2014 at featherweight, but the pair stepped on the scales in Abu Dhabi as lightweights this time around. McGregor, 32, hit the scales at 155lbs exactly – championship weight – while Poirier, also 32, made the lightweight limit of 156lbs. The card’s co-main event is also a...


LaLiga: Title is Atletico Madrid’s to lose; Ronald Koeman finally knows his best Barcelona system

The league is now beyond the midway point and every matchday is getting more important as we enter the second half of the season. There is a lot of competition for the European spots and the relegation battle is starting to take shape. Some of the key fixtures this weekend could have an impact at both ends of the table. With two players on seven goals apiece, José Luis Morales and Roger Martí, Levante are an exciting team to watch going forward....


Five players Everton want to offload in January

Offloading unwanted players looks to be a priority for Everton in this transfer window as opposed to inflating the size of their squad – and five players are in the firing line. Analysis from the Liverpool Echo has identified five key players that the club would like to move on, dropping a major transfer revelation in the process. Here is the unwanted quintet… Cenk Tosun The Turkish striker is noted as having promised to make a decision on his...


Six Nations: Courtney Lawes returns for England as uncapped Paolo Odogwu and Harry Randall are called up

The uncapped Paolo Odogwu and Harry Randall have been called up by England for the Six Nations. Wasps winger Odogwu, 23, and Bristol scrum-half Randall, also 23, were named in Eddie Jones’ 28-man squad for the competition on Friday, with Courtney Lawes returning from injury. Meanwhile, Owen Farrell will captain the side as expected. Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson will both hope to receive their 50th caps during the course of the tournament,...


Steve Bruce likens himself to 'mighty Rafa' as he defends Newcastle record

Steve Bruce limbered up for Saturday night’s Premier League game at Aston Villa by claiming he has equalled Rafael Benítez’s achievements on Tyneside. “Rafa was a world-class manager,” the Newcastle manager said. “But we matched the mighty Rafa last year.” Benítez’s successor is under intense pressure after nine games without a win, and so could not resist an opportunity to remind the critics that his record is almost identical to that of the...


Ottman Azaitar cut from UFC ahead of UFC 257 PPV

UFC lightweight Ottman Azaitar has been released by the UFC one day removed from an appearance on UFC 257’s PPV event. The undefeated Azaitar (13-0) had been expected to face Matt Frevola on Saturday but following a ‘Safety Zone Violation’ of the promotion’s ‘Fight Island’ COVID-19 bubble, the German-Moroccan fighter has been cut from the UFC roster. “UFC is aware of a recent violation of the health and safety protocols involving Ottman Azaitar....


£50k-p/w Palace outcast who's played 423 PL mins this term should secure January exit - opinion

Crystal Palace's James McCarthy should secure West Ham move after latest Hodgson snub.


Ogier willing to "take more risks" to win WRC Rally Monte Carlo

Sebastien Ogier will "take more risks" to win WRC's Rally Monte-Carlo for the eighth time after his time on Friday's final stage moved him back into contention


Wout Van Aert's 2021 ambitions match new Jumbo-Visma salary

Belgian eyes Classics, Tour de France, Olympics and World Championships


Nottingham Forest hit with injury blow as Ryan Yates faces spell on sidelines

Exclusive: Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton faces being without key midfielder Ryan Yates for three weeks


Sunderland must swoop for 20 y/o gem who terrorised £44m worth of talent last month - opinion

Sunderland are interested in signing Wimbledon's left-sided youngster Paul Osew this month.


Manchester United are quickly developing one of Liverpool's title winning traits

Manchester United have shown a desire to win this season that not many teams have been able to match.


Woodward should sanction MUFC swoop for £26m-rated beast who “gets better every game” - opinion

Ed Woodward should sanction Manchester United swoop for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.


From the archive: Button's last spell with Williams

Jenson Button is returning to Williams in 2021 as a senior advisor, 21 years after making his F1 debut with the Grove outfit in 2000. The team is in a very different position now, but so too is Button - who reflected on his rookie campaign for the 11 August 2016 issue of Autosport magazine


Newcastle United eyeing former West Brom man before Aston Villa clash

Coach Jones arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2018 to assist newly appointed Albion boss Darren Moore


Getting the full fraud treatment on various social media disgraces

IT’S ALL MEME, MEME, MEME Jürgen Klopp, the Premier League’s pre-eminent high-fiving, high-pressing Eurocoach, is having a tough old month. Liverpool’s last five league games have yielded three points and one goal. Truly, there are cross-Channel lorry drivers who have enjoyed January more than big Jürg. But can it be mere coincidence that in the days before Britain took back ruddy control, the wheels came off so spectacularly for football’s...


Wood gets wicket his graft deserves after a gruelling day in Sri Lanka

LAWRENCE BOOTH: It was no so much a celebration as a sigh of relief when Mark Wood trapped Dinesh Chandimal to end a stand of 117 with Angelo Mathews.


Neil Warnock hits out at 'disrespectful' Neil Harris and backs Mick McCarthy for Cardiff City success

The former Cardiff City boss believes some of the comments made by his successor in the Bluebirds hot-seat were disrespectful


Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes and Man City's Kevin De Bruyne feature in FIFA 21 TOTY

The FIFA 21 TOTY Ultimate XI features both Man United midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, but there's no spot for Lionel Messi.


Livingston defender Jack Fitzwater convinced confidence can be the key to Betfred Cup success

The Betfred Cup was the catalyst for Livi's turnaround this season, says the 23-year-old.


Liverpool's 'magnificent seven' put a different perspective on Burnley defeat

Liverpool suffered their first Premier League defeat at Anfield in almost four years against Burnley


Jesse Lingard cut from Man Utd's core squad as Amad Diallo decision made

Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard has been cut from the club’s 22-man squad list, with reports suggesting new signing Amad Diallo will take his place


Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville all agree on Diogo Jota and Liverpool

Liverpool are in a poor run of form, and based on what pundits have said they are missing one key player more than most


Motor racing: Ferrari sign first female driver to their academy

UK-MOTOR-F1-FERRARI:Motor racing: Ferrari sign first female driver to their academy


Liverpool have found partnership that can turn season around

Liverpool's defeat to Burnley threw up one positive for Jurgen Klopp's side


Brandon McNulty sets Giro d'Italia top 10 as goal for 2021

American youngster finished 15th on debut last season


'Gor Mahia have not sanctioned unscrupulous collection of monies' - Ochola

The official has urged members to follow laid out guidelines when it comes to supporting the club financially


Brendan Rodgers makes Leicester transfer admission after Christian Eriksen linked

Rodgers' Leicester side are riding high in the Premier League after beating Chelsea and visit Brentford in the FA Cup on Sunday


Transfer news LIVE! Odegaard to Arsenal, Ryan signs; Upamecano to Chelsea; Eriksen; Liverpool rumours today

January transfer window - LIVE! The rumours continue to come thick and fast as we approach the latter stages of the window and clubs scramble to get business done in the Premier League and beyond. Arsenal have signed Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan until the end of the season, while Standard Sport understands they are increasingly confident that Martin Odegaard will also join on loan from Real Madrid. Mikel Arteta is also looking for another...


James Milner urges players and fans to stick together after Burnley defeat

James Milner has arguably sent a rather pointed message to Liverpool supporters, urging them and the Reds’ players to stick together. Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a dreadful 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Thursday night, as their poor run of form continues. Liverpool were a shadow of their title-winning selves at Anfield, with Ashley Barnes’ late penalty ending their 68-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League. Taking to Twitter on Friday...


Ancelotti reveals Calvert-Lewin is fit to face Sheffield Wednesday

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Dominic Calvert-Lewin will return for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. The striker is likely to start the fourth-round clash.


Arsenal monitoring Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand as Mikel Arteta seeks defensive depth

Arsenal are considering a move for Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they look to provide competition for Kieran Tierney. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta revealed this week the club are in the market for a left-back to compete with Tierney after Sead Kolasinac was allowed to join Schalke on loan. Arsenal are looking at a number of targets, but it is understood that Bertrand is one player being monitored. Bertrand is into the final six months of...


Buffalo Bills eye Kansas City Chiefs upset to leave no regrets over Patrick Mahomes

The Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs have history. The two sides have battled at this stage before, as the Chiefs defeated the Bills in 1967 to go to the first edition of the Super Bowl before Buffalo returned the favour in 1994. On each of these occasions, the victorious side came up short in the big game, but the talent on show at Arrowhead on Sunday suggests that the 2021 AFC Championship Game will produce this year's favourite to...


Flick vows Bayern must give Lewandowski every chance to challenge 'role model' Muller

Robert Lewandowski could surpass the Bundesliga single-season goals record held by Gerd Muller, a childhood idol of Bayern boss Hansi Flick.


Odsonne Edouard 'responds' to Celtic offer amid Aston Villa transfer claims

Aston Villa were believed to be keen on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in the summer transfer window and he continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League


Steve Bruce reveals Allan Saint-Maximin's comeback date and blasts "fake news" claims

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is fighting for his job after a run of nine games without a win with the Geordies sinking into relegation trouble having scored just once in seven outings


Alli was missing for Tottenham due to injury, insists Mourinho

Dele Alli is struggling with injury, which Jose Mourinho insists is the reason why he missed out against Sheffield United.


Coady dropped in 7 changes, first-team debut given out: Wolves’ predicted XI v Chorley - opinion

FA Cup Preview: Wolves XI vs Chorley - predicted lineup, latest confirmed team and injury news.


Frank Lampard’s hopes of keeping Chelsea job aided by dithering over succession plan - report

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are divided on who would come next if Lampard is dismissed


Brentford vs Leicester: Busy Bees won’t lose sleep should they fall prey to Foxes in FA Cup

Brentford have already enjoyed one historic cup run this season. Whisper it, but they could probably do without another. Thomas Frank’s men reached the first major semi-final in the club’s history before losing to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup two weeks ago, a run which coincided with and perhaps even inspired an upturn in League form that has yet to cease. Following the midweek win over Luton, the Bees are unbeaten in 16 in the Championship and...


Ben Guy ‘no regrets’ over missing Liverpool tie and targets Irish League return

Ben Guy was adjusting to life under lockdown in Portadown as his team-mates from Aston Villa’s youth ranks recently enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime FA Cup experience of facing Liverpool superstars like Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson.


Liverpool fans react to photo showing extent of Joe Gomez's knee injury

A number of Liverpool fans have been reacting to images of Joe Gomez’s knee, highlighting the severity of his injury. The 23-year-old is out for the rest of the season after picking up a serious injury in England training back in November. It was the latest cruel setback for Gomez, who has suffered rotten luck with fitness issues down the years, including cruciate ligament damage when Jurgen Klopp first arrived at Liverpool. The centre-back has...


Facundo Pellistri's agent says he will join a LaLiga club on loan

United signed Pellistri for £10million from Uruguayan club Penarol in the summer transfer window. The 19-year-old has trained with the first-team but is yet to make his senior debut.


'Devastated' Murray out of Australian Open following positive COVID-19 test

Five-time finalist Andy Murray will not compete at the Australian Open after failing to arrange a "workable quarantine" with authorities.


Stroll: 2020 F1 season partly a year of "missed opportunity"

Lance Stroll admits his 2020 Formula 1 season "was a year of missed opportunity" given the competitiveness of his Racing Point package


Zidane pressure at Real Madrid, AC Milan title test, Bundesliga top-four fight and what to watch around Europe

The FA Cup and Premier League will provide plenty of intrigue, but further afield there’s lots to look forward to as well in Europe’s biggest leagues. It is far from all positive for the biggest sides around Europe at present, particularly for Real Madrid after they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Alcoyano in midweek. Theirs is just one of the intrigues in the top five leagues this weekend, however. In the Bundesliga there are...


Conor McGregor craves dazzling career highlights reel

Conor McGregor has already done enough in his career to suggest he will go down as one of the finest fighters the UFC has ever produced but the Irishman claimed: “I feel like I’m only starting.”


'I don't understand that one' - Solskjaer responds to Jurgen Klopp and plays down Liverpool injuries

Jurgen Klopp had assessed Manchester United's defensive approach to the goalless draw at Anfield


Odegaard to Arsenal? Madrid leave midfielder out of LaLiga squad amid speculation

After struggling to make the breakthrough at Real Madrid this season, Martin Odegaard is reportedly set to leave on loan.


Villa facing transfer nightmare over 51-cap "complete package", Lange must act now - opinion

Aston Villa are facing a transfer battle for Bournemouth forward Josh King, with fellow Premier League side Burnley reported to be interested.