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Richard Masters: Premier League focus is on finishing season behind closed doors

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says he is “hopeful” that fans will be back in stadiums by the start of next season, but admits the focus is on completing the current campaign behind closed doors. Fans have been shut out of the majority of Premier League games since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown began in March last year. The exception was a brief period before Christmas, when clubs in areas under less severe coronavirus...


Mourinho offers little hope to Tottenham outcast Dele Alli

Dele Alli has been limited to 74 minutes in the Premier League this season but that does not mean Jose Mourinho will let him leave Spurs.


Two people test positive for coronavirus on chartered plane to Australian Open

A number of players are set to have their preparations for the Australian Open hit after two people on a chartered flight to the tournament tested positive for coronavirus. All players arriving in Australia for the competition must undergo a two-week quarantine period, but are usually allowed to leave their hotel rooms to practice outside for several hours per day. However, those players on the affected flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne have...


Jamie Gillan hoping for minimal Cleveland Browns role as last Brit standing in NFL play-offs

Cleveland Browns have been the story of the NFL play-offs so far - and Scottish punter Jamie Gillan hopes they can pull off another upset against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend


Ealing Trailfinders v Saracens kick-off time, live stream info and cost as BT Sport shelve TV plan

The Saracens are in action for the first time since their relegation from England's Gallagher Premiership: here's the kick-off time, live stream info and team news for the Trailfinders Challenge Cup match


Is West Ham vs Burnley on TV today? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

Burnley will seek to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they visit West Ham United on Saturday. The Clarets were dogged, but ultimately disappointing, in their home defeat to Manchester United during the week, leaving them two places above the relegation zone. Despite that, they have won three of the last six in league play and are unlikely to hold too many longer-term fears about the drop - though Sean Dyche will expect more...


Barcelona's move for Manchester City's Garcia put on hold by Laporta

The club's presidential candidates want the new board in place before any major decisions are made


David Brooks to Aston Villa, Bournemouth's transfer stance and why Swansea City are now interested bystanders

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on making a move for Bournemouth's Wales international David Brooks this month with Swansea City now interested bystanders


Avram Grant says he hasn't been approached by Chelsea about a return

Reports indicated that Chelsea wanted to bring back Grant to work with Frank Lampard, whose side have endured some disappointing results recently.


Manchester United 'prepared to rival Chelsea for Rice in the summer'

ESPN report Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to continue rejuvenating the squad at the end of the season and will prioritise moves for a forward, central defender and a defensive midfielder.


Chelsea will 'fight to keep Giroud after talks with Juventus stall'

The 34-year-old, whose contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire in the summer, is the Blues' joint top-scorer this season but is currently free to talk to clubs abroad about a pre-contract.


Rangers striker Cederic Itten admits surprise at Motherwell's "five-five block" in last outing

The Steelmen came close to causing a shock at Ibrox in December with their backs-to-the-walls display


Majestic Aaron Rodgers meets menacing Rams defence on Packers’ road to redemption

The Green Bay Packers have been in this position before. For the second straight year, the Packers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record to take the NFC North crown – led by the impressive performances of MVP-elect Aaron Rodgers. In 2019, Green Bay were just one win away from the Super Bowl as they stormed to the NFC Championship Game before being crushed by the San Francisco 49ers, who were the number one seed. Now, the Packers have...


Pep Guardiola unfazed by facing bogey team Crystal Palace

Manchester City have won their last four league games and are unbeaten in 14. However, they have come unstuck against Roy Hodgson's men in recent years, losing 3-2 in 2018 and drawing 2-2 in 2020.


Lampaert: I'm confident for the Classics after 2020 results

'Is it time for me? I hope it is' Belgian says as he takes aim at Flanders and Roubaix


Arsenal 'tracking Brentford's Ivan Toney' with West Ham interested

The 24-year-old's excellent form has attracted suitors from the top-flight, including Arsenal and West Ham - but the Gunners won't be making a move for the striker just yet.


Kovalev v Melikuziev off after former champ tests positive for testosterone

Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev has tested positive for synthetic testosterone and will not fight Bektemir Melikuziev this month.


Llorente starts, Bielsa drops 39-cap regular in 8 changes: Leeds' predicted XI - opinion

A look at how Marcelo Bielsa might line up his Leeds United side for the Premier League clash against Brighton.


West Brom linked with in-form striker as Sam Allardcyce tries to bolster attacking options

The Senegal international has scored 11 goals this season – the same amount Albion have managed as a team in the Premier League – with nine of them coming in his last seven games


Wolves team news vs West Brom: Boly, Traore and Neto start as Nuno names attacking XI

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion | Here's the team Nuno Espirito Santo has named for the Black Country derby


Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after homophobic slur during tournament

Ralph Lauren have ended their relationship with Justin Thomas after the American was caught making a homophobic slur during a tournament in Hawaii last week. Thomas admitted his mistake was “inexcusable” after a missed putt during the third round of the Sentry Tour of Champions in Hawaii. The Ryder Cup star has worn the brand’s clothing since turning professional, with the 27-year-old winning the US PGA Championship and FedEx Cup in 2017, as...


Impatient O'Sullivan laments lack of practice as his silverware drought continues at Masters

Rusty Ronnie O’Sullivan slammed his lack of practice and admits he’s itching to get his hands on silverware after crashing out of the Masters against old foe John Higgins, writes Will Jennings. The record seven-time champion was involved in a Friday night quarter-final thriller but was blown away by the Scot 6-3 in their 70th career meeting. Four-time world champion Higgins struck breaks of 145, 134, 110 and 88 to repel O’Sullivan’s 125, 103 and...


Ferguson lauds "fantastic" Henderson after not signing him at Man United

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Jordan Henderson, admitting he bemoans not bringing him to Old Trafford. Henderson signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2011, but United had shown an interest previously. Ferguson turned down the move because of the 30-year-old’s awkward running style, however, with the club’s medics believing it could lead to injuries. Speaking on ‘A Team Talk With Legends’ on Friday...


Mohamed Salah reveals team-mate who made him cry and outlines Liverpool plan

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has spoken ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United


Hibs squad revealed as Jackson Irvine and Chris Cadden in the frame but key man ruled out for Kilmarnock clash

The new arrivals are in contention to feature against Alex Dyer's side but there remain a number of absences for Jack Ross to negotiate.


Abraham remains one of the most promising young No 9s in Europe

It has largely gone unnoticed, but Tammy Abraham remains Chelsea's top scorer this season, having netted six goals in just eight Premier League starts this season.


The wizard of Wishaw defeated world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in epic clash at Masters

The 45 year-old Scotsman played some of the best snooker in his career to set up a semi-final with Dave Gilbert


Carrick 2.0: Woodward must sanction £70m Man Utd swoop for “outstanding” titan - opinion

Ed Woodward must sanction Manchester United swoop for West Ham star Declan Rice in the summer.


Sam Johnstone among six key West Brom players missing at Wolves

Albion were already without injured pair Karlan Grant and Conor Townsend, as well as the suspended midfielder Conor Gallagher


Arsenal can repeat Saliba masterclass with 44-cap "goal threat", he'd fix Arteta issue - opinion

Arsenal are battling Premier League rivals Tottenham for the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.


Top but capable of more: Manchester United upbeat for trip to Liverpool

When Ole Gunnar Solskjær says Manchester United have “not really set the world alight” this season, the manager’s true sense might be read as: “You ain’t seen nothing yet – just wait until we do catch fire.” United arrive at Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool as Premier League leaders, three points ahead of the champions while not at their best. That is a rosy place to be for United because they possess the quality to perform far better. For a...


How a Norris F4 rival's early GT move was vindicated

The latest addition to Lamborghini's factory GT roster faced the tough prospect of abandoning his F1 dream while still at school. But 2020 British GT champion Sandy Mitchell has proved that the move was absolutely the right one, as he told JAMES NEWBOLD


England all-rounder Moeen Ali released from quarantine in Sri Lanka after positive Covid test

Moeen Ali was today released from quarantine for the first time since testing positive for Covid-19 on arriving in Sri Lanka almost a fortnight ago. Moeen tested negative before departure but was positive when England arrived in Sri Lanka on January 3, meaning he was kept in isolation when his team-mates were released to train. He was originally scheduled to be released on Wednesday, but the Sri Lankan government were in particularly cautious...


Mesut Özil poised to join Fenerbahce as agreement on ending Arsenal deal nears

Mesut Özil is close to agreeing a settlement with Arsenal that would allow him to terminate his contract and join Fenerbahce this month. The playmaker’s future has been a live topic for several months and the question has been when, rather than if, he will depart a club at which he has fallen dramatically out of favour. Özil’s £350,000-a-week deal at Arsenal ends on 30 June but the two parties are on the verge of confirming an early parting of...


Man Utd's assessment of Amad Diallo's first training sessions ahead of Liverpool fixture

The teenage winger officially joined Manchester United from Atalanta in the January transfer window for a fee that could rise to around £40million


"Tried to stare me out before a match" - Clattenburg takes aim at Klopp

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp once again, claiming he is far better at mind games than he makes out. Clattenburg was in the headlines earlier this week after comments made in the Daily Mail regarding Manchester United and the penalties they get given, also having a dig at Klopp. The Liverpool boss responded to his remarks in his pre-United press conference on Friday, saying, “it always says much...


68 things you'll only understand as a West Brom fan ahead of the derby

We've listed some unique events, chants and experiences that you should recognise if you're a Baggie!


Nuno axes Semedo, first start since 2019 for outcast: Wolves' predicted XI v West Brom - opinion

Here's how Wolves could line-up against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.


LeBron James feeling 'real good with my shot' as Lakers win five straight

Five consecutive NBA wins and an impressive run of shooting have left LeBron James in a confident mood for the LA Lakers.


Dancing On Ice's Rebekah Vardy slams partying footballers for breaking COVID rules

Rebekah Vardy has called out partying footballers for breaking COVID rules, saying they need to set an example to fans. The Dancing On Ice contestant is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, but vented her anger about some of his peers who had been breaking lockdown rules. She told The Sun: “I think it’s a privilege to be in the position that they find themselves in. Yes, they work hard, but at the same time they need to set an example....


Verstappen: Red Bull could have dominated F1 without turbo hybrid switch

Max Verstappen thinks that Red Bull would have enjoyed Mercedes levels of dominance in Formula 1 if the turbo hybrid rules had not been introduced.


Loftus-Cheek has Chelsea future, says Lampard

Ruben Loftus-Cheek's form at Fulham has captured the attention of Frank Lampard, the manager of his parent club Chelsea.


Norris felt 'perfect combo' of rivalry/friendship with Sainz

Lando Norris believes a 'perfect combination' of rivalry and friendship with Carlos Sainz.


Bye-bye Engels: Aston Villa lining up 6 ft 3 titan, Lange must seize his second chance - opinion

Aston Villa are still interested in signing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama after their reported summer interest.


Red-hot Higgins serves up Friday night treat in classic Masters clash with O'Sullivan

Entertainer John Higgins toasted one of his finest ever victories after serving up a Friday night treat against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Masters quarter-finals, writes Will Jennings. The Wizard of Wishaw had urged fans to order beers and Chinese takeaways to enjoy the occasion – and delivered in style as he blew the Rocket away 6-3 with a stunning performance in Milton Keynes. In an exhibition in break-building brilliance, the four-time world...


Coleen Rooney pays tribute to husband Wayne after retirement

The mother-of-four penned a sweet tribute to the England star as he officially bid farewell to the game to take on the permanent position as Derby County manager


Time's up: Lennon must axe Celtic flop today, he's been a "shadow of his former self" - opinion

Celtic manager Neil Lennon must drop Tom Rogic from his starting line-up for the Scottish Premiership clash against Livingston.


Bruno Fernandes issues penalty message to Man City's Raheem Sterling

Bruno Fernandes has issued a message to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling regarding penalties.


Sam Warburton signs up for BBC Six Nations coverage one year after having to quit because of Wales job

Former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton will be a regular on our screens again during the 2021 Six Nations


Mark Clattenburg continues war of words with Jurgen Klopp with fresh jibe at Liverpool boss

Mark Clattenburg has continued his war of words with Jurgen Klopp as he takes aim at the Liverpool manager's preparation before games