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Chargers hire Rams DC Staley as head coach

Having impressed while serving as defensive coordinator for the Rams, Brandon Staley has landed the top job with the Chargers.


What Wayne Rooney can learn from the England Golden Generation’s failings

The Golden Generation have become, in football terms, the geriatric generation. Wayne Rooney’s retirement from playing and move into management at Derby County invokes many memories and quite a few questions, the most perplexing of which is why England failed to live up to expectations in the optimistic days of the early 2000s. Why does finding an answer matter? It might have an impact on Rooney’s career in the dugout. Management is about...


Get it done: Ashley could avoid relegation by sanctioning Newcastle swoop for £15m gem – opinion

Mike Ashley can put any fears of relegation to bed by sanctioning a deal for Newcastle United to sign AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King.


Glenn Hoddle column: Mesut Ozil, Mason Mount... and The Masked Singer!

From which other footballers he thinks would be good on The Masked Singer to his assessment of Mesut Ozil’s time in England and Joe Rodon’s potential at Tottenham, here Standard Sport columnist Glenn Hoddle answers your questions and picks out the player he will be watching closing this week. Tom asks Which other footballers do you think would be good on the Masked Singer? And how did the nerves compare between performing on that and playing in...


Bournemouth to rival Swansea City and Middlesbrough in race to sign Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane

Swansea City are among a clutch of clubs keeping an eye on Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane, who is set to leave Villa Park this month


0 duels won, 0 dribbles, 0 shots - The one Man City star whose performance will concern Pep

Bernardo Silva was Pep Guardiola's one disappointment in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday evening.


Shi can save Wolves' season with swoop for "magic" £27m beast, he "can create panic" - opinion

Wolves could save their season with a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this January.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims changing Paul Pogba's position for Man Utd was a success

Paul Pogba impressed again for Manchester United during the goalless draw with Liverpool, and despite missing the best chance of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the Frenchman


Jose Mourinho 'losing patience' with Gareth Bale amid hostile video footage

Bale has been used sparingly by his manager since his return to Tottenham and it seems Mourinho has little intention of playing him more often unless he sees significant changes


Liverpool star Mohamed Salah accused of being "scared" of Man Utd rival

Salah looked shot of any belief and endured another off day for Liverpool as they were held to a draw by their rivals and barely troubled David de Gea in the United goal


John Stones’ Man City resurgence is both a personal and collective triumph

It was the unlikeliest chapter in the unlikeliest comeback story of the season. John Stones not only delivered another excellent all-round display at the heart of Manchester City’s defence in the win over Crystal Palace but also scored his first Premier League goal for the club, some four-and-a-half years after joining. And then, he scored his second. “I would have loved a third,” he admitted in his post-match interviews. Only two months ago...


Pogba 'cameo of two or three months brilliance' can win title -Neville

The Frenchman has fought his way back into the team recently and is beginning to perform well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. And Neville thinks he has the right kind of arrogance for the title race.


Ben Godfrey reveals his excitement upon joining Everton in 2020

Ben Godfrey has discussed life at Everton, his professional career to date and his hopes for the future at Goodison Park – and revealed some exciting beliefs about the Toffees. The former Norwich centre-back joined on the summer transfer window deadline day last October for a reported fee of £24.75m. The York-born 23-year-old has already made 11 league appearances this season and has been deployed as a full-back on both flanks at varying points....


62% duels lost: "Perfect" LFC gem failed to repay Klopp's faith vs MUFC; he was dire - opinion

Liverpool midfielder Georginio WIjnaldum was far from his best in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.


Get rid: Brands must end dud’s 14-year Everton association, he’s not fit for Ancelotti – opinion

Marcel Brands must end Beni Baningime’s 14-year Everton association and sell the midfielder during the January transfer window.


Last of the six Man Utd signings named and shamed by Rio Ferdinand is set to leave

Back in January 2020, following a Manchester United defeat by Burnley, Rio Ferdinand hit out at the Red Devils' demise, laying the blame on the club's poor recruitment


Liverpool fans can't explain why Minamino has been frozen out by Klopp

Some Liverpool fans have been left perplexed by Jurgen Klopp’s treatment of Takumi Minamino, as the Japanese failed to feature again at the weekend. The Reds were held to a forgettable 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday, as they failed to spark in the final third. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all far from their best at Anfield, and as the minutes ticked by, some inspiration from the substitutes’ bench was...


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why he took furious Bruno Fernandes off against Liverpool

Bruno Fernandes was furious when his number was called in the 89th minute at Anfield, and he had to make way for young Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood


American Magic to miss next Prada Cup races leaving Ainslie just one win from final

By James Toney Sir Ben Ainslie needs just one more win to clear the first hurdle of his America's Cup campaign. Three 'challenger' boats, from the USA, Italy and Great Britain, are contesting a series of round robin races in Auckland as they seek to become the team that takes on defending champions Team New Zealand in the 36th America's Cup match in March. After their dramatic capsize on Sunday, American Magic will not contest the remaining...


Ricciardo's motivating mindset a "forgotten" asset in F1 - Fry

Daniel Ricciardo's hidden benefit in motivating a Formula 1 team is one of his most striking qualities, says Alpine technical chief Pat Fry


Michael Owen and Paul Scholes disagree over referee decision that denied Sadio Mane and Liverpool

The two pundits had differing views on Paul Tierney's decision to blow for half time five seconds early during Liverpool's draw with Manchester United


Finance expert offers concerning Saints prediction amid financial report

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has suggested that Southampton could be forced to potentially sell off some of their key assets in the transfer market, or that Gao Jisheng could be forced to sell the club amid their latest financial report. The Saints released their financial report for the period of 2019 through to March 2020, which revealed that Southampton have made a loss of around £76m and taken out a loan of £78m which includes an...


Roy Keane criticises Man Utd duo for disappointing performances against Liverpool

Manchester United failed to break down a makeshift Liverpool defence during a tepid goalless draw, with two of their biggest stars having quiet evenings at Anfield


Levy must offload £25m Spurs star, Dier claims there's "no-one worse to train against" - opinion

Tottenham Hotspur should look to move Lucas Moura on during the transfer window this month.


7 Rangers fringe stars Steven Gerrard could still look to offload in January shake-up

Minutes on the park have been scarce for some of the Ibrox dressing room so far this season.


Man City vs Crystal Palace result: Five things we learned as City close in on leaders United

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to move up to second place in the Premier League. City’s early dominance didn’t create too many clear-cut sights of goal, but Kevin De Bruyne served up a brilliant cross from the right for the opener, headed in by John Stones. The home side were entirely dominant thereafter, with Palace only forging sporadic counter-attacking moments, but they held out defensively until 10 minutes...


West Ham could offer cash and Manuel Lanzini for Marseille's Morgan Sanson

West Ham are among the Premier League clubs interested in Marseille playmaker Morgan Sanson and could offer a player in a part-exchange deal to secure their man. According to The Sun, the Irons are prepared to offer a player-plus-cash deal involving Manuel Lanzini in order to persuade the French club to let the Hammers jump the queue. The 26-year-old French midfielder has reportedly turned down advances from the Hammers and looks likely to snub...


Simon Yates: Racing against my brother will be difficult but not a problem

‘I didn’t grow up wanting to win the Tour. I grew up wanting to be an Olympic champion’ says BikeExchange leader


George sees a change in Clippers: The chemistry is amazing

The Los Angeles Clippers have started the new NBA season in impressive fashion, thanks in part to the bond between the players.


Mesut Ozil says Fenerbahce move ‘a dream come true’ after seven years at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil said joining Fenerbahce is a “dream come true” after landing in Istanbul late on Sunday night ahead his move to the Turkish giants. Arsenal gave permission for Ozil to travel to Turkey after a breakthrough in talks between player and the club over the weekend over the mutual termination of his contract. The 32-year-old had six months to run on his £350,000-a-week deal but he is expected to forego a proportion of the £7m he is owed in...


Tanguy Ndombele meant it: Tottenham star’s stunning goal no fluke, says Joe Rodon

It was a goal so sublime, you initially had to wonder if he meant it but for Tanguy Ndombele's Tottenham team-mates, his moment of brilliance at Bramall Lane came as no surprise. With two Sheffield United defenders shepherding him towards the touchline, Ndombele stretched to hook an improvised, inch-perfect lob over Aaron Ramsdale and into the far corner. "The goal doesn't surprise me to be honest because he does spectacular things in training...


Michail Antonio’s hamstrings key to West Ham success, says Pablo Fornals

Pablo Fornals says Michail Antonio remaining fit is key to keeping West Ham on the front foot this season. The Hammers talisman, who has been struggling with hamstring problems since October, scored the winner against Burnley on his first Premier League start since November on Saturday. The forward converted Fornals's cross at the far post inside 10 minutes to make it five games unbeaten and three wins on the bounce in all competitions. With...


Crystal Palace consider move for Mainz 05 striker Jean-Philippe Mateta

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Mainz 05 striker Jean-Philippe Mateta to reinforce Roy Hodgson’s faltering attack. Christian Benteke has scored just three goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season, while Michy Batshuayi’s loan from Chelsea has proven ineffectual, with the striker yet to register a single goal for the Eagles. Palace have been assessing potential options and Mateta, who has scored 10 goals in 17 games in all...


Vardy 'almost turned his back on football to become Ibiza PARTY REP'

Vardy defied the traditional development of a modern footballer to become one of the most feared strikers in top flight history, having been picked up by the Foxes from Fleetwood after starting in non-league


Liverpool Player Ratings: Manchester United (H)

Liverpool missed the chance to make an immediate return to the summit of the Premier League yesterday as they were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by rivals Manchester United. The Reds were far from their fluid, swashbuckling best but they had their moments as they made it 68 league matches unbeaten at home. Despite having much of the possession, Jurgen Klopp‘s side failed to create clear-cut scoring opportunities, with half-chances at best...


Chelsea 'willing to smash transfer record to sign Haaland this year'

Haaland, who has scored 19 goals in 17 matches for Dortmund this season, has a £66.6million release clause in his contract which cannot be triggered until 2022.


Yan Bingtao stuns John Higgins to become youngest Masters champion in 26 years after brilliant comeback

The 20 year-old from China was ranked as a 50-1 outsider before the tournament but he produced a mature performance on Masters debut


'No chance' - Swansea City boss Steve Cooper voices frustrations over fixture schedule and Barnsley and Blackburn travel plans

Swansea City's head coach Steve Cooper voiced frustrations over his side's schedule


Jamie McCart excited for "big opportunity" as defender eyes Hampden heroics

The St Johnstone centre-half admits there is a great buzz around McDiarmid Park ahead of the cup semi-final


'Everything is possible' - ex-Swansea City, Man City and Stoke City star Wilfried Bony open to return as he reveals agent talks

Former Swansea City, Man City and Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony says he is keeping his options open as he looks to relaunch his career


Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola to be handed £200m summer budget to rebuild side

The club's hierarchy are willing to back the Catalan in the next transfer window


Joe Shaugnessy slams officials for missing handball and says even St Johnstone players saw it

The Buddies defender was adamant the Perth side's winner should not have stood.


Two title fights set for UFC 260

The UFC’s second PPV event of March will feature two hotly anticipated title fights. Confirmed by the promotion’s president Dana White during the UFC on ABC 1 post-fight press conference on Saturday, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will look to defend his title against Francis Ngannou in a rematch of their 2018 clash while the co-main event will see featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will square off against Brian Ortega. UFC 260 is...


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees with Jurgen Klopp in praise for Liverpool duo

Manchester United fashioned the two best chances of the game but were largely kept at arm's length as they drew 0-0 at Liverpool, with the Reds' makeshift defence impressing


Arsenal transfer news: Memphis Depay suggests Houssem Aouar would reject Gunners move

The Lyon midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last summer


Talking Horses: Royal Ascot expands schedule to seven races per day

Ascot racecourse said on Monday morning that it will permanently expand the schedule at its showpiece Royal meeting in June to seven races per day from this year, after what was described as a “temporary” revision to the traditional six-race daily card in 2020 proved popular with both participants and punters. Last year’s change was made to allow for extra runners at the Royal meeting, which was staged just over a fortnight after racing returned...


Ronald Koeman defends Lionel Messi after Barcelona captain sent off for punching opponent

Lionel Messi's frustrations boiled over in closing stages of the Spanish Super Cup final and the Argentine hit Athletic Bilbao forward Asier Villalibre in the head


Joe Root wants more from 'not perfect' England after win in first Test

Joe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle after a seven-wicket win in the series opener that reminded him the team is far from the finished article. There was obvious delight in the away dressing room when Jonny Bairstow’s swept four completed a chase of 74 inside the first hour of the final morning, with Root’s men starting a subcontinental winter of...


Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan: Chelsea defender set for loan move with £25m buy option

AC Milan are closing in on a loan deal for Fikayo Tomori, which is expected to include £25million option to buy the Chelsea defender. The centre-back has been told he can leave this month to get more regular game-time – but Frank Lampard is adamant he wants any move to be temporary. Yet negotiations with Milan have led to discussions of a potential option to buy if he impresses in the second half of the season. Tomori has been restricted to just...


Woods mulls Grand Tour options prior to Tokyo Olympics bid

Israel Start-Up Nation racer delays season start following winter operation