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Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov's rematch ultimatum

Nurmagomedov has opened the door to a rematch with McGregor after confirming he is prepared to come out of retirement


Man City go top after win over Villa

Man City go top after win over Villa


Why Portadown transfer business at the back may be bad for Irish League defences

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton is hoping increased competition between the posts can help unlock his side’s attacking strength.


Manning and Roethlisberger lead tributes to 'amazing' Rivers after retirement

Two of the QBs he has often been compared against – Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger – have heaped praise on the retiring Philip Rivers.


Inter Milan offered the chance to sign Divock Origi on loan

Liverpool have offered Inter Milan the chance to sign Divock Origi on loan this month, according to Corriere dello Sport. The 25-year-old has become even more of a fringe player at Liverpool this season, not making a single start in the Premier League. Origi’s Anfield future looks bleak and it could be that he is moved on temporarily in January. Inter are believed to have been given the opportunity to bring him in, allowing them to add depth to...


Cardiff City transfer headlines as Bluebirds learn stance on Celtic target and Peterborough chief opens on Max Watters chase

Here are all the latest transfer headlines and rumours from Cardiff City Stadium


Everton's Ellis Simms replacement plans as loan departure leaves strikers question

Simms secured a loan move to Blackpool on Wednesday for the remainder of the season


BBC addresses backlash over Mrs Brown's Boy's being dropped as fans left furious

The BBC has issued a statement after being hit by more than 100 complaints for dropping Mrs Brown's Boys from its scheduling after the football


Ruthless Radrizzani: Leeds must make bold call on £35k-p/w man, Bielsa may be fuming - opinion

Leeds United mustn't give Gaetano Berardi a new contract amid his expiring at the end of the Premier League season.


Atletico's French connection break down Simeone-Dembele language barrier

Moussa Dembele is settling into life at Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone has offered assurances to fellow forward Joao Felix.


Liverpool fans discuss potential move for free agent Sokratis

Liverpool may have been presented with a solution to their current defensive dilemma as Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, or just Sokratis for those without fluent Greek, had his contract terminated by mutual consent. The 32-year-old, who played under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund has had his time at the Emirates Stadium brought to an end with immediate effect and, having already been linked by Fabrizio Romano, the Reds could...


Confirmed: Aston Villa star makes loan move to Championship

The 29-year-old is desperate to play first-team football and, following Ross Barkley's return to full fitness, game-time was limited at Villa and he heads to Swansea


SailGP to host eight races in 2021-22 season

SailGP to host eight races in 2021-22 season


Harry Maguire pinpoints 'immature' Manchester United's biggest improvement this season

The United skipper has been impressed with how his team are grinding out results and winning ugly to aid their title challenge.


Fulham vs Manchester United LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Manchester United are taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening in a game which could propel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side back to the top of the Premier League. Leicester took up the mantel of league leaders after their win over Chelsea last night and Manchester City moved to the summit with victory over Aston Villa this evening, but United will restore their place at the top by the end of the night should they beat Fulham. That will be no...


Arsenal's Mesut Ozil farce epitomises the club's baffling off-pitch decisions

BRIAN READE: The German midfielder looks poised to finally end his isolation in North London and join Turkish side Fenerbahce


Premier League clubs now optimistic they will complete the season

EXCLUSIVE: Top-flight club chairmen have rallied around new, tough Covid protocols and committed their teams to follow the rules to keep football going,despite initial concerns from managers.


Liverpool could target some of Europe's most exciting teenagers to replace Gini Wijnaldum

Gini Wijnaldum could depart at the end of the current campaign and Liverpool could enter the market for a replacement


West Ham's 'interest is strong' in Giovanni Simeone

West Ham hold a ‘strong’ interest in Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone according to Gianluca di Marzio. The report stated that “West Ham’s interest is strong on Simeone” as they seek to replace Sebastien Haller, and the Serie A club could sanction the sale as they look to fund a move for Torino’s Simone Zaza. Simeone is the son of former Argentina international and current Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. The 25-year-old has six Argentina...


FIFA 21 TOTW 17 lineup confirmed featuring Paul Pogba and Thomas Muller

The FUT 21 Team of the Week 17 lineup features Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller. Check out the full FIFA 21 TOTY 17 lineup here.


Ceballos on Odegaard situation at Madrid: You need to play

Martin Odegaard is rumoured to want to out of Real Madrid, a situation Dani Ceballos puts down to a lack of minutes.


Imagine him & Antonio: Moyes should urge WHU to swoop for “hungry” £63m-rated maestro – opinion

David Moyes should urge West Ham United to sign Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal in the January transfer window as he eyes a Sebastien Haller replacement.


Arsenal Invincible Lauren backs up Jose Mourinho with "no chance" Tottenham dig

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has consistently claimed his side are not in a title race, despite sitting just a handful of points behind the current league leaders


Frank Lampard deserves more time at Chelsea - our writers on why Roman Abramovich needs to be patient

Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester City turned up the pressure on Frank Lampard. Chelsea are falling behind in the race for the Champions League, and history suggests owner Roman Abramovich is not always patient when results are going badly. Lampard, as much as anyone given long career at Stamford Bridge, will be aware of that but does he deserve more time to turn things around? Standard Sport writers give their view. James Robson In an ideal...


Real Madrid starting line-up against El Alcoyano

The Whites' team is: Lunin, E. Militão, Marcelo, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Odriozola, Vini Jr., Isco, Mariano and Chust.


Bruce should urge Newcastle to swoop for 6 ft 4 titan, he could help save their season – opinion

Steve Bruce should urge Newcastle United to swoop in and sign Sam Cosgrove after Stoke City had the Aberdeen striker scouted recently.


Klopp suffers Liverpool transfer blow as Romano drops update on “unbelievable” beast - opinion

Liverpool have been handed a significant transfer blow as target David Alaba has reportedly agreed terms with Real Madrid.


Eric Garcia will join Barcelona for free before next season, says presidential candidate

Toni Freixa admits Barcelona have little money to spend, meaning Eric Garcia will not arrive from Manchester City in January.


F1 adopting "flexible approach" to 2021 calendar - Domenicali

Stefano Domenicali says Formula 1 is taking a "flexible approach" towards its 2021 calendar amid the ongoing pandemic and revealed alternative races are on standby if changes are required


Zinnbauer laments Orlando Pirates' decision making following Golden Arrows draw

Bongani Sam caused the Abafana Bes'thende defence all sorts of problems, but he was surprisingly substituted on the hour-mark


South American expert tells Manchester United about Facundo Medina potential amid transfer links

Manchester United have been linked with Lens' Facundo Medina and now South American expert Tim Vickery has discussed what the centre-back could offer in the Premier League.


Domenicali says F1 could reduce and rotate races in future

UK-MOTOR-F1-DOMENICALI:Domenicali says F1 could reduce and rotate races in future


Lando Norris tests positive for coronavirus during holiday in Dubai

The 21-year old Briton had to quarantine in his hotel room for 14 days after a positive test on January 4. Norris' final day in isolation was on Monday. He must now return a negative before flying home.


Wolves agree loan-deal with Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose

Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose was a target for Spurs last year but it is Wolves who has managed to secure his signature. Wolves have agreed a loan with an option to make the deal permanent.


Aitor Karanka has named his team to face Preston and Birmingham City fans will love it

Birmingham City face Preston North End at St Andrew's this evening looking for their first home win since October 28


Inside Martin Odegaard's Arsenal training ground visit as Gunners 'make approach'

Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Real Madrid over Martin Odegaard, who has made just 11 senior appearances for Los Blancos since his well-publicised transfer in 2015


Rarely-seen £65k-p/w Everton man can be the big winner amid blow over £9m-rated target – opinion

Jean-Philippe Gbamin can benefit from Steven Nzonzi’s decision to remain at Stade Rennais for the rest of the season amid rumoured interest from Everton.


Mikel Arteta edges closer to top transfer "priority" with ruthless Arsenal move

Arsenal's resurgent Premier League form, which has seen them win four of their last five games, has seen fans start to look at a potential tilt at the top-four places


Wales' unluckiest rugby players and why they weren't picked for the Six Nations

Wayne Pivac has named a 36-strong Wales squad for the Six Nations, with the challenge being to achieve a balance between youth and experience - but some players can count themselves unfortunate to be left out


Clock ticking for Frank Lampard as Chelsea identify possible replacements

Frank Lampard is running out of time to save his job after Chelsea’s defeat by Leicester prompted the board to start identifying possible replacements for their manager. Chelsea have grown alarmed after five defeats in eight Premier League games and Lampard finds himself on increasingly thin ice. The 42-year-old is under no illusions about his precarious situation. He does not have long to convince the hierarchy, who have started to consider...


Premier League table: Latest standings today for 2020/21 EPL season

Manchester City went top of the Premier League table with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Leicester City provisionally went top on Tuesday by beating Chelsea 2-0 to pile the pressure on Frank Lampard. Tuesday’s other game saw West Ham beat West Brom 2-1 to leapfrog Frank Lampard’s Blues on another day of top-flght drama. Wednesday offers Manchester United the opportunity to reclaim top spot as the Red Devils face...


How do esports players make money?

Even if you aren’t a fan of video games, you’ve likely heard of electronic sports. Competitions consist of professional players going head to head before either a live or virtual audience. Some of the most popular games include DOTA 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The first esports events (also written as e-sports or eSports) were held in the late 90s and have continued to grow in popularity ever since. The number of worldwide followers has increased so much that esports are set to bring in more than US$1 billion (CA$1.3 billion) this year—a first for the sector. By 2023, the esports industry could be worth more than US$1.5 billion (CA$1.9 billion). With this kind of popularity, some esports players are making a pretty good living—even as much as some professional athletes playing “traditional” sports - but how, exactly, do they make money?


Raw talent plus IPL cash point to an era of Indian dominance on cricket's world stage

The ground has moved after India’s win in Brisbane, lifted, shifted and settled again, so the game’s landscape looks a little different today. The premise of the World Test Championship seems a little redundant all of a sudden, because it’s addressing a question that has just been settled. New Zealand are still top of the official rankings, for now, and since they swept India aside 2-0 at home last February, they deserve the chance to try and...


Dani Ceballos gives honest verdict on why Gareth Bale is struggling at Tottenham

The two players were teammates at Real Madrid before their respective moves to North London and Ceballos has provided an insight into Bale's issues


Liverpool attacking reality is clear for Jurgen Klopp for the first time since Mohamed Salah signed

Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool for £36.9m back in the summer of 2017 and Jurgen Klopp has reaped the rewards ever since


Southampton handed boost Ralph needs as "super-talented" gem could return this month - opinion

Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to have been handed an injury boost at Southampton, as it was confirmed that Moussa Djenepo could return to action this month.


British Cycling names 12-rider team for UCI Cyclo-cross Worlds in Ostend

Tom Pidcock and Evie Richards racing for medals in elite fields


Conor McGregor's SOS message to coach which sparked his career reboot

McGregor's defeat by Nate Diaz in 2016 sparked a radical change in his training which remains in place to this day


Steve McNamara says relocating Catalans is last resort as Dragons clarify Israel Folau situation

Super League steps up fixture planning with season nine weeks away


'North West 200 will come back stronger in 2022' insists Glenn Irwin

The four-time Superbike winner was speaking after this year's event was cancelled due to ongoing Covid concerns