England’s conundrum: Why are Test stars missing India series but still playing in IPL?

England arrived in Chennai today for the first two of four brutal Tests in India without three players who helped them to a 2-0 victory in Sri Lanka: Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran. Another, Jos Buttler, will fly home after six days’ quarantine, three days’ prep and five days’ cricket, missing the last three Tests. Already in Chennai, halfway through their quarantine, were Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, rested for Sri Lanka. England will...

Egan Bernal returns to Europe for expected season debut at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Ineos leader prepares for first race since back pain forced him to quit the Tour de France

FIFA 21 TOTY: Defenders and midfielders' ratings revealed

The FIFA 21 Team of the Year is slowly being revealed - with the midfield maestros next on the list

Are England … good again? Five key questions as they head for India

1) Are England a force again? The signs are good but we can’t yet be sure, because the South Africa and Sri Lanka sides England have beaten are not, to borrow a footballing phrase , “in a good moment”. Still, winning five straight Tests away from home cannot happen by mistake and, along with the home victories over West Indies and Pakistan, give reason to believe that something is building. In two of these series and various of these matches,...

Rangers star Filip Helander hails Steven Gerrard's world class pedigree and reveals post-Ibrox career ambitions

The big centre-back waxed lyrical about his manager and the experience he brings to the table.

Liverpool fans are unhappy with club's 'horrible', 'disgusting' new kit

A number of Liverpool fans have been reacting negatively to images of the Reds’ new Nike Air Max Club collection, including the new fourth-choice kit. Jurgen Klopp’s side’s struggles on the pitch may be the main talking point at the moment, but there is also plenty happening off the field. The search for a new centre-back looks set to wait until the summer, with RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate the latest player to be tipped for a move to Anfield....

'Reaping the benefits' - Bolton boss Ian Evatt on Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision

The Wanderers manager also had his say on Chelsea sacking Frank Lampard, who has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel

Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice for marking Lionel Messi when Barcelona faced Man Utd

Lionel Messi and Barcelona stood in Man Utd's way in the 2008 Champions League - but Sir Alex Ferguson's advice to defender Wes Brown helped them keep him quiet and win 1-0 on aggregate

Bench him: Nuno must axe £62.9k-p/w Wolves man today, he made just 11 passes v Chorley - opinion

Wolves must axe Patrick Cutrone when they travel to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

AJ's fight with Fury moves closer as first draft of contract is sent

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed to Sportsmail that provisional details for the undisputed heavyweight clash were sent to Fury's team on Tuesday.

ACL: AIFF likely to bid to host FC Goa's group

FC Goa have been drawn alongside the likes of Iran's Persepolis and Qatar's Al-Rayyan in Group E...

Eddie Jones: My plan for England is to find a way to dominate for every minute of the game

Eddie Jones: My plan for England is to find a way to dominate for every minute of the game

Tremlett: Root back to his best in important England win

Sri Lanka may not have looked the best, but that was an important Test series for England – and in The post Chris Tremlett: Joe Root looked back to his best in England's confidence-boosting 2-0 win in Sri Lanka appeared first on CityAM.

Less touches than Meslier: Anonymous Leeds man proved why Victor Orta must strike now - opinion

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was woeful against Newcastle United in the Premier League, proving why Victor Orta must sign a new striker.

Celtic fans react to Ben Davies transfer update

Celtic appear to be edging towards their first January signing in long-term target Ben Davies – and, as to be expected, the latest incoming update has had many Hoops fans talking on social media. Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph claimed that the Hoops were closing in on a pre-contract agreement for the 25-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. Celtic are closing in on a pre-contract agreement to sign Preston’s Ben Davies in the summer. Talks are said...

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness clarifies Paul Pogba view following feud with Man United star

Graeme Souness and Paul Pogba have had plenty to say about each other but the ex-Liverpool boss has explained his stance

Linfield boss David Healy outlines 'slightly worrying' trend following latest defeat

He was speaking after the champions fell to a 4-3 defeat to Cliftonville last night

Six Nations 2021 TV schedule: Channels, times and how to watch online

The 2021 Six Nations Championship is set to go ahead despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will battle it out for the Six Nations crown, with the first of five rounds of fixtures on 6-7 February. England begin the defence of their title at Twickenham against Scotland, playing for the Calcutta Cup as well as the chance to make the perfect start to the championship. Italy host France in Rome...

The 2021 Boston Marathon Is Set to Take Place on Monday 11 October

The race will be the day after the Chicago Marathon.

Dimitar Berbatov says Frank Lampard decision paints Ed Woodward in new light at Man Utd

Chelsea chose to sack Frank Lampard this week following a string of poor results while Man Utd are reaping the rewards of patience with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm

Newcastle revive move for Omar Colley with Sampdoria willing to cash in

Newcastle United have made a fresh move to sign Sampdoria defender Omar Colley, with the Magpies having opened talks with the Serie A side over a potential deal, according to Tuttomercatoweb. Steve Bruce’s side were credited with an interest in the 28-year-old defender during the summer transfer window. However, the move failed to materialise, with Sampdoria holding out for a fee of around £14m for him, per Corriere dello Sport. That came...

Dimitar Berbatov admits he was wrong about former teammate Gareth Bale at Tottenham

Bale has largely disappointed since rejoining his old club on loan from Real Madrid but did score in the 4-1 FA Cup win against Wycombe on Monday

Klopp feels for Lampard but Chelsea squad a 'present' for Tuchel

Jurgen Klopp has plenty of respect for new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, though felt Frank Lampard deserved longer in charge.

Mikel Arteta issued warning over Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka "burn out" at Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have been vital to Arsenal's success in recent weeks, but Gunners legend Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta not to allow the pair to "burn out"

Jose Mourinho expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham despite PSG interest

Jose Mourinho says he expects Dele Alli to still be a Tottenham player after the transfer window closes next week. Paris Saint-Germain and former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino are said to be confident of signing Alli, who has been cast aside by Mourinho this season, on loan until the end of the campaign. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is understood to be concerned about the possiblity of replacing a player of Alli's ability in what has been a...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's pointed "voodoo" remark in "king" battle with Romelu Lukaku

The former Manchester United pair were seen in a heated exchange in during Tuesday night's Milan derby quarter-final clash at the San Siro

Aston Villa confirm huge boost over "phenomenal talent", Dean Smith surely buzzing - opinion

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has confirmed that Jack Grealish is available to play Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Liverpool fans bemoan Naby Keita's continued absence from Reds squad

Some Liverpool fans have been reacting to Naby Keita’s continued absence, with the Guinean still sidelined by injury. The 25-year-old arrived at Anfield in 2018 with a huge reputation, but he has struggled to match the hype so far. Now in his third season at Anfield, Keita has rarely enjoyed a long run in the team, with injury problems and patchy form too often letting him down. The midfielder has had good games, without question, but more is...

Steve Bruce can't carry on as Newcastle United boss if they keep losing as new coach arrives

Improved performance, same old result. But as Steve Bruce reels from a ninth defeat in 11 games, he's had his backroom staff strengthened by the arrival of experienced coach Graeme Jones. Is Jones here to help, or eventually replace Bruce?

Everton submit loan-to-buy bid for Joshua Zirkzee

Everton have submitted a bid worth €10m (£8.9m) for top transfer target Joshua Zirkzee, according to Sky Germany [via HITC]. The offer is said to have been matched by Serie A side Parma, with Zirkzee receptive to both destinations. The Netherlands under-21 international’s lack of a distinct preference between the two clubs places the ball in Bayern Munich’s court, with the Bundesliga and Champions League title holders set to decide the best...

Who should start in England's pack? Our writers name their choices as Eddie Jones plans without five front-line forwards

Who should start in England's pack? Our writers name their choices as Eddie Jones plans without five front-line forwards

Burnley vs Aston Villa live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

Burnley host Aston Villa in the Premier League this evening as Dean Smith’s side look to maintain their hopes of a European place this season. The Villans have been in tremendous form thus far and are firmly within reach of the top four, boasting two games in hand over most of their closest rivals. They did suffer a minor blip in recent weeks, losing three out of four games in all competitions, but those defeats came against Liverpool,...

Brentford's Thomas Frank pinpoints key Swansea City change and reveals Steve Cooper thoughts ahead of spicy fixture

Swansea City host Brentford at the Liberty Stadium tonight in what promises to be a fascinating clash between two in-form sides

Newcastle United announce appointment of trophy winning ex-World Cup coach

Steve Bruce's Newcastle United are on a run of nine defeats in 11 games and the club has acted to bring in a new coach to help stop the rot. Geordie Graeme Jones spoke today of the massive job of turning around the club's fortunes as he is drafted in to help Bruce's long serving backroom staff.

Five challenges for Thomas Tuchel to tackle as he takes charge at Chelsea

There will be no time for Thomas Tuchel to settle into his new job. Roman Abramovich has made it clear he expects an immediate turnaround. The decision to sack Frank Lampard with Chelsea still in the Champions League and 12 points off the top of the table is evidence the Russian believes the season is still salvageable. That’s why he waited until Monday to end Lampard’s reign, confident Tuchel would be in place to take charge of tonight’s game...

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren: when are the YouTuber and MMA athlete fighting – plus odds and records

Jake Paul is set for a boxing match with retired MMA fighter Ben Askren

Jeremie Frimpong is no loss to Celtic and eight so-called class acts must follow him out the door - Hotline

Gavin Berry took your calls as Frimpong's whopping transfer fee had Hotline callers in disbelief.

Man City academy players pay their own special tribute to Colin Bell

Manchester City continue to mark the passing of their greatest ever player Colin Bell, who died earlier this month

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers pays Brentford big Swansea City compliment as he makes promotion prediction

Swansea City and Brentford face off at the Liberty Stadium tonight in a key clash at the top of the Championship table

Scottish athletics will bounce from Covid-19 says new chief executive Colin Hutchison

The new chief executive for Scottish Athletics believes the sport is in a ‘stable’ position to emerge from Covid-19.

Soccer-Cologne sign former Crystal Palace player Max Meyer

Soccer-Cologne sign former Crystal Palace player Max Meyer

Martin Odegaard details Dani Ceballos' text message before sealing Arsenal loan move

Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season, and the wonderkid has revealed he spoke with Dani Ceballos about the club before he arrived

'A varied talent': can Martin Ødegaard make up for lost time at Arsenal?

The last time anyone saw Martin Ødegaard in a Real Madrid shirt he was running up the pitch at the Rosaleda, alone. Madrid had just lost the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao, but even as the minutes had slipped away and the final did too, as they chased a lifeline, desperately in need of creativity, Zinedine Zidane didn’t call for the Norwegian. Ødegaard didn’t even warm up, not setting foot on the grass until full-time...

Everton land huge boost ahead of Leicester; it could be bad news for £22.5m-rated gem – opinion

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi will be available for Everton’s clash with Leicester City after sitting out the FA Cup win on Saturday.

Peiper: This is our strongest team ever but we’re not going to race the Tour like Ineos or Jumbo

UAE Team Emirates DS on building a team for Pogacar's yellow jersey defence

Klopp promises Liverpool 'will be ready for a FIGHT' against Tottenham

The defending Premier League champions head to north London down in fifth having hit a difficult run of form, failing to win any of their last five league games, but Jurgen Klopp is confident in his group.

Manchester United send Odion Ighalo message as loan exit confirmed

The striker has returned to Chinese parent club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua after 23 appearances and five goals for Man Utd.

Scottish football transfer LIVE: Arsenal sign former Celtic target, Bournemouth duo's 'minds are made up' on Rangers link

News as it happens across Scottish football on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

“Sam’s always fancied him” - Exclusive: Pundit claims "strong" 28 y/o could fix West Brom issue

Exclusive: Carlton Palmer claims Man Utd outcast Phil Jones could help West Brom and their defensive problems.

West Ham invited Vincent Aboubakar's agent to London for transfer talks

West Ham accelerated their hunt for a new striker by inviting the agent of Vincent Aboubakar to London, according to Fotospor [via Sport Witness]. The 29-year-old is another rumoured centre-forward target who could be on his way to David Moyes’ side and he has 11 goals and two assists in just 16 top-flight appearances for Turkish side Besiktas this season. The Cameroon international boasts a wealth of experience in European football from his...