Pep Guardiola’s tinkering keeps Manchester City A-listers on their toes

Rodri, João Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva: the Manchester City A-list acts recently dropped by Pep Guardiola for culpabilities (apparently) unknown. This is the savant manager’s intriguing idiosyncrasy: an enigmatic bent for removing star turns from the XI that can cause bafflement and that yields mixed results. Now, as City play Chelsea, […]

Schick’s halfway-line hit helps Czech Republic spoil Scotland’s party

There was always a danger that Scotland’s great expectations would precede crushing disappointment. It was kind of ever thus. At the venue where a Scotland team were cheered towards failure in Argentina in 1978, pre-match aspirations of progress from Group D were audibly reduced to fear that Steve Clarke’s team may fail to claim so much as […]

Bergwijn’s debut strike sets Spurs on road to victory over 10-man City

Manchester City might have played for 78 minutes of this see-saw game with 10 men only for Raheem Sterling to get away with a horribly late tackle on Dele Alli. But when they did have a man sent off – Oleksandr Zinchenko for a second bookable offence in the 61st minute – it was the prompt […]

Handshakes, dark suits and money-glaze: welcome to the Mendes supremacy

When Jorge Mendes got married a few years back a story emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo had given football’s most potent agent a Greek island as a wedding present. It is hard to know the real truth of this. But it seems fitting, given Mendes’s deep-state mystique, that the legend of Ronaldo island has been recycled admiringly […]

The London Olympics opening ceremony: a moment of optimism that destroyed the decade

We are about to be expelled from the loosened sphincter of the 2010s and, quite frankly, it cannot come soon enough. This has been a terrible decade, full of fury and disaster at every turn. But where exactly did the 2010s go wrong? The most sensible answer would be 2016, a year so catastrophic that […]

Chelsea supporter arrested for racially abusing Tottenham’s Son Heung-min

English football’s racism crisis took a new twist after it emerged that a Chelsea supporter was arrested for allegedly racially abusing Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min on Sunday– during the Premier League match that had to be paused because a monkey chant was aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger by members of the home crowd. Anthony Taylor, the referee, […]

‘Ajax are always a step ahead’: Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen ready for reunion

Jan Vertonghen was 19, he had scored a vital goal in a pivotal game and he feared that it had killed his career. On loan at RKC Waalwijk from Ajax, the goal came against his parent club in a 2-2 draw in the fourth-last match of the 2006‑07 Eredivisie season. It meant that Ajax missed the […]

Spurs prevail in epic Champions League battle as Llorente stuns Manchester City

Where to start? It was an epic night, full of drama and incident, and when the final whistle went it was the players of Tottenham who were cavorting. They had finished Manchester City’s hopes of the quadruple and, in the process, reached the semi-finals for the first time. Their celebrations at the end were long […]

Odd alliance of Warner and Bairstow shows IPL can civilise Test cricket

Ihave been dipping into the Indian Premier League between taking refuge from the icy winds of Taunton in the same way as my father might have done many years ago or as I did myself as a youngster, though of course it is infinitely easier now. My father would occasionally go to the County Ground […]

Premier League and FA Cup semi-finals team news: weekend countdown – as it happened

Aaron Ramsey, seen here attending the Our Planet premiere in London on Thursday night with his wife, Colleen, is set to return for Arsenal at the weekend.

Wolves set to confirm permanent signing of Raúl Jiménez for £30m

Wolves are poised to confirm the club‑record £30m signing of Raúl Jiménez on Wednesday, after agreeing a deal with Benfica that will turn his season-long loan into a permanent move in the summer. Jiménez, who been a revelation for Wolves this season, has agreed a four‑year contract. The 27-year-old striker has scored 12 times in […]

Huddersfield relegated after Milivojevic puts Crystal Palace on way to win

In the end there was a strange sense of symmetry about it all. A penalty from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt’s late goal sealed Huddersfield’s relegation at the ground where their adventure at this level began a little more than 18 months ago with a brilliant 3-0 victory under David Wagner. Yet the end of a […]

Gordon Taylor’s exit kicks open door for rise of a players’ union with bite

Farewell then, Gordon Taylor. Although not quite yet. And only, in the best union traditions, after due process has been completed. The news that Taylor, and the entire committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association, will step down once an independent review has been completed will be greeted with a degree of triumphalism by those who have campaigned […]

Gareth Bale goal helps Real Madrid past Celta Vigo in Zidane’s first game back

It had to be him. Dumped and disciplined, publicly accused of being out of shape, unprofessional and letting down his teammates, ostracised since October. On the day Zinedine Zidane returned Isco returned with him and scored the goal that set Real Madrid on course for a first home victory in five. Not given a single start by […]

Joachim Löw hits back at criticism for ousting Bayern Munich trio

Joachim Löw defended his decision to omit Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller from Germany’s squad. The national coach has received a lot of backlash for the way he informed the trio. In his first comments since ousting World Cup winners Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller from the German national team, Joachim Löw hit […]

Champions League live: Manchester City vs. Schalke

After Schalke old boy Leroy Sane inspired a late first leg turnaround, the Bundesliga side have it all to do against English champions Manchester City. Can Schalke escape their domestic woes in Europe? Follow it live. Manchester City 0 – 0 Schalke (Aggregate 3-2) 32′ – PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY! Gündogan lifts one in to Bernardo, […]

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

After the low point of Rennes, Arsenal reaquainted themselves with the winning feeling. After the euphoria of Paris, Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for places three and four in the top-flight table could not […]

Stop talking about testosterone – there’s no such thing as a ‘true sex’

Debates are raging again over who should be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Take two recent examples that inflamed the internet. First the Sunday Times reported that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) intended to classify women with higher natural testosterone as “biological males”– just as 800m runner Caster Semenya was headed to court to […]

Barça revel in Messi’s clásico stranglehold over Real Madrid

“Playing and winning here really turns me on,” Gerard Piqué said. When the final whistle went on Saturday night’s clásico, he led Barcelona’s players to the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu, a place they’ve come to know well. High in the corner a couple of hundred fans remained while the rest of the stadium silently […]

Liverpool celebrated Anfield derby win like World Cup final, says Marco Silva

Marco Silva has claimed Jürgen Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s dramatic derby win in December like it was a World Cup final as he responded to his rival’s barb about the importance of Sunday’s fixture to Everton. The Liverpool manager accepted a misconduct charge by the Football Association for sprinting on to the pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s 96th-minute winner at […]

Wales on course for grand slam as late tries shatter England

It might not have been the biggest game of the Wales players’ lives, as Eddie Jones had suggested in the buildup, but few victories will have tasted sweeter. It was their 12th in succession, beating a record that had stood for more than a century, kept this year’s tournament alive and was their first victory […]

Cardiff and Nantes agree extension for first payment of Emiliano Sala fee

Cardiff and Nantes have agreed to push back the date for payment of the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala until 27 February. The Premier League club had been asked to pay €6m (£5.27m) to Nantes on 20 February but it is understood a week’s delay has been agreed. Sala was killed when the private […]

The ‘magic’ lift pass to 30 Swiss ski resorts

Switzerland’s Magic Pass covers quiet villages in and around Val d’Anniviers with peaceful pistes and untracked powder. Was this really a ski resort? It was hard to tell when we arrived at the empty car park just outside Evolène, in Switzerland’s Val d’Hérens. The usual ski resort paraphernalia – pylons, giant flashing piste maps, noisy […]

Pogba drives Manchester United into top four as Fulham fans rail at Ranieri

Fulham were the perfect opponents for a team hoping not to expend any unnecessary energy before facing Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester Unitedcould afford to stretch their legs long before the end. They finished the job with maximum efficiency and still could have scored a hatful as they regained a place in the top four for the first […]

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must improve to win the league

Pep Guardiola says his team must improve if they are to overhaul Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and fulfil the sky-high ambitions they have for this season. Goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané gave Manchester City  a comfortable win  at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield and cut the distance to the leaders at the […]

Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs can be title contenders after Everton win

Mauricio Pochettino urged caution over Tottenham’s title prospects but admitted his team could rival Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League crown providing they maintain the form that demolished Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park. Spurs inflicted the heaviest defeat of Marco Silva’s Everton tenure with an outstanding display that featured two goals apiece for Harry Kane […]

Being released was like a relief’: more players allege Aston Villa bullying

Three more former Aston Villa youth players have come forward to allege that they suffered sustained bullying and abuse from their coaches, Kevin MacDonald and Tony McAndrew, during torrid, unhappy years at the club in the late 1990s. Greg Walters, who has since built a career in financial services, joined Villa as a “scholar” at 16 in […]

Divock Origi’s bizarre late winner for Liverpool breaks Everton hearts

When the decisive moment arrived, almost six minutes into stoppage-time, Jürgen Klopp was on the pitch, David Pleat-esque minus the brown shoes, and the victory run took him all the way to his goalkeeper, Alisson, some 40 yards from Liverpool’s dugout. It was bedlam and, amid all this chaos, an unlikely hero had emerged in […]

Mick McCarthy re-appointed Republic of Ireland manager

Mick McCarthy has been appointed as Republic of Ireland manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association of Ireland has announced, with Terry Connor and Robbie Keane as assistants. The former Ipswich manager will return for his second stint as the Republic of Ireland’s manager and will aim to secure qualification for Euro 2020 and lead Ireland […]

Premier League number crunch: who has run furthest and missed most chances?

Twelve games into the Premier League season, we have probably learned enough about each team, using the most basic statistical metrics of goals scored, goals conceded and points gained, to come to certain conclusions about their style and their prospects. But with international fixtures forcing the league into a pause there is time to take a deeper […]

Ford wants to eliminate odor from new cars by baking them

Ford Motor Co. has filed a patent application for an odor-removal process that eliminates the new car smell after a vehicle has been purchased. This is the latest attempt in an industry effort to accommodate consumer tastes in different parts of the world: Consumers in China say they hate the new car smell. “Unpleasant interior […]

Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years […]

Richard Scudamore’s £5m reflects greedy and ruthless Premier League

It was strangely appropriate that London was in political chaos over the UK’s impending exit from the European Union when the Premier League clubs gathered unruffled at their meeting and awarded their executive chairman Richard Scudamore an eye-popping £5m for choosing to leave his job. There they were, modern representatives of football clubs formed as social enterprises […]

Melbourne Cup: Magic Circle aims to break curse of British trainers

It’s one of racing’s holy grails, but the Melbourne Cup remains a mystical prize for British trainers. Plenty have tried, but it’s as if there is a curse on the British in Australia’s famous “race that stops a nation.” Hoping to break that spell this year is Magic Circle, trained by Ian Williams. Another strong […]

Gallery: the world’s best police cars

A comprehensive list of the world’s weird and wonderful cop cars, from Lambos to Caparos We’re used to seeing the Italian police roll around in Alfa Romeos or Lamborghinis. Today, though, the Carabinieri has revealed its latest patrol car. A Jeep. You can read all about it here, but first catch up on some of the […]

Serena Williams: Roger Federer says American ‘went too far’ in US Open final

Roger Federer says fellow tennis great Serena Williams “went too far” in her outburst at the umpire during September’s US Open final. Williams received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief” during her defeat by Naomi Osaka. Federer said […]

Late Sergio Ramos penalty seals win for Real Madrid against Valladolid

Real Madrid’s manager has changed and so has their luck. Their play is another matter, but they have at last won in the league – six matches later. Santiago Solari, the interim manager who replaced Julen Lopetegui and has 10 days left in the job before Madrid must make a permanent appointment, took up his […]

Why do the Turkish media seem to be out to get Loris Karius?

Stories about the goalkeeper, on loan at Besiktas from Liverpool, being dropped or sent back to England are simply not true so why are they being written? Nearly six months on from the Champions League final and Loris Karius has been making the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. There have been almost weekly reports claiming […]

Leicester City: Healing a broken city after ‘horrific time for everybody’

No words can soothe heartbreak, which is why Leicester has fallen silent. It is a city stunned, a city grieving. On an October day cold enough to freeze breath, little was said as players and staff of Leicester City gathered, heads bowed, outside the King Power Stadium to observe the ever-increasing field of flowers, shirts […]

Manchester United ready to back José Mourinho with £100m-plus in January

José Mourinho will be backed in January to strengthen Manchester United if the right deal is possible in what can be a difficult transfer window for finding value. The manager wants a central defender and goalscoring forward after trying unsuccessfully to sign one of each in the summer. More than £100m is potentially available. Mourinho was interested […]

First Look: McLaren’s Ultimate Road Car, The $2M Hyper-GT Speedtail

This is the Speedtail, McLaren Automotive’s first hyper-GT, joining the marque’s pinnacle “Ultimate Series”. With speeds of up to 250-mph, it is the most powerful road car built by the British company. The Speedtail honors the McLaren F1 icon with its inventive three-seat cabin design. It is ultra-exclusive too, with production kept strictly to a limited […]

Lukasz Fabianski: ‘I needed to build myself up again almost from scratch’

Lukasz Fabianski looks on curiously as a piece of paper is passed across the table. It shows the 10 goalkeepers who have made the most saves in Europe’s top five leagues over the last five seasons, and the player leading the way is the same man who has just been thanked by the photographer for […]

Real Madrid edge past Viktoria Plzen but time is short for Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui will still be Real Madrid’s manager when they face Barcelona in el clásico on Sunday night, despite him walking off to the sound of whistles. Although Real won for the first time in five games and much as Lopetegui expressed hope that it was a turning point, a 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzendid not convince supporters […]

Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

Internazionale’s return to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons will produce a flood of memories for the club’s fans, but few occasions will evoke as much nostalgia as their trip to Barcelona this week. Luciano Spalletti takes his team to the Camp Nou – the scene of a stirring triumph on their way […]

New research on horse eyesight could improve racecourse safety

The way horses see the world is almost entirely differently to that of humans — from the distances they can see, to the colors they can process. New research carried out by the University of Exeter not only provides a better understanding of equine vision, but also demonstrates how the information can be used to […]

A letter to NBA rookies: beware sharks, hazing and your own arrogance

A basketball career isn’t just about figuring out what kind of player you want to be, it’s also about figuring out what kind of man you want to be. Dear NBA rookie, You have nothing to prove. As you start your NBA career this month, remember that you are one of the top basketball players in the country […]

Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho during 2-2 draw • United manager warned after trying to confront Italian Chelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for […]

Home run! Yankees cap hits the headlines – with a £315 price tag

Perennial baseball favourite has moved from pitch to celebrity centre stage. More than the kits of the Chicago Bulls or LA Lakers or the recent World Cup strip of Nigeria, the New York Yankees cap has found favour far beyond the pitch. A long-time celebrity favourite, stalwart of the streetwear scene and perennial on the high street, […]

Karen Carney misses penalty as Birmingham City hold Chelsea

This was a startling admission from the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes. “The league is over, the league is finished,” she said, having watched her champions again fail to score. “That’s certainly in Birmingham or Arsenal or Man City’s hands.” In Hayes’s view, in drawing 0-0 at Birmingham, who began the day as joint leaders of […]

UEFA Charges Romania Over Fans’ Racist Chants

UEFA on Monday charged Romania’s football federation over its fans’ racist chants and banners at a Nations League game against Serbia that took place on Sunday in Bucharest. UEFA says the fans’ “racist behaviour” included chants against neighbouring Hungary, banners linking refugees to terrorism and also a video posted on social media showing fans chanting […]

Helmet-to-Helmet Hits in N.F.L. Haven’t Diminished, but the Penalty Flags Have

Remember during the preseason when N.F.L. game officials threw penalty flags for any hit to a player’s head? Remember the controversy over a new rule that prohibited any player — on offense or defense — from initiating contact with his helmet? There were so many penalties called, even on incidental helmet-first contact, that some players feared the […]

Premier League fans rate the season so far. Part two: Leicester to Wolves

Leicester Best performance? Away at Newcastle. It was like a training session for us. Then again, maybe they just made us look good. And the worst? The 4-2 defeat to Bournemouth. They picked us apart. Happy with the manager? I’m going to make no friends with this answer. Claude Puel has done OK but there’s still a lingering […]

Kirsty Linnett and Chris Wood: life as a professional football couple

Chris Wood and Kirsty Linnett remember vividly the day the reality of life as a professional football couple became far removed from the dream. It was Friday 21 April 2017 and the two strikers, then of Leeds United and Notts County Ladies, were settling into the first home they had bought together two months earlier. […]

Next Generation 2014-17: how have our footballers got on?

In 2014 we set out to select some of the most promising players in the world and follow them for five years. It started as 20 Premier League players (one from each club) and 40 from the rest of the world. The global one was quickly expanded to 50 (2015) and the current 60 (2016and 2017), meaning this year we have […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov taps out Conor McGregor then sparks melee in crowd

Khabib Nurmagomedov finally, at long last, sunk in the rear-naked choke, and almost immediately, Conor McGregor’s right hand struck his left shoulder, a signal of submission, and the proverbial white flag in a war of attrition. It was the shining moment of the Russian’s career. But then, in an act of spontaneous stupidity, the moment […]

Lewis Hamilton win Japan Grand Prix and moves closer to drivers’ championship

Win puts Hamilton’s fifth world championship firmly in his grasp as Sebastian Vettel finished sixth Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole with a controlled and untroubled run at the front of the field. The win puts his fifth world championship firmly in his grasp. With his title rival Sebastian Vettel only able to manage […]

Six of the best US national trails – chosen by experts

To mark today’s 50th anniversary of the US national trails system, six hikers and outdoor writers pick their favourite routes across the American wilderness. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Length: 3,700 miles Route: St Louis, Missouri, north-west over the Rockies to Oregon By Bart Smith, as told to William R Buck The Lewis and Clark National […]

UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

The Irishman is UFC’s biggest earner but his recent behaviour has been erratic and provocative. But in Dana White’s world, money is king On a chilly Thursday afternoon in April, Conor McGregor stormed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and proceeded to wreak havoc. The Irishman snuck into the building with the intention […]

The World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents 2018

Another year, another billion dollars in deals negotiated for The World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents. With more than $33.4 billion in combined contracts netting $1.6 billion in commissions, the world’s top 50 sports agents have proven yet again that brain power and shrewd negotiating skills can be just as lucrative as the athletic prowess their clients display on the field and […]

2019 ForbesLife Luxury Car Guide: Game-Changing Sports Cars and SUVs

A guide to the best luxury sports cars and crossover SUVs for 2019, which take performance and poshness to new levels. Plus: Harley goes electric. The old automotive categories are blurring with one another at turbocharged speeds. There are now sport-utility vehicles that are as quick and stylish as many hot-blooded sports cars. Among passenger cars, there […]

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sued over alleged rape in Las Vegas hotel room

A woman has accused Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s biggest soccer stars, of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese footballer, who now plays for Italian club Juventus, raped her while she repeatedly screamed no, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County, Nevada. After […]

Vladimir Putin warns Lewis Hamilton not to spray him with champagne after Russian GP win

VLADIMIR PUTIN attempted to put the frighteners on Lewis Hamilton when he ordered him to to drench him with champagne. Hamilton had powered to victory at the Russian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the race for the world title to 50 points. But no sooner had he leapt out of his car, he was being […]

Manchester City ofron 200 mln paund për Mbappe

Manchester City vë në shënjestër sulmuesin Kylian Mbappe. Sipas medies britanike, kampionët e Anglisë do të tentojnë të blejnë sulmuesin francez në merkaton e muajit janar. Trajneri Pep Guardiola beson se 19-vjeçari do të jetë një armë më shumë për skuadrën e tij në Ligën e Kampioneve dhe drejtuesit e “Citizens” janë gati të shpenzojnë […]