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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United set to confirm Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs latest plus deals

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The January transfer window is going to be a record-breaker with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool spending more than ever before. Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester United is closer than ever with the Arsenal man agreeing terms on…

Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta blames 'match fitness' for shock second-round exit to world No 123


To the names of Su-Wei Hsieh and Aleksandra Krunic we can add that of Bernarda Pera. The 23-year-old Croatian-born American knocked Britain's Johanna Konta out of the Australian Open here on Thursday, her 6-4, 7-5 second-round victory…

Arsene Wenger would rather keep Arsenal's move for Aubameyang 'secret' as he reveals Mesut Ozil will stay


Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal's move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not close and insisted the transfer is “better when it's a secret”. Aubameyang's recent behaviour has been met with bafflement by his Borussia Dortmund bosses, with…

Antonio Conte demands VAR improvement after Norwich's Tim Klose admitted fouling Chelsea's Willian


Norwich City's Timm Klose has admitted that he thought he did foul Willian for a penalty in the controversial incident that saw the Brazilian booked for diving without the use of VAR, as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte intensely argued that…

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Arsenal transfer target Malcom to be disciplined by Bordeaux for post-match video following Caen defeat


Bordeaux are set to take disciplinary against forward Malcom after his part in a video posted on social media following the side’s 2-0 defeat by Caen on Tuesday night. Malcom and his Brazilian team-mates Cafu and Otavio were criticised for…


Eddie Jones says he will call England shots for 'as long as I’m head coach' after agreeing contract extension


Eddie Jones issued a firm reminder that he will remain in charge of the England team “as long as I’m head coach” after agreeing a new contract extension that will see him work alongside his successor for up to two years. The Rugby Football…


Two red cards and VAR controversy as Chelsea beat Norwich on penalties in FA Cup third-round replay


A replay that brought a lot of controversy about the use of replays, and so much more beyond that, but ultimately saw nine-man Chelsea avoid a repeat of recent problems. They finally scored a goal again and thereby went through to the FA…


RFU leave the door open for Eddie Jones to become new British and Irish Lions head coach in 2021


The Rugby Football Union have left the door open for Eddie Jones to become the new British and Irish Lions head coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa after confirming that his surprise contract extension that runs until the same year…

Wigan produce FA Cup third-round shock by putting Premier League side Bournemouth to the sword

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League One leaders Wigan caused another FA Cup upset as the 2013 winners beat Premier League side Bournemouth 3-0 in their third-round replay. Latics, who stunned Manchester City in the final five years ago and then beat the same…


Wilfried Bony grabs winner against Wolves to send Swansea into FA Cup fourth round


Wilfried Bony scored the winner as Swansea earned a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Wolves in the FA Cup. It means Carlos Carvalhal's men join Cardiff and Newport in the fourth round, only the third time three Welsh teams have reached that…


Backlash after Mathieu Bastareaud handed only three-week ban over homophobic abuse in Champions Cup


European Rugby officials are facing a backlash after Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud was handed just a three-week ban for verbally abusing an opponent, with the France international using homophobic language towards Benetton lock…


Gary Speed one of four men 'coached by Barry Bennell who took their own lives,' court hears

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Gary Speed was one of four players who went on to kill themselves after being coached by Barry Bennell as a junior footballer, a jury was told. One victim who Bennell admitted to abusing in 1998 told Liverpool Crown Court: “Four people…


Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United set to confirm Alexis Sanchez swap, Arsenal and Liverpool latest


The January transfer window is well and truly underway with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal right in the thick of the action. Alexis Sanchez is dominating the headlines with his move to United edging ever closer. Henrikh…


Cristiano Ronaldo belongs at Real Madrid, says Zinedine Zidane amid Manchester United links


According to reports, the forward wants to leave the European champions over a contract dispute with president Florentino Perez and has been linked with a return to Manchester United. The Portugal international is under contract at the…

The ECB's inept handling of the Ben Stokes affair has betrayed its moral cowardice

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The England and Wales Cricket Board employs some exceptionally smart people, so it's entirely possible that we're all missing a trick here. Still, on the face of things, their latest take on the Ben Stokes affair seems like their most…

Wednesday, Jan 17

Why signing Alexis Sanchez is the right move for Jose Mourinho but not necessarily Manchester United

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As any self-respecting football anorak will know, third seasons are to most football managers what kryptonite is to Superman: bad news. It was the legendary Hungarian coach Béla Guttmann who first noted that “the third season is fatal” —…

Eddie Jones signs new two-year England contract extension to increase stay beyond 2019 Rugby World Cup


Eddie Jones has agreed a new contract extension to remain England head coach until 2021, with a break clause included that will see him evaluated on the side's performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The announcement goes against what…

Australian Open 2018: Kyle Edmund shows his class to march into third round with victory over Denis Istomin


Denis Istomin produced one of the greatest shocks in Grand Slam history last year when he beat Novak Djokovic here at the Australian Open, but 12 months on the 31-year-old Uzbek was no match for Britain's Kyle Edmund. Building on his…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Mino Raiola: The stubborn lock on Alexis Sanchez's Manchester United transfer spinning his own version of reality

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Mino Raiola is one of the most influential agents in football with a stable of elite players under his guidance, but does the controversial figure put his clients first? Miguel Delaney · @MiguelDelaney; 5 hours ago. Click to follow. The…

Newcastle United takeover falls through after Mike Ashley walks away from 'frustrating' talks with Amanda Staveley


Mike Ashley has ended the possible takeover of Newcastle United by Amanda Staveley amidst claims the talks were "exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time". Those close to the Newcastle owner claim despite Staveley and PCP…

'Very aggressive' Arsene Wenger called Mike Dean 'a disgrace' after Arsenal's draw at West Brom

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The Football Association have published their written reasons for Arsene Wenger's three-game touchline suspension which resulted in him watching the Gunners' games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth from the stands. Wenger…

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United set to confirm Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs latest rumours

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The January transfer window is hotting up with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal right in the thick of it. Alexis Sanchez is the name on everyone's lips with United closing in on what would be one of the headline moves of the month.…

Monday, Jan 15

Manchester United confident of holding off late Chelsea interest to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez


Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is “75 per cent complete”, according to sources close to negotiations, and the Old Trafford hierarchy are confident of holding off any late interest from Chelsea to sign the Chilean from Arsenal…

Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United sweep Stoke City aside to show size of Paul Lambert's task ahead


Manchester United took advantage of Manchester City’s first league defeat of the season on Monday night by beating a struggling Stoke City side and cutting their neighbours’ lead down to 12 points. It is a start, at least. United ended an…

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal and Manchester United still ironing out details in Alexis Sanchez deal

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The January transfer window is well and truly in full swing with all the Premier League’s biggest sides making waves. Here's Jose Mourinho on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been left out of his entire squad for tonight's match against Stoke…

Arsenal's defence are making too many individual errors to leave them exposed regardless of Arsene Wenger's tactics


Losing Alexis Sanchez is a disaster for Arsenal but how much does any change in their front line matter when their defence is this bad? The story of Arsenal's typical mid-season stumble this year has been the collapse of their defence and…

Sunday, Jan 14

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Five things we learned from the Reds' thrilling victory over Pep Guardiola's visitors


Manchester City's unbeaten run was finally brought to an end at Anfield on Sunday evening as a vibrant and energised Liverpool side secured a thrilling 4-3 victory against Pep Guardiola's visitors. It was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who opened…

Arsenal throw away lead to expose an average team that will get worse when Alexis Sanchez leaves


No wonder Alexis Sanchez is so desperate to leave. Arsenal threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, a disastrous result from a performance lacking in quality, control, organisation and spirit. Arsenal missed…

Jason Roy hits England's highest ever ODI score as 180 inspires five-wicket victory over Australia


Many of the missing elements of England’s doomed Ashes campaign burst into life at the MCG in a record-breaking victory over Australia to kick off the five-match one-day series. Bat-jarring pace, mystery spin and innings of true batting…

Transfer news LIVE: Alexis Sanchez misses Arsenal game as Manchester United make move, Liverpool latest

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Alexis Sanchez looks set to leave Arsenal within the next two weeks despite Manchester City appearing to throw his move to the Etihad Stadium into doubt after refusing to pay more than £20m for him this month, with the 29-year-old left out…

Saturday, Jan 13

Chelsea toothless once again as 10-man Leicester earn deserved point


Chelsea endured a third successive goalless draw in an enthralling encounter against excellent 10-man Leicester. Antonio Conte had been wary of the Foxes and his concern proved well founded as the movement and energy of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie…

Premier League LIVE: Chelsea vs Leicester latest score and updates from all the 3pm kick-offs

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It promises to be another exciting afternoon in the Premier League with Chelsea, Leicester, Newcastle and more in action. The Blues host the Foxes at Stamford Bridge in the standout game of six 3pm kick-offs where the bottom of the table…

Alexis Sanchez latest: How Manchester United can line up if they beat City to Arsenal forward


Manchester United are growing in confidence that Alexis Sanchez will be moving to the red side of the city rather than the blue side this January with every hour that passes. Manchester City indicated they were ready to move on from the…

Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal latest, Alexis Sanchez updates and done deals

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The former Watford boss was widely expected to quit the La Liga club this weekend in favour of a move to the Premier League, but has decided against leaving Barcelona. Stoke have also been linked with a move for Martin O’Neill. The…