'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

10-12-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Gerard Deulofeu: ‘At Barcelona you always have eyes on you … I’m happy at Watford’

10-12-2018 The forward reflects on the pressures of being a hyped youngster and his tricky journey from Camp Nou to Vicarage RoadGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid. “Look at Riqui Puig,” the Watford winger says, with a nod towards the 19-year-old who thrilled on his debut in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa last Wednesday. “All the people say: ‘He is this and this,’ but you have to be careful because the guy is so young.“It’s difficult because at Barcelona, you always have eyes on you. All the people speak. It’s good [in one way] but after, it’s bad because the people think you are Messi or a player with a lot of experience. You have to be careful because you have to go step by step.” Continue reading...

Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

10-12-2018 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...

European Cross Country: 'What are you doing?!' When knee slide celebrations go wrong

10-12-2018 European Cross Country champion Jimmy Gressier's celebration goes completely wrong as he attempts to cross the finish line in style with a knee slide.

Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

10-12-2018 • Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come. Continue reading...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

10-12-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Ada Hegerberg, a dog's goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

10-12-2018 This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concentrate on some whopper asking her to twerk. Here’s more on the Lyon and Norway star. Related: Ada Hegerberg: first women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner is asked to twerk Continue reading...

Chloe Kim soars in first international contest since Pyeongchang Olympics

10-12-2018 Kim wins World Cup halfpipe in first competiton since MarchTeen tops US team-mate Maddie Mastro at Copper MountainChloe Kim isn’t just a gold medalist: she’s a transcendent starOlympic hero Chloe Kim dominated in her first international contest since the Pyeongchang Games nine months ago, posting the top marks in the field during her first two runs to win the season-opening World Cup snowboard halfpipe event at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Related: Chloe Kim isn't just a gold medalist: she's a transcendent star Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

10-12-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Alex Scott says 'enough is enough' following Raheem Sterling's alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans

10-12-2018 Alex Scott says "enough is enough" after Raheem Sterling faced alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans during Man City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

10-12-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Is it Chelsea & Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert? Or is it Lionel Messi?

10-12-2018 Chelsea and Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert produces a "Lionel Messi-esque" piece of skill in the 4-0 WSL win at Brighton.

Favourite Sizing Tennessee likely to miss Welsh Grand National

10-12-2018 • Colin Tizzard horse struggling to recover from Newbury outing• Min heads impressive six-timer for Willie MullinsSizing Tennessee is likely to miss the Welsh Grand National, for which he has been favourite since a storming success last weekend in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Colin Tizzard, who trains the 10-year-old, said the horse had not recovered as well as had been hoped from the Newbury race and now requires a bit more time between his races.“I don’t think Sizing Tennessee will go for the Welsh National,” Tizzard said on Sunday. “He’s an older boy, he had a harder race than I thought. He’s a little bit shuffly. It’ll work very well to give him five or six weeks. The Welsh National is quite close and he had a hard old race. Continue reading...

Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

10-12-2018 • Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton. Continue reading...

Newcastle 1-2 Wolves: Visitors score 95th-minute winner against 10 men

10-12-2018 The Premier League needs video assistant referees immediately, says Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez after the 2-1 defeat by Wolves.

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

10-12-2018 Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flightView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

Phil Neville says England staff are locked in room plotting World Cup glory

10-12-2018 • Lionesses in Group D with Scotland, Japan and Argentina• ‘They want to win a World Cup. It’s what I was brought in to do’As street cleaners swept Parisian boulevards clear of rubber bullets and owners of looted shops began compiling inventories for insurance companies on Sunday, Phil Neville’s staff were also working overtime.While Saturday’s anti-government protesters torched cars and inhaled teargas in the centre of the French capital, the World Cup draw took place amid stringent security on a nearby island in the Seine. The 24 competing teams were divided into six groups – with matches to be played across nine cities – and England drew Scotland, Argentina and Japan. Continue reading...