European football

Maradona the footballer had no flaws; Maradona the man was a victim

Those who screw up their faces sneering as they contemplate the latest incarnation of Maradona, the one who had difficulties walking, struggled to talk, embraced [Venezuelan president Nicolás] Maduro and did whatever he felt liked, would be better off abandoning this farewell which embraces the genius and absolves the man. They will not find a single reproach here because the footballer had no flaws and the man was a victim. Of whom? Of me or of...


After a transformative offseason, the Charlotte Hornets are built to shine on a bigger stage

With the No. 3 overall pick in tow, a much brighter spotlight is going to be placed upon the Hornets this upcoming season. Based on how its roster is coming together, this Charlotte team is one that fans around the league will enjoy watching for years to come.


Daniel Dubois insists there is no love lost with Joe Joyce ahead of heavyweight clash

Dubois spent 18 months as Joyce's amateur team-mate at GB Boxing’s Sheffield HQ six years ago and now faces him as a professional


Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev set to welcome fans as London tier is confirmed

Anthony Joshua's long awaited clash with Kubrat Pulev is set to take place in London with fans present as the O2 and the SSE Arena are both considered as potential venues


Premier League fixtures and TV schedule confirmed for December and Christmas period

The Premier League have confirmed kickoff times and which of its broadcast rights holders - Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon - will show which matches


'He's like a bit of wagyu beef: massaged every day, stretched, fired up - he's just so professional'

Jonny May jumped to joint-second in the all-time England record try-scoring list last Saturday, potency attributable to his professionalism.


Doping: World champion Coleman appeals two-year ban for breaching whereabouts rules

Doping: World champion Coleman appeals two-year ban for breaching whereabouts rules


Mitre 10 Cup teams: Nico Jones returns for Auckland

Official team lists and injury news for this week's provincial rugby championship grand-finals.


Tyson knocks sparring partner's teeth out ahead of Jones Jr bout

There has been some confusion over the rules ahead of the highly-anticipated fight.


Super League's old guard take centre stage in Grand Final showdown between rivals

Retiring duo Sean O'Loughlin and James Graham head a list of experienced figures with key roles


2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Can LaMelo Ball evolve into the Charlotte Hornets' next superstar?

In LaMelo Ball, Charlotte has a young, long, 6'7" point guard who certainly raises the team's floor and has the potential to grow into a franchise cornerstone that the team can build around. Can he make an instant impact by helping the team reach the 2021 playoffs?


Nicolas Pepe banishes the demons as Folarin Balogun shows why Arsenal want to keep him

So, in the end, Mikel Arteta was right: this match against Molde really was the perfect moment for Nicolas Pepe to prove his doubters wrong. The Ivorian’s critics were certainly growing after last weekend, when he was sent off against Leeds for butting heads with Ezgjan Alioski. 


Scott Quinnell on how Wales can beat England

Welsh rugby legend Scott Quinnell spoke to RugbyPass this week, talking about the work that Wales needed to do to beat England in the Autumn Nations Cup this weekend.


French, Polish golfers lead in South Africa as Nienaber battles

Poland's Adrian Meronk and Richard Roussel from France shared the Alfred Dunhill Championship first round lead on 65 Thursday, while South African big-hitter Wilco Nienaber carded a disappointing 71. Meronk and Roussel shrugged off modest recent European Tour form with seven-under rounds over the Leopard Creek Country Club course near Malelane in northeastern South Africa.


Manchester United's danger men identified by Southampton ahead of weekend clash

Southampton play host to Manchester United on Sunday, knowing a win could see them move back into the Champions League places and seven points clear of the Red Devils


Thomas Partey may hold key to new Arsenal after Mikel Arteta's breakthrough moment

Arsenal dazzled against Molde in the Europa League - and Mikel Arteta may have stumbled across his best formation which could see Thomas Partey at the forefront of their transformation


Winners and losers as latest Premier League schedule favours Man Utd and Liverpool

The latest round of Premier League fixtures have been confirmed after being agreed with by broadcasters, including the busy festive period which always attracts criticism


Former Everton ace Yakubu sets up academy to help youngsters pursue dreams

JOHN CROSS COLUMN: Former Toffees star Yakubu is doing his bit to help young footballers pursue their ambitions, EFL salary cap met with warnings and all-time low TV relations


Kohli baffled by Rohit's absence in Australia, Ishant ruled out of tests

Kohli baffled by Rohit's absence in Australia, Ishant ruled out of tests


Tri Nations 2020: The Breakdown – all to play for as All Blacks eye Pumas revenge

All three sides are locked on six points ahead of the penultimate match of the Tri Nations between Argentina and New Zealand.


Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction when Nani threw Ryan Giggs under a bus at Man Utd

A LOOK BACK: In 2010 Nani found himself on the wrong side of Sir Alex Ferguson after missing a penalty against Fulham, but threw Ryan Giggs under the bus in the changing room


Arsenal will be first Premier League side to see fans return but many must wait

Fans will next week return to the Emirates, the London Stadium and Twickenham in limited numbers but many grounds, including at half of all Premier League clubs, will remain closed. The government’s new coronavirus restrictions left 51 of the 104 clubs across the Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League able to host a maximum of 2,000 supporters. All the Premier League teams in the south plus those in Liverpool can welcome back fans. The...


Willie Isa eager to overcome junior team-mate Lachlan Coote in Super League Grand Final

Pair grew up together in tough Penrith leagues and now face each other in Hull


Professional rugby is poison to the Pacific Islands

Oceans Apart makes us face up to two truths about our game, firstly, professional rugby is poison to the Pacific Islands, secondly, no one has a clue what they are talking about.


Super League boss taking learnings from rugby union

he Wests Tigers assistant coach Hodgson will leave Australia in early December to take up a three-year contract with the English Super League club.


Celtic slump out of Europa League with heavy defeat at Sparta Prague

It was debatable to what extent this fixture mattered in the grand scheme of Celtic’s stuttering season. As a club which has become far too interested in domestic glory pursue a record-breaking 10th title in succession, the Europa League has never felt wholly significant. When supporters arrived at Celtic Park on Wednesday to display a banner demanding the sacking of the manager, Neil Lennon, Scotland’s Premiership was the reference point. With...


Maradona death kept from ailing former coach Bilardo

Carlos Bilardo, the coach of Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning team who is in poor health, was still unaware on Thursday of the death of Diego Maradona on Thursday, because of his family's wish not to upset him. Maradona, who captained the 1986 team, died on Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 60. "I cannot tell him that Diego is dead," Carlos's brother Jorge Bilardo told Radio Provincia, because he had a "father-son" relationship with...


7 Premiership clubs can each welcome 2,000 fans next month, RFU donates England tickets to NHS

With England set to revise its current lockdown restrictions, some fans will soon be able to attend Premiership matches and a Test game.


The kicking tactic Beauden Barrett was encouraged to use by Dave Alred, who helped Wilkinson's England to RWC glory

Headlines were made in January when Dave Alred, famed for kick coaching with England, went to work with Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks.


Harry Winks comes clean after scoring from 53 yards in Tottenham's rout of Ludogorets

Harry Winks scored from over 50 yards out in Tottenham's win over Ludogorets but has spoken candidly after the game about whether it was deliberate or not


Covid hero Mbanda among four Italy changes for France trip

Volunteer ambulance driver Maxime Mbanda was among four changes in Italy's side to head to France in the Autumn Nations Cup this weekend, head coach Franco Smith announced on Thursday. Flanker Mbanda, who received one of his country's highest awards for his efforts during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, comes into a re-organised back-row with Jake Polledri injured and Sebastian Negri out with a thigh problem. "He's a top man, he's an...


'Our history is just war, and trying to survive around big countries when you are small. It is our blood'

Beka Gorgadze has not been home to Georgia for nearly six months now, kept away from his doting mother on the outskirts of Tbilisi by the scourge of Covid-19.


Adam Lallana risks wrath of Liverpool fans but they should listen to his advice

The Liverpool title winner will play against his former side for the first time on Saturday, but has taken aim at a small portion of the supporters


Scrumhalf Williams moves up pecking order into Wales team

Scrumhalf Williams moves up pecking order into Wales team


Farrell lays down challenge for Billy Burns: Time to 'run the show'

Burns has been selected as part of nine changes to Ireland’s starting XV.


Diego Maradona: Thousands bid farewell as Argentina grieves

Thousands of fans are paying their final respects to Argentine football legend Diego Maradona at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.


'We've had a few apologies from the referees': Foster sheds some light on off-the-ball scuffles

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has revealed the team have received apologies from match officials for some of the decisions made during their recent tests.


Marcus Rashford has his say on Man Utd situation which baffled Paul Scholes

Bruno Fernandes handed Marcus Rashford the ball to take a penalty in midweek despite being on a hat-trick - and Rashford has explained the situation which baffled Man Utd legend Paul Scholes


England will use South Africa series to answer questions about best XI

There is less than a year to go until England’s bid to unite the 50-over World Cup with its Twenty20 equivalent and the series against South Africa that begins next to Table Mountain on Friday could be an important step towards this second summit. By his own admission Eoin Morgan does not yet know his best XI for the tournament beyond “seven or eight strong candidates” and there is little doubt that conditions in both Newlands and Paarl – the...


'Everyone gives me stick about the family being English, but in my heart it's Wales through and through' - Botham

The 22-year-old grandson of England cricket great Sir Ian Botham will make just his second international appearance.


Fans returning brings more disagreements but it is a step closer to normality

The return of fans next week brings with it more questions of fairness as some clubs must continue to play behind closed doors but it remains a step in the right direction


All Blacks feeling the heat as Argentina look to honour Maradona

The All Blacks are under enormous pressure to beat an Argentinian side intent on honouring Diego Maradona with another upset win.


Wales' Botham confident of family backing against England

Wales flanker James Botham has no doubt his family will be supporting him when he faces England on Saturday. He added: "Obviously, everyone gives me stick about the family being English and stuff, but in my heart it's Wales through and through, and the family know that.


Finch lauds Kohli as 'probably the best one-day player of all time' ahead of ODI series

Virat Kohli has been showered with praise by his opposite number Aaron Finch ahead of the ODI series between Australia and India.


One netball misstep hobbles Morey's AFLW dream

Already a double international in her teens, Killarney Morey was on the verge of breaking into the big time of the AFLW, but a cruel knee injury has slowed her down Last year, Killarney Morey came one step away from her dream of playing professional Aussie Rules across the Tasman. The New Zealand women’s AFL captain was the first New Zealand-based player to be selected in a combined states team, Eastern Allies, for an U18 national tournament -...


Mickelson, Barkley vs. Manning, Curry odds: Top golf expert reveals best bet for The Match III

SportsLine's Mike McClure has locked in his best bet for The Match III


Jurgen Klopp should follow Jose Mourinho's lead and deal with congested fixture list

Jurgen Klopp has not been shy in lamenting the fixture schedule as he discusses the impact on his players but his lavishly assembled squad has more than enough depth to deal with the demands


Temporary stop put on unbeaten Leinster gallop as trip to Scarlets is off

Three-in-a-row PRO14 champions Leinster have blazed a trail so far in their latest title defence but they now have an unplanned weekend off.


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Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr to be given two minutes to recover from knockdown

Tyson and Jones will clash in an eight-round heavyweight exhibition bout which has a bizarre array of rules