Feghouli comes to terms with England's 'direct' football
West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli faced a ''radical change'' in football style when he moved from Valencia at the start of the season but is settling well after an initial injury setback, the midfielder.. Read More
Empty offices, wary lenders - China's faltering bid for AC Milan
The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to.. Read More
Rugby - All Blacks would have played England, preferred Barbarians
The All Blacks would have played England in November had the Rugby Football Union arranged the test but the existing fixture against the Barbarians was always their preference, New Zealand Rugby Chief.. Read More
Cricket - South Africa's de Kock an injury concern for third test
South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is a doubt for this week's third and final test against New Zealand after he suffered a finger injury during the eight-wicket victory over the hosts last week.. Read More
Cricket - Maxwell's place in Australia test side not secure: Clarke
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell's future in the Australia test side is far from secure, especially if captain Steve Smith does not consider him as a regular spin bowling option, former skipper Michael Clarke.. Read More
Southgate impressed by adaptable England despite Germany loss
England manager Gareth Southgate has praised his side for adapting well to his new system despite losing 1-0 to Germany in a friendly at Dortmund on Wednesday. England, who host Lithuania at Wembley.. Read More
F1's Hamilton calls for more women in male dominated paddock
There are ''too many dudes'' in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday. In the leadup to Sunday's Australian.. Read More
Recovery key for Liverpool's Origi ahead of Merseyside clash
Liverpool striker Divock Origi is taking the hectic life of an international footballer in his stride as he looks to impress manager Juergen Klopp ahead of next week's Merseyside derby. Origi is.. Read More
Last year's crash the least of Alonso's worries as F1 2017 gets underway
Fernando Alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season's Australian Grand Prix but the twice Formula One world champion will give it no thought on.. Read More
Collina calls for steps against abuse towards referees
Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots.. Read More
India doubles player salaries, hikes match fees
India's cricket team have been given a significant pay rise, with the world's richest cricket board (BCCI) announcing on Wednesday that it had doubled salaries for the 2016-17 season and hiked match.. Read More
Ferguson urges Manchester United to aim for Europa League glory
Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season's Champions League, former manager.. Read More
Motor racing - Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas is determined to make the most of his ''dream'' opportunity after being ushered into the Mercedes seat left vacant by the sudden retirement of Formula One champion Nico Rosberg at the.. Read More
Hard work, tough decisions will improve Southgate's England
Gareth Southgate is determined to ensure England have a successful 2018 World Cup campaign but knows that ''challenging conversations'' are needed to help the side move on from recent setbacks at major.. Read More
Ireland must be ready to shut down Bale, says Keane
Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane has urged his side to relish the challenge of facing Wales forward Gareth Bale, while making sure the Real Madrid man has no room in which to operate in their World.. Read More
2028 Olympics Games not an option for Paris, says bid chief
The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session later this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games. ''.. Read More
Palace clean sheets down to Allardyce, says Tomkins
Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins has given credit to manager Sam Allardyce for the team's recent revival after a third consecutive Premier League victory without conceding a goal bolstered their.. Read More
Home comforts can lift Swansea clear, says Clement
Two home wins in a row lifted Bournemouth clear of the relegation zone and Swansea City manager Paul Clement has urged his squad to follow suit as they prepare for back to back home games against Middlesbrough.. Read More
Bonus for women cricketers as Australia puts big pay deal
Cricket Australia (CA) has proposed a new pay deal to players which offers large salary increases, particularly for women, but breaks with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the.. Read More
Germany's Ozil, Gomez and Draxler to miss England friendly
Germany will be without injured midfielder Mesut Ozil, winger Julian Draxler and forward Mario Gomez when they host England in a friendly international on Wednesday, coach Joachim Loew said. Loew.. Read More
Croatia fans return to the stadium after hooliganism bans
Croatia will play to their first full home crowd at a competitive match for almost two and a half years this week, in a World Cup qualifier which coach Ante Cacic hopes will show his side has healthy.. Read More
UKAD alarmed by drug use in British amateur sport
Drug use in amateur sport in Britain is 'fast becoming a crisis', UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Monday in response to a BBC poll that revealed widespread use of performance enhancing substances at grassroot.. Read More
Surman says Cherries still in survival fight despite gap
Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman maintains his side are still involved in a relegation battle despite moving nine points clear of the drop zone with Saturday's 2-0 victory over Swansea City... Read More
Spurs and United keep up pressure as City and Liverpool draw
Tottenham Hotspur kept Chelsea just about within their sights at the top of the Premier League on Sunday by beating Southampton 2-1 and Manchester United improved their prospects by moving into fifth.. Read More
Leishman wins Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke
Australian Marc Leishman sank a monster eagle putt at the par-five 16th and stormed to a one-stroke victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Sunday. With a finish that would have earned.. Read More
Luis Enrique, Pique marvel at prolific Messi
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tribute to talisman Lionel Messi on Sunday after the Argentine scored twice in a 4-2 win over Valencia to rack up at least 40 goals in all competitions for the eighth.. Read More
Federer tops Wawrinka in all-Swiss Indian Wells final
A rejuvenated Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament.. Read More
Tennis - Vesnina outlasts Kuznetsova in marathon Indian Wells final
Elena Vesnina survived a battle of attrition and nerves to beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday and secure the biggest title of her career... Read More
Rugby - Lions captain not guaranteed place in test side
Being chosen to captain the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand will be a great honour, coach Warren has said, but no guarantee of a place in the starting test side. The Lions embark.. Read More
NBA's Chris Paul and other celebrity athletes, invest for an impact
Giving back to their communities has always been a challenge for pro athletes who get rich quick, because they tend to lose the money even more quickly. But even those who manage to build a substantial.. Read More
Chelsea benefiting from Costa's cool head, says Courtois
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unlikely to win any 'fair play' awards this season but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says the fiery forward has become much better at controlling his temper despite relentless.. Read More
Pedro returns to Spain squad for games against Israel and France
Chelsea forward Pedro received a recall to the Spain squad on Friday for the World Cup qualifier against Israel and the international friendly against France after nearly nine months out of the national.. Read More
Schalke, United, Lyon and Ajax into Europa League last eight
Schalke 04 hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and overcome fellow Germans Borussia Moenchenglach on away goals in their Europa League last 16 tie while Manchester United edged Rostov 1-0 to progress.. Read More
Grillo warms up to share Palmer Invitational lead
Emiliano Grillo, his hands numb from the cold, recovered from a dismal start to tie Matthew Fitzpatrick for the lead after the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on Thursday... Read More
Masters champion Willett withdraws from Bay Hill with illness
Danny Willett, already in mediocre form ahead of his Masters defence, suffered a potential setback when he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing illness on Thursday. Willett withdrew.. Read More
Vesnina ousts Venus to reach semi-finals at Indian Wells
Elena Vesnina denied Venus Williams another comeback win, while Kristina Mladenovic roared back from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the BNP.. Read More
Manchester United not ready to dominate again says Mourinho
Manchester United are not ready yet to become the dominant force in English football they were during the trophy-laden years of the Alex Ferguson era, manager Jose Mourinho has said. United have.. Read More
Injured Pogba ruled out of Manchester United's trip to Boro
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Sunday's Premier League trip to Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho has said. Pogba was replaced by midfielder Marouane.. Read More
Middlesbrough sack Karanka as assistant Agnew steps up
Middlesbrough sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday and handed the Spaniard's assistant Steve Agnew the pressing task of trying to keep the relegation-threatened club in the Premier League. ''.. Read More
Defoe back for England at age of 34
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe returned to the England squad at the age of 34 on Thursday ahead of next week's friendly against world champions Germany and a World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.. Read More
Shakespeare tells Leicester to forget Sevilla win, focus on West Ham
Leicester City must cast aside their memorable Champions League triumph against Sevilla and turn their attentions on Saturday's Premier League trip to West Ham United, manager Craig Shakespeare said.. Read More
Rugby - England wary of Dublin but ready to 'embrace greatness'
England face Ireland on Saturday ready to make history and embrace ''greatness'' but the players and coach Eddie Jones are well aware that if there is anywhere in the rugby world where such dreams can.. Read More
Real's vulnerable defence faces test at home specialists Athletic
Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga but need to halt their recent trend of leaking goals in games if they want to stay there in Saturday's trip to Athletic Bilbao, who have the second best.. Read More
Monaco fear no one after eliminating Manchester City
When Michael Owen tweeted that Monaco were a ''good draw'' for Manchester City, the remark raised a few eyebrows in France, and one of the most exciting Ligue 1 teams in years will fear no one when.. Read More
Spain's Alonso unimpressed with McLaren's Honda engine
Fernando Alonso, as frustrated as any double Formula One world champion would be in a slow and unreliable car, summed up McLaren's testing woes in terms guaranteed to make Honda executives wince.. Read More
Ferrari's Italian stallion has a spring in its step
The Italian stallion has a spring in its step as Ferrari, Formula One's oldest and most successful team, start a new season with fresh hope of returning to the top in the carmaker's 70th anniversary.. Read More
Verstappen to push Ricciardo to the max
It takes some effort to wipe the smile off Daniel Ricciardo's face but Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen will be hoping the breezy Australian has less to grin about this season. The battle between.. Read More
UFC boss White says won't block Mayweather-McGregor fight
UFC President Dana White will not stand in lightweight champion Conor McGregor's way if the Irishman agrees terms to a much-hyped crossover bout with boxer Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather, a former.. Read More
Lukaku questions Everton's ambition after transfer failings
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether the Premier League club shares his ambition to challenge for major honours and says he wants to be ''remembered by winning trophies'', not just for.. Read More
Melbourne, Perth lead Australian push for 2022 Commonwealth Games
City officials in Perth and Melbourne are leading an Australian push to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right this week. ''An event of the scale of the Commonwealth.. Read More
Kyrgios beats Djokovic again, to face Federer
Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic's 19-match winning run at Indian Wells by beating the Serb 6-4 7-6(3) to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Roger Federer also advanced with.. Read More
Scotland's Snodgrass pleased with squad shake-up
Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass has backed manager Gordon Strachan's decision to shake up the squad ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on March 26. Strachan has called.. Read More
Martins Indi in talks with Stoke over permanent move
Defender Bruno Martins Indi wants to make his loan deal at Stoke City from Porto permanent at the end of the season as the Dutch defender looks to repay the faith shown in him by manager Mark Hughes.. Read More
Valverde, Unzue primed for Barca job as Sampaoli's star fades
Sevilla's Champions League exit to Leicester City may have scuppered Jorge Sampaoli's chances of replacing Barcelona's departing coach Luis Enrique next season, with Ernesto Valverde and Juan Carlos.. Read More
Atletico Madrid's Oblak hailed after more heroics against Leverkusen
Jan Oblak became an Atletico Madrid hero against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League two years ago and the Slovenian made his mark against the German side again with a virtuoso display on Wednesday.. Read More
Sevilla's Nasri brands Vardy 'a cheat' after red card
Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on.. Read More
13 year old Yemeni tennis hopeful crosses war zone to compete
Stepping onto a floodlit tennis court in Qatar last week, 13-year-old Alhassan Ishaq tried to steady his nerves. The aspiring tennis champion from Yemen had trained for months and used his family.. Read More
Liverpool set to expand The Kop during Anfield renovations
Liverpool have submitted plans to renovate Anfield to provide more facilities for disabled fans and their famous stand nicknamed 'The Kop' is set to expand by 470 seats as a result. The capacity.. Read More
Tottenham hopeful on Kane ankle injury
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane damaged ligaments in his right ankle in Sunday's 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win against Millwall but the injury is not as bad as first feared. England international.. Read More
Another All Black says au revoir as Kerr-Barlow heads to France
All Blacks scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow has joined Waikato Chiefs team mate Aaron Cruden and Auckland Blues prop Charlie Faumuina in signing with a French club for next season. Kerr-Barlow will join.. Read More
Man City and Monaco to gamble on all-out attack
Another feast of goals could be in store when Manchester City face Monaco in their Champions League last 16, second leg tie on Wednesday with both managers predicting all-out attack. City won an.. Read More
A dream has gone says Sampaoli after Sevilla outfoxed
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said it would take him a while to digest the 2-0 defeat at Leicester City on Tuesday which sent his team out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage and threatened.. Read More
African football's long-serving leader faces stiff challenge
Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou will face a rare challenge on Thursday as he stands for an eighth term at the helm of the African game when CAF hold their Congress in the Ethiopian.. Read More
Formula One maps out a post-Ecclestone future
The old ringmaster has gone, pushed aside by Formula One's new American owners, and the marketing men have moved in with a mission to overhaul the circus and give spectators something more modern for.. Read More
Nadal, Federer set up California clash with wins
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal powered to third-round wins at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday to set up a mouth-watering rematch of their recent Australian Open final. Fifth seed Nadal.. Read More
Record sixth Champion Hurdle for trainer Henderson
Buveur D'Air, the 5-1 second favourite ridden by Noel Fehily, won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday and handed trainer Nicky Henderson a record sixth triumph in the race... Read More
Muirfield votes to allow women members
Muirfield golf club voted on Tuesday to admit women members, scrapping the all-male policy that led to the historic Scottish course being stripped of its eligibility to host Britain's Open championship.. Read More
Double Olympic champion Rowsell Shand retires
Briton Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international cycling on Tuesday, calling time on a stellar 10-year career that garnered two Olympic golds and five World Championship triumphs.. Read More
Queen launches Commonwealth Games relay as Durban pulls out of 2022
Queen Elizabeth launched the 2018 Commonwealth Games baton relay on Monday as the South African city of Durban lost the right to host the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event. Despite the uncertainty.. Read More
Chelsea beat Mourinho's 10-man United to reach Cup semis
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte got the upper hand on Jose Mourinho for the second time this season as his double-chasing side beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup.. Read More
Toure insists City will maintain positive approach
Midfielder Yaya Toure sees no reason for Manchester City to change the attacking style of play that has been rewarded by an 11-game unbeaten run as the side reaches a crunch part of the season both.. Read More
Cycling: Froome declares support for Sky boss Brailsford
Three times Tour de France winner Chris Froome spoke out in support of his embattled Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford on Monday while apologising to fans who felt let down by mistakes over anti-doping.. Read More
McClaren sacked as Derby manager for second time
Steve McClaren, the former England head coach, has been sacked as manager of Championship side Derby County for the second time in three years, the second-tier club announced on Sunday. McClaren'.. Read More
No European football has helped Conte's Chelsea - Mourinho
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has enjoyed a ''position of privilege'' by not having to deal with both European and domestic campaigns in his first season in England, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.. Read More
Scotland's Brown cited, Bennett ruled out of Italy match
Scotland hooker Fraser Brown has been cited for the dangerous tackle in the second minute of Saturday's Six Nations clash against England that earned him a yellow card and put his side immediately on.. Read More
Pospisil sends Murray packing at Indian Wells
World number one Andy Murray was sent packing from the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday after losing 6-4 7-6(5) to Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil delivered the knockout.. Read More
Can seals comeback win to maintain Liverpool's top four push
Liverpool kept their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League on course as Emre Can thundered home a second-half winner to complete a hard-earned 2-1 comeback win over Burnley at a relieved.. Read More
Barca stunned by Deportivo, Ramos heads Real top
Barcelona slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday and lost top spot in La Liga to Real Madrid, who recovered to beat Real Betis 2-1 thanks to a header by the irrepressible.. Read More
Nadal wins second round in Indian Wells, Federer rematch looms
Spaniard Rafa Nadal marched towards a possible showdown with Roger Federer, emphatically winning his second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open in the California desert on Sunday. Fifth seed Nadal.. Read More
Injured Henderson 'no chance' for England's March matches
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will not be available for England when Gareth Southgate names his squad next week for a friendly with Germany and a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. The 26.. Read More
No Ranieri but Sevilla fear 'Shakespearean' tragedy
Remember Claudio Ranieri? The man who penned the most romantic story in soccer's annals by making Leicester City English champions and who walked away from Sevilla's stadium last month believing he.. Read More
Porto face Herculean task away to Juventus
Porto must follow in Barcelona's footsteps and achieve a Champions League first on Tuesday if they are to overcome Juventus and reach the quarter-finals. The Portuguese league leaders will have to.. Read More
Motorcycling-French endurance rider Delhalle dies in testing crash
French motorcycle rider Anthony Delhalle, a five-times endurance world champion, died after a crash in private testing at the Nogaro circuit in south-west France on Thursday, Le Mans organisers said.. Read More
Hamilton and Vettel disagree on who is favourite
Sebastian Vettel lapped fastest for Ferrari on the penultimate day of Formula One's pre-season testing on Thursday but refused to accept the mantle of favourite from Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton... Read More
Sky paying for perceived arrogance, says team sports director
The scrutiny Team Sky are facing may be the result of the British outfit's perceived arrogance, sports director Nicolas Portal said as the squad weather a ''hurricane'' in the shape of an anti-doping.. Read More
Rakitic agrees new deal with Barcelona after 'crazy' win over PSG
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed a new four-year contract with the Spanish champions until 2021, the club said a day after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals by thrashing Paris.. Read More
Tottenham defender Davies signs new long-term contract
Tottenham Hotspur's Wales defender Ben Davies, a key member of his country's Euro 2016 squad, has signed a new contract that runs until 2021, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The left back.. Read More
USOC deliver recommendations to USA Gymnastics
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said on Thursday it had reached a consensus on recommendations to USA Gymnastics in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal but would not say what they were... Read More
Hart believes he is 'surplus to requirements' at Man City
Joe Hart is not expecting a return to the Premier League after his loan spell at Torino with the England goalkeeper believing he is ''surplus to requirements'' at parent club Manchester City. Hart.. Read More
PSG players confronted by angry fans at airport
Police have launched an investigation after Paris St Germain's players were confronted by angry supporters upon their return to the French capital on Wednesday following their 6-1 Champions League defeat.. Read More
South Africa take slim lead after ground evacuated
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla had given South Africa a slender lead over New Zealand at the end of the third day of the first test on Friday, which was disrupted for 30 minutes by a fire alarm at University.. Read More
U.S. must allow access if it bids for 2026 World Cup said Fifa
The United States would have to grant entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup finals, soccer body FIFA said on Thursday... Read More
Todt warns F1 not to turn back clock on engines
Any attempt by Formula One to turn back the clock and return to V8 or V10 engines would be unacceptable to society and trigger a walkout by manufacturers, International Automobile Federation (FIA) president.. Read More
Guardiola bemoans extortionate price of English players
The high premium that English players command in the transfer market represents a serious obstacle to Manchester City's plans to fill the team with domestic talent, manager Pep Guardiola has said... Read More
Fraser-Pryce announces pregnancy, to miss world champs
Jamaican sprinter and reigning 100 metres world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce announced on Wednesday that she is pregnant and will miss the world championships in London this August. The two-times.. Read More
Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into last eight
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund crushed Benfica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate. The Gabon international, who.. Read More
Tame Man City frustrated in goalless draw with Stoke
Manchester City failed to fire in a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Stoke City on Wednesday that dealt a damaging blow to their Premier League title hopes and left them 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.. Read More
Emery blames PSG players for losing focus
Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery cursed his side for switching off in the final minutes of their 6-1 defeat at Barcelona which sent the French champions out of the Champions League before the quarter.. Read More
Barcelona comeback will never be forgotten - Luis Enrique
Barcelona's amazing 6-1 victory over Paris St Germain on Wednesday that sent them through to the Champions League quarter-finals will forever stay in the memories of supporters, coach Luis Enrique said.. Read More
Swansea's Clement out to build on record start v Hull
Paul Clement has made the best Premier League start of any Swansea City manager and takes his revitalised side to Hull City on Saturday looking to build on a remarkable run that has lifted the club.. Read More