JAMIE CARRAGHER: Don't get fooled again, Arsene... you'll need more to challenge Chelsea and launch a title assault next season

Don't get fooled again, Arsene Wenger... your Arsenal side will need more for a title

Don't be fooled, Arsene. Don't be caught out by this impressive run of form and think everything is in place for a crack at the title next year. It is not uncommon to see Arsenal finish a season with a string of good results. Usually they rattle out a sequence of wins just in time to preserve their place in the top four but too late to affect the destiny of the title.

Hamilton remains Britain's richest sports star with £88m fortune but Rooney leapfrogs Button into second

Lewis Hamilton remains Britain's richest sports star with £88m fortune

Lewis Hamilton remains the richest sportsman in Britain with a fortune of £88million but Wayne Rooney has overtaken Jenson Button to be in second place in the 2015 Sunday Times Sport Rich List. Formula One world champion Hamilton, who lives as a tax exile in Monaco, remains on pole position in the list but his fortune has increased by £20million on last year.

England struggle with placid pitch on day four in Grenada as second West Indies Test looks set to be drawn

PAUL NEWMAN IN GRENADA: England go into the last day here just as they did in Antigua, needing eight wickets to have any chance of the victory they badly need in this series.

Beauty against the beast! Arsenal look to end bad run but Mourinho is king when it comes to winning

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MATT BARLOW: Jose Mourinho resisted the temptation until Arsene Wenger mentioned defending. 'It's not easy... If it was easy, you wouldn't lose 3-1 at home to Monaco.' Ouch.

Van Gaal backs Giggs to succeed him at United... because he works like Chelsea boss Mourinho!

Louis van Gaal expects Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager when the time comes. Giggs has been Van Gaal's assistant since he took over at Old Trafford.

United offer De Gea £200,000-a-week deal in bid to keep him at Old Trafford 


CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United have offered to make David de Gea the world's best-paid goalkeeper on £200,000-a-week to keep him at Old Trafford past the summer.

Sturridge in danger of falling down Anfield pecking order as Rodgers reveals plans to sign new striker

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (L) reacts during the English FA Cup quarter final soccer match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at the Anfield in Liverpool, Britain, 08 March 2015.  



Daniel Sturridge's status as Liverpool's No 1 striker is under threat after Brendan Rodgers revealed his intention to sign a top forward who can 'play every week'.

Sunderland branded 'disgraceful' for allowing Johnson to play against Stoke despite child sex charges

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Sunderland have been branded 'disgraceful' following their shock decision not to suspend Adam Johnson. The 27-year-old has been charged with three offences of sexual activity.

Hazard was too expensive... Arsenal could not afford him, admits Wenger

Chelsea¿s Eden Hazard

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Arsene Wenger insists he isn't haunted by his decision to back out of signing Eden Hazard in 2012 - even if he does accept the Chelsea attacker is getting better.

MAROUANE FELLAINI: I lost my quality for one year, and now it's back? Bulls***!

Marouane Fellaini speaks out ahead of his return to Everton with Manchester United: 'I

MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: The expletive, coming from the softly spoken lips of Marouane Fellaini, sounds so much more powerful. Fellaini doesn't curse. He doesn't raise his voice, he doesn't banter in a laddish fashion; he is the polar opposite of the bruising 6ft 4in presence on the pitch. It would take quite a lot to get Fellaini to swear, in fact. It would take mention of the criticism he received last season. 'Bull****,' says the Belgian, as he picks, with irritation, at a little scab on his knee.

West Ham 2-1 Man City: Vieira's stars fall to defeat with an Drury own goal

West Ham United Under 21s 2-1 Manchester City Under 21s: Patrick Vieira's young stars fall

Patrick Vieira's Manchester City Elite Development Squad saw their Barclays Under 21 Premier League title hopes take a hit as an own goal gifted West Ham a deserved victory over them at Upton Park.

Man United target £20.5m summer swoop for highly-rated Gundogan


Manchester United have identified Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as the leading contender to fill Michael Carrick's midfield role. United are eyeing a £20.5million deal.

Why Isco's rant suggests he now regrets snubbing City for Madrid... and now England could beckon again

PETE JENSON IN MADRID: Man City wanted Isco when he left Malaga two years ago but he chose Real Madrid over Manuel Pellegrini. It was a tough decision for the 23-year-old...

Fabregas chose Chelsea over Arsenal to win trophies, says Mourinho in another dig at Wenger


Jose Mourinho claimed Cesc Fabregas chose Chelsea above Arsenal because of the promise of winning trophies. He will return to play at Arsenal for the first time since he left this weekend.

Tottenham willing to let Adebayor leave on a free transfer

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor and Manchester United's Daley Blind battle for the ball

Tottenham are ready to grant Emmanuel Adebayor a free transfer, in an attempt to finally get the striker off their wage bill.

Arsenal star Coquelin wants to show Matic he's the real enforcer

Francis Coquelin is confident he can show his potential as Arsenal's long-term midfield enforcer when he goes head to head with 'unbelievable' Nemanja Matic.

Iron man McCoy chases Hollywood ending aboard Box Office on final day in the saddle

Iron man AP McCoy chases Hollywood ending aboard Box Office at Sandown

The final afternoon of AP McCoy's career has arrived and he has admitted he is dreading it. For the peerless 20-time champion jockey what lies ahead could be an emotion-fuelled longest day of his life. It could also feel like the shortest day to a jockey whose routine has been winning races, lots of them.

ANDREW THORNTON: Watching McCoy is a bit like watching Messi riding a horse... he finds so much time

The jockey they all struggle to beat but also a rider no sane jockey would attempt to emulate. That is the view of colleague Andrew Thornton when trying to explain what has made AP McCoy so dominant.

As he bids farewell at Sandown... here are McCoy's 10 finest moments

Peter Scudamore rode an incredible 1,678 winners but has seen his achievements dwarfed by AP McCoy. Here, he identifies what he believes are the 10 finest achievements of McCoy.

Sam Turner's Racing Tips: All the best bets for Saturday, April 25

It is perhaps fitting that Tony McCoy's glittering journey ends on Saturday at Sandown, a stage which played host to one of his finest victories aboard Hennessy in the Bet365 Gold Cup six years ago.

Hamilton makes flying visit to Rome as F1 star looks set for cameo in Zoolander 2

Lewis Hamilton the film star! F1 world champion lands role in Zoolander 2

Looks like Lewis Hamilton has landed himself a cameo role in Zoolander 2. The F1 ace was spotted on the Rome set for the comedy sequel, in a scene that looked like Ben Stiller's male model was taking part in a catwalk show with Owen Wilson's Hansel. Lewis was sat front row with Olivia Munn and busily chatting in between takes on Friday.

Klitschko recalls his rise to the top ahead of latest title defence against Jennings

Wladimir Klitschko recalls his rise to top ahead of world title bout with Bryant Jennings

Wladimir Klitschko has recalled his dramatic rise to the top on the eve of his world title defence against undefeated Bryant Jennings.

MARTIN KEOWN: Chelsea may be favourites but don't underestimate Wenger... he plays to win! 

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger clash and push each other on the touchline
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, London.
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BIG MATCH VERDICT: Arsenal vs Chelsea is being billed as Beauty v the Beast, but don't underestimate Arsene Wenger. It's not just about style - he plays to win.

WATCH the moment Mourinho dodges questions about Wenger... and is then left shocked after cheeky question

Jose Mourinho relishes pre-match press conferences, but was left visibly stunned by one question sent his way before Chelsea's game against Arsenal.

McGill sends defending champion Selby crashing out at the Crucible

Mark Selby fell victim of the Crucible curse and a rookie Scot with pots of class as Anthony McGill pulled off a monumental Betfred World Championship shock.

It's Guardiola vs Barca! Bayern boss handed Champions League semi-final against old club as Real face Juve

Pep Guardiola will be reunited with Barcelona after his Bayern Munich were paired with the Catalan giants. He is to return to the Nou Camp for the first time since leaving in a mouthwatering clash.

Now I need to work out how to stop Messi, admits Guardiola as Bayern are drawn against old club Barcelona

Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola (R) talks with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during their Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Jerez on April 24, 2010 at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

After years of hoping he would rip opposition defences to shreds, Pep Guardiola has admitted he has to start trying to work out a way to stop Lionel Messi.

Want to eat like a world champion? Here's the food Mayweather is tucking into a week before his Las Vegas fight with Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather invites Adrien Broner to his house for feast cooked by Chef Q... and each

He loves fast cars, big houses and flash clothes so Floyd Mayweather isn't one to hold back in the kitchen either, given that he pays up to $1,000 per plate when the food is cooked by Chef Q. The boxer invited compatriot Adrien Broner for a feast at his mansion, as he continues his preparation for the $300million mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao. Broner, a three-time world champion, took to Instagram to show off the food on show.

Jeff Powell's Greatest Fights: Leonard v Duran... the 'No Mas' fight, when forcing a warrior to quit was better than a KO

Jeff Powell's Greatest Fights: Sugar Ray Leonard v Roberto Duran, on November 25 1980, the

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao will be the biggest fight of all time financially and the most significant this century. Evaluating the greatest ever fights is a complex variable of several factors including not only the quality and excitement of the action but the political, social and cultural undertones, the scale of expectation and outside influences. Where Money Man v PacMan comes to rank among the most important fights in ring history will depend upon what happens that coming night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in sell out in minutes after fans line Las Vegas strip


After Thursday night's rapid-fire ticket sale, seats for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's eagerly-anticipated weigh-in have sold out within minutes on Friday evening.

Will Mayweather vs Pacquiao fans flock to Periscope to watch fight for FREE despite huge clampdown?

The recent explosion of live video streaming apps such have raised the realistic prospect that Sky could miss out on millions as stream it without paying.

Premier League team news, odds and stats from every match this weekend

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Ahead of another weekend in the Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

Sevilla vs Fiorentina and Napoli vs Dnipro in race for Europa League final

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There is the potential for an all-Italian Europa League final after Napoli and Fiorentina were kept apart in the semi-final draw. 

Root left fuming after being denied double century by Anderson's careless run-out

Joe Root left fuming after being denied double century by England team-mate James

Joe Root was denied the chance of scoring 200 runs against the West Indies as he was left stranded at the middle of the wicket due to an error by James Anderson. Root impressed with the bat on day four of the second Test in Grenada by scoring 182 runs in the beaming Caribbean sun. The Yorkshire County cricketer threw down his helmet after Anderson's careless run out as he made his way back to the pavilion.

Burgess stars in romp at the Rec as Ford's side move within one point of leaders Northampton

Bath 43-18 London Irish: Sam Burgess stars at the Rec as Mike Ford's side move within one

BATH 43-19 LONDON IRISH - Sam Burgess starred for Bath as Mike Ford's men moved within one point of Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton with a five-try hammering of London Irish at the Rec.

Root may have a cheeky grin, but he's shown that deep down he's all steel

England's batsman Joe Root reacts as he leaves the field during day four of the second Test cricket match between the West Indies and England at the Grenada National Stadium in Saint George's on April 24, 2015. England lead by 165 runs at the end of the first innings. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

After being dropped in Australia, what Root has done is have a look at himself, stay quiet and then produce hundred after hundred to ensure he will not be left out in a hurry again.

Root slams 'very unresponsive' pitch despite impressive century as second Test drifts towards another draw

GRENADA, GRENADA - APRIL 24:  Joe Root of England plays behind square as wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin of West Indies looks on  during day four of the 2nd Test match between West Indies and England at the National Cricket Stadium in St George's on April 24, 2015 in Grenada, Grenada.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Joe Root admitted pitches like the one in Grenada make it easier to make centuries and harder to win games, as West Indies batted themselves into a position of relative comfort.

The Day at the Test: Stokes' dad gets involved in son's spat with Samuels

West Indies' Marlon Samuels salutes England's Ben Stokes, as Stoke leaves the field after being caught by West Indies' Jermaine Blackwood, on the third day of their second Test match at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Thursday's play finished with Samuels' comedy salute to Ben Stokes after the batsman was dismissed. Cue outrage from some, but not Stokes' father Gerard, who laughed it off.

Klopp: I am not interested in what the Premier League thinks of me  

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Jurgen Klopp has refused to address his future and whether he'll be Premier League bound next season. He will leave his post at Borussia Dortmund.

Origi relishing linking up with Ibe and Sterling when he joins Liverpool 

Divock Origi has revealed that the progress of Jordon Ibe at Liverpool this season has left him counting the days until he makes his bow.

Song names NINE Barca players including Messi and Neymar in Fantasy Football XI

Alex Song names NINE Barcelona players including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and

West Ham United's on-loan Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has picked his #one2eleven of stars he played alongside throughout his career, on The Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports. Song, who has also played for Arsenal as well as representing Cameroon at international level, has picked a mixture of talent in his squad. Watch #one2eleven every Friday evening on The Fantasy Football Club, Sky Sports 1 or catch up On Demand. 

Radcliffe admits her final London will end in tears on Sunday

Paula Radcliffe admits it will all end in tears after her final London Marathon on Sunday

Paula Radcliffe expects her emotions to spill over once more when she pulls down the curtain on her competitive running career in Subday's London Marathon.

MARTIN KEOWN: Leicester have taken a long time to wake up but Pearson can now pull off the great escape

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL23:  Leo Ulloa during the Leicester City training session at Belvoir Drive Training Ground on April 23, 2015 in Leicester, England.(Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

THE BOOT ROOM: When you're facing relegation you are supposed to be dispirited and lacking in confidence. So how on earth have Leicester won three on the bounce?

Who's going up and who's going down? Sportsmail's handy guide to penultimate weekend of the season  

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With just two weekends of Football League action to play, and one in the Conference, it is crunch time for a number of clubs. Here, Sportsmail's guide takes you through the permutations.

Bolt blast for Gay: He should have been kicked out for doping... I'm not looking forward to racing against him

Tyson Gay of the U.S. (L) wins the men's 100 metres final ahead of Jamaica's Usain Bolt at the IAAF Diamond League "DN Galan" at Stockholm Olympic Stadium August 6, 2010. Gay won ahead of second-placed Bolt. 

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Usain Bolt branded the decision to shorten his rival's punishment 'the stupidest thing I've ever heard', and revealed that he felt Gay 'let me and the sport down'.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may be the favourites, but don't discount Juventus... our reporters give their verdicts on the Champions League semi-finalists 

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may be the favourites, but don't discount

The draw for the Champions League has pitted Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich against his former club Barcelona, while handing Italian champions a daunting task against holders Real Madrid. With sub-plots aplenty, and quality assured, the final four of European's premier competition will all feel they have a real chance of adding to their titles. Sportsmail's reporters look at each side's reasons for optimism, and caution, ahead of the semi-finals... 

Will the man in mask return to haunt Wenger? Fabregas plays for Chelsea at Arsenal for the first time and Gunners fans will pray that he won't make them pay

Cesc Fabregas is the man in the mask as Chelsea star returns to haunt Arsenal

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: The man in the mask is back. But it might take more than a slice of carbon fibre to protect Cesc Fabregas from what could be a quite hateful reception when he takes his first steps at the Emirates Stadium since he left to join Barcelona. That 2011 move was seen and widely accepted - externally - as the prodigal son going home.

Clive is right ...you might rip us apart! Wallabies boss relishing challenge

EXCLUSIVE: He has just been given licence to pick one of the finest backs of the era for the World Cup, but Michael Cheika is more pre-occupied with the denigration of his Wallaby pack.

Pochettino facing his old players gives us the advantage, roars Davis

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Steven Davis of Southampton shoots past the challenge of Sone Aluko of Hull City  during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary's Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Steven Davis believes the fact so many Southampton players worked under Mauricio Pochettino could give them the edge in this weekend's vital match against Tottenham.

Rotherham left on brink of relegation after being deducted three points

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Farrend Rawson (R) celebrates after scoring the second goal for Derby County during the U21 Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Derby County at St. James' Park on April 15, 2015, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Rotherham have a fight to avoid relegation from the Championship after they were dramatically deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.

Newcastle boss Carver hits back at Owen following relegation jibe

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  John Carver, manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

John Carver has hit back at former Newcastle captain Michael Owen after he said they would lose every remaining match this season.


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Pacquiao shows funny side by starring in hilarious new ad ahead of Mayweather fight

Manny Pacquiao shows his funny side by starring in hilarious new advert ahead of Floyd

Manny Pacquiao has added another string to his impressive bow by appearing in a hilarious commercial for Foot Locker ahead of his showdown with Floyd Mayweather. The Filipino, who has tried his hand at acting and coaching basketball over the years, stole the show in an advertisement for the American sportswear company back in November by joking about the possibility of finally being able to go toe-to-toe with Mayweather.

Mayweather has earned over $400m... and here's how he spends it: From super cars to private jets, bling watches to fancy shoes

Floyd Mayweather has an enormous net worth with earnings topping $400m... here's how he

When Floyd Mayweather turned professional in 1996, his ring nickname was 'Pretty Boy'. But as he grew more successful and earned more money, he swapped that for 'Money', fitting for a man who has earned more than $400 million in his career.

Pacquiao jumps down your throat but it is Mayweather who has the brains. He'll win... Hatton gives his verdict

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Ricky Hatton is embarking on an odyssey into the most traumatic and ecstatic recesses of his past. This helps cement his belief he has a future after fighting and drinking.

The cars, the cash and the celebrity cheerleaders: Here's the ultimate tale of the tape showdown

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, poses for photos with Justin Bieber after defeating Canelo Alvarez during a 152-pound title fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. 

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Sportsmail takes a look at Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's achievements, in and out of the ring, ahead of their $300m mega-fight in Las Vegas on May 2

Squeaky bum time in £60m survival scrap: Seven teams battling to stay in the top flight

Premier League relegation battle is worth £60m as Burnley, QPR and Newcastle face squeaky

MATT BARLOW: A mere 53 hours to kick-off and all is serene at the training base of Queens Park Rangers. Mowers clip along on distant pitches as the sun beats down and the whitewashed pavilion is brightened by pots of forget-me-nots, a flower which could be adopted as the emblem of relegation.

Ready for the big one, lads? Chelsea's title-chasers sharpen up ahead of showdown

Chelsea train ahead of Premier League showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates 

Chelsea can take another step closer towards securing the Premier League title when they face Arsenal on Sunday, and Jose Mourinho's side stepped up their preparations for the Emirates showdown in training.

Van Gaal forces United stars to listen to funky house music in dressing room... so does he dance like THIS?

Ashley Young reveals how Louis van Gaal forces Manchester United stars to listen to funky

Ashley Young has revealed the secret of his team-mates' changing room music playlist - and it's not what you expected. In an interview with MUTV, the English winger is joined on the sofa by singer-songwriter Olly Murs, who asks whether playlists in the changing room DJ Young is under strict orders from manager Louis van Gaal to play solely house and funky house music.

Schweinsteiger must quit Bayern after losing power battle, says Hamann

Dietmar Hamamm believes Bastian Schweinsteiger faces an uncertain future at Bayern Munich, after losing his place to Xabi Alonso.

SFA had no right to ban Inverness' Meekings after handball as panel clear defender to play Scottish Cup final 

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 19:  Josh Meekings of Caledonian Thistle apparently handles the ball on the goal line from Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Celtic at Hamden Park on April 19, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The panel that cleared Inverness defender Josh Meekings to play in the William Hill Scottish Cup final did not even consider his handball.

Arsenal to wear yellow and blue strip for FA Cup final showdown with Villa 

Arsenal will be looking for a fourth FA Cup success while wearing their yellow away kit, after opponents Aston Villa won the pre-match coin toss ahead.

Hull players will have wages slashed by up to 50% if they are relegated

With Hull teetering above the relegation zone, manager Steve Bruce has revealed that players will see their salaries severely cut if they drop down.

Sterling insists contract criticism 'goes in one ear and out the other' as Liverpool forward vows to improve

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Raheem Sterling  of Liverpool in action during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on April 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling insists he has not been affected by the criticism of his ongoing contract stand-off with Liverpool. He has been abused, even by his own fans, over his decision to put deal talks on hold.

Tottenham rival Valencia in race to sign Marseille midfielder Thauvin 

Marseille's french forward Florian Chauvin grimaces during his French League One soccer match against Nantes, in Nantes, western France, Friday, April 17, 2015. Nantes won 1-0.  (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Tottenham have been encouraged to make a bid for Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin after the French club decided to listen to offers.

Van Gaal tells Fellaini to keep his cool ahead of potentially fiery return to face Everton as United stars get pumped up

Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal tells Marouane Fellaini to keep cool ahead of potentially

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he has spoken to Marouane Fellaini about keeping his cool when the Manchester United midfielder returns to Goodison Park on Sunday for the first time since his £27million move from Everton. Fellaini, who followed manager David Moyes to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013, is set for a more hostile reception than Juan Mata received at his old club Chelsea last weekend.

Yaya IS happy with life at Man City, insists Pellegrini 

Yaya Toure happy with life at Manchester City, says boss Manuel Pellegrini 

Manuel Pellegrini insists that Yaya Toure is still happy at Manchester City and can fulfil his hunger for a new challenge by staying. The Ivory Coast star has sparked renewed speculation over his future by warning that his £220,000-a-week contract will not be enough to stop him from leaving if he feels the time is right.

Bristol Rovers were relegated from the Football League just 12 months ago, but Clarke's side have a shot at instant redemption on the final weekend

Bristol Rovers were relegated from the Football League just 12 months ago, but Darrell

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: The tears have dried but for how long? It's been almost a year to the day since Darrell Clarke cracked in front of the cameras as he explained how Bristol Rovers fell out of the Football League for the first time since 1920.

Hartlepool fans warned over Bob Marley fancy-dress day as Kick It Out urge supporters not to black up

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Football equality campaigners Kick It Out have warned Hartlepool supporters over a Bob Marley-themed fancy-dress day planned for their trip to Carlisle on the final day of the season.

Chelsea hold post-season tour talks for match against Sydney

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Chelsea are set to follow Tottenham's lead and take part in a post-season friendly Down Under. Jose Mourinho's side could face Sydney on June 2.

Benitez faces uncertain future despite seventh Euro semi-final in 12 years

Amid a torrent of rumours surrounding Rafael Benitez and his future, he quietly continued a phenomenal career trend on Thursday.

Man City join hunt for Upamecano as Manchester United and Arsenal also show interest in defender 

Manchester City are rivalling Manchester United and Arsenal for Valenciennes teenage defender Dayot Upamecano after he almost joined United in the January transfer window.

Tottenham set to move for Yarmolenko as Pochettino revamps squad

Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso (L) chases Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko during their Europa League quarter-final first leg match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Tottenham are tracking Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko as they step up their summer transfer plans.

West Ham chasing £7m Hernandez as Real send him back to Man United

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West Ham are planning to move for Real Madrid's European goal hero Javier Hernandez as part of an extensive summer recruitment programme.

MLB game descends into chaos as players from Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox get involved in mass brawl

MLB game descends into chaos as players from Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox get

Baseball may not have a reputation for being a violent as some of America's other sports, but the MLB witnessed scenes more suited to the Ice-Hockey rink or grid-iron field on Thursday night.  In the seventh innings of a game between the Kansas City Royals and rivals Chicago White Sox both sets of players became embroiled in a mass brawl. Umpires ejected a total of five players from both teams after the fight at Chicago's US Cellular Field in Illinois.  

Rampage relishing Maldonado clash after winning fight to make UFC return

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson relishing Fabio Maldonado showdown after winning fight to make

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson has admitted he has already been through the wringer, even before he steps back into the Octagon. Jackson returns to the UFC after two years with Bellator when he takes on Fabio Maldonado.

Schumacher's son set for Formula 4 debut after impressive practice

Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick begins his Formula 4 career in Germany this weekend. Schumacher Junior is part of the Van Amersfoort Racing team in the 2015 ADAC Formula 4 series.

Leeds 10-29 Warrington: Rhinos put in worst display of the season

Warrington put a dampener on Kevin Sinfield's 500th appearance for Leeds as they defeated the Super League leaders in emphatic fashion at Headingley.

Fury eyes showdown with Klitschko if champion sees off Jennings

Heavyweight boxers Bryant Jennings, left, from Philadelphia, and Wladimir Klitschko, from Ukraine, shake hands after their weigh-in, Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. Klitschko will put his four heavyweight championships on the line against the unbeaten Jennings on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Tyson Fury hopes Wladimir Klitschko sees off the challenge of Bryant Jennings on Saturday night to set up a stadium fight later in the year.

Australia fly-half Cooper signs for Toulon on two-year deal

Toulon have announced the signing of Australia star Quade Cooper. A statement said the 27-year-old had agreed a two-year deal and will join them this summer.

Swafford shoots 66 to take share of Zurich Classic lead with Weekley

Hudson Swafford shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with Boo Weekley when second-round play was suspended Friday because of the threat of severe weather.

Wakefield 22-40 Wigan: Burgess grabs first Super League hat-trick in rout

Joe Burgess of Wigan Warriors breaks the tackle of Stefan Ratchford and Joel Monaghan of Warrington Wolves during the First Utility Super League Qualifying Semi-Final match between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at DW Stadium on October 3, 2014 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Sydney-bound winger Joe Burgess scored his first Super League hat-trick as Wigan secured their first away win of the season, but they were made to work hard by Wakefield in an error-strewn game.

As English football prepares to fall silent to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire, why disaster still has power to shock

As English football prepares to fall silent to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1985

English football will stand still at just before three o'clock on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster. All fixtures in the Premier League and Football League will observe a minute's silence after 56 supporters died in the devastating blaze. The inferno ripped through Valley Parade on May 11, 1985 during the first half of a game against Lincoln City, before which Bradford had received the Third Division title. 

McCoy and Radcliffe to compete for one final time... but who is the greatest sportsperson to hail from the UK? 

AP McCoy and Paula Radcliffe to compete for one final time... but who is the greatest

Horse racing legend AP McCoy and long-distance star Paula Radcliffe will deliver their final farewells this weekend as they bow out of professional sport.

Malouda names six former Chelsea team-mates including Terry and Drogba in his Fantasy Football XI 

Florent Malouda fantasy team

Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has picked his #one2eleven stars he played alongside throughout his career on Sky Sports' Fantasy Football Club.

Will you take a picture of my son's first ride? He might not get many more... what McCoy's Dad said ahead of debut

Will you take a picture of my son first ride? He might not get many more... words of Tony

They are proud words but ones spoken with relief coursing through them. They are a mother's innately, protective words. AP McCoy's mum. 'We are all going to Sandown on Saturday,' says Claire McCoy. 'It will be emotional in one way and relief in another. I'll be glad and I will be sorry too. He has had a great career. 'Twenty five years. It is the end of an era. I would not say I enjoyed every day of it and it is great he is hopefully coming out in one piece.

MARTIN KEOWN: Mourinho admires what Wenger has established... he wants similar legacy at Chelsea

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho clash during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London, England on October 4, 2014.  

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It's Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday and Martin Keown answered your questions about the crunch Premier League showdown in our live Q & A session.

Old boys driving the Old Lady... Juve are giants of Europe again (Pogba is back soon as Buffon eyes redemption)

Juventus are the team that everyone wants to draw in the Champions League, but, with something to prove, that nobody will enjoy playing against.

EDDIE HEARN: Froch has to fight this year or he will retire... but it has to be the right opponent for the right money

I spoke to Carl Froch for an hour this week and we have talked long and hard about what he is going to do next. If doesn't come back this year, I don't think he will.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Guardiola's self-belief can make him difficult - is that what Man City really need?

THE DEBATE: I've written about the future of Pep Guardiola. There was speculation over whether he could manage City. Here's what you had to say...

IAN LADYMAN: City will miss Yaya Toure - he accelerated the club's learning curve and delivered trophies

Those surprised at Yaya Toure's apparent desire for a transfer should not be. He is a player who has placed pragmatism above sentiment.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Time to abolish the crazy rules that allow Grealish to play for the Republic of Ireland 

Amin Younes (C) of Germany vies with Jack Grealish (L) and Jack Byrne (R) of Ireland during the Under 21 Qualifier between Germany U21 and The Republic of Ireland U21 at Erdgas Sportpark in Halle, Germany.  

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Not many people had seen Jack Grealish play before Sunday, so even fewer had heard him speak. When he did, he sounded like Ozzy Osbourne.