Enter the Money Man: Mayweather makes his Las Vegas grand entrance... and then vows to destroy 'reckless' Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather makes official arrival ahead of Manny Pacquiao mega-fight

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather is relieved that he still has all his marbles so he can count all his money. The priorities of the richest athlete in the world have long been an open secret - even his nickname is Money - but he put them into crystal clarity as he made his Grand Arrival upon the stage for his mega-bucks fight with Manny Padquiao this Saturday. Money, not all the other speculation, finally got the Fight of the Century made: 'There were other factors but it was the money that cracked it.'

Bayern's cup blow softened by mega £645m adidas kit deal... but 10-year extension is a whopping £100m LESS than what Man United will receive

Bayern Munich sign 10-year adidas kit deal worth £645m... but that is still £100m less

Bayern Munich will wear adidas kit for the next 15 years after the Bundesliga champions extended their deal with the sports giants until 2030 in an incredible agreement reportedly worth up to £645million - yet one still £100m significantly less than what Manchester United will earn from the German sports giants when their deal kicks in this summer.

MARTIN SAMUEL: It's exciting but is the Championship REALLY any good? After all, Algeria's league isn't bad...

If we use the logic applied to our own, dear, Championship, the best league in the world is Algeria's Championnat National de Premiere Division.

EXCLUSIVE: The FA Cup becomes the Emirates Fa Cup in £30m sell-off of football's oldest tournament

Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Thomas Vermaelen (2R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

CHARLES SALE: The FA Cup, the oldest knockout football competition in the world, is set to be rebranded as the Emirates FA Cup in a new £30million sponsorship deal.

Rodgers admits defeat in top-four fight and says he needs tougher players

Bringing in Mario Balotelli as the star striker in a summer of big spending has not worked out for Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers admitted that he faces a rebuilding job to turn Liverpool into a top-four team after seeing their hopes of Champions League qualification all but extinguished at Hull.

NEIL ASHTON: Profit 1-0 fans... Ashley loves making money but until he signs stars, Newcastle's run goes on

Mike Ashley is not listening to Newcastle fans. He's not a football man, certainly not in the same way as the increasing number of disillusioned fans.

Bayern to battle United for Gundogan as Dortmund ace nears contract end

Bayern Munich have shown interest in signing Ilkay Gundogan. The 24-year-old Germany international midfielder is out of contract at the end of next summer.

Champions League dream looks over as Dawson scores first goal in two years to condemn Liverpool in vital win for Hull

Hull 1-0 Liverpool: Michael Dawson scores first goal in over two years to dent Brendan

HULL 1-0 LIVERPOOL - DOMINIC KING AT THE KC STADIUM: Steve Bruce knew it was a pointless task. Walking into a euphoric dressing room, his first instinct was to express caution. Then, as he surveyed the scene, he decided his message could wait. 'I didn't want to bring them down,' said Hull's manager, who would not have looked more shattered had he spent the preceding 90 minutes trying to charge down Liverpool's strikers.

Fit-again Van Persie scores double in United Under 21s win at Fulham as striker continues return from ankle injury

Robin van Persie opens scoring for Manchester United Under 21s as they take commanding

ADAM SHERGOLD: Robin van Persie scored twice to help Manchester United's Under 21 side move four points clear at the top of the U21 Premier League on Tuesday night. United travelled to Craven Cottage to face a struggling Fulham side threatened with relegation from the top division of the league.

Spurs face fight to hang on to Lloris as PSG eye keeper as alternative to Cech

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The France No 1 signed a five year deal in 2014 and is highly regarded by the club's hierarchy. PSG are continuing to show interest in Chelsea's Petr Cech as an alternative.

Scholes: Herrera is Manchester United's best signing of the season

Ander Herrera has been one of the stand-out stars of Manchester United's impressive second half of the season, and now he has a member of Old Trafford midfield royalty singing his praises.

Players Union votes in 'overwhelming' favour of allowing FOUR substitutions

Players have voted in favour of allowing a fourth substitution in matches in a survey conducted by the World Players' Union FIFPro with 84 per cent of players in a survey favouring a change.

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Howe has put sleepy town on the map after guiding Bournemouth to the Premier League

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I couldn't wait to get out of Bournemouth, even though I loved the place. It was a holiday town, a place that would send you to sleep rather than drive you forward.

Real Madrid are confident De Gea is set for summer move with United keeper unable to resist Bernabeu

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Real Madrid are increasingly confident that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is prepared to leave Old Trafford and return to Spain if they decide to pursue him this summer.

Stage is set for Mayweather vs Pacquiao as our man in Las Vegas checks out the ring

The stage is set for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao as the ring at the MGM Grand is

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: The stage is set for the richest fight in boxing history as the ring at the MGM Garden Arena is in place to stage the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Meet Al Haymon... the REAL Money Man behind the Money Man

Al Haymon: The mystery man behind Floyd Mayweather who is revolutionising boxing 

MARTIN DOMIN: Al Haymon manages more than 100 fighters and has brought boxing back to terrestrial television in America, establishing himself as one of the most powerful and influential men in the sport. Yet he is rarely seen in public and never gives interviews; even Floyd Mayweather refers to him as 'The Ghost'.

It's Manny-mania in Las Vegas as fans mob Pacquiao ahead of big fight

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JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao is the happiest soul in Las Vegas, smiling, cracking jokes, bidding everyone welcome.

Mayweather and Pacquiao will struggle to find the motivation to ever fight again, claims promoter Hearn

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks to the stage during an arrival ceremony Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/John Locher)

IAN LADYMAN: Barry Hearn believes neither Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao will ever face another boxer again after Saturday's super-fight in Las Vegas.

Mayweather and Pacquiao take centre stage... but who's on the undercard? 

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 17:  WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (R) connects with a punch on Jesus Ruiz during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Santa Cruz retained his title with an eighth-round TKO.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Before the two rivals touch gloves at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, fans will be treated to five undercard bouts.

Klopp's shootout joy in Klassiker farewell as Bayern's treble dream comes crashing down after missing FOUR penalties to hand Dortmund a place in the German Cup Final

Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (AET, 0-2 pens): Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory in

BAYERN MUNICH 1-1 DORTMUND (Dortmund win 2-0 on penalties): Jurgen Klopp's final 'Der Klassiker' ended in victory as Borussia Dortmund beat rivals Bayern Munich on penalties in the German Cup semi-final. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern before Dortmund later equalised in the 75th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And it was Dortmund who prevailed in the shootout as Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso both slipped when taking their penalties and Manuel Neuer hit the crossbar.

It was the game from hell! Dressing room beers for Dortmund as relieved boss Klopp looks forward to cup swansong

Jurgen Klopp overjoyed to beat Bayern Munich in 'game from hell' as Borussia Dortmund

Outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp described his last Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich as 'the game from hell' following his side's penalty shoot-out victory in the German Cup semi-final.

Robben return lasts just 16 minutes before Bayern winger limps off

Bayern's Arjen Robben holds his leg during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Arjen Robben's return from injury as a second-half substitute against Dortmund lasted 16 minutes before he went off with a calf problem in their German Cup semi-final.

REVEALED: Real have 48 hours to make decision on Hernandez before first option on on-loan striker expires

Real Madrid have 48 hours to make a decision on Javier Hernandez as the clock runs down on their first option to buy the Manchester United striker.

Guardiola: I'm proud of my Bayern players despite shoot-out defeat

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has refused to criticise his players after their dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat against Dortmund on Tuesday night.

Nasri a target for Roma as Manchester City look to summer rebuild 

Manchester City's Samir Nasri during a press conference in Manchester ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona.

Roma are undergoing an overhaul this summer on and off the pitch. And they have identified the French midfielder as one of the players they could bring in should he fit into their budget.

Chelsea interested in £43m Griezmann after buy-out clause in Atletico contract is revealed 

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Elche FC at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Chelsea are monitoring Antoine Griezmann's situation at Atletico Madrid because a buy-out clause of just £43m could leave the Spanish club helpless to stop him leaving.

Manchester United signed Di Maria due to FFP... if it wasn't for that he would be here, claims PSG owner

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Angel Di Maria would be plying his trade for PSG this season, if it wasn't for the restrictions of Financial Fair Play believes Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Messi, Suarez and Neymar reach century of strikes between them in SIX-goal thrashing of Getafe to stretch title lead over Real

Barcelona 6-0 Getafe: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez pass 100 goals for the season

BARCELONA 6-0 GETAFE - PETE JENSON: Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jnr and Luis Suarez passed 100 goals for the season as the Catalans remain on course to win the La Liga title after delivering a first-half masterclass against Getafe. Messi, a Suarez brace and strikes by Xavi and Neymar put the league leaders in complete control as the league leaders blitzed their opponents at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Barca's greatest forward line ever? Messi, Neymar and Suarez celebrate victory with dressing room snap after trio pass 100 goals landmark for season

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez celebrate victory with dressing room snap after trio

Neymar published a photograph of himself with his fellow Barcelona attackers on Tuesday night as supporters debated whether this was the greatest forward line in the club's history.

Carpi's 70,000 population would fit inside San Siro but minnows reach for Serie A for first time in their 116-year history after goalless draw with Bari

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Small-town club Carpi have been promoted to Serie A for the first time in their history. They have led the Serie B table for much of the current season and a draw confirmed their ascent to the top flight.

Bruce: Hull's survival mission is far from complete despite Liverpool win

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Hull boss Steve Bruce warned his side not to get carried away despite a 1-0 win over Liverpool which moved them to the brink of Premier League safety.

PSG 3-1 Metz: Pastore runs the show for French champions as they go three points clear at the top of Ligue 1

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 28:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts during the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at Parc des Princes on April 28, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain won their game in hand against relegation-threatened Metz on Tuesday to move three points clear of Lyon at the top of the French league with four games remaining.

Boring, boring, Chelsea? What a load of rubbish! Watch the moment Drogba, Terry and Co mock Arsenal jibe as they complete incredible six-man bin header challenge

Didier Drogba mocks 'boring Chelsea' tag as striker and his team-mates complete six-man

'Boring' has been the word on everyone's lips when talking about Chelsea this week, but Didier Drogba has shown he and his team-mates still have the skill to disprove that disparaging tag. The Blues are preparing for Wednesday night's trip to Leicester City at St George's Park, having drawn criticism for the way they ground out a decisive 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool fans take a stand as hundreds boycott Hull clash with more protesting outside Anfield over sky-high ticket prices

Liverpool fans take a stand and say enough is enough as hundreds boycott clash with Hull

CHRIS WHEELER: Enough is enough. It has become the slogan for Liverpool supporters protesting against the price of watching Premier League football, and on Tuesday night they made their presence - or lack of it - felt at the KC Stadium.

Over so soon? ECB head of selectors Whitaker facing exit door when new director of cricket is announced

England's cricketer Jonathan Trott (L) and England national selector James Whitaker walk off the ground before a training session at the Grenada National Stadium in Saint George's on April 20, 2015. England will play its second of a three-match Test series against England starting on April 21. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: James Whitaker's brief reign as the ECB's head of selectors looks set to end when the new director of cricket is announced.

Mourinho plans for life after legends, insisting he is Chelsea's only leader

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For years, the mental strength of Chelsea players has been admired as one of the forces behind their prolific success but Jose Mourinho insists there is only one leader at Stamford Bridge.

Smith says England will not 'come close' to Australia during the Ashes

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Australia batsman Steven Smith has started the war of words over this summer's Ashes, insisting England will not 'come close to us' if his side fulfil their potential.

Rotherham survive! Wigan and Millwall are RELEGATED after Millers' win over Reading secures their future in the Championship

Rotherham 2-1 Reading: Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington ensure Millwall and Wigan are

JOE BERNSTEIN: Former England Under 21 striker Matt Derbyshire led the way as Rotherham United guaranteed their Championship survival at the expense of Millwall and Wigan Athletic who are both now relegated following Tuesday night's result. Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington scored in six second-half minutes to spark raucous scenes of celebration that led to several fans requiring first aid following smoke-bombs being let off by supporters.

Why was 'one-club man' Southampton legend Le Tissier on the pitch in Bilbao?

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier honoured with 'one-man club' award by La Liga side

Former England and Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier was honoured with a new 'one-man club' award by La Liga's Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday. Le Tissier, who retired as a player in 2002 after 540 appearances for Southampton and eight matches for England, received the award on the pitch at halftime in the Basque derby between Bilbao and Real Sociedad at the San Mames.

Bournemouth won't expand 12,000 capacity stadium and will use ground as an advantage in Premier League

Bournemouth are set to hold off on expanding the capacity of their 12,000-seater Goldsands Stadium - as a tactic to help them next season.

Yaya Toure to miss next fortnight with hamstring injury in blow for Man City

Yaya Toure of Manchester City feels the pain from a knock

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is expected to be out of action with a hamstring injury for at least the next fortnight. He will miss Sunday's Premier League visit to Tottenham

Anya backs Watford boss Jokanovic to lead newly-promoted Hornets though next season's Premier League 

EXCLUSIVE: Slavisa Jokanovic's strong and fearless approach to management will stand Watford in good stead in the Premier League next season, according to Ikechi Anya.

Chelsea to face Barcelona, PSG and New York Red Bulls in US tour before hosting Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea will face Paris Saint-Germain, the French team who knocked Jose Mourinho's side out of the Champions League this season, in a pre-season friendly in July.

'Things were so bad I wanted to hang myself from cell door': Former Leeds chief Haigh has spent a year in Dubai jail and lost an astonishing seven stone...yet still no trial

David Haigh has been in a Dubai jail for over a year and there has still been no trial...

MATT LAWTON - SPECIAL REPORT: David Haigh has borrowed a device off a prison guard to make the call on Skype. He has no idea if he will get five minutes or 40 to tell his extraordinary story. But the former managing director of Leeds United starts from the beginning; from the day he was arrested and thrown inside a Dubai jail cell, to the darkest moments that have had him contemplating suicide.

Glasgow Cup joy for Young Bhoys as derby with Rangers is played behind closed doors at Hampden Park

Celtic U17 2-0 Rangers U17: Young Bhoys claim Glasgow Cup victory as derby clash is played

CELTIC U17 2-0 RANGERS U17 - ANDREW DICKSON AT HAMPDEN PARK: Two mistakes from Rangers keeper Robby McCrorie handed Celtic the Glasgow Cup as they clinched the trophy for the fourth time in eight seasons at Hampden. With Old Firm bosses Ronny Deila and Stuart McCall looking on, it was the former who left happiest after seeing Tommy McIntyre's side record a deserved victory.

AC Milan reveal further details of what they hope will become 'the most innovative stadium in the world'

Italian giants AC Milan have unveiled further details regarding their new stadium, which the club say would be one of the most innovative in the world.

Cambiasso can save Leicester from relegation, says Mourinho

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Mourinho believes his former treble-winner Cambiasso will keep Leicester City in the Premier League and commit to the club next season.

Everton, Newcastle and Stoke join race to sign Palace hotshot Bolasie

Everton, Newcastle and Stoke have made enquiries about highly-rated Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.

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One is next to a Chinese Baptist Church, the other above a laundrette... inside Mayweather and Pacquiao gyms

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Ahead of their MGM Grand showdown Sportsmail takes a

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Mayweather can cement himself as one of all-time greats, says Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard believes Floyd Mayweather is about to join Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and himself in the pantheon of greats.

Unknown Brit living the dream as a sparring partner for Mayweather ahead of his fight against Pacquiao 

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Amir Khan may not have followed in Ricky Hatton's footsteps and climbed into the ring with Floyd Mayweather, but another man from Lancashire has.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao attracts record $13m from sponsorship

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Floyd Mayweather's showdown with Manny Pacquiao will attract a record amount of revenue from sponsorship, which is expected to add another $13.2million (£8.72m) to the mega-fight.

Pacquiao could beat Mayweather with one arm behind his back! 

The bravest of all men in boxing today will be inside the ropes only for those taut 60-second intervals which separate the rounds during the richest fight of all time.

Who do you want to win Fight of the Century? And who do you think will?

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As big fights approach it is customary to conduct a poll into who the boxing fans think might win. The Fight of the Century is splitting the public over not one but two issues.

Mayweather can't resist fried hotdogs, chef reveals ahead of Pacquiao bout

Floyd Mayweather Jnr's personal chef, Quiana Jeffries has revealed the unbeaten boxer does have some weak spots when it comes to food, including fried hotdogs

McIlroy planning 1,140 mile round-trip from WGC-Cadillac Match Play to be ringside for Mayweather vs Pacquiao

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Rory McIlroy is going the extra mile to ensure he's at ringside for Saturday's mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

Diddy and Wahlberg strike $250,000 poolside wager on mega-fight

Diddy certainly isn't pulling any punches when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is ahead of the mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

12 things you didn't know about the rivals as they prepare to square up

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, APRIL 25-26 - FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. This is not Hagler-Hearns or Tyson vs. Anyone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn't shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The global obsession with the Fight of the Century has reached a point where every aspect of the lives of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are scrutinised.

Pogba burst on to the scene in United's Youth Cup triumph in 2011, but he remains one of the few to make it to the top... here's what's happened to every finalist since 2010

Paul Pogba starred in 2011 Youth Cup Finals for Manchester United but few have made it big

Work your way up through the ranks and one day you will be in the Barclays Premier League. That's what most youngsters believe as they compete with each other to impress the manager and coaches at their respective clubs in the hope that a first-team call-up may follow. Yet that is not always the case. Paul Pogba may have left Manchester United to become a sensation at Juventus, but he is one of just a few success stories to emerge.

Tearful Rotherham ball boy carried off on stretcher after being clattered by defender Lafferty

Rotherham ball boy carried off on stretcher after being clattered by Danny Lafferty

After Rotherham confirmed their Championship status on Tuesday night, most wearing the Millers' crest left the ground with a permanent smile etched across their face. This wasn't true for one Rotherham ball boy...

On-loan Arsenal striker Podolski inspires Mancini's Inter Milan to victory over 10-man Udinese

Udinese 1-2 Inter Milan: Forgotten man Lukas Podolski nets winner for Nerazzurri  

On-loan Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski scored the winner for Inter Milan as they triumphed 2-1 over 10-man Udinese at the Friuli Stadium. Maurizio Domizzi was sent off for the hosts in the first-half for two bookable offences.

Cellino can watch first Leeds game since ban but says he may not attend

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Massimo Cellino has been given permission to attend Leeds' final game of the season at Elland Road against Rotherham. Cellino's ban from having any executive influence does not expire until May 3

Benteke's agent reveals there has been 'no interest' in Villa striker

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Christian Benteke's agent says there has not been any interest in his client, despite his red-hot form under Tim Sherwood, and that the Belgium striker is only focused on his Aston Villa career.

Rapist Evans in fresh bid to overturn conviction with 'new evidence'

The disgraced striker, 26, served half of a five year jail sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman but maintains he is innocent because he believes the sex was consensual.

McLeish hopes for stable job in Europe or England after leaving Genk

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Alex McLeish's time spent in England was not without its difficulties. But what he encountered in the past would not stop him from once more braving the roller-coaster of English football.

Russia look to boost 2018 World Cup hopes by reducing foreign quota

The Russian government will bring in tough restrictions on the number of foreign players in the country's top league in order to develop home-grown players for the 2018 World Cup.

Moyes' 10-men make their point as Sociedad hold Atletic Bilbao in draw

Alberto de la Bella equalised for 10-man Real Sociedad to earn a draw in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night, moving David Moyes' side up to 12th in La Liga.

Newcastle refute claims Sports Direct is taking money out of club, insisting TV documentary allegations are false

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Newcastle have hit back at suggestions in a television documentary that owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct business is taking money out of the club.

Terry claims Gary Cahill is 'England's best centre back' as Chelsea captain heaps praise on his defensive partner 

Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Chelsea captain John Terry has hailed his defensive partner Gary Cahill as the best centre back in England following their side's 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Sunday. 

Celtic manager Deila's blueprint for success: Read the entire transcript of his management philosophy, here...

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila (right) gets his message across at training

As he stands on the threshold of a first title as Celtic boss, Sportsmail reproduces, in his own words, the gospel according to Ronny Deila.

Bournemouth's secrets: Headbutting goalposts, intimidating tunnel, table tennis rota, mysterious benefactor and more...

Bournemouth's promotion secrets revealed: Headbutting goalposts, an intimidating tunnel

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: These are the subtleties of psychology that have made the incredible happen. This is a club built on dozens of deliberate details. Everything has a purpose in a club ruled largely by calculated reason but in which three of the most important men have peculiar superstitions. Thoughts and tricks of the mind are paramount in this place.

Wonderkid Odegaard, 16, set for Real Madrid debut after being called up to face Almeria

Martin Odegaard set for Real Madrid debut after wonderkid is called up to face Almeria 

PETE JENSON: Real Madrid could hand Martin Odegaard his full Real Madrid debut on Wednesday against Almeria after Carlo Ancelotti named him in the full squad for the first time.

Stoke City defender Pieters escapes speeding rap with legal loophole   

Stoke City defender Erik Pieters escapes speeding charge through legal loophole   

Premier League footballer Erik Pieters has been let off for speeding in his luxury sports car - because of a legal loophole. The Stoke City defender was caught doing 61mph in a 50mph zone in his £50,000 Mercedes Benz M-Class in April last year.

Southampton scout Celtic's Van Dijk as Saints join Sunderland, Everton and Arsenal in pursuit of Dutch defender

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 19 : Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic celebrates scoring a goal with his team mates 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)

Southampton scouts have again checked on the progress of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch centre-back was the subject of offers from Sunderland and Everton in January.

Colchester live to fight for League One survival despite draw against Swindon

COLCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Jacob Murphy of Colchester United celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Colchester United and Swindon Town at Colchester Community Stadium on April 28, 2015 in Colchester, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Colchester need a result against promotion-chasers Preston on the final day of the season if they are to secure their status in League One after their 1-1 draw with Swindon.

Celtic target double raid on Dundee United for Souttar and striker Ciftci

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Celtic's Kris Commons battles with John Souttar (right) for possession.

Celtic are considering a second double raid on Dundee United for teenager John Souttar and striker Nadir Ciftci.

Simeone slams Atletico Madrid criticism and insists there are plenty of positives to take from this season 

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has defended his side's recent displays and said he is satisfied with their performance in La Liga this season.

Espanyol face hefty fine after fans hurl racist abuse at Barcelona players 

Spain's professional soccer league (LFP) has denounced Espanyol after their fans directed racist monkey chants at Barcelona players Neymar and Dani Alves.

Rangers' play-off bid to be broadcast live as BT Sport agree six-match deal

Rangers' bid to end their three-year exile from Scotland's top flight will be witnessed live on TV after the SPFL struck a six-match deal with BT Sport to screen this season's play-offs.

O'Sullivan escapes punishment AGAIN at World Championship after putting chalk on the table in last-eight clash with Bingham

Ronnie O'Sullivan escapes punishment AGAIN at World Championship after putting chalk on

Ronnie O'Sullivan escaped punishment for putting his chalk on the table as he trailed 5-3 to Stuart Bingham after the first session of their Betfred World Snooker Championship quarter-final at the Crucible on Tuesday. The five-time world champion, who had broken rules earlier in the tournament when playing some of a frame in his socks, opened with a century break and then hit 118 in the fourth frame.

Trump edges closer to World Snooker Championship semi-final spot as in-form world No 6 dominates Junhui

Judd Trump edges closer to World Snooker Championship semi-final spot as Ronnie O'Sullivan

Judd Trump took a step closer to the semi-finals as he opened up a commanding 12-4 lead over Ding Junhui. Trump was in fine form as he dominated his quarter-final match against third seed Ding. The 25-year-old world No 6 never looked back after storming into a 4-0 lead on Tuesday's early session, which he extended following a break of 108.

£29,000 to LOSE at Wimbledon: SW19 Prize money hits record levels and Murray will net £1.9m if he bags another men's singles title

Wimbledon 2015 prize money hits record levels as Andy Murray will net £1.9million if he

MIKE DICKSON: This summer's new five week run of grass court tennis tournaments will culminate in unprecedented financial rewards for the Wimbledon champions, although prize money has slightly levelled off from recent years. If Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova can repeat their triumphs of 2014 they will earn £1.88 million each, while first round singles losers will take home £29,000 each. However, a break has been applied to the spiralling pay rises for players seen at the All England Club in the past few seasons, with the overall purse going up only seven per cent this time, to an overall £26.75 million.

Lawrence becomes third youngest batsman to score County century as Essex take control at Surrey

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Daniel Lawrence of Essex celebrates reaching his maiden first class century during day three of the LV County Championship Division Two match between Surrey and Essex at The Kia Oval on April 28, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

LAWRENCE BOOTH: Dan Lawrence became the third-youngest centurion in County Championship history, scoring a superb 161 for Essex against Surrey at The Oval. 

Morgan's absence from England ODI squad leaves a sour taste, as captain puts IPL ahead of international duty

England captain Eoin Morgan looks dejected during a press conference after the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between England and Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval on March 9, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  

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England could hand debuts to as many as six of their next generation when they travel to Ireland next week, but they stopped short of launching a completely new era.

New captain Taylor insists future is bright for England's one-day team as he prepares to lead against Ireland

England batsman James Taylor plays a shot during the Pool A 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 14, 2015.    

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James Taylor wants to bring a 'fresh start' to England's one-day cricket after being named captain of an experimental side to take on Ireland.

Morgan targeting World Cup return following Gloucester No 8's season-ending leg injury in early January 

England international Ben Morgan has delivered an encouraging fitness bulletin as he continues to recover from a season-ending injury.

F1 is on verge of losing its soul and needs to be made more exciting, warns Silverstone chief 

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Silverstone chiefs are pleading with Bernie Ecclestone to improve the spectacle or risk losing its soul - despite the fact the circuit expects record figures.

England's cleverest cricketer? Ansari set to add brains as well as runs and wickets after call-up for Ireland ODI

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 21:  Surrey bowler Zafar Ansari in action during day three of the LV County Championships Division Two match between Glamorgan and Surrey at SWALEC Stadium on April 21, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

LAWRENCE BOOTH: England's dressing-room brains trust will take on an extra dimension if Zafar Ansari makes his international debut against Ireland in Malahide on May 8.

O'Connell could be a titan for Toulon, says star winger Mitchell 

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell would be 'an invaluable addition' to Toulon, according to Australia wing Drew Mitchell.

Jockey McGrath free to race after being cleared of 57 corruption charges

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Jockey Richard McGrath can look forward to a career in the sport after being cleared of 57 corruption charges. He was alleged to have passed on information for betting purposes.

Daley hopes new 'firework' dive lights up Rio next year to land him gold 

Tom Daley of England competes in the Men's 10m Platform Final at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day ten of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tom Daley admits his new 'firework' dive may not be perfected in time for this summer's World Championships but insists he will not mind as long as it lights up Rio and delivers Olympic gold.

The 190 since 1990... here's the staggering list of signings that Liverpool have made costing £800m since they last won the title

Liverpool have made 190 signings and spent almost £800m during 25-year wait for a 19th

It's 25 years to the day since Liverpool claimed the last of their 18 titles and Liverpool legend John Aldridge insists that the club's transfer market failings are the main reason for the barren spell. 

WORLD OF GOLF: 19-year-old Hull has same 'wow factor' as McIlroy... she's destined for the top 

Charley Hull has the same 'wow factor' as Rory McIlroy... she's destined for the top 

DEREK LAWRENSON: Over the years I've been lucky enough to play with a lot of accomplished women golfers, including two former world No 1's in Lorena Ochoa and Laura Davies. But none of these encounters prepared me for playing 18 holes with Charley Hull, the best teenage golfer in Britain.

GARETH SOUTHGATE: Our England kids are as good as any in Europe and anything but victory at U21 Euros will be a failure

GARETH SOUTHGATE EXCLUSIVE: This summer we can prove that our kids are as good as anywhere

EXCLUSIVE GARETH SOUTHGATE INTERVIEW: Gareth Southgate views this summer's finals as significant on a number of levels. If the likes of Harry Kane, John Stones, Danny Ings and Jack Butland come home with a trophy, he believes it will help convince more Premier League clubs that English players are good enough for them.

ADRIAN DURHAM: United must raid Dortmund for Gundogan, Bender and Mkhitaryan to launch title bid

Recently I wrote about what United need to take them back to a challenge for glory. Now it's time to name names: Mkhitarayan, Gundogan and Bender.

Mourinho in three words: Keown, Redknapp and Carragher sum up the Chelsea boss as title triumph looms

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaks to his player Eden Hazard during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

We asked our three wise men Jamie Redknapp, Martin Keown and Jamie Carragher, to pick the three words which best sum up Jose Mourinho.

MARTIN SAMUEL: West Ham should be applauded for giving a little back to fans... not castigated

West Ham football club owners David Gold (left) and David Sullivan (right) with vice-chairman Karren Brady pose in front of the Olympic Stadium in London after the Hammers were officially named as the preferred bidder to take over the showpiece 537 million venue ahead of London Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Ever wondered how German football clubs afford cheap tickets? Easy. They do it the West Ham way. This, in part, is why Bundesliga tickets are affordable.

GEORGE GRAHAM: Boring, boring Chelsea? No, I love how they play... Jose Mourinho has got it spot on

Chelsea's captain John Terry, center, celebrates after the final whistle after the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

EXCLUSIVE: I was at the Emirates on Sunday and I must say I was a bit surprised by the criticism of Chelsea because they are far from boring to watch

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Hazard and Kane scooped the awards, Terry would clean up if there was a defender prize

The end-of-season awards will go to the best attacker but if there was a Defender of the Year, John Terry would clean up. Nobody else would get close.

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

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 by your Arsenal side next year.