The punch that rocked the world: Magnificent McGregor needs just 13 SECONDS to beat Aldo and claim featherweight title at UFC 194

Conor McGregor beats Jose Aldo in 13 SECONDS at UFC 194 to claim featherweight title 

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: Conor McGregor had waited 12 years for his chance to challenge for a UFC title. He needed just 13 seconds to win it. The Irishman landed his left hand - the shot he calls the most feared in combat sports - to leave long-reigning champion Jose Aldo out cold. He pounced to finish the job but referee John McCarthy got there first and dived in to spare Aldo from further punishment.

I can be bigger than Mayweather! McGregor aims to eclipse superstar

Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

No sooner had Conor McGregor broken one record than he had laid out his plans to eclipse those belonging to Floyd Mayweather. McGregor won the UFC's featherweight title.

Irishman sets sights on lightweight title next, but Aldo wants rematch

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: Conor McGregor is planning an assault on the UFC lightweight division after his stunning 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo - but won't give up his new belt.

'Never seen anything like that!' Barton, Sturridge and stars of sport hail champ

Conor McGregor hugs his mother as his family and friends surround him following his UFC 194 victory

Conor McGregor's 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194 sent the sporting world into shock as social media went crazy for the Irish superstar. Daniel Sturridge and Joey Barton watched the fight.

Van Gaal sinks to new low: United beaten by minnows Bournemouth as Old Trafford reject King haunts former club

Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United: Josh King nets second-half winner against former team

BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE VITALITY STADIUM: For so long there was a justification, an acceptance that while Manchester United are not a team for front-foot thrills these days, they do rather well at the back. Against a side of modest means, that blanket of comfort was ripped away on a cold night and torn into pieces. They had the excuse of a dreadful injury list, but what a startling sight to see a United goal protected by such a flimsy unit. Having collected nine clean sheets before journeying south, this assembly of spare parts returned home lucky not to have been beaten by four or five.

England vs Wales will light up Euro 2016 with Bale the danger man

ZENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - OCTOBER 10: Players of Wales national team (L-R) Aaron Ramsey, goalkeeper Wayne Hennesey, Gareth Bale and Joe Ledley celebrate the Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Wales at the Stadium Bilino Polje in Elbasan on October 10, 2015.  (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

ROB DRAPER: It is the delicious tie which so many have eagerly anticipated and almost willed into being, ever since it was clear that Wales would qualify for Euro 2016.

Joshua survives scare (and ring invasion after first round!) to continue unbeaten record with seventh-round KO of Whyte

Anthony Joshua knocks Dillian Whyte out in seventh round after tough test at O2 Arena 

JEFF POWELL AT THE O2 ARENA: Anthony Joshua bombed his way to brutal vengeance over his London arch-rival in a fight which could, perhaps should, have been abandoned almost before it got started. Britain's next great heavyweight hope, in the frothing wake of Tyson Fury , demolished the concrete building called Dilllian Whyte six rounds after he had ignited a riot by battering away at his opponent after the bell sounded for the end of the first. Disgrace for boxing, which will have to be censured by the British Boxing Board of Control, grew into a brutal if legal brawl and ended in the most exploisive victory of even Joshua's accelerating career.

Joshua: I wouldn't have stopped punching had the ref not intervened

Anthony Joshua admits he wouldn't have stopped punching Dillian Whyte had the referee not

Anthony Joshua  admitted he wouldn't have stopped swapping punches with Dillian Whyte had there not been a referee in the ring. Joshua walked away with the two British heavyweight title belts and extended his undefeated record to 15 bouts after flooring Whyte in the seventh round of what was an ill-tempered but captivating bout.

World Cup hero Banks reveals he is suffering from kidney cancer

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Former Stoke City goal keeper Gordon Banks greets the fans prior to kickoff during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The 77-year-old has been warned by doctors that the remains of his kidney will have to be removed if his cancer grows and hie is taking chemotherapy tablets to try and avoid a transplant.

Rockhold beats Weidman at UFC 194 after brutal, bloody fight to claim title

The damage inflicted to Weidman's face was evident to all as Rockhold dished out a beating and the first defeat of his career

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: Luke Rockhold left Chris Weidman bloodied and bruised as he won the UFC middleweight title in dramatic fashion.

Re-live how McGregor beat Aldo in sensational style to win world title


Conor McGregor needed just 13 seconds to dispatch fearsome champion Jose Aldo and claim the UFC featherweight title. Here's how he did it.

'He's due that one!' Terry on De Gea blunder after stepping in as Sky Sports pundit

David de Gea will be 'disappointed' with early error during Manchester United's defeat by

Chelsea captain John Terry empathised with David de Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper's early blunder handed Bournemouth an early lead. De Gea was caught out by Junior Stanislas' swirling delivery from a corner as the Cherries raced into an early 1-0 lead at Dean Court. 'It's disappointing from the goalkeepers point of view. For me, it's in the six yard box, it's the keeper's ball. he'll be disappointed with that,' Terry told Sky Sports.

Van Gaal reject Hernandez scores hat-trick to continue his hot streak for Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Borussia Monchengladbach: Ex-Manchester United striker Javier

Javier Hernandez reminded Manchester United fans of what they are missing as he stole the plaudits during Bayer Leverkusen's victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. Hernandez, who left United for Leverkusen in a £7million deal on August 31, scored a hat-trick as his new side plundered in five goals without reply against their Bundesliga rivals.

OLIVER HOLT: Clueless suits at Manchester United choose cash over glory... what happened to trophies?

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United may be raking in money hand over fist, but sooner or later someone needs to tell the suits that it is not enough just to throw money at the situation.

Howe praises Arter after helping Bournemouth win just two days after death of newborn baby

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action with Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth during the Barclays Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Eddie Howe has paid a moving tribute to Harry Arter after the midfielder played a starring role in Bournemouth's shock win over Manchester United just two days on from the death of his child.

GLENN HODDLE: United are going nowhere fast, there are too many sideways passes and teams can defend easily against them

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action with Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Barclays Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

It's been almost a year and a half with Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager now so it's a reasonable time to assess what is going wrong.

United were shambles but Borthwick-Jackson can hold his head up high

OLIVER TODD: What a night to make your full debut, hey? Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was thrown into the mess that is Manchester United's defence but managed to retain his dignity.

PLAYER RATINGS: Verdict on United flops after they were shot down again

Bournemouthís Joshua King, centre, celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Saturday Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

A week after defeating Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Bournemouth achieved another memorable victory with a hard-fought win over Manchester United. 

ENGLAND v WALES! Mouthwatering Euro 2016 clash as Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are handed nightmare tasks

UEFA Euro 2016 draw: England to face Wales, Slovakia and Russia in Group stage

England will face Wales in Euro 2016 with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey taking on Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling in what will be regarded as a classic throwback to the home internationals in the most eye-catching game for British teams this summer. The clash on Thursday, June 16 is likely to see heavy security as it will take place in Lens in northern France which is easily accessible by Eurostar in less than two hours from London.

Bring on England: Wales duo Bale and Ramsey salivating at Lens match

Ahead of their Euro 2016 clash next summer, players and coaches from the England and Wales squads have taken to Twitter to voice their reactions to the Group B draw.

GLENN HODDLE: England should progress from group and Wales should also fancy their chances

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 Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the second goal for Wales

Wales won the game 3-0.

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I met the Wales manager, Chris Coleman, in a television studio on Thursday and told him I had a gut feeling they would be drawn in the same group as England at Euro 2016.

Republic boss O'Neill admits it'll be tough to qualify from Group of Death

In the space of 90 minutes Martin O'Neill's mood plunged from excitement to despair after the Republic of Ireland were thrown in as the outsiders in the Euro 2016 'Group of Death'.

VERDICT: Bale and Co will fancy their chances of surprising England

JACK GAUGHAN: The Euro 2016 excitement suddenly became real on Saturday night as the three home nations and the Republic of Ireland found out who they will be pitted against.

STADIUMS: Full lowdown on Stade de France and the rest

Euro 2016 is edging nearer and the excitement is building as Spain, Germany, Italy, England and Co prepare to descend on France for another summer of football.

Northern Ireland will relish being the underdogs, insists boss O'Neill

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 12:  Group C managers, Volodymyr Onyshchenko assistant coach of Ukraine, Adam Nawalka Manager of Poland, Michael O'Neill Manager of Northern Ireland and Joachim Low Manager of Germany pose for photographs during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final Draw Ceremony at Palais des Congres on December 12, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Michael O'Neill is banking on Northern Ireland's underdog mentality to see them through a group which includes world champions Germany.

FIXTUES: Where and when every match is next summer in France

England will face Russia in their Euro 2016 opener in Marseille before Roy Hodgson's side meet Wales in Lens.

FAN Q&A;: Everything you need to know about tickets, travel and more

So, the Euro 2016 draw is done and you can now work out what games you are going to watch in 2016's festival of football in France with England, Wales and Northern Ireland's fate decided.

The fall and fall of Roy Jones Jnr: Legend suffers KO against Maccarinelli in Moscow

Enzo Maccarinelli defeats Roy Jones Jnr with devastating fourth-round knockout 

Enzo Maccarinelli beat Roy Jones Jr with a devastating fourth-round knockout at the VTB Arena in Moscow. The 35-year-old got the better of the opening two rounds before the 46-year-old Jones Jr, now a Russian citizen, rallied to get back into the non-title cruiserweight contest in the third. But in the fourth, Maccarinelli dropped Jones Jr with a big uppercut, and although he beat the count to resume the fight, the Welshman pinned Jones Jr against the ropes and stunned him with another uppercut before a right hook sent him face first to the canvas and referee Ingo Barrabas waved off the fight.

Eubank Jnr beats O'Sullivan as Irish rival is forced to retire in round seven

Chris Eubank Jnr beats Spike O'Sullivan in dominant display as Irish boxer is forced to

Chris Eubank Jnr proved too good for his bitter rival Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan - who was forced to retire after an onslaught by the Brighton-based fighter.  Eubank Jnr showed a flurry of his skills with a series of ferocious upper cuts during the second round - a prevailing theme throughout the contest. And by the end of round seven, O'Sullivan's corner had seen enough - throwing in the towel on their Irish boxer.

Mitchell's night to forget: British warrior suffers with brutal KO

JEFF POWELL: Kevin Mitchell was battered into oblivion - let alone beyond hope of another world title challenge - by a venomous Venezuelan power puncher.

Campbell suffers shock first career loss after dominant display by Mendy

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Luke Campbell sits on the canvas after being put down by Yvan Mendy in the WBC International Lightweight Championship fight during the Matchroom Boxing promotion 'Bad Intentions' at The O2 Arena on December 12, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Luke Campbell, a gold medal hero for Britain at the London Olympics, was knocked down for the first time and comprehensively outboxed by the first quality opponent of his professional career.

Bellew claims European cruiserweight title after victory against Masternak

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Tony Bellew v Mateusz Masternak

Tony Bellew brawled his way to the vacant European cruiserweight title as he kept his hopes of a third world title bid alive after two unsuccessful challenges at light-heavyweight.

PATO INTERVIEW: Ordering Beckham around at 19, on the scrapheap at 23, now he is back in the goals... and the former AC Milan star wants to play in Premier League

ALEXANDRE PATO INTERVIEW: Ordering David Beckham around at 19, on the scrapheap at 23, now

INTERVIEW BY OLIVER HOLT: After three years of playing in Brazil and restoring his reputation as one of the best talents in football, the Champions League represents everything he yearns for.

'Why do people think it's OK to tell me that I'll never be as good as my dad?' asks Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel: 'Why do people think it's OK to tell me that I'll never be as good as

OLIVER HOLT - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The shadow of his father, Kasper Schmeichel says, is not fading away as he establishes himself as a star in his own right. It is getting longer.

Everton to resist offers for Stones amid interest from Europe's elite

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 Everton's John Stones looks dejected
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Everton aim to resist offers for John Stones in January. Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona are all interested in the 21-year-old and are willing to pay £45million.

Manchester United open talks over deal to sign Zurich teenager Burkhart

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United watches from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United are in talks over a deal for Zurich striker Nishan Burkhart. The youngster turns 16 in January and has been compared in style to Arsenal's wing wizard Theo Walcott.

Barcelona primed for Club World Cup test... this is a trophy they covet

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammate Lionel Messi, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/ Emilio Morenatti)

GRAHAM HUNTER - EUROVIEW: History shows the flight to and from Japan at Christmas to be a hindrance to performance the rest of the season but this is a trophy Luis Enrique covets. A great deal.

90 MINS: Swansea equalise to stun Man City 92 MINS: City score winner to stun Swansea

Manchester City 2-1 Swansea: Kelechi Iheanacho cancels out late Bafetimbi Gomis equaliser

JOE BERNSTEIN AT THE ETIHAD: Kelechi Iheanacho sent Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League with a fortuitous injury-time winner against managerless Swansea in a dramatic finish at The Etihad Stadium. After Wilfried Bony had given the home side a first-half lead against his former club, Swansea looked to have deservedly earned their caretaker boss Alan Curtis a point with a powerful finish after 90 minutes by Bafetimbi Gomis.

Stones avoids serious injury after falling awkwardly trying to avoid TV camera collision

Everton defender John Stones avoids serious injury after falling awkwardly trying to avoid

John Stones will be fit for Everton next weekend despite becoming the second player in a fortnight to fall foul of Norwich's tight perimeters. The central defender, who had twisted an ankle in the warm-up, landed awkwardly when trying to avoid the infamous Carrow Road television camera pit. Norwich installed extra padding around the pit after Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez tumbled into one last month.

Swansea showed determination and fight... but Monk was wrong, they are battling relegation

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHRIS WHEELER: When Garry Monk faced the media after defeat at Liverpool a fortnight ago, he was beaten but unbowed. 'This doesn't look like a team in trouble,' he insisted.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford: Ighalo's early strike secures victory for visitors as Flores' men move up to seventh

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Odion Ighalo of Watford celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Watford at the Stadium of Light on December 12, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

JOHN WARDLE AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT: Odion Ighalo scored his 26th goal of the calendar year to give Watford their first league victory against Sunderland since this century.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Cabaye nets winner for Pardew's men to overcome struggling Saints

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Yohan Cabaye (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

SAMI MOKBEL AT SELHURST PARK: Yohan Cabaye's first-half goal deservedly earned all three points for Crystal Palace against the totally off-colour Southampton.

Norwich 1-1 Everton: Lukaku scores in sixth consecutive league game

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JACK GAUGHAN AT CARROW ROAD: Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth Barclays Premier League game in a row on Saturday as Everton were forced to settle for a point against Norwich.

West Ham 0-0 Stoke: Injury-ravaged Hammers left frustrated

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SAM CUNNINGHAM AT UPTON PARK: West Ham were left to rue several missed chances as Slaven Bilic's side were held at home to Stoke on Saturday afternoon.

Klopp orders Liverpool players to get Anfield rocking: 'Maybe we can create best atmosphere in the last 10 years'

Jurgen Klopp orders Liverpool players to get Anfield rocking: 'Maybe we can create best

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told his players it is their responsibility to get the Anfield fans going against West Brom on Sunday. Klopp is going through his first minor blip at Liverpool with the team having failed to score in their last two matches and he doesn't want a repeat of the early walk-outs from the Kop that disappointed him during the loss against Crystal Palace. The German acknowledges Albion boss Tony Pulis will try to make things as dour as possible by playing for a draw so thinks it is up to his team to create some exciting early Christmas cheer.

Lewandowski and Lahm net for Bayern Munich as they beat Ingolstadt

Bayern Munich stars Robert Lewandowski and Philipp Lahm net against Ingolstadt while

Second-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Philipp Lahm lifted Bayern, who lost to Borussia Moenchengladbach last week, on to 43 points, eight ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who play Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, with one more clash left before the one-month break.

Lamela dreaming of Champions League football with Tottenham

Erik Lamela was supposed to be the new Gareth Bale, signed by Andre Villas-Boas on the back of an exciting 15-goal season in Serie A. An ominous task and one he has struggled to fulfil.

Newcastle eye £8m swoop for Andros Townsend as owner Mike Ashley starts to rethink club's transfer policy

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is preparing to break his policy on recruiting English players with an £8million bid for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend in the January transfer window.

Farah: Some people always will think I'm a drug cheat after Salazar saga 

Mo Farah believes some people will always consider him a drug cheat after the controversy earlier this year when his coach Alberto Salazar faced doping accusations.

Cool debutant Carter steers Racing to easy win over Northampton in Champions Cup

Racing 92 33-3 Northampton: Dan Carter steers sky blues to bonus point win over Saints in

Dan Carter's Racing 92 career got off to a perfect start as he orchestrated a 33-3 win over Northampton Saints with a man of the match performance. The World Cup winner and world player of the year kicked three conversions and produced a commanding display as the French side ran-in five tries to move top of pool three. Carter played 64 minutes on his debut before being substituted to a standing ovation at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir. 

Lancaster never gave me fair chance with England, says Ashton as he eyes fresh start with new coach Jones

Stuart Lancaster never gave me a fair chance with England, says Chris Ashton  

SAM PETERS: It is a loaded question, but Ashton has been around professional sport long enough to realise he has the chance to step back, duck and - in cricketing parlance - allow the delivery to pass harmlessly through to the wicketkeeper. Instead, he to chooses to engage.

Jones sweeps away Lancaster's trio as he launches England revamp 

Eddie Jones will look to secure the signatures of Bristol forwards coach Steve Borthwick and Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard in the next 48 hours after axing the current backroom team.

Exeter 31-14 Clermont: Chiefs stun French heavyweights at Sandy Park with stunning second-half display 

Exeter scored 21 unanswered second-half points to beat Clermont Auvergne 31-14 and join Ospreys at the top of European Champions Cup Pool Two.

STUART BROAD: In Steyn and De Villiers, South Africa have the world's best bowler and batsman but England are heading to Durban with a smile 

This is a huge tour for us on a number of different levels as we look to test ourselves against the No1 ranked Test team in the world.

Brighton's Goldson accuses Derby supporter of racial abuse

JACK GAUGHAN: Brighton's Connor Goldson has alleged he was racially abused by a Derby County supporter who labelled him a 'black b******' on Saturday.

Arsenal boss Wenger urged former player Garde to gamble on Aston Villa

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during a training session at London Colney on December 12, 2015 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told Remi Garde to gamble on taking the Aston Villa job as it was too good an opportunity to reject.

Manchester United WAGs hit the town after players decided to cancel Christmas night out following Champions League exit   

Manchester United WAGs hit the town after players decided to cancel Christmas night out

Manchester United's first-team stars may have cancelled their planned Christmas night out but it did not stop their partners from celebrating the start of the festive period on Friday.  The likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial were scheduled to hit the town on Sunday night but decided to cancel the event after United crashed out of the Champions League. United WAGs including the heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney and Samantha Martial instead decided to throw on their nicest frocks to meet up for a meal at Asian restaurant Tattu in Spinningfields. 


Season at a glance

  • Premier League
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga


Messi nets stunning free-kick but Barcelona blow two-goal lead late on at Nou Camp

Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo: Lionel Messi nets stunning first-half free kick but hosts blow a

BARCELONA 2-2 DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA - PETE JENSON: Barcelona fly to Japan on Sunday for the Fifa Club World Cup knowing that they probably will not be top of La Liga when they return after letting a two-goal lead slip against Deportivo. For the second time in a week they drew a game they seemed to be on course to win and they look in desperate need of reinforcements and a rest, not an energy sappying week-long trip to Japan. Leo Messi opened the scoring for them with a spectacular free-kick.

Real Madrid focused on La Liga challenge at Villarreal after disappointment of being kicked out of Copa del Rey

Real Madrid focused on tough La Liga challenge at Villarreal after disappointment of being

Real Madrid were upbeat in training on Saturday as they look to put the disappointment of their Copa del Rey expulsion behind them and build on their formidable form of recent weeks when they take on Villarreal on Sunday night. Rafa Benitez's men enjoyed a light run at Valdebebas on Saturday morning ahead of kick-off against the fifth-placed Castellon side as they bid to peg back leaders Barcelona.

Arsenal get back to business to gear up for Garde's reunion with Wenger

Arsenal get back to business to gear up for Remi Garde's Gunners reunion 

Arsenal appear in high spirits after securing their passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger's side trained after defeating Olympiacos 3-0 in Athens courtesy of an Olivier Giroud hat-trick, but now they must refocus on their Premier League title pursuit. The Gunners travel to bottom club Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, which will be former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde's reunion with the north London club.

Evans' versatility pleases West Brom boss Pulis ahead of Liverpool test 

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 Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with West Brom's Jonny Evans
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Jonny Evans has set an example for the rest of West Brom's team by casting aside ego to play in any position the side requires, according to Tony Pulis.

Vardy is a big-club player... he can be successful anywhere, says Mourinho

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 and beat Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on November 28th , 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho insists that record-breaker Jamie Vardy has shown enough class this season to suggest that he could thrive at one of the major Premier League clubs.

Ranieri will try to keep the tables turned on Chelsea boss Mourinho 

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Chelsea's Chris Jones, Jose Mourinho during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 11th December 2015 in Cobham, England.

When Leicester v Chelsea was scheduled, many expected that it would pit one manager battling for credibility in a fight to avoid relegation against another likely to be at the top of the table.

Klopp can create a Liverpool legacy, insists West Brom boss Pulis

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 09:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a press conference at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace on December 9, 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland.  (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Tony Pulis reckons Jurgen Klopp can create a Liverpool legacy. The Baggies to go Anfield aiming to inflict successive league defeats on the German's side.

McClaren insists Alli and Spurs prove we don't have to rely on foreign stars 

Steve McClaren admires the English core leading Tottenham on their title charge but he does not know if he will be able to make a similar impact at St James' Park.

England boss Hodgson 'is our man for 2018' World Cup, says FA chief 

Roy Hodgson's contract runs out at the end of the 2016 tournament but a decent run into the later stages should be enough to persuade the FA to keep him on for the Russia 2018 World Cup campaign.

Farewell to the goalscoring goalkeeper: Sao Paulo hero Ceni hangs up his gloves after astonishing 131 goals for Brazilian club

Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni hangs up his gloves as record-breaker after scoring

Sao Paulo record-breaking goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni has brought down the curtain on his career after scoring an incredible 131 goals for the club. The stopper, a set-piece specialist, was given a farewell friendly by the club on Friday - the 'Club World Cup football 1992-1993' took on the 'Club World Cup 2005' team - after missing the final six games of the season through injury. Calling time on his career at the age of 42, the former Brazil international admitted he thought the occasion would be more sombre and said: 'I thought it was going to be sadder, but I felt good. I feel very accomplished as an athlete. I look at my past and I'm happy with what I did and with the titles.

Fulham 2-2 Brentford: O'Connell rescues point for Bees in derby

Fulham 2-2 Brentford: Jack O'Connell rescues point for Bees at Craven Cottage

Fulham and Brentford shared the spoils in an entertaining West London derby with a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage. Unbeaten away from home in their last four games, Brentford faced a home side without a victory in their last five. Fulham were under the guidance of senior coach Stuart Gray for the first time since he was announced as interim first team manager this week.

Hasselbaink's first game in charge of QPR ends with a home stalemate against Burnley

QPR 0-0 Burnley: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's first game in charge ends with a stalemate at

QPR 0-0 BURNLEY - JAMES ANDREW AT LOFTUS ROAD: The air of optimism before kick-off was clear following the arrival of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as QPR manager - but the reality of the task that lies ahead for the Dutchman was apparent after being held.

Premier League clubs asked by the FA not to send England stars on tiring post-season tours ahead of Euro 2016 

England manager Roy Hodgson (L) and CEO of the English Football Association (FA) Martin Glenn (R) give a press conference at a hotel near Watford, north of London, on November 16, 2015, ahead of their international friendly football match against France at Wembley Stadium on November 17. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS\n\nNOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

England players will not be expected to travel on post-season trans-continental tours by their clubs this summer ahead of the Euro 2016 in France.

QPR boss Hasselbaink looks at positives after first game in charge ends in goalless draw with Burnley 

New QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised his team after the 0-0 draw at home to Burnley but admitted they 'suffered' during his first match in charge.

Rafael admits he didn't enjoy playing under United boss Van Gaal

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United arrives at Old Trafford ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on October 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

The Lyon defender was allowed to leave Old Trafford for £2.5million in August after failing to force his way into the Dutchman's plans, playing only 11 times for the club last season.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata came of age in Turkish test and vows to show his worth for the Bhoys

Dedryck Boyata readily admits that the Celtic support have not seen the best of him but the Belgian delivered arguably his best performance for the club against Fenerbahce.

Derby 2-2 Brighton: Wilson strikes early but Martin secures draw for Rams with late penalty 

Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton stretched their unbeaten league run to 20 matches but were denied victory by a late Chris Martin penalty that earned Derby a 2-2 draw at the iPro Stadium.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich: Pitman grabs only goal to seal victory

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Brett Pitman scored his sixth goal of the season and the only goal of the game as Ipswich beat struggling MK Dons. The victory send Ipswich up into sixth place in the Championship.

Edgar beats Mendes with stunning stoppage in first round to put himself back in the running for a title fight

Frankie Edgar beats Chad Mendes with stunning stoppage in first round to put himself back

Frankie Edgar put himself firmly in line for another shot at the UFC featherweight title with a stunning first-round stoppage of Chad Mendes. The pair met in Las Vegas on the eve of champion Jose Aldo's defence of his belt against Conor McGregor. And after an intriguing opening spell, it was Edgar who landed the decisive strikes midway through the session.

Northcutt beats Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 as hype surrounding 19-year-old prospect continues to grow

Sage Northcutt beats Cory Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas as hype surrounding

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: It will take more than Cory Pfister to wipe the grin from Sage Northcutt's face. The 19-year-old darling of the UFC ensured the hype surrounding him will continue to grow into the new year with his second victory for the promotion.

McGregor vs Aldo: All you need to know about showdown


Has there ever been more at stake in any mixed martial arts fight? Jose Aldo takes on Conor McGregor on Saturday night in the biggest fight in UFC featherweight history.

VanZant admits she was 'outclassed in every way' in first UFC defeat

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10:  (R) Rose Namajunas clinches with Paige VanZant in their women's strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: A tearful Paige VanZant admitted she had been outclassed by Rose Namajunas after she suffered her first defeat in the UFC.

Khan takes time out of his schedule to help flood-affected areas in Carlisle

Amir Khan takes time out of his schedule to help flood-affected areas in Carlisle

Boxing star Amir Khan put aside his gloves to lend a helping hand to the flood-affected community in Carlisle. Khan, 29, led volunteers from his foundation and the international humanitarian charity Penny Appeal to provide moral and practical support as he toured the Warwick Road area of the city which was badly hit by Storm Desmond last weekend.

McCoy has tried - and failed - to replace the thrill of racing: I feel fat now... maybe I did quit too early

AP McCoy has tried - and failed - to replace the thrill of racing: I feel fat now... maybe

SAM CUNNINGHAM: Over his 23 years as a jump jockey, AP McCoy survived 13 broken bones, 14 chipped teeth and multiple punctured lungs but just a few months after retiring he almost lost his life in a high-speed car crash. The 41-year-old wrote off his £60,000 Porsche Panamera, unable to avoid a van on the M4 and colliding with the central reservation, joined there by a Mercedes Jeep in a three-car melee. 'I nearly killed myself and a friend,' says McCoy. McCoy and his passenger walked away from the incident unscathed and he is remarkably blase about the near-death experience.

Calvisano 10-50 Harlequins: Wallace grabs brace in cruise to victory in Challenge Cup

Calvisano 10-50 Harlequins: Luke Wallace grabs brace as Quins cruise to victory

Harlequins ran in eight tries as they made it three wins from three with a comfortable 50-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 3 victory over Calvisano at the Centro Sportivo San Michele.

England staying in the same South Africa base as 2010 World Cup winners Spain - is it a positive omen?

England will hope the fact they are staying at the same Potchefstroom base as Spain's 2010 football World Cup winners is a good omen at the start of their tour of South Africa.

Federer reveals he will team up with Hingis in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Roger Federer says he'll be teaming up with Martina Hingis for Switzerland in mixed doubles at next year's Rio Olympics.

Munster 19-31 Leicester: Tigers storm Thomond Park to tighten grip on pool

Leicester underlined their credentials as European Champions Cup contenders this season with a clinical 31-19 dismissal of Munster at Thomond Park.

West Indies fined for slow over rate in Hobart Test with captain Holder facing ban if repeated 

The West Indies have been fined a percentage of their match fees for a slow over rate in their loss to Australia in the first Test.

IAAF announce conditions for Russian doping reforms as federation faces race to clean up act before Rio 2016

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The Russian athletics federation must cut ties with all past dopers, resolve outstanding disciplinary cases and investigate potential further cases before it can be reinstated.

Ospreys 19-16 Bordeaux: Biggar stars as Welsh side secure hard-fought win

Dan Biggar scored all 19 points to keep Ospreys joint top of Pool Two in the European Champions Cup, but it was an unconvincing performance from the hosts.

Old Guard puts down Champion Hurdle marker with victory over Sempre Medici at Cheltenham

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MARCUS TOWNEND AT CHELTENHAM: Old Guard stamped himself a worthy Champion Hurdle participant by winning the International Hurdle by a length Paul Nicholls.

Twiston-Davies praises Hatch after youngster rides Blaklion to victory

MARCUS TOWNEND: Nigel Twiston-Davies was singing the praises of Ryan Hatch as the young jockey helped kick-start the novice chase career of Blaklion at Cheltenham.

Euro 2016 wallchart: Download or print off you brilliant guide to the finals in France 

Euro 2016 wallchart: Download or print off you brilliant guide to the finals in France 

The countdown to Euro 2016 is on after the draw for the finals in France - and here is your brilliant Mail On Sunday wallchart to get yourself ready for the tournament.

A love letter to France '98: Memories of arguably the best tournament ever

CRAIG HOPE: France '98 was the last truly memorable major tournament, perhaps the greatest ever, certainly of this correspondent's lifetime.

JAMIE CARRAGHER: Tottenham look good, but they MUST win trophies

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They may have a platform to attack the top four and have moved smoothly in the Europa League's last 32, but there is always the doubt they will fall short and sell their best player.

How Leicester toughened up Mahrez: He's gone from slightly-built schemer to one of Europe's most ruthless

LAURIE WHITWELL: When Riyad Mahrez first appeared in Leicester training sessions displaying that technique with which we are all now familiar, Nigel Pearson would decline to award him fouls.