Arsenal freeze again in title race as they throw away lead at home to lose to Swansea.... and it gets worse as Cech is ruled out of the derby at Spurs after being rushed up front for injury-time corner

Arsenal 1-2 Swansea: Petr Cech suffers calf injury as Gunners fail to close the gap on

ARSENAL 1-2 SWANSEA - MATT BARLOW AT THE EMIRATES: Arsenal's contribution to the title race no-one wants to win was this rather sorry home defeat against a Swansea team without their manager and with six players rested. It was not the reaction Arsene Wenger had expected after the defeat at Manchester United on Sunday. Joel Campbell's opener should have eased any anxieties but the problems seem to be a more deeply rooted in the Arsenal dressing room.

Sloppy Spurs fall short of the summit as Antonio's header lifts vibrant West Ham to within point of Champions League places

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Michail Antonio ignites Champions League charge to deny Mauricio

WEST HAM 1-0 TOTTENHAM - MARTIN SAMUEL AT UPTON PARK: All they had to do was win. Sounds easy, doesn't it? After all, Tottenham put four past West Ham the last time they played. It's different now, though. This was a win to go top of the league, by the team increasingly acclaimed as the title favourites. So it wasn't like any win Tottenham have searched for all season.

Liverpool derail Manchester City's title hopes with Anfield hammering

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City: Reds exact revenge on Capital One Cup winners to derail

LIVERPOOL 3-0 MANCHESTER CITY - IAN LADYMAN AT ANFIELD: You would always rather have the cup than the revenge but as a response to disappointment, this was still spectacular from Liverpool. After Sunday's shoot-out defeat in the Capital One Cup final, Liverpool would not have relished seeing Manchester City again.

Mata free-kick stuns battling Watford as United move level on points with rivals City in race for Champions League

Manchester United 1-0 Watford: Juan Mata comes to youngsters' rescue in boost to Louis van

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 WATFORD BY CHRIS WHEELER AT OLD TRAFFORD: So much has been made of the spirit of youth at Manchester United in recent days. The startling emergence of Marcus Rashford and all those young debutants blooded by Louis van Gaal. But when it really mattered it was the oldest player in the side, Juan Mata, who stepped up to make the difference.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Khazri and his failed rabona are just passing through, most failing teams have players who are here today, gone tomorrow

THE DEBATE: There is a time to board the showboat and it isn't in the dying minutes 1-0 down to West Ham. My subject wasn't technical errors, but attitude - Khazri's rabona typified the problem.

Cech to miss north London derby against Spurs after injuring calf in Arsenal's defeat by Swansea

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Arsenal suffered a further blow in their Premier League title ambitions as goalkeeper Petr Cech sustained a groin injury that will keep him out of Saturday's north London derby.

Former New Zealand captain Crowe dies aged 53 after battle with cancer

New Zealand's greatest test batsman Martin Crowe (pictured) has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Crowe announced in 2012 he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

Sunderland made 'catastrophic error' not to sack sex predator Johnson earlier, says women's charity

CRAIG HOPE: Sunderland have accused Johnson and his legal team of lying after claims they continued to play their £10million winger despite knowing all along that he was guilty of child-sex offences.

Former T4 presenter Jones to host Channel Four's new F1 coverage

Steve Jones

Steve Jones - television broadcaster, actor and model best known as first season host of America's The X Factor - is to be the new presenter of Channel Four's Formula One coverage which starts this month.

Johnson told to 'say goodbye to your daughter' as judge says prison time is 'almost inevitable' after being found guilty on one count of sexual activity with girl, 15

Adam Johnson found GUILTY of sexual touching a 15-year-old girl

The former Sunderland player had already admitted grooming and kissing the schoolgirl. A jury has today found him guilty of putting his hand down her trousers when she met him in his car. The 28-year-old was accompanied by his girlfriend, Stacey Flounders (left) into court this morning. The player, who was sacked by his club after his initial guilty pleas, now faces a potential jail term and is unlikely ever to play football again. The case also raises questions for Sunderland, who allowed Johnson to continue playing for them even after he told them he had groomed the girl.

'I hope this is finished by Friday. It's a bit boring now': How Johnson joked and was told off by judge during trial

'I hope this is finished by Friday. It's a bit boring now': How arrogant Adam Johnson

During a break in proceedings in the early part of his three-week trial - which concluded today with a jury finding him guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl - the former England international was scolded by the judge for his 'discourteous behaviour', something journalists were unable to report at the time.

End of the road for England star? Adam Johnson's Premier League career is over, says expert

The details of the trial - and Johnson's signing of the sex offenders' register - threaten to destroy his once-promising football career.

Sunderland accuse Johnson of lying after he claimed he told them of child grooming claims in May 2015

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Sunderland have accused Adam Johnson of lying after he told the court in his child-sex trial that the club knew from the start he had groomed and kissed a 15-year-old.

Johnson was chasing England recall on his £60,000-a-week deal... but now he's thrown it all away

The Adam Johnson verdict completes a dramatic fall from grace for the 28-year-old one-time England international who commanded a transfer fee of £10million at his peak.

Shaqiri wonder strike boosts Stoke's Europa League hopes and piles more misery on Newcastle boss McClaren

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Xherdan Shaqiri wonder strike boosts hosts Europa League chances and

LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE BRITANNIA: Steve McClaren failed to offer a wholly convincing response when asked after this latest defeat whether he would remain in charge at Newcastle United until the end of the season. 'I don't see any reason why not,' he said. It rather summed up his side, who are consistently unable to pinpoint the deficiencies that are beginning to cut them adrift from the rest of the Premier League. Newcastle spent the most money on transfers in Europe during January, but have little to show by way of results and at Stoke succumbed to their seventh successive away defeat in all competitions.

Neville has last laugh on expats as Valencia come from behind to register precious win

Malaga 1-2 Valencia: Gary Neville has last laugh on expats with precious victory

MALAGA 1-2 VALENCIA BY PETE JENSON: Denis Cheryshev claimed three precious points for Gary Neville's side after Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni had punched the ball into the back of his own net to gift his side an equaliser

Spurs boss Pochettino fears burnout after Hammers blow but orders team to respond in north London derby

Having missed out on the chance to go top of the Premier League after losing to West Ham in their third game in seven days, the Tottenham manager is concerned his squad are currently leg-weary.

Wenger admits recent rut forces them to be more 'realistic' about Premier League title chances 

Arsene Wenger admitted concerns for Arsenal's form after Swansea condemned them to a third defeat in succession and dented their Premier League title ambitions.

Guidolin misses Swansea win over Arsenal after being admitted to hospital with chest infection

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Francesco Guidolin was absent from the Swansea City dug-out at Arsenal on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection. He was referred to a respiratory specialist in London.

Raikkonen tests new 'halo' design on Ferrari in Barcelona as FIA look to roll out closed cockpit protection for 2017 season

Kimi Raikkonen tests new 'Halo' system on Ferrari in Barcelona as FIA look to roll out

Kimi Raikkonen became the first Formula One driver to run with the Halo closed cockpit system on Thursday as Ferrari fitted the frame to their car at pre-season testing in Barcelona. The device is the FIA's preferred solution to concerns over cockpit protection and they hope to introduce the design in 2017.

Juventus edge into Coppa Italia final after shootout triumph despite Inter clawing back first-leg deficit 

Juventus edge into Coppa Italia final after shootout triumph despite Inter Milan clawing

Holders Juventus survived a thrilling comeback by Inter Milan to win 5-3 on penalties and book their place in the Italian Cup final against AC Milan. Inter led 3-0 after 90 minutes to draw the clubs level 3-3 on aggregate after Juventus won the opening leg 3-0 with two goals from Alvaro Morata plus one from Paulo Dybala.

Celtic held to goalless draw with Dundee as pressure hots up on Deila

After last Friday's draw with Hamilton comes this lacklustre, dismal effort against Dundee. Celtic are playing like a team with no desire to win the league.

Resolute Aberdeen hold their nerve to seal vital win over Dundee United

Aberdeen's Simon Church celebrates his goal

DUNDEE UNITED 0-1 ABERDEEN: Those who believe that Aberdeen lack the bottle and the belief to usurp Celtic as Premiership champions this season would be well advised to keep their own counsel for a while yet.

PSG keep treble hopes alive after beating Saint-Etienne in French Cup

Paris Saint-Germain won 3-1 at Saint-Etienne in the French Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday to remain on course to defend their domestic treble. The French champions lost 2-1 to Lyon on Sunday

McGregor targets welterweight title after facing Diaz at UFC 196... as Dubliner puts on open training session for fans in Vegas

Conor McGregor targeting UFC welterweight title after facing Nate Diaz as Dubliner puts

Conor McGregor has admitted a shot at the welterweight title has jumped to the top of his wish list. The Irishman, who holds the featherweight belt, was due to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 this weekend before the Brazilian pulled out with a broken foot. Instead he will take on Nate Diaz in a hastily-arranged fight at 170lb and should he win, McGregor could then target champion Robbie Lawler.

Tate claims 'a good right hand could put Holm down' as duo prepare for UFC 196

Miesha Tate believes that 'a good right hand could put Holly Holm down' as the pair

Miesha Tate is confident she can give Holly Holm a taste of her own medicine by knocking out the UFC champion. Holm won the bantamweight title last November when she stopped Ronda Rousey with a vicious kick to the head. But Tate believes she can produce a similar result when she challenges for the belt at UFC 196.

PLAYER RATINGS: Cech poor for Arsenal but Campbell impressed

ADAM SHERGOLD: Arsenal's dismal 2-1 defeat by Swansea City at the Emirates on Wednesday night meant that they are six points off Premier League leaders Leicester City.

PLAYER RATINGS: De Gea shows safe hands to keep out misfiring Ighalo

JACK GAUGHAN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Despite fielding their fourth youngest starting XI in Premier League season, it was the eldest member of the team Juan Mata who netted a late winne

PLAYER RATINGS: Kouyate stars but how can Hodgson ignore Noble?

A bullet header from Michail Antonio was enough as West Ham surged into Champions League qualification contention. Sportsmail's Sami Mokbel rated the players' performances.

Pellegrini urges his Man City players to end the poor form that could cost them the Premier League title

Manuel Pellegrini has demanded an immediate end to the slump that is threatening to destroy Manchester City's hopes of becoming champions once again.

Van Gaal not getting carried away as Manchester United close on top four 

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Manchester United's top-four push is building momentum, but Louis van Gaal wants his side to stay calm and take it 'step by step'. The Red Devils are level on points with fourth-placed Man City.

Ronaldo lifts the pressure off Zidane as Real cruise to victory at Levante and keep heat on title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid

Levante 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the pressure on Zinedine Zidane

LEVANTE 1-3 REAL MADRID BY RIK SHARMA: After stepping out and boldly declaring 'If the rest of my team-mates were at my level, we'd be first,' Cristiano Ronaldo needed to back his words up with actions against Levante, to speak on the pitch, not just the mixed zone. He duly did, scoring Madrid's first and creating the third for Isco, but this was not a convincing team performance at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium from Zinedine Zidane's men.

Blazing row sparked after Britain women's sprint pair Varnish and Marchant fail to qualify for Rio games

Great Britain women's team sprinters Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant fail to qualify for

A blazing row between British riders and their coaches erupted during the opening session of the Track Cycling World Championships after the women's team sprint pair failed to qualify for this summer's Olympics. Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant will not be participating in the event in Rio after finishing fifth in London in 32.903sec - they needed to finish three places ahead of the seventh-placed French in the two-woman, two-lap race - and the pair responded by blaming their superiors for tinkering too much with selection in training and in previous qualification events. China were quickest, with Russia second. They will duel for gold Thursday, with Germany and Australia riding for bronze.

United, Chelsea, Arsenal, City and Liverpool chiefs hold talks over changes to European football after meeting with USA cup team

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England's big five clubs held a secret meeting in London. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool met American billionaire Stephen Ross at the Dorchester Hotel.

Bigwigs have been dreaming up a Euro Super League for years but here's why it WON'T happen 

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NICK HARRIS provides five reasons why the proposed Euro League will not come to fruition despite the recent meeting at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Villa senior staff to pay price for club's disastrous Premier League season 

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Aston Villa are ready to axe senior personnel responsible for the club's disastrous season with chief executive Tom Fox in the firing line as well as two senior staff in charge of recruitment.

Liverpool had potential to flounder going up against City again so soon... but they played with vibrancy, aggression and ruthlessness

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Liverpool's James Milner scores the second goal.
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DOMINIC KING: They have had this experience before: May 2012, three days after losing the FA Cup final, Liverpool welcomed Chelsea to Anfield and won convincingly.

Champion rower Tait dies aged 33 after battle with cancer - just four years on from winning silver medal in London

Australian London Olympics silver-medallist rower Sarah Tait died on Thursday morning aged 33 after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March 2013.

Van Gaal is the best coach ever and Man United should stick with him, claims Reds hero Van der Sar

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 29:  Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United (R) speaks to Bayern Munich's coach Louis van Gaal ahead of the pre-season Audi Cup match between Manchester United and Boca Juniors at the Allianz Arena on July 29 2009 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Edwin van der Sar;Louis van Gaal

Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says Louis van Gaal is the best coach he ever worked with, and can turn the club's season around.

Put it back! United vs Liverpool clash in Europa League could be moved to 8.05pm amid appeal to UEFA

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UEFA is evaluating Trafford Council's request to move the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool back from its scheduled 6pm kick-off time.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: We can tackle AND stay safe... change rules to protect children but don't ban contact in rugby

We can tackle and stay safe... change rules to protect children but don't ban contact

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Rugby is a great game. For girls and boys, men and women, parents and spectators it is a sport which brings out the very best in us. The game is filled with fine values. There is fierce competition between teams but sportsmanship, courage, togetherness and character shine through in victory and defeat.

England foot-soldiers Robshaw and Haskell meet a centurion in Bath

England pair Chris Robshaw and James Haskell soak up the sights in Bath  

England duo Chris Robshaw and James Haskell took time out of the squad's training camp at the University of Bath this week to take in some of the city's tourist attractions.  Forwards Robshaw and Haskell visited the Roman Baths, a historic spa complex, for which the Somerset city is most famous.  Eddie Jones' men have been put through their paces at the university's Sports Training Village facility ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on March 12. 

Cole hits back at calls for tackling to be banned in schools, claiming early contact skills can help avoid injuries

The 28-year-old England prop was speaking in response to a group of 70 doctors and academics who wrote to Parliament calling for tackling to be banned from raugby in schools.

Murray doesn't expect fatherhood to curtail his schedule... as daughter prepares to make tour debut in Miami

The world No 2 resurfaced at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena ahead of Friday's first round starting against Japan, three months after the 2015 final was won against Belgium.

Konta holds nerve to beat Wickmayer and reach last eight in Mexico

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Johanna Konta is through to the quarter-finals of the Abierto Monterrey Afirme after a straight-sets victory over Yanina Wickmayer. The British No 1 prevailed in two tie-breaks to beat her Belgian opponent.

Woods 'getting stronger' ahead of comeback... but admits playing in pain early in career has taken toll

Tiger Woods has revealed being unable to play with his children left him at a low ebb a couple of months ago, but he is much more positive now about his recovery from back surgery.

Willett may not travel to Augusta for the Masters if his wife hasn't given birth to their first child before first round

EXCLUSIVE BY DEREK LAWRENSON: As one of the world's top golfers, it's not surprising Danny Willett has dreamed of a Sunday at the Masters. He just hopes the birth of his first child comes before it.

Asher-Smith on her rise to the top: 'I work hard balancing uni, training five times a week, going through so much pain...'

Dina Asher-Smith: 'I work hard balancing uni, training five times a week, going through so

How would you like a sprinting session with Dina Asher-Smith? Running with Britain's fastest woman was an opportunity Sportsmail deemed too good to miss, even when closely followed by the punchline that I would have to wear a blindfold throughout. Alongside Paralympic silver medallist Libby Clegg, Asher-Smith delivers a workshop to a group of primary school children, some with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Then it is time to don the bright green blindfold myself and London's Lee Valley Athletics centre is plunged into darkness. With Asher-Smith as my guide we are attached at the wrist by a blue cotton tether. The idea is to mimic the environment for a visually impaired sprinter as part of a campaign to make sport more accessible for disabled children.

Dos Anjos camp hits back at McGregor for mocking foot injury... 'When you have a bruise you don't have a cast on'

Rafael dos Anjos camp hits back at Conor McGregor for mocking foot injury... 'When you

Rafael dos Anjos' manager has hit out at Conor McGregor for claiming the lightweight champion had only bruised his foot. Dos Anjos was due to defend his title against McGregor, who holds the featherweight belt, this weekend. But he pulled out last week with a broken foot suffered in training and was replaced by Nate Diaz.

Galatasaray slapped with two-season ban from UEFA competitions after breaking Financial Fair Play rules

Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 match between SS Lazio and Galatasaray on February 25, 2016 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

In January, European football's governing body reported that Galatasaray had broken regulations on the level of financial losses allowed, paving the way for a potential ban.

Messi outlines desire to return to Argentina after Barcelona: 'It's something I would still like to do'


The five-time Ballon d'Or winner began his career with Argentinian outfit Newell's Old Boys before being snapped up by Barca's academy in 2001. The 28-year-old is in no rush to leave Spain.

West Ham star Payet insists Leicester new boy Kante is the signing of the season... not himself!

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is happy with his debut Premier League campaign but has brushed off claims he is the signing of the season. The 28-year-old has been a revelation.


Season at a glance

  • Premier League
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
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  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
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  • Bundesliga




Leaders Bayern Munich slump to defeat at home to Mainz as Cordoba nets late winner

Bayern Munich 1-2 Mainz: Bundesliga leaders suffer shock defeat as Jhon Cordoba nets late

BAYERN MUNICH 1-2 MAINZ: Bayern Munich slumped to their first defeat for three months when the Bundesliga leaders suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at home to Mainz on Wednesday. Jhon Cordoba snatched the winner for the visitors in the 86th minute. Borussia Dortmund closed the gap at the top to five points as they beat Darmstadt 2-0 ahead of the second-placed club's meeting with Bayern on Saturday.

Fellaini edging 'hairly' close to injury return for Manchester United as he enjoys stroll with his twin brother Mansour

Marouane Fellaini edging 'hairly' close to injury return for Manchester United as he

Fellaini has not featured for the Reds since their 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month and it was reported the Belgian international had succumbed to a hamstring injury. As he awaits his return to the first team set-up Fellaini decided he was in need of brotherly love and took an afternoon stroll with his twin.

Gerrard and Co humbled 4-0 in Mexico as they are KO'd in Champions League clash

Santos Laguna 4-0 LA Galaxy: Steven Gerrard and Co humbled in Mexico as Martin Bravo

Argentine striker Martin Bravo scored twice as Santos Laguna demolished LA Galaxy 4-0 on Wednesday morning to reach the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals. Bravo opened the scoring in the 18th minute and added a strike in the 61st for the Guerreros, who are trying to qualify for their first final since the 2012-2013 season. Ulises Davila, formerly of Chelsea, scored in the 23rd minute and Djaniny Tavares, from Cape Verde, in the 36th, also netted for Santos, who will face the winner of the quarter-final between Club America and Seattle Sounders.

Platini launches appeal against six-year ban by taking case to CAS  

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CAS announced on Wednesday morning that Michel Platini was challenging the suspension from football at a national and international level.

Former Chelsea star Schurrle insists Wolfsburg hat-trick answers his critics

The World Cup winner's form has been questioned since leaving Stamford Bridge to return to Germany in February 2015, although he was the standout performer in Wolfsburg's 4-0 victory.

Austin blow for Southampton as striker is ruled out for 'several weeks'

Southampton will be without Charlie Austin for several weeks after the striker picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at local rivals Bournemouth.

I'm really pleased for 'brilliant' Rashford, says Arsenal star Welbeck

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Danny Welbeck has heaped praise on fellow Fletcher Moss Rangers graduate Marcus Rashford following his recent goalscoring heroics for Manchester United's first team.

Manchester United full-back Varela close to earning Uruguay call-up  

Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela is being considered for an international call-up by Uruguay. The 22-year-old has been in good form for United

Holdsworth planning to name Brown as Bolton manager after takeover

Prospective new Bolton owner Dean Holdsworth has earmarked Phil Brown as the club's next manager should his takeover be completed - but not until the summer.

PAOK supporters storm the pitch to vent frustrations after being denied clear-cut penalty against Olympiacos in Greek Cup

PAOK supporters storm the pitch to vent frustrations after being denied clear-cut penalty

PAOK Salonika owner Ivan Savvidis withdrew his team from the Greek Cup and called for the resignation of Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) president Giorgos Girtzikis after the semi-final first leg against Olympiakos Piraeus was abandoned due to a pitch invasion on Wednesday. With Super League champions Olympiakos leading 2-1 in the 86th minute at a hostile Toumba stadium, PAOK were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Slovakia midfielder Robert Mak was felled by visiting keeper Stefano Kampino. PAOK's players and supporters were incensed at the decision, prompting large groups of fans to storm on to the pitch with riot police forced to intervene.

Silva donates his winner's medal to Man City kid Garcia after he missed out on one at Wembley

Man City ace David Silva donates his winner's medal to Manu Garcia

David Silva showed he's capable of providing a touch of class off the pitch as well as on it by handing his Capital One Cup winner's medal to Manu Garcia. The Manchester City playmaker, who was substituted in the 110th minute of his side's penalty shootout victory against Liverpool, made the kind gesture after Garcia missed out on a medal.

Chelsea boss Hiddink to be rewarded with Abramovich advisory role after getting champions into gear

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to be rewarded with advisory role

MATT BARLOW: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will certainly try to keep Guus Hiddink (picture today at a Yokohama Tyres launch) inside his inner-circle in an advisory role when he leaves at the end of the season. Hiddink is clearly a soothing presence, a master at cajoling and massaging egos.

Evans to have rape conviction appeal heard this month as former Sheffield United striker bids to clear his name

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Convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans seen at his home near Alderley Edge, Cheshire.-

Evans was jailed for five years in 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel. The former Sheffield United striker has always maintained innocence.

Leicester? I thought they were a rugby team before I signed, says Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez revealed the reservations he had before he sealed his move to Leicester City by admitting he didn't realise the football team existed.

Matic confident Chelsea can secure European spot: 'We're a big team, I think we can finish in top six'

Nemanja Matic wants Chelsea to finish the season with a flourish and a 13-game winning streak which could see them break into the Premier League's European places.

Long and Arter suffer injury scares as O'Neill gets ready to pick Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 warm-ups

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 Shane Long of Southampton lies injured on the floor whikst receiving treatment
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Martin O'Neill may have to fret on the fitness of Harry Arter and Shane Long before he names his Ireland squad next week for the friendlies with Switzerland and Slovakia. 

Terror threats could see Euro 2016 games played behind closed doors


Euro 2016 matches could be moved to different venues and played behind closed doors in the event of terror attacks or threats. Organisers however are confident that the tournament will run safely.

Sunderland hero Borini hopes point-saving strike against Palace will earn him leading role in relegation fight

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Fabio Borini has staked a claim for a leading role in Sunderland's latest survival mission after dragging them back from the brink of another defeat.

Queen Vic rules! Former cyclist Pendleton wins her first race as jockey at Wincanton

Victoria Pendleton wins her first race as a jockey on Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton

Victoria Pendleton made every yard of the running to notch her first win as a jockey aboard Pacha Du Polder in the Betfair Switching Saddles Hunters' Chase at Wincanton. The dual Olympic cycling champion was unshipped from Paul Nicholls' charge on her first start under National Hunt Rules at Fakenham just under two weeks ago, but the duo made no mistake this time. Sharply away, Pendleton survived a couple of sticky leaps to triumph aboard the 5-4 favourite, running out a 29-length victor. 

'I want to beat him fair and square': Khan rejects rehydration clause ahead of Alvarez fight

Amir Khan rejects rehydration clause for Canelo Alvarez

Amir Khan got yet another opportunity to size-up Canelo Alvarez when the pair squared off at the Hard Rock cafe on Tuesday. It was the latest stop on a media tour which took the 29-year-old Bolton boxer and the Mexican idol to London at the weekend ahead of their superfight which takes place on May 7. And Khan again looked comfortable alongside the middleweight champion despite the fact that he is moving up two weight classes to meet the dangerous 25-year-old who has only lost once in his professional career.

Feeling razor sharp? McGregor readies himself for UFC 196 with fresh trim as Diaz admits he could get 'murked'

Conor McGregor readies himself for UFC 196 with fresh trim

Conor McGregor is putting his final preparations together for UFC 196 by cutting a fresh cut before going toe-to-toe with Nate Diaz. The Irishman, who was meant to fight Rafael dos Anjos before he withdrew with a broken foot, has gone up 25lbs from featherweight to welterweight as he continues his quest to dominate UFC. And with the fight just days away McGregor and his movement coach Ido Portal, who posted the snap on Instagram, are making sure they look the part.

Wiggins wants to bow out at the top: 'When you're racing the sons of people you once rode against, you know you are getting old!'

MATT LAWTON: Sir Bradley Wiggins is hoping for a glorious climax to possibly the finest career in British sporting history as the 35-year-old warms up for Rio at the World Championships.

Bottas sets pace on day two of final F1 pre-season test but Hamilton leads strong Mercedes showing

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Valtteri Bottas completed day two of the final Barcelona test fastest for Williams, but it was Mercedes who continued to show their overall strength during pre-season.

Panesar back in the nets as he eyes England return ahead of winter tours

Monty Panesar will take what could be the first step of the rest of his career when he bowls in the nets at Northamptonshire on Thursday - as he aims to get himself in the fold for England's winter tours.

Djokovic hopeful of being fit for Serbia's Davis Cup clash with Kazakhstan after being struck down with eye infection

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Novak Djokovic was upbeat about his prospects of leading Serbia against Kazakhstan in this weekend's Davis Cup tie, after pulling out of a tournament last week with an eye infection.

Hamilton and Ennis-Hill among contenders for Laureus Awards as British sport receives six nominations

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Lewis Hamilton and Jessica Ennis-Hill's stellar sporting 2015 seasons have been recognised with nominations for the prestigious Laureus Awards.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan to set up Asia Cup final against India

Bangladeshís Mahmudullah, on ground, and teammates celebrate after winning the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket match against Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Bangladesh qualified for the final after beating Pakistan by five wickets. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Bangladesh booked their place in the Asia Cup final with a five-wicket win over Pakistan in Dhaka. The hosts will face India at the same venue in Sunday's final.

Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: All the best bets for Thursday, March 3

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Sportsmail racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Thursday's racing at Southwell, Ludlow. Taunton and Chelmsford City.

Godolphin trainer Appleby delivers positive news on Emotionless

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has issued a positive bulletin on Qipco 2,000 Guineas hope Emotionless and suggested the colt could be ready to take in a Trial before the Classic.

United hero Rashford is just the latest talent to emerge from Fletcher Moss Rangers... but the youth club is struggling to stay alive

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford: The new Fletcher Moss old boy

JACK GAUGHAN: Fletcher Moss Rangers, the youth football club on the banks of the Mersey in Manchester, have an astounding record of producing Premier League stars. Manchester United's most recent hero, Marcus Rashford, is one of an eye-catching list that includes Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Ravel Morrison, Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. But, as their academy development officer Dave Horrocks explains, they are struggling to make ends meet

MARTIN SAMUEL: Rashford must not be first £2m six-year-old... United made him a star, not his junior club

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 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford applauds their fans after the match
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If Manchester United start handing out £2m for six-year-olds, where does that end? The queue of local clubs demanding a seven-figure cheque will stretch from the Old Trafford car park to the centre of town.

Arsenal target Aubameyang, Ighalo, Kante and more in £70m spree... but who do they stand chance of signing?

Arsenal have drawn up a list of targets for the summer. Arsenal have £135m in the bank but Arsene Wenger is expected to get around £70m to spend.

Barcelona don't fear Premier League clubs but regard their collective financial might as their main rival

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ROB DRAPER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE COLUMN: The Premier League has been coming up short when clubs have been paired with Barcelona in recent seasons.