CHRIS WHEELER: Anthony Martial came off the bench to break the deadlock against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Sunday, scoring with a wonderful curling effort in a game United eventually drew 1-1. But it was the Frenchman’s first goal in nine games as he struggles to rediscover the scintillating form he showed after joining United in a £58million deal from Monaco last year. Martial split from Samantha Jacquelinet (far left and far right), his partner of three years and mother of their baby daughter Peyton, earlier this year following allegations he had been unfaithful. They have since moved home to Paris, leaving Martial in Manchester.
'I've done lots of cocaine... but it's a minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore': Fresh fears for Fury as he reveals he hasn't trained for months after being 'forced to the breaking edge'
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Tyson Fury has admitted taking ‘lots of cocaine’ in a lengthy interview that has painted a desperately bleak picture of his current state of mind, with the heavyweight world champion claiming he ‘hopes to die every day’.
'If I'd gone to a big English club they'd just stick me out on loan': Burke is the £13m Scottish teen taking Germany by storm
INTERVIEW BY LAURIE WHITWELL: Imposing even when sitting down and bold of thought despite his tender years, Oliver Burke is clearly a special case among Britain's burgeoning football talents. Having caused a stir this summer by leaving Nottingham Forest to sign for RB Leipzig in a £13million deal, the 19-year-old is explaining with refreshing candour why he spurned Premier League propositions to relocate to a place he admits his friends back home struggled to identify.
MARTHA KELNER: The Dutch cyclist who suffered a horrific crash in the women’s Olympic road race has claimed Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead should not have been allowed to compete in Rio. Annemiek van Vleuten broke three bones in her back and was concussed after flipping off her bike while leading the race on the treacherous final descent.
Her ban has been reduced to 15 months and she says she is a victim. But Maria Sharapova is still just a DRUGS CHEAT
COMMENT - MIKE DICKSON: This was not a victory for anyone, and nor is Maria Sharapova a victim of anything. Despite the various spins being put on the decision to reduce her doping violation ban from two years to 15 months, it is no cause for celebration in any quarter of the tennis world. None of the parties involved in the sport’s highest profile episode emerge from it with much credit. The most positive sense would be one of relief — for Sharapova that she can resume her primary career, and for the game’s authorities that it is over, at least until she returns next spring. There were undertones of victory and victimhood in Sharapova’s reaction once the Court of Arbitration for Sport had handed down its decision on Tuesday afternoon.
Bradford City defeated Bury 2-1 in their opening group game of the Checkatrade EFL Trophy, despite substituting goalkeeper Colin Doyle after only three minutes in the clash Coral Windows Stadium. The Bantams' early substitution appeared to be a bid to bend the rules of the newly formed competition, which state that League One and Two clubs must field a minimum of five first team players.
Thousands gather to say farewell to Arnold Palmer including Nicklaus, Mickelson and Fowler... who arrived carrying Ryder Cup
The biggest names from all corners of the golf world have gathered to celebrate the life of Arnold Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Palmer died Sept. 25 at age 87. His private funeral for family members was Thursday. Palmer's family wanted a public service to be held after the Ryder Cup, which the Americans won on Monday. Phil Mickelson and most of the U.S. team were at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, along with leaders from the PGA Tour and European Tour and other tours around the world. Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus were there, and Nicklaus gave a euology, and Rickie Fowler arrived carrying the Ryder Cup trophy America won this week.
Buttler suits stand-in captaincy as he leads England home from perilous position in Bangladesh warm-up
PAUL NEWMAN IN FATULLAH: Jos Buttler continued his calm and confident start to a tour where he has been thrown in at the deep end by guiding England home against stiff opposition in their only one-day warm-up game here. Buttler, made stand-in captain after Eoin Morgan refused to travel to Bangladesh for safety reasons, led England home from a perilous position against a strong Bangladesh Board XI in company with Moeen Ali.
The blossoming romance between talented forward duo Neymar and Oscar took centre stage as Brazil warmed up for their latest World Cup qualifier. Tite's men face Bolivia on Friday as they look to build on their current second place in the South American group. The five-time World Cup winners had a poor start to qualifying - they've drawn three and lost one of their eight games - but with Neymar in such fine form, they should have too much for Bolivia.
France players appear to exchange words but it's all a big joke as they prepare for Bulgaria and Holland
Tempers appeared to become flared between the France players as they continued their preparations for their World Cup qualifying double header. Burly forward Andre Pierre Gignac looked to be getting in between a disagreement of some sort as Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro exchanged words. In the end it all amounted to nothing more than handbags at dawn, as the trio laughed off their brief discussion and got back to work.
Spurs kid left severely brain damaged after collapsing during game awarded £7m in damages as family reveal torment
MIKE KEEGAN - EXCLUSIVE: A former Tottenham Hotspur player, who was left severely brain-damaged after he suffered a heart attack during a game, was on Tuesday awarded damages of around £7million. Despite scans showing that his heart was ‘unequivocally abnormal’, Radwan Hamed was allowed to continue playing football by Spurs medical staff including Dr Charlotte Cowie — who is now the FA’s medical director and will sit on the bench for England’s World Cup qualifier against Malta at Wembley on Saturday. Tottenham-mad youngster Hamed, then aged 17, collapsed six minutes into his first match as a professional for the Spurs youth team in Bruges in August 2006.
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ADAM SHERGOLD: Standing at half the height of the other players and with braces on his teeth, 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele made his debut for Celtic’s Under 20 development team on Monday night. It may have been only a nine-minute cameo in a 3-1 win over Hearts but a star has most certainly been born.
Life after Big Sam: England stars vows to 'move on' after crisis of shamed boss as Southgate kicks off new era
Gareth Southgate got the chance to run the rule over England's players for the first time as caretaker boss as the Three Lions trained at St George's Park on Tuesday. Southgate, who has been appointed in interim charge of the squad following the recent departure of Sam Allardyce, watched over a session at the national training centre at St George's Park.
Keane earns first England squad call-up as Johnson withdraws through injury (so, can he follow in footsteps of t-shirt hero Rio?)
Burnley defender Michael Keane has been called up by England for the first time after injury prevented Glen Johnson's long-awaited return. The first squad of the Gareth Southgate era meet at St George's Park on Tuesday lunchtime ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek showed off his skills on Monday as he tucked away a trick-shot penalty in England Under 21 training. The 20-year-old has had to settle for a role on the sidelines under Antonio Conte so far this season, but showed his cheeky side on international duty this week. With Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman between the sticks, Loftus-Cheek jogged up to the penalty spot and proceeded to knock the ball home with his left foot instead of the expected right.
Newly appointed Swansea boss Bob Bradley wasted no time in getting down to business by attending an Under 23 game shortly after leaving Le Havre. The former USA coach, who beat Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs to the lead role at Liberty Stadium, was in the stands to watch his club's next generation play a Checkatrade Trophy clash against Newport County on Tuesday evening. Bradley was joined by Swans chairman Huw Jenkins and coach Alan Curtis at Rodney Parade as he familiarised himself with his new surroundings.
Aston Villa vs... Virgin Trains! Crisis club in Twitter war as train firm deliver dig over their sacking of boss Di Matteo
Following the news of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking as manager of Aston Villa, Virgin Trains sensed the opportunity to have a jibe at the expense of the Birmingham based club. Little did they realise however that Aston Villa would respond with the perfect comeback. Taking to social media platform Twitter, Virgin Trains poked fun at the club by posting a picture of one of their empty train carriages, along with the caption: 'the next batch of potential #AVFC managers have just left for Birmingham New Street..'
With temperatures soaring, Nick Kyrgios made sure an injured fan at the Japan Open had plenty of water. The sixth-seeded Australian advanced to the second round by beating American qualifier Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2, but the match was suspended for about 10 minutes in the first set after a fan fell on some steps in the stands. Kyrgios, often criticised for his volatile behaviour, sent some water up to the injured spectator while temperatures rose to 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) at the start of the second set.
Lewis Hamilton boarded a plane bound for Japan on Monday morning and had plenty of excess baggage in tow. The Briton’s defence of his world title is in tatters after an engine failure forced him to retire 15 laps from the end of Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Andy Murray proved his fitness as he advanced to the second round of the China Open in Beijing. The world number two was playing his first competitive match since his Davis Cup win over Guido Pella a fortnight ago, where he suffered a thigh injury, and he got back in the groove with a 6-2 7-5 win over Andreas Seppi. There were doubts whether the Scot would compete in the 2008 Olympics host city after the injury in Glasgow came at the end of a punishing schedule over the summer, which saw him lose just four matches since the end of May.
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll football... the story behind Maradona's rollercoaster ride at Napoli, 30 years on from race to title
SHERIDAN BIRD: 'Napoli signing Diego Maradona in 1984? The modern equivalent would be if they bought Cristiano Ronaldo today. And that's clearly impossible.' That's the view of 85-year-old Corrado Ferlaino, president of the Italian club between 1983 and 1993. The comparison is perfect. The arrival of the Argentine genius for £7m from Barcelona in the summer of 1984 was the coup of the century.Success wasn't instantaneous, but 30 years ago in 1986-87, El Pibe inspired the Azzurri to their first title. The boys from the Bay of Naples had too much for the rich northern clubs. The Scudetto put the team and the city on the map and earned worldwide fame.