MIKE KEEGAN: When he arrived in 2003, nobody could come close to matching Roman Abramovich’s millions. Now, such sprees are a thing of the past thanks to Financial Fair Play, and he is seeking an alternative route back to the very top of the pile.
The rebirth of Hart: He was frozen out by Guardiola at City, but Torino have fallen in love with their new 'idol'... fans have even penned special chant for him
SHERIDAN BIRD: 40 days in Turin. It could be the charming new George Clooney romcom. This, however, is a football tale about a tall man from Shrewsbury seeking affection in Piedmont, northern Italy. And make no mistake, love is in the air. Joe Hart was the most high-profile victim of the Pep Guardiola revolution at Manchester City but he's landed on his feet at a club with fans who adore him, and want him to stay permanently.
'It wasn't a time for conversation': Evans tells rape retrial he didn't speak to his victim before they had sex as he denies hiding his face from CCTV at hotel
The 27-year-old, who currently plays for Chesterfield, told the court yesterday he got ‘caught up in the moment’ and forgot about his girlfriend when he started having sex with the teenage waitress who accuses him of rape.
Luis Suarez is never one to hold back when on the field, but the Barcelona forward has paid the price for his latest bout of enthusiasm. The Uruguay striker, who is preparing for his team's World Cup qualifier with Colombia on Tuesday, took the surprise decision to don some goalkeeper gloves in training with Oscar Tabarez's side.
The 34-year-old midfielder has been told to stay away for at least another week. So he decided to get away from Glasgow by going up one of the most popular destinations in Scotland with his dog.
Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi has hit back fellow countryman Diego Maradona after he criticised him for his affair with former team-mate Maxi Lopez’s wife. Back in 2013, Icardi had a relationship with Wanda Nara – who was married to his then Sampdoria team-mate Lopez – and then later went on to have a child together and get married.
The Real Madrid star is used to being stopped for selfies on the street but on the pitch he probably assumed he could escape enthusiastic supporters and their phones. Not in the Faroe Islands it seems. The 31-year-old was lining up for kick-off in the second half of Portugal's routine World Cup qualifying win against the international minnows when he was approached by a pitch-invading fan brandishing a smart phone.
Fists before Risk! Joshua goes from speed ball to board games as he waits to discover if he will face Klitschko in heavyweight bout
Anthony Joshua might be in limbo as he waits for a potential super fight with Wladimir Klitschko, but the British heavyweight is still keeping himself busy. Joshua has an unbeaten record and following the collapse of Klitschko's meeting with Tyson Fury, could be in line to take on the giant Ukrainian in a bout which would be sure to get boxing fans salivating.
Dignity in his darkest hour: Rooney has the courage to face the music as he's axed for the first time by England
MATT LAWTON IN LJUBLJANA: When Glenn Hoddle broke the news to Paul Gascoigne that he was not going to the 1998 World Cup, the midfielder kicked a chair, punched a lamp and gave the then England manager the distinct impression that he was about to belt him, too. Gareth Southgate was a member of that squad in La Manga 18 years ago but it’s fair to say the encounter he had on Sunday with the finest England player since Gazza was rather less dramatic. Southgate said Wayne Rooney responded to being dropped for a competitive game for the first time in 13 years of international football with great professionalism, and the performance he gave here underlined that.
Sharapova makes return to the tennis court for first time since positive drug test at Australian Open in Las Vegas charity event
Maria Sharapova set foot on a tennis court for the first time since her positive drug test at the Australian Open on Monday, smiling throughout an appearance in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity event in Las Vegas. The Russian star, who last week earned a reduction in her drug ban that will allow her to return to tennis in April, played in two light-hearted doubles matches in the event at Caesar's Palace to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Buttler leads England training for decisive ODI against Bangladesh amid heavy security presence in Chittagong
England headed out for a training session on the eve of their decisive One-Day International against Bangladesh surrounded by armed guards at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium in Chittagong. Jos Buttler and his team take on Bangladesh on Wednesday with their three-match ODI series tied 1-1 after two games. After England secured a 21-run victory in the opening encounter, Bangladesh pulled level with a 34-run victory on Sunday in Dhaka.
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Ferdinand, 37, still looks trim during his punditry appearances and let fans in on the fitness regime he uses to stay in shape with a clip on Intstagram. In the short video the BT Sport pundit can be seen crawling across his garden whilst pushing weights in each hand. It looks like a tiring drill as the former United centre half brings the corresponding foot up to each weight before pushing off again.
Angel di Maria has been living life in the fast lane as Argentina prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Wednesday. The PSG winger took time out from training with the national side to hang out with rally legend Federico Villagra who took him for a spin. Di Maria could barely contain his excitement in the passenger seat as he gave the thumbs up alongside Villagra before the champion driver sped off and produced a number of turns and spins in the Ford Fiesta.
Is this the goal that ignites Pogba's season? Manchester United star smashes home 30-yard winner for France to beat Holland for win
HOLLAND 0-1 FRANCE: Paul Pogba's venomous 30-yard strike was enough for France to record a slender victory over Holland in Amsterdam. Pogba (left) lashed France in front, with the Manchester United midfielder picking the ball up from Dimitri Payet before unleashing a swerving shot from 30 yards which Maarten Stekelenburg couldn't keep out. He later commiserated with his United team-mate Memphis Depay (right) at the full-time whistle.
Benteke scores fastest EVER World Cup goal after just seven seconds on his way to hat-trick as Belgium thrash Gibraltar
Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever goal in World Cup history when he put Belgium ahead after seven seconds of their Group H game against Gibraltar on Monday night. The Crystal Palace striker slotted home as Belgium broke away from the kick off to beat the previous record of eight seconds held by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri who scored against England in 1993.
Guess who, Jose? Watch the Man United manager struggle to recognise his own stars when shown pictures of them as kids
Jose Mourinho looks like the most relaxed man in the world as he lounges back on his chair, his legs crossed and his hand on his knee. The Manchester United manager is about be given an intense grilling as he attempts to identify members of his squad... from pictures of them as children, before giving his first impressions of his players. um.
Germany are constantly seeking improvements as Joachim Low looks to keep his side's record of only losing two World Cup qualifiers. The German juggernaut rolls on against Northern Ireland next in the Group C clash on Wednesday. Low said he doesn't pay any attention to statistics but is looking for the team to complete qualification with 'full concentration'.
The last time Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both outside the world’s top four, Andre Agassi was No 1 and Roman Abramovich was about to purchase Chelsea FC for £150million. That was back in June 2003 and on Monday — more than 13 years later — was the first time since then that neither the great Swiss or his Spanish rival were among the leading quartet. Perhaps it will go down as the day that the era of the Big Four was officially over, as Japan’s Kei Nishikori overtook Nadal to take up fourth position in the rankings.
Heather Watson is into the Hong Kong Open second round after the No 2 defeated qualifier Marina Erakovic on Tuesday. Watson, the world No 75, beat her 119th-ranked opponent from New Zealand 7-5 7-6 (11/9) in just over two hours. She showed no sign of the illness which forced her to retire from the Wuhan Open in late September, after having dizzy spells.
Antonio Brown's special boots adorned with the face of Muhammad Ali did not sit well with the NFL. Officials threatened to eject the Pittsburgh Steelers star from his side's game against the New York Jets on Sunday as his cleats were found to be in breach of league rules. Brown, who has already fallen foul of the NFL this season, started the clash at Heinz Field with the boots that paid tribute to the legendary boxer but was forced to change to a more conventional pair early on.
SPECIAL REPORT: Owned by Class of '92 and hated by most in their division, how are Salford City doing in their quest to reach the Football League?
JACK GAUGHAN: Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon. Almost four thousand are on the gate with Salford City in town. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, too. But for one Stockport County supporter, his focus is on a technical area 10 yards to the right. More bothered about goading a manager on his haunches than Stockport turning this feisty National League North clash on its head, spluttering spleen and jabbing a finger towards Anthony Johnson, one half of Salford's absorbing management duo.