EVERTON 2-1 ARSENAL - DOMINIC KING AT GOODISON PARK: All had been well in Arsene Wenger’s world. Arsenal were nicely positioned in second, players in good form and offered a chance to make a mark as this title race starts to take shape. Beat out of form Everton and things would have ticked along smoothly. By the time he left Goodison, Wenger was an open book once again. He bemoaned a referee’s decision but really he should be asking questions of his own team. This was careless, reckless almost. This defeat may prove so costly in the final reckoning.
£564m China deal raises fear of Big Six split as Woodward holds talks with City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs
CHARLES SALE: The difficulty of keeping 20 Premier League clubs united behind a collective TV agreement, despite the £8.3billion value of the current deal, became apparent at the last summit. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward extended the meeting to hold private talks among the Big Six clubs about the proposed new TV rights deal in China. The league had expected unanimous approval, having secured their biggest overseas contract of £564m from Chinese network PPTV for the next three-year rights cycle from 2019 — a twelvefold increase on the present deal.
BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 LEICESTER CITY - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE VITALITY STADIUM: Premier League champions Leicester City may have beaten the might of Manchester City on Saturday, but a single Marc Pugh goal condemned them to defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday. Ron-Robert Zieler will come under scrutiny for the part he played in the goal, as he got a touch to Pugh's strike but was unable to stop the ball from crossing the line. Leicester came out fighting in the second half but were unable to get anything from a tough game on the south coast.
Rollercoaster night for Williams as he poleaxes team-mate Gueye and gifts Arsenal opener... before slamming home the winner
Everton defender Ashley Williams was left to rue his luck on Tuesday night after his two errors in quick succession gifted Arsenal the lead at Goodison Park. He was smiling broadly later on in the evening though as his late header earned Everton all three points in a thrilling encouter.
Big Dunc the unlikely peacemaker in half-time row: Arsenal and Everton players separated by legendary hardman Ferguson
Former Everton player Duncan Ferguson was forced to step in as tensions between the Toffees and visitors Arsenal threatened to boil over during the Premier League clash on Tuesday night. The tussle began between midfielder James McCarthy and German playmaker Mesut Ozil and quickly escalated as both teams made their way down the narrow tunnel at half-time. Legendary hardman Ferguson, who is now a coach at the club, was quick to play peacemaker between the heated pair, much to the surprise of those watching.
Roy Keane was in attendance at Goodison Park on Tuesday night to watch Everton play Arsenal. The Republic of Ireland assistant manager traveled to Merseyside to check up on international talents James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, both of whom started for the Toffees.
'Stan WHO?': Guardiola left bewildered during City press conference after being quizzed about criticism from Collymore
Pep Guardiola provided a hilarious reaction when asked about criticism levelled at him by pundit Stan Collymore by appearing not to know who the former Liverpool player is.
Arsenal defender Mertesacker feeling 'amazing' after returning to training following serious knee injury
Per Mertesacker says he feels 'great' after returning to full training with Arsenal. The 32-year-old, who is yet to play this season after suffering a serious knee injury during pre-season, was put through his paces at London Colney on Monday. Mertesacker is unlikely to play until next year, but he admits that rejoining his team-mates was an 'amazing' feeling.
Over to you, Rafa: Brighton leapfog Newcastle at the top of Championship as Duffy and Murray inspire win at Blackburn
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2-3 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION - TIM ABRAHAM AT EWOOD PARK: Shane Duffy registered a goal against Blackburn Rovers for the fourth time this season, but the broad grin with he celebrated it told a quite different story. The Republic of Ireland defender left Ewood Park for Brighton in a £4m switch in August and in his final two league games for Rovers put through his own net three times. Duffy, once on the books of Everton, scored an own goal in Rovers' 3-0 loss to Wigan and then did it twice in the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff.
Resurgent Leeds up to fifth in the Championship... despite only having 23% of possession against Reading!
LEEDS UNITED 2-0 READING - JOE BERNSTEIN AT ELLAND ROAD: Leeds United manager Garry Monk faces an anxious wait regarding the fitness of leading scorer Chris Wood after the Kiwi' striker's 14th goal of the season helped his side rise to fifth in The Championship.
Scottish Premiership match abandoned after just SIX minutes: Fans promised money back after floodlight failure fiasco
Motherwell and Aberdeen will resolve to compensate the travelling fans who saw just seven minutes of football before Tuesday night’s game at Pittodrie was abandoned due to the floodlights going out. The failure of a temporary generator saw referee Alan Muir call a halt to proceedings with the game goalless to deny Derek McInnes’ side the chance to move within a point of second placed Rangers. Just six minutes had been played when a number of lights in the main and south stands failed forcing the players and officials to leave the field.
CELTIC 1-0 HAMILTON: STEPHEN MCGOWAN AT PARKHEAD: For Celtic history comes in all shapes and forms. A 19th domestic game without defeat makes this the most successful start to a season by any Parkhead side since Martin O’Neill’s treble winners in 2000/01. An omen of some description? Few would bet against it.
INTERVIEW BY MIKE DICKSON: The Ian Wooldridge Award, established to honour the memory of our late chief sports writer who died nine years ago, is voted for by you, our readers. It celebrates that elusive blend of sporting genius and Corinthian spirit — and in this case Olympian spirit — that ‘Woolers’ loved and admired. Nominated by Mike Dickson, this year’s very deserving winner is our hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who outsmarted the Dutch in a nailbiting penalty shootout to steer Team GB’s women to Olympic gold.
Payet gets special treatment from Bilic in training to avoid burning out France star as West Ham prepare for Burnley clash
Slaven Bilic had Dimitri Payet (centre inset) in his office on Monday to talk after their game against Liverpool amid speculation over his future ahead of the January transfer window. The 48-year-old said that Payet told him he is ready for the rest of the year and only focussed on West Ham, as they prepare to play Burnley at the London Stadium (where West Ham trained on Tuesday night (above)).
Khan rubs shoulders with Mayweather in Miami as he states 'love' for undefeated former boxer despite failing to land fight
Amir Khan previously claimed Floyd Mayweather was too scared to fight him during his heyday but the duo were all smiles on Monday as they posed in Miami.annual convention.
Manchester City were put through their paces by Pep Guardiola on Tuesday evening as they prepared for Wednesday's clash with Watford at the Etihad Stadium. Summer signings Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Nolito were all present for the final training session before the game as Guardiola looked on in an attempt to solve his worsening problems.
Chelsea have tied down Cesar Azpilicueta (pictured with technical director Michael Emenalo) until 2020 by handing their versatile defensive stalwart a new three-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.
You're keen to make an impression! Outcast Schweinsteiger is only player wearing club shoes as United take train to London
There were plenty of smiles amongst Manchester United players as they made their way to London to take on Crystal Palace, fresh of the back off their impressive win against Tottenham at Old Trafford.Wayne Rooney, Basitan Schweinsteiger and Ashley Young looked to be in high spirits in particular as they made their way to catch a train from Stockport train station, before sharing a joke on the platform with Phil Jones and Michael Carrick.
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'I've always considered myself to be different from the others': Ronaldo delivers another modest statement as Ramos brings him breakfast of champions before training
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he always knew he could become the best player in the world after winning a fourth Ballon d'Or. But the Real Madrid star also paid tribute to his team-mates, emphasising that the individual award 'did not entirely depend on me'. Ronaldo, who posed with Sergio Ramos and a replica of his trophy on Tuesday morning, was back in training soon after as he looks to kick on in the Club World Cup.
The Man with the Golden Boots: Ronaldo unveils special studs to celebrate winning his fourth Ballon d'Or
Nike have congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo on his fourth Ballon d'Or triumph by releasing a commemorative football boot after the Portuguese was named the world's best player. Only 777 pairs of the Mercurial Superfly CR7 Vitorias will be released in the new year on Nike's website as the American sports brand celebrate his recent achievements. Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a Champions League final win over neighbours Atletico Madrid before helping Portugal to defy the odds by winning Euro 2016.
Messi invites Afghan boy who replicated his shirt with a plastic bag before scoring as Barca beat Al-Ahli in Qatar
Lionel Messi welcomed the Afghan boy who became an online hit wearing a homemade plastic-bag version of his shirt on to the pitch in Qatar as Barcelona strolled to victory in a friendly win over Al-Ahli. Six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi was pictured in a striped blue-and-white plastic bag bearing Messi's name – mimicking his Argentina kit – earlier this year and has now met his idol. He accompanied Ballon d'Or runner-up on to the field in an oversized kit as a mascot on Tuesday, having also received a real, signed version of the shirt he had mocked up on a budget.
REVEALED: Inside Manchester City's new glass tunnel... where VIP fans will be able to get closer than ever to Guardiola's stars
EXCLUSIVE - JACK GAUGHAN: Manchester City’s imposing revamp of the Etihad Stadium will be complete for next season, with Pep Guardiola’s side afforded a new state-of-the-art circular dressing room. The huge project, taking place under the Colin Bell Stand, incorporates a glass players’ tunnel designed for some supporters to see some of the world’s best lining up before matches. City have released striking images of the development, which will see those paying for the privilege able to dine in new executive lounges with a full view of both teams emerging from the dressing rooms.
Football Star Wars: Players and managers re-imagined as characters in a galaxy far, far away (and Mourinho turns to the dark side)
Premier League players are often thought of as out of this world, but now they could also be from a galaxy far, far away. Artist Brian Konnick has reimagined some of world football's biggest stars as characters in Star Wars in the run up to the new film Rogue One.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract with the club until June 2021. The Bundesliga leaders have said that the 28-year-old Poland captain signed the agreement on Tuesday. After putting pen to paper, Lewandowski said: 'I'm delighted that the discussions came to a positive outcome and that I'm staying attached to Bayern for another few years.
Football abuse victim paid hush money by Chelsea says suspended Gradi took him on boat holiday when he was just 11
Mr Johnson, 57, who was paid £50,000 hush money by Chelsea, went on the break to Bognor with a friend two years before he fell into the clutches of chief scout Eddie Heath. The former professional footballer turned taxi driver said Mr Gradi, now suspended by the FA over claims he ‘smoothed over ’abuse at Chelsea, 'behaved impeccably' throughout. He said: ': 'I would only be 11 or 12. Dario took me and my best mate for a summer holiday to Wittering, near Bognor Regis. We went for a week. My mum and dad let me go.' He added: 'He was always the perfect gent around me'. Last night Dario Gradi responded to his FA suspension, claiming he has done nothing wrong and thanking those who have supported him.
England arrived in Chennai on Tuesday to a scene of devastation brought by Cyclone Vardah ripping through the city but the show will go on with the final Test on Friday when they attempt to repair the damage to their battered reputations. The ‘Red Rose’ cyclone flattened homes, snapped communication lines and threw into disarray air and road travel. But England were unaffected as the storm had passed by the time they arrived here and landed to discover that the Chepauk Stadium will be fit to stage the fifth Test.
It will not bother James DeGale if he is obliged to accommodate Liverpool’s rising star en route to a blockbuster rematch with George Groves in a football ground near you next summer. Callum, the youngest and perhaps brightest of the Smith family of four boxing champion brothers, acquired yet more admirers with his dramatic 10th round stoppage of Luke Blackledge on Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title show-card in Manchester on Saturday night.
Minnesota Vikings' co-owner Wilf on Peterson's return, 'tough cookie' Zimmer and why his team were eager to return to London
Minnesota Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf revealed his delight at playing again in England, praised his ‘tough cookie’ of a head coach and spoke of his desire to see Adrian Peterson take to the field again this season.