IAN LADYMAN: On what looks likely to be another Saturday of stories and intrigue in the Premier League, there could well be a coronation, too. Sergio Aguero needs three goals to become Manchester City’s leading goalscorer of all time. Saturday’s opposition at the Etihad Stadium are Crystal Palace and that alone should be enough to make the bookmakers nervous. Aguero — with six goals in as many games this season — has been the cornerstone of City’s buccaneering start.
Arsenal open talks with Ramsey and Welbeck over improved deals as they look to avoid repeat of Sanchez and Ozil debacle
SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal have opened talks with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck over new contracts. The Gunners pair are entering the final 18 months of their existing deals, but are set for lucrative extensions. Ramsey is currently on £110,000 a week but he may get more than £150,000 a week. Welbeck signed a £70,000-a-week deal in 2014 but his new contract will be worth over £100,000 a week.
Tottenham new boy Sanchez on emulating Baresi, travelling two hours to training and why he's not scared of playing West Ham
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY ADAM CRAFTON: Perched on a chair and gesticulating excitedly, a rarity is taking place. A Premier League defender is extolling the virtues of, wait for it, defending. 'My job title reads defender,' Davinson Sanchez insists. 'You can't mess up your priorities and above all, my job is to keep the ball out of our goal. My biggest idol is Franco Baresi, the legendary Italy and Milan defender. I am too young to have watched him live but within the game, everyone tells you about that powerful Milan defence.'
Anthony Martial's mentality has transformed in a matter of months, according to Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United winger endured a frustrating season last year, constantly rebuked by his manager for a perceived lack of willpower. Martial - who has four goals already this term - has impressed off the bench and Mourinho believes his attitude has changed.
Costa mobbed by fans after touching down in Madrid as Atletico welcome their old 'friend' following £55m return from Chelsea
Diego Costa appeared to take a parting swipe at his old boss Antonio Conte as he landed in Spain to sign for Atletico Madrid on Friday evening. The Spain international travelled from his native Brazil, where he spent his summer away from Chelsea's preparations for the Premier League season, to Spain in the late hours of Thursday evening. It brought an end to a tumultuous period at Stamford Bridge, which escalated when Conte told Costa via text over the summer that he would no longer have a place in his first-team squad.
'I didn't feel like a player at Chelsea': Saints defender Bertrand lifts the lid on decision to swap Stamford Bridge for St Mary's
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY SAMI MOKBEL: Five minutes into this interview and Ryan Bertrand’s face lights up. Full of pride, he reflects on the night of September 1, 2017. For the supporters who stormed out of Malta’s National Stadium in Ta’Qali, long before the final whistle, disgusted that England were only winning 1-0, it’s a night they will want to forget. Not for Bertrand, though. It will be a night he remembers for ever.
Former light-heavyweight title contender Ovince Saint Preux added a third win by Von Flue choke to his record when he finished Yushin Okami in the first round of the UFC Japan main event on Saturday night. The crowd in Saitama fell silent as Okami pulled half guard on his much larger opponent. After isolating his opponent's head, OSP moved into the rare submission, which quickly put the Japanese fighter to sleep. Speaking after the fight, ‘OSP’ called for a rematch with Brazilian legend Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, who he knocked out in September 2014.
Les Aiglons came into the game having won three and lost three in the league, and their inconsistencies were apparent again as they went 2-0 down inside 34 minutes. However, Italy forward Balotelli's spot-kick - his 15th goal in 15 Ligue 1 matches at Allianz Riviera - reduced the deficit before half-time and an Ismael Traore own goal saw Nice equalise with 11 minutes remaining.
Bayern Munich blow two-goal lead at home to Wolfsburg as Didavi's equaliser ensures Dortmund remain top of the Bundesliga
BAYERN MUNICH 2-2 WOLFSBURG: Goals from Arjen Robben and a penalty from Robert Lewandowski, who notched his 11th goal in 9 Bundesliga games from the spot, put Carlo Ancelotti's team in a comfortable position. But a laps in concentration saw Bayern slip-up ad allow a brilliantly curled Maximilian Arnold free-kick fly-in with half-hour to play, followed by a Didavi's header to snatch a draw.
Hamilton attends Milan Fashion Week and hangs out with Princess Charlene of Monaco as he enjoys break from F1 duties
With Formula One action not returning until next weekend, Lewis Hamilton has taken the opportunity to attend the Milan Fashion Week alongside some well-known faces. The 32-year-old, who has a 28-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, was pictured hanging out with Princess Charlene of Monaco and Kris Jenner on Friday at the Versace show.
LILLE 0-4 MONACO: A sharp finish and a penalty from the Colombian striker added to first-half efforts from Stevan Jovetic and Rachid Ghezzal and help inflict defeat on Marcelo Bielsa's les Dogues. Monaco go second in Ligue 1 and join PSG on 18 points ahead of the champions' trip to Montpelier on Saturday.
Arsenal star Ozil promises to return from injury 'soon' as German satisfies his football craving by playing as himself on the PlayStation
He missed Arsenal's 3-1 win over Cologne in the Europa League last Thursday and their goalless draw in the Premier League at Chelsea on Sunday because of inflammation on his knee. To fill the void, Ozil has taken to his PlayStation and fired up the latest edition of the popular console game, of which he is an ambassador.
AFC WIMBLEDON 0-2 MK DONS - ADAM SHERGOLD AT KINGSMEADOW STADIUM: One of modern football’s rawest grudge matches went the way of Milton Keynes Dons, thanks to two of their loan stars. Ryan Seager and Gboly Ariyibi, on loan from Southampton and Nottingham Forest respectively, scored the first-half goals to sink AFC Wimbledon at a fractious Kingsmeadow.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking much notice of Real Madrid's struggles. Valverde's side enjoy a seven-point lead over their biggest rivals after beginning La Liga with five straight wins, while Real have stuttered to two victories, two draws and were beaten at home by Real Betis in midweek. Back in August it was Barcelona who were seemingly in crisis when Brazil star Neymar left for Paris St Germain and they were handed a 5-1 aggregate thrashing by their biggest rivals in the Supercopa.
INTERVIEW BY MATT BARLOW: As English football zips up its autumn coat and Tony Pulis angles his baseball cap for battle, David Kemp is ambling down the slope towards the golden sands of San Clemente. To the north Dana Point and to the south La Casa Pacifica, once Richard Nixon’s beachside mansion dubbed The Western White House as it hosted summit meetings with Leonid Brezhnev and other world leaders.
Hughie Fury confident of seizing cousin Tyson's former WBO world title by dethroning Parker in Manchester
Hughie Fury is determined to emulate his cousin Tyson and claim a version of the world heavyweight title by dethroning Joseph Parker in Manchester on Saturday night. Despite his relative inexperience the 23-year-old is in predictably bullish mood ahead of his clash with the New Zealander, who claimed the vacant WBO belt in December two months after Tyson relinquished it due to medical reasons. The fight represents by far the biggest test of Fury's career having reeled off 20 straight wins over relatively modest opposition, but it is a chance he believes he will seize in some style.
'The fans went mental, it gives you the shivers': Exeter's young No 8 Simmonds reflects on scoring the Chiefs' iconic try
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY WILL KELLEHER: On the pitch at Sandy Park he is transported back in time four months to May 20, and the 68th minute of Exeter versus Saracens in the Aviva Premiership semi-final. Simmonds is there stewing, sitting on the bench, with the Chiefs ahead 13-11. Then the call comes. He's on for Thomas Waldrom.
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Chelsea swapped out their training facility for their home ground on Friday as they prepare for a tough Premier League test. Antonio Conte and his players went through their paces on the Stamford Bridge pitch, ahead of travelling to Stoke City on Saturday. It promises to be a difficult game for the champions, and Conte may hope they gain an extra edge by getting ready at Stamford Bridge, rather than their regular Cobham base.
Manchester United boarded their private jet in preparation for their Premier League fixture against Southampton on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's squad travelled to the South coast in style as the rain poured down in Manchester. United will be confident ahead of the Saints tie, hoping to keep up their unbeaten start.
Incredible moment Swiss club Sion's president attacks commentator: 'I've sorted that out... I kicked him in the backside'
Sion president Christian Constantin physically attacked a television commentator following a league match on Thursday, then said he had 'sorted out' the differences between the pair. Part of the attack was caught on camera and showed commentator Rolf Fringer, already on the ground, being slapped on the head by the 60-year-old Constantin, shortly after Sion's 2-1 win at Lugano. Soon afterwards, Constantin told cable broadcaster Teleclub that Fringer, a former coach of the Swiss national side, had criticised him and treated him badly earlier in the week.
After a shock home defeat to Real Betis in midweek left Real Madrid seven points off the pace in La Liga, they have returned to basics in training. Manager Zinedine Zidane had his squad going through running drills before taking on a heading and volleying exercise. The mood in the camp seemed focused, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those looking particularly serious as they trained.
Inside Mayweather's 'Beverly Hills castle': 'Money' splashes out on £18.9m mansion that features home cinema and sweet shop
For most people, owning mansions in Las Vegas and Miami would suffice. Floyd Mayweather is not like most people. The unbeaten American, a former five-weight world champion, is enjoying retirement in the wake of his victory over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Mayweather stopped the Irish UFC star in 10 rounds in a fight that took his professional record to 50-0 and reportedly earned him more than £250million.
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has lent a helping hand to relief efforts in Mexico after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated the country on Tuesday, killing at least 273 people and injuring 2,000 more. The Guadalajara native, fresh from his controversial draw against Gennady Golovkin on September 16, donated $1million (£740,000) to support victims of the disaster. Canelo also joined relief organisations in his hometown, helping them organise and deliver aid to his countrymen in desperate need of help.
Hughie Fury has taken time out of his preparations for his world title clash with Joseph Parker this weekend to meet members of the Manchester United squad. The United supporter challenges the unbeaten Parker for the WBO world heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Parker and Fury, himself unbeaten in 20 fights as a professional, will weigh in on Friday ahead of the biggest fight of the Briton's career to date.
McGregor vs Mayweather: From partying in Ibiza to splashing cash in Girl Collection... how both fighters have been spending their fortunes since Las Vegas showdown
After months of gruelling training ahead and 10 draining rounds of action in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have finally found some time to relax. The two fighters clashed in a historic and money-spinning cross-over bout on August 26, with the unbeaten Mayweather stopping the Irish UFC star in the 10th round of one of the richest fights in boxing history. The bout broke UK pay-per-view records and earned Mayweather a reported £259million, while McGregor is believed to have pocketed around £100m. And since fight night both fighters have been enjoying the fruits of their labour.