UK Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win seventh title

09-12-2018 Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win a record seventh UK Championship and become the first player to win 19 'Triple Crown' titles.

Is it Chelsea & Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert? Or is it Lionel Messi?

09-12-2018 Chelsea and Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert produces a "Lionel Messi-esque" piece of skill in the 4-0 WSL win at Brighton.

Rocky Fielding: ‘To fight at Madison Square Garden is unbelievable’

09-12-2018 The Liverpudlian fighter is not expected to beat Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez but has the confidence to cause an upsetThe odds of Rocky Fielding replicating Tyson Fury’s heroics when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez are certainly longer than were the Gypsy King’s against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles last weekend.But one man who is disregarding the 8-1 bookmakers have put on Fielding is Tony Bellew, the recently beaten and retired world champion who knows plenty about upsetting the odds. He said of his fellow Liverpudlian’s chances: “In a boxing ring anything can happen, absolutely anything. Let me just tell you, Rocky Fielding will not be as big an outsider as Buster Douglas was against Mike Tyson [42-1].” Continue reading...

Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

09-12-2018 José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah romps to a hat-trick in 4-0 win at Bournemouth

09-12-2018 The general consensus seems to be that Mohamed Salah has not been quite the same player this season. On this evidence there is nothing to worry about after the striker produced a wonderful individual display that finished with him walking off the pitch with the matchball under his arm. A brilliant hat-trick was completed in style – Asmir Begovic, the Bournemouth goalkeeper, ended up on his backside, Steve Cook was trailing in Salah’s wake for the umpteenth time and Nathan Aké stood helpless on the line – as Salah flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his left boot. Continue reading...

Gerard Deulofeu: ‘At Barcelona you always have eyes on you … I’m happy at Watford’

09-12-2018 The forward reflects on the pressures of being a hyped youngster and his tricky journey from Camp Nou to Vicarage RoadGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid. “Look at Riqui Puig,” the Watford winger says, with a nod towards the 19-year-old who thrilled on his debut in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa last Wednesday. “All the people say: ‘He is this and this,’ but you have to be careful because the guy is so young.“It’s difficult because at Barcelona, you always have eyes on you. All the people speak. It’s good [in one way] but after, it’s bad because the people think you are Messi or a player with a lot of experience. You have to be careful because you have to go step by step.” Continue reading...

Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola has 'no regrets' after defeat at Stamford Bridge

09-12-2018 Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his side were "fantastic" during their 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and has "no regrets" over the way they played.

The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

09-12-2018 In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...

Maro Itoje: England lock to miss 'four to eight weeks' with knee injury

09-12-2018 England and Saracens lock Maro Itoje is expected to miss "four to eight weeks" with his knee injury, Sarries boss Mark McCall says.

Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

09-12-2018 • Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come. Continue reading...