Track Cycling World Cup: Great Britain add two silvers in France

Neah Evans, Emily Kay and Ollie Wood win silver medals for Great Britain on the second day of the UCI Track World Cup in France.



Mohamed Salah strike settles nervy Liverpool win over Huddersfield

With this victory Liverpool equalled the 23 points from nine games of 10 seasons ago that is their best in the Premier League era. The good news for Jürgen Klopp’s side is that the cliche of grinding out wins can be evoked because they struggled throughout. While the three goals they have conceded is also a record for this stage of a campaign, the manager did admit concern.“The last pass wasn’t good. How can I explain that?” Klopp said. “I need to look back at the game. The players weren’t great with their last pass. The performance wasn’t 100%, it looked like we could have scored in six or seven situations.” Continue reading...



Kadeem Harris seals first win for Cardiff against a Fulham in freefall

In the end it felt so predictable. Twenty four hours after Neil Warnock admitted he would not put any money on Cardiff staying up, his players responded by picking up their first victory of the season to climb out of the bottom three at the expense of a Fulham side in freefall.There was a mixture of jubilation and relief in the loud cheers that greeted the final whistle as the home supporters celebrated their first top-flight win since April 2014, ending a run of five successive defeats and breathing fresh life into their season. “You look at the dressing room and it’s like we won the league last year,” Warnock said. Continue reading...



'Fantastic result for Chelsea, an awful result for us', says José Mourinho – video

A late equaliser from Ross Barkley maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season as tempers flared on the touchline at Stamford Bridge. However, it was clear that the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, felt his side deserved to take the three points from his former employers. ‘When you are the best team, you want to win,’ said Mourinho Continue reading...



Cracksman wins Champion Stakes in scintillating style at Ascot

• Frankie Dettori rides winner of big race on Champions Day• Roaring Lion and Stradivarius also win on card for John GosdenAidan O’Brien handed John Gosden the trophy to mark his third British trainers’ championship after Cracksman’s emphatic success in the Champion Stakes here on Saturday, and though officially the season does not end until 31 December, there was no point in waiting any longer. Three winners on Champions Day confirmed that Gosden is now as pre-eminent among British trainers as O’Brien has long been in Ireland, and though two of Saturday’s winners are now going to stud, it is easy to see the next generation at Gosden’s stable picking up where the current one left off.Cracksman had not been seen on a track since his defeat at odds-on in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but Gosden had him primed to perfection for the last race of his career and with a set of blinkers added for the first time. The four-year-old took a little time to settle, but accelerated six lengths clear of Crystal Ocean once Frankie Dettori gave him his head with two furlongs to run. Continue reading...



Football transfer rumours: Neymar dreaming of Messi reunion at Barça?

Today’s fluff needs something to rely onNeymar is sad and bored and lonely in Paris and is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo. “Paris is a great city,” it notes, “but its climate is not that of Barcelona, nor is the Parc des Princes the Camp Nou or the Seine the Mediterranean.” The Brazilian continues to shower his former teammates, whom he left so willingly in 2017, with messages concerning a move back to Spain. “Neymar longs for his old club and his old teammates, especially Lionel Messi, as well as his old life in Barcelona and the greatness of his old club,” it writes. These feelings have never been reciprocated, with many at Barcelona still scarred by the betrayal they saw in the Brazilian’s departure. “However, lately this perception has changed,” Mundo Deportivo continues, “and the return of the Brazilian is already being considered as a plausible possibility.”That’s as may be. But several members of the Barcelona team, including Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, appear to think priorities should lie elsewhere and are campaigning for the club to buy Paul Pogba, says the Daily Mail. “Manager Ernesto Valverde is also keen,” it reports. So with the manager, their greatest player and a host of other dressing-room regulars all behind the move, and the club coffers assumed to be bulging with booty, it looks as if the move is bound to happen – except the Mail also reports that profits are down to a meagre £10m, and not everyone is in favour of the deal happening anyway. “Barcelona scouts are split,” it says, “with some believing the club’s slick passing game requires midfielders who take fewer risks on the ball and have greater positional sense.” Continue reading...



On the verge of F1 greatness: now Lewis Hamilton targets glamorous new empire

He is racing to clinch his fifth title – but now there’s his fashion and music tooIn two social media posts last week, the British racing driver Lewis Hamilton showed where he has come from and how far he has travelled. The first was a link to an eight-minute Blue Peter tribute, in which he appears for approximately two seconds. The feature was on radio-controlled cars and Hamilton displays a focus and determination that would prove handy in later life by thrashing presenter John Leslie. He was seven at the time, living with his mum on an estate in Stevenage. “Remember being on Blue Peter like it was yesterday,” the 33-year-old wrote on Twitter.In the next post, Hamilton is in New York, filming himself last week on his phone in front of a giant billboard on which he appears in full racing garb. “Mamma I made it,” he comments, “that’s me on the Nasdaq building in Times Square.” Continue reading...



Owen Farrell is an England certainty. But where he plays is less clear

Eddie Jones may play England’s new co-captain at fly-half or inside-centre next monthEddie Jones smiles when he is asked if he is anxious as he approaches next month’s encounters with the southern hemisphere’s big three and the team he coached in the last World Cup, Japan, given England’s chronic injury list. The Australian is one of the few head coaches around who enjoys sparring with the media, a relic of the amateur era.“No. You can only play with the cards you are dealt,” he says. “You can talk about season structure, rugby, club versus country but it does not matter at the end of the day. You can only do what you can and for me that is selecting the side and getting the players organised and in the right attitude to play. Continue reading...



Is Keisuke Honda alone in managing internationally while still playing? | The Knowledge

Plus: prolific first-half goalscorers, sticking peppers where the sun don’t shine, and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Recently Keisuke Honda signed for my hometown club Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” writes Karan Dhamija. “A few days later, he was also announced as manager of the Cambodian national team. Has a player been a manager of another team while playing? Even better if there has been a case of a player managing a national team like Honda?”The Knowledge has been close to this subject before, in 2010, when we found a few examples of footballers turning out for their international teams while player-managers at club-level. These include Graeme Souness, who captained Scotland at Mexico 1986 shortly after being appointed to the dual role at Rangers; Jim Platt, who turned out for Northern Ireland while player-manager at Coleraine; and Gunnar Gren, who played for Sweden in the World Cup final against Brazil in 1958 while managing and turning out for Orgryte. But none of these ever managed an international team. Continue reading...



Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United: how the players rated at Stamford Bridge

Anthony Martial went from invisible to brilliant, while David Luiz showed his old failings in Chelsea’s defenceKepa Arrizabalaga The Spaniard showed bravery and quick instincts to deny Juan Mata and Ander Herrera but he could do nothing about Anthony Martial’s double. 7 Continue reading...



Celtic survive late scare in six-goal thriller with Hibs

Celtic survive a late scare to stay within three points of Premiership leaders Hearts after an enthralling victory over Hibernian.



Anthony Martial’s magic shows attack is Mourinho’s best form of defence | Barney Ronay

Allowing attacking talents off the leash in the second half exposed a glaring truth about how United should be playingNobody really knows how good Anthony Martial is, or could have been or may yet be. Least of all, you suspect, Martial himself, whose last three years after that lavish £53m transfer from Monaco have been spent in stages of uncertainty, in a team who have meandered through assorted fraught and fragile new dawns.For those ill-disposed to José Mourinho it has been tempting to lump Martial in already as a Salah-to-be, another case of De Bruyne-shock in-waiting, an attacking talent destined to bloom spectacularly away from Mourinho’s heavy air. Continue reading...



No Halep, no Williams - who will win the WTA Finals?

Eight of the world's best players are competing for the WTA Finals, as Caroline Wozniacki aims to defend the title in Singapore.



Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United: Maurizio Sarri's assistant very impolite - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's technical assistant Marco Ianni was "very impolite" after celebrating in front of him.



Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in the goals while Juventus lose 100% record

Sancho sparks Dortmund rout, Nelson hits two for HoffenheimJuve slip up at home to Genoa, Henry loses first Monaco gameJadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson were among the goals on Saturday as the exciting English teenagers continued to impress in the Bundesliga.Sancho put Borussia Dortmund on course for a 4-0 win at lowly Stuttgart to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table. Nelson, the Arsenal forward on loan at Hoffenheim, struck twice as Julian Nagelsmann’s side came from behind to win 3-1 at Nürnberg. Continue reading...



GB's Bianca Walkden wins silver at Manchester Taekwondo Grand Prix

Two-time world champion Bianca Walkden has to settle for silver in the +67kg event at the Manchester Taekwondo Grand Prix.