Shaqiri, scrambles and Champions League draw thoughts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Marcus Bean discuss the Champions League draw, dour management, Xherdan Shaqiri’s career revival, goalmouth scrambles and a message for listeners in TogoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend’s football action, starting with Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which has done something for the Anfield side’s title-challenging credentials, and nothing for José Mourinho’s job prospects. Continue reading...

McCann case may put bookies’ treatment of winning punters in the spotlight

• Teenager not paid after winning bets totalling nearly £1m• Remote Gambling Association denies ‘cartel-like’ behaviourThe legal case in which Megan McCann, a young punter from Northern Ireland, is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for more than £1m in unpaid winnings promises to put the entire betting industry’s treatment of successful punters in the spotlight after her legal team submitted an amended statement of claim which is understood to allege “cartel-like” activity by major online operators.McCann’s case took another step towards a full hearing last Friday, when Bet365 was granted four weeks to consider whether it will continue with an attempt to strike out key parts of McCann’s claim. The parties will reconvene at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on 18 January when it is possible that a date will be set for a full hearing of the case in the spring. Continue reading...

Geordan Murphy: Leicester Tigers appoint interim boss as new head coach

Interim boss Geordan Murphy is formally appointed as Premiership club Leicester Tigers' new head coach.

Manchester United to appoint caretaker manager after sacking José Mourinho

• Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favourite to take job till end of season• United have made their worst start to a season in 28 years• How the day of Mourinho’s United axe unfoldedManchester United hope to announce their caretaker manager on Tuesday after sacking José Mourinho, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the current favourite for the job.Solskjaer is understood to be in discussions with the club regarding the temporary position, with United’s intention being that a permanent manager take over next summer. Continue reading...

Bill Slater: Wolverhampton Wanderers legend dies aged 91

Former Wolves captain and club legend Bill Slater dies at the age of 91, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and illness.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson tries to block shot with his shoe

Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson makes an unorthodox attempt to block an opponent's shot after losing his shoe during his side's 132-105 NBA win over the Sacramento Kings.

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Plan to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays brought forward to this season

• FA makes move to reduce fixture congestion for top six sides• Fifth-round games will move to midweek from 2019-20 seasonThe plan to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays have been brought forward to include this season.The decision had been made to get rid of fifth-round replays from the start of next season, deciding last-16 ties with extra time and penalties in order to create space for a winter break from February 2020 onward. Continue reading...

London Irish to leave Madejski and share with Brentford at new stadium

• Brentford’s new west London ground will open in 2020• London Irish have played at Reading’s stadium for 18 yearsLondon Irish will play their home games at the new Brentford Community Stadium from 2020.The Championship leaders have reached an agreement with Brentford Football Club to play at the west London stadium, which is currently under construction and will have a capacity of 17,250. It is due to open in 2020. Continue reading...

Geordan Murphy appointed Leicester head coach despite dismal run

• Tigers have lost eight games on the bounce• ‘We are working hard to improve performances and results’Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowest ebb”, according to the former Ireland full-back.Murphy, who has spent 21 years at Leicester as a player and coach, was handed the role on an interim basis when Matt O’Connor was sacked after the first game of the season but has managed only four wins from his 15 matches in charge. Continue reading...