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Talking Horses: Elliott can complete National treble with Fagan at Ayr

After winners in the 2018 Grand National and Irish equivalent, Gordon Elliott could make history in the Scottish raceGordon Elliott, having saddled the winners of the Grand National and the Irish equivalent in the past fortnight, is poised to achieve a…

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Gloucester power past Newcastle to make European Challenge Cup final

• Johan Ackermann says Gloucester have ‘a long way to go’• Dean Richards bemoans missed chances in semi-finalJohan Ackermann declared a sense of satisfaction after Gloucester reached their third European Challenge Cup final in four seasons.The Gloucest…

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Jürgen Klopp backs Liverpool to close gap on ‘even stronger’ Manchester City

• Manager says side have nothing to fear from Pep Guardiola’s men• German to field strong team before Champions League semi-finalJürgen Klopp has said Liverpool do not fear the challenge of trying to wrest the Premier League title from a Manchester Cit…

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Nemanja Matic: ‘I have to have serious hair like Gary Neville’ | Jamie Jackson

The Manchester United midfielder has had mixed fortunes in finals but stays positive before he faces Tottenham in FA Cup semi-finalNemanja Matic has sweet memories of playing against Tottenham in an FA Cup semi-final after his glorious 25-yard str…

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José Mourinho says Manchester United may struggle to close gap on City

• Mourinho praises rival’s ruthlessness and consistency• ‘If they do the same [next season], it will be almost impossible’José Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United will struggle to catch Manchester City if the new Premier League champions maint…

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Paula Radcliffe predicts marathon classic and the end of her record

• Radcliffe has held world women’s marathon record for 15 years• Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba will have male pacemakers in LondonPaula Radcliffe has conceded her world marathon record is under real threat in Sunday’s London race but says Mary Keita…

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Leinster’s James Ryan spearheads twin Irish assault on Champions Cup

• Young lock aims to stay unbeaten in Saturday’s Scarlets semi• Keith Earls back from injury for Munster’s game with Racing 92It bears repeating that James Ryan, the Leinster and Ireland lock, is yet to lose a senior first-team match for club or countr…

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Mo Farah faces new challenge on his return to the London Marathon

After finishing eighth – and in pain – four years ago Britain’s most successful athlete now has to contend with Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic champion, and Kenenisa BekeleThe promise came shortly after Mo Farah had crashed into the steepest of walls, lim…

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Europa League trophy is reportedly recovered after going missing in Mexico

• Silverware reportedly stolen from vehicle in León• State prosecutor’s office tweets to confirm recoveryArsène Wenger’s hopes of ending his Arsenal career with his hands on the Europa League trophy in Lyon, France almost suffered a setback when it rep…

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Oliver Gildart to the fore as Wigan score five tries in victory over Castleford

Wigan Warriors 28-12 Castleford TigersWigan strengthened their grip on second place in Super League with not only a thoroughly deserved victory over Castleford, but a performance that again underlines that the Warriors are better placed for a title cha…

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Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon sets up win over Millwall to boost promotion hopes

This was a result to have the nerves jangling in a corner of south Wales. Fulham have returned to the Championship’s top two, ousting Cardiff from the automatic places for a day at least, with the rousing nature of this success an indication Slavisa Jo…

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Superb Fulham earn big win at Millwall to go second

Clinical Fulham ended Millwall’s 17-game unbeaten league run to return to the automatic promotion places and dent the Lions’ Championship play-off bid.After the hosts had the better chances in an electric but goalless first half, Fulham were terrific a…

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Jack Brooks stars with bat and ball as Yorkshire make Nottinghamshire suffer

• Late stand with Ben Coad plus three wickets puts visitors in trouble• 18 wickets fall at Chelmsford as Ed Barnard takes five at TauntonJack Brooks lit up a feverish evening session at Headingley as Yorkshire recovered from early strife against Nottin…

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Matildas left to rue missed chances after Japan win Asian Cup final with late goal

Japan 1-0 Australia (Yokoyama 84)Elise Kellond-Knight misses penalty for MatildasThe Matildas were left ruing numerous missed chances after losing the Asian Cup final 1-0 to Japan. After dominating for the majority of the match, Australia were left sha…

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Tuchel unlikely? What next for Arsenal after Wenger exit?

New faces behind the scenes, a five-man shortlist and the dilemma of whether to go for experience or potential.This is the backdrop as Arsenal seek a new manager for the first time in nearly 22 years after Arsene Wenger’s announcement he will step down…

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Exeter unhappy as tribunal tells Chelsea to pay £2.5m for Ethan Ampadu

• League Two side say £2.5m fee ‘sends out wrong message’• Chairman attacks ruling as poor reward for academy workExeter City have said they are “disappointed for football” after a tribunal determined Chelsea should pay the League Two side up to £2.5m …

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Who will be next Arsenal manager? The contenders to replace Wenger

Some of Europe’s finest are being linked with the soon-to-be-vacant job at the Emirates. Here’s the lowdown on themJuventus Odds 8-1 Continue reading…

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Arsène Wenger, Arsenal’s departing general, deserves a fitting farewell | Barney Ronay

No one will lead a top club for so long again. Wenger will stand as one the last of English football’s great Napoleonic managersAll things must pass. Even, it turns out, the glorious, unrepeatable and by the end strangely interminable reign of Arsène W…

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England’s netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene

Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hopeIt has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between e…

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Broccoli for bulldogs: how Arsène Wenger transformed Arsenal | Clive Anderson

At first the Gunners’ new arrival from Japan was known as Arsène Who. But not for longI was there right at the beginning of Arsène Wenger’s extraordinary 22-year reign at Arsenal FC. Twenty-two years when the average time in charge of a Premier League …