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McIlroy and Thomas in close pursuit of Brooks Koepka at Tour Championship

Koepka (13 under par) leading field at halfway junctureMcIlroy and Justin Thomas sit one back after two roundsDepending on your outlook, it is either perfectly fair that this feels like a typical golf tournament at its halfway juncture or the dumbing d…

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Jürgen Klopp wary of threat from former pupil Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

• Liverpool manager knows forward from his time at Dortmund• Klopp says transfer window closing early ‘makes no sense’Jürgen Klopp resisted the temptation to further deplete Borussia Dortmund’s resources by asking Pierre?Emerick Aubameyang to follow hi…

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Frank Lampard urges Michy Batshuayi to improve fitness to earn Chelsea place

• Manager wants attackers to work hard off the ball• Chelsea travel to Norwich with one point from two gamesFrank Lampard has said Michy Batshuayi needs to become fitter to earn a place in Chelsea’s attack.Batshuayi has fallen behind Tammy Abraham and …

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Unai Emery eyes chance for Arsenal to shine at their theatre of screams | Nick Ames

Arsenal have had a torrid time at Anfield in recent seasons but Saturday’s match gives Emery and his side the chance to gauge their progress against a team they aim to emulateAnyone seeking to judge Arsenal on the basis of a performance at Anfield tend…

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WSL to use Premier League match evaluation scheme to improve referees

• Match footage will be used to analyse a referee’s decisions• WSL managers have been critical of the officiatingThe Premier League’s referee match evaluation scheme will be used in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as part of an attempt to improve …

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WSL to use Premier League match evaluation scheme to improve referees

• Match footage will be used to analyse a referee’s decisions• WSL managers have been critical of the officiatingThe Premier League’s referee match evaluation scheme will be used in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as part of an attempt to improve …

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Mauricio Pochettino says Eriksen situation is hurting player and club

• Spurs manager fearful of effect of speculation• Eriksen has been linked with several clubs but no bids madeMauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise …

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Steve Bruce hits back after widespread criticism of Newcastle tactics

• Bruce ‘insulted’ after negative analysis of warm-up at Norwich• ‘We have to be better at Spurs – and we will be,’ manager saysSteve Bruce feels “insulted” by a seemingly widespread perception that he lacks tactical intelligence and he suspects “no on…

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Hodgson and Zaha ready for Wan-Bissaka reunion at Old Trafford

• Manchester United full-back faces former club on Saturday• Palace manager: ‘It’s not an easy task that he’s accomplished’Roy Hodgson digressed at one point, turning to opera to conjure an analogy that referenced the celebrated tenors Jussi Björling a…

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Bury owner Steve Dale says club has been sold with EFL deadline approaching

Owner Steve Dale has told BBC Radio Manchester he has agreed a deal to sell Bury as a deadline for their possible expulsion from the EFL approaches.The club, w…

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Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running

It turns out that Dean Smith was right to call for calm and a sense of perspective. “What are we coming to if we’re judging players after two games?”asked the Aston Villa manager on the eve of this game in response to questions about the performances o…

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Aston Villa 2-0 Everton: Wesley & Anwar El Ghazi on target for hosts

Aston Villa collected their first Premier League points of the season as goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi gave them victory over Everton.Brazilian Wesley, who arrived f…

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Joe Cokanasiga ready to showcase his power game again for England | Gerard Meagher

The Bath wing was frustrated against Wales last week but is learning his trade at Test level and will be out to cause Ireland problems at TwickenhamSpeak to most members of the England squad about their best memory of World Cups gone by and the answer …

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England’s psychological scars will take time to heal, says Josh Hazlewood

• Bowler took five for 30 during England’s 67 all out horror show• ‘If we start well again they might think here we go again’Josh Hazlewood fancies England will take time to recover from the scars of their 67 all out Headingley horror show as Australia…

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England capitulate with a shrug of white-ball induced indifference | Andy Bull

The ECB hierarchy concentrated on winning the World Cup, and while that mission was accomplished the ruins of England’s Test batting was there for all to see at HeadingleyThere used to be thousands of lamplighters in London; these days there are just f…

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Hazlewood and Cummins opt for fast bowling artistry over an air raid | Geoff Lemon

Once Australian attacks would have looked to fight fire with fire but at Headingley control and precision proved crucialFor Australia’s fast bowlers this year’s Ashes has been all about versatility and balance. Like one of those Chinese tile puzzles, p…

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Naomi Osaka happy to deal with great expectations at US Open | Bryan Armen Graham

Reigning champion has endured a difficult season but is ready for the spotlight on her return to Flushing MeadowsNaomi Osaka arrived at last year’s US Open a dangerous floater buoyed by a season of promise and left it as one of the world’s most visible…

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Company which bought Bury debt reported to be owned by partner of Dale’s daughter

• MP calls for investigation into deal which proved vital• Debt purchase gave company crucial vote in favour of CVAA company which bought a £7m debt owed by Bury for £70,000, and was then able to wield a crucial vote in favour of the club’s company vol…

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Manchester United boss hails Paul Pogba’s ‘strong character’ amid racist abuse – video

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has praised Paul Pogba’s character after the Frenchman was racially abused online following his penalty miss against Wolves.Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace, Solskjær c…

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Aston Villa v Everton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offTen things to look for in the Premier League this weekendAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him @NickAmes82 7.13pm BST Marco Silva:“Our goal is to do better than last season, it’s something we must do. …