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Football transfer rumours: Ødegaard to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid?

Today’s piffle is grateful to have made it through another weekReports in Spain say that the world’s 74th best player, Martin Ødegaard, is this close to completing a move to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. The 22-year-old former child star has been k…

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Tomori leaving Chelsea for Milan loan with £25m summer deal option

Defender due in Italy on Friday after falling out of favourPrice for permanent move set at £25m plus £5m in add-onsFikayo Tomori is joining Milan on loan with an option to buy, placing his future at Chelsea in doubt. The defender is flying to Italy on …

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Chess: Carlsen starts well but slows while little-known Swede impresses

World champion admits to errors after four grinding draws as Nils Grandelius surprises world No 5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, at WijkMagnus Carlsen launched his campaign at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, the “chess Wimbledon” in style as the world champion eleg…

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Chorley coaches point way for diversity but warn of tough road ahead | Nick Ames

Andy Preece and Irfan Kawri, part of club’s technical staff, will stand alongside Nuno Espírito Santo for Wolves’ FA Cup visitWhichever way Andy Preece looks at it, the numbers do not add up. He is thinking back to 1999, when he cut his teeth in manage…

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Sri Lanka v England: second Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over updates from the second Test at GalleRoot: England must keep seeing Tests through when on topAnd feel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 5.02am GMT 6th over: Sri Lanka 16-2 (Thirimanne 9, Mathews 0) Sri Lanka were all out for 135 …

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Sam Burgess tells court about heated Southern Highlands row with former father-in-law

A court has heard Mitch Hooke felt intimidated by the towering ex-NRL star at his Glenquarry property in October 2019Former NRL club captain Sam Burgess dubbed his ex-wife’s father “a bad person” as the former mining lobbyist yelled “No one loves you” …

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‘Can’t compare’: Cathy Freeman blasts Scott Morrison’s 26 January first fleet comments

Gold medallist and Indigenous rights campaigner rounds on PM’s criticism of Cricket Australia initiativeOlympic gold medal winner Cathy Freeman has become the latest high-profile critic of Scott Morrison following the prime minister’s comments about Cr…

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Tokyo Olympics: Covid putting ‘real pressure’ on Japan, says Australia PM amid cancellation rumours

Scott Morrison says any leader must put population’s health first amid continued speculation about Tokyo 2020The pandemic is placing “real pressure” on preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, the Australian prime minister has said, after a report claimed …

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Talking Horses: BHA to conduct more ID checks after giving £4,000 fine

Aiden O’Brien was fined for embarrassing debacle at Newmarket last year when two horses swapped identitiesThe British Horseracing Authority said on Thursday that it has been conducting “additional ID checks” at major Flat meetings and is still engaged…

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Margaret Court to be honoured on Australia Day, sparking a furious backlash

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says former tennis champion holds ‘disgraceful’ and ‘hurtful’ views and should not be honouredMargaret Court, the former Australian tennis player who has sparked controversy in recent years because of her views on LGBTQ…

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South Korea ex-Olympic coach jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting athlete

Coach Cho Jae-beom was sentenced for abusing gold medallist speed skater Shim Suk-hee for years, from when she was a teenagerA former national speed skating coach in South Korea has been sentenced to more than decade in prison for sexually assaulting d…

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool loss to Burnley ‘massive punch in the face’

Last updated on 17 minutes ago17 minutes ago.From the section LiverpoolManager Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s defeat by Burnley was a “massive punch in the face” but took full responsibility for Thursday’s 1-0 loss at Anfield.The champions romped to the…

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FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Liverpool meet Man Utd once again, Chorley need ‘a miracle’ against Wolves and Luton could hurt LampardLast season’s fifth-round exit at the hands of Chelsea represented the furthest a Jürgen Klopp team had progressed in the FA Cup. He has been in Engl…

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FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Liverpool meet Man Utd once again, Chorley need ‘a miracle’ against Wolves and Luton could hurt LampardLast season’s fifth-round exit at the hands of Chelsea represented the furthest a Jürgen Klopp team had progressed in the FA Cup. He has been in Engl…

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Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Stones, Pogba, Ndombele, Maddison, Aubameyang

Manchester United remain top of the Premier League after drawing at Liverpool and beating Fulham, but Manchester City have closed the gap to two points.Burnley shocked Liverpool at Anfield, Arsenal beat Newcastle and Brighton won at Leeds, while West B…

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Burnley’s Ashley Barnes shatters Liverpool’s record with late penalty

After 68 games, 55 wins, 13 draws and almost four years, fortress Anfield has finally been stormed. Burnley were the only team to take points off Liverpool at home last season.Now they added a still greater distinction, Ashley Barnes’s late penalty mak…

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Liverpool 0-1 Burnley: Ashley Barnes scores winner as Reds’ unbeaten run ends

Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at home in the Premier League came to an end as Ashley Barnes fired home a late winner from the penalty spot to secure a famous victory for Burnley.Barnes was tripped in the box by goalkeeper Alisson with seven minutes …

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Dominic Thiem denies players are getting special treatment in Adelaide

World No 3 says Djokovic tried to help players in Melbourne Paula Badosa tests positive for Covid before Australian OpenDominic Thiem, the US Open champion and world No 3, has denied the top players are receiving a notable advantage before the Australi…

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Liverpool v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldThe Fiver: seditious prattle about a breakaway Euro super leagueAny thoughts? You can mail scott.murray@theguardian.com 7.09pm GMT Liverpool make three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at home…

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Liverpool v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldThe Fiver: seditious prattle about a breakaway Euro super leagueAny thoughts? You can mail scott.murray@theguardian.com 7.09pm GMT Liverpool make three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at home…