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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to move for Kylian Mbappé?

Today’s fluff is spinning plates, and dropping most of themIt’s been a busy old month at Arsenal, and latest murmurs suggest a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s old Mill favourite Julian Draxler with Matteo Guendouzi heading the other way. Draxler has fa…

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In Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are pivoting to a kind of anti-Lampard | Barney Ronay

The tactical modernist is very different from his predecessor at Stamford Bridge but could be just what Chelsea need nowAccording to the Thomas Tuchel playbook, managing a football team is “something you need to learn and understand, not a thing you do…

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Where did all the fun go? Liverpool must rediscover risk-taking brilliance | Jonathan Liew

At some point last season, Jürgen Klopp’s side adopted a measured approach based around control and drilled patterns but they mislaid a part of themselves in the processWhat came first, the football or the fun? Does excellence on the pitch beget its ow…

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Talking Horses: Bear Ghylls seeks Cheltenham glory for low-profile yard

Nicky Martin spent Monday fighting through snow so her star hurdler could get a bit of exercise before his toughest test yetThose who worry about the major stables hoovering up all the best prizes will be cheered to see Bear Ghylls is favourite for one…

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Paula Badosa slams ‘lamentable’ quarantine conditions before Australian Open

‘I feel abandoned,’ says Spanish world No 67Badosa may not be able to return to training until 5 FebruarySpanish tennis player Paula Badosa has described her extended period of quarantine ahead of the Australia Open following a positive Covid-19 test a…

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Joe Root believes England can go to India confident after Sri Lanka win

Captain says England need to be ‘at the top of our game’Four-Test series in India starts in Chennai on 5 FebruaryJoe Root claimed his England team “could not be in a better place” to take on India in their own backyard provided they continue to show th…

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Ireland name Six Nations squad with injured Jacob Stockdale missing out

Ulster back Stockdale ‘not available’, says Andy FarrellMunster scrum-half Craig Casey earns first senior call-upIreland have announced their 36-man squd for the upcoming Six Nations tournament, with Jacob Stockdale a notable absentee.The Ireland head …

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Arsenal win race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Ødegaard on loan

Real Sociedad and Ajax also interested in midfielderNorwegian poised for Gunners debut on SaturdayArsenal have won the race to sign the Real Madrid midfielder Martin Ødegaard on loan, beating off competition from Real Sociedad and Ajax to secure the se…

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FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Luke Shaw is proving José Mourinho wrong, while West Ham could have European football on their minds next season“He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain,” José Mourinho said of Luke Shaw after …

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

Live updates from Galle as hosts look to level the seriesDay three report | Buttler lauds Root ‘masterclass’Get in touch! Email Daniel or tweet him 5.29am GMT 9th over: Sri Lanka 26-1 (Thirimanne 8, Fernando 3) This is a decent over from Bess, offering…

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Nia Dennis wins plaudits for stunning ‘black excellence’ gymnastics routine

UCLA athlete says routine ‘reflects everything that I am’Routine clinches victory for team over Arizona StateUS gymnast Nia Dennis’s latest floor routine, which she dedicated to black culture, has won praise from fans such as Missy Elliott and Simone B…

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Tottenham manager Mourinho warns Gareth Bale he ‘cannot give’ minutes

Bale likely to feature in FA Cup fourth-round tie at WycombeThe forward has struggled for game time since his returnJosé Mourinho has warned Gareth Bale that he “cannot give minutes” on the pitch, as the forward continues to struggle for a first-team p…

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Everton v Sheffield Wednesday: FA Cup fourth round – live!

Live updates as crisis club Wednesday travel to Goodison ParkLouise Taylor: Wednesday ‘chomping at the bit’ for Everton testGet in touch! Email Rob 7.06pm GMT Related: Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes sinks Liverpool in FA Cup thriller 7.06pm GMT …

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes sinks Liverpool in FA Cup thriller

This was a thriller of a cup tie, Manchester United emerging on the right end of a 3-2 scoreline courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’s late winner. It means Liverpool have only one win from their last seven outings – and this against Aston Villa’s kids in the …

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes sinks Liverpool in FA Cup thriller

This was a thriller of a cup tie, Manchester United emerging on the right end of a 3-2 scoreline courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’s late winner. It means Liverpool have only one win from their last seven outings – and this against Aston Villa’s kids in the …

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Jimmy Anderson’s brilliance poses questions about rotation policy | Tim de Lisle

England’s record wicket-taker shines on return in place of Stuart Broad but there is an argument Joe Root’s attack would be more effective with the pair bowling in tandemJimmy Anderson, bloody hell. Six for 40, in fierce heat, while everyone else manag…

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Ezri Konsa: ‘I haven’t got any secret – it’s about learning my trade’ | Paul Doyle

Aston Villa centre-back reveals how listening to John Terry and watching videos of Paul McGrath has improved his all-round game A weird thing happened on Wednesday during the match between Manchester City and Aston Villa, and it had nothing to do with …

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

Over-by-over updates on the second day’s play in GalleAnderson blitz and Mathews century lead to even first dayGet in touch! Email Adam or tweet @collinsadam 4.27am GMT Jimmy is on TV. “When you have a bit of time off you always wonder if you can get s…

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Hank Aaron, baseball’s longtime home run leader, dies aged 86

Aaron died Friday in sleep aged 86 according to longtime team‘Hammerin’ Hank’ passed Babe Ruth as home run king in 1974Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his m…

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Kevin De Bruyne out for up to six weeks in blow to Manchester City

De Bruyne injured hamstring against Aston VillaCity could be without midfielder for 10 gamesManchester City have been dealt a considerable blow after Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday’s win …