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Mesut Ozil: Is China a factor in midfielder’s exile from Arsenal squad?

World Cup-winning midfielder Mesut Ozil has been cut from Arsenal’s squad for the rest of the season, and said on Wednesday “loyalty is hard to come by nowadays”.Gunners manager Mikel Arteta took responsibility, saying he had “failed” with Germany play…

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Hamilton unhappy at Black Lives Matter critic Petrov’s Portuguese F1 GP role

Vitaly Petrov criticised Hamilton over Breonna Taylor T-shirt‘We should be including people who are with the times’Lewis Hamilton has criticised the FIA for choosing Vitaly Petrov as a race steward for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix. Petrov, who …

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World Cup 2022: England among top 10 European seeds for qualifying draw

England will be among the top 10 European seeds when the draw is made for qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar on 7 December.A total of 55 European nations will take part in qualifying, with five groups containing six countries and a further…

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Lee Blackett urges Wasps players to make most of Premiership final reprieve

Only four recent regulars unavailable for Saturday’s game‘We’ll be in a good position,’ says coach after Covid outbreakThe Wasps head coach, Lee Blackett, has urged his side to make the most of their Premiership final reprieve against Exeter on Saturda…

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Women’s Euro 2021 qualifiers: Highlights of Wales 4-0 Faroe Islands

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Watch highlights as Wales defeat Faroe Islands 4-0 in their Women’s European Championship qualifier at Rodney Parade.

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Edouard Mendy: Chelsea goalkeeper ‘had doubts’ over return during unemployment

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy “genuinely had doubts” over continuing his football career having had a spell in unemployment only six years ago.Senegal international Mendy, 28, joined the Blues from Ligue 1 side Rennes for around £20m last month.But …

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Edouard Mendy: Chelsea goalkeeper ‘had doubts’ over return during unemployment

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy “genuinely had doubts” over continuing his football career having had a spell in unemployment only six years ago.Senegal international Mendy, 28, joined the Blues from Ligue 1 side Rennes for around £20m last month.But …

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Europa League: Arsenal, Rangers and Dundalk in action – live clockwatch!

Celtic v Milan, plus Spurs and Leicester in action at 8pm BSTLive scoreboard! Follow all of the goals as they go inAnd feel free to email Ben or tweet him @benfisherj 6.05pm BST 9 min: The lively Nketiah slides in Saka but the winger loses his footing …

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Rugby League World Cup chief admits tournament could be delayed to 2022

Chief executive hopeful for 2021 and move would be ‘last resort’Jon Dutton ‘cannot envisage’ tournament behind closed doorsThe chief executive of next year’s Rugby League World Cup has conceded the event could be pushed back 12 months to 2022 as a “las…

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Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy almost quit football when on benefits without a club

Chelsea goalkeeper recalls tough time in 2014-15‘I genuinely had doubts about whether I would carry on’Édouard Mendy believes saving his football career after a year on the dole has set him up to succeed at Chelsea.The Senegal goalkeeper joined Chelsea…

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England v Barbarians under threat after visiting players breach Covid protocols

A ‘number of Barbarians’ left team hotel without permissionRFU reviewing whether Sunday’s game can still go aheadThe Rugby Football Union has announced it is reviewing whether or not the England v Barbarians fixture, scheduled to take place at Twickenh…

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Tiger Roll runs flat on return to level with Grand National hat-trick the target

Dual Aintree winner walks out of stalls in Navan racePopular chaser finishes a well-beaten sixth on comebackThe second Flat race of Tiger Roll’s illustrious career is unlikely to rate as even a footnote in future accounts of the dual Grand National win…

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Hindley and Geoghegan Hart close on Giro d’Italia lead after Stelvio showdown

Jai Hindley wins explosive stage 18 of Giro in mountainsWilco Kelderman takes over from João Almeida in pinkJai Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart vaulted themselves within seconds of the pink jersey as the Giro d’Italia exploded on the slopes of the famed…

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The Fiver | Nonentities more exercised by manners than kids with empty bellies

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s been a productive week for the Premier League’s representatives in Europe. Sergio Agüero became only the 14th person since football was invented in 1992 to reach the 40-goal mark in Big Cup. Chels…

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McIlroy has eyes on Zozo prize

Rory McIlroy says he is more focused on winning the Zozo Championship this week rather than preparing for The Masters.

The Northern Irishman is in action in California this week and insists he wants to come out on top overall and he’s not using the c…

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Fernandinho injury rocks City

Pep Guardiola says Fernandinho will be out of action for four to six weeks in a blow to Manchester City’s title hopes this season.

Fernandinho came off the bench in the 85th minute against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday but the Brazilian …

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Selection headache for Mourinho

Jose Mourinho tight-lipped in his pre-match press conference regarding squad selection ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League opener against LASK on Thursday night.

However, the Spurs boss did reveal that he is still missing players as the fixtures begin…

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Months disappearing for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid – Michael Laudrup

Eden Hazard’s persistent injury problems are “so sad” and “the months are disappearing for him”, says former Real Madrid midfielder Michael Laudrup.Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea for a fee in excess of £150m in 2019, but has made just 22 appear…

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Richard Riakporhe: ‘I felt the need to change the whole narrative’

Riakporhe was nearly killed in a brutal stabbing in London 15 years ago. Now he is working his way to a boxing world titleBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkRichard Riakporhe is between his morning training session and his afternoon hill r…

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Virgil van Dijk: Everton’ sorry’ for injury suffered by Liverpool defender

Last updated on 6 minutes ago6 minutes ago.From the section EvertonEverton boss Carlo Ancelotti has apologised for the injury suffered by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk during Saturday’s Merseyside derby.Van Dijk, 29, sustained cruciate ligament da…