Football transfer rumours: Ben Chilwell to Manchester City for £50m?

Today’s fluff is on the upWith Benjamin Mendy still sidelined through injury, Manchester City are ready to bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in January. A summer spent in the company of a personal trainer doing sprints in a Milton Keynes park have yielded rich dividends for the youngster, who told one interviewer: “I feel like this season needs to be the season I push on”. Having done exactly that, he may earn himself a move to the reigning Premier League champions to further his education under Pep Guardiola. £50m is the fee being mentioned. Related: Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy Continue reading...

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Laura Kenny & Katie Archibald win madison gold at Track Cycling World Cup

British pair Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald produce a dominant performance to win gold in the women's madison at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.

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'I just stood there': Fielding admits tactical error after TKO loss to Canelo – video

Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez won the WBA Super Middleweight title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York after his third round TKO victory over Rocky Fielding. Speaking after the match, Fielding admitted 'the better man won'Canelo Álvarez pours it on in three-round destruction of Rocky Fielding Continue reading...

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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd can still finish in the top four after Liverpool loss

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his side can finish in the top four despite their defeat at Liverpool.

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Eden Hazard ensures Chelsea stay in touch at top with win at Brighton

Eden Hazard departed this contest with a grimace seven minutes from time, his right ankle still smarting from the damage inflicted moments earlier by Dale Stephens’ unpunished challenge. The Belgian has grown used to taping on the ice packs in the dugout, and would rip the joint free once the final whistle had blown, but at least he could be warmed by the knowledge he had inflicted wounds of his own on the opposition.This had been Hazard at his mesmeric best, one of those displays where defenders seem hypnotised by his skill and shrink at his every involvement, the ball seemingly glued to his instep as he scuttles at pace through massed ranks of markers. The first tackle tends to leave him hobbling these days but, like a footballing Gordon Greenidge, he is at his most dangerous when the limp is established and the adrenaline is flowing. For an hour Brighton & Hove Albion had no answer. It was to their credit that they rallied late-on to make the closing stages so uncomfortable for Chelsea after what had initially threatened to be a saunter. Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

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'It's right for the team': Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

After 14 years Steve Hansen has called time on coaching New Zealand. The 59-year-old announced that he will be stepping down after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying that it was time for 'a fresh pair of eyes'. The All Blacks have lost only eight of 96 Tests under Hansen, a win ratio of 89%.  Continue reading...

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Advent calendar 2018: Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian

Watch the moment Lizzy Yarnold becomes Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian by retaining her gold medal in the skeleton in Pyeongchang.

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Champions League draw: Liverpool v Bayern Munich, Man Utd v Paris St-Germain

Liverpool are drawn against German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16, while Manchester United face Paris St-Germain.

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Eighth defeat in a row all but ends Leicester’s Champions Cup hopes

• Leicester 11-34 Racing 92Leicester’s season is not yet at the halfway point but some deeply uncomfortable statistics are already stacking up. This was the Tigers’ eighth straight defeat in all competitions, the club’s worst run since 1975, and their final two pool games in Europe are now all but academic following this latest four-try reverse in front of their own supporters.Local expectations have sunk so low that the club’s former player Austin Healey, summarising on BT Sport, was moved afterwards to describe their next Premiership game against Harlequins as “possibly the biggest game in their history”. Lose to Quins at Welford Road on Saturday and it is conceivable the Tigers could be at the foot of the domestic league table, which really would start the Christmas alarm bells clanging. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | How best to avoid a hiding with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver would give several pennies for the thoughts of José Mourinho as he sits in the suite he has called home for the past two-and-a-half years at the Lowry Hotel. With the thrill of frightening staff by dressing as a zombie using his shower curtain, snaffling complimentary biscuits and tungsten-tipped screws long gone and being able to take apart and reassemble his Corby Trouser Press quicker than a blindfolded soldier field-stripping an AK47 assault rifle, the Manchester United manager has plenty of time to dwell on the vicissitudes of life, not least how best to avoid a hiding against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job. Continue reading...

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Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with impunity … It was like a dark shadow came over.”Gareth Farrelly, now 43 and a qualified lawyer, with a Premier League and international career behind him, is recalling the bullying he says he endured as a young player at Aston Villa in the 1990s from the coach Kevin MacDonald. It was a “relentlessly negative” regime under him. Continue reading...

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PDC World Darts Championship: Peter Wright out after defeat by Toni Alcinas

World number three Peter Wright is out of the PDC World Darts Championship after his 3-1 defeat by Toni Alcinas.

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Sports Personality of the Year 2018: Billy Monger wins Helen Rollason Award

Watch as Lewis Hamilton presents Billy Monger with the Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

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Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd: No playmaker, no problem for Reds - Stephen Warnock analysis

MOTD2 pundit Stephen Warnock on why Fabinho and the rest of Liverpool's midfield are as effective at helping the league leaders attack as they are at protecting their defence.

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