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  • 22 Oct 2017
    Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte give a press conference at Chelsea's Cobham training facility ...

    Relieved Conte doesn’t fear Chelsea axe

    Antonio Conte insists he does not fear the sack after Chelsea eased the mounting pressure on their manager with a gutsy 4-2 win over Watford. Conte's position has been under growing scrutiny follow...

  • 21 Oct 2017
    Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (2L) celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty ...

    Man Utd slip lets Aguero send Man City clear

    Manchester United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday as Pep Guardiola's free-scoring Manchester City moved five points clear at the Premier League summit. Aaron Mo...

  • Batshuayi brace gets Chelsea back on track

    Batshuayi brace gets Chelsea back on track

    Michy Batshuayi stepped off the bench to inspire Chelsea's fightback as Antonio Conte's side eased the pressure on their manager with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday. Conte's pos...

  • Serena Williams (L) has the clear edge over her sister Venus Williams (R), winning six ...

    Venus at number one? Could happen at WTA Finals

    A supremely unpredictable women's tennis season will culminate in fitting style at the elite WTA Finals, where seven out of eight players can win the trophy and also be crowned year-end world number o...

  • 20 Oct 2017
    Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp watches his players warm up ahead of the English Premier ...

    Kane a bigger threat than Lukaku, says Klopp

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes "world-class" Harry Kane poses a bigger threat to his side than Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku did last weekend. The Reds boss succeeded in dousing the th...

  • Then FIFA president Sepp Blatter with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the preliminary draw ...

    Banned Blatter invited to World Cup by ‘friend’ Putin

    FIFA's disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has said he will go to next year's World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being banned from football. "I will go to th...

  • Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (L) and teammates react to their defeat to Crystal Place ...

    Chelsea need a lift, surging City eye title charge

    Manchester City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form when the free-scoring Premier League leaders host Burnley on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's side are two points clear of second...

  • Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on during previews ahead of the ...

    Hamilton supports NFL protests, coy on ‘taking a knee’

    Formula One star Lewis Hamilton said he supports the ongoing protests by NFL players against racial injustice, but refused to confirm whether or not he intended to 'take a knee' in sympathy at this w...

  • 19 Oct 2017
    Juve must rediscover cutting edge, says Allegri

    Juve must rediscover cutting edge, says Allegri

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned that the Italian champions need to rediscover their cutting edge if they want to push for Champions League glory after two runners-up spots in three years. ...

  • Heynckes happy as Mueller shines again for Bayern

    Heynckes happy as Mueller shines again for Bayern

    Jupp Heynckes said he enjoyed seeing Thomas Mueller return to form as Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic. Bayern captain Mueller put ...

  • Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures during a UEFA Champions league group stage football ...

    Conte takes blame for Chelsea’s sloppy show

    Antonio Conte took the blame for Chelsea's failure to protect their lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League. Blues boss Conte opted to deploy Brazil defender David Luiz in...

  • 18 Oct 2017
    Manchester City's striker Gabriel Jesus (2ndL) scores his team's second goal against Napoli on October 17, 2017 (...

    Guardiola proud to beat ‘best opponents’ Napoli

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described his side's 2-1 victory over Napoli in the Champions League group phase as one of the proudest moments of his storied career. City took a quick-fire 2...

  • 17 Oct 2017
    Protesters wave a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag as they gather at the Placa de la ...

    Camp Nou reopens amid political storm

    For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona's Camp Nou opens its doors when Olympiakos visit on Wednesd...

  • Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football ...

    Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

    Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League. While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their lege...

  • Echoes of Best as Man Utd and Benfica collide

    Echoes of Best as Man Utd and Benfica collide

    Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Benfica on Wednesday represents a resumption of hostilities with foes who have provided a yardstick for their European standing for over half a cent...

  • 16 Oct 2017
    Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku reacts to a missed oppurtunity during the English Premier ...

    Lukaku ‘relaxed’ over record against ‘Big Six’

    Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has brushed off criticism over his poor record against the Premier League's "Big Six" after a missed chance against Liverpool cost his side a potential win. ...

  • Napoli's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Napoli at ...

    Flying City, inform Napoli in titanic clash

    Manchester City and Napoli are the two most prolific teams in Europe's five major leagues, making Tuesday's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium a genuinely mouth-watering prospect. Pep...

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men's final singles match against ...

    Federer shakes off ‘scars’ of Nadal defeats

      Roger Federer said he has finally shaken off the "scars" of his many defeats to Rafael Nadal after claiming the Shanghai Masters with his fifth win in a row over the world number one. The...

  • England's striker Harry Kane scores from the penalty spot during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification ...

    Kane’s Champs League rise faces Real acid test

    Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo's stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese's status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be th...

  • Oil producers may not need to extend cuts: Kuwait

    Oil producers may not need to extend cuts: Kuwait

    Oil producers may not need to roll over a deal to cut production beyond March if all members fully comply with their pledges, the Kuwaiti oil minister has said. "The current reduction deal is suffi...

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