Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden agrees contract extension to 2024

11-12-2018 • ‘Foden is an outstanding talent,’ says Txiki Begiristain • Eighteen-year-old signs five-and-half-year dealPhil Foden has signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension with Manchester City that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.The 18-year-old midfielder has become a first-team squad regular for the champions this season under Pep Guardiola, with his latest appearance coming as an 84th-minute replacement in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. In all, Foden has played 13 times this season and Guardiola has continually praised his progress. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino wary of Barcelona’s quality despite no Luis Suárez

11-12-2018 • Marc-André ter Stegen and Luis Suárez missing for Barcelona• Kyle Walker-Peters to make Champions League debut for SpursMauricio Pochettino calls it his town and whenever his busy schedule permits, he invariably heads back there. The Tottenham manager first moved to Barcelona as a 22-year-old in 1994, when he joined Espanyol from Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina as a player, and it is the place where he feels centred and relaxed; full of energy.Pochettino still has a house in the north of the city, close to the mountains, and his setup is certainly appealing. He can go for a run along the stunning Carretera de las Aigues, as he has done since the Espanyol days – mixing fitness with contemplation – while the sea, weather and restaurants are obvious attractions. Continue reading...

Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

11-12-2018 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...

Everton 2-2 Watford: Marco Silva says Everton lost focus in second half

11-12-2018 Everton manager Marco Silva admits his side "lost focus" during the second half of their match against Watford, allowing the Hornets to score two quick goals and eventually draw 2-2.

Amir Khan v Kell Brook: Costello and Bunce analyse long-awaited fight

11-12-2018 Are Amir Khan and Kell Brook past their best? Could they fill a stadium? Mike Costello and Steve Bunce have their say.

Everton 2-2 Watford: Late equaliser difficult to accept - Gracia

11-12-2018 Watford manager Javi Gracia says conceding an equaliser in the 96th minute at Goodison Park is "difficult to accept", after his side drew 2-2 against Everton.

Jess Varnish evidence to be heard at Manchester Employment Tribunal

11-12-2018 Jess Varnish will give evidence to a tribunal hearing on Tuesday as her case against British Cycling and UK Sport gets under way.

Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

11-12-2018 Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left hanging in the breeze with the future direction of the flagship national team still uncertain. After the Wallabies produced an abysmal 4-9 win-loss record this year – their worst performance since 1958 – it was widely accepted that Rugby Australia had to be seen to be doing something to turn the team around in time for the World Cup in Japan next year.The fate of Cheika and his assistants was meant to be decided at a RA board meeting in Sydney on Monday, but no action was taken in what amounted to a public relations disaster. Instead, RA chairman Cameron Clyne held a doorstop press conference to announce the “process” would be “wrapped up” by Christmas. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Harry Kane or Richarlison to Barcelona?

11-12-2018 Today’s tell-all is on holiday by mistake More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye. Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

Advent calendar 2018: Williams wows crowd with 'fluke shot' and naked presser

11-12-2018 Mark Williams wows The Crucible crowds with a stunning 'fluke' shot and by keeping to his promise of arriving to his press conference naked.

Patrick Mahomes’ brilliance is hard to explain, even harder to exaggerate

11-12-2018 Only Aaron Rodgers can rival the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback’s athleticism and precision. We are witnessing the start of an all-time great careerHalf human, half amazing, Patrick Mahomes cemented himself as the league’s MVP on a wild, wacky NFL Sunday. Mahomes overcame a talented Baltimore defense, as the Chiefs beat the Ravens 27-24 to wrap up a spot in the playoffs.Mahomes’ brilliance is hard to explain, even harder to exaggerate. He is bending the boundaries of what is plausible on the football field. Only Aaron Rodgers is able to match the first-year starter’s blend of athleticism, precision and playmaking magic. Nobody has a more impressive arm than Mahomes. Baltimore entered Sunday as the fourth-best defense in the league by DVOA. Mahomes promptly set to work dissecting it, conjuring all kinds of magic, including no-look passes that had more than a whiff of sorcery: Continue reading...

Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

11-12-2018 José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...