EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: The Premier League have drawn up plans that would see games played just over a week before the 2022 World Cup starts.
Robin van Persie lavished praise on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he scored a stunning 20-yard goal with the outside of his right foot in Liverpool's 4-1 Champions League win over Genk.
Pochettino hopes part of the process of rekindling Spurs's fortunes and regaining the qualities that helped transform them into title contenders will be aided by new additions in the January wind...
The world's top-rated miler Beauty Generation may have to fend off a quality crop of UK and Irish horses in December's Hong Kong Mile as the seven-year-old bids for a third consecutive win.
The England midfielder, who missed virtually all of last season with a serious knee injury, scored the first two in a 4-1 win against Genk but Klopp felt both the player and the team could have d...
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, a Sky pundit on Monday, led the condemnation revealing he referred to Arsenal as 'babies' during his playing career and nothing had changed.
WORLD CUP DIARY: Elliot Daly had to shell out to pay for a team trip to Disneyland Tokyo. The England full-back lost a game of 'fives' with some of his England team-mates.
INTER MILAN 2-0 BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Antonio Candreva sealed a crucial win for Inter Milan with his first ever Champions League goal as Borussia Dortmund fell flat at the San Siro.
Josh Brownhill scored a stoppage-time winner to win all three points for 10-man Bristol City against Charlton. Elsewhere, Derby overcame Wigan while Middlesbrough drew with Huddersfield.
RB SALZBURG 2-3 NAPOLI: Napoli took the lead through Dries Mertens 17th minute goal, but a penalty from Erling Haaland pulled Salzburg level. Mertens scored again in the 64th minute.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold sidelined by a virus, the majority expected Joe Gomez would get the nod for the champions of Europe. Instead, Klopp opted for the puzzle piece that always fits.
Derby County captain Richard Keogh (left) has been pictured on crutches for the first time since being involved in a horror car crash that could have ended his career.
FOREST 1-2 HULL - JOHN DRAYTON AT THE CITY GROUND: Forest have now lost two games in a row, but this defeat was against a Hull side reduced to 10 men for the final 22 minutes.
FULHAM 3-2 LUTON: Before Luton's visit, Fulham had dropped to 10th and only won one of their last five home games. If the Hatters expected Fulham to be shaky, they had not contended with the Serb...
CHRIS FOY IN TOKYO: After the 40-16 victory over Australia in their quarter-final last Saturday, it was widely assumed the head coach would retain the same starting line-up against the All Blacks...
Dereck Chisora turned up late for the public work out as he continued his campaign to be promoted to the top of the bill at London's O2 on Saturday night.
When Manu Tuilagi was growing up in Samoa, he put the All Blacks on pedestals, and none were higher than the one occupied by their giant force of nature Jonah Lomu.
BENFICA 2-1 LYON: Pizzi scored the winner as Benfica secured a 2-1 victory at home to Lyon. Rafa Silva put Benfica in the lead after just four minutes in the Champions League clash.
DOMINIC KING AT THE LUMINUS ARENA: It had threatened to be one of those night, the kind Jurgen Klopp is prone to having, until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain jabbed out his right leg.
After the Watford's 1-1 draw with Tottenham, manager Quique Sanchez Flores claimed Welbeck had suffered an ankle problem but the forward has actually sustained a hamstring tear.
DOMINIC KING IN GENK: Liverpool face a UEFA fine after their travelling fans unfurled a banner in Genk on Wednesday night that the club described as 'highly offensive and inappropriate'.
EXCLUSIVE: The British and Irish Lions have suffered a setback in planning for the 2021 tour of South Africa, with clubs refusing a request to bring forward the Premiership final by a week.
LILLE 1-1 VALENCIA: Jonathan Ikone came off the bench to net a dramatic late equaliser as Lille left it left against Valencia on Wednesday night.
SLAVIA PRAGUE 1-2 BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored his 113th Champions League goal as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague to tighten their grip on Group F to move three points clear of Inter Milan.
Hadleigh Parkes loved safari when he lived in South Africa but now he is hunting Springboks with Wales at the World Cup.
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Hard as nails, incredibly competitive, uncompromising, fiery and combative. Yet also sublimely skilful and talented.
CHRIS FOY IN TOKYO: England will go into their World Cup semi-final with friends reunited in the back line. George Ford and Owen Farrell are set to resume their creative alliance.
Trainer Simon Crisford has tried to prepare his speedy two-year-old A'Ali for the Breeders' Cup demands of sprinting around a bend at Santa Anita next week with a work-out at Wolverhampton.
After a rocky start to his managerial tenure at Stamford Bridge his side have found form and their recent win against last season's semi-finalists marked six in a row and left Lampard beaming.
Wales remain ever hopeful that Jonathan Davies will be ready for the World Cup semi-final against South Africa, knowing they need all their game-breaking talents fit and firing.
Liverpool visit Belgium as they take on Genk in Champions League group stage action on Wednesday night. Follow all the LIVE action with JAMES DUTTON.
Inter Milan grabbed a huge three points against Borussia Dortmund to collect their first Champions League victory this campaign. Meanwhile there were also wins for Barcelona and Napoli.
NIK SIMON IN TOKYO: Ben Youngs believes the next few days could be the launchpad for Tom Curry to become 'one of the greatest back-rowers England have ever had'.
IAN LADYMAN AT THE JOHAN CRUYFF ARENA: Frank Lampard produced his most impressive win since taking over at Chelsea as Batshuayi came off the bench to down Ajax in Amsterdam.
Joe Cole crowned Chelsea's 1-0 win over Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday night as the 'best performance' of the Frank Lampard era as the Blues struck late to claim all three points.
Roberto Firmino is already hugely popular with Liverpool fans, and his popularity increased even further after he produced a superb piece of skill against Genk.
Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford have spoken to their Manchester United teammates about how to handle racist abuse if they encounter it against Partizan Belgrade.
RB LEIPZIG 2-1 ZENIT SAINT PETERSBURG: Marcel Sabitzer scored an excellent winner as RB Leipzig came from behind to beat Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1.
DANIEL MATTHEWS AT THE AMSTERDAM ARENA: Frank Lampard urged the need for 'detail, focus, concentration' before the game but for Hudson-Odoi the stakes felt particularly high.
Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday's meetings at Ludlow, Southwell, Carlisle, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City.
The Polish forward has been clinical in front of goal this season and has bagged 18 goals this term from just 13 games as Bayern look to win both the Bundesliga title and the Champions League.
Frank Lampard produced his most impressive win since taking over at Chelsea as Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to down Ajax in Amsterdam.
TOM COLLOMOSSE IN BRATISLAVA: The fixture was supposed to have been played behind closed doors because of the racist behaviour of Slovan fans against PAOK in August.
Chief executive Tom Harrison refused six requests by Jo Stevens MP to disclose the budget for the Hundred or what has been spent on the format so far.
Slovan Bratislava boss Jan Kozak has apologised to Wolves fans unable to watch their Europa League clash after the club exploited a Uefa loophole and gifted 21,000 tickets to children.
Cardiff City have confirmed that academy players were subject to 'an unacceptable coaching environment' following an investigation into allegations of bullying against Craig Bellamy.
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed plans to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) back to Serie A as the club line up a move to reunite the Swedish star with former coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Another enthralling night of Champions League action. But what has got us talking the most? From Real Madrid's limp victory in Turkey to Tanguy Ndombele's masterclass. Here's what we learned.
A reporter asked the 33-year-old midfielder to give his 'most frustrating opponent' and after laughing replied: 'Players? I don't know really, it's hard to name one obviously.'
Tommy Johnson has joined Blackpool's recruitment staff in a move which led to the collapse last week of Southend's bid to appoint Henrik Larsson as manager at Roots Hall.
The Chilean has scored only five goals in 45 games since his free transfer from Arsenal in the January transfer window of the 2017/18, despite being given a salary of £400,000 a week.
The 24-year-old defender has attracted interest from the reigning Premier League champions in recent weeks. However Skriniar has emphasised that he does not have any intention to depart.
Arsenal defender Rob Holding has revealed how a Ryan Giggs DVD inspired him to take up yoga and that he now practises the discipline regularly as part of his training regime.
The versatile right-back signed for the Old Trafford outfit from fellow English side Norwich back in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later.
Arsenal failed with an equivalent bid in the summer but will try their luck again as they seek a cut-price deal for the defender as he approaches the final 18 months on his deal.
There were at least 150 Red Star Belgrade fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night despite their UEFA ban for racist behaviour earlier in the competition.
Lys Mousset scored the only goal as the Blades won 1-0 at Bramall Lane, with Arsenal facing criticism after the game as many questioned their mentality away from home.
The former striker, who hung up his boots just last month, has praised the way the current Vissel Kobe midfielder plays the game. 'I shared a dressing-room with many great players,' Eto'o said.
BY NIK SIMON AND WILL KELLEHER IN JAPAN: More than 24 years have passed since England last played New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final, but it evokes vivid memories of one man: Jonah Lomu.
Anthony Joshua is sparring with Albon Pervizaj ahead of his eagerly-anticipated rematch against Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Kawhi Leonard (left) stepped out for his LA Clippers debut on Tuesday night, helping his new side see off local rivals LA Lakers on the opening night of the new NBA season.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to the club's fans for marking the anniversary of the death of former Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
'If you had told me during the summer that I will be winning a MENA Tour title against professionals and become the youngest ever winner of an OWGR event, I would have laughed at the notion,' he ...
Arsenal manager Unai Emery and his side were criticised following their 1-0 defeat by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday night. And now Petit has condemned skipper Xhaka.
Borussia Dortmund have veered between attacking excellence and defensive calamity this season and now take on high-flying Inter Milan in a crucial Champions League double-header.
Tyson Fury took a heavy blow to the ankle (right) in training from arch rival Braun Strowman (left) ahead of the pair's highly-anticipated grudge fight in Saudi Arabia at the end of the month.
While playing in England, for the likes of Tottenham, QPR and Fulham, he had picked up a questionable reputation - he had the flair to dazzle opponents but his attitude was brought into the spotl...
Bertrand would be keen on a director of football role once he retires, having seen Manchester City's director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano achieve success.
Wolves and West Ham have been linked with a move for AC Milan forward Suso. He is understood to have a release clause of £36million, which only applies to clubs outside of Italy.
Mauro Icardi scored in his fourth successive game for Paris Saint-Germain as the French champions all but sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Conor McGregor has admitted he is keen to fight the winner of next month's blockbuster showdown between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal ahead of his expected return to UFC later this year.
Every was suspended from the PGA Tour for violating its drug policy, even though he said that the ban was for cannabis, for which he claims to have a prescription on medical grounds.
Manchester United's pursuit of Mario Mandzukic looks to have been handed a major boost with the striker reportedly ready to lower his wage demands to seal a move away from Juventus.
MATT BARLOW AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Positives have been in short supply for Pochettino especially in the goal difference column since the visit of Bayern Munich..
Abramovich, once a regular fixture in the directors' box at Stamford Bridge, has been locked in a visa row with the UK government in recent months and hasn't been seen around the club.
SAMI MOKBEL AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Grumblings from within the Tottenham squad about their non-stop schedule were, at least for a little while, forgotten on Tuesday night.
EXCLUSIVE BY DANIEL MATTHEWS: Professor Mike Loosemore hopes the mouthguard could be introduced into Joshua's camp after his upcoming rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.
WILL KELLEHER IN TOKYO: Wales had a new man at training today with a familiar surname - Warren Gatland's son Bryn. The 24-year-old New Zealander even donned the full Welsh kit.
NIK SIMON IN TOKYO: Anthony Watson knows how it feels to beat New Zealand and the wing is adamant he and his England team-mates don't accept any notion of All Black invincibility.
The Cherries signed the Holland defender from Chelsea for £20million in June 2017 after he spent a loan period on the south coast. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opted for youth this season.
According to The Guardian, Manchester City will send scouts to watch Ruiz (pictured above) in action when Napoli play Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Lewis Hamilton comes into the Mexican Grand Prix with the F1 Drivers Championship in his grasp at Mexico City should teammate Bottas not show a repeat from his Japanese GP win.
Bradford are investigating allegations of racist abuse towards one of their supporters before Tuesday night's home defeat to Port Vale. The incident is said to have happened close to the Utilita ...
Football authorities were 'warned about the dangers of frequently heading the ball by doctors in 1966'. New research showed that former players are three-and-a-half times more likely to die of de...
CRAIG HOPE AND PETE JENSON: Raheem Sterling bagged another hat-trick on Tuesday as he continued his brilliant season. Can he break up the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly?
The mouth-watering fixture was supposed to be played on Saturday but was postponed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation last week. Barcelona will welcome their rivals in December.
Plymouth thrashed Orient 4-0 during the League Two encounter at Home Park but the hosts' opening goal was met by somewhat more than a hint of controversy.
Jose Mourinho is being lined up by Borussia Dortmund to take over as their new manager, and the club are in 'regular contact' with him, according to reports in Germany.
Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez is set for an extended time out injured after partially tearing ankle ligaments in their 3-2 win over Olympiakos.
The England winger was in superb form as City won 5-1 win, but Benjamin Mendy and Riyad Mahrez took the opportunity to tease Sterling, telling him he could have grabbed another goal.
The players of both Haringey and Yeovil walked off the pitch on Saturday after it was claimed Pajetat had been spat at and that defender Coby Rowe was subject to racist abuse.
Belgian wheelchair sprinter Marieke Vervoort suffered with constant pain and paralysis in her legs. She signed paperwork in 2008 that would allow a doctor to end her life in her home country.
Zinedine Zidane has insisted he has no concerns about Eden Hazard after the Belgian missed an open goal against Galatasaray on Tuesday evening.
The British driver, who could win his sixth world title in Mexico, is a vegan and urged others to adopt plant-based diets in an emotional Instagram message he posted and then deleted last week.
The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0. Silva has come under scrutiny but Everton full back Digne has praised his boss.
The 20-year-old forward has been sidelined for parts of this season due to injuries but he followed up a goal and an assist at the weekend with a fantastic second-half display.
On the eastern fringe of Belgium, near the Dutch border, lies arguably the most successful football academy in Europe. Forget Barcelona's La Masia or Ajax's famed youth set-up.
Barcelona will face a huge run of fixtures in the space of only three weeks after their El Classico derby with Real Madrid was re-arranged due to safety fears over the Catalan protests.
The reigning Premier League champions revealed their £200million Etihad Campus back in December 2014. Meetings with the public reportedly began last week.
In a video released on their Instagram page, David Beckham's new MLS side have teased a spectacular guide to their stadium, which remarkably includes a rooftop bar and palm trees on the roof.
The club made Andreazzoli's departure official on Tuesday on the back of a difficult run of form that left them in 19th in Serie A , dismissing a manager who only arrived in June in favour of Mot...
The Belgian's form has again come under scrutiny this season and he has not been a hit with Madrid fans since his move from Chelsea in the summer of 2018.
Marcus Rashford and Gary Neville have joined forces to give a Manchester United fan the trip of a lifetime. John, a stage three cancer survivor, will travel to Manchester next month.
According to El Desmarque, Arsenal offered in the region of £25million in a bid to secure Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis, but Real Madrid turned it down.
SAMI MOKBEL AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Pochettino ordered his players not to relent in the quest to rebuild their shattered confidence following thier 5-0 victory over Red Star.
The Eredivisie and the Belgian Jupiler Pro League could join forces next season to form an 18-team 'super league' that would challenge the top five European divisions.
After the game, former United defender Ferdinand couldn't speak highly enough of Sterling's development under Pep Guardiola, insisting he is the best player in the Premier League now.
Sheffield Wednesday halted Stoke's mini-revival and climbed to third in the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Potters on Tuesday.
JACK GAUGHAN AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Raheem Sterling is just something else these days, isn't he? That is 47 goals for club and country since the start of last year. Forty-seven.
TOM COLLOMOSSE AT THE HAWTHORNS: The visitors were two goals up thanks to Woodrow but the game soon turned with Matheus Pereira striking nine minutes from time to secure a vital point.
JOE BERNSTEIN AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Pep Guardiola insisted Phil Foden will learn from the first red card of his career after the England youngster soured his evening against Atalanta.
The squad of elite 'Special Operations' officers will monitor around 300 of Lazio ultras before, during and after the group match in Glasgow, according to The Sun.
LAURA LAMBERT AT COMMERCIAL COURT: Mr Justice Teare said that 'novel points' had been raised by both parties in their closing submissions on Tuesday, which may delay his judgement.
Much to Pep Guardiola's frustration, John Stones was not prepared at all to come on, and the City boss was visibly upset at the lack of urgency from the England international on the subs bench.
Rio Ferdinand, who was on the pitch in October 2011 when Luis Suarez abused Patrice Evra, hit out at the length of time it has taken for any apology to come from those associated with Liverpool.
Southend United have confirmed the appointment of Sol Campbell on a three-year deal with Andy Cole and Hermann Hreidarsson forming his backroom team at Roots Hall.
Arsenal lost 1-0 on Monday night at Sheffield United courtesy of Lys Mousset's first half goal and afterwards former Manchester United man Patrice Evra said he was not shocked by the result.
Jadon Sancho is of 'great interest' to Liverpool as they target a move for the Borussia Dortmund star, according to former player Dietmar Hamann.
The Frenchman was filmed returning to the dressing rooms following his pre-match warm-up before he stooped low to acknowledge each of the youngsters inside the Jan Breydel Stadium tunnel.
Basketball season returns on Tuesday night in what is bound to be the most exciting NBA season in recent memory. Sportsmail asks and answers the 10 key questions for the next eight months.
Families of former footballers living with dementia are uniting to demand immediate support and action after a major study reinforced links between the disease and heading the ball.
Wales back-rower Ross Moriarty is relishing a chance to smash into the Springboks, but was worried it could be curtains for him after he hit France centre Gael Fickou high on Sunday.
Eden Hazard missed a glaring opportunity to score during Real Madrid's unconvincing 1-0 win over Galatasaray at the Champions League group stage.
David Haye (left) believes Dereck Chisora (right) can go on to a world heavyweight title challenge if he wins his KO shoot-out with David Price on Saturday night.
Even the best occasionally need a shove in the right direction and it was surely no coincidence that Aguero's return to form followed some positive headlines for his strike rival Jesus.
ADAM SHERGOLD AT LOFTUS ROAD: Sam Baldock scored 15 minutes from time to rescue a point for the Royals as QPR only had themselves to blame for defensive complacency.
Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday's meetings at Wolverhampton, Newmarket, Kempton, Fontwell and Worcester.
IAN HERBERT FROM BELFAST: A few minor blemishes aside - rejecting George Best as 'too small', for example - Glentoran are testament to the power of football in the lands of the working class.
RICHARD GIBSON AT DEEPDALE: Nketiah, the Arsenal loanee frustrated by the lack of a Championship start during his temporary move, nodded in four minutes from time to grab a point.
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's septet of Ballon d'Or nominees is the surest indication his club have re-established themselves as a leading European force.
PETE JENSON IN ISTANBUL: Thibaut Courtois saved, Eden Hazard sprinted, Toni Kroos scored, and so Madrid took the folder marked 'crisis' and filed it away for another day.
CHRIS FOY IN TOKYO: Jones (top right) claimed that someone was spying on England's training session from the apartment block (pictured above) overlooking Arcs Urayasu Park.
EXCLUSIVE BY MATT HUGHES IN TOKYO: England are set to play Japan's World Cup heroes at Twickenham next year with the RFU in talks about staging an additional autumn international.
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER IN TOKYO: It was Sir Alex Ferguson's belief that the match kicked off in the press conference the day before.
WILL KELLEHER IN TOYKO: If Wales are to realise their World Cup dream they first have to deal with the pocket rocket and the snake-hipped sensation.
Mauricio Pochettino's men will be looking to register their first win of the European competition after being handed a humiliating loss by Bayern Munich. Follow all the action here.
The Manchester City forward has been included on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or this season alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have each won the trophy five times.
Raheem Sterling's hat-trick and a brace from Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City come from behind to see off Atalanta and close in on a place in the last-16 of the Champions League.
England head coach Eddie Jones has admitted he does not know who was filming his squad's training session from an apartment block overlooking their field in Chiba. Jones,
Tomori was asked for his thoughts on the FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil, which was abandoned after players walked off the field following allegations of racist abuse.
Mo Salah is back in Liverpool training having missed the 1-1 draw against Manchester United with an ankle injury. He has travelled with his team-mates to play Genk in Belgium.
WORLD CUP DIARY: Wales will get a royal seal of approval on Wednesday ahead of their semi-final, as Prince Charles is set to visit them before the South Africa match.
DANIEL MATTHEWS IN AMSTERDAM: Their paths have never crossed until tonight. But at different points over the last few years, Chelsea and Ajax have travelled parallel roads.
Frank Lampard admits that Callum Hudson-Odoi (bottom right) and Christian Pulisic (top right) are adding to his selection headache ahead of Chelsea's Champions League visit of Ajax.
NIK SIMON IN TOKYO: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen says his side are ready for every eventuality - after the Kiwi cricketers lost to England in a super over in the World Cup final this summer.
The Manchester United chief has been criticised by supporters over the last few years as they believe he has too much power when it comes to bringing new players to Old Trafford.
The £72million summer arrival had the chance to put Unai Emery's side ahead during the first-half after being left unmarked in the middle, but he sent the ball wide of the goal instead.
Argentinean defender Rojo has been frozen out at United in recent seasons, featuring just five times in the last campaign, but he made his first start of the season for Solskjaer against Liverpoo...
Neymar has confirmed that he wanted to leave PSG in the summer and was not happy at the French club. He has pledged to do his best while he remains in Paris.
The Liverpool man was sent on in the 71st minute of Sunday's game against Manchester United with the Reds behind and managed to latch onto Andy Robertson's cross to equalise late on.