• Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or

The two Ballon d'Or Awards will be decided by an worldwide jury of journalists, with AS editor Alfredo Relaño again casting Spain's vote this year . Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico M...

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  • CC Sabathia Critical Of Angel Hernandez Following Loss
CC Sabathia Critical Of Angel Hernandez Following Loss

During Game 3 , Hernandez had three calls overturned by replay, which was the latest chapter in a career that has featured plenty of complaints from players on how he calls games. "He's always bad", Sabathia said. Hernandez's assignment as home-plate umpire for Game 4 became a talking point after he was criticized for his performance at Game 3 on...

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  • Hazard once again hints at an urge to join Real Madrid
Hazard once again hints at an urge to join Real Madrid

The victory sends Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool's heavyweight clash with Manchester City at Anfield this afternoon. Ings was lucky to stay on the pitch after a wild second-half challenge on Mateo Kovacic as Southampton , who had six players booked, resorted to increasingly physical methods.

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  • Man City & Liverpool still a step ahead, says Maurizio Sarri
Man City & Liverpool still a step ahead, says Maurizio Sarri

Mahrez has now missed five of his past eight Premier League penalties - one for City and four for his previous club Leicester City - and seems highly unlikely to be given another chance after blasting the ball over the bar in the 86th minute.

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  • Liverpool v Man City - Confirmed Lineups
Liverpool v Man City - Confirmed Lineups

When asked if De Bruyne will be fit to face the Reds in the Premier League, Guardiola was concise in his reply : "We will see on Saturday". So while both clubs go into this game level on points, with City topping the table courtesy of their superior goal difference, it's hard not to see Pep Guardiola's side as the form team .

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  • Panthers say Reid wont be distraction vs. Giants
Panthers say Reid wont be distraction vs. Giants

He was the first player to kneel alongside former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a means to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Immediately after the horrendous mistake, Twitter ripped OBJ for his bad decision that cost NY dearly. If that was the issue, it would be a problem.

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  • Zinedine Zidane’s agent says he’s not interested in Manchester United
Zinedine Zidane’s agent says he’s not interested in Manchester United

Newcastle have lost seven Premier League matches when scoring first against Manchester United - only Southampton against Man Utd and Sunderland against Chelsea (eight defeats) have lost more times when scoring first against an opponent in the history of the competition.

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  • Tom Brady joins exclusive club with 500th touchdown
Tom Brady joins exclusive club with 500th touchdown

After New England's win over Indy, Brady did what Brady always does, he credited everyone who helped him get to where he is today. Brady has been on the winning team in 199 regular season games and 27 postseason games. While the score indicated that the game was somewhat close , the Patriots handled the Colts somewhat easily. Last week's Week ...

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  • Pep Guardiola confirms shock team news ahead of Liverpool clash
Pep Guardiola confirms shock team news ahead of Liverpool clash

Liverpool have lost only seven of the last 36 league meetings home and away between the sides, and nine of the last 51. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is unsure if key midfielder Naby Keita will be fit enough to play a role in the Reds' clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

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  • Cesc Fabregas wishes Maurizio Sarri had arrived at Chelsea sooner
Cesc Fabregas wishes Maurizio Sarri had arrived at Chelsea sooner

But Sarri, a 59-year-old heavy-smoking former banker, has inspired Fabregas. "I'm very open about it". "They need a new centre-forward because Giroud, I think, has been hopeless in the first few games of the season". Fabregas added: "He was stressing out a bit so the goal will do him a lot of good". "I have to change five, six, seven players - ...

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  • Kershaw, Dodgers blank Braves for 2-0 NLDS lead
Kershaw, Dodgers blank Braves for 2-0 NLDS lead

Ryu joined exclusive company in the Dodgers' franchise history by tossing his second postseason start with at least seven shutout innings. He won't rest on his laurels for this one start. The South Korean was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season. The 31-year-old Ryu missed 3 1/2 months of the season with a groin strain and returned August ...

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  • Jadeja hits debut ton as India declare on record 649-9
Jadeja hits debut ton as India declare on record 649-9

For the visitors, Bishoo was the most successful of the bowlers picking up four wickets , but conceded a whopping 217 runs in 57 overs. That baffled India captain Virat Kohli , Cheteshwar Pujara and the bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. India vs West Indies day 1 of 1st Test will telecast on the Star Sports Network. Kohli, who started on his ove...

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  • Aston Villa confirms sack of coach, Steve Bruce
Aston Villa confirms sack of coach, Steve Bruce

Villa supporters have turned on Bruce after a dismal start to the campaign and one irate fan even hurled a cabbage at him before Tuesday's game kicked off. A club statement said: "We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment". The likes of Brentford's Dean Smith and Arsenal and Fr...

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  • Debates, calculations and karaoke: Japan Grand Prix talking points
Debates, calculations and karaoke: Japan Grand Prix talking points

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix to take a 50-point lead over Sebastian Vettel . To be the baddie on Sunday for many right reasons, or do I want to be the idiot in Abu Dhabi at end of the season? For sure, I am a racer - the only thing I want to do is win races but I also want to play for the team.

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  • Padraig Harrington next in line to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
Padraig Harrington next in line to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain

This was a predictable result. Europe had seized a 10-6 edge in Saturday's foursomes and fourballs matches and got the points they needed to swipe the trophy after an early USA surge. In other words, the lopsided nature of this contest must be considered something of a fluke. The Europeans have now claimed the Ryder Cup in four of the last five t...

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  • Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1
Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1

For the second time in as many days a Cubs opponent celebrated at Wrigley Field. This will be the fourth time Lester has pitched in a "Win or Go Home" game in his playoff career and his second with the Cubs, although this will be his first start.

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Game 163
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Game 163

The Cubs will host either Colorado or Los Angeles in a wild-card playoff game Tuesday. The Dodgers are facing off Monday afternoon with the Colorado Rockies in a tie-breaker game at Dodger Stadium to determine the National League West champion.

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  • Napoli coach Ancelotti speaks about Salah ahead of Liverpool clash
Napoli coach Ancelotti speaks about Salah ahead of Liverpool clash

Liverpool's squad trained at Napoli's Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday evening - take a look at our gallery of photographs from their session now. "Liverpool have improved a lot, they managed to reach the final past year and they started the season very well".

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  • Champions League: Livescore from Manchester United vs Valencia
Champions League: Livescore from Manchester United vs Valencia

The 43-year-old former England worldwide has been a stern critic of Mourinho and did not hold back ahead of United's clash with Valencia on Tuesday night. It was United's fourth successive winless outing following a 3-1 Premier League defeat by West Ham on Saturday which came on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Wolverhampton and League Cup elim...

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  • Mourinho not feeling the pressure as Valencia test looms
Mourinho not feeling the pressure as Valencia test looms

We weren't ready in the last few games. "I had a conversation with Jose Mourinho after he left Chelsea , he was the manager of the Soccer Aid team, a charity game". Victor Lindelof was hooked in the second half at the weekend, so Eric Bailly or Phil Jones could come back into the defence - with Scott McTominay unlikely to retain a place at cen...

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  • Brewers clinch first playoff spot since 2011, sweep Cardinals
Brewers clinch first playoff spot since 2011, sweep Cardinals

Garcia would have scored if he didn't fall down after rounding third base, but instead he was tagged out and the Cardinals were retired in order to end the game in the ninth, losing 2-1. Wednesday just slightly simplified the wildcard situation. Yes, it will be an interesting weekend. Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers cracked a pair of...

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  • Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow in Champions League
Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow in Champions League

The opponents are of a great level and are at home. He will miss the reigning European champions' Group G game in Russian Federation, along with captain Sergio Ramos , who was also omitted from the squad announced on Sunday. "They are on a very positive run, with players returning", he said of Tuesday's opponents. Fortunately for Real and th...

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  • Where would the Brewers and Cubs play NL Central tiebreaker?
Where would the Brewers and Cubs play NL Central tiebreaker?

Yes, this was his patsy. Lorenzo Cain hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Christian Yelich collected three more hits and the Milwaukee Brewers took their first NL Central title since 2011 by downing the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a tiebreaker game.

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  • Klopp admits Salah sub was tactical but defends 'world-class' forward
Klopp admits Salah sub was tactical but defends 'world-class' forward

Chelsea and Liverpool meet for the second time in four days as the Premier League's early pace-setters face off at Stamford Bridge this evening. The draw at Chelsea extended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season to seven matches, although Manchester City's 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion sees them move to the top of the tabl...

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  • Three Manchester United players who don't deserve blame for West Ham loss
Three Manchester United players who don't deserve blame for West Ham loss

However, sources close to the club told ESPN FC dismissed talk of an approach to Zidane, who is available after leaving the Bernabeu in the summer, as "nonsense". United lacked ideas, looked confused defensively and once again fell woefully short of expectations. United conceded three goals for the third time this season - having not done so at all...

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  • Ryder Cup 2018: Dominant Europe takes US to the brink
Ryder Cup 2018: Dominant Europe takes US to the brink

So yeah ... heckling McIlroy at the Ryder Cup probably won't do you much good. Furyk looked shellshocked out on the course as he surveyed the giant scoreboards swathed in blue but tried to take the long view when considering the day. "I mean, he put a lot of work and effort into it and played a lot more golf than he's used to". "And physicall...

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  • Lionel Messi demands better from Barcelona after Athletic Bilbao draw
Lionel Messi demands better from Barcelona after Athletic Bilbao draw

On Wednesday against Tottenham, coach Ernesto Valverde will not be helped by the absence of two first team defenders. Luis Suarez said after the 1-1 draw: 'Messi is the best in the world but we can not depend on him coming on to provide a solution.

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  • What Jose Mourinho told 'stunned' Paul Pogba when he stripped vice-captaincy
What Jose Mourinho told 'stunned' Paul Pogba when he stripped vice-captaincy

It was a downbeat conclusion to a torrid day for United after relations between Mourinho and French World Cup victor Pogba reportedly hit a new low. "I think Jose has been patient, but I think his patience has run out now". It's 2/1 that one of the feuding pair will leave by the end of the January transfer window, and just 3/1 that they'l...

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  • Jimmy Butler wants to be traded to Heat, report says
Jimmy Butler wants to be traded to Heat, report says

The Los Angeles Clippers have been somewhat quiet to this point, but with their assets and the interest Butler has in playing there, it wouldn't be surprising to see them make a late push. They can't trade their best player in Kevin Love , a five-time All-Star who is an elite shooter and rebounder in the frontcourt, until January 23rd.

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  • Liverpool tipped to make move for Aaron Ramsey
Liverpool tipped to make move for Aaron Ramsey

And Emery admitted the 27-year-old has to do what was best for himself - while suggesting that focusing on his displays for Arsenal will provide the best platform to do so. It has been a major U-turn on the club's part as Ramsey has been keen to stay and he was being touted as a future Arsenal captain. Manchester United , Chelsea and Juventu...

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