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Buffon labels Barcelona favorite to win Champions League

Barcelona is the favorite to win the Champions League in 2015-16, according to Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.<p>Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon claims Barcelona is the favorite to take this season's Champions League crown.<p>The Italy international was on the losing side in last …

Chelsea Transfer News: Antoine Griezmann Reacts to Atletico Madrid Exit Rumours

Atletico Madrid’s star forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed he is currently content with life in Spain, ruling out a possible transfer to the Premier League.<p>Per talkSPORT, both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the French international in the past, having developed …

Top tribunal to consider temporarily lifting Platini ban | Reuters

BERNE (Reuters) - Sport’s highest tribunal will meet on Tuesday to consider temporarily lifting the 90-day suspension on Michel Platini barring him from seeking the presidency of football’s scandal-plagued governing body FIFA.<p>UEFA President Michel Platini attends a news conference after the draw …

Pune, Rajkot to host new IPL franchises

India news<p>Play 05:42<p>Bal: Franchisees will look at expenditure as marketing costs<p>IPL season to begin on April 9<p>IPL 9 will start on April 9, six days …

India

Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie rescued by police from flooded digs

The Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie had to be rescued by the police after being trapped by floods that left Brunton Park under eight feet of water.<p>Gillespie will join his team-mates on Tuesday as the Carlisle squad offer assistance to those affected by the worst floods to hit the area in 40 …

Arsenal news: Calum Chambers primed to fill midfield role in crucial Champions League game with Olympiakos

Arsène Wenger may have to play centre-back in central midfield in Greece<p>Calum Chambers has been undergoing an intense programme of preparation in the past week to familiarise himself with playing central midfield ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League decider against Olympiakos on Wednesday.<p>Although …

Lewis Hamilton could be dropped due to rivalry with Nico Rosberg, reiterates Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Wolff, the head of Mercedes motorsport, made his stark threat last week and confirmed on Sunday that the interests of the team were paramount<p>Toto Wolff has reiterated his warning to Lewis Hamilton that he could be dropped if his rivalry with Nico Rosberg continues to weaken Mercedes, despite the …

England Lions lose opening Twenty20 match against Pakistan A

• Dawid Malan scores 51 from 44 balls in losing effort in Dubai<br>• Pakistan A reach target of 145 with seven wickets to spare<p>England Lions were beaten in the first of their five Twenty20 matches against Pakistan A in Dubai, despite a debut half- century from Dawid Malan.<p>The Middlesex left-hander hit …

Pressure on Anthony Martial to score goals upsets United's Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not happy with the pressure being placed on Anthony Martial to score goals for the currently misfiring …

Soccer

Graeme Souness shouting at Thierry Henry is frightening and awkward

Thierry Henry will think twice about interrupting Graeme Souness after this happened<p>Graeme Souness has given a frightening reminder of his ability to put the fear of God into men.<p>The former Liverpool captain, renowned for his reputation in the past as a no-nonsense midfield-enforcer, put Thierry …

Forget the Superclásico, all eyes are on Ecuador vs Uruguay

When the draw was made for South America’s World Cup qualification campaign, eyes were immediately drawn to the third round clash in Buenos Aires between Argentina and Brazil.<p>The continent’s glamour game retains its appeal. But it is not, as widely expected, an early joust for the leadership. …

Atletico never stopped trying - Simeone

A last-gasp header from Antoine Griezmann lifted the Madrid side to a late win over the Asturians and their manager praised the team's persistence<p>Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone lauded his players for their never-say-die attitude following Sunday's dramatic win against Sporting Gijon.<p>Antoine …

Gerard Pique Hits out at Barcelona Haters: 'People Get Pissed off When We Win'

Gerard Pique turned off the censor and lashed out at the haters after Barcelona's 3-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday.<p>The Barca players came in for criticism following their Halloween prank at Getafe last weekend, with Azulones president Angel Torres publicly blasting the superstars from Catalonia in …

Pique: Barcelona winning p****s people off

The defender insists pictures of Getafe's dressing room being vandalised by the Catalans are false and says the team are looking forward to the Clasico<p>Gerard Pique has hit out at Angel Torres following the Getafe president's claims that Barcelona players vandalised the dressing room after their …

Juventus Beat Empoli but Massimiliano Allegri Must Now Find Attacking Identity

Sunday afternoon saw Juventus take on Empoli, but the Turin giants laboured to a difficult 3-1 victory after falling behind to Massimo Maccarone’s opening goal.<p>They did well to fight their way back into the match, taking three valuable points into the international break and climbing into seventh …

Tracking golf history with Google's amazing time machine

I first used Google Earth in 2004, before it was Google Earth. At the time, it was a subscription service called Keyhole Earth Viewer, and I used it while working on an article for the New Yorker about golf courses in New York City. Then Google bought Keyhole. It renamed Earth Viewer, and improved …

Have you got your Chelsea Relegation Party invite?

After Jose Mourinho saw his team lose for the seventh time this season, one rival fan is putting plans in place for the "hottest party of the season"<p><b>EXTRA TIME</b> <b>By Alex Young</b><p>Just a year on from parading the Premier League trophy past Stamford Bridge, fans are already planning the next big Chelsea …

Why Edinson Cavani Is the PSG Player with Most on Line After International Break

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani. The Uruguay international followed up a poor display in the 1-0 defeat away at Real Madrid in Group A of the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday with an ineffectual showing in the 5-0 rout of Toulouse in Ligue 1 four days …

Ross County 1 Celtic 4, match report: Visitors 'disappointed' and 'embarrassed' by fans who interrupted remembrance day silence

Ross County vs Celtic, Scottish Premiership - Leigh Griffiths scored twice in two second-half minutes to help restore six-point advantage at the top of Scottish Premiership<p>Celtic restored their ascendancy in the Scottish Premiership with this emphatic victory against Ross County. A dark and raw …

Kara Goucher Wins Big Sur Half Marathon as Olympic Trials Build-Up Begins

Best race in two years restores her to Olympic Marathon Trials contender status.<p>“This is validation that I can still do this,” two-time Olympian Kara Goucher told the <i>Californian</i> after winning the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay in 1:11:13 on Sunday. Her performance is the second fastest …

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Why Holger Badstuber Is Bayern Munich Man with Most on Line After Internationals

When Bayern Munich shocked Europe in making their way to the 2010 Champions League final, Holger Badstuber was one of two young talents who came out of nowhere in making their way in Louis van Gaal's team.<p>More than five years later, the other starlet, Thomas Muller, has continued to progress and is …

Corporate lawyer sacked for calling Liverpool fans 'Scouse scum'

Chelsea fan Clive O'Connell has his partnership with Goldberg Segalla terminated after his online rant defending Jose Mourinho<p>An award-winning corporate lawyer has been sacked for calling Liverpool fans 'Scouse scum' in an online video.<p>The Chelsea fan has been sacked by a law firm after appearing …

Man United's Jesse Lingard not speedy enough for wings - Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has admitted that neither Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard are speedy enough to play on the wings for his Manchester United team.<p>The Dutch …

Sergio Ramos Injury: Updates on Real Madrid Star's Shoulder and Return

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos damaged his shoulder during Los Blancos' Nov. 8 defeat to Sevilla but is ready to return to action.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Ramos Fit for El Clasico<p>Saturday, Nov. 21<p>Madrid named the Spanish stalwart in their starting lineup for the match against Barcelona.<p>Madrid to …

Pellegrini defiant despite Villa draw

Manuel Pellegrini had a warning for Manchester City's Premier League title rivals after the frustration of drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw with bottom of the table Aston Villa.<p>The goalless stalemate saw leaders City drop two points, although the loss was not as bad as it might have been after …

Premier League review: Jesse Lingard is still a rookie but he should have been called up to the England squad

Why Manchester United winger deserves Roy Hodgson's attention, Stoke deserve some credit and Spurs fans take out frustrations on innocent porcelain<p>Louis van Gaal may be guilty of being over-protective of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard by insisting it is too soon for the winger to be considered …

Why De Sciglio Is the Milan Player with Most on the Line After Internationals

As the AC Milan players came out of the tunnel at San Siro for the second half of their meeting with Atalanta on Saturday night, there was one notable absence. Mattia De Sciglio wasn’t there.<p>The right-back had been substituted at half-time, with Sinisa Mihajlovic deciding to replace him with …

Klopp wants end to early exits after first Liverpool loss

Jurgen Klopp admitted it is the responsibility of his Liverpool players to keep Anfield supporters glued to their seats after tasting defeat for the first time as manager of the Premier League club in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday.<p>A late goal from lifelong Liverpool fan Scott Dann gave …

Arsenal Transfer News: Mathieu Debuchy Ponders Exit, Latest Jese Rumours

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy has hinted that he could be heading for the Emirates exit door in January, having found first-team chances few and far between this season.<p>Hector Bellerin has kept the Frenchman sidelined throughout the campaign; and with France manager Didier Deschamps telling …

Soccer

Manchester United consider January move for Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez

Exclusive: Spaniard is also attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham but Man Utd are said to be most keen<p>Manchester United are interested in signing Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez and could bid for the Spaniard in January.<p>Perez is also being watched by the likes of Tottenham and …