Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez fire Barcelona to Club World Cup title

A goal from Lionel Messi and a double from Luis Suárez helped Barcelona to beat River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama and win the Club World Cup, the club’s fifth trophy of 2015. Messi opened the scoring 10 minutes before the end of a difficult first half forBarcelona, who were tested by River’s intensity, but the European champions struck again early ... Read More »

EPL Late Tackle: Bournemouth’s defeat Man United shows how Premier League is changing

MANCHESTER United losing to Bournemouth. Liverpool snatching a draw from West Brom. Leicester favourites over Chelsea. The Premier League has changed. But is it for good and is it for the better? Louis van Gaal’s season is threatening to unravel after the defeat on England’s south coast, literally the Cherries on top of an awful week for United. Out of ... Read More »

Harry Kewell aims to be top level manager, learning from advice of Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou

HARRY Kewell has vowed to walk his own path as he makes his way through the coaching ranks, a journey he hopes will return him to the dugouts of the English Premier League. But the man voted as the greatest Socceroo says he has no idea whether his coaching career will be as successful as his playing one. Kewell, 37, ... Read More »

Gus Poyet: Luis Suarez sale cost Brendan Rodgers his Liverpool job

GUS Poyet thinks Brendan Rodgers might still be Liverpool manager if the club had not sold Luis Suarez. The striker scored 31 goals in the 2013/14 Premier League season as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the title. However, he left in the summer to join Barcelona and the Reds struggled to replace him. They finished sixth in 2014/15 and Rodgers ... Read More »

Andy Murray: Scot retains Amelie Mauresmo as coach for 2016

Andy Murray will continue to work with coach Amelie Mauresmo in 2016, but Jonas Bjorkman will no longer be part of the Scot’s team. Mauresmo gave birth to her first child in August, but is planning to work 22 to 24 weeks with Murray, 28, next year. The world number two hopes to have a new assistant coach in place ... Read More »

Michel Platini to boycott Fifa ethics hearing on corruption claims

Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption on Friday. Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the “verdict is already announced”. He is accused of receiving a £1.35m “disloyal payment” from Fifa president Sepp Blatter – who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim. Both ... Read More »

England opener Alex Hales fails again in South Africa warm-up

Tour match, Potchefstroom (day two of three): England 470-5 & 99-3: Cook 37, Root 26* South Africa Invitation XI 188: Klaasen 48, Broad 3-18 England lead by 381 runs Scorecard England opener Alex Hales made another low score on day two of their three-day tour match against a South Africa Invitation XI in Potchefstroom. Having made eight in the first ... Read More »

UCFB announces partnership with Real Madrid

The University College of Football Business in London has announced an educational partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School, enabling postgraduate students to study at both sporting institutions. Through the alliance, students will be offered the chance to undertake a semester abroad at the Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea, the higher education arm of the world-renowned football club, ... Read More »

Moscow court says German documentary about sports doping false

A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled that a German TV documentary which alleged widespread doping among Russian athletes was based on inaccurate information and ordered ARD, the broadcaster behind the film, to pay a small fine. The film, first shown in December last year, caused an international furor and led to Russian athletes being suspended from international competition, triggering the ... Read More »

Steve Borthwick caught in club v country battle over England role

Steve Borthwick has agreed to join Eddie Jones’ coaching staff with England as forwards coach – but Bristol insist no deal has been reached and the former second row has not left the club. The club is furious with England for announcing that Borthwick had joined the set-up before reaching agreement with the Championship club over a compensation package. Borthwick, ... Read More »