Calum Chambers’ instant impact sends Arsenal on way to Leeds win | Carabao Cup

When Mikel Arteta scanned a well-stocked substitutes’ bench for potential matchwinners, Calum Chambers’ face would not have leapt out. So it was a turnup for the books that his defender, who had not kicked a competitive ball in anger for two months and has barely appeared in a matchday squad since, breached Leeds within seconds … Read more

Unvaccinated tennis stars can travel to Australia for Open, says PM Scott Morrison | Australian Open

Prime minister Scott Morrison has indicated unvaccinated tennis players will be allowed into the country for the Australian Open, one week after immigration minister Alex Hawke declared that was not on the cards. World No 1 Novak Djokovic has repeatedly refused to reveal whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19, having last week flagged he is … Read more

Concern over Africa Cup of Nations as Cameroon tournament needs ‘urgent attention’

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is still set to go ahead in January 2022 despite some parts of the Cameroon tournament needing ‘urgent attention’ just months ahead of its kick-off.  The competition between Africa’s biggest international sides starts on January 9 and will see several Premier League players leave their club in late December … Read more

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds see first Wrexham game at Maidenhead | Wrexham

Wrexham’s Hollywood star co-owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds were in attendance at York Road on Tuesday night to watch their side play at Maidenhead in the National League. McElhenney and Reynolds made headlines after taking 100% ownership of the club in February this year. They took over from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust and made … Read more

Kepa and Reece James are Chelsea’s penalty shootout heroes AGAIN as Blues beat Southampton

At some point, a team of such riches and grace might just fancy an easier life. For now, Chelsea’s advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup is a tale of slugging and nudging and the surviving of shootouts. It was the roulette of penalties that got them into the last-16 and it was penalties … Read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga the hero and villain as Chelsea scrape past Southampton | Carabao Cup

Welcome to the weird world of Kepa Arrizabalaga. It was impossible to know what to make of the £71.6m goalkeeper by the end of this slow-burn Carabao Cup tie. He was at fault when Southampton cancelled out Chelsea’s lead, gifting Che Adams an equaliser, but he went on to make a string of stunning stops … Read more

Manchester United: Is Liverpool defeat their most humiliating in Premier League?

It was a scoreline that will resonate for many years to come: Manchester United 0 Liverpool 5. Quite often in football, the final outcome can flatter the winning side. That absolutely wasn’t the case at Old Trafford on Sunday where Liverpool were several classes apart from United. The Premier League era is rightly regarded as … Read more

Women’s World Cup qualifying: Wales down Estonia in front of record crowd | Women’s World Cup 2023

Wales cruised to a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win against Estonia in front of a record crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium. Angharad James gave Wales a 1-0 half-time lead and Helen Ward, Natasha Harding and captain Sophie Ingle all struck in the second period. The 5,455 crowd in Cardiff is a new record for … Read more

Emma Raducanu fights back in Romania to seal first win since US Open | Tennis

Emma Raducanu is the US Open champion, she has reached the second week of Wimbledon and her name is already known across the world. And yet, in the silence of a spacious stadium in Cluj-Napoca before only a smattering of tournament staff and affiliates, the 18-year-old ticked off two of the many elementary achievements every … Read more

Cole Palmer is coming of age at Manchester City after counting on Raheem Sterling as a mentor

There is a lovely photograph from the Jan Breydel Stadium last week, snapped as Cole Palmer bounced away towards Manchester City’s support in Bruges with Raheem Sterling in tow. Sterling’s arms were outstretched, his grin somehow wider, after watching the 19-year-old confidently push the cutback ahead of him and then curl home from the box’s … Read more