Patrick Mahomes’ brilliance is hard to explain, even harder to exaggerate

10-12-2018 Only Aaron Rodgers can rival the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback’s athleticism and precision. We are witnessing the start of an all-time great careerHalf human, half amazing, Patrick Mahomes cemented himself as the league’s MVP on a wild, wacky NFL Sunday. Mahomes overcame a talented Baltimore defense, as the Chiefs beat the Ravens 27-24 to wrap up a spot in the playoffs.Mahomes’ brilliance is hard to explain, even harder to exaggerate. He is bending the boundaries of what is plausible on the football field. Only Aaron Rodgers is able to match the first-year starter’s blend of athleticism, precision and playmaking magic. Nobody has a more impressive arm than Mahomes. Baltimore entered Sunday as the fourth-best defense in the league by DVOA. Mahomes promptly set to work dissecting it, conjuring all kinds of magic, including no-look passes than had more than a whiff of sorcery: Continue reading...

Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

10-12-2018 José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...

Klopp hails 'exceptional' Salah as Liverpool brush Bournemouth aside – video

10-12-2018 Jürgen Klopp heaped praise on Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian's second hat-trick for Liverpool powered his team to victory over Bournemouth. The 4-0 win extended Liverpool's unbeaten streak to 17 league games, equalling the club's all-time record. Klopp insisted that all credit for Liverpool's 'massive' Premier League form should go to his players. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Harry Kane or Richarlison to Barcelona?

10-12-2018 Today’s tell-all is on holiday by mistake More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye. Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

10-12-2018 • Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come. Continue reading...

Raheem Sterling negative press coverage 'emboldens racist rhetoric' - PFA

10-12-2018 Negative press coverage of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling "emboldens racist rhetoric", says the PFA.

River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win the Copa Libertadores final

10-12-2018 Watch highlights as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to claim their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy in front of 72,000 fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

Sunderland 'Til I Die: Netflix series charts pain, prayers and passion for the club – trailer

10-12-2018 Netflix has released a trailer for Sunderland 'Til I Die, a new docu-series following the club's first season back in the Championship after the team crashed out of the Premier League in 2017.The fly-on-the-wall style series, following the 2017-18 season as the club suffered a second consecutive relegation, features interviews with the club’s manager, players and dedicated fans.All eight episodes of the Netflix series will be released globally on 14 December.Sunderland’s Jack Ross: ‘I’ll never regret accepting this job, whatever happens’ Continue reading...

Adam Thompstone salvages losing bonus point for Leicester at Racing 92

10-12-2018 • Racing 92 36-26 Leicester• Tigers score four tries in defeatOn balance Leicester could have picked a better weekend to head to Paris. At least there were no riots or tear gas canisters inside Racing’s stunning new indoor home but an 80-minute water cannon bombardment might have been less arduous than some of the on-field punishment they soaked up en route to a 14th defeat in their last 15 European forays across the Channel. Related: Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath Continue reading...

The NFL Show: Olly Murs is put through his paces by Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora

10-12-2018 Singer-song writer Olly Murs swaps his microphone for an American football as Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora put him through a series of NFL tests.

Jürgen Klopp: I was not for one second worried about Mohamed Salah’s form

10-12-2018 • Forward set a high bar, says coach after Bournemouth hat-trick• Klopp calls on fans to turn up the noise for Napoli visitJürgen Klopp says he was “not worried for one second” about Mohamed Salah’s form this season but admits both club and player have to learn to deal with the raised levels of expectation that mean the forward’s record-breaking haul in 2017-18 is the yardstick by which he is judged.Klopp was speaking after Salah scored a brilliant hat-trick in Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, taking his league tally for the season into double figures as Liverpool racked up a fifth straight top-flight win and supplanted Manchester City at the top of the table. Continue reading...

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

10-12-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Crunch time for Newcastle fans desperate to see return of human touch | Daniel Taylor

10-12-2018 The fact the protest scheduled for the Wolves game was postponed because it could ‘jeopardise the potential sale’ by Mike Ashley shows how much Newcastle supporters want changeApologies if this may sound terribly cynical, but when Mike Ashley announced that he was closing in on a deal to sell Newcastle United, possibly even severing his ties before the end of the month, it wasn’t easy knowing whether to take it at face value bearing in mind his track record for being – and I will couch this as politely as possible – slightly careless with the truth.Ashley does, after all, have previous when it comes to blurring the facts for his own means and, by his own admission, there have been times in the past when the club’s idea of PR – spin, make-believe, call it what you will – has involved saying whatever they believe supporters want to hear. Newcastle’s fans have been here before. More times, in fact, than they would probably wish to remember since they started longing for the end of the Ashley era. Or, perhaps more accurately in this case, the end of an error. Continue reading...

Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

10-12-2018 • Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton. Continue reading...

Talking Horses: building plans in place at second London racecourse

10-12-2018 Homes may be built around the edges of Sandown and the money used to fund improvements for racegoers and localsWe wake to more news of proposed development at a Jockey Club racecourse in the London area. Happily, the plans to put up 300 new homes and a hotel at Sandown would not mean obliterating the track itself, which is what could happen at Kempton under plans first mooted a couple of years ago. Continue reading...

Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho nets derby winner for Dortmund

10-12-2018 Jadon Sancho scores the winner as Borussia Dortmund move nine points clear of at the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Schalke.