Football: Varane injury leaves Man Utd short on centre-backs

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United will be without Raphael Varane due to a groin injury that leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short on options at centre-back for a demanding few weeks. The French defender suffered the injury during his country’s 2-1 win over Spain on Sunday (Oct 10) in the Nations League final. “Raphael Varane sustained... » read more

Football: France’s Rabiot out of Nations League final with Covid-19

MILAN, ITALY (REUTERS) – France’s midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been ruled out of Sunday’s Nations League final against Spain after testing positive for Covid-19. Rabiot, who plays for Juventus, was isolating and did not travel to Milan from Turin with the squad. The rest of the French team underwent rapid tests and were all in... » read more

Football: Not you again? Messi and Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or contention

PARIS (AFP) – Six-time winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time victor, were among the 30 names revealed on Friday (Oct 8) for the Ballon d’Or award. The serial favourites face competition that includes Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who are also considered as leading runners in the list unveiled... » read more

Football: New Newcastle owners target Premier League title within 10 years

LONDON (AFP) – Newcastle United director Amanda Staveley on Thursday (Oct 7) said the club’s new Saudi-led ownership aims to win the Premier League within 10 years after a £300 million (S$500 million) takeover. A consortium headed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund passed the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test to become the club’s... » read more

Football: Man United stumble again as Chelsea top Premier League

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United were held at home by Everton on Saturday (Oct 2) after Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped to the subs bench as Chelsea scored two late goals against Southampton to top the Premier League table. Elsewhere, Brighton drew 0-0 with Arsenal to end the Gunners’ recent winning streak while Leeds earned their... » read more

Football: Sheriff stun Real Madrid with shock away victory in Champions League

MADRID (REUTERS) – Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off a remarkable 2-1 win away to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday (Sept 28), snatching a shock victory thanks to a sensational 89th-minute strike from Sebastien Thill. Competition debutants Sheriff went ahead against the 13-times European champions in the 25th minute with a header... » read more

Football: Everton condemn Norwich to sixth straight defeat

LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) – Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure were on target as Everton condemned Norwich City to their sixth straight Premier League defeat with a comfortable 2-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday (Sept 25). Norwich have lost their last 16 Premier League games under manager Daniel Farke, having previously been defeated in 10 consecutive... » read more

Football: Everton’s James Rodriguez joins Qatar’s Al-Rayyan

LONDON (AFP) – Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez left Everton to join Qatari club Al-Rayyan for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday after falling out of favour at the Premier League club. With the transfer window in the Middle East still open until the end of the month, Rodriguez travelled to Qatar to tie up his move... » read more

Football: Hojbjerg goal earns Spurs draw with Rennes in Conference League

RENNES, FRANCE (AFP) – Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come away with a 2-2 draw from their trip to France to play Rennes in the new Europa Conference League on Thursday (Sept 16). Loic Bade’s own goal had given Spurs the lead in an entertaining encounter in Brittany but Flavien Tait equalised... » read more

Football: Poor discipline cost us, says Man United boss Solskjaer

BERN, SWITZERLAND (REUTERS) – Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said poor discipline cost his side in their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday (Sept 14), but insisted there was plenty of time left to turn things around. United had taken an early lead through Cristiano Ronaldo and appeared on course to... » read more