Michael Vaughan ‘sorry’ for hurt Azeem Rafiq suffered, denies racism allegations | Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan has said he is “sorry” for the pain Azeem Rafiq has experienced amid his former Yorkshire teammate’s allegations of racism at the club. Rafiq told MPs earlier this month of the “inhuman” treatment he suffered during his time at Yorkshire, with Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case. In an … Read more

Man City’s Ferran Torres should ignore Pep Guardiola transfer warning about Barcelona – Dominic Farrell

Man City's Ferran Torres should ignore Pep Guardiola transfer warning about Barcelona - Dominic Farrell

For a club more than £1billion in debt, Barcelona certainly are very active when it come to pursuing top talent in the transfer market. Maybe you just have to sit back and admire the brass neck. Reports out of Spain on Friday evening — from Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo and others — suggested Manchester … Read more

Exeter’s Sam Simmonds leaves it late to crush Bath’s hopes of a first win | Premiership

The Gallagher Premiership season is more than three months old and a despondent Bath still cannot buy a win. They came agonisingly close here but ultimately could not quite seal the deal, a well-taken 77th-minute try from their number eight Sam Simmonds securing Exeter a scrappy, hard-earned victory. Bath are now up to eight games … Read more

Liverpool receive Erling Haaland transfer boost as £64m obstacle may have just been removed

Liverpool receive Erling Haaland transfer boost as £64m obstacle may have just been removed

As the dominant hegemony of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi declines in football and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah looks to have taken ascendancy, one man could challenge him for the throne in Erling Haaland. The forward’s lethal and robot-like efficiency has seen him compared to a machine and his ruthlessness has attracted Europe’s elite — not … Read more

Bukayo Saka refers to Mikel Arteta as a ‘tactical genius’ than can ‘outsmart’ opponents

Arsenal academy starlet Bukayo Saka (right) has referred to Mikel Arteta (left) as a 'tactical genius' that can 'outsmart' any of their Premier League opponents

Bukayo Saka refers to Mikel Arteta as a ‘tactical genius’ than can ‘outsmart’ Arsenal’s Premier League opponents…before crediting David Luiz as his ‘most helpful teammate’ to date Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has referred to boss Mikel Arteta as a ‘tactical genius’ He says the Gunner boss is an expert at outsmarting other Premier League teams Saka … Read more

Mark Sutherns’ FPL Gameweek 13 preview and latest team plans

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Andy North and Mark Sutherns drop into their regular Friday night slot for another laid-back look at the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points ahead of Gameweek 13. Mark is recording for our subscribers every Gameweek throughout the upcoming campaign, so sign up via this link in order to see his regular appearances. Ben Chilwell‘s (£6.0m) … Read more

Rafael Benítez believes he will keep shareholder backing at Everton | Everton

Rafael Benítez insists he has the full support of Farhad Moshiri and that Everton’s majority shareholder understands there will be no quick fix for the club’s malaise in the January transfer window. Everton have not won in six matches and visit Brentford on Sunday without the long-term injury absentee Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his fellow first-choice … Read more