Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho take friendship and rivalry into battle
Chelsea and Manchester United managers were together at Barcelona, where closeness and respect grew strongly, but their different paths since will be on display in Sunday’s showdown
• The last time they met: 2010 Champions League final
Detroit Lions in the driving seat against Atlanta Falcons at Wembley
The Lions are expected to have the edge at Sunday’s NFL clash in London, while an American football franchise for the city is becoming more viable, says the Falcons’ president
• Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions, 1.30pm Channel 4/SS2
• Atlanta Falcons prepare for meeting with Detroit Lions
• Detroit Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson an injury concern
The gifs that keep on giving: Neuer v Gervinho and Bielsa v a cup of coffee
Featuring an acrobatic celebration, a peaceful easy wheelie, a fooled full-back and the perils of exercising on a treadmillREAD MORE...
Luis Suárez: me and my big mouth
Banned from playing football since the World Cup, Luis Suárez is finally set to make his debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season. Is the world’s most thrilling (and volatile) striker a reformed man? Simon Hattenstone tries to stay on his right sideREAD MORE...
The Kurtley Beale saga: the ARU may not have learnt its lesson
Despite the fall-guys there are some who have emerged with credit from the saga, while there are still lessons to be learnedREAD MORE...
Kansas City Royals 3-2 San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series - as it happened!
- Royals bullpen secures a tight victory over Giants
- Kansas City lead best-of-seven series 2-1
- Game 4 on Saturday
Talking Horses: best bets for Saturday’s racing
Jacobean can extend Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant record in the Racing Post Trophy but Elm Park may just be a little too goodREAD MORE...
Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris interested in buying Crystal Palace
• Harris owns 76ers and the New Jersey Devils
• Reports of deal being ‘close’ are premature
• Harris would become sixth American owner in Premier League
• Premier League still ‘quintessentially English’, says Scudamore
Alan Pardew denies Newcastle United ‘crisis’ as injuries mount
• Papiss Cissé facing fitness test before Tottenham game
• ‘The mood in training has been much stronger,’ says Pardew
• Tottenham v Newcastle: match preview
Gus Poyet grumbles about size of Sunderland’s squad: ‘We are suffering’
• Sunderland manager insists he is ‘not criticising the club’
• ‘I’m not going to tell you I’m happy or not happy’
Mourinho was a gopher under Robson. With Van Gaal he got a total education
At Barcelona they were Dutch master and Portuguese apprentice. Barney Ronay looks at their reunion on Sunday
• Van Gaal: my iron shield makes me immune from Mourinho
Manuel Pellegrini looks for Manchester City to put pressure on Chelsea
• City need win at West Ham to turn up heat on Chelsea
• Chelsea face tough trip to Manchester United on Sunday
Arsène Wenger calls on Arsenal to work harder as a team on defence
• ‘We have to be more efficient,’ says Arsenal manager
• Theo Walcott nearing return after nine-month absence
Would Chelsea’s José Mourinho have been a good fit at Manchester United?
The Portuguese is not a man of regrets but how different might the landscape be if he had succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson?READ MORE...
Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally charged over ‘race victimisation’
• FA opens case against club over Mark McCammon’s exit
• Player alleged discrimination during time at Gillingham
Irish Turf Club will act quickly over Philip Fenton steroids case
• Denis Egan plans inquiry in weeks over drugs raid
• Trainer loses Gigginstown Stud horses after verdict
Joe Maddon unexpectedly leaves Tampa Bay Rays with immediate effect
- Maddon had been manager of MLB team since 2006
- Follows departure of GM Andrew Friedman
Serbia’s charge sheet is absurdly long and Uefa needs to get tough
The sight of the remote control drone over the Belgrade pitch in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania was just the latest incident to make Europe’s governing body look naiveREAD MORE...
Calvin Johnson battles to help Detroit Lions roar in Wembley NFL game
The wide receiver’s return from injury would be a welcome fillip against Atlanta Falcons in front of a capacity crowdREAD MORE...
Will Steve Nash's latest back injury end his NBA career?
Injury to the Los Angeles Lakers point guard will cost him the entirety of the 2014-15 season – and could mark the end of the two-time MVP’s Hall of Fame career