Will the return of LeBron James end the Cleveland curse?
After four years with the Miami Heat, LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the team’s home opener against the New York Knicks
Tory MP mistakes stop and search campaigner for Mario Balotelli
Conservative Party MP Guy Opperman tweeted claiming to have seen the Liverpool striker in the Commons public galleryREAD MORE...
Slack attitudes at Manchester City risk returning club to tragicomedy
Whereas Chelsea look tough and ruthless, City’s half-baked displays suggest they lack the hunger for a proper title defence
• Match report: Manchester City 0-2 Newcastle United
Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen says Capital One Cup win would give them belief
• Belgian defender remembers cup win inspiring Ajax
• Tottenham host Newcastle in December quarter-final
• Match report: Spurs 2-0 Brighton
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Fantasy football players and moguls reap millions as internet game gets real
A game show winner and ESPN veteran are among the entrepreneurs profiting off America’s increasingly popular pastime, which has boosted the NFL and turned a niche interest in numbers into marketable fareREAD MORE...
European football: talking points from La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1
- Our experts are back, looking forward to the weekend’s La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 action
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Todd Clever wants US Eagles’ battle with All Blacks to win over NFL crowd
The US captain is adamant his underdogs can show gladiator spirit against the world champions at a packed Soldier FieldREAD MORE...
Welsh rugby in spotlight again over battle for Pro12 chairmanship
• Gerald Davies, David Pickering backed for role
• New chairman to be chosen in Dublin on Thursday
The Premier League's 91 goalscoring nations
Victor Wanyama’s goal made Kenya the latest nation to have a goalscorer in England’s top flight. Find out when each country scored and which club has introduced the most new goalscorersREAD MORE...
Bumgarner and the Giants find success on and off stat sheet in road to dynasty
Anchored by ace Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco made the most of their chances and turned them into an unlikely third World Series title in five seasonsREAD MORE...
Talking Horses: Mulling ‘The Cold List’ and tips for Thursday racing
What can we learn from the fact that a trainer has had dozens of recent runners without success? Plus tips for todayREAD MORE...
Conrad Smith sees USA challenge in all black and white: it's about the win
New Zealand centre on Soldier Field, rugby’s growing global appeal and why The Wire is perfect viewing while injured
- USA professionals freed to face the All Blacks
- Opinion: US sports and society can learn from the Haka
Muhammad Ali – through the eyes of the photographers who know him best
Muhammad Ali has been the subject of some of the most celebrated photographs ever taken. To mark the 40th anniversary of one of his most bruising fights, the Rumble in the Jungle, our sport picture editor, Jonny Weeks, has talked exclusively to several of the photographers who have known and shot Ali – among them, Neil Leifer, Carl Fischer and Thomas Hoepker – to hear their experiences and to learn the stories behind the iconic photos they capturedREAD MORE...
Genoa’s Luca Antonini: angel of the mud and conqueror of Juventus
Actions off the pitch and a last-minute winner past Gianluigi Buffon on it has helped endear the defender to Genoa’s faithful
Soweto unites to say farewell to murdered goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa
The Orlando Pirates star should have been playing in front of 90,000 on Saturday; instead he will be buriedREAD MORE...
Ipswich Town: the £10,000 team pushing for the Premier League
Having spent only £10,000 on his squad, it is remarkable that McCarthy has established a competitive force at Portman RoadREAD MORE...
Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner and Virgil van Dijk?
Today’s rumours are mesmerised by No1READ MORE...
San Francisco Giants 3-2 Kansas City Royals: 2014 World Series - as it happened!
- Giants win third World Series title in five seasons
- MVP Madison Bumgarner pitches five shutout innings of relief
- Valient Royals fall short of first World Series title in 29 years
2015 AFL fixture is the league's peace offering to fans
Supporter discontent had started to gather pace last season, and the AFL has shown it is willing to make amends