Laurent Koscielny to face Qarabag on Arsenal return amid injury crisis

• Captain due to play first game for Emery, with Özil to feature• Others’ absence means Koscielny may play at Southampton tooUnai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will make his comeback against Qarabag and Mesut Özil is also set to feature in the Europa League dead rubber. The 33-year-old Koscielny, the Arsenal captain, has yet to play under Emery having ruptured an achilles in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atlético Madrid in May.The defender missed France’s World Cup success as he recovered his fitness and featured for 85 minutes in an EFL Trophy match with Portsmouth last week. Continue reading...

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The Fiver | The Modern Pantheon of Memorable Anfield Saves (est. Dec 2018)

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Liverpool fans can be forgiven for floating on air right now, feeling a little woozy, spaced out, positively trippy. Partly because they’re currently top of the league, unbeaten, with half a chance of … well, OK, a quarter of a chance of the title. Partly because they’re somehow through to the knockout stage of Big Cup having played the sum total of one decent 45 against notoriously flaky travellers PSG. But mainly because they appear to have a proper, fully functioning, dependable, diligent, decent, grown-up goalkeeper. By our reckoning they haven’t signed one of those since landing Ray Clemence from Firewall FC in 1967, so this abrupt reality shift is bound to scramble a few heads. But relax. Open up your mind. Continue reading...

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Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season

• Manchester United have also been linked to Argentinian• Pochettino’s stock rising after Champions League progressTottenham are braced for further interest in Mauricio Pochettino after the manager enhanced his reputation with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona – a result that carried his team into the Champions League knockout rounds.It is an open secret at the club that they expect a fight to keep Pochettino at the end of the season with Real Madrid, in particular, monitoring his progress. Real sacked Julen Lopetegui at the end of October and turned to Santiago Solari, initially on a caretaker basis. In mid-November they gave him a contract until 2021. Manchester United are also admirers and considered him after the departure of Louis van Gaal in 2016 only to appoint José Mourinho. Continue reading...

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Manchester United miss chance to top group after Spanish lesson at Valencia

Manchester United are through to the next round of the Champions League but we knew that already. They are also not very good but then everyone knew that too. Switzerland’s Young Boys defeated Juventus 2-1 to hand United the chance to overhaul the Italian champions and take first place but they could not accept it. Instead they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia, limping into the last 16. On this evidence, and the accumulated evidence of this season it is hard to see them getting further.It was striking enough that United had got this far, securing a place in the knock-out phase already, given how poorly they have played; actually winning the group would have been too much. Yet that, unexpectedly, was a possibility. “I don’t think this result will be too important or make the difference,” Mourinho had admitted, while Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool was always going to take priority. Perhaps that lack of expectation helps justify this performance, but their failure to anticipate the opportunity to avoid Europe’s biggest teams might be one to regret now. Continue reading...

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Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

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What now for Team Sky? Vultures will already be circling their top riders

Sir Dave Brailsford has six months to find a backer but cycling’s top team need big bucks and China may be the answerAs Team Sky’s sponsorship enters its final season after nine years at the peak of professional cycling one thing is certain: unless Sir Dave Brailsford announces a replacement backer this side of June, the vultures will circle ever closer to the ground. They will already be on the wing after the announcement on Wednesday that Sky will end its backing at the close of 2019.There is speculation that because some of their most valuable riders have contracts that last beyond the end of next year, backing may already be in place. It is equally likely that the contracts are long term, as the management had no option but to think that way and possibly little inkling the team may shut up shop, and that possible penalties for early termination of those contracts may be tied to the current sponsorship. Continue reading...

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Hockey World Cup 2018: England through to World Cup semi-finals

England make it through to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup after a thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals in India.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...

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Manchester City 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim: Qualification 'incredible success', says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's qualification for the Champions League last 16 was an "incredible success", says manager Pep Guardiola.

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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Alvarez v Fielding: Briton ready to seize chance against Mexican legend

Rocky Fielding used his selfie with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez to impress Mexicans on holiday - now he is preparing to fight the country's boxing icon.

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