Association football
FA Cup holders Arsenal knocked out of competition by Nottingham Forest
West Brom 1, Arsenal 1: Jay Rodriguez’s late equaliser cancels out Alexis Sanchez strike
Arsene Wenger a ‘little angry’ over Harry Kane’s Arsenal past, tells Jose Mourinho to find answers
Championship wrap: Mile Jedinak scores, makes mistake as Aston Villa draw 2-2 with Sheffield United
Ryan Giggs reveals Manchester United hesitated on Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero free to play in World Cup after FIFA cut ban
Australia fails to agree on reforms, FIFA takeover looms
Matildas star Sam Kerr on the move in United States NWSL
2018-01-19 08:24:11 Matildas superstar striker Sam Kerr has been traded from Sky Blue FC to the Chicago Red Stars in a National Women's Soccer League draft-day day deal. Perth Glory star Kerr recently won the AFC women's player-of-the-year award and has been in hot goal-scoring form for the Matildas. The NWSL is the major women's professional football league in north America. AAP.   Read More ...
Questions abound in Aussie sporting year
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Chelsea progress after wild FA Cup replay with Norwich
2018-01-18 01:12:27 Chelsea have won a penalty shootout to beat second-tier Norwich City and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a controversial replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was fuming at the final whistle after Pedro and Alvaro Morata were dismissed in extra time and two penalty appeals had been waved away, but they regained their composure to win the shootout 5-3   Read More ...
Lionel Messi penalty miss costs Barcelona in first-leg quarter-final against Espanyol
2018-01-18 01:12:20 Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as triple Copa del Rey holders Barcelona suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Espanyol in a quarter-final first leg, ending an unbeaten run of 29 games in all competitions. Espanyol's academy graduate Oscar Melendo crashed in the only goal of the game in the 88th minute after Messi had his spot-kick turned away by former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez earlier in the second half   Read More ...
Manchester United back in the hunt after win over struggling Stoke City
2018-01-16 01:11:09 Manchester United took a chunk out of Manchester City's large lead in the English Premier League by beating relegation-threatened Stoke 3-0 in a one-sided match at Old Trafford on Monday. With spectacular goals from Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, United capitalised on City's first loss in the league - at Liverpool on Sunday - to reduce the gap to 12 points with 15 games remaining   Read More ...
Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs named new Wales manager
2018-01-15 17:15:34 London: Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has vowed to win over doubting fans after being appointed manager of Wales on a four-year contract. The 44-year-old takes over from Chris Coleman, who led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but quit the job in November to take charge of English Championship side Sunderland. It will be the first major managerial role for a player who won 64 caps for Wales between 1991 and 2007, but was unpopular with some supporters for missing many internationals, especially friendlies   Read More ...
Ligue 1 Referee Tony Chapron sends player off after kicking him
2018-01-15 02:07:45 Football referee Tony Chapron is likely to be in trouble after he was seen lashing out at defender Diego Carlos after the Nantes star accidentally collided with him on the pitch. The official aimed a kick at Carlos before dismissing him after the player ran into him in the match. A Referee (Tony Chapron) kicks out at Diego Carlos and then sends him off   Read More ...
AFC defends integrity after Syria field players with irregular birth dates in Australia's U-23s win
2018-01-14 08:08:36 The Asian Football Confederation has defended the integrity of its youth tournaments after a series of highly irregular registered birth dates among the Syrian national under-23 team were revealed after their match against Australia. Fairfax Media can reveal Syria's starting line-up for their AFC U-23 Championship group-stage 3-1 defeat included two players whose birth dates were officially registered as being on the cut-off date to be deemed eligible for the youth tournament   Read More ...
Russian football club criticised for tweet referencing black players as melting chocolates
2018-01-14 01:08:17 Russian champions Spartak Moscow have published a racially-charged tweet that sparked outrage in the international soccer community as the country prepares to   Read More ...
Real Madrid v Villarreal video, highlights: Barcelona sit 16 points clear of Real in La Liga after loss
2018-01-14 01:03:13 Fornals struck with three minutes left to leave Zinedine Zidane’s wasteful side fourth and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona, a deficit which will turn into 19 should Barca win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. WATCH RONALDO’S MANY MISSES IN THE VIDEO BELOW. La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo fails to hit the back of the net in an underwhelming performance by the Ballon d'Or winner   Read More ...
Premier League 2017-18: Romelu Lukaku could sue Everton after 'voodoo' claim
2018-01-10 23:13:45 Romelu Lukaku, the Manchester United striker, plans to seek legal advice over claims from Farhad Moshiri, the Everton owner, that he chose to leave the club after -receiving a "voodoo message". Moshiri told a shareholders' meeting on Tuesday that Lukaku turned down the offer of a contract at Goodison Park last summer after receiving the message "on a pilgrimage to Africa or somewhere"   Read More ...
A-League 2017/18: Paul Okon angry at 'unjustified' Josh Rose red card as Central Coast Mariners lose to Newcastle Jets
2018-01-10 02:09:33 Central Coast coach Paul Okon has blown up over Josh Rose's "totally unjustified" A-League dismissal and implied the referee's disciplinary approach favoured victorious Newcastle. The Mariners dominated Tuesday night's F3 derby but spurned a host of chances before Dimi Petratos and the Jets' new Argentine flyer Patito Rodriguez pounced at the death to seal the 2-0 win. But Okon was most livid about the red card shown to Rose after receiving two yellows from referee Kurt Ams for fouls on young gun Joe Champness in the 63rd and 72nd minutes   Read More ...
Daniel Arzani, Ross McCormack shine as Melbourne City beat Perth Glory
2018-01-09 22:18:27 Melbourne City whiz kid Daniel Arzani was public enemy No.1 as Ross McCormack scored a double to guide his team to a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium. Arzani set up both of McCormack's goals in the opening half as City cruised to their second A-League win on the trot, keeping them within striking distance of second-placed Newcastle. However, the news is looking grim for seventh-placed Glory, who have now lost three straight games and conceded 11 goals in the process   Read More ...
Saudi Arabian footballer facing legal action after dabbing during match on live TV
2018-01-08 07:06:01 A soccer fan in Kerry, Ireland, put the power of storm Eleanor to the test on Tuesday, January 2, when he tried to kick a ball into the blustery winds only for it to return to his feet. Courtesy: Cian O'Connor via Storyful. FOOTBALLERS have taken celebrations to a whole new level, with Paul Pogba inspiring thousands of youngsters to dab   Read More ...
Football fan in Ireland shows brutal force of Storm Eleanor with football trick video that goes viral
2018-01-08 03:33:36 A FOOTBALL fan in Ireland, put the power of storm Eleanor to the test on when he tried to kick a ball into the blustery winds only for it to return to his feet. A soccer fan in Kerry, Ireland, put the power of storm Eleanor to the test on Tuesday, January 2, when he tried to kick a ball into the blustery winds only for it to return to his feet   Read More ...
FA Cup 2018: Nottingham Forest bundle out defending champions Arsenal
2018-01-07 22:08:57 London: Holders Arsenal, winners of the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons, have been bundled out in the third round, beaten 4-2 at Championship side Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj scored twice while Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell scored Forest's other goals to knock Arsenal out in round three for the first time since 1996. Tottenham Hotspur scored three goals in eight minutes on Sunday as they clinched a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon but West Ham will have to replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at League One side Shrewsbury   Read More ...
FA Cup holders Arsenal knocked out of competition by Nottingham Forest
2018-01-07 22:04:51 FA CUP WRAP: Cup holders Arsenal have been sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest, joining Leeds United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks. FA CUP holders Arsenal have been sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest, joining Leeds United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks. Elsewhere, West Ham stayed alive with a goalless draw at Shrewsbury and Tottenham scored three goals in eight second-half minutes to see off the challenge of League One side AFC Wimbledon   Read More ...
FA Cup 2018: Leeds United suffer shock defeat to Newport County
2018-01-07 16:09:59 London: League Two Newport County stunned former FA Cup winners Leeds United with a last-gasp 2-1 win in the third round to spark a joyous pitch invasion at their Rodney Parade ground on Sunday. The Welsh club seemed to have earned themselves a replay as the clock ticked into the 90th minute but Shawn McCoulsky's header sparked wild celebrations. Leeds, sixth in the second-tier Championship, went ahead through Gaetano Berardi's ninth-minute strike and appeared to be heading through until Conor Shaughnessy's own goal 15 minutes from fulltime   Read More ...
Stoke manager Mark Hughes axed after shock FA Cup loss to Coventry
2018-01-07 01:06:37 Mark Hughes has lost his job after Stoke fell to the biggest FA Cup third-round upset of the day against League Two Coventry. Hughes viewed the match at the Ricoh Arena as a "typical cup tie, so I suppose everybody will be gearing up for a potential upset" and his worst fear was realised against a team from three divisions lower   Read More ...
Jose Mourinho rubbishes talk of a Manchester United departure
2018-01-05 10:08:28 London: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation about his future at the Premier League club, saying he would like a long-term stay at Old Trafford provided the team's owners are happy with his input. Reports out of Manchester on Friday suggested talks were already advancing on extending his contract. After a relatively successful start to his United tenure last season, where they finished sixth in the league and won the Europa League and League Cup titles, Mourinho's side have been overshadowed by bitter rivals Manchester City this campaign   Read More ...
Goal-drought Mariners await top four gauntlet
2018-01-05 06:13:54 An undermanned and underfiring Central Coast are bracing for a demanding fortnight featuring games against each of the A-League's top four. Melbourne Victory (third), Newcastle (second), Melbourne City (fourth) and Sydney FC (first) await in a mammoth first half of January, set to decide whether Paul Okon's improved side have a hope of finals action come April. The Mariners have slipped to ninth since their strong start lifted them into the top four after nine rounds   Read More ...
My A-League wishlist for 2018
2018-01-05 04:07:25 It's not the AFL. It's not the NRL. It's not even the BBL. Those three competitions are effectively the best in the world: the AFL by virtue of its uniqueness, the NRL because Australia cares more about Rugby League than do sports fans in England, France or New Zealand, and the BBL because Cricket Australia has achieved a triumph of marketing and content, the perfect competition in the perfect short window of the year   Read More ...
Premier League 2017-18: Son gets point for Spurs against West Ham
2018-01-05 00:14:41 Son Heung-min's superb equaliser rescued a point for Tottenham Hotspur as they drew 1-1 with West Ham United in the Premier League derby at Wembley on Thursday. Pedro Obiang's 70th-minute piledriver looked like giving West Ham a smash-and- grab victory after they spent virtually all evening manning a claret and blue defensive barricade. Tottenham had 28 shots to West Ham's three, but could not force a winner   Read More ...
Wonder goal against Newcastle Jets the best of Milos Ninkovic's career
2018-01-04 08:09:25 It's already been dubbed by some as the goal of the A-League season thus far but for Milos Ninkovic, his stunning individual strike against Newcastle Jets is the best of his career. Sydney FC's midfielder beat four challenges with an incredible display of technique, creativity and ingenuity before chipping the ball past Jets' goalkeeper Glen Moss on Wednesday night to remind the public why he was voted the best player in the competition last season   Read More ...
Wins for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur in EPL
2018-01-03 00:14:13 Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Watford on Tuesday as Tottenham Hotspur plunged Swansea into further crisis. After a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday ended their 18-match winning run, City, who lead second-placed Manchester United by 15 points, took 38 seconds to get in front when an unmarked Raheem Sterling turned in a low cross from Leroy Sane at the back post   Read More ...
Sydney FC seeking stability for A-League clash against Newcastle Jets
2018-01-02 04:06:01 Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold will resist making any changes to the starting team that thrashed Perth Glory last week despite the short turnaround for their top-of-the-table clash against Newcastle Jets. Consistency will be the priority for Arnold who is set to reward those who tore apart Perth Glory by a six-goal margin on Saturday night with starting spots against the Jets just four days later   Read More ...
New year, new era for Western Sydney Wanderers after claiming vital win over Melbourne City
2018-01-01 13:08:58 A new year and perhaps a new era for Western Sydney Wanderers, who bounced back from a humiliating defeat to Newcastle Jets to claim their first home win of the season under the tenure of coach Josep Gombau, beating Melbourne City 2-1 at ANZ Stadium on Monday night. It was a result that took considerable pressure off the shoulders of the under-fire coach but fell short of exonerating him from the recent poor run of results   Read More ...
West Brom 1, Arsenal 1: Jay Rodriguez’s late equaliser cancels out Alexis Sanchez strike
2017-12-31 23:04:15 ARSENE Wenger’s record-breaking day as Arsenal manager ended in frustration as his disjointed side were held to a controversial 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. ARSENE Wenger’s record-breaking day as Arsenal manager ended in frustration as his disjointed side were held to a controversial 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Frenchman took charge of his 811th Gunners league game, taking him past Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 810   Read More ...
Crystal Palace ends Manchester City's winning streak with draw
2017-12-31 16:08:20 London: Crystal Palace, who missed a stoppage-time penalty, became only the second team to take points off Manchester City in the English Premier League this season when they held the runaway leaders to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. City, who drew 1-1 with Everton in August, extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches but their winning streak was halted at 18 by a resolute Palace defence despite throwing everything at them in a dominant second half   Read More ...
Salah fires Liverpool to victory, Chelsea close gap at top
2017-12-31 00:07:33 Mohamed Salah took his goal tally to 23 in all competitions with a second-half double to help Liverpool come from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea had no such struggles at home to Stoke City, with Mark Hughes' men thrashed 5-0 at Stamford Bridge, as the league's most porous defence couldn't cope with their rampant hosts   Read More ...
Victory grounds the Jets and moves into third after narrow win in closely fought thriller
2017-12-29 12:20:39 Melbourne Victory missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed but Kevin Muscat's men were still good enough to see off the challenge of the high-flying Newcastle Jets and move up to third spot on the A-League table in a thrilling and at times frenetic contest at AAMI Park. Goals from Kosta Barbarouses and Besart Berisha either side of half-time cancelled out Jason Hoffman's equaliser late in the opening period and were enough to give Victory a 2-1 win, putting them just ahead of Melbourne City on goal difference although the latter does have a game in hand   Read More ...
Transfer time: City midfielder Osama Malik believes there will be more change than ever
2017-12-29 02:08:40 It's not just the high street shops and major department stores that have post Christmas and January sales. Soccer clubs are ruthless traders at this time of year too. And just like consumers, they are all on the lookout for a bargain buy, in their case one that can improve their performance and lift them up the league table. Osama Malik, Melbourne City's midfielder, knows all about how it feels to be traded in the mid-season transfer merry go round having moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in a swap with City midfielder Stefan Mauk two years ago   Read More ...
George Weah, former world footballer of the year, elected president of Liberia
2017-12-28 22:11:50 Former football star George Weah is set to become the president of Liberia. With nearly all ballots counted, the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year winner secured more than 60 per cent of the vote to defeat Vice President Joseph Boakai. He will succeed incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in what will be the West African nation's first democratic transition in more than 70 years   Read More ...
Arsene Wenger a ‘little angry’ over Harry Kane’s Arsenal past, tells Jose Mourinho to find answers
2017-12-28 04:34:52 HARRY Kane is on the path to world class status in north London, but not at the club he started at, while Arsene Wenger has some strong advice for Jose Mourinho and his money complaints. Premier League: Harry Kane scores his second hat-trick in a week to see Spurs down Southampton 5-2 on Boxig Day in London. ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has admitted to being a “little angry” when he learned the Gunners let Tottenham Hotspur’s goalscoring phenomenon Harry Kane leave the club as a junior   Read More ...
Harry Kane's hat-trick sends three records tumbling at end of a brilliant year
2017-12-27 06:15:10 London: Harry Kane said he was delighted to be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur's 5-2 win over Southampton which sent three prestigious records tumbling. Kane will end 2017 on 56 goals for club and country, the first player outside of Ronaldo and Messi to finish the year top scorer in Europe since 2009   Read More ...
Manchester United 2, Burnley 2: Jose Mourinho says his club has not spend enough on transfers
2017-12-27 06:09:35 Football: Manchester United were saved by a late Jesse Lingard strike that sealed an extra-time 2-2 draw with cross-town rivals Burnley. MANCHESTER United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested he needs bigger investment from the club if he his to be able to produce the kind of team that will challenge Manchester City for titles because they “buy fullbacks for the price of strikers”   Read More ...
Middlesbrough axe manager Garry Monk after just six months in the job
2017-12-24 04:09:05 Middlesbrough have sacked manager Garry Monk despite winning on Saturday. The 38-year-old former Swansea and Leeds boss was appointed in June. And his departure comes despite the victory at Sheffield Wednesday, their 10th win in 23 Championship games this season. Middlesbrough are ninth, three points behind Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa, who occupy the final place in the play-off places   Read More ...
Mixed results for English Premier League Aussies as Manchester City march on
2017-12-24 01:07:50 There were Premier League Christmas presents for Socceroos duo Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy, but the loudest cheer came from the Manchester City faithful as they opened up a 13-point gap on second-placed Manchester United. United fell further behind their city rivals when Leicester City defender Harry Maguire scored in the final minute of added time to earn the Foxes a 2-2 draw on Saturday   Read More ...
Championship wrap: Mile Jedinak scores, makes mistake as Aston Villa draw 2-2 with Sheffield United
2017-12-24 00:33:14 A ninth-minute goal from Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak couldn’t prevent Aston Villa from surrendering a golden opportunity to leapfrog Leeds into fifth in the Championship.   Read More ...
Ryan Giggs reveals Manchester United hesitated on Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe
2017-12-23 05:33:17 RYAN Giggs says he advised Manchester United to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe before they became stars and believes the club are paying the price for an inconsistent transfer policy. The United legend joined the club’s backroom staff when his stellar playing career ended in 2014, serving as Louis van Gaal’s assistant after spending a year as player-coach under David Moyes   Read More ...