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    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Patrice Evra has revealed he wanted to play for Senegal instead of France. In a visit to Ghana where he met President Nana Akufo-Addo, Evra revealed he REGRETTED playing for France. 2Patrice Evra earned 84 caps for France but regrets playing for themCredit: EPA 2Evra was in attendance at the F1 Italian Grand Prix last weekendCredit: EPA He told Sports Brief: "If I could go back, I would choose to represent my home country, Senegal, instead of France. "I was born in Dakar but grew up in France. "One of the painful lessons I learnt with this choice is when you play good and win, you are celebrated as a French; when the team lose, you are singled out as Senegalese." Many members of the French national team have African origins, due to post-World War Two labour policies which saw an influx of workers from French colonies to ease the post-war labour crisis. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSGRIEZ-Y DOES IT France boss calls up Griezmann and makes hilarious dig about his bench role...
    VITOR BELFORT has accused Jake Paul of ducking him in favour of fighting "slower" man Anderson Silva instead. The Problem Child has penned a deal to fight UFC legend Silva in Glendale, Arizone on October 29. 3Jake Paul is set to fight Anderson Silva on October 29Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3Vitor Belfort is unimpressed with Jake PaulCredit: Getty This decision has not gone down well with Belfort, who had been keen to fight Paul himself. After signing on to fight former scheduled Paul opponent Hasim Rahman Jr in Sheffield next month, Belfort took aim at the YouTuber turned boxer. Speaking to Sherdog, the 45-year-old said: "My agent was talking Jake’s agent, but the fact is that they were choosing good fights for him. "He didn’t want to fight Hasim Jr. because of his weight; he cancelled the fight with Tommy Fury, which we don’t know exactly the reason for. Read More Boxing Stories'MAKES SENSE' Jake Paul moving down in weight to secure big fights with McGregor and Diaz "Later, we started to talk, but he put a lot of...
    JAKE PAUL has vowed to “respectfully” knock out Anderson Silva next month. The YouTuber turned boxer will look to stretch his unbeaten record in the ring to 6-0 after the ex-UFC star was granted a boxing licence. 1Jake Paul has vowed to respectfully knock out Anderson SilvaCredit: Getty The clash between the much-maligned star and the 48-year-old Brazilian will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29. Paul, 25, was originally due to return on August 6 until suffering two fight cancellations. The American was twice set to fight Tommy Fury, 23, until the Brit pulled out after suffering an injured rib and due to US visa issues. Hasim Rahman Jr, 31, had signed to replace Fury but a weight disagreement with Paul saw their bout cancelled. READ MORE ON JAKE PAULPAUL UP Jake Paul tells UFC star Nate Diaz 'I already beat your boy up' in sparring Paul last fought in December, knocking out Fury's substitute Tyron Woodley, 40, who he had already beaten on points four months earlier. That added to KOs over online rival AnEsonGib, ex-NBA player...
    EVANDER HOLYFIELD revealed a sparring session with an up and coming Andy Ruiz Jr made him realise he was too old to fight. The heavyweight legend, now 58, believes the spar took place in 2009, though Ruiz recalls it happening in 2011, Holyfield's final year in boxing. 3 Evander Holyfield is considering making a sensational comeback 3 Holyfield revealed a sparring session with an up and coming Ruiz Jr made him realise he was too old to fight Holyfield's last fight was against Brian Nielsen when he was 48, but a few rounds with future heavyweight champion Ruiz, who was a couple years into his career, was all he needed to confirm retirement was overdue. He told told Pro Boxing Fans: “When I sparred that guy Ruiz and when he was 19-years-old he was able to tag me when I was 46 and I knew then. “I don’t pass my age range where it no longer makes sense to get like that by somebody you think you should be able to beat, because experience and all this, but he had speed...
    FREDDIE LJUNGBERG reckons that table-toppers Arsenal may simply have too much for Manchester United as they visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. In 2002 Ljungberg’s all-conquering Gunners won the Premier League at Old Trafford thanks to Sylvain Wiltord, who delivered the sucker punch after Fabien Barthez had blocked the Swede’s first attempt. 2Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg backed his former team to beat Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty 2Arsenal haven't dropped any points this season after a marvellous startCredit: Getty This season Mikel Arteta’s high-flying side have yet to drop a point after five games. But the blistering Swede, who sent shockwaves around England playing in a star-studded Arsenal team boasting superstars like Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry two decades ago, is not one bit surprised. And he rubbished suggestions that his former side have punched above their weight, given the riches they can now call upon after splashing the cash. He told SunSport: “This season Arsenal look really good. Winning five games in a row is a great start for the season. They spent the money again this summer and have great...
    Tennis superstar Serena Williams consulted close friends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before deciding to retire from the sport this year. Williams told Meghan Markle’s new Archetypes Spotify podcast that she consulted the couple before making her decision earlier this month. Prince Harry reportedly was ‘trying to knock some sense’ into the 23-time Grand Slam winner, with Meghan claiming Williams and her husband talked ‘for hours’ about what she should do. Chatting on the podcast Williams said: ‘You knew about it for a long time, and I talked with Harry about it a lot as well.’ Meghan, 41, replied: ‘I remember that day you were here at the house. And I was like, ‘What are you two just chatting about?’ It must’ve been a solid, like, an hour.’ The couple appear to have been consulted as they are ‘intimately familiar’ with the challenges of ‘walking away from a role that has defined them’, according to Insider. Harry and Meghan stepped back as working members of the royal family in January 2020 to moved to a lavish mansion in Montecito, California,...
    WAYNE ROONEY said goodbye to his sons and wife Coleen after they flew out to the US to visit. The Manchester United legend was appointed DC United manager in July after he left his post as Derby boss. 2Rooney said goodbye to his four boys and wife Coleen as they headed back for EnglandCredit: Instagram 2The Rooneys were all smiles as they visited New YorkCredit: Instagram Wife Coleen and children Kai, 12, Klay, 9, Kit, 6 and Cass, 4, stayed in England as Rooney set off on his next adventure to further his managerial career. However, Rooney's start to life back in DC hasn't exactly gone to plan. Rooney, 36, has won just one game - with the win coming against Orlando City. DC United have drawn once and lost four times under the England record goal scorer. READ MORE ON MAN UTDRED DEVILS LATEST Antony BEGS Ajax to let him leave, Cristiano Ronaldo Napoli TWIST But to help Rooney settle into his new role, his family flew over to the US to visit. The Rooneys spent...
    SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has revealed he will not hand his children any of their inheritance - unless they earn TWO degrees. The former NBA star, 50, commands a huge business empire and has a net worth of $400million. 3Shaquille O'Neal says he will not simply hand his $400m over to his kidsCredit: Getty 3The NBA star has amassed millions through his career and endorsementsCredit: Getty 3The former Lake won four NBA championships in LACredit: AP:Associated Press Shaq was regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time and won four NBA championships during his illustrious career. A father of six, he was an active bond investor in the early 1990s and took out shares in Apple and Pepsi. But his vast personal fortune won't be going straight to his kids - unless they can prove to the hoops legend that they have worked for it. He told Channel 7’s 'Sunrise': "The position I'm in in life is a lucky position. Read More on The US SunDOUBLE BENEFITS Millions of SSI claimants to get two payments worth up to $1,682...
    CHELSEA cult hero Emmanuel Petit has declared that Thomas Tuchel will be "very annoyed" by the Wesley Fofana transfer saga. The Blues have had three bids rejected by Leicester for the French centre-back, with their latest proposal at £70million knocked back by the Foxes. 3Thomas Tuchel is hoping Chelsea bring in a centre-back as well as a centre-forwardCredit: Getty 3The Blues have had three bids rejected for Leicester defender Wesley FofanaCredit: Getty SunSport understands that the West London outfit have pulled the plug on their move for the 21-year-old as Leicester hold out for a whopping £85m. But Fofana still dreams of a switch to Stamford Bridge, with the defender to be left out of Saturday's clash between the two clubs. Chelsea go into the meeting without a win in their last two matches, while N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are out through injury, with Kalidou Koulibaly suspended. And Chelsea's frustrations in the market are claimed to annoying boss Tuchel who remains desperate to bolster his backline and attack. READ MORE ON CHELSEAChelsea news Blues 'to make £75m Fofana bid',...
    ROY KEANE shocked Manchester United fans before their monumental clash with Liverpool - by revealing he grew up a Tottenham fan. The Old Trafford icon was working for Sky Sports for a bumper day of games. 3Roy Keane admitted he grew up a Spurs fan on Sky Sports on Sunday 3Man Utd legend Keane was a Spurs fan as a youngster - but didn't always show it on the pitchCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd With Tottenham's 3-1 win over Sheffield United in the books, all eyes turned to focus on the top-of-the-table game between Liverpool and Man Utd. And in the build-up to the match, Keane admitted he grew up a Spurs fan. Keane revealed: "Growing up in Ireland, you were either a Man Utd or Liverpool fan... or Celtic. "Strangely enough, I supported Spurs. Not sure why, but I did." ⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford Keane had already admitted his love of Spurs as a kid in his 2002 autobiography. But Twitter was still awash with shocked reactions to Keane's...
    NBC The Voice Season 22 John Legend and Blake Shelton have been going at it as coaches on “The Voice” since Legend joined the cast in 2019. In a recent interview with E! News Daily Pop, Legend revealed that during the filming of season 22, Shelton has lost a bit of his edge. Legend told the outlet that Shelton has “gone soft on us.” And who did he blame? Shelton’s co-star, competitor and wife, Gwen Stefani. “I think when Gwen’s here, it takes a little of his edge off, and you can tell,” Legend proclaimed. “He’s like losing country singers now. His competitive fire is—he’s a little bit de-fanged by Gwen being here.” Legend made the accusations in the usual friendly, jabbing tone that all of “The Voice” coaches tend to diss each other in.  But could there be some truth to what he’s saying?Is There Truth Behind the Joke? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) There is no question that Shelton is madly in love with Stefani. On the couple’s...
    THE Sun’s brilliant Jabs Army volunteers are needed again . . . and this time we’d like you to get on your trolleys. Hospitals all over the country are desperately short of people to wheel refreshments around the wards. 2The Duchess of Cornwall and Elaine Paige launch the Big Trolley Push campaignCredit: The Sun 2RVS trolley volunteers Jill Hickman, 75, and John Stephens, 72, on duty at Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, SurreyCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun When Covid struck, the Royal Voluntary Service had to axe the service, which sell papers, magazines and toiletries to hospital patients. Now the pandemic is over, more than 600 volunteers are desperately needed around the UK. West End legend Elaine Paige is backing the Big Trolley Push for more volunteers on the wards. Elaine was photographed taking a trolley around wards at Leicester General Hospital with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the President of the RVS. Read More on The SunCOUNTING THE COST Couple's horror as winning lottery ticket SHREDDED by their pet dogs Elaine says: “Having been behind a hospital trolley myself and seeing how the warm-hearted...
    NANI has launched a stunning attack on Manchester United's current crop, questioning their desire and hunger to win. The Portuguese ace was part of an all-conquering Red Devils team under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning multiple Premier League titles and the Champions League. 3Manchester United have endured a humiliating start to the seasonCredit: Reuters 3Nani now plays for Melbourne VictoryCredit: Getty But his old side now look a far cry from those days, having endured a humiliating start to life under Erik ten Hag. After their latest embarrassment at the hands of Brentford, Nani sat down to chat with former team-mate Rio Ferdinand to discuss what's going wrong at Old Trafford. On Rio's Vibe with Five show, he said: "I don't like to talk too much, I don't talk about players but you can see there is no hunger, there is no attitude or desire to win in the club. "You have a lot of talented players but they don't want to get tired. If I had to get sweaty to win, I would. They prefer to not sweat. Read More...
    BOXING legend Mike Tyson says he wishes he smoked weed before his fights - but is now making up for lost time by taking psychedelic drugs every day. The former heavyweight champ uses both magic mushrooms and cannabis, but says he'd have been an even more fearsome fighter if he'd done so in his heyday. 3Boxing legend Mike Tyson has revealed how he prepares for fights these days - by taking magic mushrooms and cannabisCredit: SWNS 3The champ says he wishes he'd been smoking spliff in his heyday In an interview with Muscle and Health Magazine, Tyson said he now runs his own weed company, Tyson 2.0. He said: “Cannabis is good to workout on for me. “I just wish I was smoking back when I was fighting - I really lost out there from an athlete’s perspective. “[But] if I’d smoked during my boxing career, I probably wouldn’t have been so aggressive. Read more on Mike TysonTY IN THE SKY Anthony Joshua claims 'unique specimen' Mike Tyson was 'sent from heaven' CAT-ASTRPHOE Tyson regrets owning pet tigers...
    RIO FERDINAND has claimed some Manchester United players cannot deal with the pressure of playing alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, 37, started his first match of the season in the 4-0 defeat to Brentford, with the Bees scoring all their goals in the opening 35 minutes. 2Cristiano Ronaldo was very frustrated with his team-mates during the Brentford lossCredit: Reuters 2Rio Ferdinand claims some Manchester United players cannot cope with the pressure of playing with RonaldoCredit: PA And former United defender Ferdinand believes Ronaldo's aura is a burden for some of his team-mates. Ferdinand told the Vibe with Five podcast: "I think maybe Cristiano’s stature, he’s not a talker and someone who’s going to sit down at a table and talk to people, but he’s more: “you’re going to watch me and you’re going to learn". "And the aura that he has and being one of the best players ever, I think, could be a burden on some of these players and they’re not able to handle that pressure that’s coming from someone like him. "I don’t know how you [pundits] keep...
    ERIK TEN HAG has had enough time to whip Manchester United into shape throughout the pre-season, according to club legend Tim Howard. The Dutchman's had a dismal start to life in the Premier League with two losses in as many games. 2Man United legend Tim Howard reckons Erik ten Hag has had enough time to sort the club outCredit: PA:Press Association 2He also urged Ten Hag to call out United's flops if they aren't performingCredit: Mark Pain / Premium Sport United followed up a 2-1 loss to Brighton with a 4-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday. And Howard, who played for the Red Devils from 2003 - 07, places the blame solely at Ten Hag's feet for the mess at United. Pundits have urged fans to give Ten Hag enough time to turn things around at the club. But Howard isn't buying it, as he feels the ex-Ajax boss has had ample amounts before the season got underway to get used to the squad. READ MORE MAN UNITED NEWSRED DEVILS LATEST Ronaldo SNUBBED by Inter and AC Milan, Rabiot talks...
    (CNN)As he urges the world not to forget about those still facing imminent danger from Russian forces, Ukrainian soccer icon Andriy Shevchenko says sport has a major role to play in uniting people behind his country, Fighting is still a daily occurrence in Ukraine with millions of people unable to return to normality having fled the country. Since the start of the invasion on February 24, Shevchenko has been using his platform to raise awareness and money for his beloved homeland. Like many, the former Ukraine captain and national team manager has been deeply affected by the war and says it took weeks for him to come to terms with what was happening back home. "Personally, it's very hard for me. I still feel frustrated about what happened," he tells CNN Sport. Read More"I sometimes asked the same question and couldn't find the answer, but now we only have one direction. We need to win this war and start to rebuild the country." Shevchenko and tennis star Elina Svitolina have since been named ambassadors of UNITED24, an organization set up...
    MANCHESTER UNITED icon Paul Ince reckons the club should sell Cristiano Ronaldo because CR7 will eventually "find a way to get out" of Old Trafford. The Red Devils superstar is desperate to leave so he can carry on playing in the Champions League. 2Cristiano Ronaldo remains keen to leave Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty 2Club legend Paul Ince believes it's in the club's best interests to sell himCredit: PA And Reading gaffer Ince believes it's better for United to part ways with Ronaldo sooner rather than later. The 54-year-old warned that Ronaldo will force his way out eventually, but the sooner he is sold the more time the club has to identify a replacement. Ince told Safe Betting Sites UK : "It’s a difficult one. Obviously you think about the goals he scored last year – 18 goals he got last year, if he doesn’t score those goals, they’re in the bottom half of the table. "So it shows the importance that Ronaldo has on this team. Read More Man Utd NewsRED DEVILS LATEST Adrien Rabiot wage issues, Frenkie de Jong deal...
    IN Rio Ferdinand’s eyes, there are plenty of short-term issues to solve at Manchester United before telling the Glazers to sell up. Gary Neville demanded the American businessmen end their 17-year stint as majority owners after United’s 2-1 opening-day Premier League defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford. 4Rio Ferdinand has admitted the world's best players don't want to play for Man UtdCredit: C1 MEDIA 4The United hero said the problems won't end if the Glazers sell the clubCredit: Getty 4Ferdinand blasted the transfer strategy at Man UtdCredit: Getty Fans again protested at the Glazers’ ownership before kick-off — but another ex-United defender in Ferdinand says the cracks in the club appear at almost every level. Speaking to SunSport, Ferdinand let rip at the club’s botched and confused transfer strategy, the widening gap between United and their biggest top-flight rivals and the lack of support given to new boss Erik ten Hag. But worse than all that, the six-time Prem winner says he now feels like an Arsenal fan when taunted by taxi drivers in London — because he has no comeback. Asked about Neville’s...
    DAVID BECKHAM has been hailed as the only Englishman who could have played for Brazil by former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo Nazario. The pair spent four years together at the Bernabeu as part of Los Blancos fabled Galacticos era that won LaLiga back in 2007. 1 David Beckham and Ronaldo formed part of Real Madrid's fabled GalacticosCredit: Reuters And the two, who are both on lockdown with their families, spent an afternoon on Instagram live reminiscing on their history together. According to Ronaldo, who hit an incredible 83 LaLiga goals in just 127 games, he jokingly revealed that he should be thanking Beckham for his pin-point deliveries. He said: “For me, you were one of the best of all time in the centre, the way you touch the ball, could put the ball wherever you want, and without looking at me the ball would come. “I should thank you for many balls you gave to me. "You were amazing." I remember you turning around to me and saying that the Brazil squad believed that if there was any English player...
    Musician John Legend told the director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, David Axelrod, that his friendship with fellow musician Kanye West could not overcome his support for former President Donald Trump. "We aren't friends as much as we used to be," the EGOT winner said of West on CNN's The Axe Files podcast, "because we publicly disagreed on his running for office, his supporting Trump" WATCH: LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLS 'FRAUD' INFLATION REDUCTION ACT A 'LIE' President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office. Evan Vucci/AP "It became too much for us to sustain our friendship," he added. “He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,” Legend said. "You weren't alone in that," Axelrod chimed in. "He was not happy about that," explained the singer. As a result, he said they "haven't been close since then." Of West, Legend said the rapper is "very real," adding that "there's not a lot...
    NIGEL WINTERBURN has declared Arsenal MUST beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to avoid a fan meltdown. The Gunners go into Friday night's clash at Selhurst Park full of optimism after a great pre-season having won six matches. 2Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn is demanding a batter performance against Crystal PalaceCredit: Splash 2Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows the pressure is on him to start well this seasonCredit: Getty And following the big-money signings of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira, fans are hopeful of a positive start to the campaign. Though there is a fear from supporters that they could suffer a loss in the opening match of the new Premier League term after last year's 2-0 defeat at Brentford. Fans are also hoping to avoid humiliation in South London for a second time in 2022 after Patrick Vieira's men smashed Arsenal 3-0 in April. Club legend Winterburn is demanding a better performance this time around, as he stressed that a loss would deflate supportes. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Tielemans boost as Aouar deal lined up, Maddison waiting on BID Speaking exclusively to...
    John Legend says his friendship with Kanye West is not what it used to be because of the rapper's support for former President Donald Trump.  Legend spoke out about the pair's now-tarnished friendship on an episode of CNN's The Axe Files and revealed that they publicly disagreed on Kanye's running for office, supporting Trump and that it became 'too much for us to sustain our friendship, honestly.' West was an outspoken supporter of Trump when the former president was in office, while Legend has been a longtime Trump critic.  In the podcast episode released on Thursday,  Legend revealed that their falling out was also a result of West getting upset because he did not support Trump's run for the presidency. 'He was upset that I didn't support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,' Legend said. John Legend (pictured here in July) says his friendship with Kanye West is not what it used to be because of the rapper's support for former President Donald Trump Kanye West (pictured in May) was an outspoken supporter...
    Singer John Legend is opening up about his tarnished friendship with Kanye West and it all has to do with former President Donald Trump. On Thursday’s episode of The Axe Files, Legend sat down with former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, to discuss his life and career. The conversation eventually turned political and led the two to discuss Legend’s friendship with West, including West’s endorsement of Trump in 2016. “Let me ask you about your relationship with him,” Axelrod said, “Because I know you’re friends still, but he’s, you know, his behavior and his politics, I guess — his politics are much different or have been much different than yours?” “Well, you know, we aren’t friends as much as we used to be because I honestly think because we publicly disagreed on his running for office, his supporting Trump, I think it became, uh, too much for us to sustain our friendship, honestly,” Legend revealed. “He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America for understandable reasons,” he added....
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta MUST secure at least a top four spot next season for it to be counted as a successful year. That is according to Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn who has questioned whether his job would be under pressure should he fail to secure Champions League football again. 2Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has insisted the club must finish at least fourth this seasonCredit: Splash 2Mikel Arteta's side have brought in five players this summer, and intend to make more signingsCredit: Splash The North London outfit narrowly missed out on fourth spot last season as they finished two points behind Tottenham. Leading their arch-rivals by four points with three games to play, Arsenal dropped below Antonio Conte's side following back-to-back defeats against Spurs and Newcastle. But there is optimism from Arsenal fans going into the new campaign following a fantastic pre-season and the big-money arrivals of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira. With Arteta backed yet again following last year's £150m summer spending spree, Winterburn has insisted finishing in the top four should be a minimum. READ MORE...
    MANCHESTER UNITED'S lack of success has ensured they can no longer attract the world's top players, according to Dwight Yorke. The former Red Devils striker, 50, has launched into a withering assault on his old club. 2Dwight Yorke has claimed Man Utd can longer attract the best players in the world due to their appalling form in recent seasonsCredit: Getty 2Frenkie de Jong is refusing to join Man Utd and Yorke reckons it's because they're no longer desirable for top players due to their lack of Champions League footballCredit: Getty United finished sixth in the Premier League last season and were closer to the relegation zone than champions Manchester City, in terms of points. And Yorke - now manager of A-League side Macarthur FC - reckons a sizeable gap has opened up between United and rivals Liverpool and City. Erik ten Hag has been desperately chasing midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer. Despite United agreeing to a £71.5million transfer fee with Barcelona, the Dutch midfielder has snubbed the club as he demands to stay at the Nou Camp or move...
    NIGEL WINTERBURN has urged Arsenal to sign Leicester star Youri Tielemans as the club legend stated a new midfielder should be a priority. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already declared he is pushing for more transfers as he continues his squad overhaul. 3Arsenal icon Nigel Winterburn wants the club to bring in Youri Tielemans from LeicesterCredit: Splash 3Tielemans has been linked with a move away from the Foxes having entered the final year of his contractCredit: Rex Five players have been brought to the Emirates with Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner all snapped up this summer. And there have been strong rumours that Tielemans could be next, with the 25-year-old having just a year left on his deal at the King Power Stadium. Leicester are reportedly expecting Arsenal to make a move for the Belgium international, but the North London outfit are yet to turn their interest into a formal approach. It was claimed in June how Arsenal had already agreed personal terms with the player. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Maddison waiting on Gunners offer, Tielemans...
    SERGIO AGUERO reckons Erling Haaland got “too used to Germany” after Virgil Van dijk “welcomed” him to England on Saturday. City snapped up the superstar Norwegian in a £51.4million deal from Borussia Dortmund. 2Virgil van Dijk gave Erling Haaland a torrid time on his debut in English football - and 'welcomed' him to the Premier League, Sergio Aguero saidCredit: PA 2Man City record scorer Aguero said Haaland 'was too used to Germany'Credit: Getty But he was given a rough ride by Liverpool’s star defender, and missed a last-minute sitter, as the Reds beat Pep Guardiola’s men 3-1 in the Community Shield at Wembley. And Aguero, who scored a record 260 times for City and has a statue at the Etihad, reckons goal-machine Haaland still has some acclimatising to do. The City legend said: “He was too used to Germany. “Haaland thought he was alone, then Van Dijk arrived and said ‘welcome to the Premier League’.” READ MORE ON MAN CITYPHIL-ING GOOD Foden to sign new six-year City deal with wages set to treble to £200k-a-weekSILVA LINING Broke Barca sell club’s...
    ROB LEE reckons expectations at Newcastle are on par with the giddy days of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’. The Toon Army snaked around St James’ Park trying to snap up season tickets for the first full campaign under Saudi ownership and Eddie Howe’s management. 2Newcastle fans can't contain their excitement ahead of the upcoming Premier League seasonCredit: Getty 2Former Magpies star Rob Lee has praised Eddie Howe for bringing the buzz back to St James' ParkCredit: Getty There were 87,452 packed in for friendlies against Atalanta and Athletic Bilbao last Friday and Saturday. And ex-Toon and England midfielder Lee believes Tyneside has not seen excitement like this since his old manager Keegan took them so close to Prem glory in 1995-96. After finishing 11th last term, he said: “The expectation compares to when Kevin was there. “They put season tickets up for sale the other week and there were queues going all the way round St James’ Park trying to get them. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Grealish warning, Mendes 'pushing for Ronaldo exit', Xavi wants Messi back “When I joined...
    ROY KEANE is not backing Arsenal to make the top four despite a brilliant pre-season campaign. The Gunners beat Sevilla 6-0 in the Emirates Cup on Saturday to cap off a perfect July which also included a win over Chelsea. 2Roy Keane is not convinced Arsenal will finish in the top four 2Mikel Arteta's £117m spend has led to Arsenal firing in pre-seasonCredit: Reuters Summer signing Gabriel Jesus has been in fine form and netted a hat-trick against Sevilla to take his pre-season goal tally to seven. But Keane is not convinced Mikel Arteta's side will qualify for the Champions League after throwing away fourth place last season. Appearing on a Sky Bet debate, Keane said: "I couldn’t agree more I think this [previous season] was their opportunity [to return to the Champions League]. "They blew it, they got into a great position, four, five games to go in the season you think they’re in pole position and they blew it. READ MORE ON ARSENALArsenal news Leno set for Fulham medical, Reims close in on Balogun "They couldn’t get...
    LIONESS legend Jill Scott believes winning Sunday’s Euro final would be a “defining moment” for the women’s game. The England star says the tournament has already been a “game changer” for the sport. 1Lioness Jill Scott said that the Euros have been a game-changer for women's footballCredit: Getty But she admitted dreaming about what it would mean to beat Germany at Wembley 50 times a day. She said yesterday: “It’s going to be such a difficult game. We know Germany are always such a tough opposition and we will give them the utmost respect. “But as I said before you can’t help but dare to dream a little bit.”Scott, 35, is “very confident” about the Lionesses chances as they’ve prepared for all eventualities - including dreaded penalties. The midfielder hopes the women can go one step further than the men to inspire an already proud nation. READ MORE ON THE LIONESSESTHE WEE LIONS Lionesses hailed for lifting nation by inspiring generation of girlsWIN GAP England's Lionesses to pocket £55k each if they win Euros - but men would get £460k...
    Getty Jarrett Payton, son of Bears legend Walter Payton, turn down a tryout with the rival Green Bay Packers. Fewer NFL players are more beloved than former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. Payton died of bile duct cancer and liver failure in 1999 at the age of 45, but remains one of the most idolized sports figures in the history of Chicago. He rushed for 16,726 yards and 125 total touchdowns in 13 NFL seasons and was named a first-team All-Pro five times. One of the most durable running backs in NFL history, Payton played in 186 consecutive games and retired in 1987 as the NFL’s leading rusher (his record was later broken by Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys). Payton’s son, Jarrett, went on to play both college and professional football, spending four years at the University of Miami from 1999-2003. The younger Payton was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, and after one year in the NFL, he headed to the Canadian Football League, where he played for the...
    MIKE TYSON thinks his days are numbered and he will die 'really soon'. The 56-year-old former boxing champ made the scary comments on his Hotboxin' podcast. 1Mike Tyson thinks he could die 'really soon'Credit: AFP Tyson was talking to therapist Sean McFarland who was on as a guest, and the conversation moved to death. Iron Mike said: "We’re all gonna die one day of course. “Then, when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face. "I say, ‘Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon.'" READ MORE SPORT STORIESCAST IRON Epic trailer for Tyson biopic shows young boxer KOing opponents and in jailSIMPLE THINGS Jena Sims posts loved-up pics from holiday with Brooks Koepka after wedding The 56-year-old went on to discuss money and the false sense of security it can provide. He told his listeners that 'money don't mean s**t to me' and it doesn't define happiness. Tyson said: " “I always tell people — they think money’s gonna make them happy, they’ve never had money before — when you have...
    MANCHESTER UNITED defender Raphael Varane has hailed teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as a "legend" - and insists no one in the dressing room thinks the team is better without him. The 37-year-old's future remains in doubt after a turbulent summer where he indicated he wanted to leave the club. 2Ronaldo remains a United player for now after weeks of frenzied speculationCredit: Getty 2Varane made only 22 Premier League appearances last season after missing some games through injuryCredit: Getty There has also been much debate whether Ronaldo actually improves United, with his arrival coinciding with the club slipping down the table, the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the struggles of interim boss Ralf Rangnick. But the Portuguese star was also the top scorer and arguably United's best player last season. Varane believes he still has an important role to play in the year ahead. The ex-Real Madrid man said: "Of course we want to improve. Cristiano is a great competitor, he's a legend. Obviously it's very good to play with him and he always helps the...
    Boxing legend Mike Tyson believes his death is coming 'really soon' and has revealed his money struggles with his wife - despite being a multi-millionaire. Speaking on his podcast, 'Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson,' the former heavyweight champion, 56, told trauma and addiction therapist Sean McFarland he feels his time is almost up. 'We are all gonna die one day, of course,' Tyson said. 'Then, when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face, I say, "Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon".' In what was a morbid conversation, Tyson went onto state 'money doesn't mean s*** to me' and that it offers a false sense of security. Boxing legend Mike Tyson believes his death is coming 'really soon' and revealed why he struggles with money despite being a multi-millionaire Tyson said he often has conversations with his third wife Lakiha Spicer (pictured together) because she believes money will provide her with long-term security when he dies 'I always tell people — they think money's gonna make them happy, they've never had money before —...
    SERGIO AGUERO says Erling Haaland will need time to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s style — just like he did. Manchester City fans cannot wait to see their Norwegian forward make his debut during their tour of the US this week. 3Norwegian striker Erling Haaland joined Man City from Borussia Dortmund this summerCredit: Getty 3Haaland was pictured in training with his new team-mates in Texas on MondayCredit: Getty 3Sergio Aguero has warned Haaland he will need to change the way he plays under Pep Guardiola - but is sure he will succeedCredit: Reuters But the club’s all-time leading 257-goalscorer has urged them to be patient and give the £51.4million man a chance to settle in. Following the months after Guardiola was appointed in 2016, Aguero struggled at times. The Argentine, talking on his blog Stake.com, said: “An elite player like him will know how to reconcile his style with that of Pep’s teams. “It may take a while but once he gets into gear everything will be simpler. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Cristiano Ronaldo to Atletico LATEST, Bayern in...
    Texas football legend Vince Young believes Arch Manning will redshirt his freshman season. With Arch Manning slated to join the Texas football program in January, Longhorns legendary quarterback Vince Young expects for the five-star quarterback to redshirt his freshman season. Young appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday morning to discuss the Texas football program. The 2005 BCS National Champion quarterback spoke with fellow college football legend and former NFL veteran wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson about the possibility that Manning actually redshirts. Doing so would create two years of separation between Manning and Quinn Ewers.“I really feel like Arch has a great opportunity,” said Young to Johnson on ESPN’s First Take. “One of the things that I’m hearing is that he is going to redshirt. That’s going to help out a lot, so you can understand how to travel with the team. Get the feel of the fans, the university.” Redshirting is dangerous in the era of NIL, but it worked out for Young back in the early 2000s.“So when you have those types of things and you take a year off like...
    WAYNE ROONEY hopes he will be rewarded for taking the “risk” of taking over at DC United in the United States. The former Derby boss has signed a contract until the end of 2023 with the Washington-based MLS club while there is an option for an extra 12 months. 2Wayne Rooney is hoping his US gamble will lead to a job at a future giantCredit: Alamy 2Wayne Rooney will fly to the US without wife ColeenCredit: instagram Rooney said: “People who are willing to take risks and take gambles get bigger rewards. "I think there's a lot of managers who won’t move out of England. Maybe that's their own stubbornness or whatever. "I’m always wanting to learn to develop myself as a manager. “I know it’s a risk because I have to do well. But I’m willing to take that chance to come here and prove myself in a different country in a different league. "I’m trying to learn and develop myself as a coach, but also I feel I can create a team here which can rise up the...
    Romeo Beckham, the son of England and Manchester United legend David Beckham, has scored his first goal for Inter Miami II with an excellent free-kick remarkably reminiscent of his dad's playing days. Playing in the third tier of American football, the 19-year-old dipped his shot over the Orlando City B wall and in to the bottom left corner. The TV commentator quipped after the goal: 'I think we've seen this before.' It gave Miami a two-goal cushion in a game they won 3-1. Inter Miami II sit fifth in the MLS Next Pro League after Romeo Beckham helped beat Orlando B Beckham Snr posted his support on social media for his son's performance, saying: 'Well done mate so proud. First goal in a Miami shirt.' Romeo responded with: 'Love you Dad, that was for you.' Spectacular free-kicks appear to run in the family, as they were the 47-year-old Beckham's speciality in his playing days.  He holds the record for the most Premier League free kick's scored with 18 (although James Ward-Prowse lurks close behind on 14) and famously scored a last-minute...
    STUART PEARCE has claimed Declan Rice is "ahead" of Roy Keane in his development as a footballer. Rice, 23, has already matured into one of the finest midfielders on the planet and is vital for both club and country. 2Stuart Pearce has compared Declan Rice to Roy KeaneCredit: AFP 2Pearce says Rice is "ahead" of where Keane was when he played with the Man Utd icon at Nottingham ForestCredit: PA:Press Association Pearce knows Rice well having served as an assistant coach at West Ham for the last two years, before leaving earlier this summer. The 60-year-old also spent time playing with Keane at Nottingham Forest when the Manchester United icon was at the City Ground during the early stages of his career. And Pearce reckons Rice is further ahead in his development than Keane was at the time. When asked if Rice was a future England captain, Pearce told talkSPORT: "Without a doubt. Just keep maturing, keep doing what he’s doing, add some goals to his game, 100 per cent. Read More On Man UtdUNITED...
    ARSENAL’S previous recruitment policy was a “mess” – typified by the £72m deal for Nicolas Pepe. That’s the view of Gunners legend Alan Smith, who has hailed the work done by technical director Edu and boss Mikel Arteta to transform their transfer strategy. 2Nicolas Pepe has failed to produce since arriving in 2019Credit: Getty 2Arsenal legend Alan Smith has praised the work of Edu and Mikel ArtetaCredit: Getty And now, he has told them to go get Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans. The capture of £45m Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City has taken Arsenal’s early window activity to four players so far. Keeper Matt Turner, midfielder Fabio Vieira and winger Marquinhos have also walked through the door – keeping to the recent theme of signing young, talented stars. The club have come a long way since the days of relying on deadline day miracles or risky punts, such as forking out for Lille’s Pepe in 2019 only to be left disappointed. The Ivory Coast international has scored just 16 goals in 80 Premier League appearances, and is now down the pecking...
    MICK SCHUMACHER believes his dad Michael is the greatest of all time and admitted he's OK with comparisons between the pair. The 23-year-old is aiming to follow in his father's footsteps and become an F1 champion. 3Mick Schumacher made his F1 debut this year 3The German claimed his seven-time world champion father Michael is the best driverCredit: Getty - Contributor Haas driver Mick's dad Michael is a seven-time world champion - tied with Lewis Hamilton who also beat his legendary 91-race win record. Yet the German claimed his old man remains the best after insisting that he understands the constant comparisons with the 53-year-old. Speaking last year to Bild, he said: “I’m OK with that; all the questions and comparisons with my father do not bother me. “For me, he is the all-time best in this sport, to which he has given his all. I don’t see why I should disregard that.” READ MORE IN F1HORROR CRASH Zhou Guanyu's car ROLLS OVER in British GP crash as Russell rushes to his aid Schumacher Jr made his debut for Haas last...
    BOXING legend Mike Tyson has surprisingly revealed the death of his mum was 'one of the best things that has ever happened to me'. Lorna Tyson passed away from cancer in 1982, three years before her son became a professional boxer. 3Mike Tyson says his mum dying actually had a weirdly positive effect on himCredit: Getty 3Mike Tyson's mum Lorna died when the boxing legend was just 16 years oldCredit: Getty Tyson has been open about his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, where he had to fight to survive. And he has revealed that losing his mum so young actually helped him live on the mean streets. The 55-year-old told the ShayShay Club: "You know, one of the best things that ever happened to me is that my mother died. "Because my mother would have 'babied' me. "There's no way I would ever got into a street fight. No way I would ever learn to stand up for myself." Iron Mike was just 16 years old when Lorna died. Raised in Brownsville, a neighbourhood rife with crime, Tyson...
    CONCERNED John McEnroe wants to visit close pal Boris Becker in jail. Three-time Wimbledon winner Becker was sent down in April for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5milllion of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. 2John McEnroe wants to visit friend Boris Becker in prisonCredit: Paul Edwards - The Sun 2Becker was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in AprilCredit: Getty The 54-year-old – who was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act – is at Huntercombe Prison near Henley and could face deportation at the end of his sentence. The UK’s most popular German was a big hit on BBC TV but is not on the screens anymore as he swaps Wimbledon for prison robes. McEnroe, 63, will miss his big mate, saying: “I feel horrible. Boris is a friend of mine, this is just horrible. “I want to see him if I possibly can, if he’s willing to see people or can. Read More On WimbledonTHAT'S RAD ‘Face of Porsche’ Raducanu proudly drives to gym in five-year-old Dacia SanderoGAME, SET MATCH OF THE DAY Raducanu poses for selfie...
    ENGLAND legend Gary Lineker has revealed he suffered racist abuse as a footballer for his "darkish skin". The 61-year-old Match of the Day presenter says he would have been taunted during his school years for being a "tiny, geeky kid" if he wasn't good at sport. 2Lineker suffered racial abuse for his 'darkish skin' during his years at school and as a professional footballerCredit: Getty 2The England legend says his 'mental strength' helped him overcome itCredit: Rex However, the abuse came in his football career with comments being made about his skin colour, despite being "as English as they come". He told the High Performance Podcast: “Without being good at sport, life would have been very different for me because I was, I think I would have been bullied at school, I was kind of marginally that way anyway because I was this tiny, geeky kid, with darkish skin and I had pretty much racist abuse although I’m not, I’m as English as they come. All the time, all the time. "Even in professional football I had that a couple...
    US women's soccer hero Megan Rapinoe has come out strongly in favor of including transgender women in women's sport, labelling the arguments against 'cruel and disgusting'. The veteran soccer star, who co-captained the United States Women's National Team in 2019 as they won a second successive World Cup, was dismissive of the notion that trans women are dominating women's sports and thus need regulating.  Instead, she argued that excluding them from competing at lower levels is cruel, as people value their 'kid's high school volleyball team' ahead of the lives and wellbeing of transgender people. Her comments come in the wake of the furore surrounding professional swimming body FINA's (Fédération Internationale de Natation) new policy that bans transgender women from competing in swimming races.  The decision came in response to transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas' record-breaking victories at college swim meets, which sparked claims the trans athlete had an extreme advantage as a result of going through male puberty.  'Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone's scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title,' the Rapinoe said. 'I'm...
    BRUCE LEE could have become a boxing world champion, according to one of the legends of the sport George Foreman. A book charting the life of the martial artist, 'Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend', was released in 2020 on the anniversary of his death. 2Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend delves into the life of arguably the greatest ever martial artist 2George Foreman says watching Bruce Lee in action gave him 'chills'Credit: Getty - Contributor Lee, who died in 1973 after suffering a brain injury, would have been 80 on July 20, 2020. Foreman has revealed that watching Lee do his thing in films left him with "chills". And the 73-year-old claims that Lee could have made a big success in the sport where he himself became famous. In an excerpt from the book seen by SunSport, Foreman said: "Bruce Lee was a good athlete and he could’ve been a good boxer. Read more in sportGET YOUR GOSS Real STILL eyeing Haaland swoop, Mane to undergo Bayern medical ON TUESDAYCAN DO NO RON I am world's most...
    FLOYD MAYWEATHER has denied offering Amir Khan an exhibition bout. The pair of former rivals bumped into each other in May when Mayweather was due to fight in Dubai. 2Floyd Mayweather bumped into old rival Amir Khan in DubaiCredit: INSTAGRAM Khan later claimed the boxing legend tried to talk him out of retirement and suggested they could face each other. But Mayweather has hit out at the rumours in a bid to set the record straight. He said in Las Vegas: "Amir Khan said, 'Yeah, me and Floyd Mayweather talked about doing an exhibition'. That wasn't true. "Amir Khan has seen me in Dubai in the Lobby of the Armani hotel. READ MORE IN BOXINGGLOVES ARE OFF Moment heavyweight boxer who fought Mike Tyson KOs rowdy man with ONE punch "When he's seen me, he said, 'Get on my video with me'. "I got on his video with him, he was recording while I talked, said hey or whatever, next thing you know he's saying, 'Me and Mayweather talked about doing an exhibition'....
    GARETH BALE is a better athlete than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to ex-Real Madrid doctor Jesus Olmo. Manchester United star Ronaldo is famed for his physique and even maintains it at the age of 37 but Olmo reckons Bale is the best athlete he has ever seen. 4 Gareth Bale is a better athlete than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a former Real Madrid doctor 4 Jesus Olmo claimed Bale is the best athlete he has ever seen despite Ronaldo being famed for his impressive physique 4 Ronaldo is no stranger to showing off his physiqueCredit: Getty Having been team-mates during Olmo's time at the Bernabeu, Bale and CR7 probably have their own ideas about who keeps in better shape but the Portuguese doc was in no doubt. The ex-Los Blancos doctor previously told Ideal in 2020: "Perhaps the best athlete I've ever seen is Bale. "Gareth Bale is a natural athlete who can excel in practically any sport. "He has incredible athletic skills, and I would also say technical skills. Most Read In FootballDEADLY WRECK Massive pile-up crash leaves at least...