National Sport

Zinedine Zidane jumps to defence of Karim Benzema ahead of Club World Cup final

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has shrugged off criticism of Karim Benzema ahead of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final and says he will defend his striker “to the death”.

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor makes winning start to final tournament

There was no PDC World Championship banana skin for Phil Taylor although it was far from plain sailing as he navigated a first-round clash at his final ever tournament.

Jockeys at Cheltenham had an unexpected companion when a dog joined in the last race

Dog joins in to make it a race with a difference at Cheltenham

Runners in the final race at Cheltenham on Friday were joined by a four-legged friend of another variety after a dog escaped on to the track.

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp: Draws nothing to do with player rotation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his player rotation and scoffed at any suggestion the club are “back in the dark days”.

Phil Taylor during his walk on

Watch Phil Taylor’s walk to the stage at Alexandra Palace

Phil Taylor is retiring after the PDC World Darts Championship but his popularity is higher than ever.

Mauricio Pochettino is in a confident mood before facing Manchester City (Daniel Hambury/PA Images)

Mauricio Pochettino hoping Tottenham can play the right tune at the Etihad

Mauricio Pochettino will have no problem with Tottenham turning up the music if they pull off a shock win against unbeaten Manchester City on Saturday.

Chelsea?s Didier Drogba the way he was

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reveals shock new look

Plenty of Premier League defenders had nightmares about Didier Drogba during his Chelsea pomp – so his new look may help them forget!

Spurs Rockets Basketball

Chris Paul stars as Houston Rockets march on

Chris Paul helped fire the Houston Rockets to their 12th win in a row with a 124-109 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Australia v England ? 2017/18 Ashes Series ? Third Test ? Day Two ? WACA Ground

Cracked rib for England paceman Craig Overton

England have confirmed Craig Overton has a hairline cracked rib.

Harry Kane turned to former England number nine Alan Shearer for advice (Adam Davy/PA)

Harry Kane hails Alan Shearer influence and would love to land BBC award

Harry Kane has revealed how Alan Shearer’s advice helped him out of a “dry spell” as he aims to break the former Newcastle man’s Premier League calendar year scoring record.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, does not like a 'circus' (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Jose Mourinho prefers ‘balance’ instead of a ‘circus’ after a win

Jose Mourinho has praised his Manchester United side for a sober reaction to their midweek victory against Bournemouth, pointedly noting “I don’t like a circus when you win”.

Jonny Bairstow's fourth Test century put England in a strong position before Australia fought back (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England’s Jonny Bairstow savours first Ashes century at the WACA

Jonny Bairstow’s first Ashes hundred has instantly become his new personal favourite.

Steve Smith led the Australian reply in Perth (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Steve Smith shines for Australia after England collapse lets hosts off the hook

England failed to cash in on centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.

Steve Smith celebrates his double-century (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Australia could get the Ashes for Christmas as England on verge of heavy defeat

Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho tussled in last weekend's Manchester derby (Martin Rickett/PA)

City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses Jose Mourinho’s ‘tactical fouls’ claim

Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that Manchester City are prepared to commit ‘tactical fouls’.

Jose Mourinho is thinking about the January sales (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho making plans for January sales

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paved the way for departures next month, stating “every player has a price”.

Dawid Malan, left, and Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken stand of 174 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – in pictures and social

Dawid Malan’s maiden Test century gave England the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

David Silva celebrates his second goal (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City create history with 15th straight win after hammering Swansea

Manchester City set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Swansea.

Mauricio Pochettino is in confident mood ahead of Manchester City clash (Daniel Hambury/PA Wire)

No negative thoughts from Pochettino before Tottenham’s game at Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino insists containing Manchester City will not be on his mind on Saturday as he believes Tottenham can beat the Premier League’s unbeaten leaders.

Antonio Conte

Time running out in title race, says ‘realistic’ Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte reckons any side with aspirations of Premier League title glory is running out of time, even if Manchester City slip up.

Load more