Transfer round-up: Everton’s Oumar Niasse to join Cardiff on loan

• Bournemouth target Brentford’s Chris Mepham• Crystal Palace’s Jaïro Riedewald set for Celta Vigo loanOumar Niasse has agreed to join Cardiff City on loan from Everton until the end of the season, when the Welsh club would have the option to make the deal permanent.If they chose to take it, the total cost of the package would be £10m, including the loan fee. The 28-year-old striker, whose Everton contract runs until June 2020, will undergo his Cardiff medical on Thursday. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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Reece Prescod: ‘I want to run sub-10 seconds for the 100m at every meet’

The fast-finishing sprinter has record-breaking ambitions for 2019 which all begin with work he has done to improve his start“I don’t wake up to be average,” says Reece Prescod, as he outlines his plans to go global in 2019. “And if I don’t aim for great things, then I won’t achieve anything.” And then it all tumbles out. His ambition to topple Linford Christie’s 25-year-old British 100m record. His intention to break 20 seconds in the 200m. And – for good measure – to finish off the year by taking gold at the world championships in Doha. Related: Calls for ‘warts and all’ examination into UK Athletics after chairman goes Continue reading...

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Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of his playing days in the 1960s. At West Ham it was all down to Moody’s cafe for a full roast dinner and apple crumble for pudding. As an England player Greaves records, with some reverence, the pre-match habits of Gordon Banks, who in line with the sports science of the day would prepare himself for a game with a huge steak served with both boiled and roast potatoes, all washed down with “a large bowl of rice pudding”.Looking back now it is probably a good thing social media wasn’t around in the mid-60s. It isn’t hard to imagine the wider response to such wanton displays of starch-based excess. Banks Flaunts Roast Riches. Soccer Ace in Boiled AND Roasted Shame. Potato Bae: Gloveman Rocked By Double-Spud storm. Continue reading...

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Rider Natasha Galpin 22, dies after fall at Iain Jardine stables

A horse racing trainer confirms the "untimely death" of the 22-year-old staff member in a "tragic accident".

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Premier League: BBC executive Tim Davie turns down chief executive role

BBC executive Tim Davie becomes the second person to turn down the chance to be the new head of the Premier League.

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‘Football is a message of peace’: Saudi Arabia and Qatar put politics aside

Their governments may be locked in a diplomatic stand-off but off-field issues are played down before their Asian Cup matchNo wonder the Asian Football Confederation bans all talk of politics at its competitions. Plenty of games on the continent come with off-pitch baggage: the Korean Derby, Iran v Iraq and Vietnam v Cambodia to name just a few. But, traditionally, Saudi Arabia v Qatar has not been anything to write home about – not until now. These days one cannot write home to Riyadh if one is in Doha and vice versa and that is just one reason why Thursday’s Asian Cup clash between the two is eagerly awaited.Some have been calling the meeting in Abu Dhabi, capital of the host nation the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the “Blockade Derby”. The UAE – along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017. The claim was that, among other things, Doha was guilty of supporting terrorism. Continue reading...

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Chelsea close to signing Higuaín with Morata set to join Atlético Madrid

• Argentina striker set to cut short Milan loan spell• Move would pave way for Álvaro Morata to join AtléticoChelsea are close to securing the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus after submitting a formal offer for the Argentina international. Related: Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín Continue reading...

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Cesc Fàbregas says he feels young again after move to Monaco

• Spanish midfielder excited by new challenge in Ligue 1• ‘I was comfortable in London but Monaco convinced me’Cesc Fàbregas says the 13 years he spent in London with Arsenal and Chelsea left him feeling “more English than Spanish”, but believes the time was right to seek a new challenge at Monaco after seeing his playing time increasingly limited. Related: Farewell to Cesc Fàbregas, the conjuror, creator and tempo dictator | Sean Ingle Continue reading...

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Niki Lauda: Former F1 world champion released from hospital after lung problems

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is released from a Vienna hospital after treatment for influenza.

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