Bullish India set finale date with Pakistan

Perhaps the drive to consciously re-couple with Pakistan proved compelling, even overpowering, as India brushed aside Bangladesh by nine wickets to book a Sunday date with its other, more fancied neighbour, at The Oval for the Champions Trophy finale. Rohit Sharma drove the chase with his 11th One-Day International hundred, and ushered India to a…

Ligue 1: Ranieri appointed Nantes coach

Claudio Ranieri is back in football less than four months after being sacked by Leicester City after agreeing a two-year contract with Nantes. The Italian was unceremoniously dumped by the Foxes in February as they battled for Premier League survival, despite having led them to a stunning league title the season before. Ranieri had been…

Everton seal club-record £30m Pickford deal

Everton have signed Jordan Pickford from Sunderland in a club-record deal. England Under-21 international Pickford joins for an initial £25m, with a further £5m payable if team and individual performance targets are met. It represents the third-highest fee globally for a goalkeeper and a follows a season in which Pickford was nominated for the PFA…

EPL Fixture: Chelsea begin title defence vs. Burnley; first visitors to Tottenham at Wembley

Saturday, August 12, 2017 Arsenal v Leicester City Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City Chelsea v Burnley Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town Everton v Stoke City Manchester United v West Ham United Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Southampton v Swansea City Watford v Liverpool West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bournemouth…

France forward Griezmann extends Atletico deal by a year

Atletico Madrid’s France forward Antoine Griezmann has signed a year’s contract extension through to 2022, seemingly ending what was shaping up to be one of the sagas of the transfer window. Griezmann, third in the 2016 Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, had been heavily linked to Europa League winners Manchester United in…

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax evasion

Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax. The prosecutor’s office in Madrid says it has filed a lawsuit against the Portuguese player. He is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m; $16m) from 2011 to 2014. The world’s highest-paid sports star…