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Barcelona spends $157 million above its spending limit

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MADRID (AP) — Barcelona’s spending power has been reduced again, with the club heading into the next transfer window more than 144 million euros ($157 million) over its limit, the Spanish league said Monday. Aubameyang, center right, celebrates after scoring with his teammates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium...

Lampard is too busy with alibis to change Everton’s fate

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Frank Lampard has been distancing himself from the mess at Everton ever since his first defeat. They need coaching inspiration, not excuses. The Lampardian Transition will never be beaten but those 12 months out of management seem to have been spent painstakingly developing a new interview technique. In tribute to the irresistible simplicity of the original ‘earnest point, followed by...

Xhaka stresses value of Arsenal star amid contract stalemate

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Granit Xhaka wants people to understand the importance of Alexandre Lacazette, and believes the Arsenal star is undervalued as he’s not a prolific goalscorer. Lacazette scored for the first time since Boxing Day on Sunday as he converted a penalty to seal a comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester to send them back into the top four. MEDIAWATCH: Five straight wins but what Arsenal need...

Ferdinand declares ‘important’ trait next Man Utd manager must have

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Rio Ferdinand outlined what trait is essential for the next Man Utd manager, and revealed what will have shocked interim boss Ralf Rangnick so far. Manchester United will be on the lookout for their next permanent manager in the summer. Rangnick took the reins on an interim basis following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal in November. The German has a further...

Ronaldo hits form in time for another go at familiar foe Atletico

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Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United fans a glimpse of what they thought they were getting from his second coming at Old Trafford with a trio of thumping finishes to see off Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday. The 59th career hat-trick of Ronaldo's career was just his second for United and a first in 14 years as his second spell has failed...

Fans Riot Wounds 30 Individuals at Football Match in Germany

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German police say 30 people were wounded, two precisely, after rival sets of football fans rioted following a heated fourth-tier football match between Preussen Muenster and Rot-Weiss Essen. Essen secured a 3-2 away win with a late goal on Tuesday evening and trouble, which had already been brewing in the Muenster stadium, got out of hand when rival fans clashed...

Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen strike as Daniel Ricciardo acquires for McLaren

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McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix after a scary crash between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Red Bull's Verstappen flipped up beside Hamilton as the pair battled for position, the rear of Verstappen's car landing on Hamilton's Mercedes, the halo head protection device possibly saving the seven-time champion from injury. Both retired, beached in the gravel, meaning...

William Bjergfelt: Para-cyclist makes Tour of Britain remarkable

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                           Swift Carbon Racing rider William Bjergfelt desires to encourage other athletes "to believe anything is possible" after becoming the first para-cyclist to compete in the Tour of Britain. Bjergfelt, from Bristol, was involved in a head-on collision with a car in 2015 which left him with a...

Bangladesh vs New Zealand: Guests dismayed for 60 in losing track of first Twenty20 by seven wickets

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                    New Zealand was bowled out for 60 to equal their lowest Twenty20 total as Bangladesh won the first of their five-match series by seven wickets. The visitors won the toss in Mirpur and opted to bat, but their top four fell for just nine runs. Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, both...

Barcelona adds Sevilla’s Luuk De Jong as Antoine Griezmann returns Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona has added Netherlands striker Luuk de Jong from Sevilla on a season-long loan after France's Antoine Griezmann left the Nou Camp to rejoin Atletico Madrid on a similar contract. Barca will pay 31-year-old De Jong's salary this season and have a chance to make his stay permanent next summer. Atletico takes on Griezmann's salary this term, but there is a...