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Chelsea sign Barkley from Everton for £15m

Chelsea have signed England midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton for £15m. The 24-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with last season’s Premier League champions and will wear the number eight shirt. Barkley, who leaves Everton after 13 years at the club, has not played for seven months because of a hamstring injury and had surgery in August. “He’s very young ...

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Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams withdraws from tournament

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and the reigning Australian Open champion, said: “Although I am super close, I’m not where I want to be.” On Thursday, Britain’s Andy Murray pulled out of ...

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Ross Barkley: Chelsea to sign Everton midfielder for £15m

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is expected to have a medical at Chelsea on Friday before a £15m move to Stamford Bridge. Barkley turned down a move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August. But negotiations between the clubs resumed once the transfer window re-opened on 1 January. The 24-year-old England man rejected a new deal at Everton and is out of ...

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Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and the reigning Australian Open champion, said: “Although I am super close, I’m not where I want to be.” On Thursday, Britain’s Andy Murray pulled out of ...

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Mohammed Salah named African Player of the Year

Egypt and Liverpool star Mohammed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year 2017 at the AITEO CAF Awards Ceremony held in Accra on Thursday night. The 25-year old fended off competition from Liverpool teammate and Senegal international Sadio Mane who finished 2nd and Gabon and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who finished 3rd. He succeeds Leicester and Algeria star ...

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Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea: Gunners, Blues share spoils in enthralling encounter

Hector Bellerin’s stoppage-time goal rescued a 2-2 draw for Arsenal in a pulsating and controversial Premier League clash with Chelsea. It looked like Chelsea had come from behind to triumph when Marcos Alonso struck six minutes from time, after Jack Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015 had been cancelled out by an Eden Hazard penalty. But the Gunners would not be beaten ...

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Olympic cyclist Caroline Buchanan injured in car crash

Two-time Olympian and world cycling champion Caroline Buchanan has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in her native Australia. Buchanan, 27, posted an image on Instagram of herself in hospital with a bloodied face and wearing a neck brace. She wrote that she had a broken nose and sternum and a collapsed lung. Local media reported the accident involved ...

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Leicester make enquiry about Stoke target Daniel Opare

Leicester City have asked about Stoke City target Daniel Opare. The Ghana international full-back is available for around £3million as he is out of contract with his club Augsburg in the summer. Stoke City were considered frontrunners for the 27-year-old but the situation surrounding Mark Hughes’s future as manager will influence his decision. Leicester have been pursuing Andre Almeida at ...

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Dann, Puncheon out for season after getting injured tackling De Bruyne

Crystal Palace duo Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon will miss the rest of the season with “very serious” cruciate knee-ligament injuries sustained in separate tackles on Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, says boss Roy Hodgson. Eagles captain Dann was carried off on a stretcher during Sunday’s 0-0 draw. Puncheon was injured in a late tackle on De Bruyne in the final ...

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Ashes: Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch ‘poor’, says ICC

The pitch used for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England in Melbourne has been rated as “poor” by the International Cricket Council. Only 24 wickets fell over the five days of the drawn fourth Ashes Test. “The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed,” read match referee Ranjan Madugalle’s ...

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