Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata out of Spain squad with injury

Alvaro Morata is out of Spain's two World Cup Qualifiers with a hamstring injury
Alvaro Morata is out of Spain’s two World Cup Qualifiers with a hamstring injury

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata has withdrawn from Spain’s squad for the World Cup Qualifiers against Albania and Israel with a hamstring injury.

Morata was forced off after 35 minutes during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Real Madrid during the summer, is one of three players Spain coach Julien Lopetegui wlll be without for the two games.



  • Talk of Ivan Perisic joining Manchester United has died down following the improved performances of Anthony Martial.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic must only return to action for Manchester United “when he is fully fit”, according to his surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu.


  • Juventus confirmed they saw a bid rejected for Liverpool’s Emre Can in the summer, but the Serie A champions have ended their pursuit for the German.
  • Everton’s summer signing Michael Keane insists the players must shoulder some responsibility for the poor start to their season.


  • Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez praised the returning Jonjo Shelvey for his display against former club Liverpool on Sunday.


  • Birmingham City are considering a £2m bid in January for Jonny Williams, with the Crystal Palace player currently on loan at Sunderland.


  • Ross McCormack admits his time at Aston Villa has been a “disaster” as he looks to start a loan spell in Australia for Melbourne City.


  • West Brom boss Tony Pulis has backed striker Salomon Rondon to return to form following his goalscoring exploits on the weekend.


  • Mark Hughes is confident Stoke striker Saido Berahino will break his goalscoring duck after missing a penalty against Southampton on the weekend.


  • Virgil van Dijk has been recalled to the Netherlands’ national side despite playing 90 minutes just once in the past eight months for Southampton.


  • Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky wants his side to stay on an attacking front after their 6-1 mauling of Birmingham City on the weekend.


  • Jeff Hendrick says Burnley are starting to lose their long-ball tag following an impressive win at Everton.


  • Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani have been dropped from Algeria’s squad for the game against Cameroon as the nation can no longer qualify for the World Cup and want to field a younger side.
  • Craig Shakespeare insists Jamie Vardy’s commitment to both Leicester and England should never be questioned.


  • Swansea’s squad fear the Liberty Stadium fans will begin to turn on them if their poor home form continues.


  • Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic wants to arrange a match during the international break to test the fitness of players who have barely featured for the first team.


  • Curtis Davies says Joe Ledley has brought “Premier League quality” to Derby since joining as a free agent.


  • Phil Parkinson insists he will remain as Bolton manager despite the club’s worst start to a campaign in 115 years – they currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s doctor warns against rushing Manchester United comeback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing his comeback despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing his comeback despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s doctor has warned the striker not to rush his Manchester United comeback.

Ibrahimovic tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in the Europa League.

Dr Freddie Fu, the specialist who operated on him, wants the striker to have as much recovery time as possible.

Tom Westley, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings named in England Lions squad

Tom Westley is one of three Essex players named in the Lions squad
Tom Westley is one of three Essex players named in the Lions squad

Tom Westley, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings have all been named in the England Lions squad for a training camp in Australia in November and December.

All three played Test matches for England this summer and will be on hand in Australia should they be required to feature in the Ashes.

Westley is one of three of the stars of Essex’s triumphant season in the County Championship to be rewarded with a call-up alongside Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter.

Ben Duckett completes a quartet of players with Test caps in the squad, and the Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is the fifth member of the squad with senior international experience.

Porter and Lawrence made their debuts for the Lions this summer and the England selectors have included four players yet to play for the Lions – Dom Bess, Paul Coughlin, Alex Davies and Amar Virdi – although both Bess and Virdi spent time training with the Lions squad in the summer, and Coughlin played in the North-South Series earlier this year.

Keaton Jennings is one of five players with international experience in the Lions squad
Keaton Jennings is one of five players with international experience in the Lions squad

James Whitaker, the National Selector, said: “This camp provides an opportunity for emerging young talent and some players with international experience to work hard on their game in Australia, in excellent facilities, under the guidance of Andy Flower and our other lead coaches. The players selected have a range of experience, and we believe they are an exciting group.

“This is a great chance for them to impress, before we select another Lions squad for the games against West Indies A in the second half of the winter. We would expect a number of other players to be in contention for that squad – for example Haseeb Hameed was not considered for the Australia camp to avoid him having to rush back from the injury he suffered recently playing for Lancashire.”

Mark Wood will join the Lions in Australia after injury kept him out of the Ashes squad
Mark Wood will join the Lions in Australia after injury kept him out of the Ashes squad

The Lions will spend a week at the Performance Centre in Loughborough before flying to Brisbane on November 14, for a two-week camp with a red-ball focus culminating in a three-day match against a Queensland XI at the Allan Border Oval from November 27-29 – although this will not be an official England Lions fixture.

They then head west to Perth for two weeks, focusing on white-ball skills during which they will play three T20 matches against a Scorchers team who will be preparing for the Big Bash.

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The Lions squad for a seven-week trip to the West Indies in 2018, including three four-day matches and three 50-over fixtures, will be selected in December, along with the squads for the North-South Series which follows in Barbados in March.

Chris Silverwood, the head coach at Essex, will join the Lions for a second consecutive winter, as fast bowling coach – with Adam Hollioake, the former Surrey and England captain, also appointed as fielding coach.

Lions: Dom Bess (Somerset), Joe Clarke (Worcestershire), Paul Coughlin (Durham/Nottinghamshire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), George Garton (Sussex), Nick Gubbins (Middlesex), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Keaton Jennings (Durham/Lancashire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Jamie Porter (Essex), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Tom Westley (Essex), Mark Wood (Durham).

Winter dates:

November 14 – depart for Australia.

November 15-29 – Brisbane, including three-day match against a Queensland XI at Allan Border Oval from 27-29

November 30 – December 16 – Perth, including T20 matches against Perth Scorchers on 11, 13 and 15

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will not appear in Los Angeles court for July arrest

Romelu Lukaku is training with Belgium and will not appear in court in Los Angeles on Monday, Sky sources understand, after he was arrested over an excessive noise complaint in July following repeated warnings from police in July.

The Manchester United striker was cited for a misdemeanour after five verbal warnings at a Beverley Hills home where he was staying earlier in the summer.

Lukaku was on the verge of a £90m move to Manchester United from Everton when he was arrested at around 8pm on July 2.

The Manchester United has scored 15 goals from 12 games in all competitions this season
The Manchester United has scored 15 goals from 12 games in all competitions this season

Days after the incident, he shared on Instagram a picture of himself in an apartment in the American city with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Lukaku can send a lawyer in his absence to Los Angeles Airport Courthouse.

The 24-year old scored in United’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday at Old Trafford, taking his tally already for the season to 15 from 12 games.

United sit top of the Premier League table alongside rivals Manchester City on 19 points.

Carabao Cup: Holders Manchester United drawn away to Swansea in fourth round

Manchester United will play away at Swansea City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, while Chelsea will be at home against Everton.

Manchester City have been drawn against Championship Wolves, with Tottenham hosting West Ham in a London derby.

Arsenal play Norwich City, while Leicester City, who knocked out Liverpool, face Leeds United at home.

Bournemouth host Middlesbrough and Bristol City take on Crystal Palace in the other fourth-round ties.

Jose Mourinho’s United, who beat Southampton in the Wembley final in February, moved into the last 16 with a comfortable 4-1 win over Championship side Burton Albion and meet 2013 League Cup winners Swansea.

Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 in the Premier League in August and the two sides will meet at Stamford Bridge after comfortable third-round wins over Nottingham Forest and Sunderland respectively.

Norwich, 12th in the Championship, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and travel to Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal, who edged out League One Doncaster Rovers.

Championship Bristol City have knocked out Premier League teams Watford and Stoke City and entertain Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in round four.

Manchester City beat West Brom 2-1 on Wednesday and will next play a Wolves side who are second in the Championship.

City needed a replay to get past then-Championship side Huddersfield in the fifth round of the FA Cup last season and boss Pep Guardiola said he will not under-estimate the second-tier side.

“We will respect Wolves and we know from experience against Huddersfield last season so we will be ready,” said Guardiola.

League Cup fourth-round draw

Arsenal v Norwich City

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough

Bristol City v Crystal Palace

Chelsea v Everton

Leicester City v Leeds United

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Swansea City v Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

Ties to be played in the week commencing 23 October, 2017

Jake LaMotta: Legendary Raging Bull boxer dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, the uncompromising fighter portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, has died aged 95.

The former world middleweight boxing champion died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife told US news site TMZ.

Based on LaMotta’s 1970 memoir, Raging Bull depicts an emotional fighter struggling with life outside the ring.

The 1980 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, earned De Niro a Best Actor award at the Oscars.

“I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humour, with eyes that danced,” Mrs LaMotta said.

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Image captionHe often wore a hooded leopard-print robe into the ring
Image captionHis rough style made him one of the most famous fighters in boxing during the 1940s and 1950s

Born on 10 July 1922 to Italian parents in the Bronx area of New York City, he took up boxing after being rejected by the US military due to a medical condition.

Sports commentators praised his willingness to take a severe beating in order to get close enough to land the best punches on his opponent.

His stamina in the ring, which he honed during a prison sentence, earned him the nickname “The Bronx Bull”.

One writer for the Associated Press described how he fought with “blows bouncing off him like ball bearings off a battleship”.

LaMotta first won national recognition two years after landing on the professional boxing circuit, when he handed Sugar Ray Robinson his first ever defeat in 1943.

His rough style, and strong chin, made him one of the most famous fighters in boxing during the 1940s and 1950s at a time when boxing was one of the nation’s most popular sports.

After resisting Mafia efforts to control him, he later admitted to intentionally losing a fight at the behest of mobsters in 1947, causing him to suffer a suspension from the sport.

According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, his career record was 83 wins, 19 losses, 4 draws, and 30 knockouts.

After retiring from the ring in 1954, he went on to act in several films, also touring as a stand-up comedian.

Antonio Sanabria scored a 94th-minute winner as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid to win at the Bernabeu in La Liga for the first time in 19 years.

The 21-year-old dived onto Antonio Barragan’s cross to head past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal.

It leaves the European champions seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo, returning from a five-game ban, was making his first La Liga appearance of the season, but saw a back heel cleared off the line before Antonio Adan saved a long-range effort from the Portugal forward.

Wales forward Gareth Bale gave Ronaldo arguably the best opportunity to open the scoring with a low ball across the area, but the 32-year-old sliced over.

Luka Modric had earlier hit the side netting after a driving run from inside his own half, while Bale was denied from a clever flicked effort.

But for all the hosts’ dominance, they were left open at the back and were handed a warning when Sanabria saw his tap-in ruled out for offside late on.

Moments later the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake as Real were again caught short, scoring the winner to send Betis above their hosts to sixth in the table.

It was the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since Finidi George scored in a 1-0 win in October 1998 and brought to an end Real’s all-time Spanish record of scoring in 73 successive games.

Los Blancos are yet to win at home in La Liga this season, having drawn with Levante and Valencia.

British Masters: Ian Poulter added to star-studded field

Ian Poulter is the latest addition to the star-studded field for next week’s British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

The Ryder Cup legend will join tournament host Lee Westwood, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia and four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy in the impressive line-up for the event at Close House in Northumberland.

Ian Poulter has confirmed he will play at Close House
Ian Poulter has confirmed he will play at Close House

Poulter hosted the British Masters at Woburn in 2015 when the tournament made a hugely successful return to the European Tour schedule after a seven-year absence, although he was unable to play at The Grove last year due to injury.

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Well we didn’t get the giant killings we had our hearts set on tonight but blimey we got a few goals, and some decent ones too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a contender for the best of them with his opener against Sunderland, although Marcus Rashford might have a thing or two to say about that after his stunner against Burton.

Everton, United, City, Arsenal and Chelsea all make it though, much as we expected they would. The Carabao Cup takes a break now until the week beginning October 23rd so it’s all eyes on the Premier League till then (or EFL if you’re Sunderland, Burton, Doncaster or Forest).

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Against Doncaster Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes for the first time since September 2014. Is this the beginning of the road back for the Arsenal play-maker?

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Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas: “They very much needed that win. Calvert-Lewin has answered a few questions tonight to get two goals, and should have got a hat-trick, but only bad luck as he hit the post.

“They were very short of confidence early doors, but Calvert-Lewin swept home the opener, rather than blasting it. His second was a lovely finish, with a bit of pace and elevation.

“Everton finished with a bit of energy and pace.”


Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson: “I was pleased with performance. There are if, buts and maybes as we created chances. It’s a slight disappointment we didn’t convert one of our chances but I cannot criticise the players.

“The open game suited us. We hope hope the performance will kick start season in terms of results.”

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Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally: “Ben Foster made three magnificent saves. But they had really good chances West Brom.

“They had good attacking options with Phillips and Rondon. City deserve to be in the next round but West Brom gave it a really good go.”


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: “I was pleased with the start. We got the goal but faded away. It was frustrating we couldn’t get a second goal, it always made it worrying that they could score. I was a little surprised it was such an open game.”


Here’s the full draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.









Matches to be played the week beginning October 23rd.