Sport

NYC FC’s years in wilderness to end with construction of permanent home

New York City FC will finally have a permanent home after the club announced plans for a 25,000-capacity venue in the Willets Point neighborhood in Queens. The club announced the partnership with New York City mayor Eric Adams and the Queens Development Group at a press conference on Wednesday. The project will be privately funded […]

Sport

Maradona’s Hand of God ball that sank England fails to sell despite £2m bid

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” ball attracted a top bid of £2m at auction, but failed to reach a reserve as negotiations with interested parties and the seller over its sale continue. The then Argentina captain Maradona scored two unforgettable goals in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup to beat England at Estadio Azteca […]

Sport

Brentford’s Ivan Toney charged with 232 alleged breaches of betting rules

Ivan Toney could be banned from playing for months after he was charged by the Football Association with 232 alleged breaches of its gambling laws. The Brentford striker, who has been in scintillating form for his club and had hoped to be included in England’s 26-man World Cup squad, was charged on Wednesday after the […]

Sport

‘In the zone’: Owen Farrell eager for action not words as 100th cap beckons

For all Owen Farrell’s qualities, taking compliments is not one of them. He readily admits as much and as he prepares to win his 100th England cap against New Zealand this weekend, Farrell is that little bit more eager for Saturday to come than usual. For the fanfare to stop, the glare of the spotlight […]

Sport

NRL players’ Samoan loyalty spells trouble for State of Origin

Who knew the final phase of rugby league’s Pacific revolution would arrive to the sounds of Neil Diamond, but it did as the delirious Samoa players sang Sweet Caroline after exacting revenge against England in the semi-final of the Rugby League World Cup. Samoan flags have sold out across Australia and the “685 revolution” (a […]

Sport

Fourteen venues shortlisted by the UK and Ireland bid to host Euro 2028

The four UK nations and Ireland have submitted a dossier to Uefa outlining their plans to host Euro 2028, with 14 stadiums across the five countries shortlisted to hold matches, including Everton’s future home at Bramley-Moore Dock and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, one of two north-east venues selected. A final list of 10 will be […]

Sport

Christian Pulisic says USA want to change way world sees American soccer

Christian Pulisic has said the USA team plan to change perceptions at the World Cup, acknowledging that a positive tournament in Qatar will help other nations to take them more seriously. The Americans face England, Iran and Wales in Group B and after not qualifying for the last finals they are determined to make their […]