Will Jose Mourinho’s plots damage England?

  • At Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho created a new war with arch-rivals Barcelona
  • He poked Pep Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye during a Clasico
  • Relationships between players at Barca and Real deteriorated as a result
  • Mourinho stormed into Manchester City’s dressing-room last week after losing 
  • His divisive tricks may cause a rift between players at the Manchester clubs
  • The war he created among the Spanish players may worry the FA and England

When Spain dominated international football, an outsider came along and threatened to blow the whole thing apart. His name was Jose Mourinho.

His arrival at Real Madrid after Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010 sparked an unprecedented nastiness between them and Barcelona when the two clubs made up the majority of Vicente Del Bosque’s champions. read more

Kyle Lowry records 11th career triple double in Raptors’ rout of Nets

1 rally from his 11th triple double, Dwane Casey was not going to give Kyle Lowry all night to get it.

It required Lowry just a minute and 38 seconds into the fourth quarter before he grabbed the rebound off a Norm Powell overlook, and then he headed to the seat triumphant, his triple double — 10 points, 12 assists, and 10 boards — the highlight of the Raptors 120-87 rout of Brooklyn on Friday. read more

Jurgen Klopp: We’re all playing for second place now

  • Jurgen Klopp is preparing his Liverpool squad for Bournemouth trip on Sunday
  • The manager admits Manchester City are likely to finish season as title winners
  • Record-breaking winning spree has carried City clear at the top of the table
  • Klopp added that the focus is now on his side to try and finish in second place
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Jurgen Klopp has claimed Manchester City‘s rivals have stopped fighting for the title and the challenge facing his side is to finish best of the rest.

The record-breaking winning spree that has carried Pep Guardiola‘s squad clear at the top of the table means the only question being asked is when, rather than if, City become champions. read more

As a Marlins exec, Derek Jeter has effectively pawned off a once-sterling reputation

Over the course of his two decades in the major leagues, Derek Jeter was the most thoughtful person in baseball.

Never any particular intellectual, Jeter was instead a master of rhetorical prudence. He said the right thing at the right moment in just the right sort of way. Since he was always available and authoritative, he became MLB’s de facto spokesperson. If you wanted to take the pulse of the game, the heart of it was beating within a tight radius of Jeter’s locker. read more

Tottenham work 24 hours a day to finish new stadium

  • Spurs are working day and night to get their new ground ready for next season
  • The new White Hart Lane is taking shape with construction work on schedule
  • Tottenham have over 1,000 workers labouring seven days a week
  • They are playing their home games at Wembley Stadium during construction
  • If the ground is delayed they may have to play at Wembley again next season 

Tottenham are working through the night to ensure their new White Hart Lane stadium is ready for next season.

Construction work remains on schedule. With over a thousand workers labouring seven days a week, the main bowl is complete and the stands are taking shape. read more

Mesut Ozil eyeing Man United move if he leaves Arsenal

  • Mesut Ozil’s current deal with Arsenal expires at the end of this season 
  • A new deal worth £235,000 a week has already been turned down by Ozil
  • Ozil wants closer to £300,000 and has worked with Jose Mourinho before

Mesut Ozil favours a move to Manchester United over Barcelona should he leave Arsenal in the coming months.

Arsene Wenger confirmed this week that the Gunners are still negotiating with Ozil, whose contract runs down at the end of this season. read more