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Crossing the divide – players who have turned out for Liverpool and Man Utd

Bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United meet for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon – the pair having had differing starts to the campaign. While Liverpool are enjoying sitting top of the Premier League, United are 16 points adrift and languishing sixth in the table. Not many players have occupied the home dressing room at both Anfield and Old Trafford over the years – although both Tom McNulty and Phil Chisnall moved directly from United to Liverpool in 1954 and 1964, respectively. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the three men who have represented both of the English giants at senior level in the last 50 years. Peter Beardsley Peter Beardsley (right) scored 59 goals for Liverpool having not been able to break through at Old Trafford (PA Archive) While Beard...

Jewish groups join Chelsea in condemning ‘abhorrent’ and ‘disgraceful’ chants

Anti-discrimination leaders and Jewish groups have joined Chelsea in condemning the anti-Semitic chanting by some of the London club’s supporters. Days after four Blues fans were suspended for abusing Raheem Sterling, with some of the language used allegedly racist in nature, the unsavoury behaviour of a minority of supporters has been highlighted for a second successive match. Chelsea have strongly criticised a derogatory chant about Tottenham supporters, featuring anti-Semitic language and heard during Thursday night’s Europa League game with Vidi in Budapest. The chants were heard during Chelsea’s Europa League match in Budapest (Tibor Illyes/AP). The Jewish Leadership Council, Board of Deputies of British Jews and anti-discrimination group Fare supported Chelsea’s stance while attackin...

Preview: Southampton vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Arsenal. Arsenal make the trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League having put together a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Ralph Hasenhuttl takes charge of his first match at the Saints’ home ground with the club sitting three points adrift of safety in the standings. Southampton © Reuters New boss Hasenhuttl will be given time to implement his philosophy on a Southampton squad which is still full of quality, but the Austrian will be aware that he must also find a way to get points on the board as soon as possible. Finding a balance between the two and Hasenhuttl sometimes having to go against his own beliefs to get a re...

Preview: Levante vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Barcelona’s trip to Levante in La Liga. Barcelona will be looking to consolidate first position in La Liga when they travel to Levante on Sunday night. The Spanish champions currently top the pile entering Week 16 in La Liga, but they have a tough assignment this weekend against a team that sits sixth in the table having enjoyed an impressive campaign to date. Levante © Reuters Six wins, four draws and five defeats – that is how Levante have performed in La Liga this season. A total of 22 points has left them in sixth spot in the table, just four points off fourth-placed Real Madrid ahead of Week 16 in La Liga. Promoted from the Segunda Division as winners in 2017, Levante secured another season of La...

Rangers defender McAuley would welcome Davis return

Gareth McAuley reckons Steven Davis could be just the man to give Rangers back their cutting edge. Davis has been linked with a January return to Ibrox after a frustrating season so far at Southampton. The 33-year-old has started just two games for Saints this term, but McAuley has no doubts about his Northern Ireland team-mates’ talents. Davis is a former Gers captain who won three league titles under Walter Smith and McAuley would love to see him bring that quality back to Glasgow. The Light Blues saw their European adventure come to an end on Thursday night as their inability to cut open Rapid Vienna denied Steven Gerrard’s side a place in the Europa League last 32. But McAuley sees Davis as the ideal man to spearhead Rangers’ push for honours on the domestic front. Asked if he had spok...

How Barcelona could line up against Levante

Sports Mole takes a look at how Barcelona could line up in Sunday’s La Liga clash with Levante. Barcelona will be looking for their third straight La Liga success when they travel to Levante on Sunday night. The Spanish champions have beaten Villarreal and Espanyol in their last two league fixtures to sit top of the table on 31 points. Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League during the week, but had already booked their spot in the round of 16 as group winners ahead of the clash with the English club. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how Ernesto Valverde‘s side could line up against sixth-placed Levante in Valencia. Out: Rafinha (knee), Sergi Samper (calf), Sergi Roberto (hamstring), Samuel Umtiti (knee), Malcom (ankle) Valverde rung ...

Tim Sherwood: ‘Manchester United camp is divided’

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood claims that there is “so much divide in the Manchester United camp”. Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has claimed that there is “so much divide in the Manchester United camp”, with the Red Devils in disarray ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool in the Premier League. United, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night, are currently sixth in the Premier League table, some 16 points off leaders Liverpool, who they visit this weekend. Sherwood has said that United boss Jose Mourinho can call upon a number of “world-class players”, but there is “so much split” at Old Trafford, according to the former midfielder. “Jose’s got to try and find ...

Jordi Alba opens up on Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba concedes that “things can improve off the pitch” for Ousmane Dembele. Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has conceded that “things can improve off the pitch” for Ousmane Dembele. Dembele, 21, has endured several disciplinary issues this season, with the Frenchman reportedly consistently late to team meetings and training sessions. The former Borussia Dortmund attacker has been impressive on the field, however, managing nine goals and five assists in 20 matches in all competitions for the Spanish giants. Alba said that Dembele “is an important player” for the Catalan giants while admitting that there are some concerns off the field. “He is an important player for us. He’s young, but in the dressing room we’ve nev...

Levy is ‘worried’ about speculation over my future, jokes Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has joked Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is “worried” about the reports linking him with other jobs. The Argentinian has been linked repeatedly with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United and his stock has increased yet further after he guided Spurs into the knockout stages of the Champions League. Pochettino, brought to north London by Levy in 2014, said, tongue in cheek, that Levy was “concerned” by the speculation, not that he felt the need to put his chairman’s mind at ease. Daniel Levy is worried by speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino with other jobs, the Spurs manager has joked (Steven Paston/PA). “He no laugh,” he said. “I don’t get bored (about reading them) but he maybe is worried, he is concerned. “But it’s normal. It’s not nice for Daniel to hear ...

Result: Half-century for Harden as Houston star makes history

James Harden finished with 50 points to help propel the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists to score the fourth 50-point triple-double of his career – the most in NBA history. He broke a tie with Russell Westbrook to take the top spot, with Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor in third place with two each. 🚀 Most 50-point triple-doubles in @NBAHistory (4)🚀 37th career triple-double🚀 2nd triple-double this season James Harden tallies 50 PTS, 10 REB & 11 AST in the @HoustonRockets victory! #Rockets pic.twitter.com/SmYBVBTswz — NBA (@NBA) December 14, 2018 The San Antonio Spurs won by their largest margin this season, toppling the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 27 points on 12-14 shootin...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Steven Gerrard, Samuel Saiz, Ben Chilwell

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. The January transfer window is almost here and clubs around the UK and Europe are lining up moves as they look to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen. Friday morning’s headlines: Steven Gerrard: ‘Ovie Ejaria is slightly unsettled at Rangers’Rangers boss Steven Gerrard suggests that there is the possibility of Ovie Ejaria returning to parent club Liverpool during January. Read more. Samuel Saiz keen to leave Leeds United?Leeds United midfielder Samuel Saiz is reportedly keen to leave Leeds United, with Getafe said to be considering an approach for the Spaniard. Read more. Manchester City to move for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell?Manchester City are...

Result: Chargers clinch playoff place with dramatic 29-28 win over Chiefs

The Chargers and Chiefs are now tied at the top of the AFC. The Los Angeles Chargers secured a place in the NFL playoffs with a dramatic 29-28 comeback victory over division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs. The side erased a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes, Mike Williams scoring on a touchdown with four seconds remaining to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 28-27. TWO-POINT CONVERSION FOR THE WIN! #FightForEachOther#LACvsKC pic.twitter.com/dW9E4zEqQc — NFL (@NFL) December 14, 2018 Coach Anthony Lynn opted to go for the win, and quarterback Philip Rivers connected with Williams on the game-winning two-point conversion. The victory means the Chiefs and the Chargers are now tied at the top of the AFC, on 11-3 for the season. It also ended Los Angeles’ nine-game losing streak to their longtime ...

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