Ten-man Arsenal hit back to earn point against Chelsa

Arsenal showed the "togetherness and leadership" that Mikel Arteta is demanding as they overcame David Luiz's red card to twice fight back and share the spoils in an eventful London derby.

Luiz was sent off against his former club for shoving Tammy Abraham in the penalty area as the Chelsea striker looked set to score following a terrible backpass by Shkodran Mustafi when the game was goalless.

Jorginho scored from the resulting spot-kick before 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored a brilliant equaliser after a slip by N'Golo Kante only for Cesar Azpilicueta to restore Chelsea's lead late on.

Yet 10-man Arsenal capped a spirited display when Hector Bellerin marked his return from injury with a dramatic equaliser from the edge of the penalty area.

 

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Real Madrid sign 18-year-old Brazilian Reinier Jesus

Real Madrid have completed the signing of 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesus for £26m.

Reinier, who has signed a six-year deal at the Spanish giants, only made his senior debut for Flamengo on 31 July last year.

He was part of the side that won the Brazilian league and the Copa Libertadores last season.

"We wish him great success in this new phase of their life," Flamengo said in a statement

Reinier was the top scorer at the Dubai Under-16 World Cup in 2018, where the club beat Real Madrid in the final.

 

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Messi strike gives new Barcelona coach Setien win on debut

Lionel Messi's second-half strike against 10-man Granada gave new coach Quique Setien a winning start at Barcelona, but it was not a convincing display by the La Liga champions.

Barca had more than 80% of the possession, but the build-up was often slow and ponderous at the Camp Nou.

Setien's tactics for Barcelona's attack was to try to go through the middle of the backline, but more often than not they were suffocated by a well-drilled defence.

That defence lost a man when German Sanchez was shown a second yellow in the 69th minute for a foul on Messi, and seven minutes later Barcelona were ahead.

The home side persisted with the tactic of going through the middle as the Argentine linked up with Antoine Griezmann; he found Arturo Vidal, whose drag-back teed up Messi to stroke home.

 

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London Marathon 2020: Women's world record holder Brigid Kosgei to defend title

Women's marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei says she is looking forward to defending her title at this year's London Marathon.

Organisers announced the 25-year-old Kenyan's inclusion on Monday.

Kosgei broke Briton Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old record at the Chicago Marathon in October.

She said: "Last year was an incredible year for me and it started by winning in London. Coming back will be very special."

Kosgei's record-breaking run came six months after winning the London Marathon for the first time.

 

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Australian Open: Serena Williams seeks 24th Grand Slam; Djokovic, Federer & Nadal head men's field

Serena Williams is the firm favourite to win the Australian Open as she again bids for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

The 38-year-old American is aiming to match the record set in 1973 by Australia's Margaret Court, who will be recognised at the tournament on the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam.

Old guard Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are still expected to be the men to beat in Melbourne, while Britain's former world number one Andy Murray is missing because of a pelvic injury.

The first Grand Slam of the 2020 season is set to go ahead as planned, despite the backdrop of raging bushfires that have devastated parts of Australia.

Here is everything you need to know.

 

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Lukaku scores after 21 seconds in cup win

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice - including a goal after 21 seconds - as Inter Milan eased into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia with a 4-1 win over Cagliari.

The 26-year-old slotted the first after a terrible backpass by Christian Oliva and Borja Valero tapped in for 2-0.

Lukaku headed in his second, Oliva struck low to make it 3-1 before Andrea Ranocchia's header sealed the win.

Lukaku has now scored 18 goals in 25 appearances for the Italian side.

Holders Lazio cruised to a 4-0 victory over Serie B strugglers Cremonese, Italy international Ciro Immobile scoring from the spot in the comfortable victory.

 

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Charles Leclerc: I won't crash with Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel again

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc says he and team-mate Sebastian Vettel will not crash together on track again.

Their collision in Brazil at the end of last season was the climax of a series of controversies between the two drivers as they fought for supremacy.

"We are extremely competitive and sometimes on track we might have some frictions," Leclerc said.

"But in the end we are mature enough to know that what happened on track is on track and off it we are different." 

 

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Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties

Sergio Ramos scored the decisive spot-kick as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 on penalties to win the Spanish Super Cup.

The Real captain sent Jan Oblak the wrong way to secure the trophy after a goalless 120 minutes in Saudi Arabia.

Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey missed their penalties for Atletico.

Real Madrid had ended the game with 10 men after Federico Valverde was sent off in extra time for fouling Alvaro Morata when he was clean through.

The dramatic finale was at odds with what was a largely turgid encounter at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.

 

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Tiger Woods: PGA Tour record could be set at Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods will bid for a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open on 23 January.

The 44-year-old equalled Sam Snead's mark of 82 - set in 1965 - at the Zozo Championship in Japan in October.

The Farmers Insurance Open will be played at Torrey Pines, where Woods has eight wins, including the 2008 US Open.

Woods will be joined by a strong field including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele.

Since equalling Snead's record, Woods has competed in two unofficial events in December. 

 

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Mercedes to partner Team Ineos

Formula 1 world champions Mercedes to partner Team Ineos.

Six-time Formula 1 constructors' championship winners Mercedes have agreed a partnership with Team Ineos' cycling and sailing divisions.

The partnership will help develop "engineering, human science, simulation and data analysis".

Ineos - owned by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe - began sponsoring Team Sky cycling in March 2019.

"The technical demands of F1 mean we're well-placed to support in sailing and cycling," said Mercedes' Toto Wolff.

 

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Ibrahimovic comes on as substitute on Milan return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on as a second-half substitute in his first game since returning to AC Milan as his side were held to a goalless draw by Sampdoria.

The 38-year-old Swedish striker, who helped Milan win Serie A in 2010-11 and has signed a six-month deal, replaced Krzysztof Piatek after 55 minutes.

Ibrahimovic had two headed chances but one was cleared off the line and the other was saved by Emil Audero.

The result leaves Milan 12th, four places ahead of Sampdoria in 16th.

Sampdoria had chances to win the game but former Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini shot wide from the edge of the penalty area after he had taken the ball around goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

 

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Novak Djokovic-inspired Serbia beat France to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic led Serbia to the quarter-finals of the inaugural ATP Cup by winning both his singles and doubles matches against group rivals France.

After France led through Benoit Paire's win over Dusan Lajovic, world number two Djokovic beat Gael Monfils 6-3 6-2.

Djokovic and Viktor Troicki beat Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin to win 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 10-3 at 00:40 local time in Brisbane.

Rafael Nadal's Spain beat Uruguay to close on the last eight in Australia.

After world number 10 Roberto Bautista Agut thrashed Franco Roncadelli 6-1 6-2, world number one Nadal eased past Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-1 to seal the Perth tie before Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta beat Ariel Behar and Juan Martin Fumeaux 6-1 3-6 10-3 in the doubles.

 

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Shame on Lazio fans - Balotelli on alleged abuse

Brescia striker Mario Balotelli said Lazio fans should be ashamed of themselves after alleged abuse during the sides' Serie A match.

A stadium announcement was made during the game urging fans not to sing discriminatory songs.

Balotelli, 29, posted a message on his Instagram account following the match - a 2-1 win for Lazio.

"Lazio fans present at the stadium today, shame on you," Balotelli wrote, with the hashtag #saynotoracism.

 

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Liverpool complete year unbeaten in Premier League by beating Sheffield United

Unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool made it a full year without losing in the top flight as Sheffield United were brushed aside at Anfield.

A slice of good fortune enabled the Reds to take an early lead - George Baldock's slip allowing Andy Robertson to set up Mohamed Salah for a simple close-range finish in just the fourth minute.

But there was nothing fortuitous about their win, which Sadio Mane sealed, finishing at the second attempt after being played in by Salah.

It maintains the Reds' 13-point advantage at the top of the division after nearest rivals Leicester and Manchester City both won on New Year's Day.

Jurgen Klopp's side have dropped just two points from a possible 60 this season.

 

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January transfer window 2020: Who could be on the move?

It's that time of the season again.

Clubs will be on the hunt for a bargain or big-money signing, whether they are aiming for the title, looking to clinch a European spot or trying to avoid relegation.

There is one interesting point to consider this season - players who have played for one team in Europe are no longer cup-tied when they move to another club participating in European competition.

So could that mean clubs are more willing to splash the cash?

London-based investment company Carteret Analytics advises three Premier League clubs, and another 12 leading sides from around Europe and the rest of the world, on potential new signings.

 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins AC Milan at 38

Former Sweden and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejoined AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.

The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.

The Serie A side said  Ibrahimovic "will be in Milan on 2 January, 2020 to take his medical" and join his team-mates.

"I'm coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love," Ibrahimovic said.

Ibrahimovic was at Serie A side Milan from 2010 to 2012, scoring 42 goals in 61 league games for the club.

 

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‘Liverpool thrash Leicester to confirm long wait for title is coming to an end’

Liverpool will not say it - there have been too many near misses and false dawns in the 30 years since their last title win to place temptation in fate's path.

The lockdown started moments after Jurgen Klopp's side produced arguably their finest performance of the season to overwhelm their nearest challengers Leicester City to go 13 points clear with a game in hand.

Liverpool's players, perfectly understandably, were right on title message: Nothing taken for granted. Long way to go. Race not over.

If they will not say it, then others will. And it can be said with some certainty after the manner in which the Reds produced a 4-0 win that even then did not do justice to their superiority.

This was the night when it became clear that the Premier League title race is now surely over.

 

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England's World Cup triumph - players relive the remarkable final hour

England won their first men's World Cup in July by beating New Zealand in one of the most sensational games of cricket ever played.

In a finale packed with barely believable moments, both teams scored 241 off 50 overs and the super over was also tied - but England won by virtue of hitting more boundaries.

Here is the tale of the dramatic final hour at Lord's, as told by England players Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood and captain Eoin Morgan.

These interviews are from 'The Final Hour', a programme looking back on the last 60 minutes of the Cricket World Cup final.

 

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Real Madrid frustrated by Athletic

Real Madrid recorded consecutive goalless draws in La Liga for the first time since March 2006 as they were frustrated by Athletic Bilbao.

The hosts had the better chances with substitutes Nacho and Luka Jovic heading against the woodwork.

Karim Benzema had a frustrating night - failing to score with seven efforts, including four saves from Unai Simon.

Athletic struggled to create chances, although Kenan Kodro had a goal disallowed for offside.

They rise to seventh in La Liga, with second-placed Real two points behind Barcelona at the end of 2019.

 

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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal to name Spaniard as new manager on Friday

Mikel Arteta is expected to be named as Arsenal's new manager on Friday.

Arteta said his farewells to staff at Manchester City on Thursday morning.

There has been annoyance at City over Arsenal's conduct but they will not stop Arteta, 37, succeeding Unai Emery.

A seven-figure compensation payment will be made in order for the move to be completed.

Thursday's news conference previewing the game against Everton was cancelled.

 

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