Did Madrid sell the wrong man? Navas harshly treated amidst Courtois crisis

Zinedine Zidane’s choice of number one this season could come back to haunt him when his side head to Paris on Wednesday After five years at Real Madrid, Keylor Navas was unceremoniously sent packing to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer as Zinedine Zidane threw his full support behind Thibaut Courtois between the sticks.  With one eye …

Willian reacts to Barkley penalty miss & reveals he asked to take spot-kick

The Brazilian says his team-mate told him he was confident about scoring but insists he has no ill-feeling towards the England man despite the miss Willian has confirmed he asked to take the crucial penalty which Ross Barkley failed to convert in Chelsea’s Champions League loss to Valencia on Tuesday. England international Barkley skimmed his …

'Cristiano Ronaldo is a goal animal' – Simeone worried about facing Juventus star

The Atletico Madrid coach is fearful of the damage the Portuguese superstar could do to his side, having been knocked out by him last season Diego Simeone has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘goal animal’ ahead of Atletico Madrid’s meeting with Juventus in the Champions League. The pair met in the round of 16 last …

I would give my other knee to play for Pep’s City – Richards

The former right back had to hang up his boots due to knee issues, but says he’d sacrifice his remaining good one to link up with the Spanish manager Micah Richards says he would give his remaining healthy knee for the chance to play for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.  The 31-year-old retired at the end of …

Maloney column: The day I knew George Smith was a freak

The setting is Manly Oval, August 2000. George Smith and I make our way back to the 50 metre line for what feels like Manly’s 300th restart of the arvo. We’ve both come off the bench and stepped into a smashfest at the hands of a stacked Eastern Suburbs side. It’s carnage. Our fly-half is …

Best teams will find their way to the Super Rugby final: Gibson

The best teams will make the Super Rugby finals no matter the system, Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says. Discussions around the Super Rugby format have reared their head again as finals near, with the conference system handing playoff hosting rights to some teams with fewer points than those travelling.  Conference winners are guaranteed a home …

Gibson urges fans to turn out for 'worthy' Waratahs

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says his team deserves the support of the state on their run to the Super Rugby finals. NSW could finish as high as second on the ladder, guaranteeing hosting rights for a quarter and semi-final this season, but it could be an uphill battle to build their crowds back up ahead …

Phipps reinstated as club captain, Waratahs pick and stick for Brumbies

The Waratahs have reinstated halfback Nick Phipps as club captain, after standing him down for more than two months. Phipps was suspended from the position in May, after news emerged of the scrumhalf urinating on a Sydney bar during his bucks’ night, with no timeline set on his return to the spot. Though the role …