Envoi Allen faces five on Sunday

Envoi Allen will face five rivals when he attempts to stretch his unbeaten career record under rules to 11 in the Sky Bet Killiney Novice Chase at Punchestown. Having landed his point-to-point in February 2018, the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding has carried all before him – twice winning at the Cheltenham Festival, including last year’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, the seven-year-old has embarked on a novice-chasing campaign

Alex Sanderson leaves Saracens to become Sale Sharks director of rugby

Sale have appointed Alex Sanderson as their director of rugby to end the former England’s flanker’s long association with Saracens. Sanderson will leave north London to join the club where he began his playing career, filling the vacancy left by Steve Diamond’s departure from the AJ Bell Stadium for family reasons. The 41-year-old has carved out a formidable reputation as an assistant coach to Saracens boss Mark McCall during a

Baseball Hall of Fame debate: Jeff Kent – the best power-hitting 2B ever – on the outside looking in

History will show that Jeff Kent may have been the greatest power-hitting second baseman ever. Yet apparently, not up to the Baseball Hall of Fame standards set by the Baseball Writers Association of America. This is Kent’s eighth year on the ballot, and barring a dramatic turn in voting, Kent looks like he’ll be on the outside looking in, hoping the Era Committees steps in to rescue him one day. He

Conor McGregor flaunts brand new watches including X-rated sex scene timepiece

Conor McGregor has splashed out on two new timepieces ahead of his UFC return. The MMA icon is currently preparing for his rematch against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi, and he has managed to find time to hit the shops while taking a break from training. McGregor has purchased two brand new Jacob & Co watches, including a £1.5m Rasputin and a £730k Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette watch. Not one to

Dustin Poirier's weakness identified ahead of Conor McGregor fight

Dustin Poirier must be wary of falling victim to his '90-second curse' when he takes on Conor McGregor at UFC 257. That is the view of analyst Dan Hardy who identified the opening stages of Poirier's fights as his major weakness. The American was stopped by McGregor inside two minutes of their first fight in 2014 and then again by Michael Johnson two years later. McGregor has five first-round stoppages

Victoria Azarenka among first arrivals as Australian Open quarantines begin

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. And she wanted everyone to know she was pleased to be in Australia despite all the Covid-19 restrictions around the world and a tournament-enforced 14-day quarantine period in Melbourne. Azarenka, who won the

Spiceman brings the heat as Stars sizzle at the 'G

The Melbourne Stars' faith in Andre Fletcher, also known as "The Spiceman", was rewarded at their return to the MCG on Friday night, with the West Indian opener smashing 89 runs off 49 balls. Fletcher had failed to fire all season for the Stars but managed to hold his spot in Melbourne's struggling line-up. That call is now justified, with his powerful innings lighting up the night and guiding his

Tottenham 'unlikely to extend Gareth Bale's loan for a second season'

Tottenham ‘unlikely to extend Gareth Bale’s loan for a second season’ with Welsh star set to return to Real Madrid this summer after playing just 161 minutes of Premier League football Tottenham are reluctant to extend Welshman Gareth Bale’s stay in North London Bale returned to the club in September but has struggled to maintain his fitness The striker has only played 161 minutes of football for the club since his

Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United midfielder named Premier League Player of the Month for December

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been named Premier League Player of the Month for December. It is the fourth time he has won the award since arriving from Benfica 12 months ago. Fernandes scored three goals in six Premier League appearances in December as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went unbeaten, winning four games and drawing the other two. The 26-year-old scored twice in Manchester United’s 6-2 drubbing of Leeds

Jamie Carragher explains why he's nervous ahead of Liverpool vs Man Utd clash

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted he is feeling the nerves ahead of the Reds' huge clash against Manchester United this weekend. Jurgen Klopp's side find themselves three points behind league leaders United ahead of Sunday's match at Old Trafford. The clash comes with Liverpool on a poor run of form which has seen them draw two and lose one of their last three Premier League games. United, on the