Chris Eubank was a special guest on the Sports Breakfast on Monday morning - and he didn't take kindly to co-host Joey Barton's line of questioning. The former two-weight world boxing champion was not happy after Barton said he wasn't even aware his son, Chris Eubank Jnr, was fighting Avni Yildirim earlier this month as the fight was on ITV box office and revealed his disappointment that the 28-year-old was not being watched by more people.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's turbulent decade-long reign could be over by Christmas after the club was officially put up for sale. Ashley indicated several months ago that he would be open to doing a deal if a mega-rich investor emerged to take the Magpies to the next level financially, and speculation stepped up earlier this month when leading financier Amanda Staveley attended Newcastle's home game against Liverpool. Now the 53-year-old has removed any ambiguity from the situation, effectively planting the 'for sale' signs on the St James' Park turf.
Carlos Takam has replaced Kubrat Pulev as the challenger to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on October 28 after a shoulder injury forced the Bulgarian to withdraw. Pulev had been the mandatory challenger to the IBF and WBA champion but misses out on his second world-titlle fight after hurting his shoulder while sparring. Frenchman Takam, 36, will replace him with less than a fortnight's notice, meaning Pulev faces a lengthy wait to fight Joshua after also losing his status as mandatory challenger with the IBF.
Warren Gatland has ruled himself out of contention to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021. And Gatland also revealed that he "hated the press and negativity" in New Zealand surrounding the Lions' 10-match tour, which was highlighted by a drawn Test series against the world champion All Blacks earlier this year. At one stage of the punishing six-week trip, the New Zealand Herald newspaper published a cartoon depicting Gatland as a clown, complete with red nose.
Leicester were unable to end their home hoodoo against West Brom after a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium. The West Midlands side are now unbeaten in eight visits to the venue, winning five, and it always looked like a record they would extend after Nacer Chadli gave them the lead with a superb 30-yard free-kick. Riyad Mahrez equalised with 10 minutes remaining but Leicester were unable to go on and get that elusive victory, meaning the last time they won at home against West Brom was January 1994 - Iwan Roberts scoring twice in a 4-2 success at Filbert Street.
Truro City will play Charlton Athletic in their first ever FA Cup first-round tie. The Cornish side beat Hampton and Richmond Borough 2-0 on Saturday to secure their place in the first proper round of football's oldest cup competition, and have been rewarded with a visit to League One side Charlton. Elsewhere, Hyde United - who play in the eighth tier of the English football system - will host MK Dons - also of League One - having overcome Scarborough Athletic in the final qualifying round. The FA Cup first-round draw can be seen, in full, below...
Zinedine Zidane has hailed Harry Kane as a 'complete player' and refused to rule out Real Madrid making a move for the striker. Kane has been in sensational form for Tottenham and England - firing 15 goals in his last 11 games - and will bid continue his impressive form against Real at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night. Gareth Bale, who will not face his former club due to a calf injury, and Luka Modric swapped Spurs for Madrid in 2013 and 2012 respectively, and Kane has been linked with following suit.
Joey Barton has written off Chelsea’s Premier League hopes and claims they are already out of the title race. The defending champions were beaten 2-1 at rock-bottom Crystal Palace on Saturday and, even though they are fifth in the early season table, they trail leaders Manchester City by nine points. And Barton feels they will now have to concentrate on battling the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal for a place in the top four.