NEW Furious Everton fans have ramped up protests over the impending appointing of Vitor Pereira as the new Toffees manager by graffitiing a wall at Goodison Park and protesting outside club offices in Liverpool. An Everton fan account on Twitter - The Toffee Blues - shared an image of the graffiti at the stadium, which reads: 'Pereira out, Lampard in' after news, reported by Sportsmail, emerged that the Portuguese coach was closing in on replacing Rafa Benitez. Another fan group called the 27yearscampaign - a reference to Everton's time without silverware - protested outside the Royal Liver Building where club offices are based. They are calling for owner Farhad Moshiri to engage with the club's supporters and held up banners reading: 'Moshiri if you want success then change this mess'.
Tottenham lose more revenue than ANY other Premier League team at home games - with unsold tickets costing the club over £165,000-per-MATCH - and Chelsea are not far behind with Man City in the top five too
Tottenham Hotspur are losing more than £165,000 in revenue per home game - the highest in the Premier League - because of unsold match tickets, research has found. A study examining average attendances this season shows that Tottenham have 5,000 more empty seats than any other top-flight club. Chelsea are also losing substantial income. According to the research, they are averaging around 3,000 empty seats, which adds up to just under £155,000 per game at Stamford Bridge.
Three-peat complete! British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid win a THIRD successive Australia Open men's wheelchair doubles title after beating Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda - clinching their THIRTEENTH Grand Slam together
NEW British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have won the Australian Open men's wheelchair doubles title for a third successive time, beating Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the final on Wednesday. Hewett and Reid defeated Argentina's Fernandez and Japan's Kunieda 6-2 4-6 (10-7) to defend their title for a second time and win a 13th Grand Slam title together. Their win in Melbourne is also their eighth successive Slam title together.
MIKE DICKSON: Rafael Nadal's tardiness and obsessive rituals slow the game down and upset his rivals like Denis Shapovalov... but they are NOT illegal
MIKE DICKSON: Denis Shapovalov's 'corrupt' outburst at umpire Carlos Bernardes was triggered by Rafael Nadal being late off his chair at the start of the second set when the Canadian was ready to serve. Shapovalov fumed again at the beginning of the set's second game for the same reason. It is fair to say that Nadal has always been happy to play at his own pace and often keeps opponents waiting, right from when the players walk out.
Rio Ferdinand says Anthony Martial 'NEEDED' his loan move to Sevilla as his Manchester United exit is confirmed - with club legend admitting he has been 'underwhelmed' by the player after thinking he could be 'ultra-special'
It was confirmed on Tuesday night that Anthony Martial had joined the LaLiga side until the end of the season. The Frenchman has struggled for regular playing time at Manchester United. Giving his reaction to the news, Rio Ferdinand has said on his Five with Vibe podcast that the move was a positive one for both Martial and Manchester United.
Thomas Tuchel has been a 'breath of fresh air' for Chelsea and his impact on the club is comparable to that of Jose Mourinho, says Joe Cole, as the German coach marks a year in charge
Joe Cole (inset) believes Thomas Tuchel's achievements in his first year at Chelsea are comparable to those of Jose Mourinho (left) at Stamford Bridge. The German marks 12 months in the job on Wednesday and has already delivered Champions League success for the second time in the club's history (right). Though Chelsea have struggled to keep pace with Manchester City in the Premier League this season, they are into the Carabao Cup final and also won the UEFA Super Cup.
Senegal are labelled a 'disgrace' for their 'disgusting' decision to allow Sadio Mane to play on after he is KNOCKED OUT following a clash of heads... with Liverpool star going on to score opener in win over Cape Verde before being forced off
Senegal football chiefs find themselves under serious criticism after Sadio Mane was allowed to carry on against Cape Verde having been knocked out cold. Concern grew for the Liverpool attacker following a nasty collision with Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha during the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations. Following treatment for the mid-air collision in the 53rd minute when chasing a long ball upfield, Mane was allowed to continue while Vozinha, shown a red card for the foul, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and reported to have been taken to hospital.
SPECIAL REPORT: Roy Hodgson has been itching for a return to management and will drill home his ideas into Watford's players... but he will be JUST as distant with them as Claudio Ranieri was
SAMI MOKBEL: You are mistaken if you think this is about money for Roy Hodgson. By all accounts his wages at Watford are relatively modest - though there is a seven-figure bonus waiting for him if he keeps them in the Premier League. Nevertheless, this isn't about a final pay day. It's about the next challenge - potentially his last - in what has been a distinguished 46-year managerial career. Does he still have the drive? Those close to him are in no doubt that he does.
DAVID COVERDALE: Mike O'Farrell's embarrassing display in front of MPs was reminiscent of racist remarks made by ex-FA chairman Greg Clarke - who then resigned... the Middlesex chairman's comment underlined again English cricket's 'endemic problem'
English cricket's 'endemic problem' with racism was exposed once again on Tuesday after the chairman of Middlesex used 'lazy, unhelpful and misguided' stereotypes during an embarrassing performance in front of MPs. Giving evidence to a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee hearing, Mike O'Farrell (left) appeared to blame the lack of diversity in county cricket on black children preferring football and youngsters from south Asian communities prioritising education. O'Farrell was later forced to issue an apology for his clumsy comments, which were criticised by former players Azeem Rafiq (top right) and Ebony Rainford-Brent, as well as Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination group who only on Tuesday announced a partnership with the ECB.
Anthony Martial FINALLY secures Man United exit as club confirm he has joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season after French forward agreed a pay-cut to move on £5m loan, having 'refused to play' for Ralf Rangnick
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has officially joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season. The LaLiga side have agreed to cover the Frenchman's wages though there is understood to be no option to buy him permanently at the end of the deal. A statement on the Manchester United website read: 'Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has joined Sevilla FC on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season. 'The Frenchman completed a medical in Andalusia, after the two clubs agreed terms for his temporary transfer.'
Derby could AVOID expulsion from the Championship despite threat of liquidation as Mike Ashley and two other parties remain in the takeover hunt... with administrators set to be granted a stay of execution if they can show signs of progress
Derby may be granted a stay of execution that will allow them to continue to compete in the Championship, despite the threat of liquidation. The EFL had indicated Derby's administrators Quantuma, who have yet to name a preferred bidder, would have to prove by next Tuesday that they had the funds required - believed to be about £5million - to complete the season, or risk expulsion from the league. Yet if Quantuma can show clear evidence of progress this week, it is unlikely Derby would face the ultimate sanction, even if a preferred bidder were not yet in place. Talks are continuing between the EFL and administrators, with three parties showing an interest. One of those is believed to be former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, with another fronted by former Derby chairman Andy Appleby and a third from US investors Adam and Colin Binnie, who offered £28m for the club last Friday.
Mario Balotelli has a shot at redemption as he makes Italy's side for the first time since 2018... he had a rocky start in Turkey and appeared to PUNCH a team-mate but his form has convinced his old City boss Mancini he can save their World Cup hopes
He has been outscored in Turkey this season by Premier League flops Michy Batshuayi and Andreas Cornelius and was once told he 'deserves a slap' by the man who captains the Italy team, Georgio Chiellini. And yet here we are. A promising, but not spectacular, upturn in form combined with an injury to another key player and a World Cup place to fight for has seen coach Roberto Mancini hand Mario Balotelli his first Italy call-up since 2018. Now 31, this represents at the very least an opening for a possible shot at redemption for Balotelli. Italy don't actually have any games to play this month but Mancini is holding a training camp in Coverciano to prepare for the World Cup play-offs in March.
Vinnie Jones entertaining the Gallowgate, Jagielka keeping out Arsenal... and hat-trick hero Kane letting a free-kick squirm under him: The best - and WORST - of outfield players going in goal after Comoros left-back's heroics
Given the extensive squads that football managers have at their disposal, it has become increasingly rare to see outfield footballers go between the sticks as an emergency goalkeeper. Yet on Monday night, AFCON minnows Comoros were forced to face up to that exact predicament. Les Coelacantes were without all three of their goalkeepers for their last-16 defeat by Cameroon, meaning left-back Chaker Alhadhur volunteered to go in goal for the duration of the game. Despite conceding twice, Alhadhur was lauded for a courageous display for the underdogs, with an impressive second half double save denying the hosts. Football is littered with examples of outfield players putting the gloves on, and it is fair to say that some have fared better than others when called upon. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the best - and worst - goalkeeping efforts by outfield players.
Orlando Bailey is the Economics student and art lover hoping to make his mark at the Six Nations 18 months after leaving school... just as comfortable with a canvas in his hand as he is with a ball, his creativity could come in handy for England
As the son of an artist who retains a strong interest in drawing, printing and photography, it is no surprise to find out that new England fly-half Orlando Bailey has a keen eye for detail. 'Let's take the pictures in the home changing room,' suggests Bailey, who is in Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad, as he welcomes Sportsmail to Bath's ground, the Rec. 'The lighting might be a bit dark for the camera though.' Softly spoken, erudite and with several interests outside of rugby which include studying for a degree in International Development with Economics, Bailey is far from your typical sportsman. Not that it has stopped him reaching international level aged just 20.'My older siblings Natasha, Caspar and Gabriella all did art at A Level and I did too. I did lots of art growing up,' Bailey says of his Dorset childhood. 'At home we have a nice creative space which is a good setting for us to do art. The creative side has always been at the heart of our house. I still like to draw and when I go home to Dorset, I also do some printing.'
Ben Davison opens up on why Tyson Fury's comeback is one of his proudest achievements - and insists the critics aren't getting to him amid a six-year unbeaten run, plus his goal to 'blow every coach there's ever been out of the water'
It is just approaching 1pm when Ben Davison wraps up a gruelling pads session with the undisputed super-lightweight champion of the world, takes a seat in the bulky leather chair at his ringside desk and reflects on a recent personal accolade. Davison, tasked with stewarding the career of 140lbs king Josh Taylor amongst many others, was last month named on the shortlist for Ring Magazine's prestigious Trainer of the Year award, a prize swept up in the end by Canelo Alvarez's A-list coach Eddy Reynoso. 'It's the second time I've been nominated for it, but I ain't won it yet,' he laughs. 'Second place doesn't get you f*** all does it! 'If it wasn't for Canelo...' Coming off second best to Reynoso is by no means an indignity. The Mexican trainer would have taken some beating last year after masterminding Canelo's undisputed triumph at super-middleweight, Oscar Valdez's emphatic victory against Miguel Berchelt and Ryan Garcia's knockout win over Luke Campbell.
Liverpool to update Hillsborough memorial at Anfield on Friday with the name of the 97th victim, Andrew Devine, who died in July 32 years after suffering horrendous injuries in the disaster
Liverpool will update Anfield's Hillsborough memorial (main) with the name of Andrew Devine (left) this week. A coroner ruled in July that the 55-year-old was the 97th fan to lose his life as a result of the 1989 disaster when he died last summer. The engraving will take place on Friday, while his name has already been added to the memorial located at the club's Kirkby AXA Training Centre.
Lame excuses from Man United stars Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard - known for their stance against racism - after they were pictured partying with disgraced 'anti-Semitic' rapper Wiley in Dubai
Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been spotted partying with disgraced rapper Wiley. In a photo shared by Wiley, the Red Devils duo were seen posing alongside the rapper after a performance in Dubai on Sunday. The grime artist has previously sparked controversy with his online anti-semitic tirades on a number of occasions. He was banned from Twitter in July 2020 after being widely condemned for a series of posts, including one which called Jewish people 'cowards and snakes'. He subsequently set up a new Twitter account under the handle @WileyRecordings, which the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) says was used to 'spout racist hate towards Jews'. Rashford has been hailed for his political work against anti-racism and poverty. Last year, he was made an MBE on the back of his efforts to end child poverty by creating a level playing field for all ages and races.
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Eddie Eagan and Lauryn Williams are among the Olympic heroes to change athletics for bobsleigh while Luding-Rothenburger won cycling and speed skating medals in the same year.... but who else features on our list of greatest summer and winter athletes?
The winter Olympics may now take place in a different year to its summer equivalent but there have been plenty of stars down the years who have left a significant mark on both Games. The route from athletics champion to bobsleigh medal winner is one that has been incredibly well trodden, making all sorts of history in the Games. But plenty of athletes have fancied their chance in all sorts of conditions and have produced remarkable results when putting their skills to the test in different sports. Here, Sportsmail looks at those who have been most successful when competing at both a summer and winter Olympics including Lauryn Williams (inset), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (bottom left), Eddie Eagan and the US bobsleigh team (top left) and Eddy Alvarez (right)