Rachael Blackmore’s commercial potential will “sky-rocket” following a Grand National triumph that will elevate her into the select group of global sportswomen capable of earning more than £1 million a year, according to industry experts. As the first female Grand National winnerRead More »
Tomas Soucek has hailed Mark Noble after the West Ham captain made his 400th Premier League appearance for the club. The Hammers skipper has stepped up and delivered in the absence of Declan Rice, who is nursing a knee ligament injury. Noble, who has confirmed that next season will be his 18th and last as a West Ham player, has put in two assured displays against Wolves and Leicester having played a bit-part role in West Ham's remarkable season up until now.
Sport will pay its respects to the Duke of Edinburgh by moving fixtures and halting play while his funeral is taking place on Saturday. The Football League have confirmed that they will move all 32 of their 3pm fixtures to avoid clashing with the funeral, while the only 3pm kick-off in the Premier League - Wolves v Sheffield United - is also set to be rescheduled. Cricket’s County Championship will pause for more than an hour and the British Horseracing Authority have agreed that no racing will take place between 2.45pm and 4.15pm.
Arsenal are competing with Leicester City and a handful of Europe’s biggest clubs in the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. Leicester remain the favourites to sign Edouard this summer but it is understood that Arsenal have not given up hope of persuading the 23 year-old to move to the Emirates. Arsenal are set for an overhaul of their forward line this summer, with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah going into the final year of their contracts. Edouard will also have one year remaining on his deal at the end of this season, meaning that Celtic will have to sell him if they want to generate any money for their top scorer. A fee in the region of £15 million to £20m is expected to be enough to lure Edouard away from Celtic, where he has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances this season. Arsenal would hope to raise a similar amount of money through the sale of Lacazette, if they decide against extending the Frenchman’s contract. Lacazette has looked certain to leave for most of this season but his recent upturn in form, including two goals in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Sheffield United, could yet prompt a change of plans for the club. Arsenal’s spending power will also be dictated by the final few weeks of the season and their hunt for European football next year. They are now reliant on winning the Europa League if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Edouard is a former team-mate of Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and the striker has plenty of admirers south of the border. He played under Brendan Rodgers during the Leicester manager's time at Celtic. Edouard initially joined Celtic on loan in 2017 before moving on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain a year later. A regular for France at youth level, he has scored 17 goals in 13 appearances for their under-21 side. It is set to be another uncertain summer for Arsenal as they continue the rebuilding process under Mikel Arteta, although they will be buoyed by the decision of teenage forward Folarin Balogun to stay at the club. Balogun, 19, is close to signing a new deal and bringing an end to months of speculation about his future. His current deal expires at the end of this season.