Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendA finely poised North London derby, a meeting of midfield maestros and Mike Dean refereeing Cristiano Ronaldo Bryan Mbeumo, Kalvin Phillips and Eddie Nketiah. Composite: Alamy, Getty, Shutterstock
England captain Heather Knight struck the first century of the international women’s summer to guide England to their highest ever run chase in Thursday’s ODI against New Zealand. With this victory they also seal the five-match series after moving to an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Only twice in the past 28 years have Europe rolled into a Ryder Cup with the world’s No 1 player in their armoury. On both occasions this distinction belonged to Rory McIlroy, on whose head the crown would lie uneasily. We sometimes forget, in recalling the miracle of Medinah, that a manic Sunday began with the planet’s top-ranked golfer missing his alarm call after mistaking Central Time for Eastern, only making his singles tee-off time thanks to a lift from a state trooper. The frantic pressur
Bolton Wanderers have cut all ties with betting firms ahead of a likely Government clampdown on gambling sponsorship in football. The League One club's chair, Sharon Brittan, issued a statement acknowledging "problem gambling ruins lives" as Bolton became the first EFL club to take such an overt position.
Chelsea: a defensive team, or simply a team that is excellent at defending?A curious debate is swirling around the success of Thomas Tuchel’s remarkably miserly but often thrilling side ‘This is a defence built in the image of the 37-year-old Thiago Silva: calm assurance on the ball, intelligent distribution, but above all a willingness to do the ugly jobs.’ Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian