Ulster’s Craig Gilroy is tackled by the Scarlets’ Michael Tagicakibau during Saturday’s clash. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

There was a moment during the second half of Ulster’s home game against Scarlets when Gareth Owen picked up the ball deep in his own half and went on(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside centre. Photograph: David Davies/Pa

Owen Farrell has been an ever-present for England since the summer tour to South Africa two years ago with Lancaster’s steadfast belief in him as a “(...)

James Collins of West Ham United confronts James McCarthy of Everton   at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom on Saturday to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League and also set a club record for starting the campai(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (left) celebrates after scoring the winner from the   penalty spot against  Queens Park Rangers. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Chelsea survived a scare to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory over neighbours QPR. Charlie A(...)

Lewis Stevenson: “We perhaps let ourselves down a little bit which just adds to the frustration.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster are hurting. The last two weekends in the European Rugby Champions Cup have seen them lose to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and then watch T(...)

Former Ireland international Geordan Murphy is  regarded as favourite to succeed Paul Burke. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Ireland international Paul Burke has stepped down as backs’ coach at the Leicester Tigers. Geordan Murphy would be regarded as favourite to suc(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin celebrates scoring the opening goal of game  at Loftus Road, London, last night. Photograph: PA

QPR 2 Aston Villa 0 A brace from Charlie Austin lit up an otherwise forgettable game as QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League and ease(...)

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

There are many well-founded objections to the unfair economic systems that have resulted in the concentration of the world’s top footballers at a hand(...)