Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Chelsea continue to be dogged by accusations that their players tumble too easily to the turf after Sam Allardyce claimed Branislav Ivanovic “went dow(...)

John Terry of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2014. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 Chelsea, for a few hours a least, can enjoy a six-point advantage at the top. Their only home fixture of the festive seaso(...)

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic:  “ I don’t want to say that we’re going to win it but we’re going to try, we have quality.” Photo: David Davies/PA

Nemanja Matic believes Chelsea could claim an unprecedented quadruple, citing the mentality and depth of José Mourinho’s squad as the main reasons for(...)

West Ham’s Andy Carroll  celebrates scoring in the  Premier League match against  Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham’s fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Premier League at (...)

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is not thinking of qualifying for the Champions League, yet  with Andy Carroll returning to form things could change on that front in January. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is not dreaming of qualifying for the Champions League just yet but that could change in January if his side con(...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates scoring his second against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park in London. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Andy Carroll’s elation was unbridled. It all came tumbling out the moment when he knew his second battering ram of a header careered into the net. He (...)

 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(...)

West Ham United’s James Tomkins celebrates scoring the winner with Andy Carroll (right)   at The Hawthorns. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

West Brom 1 West Ham 2The contrast from last season’s meeting here in April could barely have been more marked before kick-off. Then, antipathy toward(...)

Leicester City’s Wes Morgan looks on as Southampton goalscorer Shane Long gets ready to pull the trigger at St. Mary’s during his side’s 2-0 victory.

Premier League round-up: Shane Long sent a message to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill ahead of next Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow(...)