David de Gea: will remain at Old Trafford after his expected move to Real Madrid fell through. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

The fall-out over the failed David De Gea transfer continued late on Tuesday night, with Manchester United and Real Madrid blaming each other for t(...)

Gareth Bale scores their Real Madrid’s  fifth goal during the La Liga match between against Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez had two goals each as Real Madrid claimed a comfortable 5-0 victory over Real Betis in a high-tempo Primera Division m(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini: “In the past I played number 10 and number nine sometimes when I had to help the team,“ he said. “It’s not important where I play, it’s important to win the game.

Louis van Gaal will use Marouane Fellaini as a striker this season and the Manchester United manager believes the erstwhile midfielder can be dange(...)

Real Madrid have announced Sergio Ramos has agreed a new deal with the club - ending a summer of speculation that the defender was set to leave the Bernabeu. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA 1:11

Sergio Ramos has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal at Real Madrid, insisting he never wanted to leave the club. The 29(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia is again the highest earning female athlete. Photograph: Hong Wu/Getty Images

Tennis star Maria Sharapova again tops the list of highest earning female athletes over the past year, according to Forbes. For the 11th consecutive y(...)

Why criticise José Mourinho for failing to bring through young players when doing so is essentially incompatible with his job – which is to win titles. Photograph: PA

Last week, José Mourinho made a memorable contribution to the conversation around talent development in English football. In recent years, Chel(...)

On arrival Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao were billed as United’s galacticos. Yet each ended their spell at Old Trafford as an expensive mistake.

Angel Di Maria seemed to want to leave Manchester United from the moment he arrived. After completing the move last August the open letter he wrote(...)

Diego Costa headed straight down the tunnel when he was substituted in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in Washington. Photograph: Getty

Any manager worth his salt will argue that only a fool would delve too much into how a side performs before the real action starts. Yet as Jose Mourin(...)

Fabiam Delph’s Manchester City debut lasted less than 20 minutes after he injured a hamstring during his side’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Photograph: Reuters

Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cu(...)

 Stephanie Roche in action for Ireland against the US in a friendly in San Jose in May, a match the home side won 3-0. Photograph: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Upstairs in the clubhouse named after Bob Paisley, Sunderland Ladies football team are tucking into post-match chicken and steamed veg. There is a col(...)