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(...)

 Luke Charteris tackles Jamie Heaslip during the Six Nations match in Cardiff. Initially Charteris was credited with 37 tackles during the game but that has now been reduced by six. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

Reducing sporting achievement to a few digits, a grade, or a ranking, can seem unromantic. It’s a touchpaper for holy wars in the US over such things (...)

Barcelona’s Leo Messi during their defeat to Malaga at the Nou Camp last Saturday. Albert Gea/Reuters

At the end of Barcelona’s match with Málaga on Saturday afternoon, the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insisted: “Now we have to think about M(...)

Carlo Ancelotti: ‘Atletico were better than us in everything’ in Madrid derby. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Real Madrid scored twice against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday evening, but the loudest noise heard at the Santiago Bernabéu was not the cheers that(...)

Luis Suarez playing for Barcelona B in September. The former Liverpool striker is reportedly ’raring to go’ after serving his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini. Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

Luis Suárez has claimed that he is on the “right path” to becoming a reformed character having sought help to cure his “impulse” to bite people – b(...)

The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona’s players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has  signed an improved contract with the club.

Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona, the Catalan giants have announced.Barca revealed that an agreement over a new deal had been rea(...)

  Lionel Messi  training with his Barcelona team-mates  at Joan Gamper Sports City on Friday after agreeing  an improved deal with the club that could be worth up to €25 million   per year. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Barcelona have agreed an improved deal with Argentinian star Lionel Messi that Spanish media are reporting could be worth up to to €25 million a y(...)

 Lionel Messi waves to the crowds during Barcelona’s victory parade in the city on Monday. Photograph:   David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is set to miss the rest of the season after tests revealed the extent of the damage to his right hamstring. (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks on as Bayern players celebrate after Mario Gomez, third right, scored during the Champions League semif-final first leg at the Allianz Arena. (Photo: Kerstin Joensson/AP)

Hello Bayern, goodbye Barça. There’s a sense a torch is being passed on the continent, following the Bundesliga champions’ 4-0 evisceration of (...)