A damning verdict: More scandal at the top, the mess of the English FA

Sophie Lawson | As the Mark Sampson story moved from alleged racism and bullying to implications of fraternisation between coach and player(s) at Bristol, the FA took yet another hit. Smoke, so where's the fire? With both independent enquires over Eni Aluko’s complaints of racism and bullying seen as “a farce” by the player in question, the feeling was very much that the football association was most likely trying to cover their own back and sweep what they could under the rug. Whether you believe the process was flawed or not – key witnesses not talked to for one reason and another – the adage about smoke without fire kept springing to mind. If there truly was no story, if Sampson was as innocent as he claimed then why, oh why, did the FA dig into their piggy bank and pay Aluko £80,000 – four times the amount an England central contract is worth. (For those unfamiliar...

Snooker

Ding Junhui cruises to his 13th ranking title at the World Open By Chris Lincoln

The Chinese number one defeated Kyren Wilson 10-3 in the final on home soil....

Germany - Bundesliga

Hannover 96 0-0 1. FC Köln: Billy Goats finally pick up first point By James Rees

Peter Stöger's relieve some of the pressure, but die Roten miss several chances....
Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield Town: Clarets player ratings as they draw for second consecutive game

Burnley Football Club

Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield Town: Clarets player ratings as they draw for second consecutive game

Luke Williamson | Burnley’s clash with Huddersfield wasn’t an exciting encounter, with neither team being able to break down the others defence. Here is how the home team got on in the 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper and Defence: Nick Pope: Despite signing the more experienced Anders Lindegaard, Pope retained his place in goal. The young ‘keeper didn’t have much to do during the game, but did what he had to do to keep a clean sheet, saving from Rajiv van La Parra and Laurent Depoitre in the second half. Another solid performance to follow up last weeks heroics. (6 out of ten) Matt Lowton: Wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he could have been. He did get forward on occasion and did also stop the supply from the Terriers’ wide players as they would have been a big force in the air. (6) James Tarkowski: He competed well against Depoitre and also did well covering round his full...
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1-3 1. FC Nürnberg: Der Club win competitive Franconian derby

Germany - Bundesliga

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1-3 1. FC Nürnberg: Der Club win competitive Franconian derby By James Rees

Mikael Ishak, Cedric Teuchert and Hanno Behrens scored their goals as Fabian Bredlow kept die Kleeblätter at bay....
Elias Kachunga confident of being main man up front

Huddersfield Town Football Club

Elias Kachunga confident of being main man up front By Glenys Furness

Elias Kachunga is confident he can be Huddersfield Towns main man up front despite the goal draught. With Mounie out of action with an injury the forward looks to step up....
Bundesliga Round-Up: Julian Nagelsmann wins battle of prodigy coaches

Germany - Bundesliga

Bundesliga Round-Up: Julian Nagelsmann wins battle of prodigy coaches By James Rees

Hoffenheim beat Domenico Tedesco's Schalke 2-0, whilst there were also wins for RB Leipzig and Mainz in Saturady's action....
Derby County 1-1 Birmingham City: Blues hold on for a point in Lee Carsley's first game

Championship

Derby County 1-1 Birmingham City: Blues hold on for a point in Lee Carsley's first game By Luke Williamson

After a turbulent week at Birmingham City, the Blues managed to escape Pride Park with a point, ending their losing run....

Manchester City FC

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace: City maintain Premier League leaders as they run riot against dejected Eagles By Danial Kennedy

Manchester City continued their storming start to the season with a 5-0 pasting of Roy Hodgson's side....

Burnley Football Club

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In a game of very few chances, both sides will be pleased to come away with a point and still hold just one defeat apiece this season....

Championship

Leeds United 3-2 Ipswich: Whites run out winners in thrilling clash to stay top of the Championship By Ed McIntyre

Not so plain sailing for Leeds as they return to winning ways in the league to remain top of the Championship table on goal difference....
Southampton 0-1 Manchester United: Lukaku strikes again as Red Devils edge past Saints

Manchester United FC

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A single goal from Romelu Lukaku sealed a 1-0 victory over Southampton to keep them joint-top of the Premier League....
Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: Philipp and Aubameyang destroy Foals

Germany - Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: Philipp and Aubameyang destroy Foals By James Rees

Lars Stindl became the first man to score a league goal against Dortmund this season but by then the damage was already done....
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