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West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield: Birthday boy Slaven Bilic handed much needed relief as Hammers seal vital win

Slaven Bilic got the birthday present he so desperately needed as West Ham hauled themselves off the foot of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.Second-half goals from Pedro Obiang - thanks to a huge deflection - and Andre Ayew secured the Hammers' first league win of the season.Victory came as a huge relief to manager Bilic, who must have feared he might go the same way as Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace had his side lost their fourth straight game.Instead it was a hap...

Champions League is a 'big objective' admits Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery ahead of Celtic clash

Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery has acknowledged the increased pressure on him to succeed in this year's Champions League, but will not underestimate Celtic in Tuesday's opener.The French side stunned the football world by prizing Neymar from Barcelona for £200.6million, and followed that up by adding teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe for a deal reported to be around £166million.Those two deals, along with the addition of Dani Alves, have seen the expectation increase on Emery to deliver Europea...

Norwich flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel backed to shine against Manchester United for Basel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel will spearhead Basel's hopes of a Champions League upset at Manchester United, leaving many Norwich fans rubbing their eyes in disbelief.Signed for a club-record £8.5million fee four years ago, the Dutch striker flattered to deceive at Carrow Road and managed just two goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.Van Wolfswinkel was shipped out on loan to St Etienne and Real Betis, before last summer making a permanent switch to Vitesse Arnhem for a nominal fee. The return to...

'I cannot see England playing two spinners' - Darren Gough gives his thoughts on Ashes squad selection

Former England great, and talkSPORT Drive presenter, Darren Gough has weighed in on who should be selected by England for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.England head off Down Under this winter, in a bid to retain the Ashes urn, but debate on squad selection is a hot topic after topsy-turvy Test series wins against South Africa and the West Indies.With debate raging Gough gave his thoughts on who should get the call-up for the eagerly anticipated series but warned that if England get into...

Faf du Plessis appointed South Africa one-day captain following AB de Villiers' resignation

Faf du Plessis has been appointed as South Africa's one-day captain.The batsman replaces AB de Villiers, who recently resigned from the 50-over captaincy. The decision means Du Plessis is now the Proteas' skipper in all three formats of the game.CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership."He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the cap...

Liverpool to appeal length of Sadio Mane's three-match ban following challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson

Liverpool will appeal the length of Sadio Mane's three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.The 25-year-old was sent off by referee Jon Moss for raising his foot and clashing with City goalkeeper Ederson in Liverpool's 5-0 defeat on Saturday. The Reds have the option to claim excessive punishment which could see Mane's ban reduced by either one or two matches.Only a claim of wrongful dismissal would see Mane's ban completely withdrawn but that is unlikely so the Senegal internatio...

Jose Mourinho admits gap remains between Manchester United and European elite

Jose Mourinho admitted a gap remains to the continent's elite ahead of Manchester United's Champions League return.Europa League glory brought a much-needed return to European football's top table, with last season just the second time in 22 years that the Red Devils had missed out.Mourinho believes the Champions League is the "natural habitat" of the three-time European champions, who kick-off Group A against Basle at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.It will be United's first match in the compet...

Watford striker Andre Gray reveals 'masterpiece' tattoo artwork tribute to black history

Watford striker Andre Gray has unveiled the artwork he has labelled a "masterpiece" - a montage of images relating to black history tattooed across his back.Gray's back is entirely covered by the collection of inkings, which includes portraits of civil rights activist Martin Luther King and musician Bob Marley.The famous picture of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in the ring also features, as does an image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving their 'Black Power' salute at the 1968 Olym...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger calls on UEFA to scrap Financial Fair Play rules

Arsene Wenger has called for an end to Financial Fair Play rules despite the Arsenal boss spending the summer adhering to them.Fans of Arsenal were fuming at the close of the transfer window after the Gunners shifted out several players without bringing in any new talent during the final days of August.Sead Kolasinac was signed on a free at the start of the summer, with Arsenal then breaking their transfer record to recruit Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.That was the end of the club's incoming de...

Wakefield 16-18 St Helens: Last ditch try and conversion keep visitors' semi-final hopes alive

St Helens kept alive their semi-final hopes in the most dramatic fashion with a nail-biting 18-16 victory at Wakefield.They looked to have perished in their do-or-die Super 8s clash after trailing for 77 minutes but makeshift centre Jonny Lomax came up with the all-important try that levelled the scores and Mark Percival won it with the conversion.St Helens moved up to fifth after halting their three-match losing run but they are now only a point behind Trinity, whose own semi-final hopes are no...

Tottenham announce plans for world's first dividing retractable football pitch at new stadium

Tottenham have announced plans for the world's first dividing retractable football pitch at their new stadium.The club's new ground will boast separate playing surfaces for NFL and football.A grass surface, used for football, will sit on top of an NFL-approved artificial pitch and divide into three pieces.Each section will roll into place from underneath the South Stand and join together to create a playing surface in a process which is said to take 25 minutes.The club says the joins in the turf...

Fenerbahce claim they came 'very close' to signing Chelsea outcast Diego Costa on loan

Fenerbahce have reportedly claimed they came "very close" to signing Diego Costa from Chelsea ahead of the Turkish transfer window closing on Friday.The Istanbul-based club were pursuing a loan deal for Costa, according to reports in Turkey, but manager Aykut Kocaman indicated that had fallen through.Costa, 28, is yet to return to Chelsea for the new season, having remained in Brazil in a bid to force a move to Atletico Madrid. Atletico's transfer ban means the Spain forward cannot join them unt...

Bibiana Steinhaus to become first woman to referee Bundesliga match after being appointed to Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen

Bibiana Steinhaus will this weekend become the first woman to referee a Bundesliga match, the German football federation has announced.The 38-year-old police officer will make history by taking charge of the clash between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen at the Olympiastadion on Sunday.In a statement announcing the news on the Deutsche Fussball-Bund (DFB) official website on Thursday, Steinhaus said: "My anticipation for the first game in the Bundesliga is, of course, very great."I am delighted t...

The 72 on talkSPORT 2: Football League podcast on Thursday, September 7

Dan Windle hosts The 72 on talkSPORT 2, two hours on all the big talking points in the EFL Championship, League One and League Two.Dan and Sam Parkin were joined in the studio by Charlton manager Karl Robinson and club captain Johnnie Jackson to look at The Addicks’ impressive start to the season, and preview this weekend's action across the EFL.

Premier League Preview Show - Thursday, 7 September

Tom Rennie is joined by the former Leicester striker David Connolly, the former Stoke & Everton keeper Steve Simonsen and the former West Ham winger Matthew Etherington.Up for discussion this week; Manchester City against Liverpool gets the Premier League back underway with a bang… but will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be happy not playing in the centre of midfield?Also, should Wayne Rooney be starting up front for Everton this weekend? And what exactly is David Sullivan playing at at West Ham?

Watford boss Marco Silva admits last week of transfer dealings were 'not the best for us'

Watford manager Marco Silva has vented his frustrations at the club's dealings in the final week of the transfer window.Winger Nordin Amrabat joined Spanish club Leganes on a season-long loan in the closing hours before the deadline, and against Silva's wishes.Despite starting Watford's opening three games of the campaign - indeed the Morocco international had been included in Silva's 25-man Premier League squad - Amrabat followed goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in a deadline-day move to Spain afte...

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily - Thursday, September 7

Listen back as Paul and Andy bring you the best bits from Thursday's Hawksbee and Jacobs show.Today’s show features Andy’s Germanic family tree, comedian Joe Lycett in the studio and Stoke City chairman Peter Coates on the new transfer window.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.

War of words escalates between West Ham and Sporting Lisbon after emails bidding for William Carvalho revealed

The war of words between West Ham and Sporting Lisbon has escalated following the breakdown of a transfer move for Portugal midfielder William Carvalho.Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on Wednesday referred to West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold as the 'dildo brothers' in an interview with Sporting TV, according to Portuguese newspaper Record. The Hammers' proposed £23million deal for the Portugal midfielder broke down before the transfer window closed last week.Sporting claimed We...

Manchester City threaten LaLiga president Javier Tebas with legal action over Girona claims

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has accused Manchester City and Girona of trying to "cook the books" by undervaluing five players loaned from the Premier League side to their Spanish stablemate this summer.Tebas made the comment to reporters at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, where he also accused City and Paris St Germain of "destroying football" with the state-backed spending.He then, in a remarkable twist, went to Manchester City to meet chief executive Ferran Soriano to discuss t...

'There were a few bids flying around' - Demarai Gray reveals Leicester City uncertainty on deadline day

Demarai Gray has revealed how uncertain his Leicester future became when bids were made for him on transfer deadline day.The 21-year-old forward remains a target for Bournemouth, with manager Eddie Howe and coach Richard Hughes attending the Vitality Stadium to watch Gray excel for England Under-21s on Tuesday evening.Gray scored England's opening goal and was a consistent attacking threat as they beat Latvia 3-0 - Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer were also on target.He has also been discussed at ...

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