Chelsea’s Ross Barkley (left) fights for the ball with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong during their friendly match in Saitama on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic accepts his days at the Nou Camp may be numbered, but for now he is concentrating on preparing for next season with the Spanish champions.
Frank Lampard was appointed Chelsea head coach on Thursday, confirming a dramatic return for one of the club’s greatest ever players.
Into the final of the Copa del Rey and with a comfortable 11-point lead at the top of La Liga, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is expected to give a number of fringe players a chance when they visit bottom side Huesca on Saturday.
The second Test between England and Australia ended in a draw at Lord’s on Sunday. Australia, set an unlikely 267 to win in a minimum of 48 overs after England captain Joe Root’s declaration, finished on 154-6. A draw always looked likely in a match that saw five whole sessions lost to rain and Australia’s Steve Smith
London: Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first win as Chelsea manager after Wilfred Ndidi gave Leicester a 1-1 draw to spoil the Blues legend’s homecoming on Sunday. Thrashed 4-0 at Manchester United last weekend and beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the European Super Cup on Wednesday, Lampard’s side
Bahamas star Shaunae Miller-Uibo came from behind to overhaul home hope Dina Asher-Smith and win a star-studded women’s 200 metres at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday. Asher-Smith fell just short, as did her compatriot Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m, the injury-plagued sprinter being
AJMAN: BS Thunder CC defeated Pitchers CC by 20 runs in a BS League season 8 match being played at the MCC Grounds in Ajman. BS Thunder won the toss and elected to bat first. Their idea proved fatal as they lost three wickets with just five runs on the board. Buta Singh Gehri returned to the pavilion without