& # 39; He looks fantastic & # 39 ;: Paul Nicholls eyes Grade One Melling Chase at Grand National for Cyrname and says that in-form Christy 1965 Chase champion is unlikely to compete in Cheltenham
- Cyrname will return to action at the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday
- Trainer Paul Nicholls claims that the Christy 1965 Chase winner looks impressive
- The French brother front runner beat hot favorite Altior during the November victory
- Nicholls won a 17th win in two weeks on the Betfair Hurdle on Saturday
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls says that Cyrname is back in bounce his lead on his run in Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, but whatever the result looks like, the gelding probably doesn't seem to run at the Cheltenham Festival next month .
While holding entries for the Queen Mother Champion and Ryanair Pursuits, Nicholls says his preference would be to lead Cyrname directly to the Grade One Melling Chase at Aintree & # 39; s Grand National meeting in April.
French-bred Cyrname defeated Altior in a bruising comeback run in the Christy 1965 Chase on Ascot in November. It was a long-awaited collision that left its mark on both horses.
Altior re nth for the first time since the landing on the Game Spirit of Saturday Hunt at Newbury to restart his season. Nicholls admits that the Ascot dust-up probably helped to put Cyrname aside by stablemate Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase on Kempton on Boxing Day.
Nicholls said: & # 39; Cyrname has returned and has thrived in the last two weeks … I was happy with him on Saturday morning. He looks fantastic. Upon closer inspection, the Ascot race was not an ideal preparation for King George. It was probably too close. Clan Des Obeaux, on the other hand, had a brilliant preparation.
& # 39; I had to laugh about it when people said Altior & # 39; s back (after winning the Game Spirit Chase). Altior has never left. He was just defeated on that day by a better horse in Ascot.
& # 39; They probably both had tough races and, in retrospect, if we went to the King George again with Cyrname we would probably do something else.
& # 39; I think he was OK on Kempton, but the first and second gates come fairly quickly and he takes a little time to roll in his step. He never got into a rhythm and Ascot fits him better. & # 39;
Nicholls also holds Ryanair Chase winner Frodon 2019 in Saturday's race, but says he will only run as Cyrname, who won all three Ascot & # 39; s 2m runs 5f trip including the Ascot Chase 2019 is absent.
Nicholls added: & # 39; In an ideal world, Frodon will go straight to the Ryanair Chase. If Cyrname runs on Saturday, it is more likely that he will go to Aintree.
& # 39; He is a ruthless galloper over two miles five or six furlongs. Two miles is too fast for him, so he doesn't want to run in the Champion Chase. The Ryanair is possible, but if he runs at Ascot, we can keep it fresh at Aintree, which would be the perfect race for him. That is what I think. & # 39;
The win with Pic D & # 39; Orhy in Betfair Hurdle on Saturday gave Nicholls a 17th win in the last two weeks of 58 runners.
Pic D & # 39; Orhy, whose debut came for Nicholls when he was not placed in last year's Triumph Hurdle in Cheltenham, won for the first time in Britain and he will be with owner Johnny De La Hey , who also owns Cyrname, discuss whether it is worth making an additional entry for an open-looking champion Hurdle.
Nicholls added: & # 39; It is a lot of money to supplement him, but he has won a few pounds. I'll do what Johnny says. He traveled well and remained really strong. It is the first time that it is all planned with him. He had a great weight, it was a good performance. & # 39;
Altior & # 39; s characteristic win in the Game Spirit Chase should have reassured any nervous supporters. He will undoubtedly encounter the toughest opposition he has ever encountered in the Champion Chase, while going for a third win in the race, with Defi Du Seuil still favored by some bookmakers and Chacun Pour Soi exhaling their neck in the ante mailing lists.
Paddy Broderick, who drove the great night nurse in 1976 and 1977 to win the championship obstacle, died at the age of 80.
Storm Ciara yesterday forced Exeter and Southwell to leave. today's meeting in Catterick was lost when the Swale River burst its banks and flooded the stables of the rail. Tomorrow's meeting in Lingfield has also been abandoned.
Might Bite, the Nicky Henderson-trained 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup second, will be on display at the Cross Country Chase in Cheltenham after his third native river in Denbury Chase in Newbury.
Chantry House produced one of the weekend's performances when he easily won the starting hurdle at Newbury. The longer Ballymore Novices & Hurdle at the festival seems likely with Henderson-trained stablemate Shishkin favorite for the two-mile Supreme Novices & # 39; Hurdle.
Kepa Arrizabalaga & # 39; could have played his last game for Chelsea while manager Frank Lampard is looking at a new first choice in the summer transfer window & # 39;
- Kepa Arrizabalaga can be excluded from the Chelsea team until the summer
- Reports in Spain suggest that Frank Lampard is looking for possible replacements
- Willy Caballero replaced the Spaniard for Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Leicester
According to Spanish outlet Cope Cope Cope The Spaniard can be frozen out of the Blues squad for the rest of the season after Willy Caballero in the 2-2- played a draw in Leicester.
The 25-year-old was criticized by supporters and experts during a campaign in which he admitted 43 goals and kept eight clean sheets.
And Lampard is expected to search to long-term replacements, while Caballero replaces the Spanish international.
After his first competition start of this period, Caballero told the Chelsea club website : & # 39; The day before the competition, we trained and I was at the start XI.
& # 39; It was a difficult moment for Kepa, for the team, and we respect each other very well. It was really tough for the boss too.
& # 39; He just told me to be confident. It was a difficult decision for him, but I just had to take it and enjoy it. It was very honest, the message from him.
& # 39; As a goalkeeper I have to turn in very quickly and be ready for this opportunity, because I have worked and trained very hard for it.
& I feel great because I played and we got a point in a difficult stadium against a difficult team.
& # 39; We'll see what they want to do and I'll just keep showing that I can play and be in the starting XI for the next game.
& # 39; But nobody is sure they will play the next game. The boss's message is to keep working hard in training.
& # 39; I had the opportunity to play and try to enjoy it. I just have to do my job, be ready for the next game. & # 39;
& # 39; Conor McGregor did not have a very hard fight & # 39 ;: Nate Diaz rejects Donald Cerrone's UFC comeback win over Donald Cerrone and promises to watch what happens & # 39; with a huge trilogy competition on the cards
- Conor McGregor saw Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone finished in 40 seconds at UFC 246
- His old rival Nate Diaz was not impressed with the performance of the Irishman
- Diaz thinks Cerrone does not bother whether he wins or loses fights
- Stockton man added: & # 39; & # 39; I want to see what happens in the following few months & # 39;
Nate Diaz fired Conor McGregor ] & # 39; s 40-second emphatic win over Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone and plays the waiting game for a trilogy fight with the Irishman.
McGregor destroyed Cerrone at UFC 246 in his long-awaited comeback, which aroused much interest in who he could record the following.
A trilogy fight against Diaz has always been on the cards given the interest in their first two fights and the Stockton hunter was wilting in his assessment of McGregor's recent victory.
& # 39; Cowboy doesn't care about winning and losing, so [McGregor] had no h and fights on his hands, & # 39; told Diaz ESPN .
The & # 39; infamous & # 39; looked sensational and comfortable at welterweight, where he suffered his first defeat in the UFC against Diaz before demanding revenge.
But Cerrone failed to land a shot and suffered a broken nose and orbital bone that will keep him out of action for six months.
NEXT POTENTIAL OPPONENTS OF MCGREGOR:
Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal
Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Nate Diaz
Featherweight:  Alexander  Volkanovski, Max Holloway
Diaz is interested in stepping back into the octagon with his old enemy, but is currently satisfied with exploring the changing landscape.
He added: & # 39; I want to see what happens in the coming months. When the time is right (we'll fight). & # 39;
That time could come sooner than later. UFC president Dana White wants McGregor to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the Russian defends his lightweight title in April against Tony Ferguson.
If Khabib wins, the earliest he would see against his arch enemy in the summer is a date that is at odds with McGregor's desire to compete three or four times this year.
The former two-weight champion said he will be ready to fight again in March and that there are not many opponents available for the summer.
Diaz is such a man and would offer the UFC a negotiable fight and one to generate huge interest from fans.
It seems that McGregor would be enthusiastic about the meeting and, prior to his fight with Cerrone, said: & # 39; Let's go Nathan. Let's go brother, & McGregor said. & # 39; No 3. It's always there. We're here, Nathan. & # 39;
The American returned for the first time since 2016 last year and defeated Anthony Pettis before losing the BMF title to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.
Despite the defeat by doctor's stop due to austerity measures , there will always be a point in a third fight with McGregor and it seems a matter of time until they have determined the score.
& # 39; I can beat up Conor and embarrass Usman & # 39 ;: Jorge Masvidal eyes mega fight with Las Vegas before UFC welterweight champion is challenged
Conor McGregor and cash register records with a mega battle in the new Raiders stadium with 65,000 seats if the Irishman beats Donald Cerrone.
The ultramodern arena in Las Vegas will be completed in July and & # 39; Gamebred & # 39; drove the possibility on Thursday.
He said: & it would be huge. They'll be 65,000 people or something. It would be enormous to break the cash register there and simply take out the cherry. I am not waiting for anyone, but if contracts are signed, I would hang out for such an event.
& # 39; Conor has clearly flirted with the idea of a fight. When Conor and I step into the octagon, there is one of the greatest battles in history. Just because of mathematics, what Conor did, the last few fights I've had, the involvement in pay-per-views, so it's clearly a formula for success.
& Someone will always strap on at 170 pounds, no matter if it is Kamaru Usman or not. Conor is the biggest fight. If Conor does not do his job or wants to fight after Cerrone, we will remove Kamaru Usman's head. We can beat up Conor and embarrass this Usman actor. & # 39;
The emergence of Masvidal as one of the greatest stars of the sport has been a revelation. He even tried to launch his new Mezcal, called Recuerdo, on Thursday in the footsteps of McGregor & # 39; Proper 12 & # 39; but the UFC put an end to it. It was not surprising that the welter weight was forbidden to engage & # 39; girls & # 39;
The Dubliner fights Cerrone on welterweight and both encounters with Nate Diaz were at 170 pounds, but the jury is still out if he gives up too much size.
& # 39; McGregor has some gifts I think. His power won't be out if he hits someone with a good clean shot, they'll feel it, they won't run through it, but otherwise he might be too big in the division, & Masvidal continued.
I haven't seen it yet if it was really developed in his body at 170 and we won't see that at & # 39 ; Cowboy & # 39; because he is not really a great physical man. I think we can still see the speed and power of McGregor. & # 39;
And Masvidal continued his assessment of Saturday's most important event: & # 39; Cowboy could make it sticky by wrestling, wrestling, using his clinch, making it interesting.
& # 39; I think Conor is one of the best guys on the street and Cerrone is not a recipe for disaster.
BT Sport Box Office will show Conor McGregor & # 39; s return to the Octagon live only on Saturday, January 18, as he battles Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone.
UFC 246 only costs £ 19.95 and can be viewed on BT TV, Virgin, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office app.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri who held the job for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United job
- Massimiliano Allegri left Juventus in the summer after the trophy-laden Series A-spell
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after only two wins of the last six games
Italian is currently looking for a new challenge and is enthusiastic about Manchester United
Allegri watches Manchester United job must end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & # 39; s Old Trafford in the coming months.
Sportsmail understands that since leaving Juve, Allegri has postponed an immediate return to management in the hope of eventually taking over to United.
It is believed Arsenal was advised not to approach him last month when they were looking for a manager to replace the fired Unai Emery.
Solskjaer does not feel in danger for the sack, but he admitted that the first half of Tuesday's capitulation in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City was the worst that has its side throughout the season. played.
United has only two wins in their last six games.
Allegri has suitors throughout Europe and is of the kind of high-profile candidate United would have to leave Solskjaer if he leaves.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino also keeps a close eye on developments.
Allegri would probably demand a defined structure at his next club, which had previously worked under strong sporting work. directors.
Mikel Arteta wants to use a run in the FA Cup to create an & # 39 ; addiction & # 39; to promote to win at Arsenal – and believes that success in the competition will be crucial to rebuilding broken relationships with their fan base.
They entertain Leeds on Monday night with their Premier League campaign in a terrible mess, so responsibility increases with long-term involvement in the FA Cup.
While Leeds could rightly distract the Cup as a distraction from its main goal of promotion to the top flight and expected to be a weakened side in the field, Arteta has expressed its importance.
Arteta, who twice won the FA Cup as an Arsenal player, including the 2014 triumph that ended a nine-year wait for silverware, drew a parallel between the inconvenience that was under Arsene Wenger and the current situation of the club.
He said: “When I arrived here (in 2011), we clearly tried to fight for the Premier League, but we did not have the level to compete and support it. So the cups become important and of course this club has an enormous history. But then we would have had years without absolutely winning anything.
& # 39; For us, lifting that FA Cup was a huge relief. It generated good conviction and unity around our team and helped that group of players achieve what they achieved later when they won other cups.
& # 39; I think winning brings together and when you have great experiences together and you win trophies. then those experiences remain within that group.
& You love the people you work with, you believe in them, you share some great moments and that habit of winning , win, win … after you win, you don't want to stop winning.
& # 39; You become addicted to that and we should try to implement that at this football club. & # 39;
On the mission to reunite the fans with the club via a Cup run, Arteta said: & # 39; If you take the fans to Wembley, it's a different scenario, they're proud of it, it is a special day, they catch Together with their family they are again looking for success for this football club.
& # 39; They're used to that, there's a history to it. I think it generates something special. & # 39;
The Spaniard admitted that he will not be able to fulfill his ambitions at Arsenal if he does not get the fans out of the way. & # 39; No, it's impossible, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It is too powerful. With the fan base that we have, with our history and how much these people have been with this football club, if we connect that together, it is powerful. Without it, I think it's impossible. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Leeds star Ezgjan Alioski has rejected suggestions that Arsenal lives under Arteta and made his victory over Manchester United small.
& # 39; Yes, I saw the result versus Manchester United but this year's Manchester United – even we can beat them, & Alioski joked.
Northern Macedonia international lacks confidence and, to emphasize the point, he suggested that the third round draw would soon be for current championship leaders.
& # 39; When we are in the Premier League, Leeds becomes one of the biggest clubs, as I know they were before, & he added. & # 39; Of course it's a big game. I like to play this game. Maybe it's one of the biggest, but I don't see that it makes me nervous to think that. I hope I can play bigger games than this one. & # 39;
Some consider the FA Cup a distraction for a club that wants to end a 16-year exile from the top flight, especially in view of their near-accident-last season. But Alioski opposed: & # 39; No, it's a game. Only the name changes, in cup and not in competition.
& # 39; We have a coach who knows how to prepare us in the cup, knows how to prepare us in the competition. Marcelo Bielsa made Leeds dream again. & # 39;
Alioski will switch from left to more advanced position in Leeds side set for changes from 1-1 draw last week at West Brom with 19-year-old French goalkeeper Illan Meslier and defender Robbie Gotts, 20, debuting.
The deliberate midfielder was the main point of discussion before, during and after their sad 2-0 defeat in Arsenal in the Premier League on New Year's Day .
Pogba missed the collision at the Emirates Stadium due to a continuous ankle injury that plagued him throughout the season.
This campaign has been one to date to forget for Pogba, who had appeared only eight times in all competitions to date
In the light of a disappointing season, Sportsmail looks back on his nightmare timeline at the Theater of Dreams during the period 2 019-2020
June 16, 2019 – Pogba publicly states that it can be a good time to go somewhere otherwise have a new challenge while on a promotional tour with adidas in Tokyo. The midfielder is wanted by Real Madrid and former club Juventus.
& # 39; After everything that happened this season [2018-19] with my season also my best season … I think it may be a good time for me to have a new challenge somewhere else & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I am thinking of this: having a new challenge somewhere else. & # 39;
SEASON OF WOE AND FRUSTRATION
August 19 – After providing two assists at their season opening in the Premier League 4-0 thrashing from Chelsea, Pogba is painted as the villain in the next United game at Wolves. With the score 1-1 in the second half, the Frenchman was fouled by Conor Coady and got up to take the spot kick – despite teammate Marcus Rashford who scored the week before. His bet was pushed away by Rui Patricio, who saved low on his right and ended the game 1-1.
25 August – Aft After playing a key role in their equalizer against Crystal Palace, Pogba was guilty of the matchwinning goal of the visitors at Old Trafford. He was robbed of possession by Cheikhou Kouyate in the second half of the injury time and the outbreak ended with Patrick van Aanholt scoring to make it 2-1.
August 31 – Suffers from an ankle injury in a 1-1 draw in Southampton but plays the full duration. Does not return to promotion until 25 September.
September 25, – Suffers a comeback against Rochdale in the third round of the Carabao Cup, but plays the full 90 minutes. However, it is noted that he does not take a penalty because United labor wins a 5-3 shootout over the League One side.
September 30, – Despite being doubtful before the game, Pogba manages to play the entire game in a 1-1 league draw at home at Arsenal. However, he injects his ankle again and then misses the next 12 weeks.
October 17 – Pictured meeting with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane during his rehabilitation in Dubai. The couple is animated considering chatting. Zidane, who wanted to sign Pogba, was in the country as a guest participant in the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sport (DAIS) conference and exhibition.
1 December 7 – The 26-year-old injury comeback is postponed after he ssed two days of training due to illness.
December 28 – After two substitute appearances against Watford and Newcastle, the comeback course of Pogba is stopped if he is not part of United & # 39; s team for their 2 -0 Win at Burnley. Manager Solskjaer says that he needed more time for recovery due to his ankle problems. Outside the club, the midfielder is criticized for not traveling and watching his teammates in the stands in Turf Moor.
December 29 – Less than 24 hours after United's victory, Pogba was in France as a manager during a benefit match at Tours FC between Pogba All-Stars and Guinea XI. The French international included his brothers Mathias and Florentin in his All-Stars XI, with the pair both representing Guinea on the international stage.
December 30 – Pogba & # 39; s agent Mino Raiola clai msgstr that United has a & # 39; problem & # 39; is for his client and insists that now he would not help any of his other players move to Old Trafford. The outspoken Italian also suggested that the club would not function that it would have ruined even the career of Diego Maradona, Pele and Paolo Maldini if they had played there under the current setup because they had no contact with reality and without a sports project & # 39;
December 31 – The midfielder does not travel to London prior to his Premier League clash with Arsenal the following day and feeds more rumors about his dedication to the club.
January 1, 2020 – Missing 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. Before the game, Solskjaer suggested that he should at least be out of action in the coming weeks. After the game, the Norwegian claimed that Pogba & # 39; s & # 39; people & # 39; advise him to undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle and so he might miss the next four weeks.
Alan Matchar pointed to Solskjaer on Match of the Day choice of words.
He said: Players often have their own physios that they see. But it was interesting that he said "his people". I wonder what he thinks. & # 39;
David Moyes secures £ 2m bonus as he saves West Ham from relegation with more incentives based on final position
- David Moyes stands in line for a £ 2 million bonus as West Ham stays up this season
- Moyes took over from Manuel Pellegrini after being fired earlier this month
- West Ham is currently 17th with only two wins from their last 13 league matches
- He is accused of keeping the team amid chaotic relegation photo
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- Anthony Joshua admitted Deontay Wilder is his favorite next opponent
- The American holds the belt
- Fight fans want an era-defining match between the Brit and Tyson Fury of Wilder
- Joshua & # 39; s victory over Andy Ruiz brought him back on the right track of both men
West Ham returned to Moyes after plundering Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday
Moyes begins his second reign as Hammers manager against Bournemouth on Wednesday with club 17, only one point outside the drop zone and with a bad run of just two wins from their last 13 league games.
Moyes returned to London Stadium after an 18-month deal worth an initial £ 2 million per
But the Scot, 56, is well rewarded if he achieves that he repeated in his first short-term spell in 2018, and can keep West Ham high thanks to the £ 2 million bonus. And it is understood that further incentives have been written that go beyond survival with regard to the final position of West Ham.
Moyes confirmed that there was also an extension clause in the contract that he signed to replace Pellegrini that was worth half a three-year deal to £ 7 million a year including his bonuses when the ax fell.
And he is convinced that he will drag West Ham without problems and earn an extended stay.
Moyes said: & # 39; This time I'm going to make it where there is no choice that they [West Ham] always want to extend in the future.
& # 39; I'm really so excited to go again and I'm going to make it impossible that the clause cannot be implemented & # 39;
& # 39; There is a lot of room to improve & # 39 ;: Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo eyes reinforcement from January and says & # 39; right players & # 39; will take them to the next level
Wolves Boss Nuno Espirito Santo is from plans to strengthen in January and is confident that another bumper year is coming if the right players can be brought in to take them to the next level.
Wolves stand Only five points behind the top four and in the last 32 of the Europa League where they will face La Liga wrestlers Espanyol.
Nuno wants to add to the team and believes – with the right players – that the club can continue in 2020.
& # 39; I really believe there is a lot of room to improve because the way we do things, "he said.
" We have a very small team, the players involved are basically the same as last season.
& # 39; So if we can improve our performance at the same time, the transfer window is open and try to bring things the team needs – different characteristics – there is a lot of room to improve. & # 39;
Raul Jimenez is likely to return after starting on the bench on Sunday while Matt Doherty and Adama Traore also start.
Willy Boly (broken leg) and Morgan Gibbs-White (back) remain offside.
Wolves against resurgent Watford who won seven points from the first four games of Nigel Pearson, the Hornets had won nine out of their previous 14 matches.
It has left Nuno watch out for the Vicarage Road trip where Watford needs the win to close the three-point gap to safety.
& # 39; Now we start thinking about Watford, analyzing their games and it is clear that they are a good team and that will be very tough, & he said.
& # 39; There was a reaction and things improve. Every match in the Premier League, especially in this schedule, is very tough.
& # 39; We started the season with a tough competition. We must rest, recover well and prepare to compete as well as possible. & # 39;
& # 39; The dream would be to go for the fifth belt in 2020 & # 39 ;: Anthony Joshua prefers championship fight vs. Deontay Wilder, but admits he has eyes on & # 39; best of British & # 39; fight against Tyson Fury
The Watford -born champion rode to victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz earlier this month – bringing him back on track for an iconic collision with one of the & # 39; major three & # 39; members.
Fury and Wilder will collide for the second time in February with the & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; that poses a challenge for the American WBC belt – with Joshua holding the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA belts.
On the Graham Norton show, Jos hua was asked which of his rivals he would most like to fight and then say: & i really don't know. Either one of them, it doesn't matter.
& # 39; The champion Wilder would have preferred because it is a championship fight, but Fury is as talented as it is the best of the British so why not? I will fight against one of them.
& # 39; The dream would be for the fifth belt in 2020. & # 39;
Wilder expressed doubts about the unification bolt and was very critical of Joshua & # 39; s careful tactic in the ring against Ruiz.
However, with Joshua & # 39; s spectator numbers compared to Americans in his recent Luiz Ortiz fight, Wilder cannot sniff at the opportunity to adopt Joshua.
The & # 39; Bronze Bomber & # 39; s & # 39; Fury saga is expected to be a trilogy after the couple has reached a shared decision-making after 12 exciting rounds.