Gonzalo Higuain is a misunderstood character. Few players have experienced the highs and lows like the Argentine, and when he is in a strop he makes the proverbial bear with a sore head seem like Michael McIntyre on happy pills. These are testing times for the striker, though an old friend from his days in

Rangers defender Gareth McAuley admits he is still waiting to learn exactly when his date with the Queen will take place. The Northern Irishman was awarded an MBE in New Year honours for services to the game in his homeland. But almost three weeks on, he still does not know just when he will have

Borussia Dortmund will welcome Paco Alcacer back into the fold for the Bundesliga’s resumption after the Spanish striker recovered from injury. The 25-year-old – who has scored 12 goals in 12 league matches this season, mainly from the bench – went off with a muscle strain in their last game before the winter break against Borussia Monchengladbach.

It was certainly the name that jumped out at you from the teamsheet, even if the player was only named among the Tottenham Hotspur substitutes. And there were definitely a few bemused looks when the name Maurizio Pochettino was read out over the PA system when he came on for a brief extra time cameo. Maurizio is

Jadon Sancho will still be at Borussia Dortmund next season despite interest in the forward from across Europe, according to the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc. The 18-year-old has starred for the Bundesliga side this season, amassing seven goals and 10 assists to help them top the table heading into the new year. His reputation has soared following his £8million

ROGER FEDERER is tipping Rafael Nadal to get the best of Alex de Minaur in their Australian Open third-round clash today – but believes the young Australian has a bright future ahead of him. Federer eased past USA’s Taylor Fritz in straight sets – 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 – on the Rod Laver Arena court to reach

Dylan Hartley has been left out of the England squad for the Six Nations opener against Ireland as Eddie Jones named four uncapped players. The 32-year-old ‘co-captain’ is struggling with what his club Northampton Saints have described as a ‘grumbly knee’ and will not be fit for the curtain raiser on February 2. He has not played since December

Dominic Thiem became the third top-10 player to go out of the men’s tournament, the seventh seed retiring while trailing young Australian wild card Alexei Popyrin by two sets to love. Popyrin, 19, won his first grand slam match in the opening round and was leading 7-5 6-4 2-0 when Thiem, who appeared to be

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit fears that nothing has really changed at his former club despite Unai Emery replacing Arsene Wenger as manager in the summer. The Gunners, who finished sixth in the Premier League table in Wenger’s final season, are currently fifth under Emery — six points below fourth place.  Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas

• England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 203-19 • Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower back The wickets tumbled on the second day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval and never more so than on the stroke of tea, when Stuart Broad offered a reminder of his penchant for a burst by claiming his third hat-trick