Marcelo Bielsa might have been able to tell everyone this before the game but penalties were required to separate Southampton and Derby in their third-round FA Cup replay. It was Frank Lampard’s side who held their nerve and go through to face Accrington Stanley in the fourth round after Nathan Redmond was the only man to miss

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past her second-round opponent Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3 in a one-sided clash at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The victory sets up the potential for an enthralling third-round encounter between the Dane and Maria Sharapova, who meets Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Wozniacki, seeded third, took just over an hour to secure

Tottenham appear to have a growing battle on their hands to convince Christian Eriksen that his future remains in north London. Reports in Spain on Wednesday again underline that the playmaker is wanted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the current Champions League holders his preferred option. Eriksen’s contract expires in 2020 but, with talks over a renewal

Arsenal’s grand plans to restructure post-Arsène Wenger have begun to splinter with Sven Mislintat, brought in as head of recruitment, set to leave after feeling his position has become untenable. The German, whose ideas in the sphere of spotting and developing talent are highly regarded in European football, was initially appointed in November 2017 by

What’s the story? LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken a jibe at Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge to Lionel Messi after the Juventus forward had asked the Barcelona skipper to move to the Serie A and try something new, a few weeks ago. In case you didn’t know… Ronaldo ended his relationship with LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid to move to Italian giants

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has confirmed he will seek out a meeting with Roger Federer after Rafael Nadal complained the player council was not doing enough to consult the top players. Djokovic, president of the player council, is dealing with a potential revolt against ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode. A leaked email, reportedly sent by ATP player

Novak Djokovic is up and running at the Australian Open, beating qualifier Mitchell Krueger of the United States in straight sets. The world No 1 advanced into round two with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory that took a little over two hours on the Rod Laver Arena. The top ranked seed will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next

Barcelona have reportedly made Girona forward Cristhian Stuani their No 1 target in the January transfer window. According to Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, which dedicated its front cover to Barca’s pursuit of Stuani, the 32-year-old Uruguayan is at the top of Ernesto Valverde’s wishlist and the club are preparing to activate his 15 million euros release clause.

Glasgow and Edinburgh can both reach the European quarter-finals, which should give national side grounds for optimism There can be no question about the best rugby story of 2019 so far. For Scotland to have the chance of both its professional teams reaching Europe’s last eight going into the final round of Champions Cup pool

Hardik Pandya, along with opener KL Rahul, was earlier suspended pending inquiry by the BCCI for making sexis comments on a television show. City-based Khar Gymkhana ha revoked all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s honorary membership of the club. The cricketer, along with opener KL Rahul, was earlier suspended pending an inquiry by the BCCI for making sexist