ALEXANDRA PALACE: Nine-ball pool’s answer to the Ryder Cup sees USA take on Europe in a raucous affair at Alexandra Palace, discovers Lawrence Ostlere, and Barry Hearn has bold ambitions for the game to explode around the world
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has responded to Joey Barton’s comments on women working in men’s football. The former midfielder was heavily criticised for comments he made on social media suggesting that women “shouldn’t be talking with any kind of authority” on the men’s game. Hayes hit back at the comments during her press conference on Friday 8 December, ahead of Chelsea’s fixture against Arsenal.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eno Nto scored his 11th goal of the season, Bryan Dowd recorded his 11th shutout of the season and No. 2 Notre Dame beat unranked and shorthanded Oregon State 1-0 on Friday to reach the College Cup championship game for the first time since 2013. Notre Dame (13-2-6), which has lost once since September, will play Clemson in the national championship game on Monday. The Irish, making their third College Cup appearance, lost to eventual national champion Clemson in 2021, and
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation and Mexico Football Federation submitted a joint bid Friday to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup, competing against an expected proposal from Brazil and a joint Germany-Netherlands-Belgium plan. No proposed stadiums were announced by the USSF and Mexico’s governing body. The USSF said the bid envisioned taking advantage of efficiencies from the 2026 men’s World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada. “The U.S. and Mexico are in a uniqu