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Eden Hazard in action for Real Madrid More Info

Eden Hazard needs to have more trust in himself to return to his best level, says Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Belgium forward Hazard started just his ninth game of the season in the 3-1 victory over Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, a match in which he and fellow forwards Rodrygo Goes and Mariano Diaz struggled for fluidity. After that game Ancelotti gave his backing to Hazard, who has struggled to consistently hit top form and been blighted by injuries since his big-money move from Chelsea in May 2019. And the Italian struck a similar tone when addressing the media prior to Saturday's home LaLiga clash with Valencia.


Aston Villa have completed a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho More Info

Philippe Coutinho will join Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season — subject to a medical and receiving a work permit. Villa boss Steven Gerrard played a key role in convincing the 29-year-old Brazilian, who he played alongside at Liverpool, to reject several Premier League rivals and opt for a switch to the Midlands. A brief statement on the club's website said: ''Aston Villa and Barcelona have agreed terms for Philippe Coutinho to spend the rest of this season on loan at Villa Park. ''The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy. ''Philippe will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.''


Dusan Vlahovic is a man in demand after impressing for Fiorentina More Info

Arsenal have reportedly made a cash-plus-player deal for Fiorentina hotshot Dusan Vlahovic. The Gunners have offered £45million plus midfielder Lucas Torreira to La Viola, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Vlahovic, 21, is one of the most in-demand players in Europe after a stunning last 18 months in Florence. The striker has netted 16 goals in 19 Serie A games this term after scoring 21 times in the 2020-21 campaign.


England man Kieran Trippier has traded Atletico Madrid for Newcastle More Info

The January sales are upon us — and Premier League clubs are gearing up for a busy period. With the title, European places and top-flight survival at stake, some timely purchases could be the difference between success and failure. And you will not miss a single deal by sticking with LiveScore until the window slams shut at 11pm (UK time) on January 31. Keep this page bookmarked to stay up to date with all ins and outs.


Lingfield will host a seven-race card on the all-weather on Friday More Info

There are four meetings taking place in the UK and Ireland on Friday — one of which is a seven-race card from Lingfield on their polytrack surface. The opening race of the all-weather meeting begins at 12.35pm and runs through to 3.50pm. We have picked out five horses for you to follow. 12.35pm - Read Katie Walsh On Betway Insider Handicap (2m) SMITH was in excellent form over this C&D at the back of last year. He recorded back-to-back wins here in November, with his latest success being an eight-length victory. Lydia Richards' gelding is now up in class and has an 8lb rise in the ratings to defy. However, he has taken a big step forward over this distance so his winning run can be extended here. LiveScore selection: Smith 1.40pm - Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Handicap (7f) Since switching to the all-weather and joining handicap company, STORM ASSET has shown a lot more on the track. The three-year-old finished second of nine runners over this distance at Newcastle last month. The handicapper has kept this horse off the same mark as he was for his second-place finish at Newcastle last time out, which gives him a great chance of going one place better. He also has the cheekpieces on for the first time in this race, which might just help him find a little extra improvement. LiveScore selection: Storm Asset 2.15pm - Betway Handicap (5f) With six wins from nine starts on the all-weather, C&D winner TONE THE BARONE has proved to be very good on this surface. He prevailed on his last outing over this distance at Wolverhampton, despite making an awkward start. This is now a career high mark for Stuart Williams' gelding, but he should be fresh for this assignment. He remains the one to beat. LiveScore selection: Tone The Barone 2.50pm - Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Novice Stakes (1m2f) As a daughter of Dubawi, John and Thady Gosden's runner AZAHEER is a well-bred filly who could be lining up in much better races than this. She came close to breaking her maiden at this course over 1m last month but was denied by a head.


Secret Reprieve will be hoping for a successful season over fences More Info

Trainer Evan Williams believes Secret Reprieve can still enjoy a successful season over fences, despite a disappointing run at Chepstow last month. The eight-year-old made a name for himself in 2020, as he won back-to-back races for the first time, firstly beating The Two Amigos in the Coral Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase before then getting the better of Nicky Martin's runner in the full version of the race. Connections decided to give Secret Reprieve the whole year off before the 2021 Welsh Grand National. But that plan backfired as he finished fifth on December 27, some 44 lengths behind winner Iwilldoit. Despite the disappointing run, Williams believes his stable star can still enjoy a successful campaign, with races at Doncaster, Cheltenham and Haydock on the agenda. He told the Racing Post: ''There's no doubting when you look back at the race afterwards, he did move menacingly into it, but he got tired. There's plenty of room for optimism. ''I wouldn't be surprised if he gets entries in all those good, big staying handicap chases. Doncaster definitely comes into consideration, Warwick [Classic Chase] won't suit him, and that'll come too quickly. He could even get an entry in the Peter Marsh or even Cheltenham [Cotswold Chase] at the end of the month. ''There's another good handicap chase in him, and I hope that we can get him out again before the National Trial. We want to get him going sooner than that in an ideal world.'' Secret Reprieve is a general 20/1 to win the Grand National at Aintree in April and, if he is to run in the showpiece, he will not have to come up against Balko Des Flos.


Evan Fournier celebrates another basket against the Celtics More Info

It's not every day in the NBA that a team comes from 25 points down to win with a buzzer-beater, capping a game where a player lands 10 or more three-pointers. In fact, it happened for the first time in league history on Thursday as the New York Knicks stormed back to beat the Boston Celtics 108-105 at Madison Square Garden. From 57-32 adrift in the second quarter, the Knicks were inspired by Evan Fournier's remarkable shooting from behind the line against his former team, and RJ Barrett came up with the last-gasp glory shot. Each of the three standout facets of the Knicks' win had been achieved in isolation, but they had never all come in the same game, Stats Perform said. The Knicks were able to celebrate their biggest comeback win since coming from 26 behind against Milwaukee in March 2004, while Fournier's 10 threes matched a franchise record set by JR Smith. Barrett's buzzer-beater was the Knicks' first for over nine years, with Smith the last player to grab a win at the death with his shot against Phoenix on December 26 in 2012. Fournier finished with 41 points, a career-best haul, and he has shone brightest in games against Boston this season, after his short-lived spell with the Celtics last season. Only three times has Fournier topped 30 points for the Knicks, and each time Boston have been the opponents. He had 32-point games against them in October and December, and stepped it up in the latest meeting.


Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz stands on the court prior to the start of a NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans More Info

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19 once again after his diagnosis prompted the NBA to shut down for four months in March last year. Gobert has entered the league's health and safety protocols and will miss Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. The three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year had missed the Jazz's win at the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday for an unspecified illness. The Jazz said Gobert returned two negative results for two rapid tests on the day of that game but the result of a PCR test returned on Thursday is positive. Utah, who are 28-10, had managed to avoid having any players enter protocols this season until Joe Inglis entered earlier this week, with Gobert the second Jazz player to test positive.