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Joe Burrow and the Bengals appear to be the class of the AFC.
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We’re down to four and they were arguably the NFL’s four best teams all season long — the Bengals, 49ers, Eagles, and Chiefs. For all the offseason shuffling of quarterbacks and coaches, three of the four teams from last year’s conference championship weekend, with the lone exception being the team that won last season’s Super Bowl. In the four divisional matchups, only one team won on the road and two won by a touchdown.

Now it’s time to rank the four remaining teams from worst to best on their chances of this season’s Lombardi Trophy, with some obvious shuffling based on how the victors looked this weekend. And the main difference between last week’s list and this one has to do with one thing: A Jaguars defensive end not knowing how to properly tackle.

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Arsenal told they must pay £52.8m release clause to sign Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi – Paper talk | Transfer Centre News

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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Friday’s newspapers…

THE TIMES

Real Sociedad have told Arsenal they will have to pay Martín Zubimendi’s €60m (about £52.8m) release clause if they want to sign the midfielder this month.

Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth €45m (£39.6m). Porro has agreed personal terms with Spurs over a five-year contract, with the final details of the transfer fee the only part left to be agreed.

Wolves have agreed a deal to land Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes from Flamengo. The Premier League club had a £15m offer for the 21-year-old accepted earlier in the month before the move was called off when Lyon approached the Brazilian side.

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The Transfer Show’s Kaveh Solhekol has the latest news on Everton’s search for a new manager with Marcelo Bielsa the current front runner for the job

World Athletics’ long-term strategy is likely to stop trans and intersex athletes competing in female categories – and instead lead to them taking on elite men in a new ‘open’ classification.

Erling Haaland’s prolific goalscoring is costing bookmakers more than any other player in Premier League history.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Everton are expected to drop their asking price for Anthony Gordon after the forward missed training for a third day. Newcastle United have been confident of signing Gordon after holding talks with Everton over the England U21 international this week.

Everton had been hoping to agree a deal worth up to £60m for Gordon, however, which threatened to force Newcastle to walk away and pursue other targets.

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The Transfer Show’s Kaveh Solhekol says there is a possibility of Wout Weghorst’s loan move to Manchester United becoming permanent in the summer

Chelsea have suffered a double setback in their bid to fill two key positions before the transfer window shuts next week.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed right-back Malo Gusto, who Chelsea this week made a bid for, will not be sold this month, while an opening proposal over Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has been knocked back.

Chelsea could also make new bids for midfielders Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, despite already seeing offers turned down by Benfica and Brighton.

The legal tackle height is set to be lowered across all elite rugby globally, despite a growing revolt against plans to roll out the most seismic changes to the way the game is played since it turned professional.

THE SUN

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The Transfer Show’s Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol round up the latest transfer news from all 20 Premier League clubs

Danny Ings has been given an injection in his injured knee to speed up his recovery. West Ham’s new £15m striker suffered a painful whack barely 30 seconds into his debut on Saturday.

Leeds are haggling with Juventus over a fee to sign USA star Weston McKennie. Whites boss Jesse Marsch wants to land his countryman – but Leeds’ offer of £20m plus add-ons is short of Juve’s £30m valuation.

Manchester United are open to letting four more players leave before Tuesday’s transfer deadline – plus Charlie Savage. Robbie Savage’s son will join Forest Green Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have been tipped to seal a sensational double transfer to Newcastle.

Everton are considering a move for Dnipro striker Artem Dovbyk in a bid to boost their survival hopes.

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A look at Jack Harrison’s best Premier League goals as the Leeds winger continues to be linked with a move away from Elland Road

Farhad Moshiri is staring at a financial black hole that could cost him as much as £300m if he sells Everton.

Michail Antonio has been linked with a late January move to the MLS.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter is set to sell three star players this month as he looks to rebuild the squad, according to reports.

DAILY MAIL

Southampton have asked about Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Belgium have shortlisted Joachim Low, Mauricio Pochettino and Andre Villas-Boas for their managerial vacancy after the departure of Roberto Martinez, according to a new report.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery feels Marcelo Bielsa will be dubious of the Everton hierarchy as their turnover of managers has been high under Farhad Moshiri’s ownership

Lyon have made an enquiry about taking Tottenham right-back Djed Spence on loan until the end of the season.

THE ATHLETIC

Erling Haaland has a €200m (£175.5m) release clause inserted into his Manchester City contract, which comes into play after two years, in the summer of 2024.

Real Madrid are set to activate Fran Garcia’s €10m (£8.8m) buy option. Sources close to Garcia and Real have confirmed that the move is close, with the 23-year-old left-back likely to remain on loan at Rayo Vallecano until the end of the season.

Bournemouth agreed a deal to sign Antoine Semenyo at the third time of asking, having seen two previous bids knocked back by Bristol City.

DAILY MIRROR

Pep Guardiola has opened the door to a sensational return to Barcelona and claimed he would walk out on Manchester City if the opportunity arose.

Ian Wright has called for Manchester United to offer out-of-favour striker Anthony Martial in a player-plus-cash deal for Harry Kane this summer – but such a plan may meet resistance from Joel Glazer.

Arsenal legend David Seaman reckons that missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk will prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Cristiano Ronaldo was mocked with Lionel Messi’s famous Barcelona goal celebration as his new team Al Nassr struggled in Thursday’s Saudi Super Cup semi-final.

DAILY STAR

Former Everton manager Frank Lampard has broken his silence with a heartfelt message to the club’s supporters.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he will not be managing “beyond 70” with the German quick to rebuff emulating the career of ex-Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

EVENING STANDARD

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Jonathan Liew from The Guardian and Charlotte Duncker from The Times look at the back pages tonight as the main talking point is how will be the next Everton manager as well Everton’s current financial situation.  

Chelsea have cooled their interest in Moises Caicedo as Arsenal prepare for Brighton fight.

Ibrahima Bamba’s agent has played down rumours that the defender is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal, though refused to rule out business being done before the transfer window shuts.

West Ham expect Michail Antonio to remain at the club beyond the end of this month’s transfer window, despite the forward claiming he has held talks over a possible move away.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United have set their sights on a surprise move for Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias, according to reports in Spain.

Leeds are ‘convinced’ they are leading the race to sign Juventus star Weston McKennie, with Arsenal and Tottenham also interested in acquiring his services

Wimbledon chiefs have reportedly been told by government sources not to allow pro-Russia protestors to disrupt the competition, as they did at the Australian Open on Wednesday night. Flags and T-shirts were seen at the tournament, despite it being made clear they were banned beforehand.

DAILY RECORD

Celtic are playing hardball with Atlanta United and their pitch for Giorgos Giakoumakis. The Major League Soccer side have tabled a bid for the Greek striker but it is a loan with an option to buy at the end of it.

Former Hibs boss Shaun Maloney has reportedly been lined up as Wigan’s No 1 candidate to replace Kolo Toure as manager.

Midfielder Joe Aribo is facing the prospect of being dumped by Southampton less than eight months after writing his name into Rangers history by netting in the Europa League final.

Bournemouth and Brentford could open the Premier League door to Scotland star Ross Stewart.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

Rangers will need to stump up around £1.5m if they want to sign Nicolas Raskin this month. Standard Liege knocked back the Ibrox side’s opening offer.

Fuming Hearts have slammed Blackpool boss Mick McCarthy after he accused the Jambos of being ‘dishonest’ over his side’s pursuit of Toby Sibbick.

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Reanna Evans beats Stuart Bingham to make snooker history after famous wins for 14-year-olds Riley Powell and Vladislav Gradinari | Snooker News

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Riley Powell becomes the second 14-year-old to win at the Snooker Shoot Out after Vladislav Gradinari beat three-time women’s world champion Ng On Yee to become the youngest player to win a televised snooker match

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Last Updated: 26/01/23 11:24pm

Reanne Evans made history at the Snooker Shoot Out in Leicester

Reanne Evans made history at the Snooker Shoot Out in Leicester

Reanne Evans beat former world champion Stuart Bingham 60-8 to become the first woman to win a match in the one-frame Snooker Shoot Out after Riley Powell followed Vladislav Gradinari as the second 14-year-old to reach round two in Leicester.

An early break of 21 by Evans helped set up a healthy lead, which was extended to 35-0 before Bingham, who claimed the 2015 world title, failed to make the most of another opportunity at the table as Evans closed out a memorable victory.

“That’s the first time I’ve actually enjoyed it. I know I won, but that’s the first time I felt a little more relaxed,” Evans told Eurosport.

“I think I wasn’t expecting that much and that did the deal. I’m pleased because I’m low on confidence so any win [I have], I’m happy.

“It’s just [about] touch and feel, especially in this format you have to get to the table quick and to be fair the table was really nice, the nicest table I played on all season.”

Earlier on Thursday, teenager Riley Powell followed Vladislav Gradinari as the second 14-year-old to make round two with victory over world No 8 Kyren Wilson.

On Wednesday, Moldovan Gradinari, who lives in Leeds, became the youngest player to win a televised match when he defeated three-time women’s world champion Ng On Yee.

Powell continued the trend at the Morningside Arena as he dispatched Wilson, a five-time ranking event winner, by a score of 41-31 in the quickfire competition.

“That was amazing, the best event I have played in,” said Welsh teenager Powell, who is two months older than Gradinari and turns 15 in August.

“The crowd were so good. I had a couple of early mistakes but then got back into it. I just tried to enjoy the occasion and I loved every bit of it.”

Powell, from Tredegar in South Wales, practises with the likes of former world champion Mark Williams, Lee Walker and Jackson Page.

“As soon as I started playing snooker I loved it,” he said on the World Snooker Tour website.

“Mark Williams has been fantastic with me, I’d like to thank him, Jackson and Lee for all the help they have given me.

“Any practice I can get them with is fabulous, I have learned a lot from them. I want to be world number one and world champion.”

Vladislav Gradinari beat Ng On Yee at the Snooker Shoot Out. Pic World Snooker Tour Vladislav Gradinari beat Ng On Yee at the Snooker Shoot Out. Pic World Snooker Tour

Vladislav Gradinari beat Ng On Yee at the Snooker Shoot Out. Pic World Snooker Tour

Gradinari explained how it is difficult to play snooker in his home country.

“It is not really popular, we have three or four tables in the whole country,” the reigning England U14 champion told World Snooker Tour.

“It [the win] feels amazing. I played my best game, at the table I felt calm. At the age of seven, I started playing snooker and we moved here two years ago.”

Elsewhere on Thursday, world No 2 and home favourite Mark Selby was edged out 22-20 by Mark Davis, who produced a late rally to clinch the frame.

Amateur Michael Holt, who won the event in 2020 while on the pro tour, made the highest break so far with 116 in his win over Lei Peifan.

Dominic Dale and Matthew Stevens contested the first ‘blue-ball shoot out’ of this year’s competition, having finished tied at 49-49.

Dale went on to edge out former Masters and UK champion Stevens to progress into the second round, but David Gilbert’s disappointing season continued as he was defeated 35-30 by Saudi player Asjad Iqbal.

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Arsenal told they must pay £52.8m release clause to sign Real Sociedad midfielder Martín Zubimendi – Paper talk | Transfer Centre News

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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Friday’s newspapers…

THE TIMES

Real Sociedad have told Arsenal they will have to pay Martín Zubimendi’s €60m (about £52.8m) release clause if they want to sign the midfielder this month.

Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth €45m (£39.6m). Porro has agreed personal terms with Spurs over a five-year contract, with the final details of the transfer fee the only part left to be agreed.

Wolves have agreed a deal to land Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes from Flamengo. The Premier League club had a £15m offer for the 21-year-old accepted earlier in the month before the move was called off when Lyon approached the Brazilian side.

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The Transfer Show’s Kaveh Solhekol has the latest news on Everton’s search for a new manager with Marcelo Bielsa the current front runner for the job

World Athletics’ long-term strategy is likely to stop trans and intersex athletes competing in female categories – and instead lead to them taking on elite men in a new ‘open’ classification.

Erling Haaland’s prolific goalscoring is costing bookmakers more than any other player in Premier League history.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Everton are expected to drop their asking price for Anthony Gordon after the forward missed training for a third day. Newcastle United have been confident of signing Gordon after holding talks with Everton over the England U21 international this week.

Everton had been hoping to agree a deal worth up to £60m for Gordon, however, which threatened to force Newcastle to walk away and pursue other targets.

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The Transfer Show’s Kaveh Solhekol says there is a possibility of Wout Weghorst’s loan move to Manchester United becoming permanent in the summer

Chelsea have suffered a double setback in their bid to fill two key positions before the transfer window shuts next week.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed right-back Malo Gusto, who Chelsea this week made a bid for, will not be sold this month, while an opening proposal over Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has been knocked back.

Chelsea could also make new bids for midfielders Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, despite already seeing offers turned down by Benfica and Brighton.

The legal tackle height is set to be lowered across all elite rugby globally, despite a growing revolt against plans to roll out the most seismic changes to the way the game is played since it turned professional.

THE SUN

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The Transfer Show’s Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol round up the latest transfer news from all 20 Premier League clubs

Danny Ings has been given an injection in his injured knee to speed up his recovery. West Ham’s new £15m striker suffered a painful whack barely 30 seconds into his debut on Saturday.

Leeds are haggling with Juventus over a fee to sign USA star Weston McKennie. Whites boss Jesse Marsch wants to land his countryman – but Leeds’ offer of £20m plus add-ons is short of Juve’s £30m valuation.

Manchester United are open to letting four more players leave before Tuesday’s transfer deadline – plus Charlie Savage. Robbie Savage’s son will join Forest Green Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have been tipped to seal a sensational double transfer to Newcastle.

Everton are considering a move for Dnipro striker Artem Dovbyk in a bid to boost their survival hopes.

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A look at Jack Harrison’s best Premier League goals as the Leeds winger continues to be linked with a move away from Elland Road

Farhad Moshiri is staring at a financial black hole that could cost him as much as £300m if he sells Everton.

Michail Antonio has been linked with a late January move to the MLS.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter is set to sell three star players this month as he looks to rebuild the squad, according to reports.

DAILY MAIL

Southampton have asked about Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Belgium have shortlisted Joachim Low, Mauricio Pochettino and Andre Villas-Boas for their managerial vacancy after the departure of Roberto Martinez, according to a new report.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery feels Marcelo Bielsa will be dubious of the Everton hierarchy as their turnover of managers has been high under Farhad Moshiri’s ownership

Lyon have made an enquiry about taking Tottenham right-back Djed Spence on loan until the end of the season.

THE ATHLETIC

Erling Haaland has a €200m (£175.5m) release clause inserted into his Manchester City contract, which comes into play after two years, in the summer of 2024.

Real Madrid are set to activate Fran Garcia’s €10m (£8.8m) buy option. Sources close to Garcia and Real have confirmed that the move is close, with the 23-year-old left-back likely to remain on loan at Rayo Vallecano until the end of the season.

Bournemouth agreed a deal to sign Antoine Semenyo at the third time of asking, having seen two previous bids knocked back by Bristol City.

DAILY MIRROR

Pep Guardiola has opened the door to a sensational return to Barcelona and claimed he would walk out on Manchester City if the opportunity arose.

Ian Wright has called for Manchester United to offer out-of-favour striker Anthony Martial in a player-plus-cash deal for Harry Kane this summer – but such a plan may meet resistance from Joel Glazer.

Arsenal legend David Seaman reckons that missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk will prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Cristiano Ronaldo was mocked with Lionel Messi’s famous Barcelona goal celebration as his new team Al Nassr struggled in Thursday’s Saudi Super Cup semi-final.

DAILY STAR

Former Everton manager Frank Lampard has broken his silence with a heartfelt message to the club’s supporters.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he will not be managing “beyond 70” with the German quick to rebuff emulating the career of ex-Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

EVENING STANDARD

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Jonathan Liew from The Guardian and Charlotte Duncker from The Times look at the back pages tonight as the main talking point is how will be the next Everton manager as well Everton’s current financial situation.  

Chelsea have cooled their interest in Moises Caicedo as Arsenal prepare for Brighton fight.

Ibrahima Bamba’s agent has played down rumours that the defender is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal, though refused to rule out business being done before the transfer window shuts.

West Ham expect Michail Antonio to remain at the club beyond the end of this month’s transfer window, despite the forward claiming he has held talks over a possible move away.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United have set their sights on a surprise move for Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias, according to reports in Spain.

Leeds are ‘convinced’ they are leading the race to sign Juventus star Weston McKennie, with Arsenal and Tottenham also interested in acquiring his services

Wimbledon chiefs have reportedly been told by government sources not to allow pro-Russia protestors to disrupt the competition, as they did at the Australian Open on Wednesday night. Flags and T-shirts were seen at the tournament, despite it being made clear they were banned beforehand.

DAILY RECORD

Celtic are playing hardball with Atlanta United and their pitch for Giorgos Giakoumakis. The Major League Soccer side have tabled a bid for the Greek striker but it is a loan with an option to buy at the end of it.

Former Hibs boss Shaun Maloney has reportedly been lined up as Wigan’s No 1 candidate to replace Kolo Toure as manager.

Midfielder Joe Aribo is facing the prospect of being dumped by Southampton less than eight months after writing his name into Rangers history by netting in the Europa League final.

Bournemouth and Brentford could open the Premier League door to Scotland star Ross Stewart.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

Rangers will need to stump up around £1.5m if they want to sign Nicolas Raskin this month. Standard Liege knocked back the Ibrox side’s opening offer.

Fuming Hearts have slammed Blackpool boss Mick McCarthy after he accused the Jambos of being ‘dishonest’ over his side’s pursuit of Toby Sibbick.

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