Tottenham project can take us to the top, says Pochettino

By Martyn Herman
| LONDON

LONDON Tottenham Hotspur have taken a different path to Manchester City but manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Londoners can soon rival Sunday's opponents as one of the world's biggest clubs.

City were catapulted to the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Premier League titles by the huge investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and have become Champions League regulars.

Spieth and Reed set early tone for the U.S

By Mark Lamport-Stokes
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota With a fired-up Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed leading the way, the United States held an early advantage midway through the opening foursomes matches on a chilly Friday at the 41st Ryder Cup.

Thunderous roars of "USA, USA, USA" echoed across the ultra-long Hazeltine National layout as the Americans led holders Europe in three and trailed in one in the four alternate-shot encounters.

Formula E plugs Jaguar in for an electric future

By Alan Baldwin
| LONDON

LONDON Jaguar will leap back on to the world motorsport stage next week with the Indian-owned luxury marque looking to Formula E as a launch pad for the big cat's electric ambitions.

Team director James Barclay says the battery-powered championship, whose third season starts in Hong Kong on Oct. 9, is moving into a "sweet spot" where manufacturers like Jaguar need to be.

Leicester's Ranieri calls for consistency after mixed start

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to stay focussed in matches and work better as a team in order to recapture the consistency that propelled them to an unexpected Premier League triumph last season.

Leicester have endured a mixed start to the season and sit 12th in the Premier League having lost three of their opening six games, but they top their Champions League group after successive wins.

Burnley versus Arsenal - the fan's view

LONDON Burnley may have been one of the pre-season favourites to get relegated from the Premier League but after six games they are more than holding their own with seven points.

Arsenal, after a sticky start, have won their last four league games and are on a high after crushing Chelsea last weekend and beating Basel in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years in charge of Arsenal this weekend but Sean Dyche's Burnley are strong at Turf Moor and will not be laying down the red carpet.

Rugby - Australia must stick to their game plan in Pretoria: Cheika

PRETORIA (Sticking to their own brand of rugby and ignoring the exhausting altitude is going to be key to Australian success against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, coach Michael Cheika said.

The Wallabies have yet to win at the Pretoria stadium in six previous tests and have had a disappointing year with a series defeat at home to England and two losses to New Zealand.

Pochettino one of the best coaches in world, says Guardiola

LONDON Pep Guardiola is not surprised Tottenham Hotspur are Manchester City's closest pursuers in the early Premier League title race having previously been out-witted by Mauricio Pochettino who he describes as one of the best managers in the world.

Leaders City will take their 100 percent record to White Hart Lane on Sunday but second-placed Tottenham are also unbeaten after six games and will be buoyed by having done the double over the Manchester side last season.

Winning grand slams is no longer my priority, says Djokovic

By Zoran Milosavljevic
| BELGRADE

BELGRADE Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday.

“I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters.

“I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old added.

No magic wand quick-fix for Chelsea's struggles - Conte

Antonio Conte has called for patience as he attempts to implement his style of play and bring an end to Chelsea's struggles that have seen them suffer back-to-back defeats against potential Premier League title rivals.

After a promising start to the campaign, Chelsea's progress under Conte has been undermined after they were thoroughly outplayed by Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks to leave them in eighth place on 10 points from six games, already eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

Spain drop in-form Mata for Italy trip

MADRID Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Manchester United's in-form midfielder Juan Mata out of his squad for World Cup qualifiers away to Italy and Albania.

Mata has scored two goals in four Premier League starts for United, including an excellent one in the 4-1 home victory over Premier League champions Leicester on Saturday.

"There are many players that we like but not all of them can come," Lopetegui told a news conference on Friday.

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