+ Luton Shelton scored the only goal as Jamaica topped Canada 1-0 in a friendly at Kingston last night.
+ Canada ran its scoreless streak to 422 minutes in the loss. It’s the longest scoreless streak for Canada in 10 years.
+ Jamaica Observer: Boyz kickstart 2014 campaign with win over Canada.
+ Simon Kuper: Ice hockey starts to slip as Canadians also fall for soccer.
+ Manchester United fans can take their anti-Glazer protests right to the doorstep of their American owners this summer – when the champions tour the US for the first time in five years. United will play in Chicago, New York and Toronto in July and more destinations will be announced in the coming weeks.
+ Our own James Sharman is quoted in this Daily Star article on the possibility of David Beckham owning the Montreal Impact.
+ Gareth Wheeler: TFC chasing the same goals (touches on many subjects including Robinson to NYRB & Man United to BMO Field rumours)
+ Rumour this week has FC Dallas defender Blake Wagner heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps to play for their new Technical Director Tom Soehn.
+ Veteran midfielder Steve Ralston has decided not to return to the New England Revolution this season, the team confirmed Friday.
+ Former Fulham forward Collins John is on his way to Chicago Fire training camp, club officials confirmed.
+ Jose De Jesus Ortiz: Dynamo in the market to replace midfielders.
+ Jeff Carlisle: CBA negotiations still in a delicate position.
+ Grahame L. Jones: Clint Mathis makes his way back home to Galaxy.
+ Kartik Krishnaiyer: A farewell to MLS Talk.
+ The Premier League weekend in two minutes:
+ Dominic Fifield: Arsène Wenger goes public with criticism of Arsenal’s frailties.
+ Richard Williams: Manchester United performance caps their best 10 days since 1999.
+ David Pleat: Arsenal’s midfield is exposed by counter-intuitive Manchester United.
+ Arsenal’s humbling at the hands of their title rivals on Sunday could force manager Arsene Wenger to make a last-minute raid on French club Nice for striker Loic Remy.
+ Kevin McCarra: Arsène Wenger occupies a unique position in the Premier League.
+ Manchester United chief executive David Gill has hinted Sir Alex Ferguson could have £100m to spend in the summer transfer market.
+ Manchester United will not consider selling Wayne Rooney, according to the chief executive, David Gill, who also addressed fears about the club’s future by stating that the owners, the Glazer family, are committed for the long-haul.
+ Gill has appealed to the club’s supporters not to take part in what he called a "ridiculous" protest against the Glazer family.
+ John Terry’s professional life is under threat as England manager Fabio Capello is set to decide whether he can continue as captain of the national football team following revelations about the player’s personal life.
+ Henry Winter: Embarrassing John Terry must give up England captaincy.
+ Paul Wilson: Fabio Capello has no reason to replace John Terry as captain.
+ Michael Henderson: John Terry affair highlights Fabio Capello’s lack of options for replacement England captain.
+ Patrick Barclay: Is John Terry fit to lead England? If not, who should replace him as captain?
+ Amelia Hill: Shamed John Terry stands to lose millions over details of affair.
+ Roberto Mancini revealed some of Manchester City’s players wore shirts bearing the words ‘Team Bridge’ during their 2-0 Premier League win over Portsmouth.
+ Manchester City are planning a last-ditch transfer deadline swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago.
+ Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been linked with a £7m bid for Parma’s Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga.
+ Manchester City are believed to have made an increased bid for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson.
+ West Ham hope to sign Brazilian striker Ilan for a nominal fee from St Etienne today and have enquired about a loan deal for Tottenham’s Robbie Keane.
+ Chelsea passed up the chance to sign the Manchester United-bound defender Chris Smalling for free, according to the player’s former manager at Maidstone.
+ Rafael Benítez has denied claims that he has already agreed personal terms with Juventus and is scheduled to finalise a summer move to Stadio delle Alpi with the Italian club’s lawyers tomorrow.
+ Striker Victor Moses has moved to Wigan from Crystal Palace for around £2.5 million.
+ Roma striker Stefano Okaka is reported to have finalised his six-month loan switch to Fulham.
+ Tottenham have reportedly made a £2million bid for Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach. Harry Redknapp’s move for Portsmouth’s Asmir Begovic has collapsed.
+ Tottenham have confirmed they have reached agreement with Portsmouth for the transfer of defender Younes Kaboul.
+ Birmingham have made a fresh inquiry for Liverpool striker Ryan Babel and had an improved £9m bid for Roman Pavlyuchenko turned down by Tottenham.
+ Amy Lawrence: Tom Huddlestone, the quiet achiever who became a big noise.
+ Martin Kelner: Underwhelmed by the journey into a new dimension – Sky’s 3D broadcast induced lots of oohs and aahs but the format is perhaps best left to interplanetary war and alien sex.
+ A lifelong Portsmouth fan has had sleepless nights and feels "stressed out and ill" after being sent bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds, and court orders that should have gone to the Premier League club."The whole thing is incredibly complicated and stupid," said Mark Dugan, a Portsmouth businessman who bought the name of the club’s former trading company, Portsmouth Football Club Limited, "for a bit of fun". The club now trade under the name Portsmouth City Football Club, and Dugan bought PFC Ltd "off the shelf" for a small fee a month before cheering his team to victory in the 2008 FA Cup. His partner, brother and both parents are shareholders. "My intentions were only ever to have a bit of paper, have a plaque outside my house and say: ‘I own that,’" said Dugan, 40, who has supported Pompey since he was three. "It was a bit of fun that’s led to a lot more."
African Cup of Nations
+ Mohamed Gedo scored the only goal five minutes from time to help Egypt defend their African Nations Cup crown with victory over Ghana.
+ Jonathan Wilson’s match report of the final.
+ Togo have been punished for their decision to withdraw from the Africa Cup of Nations after a gun attack on their coach by being banned from the next two editions of the tournament, according to the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
+ Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor has labelled the decision to ban his national team from the next two editions of the African Nations Cup as "outrageous”.
+ Nigeria defender Yusuf Mohamed has been ruled out of action for at least nine months after undergoing surgery in South Africa.
+ Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his captain Carles Puyol following his side’s 1-0 win over Sporting Gijón. The versatile Puyol filled in at right-back to cover the absence of the injured Dani Alves and helped Barça record their fifth successive clean sheet in the league and cup.
+ Thierry Henry’s future at Barcelona looks to be drawing to a close, with the European champions now looking at Valencia’s David Silva or Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery.
+ Real Madrid prevented Barca increasing their advantage in the Primera Liga table with a 3-1 victory against Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio Riazor.
+ Sid Lowe: How ‘the heel of God’ broke Deportivo’s curse on Real Madrid
+ Villarreal have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde following their 2-0 Primera Division defeat at home to Osasuna.’
+ Villarreal have confirmed reserve coach Juan Carlos Garrido will take charge of the first team until the end of the season.
+ Real Valladolid have sacked coach Jose Luis Mendilibar.
+ Real Valladolid have signed left-back Asier del Horno on loan from Valencia for the remainder of the season.
+ Real Zaragoza have continued their major recruitment drive during the January transfer window with the signing of Brazilian World Cup winner Edmilson.
+ Paolo Bandini: Alberto Zaccheroni left clutching for positives as Juve fluff their lines again.
+ Napoli are now unbeaten in 15 games but were disappointed with a goalless draw against Genoa.
+ Parma have secured the services of Genoa striker Hernan Crespo in a move that sees the Argentina striker return to the club where he began his Serie A career.
+ Fiorentina have failed in a bid to sign Antonio Cassano on loan from Sampdoria,
+ Keirrison will join Fiorentina on loan until June 2011.
+ Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Lazio after falling out of favour at VfB Stuttgart.
+ Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Mathieu Flamini are set to stay with AC Milan for the rest of the season.
+ Milan are hoping to land Inter’s attacking midfielder Amantino Mancini in an ambitious swap deal just hours before the transfer deadline closes
+ Paris Saint-Germain have failed in a bid to sign Anderson on loan from Manchester United. The deal was scuppered by PSG’s reluctance to pay the Brazilian’s wages.
+ Champions Girondins Bordeaux looked a pale shadow of their brilliant best when they were held to a goalless home draw by lowly Boulogne.
+ Montpellier strengthened their grip on second place and cut the gap to leaders Bordeaux after Karim Ait-Fana and a Benoit Cheyrou own-goal handed them a 2-0 win over south-coast rivals Marseille in front of a sell-out crowd at the Stade de la Mosson.
+ After weeks of speculation, Lille completed a deal for Wolfsburg’s Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa.
+ Bayer Leverkusen scored three goals in four minutes late in the first half as they surged back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 victory at home over Freiburg.
+ Raphael Honigstein: Appetite for self-destruction leaves Werder Bremen’s season on the brink.
+ Werder Bremen have moved to strengthen their attack and halt their slide down the Bundesliga by signing Germany under-21 striker Sandro Wagner from second division side Duisburg.
+ Nice piece of teamwork for Benfica’s third goal in a 3-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes Saturday.
+ Benfica have signed 21-year old Argentina striker Franco Jara.
+ Celtic have signed Diomansy Kamara on loan from Fulham and also completed the capture of 18-year-old winger Paul Slane from Motherwell.
+ Celtic are in talks with Real Mallorca over signing defender Ivan Ramis, according to the player’s agent.
+ Jim Jefferies has been confirmed as the new manager of Hearts, a matter of hours after the sacking of Csaba Laszlo.
+ Dinamo Moskva have reached an agreement with Zenit St. Petersburg for the transfer of midfielder Igor Semshov.
+ AZ Alkmaar striker Ari appears to be Spartak Moskva’s latest signing.
+ Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko will not be moving to Zenit St Petersburg today as they are "no longer interested" in his services.
+ Newcastle has confirmed midfielder Geremi has joined Ankaragucu.
+ America kicked off their Mexican championship match with 10 men on Sunday to show they are waiting for shooting victim Salvador Cabanas’s return. Striker Enrique Esqueda then came on and was the player who scored in the 40th minute to give America a 1-0 victory over Indios Juarez at the Azteca while Cabanas’s number 10 shirt lay in a space on the bench.
+ Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas regained consciousness and spoke to his family for the first time since he was shot in a Mexico City bar last week, his doctors said on Saturday.
+ Adriano scored a hat-trick to give national champions Flamengo a 5-3 win over Fluminense in a spectacular Carioca (Rio de Janeiro) championship derby on Sunday.
+ Robinho visited his new Santos team mates before their 2-0 win over Oeste that took them top of the Paulista championship.
+ Tim Vickery: Santos ready to welcome prodigal son.
+ Uruguay’s Sebastian Fernandez scored 16 minutes from time to give champions Banfield a 1-0 away win over River Plate at the Monumental in the opening round of the Argentine Clausura championship on Sunday.