Despite a few stuttering performances of late, England have marched comfortably enough to the brink of qualification for the World Cup in Russia next summer. It’s very rarely pretty when England are playing, and it’s rarely easy either, but victories over Malta and Slovakia this past week have left the Three Lions needing just two points from their matches against Slovenia and Lithuania to confirm their place in the footballing extravaganza next year.…

We’re down to squeaky bum time now in the qualification trail for the World Cup in Russia next summer. In the UEFA section we are mostly seven rounds of matches down (some groups have played eight), and already we know the identities of some of the qualifiers from Europe: Belgium have booked their spot, while Switzerland, Portugal and Germany have reached the play-offs at the bare minimum.…

Four teams have already booked their places at World Cup 2018 – Russia as hosts plus Japan, Iran and Brazil through their efforts in qualifying, and England could, theoretically, secure their passage to the big one next summer if results in Group F go their way.…

The FedEx Cup tournament, which brings the curtain down on the PGA Tour golf season, is well underway now thanks to a brilliant tournament at the Northern Trust last time out.…

The new Premier League campaign is only two weeks old, and already we’ve witnessed more excitement that you can shake a stick at. From Arsenal and Leicester’s classic to Tottenham and Chelsea’s game of ‘chess on grass’, we have learned plenty about most of the key protagonists and yet still have lots more to uncover to boot.…

After victory in the prestigious St James’ Palace Stakes and a fine run in the Coral-Eclipse, where he finished second, Barney Roy heads to York in excellent nick. His handler, Richard Hannon, fully expects another solid showing in the Juddmonte.…

If you’ve been getting stuck into some football coverage of late, you can’t help but have noticed it. Everywhere you look the talk is about Expected Goals (xG). It has featured on Match of the Day, on Sky Sports’ coverage and the vast majority of broadsheet newspapers – and some tabloids – have included features about xG. But what the heck is it?…

Other than the St Leger meeting at Doncaster in September, the Ebor Festival from York is one of the last chances you will get to see a high-quality field of flat racing in 2017. It’s a chance not to be missed by racegoers and punters alike.…

The PGA Championship was a fantastic tournament enjoyed by all – most notably Justin Thomas, who bagged the first major title of his career and a healthy paycheque into the bargain. You suspect it won’t be his last.…

We’re almost at the point where we know the identities of the 32 teams who will battle it out in the Champions League group phase. The final set of qualifiers, of which the first legs take place this week, will separate those who will compete in the continent’s finest competition from those who, erm, won’t.…