Jurgen Klopp urged his players to show their "biggest balls" against Manchester United as the Liverpool manager aims to break new ground on Sunday.

The European champions have won all eight of their Premier League matches this season but will have to make history to secure three points against their bitter rivals.

Liverpool, riding high in top spot, have failed to win at Old Trafford in four visits with Klopp in charge. 

Last season's stalemate was one of three draws on the German's record and the result proved costly as Manchester City pipped the Reds to the title by a solitary point.

"Winning there would be a big next step," Klopp said. "It's not a step we have to make otherwise we cannot develop, no.

"But, of course, for our own history with me it is obviously something we have not achieved yet.

"This team wrote their own story and made their own history and this would be another step. But we cannot make it by simply talking about it.

"We have to go there and play the best football we can play, with the biggest balls, being ready for each challenge, fighting for every ball, all that stuff.

"That is what we have to do. If we can play our game, we are really an uncomfortable opponent."

Klopp will not be the only key Liverpool figure seeking to end a curious drought in one of the division's showpiece fixtures.

Star forward Mohamed Salah is yet to register a single goal in four Premier League appearances against United but should get the chance to open his account facing a team languishing in 14th.

"It is difficult to know what he's thinking," Klopp said of Salah, who will undergo a fitness test on the ankle he injured against Leicester City before the international break.

"If someone had told me he'd never scored against United I would have said: 'Really?'.

"I suppose the more you go without scoring against an opponent there may be one moment when you start scoring against them.

"All these games are big tests. I don't see it as a specific test for him, but, yes, it is a big test. And sometimes there will be old-school challenges and you have to be ready for them."

Jonny May reflected on how a decision to snub a team night out in favour of dinner with his parents paid huge dividends as he prepares to celebrate winning a 50th England cap.

The Leicester Tigers flyer made his international debut over six years ago during a tour of Argentina, when the majority of the team was on British and Irish Lions duty.

May was overlooked for the first Test in favour of David Strettle and Christian Wade and had initially missed out on selection for the second game before the latter was drafted to Australia with the Lions.

It is here where fate was on the side of May, who had shunned a drinking session with the players not in the matchday squad the night before the game in favour of a more serene evening.

"Funnily enough Christian Wade got called up for the Lions on the morning of the game," said May. 

"And basically because my mum and dad were out and I went out for dinner with them and all the other non-23 players went out on the p***, so I got the 'go on you can play' pretty much! It's funny how it works out.

"I didn't feel ashamed but I didn't feel great because my parents were out there and it looked like I wasn't going to get a game. 

"What was probably quite a challenging couple of weeks finished on a really good note as my parents got to watch me play and I got my first cap. It all worked out in the end."

It took May until his eighth cap to score a first England try but his strike rate is now an impressive 25 in 49 Tests.

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the best wingers in world rugby and could make his landmark England appearance in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Oita on Saturday.

Any personal achievements are on the back burner for May, though, whose sole focus is on helping the team defeat the Wallabies.

"If you take a step back, you'd say it's an awesome achievement, something I'm very proud of and hopefully I've made my family proud," he added. 

"But it's no time to take a step back. It's a huge team game at the weekend.

"It really has been a challenge. You have to fight to be a part of the squad, let alone to start. My mindset has changed so much on that, especially with Eddie [Jones] coming in. 

"It's a squad performance. We're competing to be the best we can be, we're not competing with each other.

"I have changed a lot, not just as a rugby player but as a person. I have matured. I have become more focused, maybe a little bit more introverted as the years have gone on.

"I'm not necessarily at a stage now where I'm working harder but I'm working smarter, just to keep developing and improving."

Baker Mayfield will be out of the league unless he learns to respect the game, Richard Sherman said in an astonishing critique of the Cleveland Browns quarterback after he snubbed a pre-game handshake with the San Francisco 49ers cornerback.

The 49ers cruised to a dominant 31-3 win over the Browns on Monday to move to 4-0 on the season, former number one overall pick Mayfield enduring a chastening evening at Levi's Stadium as he was pummelled by an imposing San Francisco defense.

Mayfield completed only eight of his 22 pass attempts with two interceptions and was sacked four times in a defeat that sees the Browns drop to 2-3 in a campaign where they have struggled to live up to pre-season expectations.

Sherman intercepted Mayfield's second pass of the game and afterwards revealed the Niners defense was given extra motivation by the signal-caller's decision not to shake hands with Sherman and fellow San Francisco captain DeForest Buckner at the coin toss.

"What's amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning," Sherman said. "That's some college s***. It's ridiculous.

"We're all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent -- that's NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that's disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that's gonna get us fired up.

"Respect the game. You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment -- especially when you're young.

"He hasn't earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He's acting like he was the MVP last year. If [Patrick] Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.

"And when you see a guy who doesn't? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league -- or he'll be out of it."

On his interception, which came when Mayfield attempted to force a throw to Antonio Callaway under pressure from Nick Bosa, Sherman added: "He was getting sacked, and he should have just eaten the ball.

"He's throwing as he's falling, and I've already broken on the ball, so there's no reason to chuck it. That's youth. You've got to eat that play and get to the next one.

"And he's throwing it to Callaway -- it's one thing if he puts it up for Odell or [Jarvis Landry], because those guys are so good they might be able to make a play. But no, he shouldn't have thrown it."

Sherman also took aim at the former Oklahoma Sooners star for previous comments the unashamedly outspoken Mayfield made about New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, former team-mate Duke Johnson and ex-Browns head coach Hue Jackson.

"There's no reason for him to say and do those things, especially given how little he's accomplished," said Sherman. "That's where he's gonna have to grow up. He might get there, but he has a long way to go."

Israel Adesanya declared "there is no one like me" and said if he could sing even Justin Bieber would not have a job after dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in front of a record-breaking Melbourne crowd at UFC 243.

Interim champion Adesanya scored a stunning second-round knockout at Marvel Stadium, where 57,127 fans were in attendance, to become the undisputed champion in the division.

Australian Whittaker had already been floored by a huge right hook late in the first round and a stinging left in the second brought an end to the bout.

Adesanya made a grandstand entrance with a choreographed dance routine and the Nigeria-born New Zealander said his confident arrival was something he had planned to do in the past.

"I tried to do that in the Anderson Silva fight in February and the UFC were like, 'no, we can't have that'," he said.

"This fight is my show. I'm headlining this b****, so I was going to do it my way.

"Who else, on this kind of stage, is going to do that before they go in and whoop some ass? If I could sing, trust me - Justin Bieber wouldn't even have a job." 

Adesanya had no doubts he would pull off the victory, but confessed the gravitas of his achievement was still sinking in.

"It feels like I'm still lucid dreaming," added the 30-year-old. "You might see me do weird things, just to see if I'm dreaming.

"I said it was one my toughest tests, but that I'd make it look easy. I told you guys that.

"When I saw him walk out, he was too intense. You can't fake that s***, pull the hoodie over your eyes.

"I can smell it off him, that he wasn't with it. He was doing the right moves, but there was no feeling behind it.

"I saw everything coming. He hit me a few times, but I just showed that I can take and give it as well."

Whittaker had won his previous nine fights and vowed to rebound from the setback.

"Hats off to Adesanya, a great striker," he said. 

"I felt I was doing pretty well until you get caught. I'm only 28. I've still got a fight or two yet. I'm not going anywhere."

Christian Eriksen has dismissed claims of a major bust-up with Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen, describing the rumours as "b******t".

The Denmark star was responding to a tweet referring to a story that alleged an argument took place involving Eriksen, Vertonghen and Spurs captain Harry Kane, which centred on allegations of an affair between Vertonghen and Eriksen's partner.

The Twitter post also suggested there is serious disharmony within the Spurs dressing room, with the club said to be refusing to offer Vertonghen a new contract and manager Mauricio Pochettino likely to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Eriksen retweeted the post while adding the word "b******t" as a hashtag, as well as a sleepy emoji.

Vertonghen then shared Eriksen's tweet with three weary face emojis and a heart, having tagged his team-mate.

Eriksen has only started five matches for Spurs this season amid persistent speculation over his future, and he was a second-half substitute in Tuesday's humiliating 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The playmaker was heavily linked with Real Madrid after admitting at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was interested in a new challenge, while it has also been claimed Manchester United will pursue a move in the January transfer window.

Vertonghen, who started the thrashing by Bayern and said he was "ashamed" by the result, said prior to the match that talk concerning his own future was not a distraction.

"I'm very aware of my age. I feel fairly young and it doesn't distract me," the 32-year-old said, as quoted by The Guardian. "I'm very ambitious and I feel I've got a couple of good years left in me.

"Am I in contract talks? I prefer not to go too deep into that but there's always some movement everywhere. I had a great past at the club and I'm feeling great at the moment in every single way here."

He added on rumours of unrest in the Spurs camp: "I'm not going too much into that, either. The mood at this point is good and it was a good win for us on Saturday [against Southampton]. We showed who we really are after the sending-off and their equaliser."

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti refuted any negative sentiment towards former star Kevin Durant.

Presti addressed Durant's criticism of how bad the split was when it comes to the Thunder's fan base – the two-time NBA champion left Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors in 2016.

Durant went as far as saying he did not trust anyone at the Thunder and "that s*** must have been fake". 

The two-time NBA Finals MVP called out the franchise and Presti saying, "I ain't talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left".

However, Thunder GM Presti told reporters: "If there is anything that Kevin Durant ever, ever needed from me or from anyone here, it would be a moment's notice for that to happen.

"I also think if you work with people for eight years like we did, he and I — he was 19 when he came into the NBA, I was 29. We both went through a lot of changes together, and I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his tenure here.

"You've asked me that in the past. You've asked me that today. You can ask me that in the future if something like this comes up again. I'm never going to change that tune because that's how I feel."

Durant spent nine seasons with the Thunder before becoming a free agent and signing with the Warriors.

The 10-time All-Star ended up playing three seasons with the Warriors, earning back-to-back NBA titles, but signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency over the offseason. He is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with a torn Achilles.

"I would always be there if he needed anything from me, and I truthfully believe ... it would be reciprocated, as well," Presti added.

Marco Reus' captaincy of Borussia Dortmund is not an issue of concern for chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Reus' role as Dortmund's on-field leader has come under renewed scrutiny after Lucien Favre's side twice threw away the lead to draw 2-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.

In the aftermath of the contest at the Commerzbank Arena, Reus gave an interview to Sky Deutschland and snapped: "Don't come to me with your s*** about mentality.

"Every week it's the same c**p."

Briefly addressing the issue in quotes reported by Kicker, Watzke maintained the Germany forward's status was not up for debate.

"The discussion about captaincy for Marco Reus leads nobody in Dortmund," he said.

Watzke's backing came after Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Bild on Tuesday: "Marco Reus is, of course, our team captain.

"In this situation, like the other experiences players in the team, he has to show leadership and I'm sure he will."

Sunday's result saw Dortmund miss out on the chance to climb above Bayern Munich into second behind early Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Favre's men host Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, where Reus will look to add to a haul of three goals in five top-flight appearances this term.

Nick Kyrgios has been hit with a $25,000 fine and 16-week ban from the ATP Tour - both of which are suspended - following his antics at the Western & Southern in August.

The Australian was initially fined $113,000 having hurled abuse at umpire Fergus Murphy in his loss to Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati, while he also smashed two rackets during a bathroom break he had not been given permission to take.

That triggered an investigation from the ATP and the governing body found Kyrgios "committed aggravated behaviour" and was guilty of a "pattern of behaviour" when it came to verbally abusing officials or spectators.

Kyrgios' latest fine and suspension have both been deferred for a period of six months, provided there are no further code violations that result in a fine for verbal or physical abuse, unsportsmanlike conduct or visible obscenities.

He has the right to lodge an appeal against the decision within the next five working days.

The controversial world number 27 was previously handed bans and fines in 2015 and 2016, and the ATP has ordered he must receive support from a mental coach at Tour events as well as "a professional specialising in behavioural management" after the season ends.

In a separate investigation, Kyrgios received no additional penalties for comments at the US Open – when he called the ATP "corrupt" – having backtracked on those views in a social media post the following day.

Earlier in the day, Kyrgios confirmed he was pulling out of the Asian swing with a collarbone injury, though he could return in November for the Davis Cup finals.

Vicente del Bosque prefers Neymar to Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, even though he thinks the Brazil star's behaviour can cause problems.

Neymar has made an impressive return to first-team action with the Ligue 1 champions, having missed five of their opening seven games in 2019-20 in all competitions.

The forward's pre-season was blighted by an ankle injury that saw him miss the Copa America, and he was then kept out of the PSG side by head coach Thomas Tuchel during an uncertain transfer window.

The 27-year-old failed to secure a return to Barcelona before the transfer deadline, though, and has scored exceptional late winning goals in his performances against Strasbourg and Lyon since.

Despite raising concerns over whether he could ever be considered an "example" in the game, former Real Madrid and Spain boss Del Bosque would gladly have Neymar at his disposal.

Speaking to Cadena SER, he said: "Between Neymar and Mbappe, I like Neymar right now. He does a lot of b******t and he's not an example for anything, but as a player he's terrific.

"Mbappe has qualities to be the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but he still needs to refine things a little. It's a little like it is with Vinicius [Junior]."

Del Bosque was speaking after Barcelona captain Messi was awarded The Best FIFA Men's Player prize for 2019, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward Ronaldo.

"For me, yes, Messi is the best ever, but that's not to detract from Ronaldo," was Del Bosque's assessment.

"Last year, someone dared to claim that Cristiano Ronaldo was finished, that it didn't matter if he left [Madrid]. Messi and Cristiano have no limits."

Del Bosque has been out of football since leaving his Spain post following Euro 2016, where they lost to Italy in the last 16.

The 68-year-old won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with the national team, having previously won two LaLigas and two Champions Leagues in a four-year spell as Madrid head coach.

Given those achievements, he has no desire to come out of retirement.

"I don't miss the dugout. Would I come back? No way - not a chance. I don't miss anything. I've already been in the two best places I could be," Del Bosque said.

Sebastian Vettel profited from a hugely tactical Singapore Grand Prix as Ferrari's pit strategy saw him beat team-mate Charles Leclerc for a first victory in over a year.

The four-time Formula One world champion has endured a miserable time since winning at Belgium in August 2018, while Leclerc had claimed back-to-back triumphs heading to Singapore, where a surprising pole followed.

Leclerc appeared set for a hat-trick, too, until Vettel was allowed to undercut him as the 21-year-old came out of the pit lane at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Mercedes took a big risk with their own tactics, leaving Lewis Hamilton out longer in a bid to build a lead over Vettel, Leclerc and Max Verstappen before pitting, though the plan did not pay off.

Vettel held position ahead of Leclerc after three safety cars ate up crucial laps, while Hamilton could not get past Verstappen to miss out on a place on the podium.

Leclerc had been comfortably fastest to the first corner, briefly leaving Hamilton to defend against Vettel until the Mercedes kicked clear at Turn 9.

The Monegasque driver was then happy to maintain no more than a steady pace to leave the race bunched up, with eight seconds covering the top seven as Hamilton moved within DRS range.

With no sign of movement, Ferrari and Red Bull moved first to pit Vettel and Verstappen respectively after 20 laps, with Leclerc following soon after but unable to get back out in front of his colleague.

Valtteri Bottas soon went in, but Mercedes continued to leave Hamilton out, apparently trusting Lance Stroll, in fifth, and his midfield rivals running behind the Mercedes leader to hold up Vettel and company.

Hamilton finally headed in and was allowed out ahead of Bottas, before turning to the team radio for advice as Vettel and Leclerc started to pick off the cars in front.

Antonio Giovinazzi improbably led for a stretch, but Vettel ran Pierre Gasly wide in a tyre-to-tyre tussle before moving to the front, with Leclerc following.

Proceedings at the back of the grid sparked more intrigue as George Russell was tagged by Romain Grosjean to bring out a safety car, before another followed, although each of the leading cars stayed out.

Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel's former team-mate, retired after a clash with Daniil Kvyat to prompt yet another safety car, setting up a 10-lap shoot-out.

But Leclerc had no response, having been discouraged by team officials from pushing too hard, and Verstappen held off Hamilton in an improbably underwhelming finale.
 

LECLERC LETS LOOSE

Feeling that Ferrari had cost him victory, Leclerc took the opportunity to express his feelings over the team radio as the safety car came out.

"To be honest with you, I don't understand at all the undercut," he first fumed. "But whatever. We'll discuss it after the race."

Reminded of the importance of bringing the car home for a one-two, Leclerc later added: "I won't do anything stupid, but it's not fair."
 

CHANGING FORTUNES

Hamilton is set to wrap up the drivers' championship in the coming weeks, but a third consecutive race without victory represents Mercedes' worst run of the hybrid era.

It is a far cry from the start of the season, where they began with five one-twos and recorded eight straight wins.

Meanwhile, Ferrari have enjoyed three victories in a row for the first time since 2008, with the Scuderia suddenly a threat again.

Jalen Ramsey wants to be traded but he will still be active for Thursday's NFL clash between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

The Jaguars announced Ramsey's participation pre-game amid uncertainty over his future.

Ramsey, who has asked to be moved, said he is still focusing on the week 3 game during Tuesday's news conference.

"All I care about is winning, man," Ramsey told reporters. "I want to f****** win. Straight up. Excuse my language, but everybody knows that. That's who I am. That passion, that fire, that heart, that's what y'all love, and I'm going to continue giving that as long as I'm here."

According to reports, every team in the NFL have contacted the Jaguars about acquiring the cornerback.

Jacksonville have also reportedly asked for two first-round picks in return for the two-time Pro Bowl player.

Dimitar Berbatov has announced his retirement from football, saying: "I played the way I wanna play, and I scored the goals I wanted to score!"

The 38-year-old former Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen striker played his last game for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League in February 2018.

He announced his retirement on the ninth anniversary of his hat-trick for Manchester United in a memorable 3-2 win over rivals Liverpool.

After starting his career at CSKA Sofia, Bulgarian Berbatov made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen and then enjoyed success in the Premier League with Spurs.

United paid £28million to take him to Old Trafford in August 2008 and he won two Premier League titles with the club, before going on to play for Fulham, Monaco, PAOK and Kerala.

In a post on his Instagram account, Berbatov said: "My last game was more than one year ago, so I think it's the right time now to stop and it's long overdue!

"Although when I think about it, it's never The End, because I will stay in the game in one way or another, the time has come to say that after almost 20 years playing football I am stopping with my professional ACTIVE football career!

"I will miss it! I will f***ing miss it! Everything! The games, trainings, the goals, preparations, the pressure, my teammates…the roar of the fans when I scored another banger.

"I was blessed and work hard to have the opportunity to play with one of the best ever and against some of the best ever! And coming from small country this makes it even more special for me!"

Berbatov reflected on the ups and downs of a career that included three Champions League final defeats – one with Leverkusen and two with United.

His most prolific spell came in Germany, where he netted 91 goals in 202 matches for Leverkusen, but he won his only league titles at United, along with the League Cup, the Community Shield and the FIFA Club World Cup.

He also netted 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria to become the country's all-time leading scorer before retiring from international football in 2012.

"I had my highs and of course some lows in my career, won my fair share of trophies, scored some goals along the way as well!" said Berbatov.

"I played the way I wanna play, and I scored the goals I wanted to score!

"Thank you to all the people who helped me develop, and became the player I always wanted to be!

"Thank you to all my former teams, my teammates and my coaches and staff! It was a pleasure! I know at times I was not easy to work with, but I always gave my everything for the teams I played for!

"I hope you all have enjoyed my game, and everything I gave to entertain you on the pitch!"

Samuel Eto'o joked he will "kill" Xavi if his former Barcelona team-mate never coaches the Catalan giants.

Xavi, who won multiple major honours as a player at Camp Nou, has long been seen as a future Barca coach and has started his managerial career in Qatar with Al Sadd.

With Ernesto Valverde again coming under pressure amid an underwhelming opening to the season for the Catalan giants, Eto'o offered a clear suggestion on who could replace him. 

"He is the f******g boss in Qatar and in Spain," Eto'o told Cadena SER of Xavi.

"If he doesn't end up coaching Barca, I'll kill him!"

Xavi and Andres Iniesta were part of one of football's great midfields, with Eto'o hailing the latter's talent.

"In the [2006 Champions League] final in Paris he played like [Diego] Maradona, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] combined," Eto'o added.

"I already said in my first interviews: he's the best player I have trained with.

"People were surprised I didn't say Ronaldinho or Messi, but time has proved me right.

"He's never been recognised at the level of Leo or Cristiano, but Xavi and Iniesta are at that level."

Barca's next great star could be Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old becoming the youngest player to feature for the club in the Champions League when he started against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Fati already has two goals in three LaLiga appearances and Eto'o is excited by the forward's huge potential.

"Only God knows what's to come with Fati. He's very good," said the former Cameroon striker. "That one has two pairs of balls... he doesn't have one pair, he has two."

Fati has been playing alongside Barca's new signing Antoine Griezmann, who also has two LaLiga goals this term.

"Playing at Barca is like drinking a good glass of wine," Eto'o added. "Griezmann is drinking from that glass and enjoying it for a long time."

Few people could have predicted that Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph and Daniel Jones would be the talk of the NFL at the end of Week 2.

But that is where things stand after the official benching of Eli Manning on Tuesday followed injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 2 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

– Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay spoke highly of his interior offensive line's performance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday despite being composed of two new starters: "Really, when you look at those three guys, very young group," he said. "They did a good job as the game progressed."

– Despite a disappointing outing on Sunday in which he missed three kicks, Indianapolis Colts veteran Adam Vinatieri is not getting discouraged: "I'm going to work a lot this week to get those demons out so I can go clear-headed and step on the field and just do my job," he told reporters.

– Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians talked about what it was like babysitting Ronde and Tiki Barber in late 1970s as a Virginia Tech team-mate and room-mate of their father James: "[Ronde]'s got some really ugly pictures of me with some bad hair."

– Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey requested a trade but remains focused on winning while he is still with the team: "All I care about is winning man, s***...I want to f****** win. Straight up. Excuse my language," he told reporters.

– Speaking of Ramsey, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took notice of the situation and suggested players refrain from airing their grievances on social media: "I would tell them that I can't tell you the teams that have said to me, 'Boy, that's the last thing I need is somebody that would put his business out there like that and talk about it in public. I don't want him either'," Jones told 105.3 "The Fan" in Dallas. "Usually it's a rule around the NFL that if they'll act that way with the team they're with, they'll act that way with the team I've got or the one I'm managing."

– In the wake of Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin remains optimistic the veteran will be back next year: "He fully intends to come back from his injury, and everything we've heard, we're comfortable that's a strong possibility," he told reporters. "I'll say this — we feel comfortable with the team we've assembled. Our level of expectations in terms of level of our performance will not change and has not changed."

– With Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton also hurt, safety Eric Reid is open to the idea of the team potentially signing Colin Kaepernick: "The team have not approached me, but I would welcome that."

– New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is focused on the future after benching long-time starting quarterback Manning for rookie Daniel Jones: "This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."

– Ahead of the team's game in Jacksonville, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is actually tired of watching his 99-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars from last December: "I'm sure [the Jaguars] are, because I am tired of seeing it — so I know for sure they are," he told reporters. "It's over with, man. It was a great moment, and I appreciate it. I cherish it. But it's time to move on now."

– New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on his first trade with rivals the Jets: "We don't want to help the Jets, they don't want to help us. We're in the same division, so they're not the easiest trades to make but, you know, if the trade is good for both teams and ultimately what we're trying to do is improve our team. We have 14 other games to play besides the games against the Jets, so do we want to help them, do they want to help us? No and no, but in the end, if it helps us in the other 14 games and helps our team, then it's something that's worth considering."

Neymar has had his European suspension reduced from three matches to two on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The ban, extending across all UEFA competitions, was imposed upon the Paris Saint-Germain forward following his foul-mouthed Instagram outburst about the match officials who presided over the club's Champions League loss to Manchester United in March.

Neymar was upset with the awarding of a late penalty in the second-leg meeting at Parc des Princes, which knocked PSG out of the competition at the last-16 stage.

"This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR," he wrote at the time.

"There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f*** yourselves!"

Neymar's initial appeal was rejected by UEFA in June but CAS has seen fit to lower the ban to two European games, the smallest possible sanction under the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

The decision means the Brazil international will be eligible to feature in the Champions League trip to Club Brugge on October 22, PSG's third Group A fixture.

Thomas Tuchel's men first face Real Madrid in Paris on Wednesday and Galatasaray in Istanbul on October 1.

Having attempted to secure a return to Barcelona during the close-season transfer window, Neymar only returned to the pitch for PSG over the weekend.

The 27-year-old marked his club comeback with a spectacular stoppage-time winner in the 1-0 victory over Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

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