Antonio Conte insists he only needs the support of his own endeavour and not owner Roman Abramovich to get over Chelsea's current blip.
Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are giving Pep Guardiola less reason to lament Vincent Kompany's latest injury absence at Manchester City.
There were mixed fortunes for the home hopes at the Kremlin Cup as Daria Kasatkina reached the final but Natalia Vikhlyantseva bowed out.
Slaven Bilic appeared to have steadied the ship at West Ham but a Glenn Murray-inspired win for Brighton will raise fresh concerns.
Houston Rockets fans will have to wait to get their first look at Chris Paul at Toyota Center, after he was ruled out of their home opener.
Burnley have made a brilliant start to 2017-18 and Sean Dyche has no intention of leaving despite reported interest from Leicester City.
Liverpool's Under-18 winger Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by Spartak Moscow fans, but the club will not pay a fine to UEFA.
Liverpool could face a fight to keep hold of Germany midfielder Emre Can, but the player has professed his commitment to the Anfield cause.
Joost Luiten leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one stroke after an albatross helped rescue an otherwise patchy round.
After almost three months out of action due to an ankle injury, Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat has made a key step in his recovery.
Pakistan celebrated an eight ODI win on the spin, but Sri Lanka are now nursing a run of 11 defeats on the bounce in the format.
Dusty Baker won 95 and 97 games in his two seasons at the helm in Washington but could not get the Nationals past the NLDS.
Gonzalo Higuain has "nothing to prove" to Jorge Sampaoli despite the Argentina boss overlooking him for selection once more.
Stephen Moore will make his last Australia appearance on home soil against the All Blacks and is determined to mark the occasion with a win.
Scottish Rugby have offered no details as to why back-row John Hardie is unavailable for selection.