NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has been banned from the touchline until the final three games of the season after the Football Association deemed his headbutt on Hull’s David Meyler worthy of a seven-match suspension.
OWNER JP McManus hailed “a very special day” after claiming a one-two in the Champion Hurdle, 9-1 shot Jezki pipping the fancied My Tent Or Yours to win the feature race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.
ATHLETICS: Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius “had a big love” for guns, a friend told his murder trial in Pretoria yesterday. Darren Fresco testified that he saw Pistorius fire a gun in a restaurant and through the sunroof of Fresco’s car.
ORGANISERS of the super-middleweight world title rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves plan an imminent release of 20,000 extra tickets, after an initial 60,000 seats sold out inside an hour yesterday.
ENGLAND 29 WALES 18
PROUD England coach Stuart Lancaster urged his players to refocus on this week’s Six Nations finale in Italy after they swept aside Wales yesterday at Twickenham to claim their first Triple Crown for 11 years.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
MANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini defended his team selection after defeat to FA Cup holders Wigan in the quarter-final ended their dream of ending the season with four trophies.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 0
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell has urged his players to bounce back from yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat by dragging themselves out of the Championship relegation zone.
GOLF: America’s Patrick Reed held his nerve to claim the WGC-Cadillac Championship late last night, holding onto an overnight lead and keeping Welshman Jamie Donaldson tied in second place with Bubba Watson.
QUEENS Park Rangers face the likelihood of a fine of around £50m if they achieve promotion back to the Premier League this season unless their financial position suffers a dramatic and unexpected improvement.
SARACENS prop Petrus du Plessis admits he is desperate for his team’s semi-final hoodoo to end as they travel to Franklin’s Gardens for another fierce encounter with bitter rivals Northampton Saints tomorrow.