A RACE row last night threatened to overshadow the European Tour’s flagship event after world No1 Tiger Woods hit back at Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia for joking that he would serve the American fried chicken.
MANCHESTER City’s top target to take their vacant managerial role, Manuel Pellegrini, moved a step closer to the Etihad Stadium yesterday after announcing his tenure at Spanish club Malaga will end this summer.
BORUSSIA Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze has expressed his sorrow at missing Saturday’s Champions League final with Bayern Munich at Wembley through injury.
FULHAM manager Martin Jol has moved swiftly to begin reshaping his squad for the 2013-14 Premier League season by completing the signings of midfielder Derek Boateng and defender Fernando Amorebieta on free transfers.
JOCKEY Frankie Dettori’s hopes of securing a ride in the Investec Derby look all but over following the delay to his comeback from a six-month ban for taking cocaine.
IRISH jockey Eddie Ahern has vowed to appeal his 10-year ban, after being found guilty of three counts of rule breaching by the British Horseracing Authority.
LONDON Wasps’ wing Christian Wade was recognised for his incredible form this season by landing an historic Rugby Players’ Association awards double last night.
Pat Eddery on magic of the Epsom meet.
FOR any young jockey looking for advice ahead of the Investec Derby, there are few better qualified than Pat Eddery.
CRICKET: New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling will miss Friday’s second Test against England with a knee injury. Captain Brendon McCullum is set to take the 27-year-old’s place behind the stumps.
FOOTBALL: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make an announcement regarding his future today, following a meeting with club chairman Dave Whelan yesterday.
FOOTBALL: Former England and Manchester United defender Brian Greenhoff, 60, died suddenly at his home yesterday. Greenhoff won 18 England caps and was part of the United team that beat Liverpool in the 1977 FA Cup final.
CYCLING: Britain’s Mark Cavendish retained the red points jersey yesterday, but his lead was cut from six points to four following stage 17 at the Giro d’Italia.
English club in unprecedented £66m purchase
MANCHESTER City have been tipped to deliver a David Beckham-like boost to US football after agreeing a pioneering £66m deal to buy a franchise in Major League Soccer.
TOTTENHAM and Arsenal both earned more than Chelsea in centrally distributed Premier League broadcast income last season, despite finishing below the Blues in the table.
ENGLAND striker Andy Carroll could be on the verge of joining West Ham after the east London club agreed a fee, in the region of £15m, with Liverpool.
CHELSEA’S interim-boss Rafael Benitez is the shock favourite to take the vacant Stoke City manager’s job, after Tony Pulis left his post at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.
S TUART BROAD and James Anderson are as good a bowling partnership as there is in world cricket at the moment.
WORLD No2 Andy Murray has revealed he will not compete in next week’s French Open after seeking medical advice on a recurring back injury.
CYCLING: Three-time world champion Mark Cavendish celebrated his 28th birthday by retaining the points jersey in stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali continues to lead the general classification race.
GOLF: New legislation has been passed by governing bodies Royal and Ancient, as well as the US Golf Association, to outlaw anchored putting from 2016.
REAL Madrid last night paved the way for Jose Mourinho to complete a widely anticipated return to Chelsea by announcing the manager is to depart the club next month by mutual consent.
TOTTENHAM midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson believes it would be impossible to replace sought-after Player of the Year Gareth Bale, as the club hopes to convince the Welshman to pen an improved contract this summer.
SEVEN more Godolphin-owned horses have tested positive for banned substances as the doping scandal surrounding Sheik Mohammed’s world renowned stable deepened yesterday.
ANYONE attending the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week is in for a treat, as all but one of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, plus captain Jose Maria Olazabal, are set to play.
THE BRITISH and Irish Lions fly to Hong Kong on Monday to commence their packed summer schedule, but head coach Warren Gatland has revealed in-form fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will not be a late addition to his 37-man party.
ENGLAND’S new football kit, modelled above by captain Steven Gerrard, goalkeeper Joe Hart and striker Wayne Rooney, was revealed yesterday ahead of its debut in next week’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
RUGBY UNION: Saracens backs Alex Goode and Joel Tomkins have withdrawn from England’s summer tour to Uruguay and Argentina due to injury. Uncapped Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler of Northampton Saints will replace them.
CRICKET: Spinner Daniel Vettori, 34, has been drafted into the New Zealand squad for their second Test against England at Headingley on Friday. The former Black Caps captain replaces Bruce Martin, out with a calf injury.
FORMULA ONE: Former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe will reunite with British driver Lewis Hamilton six months earlier than planned and join rival team Mercedes as executive director next month.
But Tottenham vow to keep Bale despite European failure
CHELSEA 2 vs EVERTON 1
ENGLAND began the summer of Test cricket with a resounding 170-run victory over New Zealand at Lord’s yesterday, thanks to a frenetic fourth day that saw 14 wickets tumble.
FORMULA One chief Bernie Ecclestone has tipped BMW to make a comeback to follow Honda and return to the sport, having quit in 2009 due to the recession.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 vs SUNDERLAND 0
IF YOU don’t like David Beckham, there is clearly something wrong with you.
ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook hailed bowler Stuart Broad as an “absolute nightmare” for opposition batsmen, after the seamer tore through New Zealand in yesterday’s landslide first Test win at Lord’s.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 vs ARSENAL 1
TOULON’S Nick Kennedy has hailed fellow Englishman Jonny Wilkinson after the veteran fly-half’s match-winning turn in their Heineken Cup final triumph over Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.
GOLF: Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell won the World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria yesterday, beating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee in the final 2&1.
RUGBY UNION: Former Australian Rules Football star Israel Folau has been included in Australia’s 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions this summer.
Expansion of martial arts sport UFC next on the agenda, he tells Frank Dalleres
ICONIC former England captain David Beckham, the most famous footballer of his generation, has announced his retirement.
ENGLAND batsman Jonathan Trott defended his side’s slow scoring after closing on 160-4 on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand.
WORLD Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson is held in such high-esteem by Toulon fans he will be immortalized in the city if he inspires them to Heineken Cup glory against Clermont, according to team-mate Simon Shaw.
BRITAIN’S Sir Bradley Wiggins will decide today whether to continue his Giro d’Italia campaign, after miserably struggling through stage 12 with a chest infection.
ENGLAND centurion Ashley Cole is expected to turn down the chance to captain the side against Republic of Ireland next week.
CHELSEA midfielder Frank Lampard thanked billionaire owner Roman Abramovich for making his “dream” come true by extending his Stamford Bridge stay for a further year.
RUGBY UNION: Two tries from James Short saw Saracens beat South African Barbarians 19-0 in the City last night.
FORMULA ONE: Japanese manufacturer Honda will become McLaren’s engine supplier from 2015.
FOOTBALL: Brighton have suspended boss Gus Poyet pending an inquiry into a possible breach of contract.