REVITALISED Andy Murray believes he is close to regaining top form after qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London with an emphatic victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters yesterday.
MARUSSIA driver Jules Bianchi will continue his battle to recover from a horror smash at the Japanese Grand Prix in Yokkaichi, contrary to suggestions he would be transferred to Europe, his family has confirmed.
WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce will give top scorer Diafra Sakho every chance to recover from the shoulder injury sustained against champions Manchester City on Saturday and to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Stoke City.
SCOTTISH champions Celtic have leapt to the defence of Aleksandar Tonev and vowed to appeal his seven-game ban after the on-loan Aston Villa winger was found guilty of racially abusing an opponent at a disciplinary hearing yesterday.
ENGLAND back-row James Haskell is ready to be unleashed against world champions New Zealand in their opening clash of the autumn programme after recovering from a mystery illness which left him hospitalised.
LONDON – or its chief powerbrokers, at any rate – loves NFL, and gridiron’s top brass appear to be pretty keen on the capital. No longer does it feel like a question of if the city gets its own franchise, but when.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 BRIGHTON 0
TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino laughed off a half-time rant at Erik Lamela after the £30m playmaker inspired their progress to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals last night.
REJUVENATED batsman Jonathan Trott will have the opportunity to take a significant step towards resuming his international Test career in the new year after being summoned for England Lions duty yesterday.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 2 ASTON VILLA 0
QPR manager Harry Redknapp pledged to recall out-of-favour Adel Taarabt after an agricultural yet vital win wrenched them off the foot of the Premier League last night.
SKIPPER John Terry yesterday used social media to express his disappointment at referee Phil Dowd’s failure to award Chelsea a spot-kick during their 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
BRITAIN’S Andy Murray will face Julien Benneteau tomorrow as he begins his Paris Masters campaign knowing a quarter-final berth will see the former Wimbledon champion secure a place at next month’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 CHELSEA 1
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho made clear his displeasure with referee Phil Dowd after Robin van Persie's 94th-minute equaliser denied his 10 men victory at Old Trafford yesterday.
BURNLEY 1 EVERTON 3
PROUD Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed evergreen Samuel Eto’o after the striker’s two goals earned the Toffees back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since April.
HARLEQUINS boss Conor O’Shea insists his players have proven they possess the credentials to nullify and overcome powerful opponents after dispatching London rivals Wasps 23-16 in the European Champions Cup at Adams Park yesterday.