IT MAY be an honour that places him among the most distinguished cricketers of all time but England captain Alastair Cook insists winning his 100th cap in Perth will be meaningless if he does not keep one hand on the Ashes.
FOOTBALL and tennis chiefs have been warned their funding could be cut after both suffered drops in levels of participation.
LONDON Irish’s new owners have vowed to boost their budget in an attempt to keep in-demand England wing Marland Yarde but warned they will not try to compete with the free-spending French.
MISSING out on top spot in their Champions League groups is no disaster for Arsenal and Manchester City, though there’s no doubt they were distracted in Europe by the prospect of tomorrow’s meeting.
UNDER-FIRE West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes his job is safe despite an alarming dip in form that has pushed them to the brink of the relegation zone.
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TOTTENHAM boss Andre Villas-Boas last night urged his team to use a confidence-boosting rout of Anzhi Makhachkala as a springboard to return to the Premier League’s top table.
QPR last night revealed details of their ambitious plan to move from Loftus Road to a new 40,000-seater stadium in nearby Old Oak.
BARCELONA have struck an innovative sponsorship deal with Intel that will see the computer chip company’s logo printed on the inside of the Spanish club’s shirts.
FORMULA ONE: British driver Paul di Resta’s F1 career looks in doubt after Force India signed former McLaren racer Sergio Perez. German Nico Hulkenberg has the team’s other seat, leaving Di Resta, 27, without a drive.
FOOTBALL: The Football Association has promised to consult Hull City fans before deciding whether to approve owner Assem Allam’s application to change the Premier League club’s name to Hull Tigers.
RUGBY UNION: The Varsity Match saw its first ever sending off as Oxford survived the dismissal of scrum-half Sam Egerton to beat Cambridge 33-15.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
MALCOLM Jefferson has enjoyed some tremendous success at Cheltenham in recent years and he could be celebrating in the winner’s enclosure again tomorrow as I like the look of his ATTAGLANCE in the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup (2.25pm).
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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger did his best to look on the bright side after a nervy night ended with his 10-man team being plunged into a nightmare draw for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
ENGLAND wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior insists the chance to make Ashes history can inspire them to mount an unlikely fightback against Australia in the third Test in Perth tomorrow.
TOTTENHAM plan to use the controversial treatment blood-spinning to hasten defender Jan Vertonghen’s recovery from an ankle ligament injury.
PREMIERSHIP Rugby club London Irish are today expected to confirm a takeover by a consortium led by a recycling and waste management tycoon.
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CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has demanded his side play more attractive football and score more goals, despite finishing top of their Champions League group with last night’s win over Steaua Bucharest.
AUSTRALIA’S inexperience could see them choke now that victory is within their grasp, their former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has warned.
FOOTBALL: Hull City owner Assem Allam has defied fan opposition by formally applying to the Football Association to change the Premier League club’s name to Hull Tigers.
ATHLETICS: Track great Michael Johnson believes athletics will never be clean and that the Olympics is the only thing keeping the sport alive. “In real life you’ll always have people who cheat.
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ENGLAND head coach Andy Flower has warned he is ready to be ruthless as he attempts to plot an unprecedented Ashes fightback – and hinted that spinner Graeme Swann could be a surprise casualty.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger believes his side can afford to lose their next two Premier League games against Manchester City and Chelsea and still mount a formidable title challenge.
MAYBE there’s an element of complacency to England’s woeful Ashes – clearly Australia are more hungry; to a man, desperate to win – but the biggest factor looks to be that they have been badly prepared.
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MANCHESTER United boss David Moyes insists his target is to win the Champions League after his side eased the pressure on him by qualifying for the knockout stage as group winners.
FOOTBALL Association general secretary Alex Horne insists fixing in sport is “not a big issue” but has warned against complacency following a spate of arrests.
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho has called on his team to justify their billing as the best team in Champions League Group E by clinching top spot tonight.
JUVENTUS are due to resume their decisive final Champions League group game against Galatasaray at 12 noon today after last night’s match was abandoned due to blizzards in Istanbul. The teams were called off after 32 minutes with the score 0-0.
RUGBY UNION: Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has backed calls for the four regions to form a competition with English clubs instead of taking part in the Heineken Cup.
FORMULA ONE: World champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled new rules offering double points at the season’s final race “absurd”. The German added: “This punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season.”
England must prove mettle at the WACA, says beaten captain
BELEAGUERED England captain Alastair Cook has urged his crumbling side to defy their atrocious record in Perth and snatch a last Ashes lifeline in the third Test this week.
AUSTRALIA coach Darren Lehmann believes the turning point in their transformation from Ashes laughing stock to conquerors of England came after their drubbing at Lord’s in the summer series.
BLACKBURN were in talks with striker DJ Campbell last night after the former Premier League player was arrested and quizzed by police investigating claims of match-fixing in football.
SWANSEA boss Michael Laudrup conceded his side had ridden their luck after defender Chico Flores earned the home side a 1-1 draw with Hull in the Premier League.
UNDER-FIRE Manchester United boss David Moyes has accepted full blame for a run that sees them on the brink of losing three successive home games tonight for the first time in his lifetime.
PLAYMAKER David Silva could return from injury for Manchester City tonight when they visit Bayern Munich hoping to pip the Champions League holders to top spot in Group D.
FORMULA ONE: Double points will be available to drivers and teams in the season’s final race from next season. Governing body the FIA has also confirmed it is working on a cost cap for all teams to be applied from 2015.
RUGBY UNION: High-flying Bath have parted company with director of rugby Gary Gold. The South African, 46, took up his new role in the summer when the club, who sit third in the Premiership, promoted Mike Ford to head coach.
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HARLEQUINS No8 Nick Easter admitted the quality of their performance in Saturday’s bonus-point 32-8 win at Racing Metro shocked even their own dressing room.
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STRIKER Dimitar Berbatov is fully focused on preserving Fulham’s Premier League status, according to head coach Rene Meulensteen.
VETERAN Miguel Angel Jimenez fuelled his dream of becoming the oldest player to compete in the Ryder Cup next year by setting a new record at the Hong Kong Open yesterday.
SPORT is sport whether it’s cricket or football. When things are going for you, they continue to go for you. When the wheel of fortune turns, it keeps on turning.
SNOOKER: Australia’s Neil Robertson completed a stunning comeback last night to claim the UK Championship and become only the eighth player in history to win the Triple Crown – having already earned victories at the World title and the Masters.
ATHLETICS: Individual silver medallist Gemma Steel inspired Great Britain to team gold at yesterday’s European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade.
ENGLISH rugby clubs are exploring the feasibility of forming an intercontinental competition with their South African counterparts, after unanimously reiterating they will not take part in the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup from next season.
AUSTRALIAN cricket chiefs were forced to apologise yesterday after they reignited Ashes hostility with an offensive post on Twitter about England spinner Monty Panesar.
THE STADIUM due to host the opening match of next summer’s World Cup will not be ready until mid-April at best, world football chief Sepp Blatter has admitted.
ONE week you’re beating one of the Bundesliga’s finest 5-0, the next you’re losing at home to your old club. David Moyes must be as frustrated as anyone with Manchester United’s violent inconsistency.