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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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DISPLEASED Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he was riled by aspects of his side’s showing despite thrashing Greek minnows Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane last night.
FORMER England striker Gary Lineker has jumped to the defence of Mario Balotelli after the misfiring striker swapped shirts with defender Pepe at half time during Liverpool’s drubbing by Real Madrid on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER United boss Louis van Gaal could hand stricken goalkeeper Victor Valdes a permanent deal in January after allowing the ex-Barcelona stopper the chance to continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at Old Trafford.
1999: Martin Johnson walks off after England crash out of the Rugby World Cup in Paris. England led 9-8, but a record five second-half drop-goals by South Africa fly-half Jannie de Beer left them stunned and 44-21 losers.