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.
FOOTBALL: Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits central defender Phil Jagielka is “very unlikely” to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final at Arsenal due to a hamstring injury. Antolin Alcaraz stands by as his replacement.
WILLIAM CHRIMES AND BEN CLEMINSON PREVIEW THE BEST OF THIS WEEKEND’S SPORTING ACTION
REWIND a year and England went to Cardiff knowing victory would hand them the Six Nations title and a first Grand Slam since 2003.
SINEAD O’Connor was top of the charts with Nothing Compares 2 U the last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge and, just like the Irish popstar in the song’s famous video, Spurs fans have often been reduced to tears in the intervening years.
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ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson admits he faces a headache when whittling his squad down to 23 for this summer’s World Cup after several rookies impressed in last night’s friendly win against Denmark.
PARALYMPIC superstar Oscar Pistorius’s neighbour yesterday described hearing “blood-curdling screams” coming from the athlete’s house on the night he is accused of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
FOOTBALL: Aston Villa announced post-tax losses of £52m for the 2012-13 financial year yesterday, an increase of £17m on the previous 12 months. However, the club say they are on course to break even this year.
FOOTBALL: Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has been found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a Hong Kong court. Yeung, who denied laundering £55.4m, will be sentenced on Friday and faces up to 14 years in prison.
ENGLAND captain Stuart Broad believes his spinners could prove crucial in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup, having seen the bowlers pin back West Indies’ batsmen in last night’s three-wicket one-day international victory.
ASK ALMOST any manager of a professional sports team about their life and they will invariably shrug their shoulders and say “what life?” Their team is their life, the day-to-day minutiae of every individual within it occupies every waking moment
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CRYSTAL Palace forward Glenn Murray struck his first Premier League goal yesterday as the Eagles boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a late point at fellow strugglers Swansea.