RUGBY LEAGUE: New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney may step down after the weekend’s crushing 34-2 defeat to Australia in the World Cup final.
TWO men were charged with conspiracy to defraud and remanded in custody last night in connection with a high-level investigation into alleged match-fixing in English football.
ENGLISH rugby’s plans to form a breakaway European competition could be delayed after French top-flight teams yesterday vowed to continue playing in the Heineken Cup next term – provided their English counterparts did to.
A DECISION on whether the timetable of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be affected by the fatal stadium construction accident in Sao Paulo on Wednesday has been delayed until next week.
ALL-ROUNDER Ben Stokes insists his bad-boy past is firmly behind him and he is ready to help England square the Ashes series in Australia next week.
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TOTTENHAM boss Andre Villas-Boas has backed out-of-form striker Roberto Soldado to soon justify his £26m price tag.
EVERGREEN Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, 40 today, feels the hectic festive period brings out the best in him.
FORMER Tottenham chairman Lord Alan Sugar wants Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement to replace manager Andre Villas-Boas.
LONDON Irish back Topsy Ojo is convinced the current squad is the finest he has played alongside as he prepares to make his 200th appearance for the Exiles in the Aviva Premiership against London Wasps tomorrow.
BRITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes are primed to break Red Bull’s Formula One stranglehold next season, despite the departure of team principal Ross Brawn.
WORLD super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has dashed George Groves’s hopes of a rematch by outlining his ambition to bring the curtain down on his career with a blockbuster fight in Las Vegas.
ORGANISERS of the 2015 Rugby World Cup risk alienating England fans because of the scheduled 8pm kick-off times for all four of their pool matches, according to shadow sports minister Clive Efford.
FOOTBALL: Swansea and Wigan suffered setbacks in their respective bids to reach the Europa League knockout stages last night.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Wembley Stadium will host regular season NFL matches in three consecutive months next autumn, it was confirmed yesterday.
SNOOKER: Six-time World Championship runner-up Jimmy White felt he was fortunate to progress to the second round of the UK Championship in York yesterday. White, 51, beat world No74 Michael Wasley 6-4, but lamented key areas of his game.
SARACENS lock and former England captain Steve Borthwick is to retire at the end of the season after rejecting a plea from his club to play on. The 34-year-old, who joined the north Londoners from Bath in 2008, won 57 caps and 21 as skipper.
BEN CLEMINSON AND BILL ESDAILE WITH THE BEST FOOTBALL AND RACING BETS THIS WEEKEND
FOR a team who spent more money than any other this summer Tottenham are making heavy weather of it.
THE Hennessy Gold Cup (3.00pm), the culmination of the Hennessy Heritage Festival at The Racecourse Newbury, is one of the most prestigious events on the National Hunt calendar and racegoers will be mixing with the likes of Joan Collins, James Cor
BRAZIL’S troubled preparations for next summer’s football World Cup plunged into crisis yesterday when two men died and a partially built stadium was seriously damaged in a construction accident in Sao Paulo.
UNDER-FIRE Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has denied his job is in jeopardy.
Spurs lost 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday and in their last three Premier League games have failed to score and taken just a point.
MANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini is resigned to finishing second in Group D, despite beating Viktoria Plzen 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium last night.
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MANCHESTER United boss David Moyes hailed the performance in Leverkusen as the best of his tenure, as his side emphatically sealed their place in the Champions League knockout phase.
RUGBY World Cup chiefs insist the 2015 tournament in England will be affordable, despite some seats for the final being the most expensive in the event’s history.
AUSTRALIA fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson says England have been rattled by the hosts’ aggressive approach and believes further sledging is the key to his side’s hopes of reclaiming the Ashes.
SPORTSMEN are being driven to mental illness as the industry has become big business, says former golf world No1 Rory McIlroy.
FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Basel has shown the need to use the full depth of his squad.
RUGBY UNION: London Irish’s record try scorer Topsy Ojo, 28, has signed a three-year contract extension. The England wing is set to make his 200th Exiles’ appearance against London Wasps on Saturday.
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ENGLAND boss Andy Flower and Australia counterpart Darren Lehmann are on course for a fresh row over calls for both sides to tone down the climate of increasing animosity between the Ashes rivals.
A PLANE carrying the Manchester United team to Germany ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen, was forced to abort its landing moments before it was due to touch down in Cologne yesterday.
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OUT of favour goalkeeper Joe Hart will not leave Manchester City in January, according to his manager Manuel Pellegrini.
MANCHESTER United boss David Moyes is without a quartet of stars as he looks to lead them into the Champions League last 16 for the first time tonight.
AUSTRALIAN media has proven short on sympathy towards Jonathan Trott, who quit England’s Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
THE SCORCHED desert town of Alice Springs may seem an unlikely sanctuary for an England squad licking its wounds from a mauling in the first Ashes Test.
WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray is the odds-on favourite to win the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, after the full shortlist of nominees was announced last night.
NEWLYWEDS Chris Adcock and Gabby White have emerged as contenders to challenge for badminton gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
FOOTBALL: Scottish champions Celtic bowed out of the Champions League last night with a 3-0 home defeat to Italian giants AC Milan.
FOOTBALL: Crystal Palace have lost their appeal against Yannick Bolasie’s sending off at Hull on Saturday. The midfielder will miss matches against Norwich, West Ham and Cardiff.
CRICKET: Surrey will begin the revamped Division Two County Championship season against Glamorgan at the Oval on 6 April. Counties will now earn five points for a draw instead of three and 67 per cent of matches will begin on a Sunday.
BOXING: Former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has been forced to postpone his cruiserweight debut due to a back injury. The Welshman was set to fight Daniel Ammann of Australia for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title.
ENGLAND team director Andy Flower took a swipe at Australia yesterday after batsman Jonathan Trott quit the tourists’ Ashes squad and flew home due to a stress-related illness.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has urged his team to ignore a possible nightmare scenario and seize their chance of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage tonight.
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho admits he has missed English football’s traditionally packed winter schedule, but hopes to reduce the strain on his team with victory against FC Basel tonight to seal qualification to the Champions League knockout sta
AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for an X-rated sledge towards England fast bowler James Anderson during the first Ashes Test at Brisbane.
I WAS not as surprised as some when I heard that Jonathan Trott was leaving the England Ashes squad because of a stress-related illness. He is a complex character and has always been his own man.
ENGLISH football is set for a steep rise in the number of clubs adopting fan-owned structures, according to a new study.
THE CONTENTIOUS call to stop Carl Froch and George Groves’ super-middleweight world title fight in the ninth round on Saturday has been backed by the British Boxing Board of Control.
WORKERS must treat each day like they are competing in an Olympic final if Rio is to deliver the 2016 Games on time, the president of its organising committee has warned.
NEW Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis insists his ambitions lie beyond securing Premier League safety this season.