ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster received a welcome boost yesterday ahead of the Six Nations as Exeter Chiefs flanker Tom Johnson is set to return to competitive action following a long-term neck injury.
WASPS boss Dai Young believes the presence of crucial continental clashes on the fixture list are pivotal to ushering in the club’s new era after ending their Adams Park tenancy with a 44-17 bonus-point thrashing of Castres in the European Champio
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 LIVERPOOL 0
UNDER-FIRE Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he does not fear for his job yet despite yesterday’s comprehensive defeat at Manchester United deepening the gloom on Merseyside.
ENGLAND skipper Alastair Cook lauded the performance of Joe Root after his imperious hundred in yesterday’s fifth one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Pallekele resurrected his side’s chances of claiming an unlikely series win.
NOT only does England’s victory yesterday maintain their interest in the tour, it shows they can stand up in the face of series-defining pressure. That is significant looking through the prism of the World Cup.
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DEFLATED Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino rued his side’s lack of killer instinct after a narrow defeat to Besiktas at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium last night denied Spurs top spot in Group C.
EVERTON crashed to defeat in their final Europa League pool clash against FK Krasnodar at Goodison Park last night but will enter the draw for the last 32 as a seeded team after already guaranteeing top spot in Group H.
ONE OF Fleet Street’s finest had a pop at Arsene Wenger the other day – form an orderly queue, why don’t you – suggesting his recent struggles will taint his considerable legacy when the time comes for him to move on.
1970: Chelsea skipper Ron “Chopper” Harris goes into the referee’s book, despite the protests of (left to right) Keith Weller (Chelsea’s goal-scorer), Harris himself, Marvin Hinton, David Webb and Charlie Cooke during the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Fo
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BOOKMAKERS have missed a trick by not offering odds on both teams losing in Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.
THE PRESSURE on Arsene Wenger from Arsenal fans has subsided slightly after the 4-1 win over Galatasaray in midweek which ensured the Gunners qualified for the last-16 of the Champions league in style.
MANCHESTER City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes his side proved a point to their detractors after completing an unlikely Champions League resurrection with victory against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico last night.
TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged the significance of securing top spot as his side bid to land a knockout blow to closest rivals Besiktas in their final Europa League group-stage clash at the Ataurk Olympic Stadium tonight.
MANCHESTER City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes his squad has the depth in firepower to cope with the loss of Sergio Aguero after the Chilean last night confirmed his prolific marksman is set for between four and six weeks on the sidelines.
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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger saluted midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s wonder goal after routing Galatasaray but narrowly missing out on topping their Champions League group last night.
BATSMAN Joe Root is adamant the England hierarchy will resist the temptation to continue with a policy of experimentation during their must-win fifth one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka today.
PROLIFIC Manchester City marksman Sergio Aguero is expected to be face a minimum of four weeks on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage during Saturday’s victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium.