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.
THE DUST has settled on the Race to Dubai but debate rages on over the format of the climax to the European Tour season.
SECOND-HALF goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Ashley Westwood (left) saw Aston Villa recover from two goals down to earn a thrilling 2-2 draw with rivals West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns last night.
FOOTBALL: Crystal Palace have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to Yannick Bolasie in Saturday’s win over Hull. Bolasie was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for a lunge on on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore.
SNOOKER: World No2 Mark Selby is confident of retaining the revamped UK Championship, which begins today in York. All 128 players on the tour will enter the first-round stage, including Selby’s 15-year-old amateur opponent Shane Castle.
FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United captain Bill Foulkes has died aged 81. Foulkes made 688 appearances for United and survived the Munich air crash, which killed 23 people.
AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke was forced to defend his conduct after claims that he warned England’s James Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm” during a crushing first Ashes Test victory yesterday.
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TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted his shame at overseeing the club’s worst defeat for almost 17 years yesterday, though refused to write off their quest to achieve a top-four finish.
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FORMER British champion George Groves fears he will not get the rematch he deserves against Carl Froch, despite words of encouragement from the world super-middleweight champion following the contentious end to Saturday’s fight.
LONDON Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admits he will be looking for an immediate response after Bath Rugby ended his side’s 100 per cent Aviva Premiership home record yesterday with a 28-5 victory.
RED BULL’S Sebastian Vettel admits he did not want the Formula One season to end at the Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday, after a year in which he has re-written the record books.
ENGLAND’S resounding thumping is good news for cricket and very bad news for the partners (you suspect mostly wives and girlfriends) of cricket fans.
GOLF: Australia’s Jason Day sealed an emotional victory at the World Cup of Golf yesterday, just days after he lost eight relatives to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Day topped the leaderboard on 10 under par, as Australia lifted the cup.
RUGBY UNION: An injury-time converted try gave New Zealand a 24-22 victory over Ireland in Dublin yesterday, meaning the All Blacks are the first professional-era side to win every game in a calendar year.
RUGBY LEAGUE: England coach Steve McNamara may not step down from the role as had been expected, following his team’s last minute semi-final defeat against New Zealand on Saturday. “I’m not sure at this stage, it’s too early,” McNamara said.
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ENGLAND’S Rugby Football Union are adamant they will not be forced into a U-turn on plans to form a breakaway European competition next season, despite unions in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy indicating their clubs were set to continu
WATCHING rather than playing for England has been tough for James Haskell, who is determined to avoid a repeat at London Wasps.
SIX football clubs are facing fines or possible European bans after being referred for further investigation in relation to Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by governing body Uefa.
WORLD super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is unconvinced by George Groves’ meticulously laid out game plan for tomorrow night’s bout at the Manchester Arena, insisting the challenger is more likely to “run for his life” than stand and fight.
NEW Zealand might have beaten us last weekend, but this group of England players has shown the potential to go forward to the 2015 World Cup and that we can match the world’s best on any day.
UNPOPULAR England seamer Stuart Broad hit back at his detractors in the Australian media yesterday, claiming they chose the wrong man to pick on.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger plans to unleash forward Theo Walcott in tomorrow’s top of the table clash with former club Southampton following two months on the sidelines.
RUGBY LEAGUE: England have dropped half-back Rangi Chase for tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Wembley Stadium. Hooker Michael McIlorum has also been axed with Gareth Widdop and Carl Ablett added to the 19-man squad.
FOOTBALL: West Ham have injury concerns over defenders James Collins, Joey O’Brien and Razvan Rat for tomorrow’s visit of Chelsea. Centre-back Winston Reid is also out.