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.
TENNIS: An exhibition event in Barbados, due to feature Britain’s Andy Murray, has been cancelled.
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MESSRS Henderson and Nicholls normally dominate all the big races at this time of year, but both trainers have had some disappointments in the past couple of weeks.
OLYMPIC Stadium chiefs have opened the door for Leyton Orient to host matches at the east London venue but reiterated their opposition to the League One football club formally sharing with West Ham.
ENGLAND began their quest to win a fourth consecutive Ashes series for the first time since 1890 when the first Test began this morning at The Gabba in Brisbane.
CRYSTAL Palace have reopened negotiations with former Stoke boss Tony Pulis in the hope of sealing his appointment as manager before Saturday’s trip to Hull.
WEST Brom manager Steve Clarke wants technology to be made available to assist officials and has revealed referees’ chief Mike Riley telephoned him to apologise for the decision to award a last-minute penalty against them in a recent 2-2 draw with
THE FUTURE of Super League side London Broncos was plunged into doubt last night after confirming their intention to appoint an administrator.
BRITISH No1 Andy Murray boosted his prospects of appearing at the Australian Open in January, by announcing his intention to return to the court in Doha in December.
CASH-STRAPPED clubs selling off players’ transfer rights as an alternative to taking bank loans has become a growing trend in Europe, according to a report by KPMG Europe’s Spanish division.
FORMER England captain Alan Shearer is right when he says England have no chance of winning the World Cup because they have no world class players – and events on Tuesday night illustrated why perfectly.
BOXING: Retirement claims made by British heavyweight Tyson Fury on Twitter yesterday were later rubbished by promoter Mick Hennessy and the 6ft 9in boxer’s uncle and coach Peter Fury, with discussions underway for a bout against unbeaten American
TENNIS: Britain’s Chris Kermode has been named executive chairman and president of the men’s ATP Tour. The 48-year-old will begin a three-year term on 1 January.
England boss upbeat despite second home defeat in five days
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A STUNNING hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured World Cup qualification for Portugal at the expense of Sweden last night.
IT’S not quite the end of an era, but this Ashes series in Australia represents the end of a cycle that coach Andy Flower and selectors have long been gearing up for.
ENGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen has declared his intention to play on until 2016 as he prepares to win a 100th cap in tonight’s first Ashes Test.
TRAINER Alan King hopes Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Invictus can showcase his capability in this month’s big race at Newbury.
HARLEQUINS director of rugby Conor O’Shea, who has masterminded the most illustrious period the club has enjoyed in the professional era, has extended his contract until 2016.
BOXING: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s fight against Hector Alfredo Avila with a bicep injury.
FOOTBALL: England Under-21s extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a record 9-0 demolition of San Marino at Shrewsbury last night.
ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson insists he has no doubts about handing out-of-form goalkeeper Joe Hart the No1 shirt for the final friendly of 2013 against Germany tonight.
CHELSEA forward Eden Hazard has told team-mate and Belgium compatriot Kevin De Bruyne to leave Stamford Bridge or risk wrecking his World Cup dream.
THREE-TIME Major runner-up Jason Day intends to represent hosts Australia in this week’s World Cup of Golf, despite losing eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
AUSTRALIA rugby coach Ewan McKenzie admits his team will be vulnerable against Scotland on Saturday after six players were banned and nine more warned for taking part in a drinking session.