SARACENS forwards coach Alex Sanderson has hinted fly-half Owen Farrell could be kept out of the team by in-form No10 Charlie Hodgson following his performance in their 51-10 LV= Cup thumping of Scarlets.
INJURED hooker Dylan Hartley faces an anxious wait to discover how long he will be sidelined for after suffering a bruised lung in England’s 30-22 defeat to New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
ENGLAND’S star fast-bowler James Anderson insists that neither bad weather nor a missing wicketkeeper have derailed the tourists’ preparations for the second Ashes series of 2013, starting on Thursday.
RACE to Dubai runner-up Ian Poulter hailed champion Henrik Stenson as the “best player on the planet” after his six shot victory at yesterday’s DP World Tour Championship brought the curtain down on a triumphant 2013 for the Swede.
ENGLAND striker Daniel Sturridge believes Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Chile should not be viewed as a surprise, with the balance of power starting to shift in world football.
BRITAIN’S former world heavyweight champion David Haye shocked the sport last night by cancelling his fight with Tyson Fury and revealing that he has been advised to retire after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his shoulder.
FOUR-TIME world champion Sebastian Vettel admitted last night that he is stunned by his own dominance of Formula One, after setting a fresh record of eight consecutive Grand Prix victories in a single season.
INDIAN cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar finally ended his playing days over the weekend, yet admitted yesterday that surgery on an elbow injury eight years ago had nearly cut short the most prolific batting career in the sport’s history.
WORLD No2 Novak Djokovic was denied Davis Cup victory yesterday, after Radek Stepanek held his nerve to win the decisive rubber for Czech Republic against Serbia in Belgrade.
TRAINER Willie Mullins insists that there is still room to improve his champion hurdler Hurricane Fly, despite the nine-year-old setting a new world record of 17 Grade One victories in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday.
FOOTBALL: Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o was celebrating last night after captaining Cameroon to a place in next summer’s World Cup. The west African side qualified for the finals in Brazil with yesterday’s 4-1 victory over Tunisia in Yaounde.
FOOTBALL: MK Dons forward Patrick Bamford has been called up to the England U21 squad to face minnows San Marino tomorrow night.
DARTS: World No1 Phil Taylor, known as The Power, stormed to his fifth Grand Slam title victory last night, brushing aside Robert Thornton 16-6 in Wolverhampton.
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster has praised fly-half Owen Farrell’s knack of rising to the occasion and urged him to do so again when world champions New Zealand visit Twickenham tomorrow.
SWEDEN’S Henrik Stenson boosted his Race to Dubai title hopes with a four-under-par 68 for a share of fourth place in the first round of golf’s season-ending DP World Championship in Dubai yesterday.
LOTUS have turned to Heikki Kovalainen to fill their vacant car for the final two races of the season after seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher rejected the chance to come out of retirement for a second time.
LONDON Wasps prop Ricky Reeves is no stranger to the heat of battle but admits temperatures were through the roof on his home debut – and he loved every minute of it.
ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has declared his intention to make wholesale changes against Chile tonight in order to help assess the international credentials of his fringe players, even if that means sacrificing their current 10-match unbeaten run.
CRYSTAL Palace are hopeful their search for a new manager can be concluded this weekend.
CRICKET: All-time top runs’ scorer Sachin Tendulkar ended day one of his 200th and final Test match appearance on 38 not out in Mumbai. India closed on 157-2 in reply to West Indies’ first innings score of 182 all out.
FOOTBALL: Striker Saido Berahino struck twice in England Under-21s’ 3-0 win over Finland in Milton Keynes. Defender Michael Keane opened the scoring, before Berahino’s double.
WILLIAM CHRIMES PREVIEWS ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND AND BEN CLEMINSON LOOKS AT ENGLAND V CHILE
The success of this autumn international series rests on tomorrow’s showdown with New Zealand.
ROY Hodgson was always likely to shuffle his pack for Chile’s visit to Wembley tonight but a series of injuries have forced his hand.
BILL ESDAILE PREVIEWS CHELTENHAM’S OPEN MEETING
TODAY’S card is full of interesting runners, but there are going to be a few short-priced ones.
FORMER England captain Alan Shearer fears ordinary supporters are in danger of being priced out of football following BT Sport’s blockbusting £900m acquisition of Champions League broadcast rights.
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson is set to name an experimental line-up for tomorrow’s friendly against Chile after captain Steven Gerrard and right-back Kyle Walker were ruled out by injury.
THE long-term future of Fulham manager Martin Jol was plunged into fresh doubt yesterday as a seemingly ready-made replacement in Dutch compatriot Rene Meulensteen was installed as head coach.
ENGLAND forwards coach Graham Rowntree believes his team must move up a gear if they are to meet the challenge of beating world champions New Zealand at Twickenham.
BRITAIN’S Graeme McDowell hopes changes to the Earth Course in Dubai can see him crowned Europe’s No1 golfer this week.
MEXICAN driver Sergio Perez has announced he will leave McLaren at the end of the season, clearing the path for Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen to partner Britain’s Jenson Button in 2014.
FOOTBALL: Uruguay took a giant stride towards World Cup qualification yesterday with a 5-0 win over Jordan in their play-off tie with goals from Maxi Pereira, Christian Stuani, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani.
SWIMMING: Olympian Lizzie Simmonds, stripped of her individual funding from British Swimming earlier this week, won two gold medals on day one of the Beijing World Cup yesterday.
ENGLAND football great Alan Shearer says the national team have no chance of winning the World Cup and has warned that striker Wayne Rooney is at risk of burn-out before next year’s tournament in Brazil.
INJURED Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck will miss England’s friendlies with Chile and Germany, the Football Association confirmed yesterday.
ENGLAND centre Manu Tuilagi faces a race against time to be fit for the start of next year’s Six Nations campaign, according to Leicester boss Richard Cockerill.
AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke has lit the touchpaper ahead of next week’s first Ashes Test by claiming he knows exactly what XI England will send out to play in Brisbane.
WORLD No2 Novak Djokovic intends to prioritise adding to his six grand slam titles next year over regaining the No1 ranking from Rafael Nadal.
HE MAY not grab the headlines like Alec Stewart or Adam Gilchrist did, but we mustn’t underestimate the contribution Matt Prior has made to England’s success.
UNCAPPED batsman George Bailey has been rewarded for his fine one-day international form with a surprise inclusion to Australia’s
12-man squad for next week’s first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
RUGBY UNION: Wales centre Jonathan Davies will move from Scarlets to Clermont Auvergne in July. The 25-year-old has penned a two-year contract.
GOLF: Former world No1 Rory McIlroy admits off-field distractions have plagued his game this year as he goes in search of his first win for 12 months at the DP World Tour Championship.
FOOTBALL: Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hopes to convince defender Steven Caulker to switch allegiance from England. Caulker can turn his back on the Three Lions having won his only cap to date in a friendly defeat to Sweden last year.
FOOTBALL: Middlesbrough are expected to unveil former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka, 40, as their new manager this morning.
WORLD No1 Rafael Nadal was gracious in defeat after Novak Djokovic successfully retained his ATP World Tour Finals title in straight sets at the O2 Arena last night, glad to be involved again having frustratingly watched from the sidelines 12 mont
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster has warned his team that last year’s record victory over New Zealand will count for nothing against the same opposition at Twickenham this weekend.
PREMIER League chairmen may be licking their lips at the prospect of BT Sport’s vast investment trickling down to their clubs, but for now England’s top teams are being left in the shade by Spanish and even Italian teams when it comes to income fr
ONLY since the final whistle blew at Old Trafford on Sunday have we seen just how important their win over Arsenal was to Manchester United.
ARSENAL goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has called on his team-mates to reassert their authority at the top of the Premier League table, following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to title rivals Manchester United.
PERHAPS the best story from this exciting season is Southampton’s surge into the top three under Mauricio Pochettino.