TENNIS: An exhibition event in Barbados, due to feature Britain’s Andy Murray, has been cancelled.
BEN CLEMINSON AND BILL ESDAILE WITH THE BEST FOOTBALL AND RACING BETS THIS WEEKEND
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
ENGLAND 0 vs GERMANY 1
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.
FRANCE will miss their first international tournament finals since 1994 if they fail to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Ukraine in their World Cup qualifying play-off second leg in Paris tonight.
HENRIK Stenson’s win on Sunday was not just the culmination of an extraordinary run of form; it was the greatest performance in a tournament, tee to green, that I have ever witnessed.
ENGLAND injury doubt Matt Prior boosted hopes that he will be fit for this week’s first Ashes Test against Australia with a fluent and unimpeded display in training yesterday.
CYCLING: Claims from disgraced Lance Armstrong that the ex-president of the sport’s world governing body helped cover up a positive drugs test in 1999, have been questioned by the International Olympic Committee.
FOOTBALL: The House of Lord’s Committee on Games Legacy have urged West Ham to renew talks with Leyton Orient over a possible groundshare of the Olympic Stadium, a report published yesterday revealed.
ENGLAND captain Chris Robshaw has challenged his side to mark the continuation of their progress under head coach Stuart Lancaster by winning next year’s Six Nations.
SCOTLAND head coach Scott Johnson says his side can take positives from yesterday’s visit of South Africa, despite suffering a 28-0 defeat.
SO THAT’S it for England’s rugby team until the small matter of playing France in Paris on the opening weekend of next year’s Six Nations.
HOSTS England must make dramatic improvements or risk being embarrassed by New Zealand in next week’s rugby league World Cup semi-final, captain Kevin Sinfield has warned.
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.