BILL ESDAILE PREVIEWS THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND’S RACING
The £250,000 Betfred Cesarewitch (3.50pm), the second leg of the autumn double, is the biggest showdown of the year between the National Hunt and flat racing fraternities.
YOU COULD argue that by beating Switzerland 2-0 in their opener, that England have already won Group E and last night’s win over San Marino at Wembley was as expected as it was meaningless - at least in terms of assessing how much progress the Thr
SKIPPER Wayne Rooney has targeted the goalscoring tally of England legend Jimmy Greaves when England host European minnows San Marino at Wembley tonight and bid to strengthen their grip on Euro 2016 qualification.
LEADING clubs have backed plans to cut Champions League prize money and give more cash to those in the Europa League in an attempt to address fears of a widening chasm between football’s haves and have-nots.
MAVERICK Kevin Pietersen believes the decision of cricket chiefs to ditch Matt Prior from a central contract substantiates his accusations the wicketkeeper was a disruptive influence within the England dressing room.
MIDFIELDER James Milner believes victory over Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualification clash has galvanised the England camp and proves the Three Lions are not suffering a crisis of confidence following stinging post-World Cup criticis
DEATH threats from disgruntled Manchester United fans towards the club’s owners, the Glazer family, around the time of their 2005 takeover were considered serious enough to prompt an FBI investigation.
FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan has dismissed Kevin Pietersen’s lingering hopes of earning an unlikely Test recall following a series of explosive allegations in his new book KP: The Autobiography.
IBF WELTERWEIGHT champion Kell Brook is eyeing a February return to the ring and ultimately a showdown with undefeated American superstar Floyd Mayweather as he continues to recover from his stabbing ordeal.
CHELSEA have played down injuries suffered by Thibaut Courtois in Sunday’s win over Arsenal and say the goalkeeper has been given the all-clear after the club were criticised by a brain injury charity.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger is to avoid disciplinary action over his touchline skirmish with Chelsea boss and long-standing nemesis Jose Mourinho during Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.
HALF a million pounds in prize money, a place at next month’s Race to Dubai finale plus a European Tour card for two years mean that Oliver Wilson’s long overdue win can already be called life-changing.
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
TETCHY Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he feels no remorse over a touchline fracas with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge yesterday despite facing the possibility of disciplinary action.
YESTERDAY’S touchline scuffle between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho was a window into the moods of both managers: while the Arsenal boss’s frustrations boiled over, the Chelsea chief was, by comparison, understandably serene.
LONG-SUFFERING boss Dean Richards insisted an end to Newcastle Falcons’ abysmal run of form was long overdue after his side dispatched the burden of a 20-match losing streak with a dramatic 29-24 success against Exeter yesterday.
WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic admitted the performance which sealed his fifth China Open title far outstrips any other in his glittering career after demolishing Czech rival Tomas Berdych in little over an hour in Beijing yesterday.
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TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to condemn Southampton supporters who taunted him yesterday as his new team beat his former charges and climbed to sixth in the Premier League.
WORLD Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Leonard have dismissed accusations that the additional insurance afforded by head coach Stuart Lancaster’s bumper new contract will see a culture of complacency permeate the England camp.