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.
A TOP Jamaican anti-doping official believes the country’s athletics scene could have a far bigger problem with drugs than is currently acknowledged.
I CANNOT remember a European Tour season with so many players still in with a chance of scooping the order of merit as they prepare to tee off in the final event.
ENGLAND batsman Ian Bell insists his team will be ready for next week’s first Ashes Test, despite injury and weather concerns having taken their toll on preparations since they arrived in Australia.
THE FOOTBALL Association were last night forced to make alternative accommodation and training arrangements for its England players following the outbreak of a stomach virus at St. George’s Park.
THE Formula One merry-go-round kicked into overdrive last night as Williams announced the signing of Felipe Massa from Ferrari, while McLaren are also poised to confirm rookie Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Perez next season.
FOOTBALL: Tottenham winger Andros Townsend intends to seize his opportunity to impress England manager Roy Hodgson in the forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany in order to boost his chances of selection for next summer’s World Cup squad
CYCLING: Disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has vowed to co-operate with any inquiry into doping by international union UCI. He said: “I would speak with 100 per cent transparency and honesty.
RUGBY LEAGUE: France will be England’s opponents in Saturday’s rugby league World Cup quarter-final in Wigan following their 22-6 defeat to Samoa last night. Samoa will play Fiji in Warrington on Sunday.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 vs ARSENAL 0
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger blamed nerves after his Premier League leaders were brought back down to earth by familiar foes, Manchester United and their former Gunners striker Robin van Persie.
DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic is anticipating a thrilling ATP World Tour final when he locks horns with world No1 Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena tonight.
ENGLAND are hopeful Kevin Pietersen will be fit to play in this week’s final Ashes warm-up match after the batsman was sent for an injection yesterday on his knee.
MANCHESTER United forward Wayne Rooney revealed his team deliberately pinpointed Arsenal’s lack of height in order to secure a vital three points that boosted their hopes of retaining their Premier League crown.
ENGLAND rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster has warned his team that New Zealand will punish them next weekend unless they develop a more ruthless streak.
IF YOU are one of the quarter of a million spectators who have been to the O2 over the past eight days for the ATP World Tour finals, which reach their climax this evening, you will probably have read Novak Djokovic’s comments about moving the eve
LONDON Irish forwards coach Glenn Delaney admitted indiscipline cost his team as they slipped to a 29-21 away defeat to Newcastle Falcons in the LV= Cup.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 vs NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
SUNDERLAND 1 vs MANCHESTER CITY 0
MANCHESTER City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted yesterday that he is baffled by his team’s awful away record, after they fell to their fourth Premier League defeat on the road at the Stadium of Light.
ENGLAND’S Justin Rose moved a step closer to usurping Race To Dubai leader Henrik Stenson at next week’s season finale with a third-placed finish at the Turkish Open yesterday.
CHELSEA’S Eden Hazard appears to have wiped the slate clean with his manager Jose Mourinho, after the Belgian international atoned for taking an unsanctioned trip to France by grabbing a late equaliser against West Brom on Saturday.
FORMULA ONE: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen will miss the final two Grands Prix of the season, the team said last night, with the Finn set for surgery on a back problem.
MOTO GP: Spain’s Marc Marquez became MotoGP’s youngest world champion yesterday, a third-placed finish at the Valencia Grand Prix sealing the title.
FOOTBALL: Stoke climbed out of the Premier League’s bottom three yesterday thanks to a last-minute equaliser against Swansea. The Potters led 2-0 at half-time, but were 3-2 down before Charlie Adam’s late penalty.
RUGBY LEAGUE: England were joined by Scotland in the quarter-finals of the World Cup yesterday, as Tonga’s 16-0 win over Italy saw Scotland top Group C.
ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson feels the inclusion of three Southampton players in his squad for forthcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany dispels the myth only those at “top” clubs earn international call-ups.
TRAINER Jonjo O’Neill led the tributes yesterday after AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to rack up 4,000 wins.
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster has thrown down the gauntlet to Chris Ashton after revealing he was on the brink of dropping the Saracens wing for tomorrow’s Test against Argentina.
FORMULA One chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed a key argument in his defence to charges that he paid a $44m bribe to stay in charge of the sport: his position was virtually ringfenced anyway.
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WORLD No2 Novak Djokovic booked his place in the ATP World Tour semi-finals with a three-set win over Juan Martin Del Potro at the O2 Arena last night.
SARACENS back row Jackson Wray believes the club’s fringe players boast enough talent to deliver the LV=Cup to Allianz Park.
GOLF: England’s Paul Casey claimed a share of the lead on a rain-affected first day of the Turkish Airlines Open. The former world No3 scored seven under par after 14 holes before play was abandoned.
FORMULA ONE: McLaren chiefs are considering ditching Sergio Perez for rookie driver Kevin Magnussen for next season. Perez has earned 35 points from 17 Grands Prix this year.
HOCKEY: England is set to host the Women’s World Cup in 2018, after beating rival bids from India, Malaysia and New Zealand.
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ENGLAND will be looking to build on last weekend’s 20-13 defeat of Australia when they line-up against Argentina at Twickenham tomorrow.
RICHARD Hughes will be doused with champagne by his fellow jockeys for the second year running at Doncaster tomorrow afternoon after another fantastic season.
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MANCHESTER UNITED vs ARSENAL
NORWICH vs WEST HAM
Selling goals in a match involving a team who took part in a seven goal thriller as recently as last weekend might, on the surface, seem ill-advised.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0 vs ARSENAL 1
JUBILANT Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal after they became the first English team to win at Borussia Dortmund for 49 years – then urged them to prove more doubters wrong at Manchester United on Sunday.
WORLD No1 Rafael Nadal admits even he is shocked by the success of his comeback season, after ensuring that he will see in 2014 at the top of the rankings.
Former Australia skipper tells Frank Dalleres why Cook is doing just fine
IT MAY be 5,000 miles away but Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk has its own City A.M. representative – reader Richard Evans.