SNOOKER: World No7 John Higgins’s quest to win a fifth world title ended yesterday with a shock first round defeat to Mark Davis, 10-6.
LIVERPOOL 2 vs CHELSEA 2
DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah said he learned a valuable lesson running just under half of yesterday’s trouble-free London Marathon and has vowed to come back stronger and complete the full 26.2-mile course next year.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 vs MANCHESTER CITY 1
YOU WORK in London. Even if you don’t live in London, you had to be proud of the city yesterday.
RED BULL’S Sebastian Vettel stormed to an “absolutely supreme” victory at yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with team boss Christian Horner pouring praise on his three-time championship winner.
WASPS director of rugby Dai Young criticised his player’s tackling after their hopes of playing Heineken Cup rugby next season went up in smoke with a 37-24 defeat to Exeter.
WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic admitted he had to play his best possible tennis to inflict Rafael Nadal’s first Monte Carlo Masters defeat in nine years.
FOOTBALL: Celtic beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-1 to win the Scottish Premier League title for the 44th time in their 125-year history.
SNOOKER: Former world No1 Mark Williams suffered a surprise first round exit at the World Championships, losing 10-6 to Michael White.
MOTOR SPORT: Spain’s Marc Marquez, 20, became the youngest MotoGP rider to win a race taking victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas.
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THE Coral Scottish Grand National (3.50pm) is one of the final big races of the National Hunt season and it is always a gruelling test.
FORMER captain Michael Vaughan has warned that England’s superiority over Australia is being wildly overstated and predicts that this summer’s Ashes series will be far closer than many anticipate.
TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis have emerged as two of the highest paid directors in the Premier League, with both pocketing salaries in excess of £2m.
LEYTON ORIENT chairman Barry Hearn expects to hear within two weeks whether a judicial review into what he perceives to be a breach of rules regarding West Ham’s tenancy of the Olympic Stadium is successful.
SIX-TIME Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy announced his retirement from cycling with immediate effect yesterday. Hoy, 37, has won more Olympic gold medals than any other British athlete, as well as 11 world titles.
DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah believes London’s success at staging last summer’s Games should allay any fears surrounding security for Sunday’s marathon.
FOOTBALL: Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams, 60, has died following a battle with cancer. Williams’ son, Kevin, was among 96 Liverpool fans who died during a crush in 1989.
HORSE RACING: Jockey AP McCoy has been admitted to hospital after suffering a chest injury racing at Cheltenham.
FULHAM 0 vs CHELSEA 3
CHELSEA boss Rafael Benitez admits he wants former club Liverpool to go on a winning streak until the end of the season, but only after his side visit Anfield on Sunday looking to tighten their grip on third place.
WEST HAM UNITED 2 vs MANCHESTER UNITED 2
WEST HAM manager Sam Allardyce was left seething with the match officials for failing to rule out Robin van Persie’s late equaliser, which he felt robbed his team of a “famous victory”.
MANCHESTER CITY cut rivals Manchester United’s lead at the top of the table to 13 points thanks to a late winner from Carlos Tevez against Wigan.
BRITAIN’S Andy Murray breezed through to the last 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday, seeing off the challenge from Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 73 minutes.
ICONIC mare Black Caviar is set to embark on a breeding career after being retired unbeaten with 25 wins, but an eagerly anticipated union with the world’s best thoroughbred, Frankel, appears to be off.
LONDON Marathon chiefs have confirmed plans to beef up security for Sunday’s race in a bid to reassure runners and spectators of their safety.
WORLD’S fastest man Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run at the London Grand Prix this summer for the first time since 2009, following the Chancellor’s decision to relax UK tax laws in last month’s budget.
CRICKET: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has vowed to fight on despite his appeal against a five-year ban for spot-fixing being rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday.
RUGBY UNION: Saracens have agreed to re-sign Fiji wing Michael Tagicakibau, 27, from Bristol in the summer, a year after he left the club.
LONDON Marathon entrants, including double Olympic champion Mo Farah, will hold a 30-second silence and be encouraged to run wearing black ribbons to remember the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, as organisers insist Sunday’s race in
OLYMPIC champions Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah will bid to recreate London 2012’s Super Saturday with the trio all scheduled to compete in the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July.
WHILE the news that England will be without arguably their most talented batsman for next month’s Test series against New Zealand is a blow, I suspect there may be an element of caution in the treatment of Kevin Pietersen.
AFTER Boston, London organisers will be working closely with police intelligence, reviewing high-density spectator areas, such as the start and finish lines – targeted in Boston – as well as key historical sites along the route.
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WORLD No2 Andy Murray is set to open his clay court season today against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the Monte Carlo Masters second round, as he begins a journey he hopes will culminate in winning the French Open in June.
FOOTBALL: Queens Park Rangers have taken out a £15m bank loan amid fears for their financial stability if they fail to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
FOOTBALL: Cardiff City have been promoted to the Premier League, 53 years after they last reached the top flight. A 0-0 draw at home to Charlton was enough to send Malky Mackay’s team up with three games to spare.
RUGBY UNION: World Cup-winning England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has extended his contract with Toulon until the end of next season.
ARSENAL and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has challenged the Gunners to win all of their remaining six games, but insists even victory over Everton tonight will not be enough to clinch a Champions League place.
ADAM SCOTT’S play-off triumph in the Masters provided the best finish to the tournament I’ve seen in a long time and capped a magnificent four days in Augusta.
CYCLIST Sir Chris Hoy, winner of more Olympic gold medals than any other Briton, is expected to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career and announce his retirement later this week.
THREE-TIME Masters runner-up Greg Norman believes compatriot Adam Scott can become Australia’s most successful golfer ever after ending his nation’s 77-year wait for a recipient of the green jacket on Sunday night.
WILLIAMS development driver Susie Wolff says she cringed at comments from Sir Stirling Moss that women do not have the “mental aptitude” to compete in Formula One.
RUGBY UNION: London Welsh are contemplating a return to their Old Deer Park home following their relegation from the Aviva Premiership, because of cost concerns at remaining at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.
FOOTBALL: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will face no retrospective action for his apparent two-footed stamp on Chelsea defender David Luiz in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, the Football Association has said.
BOXING: Welterweight Kell Brook has postponed next month’s world title fight with Devon Alexander due to a stress fracture on his right foot. It is the third time the fight has been cancelled.
CANOEING: The 2008 Olympic gold medal winner Dr Tim Brabants has announced his retirement and will now pursue a career in medicine.
AUSTRALIA’S wait for a first ever Masters champion ended last night when Adam Scott clinched the green jacket with victory over Angel Cabrera on a play-off.
IF YOU associate the name of Margaret Thatcher with sport at all, it will probably be in the context of football hooliganism, and the ill-fated identity card scheme that she advocated following the disasters at Heysel and Hillsborough.