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.
AT WHITE HART LANE
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 vs FC SHERIFF TIRASPOL 1
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.
BEN CLEMINSON PREVIEWS THE WEEKEND’S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION
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
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AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
CHELSEA 3 vs SCHALKE 0
ANGRY Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has launched a stinging attack on those critical of his call to allow goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to remain on the pitch after being knocked unconscious at Everton on Sunday.
RUGBY UNION: Wasps wing Christian Wade is in line to replace either Marland Yarde or Chris Ashton when England head coach Stuart Lancaster names his team for Saturday’s Test with Argentina today.
FOOTBALL: Fulham defender Sascha Riether has been hit with a three-game suspension after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for stamping on Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj.
MANCHESTER CITY 5 v CSKA MOSCOW 2
MANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged his side to win Group D, after sealing their qualification to the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare last night.
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho has accused his players of complacency and expects a positive reaction when Schalke visit Stamford Bridge in the Champions League tonight.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has urged his team to draw on the hurt of defeat to Borussia Dortmund last month when they seek revenge in Germany this evening.
ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook says the starting line-up for the fast approaching first Ashes Test in Brisbane is far from finalised.
WORLD No2 Novak Djokovic admitted he passed a gruelling physical test in beating 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer at the O2 Arena last night, just two days after winning the Paris Masters.
REAL SOCIEDAD 0 v MANCHESTER UNITED 0
MANCHESTER United boss David Moyes bemoaned his side’s wastefulness after striker Robin van Persie’s penalty miss denied them almost certain progress to the Champions League last 16.
RUGBY UNION: England prop Mako Vunipola will miss Saturday’s visit of Argentina with a knee ligament strain, but Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling have been included in head coach Stuart Lancaster’s 27-man squad.
HORSE RACING: British-trained Red Cadeauz and Mount Athos finished second and third in yesterday’s Melbourne Cup, won by the 6/1 favourite Fiorente. Meanwhile Brown Panther, co-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, finished eighth.
TOTTENHAM yesterday defended their decision to allow goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to continue playing after being knocked unconscious during Sunday’s goalless draw with Everton, despite staunch criticism.
FORMER US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro hopes a fearless approach to the remainder of the ATP World Tour Finals group stage in London can ensure his progress to Sunday’s semi-finals.
FULHAM defender Sascha Riether has until 6pm tonight to answer a Football Association charge of violent conduct following an apparent stamp on Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on Saturday.
CSKA Moscow last night risked reopening a racism row on the eve of their rematch with Manchester City by suggesting they had been the victims of a witch-hunt.
BRITISH distance runner Mo Farah has been included on the three-man shortlist for the World Athlete of the Year award.
The 30-year-old this year added world 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals to his Olympic double in the same events.
OLYMPIC and Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has joined David Beckham by signing a deal with Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.
ENGLAND have rallied to defend Alastair Cook after Australia great Shane Warne fanned the flames ahead of the winter Ashes series by labelling the tourists’ captain “negative, boring and not very imaginative”.
PLANS to reschedule the 2022 football World Cup face fresh hostility after the international skiing federation (FIS) called on all winter sports to unite in opposition to a switch away from the tournament’s traditional summer slot.
FOR TWO managers of London clubs the moment of truth is drawing near, and this week could have a decisive impact on their fortunes.
TWO OF the season’s most impressive sides clashed at Goodison Park on Sunday, but neither delivered on expectations.
OUT of favour goalkeeper Joe Hart will again be given a watching brief when Manchester City take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League tonight, but manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed the stopper is supportive of the decision to be dropped to
MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes has called on his players to extend their winning run to five matches against Real Sociedad tonight and seal qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.
ENGLAND’S Ian Poulter threw the kitchen sink at him but in the end Dustin Johnson held firm to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday.
MISFIRING centre Billy Twelvetrees is set to be handed a fresh chance to prove his international credentials by head coach Stuart Lancaster with Argentina the next visitors to Twickenham on Saturday.
ARGENTINA No8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon has been named captain for Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham, with regular skipper Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe out injured.
ENGLAND have been hit by the withdrawal of full-back Zak Hardaker ahead of their final group game of the rugby league World Cup on Saturday.
RUGBY LEAGUE: A hat-trick from Antonio Winterstein helped Samoa to a 38-4 defeat of Papua New Guinea at Craven Park last night. Pita Godinet, Ben Roberts, Sauaso Sue and Suaia Matagi also ran in tries in the World Cup Group B clash.
HORSE RACING: The 18-time champion jockey AP McCoy is two victories short of riding 4,000 winners, following wins at Kempton on Monday on favourites Captain Cutter and Foundation Man. The 39-year-old is booked for three rides today at Exeter.
FOOTBALL: The Football Association confirmed last night it is investigating a gesture from Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey aimed at Cardiff supporters during Sunday’s south Wales derby.
FORMULA ONE: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has been passed fit to drive in the United States Grand Prix following his admission to hospital for a back injury suffered at the weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi.
EVERTON 0 vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas praised the determination of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who defied medical advice to help secure his 11th clean sheet of the season at Goodison Park yesterday.
THE ASTONISHING rise from the verge of retirement to world No1 by Rafael Nadal following seven months out with a knee injury represents the greatest sporting comeback ever, according to six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker.
ENGLAND captain Chris Robshaw has called on his team to build on Saturday’s 20-13 victory over Australia and enjoy a clean sweep of autumn international triumphs.