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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.
ROW L in the East Stand at Twickenham was not a good place to watch uninterrupted coverage of the England-Australia international on Saturday. And it’s doubtful if many of the rows from B to Z were much better.
CHELSEA goalkeeper Petr Cech insists there can be no excuses for the Premier League title hopefuls’ surprise 2-0 away defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.
DEFIANT Fulham manager Martin Jol is not entertaining thoughts of the sack, despite home supporters at Craven Cottage turning against him during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
CARDIFF striker Craig Bellamy said the three points earned in yesterday’s 1-0 victory against Swansea could be vital to the newly-promoted club.
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger hopes that the positive feeling surrounding the club propels his players towards two vital victories this week.
NEW London Irish signing James O’Connor’s Aviva Premiership debut ended in a 19-14 defeat to Northampton Saints.
WORLD champion Sebastian Vettel lavished praise on his Red Bull car yesterday after cruising to a seventh straight win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
THIS week’s ATP World Tour Finals is set to be a titanic duel between reigning champion Novak Djokovic and world No1 Rafael Nadal, says former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis.
DOUBLE Commonwealth champion Nick Matthew revealed he had to dig deep to find the mental strength to recover from a mid-match wobble to win the World Squash Championship in Manchester last night.
GOLF: Former Open runner-up Dustin Johnson won his first World Golf Championship event in Shanghai, holding off the challenge of England’s Ian Poulter by three shots.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Wales became the first side to be knocked out of the World Cup, following a surprise 24-16 defeat to competition debutants the United States in Wrexham.
ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed he had no hesitation in awarding Joel Tomkins his first cap against Australia tomorrow due to the centre’s ability to handle big-game pressure.
THE SUPERB form of England’s Lee Dickson means brother Karl will play second fiddle to Danny Care for Harlequins this weekend, though the scrum-half insists he has nothing but support for his younger sibling.
BRITAIN’S Andy Murray admits he is yet to hit a ball almost six weeks after his back operation and fears he may not be ready for the Australian Open.
REJUVENATED Rory McIlroy believes his nightmare spell is behind him after he shot a seven-under-par round of 65 to take a first-round lead at the WGC HSBC Champions yesterday in Shanghai.