ROWING: Olympic champion Zac Purchase announced his retirement yesterday. The 27-year-old won gold in the lightweight double sculls in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, then followed up with a silver medal alongside Mark Hunter at London 2012.
GREAT Britain are through to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1986 after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-3 in San Diego late last night.
ENGLAND rugby coach Stuart Lancaster insists the door remains ajar for axed duo Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs despite showing his disregard for reputation by naming an experimental team for tomorrow’s Six Nations opener in France.
LAST year we did well in the Six Nations right up until the last game in Wales and we’re all focused on going one better this time. We want to get off to a good start against France in Paris tomorrow and after that we’ll see what happens.
31st JANUARY: Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards shows his jumping skills in Holborn, London, before heading off to Calgary for the 1988 Winter Olympics to become the first competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski-jumping.
WINTER OLYMPICS: The British Olympic Association have instructed its athletes to wear “less overtly branded” kit when travelling to Sochi next week. The advice comes amid claims terrorist attacks were “very likely”.
THE Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday for what will only be the second occasion in 20 seasons that the No1 seeds from each conference will decide the championship.
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster felt the form of his young players was too good to ignore after axing experienced pair Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs last night from his 26-man squad to travel to France for Saturday’s Six Nations opener.
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LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers revealed last night he hoped to add a major last-minute signing to the team which romped to their biggest Merseyside derby victory since 1982.
ENGLISH cricket remains on course for a larger slice of cash and greater influence at international level – but more extreme changes to the game’s future were watered down after a day of intensive bargaining yesterday.
WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce has challenged Italy midfielder Antonio Nocerino to make an instant impact against Chelsea tomorrow night but revealed fellow loan signing Marco Borriello is not yet ready to make his debut.
RETIRED spin bowler Graeme Swann defended England captain Alastair Cook last night, admitting no-one could have inspired the squad to victory this winter, such was their collectively low performance levels.