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.
LIVERPOOL 4 vs EVERTON 0
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.
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CHELSEA 1 vs STOKE CITY 0
BIRTHDAY boy Jose Mourinho insisted last night his Chelsea side will be underdogs for their heavyweight FA Cup fifth-round clash with all-conquering Manchester City.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 vs FULHAM 1
FULHAM boss Rene Meulensteen has lashed out at a congested fixture list that he blames for forcing him to change the entire starting XI for yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
OLD ADVERSARIES Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal prepare to do battle in this morning’s Australian Open semi-final, and the Swiss star has revealed plans to end his grand slam hoodoo against the world No1 have been afoot since appointing Stefan Edbe
WITH Saracens’ three heartaches last season still fresh in the memory, lock Mouritz Botha insists everyone at the club is determined to ensure history does not repeat itself – starting with the LV= Cup.