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.
CHELSEA have finally completed the signing of African prodigy Bertrand Traore – four years after first targeting the midfielder.
FORMULA ONE: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes his team can remain competitive next season, despite the imminent departure of team principal Ross Brawn.
RUGBY LEAGUE: England coach Steve McNamara has made three changes to his squad for tomorrow’s World Cup match against Ireland at Huddersfield.
FOOTBALL: European governing body Uefa have told Celtic they will not be allowed to play any potential Champions League play-off home leg outside of Scotland next year, despite their Celtic Park home being a venue for the summer’s Commonwealth Gam
SQUASH: Commonwealth champion Nick Matthew reached the World Championship semi-final with victory over Amr Shabana in straight games.
WILLIAM CHRIMES PREVIEWS ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA AND BEN CLEMINSON LOOKS AT THE WEEKEND FOOTBALL
ARSENAL may have seen their brilliant opening to the season stutter a little of late, but they should be backed to beat Liverpool in what promises to be an informative clash in the late kick-off tomorrow.
Bill Esdaile previews the Breeders’ Cup and the best of the jumps action
THE BREEDERS’ Cup has had its fair share of criticism recently, but there is still some top class racing to enjoy tonight and tomorrow evening.
IF WETHERBY are planning any pre-racing entertainment tomorrow, surely they’ll decide to blare Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ through their PA system.
AT WHITE HART LANE
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 v HULL CITY 2
AET, Tottenham win 8-7 on penalties
EQUALITY campaigners last night welcomed the decision to impose a partial stadium closure on CSKA Moscow after some of their supporters racially abused Manchester City’s Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure.
FORMER England captain David Beckham has reiterated his intention to set up a Major League Soccer team in the United States but refused to comment on reports that he has decided on Miami as the location.
CAPTAIN Chris Robshaw has called on England to lay the foundations for victory at the 2015 Rugby World Cup by establishing a formidable home record in the imminent November internationals.
BRITAIN’S Jamie Murray is ready to step out of the shadow of his elder brother having finally rediscovered a winning doubles formula after 43 different partners in six years.
TENNIS: Former world No1 Roger Federer secured his place at next week’s World Tour Finals in London by beating Kevin Anderson in Paris last night.
FOOTBALL: Ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale scored twice and set up two more as Real Madrid thrashed Sevilla 7-3 last night. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick.
RUGBY UNION: Harlequins centre George Lowe has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a neck injury sustained in last month’s loss to Saracens.
AT EMIRATES STADIUM
ARSENAL 0 v CHELSEA 2
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger last night urged his players not to panic after Chelsea further punctured their early-season optimism with victory in their Capital One Cup clash.
LEICESTER CITY 4 v FULHAM 3
UNDER-FIRE Fulham manager Martin Jol believes his job is not at any immediate risk, despite suffering a fourth round Capital One Cup exit to Championship high-flyers Leicester last night.
BURNLEY 0 v WEST HAM UNITED 2
WEST Ham manager Sam Allardyce conceded his team needed to call on their big guns to see off the challenge of Championship leaders Burnley in the Capital One Cup last night.
TWO goals from striker Javier Hernandez helped Manchester United see off Norwich City 4-0 in the Capital One Cup fourth round.
Defenders Phil Jones and Fabio completed the scoring late on for the four-time winners.
AS ENGLAND prepare to dust off their whites for the first practice match of this Ashes tour, it’s worth reiterating what these games are for.
ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook is a major doubt for the first warm-up match of the Ashes tour to Australia after being struck by a back problem.
NEW London Irish back James O’Connor feels ready to put his controversial past behind him and take the Premiership by storm.
RUGBY UNION: Scrum-half Danny Care heads a list of 11 players released by England back to their clubs ahead of Saturday’s international with Australia.
FOOTBALL: Former Spurs winger Gareth Bale has been included on the 23-man shortlist for world governing body Fifa’s Footballer of the Year award.
ENGLAND bowler Stuart Broad insists he remains unrepentant over his refusal to walk during the Ashes and has invited Australian fans to abuse him in the return series, insisting it will only inspire him.
STORM St Jude, which ripped through parts of the United Kingdom yesterday, delayed jockey AP McCoy’s bid to move closer to recording his 4,000th career win.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he has made peace with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as the former foes prepare to reignite their rivalry.
THE BELOW average size of the White Hart Lane pitch is contributing to Tottenham’s struggles to break teams down at home, according to midfielder Mousa Dembele.
WHEN I tipped Chelsea for the Premier League back in August, I did not for one moment think that the man to make the difference in the title race would be Fernando Torres.
TOTTENHAM defender Kyle Walker has revealed the pursuit of silverware motivated him to extend his contract at the club until 2019.
TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas raised eyebrows with his criticism of the clubs’ home support following Sunday’s narrow 1-0 win over Hull.
THE ABSENCE of prop Alex Corbisiero will not weaken England’s injury-ravaged front row against Australia on Saturday, says coach Stuart Lancaster.
ENGLAND’S hopes of qualifying for future World Cups will not be hindered by plans from world governing body Fifa to increase the number of African and Asian participants, if Uefa president Michel Platini’s counter-proposal to expand the competitio
CHELSEA winger Andre Schurrle insists they can overcome Arsenal in tonight’s Capital One Cup even if manager Jose Mourinho sees through his threat to make wholesale changes for the London derby.
WORLD football’s most prominent anti-discrimination official has added to criticism of the English game for failing to involve enough black people in governance and management.
ONE European player impressed me perhaps more than any other at last month’s Seve Trophy, so it was no surprise to see Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano win the BMW Championship in China at the weekend.
FORMER world No1 Rory McIlroy is confident of building on yesterday’s first win of 2013 in the coming weeks and ensuring his place in the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai.
DOMINANT four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will risk upsetting Formula One fans further and become even better, according to his Red Bull team’s design chief Adrian Newey.
SNOOKER: Chairman of World Snooker Barry Hearn has reassured British fans that the World Championship will not move from its regular home at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield for the duration of his tenure.
FOOTBALL: Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has been handed a seven-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to possessing a fake driving licence.
RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership strugglers London Irish are expected to complete the signing of Australia back James O’Connor today. The 23-year-old has been allowed to leave his homeland following a string of off-field incidents.