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Monday 16 June 2014
FOR so long, England being a crushing disappointment had been synonymous with World Cups; part of the competition's very fabric, like an African nation threatening not to turn up over a pay dispute, or the Dutch squad descending into civil war.
Monday 16 June 2014
HAVING been put to the sword by Costa Rica, England captain Steven Gerrard believes Uruguay are beatable, even if Liverpool clubmate Luis Suarez recovers from a knee injury in time to feature.
Monday 16 June 2014
ENGLAND and Roy Hodgson deserve nothing but praise for their display against Italy on Saturday night. Despite losing, there was so much to cheer.
Monday 16 June 2014
Ronaldo fit to play Germany
Monday 16 June 2014
ARGENTINA 2 BOSNIA 1 ARGENTINA superstar Lionel Messi lit up the Maracana Stadium last night with a sensational second-half strike to help see off stubborn Bosnia.
Monday 16 June 2014
GERMANY’S Martin Kaymer completed one of the great Major tournament performances last night to claim the US Open at Pinehurst by eight shots.
Monday 16 June 2014
FRANCE 3 HONDURAS 0 STRIKER Karim Benzema came within inches of a hat-trick on his World Cup debut as France brushed off roughhouse tactics from 10-man Honduras to secure a winning start in Group E.
Monday 16 June 2014
SWITZERLAND 2 ECUADOR 1 SWITZERLAND manager Ottmar Hitzfeld last night revelled in the “dream finish” that saw substitute Haris Seferovic get his team off to a winning start in Group E.
Monday 16 June 2014
BATSMAN Gary Ballance expects England to push on and take a series lead against Sri Lanka today after his maiden Test century ushered the hosts towards a likely victory at Lord’s.
Monday 16 June 2014
IT HAS been a weekend of such sporting riches and complexity, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Monday 16 June 2014
ENGLAND captain Chris Robshaw insists the opportunity to end an 11-year wait for victory on New Zealand soil will be enough to motivate them in Saturday’s dead rubber.
Monday 16 June 2014
CYCLING’S governing body the UCI has refuted suggestions that it bent anti-doping rules to favour Chris Froome ahead of the Tour de Romandie, which the Briton won last month.
Monday 16 June 2014
TENNIS: Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov underlined his status as a Wimbledon contender by winning the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club yesterday.
Monday 16 June 2014
FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be part of his first-team squad next season.
Monday 16 June 2014
FOOTBALL: Former Holland defender Ronald Koeman is poised to be confirmed as Southampton’s new manager.
Monday 16 June 2014
HOCKEY: England’s men missed out on their first World Cup medal since 1986 yesterday when they lost the third-place match 2-0 to Argentina. England had lost their semi-final to hosts Holland, who were beaten 6-1 by Australia in the final.
Friday 13 June 2014
BRAZIL 3 CROATIA 1 A BRACE from Brazil’s golden boy Neymar saw the World Cup hosts recover from an early setback to win the tournament opener last night.
Friday 13 June 2014
WORLD Cup winner Cesc Fabregas has revealed former club Arsenal turned down a chance to bring him back to north London before Chelsea secured his services in a £27m deal.
Friday 13 June 2014
ENGLAND’S Joe Root toasted another vintage batting performance at Lord’s after his unbeaten century helped to steer the hosts out of choppy waters on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Friday 13 June 2014
NEW Zealand have vowed to single out England’s Manu Tuilagi for special treatment in tomorrow’s potentially decisive second Test in Dunedin tomorrow.
Friday 13 June 2014
WHILE it’s hugely important that England do not lose their opening World Cup fixture against Italy, I don’t want them to go into it feeling fearful or for Roy Hodgson to pick a negative line-up. England should be aiming for a win in Manaus.
Friday 13 June 2014
ENGLAND’S preparations for dealing with the heat and humidity of Manaus have been so meticulous that the players are more concerned about coming home to inevitable wind and rain, according to midfielder James Milner.
Friday 13 June 2014
Five injured in Sao Paolo protests
Friday 13 June 2014
NORTHERN Ireland’s Graeme McDowell felt his patient approach to taking on the testing Pinehurst course was key to his two-under par round of 68 on day one of the US Open.
Friday 13 June 2014
BRITAIN’S Andy Murray suffered defeat yesterday in only his second match since hiring former grand slam winner Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.
Friday 13 June 2014
HOCKEY: England captain Barry Middleton insists Olympic revenge is not on the agenda in today’s World Cup semi-final against hosts Holland.
Friday 13 June 2014
TENNIS: World No1 Rafael Nadal’s grass court season began with a surprise straight sets defeat yesterday to world No85 Dustin Brown. The French Open champion lost 6-4, 6-1 in less than an hour at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
Friday 13 June 2014
BEN CLEMINSON PREVIEWS ENGLAND’S OPENER WITH ITALY AND SPAIN VERSUS NETHERLANDS ENGLAND............... ITALY.................... Tomorrow 11.00pm
Friday 13 June 2014
ITALY stalwarts Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo will provide class and experience, while Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti offer balance and fight, as the country look to secure their fifth World Cup and erase the memories o
Thursday 12 June 2014
England striker Wayne Rooney has warned Saturday’s World Cup opponents Italy: “underestimate us at your peril”.
Thursday 12 June 2014
“The time has arrived”, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari roared last night as his team made their final preparations before taking on Croatia in the eagerly anticipated opening match of the World Cup.
Thursday 12 June 2014
Chile angry at hotel amenities
Thursday 12 June 2014
So, the wait is finally over and the 2014 World Cup gets under way tonight with Brazil v Croatia. However, those expecting a one-sided goal fest should tread carefully.
Thursday 12 June 2014
WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray insists new coach Amelie Mauresmo will not make any significant changes to his game before he begins defending his title later this month.
Thursday 12 June 2014
BRITISH cyclist Chris Froome overcame a puncture to tighten his grip on the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday and close in on a successful title defence.
Thursday 12 June 2014
FOOTBALL: Manchester City have received a boost after governing body Uefa confirmed the club will only need to include five home-grown players in their Champions League squad next season.
Thursday 12 June 2014
GOLF: Former US Open champion Rory McIlroy plans to leave his phone at home when he tees off at the tournament today.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
Call it a heady fusion of optimism and romanticism, or a toxic brew of wilful amnesia and false hope, but so many things about the prospect of this World Cup in Brazil make me impossibly excited.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
The Square Mile’s best spots for World Cup football:
Wednesday 11 June 2014
Every minute you are at a World Cup is the most special experience you can have as a professional footballer. You wake up in the morning and instantly appreciate it. It’s an absolute adrenaline rush.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
1950, BRAZIL Eliminated in group stage in first World Cup with 1-0 defeat to United States remaining one of all-time surprise World Cup results
Wednesday 11 June 2014
Roy Hodgson’s team face tricky path to knockout stage ITALY
Wednesday 11 June 2014
OPTIMISTIC England fans look away now: the Three Lions only have a four per cent chance of winning the World Cup this summer, according to number-crunching experts.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
BRAZIL haven’t lost a competitive game on home soil since 1975 and are warm market leaders for the World Cup.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
GROUP B is arguably more competitive than even England’s so-called group of death with Spain, Chile and Holland all classy teams on their day.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
I’M NOT in the camp that believes Spain are finished as a world force. There were signs in the Confederations Cup that they were faltering, but a team that hasn’t conceded a goal in a knock-out game since 2006 shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
World Cup winners in 1998, France were then unceremoniously dumped out of the group stages in 2002, only to reach the final in 2006, followed by another damp squib exit in 2010.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
ALL four previous World Cups in South America have been won by teams from the host continent, which goes some way to explaining why Brazil and Argentina are red-hot favourites.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
TREVOR STEVEN Former England international and City A.M. football columnist WINNERS Brazil RUNNERS-UP Argentina ENGLAND Quarter-finalists GOLDEN BOOT Fred (Brazil)
Wednesday 11 June 2014
WINGER Danny Welbeck last night emerged as a major doubt for England’s World Cup opener with Italy on Saturday, after limping out of yesterday’s training session clutching his thigh, leaving Raheem Sterling on standby to take his place.

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