WINTER SPORTS: British skater Elise Christie won the 1,000m European title yesterday. Yet there was bad news for the British team ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics as skier Chemmy Alcott’s comeback race was cancelled.
TERRY Biddlecombe, the three-time champion jockey, will be laid to rest today and there won’t be a dry eye in the house at Ascot tomorrow if SOMERSBY, formerly trained by his wife Henrietta Knight, gives him the perfect send off in the Sodexo Clar
FULHAM could face a fine after the Premier League confirmed last night it was investigating a complaint from West Ham over what they believe equates to the tapping up of Ravel Morrison by their relegation rivals.
ENGLAND’S limited-overs cricket coach Ashley Giles has urged Steven Finn to draw inspiration from Australia’s Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson after sending the paceman home and branding him “not selectable”.
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MANCHESTER City boss Manuel Pellegrini is unconcerned about axing one of his in-form strikers, after the trio all netted in last night’s FA Cup third round replay.
AUSTRALIAN Open tennis chiefs were forced to defend their refusal to implement an extreme heat policy yesterday after players and ball boys fainted on court as temperatures in Melbourne rocketed past 42C.
DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah admits he faces one of the toughest challenges of his career, as he bids to become the first British male winner for 21 years of the London Marathon against an elite field unveiled yesterday.
ENGLAND cricket captain Alastair Cook hailed a welcome change in fortunes after his team ended their six-match losing streak in Australia with a one-day tour match victory against a Prime Minister’s XI.
ATHLETICS: Heptathlete Louise Hazel is pondering a defence of her Commonwealth title just four months after retiring, after British rival Jessica Ennis-Hill withdrew from this year’s Games because she is pregnant.
FOOTBALL: Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury, scored during a 45-minute cameo appearance as Spurs beat Newcastle 4-1 in an Under-21s Premier League match yesterday.
A TEARFUL Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to his Real Madrid and Portugal team-mates upon receiving the Ballon d’Or for 2013 yesterday, ending Lionel Messi’s four-year reign as governing body Fifa’s world player of the year.
FOOTBALL: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew learnt yesterday he will face no action from the Football Association for his expletive-laden rant at Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini in Sunday’s match.
HORSE RACING: Disgraced trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni will never work for Godolphin again, according to its owner Sheikh Mohammed. Al Zarooni is serving an eight-year ban for administering banned anabolic steroids to 22 horses in his care.