ARSENAL are facing the loss of a third key player this summer after England winger Theo Walcott rejected the latest contract offer from the Gunners.
BRITISH No2 Anne Keothavong was last night eliminated in the first round of the US Open after losing 6-2, 6-0 to sixth seed Angelique Kerber.
QPR look set to follow up the acquisition of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar by rivalling Tottenham for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero.
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WEST Ham returned to winning ways last night with goals from strikers Nicky Maynard and Modibo Maiga.
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SWINDON’S James Collins last night scored a hat-trick to eliminate Premier League Stoke City from the Capital One Cup in the most dramatic of fashion.
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FULHAM last night suffered a shock away defeat to newly-promoted Championship side Sheffield Wednesday as manager Dave Jones’s home team extended their unbeaten run.
FORMER Chelsea strike partners Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could both be bound for a return to the Premier League just months after joining Shanghai Shenhua.
TOTTENHAM were last night given permission to speak to Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele over a potential transfer to White Hart Lane after the two clubs agreed a fee for the Belgium international.
LONDON 2012 chairman Lord Coe has welcomed the fact that the Paralympics will be shown in more countries than all previous editions of the showpiece.
BOXING: IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is to defend his title against American Yusaf Mack on November 17.
CRICKET: The England and Wales Cricket Board are looking for a new sponsor for domestic Twenty20 from 2013 after it was announced that Friends Life would not renew their contract beyond this season.
RUGBY UNION: London Irish’s Brian Smith is confident centre Joe Ansbro will fully recover from his broken neck.
BRITISH No1 Andy Murray admitted he was unable to perform to his best during the 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 US Open first round victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr but was regardless satisfied with the result on a court he felt had slowed in the year since the last
EUROPE’S Ryder Cup team has now been finalised, and it has to be said that Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter were absolutely the right wildcard picks in the end.
EUROPEAN Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has hailed Ian Poulter’s matchplay prowess after handing him a wildcard place in his team for next month’s showdown with the United States.
ROUTE details of a parade taking place next month to celebrate Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians have been revealed, with the City hosting the starting point for the celebration.
A BRITISH world champion paracycler has apologised after his comments criticising Paralympians from other sports caused controversy on the eve of the Games.
ENGLAND batsman Eoin Morgan hopes exiled colleague Kevin Pietersen can earn a recall to the international set-up, but insists the one-day team have not missed his explosive hitting.
TOTTENHAM look poised to embark on an eight-figure transfer spree before the weekend after finally agreeing to sell inspirational midfielder Luka Modric to Real Madrid for around £30m yesterday.
Middleweight Darren Barker has been ruled out of his fight, scheduled for September 8 against Italian Simone Rotolo, after suffering an arm injury.
Wolves have signed Togo winger Razak Boukari from Rennes on a four-year contract. “I know it is not the Premier League but that is not a problem because I just want to play football,” he said.
London Irish and Scotland centre Joe Ansbro broke his neck against Munster on Friday evening and is in hospital recovering. “Joe broke a small bone at the top
of his neck early in the game’s second half," read a club statement.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has admitted Swansea are interested in signing Dutchman Marvin Emnes but is adamant he is in no rush to sell.
WIGAN last night accepted a £9m offer from Chelsea for Nigeria forward Victor Moses as the European Champions continue to strengthen their squad for a potential Premier League title tilt.
BELGIAN Ryder Cup hopeful Nicolas Colsaerts signalled his determination to snatch the last automatic qualifying place on the European team by making a strong start to the Johnnie Walker Championship yesterday.
THE first week of the Premier League season has already produced excitement, shown some high quality and some bizarre results.
BRITISH No1 Andy Murray is to play Russia’s Alex Bogomolov Jr in the first round of the US Open ahead of a potential semi-final showdown with recent rival Roger Federer.
World No73 Bogomolov Jr beat Olympic gold medallist Murray 6-1,
ENGLAND one-day captain Alastair Cook insists the Kevin Pietersen text message saga will not dent his team’s efforts to continue their winning run when they face South Africa today in Cardiff.
JAMAICAN sprinter Yohan Blake last night ran the joint-third fastest time in 100m history in the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.
LIVERPOOL last night won 1-0 away to Scottish club Hearts in the Europa League qualifying play-off round first leg after an own goal by defender Andy Webster.
FOOTBALL: Fulham have complained to the Premier League over Liverpool’s pursuit of midfielder Clint Dempsey. The Cottagers last month registered their unhappiness at comments made by boss Brendan Rodgers. The League is investigating.
RUGBY UNION: Northampton Saints hooker Brett Sharman is being investigated by the club over comments he made on Twitter about London 2012 hero Mo Farah. The South African, 25, later apologised for the remarks and deleted his account.
CYCLING: Britain’s Chris Froome, of Team Sky, finished second in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana, won by Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez.
FEW bosses came into the season under greater pressure than Roberto Di Matteo and the Chelsea manager has responded by steering his team to two wins from two to lead the way in the Premier League.
I WAS at York on Wednesday to see the great Frankel strut his stuff over 10 furlongs for the first time and it was an experience I will never forget.
ONLY one favourite has won the last 13 renewals of the Betfred Ebor (3.40pm) and Sir Mark Prescott's Motivado, who sneaked into the UK's richest handicap by the skin of his teeth, is a warm order to buck that losing trend.
What is there left to say about Frankel? He is an unbelievable horse and we are very lucky to have him. It was nice to finish second to him on Farhh, but we never had a chance of beating him.
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CHELSEA manager Roberto Di Matteo brushed off a row over an offside Fernando Torres goal as his side came from behind to edge a wildly entertaining ding-dong with Premier League newcomers Reading.
FRANKEL’S connections will reconsider sending the celebrated colt to next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after he extended his flawless record with an emphatic victory in the Juddmonte Stakes at York yesterday.
SPANISH defender Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to complete a £7m move from Marseille to Chelsea before the weekend after he was left out of the French side’s squad for tonight’s Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol.
SERGIO Garcia won the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina at the weekend, and I’m delighted for him. I couldn’t be more delighted. I’ve known him since he was 14 years of age.
ENGLAND batsman Ravi Bopara yesterday experienced the embarrassment of securing just three runs en route to getting out when playing for Gloucestershire against South Africa.
QPR manager Mark Hughes has stepped up attempts to bolster a defence that shipped five goals on Saturday by agreeing a loan deal with Real Madrid for former Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho.
REAL Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he wants midfielder Nuri Sahin to move to a Premier League club, even though he has no preference about which one it is.
WEST Ham have increased their offer to a potential £10m as they accelerate their efforts to secure the signing of Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.
BADMINGTON: The four South Korean women’s doubles players, from South Korea, kicked out of London 2012 for deliberately trying to lose, have had their bans reduced from two years to six months.
CYCLING: Germany’s John Degenkolb yesterday won his second Vuelta a Espana stage in five days. Italy’s Daniele Bennati was second.
BOXING: World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is to fight Poland’s Mariusz Wach on 10 November.
ENGLAND coach Andy Flower has warned out-of-favour star Kevin Pietersen that making peace with captain Andrew Strauss may not be enough to earn him a recall to the national team.
ANY remaining euphoria associated with being the world’s top Test team seeped away this week when England ceded that status to South Africa.