MAVERICK Kevin Pietersen believes the decision of cricket chiefs to ditch Matt Prior from a central contract substantiates his accusations the wicketkeeper was a disruptive influence within the England dressing room.
MIDFIELDER James Milner believes victory over Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualification clash has galvanised the England camp and proves the Three Lions are not suffering a crisis of confidence following stinging post-World Cup criticis
DEATH threats from disgruntled Manchester United fans towards the club’s owners, the Glazer family, around the time of their 2005 takeover were considered serious enough to prompt an FBI investigation.
FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan has dismissed Kevin Pietersen’s lingering hopes of earning an unlikely Test recall following a series of explosive allegations in his new book KP: The Autobiography.
IBF WELTERWEIGHT champion Kell Brook is eyeing a February return to the ring and ultimately a showdown with undefeated American superstar Floyd Mayweather as he continues to recover from his stabbing ordeal.
CHELSEA have played down injuries suffered by Thibaut Courtois in Sunday’s win over Arsenal and say the goalkeeper has been given the all-clear after the club were criticised by a brain injury charity.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger is to avoid disciplinary action over his touchline skirmish with Chelsea boss and long-standing nemesis Jose Mourinho during Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.
HALF a million pounds in prize money, a place at next month’s Race to Dubai finale plus a European Tour card for two years mean that Oliver Wilson’s long overdue win can already be called life-changing.
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TETCHY Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he feels no remorse over a touchline fracas with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge yesterday despite facing the possibility of disciplinary action.
YESTERDAY’S touchline scuffle between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho was a window into the moods of both managers: while the Arsenal boss’s frustrations boiled over, the Chelsea chief was, by comparison, understandably serene.
LONG-SUFFERING boss Dean Richards insisted an end to Newcastle Falcons’ abysmal run of form was long overdue after his side dispatched the burden of a 20-match losing streak with a dramatic 29-24 success against Exeter yesterday.
WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic admitted the performance which sealed his fifth China Open title far outstrips any other in his glittering career after demolishing Czech rival Tomas Berdych in little over an hour in Beijing yesterday.
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TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to condemn Southampton supporters who taunted him yesterday as his new team beat his former charges and climbed to sixth in the Premier League.
WORLD Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Leonard have dismissed accusations that the additional insurance afforded by head coach Stuart Lancaster’s bumper new contract will see a culture of complacency permeate the England camp.
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IMPRESSED Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed “electric” Danny Welbeck last night after the £16m striker conjured a dazzling hat-trick to get the Gunners’ Champions League campaign back on track.
SPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he is mindful of the need to juggle his resources when Spurs host Turkish side Besiktas tonight as he bids to avoid the post-Europa League hangover which hindered the club’s prospects last season.
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CONFIDENT Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists his side’s Champions League fate rests in their own hands after the Blues seized control of Group G with a hard-earned victory against Sporting Lisbon last night.
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MANCHESTER City midfielder James Milner rued two points dropped after England's champions were left fighting for their European survival by a hard-fought draw at home to Italy's pace-setters Roma.
CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho will gamble with the fitness of star turn Diego Costa after confirming the goalscoring sensation will lead his side’s line against Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League Group G clash tonight.