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.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 vs MANCHESTER CITY 2
NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew was forced to apologise for an expletive-laden tirade at opposite number Manuel Pellegrini yesterday as Manchester City reclaimed top spot in the Premier League.
SARACENS director of rugby Mark McCall is eyeing victory against Connacht next weekend in order to restore his side’s reputation among Europe’s elite following yesterday’s 21-11 Heineken Cup defeat to Toulouse.
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster has challenged fly-halves Stephen Myler and George Ford to stake a claim for a place in next year’s World Cup squad following their inclusion in the 35-man party to prepare for the Six Nations.
BEN CLEMINSON AND BILL ESDAILE WITH THE WEEKEND’S BEST FOOTBALL AND RACING BETS
BOOKIES believe it is Manchester City’s title to throw away this year and the 2012 champions are doing their bit to repay the layers’ faith at the moment.
THERE’S a tremendous card packed with quality at Warwick tomorrow and I’m forecasting a big day for Rebecca Curtis as the Welsh-based handler is set to send a number of intriguing contenders up the M5.
MANCHESTER CITY 6 vs WEST HAM UNITED 0
BELEAGUERED West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believed there was no disgrace in seeing his makeshift team become the fourth side this season to ship at least six goals at the Etihad Stadium.
WORLD governing body Fifa insisted yesterday that the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar would not definitely be staged in the winter, just hours after secretary general Jerome Valcke had declared it would switch from its regular summer slot.
FORMULA ONE: Prosecutors have labelled seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher an “extremely good skier” and said he was not travelling at a dangerous speed in a fall on 29 December which caused a severe head injury.