NORTHERN Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has tipped compatriot Rory McIlroy to continue his recent resurgence and win the BMW Masters in Shanghai following an under par opening round yesterday.
CRICKET: Australia captain Michael Clarke is expected to overcome a back problem in time to take part in the first Ashes Test on 21 November.
BOXING: World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, 42, yesterday confirmed his intention to stand at the Ukrainian presidential election in 2015.
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DONCASTER hosts the final British Group One race of the season tomorrow when 11 runners line up for the Racing Post Trophy (3.50pm) over a mile.
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MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes believes hours of hard work on the training pitch is the secret to striker Wayne Rooney’s sparkling form for club and country.
ENGLAND flanker Chris Robshaw has dismissed talk of friction with fellow captaincy candidate Tom Wood, after the former’s reinstatement as skipper for the November internationals was confirmed yesterday.
OUTGOING manager Ian Holloway has urged Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish to appoint a new boss with greater Premier League experience in order to reignite the squad’s desire to avoid relegation.
OUT of favour striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to make his first Tottenham appearance of the season tonight against Sheriff Tiraspol, as boss Andre Villas-Boas entrusts the Togo forward with sealing Europa League progress with three matches to spa
TOUR de France champion Chris Froome admits he will be feeling the pressure when he begins the defence of his crown in England.
OVERALL, this is a balanced route, and one that favours Chris Froome at this stage simply due to his dominant ride in 2013.
ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook is confident conditions in Australia can aid his quest to rediscover top form, after the squad jetted Down Under yesterday ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series.
SHRUGGING off a nine-division demotion and financial meltdown to return to the pinnacle of English rugby might seem like scaling Everest, unless you have already helped turn Tesco from supermarket into superpower.
FORMER England captain Sir Ian Botham has been accused by Australia of “waffling on” after he predicted they would suffer an Ashes whitewash at home this winter.
UNITED States centre-back Oguchi Onyewu has vowed to drag QPR back into the Premier League after signing for the club on a free transfer.
CONTROVERSIAL England rugby league forward Gareth Hock insists he has been victimised after he was thrown out of the squad days before the start of the World Cup.
SHOOTING: Britain’s Charlotte Kerwood beat Germany’s Jana Beckmann in the gold medal match to win the women’s trap event at the Shotgun World Cup in Dubai yesterday.
FOOTBALL: Midfielder Jack Wilshere says Arsenal plan to avenge Tuesday’s home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Germany next month and get their Champions League campaign back on track. He said: “We went there in 2011 and drew 1-1.
FOOTBALL: Chelsea’s rivals should beware after striker Fernando Torres found form with two goals in Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League win at Schalke, according to goalkeeper Petr Cech.
RUGBY UNION: Experienced Ulster wing Andrew Trimble is the surprise omission from Ireland’s squad for their November Tests.
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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger admits his “naive” side have left themselves an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage after succumbing to ruthless Borussia Dortmund last night.
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CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho praised the professionalism of Fernando Torres after the striker marked his 100th Blues start with a brace in Germany last night.
RED BULL chiefs have denied that the addition of a Russian Grand Prix from next season was a factor in Toro Rosso’s surprise promotion of 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat.
ANGLO-FRENCH plans for a shake-up of European club rugby received a major boost last night when the four Welsh regions threw their weight behind the breakaway.
“IT WASN’T a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on,” former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says of the England job he turned down twice in his new book: My Autobiography, which goes on sale today.
GOALS from James Forrest and Beram Kayal fired 10-man Celtic off the bottom of Group H in last night’s 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League.
ENGLAND batsman Joe Root has been rewarded for his starring role in the Ashes earlier this year with a central contract, replacing Eoin Morgan in the 11-man list.
FOOTBALL: Manchester United have doubts over defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic for tonight’s Champions League visit from Real Sociedad. Midfielder Tom Cleverley and striker Danny Welbeck also missed training yesterday.
FOOTBALL: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has labelled CSKA Moscow’s pitch “unbelievable” ahead of tonight’s Champions League match.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has hailed his current team as far better than the Gunners side that beat Borussia Dortmund two years ago, as they prepare to renew hostilities this evening.
THE Football Association have charged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with improper conduct following his behaviour during Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff.
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FULHAM manager Martin Jol paid tribute to midfielder Pajtim Kasami’s goal of the season contender that piled the pressure on Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway last night.
FORMER World Cup winners France must overcome Ukraine in the European play-offs to reach the finals in Brazil next year.
BRITAIN’S Laura Robson has made the right decision in jettisoning a third coach in 18 months, according to former world No1 Stefan Edberg.
LONDON 2012 silver medallist Roger Federer hopes to play at the Rio Olympics in 2016, but former world No1 Boris Becker believes that ambition is “far fetched”.
TOTTENHAM winger Andros Townsend can emulate the world’s most expensive player and former team-mate Gareth Bale, according to defender Jan Vertonghen.
LIGHTING flares inside stadiums cannot become part of the culture of English football, the game’s police chief Andy Holt has warned.
ENGLAND will host Denmark in March in what is likely to be their final home friendly before next summer’s World Cup, the Football Association confirmed yesterday.
But plans put in place should they have to go it alone
SARACENS have urged Heineken to stay involved in European rugby following a trip to its Amsterdam brewery.
FORMER England star Paul Collingwood is planning to retire at the end of next season and is weighing up whether to pursue coaching or punditry.
RUGBY UNION: Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has been summoned by Bayonne chiefs amid reports he arrived at a club meeting under the influence of alcohol.
RUGBY LEAGUE: England coach Steve McNamara believes the shock warm-up defeat to Italy at the weekend can help them win the World Cup. McNamara believes losing 15-14 to the 500-1 tournament outsiders helped “blow away cobwebs”.
FOOTBALL: Liverpool have allowed England Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom to join Derby on loan for the rest of the season. It follows the return to fitness of Martin Kelly, who was sidelined for a year with a cruciate ligament injury.
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TRIUMPHANT Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was delighted to see his side back among the Premier League pacesetters after their victory at Villa Park yesterday.
TWO MEN were yesterday arrested after assistant referee David Bryan was hit by a flare during Tottenham’s 2-0 victory at Aston Villa, and manager Andre Villas-Boas believes such incidents have no place inside football grounds.
CHELSEA goalkeeper Petr Cech has insisted that the Blues’ controversial equaliser against Cardiff City on the weekend was valid, despite complaints that referee Anthony Taylor should have disallowed the goal.
FULHAM manager Martin Jol has assured the club’s fans that there is no problem with team spirit in the Cottagers’ camp, ahead of tonight’s clash with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
ALL SEASON ticket holders and Tottenham club members have been invited to take part in a survey to share their views on the use of the so-called “Y-word” during matches.