DEFLATED England skipper Alastair Cook refused to pull any punches after his side wilted under a brutal onslaught from world champions India during a 133-run thrashing in the second one-day international at Cardiff yesterday.
OLD foes Sheffield United returned to haunt West Ham after Ecuador striker Enner Valencia’s missed spot-kick sent Nigel Clough’s side through to the Capital One Cup third round at Upton Park last night.
WORLD Cup-winning captain Katy McLean is confident full-time contracts will keep English rugby at the top of the women’s game after the sport’s governing body confirmed top female players will be paid for the first time.
GRITTY Andy Murray admits he was unsure whether the best strategy was to stick or twist after being engulfed by cramp, but powered through to beat Holland’s Robin Haase and avoid a shock first-round exit at the US Open at Flushing Meadows yesterda
FORMULA One drivers’ championship leader Nico Rosberg has denied Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s claim that the German admitted to causing a crash with the Briton at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
LIVERPOOL could hand Mario Balotelli a debut in Monday’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash against former club Manchester City after closing in on a £16m deal for the controversial AC Milan star yesterday.
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TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino praised the impact of his super subs as Spurs overturned a half-time deficit to secure a narrow first-leg lead in their Europa League qualifier against AEL last night.
UNDER-SIEGE former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has denied accusations he is racist, sexist and homophobic and insists the offensive messages he did send – which dashed his hopes of landing the Crystal Palace job – were isolated cases.
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ON day three of the Ebor meeting, York plays host to two races within the QIPCO British Champions Series, the first being the Group Two Lonsdale Cup (2:30pm).
TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino is focused on the bigger picture as Spurs take their first step towards securing Europa League football this season with a first-leg qualifier against AEL in Cyprus tonight.
CARETAKER manager Keith Millen looks increasingly likely to take charge of Crystal Palace’s Premier League match with West Ham on Saturday after negotiations with leading candidate Malky Mackay stalled yesterday.
CELTIC are in pole position to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the third consecutive season after Callum McGregor scored the all-important away goal as the Bhoys drew 1-1 with Slovenian side NK Maribor last night.
IN ALL sport winning is a habit and, though the personnel will be slightly different, the emphatic manner in which England won the Test series means it will be extremely hard for India to reverse that trend in the one-day series, which starts on M
TRAILBLAZER Max Verstappen believes he has already navigated the harshest transition of his career as he prepares to become the youngest Formula One driver in history when he debuts during next year’s championship.
CRYSTAL PALACE’S turbulent start to the new season continued yesterday after the club were fined by the Premier League following the leaking of team information prior to the vital relegation battle with Cardiff City in April.
CHAMPIONS League qualification may be worth around £35m per season to Arsenal, but boss Arsene Wenger insists a financial windfall will not be on his mind when the Gunners face Besiktas in tonight’s group stage play-off.