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PORTSMOUTH’S Peter Crouch insists he is optimistic about keeping his place in the England starting line-up, following rival Emile Heskey’s return to fitness. Crouch marked his start against Ukraine in April with a goal but faces a battle for selection against Kazakhstan on Saturday now that Heskey, a favourite of head coach Fabio Capello, is [...]
Tennis: French Open, quarter-finals, British Eurosport and BBC Interactive, from 10am. Cricket: ICC World Twenty 20 warm-ups, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Sky Sports 1, 1pm; England v Scotland, Sky Sports 1, 5pm. Racing: Ripon, Southwell, At The Races, 1.45pm; Folkestone, Sedgefield, At The Races, 6pm
DEFENDING champion Rafael Nadal’s bid for a fifth successive French Open title ended abruptly yesterday in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history. The world No1 took a 31-match unbeaten run at Roland Garros into his clash with Robin Soderling, but was always on the back foot against the 23rd seed and slumped [...]
BRITISH and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan is today set to name a much-changed side for Wednesday’s second tour match, against Golden Lions. McGeechan has been forced to shuffle his pack with a number of players already nursing injuries, just a week into the tour of South Africa. Centre Keith Earls, who made a [...]
GIANT Bath wing Matt Banahan has been drafted into the senior England squad after Harlequins’ David Strettle was ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Argentina with an abdominal injury. Banahan earned himself promotion from the second string Saxons squad by impressing in Saturday’s 33-26 defeat to the Barbarians at Twickenham. The Jersey-born player, [...]
CRICKET: England captain Paul Collingwood believes home advantage will ensure they improve on their previous World Twenty20 showing when this year’s competition begins this week. The Durham all-rounder skippered England to just one win from five matches at the inaugural event in South Africa in 2007. But he said: “We know what England is all [...]
GOLF: Rank outsider Christian Cevaer clinched only his second tour title by holding out for a one-shot victory at the European Open at the London Club in Kent. The Frenchman, ranked 449 in the world, could only manage a two-over-par final round of 74, but on seven under pipped Steve Webster, Gary Orr and Alvaro [...]
FORMULA ONE: Former driver Alexander Wurz is reportedly set to return to F1 next season as team principal of new entrants Team Superfund. The former Williams, McLaren and Benetton racer is not expected to drive but will head up the team funded by Austrian tycoon Christian Baha, founder of investment company Superfund. The team is [...]
Tennis: French Open, Day Nine, British Eurosport and BBC interactive, 10am.Cricket: Australia v Bangladesh, ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Sky Sports 1, 1pm.Cricket: Pakistan v South Africa, ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Sky Sports 1, 5pm.Football: England v Scotland, Under-Setanta Sports 1, 6:45pm (kick-off 7pm).
ITALIAN coach Carlo Ancelotti last night paved the way for his expected arrival at Chelsea by parting company with AC Milan – and admitted he would like to bring Brazil superstar Kaka with him. Ancelotti is tipped to this week be confirmed as the replacement for Guus Hiddink, who completed a successful stint as temporary [...]
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