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Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe yesterday delivered the clearest message yet that she will realise her dream of competing at the Beijing Olympic Games. Radcliffe’s bid to win the only major honour to have eluded her has been in serious doubt since May when she discovered a stress fracture in her left thigh. But [...]
Kevin Pietersen insists the responsibility of captaining England won’t change him Kevin Pietersen believes the added responsibility of captaining his country will not affect his attacking playing style, as he prepares to lead England into an exciting new era. The 28-year-old was officially unveiled at Lord’s yesterday following the shock resignations of Michael Vaughan and [...]
A striker with barely a dozen league starts last season and another who flirted with a move all summer may not seem the safest bet to spearhead a title challenge. But Robin van Persie believes he and forward partner Emmanuel Adebayor are primed to end Arsenal’s three-year trophy drought. Van Persie made just 13 Premier [...]
Much of the concern surrounding Kevin Pietersen’s installation as England captain seems to focus on whether the added responsibility will alter his attacking playing style. But while it’s a valid point, I don’t think there’s any need for concern as KP has the confidence and belief in his own ability to carry both off to [...]
Ravi Bopara could be given the chance to revive his Test career at The Oval on Thursday after being drafted into the squad to replace the absent Michael Vaughan. Bopara has a disastrous record in his three Tests for England, but has won his way back into the hearts of the selectors after enjoying a [...]
Batsman Kevin Pietersen is red-hot favourite to be named England captain today after an emotional Michael Vaughan resigned yesterday. Vaughan stepped down less than 24 hours after defeat to South Africa in the third Test condemned England to a third defeat in five series. Struggling to hold back the tears, Vaughan announced he would be [...]
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has promised Nicolas Anelka a central striking role after the Frenchman thumped four goals in a 5-0 thrashing of AC Milan. Anelka has failed to shine in a variety of attacking roles since joining the Blues in January, but rediscovered his form as Chelsea ended their preseason trip to Russia [...]
Whether it be with bat, ball, or in the field, England have almost been a one-man team in the opening two days of this third Test. From one to 11 the only man to have played with any kind of confidence at all is Andrew Flintoff and if England are to steal anything from this [...]
David Bentley is convinced his arrival will help Tottenham break the so-called Big Four’s iron grip on Champions League qualification. Spurs have repeatedly failed to live up to expectations of reaching the lucrative and prestigious European club competition. Manager Juande Ramos was recruited from Sevilla last year and tasked with breaking into the top four, [...]
Yeats took his career earnings past the £1m mark with a superb performance to win the Goodwood Cup for a second time The triple Ascot Gold Cup winner powered his way past 33-1 shot Tungsten Strike in the closing stages to repeat his 2006 success for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The clear 8-15 favourite handed jockey [...]
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