José Mourinho plans protest at being made to play on Sunday Manager to seek Abramovich's consent but could forfeit titleJosé Mourinho is threatening to rest virtually his entire Chelsea team and potentially hand Liverpool the Premier League title after revealing he will seek permission from Roman Abramovich to pick a deliberately weakened side in protest at being made to play the game on Sunda
Former wicketkeeper resigns from Sri Lanka post Will work under new England coach Peter MooresPaul Farbrace is expected to be confirmed as England's new assistant coach on Wednesday after this summer's opponents Sri Lanka teed up the announcement with confirmation of his resignation. Continue reading...
LTA's Downey at odds with previous administration 'We have to let the talent exceed expectations'Michael Downey, the Canadian entrusted with the immediate and long-term future of British tennis, is keen to bury the dependency culture that many think handcuffed the game in this country until the arrival of Andy Murray, as well as to instil more "hunger" in domestic players and coaches."Wheth
Former doctor and trainer are handed eight-year-bans Trio all worked for Armstrong's US Postal Service team Bruyneel 'at apex of conspiracy to commit widespread doping'Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency con
Van Gaal and Ancelotti are the leading candidates Moyes unhappy at the way his sacking was handledSir Alex Ferguson will be asked to take a prominent role in deciding Manchester United's next manager despite an acknowledgement within the club that he was responsible for choosing the wrong man last time.United are deliberating between Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti to replace David Moye
Dortmund coach says his contract is 'not breakable' Describes Reds as 'a great club with wonderful fans' Daniel Taylor: Moyes has missed every possible target Poll: who could replace Moyes at Manchester United? Moyes: a timeline of his ill-fated time at Old TraffordJürgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the Manchester United job. The 46-year-old told the Guardian: "Man Utd is a great club an
Former defender unhappy at treatment of Scot 'It's not the way the club should portray itself'Gary Neville is disappointed with the way Manchester United have handled the sacking of David Moyes.The Scot was dismissed on Tuesday after nearly 10 months in charge at Old Trafford which have seen the club go from being Premier League champions to failing to qualify for next season's Champions L
The three-time world title holder beat Taj Burrow in an all-Australian final, winning with a score of 16.83 to Burrows 13.46Defending and three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning has won the final of the RipCurl Pro at Bells Beach, beating Taj Burrow in an all-Australian final. The 32-year-old has now won at Bells three times, coming first with a score of 16.83 to Burrows 13.46. Fann
Following a brief flirtation with the 15-man code, Marshall's apparent NRL comeback is the best new of the weekBest news of the rugby league week? There has been plenty to be cheerful about, with stirring televised derbies in east Hull and St Helens in the first half of the Easter programme, upbeat occasions in Perpignan, Castleford and Widnes in the second, and the best part of 100,000 attendi
*Blues confirm departure of former NRL star*Player says he would prefer move to a Sydney clubA "washed up" Benji Marshall has denied he's set to join Cronulla but admits his promise to not play for another NRL team than the Wests Tigers was premature.Marshall was officially granted a release from his Super Rugby contract with the Blues on Wednesday after just two months of playing the 15
A trip to the races at The Championships reveals the event is dripping with sex and money and they are powerful, driving forcesRoyal Randwick Racecourse on a big day bubbles like a massive wedding. Its a giant Dimboola of 25,000 people in their slinky best, expensive suits and ties and cufflinks, sticky-up hair, make-up, lipstick and fluffy hats, and hats that arent even hats at all but rathe
Benji Marshall has come in for criticism over his code switch but he was never given a chance to succeed with the BluesIt's hard not to feel sorry for Benji Marshall. He leaves rugby union a broken man, the victim of a first class stitch up by Blues coach Sir John Kirwan. So much so that Marshall actually believes he was doomed to fail. It just didn't work out for him at the Blues, Marshall t
Mark McCall says players have matured since teams last met 'Our game has evolved and players are on top of their games'Saracens have warned Clermont Auvergne to expect a far tougher Heineken Cup collision than when the sides last met in the knockout stages two years ago. The French club's 22-3 win in Watford in 2012was described as "men against boys" by the home coach Mark McCall, who predicts
Dan Snyder said people need to 'focus on reality' concerning Native American matters instead of criticising team's nicknameWashington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname."We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said. "The real issues are re
New Zealander notorious for indiscretions 'This couldn't have come at a better time'Essex have taken what can only be described as a major gamble in signing Jesse Ryder, the wild man of New Zealand and arguably world cricket, as their overseas player for all competitions this season.Ryder, a hard-hitting 29-year-old left-hander, recently undermined his own courageous and heartening comeback
BBC racing presenter incensed by the falling standards in his sportIf Peter O'Sullevan was for decades the voice of BBC television coverage of horse racing, its face for more than 30 years was the presenter Julian Wilson, who has died aged 73 of prostate cancer. With his immaculate appearance and patrician accent, Wilson's style seemed to underline the social stratification of racing, and he ha
McManus finally wins 10-7 at World Snooker Championships Fourth seed Ding Junhui loses to qualifier Michael WasleyJohn Higgins joined Ding Junhui as a Crucible casualty as the four-time world champion was bundled out in Sheffield by his fellow Scot Alan McManus.A second successive first-round loss at the World Championship for Higgins came after a misfiring performance, as he lost 10-7 to h
Bantamweight to fight in Newcastle on 7 June 'I'm not letting my world title go', says championStuart Hall has vowed to extend his reign as International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion when he takes on Ellesmere Port's unbeaten Paul Butler in Newcastle on 7 June.The 34-year-old Hall made an unsatisfactory first defence of his title in March when opponent Martin Ward suffered a bad
It takes a lot for a shot taken during training to stand out. Access is often limited, light can be terrible and the action not so intense, but every once in a while, one stands out. This photo from a Brisbane Roar training session works because of the bold silhouettes, the reflection and patterns in the dew on the grass, and the use of depth of field. Continue reading...
*Richard Gibson was at Yorkshire v Northants*Andy Wilson was at Lancashire v Warwickshire 4.54pm BST The rain swept back in just one over after tea with Northants 118-2. Kyle Coetzer became Ryan Sidebottom's second victim of the innings in the over before the interval when he chased a wide one a soft departure, particularly given the fight the visitors displayed in the 35 overs possible
Ut Majeur Almes at Perth is the best bet of the dayEpsom1.45 Stone Of Folca 2.20 Vital Evidence 2.50 Marzocco 3.25 Rock Choir 4.00 D'Avignon 4.35 Mime Dance Continue reading...
Trainer firmly believes colt has makings of a Classic winner Stable set to have three runners in Newmarket raceRichard Hannon, who is as short as 10-11 to win the trainers' championship in his first season with a licence, will attempt to win a British Classic at the first time of asking too when he sends three runners to the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday week. At least one of Hannon's
Briton admits 80-point advantage over field could be cut after race which features finish she describes as 'painful'Lizzie Armitstead has dominated the UCI Women's World Cup this spring and taken a more than healthy lead three rounds in to the nine-event competition. But as the Olympic silver medallist acknowledges, the equation will change abruptly on Wednesday when she has to defend her 80-po
The world coal-carrying championships took place on Monday in Gawthorpe, Yorkshire. The participants have to run 1km with a sack containing 50kg of coal. Chris Birkin was this year's winner, with a time of four minutes and 46 seconds. The championships have been held every Easter Monday for the last 50 years Continue reading...
World No2's wrist injury not as bad as first feared Doubts allayed over Serbian's French Open participationNovak Djokovic is optimistic of being fit for the Madrid Masters in two weeks after his wrist injury was found to be not as serious as first thought.The world No2 suffered the right wrist problem in training ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters, where as defending champion he lost to Roger
Week one of the playoffs brought highlights such as Nathan MacKinnon's goals and lowpoints like Brent Seabrook and Matt Cooke's foulsWeve watched a week of NHL playoff hockey, and theres been plenty to talk (and tweet) about. At times, its been glorious, and at others, totally shameful. But thats basically what you get at this time of the year, depending on the game. After all, this is when a
Chelsea lose ground in Premier League; Lewis Hamilton wins in China; Peter Moores appointed England cricket coachBernard Hopkins continued his one-man campaign to make young boxers respect their elders when the 49-year-old became the oldest fighter to unify world championships retaining the IBF Light Heavyweight title and gaining the WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight belts. He won a split-d
The best images from the Vicente CalderónThere is no point dressing it up as something it was not. At this level it is rare to see such a lack of vibrant football, or so many occasions when passes are misplaced and two sides play with so little penetration. The setting was wonderful, in one of Madrid's great venues, with the Almudena cathedral as the impressive backdrop. The din was as good as
Dawson's 16-year reign to end next September Key figure in securing golf's return to OlympicsPeter Dawson is to retire as chief executive of the R&A and secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews next year, it was announced on Tuesday.The R&A released a statement on Tuesday confirming that Dawson will step down in September 2015. Continue reading...
The head coach was a failure the first time and there is no reason to think he has learnt from his mistakesThe future of English cricket, it transpires, looks remarkably like its past, only a little greyer around the temples. So those of us who have followed this story through all its improbable twists and turns, who kept faith through all the questionable selections, the decisions to cut Kevin