Aaron Cresswell is crucial for West Ham, Manchester United should play on the counter and is this Burnleys moment? Continue reading...
Midfielder to miss Sundays derby and CSKA clash Sustained blow in Wednesdays loss to Newcastle Yaya Touré hopeful of overcoming groin complaintDavid Silva will be out for three weeks with a knee ligament injury in what is a sizeable blow to Manchester City ahead of Sundays 168th derby and Wednesday evenings crucial Champions League match with CSKA Moscow. However Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful
Bath will not be pressured into picking Burgess at centre Mike Ford believes 25-year-olds union future lies in packBurgess excited but not putting timescale on debutBath have made clear they view their new signing Sam Burgess as a forward and will not be pressured by England into picking him at centre. The club also indicated that Burgess, who has swapped rugby league for union after helpi
Money always talked but once you could rise from sweeping the floor to running teams built from scratch. Now, as Marussia and Caterham teeter, the best-funded have all the powerOne by one, the legendary figures of a golden era Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Tony Brooks, Jackie Stewart rose from their chairs to pay tribute to one of their great contemporaries. Above them as they stood at the micro
Pakistan 570- 6 declared; Australia 22-1 Andy Bull: In praise of the Pakistan teamPakistan all but ensured a first Test series win over Australia in 20 years, with Younis Khans fifth double century and a hundred from Misbah-ul-Haq leaving them in a handsome position on day two in Abu Dhabi.Following victory in the opening match, Pakistan need only a draw to win the two-match series and a fi
Stuart Cummings blasts choice for Australia v England Kiwi Henry Perenara to referee New-Zealand v SamoaAustralia 12-30 New Zealand England 32-26 SamoaStuart Cummings, a director of World Cup match officials and former Test referee, has criticised the organisers of the Four Nations for failing to appoint neutral officials for this weekends round of fixtures.Social media have been flooded w
Westwood recorded hole in one on the par three 11th Westwood tied for third, three shots behind Billy HurleyA spectacular hole in one helped Lee Westwood surge into contention for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on Friday.Westwood needed a hybrid club on the 226-yard 11th hole but saw his perfectly-struck tee shot land 10 feet from the pin and roll inexorably into the h
The world champion boxer is known to dislike the spotlight but is excited at the prospect of a title defence in South KoreaFor Savannah Marshall, the buildup to defending the world title she won on her 21st birthday in China two years ago has been the worst part. I hate flying, Im really bad, says the six-foot middleweight from Hartlepool before one of her last sparring sessions at the Great Br
Knicks ruin NBA megastars return to Ohio with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers, after thousands of fans pack the streets outside the arena*Will the return of LeBron end the Cleveland curse?LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didnt look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.His homecoming was horrendous. Continue reading...
Australia coach Michael Cheika refuses to rule out Kurtley Beale joining Wallabies on tour in Europe. At a press conference on Thursday, he also comments on his decision to make flanker Matt Hodgson acting captain for Saturday's match at Twickenham against the Barbarians. Hodgson and centre Matt Toomua praise Cheika's work with the Wallabies Continue reading...
The Wallabies third coach in 15 months has been backed to make an instant impact by former pupil Brian ODriscollCall it the Darren Lehmann effect. As with the storm-tossed Wallabies, no one thought much of the Australia cricket team when Lehmann was lobbed the head coachs job in place of Mickey Arthur two weeks before the 2013 Ashes in England. Within a few months the new man was presiding over
A teacher, a former tennis starlet and plenty of NFL experience all feature in the United Staes squad set to face the All Blacks New Zealand ready to leave USA a lasting legacy in Chicago Interview: US Eagles captain Todd CleverAge 27 Caps 26 Continue reading...
The prospect of a sell-out crowd watching a rugby match at Soldier Field would have been unheard of two decades ago Interview with USA captain Todd CleverIn the run-up to Saturdays historic Test between the USA and New Zealand at Soldier Field, the All Blacks have been in Chicago for a week. The citys 2.7 million residents have thus had genuine world champions in their midst. However, many of
Bailey signed as replacement for retired Justin Poore Im ready for a new challenge at Hull KR, says BaileyHull KR have signed the long-serving Leeds Rhino forward Ryan Bailey on a two-year contract.The Robins have acted quickly to fill the void created by the sudden retirement of Australian prop Justin Poore by recruiting Bailey, who has spent all his career at the Rhinos, with whom he won
The batsmans return gives him a deserved chance to heal the wounds of his sudden demise and is a comforting throwbackAt first glance there was something very welcome, but also slightly startling about the news this week of Jonathan Trotts selection in the England Lions squad, accompanied by some cautious talk of a possible reinstatement in time to the full Test team. For the bruised and wary En
Seven horses have been declared for the first major race of the core jumps season, plus tips for Fridays actionThe Charlie Hall has been reduced to seven runners at the overnight stage, so, as anticipated on here earlier in the week, each-way players are reduced to hoping for two places at a quarter the odds. From a betting perspective, its hardly ideal for one of the good early races of the co
Austrian cyclist Matthias Brändle set a new hour cycling record in Switzerland on Thursday with a total distance of 51.85km (32.21 miles). Brändle broke the record previously set by German Jens Voigt who set the previous record of 51.1km (31.75 miles) six weeks ago Continue reading...
A nice juxtaposition in the Ontario Hockey League, courtesy of a perfectly placed advertising hoarding in front of the Ottawa 67s' team bench Continue reading...
Previews of key games in NFL week nine, including two QB greats going head-to-head at Foxboro, plus your chance to take part in our Pick Six contestSo here we are then, the midway point of the NFL regular season. Time to pause and reflect, asking big questions like: is this Arizona Cardinals team for real? Does anyone even want to win the NFC South? Could we really find ourselves watching the
Our award was only related to the sport, says Fina executive German MP says that giving Putin award is insensitiveSwimmings world governing body has defended a decision to award its highest honour to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, saying it had nothing to do with politics.Fina has been criticised over the timing of the decision with relations between Russia and the Nato alliance und
This week's quiz requires good knowledge of playing surfaces, pop stars and league tables from the English football pyramid Continue reading...
Beale fined A$3,000 for in-flight argument with Patston Wallabies are prepared to embrace Beale Patston says she felt bullied during texting scandalAustralias Kurtley Beale has been sanctioned for the second time in a week, receiving a A$3,000 (£1650) fine on Friday for his part in an argument with the former Wallabies team business manager on a flight between South Africa and Argentina last
Flanagan has undergone education courses after being stood down in 2013 over the clubs controversial supplement programCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been cleared to return to the club from suspension by the NRL.Flanagan was stood down for a year on December 17 in relation to Cronullas 2011 supplement program but he was eligible to return after nine months if he satisfactorily completed
Murray wins 6-3, 6-3 in third round of Paris Masters Victory seals Murrays place at season-ending event in LondonIf there is one thing well known about Andy Murray by now, it is that he comes out swinging when his back is up against the wall. Or, indeed, when it has been under a surgeons knife. Murray was under supreme pressure when he dropped to 12th in the world after losing to Novak Djokovi
ARU boss says he wants Wallabies star back in the fold but warns that he must be focused on behavioursThe Australian Rugby Union has fined controversial star Kurtley Beale $3,000 over his in-flight verbal altercation with members of the Wallabies management team.It follows the $45,000 finewhich an ARU code of conduct tribunal imposed on Beale last week for his text message scandal. Conti
The San Antonio Spurs centre on working with Becky Hammon, how to make the perfect sandwich and being a rap guruHi Matt! How are you? Great Small Talk! How are you?Youve been off since you won the NBA finals with the San Antonio Spurs in June so youve had the whole summer off. What have you been up to? Its been a very hectic, busy summer. After winning the championship, there were a lot of
Executives believe the split in Caribbean cricket will be sorted before the World Cup and next summers tour of AustraliaCricket Australia is budgeting on the West Indies pay kerfuffle being resolved in time for the Caribbean team to tour Australia next summer as planned.West Indies shocked the cricketing world earlier this month when they walked out on their tour of India due to the long-r
Former England captain has yet to sign contract extension I wont be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this seasonLiverpools captain Steven Gerrard has cast doubt on his future at Anfield, with the 34-year-old still yet to agree terms on a new contract and his deal due to expire at the end of the season.Gerrard has spent his entire career with Liverpool and announced his retirement f
Governing body has investigated 121 cases in last three years Ashley Coles £90,000 fine is highest paid so farHarry Redknapp defends banned Rio FerdinandIt is the fundamental rule of Twitter: Think Before You Tweet. Yet scores of people in football, ranging from global superstars to non-league officials, have broken it after they have felt the red mist descend. The consequences have included
Mercedes driver calls fairness of reward into question Points rule brought in for the first time for Abu DhabiFamily of Jules Bianchi issue new statementFIA accident panel looking into Bianchis crashLewis Hamilton has joined the majority of people in Formula One by criticising the decision to award double points for the final race in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, a change which could make a lott