*Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were Reals heroes as Liverpool were soundly beaten by the European champions*Paul Doyles MBM report on Anderlecht v Arsenal*Liverpool v Real Madrid: Champions League in pictures 9.37pm BST On the final whistle, Anfield rises to warmly applaud Real Madrid, who have been as brilliant tonight as their own heroes have been dismal. A lesson learned? The
*Minute-by-minute updates from Group D*Follow all the scores from around Europe here*Email your musings to email@example.com*Follow Liverpool v Real with Scott Murray here 9.29pm BST Anderlecht substitution: 20-year-ol Praet goes off after an excellent performance, to be replaced by defensive midfielder Dendoncker. 9.28pm BST 86 min: Its all Anderlecht. Arsenal are in
Governing body finds no breach of conditions Uefa considering allowing women and children in for freeKompany: Why the hell were only CSKA fans allowed in?Uefa has confirmed it will take no action against CSKA Moscow despite the presence of supporters in the stadium for the Champions League tie against Manchester City on Tuesday night.The Russian side were ordered to play three European mat
Chris Robshaw confirmed as captain of 33-man squad Stephen Myler included ahead of Danny Cipriani Jonathan Joseph replaces injured Manu TuilagiStuart Lancaster can name England squad with open mindThe England head coach Stuart Lancaster has included the Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni and the Saracens lock George Kruis in his 33-man squad for the autumn internationals at Twickenham. Rokoduguni h
Froome could prioritise Giro dItalia and Vuelta a España I will have to give it some careful considerationTour de France 2015 route revealedThe 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome has hinted he may miss the 2015 edition in favour of a possible attempt at the Giro dItalia and Vuelta a España, which he feels may offer more balanced routes that are more suitable to his blend of time triallin
*Vido Loncar attacked ref after loss*AIBA has zero tolerance for this behaviourThe Croatian boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been barred for life by the International Boxing Association for assaulting the referee in a recent contest.Loncar had to be dragged from the ring after he attacked the Polish referee Maciej Dziurgot following a loss to the Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis in the
British No1 defeats Melzer 6-3, 6-3 Murray sets up second-round meeting with Italys Fabio FogniniBritish No1 now in eighth place in Race to LondonAndy Murray opened his Valencia Open challenge with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jürgen Melzer, although his performance failed to inspire in the Spanish city.In a match littered with poor serves and unforced errors, the third seed, who won the title here
*University of North Carolina turned a blind eye to fraud*African and Afro-American Studies a paper classAn academic fraud investigation at the University of North Carolina has found that more than 3,100 students were involved in a shadow curriculum that occurred over nearly two decades.The investigation reveals a wider scope of academic fraud than previous probes by the school and the N
Anything the government can do to make this happen we will Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons to meet at Wembley London franchise only six or seven years awayGeorge Osborne has held talks with NFL officials and pledged government support for a London-based American Football team.The NFL has staged a series of games at Wembley since 2007, attracting near-capacity crowds. The Detroit Lions a
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Irish handler allegedly had unlicensed animal remedies at yard An 18-strong British raiding party will travel to Breeders CupThe long, interrupted story of Philip Fenton and the raid on his training stable in January 2012 that revealed banned animal medicines, including anabolic steroids, will take another step forward in County Tipperary on Thursday when the case moves to a full trial.Fent
*League plans to wait until farther down the process*NFL is overhauling handling of such cases*Ray Rice filing grievance against Ravens*Adrian Peterson to plead not guiltyPunishment for NFL players implicated in domestic violence will not be imposed upon arrest but at some point farther down the process, said a key figure charged with overhauling the leagues handling of such cases.
Michael Cheika is confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and is immediately charged with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year. Four days after his predecessor Ewen McKenzie quit the job the 47-year-old was handed a three-year contract. Cheika is the third Wallabies coach in 15 months Continue reading...
London Legacy Development Corporation to make up shortfall Total costs for West Hams new stadium will rise to £619mWork to convert the Olympic Stadium into a permanent home for West Ham United and athletics will cost £36m more than expected, it has been confirmed, taking the total confirmed spend so far to £619m.It emerged earlier this week that contractors Balfour Beatty had encountered di
Pakistan 219 for four after day one of first Test in Dubai Khan out for 106; Michell Johnson takes three for 22 Two debutants feature for each sideThe Pakistan batsman Younis Khan and the Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson shared the spotlight on an even first day of the first Test in Dubai.Younis registered his record-equalling 25th Test century in a stumps total of 219 for four, before b
Has Stuart Lancaster put an emphasis on functionality rather than flair with his 33-man squad for the autumn internationals?England name Rokoduguni and Kruis in 33-man squadSemesa Rokoduguni Continue reading...
*Rice was cut after video emerged of him hitting fiancee*Would receive $3.52m from Ravens if successful*NFL Union appeals Ray Rice suspension*Goodell wants you to accept his nightmare of sexismRay Rice is to file a grievance against the Baltimore Ravens for the teams decision to terminate his contract. The Ravens cut Rice hours after a video emerged of the running back hitting his th
ICC: we hope the matter will be resolved amicablyIndia suspend all future West Indies toursThe Spin: the new ICCs first giant testThe International Cricket Council has admitted it does not have the power to intervene in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.The future of the West Indies national side is up in the air following the s
*Hird had been expected to be sacked*Mark Thompsons future remains unclearSenior Essendon official Neil Craig is adamant that James Hird will be the clubs coach next season.Hirds future in the role appeared tenuous at the start of this month after he broke ranks with the club over their unsuccessful joint federal court actions. There was widespread speculation at the time that Essendon w
Kosovo can send independent team to Rio in 2106 Serbia opposed IOCs move to recognise KosovoKosovo has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee, clearing the way for the former Serbia province to send a team to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The IOC executive made the decision on Wednesday and proposed that full recognition be granted at the IOC general assembly in Monaco in December. T
Romanian wins 6-0, 6-2 in WTA Finals group match World No1 Williams suffers her heaviest defeat since 1998Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world No1 Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one - embarrassment.One of the games all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold me
The golfers autobiography is his usual mix of comedy and controversy, but hes still a man youd like to go for a pint withPoulter rediscovers his Ryder Cup midas touchPoulter hits back at Faldo over García criticismIan Poulter cannot be accused of seeking to cash in on short-term success. The publication of his autobiography this week, after all, comes towards the end of what the charismatic E
Players need a performance in the Champions League Brendan Rodgers: Mario Balotelli will be well-motivated Gareth Bale ruled out with muscle injury Álvaro Arbeloa: Anfield is uniqueSteven Gerrard is demanding a much improved performance from his inconsistent Liverpool side against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Anything resembling the lacklustre display against Queens Park Rangers on Sun
Striker suffered groin injury against Maribor on Tuesday José Mourinho had feared a two week lay-off We will see with the scan. I dont think its too bad Chelsea 6-0 Maribor: five talking pointsLoïc Rémy remains hopeful that he will be fit to play against Manchester United on Sunday despite José Mourinho saying that he expects the Chelsea striker to be unavailable after he suffered a groin in
The Marco Botti-trained Dandino has been pulled out of the Melbourne Cup after suffering a setback in trainingTony Paley: The Marco Botti-trained Dandino has been pulled out of the Melbourne Cup after suffering a setback in training. Continue reading...
2015 Tour begins in Utrecht on 4 July Penultimate stage takes in 21 hairpins to Alpe dHuezChris Froome may not compete in 2015 Tour2010 champion Andy Schleck announces retirementThe decisive moments of the 2015 Tour de France are set to take place at Alpe dHuez after the route of the 102nd edition of the race was unveiled in Paris.The Tour, which begins in Utrecht, Holland on 4 July, conc
In order to make the game more compelling, the NBA experimented with a shortened preseason game on Sunday, but the real problem is that the 82 game regular season is too longOn Sunday, the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 at Barclays Center in an experimental preseason game that lasted just 44 minutes. The purpose of the exhibition was supposedly to see if a shorter game clock woul
Teenager visited Cirque le Soir after recent England game Forward left out of starting team due to tiredness Reported for club training as normalLiverpool are unconcerned by a report that Raheem Sterling visited a London nightclub until the early hours on the night after his return from Estonia, where he had featured as a substitute for England in their 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory.Ste
Manchester City captain angry at away fans absence 350 people watched game despite stadium closure for racism Pellegrini admits City struggled with the coldVincent Kompany has angrily asked why the hell Manchester City fans were not at Tuesday evenings 2-2 Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow after the Russian club had a large contingent cheering them on at the Arena Khimki despite their st