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Mark Cavendish wins final stage of Tour de San Luis in Argentina

• Cavendish gains revenge on Fernando Gaviria• Argentinian Dani Díez wins overall tour titleMark Cavendish won the seventh and final stage of the Tour de San Luis after beating his rival Fernando Gaviria in a frenzied sprint for the finish line.Cavendish went into the last day of the tour way down in 90th place after being pipped to the line by Gaviria in the first and third stages of the r

Yaya Sanogo shines at Southampton to keep Crystal Palace pushing on

• Sanogo impresses as Palace make it four from four under Pardew• Southampton take lead twice but crash out to resurgent Eagles• Match report: Southampton 2-3 Crystal PalaceIs there a more beguiling player in England than Yaya Sanogo? With his gangly frame and occasionally ropey first touch he has resembled a competition winner at times, a mess of limbs in a football kit, a blinking lost chil

José Mourinho tells Chelsea they must not dwell on shock Bradford loss

• Bradford debacle rocks José Mourinho• All eyes on Tuesday’s second-leg with Liverpool • Chelsea loss disgraceful says Mourinho - videoLike many men of a certain age, José Mourinho doesn’t do birthdays any more. What is there to celebrate when you have just ticked off another year towards your pension?And, anyway, what is there to celebrate when you have just become a laughing stock? When

Jessica Ennis-Hill ready for fight to recapture greatness

• Ennis-Hill has the desire, says British Athletics’ Neil Black• Olympic heptathlon champion preparing for comeback• Ennis-Hill aims to defend gold at Rio 2016Jessica Ennis-Hill is confident she can recapture her greatness as she prepares to return to competitive action after the birth of her first child, according to the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black. But Black has admit

Daniel Sturridge on standby for Liverpool after Bolton stalemate

• Liverpool lack forward threat against Neil Lennon’s Bolton• Sturridge could make overdue comeback against Chelsea• Match report: Liverpool 0-0 BoltonAnfield wallowed in Chelsea’s “disgrace” along with the majority while conscious that what might be good for Liverpool’s FA Cup prospects may have an adverse effect in the Capital One Cup. The trade-off does not concern Brendan Rodgers.Liver

Rudy Gestede inflates his hefty price tag as Blackburn see off Swansea

• Gary Bowyer: ‘I will not throw toys out of pram if Rudy is sold’• £200,000 purchase from Cardiff now has £5m valuation• Relive the action with Barry Glendenning’s MBM match reportThere was a time when Blackburn invited ridicule with their plans to sign superstars. Now, when they mention _galacticos_, it is a sign of the uncomplaining realism at Ewood Park. No sooner had Venky’s bought Rover

Nigel Pearson: Leicester need to channel FA Cup creativity into league form

• ‘We’ve shown at Tottenham and at places like Liverpool we can be a threat’• New goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer ‘will have a positive influence’• Spurs rue missed chances Nigel Pearson is a realist. The Leicester City manager is unlikely to get carried away when it comes to measuring his team’s chance of survival but even he conceded that the circumstances in which they came from behind to win th

Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini switches focus after Middlesbrough defeat

• Pellegrini defends decision to return late from Abu Dhabi• Boro well worth win but City will not lose sleep over exit• Pellegrini denies City’s late return causes Boro shockSo, Manuel Pellegrini, is it true that Manchester City disrespected the FA Cup and seriously underestimated Middlesbrough’s capabilities by taking a warm weather break in Abu Dhabi and only returning the evening before t

FA Cup round-up: Jose Baxter eyes further cup joy for Sheffield United

• Diego De Girolamo rescues replay for Blades against Preston• Darren Bent scores first for Derby to help sink Chesterfield• Hal Robson-Kanu’s late winner for Reading downs CardiffSheffield United have shown a steely determination when it comes to knockout competitions in recent years and it was evident again against Preston North End. Trailing to Paul Gallagher’s dipping free-kick, the vis

West Brom’s Tony Pulis not taking shocks or Anichebe’s form for granted

• Manager wary despite victory at Birmingham• ‘I don’t think Victor has fulfilled his potential because he’s always been injured’• Match report: Birmingham 1-2 West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion fans daring to dream results elsewhere mean this will be their year in the FA Cup should not get carried away, according to Tony Pulis. Lightning, warned their manager, is perfectly capable of s

Sunderland fans stuck in past, says Gus Poyet after Fulham stalemate

• Poyet asks for patience after boos from supporters• Sunderland manager claims fans pining for ‘kick-and-rush’ • Match report: Sunderland 0-0 FulhamGus Poyet has accused Sunderland supporters of “living in the past” and claims they are pining for the sort of “kick-and-rush” football played by the side once spearheaded by Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips.It is a highly contentious assertion

European Rugby Champions Cup round-up: Munster salvage some pride

• Munster run in nine tries in Sale victory• Toulouse fail to qualify after Montpellier win 27-26 • Castres v Harlequins match reportSimon Zebo and Andrew Conway both crossed twice as Munster dominated their Champions Cup dead-rubber against a young Sale side at Thomond Park. Both sides were out of the running in pool one but the Irish province salvaged some pride with a runaway 65‑10 bonus-p

Conor Coady goal for Huddersfield inflicts more misery on Wigan | Jeremy Alexander

Appointment of Malky Mackay as manager has not stopped the rot at Wigan, who are struggling two years after their FA Cup triumph• Were Wigan right to appoint Malky Mackay?Malky Mackay had no excuse for friendly banter after Wigan lost 1-0 at home to Huddersfield. It was their seventh defeat in 10 Championship games that have produced a single win since he took over as manager. In that time the

Racing Métro’s Jamie Roberts leaves Luther Burrell and Northampton trailing

• Northampton 8-32 Racing Métro• Roberts fired up for Wales’s Six Nations game against EnglandNorthampton qualified for the knock-out stage of Europe’s top competition for the first time since they reached the final in 2011 but that was scant consolation for the Premiership champions who were overwhelmed by a Racing Métro side whose only previous away victories this season had been at Montpell

Andy Goode fails to provide fairytale finish but Wasps advance

• Wasps 20-20 Leinster• Goode misses late drop goal but Wasps and Leinster reach last eight• Champions Cup has gone same way off the field as on itThere is still the matter of adjusting to the relocation of a London club from Sudbury to Coventry via Queens Park Rangers and High Wycombe but the Ricoh Arena is fast becoming a destination of choice. This was Champions Cup rugby at its very best,

Premier League given a grim warning by the FA Cup fairytales | Sean Ingle

Deloitte’s report showed the Premier League is the richest in the world. So shouldn’t its teams be doing better in the FA Cup and in European competitions?• Deloitte reveals world wealth rankings of football clubsIt was a weekend for football’s frog princes and ugly ducklings, when every fairytale seemed to come true. Bradford’s rags-over-riches comeback at Stamford Bridge provided the FA Cup

Africa Cup of Nations: Congo beat Burkina Faso to enter knockout stage

• Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso• Thievy Bifouma and Fabrice Ondama score in EbebiyinThievy Bifouma scored his second goal of the Africa Cup of Nations to set Congo on their way to a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso which took them into the knockout stages.The win, sealed by a second goal late on from the substitute Fabrice Ondama, eliminated the group favourites, who had been runners-up at the last final

Australian Open: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic in last-16 action

• Williams takes on the Spanish No24 seed Garbine Muguruza• Djokovic faces the unseeded Gilles Muller of LuxembourgOrder of play on the main showcourts on day eight of the Australian Open(prefix denotes seeding; play begins at midnight GMT on all courts) Continue reading...

Africa Cup of Nations: Equatorial Guinea beat Gabon and reach quarters

• Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Gabon• Read Nick Miller’s minute-by-minute report of the gameEquatorial Guinea reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals after second-half goals by Javier Balboa and the substitute Iban Salvador gave them a 2-0 win over Gabon in a pulsating Group A game on Sunday.The victory ensured the host nation finished runners-up with five points and advanced two points adr

Arsène Wenger remains wary despite Arsenal’s FA Cup victory at Brighton

• Cup holders Arsenal avoid giantkilling with 3-2 win at Brighton• Arsène Wenger says his team must keep focus to retain trophyArsène Wenger says Saturday’s FA Cup giantkilling spree makes him reluctant to declare Arsenal favourites to win the trophy this season. His team’s 3-2 victory at Brighton on Sunday made the holders the highest-placed Premier League team to reach the fifth round but th

The Dozen: the weekend's best FA Cup fourth round pictures

We round up our favourite pictures from this weekend’s Cup action Continue reading...

Senior Bowl: 10 players who boosted their NFL Draft prospects

North beat South 34-13 in Mobile, but more important than the result was the game’s bearing on April’s NFL Draft. These players took some impressive stridesWhile several participants in this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama have been projected as top 15 picks in this spring’s NFL Draft, the majority of the players from Saturday’s all-star game will have to fight, scratch and craw over th

Mesut Özil aided by Arsenal’s new readiness for tactical flexibility

The German scored against Brighton and combined well with Aaron Ramsey• Match report: Arsenal win 3-2 after scare from Brighton • Why 2015 will be a defining year for Mesut ÖzilIf there was any lingering doubt about Arsène Wenger’s faith in Mesut Özil, his team selection for the victory over Brighton set the record straight. It wasn’t merely that Özil started – that was always likely – it was

Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott return to put a spring in the step of Arsenal | Paul Doyle

Arsène Wenger can justifiably look forward to the coming months with optimism as two of his key players scored on their return• Arsenal beat Brighton to progress in FA CupBy the time you read this certain Arsenal players may have already posted self-congratulatory photos online. Or maybe they will have deigned to wait for more significant triumphs – and this match can only have increased confi

Clermont Auvergne 18-6 Saracens | European Rugby Champions Cup report

• Clermont Auvergne 18-6 Saracens• Saracens face Racing Métro in quarter-finals• Saracens put Munster to the swordThe good news for English rugby is that it will provide four clubs for the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, more than any other nation; the bad is that they will all have to travel. Saracens confirmed themselves as the fourth, taking the final runners-up spot, but there may ye

Kevin Pietersen’s England hopes hit again as Surrey rule out return

• Real prospect of no future involvement in English cricket• Pietersen described some on the county circuit as ‘muppets’• Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars reportKevin Pietersen’s hopes of playing Test cricket for England again have been handed another major blow after Surrey decided not to re-sign the controversial batsman.The county de-registeredPietersen just days before the release

Equatorial Guinea v Gabon: Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – live! | Nick Miller

Goals from Javier Balboa and Ivan Edu were enough to secure Equatorial Guinea’s 2-0 win over Gabon and their place in the next round 7.58pm GMT Well, extraordinary scenes in Bata, as seemingly an entire country completely loses the thread. And why not? It’s a remarkable story, and while their progression does pose a number of questions about the tournament as a whole, we’ll leave those for

Aston Villa and Fabian Delph show they mean business and share goals | Peter Lansley

Paul Lambert’s side ended their scoring drought against Bournemouth and after their ‘future captain’ made a big-screen pledge• Match report• Midfielder announces contract at stadiumThere was a showbiz feel to Fabian Delph announcing his commitment to Aston Villa directly over the big screen that, no doubt timed to spread a feelgood factor around the ground, was distinctly out of keeping with

Horse racing tips: Monday 26 January

Uranium has yet to make his mark since arriving from France, but attracts in the penultimate contest at Ludlow1.45 Cape Caster (nb) 2.15 Forgivienne Continue reading...

Willie Mullins excited by Un De Sceaux as Hurricane Fly warms hearts

• Hurricane Fly cheered after fifth win in Irish Champion Hurdle• Un De Sceaux cut for Cheltenham following Leopardstown win• Hurricane Fly and Jezki in gripping Christmas showdownAs Ireland’s pre-eminent trainer took all three of the Graded events on the card here on Sunday, it felt as though the past, present and future of Irish jumping all belong to Willie Mullins. Most of the spectators w

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