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Roy Hodgson leaves Daniel Sturridge out of England squad

Hodgson opts against picking Sturridge for qualifiers Surprise call-ups for Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey Brendan Rodgers expected Sturridge to be left out Liverpool seething at England training methodsRoy Hodgson has bowed to the demands of Brendan Rodgers by leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad.Sturridge is in contention to play for Liverpool against West Brom this Satu

Lukas Podolski hints he will leave Arsenal to play more regularly

Podolski: If I dont have competition a change must occur World Cup winner has played 90 minutes just once this season Match report: Arsenal 4-1 GalatasarayLukas Podolski has hinted he may leave Arsenal before his contract expires in 2016 because he is not playing regularly enough.I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition, the 29-year-old told RTL television. Conti

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool were far too soft in defeat by Basel

Captain admits his side deserved nothing from game Defeat could be costly in attempt to qualify from groupSteven Gerrard was scathingly critical of Liverpool after a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel on Wednesday night, describing the performance as too soft and claiming that their Swiss opponents were hungrier for the victory.The Liverpool captains brutal assessment followed a merited l

Cancellation of Kevin Pietersens Surrey contract leaves ECB powerless

Former England batsman cannot be punished over book Pietersen is now free to play in Big Bash and IPLKP book: which England players should be most afraid?Kevin Pietersens registration with Surrey has been cancelled, leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board unable to take any action against the former England batsman before the publication of his autobiography next week.Pietersens deal w

Indian boxer faces action for refusing to accept bronze medal at Asian Games

L Sarita Devi was protesting against judges decision IBF has reported boxer to Olympic Council of Asia WBO promises to investigate Paul Smiths defeatThe Indian boxer L Sarita Devi could face disciplinary action after being reported to Asian Olympic officials for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games on Wednesday.Sarita refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her

Stuart Lancasters contract to 2020 part of RFUs long-term vision

Lancaster agrees contract to take him up to 2020 season Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt also signed upLancasters deal removes the World Cup distractionsStuart Lancasters extended contract as the England head coach will remain a sound decision even if his side underachieve at next years Rugby World Cup, according to Ian Ritchie, the Rugby Football Unions chief executive.Lancaste

Andy Murray beats Pablo Cuevas to advance to China Open quarter-finals

British No1 overcomes Uruguayan 6-2, 6-2 in Beijing Murray will face Marian Cilic or João Sousa in quarters Rafa Nadal also books place in last eight Murray beats Robredo in Shenzhen Open finalAndy Murray strolled into the quarter-finals of the China Open on Wednesday with a straightforward victory over Pablo Cuevas.Fresh from winning the Shenzhen Openfour days ago, Murray was in fine for

Astana ready to suspend themselves from racing after failed drug tests

Two members of Kazakh-funded team produced positive tests Astana intend to honour MPCC anti-doping regulationsAstana face the prospect of suspending themselves from racing on Thursday after their rider Maxim Iglinskiy failed a test for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The Kazakh-funded team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali provisionally suspended Iglinskiy after the Int

Caterham F1 claim business as usual at Suzuka despite doubts over future

Team to race at Japan GP amid long-term concerns Claim and counter-claim around seizure of test car by bailiffs Fernandes sells Caterham Formula One teamThe Caterham team have insisted it is business as usual at Suzuka before the Japanese Grand Prix after a turbulent week saw claim and counter-claim around the seizure of some of the teams equipment by bailiffs.Concern that they would be ab

2014 MLB playoffs preview | David Lengel

Eight teams remain in the race for the World Series. We look at the match-ups in the American and National League*Jeters flip and more: five great Divisional Series moments*MLB postseason: share your photos and experiencesWith 2,430 regular season games and a pair of wild-card contests out of the way, we finally get down to the nitty gritty. Whos got the edge?"Stone Cold" Madison Bumg

ASO dismiss reports Thailand could host Tour de France in 2016

Race organisers say talks were about establishing criterium Asia has never hosted cyclings most prestigious raceThailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organisers of the worlds greatest cycle race who said they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation.The Tourism Authority of Thailand sa

Sport picture of the day: Simona Halep serves

The natural light and shadows on offer at the National Tennis Center in Beijing are used to good effect in this striking image of Simona Halep serving to Andrea Petkovic at the 2014 China Open Continue reading...

South Africa desperate to dent New Zealands remarkable record | Paul Rees

South Africa have called on the old guard in an attempt to outsmart New Zealand in the most compelling fixture on the international calendar in the buildup to the World CupThe destiny of the Rugby Championship has already been decided, but South Africas encounter with New Zealand at Ellis Park on Saturday is far from meaningless less than a year before the start of the World Cup.The All Blac

Talking Horses: Best bets for Thursdays racing plus our competition

Richard Hughes eased passed Ryan Moore in the jockeys title race after a very successful afternoon at Salisbury on WednesdayTony Paley: While all eyes on Wednesday were on the jockey bookings for the Arc de Triomphe, Richard Hughes eased passed Ryan Moore in the jockeys title race after a very successful afternoon at Salisbury. Continue reading...

Derek Jeters farewell, a walk-off albatross and Jürgen Klopp on adult films | Classic YouTube

This weeks round-up also features a pitch invader getting his comeuppance, a horse called Henry and marathon v train1) Jürgen Klopp on wanting to be Boris Becker, dressage, and the plot of an adult film set in the countryside. Non-German speakers might want to turn the subtitles on for full effect.2) An albatross? Check! At the 18th? Check! To win the tournament? Check checkitty check! Cont

Kurtley Beale flare up reveals tensions among unhappy Wallabies | Rajiv Maharaj

Australia are flagging on the pitch and the picture is similarly grim behind the scenes as the team prepare for ArgentinaKurtley Beales verbal spat with a senior member of the Wallabies management team is the tip of the iceberg of a potentially destabilising rift between players and management, a well-placed source close to Beale has told Guardian Australia.The heated exchange involving Be

Exeters Tom Johnson to miss Englands autumn internationals

Johnson will undergo neck surgery next Tuesday England already without a number of forwards Lancasters contract to 2020 part of long-term visionThe England head coach, Stuart Lancaster, has been dealt yet another injury setback after Exeter confirmed that the back-row Tom Johnson will miss the autumn Tests next month.Johnson, who has won eight caps and toured New Zealand with England earli

MLB playoffs: Five great (and not so great) Divisional Series moments | David Lengel

As the postseason continues, we take a look back at some highs and lows of baseballs early round series*David Lengels MLB playoffs preview*MLB postseason: share your photos and experiencesThe American League and National League Divisional Series, which begin today with the Tigers at the Orioles and the Royals at the Angels, have been around longer than some might think, and thus, there i

Kurtley Beale left out by Australia amid inquiry into flight incident

Beale investigated over alleged incident on flight South Africa beat Australia thanks to Jean de Villiers McKenzie makes two changes to starting XV for Pumas matchKurtley Beale has been dumped for Australias final Rugby Championship match against Argentina after an in-flight row with a member of the team management that triggered an internal investigation.Beale, who has been on the bench i

Chris Cairns to appear in court to face perjury charge

Former New Zealand player given unconditional bail Cairns charged with perjury linked to libel action Former New Zealand captain won £90,000 in damagesFormer New Zealand captain Chris Cairns appeared in court on Thursday to face a charge of perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.Cairns won £90,000 in damages after he sued Lalit Modi, founder of the Indian Premier Le

James Hird holds on as Essendon coach for now, despite Asada fall-out

*Club and coach disagree over Asada court case*Relationship still showing signs of strain James Hird has held on to his job as Essendon coach for the time being, despite speculation he would be sacked following an emergency board meeting.The decision appeared inevitable after Hird and Essendon ended their united front against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authoritys investigation int

National League Wild Card: San Francisco Giants 8-0 Pittsburgh Pirates - as it happened!

*San Francisco Giants to face Washington Nationals in NLDS*Madison Bumgarner throws complete game shutout*Brandon Crawford hits grand slam in 4th to put Giants on top 11.31pm ET So the San Francisco Giants defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0. They will go on to face the Washington Nationals in the NLDS in Game 1 on Friday afternoon at 3:00pm EST. In the meantime tomorrow both ALDS seri

James Hird's appeal documents

The Essendon coach, James Hird, has launched an appeal against a federal court decision Continue reading...

James Hird could be sacked by Essendon as soon as Thursday

*Coach faces sack at board meeting on Thursday*Club and Hird disagree over Asada court case*Read James Hirds appeal documents hereThe Essendon coach, James Hird, has launched an appeal against a federal court decision that ruled last years joint Asada-AFL investigation into the club was lawful. His decision to appeal goes against the wishes of the club hierarchy and may see him sacked.

Arsenals Danny Welbeck delighted to repay Arsène Wengers faith

Arsenal hat-trick hero praises manager for playing him up front Galatasaray fans throw flares inside and outside stadiumMatch report: Arsenal 4-1 GalatasarayAmy Lawrence: Welbeck, Sánchez and Özil excelDanny Welbeck admitted that he forgot to claim the match ball after the first hat-trick of his professional career had fired Arsenal to an emphatic 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasara

Rio Ferdinand hits back at Kick It Outs punchbag criticism

Defender describes anti-racism body as pointless in tweetWe deserve better than being Rio Ferdinands punchbagFerdinand calls Terry an idiot over Anton Ferdinand race rowRio Ferdinand has responded to Kick It Outs criticism of him by describing footballs leading anti-racism organisation as pointless.In an interview with the Guardian on Wednesday, Herman Ouseley, the chairman, defended the o

St Kilda and Collingwood to the fore in AFL free agency | Ben Cuzzupe

The Saints and Pies are likely to be busy while Adelaide have a dilemma on their hands as teams rebuild for next yearThe AFLs free agency and trade period neatly encapsulates the frustrations of human perception. Before it starts, hope springs eternal for the football fan. After a year of missing out on finals or falling flat in September, clubs get the chance to right on-field wrongs. How

Yorkshires Adam Lyth and Alex Lees claim player-of-the-year honours

Adam Lyth wins PCA player of the year award Yorkshire double as Alex Lees wins young player prizeAccolade for David Lloyd despite Lancashires poor seasonThe County Championship-winning Yorkshire players Adam Lyth and Alex Lees won the top accolades at the Professional Cricketers Association awards on Wednesday.Lyth, the opening batsman, was named player of the year at the PCA awards ceremo

Caterham F1 team ready for Japanese Grand Prix despite bailiff visit

Troubled team denies rumours that Leafield site shut down Caterham have never scored a point in Formula OneJuly 2014: Tony Fernandes sells team to consortiumThe Caterham Formula One team said they are going ahead with preparations to race in Japan this weekend despite bailiffs seizing items from their factory on Wednesday.The troubled team issued a statement before the race at Suzuka that

David Waite set on improbable Grand Final swansong with Catalan Dragons | Andy Wilson

The 63-year-old Australian assistant coach is relishing his last play-off run with the French Super League teamShortly after 3pm on Wednesday afternoon a group of burly Frenchmen, seasoned with a few antipodeans, touched down at Manchester airport, then boarded a coach for the short drive to their hotel in the leafy Salford suburb of Worsley.It is the third week running the Catalan Dragons h

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