Manchester City relinquished their grip on the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night in the worst possible fashion. The lack of spark from Manuel Pellegrinis team was reminiscent of the insipid fare produced under Roberto Mancini in his title-defence campaign of 2012-13. Here was a crushing embarrassment for the Premier League champions who, if they really harbour pretensions of retaining the crown
The finish was less extravagant than the one with which Érik Lamela lit up Tottenham Hotspurs previous midweek cup tie but he might reflect that it was more important. His team had laboured, not for the first time at White Hart Lane, when he was thrust on as a half-time substitute, charged with making the difference against opponents who are struggling in the Championship.Lamela did precisely
World champion likely to miss Saturdays session Vettel pays grid penalty and starts race from pit lane Vettel grid penalty met with dismaySebastian Vettel has defended Red Bulls controversial attitude towards qualifying for the US Grand Prix, with the world champion unlikely to take part as he saves his engine for the race on Sunday.With Formula One in a state of deep crisis a fifth o
*San Francisco Giants 3-2 Kansas City Royals*Giants take series 4-3 to claim third title in five years*World Series Game Seven: as it happenedThe MLB season went down to the wire as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in a tight game seven to clinch the World Series. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner came in on two days rest to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, earnin
Barbadian enlisted to work alongside Kevin Shine Camp will run for three weeks in PotchefstroomOttis Gibson will make his return to international cricket, and to the England coaching set-up, with the fast-bowling performance camp in South Africa this winter, his first involvement with the game since his departure as head coach of West Indies in August.England have stressed that Gibsons a
Scan shows centre has not dislocated shoulder Alex Cuthbert back in training after groin injuryWales are hopeful their Lions centre Jonathan Davies will be fit to face Australia in Cardiff next week after a scan revealed he had not suffered a shoulder dislocation playing for Clermont Auvergne against Sale in the European Champions Cup last weekend.Davies left the field after only 15 minu
Scot takes just 71 minutes to sweep Julien Benneteau aside London place assured if he beats Grigor Dimitrov Raonic booed by fans after eight-minute comfort breakAnyone who saw Andy Murray in the aftermath of his victory over Tommy Robredo in their epic Valencia Open final on Sundaycould have been forgiven for thinking he never wanted to play another match in his life. Slumped in his chair an
84-year-old Benaud set to return on Australian network Suffered serious injuries in car accident last OctoberThe Joy of Six: Benauds greatest momentsArchive: Jim White interviews Benaud in 2001Richie Benaud is set to make his broadcasting return a year after being injured in a serious car crash.The 84-year-old former Australia captain, revered throughout cricket and one of the sports best
Speaking after his team won the World Series in Missouri, the San Francisco Giants' MVP pitcher Madison Bumgarner gives his reaction. Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings against the Kansas City Royals to secure Game 7 for his team. His manager, Bruce Bochy, says he is still numb following the result. The San Francisco Giants are the first team to win a World Series Game 7 away since 1979 Cont
This weeks round-up also features frustrated tennis players, a rabona American football kick-off and much more1) Its just a half-naked Ruud Gullit playing a half-naked Attilio Lombardos head like the bongos among a host of half-naked 1990s Serie A players on the intro credits for Sigla di Mai Dire Gol. Obviously.2) Surfing, filmed at 1,000 frames per second. Very smart. Continue reading..
*Michael Cheika names experimental side*Coach ready for first game in chargeQuade Cooper and Will Genia will make long-awaited Wallabies returns in an experimental side named by new coach Michael Cheika to face the Barbarians.Cheika opted for a mix of recent first-team regulars and fringe players for Saturdays tour-opening match at Twickenham, his first official assignment since being ha
*Giants win third World Series title in five seasons*MVP Madison Bumgarner pitches five shutout innings of relief*Valient Royals fall short of first World Series title in 29 years 11.47pm ET Commissioner Bud Selig hands over the hardware to the Giants for the final time in one of his last acts as the head of Major League Baseball. The Giants are winners, again. The Royals losers onl
Supporter discontent had started to gather pace last season, and the AFL has shown it is willing to make amendsThe future is the past. That is the message with which disgruntled AFL fans had battered the league administration over the past year and in the release of the 2015 fixture, the league has finally conceded ground. The primacy of weekend afternoons as the marquee football timeslots
The NRLs reaction to a crass tweet is as embarassing as anything Todd Carney can summon up on a Saturday nightIts fair to say that many observers greeted Paul Conlons decision to resign on Wednesday in protest over the $50,000 fine handed down to Paul Gallen with sympathy. All this for a tweet that, while distasteful hardly caused more of a stir than the heavy-handed punishment dished out by
*Season to start late due to Cricket World Cup*Thursday night games to continueThe AFL is promoting next years fixture list as one for the fans, with more Saturday afternoon matches and no Sunday night or Monday night games.The season will start a week late on 2 April because of the cricket World Cup, with Carlton and Richmond clashing on Thursday night at the MCG. The late start also me
Broad: the bullying word has not crossed my mind Bowler welcomes Jonathan Trotts return to England set-upPietersens international absence unbelievableKP: The Autobiography condensed into 600 wordsStuart Broad has denied there was any deliberate bullying in the England camp during his time playing alongside Kevin Pietersen.Pietersen has alleged there was a culture in the dressing room
Top-level sport funding to be reviewed in 2016 Fran Halsall wins two more medals in TokyoIt has been confirmed that UK Sport, the government body which funds top-level sport in Britain, will undertake a consultation and review of its funding strategy after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Continue reading...
This is the last opportunity to look at every single player Springboks wary of unbelievable Ireland on tough tour Five new faces in squadHeyneke Meyer has urged his players to use South Africas northern hemisphere tour to book themselves a ticket to next years World Cup in England and expects next months internationals to be the Springboks toughest autumn series. Meyer rates Ireland, in parti
Khusoosy is napped to win for Godolphin at Kempton, plus tips for all four Thursday race meetings4.30 Emperor Ferdinand 5.00 British Art 5.30 Steelriver 6.00 Khusoosy (nap) 6.30 Tigers Tale 7.00 Tsarglas 7.30 Datanarra 8.00 Copper Cavalier Continue reading...
Last years winner acutely lame on Wednesday Irish trainer still has four runners at Breeders CupEuropes challenge for the Breeders Cup meeting at Santa Anita in California this weekend lost one of its major players on Wednesday when Magician, the winner of the Turf at the same track 12 months ago, was ruled out of his attempt to follow up on Saturday due to lameness in his off-fore leg.Magi
The theme of this years race is How the West was Formula One, and issues of finance, possible other venues and ambivalent Americans are being replaced by optimism A sport teetering on brink of crisis Marussia follow Caterham into administrationFormula One scarcely needs the macabre tones of Halloween as it arrives in Texas this week. F1 comes to the US deep in crisis with two teams already
Former Scotland captain leads BaaBaas at Twickenham To be invited to be part of it is a big honour England send for help from Ashton before All Blacks TestAlastair Kellock, overlooked for Scotlands autumn Test series, will captain the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.The former Scotland captain would have been hoping to be involved in preparations for battles against
An annual fixture in Sydney sums up the highs and lows of supporting a team on the other side of the worldWhen I was a kid, my dads old mate Attila the Stockbroker came to visit during his tour of Australia. He presented me with some gifts - two plastic blow up sharks which he named Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer, and a kids size Brighton and Hove Albion jersey. I often wonder about the infl
Managers Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy react to Kansas City's 10-0 win over the San Francisco Giants in their World Series match on Tuesday in Missouri. Royal's manager Yost singles out game-winning pitcher Yordano Ventura for praise for his seven shutout innings. Following The Royals' win, the tournament is tied 3-3 and will run to a seventh game Continue reading...
Canadian had refused to use a toilet without a seat No7 seed returned to beat Jack Sock More from the Paris Masters on our tennis siteMilos Raonic upset fans at the Paris Masters by refusing to use a toilet without a seat during his comfort break causing an eight-minute delay to his second-round match.Raonics American opponent Jack Sock had levelled the match by winning the second set befo
Stuart Lancaster seeks advice on Englands attacking game Head coach says Ashtons appointment is not permanent Lancaster looking to emulate Englands 2003 dominanceEngland have turned to their former head coach Brian Ashton for expert advice on how to sharpen their attacking game before next weeks Test against the All Blacks. Ashton has spent the past two days observing the squads training camp
Briton wants to make ground on rivals in Shanghai Rory McIlroy has near unassailable money-list leadJustin Rose wants to end the year as the world No2 and is targeting the European Tours Final Series to climb the rankings, starting with the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Thursday. The 34-year-old Briton joins six of his victorious Ryder Cup team-mates in China for the first of the four-tournament
Answer a simple question and you could be off to the O2 Arena to watch top tennis stars in action at the ATP World Tour finals Continue reading...
In an exclusive extract from his new book on Muhammad Ali, Kevin Mitchell remembers the fight in Kinshasa 40 years on when George Foreman was defeated, and history rewritten A collection of the best images of the Rumble in the Jungle Froch, Hatton and Haye round-by-round commentaryWhen Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely di
England train at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday in preparation for their autumn international against New Zealand's All Blacks on 8 November. Second row George Kruis says England are focused on beating the world champions at Twickenham next week, but are also training hard for games against South Africa, Samoa and Australia later in November Continue reading...