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Toulouse 1-6 Marseille | Ligue 1 match report

Belgium’s rising star Mishy Batshuayi scored twice as Marseille cruised to their biggest win this season at Toulouse that provisionally lifted the club to second place in the French league standings on Friday.After failing to win their four previous matches – including a home loss to Caen last week – Marcelo Bielsa’s players put on a performance of attacking verve and defensive solidity again

Roundup: Justin Carney’s double inspires Castleford to romp past Wigan

• Castleford 42-14 Wigan• Huddersfield 24-12 Widnes• Wakefield 16-20 St Helens• RFL chief Wood targets World Cup win in ambitious seven-year planJustin Carney continued his fine start to 2015 with a brace as Castleford finally got their season up and running with a stunning 42-14 victory over Wigan.The Tigers went into Friday night’s match looking for their first win at the fourth attempt

Leonard Barden on Chess

This week England came to the world over-50 senior team championship in Dresden with a top-seeded squad rated 90 points or more ahead of their rivals. Three of them – Nigel Short, John Nunn and Jonathan Speelman – had played in 1986 at the Dubai Olympiad, when England missed gold by just half a point after their Soviet rivals allegedly cheated by giving advice during play to England’s Spanish op

Brendan Rodgers dismisses Manchester City link and puts Liverpool first

• Manager says Liverpool is ‘my destination’ and plans to build a dynasty• Brendan Rodgers touted as possible replacement for Manuel Pellegerini• Blackburn out to ruffle Liverpool feathers after fowl timesBrendan Rodgers has removed his name from the list of candidates who could potentially replace Manuel Pellegrini this summer by declaring his priority is to build a new trophy-winning dynast

Gabriel Agbonlahor reignites a curious career to give Aston Villa hope| Stuart James

The striker has been an enigma during 10 years in the Premier League but is again showing his worth when a critical situation demands• Match report: Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich AlbionIt was a goal that had Tim Sherwood manically sprinting down the touchline, re-energised Aston Villa and lifted Gabriel Agbonlahor up to 45th place on the all-time Premier League goalscorers’ list, level with Br

Jonás Gutiérrez thanks Newcastle and Sunderland fans for support

• Argentinian received messages from both sets of fans during cancer battle• Gutiérrez returned to the team on Wednesday to a rapturous reception• Match report: Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester UnitedJonás Gutiérrez has thanked both Newcastle United and Sunderland fans for their support during his recovery from testicular cancer.On Wednesday night the Argentinian midfielder made his first a

Chris Ramsey keeps faith in youth as QPR fight for Premier League survival

QPR manager faces a difficult afternoon hosting a Spurs side reaping the benefits of his decade spent nurturing young talent at White Hart LaneChris Ramsey’s Premier League managerial career extends to only four games, his life still a blur of new challenges, though there is little relief to be had in knowing, for once, precisely what awaits. Queens Park Rangers host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturd

Yakubu Aiyegbeni powers Reading’s FA Cup run and chases elusive honours

Much-travelled Reading striker is hoping for the chance to play at Wembley after testing times in China and Qatar• Bradford’s Mark Lawn savours Cup run at harrowing time for his familyIn the first half of this season, Yakubu Aiyegbeni was playing for Al-Rayyan in the second division of the Qatari league. It was not supposed to be like that when he joined from Guangzhou R&F in January 2014, mid

Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth | Championship match report

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship with a stylish demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage.Two goals apiece from Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie, followed by a late cracker from the defender Steve Cook, ensured Eddie Howe’s side boosted their chances of promotion to the Premier League. Continue reading...

Bath 12-3 Sale | Aviva Premiership match report

• Bath 12-3 SaleBath returned to second in the table, if only temporarily, with one of the ugliest victories their supporters have witnessed for a few seasons. After three successive defeats, it was considered to be all about the result which was just as well because as performances go, this was, 27 penalties and all, one of most joyless in many a year, a cure for insomnia.Bath looked secure

Geraint Thomas takes first step to playing major role for Team Sky

Welshman is not the designated team leader for Paris-Nice race but his aggression could bring rewards• Geraint Thomas wins Commonwealth Games gold• Dave Brailsford on the hunt for new technologyWhile Paris-Nice symbolises the true arrival of spring to the professional cyclist, for Geraint Thomas this year’s event will carry greater significance. The “Race to the Sun” opens with a brief time t

Marshawn Lynch and Seattle Seahawks agree to terms on new contract

*Marshawn Lynch is coming back to Seattle, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports*Lynch, 28, had reportedly been considering retirement in recent weeks*Five-time Pro Bowl running back rushed for 1,306 yards, 13 TDs last yearBeast Mode is coming back to Seattle.Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks have reached an agreement on a new contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday, citing a source. Co

Rory McIlroy flings club into water hazard in frustration at Doral

• World No1 hit second shot at par-five 8th 40 yards offline• Northern Irishman has spoken of frustration at start of season• New putter, no worries for Adam ScottProof that the world No1 is not immune to the emotions which can torture amateurs arrived on the 8th hole of Doral’s Blue Monster course on Friday.Rory McIlroy, having pulled his second shot to the par five deep into a water haza

With boxing's return to prime-time network TV, Al Haymon makes his move

A new fight series on NBC represents boxing’s most committed attempt in three decades to breaking down the premium cable paywall it’s built around itselfThe embattled, endlessly absorbing sport of prizefighting returns to American prime-time network television on Saturday night with the debut of a new series called Premier Boxing Champions (8.30pm ET, NBC), a bold foray aimed at broadening th

Top Sierra Leone athlete arrested after he was found living rough in London

Jimmy Thoronka, who vanished after Commonwealth Games, says he can’t go home because Ebola has wiped out his familySierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been arrested after he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets of London.Jimmy Thoronka, 20, his country’s number one 100m sprinter, and tipped by some for a

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans pleads not guilty to FA spitting charge

• Defender having case heard on Friday night• Cissé and Evans charged by FA over spitting row• Is spitting at someone really worse than a leg-breaking tackle?• Stoke’s Jonathan Walters says spitting is ‘lowest of the low’The Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has pleaded not guilty to spitting at the Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé and was having his case heard on Friday night.The 27-y

Kevin Pietersen claims he has had a number of offers from county clubs

• Batsman believes England comeback is possible• ‘An offer was made and so have a few others this week’• Pietersen debate is last thing England need, says Stuart BroadKevin Pietersen claims he has received a number of offers this week as he ponders whether to sign a contract with an English county and make a play for an international return.Frozen out of the England set-up since his centra

McLaren deny Fernando Alonso forgot he was an F1 driver after crash

• McLaren confirm Alonso did suffer temporary memory loss• Australia GP organisers dismiss suggestions race will be boycotted• Alonso to miss start of F1 season on doctor’s ordersMcLaren have confirmed Fernando Alonso suffered temporary memory loss in a testing crash last month but played down media reports that the double world champion forgot he was a Formula One driver.Spain’s El Pais n

Leicester City and Football League continue financial fair play talks

• Club announced £11.6m income increase in 2013-14• Marketing deal with Trestellar Limited may come under scrutiny• Leicester among clubs to have accounts examinedThe Football League has said it is in ongoing discussions with Leicester City over whether it has met the 2013-14 financial fair play (FFP) rules, after the club posted a £20.8m loss and said that with adjustments, it is “in complia

Ian Stannard finds winning wavelength without recourse to radio| Richard Williams

Team Sky rider won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first of cycling’s spring classics, without the assistance of a sporting director bellowing into his earSo now we know what happens when you don’t treat athletes like puppets, when you allow them to act on their instincts and shape their own destiny. What you get is a bike race like last weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first of the cycling

England need to change emphasis and give ODIs same priority as Tests

After this tournament the side needs to be totally dismantled in preparation for the 2019 World Cup in EnglandIn the immediate aftermath of England’s defeat by New Zealand, Eoin Morgan admitted that in their preparations they had factored in the possibility that they would lose each of their matches against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the knowledge that they still ought to qualify f

Don Poli will run in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

• Willie Mullins’ chaser to be joined by Noel Meade’s Very Wood• Injured Toast Of New York misses the Dubai World CupDon Poli, who had been quoted as favourite or joint-favourite for two races at the Cheltenham Festival next week, will run in the RSA Chase on Wednesday’s card in preference to the four-mile Toby Balding National Hunt Chase the previous afternoon, Eddie O’Leary, the racing manag

Sauber principal vows to fight Giedo van der Garde over F1 driver’s role

• Van der Garde ready for court fight to claim team’s test driver position• Sauber ditched Dutchman at the end of last season • Australia GP organisers dismiss suggestions race will be boycottedThe Sauber team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, has vowed to do all she can to protect her organisation in its court fight with a former driver.Giedo van der Garde was ditched as test driver by Saube

Adam Scott reunited and ‘comfortable’ with standard-length putter

• Australian won 2013 Masters with broomhandle in his bag• Longer putters will become illegal from 2016• Rory McIlroy has rollercoaster opening round at DoralAs one of the most mild-mannered men in sport, Adam Scott was never likely to become wildly animated about an enforced switch back to using a standard putter. And so it proved at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where the Australian has ma

Horse racing tips: Saturday 7 March

The Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack is the selection in the Imperial Cup1.40 Warriors Tale 2.10 Quite The Man 2.45 Sir Vinski 3.20 Fairytale Theatre 3.55 Soudain 4.30 Stonebrook 5.05 Cornerman Continue reading...

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Tony Pulis reckons there will be “good fun around the West Midlands” for as long as Tim Sherwood is at Aston Villa and says his own team harbour no malice for the “good little club” jibe the Villa manager aimed at them in the run-up to Villa’s first league win in 13 attempts. The Albion keeper Ben Foster could pay the price for that and Sherwood may welcome back his captain, Ron Vlaar. Mark Tall

RFL chief Nigel Wood targets World Cup win in ambitious seven-year plan

• Wood sets sights on first England World Cup triumph for 45 years• Chief executive also calls for more spectators and participants• Sport Network: how can rugby league reinvigorate the Challenge Cup?The Rugby Football League chief executive, Nigel Wood, has unveiled a seven-year plan to increase the number of spectators watching the game by 700,000 and for England to win the 2017 World Cup.

'Some views you will look at the middle of peoples' backs'

Long-time Arsenal fan Anthony has been attending football games as a disabled person up and down the country for years and years, so has long-time Everton fan Amy Wilson. Here Anthony and Amy express some of their frustrations with the inconsistencies in how grounds facilitate for the disabled, and give their constructive criticism - as well as positivity - on the some changes that have been made.

Challenge Cup-winning Leeds captain Mick Clark dies aged 78

• Clark was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease• Rhinos will wear black armbands in their next gameLeeds have announced the death of their former captain and Great Britain forward Mick Clark, who died on Friday at the age of 78 after having suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.Clark made just over 200 appearances for Leeds from 1963 to 1969 and was a member of their Challenge Cup-winning team i

Saints wary of passionate crowd and returning internationals at Gloucester

• Billy Twelvetrees, Greig Laidlaw and Richard Hibbard return for hosts• Northampton 25 points and seven places above Gloucester• Saints march on past dogged HarlequinsThe Gloucester head coach Laurie Fisher has underlined the magnitude of his team’s task against the reigning Premiership champions and runaway leaders Northampton on Saturday.Saints will arrive in the West Country after losi

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