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Daryl Gibson confirmed as Waratahs coach from next Super Rugby season

*Kiwi formally promoted to take over from Michael Cheika from 2016*Former All Black confident he can secure host of big-name re-signingsRetaining up to 25 off-contract stars is Daryl Gibson’s top priority after being confirmed as the NSW Waratahs’ head coach for the next three Super Rugby seasons.Gibson was on Thursday formally promoted to take over from Michael Cheika, who will focus so

Essendon doping saga: Stephen Dank to sue Asada and CEO Ben McDevitt

*Biochemist to launch legal action for defamation*Essendon players to decide on release of tribunal findingsControversial sports scientist Stephen Dank is reportedly set to sue Asada and its chief executive Ben McDevitt for defamation. Dank told Fox Sports News of his plan to launch legal action on Thursday, a day after McDevitt publicly called on Dank to produce any records relating to

Todd Carney in talks with Cronulla Sharks over unfair dismissal

*Carney in contact with former club after winning unfair dismissal case*Sharks coach warming to idea of bringing playmaker back to the ShireTodd Carney has moved closer to a possible return to the NRL, after discussing his unfair dismissal from Cronulla with Sharks management overnight.The former representative star, who is playing for Super League club Catalans, was sacked by the Sharks

Perth Glory face losing A-League points if guilty of salary cap breach

*Perth currently in fourth place and gunning for Premier’s Plate*Even appearance in finals is now in jeopardyPerth Glory’s charge towards a maiden A-League title hangs in the balance with the club facing the deduction of points over alleged salary cap breaches in relation to multiple player contracts.With Perth sitting in fourth spot just a point adrift of leaders Wellington, their charg

A-League: what to look out for in round 24 | Rob Brooks

A battle royale at the top of the ladder, the wheels falling off Perth Glory’s title charge, squeaky-bum time for Brisbane and Socceroos strutting back homeThere will hardly be a moment’s peace to scoff your own bodyweight in chocolate and hot cross buns this weekend, as four of the top five teams in the A-League face-off. Separated by just a solitary competition point, it’s all to play for i

‘Win some medals’: Paul Merson hits back at Andros Townsend jibe

• Tottenham player tweeted pundit after scoring against Italy• ‘I am not going to sit here and say he is top drawer’• Townsend hits back at critics after Italy drawPaul Merson challenged Andros Townsend to “win some medals” before calling him out after the Tottenham winger poked fun at the former Arsenal midfielder for questioning his England credentials.Townsend scored a stunning 20-yard

NRL: what to look out for in round five | Nick Tedeschi

This week it’s all about last year’s grand final re-match between the Bulldogs and the Rabbitohs on Good FridayFew matches stoke the fires like a grand final re-match and it is even more enticing when it is two mammoth Sydney clubs like Souths and Canterbury. Throw in the teams being co-tenants and the match being staged in the afternoon of a four-day holiday weekend and the match looks set t

Andy Murray beats Dominic Thiem to move into Miami Open semi-finals

• British No1 beats Austrian 3-6, 6-4, 6-1• Opponent shows fight before crumbling in final setAndy Murray overcame a spirited challenge from Dominic Thiem to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Wednesdaynight.Unseeded Thiem, 21, was playing in his first Masters quarter-final but showed no signs of nerves against the 2009 and 2013 champion. The Austrian took the first set and fought b

Five former England managers back Greg Dyke’s homegrown plan

• Taylor, Hoddle, Keegan, Eriksson and McClaren write letter to FA • Dyke has proposed increasing number of homegrown players• Dyke’s homegrown plan faces opposition from Premier League clubsThe Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has the backing of five former England managers as he attempts to push through radical changes. Dyke wants to increase the minimum number of homegrown players

Padraig Harrington revels in the thought of a return to Augusta

The Irishman, who has won three majors but not the Masters, has emerged from the doldrums after missing out on last year’s tournament• Tiger Woods sparks rumours of spectacular Masters returnAt the age of 43 Padraig Harrington will feel a childlike excitement when he travels to Augusta National next week. The pain of failing to qualify for the Masters a year ago is still raw enough for the Iri

Jackie Stewart warns Formula One not to let European races wither away

• Scot condemns loss of German Grand Prix from schedule• ‘It sounds like me being a purist but you have to respect history’Formula One great Sir Jackie Stewart has bemoaned the downfall of the German Grand Prix and is urging the sport’s organisers not to forsake tradition for money as the number of European races dwindles. The German race was erased from the 2015 schedule because of financial

Essendon players to decide on release of AFL anti-doping tribunal findings

*Not guilty players can decide whether report is made public*Decision on release of documents could take time, say Players Association The AFL Players Association has warned it will take time for a decision on whether the AFL anti-doping tribunal findings are made public. Each of the 34 acquitted Essendon players must separately decide whether he wants the lengthy document released.Excer

Roy Hodgson rebuffs burnout fear for England players such as Harry Kane

• ‘I’m not a great lover of burnout argument,’ says England manager• Hodgson has allowed Kane to be at European Under-21 Championship• Kane set for England Under-21s this summerRoy Hodgson has made it clear he will not accept complaints about the possibility of England players such as Harry Kane and Ross Barkley being in danger of “burnout” and warned their clubs they need to accept internati

Michael Carrick ready to be England’s midfield linchpin at Euro 2016

Fourteen years after his debut, the Manchester United player is the logical choice to be England’s holding midfielder, even if Jack Wilshere is fit• Michael Carrick sets tone and tempo for Manchester United• Wenger warns Wilshere he faces fight for Arsenal placeRoy Hodgson was running through his options post-match in the Juventus Stadium, musing out loud, as he is often prone to do, with the

FA fears England fans will persist with anti-IRA chants in Dublin

• Roy Hodgson has concerns over June friendly with Republic of Ireland• Political chants are the last thing England want, says manager • Mindless chanting is sadly familiar for England fansThe Football Association is increasingly resigned to the prospect of England’s supporters marring the team’s first return to Dublin since the 1995 riot by persisting with anti-IRA songs.England’s 1-1 dra

Perth Glory accused by FFA of breaching A-League salary cap

*Alleged undisclosed payments place Glory over the seasonal limit*Allegations could have serious impact of Glory’s seasonA-League club Perth Glory have been issued with a second show cause notice by Football Federation Australia, alleging they have breached the salary cap in the current season.It is alleged the breaches would place Perth Glory significantly over the $2.55m seasonal salar

Geno Auriemma, UConn women's coach, calls men's basketball 'a joke'

*Geno Auriemma said men’s college basketball is ‘a joke’ in conference call*UConn coach thinks rules should be adjusted to make game entertaining*Huskies are gunning for third straight national title in Women’s Final FourThe most decorated coach in the history of women’s college basketball says the men’s game has become ‘a joke’.Geno Auriemma, who has coached the University of Connecti

Saracens push Chris Ashton for England recall before Racing match

• Coach Mark McCall praises defence of a ‘more complete’ player• Alistair Hargreaves in contention for European Champions Cup tie• Match report: Saracens 42-14 HarlequinsMark McCall has advised Racing Métro to beware “the two best finishers in England” in Sunday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final in Paris. Chris Ashton and David Strettle are in prolific form for Saracens and the director

Final Four coaches attack 'discrimination' ahead of Indiana games

*Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State and Wisconsin release statement*Religious Freedom Restoration Act has attracted criticismThe coaches of the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament Final Four have issued a joint statement clarifying their position on Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Bo

Kell Brook lays out plans for two fights before the end of summer

• First outing might be as early as May at O2 Arena• Juan Manuel Márquez and Brandon Rios could be in the frame• Amir Khan ‘would love’ to fight Kell Brook but tells him to get in lineKell Brook hopes to make the first of two defences of his IBF welterweight title before the end of the summer.The Sheffield fighter retained his world crown with a four-round demolition of the mandatory cha

Alex Neil admits he would have been sceptical if he were a Norwich fan

The 33-year-old Canaries’ manager, Alex Neil, has risen from player-manager of Hamilton Academical to take the club in three months into contention for an instant return to the Premier League• Norwich City appoint Hamilton’s Alex Neil as their new managerThe default stance of someone in Alex Neil’s position would normally be to claim ignorance of the scepticism which surrounded his appointment

Northampton keep George North on sidelines while Wasps consider appeal

• Brain tests continue after three concussion injuries since autumn• Wasps’ James Haskell ‘astounded’ by red card for Nathan Hughes• Wasps to contest Nathan Hughes three-week ban, says Dai YoungNorthampton could not confirm on Wednesday when George North will return to action. The Wales wing will miss the European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne on Saturday as he continues ne

Britain’s Aaron Cook aims to compete for Moldova at Rio Olympics

• The 24-year-old has been granted a passport from eastern European nation• Cook fell out with Team GB over selection for London 2012• Cook taekwondo row ‘embarrassing’ BritainThe British taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook has confirmed he plans to compete for Moldova at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.Dorset-born Cook, 24, who was overlooked for the Great Britain squad at London 2012, applied for ci

Grand National 2015: Jonjo O’Neill seeks blinder from Shutthefrontdoor

• Aintree favourite has good chance despite being ‘a right old softie’• Trainer discusses educational skills used by Tony McCoyTony McCoy may be concerned to learn that his mount in next week’s Grand National has been described as “timid” and “soft” by no less an authority than its trainer, Jonjo O’Neill. But Shutthefrontdoor still has excellent prospects in the famous Aintree race, according

Police ready to take hard line at Sunderland versus Newcastle match

• Fears that late kick-off could fuel drunken misbehaviour• Miscreants ‘will be dealt with swiftly and firmly’• Newcastle United announce record profits of £19m for 2013-14 seasonNorthumbria police have warned Sunderland and Newcastle United supporters that anyone caught provoking trouble during Sunday’s derby at the Stadium of Light can expect to receive firm treatment from its officers.

Saeed Ajmal’s new bowling action gives Worcestershire no guarantees

• County ‘will have to wait and see’ on returning spinner’s technique• Ajmal was banned in September for throwing and forced to change action• Ajmal cleared to return after testingSaeed Ajmal is poised to return to county cricket this summer but his club admit there are doubts about the effectiveness of the Pakistan spinner’s remodelled action.The 37-year-old claimed 63 wickets in nine mat

Jockey Lewis Ferguson is unhurt after spectacular fall at Wincanton

• Teenager survives after hitting final fence at Wincanton• ‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ says clerk of courseIt is fair to say Lewis Ferguson will not forget his fifth professional ride in a hurry.The 18-year-old amateur jockey for Paul Nicholls Racing was riding the 4-7 favourite, Merrion Square, in the 4.20 John Dufosee Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase at Wincanton and everything seeme

Police to review Jonathan Taylor charges after woman recants allegations

*Defensive lineman was arrested on domestic violence charge*Nick Saban dismissed player from Crimson Tide over incidentPolice say the woman who accused former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has recanted her allegations.Tuscaloosa police said in a statement on Wednesday that the woman, who has not been identified, was arrested on a charge of false reporting t

Horse racing tips: Thursday 2 April

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Raheem Sterling insists he is not ‘a money-grabbing 20-year-old’

• England forward confirms no contract talks until the end of Liverpool’s season • Sterling stops short of saying he wants to extend stay at Anfield• Raheem Sterling contract talks hit deadlockRaheem Sterling has confirmed he rejected Liverpool’s offer of a £100,000-a-week contract not as a “money-grabbing 20-year-old” but to assess his prospects of success at the highest level come the end o

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