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Liverpool v Norwich: Rodgers used Hillsborough campaigner to inspire team

Raheem Sterling 'best youngster in Europe', says manager Neil Adams delighted with Norwich comeback in 3-2 lossBrendan Rodgers has revealed that the long-time Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall inspired Liverpool to a 3-2 victory over Norwich, one which puts them five points clear at the top of the Premier League and, with three games to play, on course for a first league title in 24 ye

José Mourinho furious at officials after Chelsea lose to Sunderland

Referee Mike Dean's performance was 'unbelievable' Assistant Rui Faria dragged away from row with officialChelsea's title challenge has petered out with a snarl after José Mourinho suffered his first Premier League home defeat over his two spells at the club and made his frustrations clear post-match at the performance of the referee, Mike Dean. Continue reading...

Everton 2-0 Manchester United | Premier League match report

This dismal Manchester United display will not quite go down as the poorest of a terrible season, which says it all about David Moyes' first term in charge. The 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos in the Champions League may take that dubious honour, though there are still four matches remaining and nothing would surprise.Yet if the United board wants a barometer of whether this group of players are per

Hull City 0-3 Arsenal | Premier League match report

Arsenal received a timely top-up in their aim to cling on to a place in the top four, with the manager Arsène Wenger relieved to have "oil in the engine again".Their record signing Mesut Özil is back after missing seven matches with a hamstring injury but it was the return to prominence of Aaron Ramsey that inspired them to a valuable victory at Hull. Ramsey contributed to all three goals, wi

Alastair Cook and Peter Moores to make 'clean break' with England

New regime to keep former coach Andy Flower in background 'Andy won't be making decisions behind our backs'Alastair Cook hopes to create a new partnership with England's restored coach Peter Moores that can be as effective for England as Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann have been for Australia, and has knocked back suggestions that Andy Flower will remain the power behind the throne.Moore

Chinese Grand Prix comes to abrupt end after flag waved one lap too early

Lewis Hamilton saw chequered flag after 55 laps Mercedes complete a one-two with Nico Rosberg secondThe Chinese Grand Prix was certainly not the most exciting race but it hardly required the drastic action taken by the man wielding the chequered flag, who brought the race to an end one lap early.Lewis Hamilton was leading at the time and was as mystified as anyone by the turn of events. "I

Bath push Worcester closer to the abyss amid yellow card controversy

Double sin-binning baffles Dean Ryan and Toby Booth Worcester must win at Saracens to keep survival hopes aliveDean Ryan and Toby Booth, two of the game's more forthright characters, left the Rec muttering that rugby was about to become a non-contact sport and they were not entirely joking. Worcester's director of rugby and Bath's coach had just seen probably the season's least offensive yello

Stanislas Wawrinka sees off Roger Federer to lift Monte Carlo title

Australian Open champion overpowers Roger Federer in final Novak Djokovic a doubt for French Open and WimbledonStanislas Wawrinka signalled his ambitions for the French Open when he beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.Wawrinka, seeded No3, recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his first Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay and

Tom Hawkins the difference as Geelong overcome Hawthorn

*Geelong beat Hawthorn 15.16 (106) to 12.15 (87) Tom Hawkins scored five goals with Geelong trumping reigning premiers Hawthorn by 19 points to remain the only undefeated side after five rounds.The two clubs put on another MCG thriller, the Cats winning 15.16 (106) to 12.15 (87) in a dramatic contest featuring everything fans have come to expect from the Easter Monday fixture. Continue r

Parramatta Eels 18-21 Wests Tigers | NRL match report

*Parramatta Eels 18-21 Wests TigersThe reputation of Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks continues to soar with the 19-year-old inspiring his side to a 21-18 win over Parramatta in a magnificent encounter played in front of more than 50,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.Brooks kicked a field goal two minutes from full-time on Monday to give his side a one-point advantage before Pat Richards booted a h

Benji Marshall seeking a return to rugby league

*Player has struggled with code switch to union*'It just hasn't worked out, it is disappointing'Benji Marshall is seeking a return to the NRL, negotiating for an immediate release from Super Rugby's Blues after struggling to adapt in his code switch.The former New Zealand rugby league Test skipper has failed to make much impression in limited opportunities for the Auckland-based Blues in

Nick Kyrgios wins second Challenger title in Sarasota

*Australian coming back from injury*Victory puts Kyrgios up to 171st in worldNick Kyrgios has bounced back from injury to claim his second ATP Challenger Tour title in Florida.The 18-year-old survived a barrage of high-quality drop shots from Serbian Filip Kranjinovic to win the Sarasota Open final 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday. Continue reading...

Manly's Brett Stewart charged with drink driving offence

*Player will appear at court on 7 May*Was pulled over for random breath testManly full-back Brett Stewart has been charged with a low-range drink-driving offence after failing a random breath test on Sydney's northern beaches on Monday morning.Stewart was pulled over on Pittwater Rd at Warriewood at around 10am, and after failing a breath test, was taken to Mona Vale Police Station where

AFL: what we learned in round five

In support of Good Friday football; Chris Judd and Trainspotting; Blues show bottle; Saints still capable of shocksLast we checked, Thou shalt not stage AFL matches on Good Friday isnt one of the 10 Commandments. Spare a thought for the die-hard followers of Australias indigenous game on this day: they have to look on while fans of NRL, A-League and Super Rugby get their fill; heck, theres no

Matt Kuchar chips in on final hole to pip Luke Donald in RBC Heritage

Kuchar birdies final hole after three-putting on 17th Donald finishes second after fourth round of 69Matt Kuchar holed a 20-yard bunker shot to birdie the final hole and claim a one-shot victory over Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday.Minutes after three-putting the 17th hole from four feet when he had victory in his grasp, Kuchar bounced back to end a frustrating r

Victoria Coren Mitchell makes poker history

Journalist becomes first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour and scoops nearly £400,000Victoria Coren: How I went from tomboy schoolgirl to $1 million poker queenTelevision presenter and journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell went all in to scoop nearly £400,000 and make poker history on Sunday night.Coren Mitchell became the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour (EPT), at the

Sale qualify for Europe after Danny Cipriani masterclass against Exeter

Exeter 12-55 Sale Exeter coach Rob Baxter admits Europe is too soonIf neutrals had been cheering Exeter during the week, as their chairman, Tony Rowe, espoused the Chiefs' self-sustaining model of professional rugby, Sale were among those being frowned on with the revelation of their latest budget deficit of £2.4m for the year.So much for the figures. As losses go, the one Exeter suffered o

Wasps' Nathan Hughes considering his options of qualifying for England

Wasps 38-30 Gloucester The back-row forward is making his mark at WaspsNathan Hughes, the 22-year-old who has seamlessly replaced Billy Vunipola in the Wasps' back row, could face England in the opening match of next year's World Cup, but he is considering whether to qualify for the men in white on residency in 2016.Hughes, who joined Wasps from Auckland at the start of the season, is a Fij

Gary Ballance sparks Yorkshire revival against Northamptonshire

England batsman's century helps hosts to 328-7 Alex Lees shares in 156-run fourth-wicket standGary Ballance is a batsman with a Test place to lose, and he took the first opportunity to remind the returning England coach Peter Moores of his credentials with a disciplined hundred in bowler-friendly conditions.With county cricket and international selection no longer the mutually exclusive eve

Lancashire suffer chill against Warwickshire despite return of Moores

Lancashire 247; Warwickshire 63-0 Chris Woakes takes five for 63Mike Watkinson has had better Easter weekends. On Good Friday afternoon, Lancashire's cricket director learned that Peter Moores had been recalled for national service, meaning the county will soon be left without a coach in the early stages of their return to Division One.Moores was suited and booted at Lord's on Saturday morn

Rebel Fitz wins Powers Gold Cup after Ballycasey falls when clear

Willie Mullins saddled two of the four runners and both fell Galway Festival on agenda for Rebel FitzJust four horses went to post for the Grade One Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday, but there was more than enough drama as the race unfolded as Rebel Fitz capitalised on the fall of Ballycasey two out to beat Bright New Dawn by 15 lengths.Ballycasey, fourth home behind O'Faolains Boy w

Newcastle 18-23 Saracens | Premiership match report

Newcastle 18-23 Saracens Falcons lose again but late try may prove crucialThe final whistle confirmed another defeat for Newcastle, a 14th in a row for Dean Richards' side. It was greeted with loud cheers from the home crowd.A try by Alex Tait five minutes from time, converted by Phil Godman, secured the consolation of a bonus point that leaves Newcastle with an eight-point advantage over W

Sport picture of the day: apocalypse now

The backdrop to this image is quite spectacular apocalyptic even. Indeed, the colours look like they belong in Turner's epic work Goldau - although the Ajax and Zwolle players in the foreground seem underwhelmed Continue reading...

Philippe Gilbert holds on for victory in the Amstel Gold Race

Gilbert made his break three kilometres from home Jelle Vanendert was second, Simon Gerrans thirdPhilippe Gilbert won the Amstel Gold Race for the third time, clinching the 49th edition in the southern Netherlands.Racing for BMC, the Belgian broke away from the peloton about three kilometres from the finish during the final steep ascent of the Cauberg and then held on as other riders tried

Northampton 36-21 London Irish | Premiership match report

Northampton 36-21 London Irish Saints take 29-0 lead before Irish launch counterattackNorthampton ended their three-match losing run in the Premiership and need one more victory to secure home advantage in the play-offs, but a team that looked almost indestructible in the first half of the campaign has become brittle at the wrong time.It was not so much that Northampton declined from a 29-0

County cricket as it happened

Andy Wilson watched Lancashire take on Warwickshire at Old Trafford while Richard Gibson saw newly promoted Northants travel to Headingley to play Yorkshire 6.53pm BST We've reached stumps at Old Trafford and Headingley. Yorkshire closed on 328/7, while Warwickshire are 63/0 in reply to Lancashire's total of 247 all out. Both games are set to resume tomorrow. 5.46pm BST Gary Ballance

St Helens put Challenge Cup first by resting key names for Widnes trip

James Roby, Luke Walsh, Jonny Lomax among those rested Leeds could go top with victory at home to Salford if Saints loseSt Helens have left no doubt about their priorities over the next week by announcing a squad missing most of their key players for Monday's Super League derby at Widnes, even though a second Easter defeat would allow Leeds to displace them from the top of the table for the fi

Horse racing tips: Monday 21 April

Steel Stockholder, who is 5lb below his last winning mark, is Greg Wood's nap selection to land the 5.05 at Redcar2.10 Shirley's Pride 2.45 Longshadow 3.20 For Shia And Lula 3.55 Surround Sound 4.30 Easter Sky 5.05 Steel Stockholder (nap) 5.40 Ralphy Boy 6.10 Lady Mai Continue reading...

Lewis Hamilton's hat-trick caps 'incredible weekend' in Shanghai

British driver leads home Mercedes one-two Red Bull's Ricciardo too fast for champion VettelFormula One is seeing the very best of a great driver and Lewis Hamilton wanted to tell everyone about it after winning the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. It was difficult to muster an argument in front of his beaming, excited eyes.This was his first hat-trick of victories, following triumphs in Malay

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, US boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 76

Carter, remembered in Bob Dylan song Hurricane, imprisoned for 19 years before charges against him were dismissedRubin Carter, a former middleweight world title contender known as "the Hurricane whose wrongful conviction for murder became a cause célèbre, died in Toronto on Sunday at the age of 76.The boxer's death was confirmed by a caregiver and associate, John Artis. Continue reading..

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