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  • Premier League - Vieira: Table-toppers Arsenal lack vital leadership

    December 11, 2013 9:25 PM 15

    Arsenal's "lack of leadership" is damaging their quest for the top trophies, according to former captain Patrick Vieira. Arsenal have failed to win a major trophy since Vieira's 2005 exit and the former France midfielder believes Wenger's side are still craving more talismanic figures. The Gunners top the Premier League by five points but World Cup winner

  • Sports Personality at 60

    December 11, 2013 8:51 PM 30

    Gary Lineker looks back on the 60-year history of Sports Personality of the Year ahead of this weekend's event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Devised by Sir Paul Fox in 1954, the first Sports Personality of the Year was held at the Savoy Hotel in London where it was presented by Peter Dimmock. World record-breaking 5,000m runner Sir Christopher

  • London Irish set to announce takeover

    December 11, 2013 6:02 PM 20

    London Irish are set to announce a takeover of the club by a group of Irish businessmen on Thursday. The club have called a news conference at their training ground in Sunbury for 10:30 GMT, where they will announce further details of the takeover. Three members of the consortium will be present at the news conference, along with director of rugby Brian

  • Gerard Butler: Trainer appeals against five-year doping ban

    December 11, 2013 6:01 PM 18

    Trainer Gerard Butler has appealed after being given a five-year ban for injecting racehorses with banned drugs. The 47-year-old admitted injecting four horses with Rexogin, which contains the anabolic steroid stanozolol and is designed for use in humans. A British Horseracing Authority spokesman said he had "appealed against the findings and penalties"

  • Hull City: Hull Tigers name change submitted to FA

    December 11, 2013 5:48 PM 14

    Hull City have formally applied to the Football Association to change the club's name to Hull Tigers from next season. Owner Assem Allam wants to rebrand the Premier League club to appeal to a wider international audience. Allam announced in August that the company name had already been changed to Hull City Tigers. Unhappy Hull supporters have set up the "City

  • Age limit imposed for FA of Wales councillors

    December 11, 2013 5:40 PM 19

    The Football Association of Wales ruling council has voted in favour of introducing an age limit on its members. There had been no age limit on membership of the ruling council, with its oldest member in his 90s. The review was commissioned by the FAW in 2011 and published on the Welsh Assembly Government's website in October. FAW chief executive Jonathan

  • Byrne confirmed for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki

    December 11, 2013 5:29 PM 15

    Shane Byrne has finally been announced as Stuart Easton's team mate for 2014 in the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki MCE British Superbike squad. The pair, along with Michael Laverty, tested at Cartagena on Monday and Tuesday this week and the former champion says he is confident of grabbing back his title already. “Paul and I agreed a deal ages back and I’m made up I’ll be racing

  • Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala

    December 11, 2013 5:00 PM 17

    Uefa Europa League Group K Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose are in contention to face Anzhi Makhachkala with Tottenham already assured of top spot in Group K of the Europa League. Midfielder Eriksen had been suffering with an ankle knock while left-back Rose has recovered from a toe injury. But defenders Vlad Chiriches (knee), Younes Kaboul (quad) and Jan Vertonghen

  • Lizzie eyes track and road glory at the Commonwealth Games (From Wharfedale Observer)

    December 11, 2013 4:35 PM 22

    Lizzie Armitstead is targeting glory on the track and the road at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 24-year-old Otley ace won silver in the London 2012 Olympic road race and is a multiple world medallist on the track, where she favours the bunch races, which will be included in the Commonwealth programme but are not part of the Olympics

  • Varsity Match 2013: Oxford take on Cambridge

    December 11, 2013 4:16 PM 33

    132nd Varsity Match: Oxford v Cambridge Oxford have named an experienced side for Thursday's Varsity Match defence against Cambridge at Twickenham. They are led by John Carter and include 13 players who have Varsity experience, with only full-back Jacob Taylor and prop Ian Williams new to the match. It will be a third Blue for skipper Will Briggs and a fourth