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  • ‘We hope to get a better team with a more polite coach than England’

    December 6, 2013 6:22 AM 22

    Well, we didn't see this coming. The mayor of a World Cup host city in Brazil has made it abundantly clear that he does not want England to play there. Earlier this week, England manager Roy Hodgson voiced concerns about the 2014 World Cup venues that many participants are likely to share. "There are venues in Brazil that will be harder to play in than others

  • Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa banned from driving

    December 5, 2013 10:58 PM 56

    A Newcastle United player has been banned from driving after he failed to pass on information about who was driving his speeding car. Hatem Ben Arfa's vehicle was twice found to be travelling over the limit in Gosforth in November 2012. As its registered keeper, the French international was notified by police but did not respond. Appearing at South East Northumberland

  • Ben Maher: Showjumper sued for £700,000 in 'secret profits' case

    December 5, 2013 10:34 PM 40

    British 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning showjumper Ben Maher is being sued for about £700,000 amid claims he made secret profits from horse deals. Maher is expected to deny the allegations and defend a High Court action brought by long-time backers Mike and Emma Phillips. "It is all now in the hands of the court. It's a very sad end to a highly successful

  • Premier League - Mackay baffled by Adam decision

    December 5, 2013 10:32 PM 24

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has asked referees' chief Mike Riley for an explanation of how Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was not sent off on Wednesday night. The two sides played out a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium, but Mackay felt Adam should have seen red after pushing Fraizer Campbell over in the box having already been booked. Mackay revealed

  • Gwyn Jones claims WRU 'happy to see regions become weaker'

    December 5, 2013 7:45 PM 44

    Former Wales captain Gwyn Jones claims the Welsh Rugby Union is unconcerned about the exodus of top players to France and England. Jones says the WRU will step in once the four Welsh regions hit "rock bottom" to install a new structure. "I think that the union are quite happy to see the regions become weaker or more players to leave," he said. WRU chief

  • Dyson handed suspended two month ban

    December 5, 2013 6:31 PM 42

    LONDON (Reuters) - England's Simon Dyson has been given a suspended two month ban from competing on the European Tour after being found guilty of cheating at a tournament in China in October. The Tour's disciplinary panel said in a statement on Thursday they had imposed "a period of suspension from the Tour of two months, but to suspend its operation

  • Premier League - Allardyce won't rush Carroll return

    December 5, 2013 4:52 PM 38

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will adopt a hard-line approach to ensuring Andy Carroll returns to action only when he is ready. Carroll has been sidelined by a foot injury since August and while he is expected to join his Hammers team-mates in training this week, he is unlikely to play before January. The £15million signing from Liverpool is eager to return

  • New Hibernian deal for defender Jordon Forster

    December 5, 2013 4:43 PM 25

    Hibernian defender Jordon Forster has signed a new contract that keeps him at Easter Road until the summer of 2016. The 19-year-old, who played in last season's Scottish Cup final, has started in the Edinburgh side's last four matches. And Forster has helped new manager Terry Butcher get off to an unbeaten start, with two clean sheets. "I'm enjoying

  • Di Luca banned from for life

    December 5, 2013 4:22 PM 29

    Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been banned from cycling for life after a third doping offence, an Italian Olympic Committee tribunal ruled on Thursday. The 37-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin in an out-of-competition test taken at his home in April, five days before the start of this year's Giro. He had previously

  • Premier League - Match facts: Sunderland v Tottenham

    December 5, 2013 4:20 PM 24

    Facts and figures ahead of the Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham at Stadium of Light. Sunderland have lost eight points from winning positions this season, more than any other Barclays Premier League team. Tottenham are one of only two teams (along with Newcastle) yet to score more than twice in a Barclays Premier League game this season