The Spanish giants were sanctioned earlier this month, but the governing body has suspended the ban due to ”the complexity of the matter”
When members of the League Managers’ Association choose their Manager of the Year, they don’t just go for whoever’s won the Premier League but look a little deeper. This year there would be some excellent choices, even if we just look at the top flight. Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job at Liverpool, as has Roberto Martinez at Everton, and what Tony Pulis has achieved since taking over Crystal Palace has been near-miraculous.
Chelsea are hoping that John Terry will come to an agreement about the terms of a new contract “amicably” during the next fortnight, according to the club’s assistant coach Steve Holland.
His club manager has compared him to the Barcelona and Spain stars Iniesta and Xavi, and the debate about his England prospects is no longer about his seat on the plane to Brazil but whether he should be in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup starting XI. But Adam Lallana is taking nothing for granted – even his place in the national squad. “No way,” he says.
Former Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri is being lined up to replace Tim Sherwood as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, according to an Italian newspaper.
Eoin Morgan does not have a bad word to say about Kevin Pietersen, a team-mate he says has been “always supportive and a pleasure to play with”. Yet the 27-year-old Dublin-born Middlesex batsman admits that the moment he heard that Pietersen’s England days were over he began plotting the revival of his own stalled Test career.
It was at Madison Square Garden 34 years ago that Vitas Gerulaitis, having just ended a run of 16 consecutive defeats at the hands of Jimmy Connors, was asked how he had finally managed to overcome his nemesis. Gerulaitis famously replied: “Because nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”
The way Woody Allen tells it, the world is populated by good guys who sleep well and bad guys who have a lot more fun when they’re awake. Bath spent the first seven months of this season on the side of the angels before rising one day last month to find everything in pieces: their unbeaten home record blown to smithereens, their best player crocked, their stadium modernisation plans rejected by a judicial panel. It was then that they went in search of the devil inside themselves.
Wigan ended the 100 per cent Super League record of neighbours St Helens in a derby of high quality at Langtree Park yesterday. Liam Farrell produced two devastating finishes to score two of the Warriors’ five tries and former St Helens scrum-half Matty Smith kicked six goals and a drop goal in a 33-14 victory. Wigan’s fifth win in a row takes them to within four points of their table-topping rivals.
His insistence on wearing sunglasses despite the overcast, smoggy skies and low temperatures, which characterised the Shanghai International Circuit yesterday, immediately earned the new Ferrari team principal, Marco Mattiacci, the nickname “Hollywood”, after his colourful Nineties predecessor Cesare Fiorio.
The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer’s carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past.
After Arsenal lost another crucial game, Matt Stanger wonders whether change is needed at the Emirates.
Players like the Davis Cup because it offers team competition in what is usually an individual sport but Andy Murray is doing his best to turn Britain’s World Group quarter-final against Italy into a one-man show. The 26-year-old Scot yesterday put his team into a 2-1 lead in Naples by winning his opening singles rubber against Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-5 6-3 and then partnering Colin Fleming to a 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-5 victory over Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
After England’s calamitous winter – for the men, at any rate – County Championship cricket returns today with its participants under a level of scrutiny unparalleled recently.
Pity poor Ulster, for whom a shatteringly early sending-off fatally undermined their big-day christening of the rebuilt, expanded Ravenhill Stadium with a first home Heineken Cup quarter-final.
Whatever Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O’Driscoll do after their retirements from playing this summer, they know nothing will replace the adrenaline rush of “do or die games”, as Wilkinson described this afternoon’s Heineken Cup quarter-final between Toulon and Leinster in the south of France.
Jack and Arnie went to the first tee shortly after 7.30am, leaving behind them a trail of footprints on polished turf saturated by dew. On the clubhouse balcony golfing grandees gathered to watch the ceremonial start to the Masters. Among their number a cherubic tyro leaned across the balustrade with a sweater tied around his shoulders to protect against the early April nip
Six players barred from playing for club last year Previous CAS appeals against ‘Article 19′ have both failed …
FIFA has imposed a year-long transfer ban on Barcelona for breaching its rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.
FIFA has imposed a year-long transfer ban on Barcelona for breaching its rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.