The European peace deal averted a crisis that could have seriously damaged professional rugby’s world image, according to International Rugby Board boss Brett Gosper.
Ticket sales for the clash have have already beaten the 55,000 crowd for Ricky Hatton’s win over Juan Lazcano at the Etihad Stadium in 2008
Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has given his backing to the club’s manager Paul Lambert after the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa this week.
Lee Westwood will look to shake off the disappointment of another missed major opportunity – not to mention the jet-lag – in an event which provided one of his earliest professional victories.
Shifting Power claimed a narrow success in the CSP European Free Handicap at Newmarket.
Dan Carter has described how Jonny Wilkinson – “the ultimate professional” – inspired him to climb to the summit of world rugby.
Lee Westwood is hopeful he can put another near major miss behind him by winning this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Lee Westwood is hopeful he can put another Major near-miss behind him by winning this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Italy is to be removed from the European Pattern with effect from January next year as a result of continuing problems in the payment of outstanding prize-money.
So improbable is the journey Crystal Palace have taken that even with 37 points they  may not feel immune to relegation but Tony Pulis has most likely pulled off something close to a miracle.
Former Lyon striker Fred says he would relish a return to European football and would like to play in Italy.
The Spaniard is more valuable to the Gunners than many fans acknowledge and will be the go-to man in the coming weeks, writes Steve Stammers
Any Clasico comes with a sense of anticipation, and importance. But this match carries even more weight than usual – not only a cup final, but a chance for both clubs to earn some much needed silverware.
Several members of the club’s training-ground staff had made official complaints about boss Paul Lambert’s long-time assistants
Midfielder linked with a move to Old Trafford in £32million swap involving Shinji Kagawa extends contract until 2016
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted he may be powerless to stop star striker Diego Costa joining Chelsea in the summer.
Reds manager tells Anfield memorial service “I feel inadequate to be in your company. We will always strive for you – You’ll never walk alone”
Barcelona have won 21 trophies so far this century. Number 22 could be lifted on Wednesday night at Mestalla when they meet Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup final.
FIFA asked for all its member associations to fly flags at half-mast to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Liverpool supporters, officials and players old and new came together at Anfield today to remember the 96 who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.