England conceded two late goals to slip to a 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in their Argentina Hockey World League Pool A match.
No wonder Rafael Nadal did a joyful jig, punching the air in delight. Not only did a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals secure his place in the semi-finals but it also ensured that he would end the year as world No 1.
One day last summer, Michael Carberry expressed his surprise at being selected again for the England Lions side. This, in effect, is the second team and at 32 he had assumed that his time had briefly come and gone.
Motorsport boss Bernie Ecclestone has appeared at a High Court trial to defend himself against allegations that he made a “corrupt bargain” in a bid to stay at the top of Formula 1 racing.
Arsenal have returned to the country where their current buoyancy began determined to prove their pre-eminence is not based on hot air.
The former Manchester United players Roy Keane and Ray Wilkins have hit out at Manchester United’s Ashley Young, accusing him of “conning” the referee by winning yet another dubious penalty for his club, with Wilkins declaring that his actions had been “pathetic.”
The rain-streaked night had been bad enough before Ashley Young made it worse, in a desperately familiar way. Against a team whose manager had proclaimed the opposition to be the “magnificent Manchester United” Young compounded his reputation for penalty theatrics by earning yet another dubious one.
Manchester United caused a minor stir on Monday night by arriving here and asking to leapfrog the home side’s press conference, which was scheduled to take place first. It was subsequently put to Real Sociedad’s manager that they were behaving like jefes de Europa “chiefs of Europe”. Even Attila the Hun was mentioned.
Manchester United caused a minor stir on Monday night by arriving here and asking to leapfrog the home side’s press conference, which was scheduled to take place first. It was subsequently put to Real Sociedad’s manager that they were behaving like jefes de Europa “chiefs of Europe”. Even Attila the Hun was mentioned
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes Russian football supporters will learn from the punishment handed to CSKA Moscow for the racial abuse of Yaya Toure.
Manuel Pellegrini, the Manchester City manager, has backed the punishment handed out to CSKA Moscow  for the racial abuse suffered by Yaya Touré and said he cannot understand why the Russian side tried to deny it.
Roma’s 100 per cent record in Serie A finally ended on Sunday night when they were held 1-1 at  Torino in their 11th game of the  season.
You might have thought the absence of Britain’s best player for three-quarters of a century would have been felt in the box office at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Not a bit of it.
The awards season is not yet in full swing but in tennis the presentations will begin this week. The O2 Arena in London, where the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals begin tomorrow, is where the men’s game applauds its heroes, with the greatest honour going to the year-ending world No 1.
England travel 2,575 miles to Tasmania today on the next leg of their Ashes tour. The distance from settling their team for the First Test in 18 days is only slightly less.
A brilliant opening half-hour set up New Zealand for a comprehensive eight-try 54-6 triumph over Japan in Tokyo on Saturday.
Kimi Raikkonen is threatening to go on strike unless Lotus fulfil their obligation to pay him more than £14 million. The 34-year-old was conspicuous by his absence during Thursday’s media activities at the Yas Marina circuit but he arrived in time to take part in both practice sessions.
Joe Perry narrowly failed to reach the second major final of his career when the 39-year-old lost 9-8 to Marco Fu in Chengdu, China.
We have been here before; it rained cats and dogs in Manchester and Britain ruled in the velodrome. Plus ça change… The women’s team pursuit is a new event, but there is already an inevitability as to who will win it and Britain duly swept to victory at the World Cup as the quartet sliced huge chunks off the world record.