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Greece suspends its football leagues indefinitely

Matches in Greece's professional football leagues have been suspended indefinitely in a crackdown on violence, the Super League said.<p>The move follows a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend and a Super League board meeting which ended in a brawl on Tuesday, with Greece's …

Liverpool Should Have Signed Arsenal Winger Alexis Sanchez to Replace Luis Suarez - Gary Neville

Liverpool are paying for not replacing Luis Suarez with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, according to former England and Manchester United defender Gary …

Real Madrid critical of Michel Platini over Cristiano Ronaldo snub

Real Madrid have criticised Michel Platini after the UEFA president said that Cristiano Ronaldo should not win this year’s Ballon d’Or.<p>Platini believes the accolade should be awarded to one of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad.<p>The Spanish club have expressed their “surprise” at Platini’s …

Participating is the focus for English clubs in the Champions League

Three wins and a draw: a much better week for English clubs in the Champions League than of late. Chelsea soared at Schalke, Manchester City were …

Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton: Lukaku and Mirallas score as Everton finish top of their group

Everton finish top of their group with a game to spare thanks to an away performance that was pleasingly close to a cliche: resolute defending and swift, sharp counter-attacking. Martinez can take particular satisfaction from the performances of his defence, in which Luke Garbutt looked at ease, …

Ryan Giggs content with decision to stop playing for Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has told the Daily Telegraph he does not miss playing after finally hanging up his boots to become Manchester United's assistant …

Liverpool Legend Bruce Grobbelaar: Simon Mignolet is 'Worse Than Dracula'

Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar has blamed keeper Simon Mignolet for the Reds' poor run this season.<p>The Belgium international arrived at Anfield …

Nasser Hussain calls for increased safety after Phillip Hughes’ death

The former England captain Nasser Hussain has called for cricket helmet manufacturers to consider new methods of protecting players after the death of the Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.<p>Hughes, who was 25, died on Thursday, two days after being struck by a bouncer while batting for South …

Neymar Finally Proving Transfer Value at Barcelona in Spectacular 2nd Season

When Neymar signed for Barcelona in July 2013, he was seen as a pricey but interesting acquisition who was potentially brilliant.<p>When the truth about his enormous transfer fee came out, people thought he was far too expensive and, thus far, a disappointment.<p>But this season the Brazilian is showing …

Soccer

Chelsea Star Cesc Fabregas 'Enjoying Football Due to Return to Midfield'

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed he is enjoying his football at Stamford Bridge more than at Barcelona and with Spain because Jose …

Zlatan, Neymar, mustaches and everything else we're thankful for in soccer

Thanksgiving provides a perfect chance to list what we're grateful for, from changing hairstyles to sublime slips.<p>Happy Thanksgiving!<p>For those of you not in the United States, today is the day we celebrate a food-centric holiday, created by modifying history. It may seem self-indulgent -- we stuff …

Hughes suffered extremely rare, freak injury to neck

Phillip Hughes 1988-2014<p>Play 01:45<p>Hughes suffered rare injury<p>Phillip Hughes was the victim of a freakish accident, the kind that is rarely seen in …

Playing spin well is a state of mind

A batsman should look to dominate, and importantly, not fear the turning delivery<p>I was bemused by Justin Langer's mystifying recent explanation of …

The Ten: Cricket Books

<b>It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the cricket-and-books relationship but no other sport lends itself to prose quite like ours. Here, Richard</b> …

Why the perfect technique is the one that disappears

The various acts that are involved in playing cricket well happen best intuitively, when we aren't consciously perfection in them<p>Last weekend I was …

Cricket

T20 series underlines value of experience for SA

South Africa in Australia 2014-15<p>The biggest lesson to emerge from South Africa's Twenty20 series against Australia is the need to keep their bench …

South Africa

ICC awards: Mitchell Johnson wins top two accolades

<b>Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been named both the cricketer of the year and Test cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council.</b><p>Johnson, 33, also won cricketer of the year in 2009 and is only the second player after Ricky Ponting to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy …

How have Pakistan thrived in adversity and turned imminent defeats into inevitable victories? By relying on match-winners, eschewing analysis and trusting in their unwavering self-belief<p>One November night in Sharjah, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene came together to do what they had been …

Ian Bell says England will be more aggressive at 2015 World Cup

When England begin their World Cup campaign on Valentine’s Day next year Ian Bell will be approaching 33. It will be his third and, probably, last, and Bell is acutely aware that, while he has become one of England’s most reliable and classy Test batsmen, his one-day record is underwhelming. Having …

James Taylor intends to make mark for England after Kevin Pietersen barbs

Size matters to James Taylor. It has defined him as a sportsman. Only not in the way Kevin Pietersen suggested it ought. Taking the family jockey gig, as Pietersen recently wrote he should, was never Taylor’s saddlebag. Instead he has been on a ride to prove that a lack of height should not be a …

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Michael Clarke's fitness for first India Test still in doubt

Hopes remain that Australia captain Michael Clarke will be fit for the first Test against India.<p>Clarke has been ruled out of playing in the Sheffield Shield for NSW next week after scans revealed a complex recurrence of the injury he first suffered in Zimbabwe four months ago.<p>The 33-year-old’s last …

• Visitors hold 177-run lead on day four of second Test<br>• Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah claimed three scalps each<p>Ross Taylor managed to steady the ship slightly as New Zealand struggled in their second innings on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai. Taylor survived the …

Bumble's Blog: 'England can win in Sri Lanka but only if their brief is dynamic'

David Lloyd<p>Cricket Expert & Columnist @BumbleCricket<p>Bumble's Blog: 'England can win in Sri Lanka but only if their brief is dynamic'<p>'We have the …

Sri Lanka

Counselling being offered to all involved in the Phil Hughes incident

Counselling has been offered to players from South Australia and New South Wales following the serious injury that has left Phil Hughes in an induced coma fighting for his life, with tributes and messages of support pouring in for the batsman.<p>Hughes, 25, was on Tuesday night in a critical condition …

Cricket helmets and a dangerous kind of complacency

Just for a split second, in the moments after I woke to the news that Phil Hughes was in a critical condition having been struck by a bouncer, and before the reality of the situation kicked in, I had a vision of poor David Hookes and the manner in which he lost his life after being punched by a …

Phillip Hughes obituary: a very modern batsman destined for greatness

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, was very much a product of the frantic modern era. While Test match openers in years gone by were staunch guardians of the …