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'Football has lost' - Figo hits out at Blatter re-election

The 79-year-old will serve a fifth term as Fifa president, but remains under pressure to resign following the corruption scandal surrounding the game's world governing body<p>Luis Figo says "football has lost" after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as Fifa president on Friday and again called for him to …

Corruption

Nick Kyrgios ‘good and ready’ to face Andy Murray at Roland Garros

Nick Kyrgios swaggers into his third-round match against Andy Murray on Saturday overflowing with self-belief – and the backing of John McEnroe, who thinks the young Australian hotshot could be “the No1 player in the world in the next couple of years”.<p>That is baggage to bear but the kid from …

Tennis

French Open 2015: Most Intriguing Matchups to Watch on Day 7

Link to Media<p>The 2015 French Open has gotten off to an exciting start, featuring upsets and signature performances from some of tennis' brightest stars.<p>The slate of third-round matchups for Saturday will showcase some interesting pairings, headlined by a few of the biggest names on the men's and …

Tennis

FA Cup Final 2015: The making of Jack Grealish by the people who know him best

Appearing at Wembley against Arsenal is a 'dream come true' for the midfielder and his Aston Villa-supporting family<p>When Tim Sherwood told Jack Grealish he was making his first Premier League start last month, the reaction gave an intriguing insight into the teenager’s character.<p>“About time!” was …

Sepp Blatter's most controversial moments

Sepp Blatter has been banned from Fifa for eight years following investigations into corruption at the world football organisation.<p>On Monday it was found that Blatter had authorised a payment of 2 million Swiss Francs in February 2011 to Uefa's president, Michel Platini.<p>Blatter and Platini, who had …

Corruption

Rory McIlroy walks down memory lane with Rickie Fowler at Royal County Down

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler might appear too young for reflective glances towards their youth, but the reality of this week suggests otherwise. Eight years have flown by since McIlroy and Fowler faced off as teenage amateurs in the Walker Cup at Royal County Down, a big moment in their …

Golf

Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Antoine Griezmann, Sami Khedira, More

Link to Media<p>Chelsea will have to pay top dollar for the services of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, and the latest rumours from Germany indicate Bayern Munich will rival the Blues during the summer transfer window.<p>As shared by Bleacher Report's Clark Whitney, <i>SportBild</i> reports the Bavarians' …

Soccer

5 Once Popular Golfers Who Fell off the Map

Link to Media<p>Over the past two decades on the PGA Tour, there have been many casualties. And while it's dumb and insensitive to use the "battlefield strewn with corpses" motif, the fairways of the PGA Tour <i>are</i> figuratively littered with broken dreams and literally no longer walked by some …

Golf

French Open 2015 Order of Play today

Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are all in action at Roland Garros on Thursday, televised on ITV4 and Eurosport<p>What is Thursday's order of play?<p>(All times local, +1 hour from BST)<p><b>Philippe Chatrier</b><p>11:00: Julia Goerges (Ger) v (5) Caroline Wozniacki (Den), Nicolas …

Rafael Nadal

Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny waiting on FA Cup final place

Despite playing in the last four rounds of the FA Cup, Polish goalkeeper remains in the dark over Wembley showpiece<p>Wojciech Szczesny has been left sweating on his FA Cup final place after Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, refused to confirm that the goalkeeper would start at Wembley.<p>Theo Walcott …

Soccer

FIFA president Sepp Blatter 'has to go' insists FA chairman

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has insisted: "Sepp Blatter has to go as FIFA president."<p>Dyke's comments came after FIFA endured the darkest …

Blatter rival Prince Ali says football cannot continue like this

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, lone challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency at Congress on Friday, refrained from formal comment about the latest crisis to swamp the world football federation.<p>The Jordanian’s campaign had insisted on the need for a new broom to bring transparency and new …

Transparency

Liverpool news: Brendan Rodgers to fight Manchester United for Aston Villa's £30m striker Christian Benteke

Liverpool target Christian Benteke as the man to solve their goalscoring crisis but may have to beat Manchester United to Aston Villa striker's signature<p>Liverpool will bid for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke after the FA Cup final as they seek an end to the striker crisis that has wrecked their …

Usain Bolt shows glimpses of magic at World Challenge

Jamaican relieved to escape injury in 200m victory at IAAF World Challenge<p>Usain Bolt must have wished he had not bothered boarding the plane and making the long trip from tropical Jamaica to a dank Czech Republic.<p>“That was for him,” Justin Gatlin had proclaimed two weeks ago, laying down a gauntlet …

Asafa Powell

Wakefield 18 Widnes Vikings 30

A HAT-TRICK from Stefan Marsh was the highlight as Widnes got the better of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30-18 at Belle Vue.<p>In truth, the gulf between …

Wakefield

Real sack coach Ancelotti after mediocre season | Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world’s richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli’s Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him.<p>Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti arrives for a news conference …

Soccer

Mourinho hails departing legend Drogba

Jose Mourinho believes Didier Drogba's influence will continue to be felt at Chelsea even though the Ivory Coast forward has called time on his second spell with the Premier League champions.<p>Drogba announced his intention to leave Stamford Bridge before the 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday …

Soccer

Depay can emulate Ronaldo at Man Utd - Park

Louis van Gaal's side have agreed a deal to acquire the Netherlands international from PSV Eindhoven this summer and the South Korean has praised his former team-mate<p>Park Ji-Sung believes that Memphis Depay can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United next season.<p>United have agreed a deal to …

Soccer

Ben Stokes inspires England to win thrilling Test against New Zealand

Bank holiday Monday. People’s Day at Lord’s, Dad and his lad for 20 quid. Ninety minutes before play and the queue for tickets already stretched three or four deep around two sides of the ground and up the Wellington Road to St John’s Wood tube station. By noon 20,000 were in the stands, waving …

Freebies

Jurgen Klopp: Latest News, Rumours and Speculation on Manager's Future

Link to Media<p>The likelihood of Jurgen Klopp landing a new coaching role this summer changed drastically after it emerged that the manager will take a break following his departure from Borussia Dortmund.<p>However, that will not stop rumours about the future of one of the most coveted head coaches in …

Soccer

Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 2: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond fire Canaries to Premier League

Two goals in the first 15 minutes enough for Alex Neil's Canaries to win the '£120m' Championship play-off final at Wembley<p>Norwich City deservedly reached the Premier League because they played like a Premier League team, being more composed, organised and clinical than Middlesbrough. On the ball, …

Soccer

Norwich City promoted - five things they need to do to survive in Premier League

Promotion to the top flight by winning the play-off final was well deserved - now the hard work starts<p>Do not make the mistake of believing this squad is good enough to compete in the Premier League.<p>Norwich were the better side at Wembley, which is not all that surprising when you consider all of …

Barcelona Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Ilkay Gundogan and Juan Cuadrado

Link to Media<p>Barcelona are targeting Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, according to reports.<p>Per <i>Mundo Deportivo</i> (via Adam Shergold of the <i>Daily Mail</i>), Germany international Gundogan has passed a medical in Germany "after a verbal transfer agreement was …

Soccer

Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale: Winner, Scorecard and Reaction

Link to Media<p>James DeGale became the first English boxing gold medalist in history to win a world championship as a professional when he beat Andre Dirrell in Boston Saturday to capture the vacant IBF super middleweight title.<p>DeGale showed outstanding ring generalship and timing to grab a big lead …

Boxing

Rio Ferdinand speaks of devastation at death of his wife

Defender praises the compassion shown to him in football, but says he felt guilty he was not able to do more to prevent QPR's relegation<p>Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his devastation at the <b>death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer</b>.<p>Ferdinand praised the bravery of his wife as she battled the …

Andy Murray to put faith in instinct and Amélie Mauresmo at French Open

His mother is a tennis coach, his favourite tournament is the US Open and Andre Agassi was one of his childhood idols. But enough about Facundo Argüello, the Argentinian qualifier against whom Andy Murray will start his French Open campaign.<p>After unprecedented success on European clay in the …

Tennis

Southend 1-1 Wycombe (aet; 7-6 on pens)

Phil Brown certainly knows a thing or two about drama. With his Southend side looking like suffering play-off heartache for the third time in the last four seasons, the 55-year-old must have thought their luck was out. But less than an hour later Brown was on the Wembley turf where he won promotion …

Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane hail Steven Gerrard

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have praised Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain prepares for his final game for the club.<p>Gerrard, 34, will …

Manchester United Transfer News: Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger Rumours

Link to Media<p>Throughout the 2014/15 campaign, pundits spent endless hours dissecting how Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could go about improving his squad, with defensive positions constantly coming under the microscope.<p>The Red Devils were diagnosed with a rather painful bout of being …

Soccer

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate ready for his final act

Should Woodgate help Boro beat Norwich at Wembley on Monday, in the Championship play-off final, he will realise a boyhood dream<p>Jonathan Woodgate has not had the career he dreamed of when he made his England debut as a teenager, but if his story is one of unfulfilled potential, injuries and what …

Soccer