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Great Britain to play Croatia away in Davis Cup World Group play-off

Great Britain face away trip to Croatia in Davis Cup play-off… and Murray will play!

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 10 April 2013

Great Britain have been drawn away to Croatia in September's Davis Cup World Group play-offs.

Leon Smith's team staged a stunning comeback to beat Russia 3-2 on Sunday in Coventry and earn a chance to gain promotion to the elite 16-team World Group for the first time since 2008.

Heroes: Britain beat Russia to clinch a place in September's World Group play-offs

Heroes: Britain beat Russia to clinch a place in September's World Group play-offs

World No 2 Andy Murray has already committed to play in the tie which will be held on the weekend following the conclusion of the US Open on 13-15 September.

Murray last played in September 2011 in a 5-0 win over Hungary and has opted out of each tie since, preferring to focus on his grand slam preparations.

Return: Murray (centre) has already committed to play in September's tie

Return: Murray (centre) has already committed to play in September's tie

James Ward and Dan Evans, the heroes
on Sunday as they won both their matches to clinch the win over Russia,
will likely battle it out for the second singles spot.

Croatia's team is likely to include world No 11 Marin Cilic, who Murray beat on his way to winning the Sony Open in Miami last month, and Ivan Dodig, ranked No 54.

The hosts have until April 30 to choose a venue and surface for the tie.

Leader: World No 11 Cilic will likely lead Croatia's team against Great Britain

Leader: World No 11 Cilic will likely lead Croatia's team against Great Britain

It will be Britain's first tie away from home since Smith, Murray's former coach, took over as captain from John Lloyd in 2010.

Smith has won six of his seven ties in charge and should be confident of promotion to the World Group, having avoided Spain and Switzerland in the draw.

Coach: Smith (left) was Murray's (right) coach when the world No 2 was in his teenage years

Coach: Smith (left) was Murray's (right) coach when the world No 2 was in his teenage years

Britain last played Croatia in the World Group play-offs in September 2007, winning 4-1 at Wimbledon.

Murray beat Cilic in five sets in the opening match, before Tim Henman – in his last match before retirement – clinched the tie by teaming up with Murray's brother Jamie in the doubles to beat Cilic and Lovro Zovko.

Handshakes: Cilic (right) played against Britain in 2007 in what was Tim Henman's (left) last match

Handshakes: Cilic (right) played against Britain in 2007 in what was Tim Henman's (left) last match

Wasps 24 Northampton 26: Christian Day scores late winner

Wasps 24 Northampton 26: Day breaks hosts' hearts with last-gasp winner

By
Ian Stafford

PUBLISHED:

17:54 GMT, 23 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:11 GMT, 23 March 2013

Northampton 's pack dominated their Wasps counterparts to such an extent in this battle for the play-offs that three Wasps forwards were sent to the sin bin.

But it took Christian Day's finalplay try to steal victory. Stephen Myler still needed to land the simple conversion to confirm the win but Day's score – assisted by returning England star Dylan Hartley, who shoved his team-mate over the line – also earned a bonus point that could prove crucial.

Wasps, seconds away from a remarkable win considering they played with one man down for nearly half an hour and were crushed up front, now find themselves seven points adrift of fourth-placed Northampton.

Lee 'n' easy: Lee Dickinson scores the Saints' second try

Lee 'n' easy: Lee Dickinson scores the Saints' second try

Day's final score summed up a
physical clash between two teams featuring a host of players who either
lost for England last week in Cardiff or who are pushing hard for a
place in the June tour to Argentina.

Day's try resulted from a driving maul as the Wasps forwards spent much of the game going backwards and conceding penalties.

Saints would have been kicking themselves if they had lost, which they nearly did thanks to a second-half comeback from Wasps.

Losing director of rugby Dai Young
said: 'Fair play to Northampton, they had a real weapon in their maul
and they used it. It's hard to play against them with 15 men and even
harder with 14 for much of the game, especially when you don't get the
field position or the ball.

Heading for glory: Elliot Daly (right) of London Wasps scores his team's second try

Heading for glory: Elliot Daly (right) of London Wasps scores his team's second try

'That said, having got our noses in
front, I take issue with the last three penalties awarded to them,
although I'm not saying Saints didn't deserve to win. The bottom line is
that if you can't stop a driving line out you'll struggle.'

Northampton director of rugby Jim
Mallinder was more relieved than happy, saying: 'If you have a weapon
like that, then you use it. We controlled the game but Wasps can score
points quickly.

'We gave away some penalties and almost threw it away. But we got a bonus point win and are now in a good position.'

Snow stopping me: George Pisi evades Daly's tackle

Snow stopping me: George Pisi evades Daly's tackle

The portents were clear from as early
as the eighth minute, when referee David Rose awarded Saints a penalty
try and sent Thomas Rhys Thomas to the bin.

Eight minutes later, Lee Dickson
flopped over after another powerful maul. Wasps hit back through a
long-range Elliott Daly penalty and then a classic Tom Varndell try,
sprinting in from 50 yards to score his 12th of the season and his 72nd
Premiership try in total. Varndell is now only four behind record scorer
Mark Cueto.

Snow joke: Daly lefty dejected after Saints stole the win at the death

Snow joke: Daly lefty dejected after Saints stole the win at the death

A conversion and two penalties from
Stephen Jones meant the home side were only three points down at the
break, despite a Hartley try from yet another destructive maul.

This built into a five-point
advantage after another Jones penalty and a stunning finish from Daly in
the corner which will surely not go unnoticed by the England selectors.

But after Ashley Johnson received his
team's third yellow card, Day ended a period of sustained Northampton
pressure by snatching the game at the death.

Dowie emerges as leading contender for vacant Oldham job after Scholes link is dismissed

Dowie emerges as leading contender for vacant Oldham job after Scholes link is dismissed

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

01:15 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:02 GMT, 5 February 2013

Iain Dowie is leading the race to become the next Oldham Athletic manager, despite bookmakers installing Oldham fan Paul Scholes as shock favourite.

Latics chairman Simon Corney is eager to install a new boss before the club’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Everton next Saturday.

Surprisingly the 38-year-old midfielder was labelled as a front-runner but Corney has denied any suggestions that the Old Trafford legend would be taking the post.

Out of work: Dowie's last managerial job was in 2010 he unsuccessfully tried to keep Hull City in the Premier League

Out of work: Dowie's last managerial job was in 2010 when he unsuccessfully tried to keep Hull City in the Premier League

‘If Paul Scholes was to so much as express a desire to come here, it would refresh the whole club and of course I would be interested,’ Corney said.

‘But is it going to happen No, it isn't and there has been no contact between ourselves and Paul Scholes.

‘For one thing, I cannot see him wanting to go from earning 60,000-a-week at Manchester United to 600-a-week at Oldham!

Despite engineering their famous victory over Liverpool, Paul Dickov resigned on Sunday after a run of poor form in League One which left the Boundary Park side just outside the relegation zone.

Relaxed: Scholes at United's Doha training camp

Favourite: Scholes, seen here relaxing at United's Doha training camp, has emerged as the bookies choice for the Oldham job

Dowie has previous experience of managing Oldham after taking the club to the League One play-offs in 2002-03 and

Corney confirmed that he has been in contact with the former QPR manager.

‘Iain and I are good friends and we speak on a regular basis, but the club has time to make the right appointment,’ added Corney.

‘I would certainly expect a manager to be in place in time for the FA Cup tie against Everton next week and hopefully the issue may be resolved before the game against MK Dons this weekend.’

Tiger Woods leads by six at Torrey Pines but Farmers Insurance Open finish delayed by fog

Tiger hits top form to build six-shot lead at Torrey Pines but finish delayed by fog

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

Tiger Woods remained on course for victory as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines went into a fifth day.

After fog remarkably wiped out all but five minutes of day three's play, the third round and a large chunk of the fourth was completed today before darkness fell.

When that moment came, Woods was 17 under par with 11 holes to play, six shots clear of nearest challengers Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

Woods was two shots clear at the start of play and extended his lead with a three-under-par third round of 69, bettered only by Australian Aaron Baddeley with 68.

The world number two began his final round four clear, having won on 39 of the 41 previous occasions he has led outright with 18 holes remaining – though the quick turnaround meant he had not changed into his trademark red shirt.

Nor did he start in typical fashion. He sent his first tee shot way left and needed a good recovery shot to set up a par, and then hit his second tee shot on to the fringe of the sixth fairway and was fortunate to have a clear shot in, though even then he needed an excellent 10-yard pitch to save par.
But he birdied the next two and gained another shot at the sixth before finishing with a par at the seventh.

Reigning champion Snedeker had spoken during Saturday's inactivity of the need to score low in today's extended play, and he certainly did so.

After also shooting 69 in the third round, Snedeker began his fourth with four birdies on the front nine and ended the day on 11 under par with five holes to play in the tournament.

Watney, the 2009 champion, could only manage 71 in his third round but was three under through eight to move in to contention on 11 under.

Head and shoulders above: World No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

Head and shoulders above: The world No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

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Canada's Brad Fritsch was nine under through seven but Woods' playing partner Casey Wittenberg dropped back from that mark after bogeying the seventh, failing to get up and down from a ridiculous position near the second tee.

Luke Guthrie, Josh Teater, Steve Marino and Erik Compton were also at eight under, with six players including Englishman Ross Fisher tied on seven under.

Roy Keane favourite to take over at Nottingham Forest as Sean O"Driscoll sacked after beating Leeds

Keane set to return at old club Forest to replace O'Driscoll after watching his final win over Leeds

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UPDATED:

08:31 GMT, 27 December 2012

Roy Keane is the frontrunner to become the new Nottingham Forest boss.

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Forest are one point off the
play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may
now look to former City Ground favourite Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll.

When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict.

‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

Leeds: Kenny, /12/26/article-2253315-16A7E9C8000005DC-370_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory” class=”blkBorder” />

Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: Sean O"Driscoll sacked

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: O'Driscoll sacked despite thumping Boxing Day win

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 26 December 2012


Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Forest are one point off the play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may now look to former City Ground favourite Roy Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

Roy Keane watched Nottingham Forest's 4-2 win over Leeds. The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager could be in the frame to take over at the City Ground following the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll
Is Roy Keane to take over

Roy Keane watched Nottingham Forest's 4-2 win over Leeds. The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager could be in the frame to take over at the City Ground following the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll. When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict. ‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

Leeds: Kenny, /12/26/article-2253315-16A7E9C8000005DC-370_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory” class=”blkBorder” />

Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Manchester City on course for Financial Fair Play despite losing 100m

Man City lose 100m… but insist they're still on course to meet financial fair play rules

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City have revealed annual losses of almost 100million –
but insist they are still on course to fall in line with the new
financial fair play rules.

Although City's losses have been halved, they still posted a loss of 97.9m in the annual report for the 2011-12 season. City's overall wage bill rose from 151.6m to 178.1m.

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

The new financial fair play rules – that are introduced at the start of the next Barclays Premier League season – which require clubs to meet a series of stipulations.

City are confident as 15m of the losses comes from infrastructure and youth development costs, while approximately 80m comes from contracts that pre-date 2010, from which City expect to get some kind of relief.

A statement read: 'Whilst the 2011-12 financial results represent a
further step towards achieving the club’s objective of long-term
sustainability both on and off the field, the application of UEFA
allowable reliefs for certain categories of expenditure and investment
in 2011-12, position the club well for compliance with UEFA’s financial
fair play regulations which come into effect in season 2013-14.'

City's annual figures also revealed that they have recorded whopping
revenue of 231.1m – the first time they have smashed through the 200m
mark.

While the results show marginal increases in gate receipts and TV revenue, it is in the commercial sector where City are making huge gains.

Revenue went up from 64.7m to 121.1m, underlining City's increased growing global exposure, which is being shown in all areas, from merchandise to club tours.

The statement continued: 'This year’s report demonstrates the
tangible and positive impact of four years of strategic investment in
all operations since the acquisition of the Club by Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed in September 2008.

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

MANCHESTE CITY REPORT

Read City's annual report in full here

'Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak recognises the historic on field
achievements of 2011-12 and the impact on the club at home and
overseas. He also emphasises, following the securing of planning
permission, the importance of the City Football Academy (CFA) project to
the future of the Club and the community in which it resides, calling
it 'the most significant current initiative to secure the long-term
sustainability of the Club’s football operations'.

Chief executive officer Ferran Soriano, who arrived at the club
earlier this year after his time with Barcelona, said: 'What I have
found is a club on the verge of a historic transformation, reinforced by
a genuine commitment to doing things well. It is a club with a rich
history and the potential for an even brighter future.'

Chelsea beat Monterrey: Graham Chadwick video blog

Graham Chadwick's video blog: Chelsea face Corinthians in final after Blues cruise

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UPDATED:

18:54 GMT, 13 December 2012

Sportsmail
photographer Graham Chadwick has travelled to Japan with Chelsea as they
take part in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Watch Graham's latest video blog of the Blues in Yokohama.

Chelsea have sealed their passage through to the FIFA Club World Cup after seeing off Monterrey on Thursday.

The Blues will now face Brazilian giants Corinthians in Sunday's final.

Our man has been with them all the way and, in his latest brilliant video blog, he caught the anticipation of the Chelsea fans before the west London club's opener in Yokohama and during the game as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and a Hugo Chavez own goal saw the Blues seal a 3-1 win.

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Chelsea in Japan: Graham Chadwick video blog

Graham Chadwick's video blog: Waiting almost over as Chelsea eye Club World Cup glory in Japan

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UPDATED:

15:40 GMT, 12 December 2012

Sportsmail
photographer Graham Chadwick has travelled to Japan with Chelsea as they
prepare for their first game of the FIFA Club World Cup this Thursday.

Watch Graham's latest video blog of the Blues in Yokohama.

Chelsea don't have long to wait now until they start their bid for Club World Cup glory against Monterrey.

The Blues have been in Japan for a few days now ahead of Thursday's semi-final clash with the Mexicans.

Our man has been with them all the way and, in his latest brilliant video blog, caught the Blues as they trained on the pitch in Yokohama while staff at the stadium made sure everything would be ready for the big kick-off.

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Chelsea at Club World Cup – Graham Chadwick video blog

Graham Chadwick's video blog: Chelsea train in Yokohama ahead of Club World Cup

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UPDATED:

14:27 GMT, 10 December 2012

Sportsmail photographer Graham Chadwick has travelled to Japan with Chelsea as they prepare for their first game of the Club World Cup this Thursday.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez has enjoyed a much warmer welcome in Yokohama than he received in west London and Graham has captured the Spaniard's squad during their first training session.

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