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Justin Rose in contention at Australian Open

Rose in contention in Sydney but blows chance to share lead with Senden

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 8 December 2012

Justin Rose will head into the final round of the Australian Open two strokes off the lead after a late stumble cost him a share of the overnight lead at The Lakes in Sydney.

Rose had held a two-shot advantage in the afternoon but spoiled his round with consecutive bogeys on the final two holes to finish the day on five under overall.

Despite that the world No 4 remains firmly in contention to end 2012 on a high with his third-round two-under-par 70 leaving him in second place behind local hopeful John Senden.

In with a chance: Justin Rose is two shots behind the leader at the Australian Open

In with a chance: Justin Rose is two shots behind the leader at the Australian Open

It is the second consecutive year Senden has held the 54-hole lead at the tournament and Rose is expecting a tough battle when they are paired tomorrow with high winds expected.

'I hear the wind's going to switch and blow just as hard,' Rose said.

'Whoever literally stands up could win the golf tournament, it could be last man standing.

'I think it's going to be a battle – but I'm excited, as long as it doesn't get out of control and blow too hard, it's going to be a fun day to try and hit some shots.

'It's going to be my last round of the year and I'd like to go out on a high note.'

Senden, who had led after the opening round, had to withstand a shaky start today as he bogeyed his opening two holes to fall behind a cluster of seven players who briefly held the lead.

Leading the way: John Senden is top of the leaderboard going into the final round

Leading the way: John Senden is top of the leaderboard going into the final round

But the 2006 Stonehaven Cup winner made his charge on the back nine, producing an eagle on the par-five 11th and adding consecutive birdies from the 13th to card a two-under 70 and sit at seven under overall.

'It was a day of just trying to do my best to stay up there and it's nice to be leading the golf tournament,' Senden said.

'I thought the last two holes were pretty much close to the edge – it was so windy out there it was hard to hit the ball straight.'

Matt Jones (69), Peter Senior (69) and Kieran Pratt (70) are level in third place a shot behind Rose.

Pratt stole the outright lead with spectacular eagle at the 11th but his stint at the top of the leaderboard ended on the very next hole with a bogey.

Champion in 2001, Stuart Appleby and his American playing partner Kyle Stanley both posted two-under 70s to be three under for the tournament alongside Cameron Percy (72).

Home favourite: Adam Scott ponders his options during the third round

Home favourite: Adam Scott ponders his options during the third round

Pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott is a shot further back among a group of nine players in a share of ninth after posting his second straight 71.

Scott burst out of the blocks with consecutive birdies but had given both shots back by the fifth hole to make the turn in level par.

He mixed two bogeys and three birdies on the way home and will need something special on Sunday to claim his second Australian Open title, trailing by five shots.

Scott Gardiner fired the low round of the day, a four-under 68, to sit a further shot back alongside amateur Cameron Smith (69) and defending champion Greg Chalmers (69).

Geoff Ogilvy is also at one under after carding an adventurous 70 that included an eagle and a double bogey.

Struggling: Tom Watson had a round to forget in Sydney

Struggling: Tom Watson had a round to forget in Sydney

Meanwhile, veteran Tom Watson made a move in the wrong direction with a six-over 78.

'It was ugly out there today for me, very ugly,' Watson said immediately after his round.

'I struggled on the practice area warming up, I didn't have any feel for the club and didn't put the clubface on the ball.

'I'm not blaming anything but I woke up at 3 o'clock this morning and couldn't go back to sleep and I'm jetlagged pretty good coming back from South Africa.'

Liverpool weather: Women"s British Open abandoned due to wind

Wind blows Women's British Open off course as play is abandoned at Hoylake

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 14 September 2012

The final major of the golfing season descended into near-farce at windswept Hoylake when players at the Ricoh Women's British Open found themselves battling with conditions former winner Karen Stupples described as 'laughable'.

But good sense prevailed – in gusts that reached up to 60mph the second round was suspended after 78 minutes, all recorded scores were cancelled and the championship will resume at 6.50am on Saturday. Weather permitting, of course.

Stupples, England's last winner of the title in 2004, was among 48 players who teed off.

Look ref! Suzann Pettersen of Norway (left) and Cristie Kerr of the USA (right) indcate to an official how balls were moving in high winds

Look ref! Suzann Pettersen of Norway (left) and Cristie Kerr of the USA (right) indcate to an official how balls were moving in high winds

Defence: People cower behind umbrellas

Defence: People cower behind umbrellas

She actually birdied the downwind
second – 'it felt like an eagle' – but it came either side of a double
bogey and she was by no means the worst.

Compatriot Felicity Johnson, joint
leader early in the first round, dropped to next-to-last on 14 over par
when she ran up a quintuple bogey nine at the first, bogeyed the second
and double-bogeyed the third.

German playing partner Caroline Masson
double-bogeyed them all and the 18 players who completed at least one
hole on the front nine were a cumulative 52 over par when the suspension
came.

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Things were not as bad scoring-wise
for those on the back nine, but Michelle Wie described seeing fellow
American Cristie Kerr knocked off her feet by the wind and said the same
almost happened to her on the exposed 12th tee.

Kerr had trouble getting her ball to
stay on the tee there and on reaching the green playing partner Erina
Hara had a two-foot putt blown eight feet past the hole.

The only sensible course of action at
that point was not only to bring the players in, but also delete the
scores as if they never happened.

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

'The competitors began their round in
extremely adverse weather and conditions subsequently worsened despite
our belief that they would remain stable,' said tournament director
Susan Simpson.

'It would have been unfair to those
competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for
the round in question.'

There were, inevitably, complaints
that play should have been called off sooner, but Simpson said the level
of anger was only about 'five or six' on the Richter scale.

Blown away: Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

Blown away: Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

It would have been a lot higher, of course, if the worst sufferers had been told the holes played counted.

But as they did not it means that So
Yeon Ryu will resume as joint leader with fellow South Korean Haeji Kang
rather than one behind and that English amateur Holly Clyburn is back
in joint third place on level par. She had bogeyed the first and
double-bogeyed the fourth.

The forecast is for the wind speed to drop overnight, with rain a possibility for Sunday.

Officials went into discussions about
whether there would be enough daylight for the final 36 holes to be
played then, although much depends on how many players survive the
halfway cut on Saturday night.

If not, then the event will spill into Monday.

Can't play: Kerr sits down during the stoppage

Can't play: Kerr sits down during the stoppage

Mark Cavendish wins fourth stage of the Tour of Britain in Blackpool

Another stage success for Cavendish in Tour of Britain after trademark sprint finish

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14:52 GMT, 12 September 2012

Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take the fourth stage of Tour of Britain in Blackpool and claim the leader's gold jersey.

The 2011 world road race champion started the day with the same time as overnight leader Leigh Howard of Orica – GreenEDGE, but made sure of his second stage win after a strong lead out by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Luke Rowe.

A small breakaway group led the way for the majority of the 156-kilometre route from Carlisle, but they were chased down by the peloton in the closing stages, with Team Sky powering up the Promenade to secure a second successive stage win for the Manx Missile under the foot of Blackpool tower.

Sprint finish: Mark Cavendish won his second successive stage in the Tour of Britain on Wednesday

Sprint finish: Mark Cavendish won his second successive stage in the Tour of Britain on Wednesday

The breakaway quickly formed at the
start of the route and opened up a six-minute gap on the peloton, with
UK Youth Cycling's Niklas Gustavsson picking up the bonus points at the
first intermediate sprint at Shap ahead of Mathew Cronshaw of Node 4 and
An Post's Ronan McLaughlin.

Rapha Condor's Kristian House, IG's
Dan Craven and Saur Sojasun's David Lelay were also part of the six-man
leading group who set the early pace.

However, the chasing peloton hit back and the leaders saw their gap slashed to three minutes.

The breakaway was then reduced to four
as the course wound its way towards the seaside town, with Gustavsson
and House dropped after the last King of the Mountains points dash, as
ORICA-GreenEDGE and Team Sky led the chase.

Team Sky's Wiggins stepped up the pace
at the front of the peloton with 24km to go as stiff cross winds began
to wreak havoc, with the increased speed causing the main pack to
fracture.

Cavendish and Howard positioned
themselves well and were part of the large chasing group, who slashed
the gap to the leaders to 30 seconds with 15km remaining.

Ireland's McLaughlin then made a late
bid to go it alone but he has hauled back by Craven before the Team
Sky-led pack hunted them down with just under 10km to go.

It set the stage perfectly for another
sprint to the line for Cavendish, who crossed with ease, in what could
prove to be a decisive win.

The Tour of Britain continues with tomorrow's 147km stage around Stoke.

London 2012 Olympics sailing: Men and women both win silver in 470 class

Silver service: Happy men and tearful women finish second in sailing 470 class

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12:37 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Great Britain's men and women had to settle for silver in Friday's 470 class events.

The boys, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, were pleased with their medal but Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were disappointed.

The men's pair came into the re-arranged medal race with second-place assured and still eyeing top spot, which they hoped to wrestle off Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.

Patience and Bithell needed at least one boat in between them and the Australians to take gold, but, after an impressive start, lost ground on their rivals, who finished ahead of the home favourites to claim the victory.

Medal men: Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (front) celebrate silver

Medal men: Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (front) celebrate silver

The medal race was originally due to take place yesterday, but light winds on the course saw it delayed until midday Friday.

There was only six knots of wind this afternoon but racing got under way as planned, with Patience and Bithell making the better start.

After chasing Belcher and Page during the pre-start, the British pair enjoyed a successful first leg and rounded the windward mark in the lead with Croatia second and their rivals in third.

Sailing silver winners

Australia won gold (left)

Sail away: The boys delight in their second place finish

However, the Australians proved why they are world champions by overtaking Patience and Bithell downwind to round the bottom mark in the lead.

Britain were behind Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in third, but responded well with aggressive sailing to bring the fleet back in.

They rounded the third mark in fourth, though, and saw their hopes of gold fade when they had to do a penalty turn for pumping the sails in the light winds.

Patience and Bithell rounded the final mark in fourth and could only watch on as Croatia won the medal race and Belcher and Page crossed the line second to secure gold – Australia's third of the sailing regatta.

'We tried it, we got the better of them at the start and just managed to just sneak ahead,' Bithell told BBC Sport.

Waiting to go: Patience and Bithell at the start

Waiting to go: Patience and Bithell at the start

'Unfortunately we sneaked ahead of the rest of the fleet as well. We had hoped they would be there as well.

'They sailed a fantastic race, we tried to attack them when we could and hats off to them. They held their nerve and are worthy champions. We're happy with second.'

Patience echoed those sentiments, adding: 'It's been three years, four years of hard work together and we're here standing on an Olympic podium.

'It's not gold but there's plenty of time. We're young boys and we'll be coming back and we'll mean business next time around yet again.

'For now, enjoy the moment. Stuart's an absolute legend and we're happy, happy boys. What a week. Regatta of our lives. What a place. We're in paradise, aren't we It's cool – so cool.'

It was another second place finish in the women's event, with New Zealand cruising to gold. Mills and Clark knew they would get a silver medal if they beat their rivals but could not manage it.

Meanwhile Holland picked up the bronze medal.

More to follow.

London 2012 Olympics: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell buoyed by race delay

Patience and Bithell buoyed by race delay as GB sailors get ready for 'golden day'

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17:57 GMT, 9 August 2012

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Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell
believe the delay to the men's 470 medal race could work in their favour
and also sets up what may prove to be a 'golden day' for Great Britain.

The British pair are mathematically
assured of at least a silver medal, having amassed a large enough points
margin heading into the medal race to be sure that the third-placed
crew, Argentina, could not catch them.

Gold medal race: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell

Gold medal race: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell

Patience and Bithell, though, still have eyes on gold, which they are aiming to wrestle off Australia's Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page in a medal race that was slated for 1pm on Thursday.

Light winds means it will now take place on Friday at midday – a delay the British pair believe will help their quest for the top podium position.

'I think it puts the ball in our court a little bit if we wait a bit longer,' Patience said.

'As we said the whole time, we have no pressure. It is win-win and I imagine if the Aussies are feeling anything, it is more discomfort than we are.

'The longer it draws out maybe it is a good thing for us and a worse thing for them.

'I am speculating here but it certainly isn't a problem for me and Stuart.

'Stuart was just saying earlier, this is our home. We have lived here for five years and we'll live here again once this is over. It is no skin off our back.'

Water performance: Mills and Clark will battle it out with New Zealand for the gold

Water performance: Mills and Clark will battle it out with New Zealand for the gold

Patience revealed they had not expected
to make it out today after seeing the weather forecast, but Bithell
anticipates being out on the water on Friday.

'With the high pressure and thermals, it is hard to predict exactly what
is going to happen but I do believe tomorrow is much better,' he said.

'We'll go through the routine and process again. We'll wake up expecting
to race like we did this morning and hopefully the race officer will
get it racing for us.

'We've got nowhere to be, though. We've been in our athlete container
out of the sun today actually watching some of the Olympics on TV.

'We've been just switching off, keeping fresh and being ready to get that Nespresso down our necks and hit the racing hard.'

The delay sets up what could be a superb day for British sailing.

Patience and Bithell will vie to top the podium at midday, before Hannah
Mills and Saskia Clark look to take top honours in the women's 470 an
hour later.

They too are assured of silver as long as they are not disqualified or
black flagged in the medal race, which they enter level at the top of
the standings alongside New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

'It could be a golden day for GB,' Bithell said, with Patience adding: 'That's what everyone is hoping.'

Aside from the men's 470 medal race, the only other racing scheduled was the Elliott 6m women's match racing sail-off for fifth to
eighth.

The racing, which would have included the Lucy Macgregor-skippered
British team, has been cancelled completely because Friday is set aside
for the semi-finals.

Wimbledon 2012: Jamie Baker will find it tough against Andy Roddick

The Locker Room: Tough task for Brit Baker against Roddick

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 June 2012

British No 3 Jamie Baker is third up on Court No 1 against three-time finalist Andy Roddick, the American who won the Wimbledon warm-up event at Eastbourne on Sunday.

There’s no doubt Roddick is nowhere near his US Open winning best, but it will still be very tough for world No 186 Baker.

It will also be a challenge for Laura Robson who takes on former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Court 3.

Task: Jamie Baker has a tricky opponent to navigate

Task: Jamie Baker has a tricky opponent to navigate

Seed in danger

Fifth seed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer at last year’s Wimbledon, faces a tough first-round clash against 2002 champion and eternal battler Lleyton Hewitt. Aussie Hewitt was blown away by Ivo Karlovic at Queen’s but has been given a wildcard and is always a dangerous opponent.

Groundpass bonus

It’s a good job Alex Bogomolov Jnr against Alexandr Dolgopolov starts at 11.30am on Court 7.

You wouldn’t fancy trying to pronounce those names after too many glasses of Pimm’s.

Seeds of trouble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga must concentrate

Seeds of trouble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga must concentrate

Weather forecast

Bright spells in the morning with a chance of light rain. But as the day progresses it will become increasingly cloudy and overcast. Temperatures will also be lower than Monday, peaking in the evening at 18C, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

Where to watch

TV: BBC2 coverage starts at 11.30am and then again at 5.50pm. While BBC1 join in at 1.45pm. Today at Wimbledon at 8pm on BBC2.

Radio: BBC 5 Live from midday.

London 2012 Games: Gold medal hope Ainslie enjoys perfect warm up

Gold medal hope Ainslie enjoys perfect warm up to summer Games

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18:31 GMT, 17 May 2012

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie is on the cusp of a record-breaking sixth Finn world title in Cornwall.

The 35-year-old won all three of Thursday's races at the J.P. Asset Management Finn Gold Cup to open up a 20-point cushion heading into Friday's medal race on the south coast.

Surfs up: Ben Ainslie crashes through the waves during the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth

Surfs up: Ben Ainslie crashes through the waves during the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth

Ainslie only needs to start and finish the race to secure a sixth Finn world championship – three more than any other sailor – putting him in a strong position to secure Olympic gold this summer.

'It was a great day,' he said. 'It was unbelievable sailing, some of the best I have ever experienced.

'It was at 25 to 30 knots of wind, massive waves so it was a really good test for everyone and a great day's sailing.

Delighted: Ainslie returns to the dock

Delighted: Ainslie returns to the dock

'It was pretty extreme. It is not often we race in conditions like that so it was great.

'I think there will be a lot of tired sailors but I think most people had a smile on their face most of the time.'

Having seen sailing cancelled yesterday due to strong winds, the Finn fleet had to deal with testing conditions on the south coast.

Ainslie won the day's first race with a storming finish, before capitalising on Skandia Team GBR team-mate Ed Wright capsizing when leading the second race.

He then went onto win the final race of the day, with results meaning Ainslie and Wright are guaranteed to finish in the top two.

This year will be the third successive Finn Gold Cup victory by a British sailor – following Wright and Giles Scott last year – but Ainslie is focused fully on this summer's Olympics.

'It has been a good week and this event is important but really the main focus this year is the Olympics coming up,' he said.

'It is good with that in mind but of course it is a great achievement to win a Finn Gold Cup.

Ben Ainslie returns to the dock

Ben Ainslie returns to the dock

'There is still a long way to go and this fleet is very tight. There are a lot of good sailors so I've still got to keep pushing and making improvements.

'Obviously I am very happy with the way this week has gone.'

Gold Cup victory will cap a great week for Ainslie, who kicks off the Olympic torch relay in his home county of Cornwall on Saturday.

'That will be very special,' he added.

'That will be great for Cornwall and great for the country to have the Olympic flame here.

'As for me, I just hope I have enough energy to make it 200 metres down the road.'

Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19: Ruan Pienaar scores 17 points on way to victory

Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19: Pienaar makes Scottish side pay penalty

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22:22 GMT, 28 April 2012

The cry is usually ‘stand up for the Ulstermen’, but fans were toasting a man from Bloemfontein as Ruan Pienaar produced a goal-kicking masterclass that powered his side to the Heineken Cup final.

The former Springbok half-back, who started two Tests against the British & Irish Lions at fly-half in 2009, claimed 17 points from six attempts, as Ulster kept alive their dream of securing a second European Cup triumph.

Semi heroes: Pedrie Wannenburg and Ruan Pienaar of Ulster celebrate after winning the Heineken Cup semi final

Semi heroes: Pedrie Wannenburg and Ruan Pienaar of Ulster celebrate after winning the Heineken Cup semi final

Man-of-the-match Pienaar, playing in
his preferred position of scrum-half, pulled the strings superbly as
Ulster beat an Edinburgh side that lacked nothing in commitment but,
like Scotland in the Six Nations, were found wanting in attacking
finesse.

Pienaar purred throughout like a
Rolls- Royce and, in tandem with his fellow South African recruits
Pedrie Wannenburg and Stefan Terblanche, had too much nous for an
Edinburgh side playing in their first Heineken Cup semi final.

Kicking for glory: Ruan Pienaar scored 17 points for Ulster

Kicking for glory: Ruan Pienaar scored 17 points for Ulster

Terblanche provided the only blot on
his side’s copybook when he was sin-binned for a petulant slap on Ross
Ford in the first half.

In howling winds, Pienaar slotted
every chance that came his way with a regal calm that spread throughout
his side, while Wannenburg’s 16th-minute try setUlster on their way to
victory.

‘It was an exceptionally tough game
but we took our chances and were ruthless in the first half,’ said
Ulster head coach Brian McGlaughlin. Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw
kicked 14 points, while Jim Thompson scored a late consolation try.

Charging down: Pienaar sees an attempt at his kick charged down by Edinburgh's Roddy Grant

Charging down: Pienaar sees an attempt at his kick charged down by Edinburgh's Roddy Grant

Ulster’s victory makes the prospect of
an all- Irish final a tantalising reality ahead of today’s semi-final
between Clermont Auvergne and Leinster.

The crucial spell of last night’s game
came before half-time when Edinburgh were unable to take advantage of
Terblanche’s absence as they battered away at the Ulster line but failed
to cross for the all-important try.

‘We’re bitterly disappointed,’ said Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley. ‘We had chances but failed to take them.’

Ulster celebrated at the end as if
they had won the entire tournament. If Pienaar and Co produce another
performance like this at Twickenham on May 19, they may well do just
that.

Damien McGrane shares lead at Trophee Hassan II

McGrane in four-way tie for lead in Morocco after playing catch-up

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UPDATED:

19:10 GMT, 24 March 2012

Damien McGrane was in a four-way tie for first at the turn in the third round of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Irishman McGrane had completed his second round earlier on Saturday after high winds on Friday meant five and a half hours play had been lost on day two.

Four-way tie: Damien McGrane shares the lead

Four-way tie: Damien McGrane shares the lead

McGrane started the third round a stroke clear of Welshman Phillip Price and he then made a solid start with two birdies in his first four holes.
However, this was followed by three bogeys and a single birdie.

Teenager Matteo Manassero was enjoying a consistent round with six birdies after 14 holes, including three in succession after the turn.

Jose Manuel Lara and Michael Hoey were also on 11 under, the latter having carded an eagle on the 10th.

Manchester derby moved to Monday April 30

Manchester derby moved to Monday… and victory over Ajax will end United's Saturday kick-offs

The Manchester derby – which could be the Barclays Premier League title decider – has been switched from Saturday afternoon to Monday evening to be shown live on Sky Sports.

The controversial move comes after violence at recent matches and warnings from Greater Manchester Police they will crack down on any troublemakers.

The game, which was scheduled for April 28 will now be played two days later to accommodate the satellite TV channel's cameras.

Red alert: The highly-anticipated match with City has been moved

Red alert: The highly-anticipated match with City has been moved

Tensions will be higher with the rivals
locked in a battle for the Premier League title and the battle for three
points shaping up to be the difference between finishing first or
second.

Trouble between the two sets of fans has
marred meetings, with 29 arrested after the Carling Cup semi-final
first-leg tie two years ago.

Blown over: High winds in the North West caused damage at United's Carrington training ground

Blown over: High winds in the North West have caused damage at United's Carrington training ground

Blown over: High winds in the North West caused damage at United's Carrington training ground

Further disturbances have scarred the
latest meetings and fears will now raise that the 8pm evening kick-off
will allow for the possibility of drunken rival factions fans to clash
around the Etihad Stadium.

A
move to Sunday was not an option with 8,000 runners due to compete in
the Greater Manchester Marathon around the city on Sunday April 29.

Flaring up: United and City fans have clashed in recent meeting and police will be on high alert to avoid any further trouble

Flaring up: United and City fans have clashed in recent meeting and police will be on high alert to avoid any further trouble

Flaring up: United and City fans have clashed in recent meeting and police will be on high alert to avoid any further trouble

Manchester United fixtures

v Norwich (A) – Sun Feb 26
v Tottenham (A) – Sun Mar 4
v West Brom (H) – Sat Mar 10*
v Wolves (A) – Sun Mar 18
v Fulham (H) – Mon Mar 26
v Blackburn (A) – Mon Apr 2
v QPR (H) – Sun Apr 8
v Wigan (A) – Wed 11 Apr
v Aston Villa (H) – Sun 15 Apr
v Everton (H) – Sun Apr 22
v Man City (A) – Mon Apr 30
v Swansea (H) – Sat May 5**
v Sunderland (A) Sun May 13

*Clashes with Europa League
**Scheduled to change due to FA Cup final clash

Greater Manchester Police will be
on high alert, both around the Etihad Stadium and in the city centre and
local pubs as they look to keep the peace.

Meanwhile United fans have discovered
that if they beat Ajax on Thursday, the club will not play any further
games on Saturday this season.

Football
traditionalists will be disappointed to learn that the club's
continuing involvement in the Europa League means there will be no
Saturday kick-offs until the 2012-13 term.

United have released full listings of
the kick-off changes due to TV commitments and the on-going involvement
in European competition.

And no games are scheduled to be played on Saturday even in May as the match with Swansea has been moved to avoid a repeat of the clash with the FA Cup final on May 5.

Running the rule: Sir Alex with fitness coach Tony Strudwick watching over the players as they go through their final training session ahead of the Ajax clash

Running the rule: Sir Alex with fitness coach Tony Strudwick watching over the players as they go through their final training session ahead of the Ajax clash

Sky Sports' confirmed live fixtures

FEBRUARY
Sat 25 – Man City v Blackburn (5.30pm)
Sun 26 – Arsenal v Tottenham (1.30pm)
Sun 26 – Carling Cup Final – Cardiff v Liverpool (4.00pm)

MARCH
Sat 3 – Liverpool v Arsenal (12.45pm)
Sun 4 – Fulham v Wolves (2.05pm)
Sun 4 – Tottenham v Man United (4.10pm)
Sat 10 – Bolton v QPR (12.45pm)
Sun 11 – Norwich City v Wigan (4.00pm)
Mon 12 – Arsenal v Newcastle (8.00pm)
Sun 18 – Wolves v Man United (1.30pm)
Sun 18 – Newcastle v Norwich (4.00pm)
Mon 19 – Man City v Chelsea (8.00pm)
Sat 24 – Chelsea v Tottenham (12.45pm)
Sun 25 – West Brom v Newcastle (4.00pm)
Mon 26 – Man United v Fulham (8.00pm)

APRIL
Sun 1 – Newcastle v Liverpool (1.30pm)
Sun 1 – Tottenham v Swansea (4.00pm)
Mon 2 – Blackburn v Man United (8.00pm)
Fri 6 – Swansea v Newcastle (4.30pm)
Sat 7 – Sunderland v Tottenham (12.45pm)
Sun 8 – Man United v QPR (1.30pm)
Sun 8 – Arsenal v Man City (4.00pm)
Mon 9 – Fulham v Chelsea (8.00pm)
Wed 11 – QPR v Swansea (8.00pm)
Sat 14 – Norwich v Man City (12.45pm)
Sun 15 – Bolton v Tottenham (1.30pm)
Sun 15 – Man United v Aston Villa (4.00pm)
Sat 21 – Arsenal v Chelsea (12.45pm)
Sun 22 – Man United v Everton (12.30pm)
Sun 22 – Wolves v Man City (4.00pm)
Sun 29 – Chelsea v QPR (1.30pm)
Sun 29 – Tottenham v Blackburn (4.00pm)
Mon 30 – Man City v Man United (8.00pm)