VIDEO: Wigan will be ‘tough’ for Liverpool

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says their forthcoming game with Wigan will be “tough” as his players aim for a “strong finish” to the season.

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Goal-line systems for top flight

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Goal-line technology will be introduced as early as the start of next season, the Premier League reveals.

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Focus gets the Benitez scoop after dramatic week

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Embattled Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez gives Football Focus a compelling interview, writes presenter Dan Walker

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Cardiff’s Earnshaw joins Toronto

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw joins Major League Soccer’s Toronto and hopes to play against Vancouver on Saturday.

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Sexton France game hopes fading

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Ireland’s hopes of having Jonathan Sexton available for the Six Nations game against France appear to be fading.

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MacDonald named Swindon manager

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Former Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald succeeds Paolo Di Canio as manager of League One side Swindon Town.

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VIDEO: Piers Morgan’s Premier predictions

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Piers Morgan gives his unique take on this week’s Premier League matches, including predicting an 8-0 away win for his beloved Arsenal in Sunday’s North London derby.

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Benitez wants to stay until May

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Rafael Benitez says he has an “excellent” relationship with Roman Abramovich and will not leave Chelsea before May.

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VIDEO: Famous football manager rants

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Following Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez’s rant, BBC Sport looks at other football managers who have expressed their frustrations to the media.

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VIDEO: Benitez explains ‘fans rant’ to Focus

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez tells Football Focus presenter Dan Walker that his relationship with Roman Abramovich is excellent.

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Murray rebukes Gers ‘witch hunt’

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Former Rangers owner Sir David Murray criticises a ‘retrospective witch hunt’ against the club over its use of EBTs.

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Murray rebukes Gers ‘witch hunt’

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Former Rangers owner Sir David Murray criticises a ‘retrospective witch hunt’ against the club over its use of EBTs.

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Death crash footballer sent to jail

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

A Manchester City footballer who admitted causing the death of two people by careless driving is jailed for 16 months.

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AUDIO: Gloucester landmark pleases Tindall

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Gloucester centre Mike Tindall tells BBC Gloucestershire he will be pleased to reach 150 appearances for the club against Bath on Friday but he is more concerned with beating their local rivals.

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Collins leaves Livingston role

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Livingston’s director of football John Collins and first-team coach Gareth Evans leave the First Division club.

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AUDIO: Ford understands Gloucester rivalry

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Bath coach Mike Ford tells BBC Radio Bristol he has been made aware of the importance of their derby clash with Gloucester by local players within his squad.

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Broken toe for West Ham’s Nolan

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

West Ham will be without captain Kevin Nolan for at least a month after he broke his toe against Tottenham.

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Ferris ruled out for rest of season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Ireland and Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris is out for the rest of this season after having more ankle surgery.

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Cardiff owner talks of name change

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Owner Vincent Tan, who instigated Cardiff’s colour change from blue to red, moves to reassure fans that the club’s official name will not change.

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Foster ready for England return

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster makes himself available for England after two years away from international football.

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Newport confirm Rodney Parade deal

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Conference Premier side Newport County announce a 10-year deal to play home matches at Rodney Parade.

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VIDEO: Rafa right to slam Chelsea fans – Savage

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Robbie Savage supports Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, who hit out at fans who have constantly booed him since his appointment.

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Tindall targets Gloucester stay

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

On the eve of his 150th competitive appearance, centre Mike Tindall says he wants to extend his contract at Gloucester.

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Benitez can expect more fan anger

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says supporters have taken Rafael Benitez’s outburst personally.

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Clark could miss Saints season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Northampton Saints forward Calum Clark says he could miss the rest of the season, after undergoing surgery in January.

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Injured Krul out for five weeks

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul faces up to five weeks on the sidelines because of an ankle injury.

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Developer seals Pompey land deal

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Property developer Stuart Robinson, who is working with the PST, completes a deal for the land around Fratton Park.

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Sunderland in Mandela charity deal

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Nelson Mandela’s charity enters into a partnership with Sunderland football club to raise funds and spread the anti-apartheid fighter’s reconciliation message.

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Farrell 50-50 for England v Italy

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Fly-half Owen Farrell is rated 50-50 for England’s Six Nations match with Italy on 10 March because of a thigh injury.

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Rangers vindicated by ruling – Green

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Charles Green says the outcome of an investigation into payments to players “vindicates” Rangers’ decision not to “surrender titles”.

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Sale will avoid drop – Shepherd

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Sale Sharks are convinced they will avoid relegation from the Premiership, according to full-back Cameron Shepherd.

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Wasps fly-half Jones to retire

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Former Wales fly-half Stephen Jones will retire at the end of the season to take up a coaching position with Wasps.

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Newcastle loan Ferguson to Blues

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Birmingham sign Shane Ferguson on loan from Newcastle, as injured Rob Hall is forced to return to parent club West Ham.

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Gers will not lose league titles

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Rangers will not be stripped of any league titles following an investigation into alleged undisclosed payments.

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Angry Benitez confirms Blues exit

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Rafael Benitez says he will leave Chelsea in May and the club made a “massive mistake” in giving him the title of “interim manager”.

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Was Benitez doomed from the start at Chelsea?

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Rafael Benitez and Chelsea bears all the hallmarks of a footballing marriage made in hell, says chief football writer Phil McNulty

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Morgan offers to walk from Wolves

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

Wolves owner Steve Morgan offers to walk away from the relegation-threatened club if that is what the fans want.

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Huth has let himself down – Pulis

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

Stoke boss Tony Pulis says Robert Huth has “let himself down” after the defender was banned for violent conduct.

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Scarlets release lock Tomas Vallejos

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

Argentina lock Tomás Vallejos is released from his contract by Scarlets to play for Pampas XV in the Vodacom Cup in South Africa.

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Casey Stoney: My incredible journey

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

From doing laundry at Arsenal to beating Brazil at the Olympics, England captain Casey Stoney traces her path to the top

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Manager McGlynn departs Hearts

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

Manager John McGlynn leaves Hearts by mutual consent, with the Tynecastle side second bottom of the SPL.

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Van Persie not crucial – Fortune

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

Manchester United can beat Real Madrid even without Robin van Persie, according to former Old Trafford midfielder Quinton Fortune.

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AUDIO: Listen to Benitez’s amazing rant

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

In a stunning interview with BBC Radio 5 live, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez criticises the club’s fans for the lack of support and says it was a massive mistake to name him as “interim” boss.

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Angry Benitez’s interview in full

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

Read the full transcript of interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez’s passionate post-match interview at Middlesbrough.

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White ready to take Exeter chance

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

Exeter flanker Ben White says he is ready to stake his claim for a regular place in the Chiefs pack.

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Duggan tips Everton for big season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

Everton Ladies forward Toni Duggan believes the club can be successful in the Women’s Super League despite losing key players.

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Blues sign Samoan lock Filo Paulo

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

Cardiff Blues confirm the signing of Auckland Blues and Samoa lock Filo Paulo to bolster the pack at the Arms Park.

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Robinson pens new Hearts contract

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson has signed a new two-year deal with the Tynecastle club.

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Jenkins calm on Laudrup contract

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

Swansea City chairman says there is “no pressure” on manager Michael Laudrup to sign a new contract with the Capital One Cup winners.

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VIDEO: Carey’s strike is SPL goal of the season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

Graham Carey’s long-range strike for St Mirren against Hearts on 27 February has been voted Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League goal of the season. BBC Scotland’s John Barnes describes the action (UK only).

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Bradford 1-1 Dag and Red

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

James Hanson scores a late equaliser to deny Dagenham & Redbridge a win in their first game since John Still’s exit.

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Hibernian 2-2 Kilmarnock

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hibernian twice battle back to claim a Scottish Premier League draw against Kilmarnock.

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Motherwell made amends, says McCall

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Stuart McCall describes the turnaround in Motherwell’s performance as ‘chalk and cheese’ following the win against Celtic.

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PSG win on Beckham’s full debut

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Paris St-Germain overcome Marseille 2-0 in the French Cup on David Beckham’s first start for the French league leaders.

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Lennon blast for beaten Celtic

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Manager Neil Lennon is furious with his underperforming Celtic team following a 2-1 loss at Motherwell.

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

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Lazio handed racism punishment

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Uefa orders Lazio to play two European games behind closed doors following repeated racism from some of the club’s fans.

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Motherwell 2-1 Celtic

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Michael Higdon’s 19th goal of the season sinks Celtic at Fir Park and moves Motherwell back into second place in the SPL.

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St Mirren 2-0 Hearts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Graham Carey’s wonder strike helps St Mirren leapfrog Hearts and move up to tenth in the Scottish Premier League.

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Dundee 2-2 St Johnstone

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Ten-man Dundee stage a plucky comeback against St Johnstone to earn a deserved point in John Brown’s first game as manager.

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Inverness CT 0-0 Dundee Utd

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

SPL top six candidates Inverness and Dundee United play out a goalless draw at the Caledonian Stadium.

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No title distractions – Jenkins

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Assistant coach Neil Jenkins claims Wales are concentrating on Scotland on 9 March and not a possible title clash with England.

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Uefa declares Drogba eligible

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Didier Drogba is eligible to play for Turkey’s Galatasaray in the Champions League after Uefa rejects Schalke’s protest.

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Arsenal plans for Bergkamp statue

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Arsenal are to honour former player Dennis Bergkamp by erecting a statue of the striker at the Emirates Stadium.

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Carew fails to extend Inter stay

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Former Aston Villa and West Ham striker John Carew leaves Inter Milan because the trialist’s fitness needs “lengthy work”.

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Simpson appointed Lincoln manager

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Lincoln City name their former assistant manager Gary Simpson as their new boss until the end of the season.

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De Luca tackle incurs 13-week ban

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Scotland and Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca is given a 13-week ban for a spear-tackle in Friday’s loss at Ospreys.

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Irish prop Healy wins ban appeal

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Ireland prop Cian Healy is free to face France in the Six Nations match after winning an appeal against the timing of his ban.

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Highland clubs’ achievements hailed

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

The rise of the Highlands’ two Scottish Premier League clubs to second and third place in the table is praised by councillors.

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Gateshead to play at York’s home

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Gateshead will play their Blue Square Bet Premier fixture against Kidderminster on 5 March at York’s Bootham Crescent.

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Burns cool on England comeback

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Fly-half Freddie Burns says returning from injury for Gloucester takes priority over earning a recall for England.

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Pirates bring in Bath’s Tanner

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Cornish Pirates sign Bath’s 20-year-old hooker Will Tanner on a dual-registration deal.

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Reading announce Galatasaray link-up

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Reading say they are aiming to grow their brand in Turkey after announcing a link up with Galatasaray

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Millwall fan banned for racist abuse

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

A Millwall fan who shouted racist abuse at a Leeds United player is banned from football matches for five years and fined more than £500.

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Shrewsbury 1-2 Doncaster

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Kyle Bennett scores a stoppage-time winner at Shrewsbury to send Doncaster to the top of League One.

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Council finalises Portsmouth loan

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Portsmouth Council approves a loan to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust as the fans’ group continues its bid to buy the club.

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McClean off Twitter after song row

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Sunderland footballer James McClean closes his Twitter account after a row over a tweet in which he named an Irish rebel anthem as his favourite song.

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Adebola move gets Fifa green light

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Conference Premier leaders Wrexham finally receive international clearance for on-loan Rochdale striker Dele Adebola.

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Jones released from Wales squad

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Alun Wyn Jones is one of seven players released from Wales’ Six Nations squad to play in this weekend’s regional matches.

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Sterling lost his ‘zip’ – Rodgers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says fatigue is to blame for teenage winger Raheem Sterling losing his “zip”.

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VIDEO: Still has ‘drive’ for new chapter

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

New Luton Town boss John Still tells BBC Look East that at 62 years old he still has the drive to accomplish things in the game.

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Davies extends contract at Bolton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

Midfielder Mark Davies signs an extension to his contract with Bolton, keeping him at Wanderers until 2017.

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Benitez denies reports about row

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez insists his players support him, despite the club dropping to fourth in the Premier League.

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VIDEO: Sir Alf Ramsey – tribute to a legend

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

This week marks 50 years since the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey made his England managerial debut with a disappointing 5-2 away defeat to France in qualifying for the European Nations Cup in 1963.

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Ospreys have ‘no money’ to recruit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

Ospreys reveal they have no money to spend on recruiting new players to bolster the squad this summer.

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Swansea ‘to cope’ without Laudrup

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

Wales boss Chris Coleman believes Swansea City could continue to thrive even if manager Michael Laudrup moves at the end of the season.

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Burnley 0-1 Huddersfield

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

James Vaughan scores the only goal as Huddersfield beat Burnley for Mark Robins’ first win as Terriers boss.

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Bolton 1-0 Peterborough

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Craig Dawson heads the only goal as Bolton win to leave Peterborough at the bottom of the Championship table.

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Leicester 3-0 Blackburn

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Leicester kick-start their promotion push as they see off Blackburn to end a run of four matches without a win.

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Morrell condemns ‘idiot’ Harris

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Midfielder Jay Harris’s sending off as Wrexham beat Barrow prompts a stinging rebuke from player-manager Andy Morrell.

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Brown says sorry to Aberdeen fans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown apologises to fans for his side’s “insipid” performance in the defeat to Ross County.

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VIDEO: Salford centre could be blueprint

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

A multisport centre set up in Salford could become a blueprint for grassroots sport in the UK after the FA launched an £800m strategy for facilities.

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Everton 3-1 Oldham

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Everton win 3-1 to end League One Oldham’s FA Cup run and seal a last-eight tie against Premier League rivals Wigan.

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Real Madrid win at Barca in Cup

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Real Madrid inflict a painful 3-1 defeat on Barcelona, to complete a 4-2 aggregate win in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

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Glentoran 2-1 Glenavon

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Glentoran move up to fourth in the Premiership table as they edge out Glenavon in Tuesday night’s encounter.

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Aberdeen 0-1 Ross County

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Gary Glen’s late goal moves Ross County to third in the Scottish Premier League after beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

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VIDEO: Laudrup reflects on huge achievement

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup says is delighted for the people of the city after leading the club to their first silverware in their history by winning the League Cup on Sunday.

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Tuesday’s Irish Football results

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Results from Tuesday night’s Irish football action as Glentoran, Lisburn Distillery and Cork City record wins.

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England release Hartley and Lawes

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Northampton duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are two of 10 England players released for next weekend’s league games.

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Bale tipped for top player award

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Wales boss Chris Coleman believes in-form Gareth Bale is in line for player of the year along with Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.

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