Liverpool hit the Ba as Rodgers wants £7m Newcastle hitman to fire up attack

Demba Ba could be the answer to Liverpool's striker crisis

Liverpool are ready to turn to in-form Newcastle star Demba Ba in their search for a striker after being warned off top target Son Heung-min.

Webber grabs pole from Vettel while Hamilton starts third in Korea

Top trio: Mark Webber (centre) took pole from Sebastian Vettel (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left)

Mark Webber produced a stunning lap at the end of qualifying to snatch pole position for the Korean Grand Prix from the grasp of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

EXCLUSIVE: Bring me Falcao! Chelsea owner will bankroll £46m striker deal

Demolition: Falcao netted a hat-trick as Atletico beat Chelsea in this year's Super Cup

Roman Abramovich has told Chelsea to press ahead with a £46million swoop for Radamel Falcao in January. He's been in stunning form for Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool and Italy set for compensation battle over Borini injury

Crocked: Borini has broken a bone in his foot

Liverpool could be set for a compensation wrangle with the Italian FA after it emerged Fabio Borini reported for international duty already carrying an injury.

Liverpool see red over claims PR chief Chang bullied Twitter prankster Jenkins

Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog

Liverpool director of communications Jen Chang has denied extraordinary claims that he had harassed a fan because his accurate transfer knowledge had cost the club money.

Chamakh will get second shot at Bordeaux escape from Arsenal

Escape route: Marouane Chamakh could return to Bordeaux

Marouane Chamakh will be given a second chance to play for former side Bordeaux. He had the option last year for a move away from Arsenal but rejected the opportunity.

Swimming legend Thorpe afflicted by 'crippling depression' through career

Admission: Ian Thorpe says he has suffered from depression

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has opened up about living with 'crippling depression' throughout his career. He revealed the illness was so bad he considered suicide.

Broken ribs fears for Walcott as England boss Hodgson fumes over horror challenge

Theo Walcott of England receives treatment

England fired five goals past the minnows of San Marino but manager Roy Hodgson was furious with a 'fierce' challenge which left Theo Walcott in hospital. Walcott was admitted for tests on his chest as he suffered breathing difficulties amid fears he may have broken ribs.

Daley adds individual gold adds to synchro title at Junior Championships

Golden boy: Daley poses with his second gold medal of the week

Tom Daley claimed his second gold medal of the week to crown Great Britain's best ever performance at the Junior World Diving Championships.

Di Canio: Move over Hodgson, I want to lead England back to glory

Give me the job! Di Canio wants to manage the England team

Roy Hodgson is only five months into his role as England boss, but one manager has already revealed his desire to take over: Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio.

Rodgers considers Celtic hitman Hooper to improve Liverpool attack

Impressive: Gary Hooper has played well for Celtic

Celtic's Gary Hooper is a Liverpool target as Brendan Rodgers aims to add another forward to his depleted squad in January.

First for Watson as Brit reaches HP Open final in Osaka after win over Doi

Further than ever: Heather Watson has reached her first ever singles final

Great Britain's Heather Watson has reached her first ever singles final on the WTA Tour at the HP Open in Osaka. She beat Misaki Doi in two tight sets.

EXCLUSIVE: Hughes gets private backing to turn hapless QPR round

Backed: Mark Hughes has received the private backing from Tony Fernandes

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has ruled out a move for Harry Redknapp after giving private backing to current manager Mark Hughes.

Everton and Heitinga open talks over new contract for Dutch defender

New deal: Heitinga (right) has opened talks

Everton have opened preliminary discussions with John Heitinga about extending the defender's contract. The Holland international has entered the final 12 months.


England 5 San Marino 0: Rooney, Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain get job done for Roy's boys... but laboured Lions must improve fast

England 5 San Marino 0

For the book-keeper, the banker and the olive oil maker, it was always going to be a difficult encounter. For the accountant who stands between the posts for this San Marino side, making the numbers work last night was always going to be nigh on impossible. But for 35 minutes the 207th best team in the world did manage to make life a little uncomfortable for Roy Hodgson's England side.

England 5 San Marino 0: Watch all the goals and highlights from Wembley

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored two as England swept San Marino aside with minimal fuss in the World Cup 2014 qualifier at a packed Wembley Stadium. Watch the highlights here.

Rooney eyes full-time captaincy after surpassing Shearer on scorers list

Finish: Wayne Rooney scored two goals as England battered San Marino 5-0

Wayne Rooney admitted he wants the England captaincy full-time after leading his country to a 5-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday night.

Oxlade-Chamberlain relieved to finally join his Dad as an England scorer

Happy days: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to join his Dad as an England goalscorer

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed his father had given him plenty of grief about his lack of goals for England after finally getting off the mark against San Marino.

Levein furious as linesman blunder for disallowed Fletcher header costs Scotland

Disallowed: Steven Fletcher thinks he has doubled Scotland's lead

Scotland manager Craig Levein expressed his anger after seeing his side denied a legitimate goal in their 2-1 defeat to Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Steven Fletcher thought he had doubled their advantage in the second half when he headed in Charlie Adam's cross.

England U21 1 Serbia U21 0: Dawson spot on leaving Young Lions roaring

In the driving seat: Dawson celebrates his strike

Craig Dawson slammed home a second-half penalty to give England the advantage at 'half-time' in their European Under 21 Championship play-off against Serbia.

We needed that! Bale delight after keeping Welsh World Cup dream alive

Matchwinner: Bale scored two late goals as Wales came from behind

Gareth Bale believes Wales' 2-1 win against Scotland on Friday night can kickstart them in their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. A double from Bale secured all three points.

Long way to Tipperary! Trap sure Ireland can qualify despite shipping six

Hit for six: Trapattoni (left)'s side had no answer to Germany

Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he will not be fighting to save his job in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night after seeing the Republic Ireland mauled by Germany.

Qualifying round-up: Belgians top their group, as Italy and Sweden edge wins

Easy does it: Kevin Mirallas helped Belgium to a 3-0 win over Serbia in Belgrade

Wales and Scotland's hopes of World Cup qualification remain bleak as Belgium and Croatia both earned crucial wins in Group A.

Davids back in orange... but this is Barnet, not Holland! After glory at Euro giants, he's underway with League Two basement side

Edgar Davids trains with Barnet for the first time

Edgar Davids took part in his first training session as Barnet's new joint head coach on Friday. The Dutch legend, who had spells with Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona, has joined the Football League's bottom club and hopes to also feature as a player within two weeks. Davids will link up with incumbent manager Mark Robson who has yet to taste victory after 13 games in charge.

Making his Marc... again! Villa's Albrighton out to impress after two years on hold

Rising: Marc Albrighton can still achieve the big future predicted for him

Being billed as the next big thing isn't easy. Just ask Marc Albrighton. The Aston Villa midfielder's youthful exuberance electrified the last days of Martin O'Neill's reign as manager.


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Kettering on brink of extinction as club fail to honour second match in a week

The first: Derek Dougan wearing his Kettering's shirt adorned with the first shirt advertising in England

One of non-League football's best-known clubs are on the brink of extinction after failing to fulfil a fixture for the second time in less than a week.

Justice at last? Liverpool welcome probe into Hillsborough police

Probe: Deborah Glass, deputy chair of Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), reveals police will be investigated over the Hillsborough disaster

Liverpool have welcomed news that the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Director of Public Prosecutions are to launch the biggest ever inquiry in the UK.

Reina backs Rodgers' mind games and says Reds boss just needs time

Backing: Pepe Reina, who was preparing with the Spain squad this week, says he liked Brendan Rodgers' mind games

Pepe Reina has supported Brendan Rodgers' motivational techniques. Being: Liverpool shows Rodgers in an eve of season team talk using a psychological ploy.

Kolo Toure to fight for his Man City future after falling out of favour

Rare sight: Kolo Toure's appearances in a Manchester City shirt have become few and far between this season

Kolo Toure has no plans to leave Manchester City and has vowed to fight to regain his place in the team. The former City captain currently finds himself fourth choice.

Manchester City United? Extraordinary claims that rivals considered merger

Manchester City United

A football historian has revealed Manchester City and Manchester United could have merged back in the Sixties. City chairman Frank Johnson proposed the idea.

Forget Messi, Ronaldo deserves World Player of Year award, says Mourinho

Main man: Cristiano Ronaldo has been in fine form for Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho believes it would be a crime if Cristiano Ronaldo lost out to Lionel Messi for the 2012 Ballon d'Or. Messi has won the coveted award for the last three years.

Bournemouth pay £1.4m to snap up former boss Howe from Burnley

Approach: Burnley manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth have agreed a compensation package of around £1.4m with Burnley for Eddie Howe. The 34-year-old left Bournemouth for Burnley 21 months ago.

Wolves pick up Pennant after 'shocked' ace is farmed out by Stoke

Out in the cold: Jermain Pennant is not needed at Stoke

Jermaine Pennant has joined Wolves on loan, just hours after informing Stoke City fans on Twitter that he was leaving.

Time to man up! Henderson aims to put rocky start at Liverpool behind him

Mersey beat: Henderson hopes his Liverpool career is beginning to blossom

Two years ago, Jordan Henderson was a hometown hero preparing to make his full England debut. Much has changed for the 22-year-old since that match.

Moment of truth for Harrison as Price vows to put on a show in heavyweight clash

Relaxed: Harrison shares a joke

The man cruelly dubbed Fraudley confesses now that he has been 'living a lie' through many of the 12 professional years which have followed his winning of Olympic gold for Britain.

Portugal Masters leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores


The European Tour is in Vilamoura this week for the Portugal Masters. Tom Lewis took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

Mercedes fined £8,000 after unsafe Schumacher release in Korea

Punished: Michael Schumacher ventured out of the pitlane at an inopportune moment

Mercedes have been fined 10,000 euros for their unsafe release of Michael Schumacher during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

Snooker scandal! Lee 'to sue' Trump after fresh suspension over fix claims

Suspended: Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee has threatened to sue fellow snooker star Judd Trump for comments he made on Twitter questioning his performance against John Higgins.

Disgraced former mentor of Armstrong leaves RadioShack after revelations

Disgraced: Armstrong (left) with Bruyneel in 2004

Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong's team manager on the American's seven Tour de France wins, is quitting as RadioShack Nissan chief by mutual agreement.

Hazell facing long ban after repeatedly punching prop amid gouging claim

Andy Hazell

This is the moment Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell takes his anger out on an opposition player with a flurry of punches followed by a knee to the head.

Ulster 41 Castres 17: Last year's losing finalists bag maximum points

Gotcha: Chris Henry (centre) is tackled by two Castres players

Last season's beaten finalists Ulster opened their Heineken Cup campaign with maximum points thanks to Ruan Pienaar's dramatic bonus try.

Talks open between Khan and Brook ahead of 'inevitable' all-British clash

On the up: Kell Brook (right) is closing in on a world title fight next year

Amir Khan and Kell Brook are heading for a British blockbuster next summer after promoter Eddie Hearn admitted talks have taken place between the two camps.

Huddersfield pick up former Great Britain prop Fielden on two-year deal

Giant: Stuart Fielden has signed a two-year deal with Huddersfield

Huddersfield have signed former Great Britain prop forward Stuart Fielden following his release by Wigan. The 33-year-old Fielden has signed a two-year contract.

Martin defends Tour of Beijing title as Briton Cummings wins final stage

Just champion: Germany's Tony Martin defended his Tour of Beijing title

Germany's Tony Martin defended his Tour of Beijing title today as Britain's Steven Cummings won a sprint finish to take the final stage in the Pinggu District of Beijing.

Rose almost £1m richer after invoking Ryder Cup miracle to beat Westwood

Turkey shoot: Rose claimed the top prize after beating Westwood in Antalya

Justin Rose drew on memories of his part in the 'Miracle at Medinah' to beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

Martin Samuel: Inept San Marino are not good enough to play on this grand stage

Martin Samuel: England 5 San Marino 0

Davide Gualtieri could sleep soundly in his hilltop home on Friday night. His iconic status in the tiny republic of San Marino remains unrivalled.

Des Kelly: Really, what are these people who support Armstrong on?

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'

This is how sport tries to protect itself, with shrugs, tacit acceptance, blanket denials and intimidation. Armstrong is finished now. His reputation is done.

Keeping the beat Osaka style! Kagawa shows off skills in new advert

Taking the Mic! Kagawa performs a few seconds of his own beat boxing

He's been keeping the beat in Manchester United's midfield since arriving in the summer and now Shinji Kagawa has shown off his musical skills in a new advert.

Daley Thompson: Despicable cheat Armstrong has shattered dreams

Armstrong: No sign of contrition

We all want to believe that some people can fly. That's why we love sport. But Lance Armstrong has shattered that illusion. He has cheated sport - not just cycling.

The Premier League is off to a flyer... so here's who have excited us

More competitive: Sergio Aguero and his Manchester City team have yet to fire on all cylinders

It might be a week until they pull on their club shirts again, but the Premier League's stars have offered us no shortage of entertainment in the first seven games.