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Visitors crash to defeat after racing into 11 point lead as Wales lose to Japan for first time Rugby union: Scotland head coach Scott Johnson was left “bitterly disappointed” after his side let an 11-point lead over South Africa slip following a controversial yellow card for second-rower Jim Hamilton.
Chilean pens three-year deal Football: Manchester City have finally confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.
Scot lacks focus in victory over Germanby Greg Leedham Tennis: Andy Murray looked some way off his best form today as he laboured past German Benjamin Becker 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at the Queen’s Club Championships in London.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

Hearts hit with transfer embargo

Stricken club fail to pay players againby Greg Leedham Scottish football: Hearts were issued with an immediate transfer embargo today after they failed to pay “a number” of their players their July wages.
Scott Johnson could give debut to inexperienced hooker Brown Rugby union: Scotland's injury jinx shows no sign of going away as they embark on mission impossible against South Africa tomorrow.
After supporter-owned clubs dominated this season’s Champions League, how long will it be before we see a British equivalent of Bayern Munich?by Nick Matthews Football comment: Just days after being relegated from the Football League, Aldershot Town went into administration. Formed following the demise of the old club in 1992,…
Our tipster casts his expert eye over the pick of the weekend’s meetingsby Farringdon Racing: There are some big prizes on offer tomorrow on the eve of Royal Ascot with racing at Musselburgh, York and Sandown and the best bet of the day could come at the Edinburgh track in…
by Michael Jones Australia batsman David Warner can still play in the Ashes despite being suspended yesterday for his pub attack on England's Joe Root.
A second campaign group joined criticism of Russia yesterday for introducing anti-gay laws in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

Hearts put all players up for sale

by Michael Jones Hearts put all their players up for sale yesterday as the crisis-hit club prepared to enter a critical period.
by Michael Jones Fewer people are playing sport in England than before the London Olympics, Sport England admitted yesterday.
Star columnist compares the two British super-middleweight starsby Paul Foley Boxing comment: Carl Froch is finally receiving the deserved accolades he has long desired after his recent revenge victory over Mikkel Kessler.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Lions call on Billy Twelvetrees

Englishman to link up with British and Irish contingent on Australia tour Rugby union: Gloucester and England centre Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the injury-hit British and Irish Lions.
Scottish outfit have debts of £15m Scottish football: The administrator of Ukio Bankas says he has "no reason or desire to harm Hearts" after a court in Lithuania upheld a decision to liquidate the bank.
England skipper Alastair Cook speaks out on incidentby Greg Leedham Cricket: England captain Alastair Cook said today that team-mate Joe Root suffered no lasting effects after allegedly being punched by Australia's David Warner.
We have been taken over, admits Jim Ballantyne after historic voteby Greg Leedham Scottish football: A glum Jim Ballantyne admitted that the Scottish Football League has been subjected to a "takeover" following today's historic vote at Hampden Park.
Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta crash out of Edgbaston tournamentby Greg Leedham Tennis: It was a bad day for British tennis today as Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta all crashed out of the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston.
Gordon Strachan’s men showed great heart in Friday’s shock victory but now must add technical ability if they are to really improveby Douglas Beattie Scottish sports comment: “We're on the march with Gordon’s Army … and we’ll really shake them up when we win the World Cup…”
Anti-homophobia campaigners express fears over 2018 World Cupby Greg Leedham Football exclusive: Anti-homophobia campaigners expressed fears over the safety of LGBT fans at the 2018 World Cup after Russia’s lower house passed a bill today stigmatising the gay community.
Few fireworks as Portuguese meets media to confirm second spell as Chelsea bossby Greg Leedham Football: Jose Mourinho described himself as “the happy one” as he confirmed his return as Chelsea manager today — though you wouldn’t have known it from his serious demeanour when speaking to the world’s media.
Promoter Frank Warren confirms six-fight deal Boxing: The Copper Box arena, home of the London 2012 Olympic handball competition, is to host top-flight boxing matches.
Father of Surrey cricketer sad at focus on drug allegations Cricket: Matthew Maynard says he was left “broken” by his son Tom’s death and is angered by the focus on his drug use.
Coach hits back at Australia boss over surveillance jibeby Greg Leedham Rugby union: Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell hit back at Robbie Deans today over claims the tourists are becoming paranoid over security.
Imperious Spaniard too good for compatriot Ferrer Tennis: Rafael Nadal became the first man to win eight titles at the same grand slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final 6-3 6-2 6-3 today.
Former team-mate Michael Slater believes retired captain would answer country's callby Greg Leedham Cricket: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting would be open to a return to the national side for this summer’s Ashes, claims his old team-mate Michael Slater.
Domestic fight on the cards, says rising heavyweight star Boxing: Tyson Fury claims a heavyweight showdown with David Haye is “99 per cent done,” with negotiations between the two fighters’ promoters set to take place next week.
Briton cements status as Tour de France favourite Cycling: Chris Froome navigated poor weather on the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine to underline his status as Tour de France favourite with overall victory.
US star turns attention to Wimbledon after defeating Maria Sharapova at Roland Garrosby Greg Leedham Tennis: Serena Williams clinched her 16th grand slam on Saturday and then struck fear into the hearts of her rivals by claiming that her best may be yet to come.
British number one has never gone beyond third round at SW19by Greg Leedham Tennis: British number one Laura Robson is hoping that new coach Miles Maclagan can bring some much-needed consistency to her game before this month’s Wimbledon tournament.
Briton retains amateur titleby Greg Leedham Boxing: Welsh flyweight Andrew Selby eased the disappointment of missing out on a medal at London 2012 by retaining his European Amateur title in Belarus on Saturday.
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