Lineker urges Wenger to strengthen

Romsey Advertiser: Olivier Giroud could be out for the rest of the year

3:34pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Gary Lineker believes it is "essential" Arsenal sign a new striker during the transfer window if they want to challenge for major silverware.

Mallinder backs fixture compromise

Romsey Advertiser: Jim Mallinder believes Aviva Premiership fixtures could be completed alongside Rugby World Cup 2015 action

3:20pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Global bosses could allow the Aviva Premiership to kick off during the knockout stages of Rugby World Cup 2015 in a bid to diffuse England's latest club-versus-country row.

Palace close in on Zaha return

Romsey Advertiser: Wilfried Zaha struggled to make any impression for Manchester United

1:18pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Crystal Palace are expected to confirm forward Wilfried Zaha's season-long loan from Manchester United.

Dennis willing to wait on drivers

Romsey Advertiser: Ron Dennis may have to be patient to re-sign Fernando Alonso, pictured, for McLaren

1:13pm Thursday 28th August 2014

McLaren Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis has hinted he is prepared to bide his time to land either Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel.

Cook searching for quick answers

Romsey Advertiser: Alastair Cook has much to ponder ahead of the second one-day international

12:14pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Alastair Cook needs to find some effective answers quickly if England are to avoid making a damaging false start to their World Cup preparations.

Platini clears the way for Blatter

Romsey Advertiser: Michel Platini has decided to remain in charge of UEFA

9:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency - a move which effectively gives Blatter a free run at a fifth term in office.

No joy for Hewitt

Romsey Advertiser: Lleyton Hewitt fell at the first hurdle at Flushing Meadows (AP)

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Lleyton Hewitt was unable to cause another upset at the US Open as he went down in straight sets to sixth seed Tomas Berdych in the first round.

Hodgson excited about future

Romsey Advertiser: Wayne Rooney is the new England captain

3:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson is excited rather than apprehensive about the prospect of banishing their painful World Cup memories with a new-look, Wayne Rooney-led side.

FA considering 2028 bid

Romsey Advertiser: Alex Horne is confident of England's Euro 2020 bid

9:07am Thursday 28th August 2014

England are confident of winning the bid for Wembley to host the final of Euro 2020 and will consider a bid to host the entire Euro 2028 tournament, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has revealed.

Rooney leads new England era

Romsey Advertiser: Wayne Rooney has been given the England armband

12:18pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Roy Hodgson has picked Wayne Rooney as the man to lead his new-look England team.

IRB to become World Rugby

Romsey Advertiser: Bernard Lapasset believes the name change will help rugby grow

10:33am Thursday 28th August 2014

The International Rugby Board is to be renamed 'World Rugby' from November 19 in a move described by chairman Bernard Lapasset as a "mission statement".

Button confesses retirement fear

Romsey Advertiser: This could be Jenson Button's final season in F1

11:27am Thursday 28th August 2014

Jenson Button has revealed for the first time he could be forced to retire from Formula One at the end of the season.

Hodgson signals new era for England

Romsey Advertiser: Roy Hodgson has included some surprising names in his first post-World Cup squad

11:57am Thursday 28th August 2014

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the upcoming games against Norway and Switzerland.

Rooney set to head England revamp

Romsey Advertiser: Wayne Rooney is expected to be announced as England captain

9:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

England's post-World Cup era is set to begin with Wayne Rooney as captain and three uncapped players in a new-look squad.

Bayern confident of Alonso deal

Romsey Advertiser: Bayern Munich have made a move for Xabi Alonso

10:34am Thursday 28th August 2014

Bayern Munich are on the brink of signing Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, according to the Bundesliga club's financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen.

No regrets from Redknapp

Romsey Advertiser: Harry Redknapp was furious with his side's performance at Burton

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

QPR boss Harry Redknapp criticised his players but had no regrets over selection after crashing out of the Capital One Cup at League Two Burton.

Lambert rues missed chances

Romsey Advertiser: Paul Lambert, left, saw his side humbled by lower-league opponents again

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Paul Lambert admitted his Aston Villa side were made to pay for not taking their chances after they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Leyton Orient.

Hockaday vows to fight on

Romsey Advertiser: The pressure on Leeds boss Dave Hockaday intensified with defeat at Bradford

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Leeds heads coach Dave Hockaday vowed to fight on following a fourth defeat in six outings as Bradford secured local bragging rights with a 2-1 victory in the Capital One Cup.

Warnock's the right fit for Parish

Romsey Advertiser: Mick Jones, pictured left, insists Neil Warnock has a point to prove in the Premier League

6:29pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish believes Neil Warnock will prove a "safe pair of hands" after the veteran manager began a second spell in charge at Selhurst Park.

Blind would command 'top price'

Romsey Advertiser: Ajax want to keep Manchester United-linked Daley Blind for another year

3:54pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Ajax have told Manchester United they will not be able to sign Daley Blind on the cheap.

Rooney favourite for England role

Romsey Advertiser: Wayne Rooney is the favourite to be England's next captain

6:42pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Wayne Rooney is the overwhelming favourite to be named England captain on Thursday.

Dons defeat no shock to Van Gaal

Romsey Advertiser: Louis van Gaal watches on as his side are thumped by MK Dons

7:37am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons came as no surprise to Louis van Gaal, who insisted he needs time to turn things around at Old Trafford.

Proteas breeze to victory

Romsey Advertiser: South Africa's Faf Du Plessis, pictured, hit out against Australia

5:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

South Africa brilliantly chased down a 328 victory target to jolt Australia and get their campaign under way in the Zimbabwe Triangular Series with a seven-wicket win.

Zabaleta wants luck of the draw

Romsey Advertiser: Pablo Zabaleta is looking forward to competing for Manchester City in the Champions League

2:44pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Pablo Zabaleta hopes Manchester City's higher Champions League seeding will prevent another 'group of death' when the draw takes place in Monaco on Thursday.

Dismal England made to pay by India

Romsey Advertiser: Suresh Raina's century was pivotal in India's victory

4:58pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

England descended to a miserable 133-run defeat against India in Cardiff to concede a 1-0 Royal London Series lead.

Eto'o lets Mourinho dispute lie

Romsey Advertiser: Samuel Eto'o could make his Everton debut against former club Chelsea

1:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Samuel Eto'o has drawn a line under his dispute with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as he begins the latest chapter of his career with Everton.

Warnock back on Palace throne

Romsey Advertiser: Neil Warnock has been appointed Crystal Palace manager to replace Tony Pulis

1:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Neil Warnock has been appointed Crystal Palace's new manager, the club have announced.

Federer turns on the style

Romsey Advertiser: Roger Federer continued his good form under the lights at Flushing Meadows (AP)

7:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Roger Federer put on a show in front of Michael Jordan to reach the second round of the US Open.

Mallinder confident in Saints squad

Romsey Advertiser: Jim Mallinder is confident Northampton have what it takes to retain their title

12:27pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is confident Saints are well equipped for their Aviva Premiership title defence despite their lack of new signings over the summer.

Raina ton puts England in trouble

Romsey Advertiser: India's Suresh Raina reached his century

3:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Suresh Raina made England pay for a patchy bowling display with a brutal century as India piled up 304 for six in the second Royal London Series match in Cardiff.

Milan eyeing Chelsea duo

Romsey Advertiser: AC Milan are hopeful of signing Chelsea forward Fernando Torres

10:27am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AC Milan are hoping to acquire Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel before the end of the summer transfer window.

Gallacher calm ahead of final push

Romsey Advertiser: Stephen Gallacher's Ryder Cup fate is in his own hands in Turin

4:02pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Stephen Gallacher believes he has already had the best year of his career as he seeks one more good performance to secure a Ryder Cup debut on home soil.

Wenger calm despite Giroud blow

Romsey Advertiser: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is facing a lengthy spell out

10:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Arsene Wenger is not intending to sign a replacement for injured striker Olivier Giroud - with Besiktas match-winner Alexis Sanchez proving he is more than capable of leading the line for the Gunners.

Sharapova tested as Radwanska falls

Romsey Advertiser: Agnieszka Radwanska, pictured, was dumped out of the US open by Shuai Peng (AP)

6:12pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Maria Sharapova survived an attritional battle against Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru to reach the third round of the US Open but Agnieszka Radwanska became the first major casualty.

Cook backed to end World Cup woe

Romsey Advertiser: Joe Root has big plans in ODI cricket

7:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Joe Root has excelled in Test cricket of late and is confident he and Alastair Cook have what it takes to underpin England's bid for a first World Cup this winter.

McGinley will make late decision

Romsey Advertiser: Paul McGinley, pictured centre, with Des Smyth, left, and Sam Torrance, right, face tough decisions on Monday

4:42pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting "something spectacular" could yet influence his decision.

Cook blasts so-called friend Swann

Romsey Advertiser: Alastair Cook saw his team beaten in Cardiff

8:17pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Alastair Cook numbers Graeme Swann as only a "so-called friend" after his former team-mate's assertion that England would be better off without his captaincy at the World Cup.

Dons rewarded with Bradford clash

Romsey Advertiser: The MK Dons will take on Bradford

10:21pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Manchester United's conquerors the MK Dons were handed a favourable draw in the third round of the Capital One Cup with a home tie against fellow League One side Bradford.

Murray hopes to be in good health

Romsey Advertiser: Andy Murray sees the rest of his US Open campaign as a second chance

7:14pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Andy Murray will hope he can at last trust his body when he plays his second-round match against Matthias Bachinger at the US Open on Thursday.

Stoke ease through against Pompey

Romsey Advertiser: Jonathan Walters, centre, bagged a brace for Stoke

10:14pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Forward Jonathan Walters scored twice and made a late third for Peter Crouch to ease Stoke into the third round of the Capital One Cup as on-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses enjoyed a promising debut against Portsmouth at the Britannia Stadium.

Black Cats finish strongly

Romsey Advertiser: Birmingham City's Clayton Donaldson (left) and Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at St Andrews, Birmingham.

10:14pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sunderland's late show sent the Black Cats through in the Capital One Cup - and leave Birmingham fuming.

Vincelot sends Villa out

Romsey Advertiser: Romain Vincelot's strike sent Aston Villa crashing out of the Capital One Cup

9:56pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Leyton Orient became the latest lower league team to inflict more cup misery on Aston Villa, winning 1-0 at Villa Park.

Sanchez sees Arsenal through

Romsey Advertiser: Alexis Sanchez, right, celebrates scoring the winner

9:47pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Arsenal scraped into the group stage of the Champions League on a night of high anxiety at the Emirates Stadium that saw Alexis Sanchez open his Gunners account.

Arsenal face anxious Giroud wait

Romsey Advertiser: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton

8:44pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Arsenal are waiting to discover the severity of Olivier Giroud's foot injury but are already resigned to being without him for their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas on Wednesday night.

Murray shocked by cramp troubles

Romsey Advertiser: Andy Murray, left, overcame physical problems to reach the second round (AP)

6:53am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Andy Murray was shocked to be let down by his body in a dramatic first-round victory over Robin Haase at the US Open.

Robinson backs Yarde for England

Romsey Advertiser: Jason Robinson believes that Marland Yarde could play a major role at the World Cup

12:43pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Jason Robinson believes new Harlequins signing Marland Yarde is in the perfect position to win the "shootout" for a place on the wing for England at Rugby World Cup 2015.

Hockaday would do it all again

Romsey Advertiser: Leeds United head coach David Hockaday does not mind speculation

4:20pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

David Hockaday takes Leeds into the Capital One Cup tie against local rivals Bradford insisting he would still have taken his head coach's job, even if he had known the rough ride he would get.

Djokovic makes smooth progress

Romsey Advertiser: Novak Djokovic was a comfortable winner in the first round (AP)

6:53am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Novak Djokovic cast off concerns over his form and mindset by easing to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman in the first round of the US Open.

Jovetic brace pleases Pellegrini

Romsey Advertiser: Stevan Jovetic was on target twice in Manchester City's comfortable win

6:53am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to see striker Stevan Jovetic make the most of his fresh start at the club.

Subdued Watson exits US Open

Romsey Advertiser: Heather Watson crashed out of the US Open in the opening round

5:33pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Heather Watson was blown away by Romania's Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the US Open.

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