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Crafty Ken rolls back the years

Ken Doherty drew on the memories of his greatest Crucible triumphs as he struck a blow for snooker's senior citizens on Sunday.

Saints survive Irish scare

Northampton pulled seven points clear of third-placed Bath in the Aviva Premiership table after securing an edgy 36-21 win over London Irish at Franklin's Gardens.

Warner sends best wishes to Trott

Australia batsman David Warner hopes Jonathan Trott can recover from his anxiety issues and return to cricket at the top level.

Matic wants to take back control

Chelsea must wrestle back control of their season in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid, according to Nemanja Matic.

Lerner leaves door open to sale

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has insisted he will not address rumours that he is ready to sell the club until the end of the season.

Cook ready for rebuilding project

Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower.

Silva doubtful for Baggies clash

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom due to an ankle problem.

Flag mix-up can't stop Hamilton

For the first time in Lewis Hamilton's Formula One career he has now taken the chequered flag for three consecutive races, even though the one in China caused confusion by being waved prematurely.

Top four still in Arsenal's sights

Arsenal kept their top-four challenge on track with a routine 3-0 win over upcoming FA Cup final opponents Hull at the KC Stadium.

Liverpool go five clear at top

Raheem Sterling scored twice and Luis Suarez broke the 30-goal barrier as Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool beat Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road to move five points clear at the top of the table.

Referee was consistent - Booth

Bath first-team coach Toby Booth could afford to be philosophical about a bizarre yellow card handed out to George Ford after the fly-half returned to the action to conjure a late bonus-point try for Matt Banahan against Worcester.

Hopkins adds historic WBA title

Bernard Hopkins once again made history by becoming the oldest boxer to unify a weight division after adding the WBA light-heavyweight crown to his IBF title with a split-decision victory over Beibut Shumenov.

Hamilton secures record 34th pole

Lewis Hamilton cemented his place in British Formula One history by claiming the 34th pole position of his Formula One career ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Penalties traded in lively draw

Peter Whittingham's second-half penalty gave Cardiff a precious point in their scrap for Barclays Premier League survival - but the Welsh club still have it all to do.

Palace maintain fine form

Mile Jedinak's second-half penalty secured Crystal Palace a gutsy 1-0 victory at West Ham and guaranteed the Eagles' survival in the Barclays Premier League for another season.

Bony at the double for Swansea

Wilfried Bony's injury-time penalty snatched a vital 2-1 victory for Swansea as Newcastle succumbed to a fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat.

Eriksen stars as Spurs sink Fulham

Christian Eriksen was again the architect as Tottenham halted embattled Fulham's Barclays Premier League resurgence at White Hart lane.

Sunderland end Mourinho record

Blunders from veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and full-back Cesar Azpilicueta allowed Sunderland to inflict Jose Mourinho's first home league defeat as Chelsea manager and hand Liverpool control in the Barclays Premier League title race.

O'Sullivan in control at Crucible

Ronnie O'Sullivan was straight into an ominous groove as he opened a commanding lead over Robin Hull in their Dafabet World Championship first-round clash.

Wane revels in stopping Saints

Wigan coach Shaun Wane could not hide his delight after masterminding the first defeat of the year for arch rivals St Helens.

KP tweet appears to welcome Moores

Kevin Pietersen appeared to give his backing to England's decision to grant Peter Moores a second chance as their head coach.

Robson to miss Wimbledon

Laura Robson has been ruled out of Wimbledon after opting to have surgery on her injured left wrist.

Illness sidelines Trott again

Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness.

Moores set for England return

Peter Moores is set for a dramatic return as England head coach and will be unveiled on Saturday morning, Press Association Sport understands.

Moyes braced for hostile reception

David Moyes expects an "intimidating" atmosphere when he takes his Manchester United team to Everton for the first time since he left for Old Trafford.

Saints slain by wonderful Wigan

Reigning champions Wigan turned on the style to end the 100 per cent First Utility Super League record of neighbours St Helens in a Good Friday derby of pure quality in front of a sell-out Langtree Park crowd of 17,980.

Hamilton fastest despite car woes

Lewis Hamilton may have grumbled about his Mercedes in practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, but he still managed to again outpace his rivals.

Brown wins it for Quins

Mike Brown's decisive try continued Harlequins' late charge for a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs and ended Leicester's seven-match winning league run.

Bale fee was not enough - Sherwood

Tottenham got a world-record fee for Gareth Bale but head coach Tim Sherwood cannot help feeling they were short-changed.

Sandercock hails hard fought win

Craig Sandercock praised his Hull KR players for keeping their heads to give him what he called his best win as coach.

Alonso quickest in first practice

With Marco Mattiacci in town on the first day of his new job as team principal of Ferrari, Fernando Alonso chose the perfect opportunity to prove the Prancing Horse is alive and kicking this season.

Trott to take break - reports

England batsman Jonathan Trott is set to step away from competitive cricket for a second time in five months due to a stress-related illness, it was reported on Thursday evening.

Last-gasp goal seals Robins' win

Craig Hall won the 221st Humberside derby for Hull KR with a drop goal 46 seconds from time that earned his side a thrilling 21-20 First Utility Super League win over Hull FC.

Kirsten: Test schedule is tough

Gary Kirsten believes that the all-year demands of international coaching may lead many to look for employment in tournaments such as the Indian Premier League, rather than pursue Test cricket jobs.

Bale delights in dream cup triumph

Gareth Bale revelled in a "dream come true" after his moment of magic won the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Pardew keen to emulate Sir Bobby

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has vowed to live up to Sir Bobby Robson's legacy as he attempts to drag the club out of an alarming slump.

Wenger: No complacency at Arsenal

Manager Arsene Wenger insists there can be no complacency from Arsenal if they are to secure a top-four finish despite Everton's unexpected home defeat by Crystal Palace.

Carter: England a World Cup threat

Stuart Lancaster has whipped England into genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 contenders, according to New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter.

Ancelotti savours Bale strike

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed Gareth Bale after the Welshman's late goal sunk Barcelona and delivered Real the Copa del Rey for the 19th time in their history.

Button: McLaren have point to prove

Jenson Button heads to China this weekend believing McLaren have a point to prove after their recent failure in Bahrain.

Nadal eases into next round

Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal safely made it through to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters third round with a straight-sets victory over Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili on Wednesday.

Bale wins it for Real

Gareth Bale scored the most important goal of his career to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid, netting the decisive goal against fierce rivals Barcelona in the final at the Mestalla.

Toffees come unstuck

Everton's top-four hopes suffered a blow as they crashed to a surprise 3-2 defeat at Goodison Park against Crystal Palace, whose Barclays Premier League survival now appears assured.

City held by plucky Black Cats

Manchester City saw their title hopes effectively ended after being held to a home draw by the Barclays Premier League's bottom club Sunderland.

Fan sorry for hitting Burgess

A female fan has apologised to England forward Sam Burgess for attacking him with a stick.

Villa suspend Culverhouse and Karsa

Aston Villa have suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa "pending an internal investigation".

Campbell takes break from boxing

Olympic champion Luke Campbell has announced he is taking a break from boxing after his father was diagnosed with cancer.

England places up for grabs - Cook

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted the team's recent struggles mean there are "quite a few places up for grabs".

Joyce doubles up

Captain Ed Joyce hit his second hundred of the match to put Sussex on the brink of victory number two, over Warwickshire at Edgbaston, at the start of their LV= County Championship Division One campaign.

Ireland signs new Stoke deal

Midfielder Stephen Ireland has signed a three-year contract to remain at Stoke.

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