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Leighton Baines slipped into customary cliche, describing the qualifiers ahead as “massive” with the caveat that England’s future involvement at the World Cup finals is very much “in our hands”. Progress is a collective target, a squad united as one and intent on securing belated first group wins over Montenegro and Poland, fellow aspirants...

You do not see many lions in Sheffield, indomitable or otherwise, but Serge Ambomo is determined to change that. Ambomo was one of Cameroon’s five-man boxing team at London 2012. “As soon as I got on the plane to come to England, I knew I was saved,” he says, suggesting he was not planning to return even then. Boxing first appeared as a formal Olympic...

Marseille became the first French club to win one of the three major European trophies, beating AC Milan of Italy 1-0 on May 26 in Munich, Germany. The Italians could not complain about the result, having had chances to score before Marseille struck with two minutes remaining in the first half. Daniele Massaro, preferred to Jean-Pierre Papin of France in the Milan attack,...

Tendulkar’s career has coincided with the emergence of India as a world power and an economic giant. So, by a quirk of history, the Little Master has for 24 years been a symbol of the rise of India. Perhaps he did more than that, and helped to inspire it. Tendulkar was given his first bat when he was 11 years of age. As a 14-year-old, he used it to score 329 out...

Built as a test track for Honda in 1962, Suzuka – located 30 miles to the south-west of Japan’s third largest city, Nagoya – was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the man who designed Zandvoort and Jarama. The 3.64 mile track was part of a motorcycle theme park and situated close to Honda’s huge Suzuka factory. As Honda diversified into cars...

England left-back Leighton Baines has defended the Football Association’s decision to sell 18,000 tickets to Poland fans for Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifier at Wembley. The FA hope doubling the 9,000 seats Poland are entitled to will prevent away fans from buying home tickets. Brent, outer borough of London, England, on the northwestern perimeter of...

The Swiss must win the tie to return to the World Group – the top tier of the competition – in 2012. Federer played in last weekend’s Swiss win over Portugal, but given the next tie comes just five days after the conclusion of the US Open in New York, there must be at least some doubt about the world number three’s participation. The last time...

Shaquille O’Neal guarantees that the Miami Heat will return to the NBA Finals and says the harsh treatment of LeBron James was fair. Posted by Ben Golliver. The last time the Miami Heat won a title, Shaquille O’Neal was playing alongside Dwyane Wade. The next time the Heat compete for a ring? O’Neal will be weighing in from the studio. And one of O’Neal’s...

The Honda Gresini rider posted a best time of one minute 22.225 seconds, over half a second quicker than his time in the opening practice session, in which the Italian also went quickest. The second session was run in warmer and less windy conditions than the opener, which was marred by five separate accidents involving some of the sports biggest names. Valentino Rossi,...

The signing of Stewart Downing will take Dalglish’s spending to £100million since returning for a second spell as Liverpool boss. The Reds’ strikeforce was boosted by the signing of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January, and Downing is their third midfield recruit this summer after the arrival of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam. Carragher feels the club’s...