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Doping in sport: International Tennis Federation increases budget for drug testing

There is to be a significant increase in the amount of drug testing in tennis, and more samples will be stored for future analysis.Up to 8,000 samples will now be taken every year, with those provided by the highest-ranked players the most likely to

Tottenham v Arsenal: Pick your combined north London derby XI

Tottenham can end 22 years of Arsenal supremacy in this weekend's north London derby - but how many Spurs players would get in your combined team?The last time Spurs finished higher than the Gunners was in the 1994-95 season.That could change if Maur

Man Utd: Mourinho has restored ‘happiness, trust, belief and resilience’ to squad

Jose Mourinho says he has restored "happiness, trust, belief and resilience" to a Manchester United squad lacking it under Louis van Gaal.The United boss said that new players arriving in the summer will join a squad "ready to go for big things".Van

Stuttgart Open: Maria Sharapova through to semi-finals with victory over Anett Kontaveit

Maria Sharapova continued her fine form after returning from a doping ban with a straight-sets victory over qualifier Anett Kontaveit to progress to the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.The Russian, playing her first tournament since a 15-month susp

Nastase apologises for ‘spontaneous’ Serena comments

Media playback is not supported on this device Ilie Nastase has apologised for comments he made about Serena Williams' unborn child, but says his outburst during Romania's Fed Cup win over Great Br

Hungarian Open: Aljaz Bedene beats Ivo Karlovic to reach semi-finals

Britain's Aljaz Bedene continued his winning run with a straight-sets win over second seed Ivo Karlovic to reach the Hungarian Open semi-finals.British number four Bedene broke the Croat's serve early in both sets on his way to a 6-4 6-3 victory, and

Top Fifa official admits taking almost £700,000 in bribes

A top official at football's world governing body Fifa was involved in "multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials", United States prosecutors say.Richard Lai, 55, has admitted taking almost $1m (£770,000) in bribes.He sits on Fif

Ex-Newcastle winger Marveaux ‘co-operating’ after arrest in tax fraud investigation

Former Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux says he is "co-operating" with investigators after he was arrested in a tax fraud case.In a statement, the 31-year-old said he knows "few" details about the investigation but it involves his 2011 transfer from

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool centre-back signs new deal until 2021

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract at the club until 2021.More to follow.

Gambling ‘rife in Scottish football’ – PFA Scotland chairman Rankin

Managers, referees, directors, and chairmen are all involved in gambling on football, PFA Scotland chairman John Rankin has claimed.Bookmaker Ladbrokes has announced that its sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football League will continue next

Lawro’s Premier League predictions v Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.Lawro's opponent for this weekend's Premier League fixtures is actor Adrian Dunbar, who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings in BBC drama Line

Aguero ‘smart’ over Fellaini red card – Mourinho

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has suggested Sergio Aguero made the most of the incident that led to Marouane Fellaini's sending off for headbut

Fellaini sees red as Man City-Man Utd ends goalless

Marouane Fellaini was sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero as a disappointing Manchester derby ended goalless at Etihad Stadium.Six minutes from time United midfielder Fellaini - who had just been booked for fouling Aguero - was given a straight re

It is time to step up and be a manager – Gerrard

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says "it is time to step up and manage my own team" after it was confirmed he will run the club's Under-18 side.The former England captain - who made 710 appearances for the club over a 17-year Anfield career -

French prosecutors probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bidding process

French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.France's National Public Prosecutor's Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia

Celtic’s Brown can face Rangers after winning red card appeal

Celtic captain Scott Brown is free to face Rangers in the Premiership on Saturday after overturning the red card he received against Ross County.The 31-year-old midfielder's sending-off has been reduced to a caution "for recklessly dangerous play" fo

FA gave Barton ‘shortest possible ban’ for betting

The Football Association says Joey Barton's 18-month suspension from all football activities was "the shortest possible" ban it could have imposed after he breached rules on gambling.In the written reasons explaining Wednesday's decision, the FA reve

Dan Evans: British number three’s run in Barcelona Open ended by Dominic Thiem

Dan Evans' run at the Barcelona Open came to an end in the third round courtesy of a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 defeat by Austria's Dominic Thiem.British number three Evans, who had never won on clay at ATP Tour level prior to this event, competed well in the fir

Stuttgart Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in second round

British number one Johanna Konta lost 6-3 7-5 to Latvia's world number 26 Anastasija Sevastova in the second round of the Stuttgart Open.Clay is Konta's weakest surface, while the world number seven has endured a difficult week which included being v

Joey Barton: Burnley boss Sean Dyche says betting ban is ‘harsh’

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says Joey Barton's 18-month ban for breaching betting rules is "harsh".The 34-year-old midfielder received the punishment on Wednesday after admitting a Football Association charge.Barton, who placed 1,260 bets on matches b

It is business as usual for Newcastle – Benitez

Manager Rafael Benitez says it is "business as usual" on the football side at Newcastle United, despite Wednesday's off-field investigations by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.HMRC's tax fraud investigation emerged just two days after Newcastle con

‘Guardiola’s struggles prove how well Pellegrini did’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's first season in English football shows how his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini was under-estimated, says former City defender Martin Demichelis.Guardiola appears set to finish a season without a trophy for the first

Highlights: Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in DB Cup semi-final

Watch all the goals as Borussia Dortmund beat rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 to win the DFB Cup semi-final at the Allianz Arena, ending manager Carlo Ancelotti's hopes of a league and cup double in his first season in Germany.Bayern are on course to retain

Spurs fan attacks fellow supporter in ‘Chelsea mix-up’

Doctors fear a Tottenham Hotspur fan could be left with permanent damage to his eyesight following an attack by a fellow Spurs supporter - who police believe mistook him for a Chelsea fan. Michael Voller was assaulted after his team's FA Cup semi-fin

Three-game ban for Birmingham’s Robinson

Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson is to serve a three-game ban for violent conduct following an incident in Sunday's loss at rivals Aston Villa.More to follow.