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England lock George Kruis is ready for an arm-wrestle against Italy

George Kruis braces England for Six Nations 'scrap' with Italy

Southampton's Shane Long (second right) celebrates scoring his side's winner in their 1-0 victory at Swansea.

Southampton move into Premier League's top six with win at Swansea

West Ham's Dimitri Payet, left, scored and helped set up another in a draw against Norwich

West Ham rescue a point at Norwich thanks to Dimitri Payet

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants his team to pick up the pace

Manuel Pellegrini tells Manchester City to prove title credentials against Spurs

Diego Costa celebrates after striking his eighth goal in 10 games

Newcastle slip into bottom three after thrashing at five-star Chelsea

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton was forced from the pitch with another injury

Ireland left to count cost of defeat as injuries mount

George North's stunning try proved the difference between the two sides

Wales maintain momentum, while Scotland struggles continue despite battling show

Eoin Morgan's England have lost back-to-back ODIs and face a series decider against South Africa in Cape Town

England players need to show mental strength for series decider - Graham Thorpe

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is facing a fight to claim a Champions League place

Louis van Gaal says Europa League win is best bet for Champions League next year

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante is not getting carried away

Leicester have won nothing yet, warns N'Golo Kante

Jonny Sexton suffered another injury as Ireland lost a close game in Paris

Defeat in France sees Ireland's Six Nations title slipping away

Troy Deeney's two goals secured Watford a 2-1 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace

Deeney double helps Watford condemn Crystal Palace to another defeat

Steve Harper last month joined Sunderland on a short-term deal

PFA defends itself against Steve Harper criticism of failing retiring players

Matteo Darmian receives treatment for a dislocated shoulder

Matteo Darmian suffers dislocated shoulder

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is under even more pressure following defeat at Sunderland

Pressure increases on Louis van Gaal after Sunderland defeat

Jack Collison joined Peterborough on a one-year deal in the summer

Injury forces ex-West Ham & Wales midfielder Jack Collison to retire aged 27

Shaun Edwards is happy Wales' Six Nations destiny remains in their hands

Wales not underestimating Scotland, says assistant coach Shaun Edwards

Barcelona's Luis Suarez has not ruled out a return to Liverpool.

Luis Suarez not ruling out Premier League return with Liverpool

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned from football for 12 years

FIFA gives Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Valcke 12-year ban

Usman Khawaja batted superbly for Australia

Khawaja and Voges centuries put Australia in command against New Zealand

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Leicester's wins over Liverpool and Manchester City underlined their title credentials

Leicester look every inch title contenders, says Arsene Wenger

Jimmy Hill was remembered at a memorial service at Coventry Cathedral

England boss Roy Hodgson joins tributes to Jimmy Hill

Wales assistant Shaun Edwards is wary of Scotland's threat in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash

Shaun Edwards plays down significance of Wales' winning run against Scotland

Jerome Valcke has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years

FIFA hands Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Valcke a 12-year ban

Diego Costa broke his nose during training on Thursday

Masked Diego Costa to lead Chelsea's "Zorro team"

Adam Johnson went on trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday

Adam Johnson 'had sexual encounter with 15-year-old girl who idolised him'

Eoin Morgan's England were left to reflect on some dropped catches that cost them victor against South Africa

Chris Morris makes the most of his second chance as South Africa beat England

England head coach Eddie Jones takes his team to Rome this weekend

England boss Eddie Jones plots ruthless Six Nations Italian job

Speculation has linked Jose Mourinho, left, with a move to replace Louis van Gaal, right, at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal: Secret United talks with Jose Mourinho would be 'disappointing'

Vincent Kompany has been sorely missed by Manchester City throughout his prolonged periods on the sidelines

Manuel Pellegrini offers no guarantees over Vincent Kompany fitness

Richard Cockerill saw his Leicester side slump to defeat at Newcastle

Richard Cockerill not interested in excuses after Leicester lose at Newcastle

Captain Rory Best insists Ireland will not be caught out at the scrum against France

Rory Best stresses the need for Ireland to be switched on from the start

Joe Root's century for England ultimately went in vain

Chris Morris makes England pay in Johannesburg

Bryan Oviedo has signed a new contract at Goodison Park

Bryan Oviedo rewarded with new Everton contract

Mark Cavendish completed victory in the five-day Tour of Qatar on Friday

Mark Cavendish takes victory at the Tour of Qatar

David Denton says Scotland are desperate to shake off their unlucky losers tag by beating Wales this weekened

Scotland ready to stand up and shock Wales says David Denton

Adam Hastings, with ball, is set to start for Bath against Worcester

Adam Hastings set to make Bath debut in Premiership match against Worcester

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal welcome leaders Leicester to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday

Arsene Wenger: Too much time on hands could be disadvantage for Leicester

Jurgen Klopp has told Christian Benteke, pictured, there is no hiding place for him as he continues to struggle

Jurgen Klopp says struggling Liverpool striker Christian Benteke must not hide

Jurgen Klopp believes Fenway Sports Group have proved they care for fans after changing their stance on ticket prices

Ticket price rethink shows Liverpool owners care, says Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United and their executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward expect annual revenue to surpass the £500million mark

Ed Woodward defends transfer record with United on track for record revenue

Lord Coe is fighting to keep a blue-chip sponsor of the IAAF

Lord Coe hits out at Nestle over sponsorship withdrawal

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Wales captain Sam Warburton, pictured, has praised fly-half Dan Biggar's professionalism

'Diligent' Dan Biggar earns high praise from Wales captain Sam Warburton

Vern Cotter says Scotland are moving in the right direction despite eight successive RBS 6 Nations defeats.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter stays optimistic ahead of Six Nations game in Cardiff

Rio Ferdinand, right, admits his former teammate Ryan Giggs would be a risky appointment

Giggs would be a gamble for Manchester United, claims Rio Ferdinand

Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl

Sunderland sack Adam Johnson

Dimitri Payet has committed his long-term future to West Ham

Dimitri Payet signs new long-term contract with West Ham

Liverpool owners John W Henry (left) and Tom Werner have reacted to fans protests by doing an about-turn on proposed ticket price rises.

Liverpool owners apologise and scrap ticket price hike that stunned fans

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Joe Root will be returning to the scene of his last Test hundred, in Johannesburg

England batsman Joe Root hoping for same again at the Wanderers

Jonathan Joseph struggled to make an impact against Scotland

Jonathan Joseph wants to make statement of intent against Italy

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