Frome Town boss Nick Bunyard banned until 2019 for betting against own team

The Football Association has suspended Frome Town boss Nick Bunyard from all football until 2019 for betting against teams he managed. An FA commission has found that from September 2014 to April 2016 Bunyard placed 45 bets against Frome and his former club Paulton Rovers. FA rules prohibit anyone involved in the game from betting on any football match that ... Read More »

Lee Westwood matches Bernhard Langer’s Ryder Cup pairings record

Lee Westwood equalled the European Ryder Cup record for different playing partners during the Saturday fourballs at Hazeltine National. Westwood, making his 10th consecutive appearance this week, tied Bernhard Langer’s record of 12 different Ryder Cup partners when Darren Clarke paired him with Danny Willett in Minnesota. Which European has the veteran had the most success with? We look back ... Read More »

Steven Gerrard could make Premier League return as early as November

Steven Gerrard says he is yet to make up his mind whether to retire or continue playing, and opened the door for a Premier League return. The former Liverpool and England captain’s contract with LA Galaxy expires in November and there have¬†been no¬†formal talks over an extension to life in California. Speaking to Liverpool-based radio station Radio City Talk, Gerrard, ... Read More »

Ricky Hatton launches a fundraising campaign for Mike Towell’s family after the Scottish boxer dies

Former world light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton has launched an online fundraising campaign for the family of Mike Towell. Scottish welterweight Towell died after collapsing in the ring during his fight with Dale Evans in Glasgow on Thursday. The 25-year-old Dundonian was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was diagnosed with severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. Towell ... Read More »

Tommy Wright: Barnsley sack assistant boss amid football corruption claims

Barnsley have sacked assistant boss Tommy Wright after he was named in a Daily Telegraph investigation alleging corruption in football. The report included footage of Wright apparently accepting money in return for allegedly helping persuade the Championship club to sign players. He was suspended on Wednesday while the club investigated the allegations. But the 50-year-old has now been sacked with ... Read More »

Villarreal flying high, Neville’s Valencia beaten

Villarreal stayed hard on the heels of the La Liga leaders when a Cedric Bakambu double secured a 2-0 win at home to Sporting Gijon on Sunday as Gary Neville was again denied a debut victory with Valencia in Spain’s top flight. Villarreal occupy Spain’s fourth Champions League qualification berth with half the season played, the position Valencia and Singapore ... Read More »

Donald considered quitting golf after confidence crisis

Golf – The British Masters – Woburn Golf Club – 10/10/15England’s Luke DonaldAction Images / Alex Morton/Files Former world number one Luke Donald considered quitting professional golf last May after a slump in form and a crisis of confidence dropped him out of the world’s top 50 for the first time in more than a decade. The 38-year-old Englishman topped ... Read More »

Bouchard heads to Melbourne Park with low expectations

Tennis – Aegon International – Devonshire Park, Eastbourne – 23/6/15Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard during a press conference after victory in the second roundAction Images via Reuters / Henry BrowneLivepic/Files Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with “zero expectations” of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form. Following a breakout year in 2014, the ... Read More »

Focus or you’re out, Ranieri tells Leicester players

Football Soccer – Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth – Barclays Premier League – King Power Stadium – 2/1/16Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri Action Images via Reuters / Alex MortonLivepic Leicester City’s over-achieving players will be sold if they lose their focus and slide down the table in the second half of the Premier League season, manager Claudio Ranieri said. The Foxes ... Read More »

Zidane a change for the better at Real, Modric says

Football Soccer – Real Madrid v Deportivo Coruna – Spanish Liga BBVA – Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain – 9/1/16 Real Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane in action REUTERS/SUSANA VERA Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga in Zinedine Zidane’s debut as coach shows the former Real and France great is ... Read More »