Premier League action returns at the weekend and Spurs face Chelsea in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon. Andre Villas-Boas says he is relishing the challenge of facing his former club and no doubt relishing John Terry’s absence.
The Blues skipper has decided not to appeal his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and misses the tie that Spurs haven’t lost at White Hart Lane since 2005.
Liverpool’s boss Brendan Rodgers says he won’t be recalling Andy Carroll from his loan stint at West Ham despite the Reds strike-force hovering somewhere near the San Marino-Faroe Islands level of threat. Luis Suarez – who has circumnavigated the globe on international duty this week – will have to do most of the heaving lifting against Reading on Saturday as Fabio Borini has been ruled out for three months after breaking his foot.
Manchester City and Manchester United’s respective bosses – Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson – face no such problems against West Brom and Stoke as City’s Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and United’s Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck all had their shooting boots on for their countries.
The WTA Championship in Istanbul brings the curtain down next week as Serena Williams (31) tries to end her season on a high in Istanbul. There’s a $5m purse up for grabs as the elite top eight line up for the season-ending event.
In the men’s section, Roger Federer (31) is in Basel at the Swiss Indoors tournament – an event he has won five times in the last six years. The defending champion leads Novak Djokovic (25) by less than 200 ranking points in the race to be crowned World No 1. US Open winner Andy Murray is also in next week’s line-up.
Frankel fans face a restless night as Henry Cecil has warned his unbeaten wonder horse won’t run if the ground at Ascot tomorrow for Champions Day turns heavy. The colt was to sign off on a 13-race unbeaten career but if the ground worsens from its current description of soft than he will not run in Saturday’s feature at 4.05.
Officials at the track are expecting a dry night so the decision could go down to the wire.
There’s racing today from Fakenham, Haydock, Cheltenham and tonight from Wolverhampton and Dundalk.