In Brief: Jones pays with his job for Owls’ failure to fly


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Dave Jones has been sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday, the club confirmed last night.

The Owls, who have won just once all season, fell to a third successive defeat when they went down 2-0 at Blackpool on Saturday. They currently sit second from bottom in the Championship table, above Barnsley only on goal difference.

Commons sets his sights on a Celtic double

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons felt the 7-0 thrashing of Hearts in the Scottish Cup was the right response after crashing out of the Champions League in midweek. Commons hit a hat-trick in the emphatic win at Tynecastle and set his sights on a cup and league double. “It’s onwards and upwards now and hopefully we can retain this cup,” Commons said.

‘Perfect’ hat-trick makes Bale feel right at home

Gareth Bale has admitted he is finding his feet at Real Madrid after his “perfect” hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Welshman netted with his head, right foot and left foot with the injured Cristiano Ronaldo watching on. “I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season, but I’m improving now,” said Bale. “Everything I hoped for has come true.”