The sporting week ahead (13/01/13)
Sunday 13 January 2013
Now here's a surprise: the last time Liverpool played Manchester United, Robin van Persie settled matters with a goal late on. Today Brendan Rodgers takes his resurgent side to Old Trafford and will no doubt bang heads together around that memory. In fact, the Dutchman has scored eight times in the last 10 minutes this season, while United have done so 12 times in all... so watch out, you have been warned. Elsewhere, those Manchester City fans who can afford it will be heading to the Emirates to spend £62 on a ticket to watch their side face Arsenal.
Not since 2012 has a British tennis player won a Grand Slam event... hmm, this is the year everyone will have to rethink their Andy Murray intros, starting with the Australian Open, which begins today. The Scot has a good record in Melbourne, having been runner-up twice, in 2010 and 2011. As ever, the men who overcame him in those finals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively, will be the men to beat.
Little old Brentford have plenty of incentive to see off Southend in their FA Cup replay: a fourth-round tie with Chelsea. The two west London teams last met in 1950, so a rematch would be welcome. But Southend, who have already knocked the Bees out of one cup competition this season, will also be keen to bank a £500,000 cheque for entertaining Chelsea in a televised game. In cricket, England play India in the second one-day international.
What do the London Underground and the Football Association have in common, besides dark tunnels and rats in unexpected places? They are both celebrating their 150th anniversary, with the FA putting on their best suits at the Grand Connaught Rooms today. On the pitch, Arsenal play Swansea and Manchester United take on West Ham in FA Cup third-round replays.
Today is all about Lance Armstrong. Will he or won't he? Confess, that is, and if he does, will Oprah be able to see through the tears? She shares your pain, Lance. She really does. Meanwhile, half a world away Rory McIlroy begins his sporting year at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
It's Heineken Cup night, with Biarritz versus Harlequins the top draw.
Aston Villa have long since lost the right to consider themselves as the Second City's No 1 team and, given their current form, will hardly relish a trip to West Bromwich. In cricket, England face India again.
Latest in Sport
West Ham vs Arsenal match report: Sam Allardyce fumes at referee as Arsenal push on towards top four
Tottenham vs Manchester United match report: Hugo Lloris blocks Manchester United from putting pressure on Premier League title rivals
Liverpool vs Swansea preview: 'Jonjo Shelvey is lazy, he needs to wise up,' says Garry Monk
Arsenal transfer news: William Carvalho to be subject of £20m bid
West Ham 1 Arsenal 2 player ratings: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Andy Carroll? Alexis Sanchez? Who was the star man?
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A well funded smart home compan...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: *Flexible working in a relaxed ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This accountancy firm have an e...
£17000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Junior Mobile Application Devel...