Football In brief: Euro rethink for Ferguson; New body to deal with discipline; Fifa referee to be interviewed; Administration again for Valiants

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Manchester United's poor European performances will force him to reassess how to approach games at Old Trafford.

Jake White, who coached the Springboks to their 2007 World Cup win, would not be in a position to start until after England's summer tour to South Africa

Jake White interested in England role

England have the opportunity to put together a heavyweight coaching team of Jake White and Wayne Smith to lead England into the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

Brendon McCullum looked well set but fell short of a half-century

New Zealand take small lead against South Africa

New Zealand led South Africa by five runs after reaching 243 for nine at stumps on day two of the first Test in Dunedin.

Warren Gatland pleased with Wales' strength in depth

Wales will go into Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy with coach Warren Gatland relishing the competition for places throughout his title-chasing squad.

Andy Farrell, the England backs coach, talks to the press yesterday

Farrell tempted to prolong 'brilliant' England venture

Andy Farrell says he is not thinking about life on the international circuit after the Six Nations Championship. "My remit has always been to work with England for the duration of this tournament and I have a very good job with Saracens that I enjoy doing," the great rugby league player and fast-developing union coach commented yesterday. "The future is irrelevant right now and none of us need distractions with a game against France coming up. These are long hours and long days: it's 24/7 and there are things that need doing."

Jemma Lowe, one of Britain's three world-class swimmers

Swimming: Lowe bounces back to lead the way in 200m fly

The top-two or bust nature of the British Swimming Championships - which double as the Olympic trials - is providing high drama in the women's butterfly. In Fran Halsall, Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe, Britain has three world-class swimmers, but only two can return to London this July to compete in each event.

Gymnasts win Olympic legal duel

British rhythmic gymnasts can compete at the London Olympics, but it took a court case against the seven athletes' own governing body to get them there.

Injunction lifted on Spelman son's drug case

The teenage son of Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman took banned steroids to try to recover from a serious injury that threatened his international rugby ambitions.

Jesse Ryder is one of those to have been punished

New Zealand cricketers punished after drinking session descends into slanging match

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder and paceman Doug Bracewell have been handed one-match bans for going out drinking while recovering from injury and being goaded into a verbal slanging match with a patron at a local pub.

The London 2012 Anti-Doping Laboratory in Harlow

Every British athlete to be drug-tested before start of Games

Every member of Britain's 550-strong Olympic team and 300 Paralympians will be drug-tested at least once between now and this summer's London Games. UK Anti-Doping yesterday announced what it claims will be the most comprehensive pre-Games programme.

Winter Sports: Yarnold takes surprise third

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold won a bronze medal at the women's skeleton World Championship in New York State. The 23-year-old, who became junior world champion in Innsbruck in January but who was in only her third senior race, outpaced the British World Cup champion Shelley Rudman by 0.35 seconds.

Leading article: Lancaster has reminded us how to be good sports

No tirades, no blame game, no scowling, no monosyllabic answers. What on earth is the matter with the caretaker head of England rugby?

England spinner Graeme Swann relaxes in Dubai yesterday

England look for the power and the glory

Advice about power hitting in tight situations was in greater supply yesterday than bail-out funds to Greece.

Steve Finn celebrates capturing the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez on Saturday

Finn rises from the Ashes to head formidable attack

Pakistan 222 England 226-1

Mervyn Westfield never delivered on his early promise

How Westfield was 'groomed' for match-fixing

Bowler who had £6,000 in his cupboard claims team-mate Kaneria introduced him to men who said cheating was 'easy'

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links