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Mean feet: Lutalo Muhammad on his way to gold in Manchester last May

Taekwondo: Muhammad refuses to be kicked in teeth

Controversial choice for taekwondo is busy putting hate mail behind him

Daniel Sturridge celebrates opening the scoring last night

Stuart Pearce not feeling Olympics pressure as Team GB prepare for quarter-final

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce believes being part of the Olympics has helped his side to avoid being burdened with the sort of expectations that have hampered England at major tournaments.

Philips Idowu with his coach Aston Moore

Team GB's Phillips Idowu cuts himself off from coach Aston Moore

Another day; another twist in the tortuous Phillips Idowu soap opera. As well as cutting himself off from the British athletics team, the troubled triple jumper has now cut all contact with his coach, Aston Moore.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard excited to be working with Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed his excitement at getting to work under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Southgate leaves FA to avoid joining the blazer brigade

The Football Association's youth development programme suffered a blow yesterday when Gareth Southgate left the organisation having decided the role of technical director was not for him.

Bert van Marwijk's side stumbled out of Euro 2012 at the group stage

Divided Netherlands begin hunt for new coach after Bert van Marwijk quits

Speculation is already rife over who will replace Bert van Marwijk as coach of the Netherlands, the biggest underachievers of Euro 2012, and there are no shortage of candidates.

Roy Hodgson says tomorrow's quarter-final in Kiev is '50-50'

Germany coach Joachim Low impressed with Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has been backed to make England footballing giants again by Germany counterpart Joachim Low.

Gianluigi Buffon produces an excellent save to keep out Glen Johnson’s early chance

Rafael Benitez: England sure have the talent – but are lacking the right philosophy

Finding top players is not a problem. The point is how to develop the potential that is all around

England captain Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard hopes England can improve quickly

Steven Gerrard hopes England's glaring problem keeping the ball is resolved far quicker than many envisage.

Howley takes pride in running Wallabies close

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley remains proud of his side for running Australia so close despite three successive defeats in their hard-fought Test series. A mere 11 points separated the two teams over the games in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with the third Test at the weekend decided in favour of the Wallabies 20-19.

Mario Balotelli is silenced by his Italian team-mate Leonardo Bonucci after scoring

Mario Balotelli should start against England says Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has advised Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to play Mario Balotelli from the start against England.

Andre Villas-Boas is only one of a number of contenders

Ralf Rangnick to be given chance to impress Tottenham hierarchy in manager search

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is preparing to look at a number of candidates to replace Harry Redknapp, including the former Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick, who has already turned down approaches from Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion this summer.

Alabama shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard surrenders

A man accused of killing three people at a party near a US university turned himself after a three-day manhunt that included a tense but fruitless search of a home by police tactical units.

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Robbie Keane raring to get Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 bid started

Robbie Keane cannot wait to get started as the Republic of Ireland finalise their preparations for their Euro 2012 kick-off on Sunday evening.

Henry, a former Wales coach who guided the All Blacks to their triumph on home soil last year

New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry joins IRB committee

New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has replaced South Africa's Jake White on an influential International Rugby Board panel.

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