Sport Hector Herrera of Mexico

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Steven Gerrard

England v Poland: Steven Gerrard desperate to avoid repeat of Croatia heartbreak at Wembley

The captain was part of the side that lost 3-2 and failed to reach Euro 2008

Gordon Greer (left) has raised his hopes of a cap with Brighton

Brighton captain Gordon Greer leaves it late but seeks Scotland debut

Gordon Greer has admitted he left hopes of a Scotland cap back in Kilmarnock when he signed for Doncaster six years ago.

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United on course for dispute over Marouane Fellaini after Belgium reveal plans to play injured midfielder in World Cup qualifiers

Belgian coach Marc Wilmots says he expects Fellaini to be available for Friday's clash with Croatia despite requiring surgery on damaged wrist ligaments

Vincent Kompany was forced off in the victory over Everton

Blow for Belgium and Manchester City as Vincent Kompany hit by fresh injury

The defender will be out for up to four weeks

Christian Benteke has been called-up by Belgium for their World Cup qualifiers even thought Paul Lambert admits he isn't fit

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert slams 'five-day rule' as 'a mockery' as he attempts to avoid Christian Benteke row with Belgium

Lambert claims the rule 'comes back and bites you' if a player misses an international and then appears for his club within the five-day period

Mine-sweeping US Navy dolphins in Croatia to help comb seabed for unexploded bombs

Team of six bottlenoses will use impeccable hearing and sonar capabilities to mark devices dropped during conflicts in the region

Judy Murray will take Great Britain to Budapest in February

Hungary hosts Fed Cup ties

Judy Murray will take Great Britain to Budapest in February to begin their latest attempt to climb the Fed Cup ladder.

The Al-Gharafa stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Winter World Cup in Qatar moves giant stride closer as Uefa backs plan for 2022 switch

Turmoil ahead after European confederation rules out summer tournament in Qatar due to heat problems

Switching the World Cup in Qatar threatens to clash with the 2022 winter Olympics

Fifa warned winter World Cup in Qatar must not clash with Olympics

Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place early in 2022

Much of the credit for Britain’s progress goes to Leon Smith

Davis Cup: Leon Smith inspires Britain to dream of glamour draw

Step aside Sebo Kiss, Laurent Bram, Ergun Zorlu and Sami Ghorbel. Step forward Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro. After three years fighting their way past some of the Davis Cup’s more obscure opposition, Britain are back in the World Group next year for the first time since 2008.

Marin Cilic is one guy who is definitely going places

Marin Cilic suspended for nine months over banned stimulant

The Croatian will be able to return in February next month

Double delight: Andy Murray (left) and Colin Fleming seal a four-set victory to give Britain a 2-1 lead over Croatia

Britain one victory from elite return after Andy Murray and Colin Fleming put Davis Cup team into 2-1 lead against Croatia

Britain are within one singles victory of returning to the Davis Cup’s elite World Group after Andy Murray and Colin Fleming put Leon Smith’s team  into a 2-1 lead after the second day of their play-off against Croatia here yesterday. Murray, having recovered from a sore back, led the way with some brilliant all-court tennis as the Scottish pair beat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-1.

Hater born: The city of Rovinj has harboured creative types since the Second World War

Rovinj: An artists' colony on the Adriatic

Painters and poets have long flocked to the Croatian city. James Hopkin pays a visit to learn its secrets

Andy Murray is going to be more hands-on with his own business affairs

Andy Murray to face Croatian teenage in David Cup

The British number one will play 16-year-old Borna Coric

Dan Evans is expected to climb the rankings after his success

US Open: Dan Evans’ new beginning earns the respect of his peers

His remarkable run at the US Open may be over, but Dan Evans is hoping that this is just the beginning.

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