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Sarries pull out of Cape Town adventure

Cape Town seemed a good idea at the time, but ever since Saracens took the imaginative decision to stage a Heineken Cup game with Biarritz there early next year, there has been a fearful row between rival sporting concerns in the South African city – a row that has finally persuaded the Premiership club to abandon the project as a bad job. The fixture will now be played in the less glamorous surroundings of downtown Watford. Oh well.

Blatter's latest remarks, which have been met with widespread condemnation:

Sepp Blatter gaffes and outbursts

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said yesterday that racism in football does not exist, and that any altercations on the pitch where racist language is used could be resolved by a handshake.

Newlands has a crowd capacity of 45,000

Saracens' sun break heads for Newlands

Saracens' much talked-about decision to play their Heineken Cup pool contest with Biarritz in sun-kissed Cape Town, as opposed to – er – wintry Watford, was being talked about even more yesterday as South African rugby officials demanded that the fixture go ahead at Newlands, one of the oldest and most evocative venues in the sport.

Sepp Blatter will today announce his plans for reform at Fifa

Blatter promises telling reforms at Fifa

Sepp Blatter has admitted Fifa made "horrific" mistakes as football's governing body became dogged by consistent allegations of corruption over the last year. In a speech in Zurich today Blatter, Fifa's president, will defend the steps being taken towards reform and promise they will deliver telling change.

Fabio Capello, the manager has one last shot at redemption in the European Championship

James Lawton: Terry should be put to one side but England look beyond help

Capello has one last shot at redemption in the European Championship

Clubs may be forced to field locally trained players

Football's governing authorities are considering radical new plans designed to force the richest clubs to give home-grown players more of a chance to make the grade.

Players get paid after letter threat

Hearts' players yesterday received wages which had been due on 16 October.

Teixeira faces police queries

Brazil's Fifa member and 2014 World Cup chief, Ricardo Teixeira, spent three hours being questioned by fraud investigators this week, according to reports from Rio de Janeiro.

Ian Thorpe, Australia's five-time Olympic champion

Swimming: Thorpe flops in comeback

Australia's five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe finished seventh in the 100m individual medley final on his return to competitive action in Singapore.

Wasps' quicksilver wing Christian Wade in full flight for his club this season

Christian Wade: Float like a butterfly, sting like a Wasp

He's only 5ft 8in, but he runs like the wind and can't stop scoring. He talks to Simon Turnbull about life in the fast lane

Ian Thorpe was relieved on his return to the pool

Olympic champion Ian Thorpe comes second on comeback

Five-times Olympic champion Ian Thorpe declared himself relieved after finishing second in his heat of the 100 metre individual medley in his comeback race after a five-year hiatus today.

Welshman Gareth Bale in his 'Team GB' football shirt

Speed upset at Olympic stunt

Gary Speed, the Wales manager, has criticised Olympics football as "not important" and said Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were being used as a publicity stunt for the Games.

The former Wasps coach ‘feels ready’ to face new challenges

Edwards 'excited' as he departs Wasps

Wasps yesterday confirmed their long-serving head coach, Shaun Edwards, had left the club on the same day the Rugby Football Union Council met at Twickenham to discuss the future of England manager Martin Johnson.

Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the successful bidders for the 2022 World Cup last year

World Cup bids investigation must go ahead, say MPs

An independent investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should still be carried out despite a whistle-blower retracting allegations that Qatar paid bribes to Fifa members, a committee of MPs said yesterday.

Martyn Thomas is no longer the acting chief executive at the RFU

Johnson remains in limbo after RFU removes Thomas

Key positions, including that of England manager, undecided as acting CEO of governing body ousted

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