Sam Allardyce banking on talismanic Andy Carroll to save West Ham’s

Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll need only take a seat on the bench to provide his West Ham United team-mates and the club’s supporters with a significant and timely fillip as they end a tumultuous week by resuming their struggle to stay in the Premier League with a key fixture at Cardiff City.

Nicola Adams: The Olympic boxing champion on fajitas, ice baths and

This year is going to be a big one I'll be competing in the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and European Championships; it's a full-on schedule. The goal is to get that gold at the Commonwealths in Glasgow. There's going to be some good competition, though. India's Mary Kom, who I boxed against in the Olympics, is a five-time world champion; she was tough when I last faced her and I'm sure she'll be equally tough this year. Trying to get another gold in Rio could top it all.

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King George VI Chase: Long Run has the stamina to trump Cue Card

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