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Pearson plans to strengthen his squad ahead of tough Premier League run-in

Andy Carroll pictured on loan at West Ham

January arrivals at Liverpool have not vindicated decision to allow Andy Carroll to join West Ham says Brendan Rodgers

The England striker was allowed to move to Upton Park on loan

Andre Villas-Boas leaped to Gareth Bale's defence

Tottenham v Basle: Andre Villas-Boas wary of Basle experience ahead of Europa League tie

Sides meet at White Hart Lane in the quarter-final first leg

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured at Inter, PSG and Barcelona

Does PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic bottle it against his former clubs?

The PSG striker comes up against Barcelona in the Champions League tonight

Andre Villas-Boas expects his side to be boosted by the return of Younes Kaboul

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Younes Kaboul return will boost Spurs to finish fourth

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham need 16 points from their remaining eight Premier League games to ensure they retain fourth place and qualify for the Champions League – a run-in during which he expects his side to be boosted by Younes Kaboul's return.

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe 'not the father' of new born baby

The England international had said he felt “blessed” at what he thought was his first child

Is being ordered to play behind closed doors really a punishment?

Hungary will play Romania this week in front of a sparse stadium

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (left) and Kevin Constant wear anti-racism shirts before their game against Siena yesterday

Kevin-Prince Boateng says he was 'treated like an animal' by racist fans

The AC Milan forward has criticised Fifa for their lack of action

The Sport Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Ireland scrape past Italians to claim first Grand Slam

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 match report: Saints rip up the form book to cruise past Rodgers' rising Liverpool

This was a result and a match that defied form and logic, but then Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino seem to have made that something of a speciality. Since he replaced Nigel Adkins in January, Saints have lost to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle and failed to beat Norwich and Wigan – but put a team with European ambitions in front of them and they are a different proposition.

Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: welcome back Rio, those bags won't walk themselves on to the team bus

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

Rio Ferdinand has to cope with back and groin problems

Rio Ferdinand to answer England's call despite Sir Alex Ferguson's fitness concern

United manager admits to misgivings about his defender playing up to four games in 11 days

Spurs celebrate Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal scores

Europa League: William Gallas calls for ruling bodies to act on racism

Tottenham defender William Gallas believes his team-mates would be within their rights to walk off the pitch, if they find themselves on the end of racial abuse again.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is congratulated by Luis Suarez during their victory over Swansea

Philippe Coutinho inspired by 'otherworldly' Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard

Liverpool's latest signing impressed by new team-mates

Inter fans wave flags and set off flares at the San Siro

Inter Milan v Tottenham: Spurs expect action from Uefa on racism

Last night's match at the San Siro was overshadowed by abuse

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