Sport Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects another PSG bid for Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle accepted a bid from the French side understood to be in the region of £20m

The sporting week ahead (14/11/10)

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Abidal forgiven by Blanc and back to face England

Barcelona full-back Eric Abidal was yesterday recalled to France's squad for the first time since their World Cup fiasco, as Les Bleus prepare for Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley.

Abidal returns to France squad

France coach Laurent Blanc has recalled Barcelona defender Eric Abidal for next Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley.

Keane at critical point as cracks show at Ipswich

Career of manager once tipped to succeed Ferguson is in danger of ending in failure

Mourinho demands more ambition from Benzema

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho believes striker Karim Benzema must show more ambition if he is to become a genuine world-class talent.

Arsenal switch a life changing move admits Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admits his life has changed beyond recognition since he moved to the Barclays Premier League.

Scots grasp for positives after narrowest escape

The Scottish Football Association issued an apology yesterday, but it was not for the woeful performance of the national side. Instead it said sorry to Liechtenstein for the booing of the principality's anthem, which has the same tune as "God Save the Queen". Booing was the overriding accompaniment of a trying evening for home supporters at Hampden Park on Tuesday as Scotland avoided, by the narrowest of margins, the biggest embarrassment in a history that is not short of such contenders.

Blanc hails 'turning point' after France win

France coach Laurent Blanc has told his side that last night's victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina "has to be the turning point".

International round-up: Tevez consigns world champions to rare defeat

Carlos Tevez laid on two goals and scored one as Argentina stunned the world champions Spain 4-1 in a friendly at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires last night.

Scotland look to McFadden and Boyd to provide attacking spark

Scotland are expected to recall James McFadden and Kris Boyd as they go in search of goals against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park tomorrow night – goals that eluded them in Friday's draw with Lithuania.

Outside Edge (05/09/10)

Congratters to the British competitors in the World Hovercraft Championships at Towcester Racecourse last weekend, who swept to victory in seven of the eight classes. Fewer skirts in sight at the annual Bubble Baba Challenge near St Petersburg, a race which involves rafting the Losevo Rapids aboard the inflatable doll of your choice. A record entry of more than 450 turned out, with one Vladislav Pavlenko piloting Vanilla Pelotki to first place, shading out Killer Whale, Floating Piggy, Baby Barge and Cuddly Female Racoon. Inflatable animals are accepted as alternative craft, but frankly that's disgusting; only a really Volga boatman would ride one of those.

Lee Dixon: It's a real no-brainer... Walcott will learn the winger's tricks that befuddle a full-back

This season he has been getting in behind defenders much more, and scoring goals because of it

Doctor says 1998 France squad blood samples were suspicious

French football came under attack yesterday when a former doctor to the national side claimed there were "anomalies" in blood tests carried out on members of the World Cup-winning squad of 1998.

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