Sport Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start

It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

Nations Cup: Keane scores twice in Republic romp

Robbie Keane hit two as the Republic of Ireland cruised to a 5-0 win over 10-man Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin last night.

Dicks attacks 'lack of passion' at West Ham

Julian Dicks believes the lazy attitude of some of West Ham's players could cost the club their place in the Premier League, and lead to the sacking of manager Avram Grant.

Ridsdale defends himself against Bates

Former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has hit out at his successor Ken Bates for branding him the cause of the club's financial problems.

Ireland pounce as keeper has night to forget

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Trapattoni puts emphasis on attack

The Republic of Ireland have become used to bitter disappointment in recent years, losing in the play-offs for a series of tournaments. Presented with what seemed an excellent chance to qualify directly for Euro 2012 they are already in danger of being subjected to another eliminator, at best.

Grant short of striking options

West Ham United face a shortage of options up front as they seek a first win at Tottenham since 1999, with Frederic Piquionne (foot) and Demba Ba both doubtful.

Hundreds attend defender's funeral

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Only way is up for West Ham, insists Keane as he arrives at Upton Park

Robbie Keane maintains he has "nothing to lose" as the Republic of Ireland striker looks to fire West Ham out of the relegation zone – starting at Blackpool tonight.

Harry Redknapp slams Birmingham over Robbie Keane deal

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has slammed Birmingham over their conduct during Robbie Keane's failed transfer to St Andrew's.

Fulham want to sign Gael Kakuta on loan

Fulham manager Mark Hughes is hoping to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta.

Robbie Keane hits out at Birmingham after transfer breaks down

Robbie Keane today branded Birmingham's failed bid to buy him as a publicity stunt.

Birmingham end Robbie Keane pursuit

Birmingham have confirmed they are no longer interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, stating that it "would not be in the best financial interests of the club" to pursue the deal.

Birmingham step up Robbie Keane pursuit

Birmingham are keen to know sooner or later whether they can sign Robbie Keane to give them time to pursue other targets if their bid to sign the Tottenham striker falls through.

Birmingham close in on Robbie Keane deal

Birmingham first team coach Peter Grant admits there "are a lot of bridges to be crossed" before any possible deal for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is completed.

Birmingham in talks with Tottenham over Robbie Keane

Birmingham are in talks with Tottenham as they attempt to strike a deal to bring Robbie Keane to St Andrew's.

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