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.

Irish need a miracle in Paris

Rep of Ireland 0 France 1

Tottenham register record profits

Tottenham registered record pre-tax profits of £33.4m in the year ending June 30, 2009.

Agent hints at Pavlyuchenko transfer

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko's performances on the pitch are being affected by "psychological problems", his agent has claimed.

'It's your right to show the ref that you have been pushed'

"Diving is cheating, but there's no problem with exaggerating". That is Robin van Persie's view on the issue which enveloped his team-mate, Eduardo, in controversy earlier this season. Harry Redknapp last week suggested Spurs' Robbie Keane attempted to keep his feet at Chelsea because the incident, in which Eduardo was pilloried, banned, then exonerated, was on his mind. Van Persie said he never thought about the affair while playing, but admitted it did rear its head at Old Trafford this month.

Doyle tells of delight at leading his country

Republic of Ireland's stand-in captain thrilled with victory over South Africa

Make Keane main man, says Ardiles

Spurs legend urges club to make Irishman first-choice striker in assault on top four

Wembley becomes shop window

Shevchenko and Voronin will be out to show Premier League what it's missing

Redknapp 'delighted' as Lennon extends deal

Tottenham Hotspur have moved to warn off interest from Liverpool in Aaron Lennon by agreeing a deal with the winger to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2014.

Torres ticks all boxes of striker in supreme form

Fact: Fernando Torres is the finest striker in world football on current form. It just wasn't the one that Manchester United supporters would have chosen to scribble last night on to the blank Fact Sheet that Manchester United's Red Issue fanzine had helpfully provided, with Rafa Benitez's January outburst in mind, for those "feeling the pressure at work" and "in need of a handy aid for your failing memory".

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Kuyt issues warning to United

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has warned Manchester United they cannot afford to slip up if they are to retain their Barclays Premier League title.

Bent fires Tottenham exit warning

Tottenham striker Darren Bent has warned he will look for a way out of White Hart Lane in the summer if he remains on the fringes of the first team under manager Harry Redknapp.

Robbie Keane: ‘I’m as baffled as you are...’

Brutally dispatched back to Tottenham after just six months, Robbie Keane tells Glenn Moore how Rafael Benitez never gave him a fair chance at Anfield

Tired Torres leaves Benitez short of options

Rafael Benitez has contributed to his baffling decision to sell Robbie Keane back to Tottenham Hotspur by admitting that Fernando Torres is suffering from tiredness, casting serious doubt on his participation in today's Premier League game at Portsmouth.

Redknapp backs new double act

Manager confident Defoe and Keane will form successful partnership
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