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.

Keane happy to be back at Tottenham

Robbie Keane is intent on scoring the goals that will keep Tottenham in the Premier League, after admitting his return to White Hart Lane feels like a homecoming.

Benitez decisions 'bizarre' says Redknapp

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Rafael Benitez's "bizarre" decision-making has shattered the Reds' hopes of claiming a first championship since 1990.

Benitez backs Keane for pivotal role

Robbie Keane's immediate future is at Liverpool as the Anfield club continue their stuttering chase for three major honours.

Keane linked with a return to Tottenham

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has signed Carlo Cudicini and Pascal Chimbonda - and has put the ball in Liverpool's court over Robbie Keane.

Kinnear gives Ashley reminder of need to invest

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has only one possible route back into the affections of the club's fans after being left in little doubt as to the challenge ahead of him.

Benitez backs under-fire Keane

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists misfiring striker Robbie Keane will overcome his current crisis in form.

Keane strikes lift Benitez off hook

Liverpool 3 West Bromwich 0

Tottenham stadium plans may be revealed

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could reveal his intentions for White Hart Lane when the club's financial figures are announced tomorrow.

Liverpool underline English dominance

It is a measure of how dominant English clubs have become in the Champions League that Liverpool were disappointed, and Atletico Madrid relieved, after Wednesday's draw in the Vicente Calderon.

Liverpool's Robbie Keane burgled

Robbie Keane has become the latest Liverpool player to fall victim to burglars, sources said today.

Norway 1 Republic of Ireland 1: Keane strikes to extend Trapattoni's unbeaten start

Ireland got a taste of just how tough their World Cup qualifying campaign could be after having to scrap all the way for a draw in Norway. Giovanni Trapattoni's side, who set out on the road to South Africa 2010 against Georgia next month, had to weather a storm both figuratively and literally as the Scandinavians completed their own preparations for the forthcoming qualifiers.

Neil Warnock: Chelsea will win it this time

What I've Learned This Week: It's a fool's game, but here are my predictions for this season of shocks

The Nick Townsend column: Benitez keen to finally make it a red-letter season

Robbie and Barry can be final pieces in the Liverpool jigsaw as the mad, mad world of the Premier League kicks off again

Robbie Keane factfile

Keane celebrates dream move

Robbie Keane was unveiled today as a new Liverpool player declaring that he had not let Tottenham down by leaving for what is a "new chapter in my life".

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