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A look ahead to Thursday's last-16 second leg encounter at the Estádio da Luz

Cardiff are handed Uefa Cup clearance by FA

Cardiff City will represent England in next season's Uefa Cup should they beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup final, the Football Association board have decided.

Cardiff move one step closer to Uefa Cup spot after FA approval

Cardiff City's hopes of playing in European competition next season have improved following a meeting of an influential Football Association sub-committee. Under current FA rules, the Welsh club would not qualify for the Uefa Cup even if they beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final next month as Welsh clubs can only qualify through their own competitions.

Smith looks at the bigger picture in Old Firm decider

Walter Smith says his 100 per cent record as the Rangers manager over Gordon Strachan's Celtic since he returned to Ibrox last year will have no bearing on tonight's Old Firm match at Celtic Park.

Brian Viner: Beattie breaks the mould ... 27 years after the event

A fortnight ago in this space I explained the predicament of 41-year-old Linda Uttley, once a super-fit forward with the England women's rugby team, but now suffering from a rare form of terminal cancer. Last Friday at a hotel in Richmond a dinner took place to raise funds for Linda's care, and a number of readers of this column were moved to make donations, for which I offer my –and, more to the point, her – gratitude.

Dundee United 2 Rangers 2 (Rangers win 3-2 on penalties): Boyd on target to end Rangers' trophy drought

Kris Boyd and Allan McGregor were the Rangers heroes last night as they played pivotal parts in winning the CIS Cup, ending a trophy drought at Ibrox that had lasted almost three years. Boyd has long been an enigma, making a truism of the oxymoron that he does nothing but score goals. But he netted in normal and extra time to drag Rangers back into a game they trailed 1-0 and 2-1 against opposition whose character and attitude deserved a draw at least, and then he scored the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout to secure the cup.

Cardiff fear winding-up threat in court battle over loan

FA Cup semi-finalists Cardiff City faced a claim for payment of £31m yesterday on the first day of a High Court hearing of a case which the club has said could force them into administration.

Southgate hailed by chairman for Boro overhaul

Middlesbrough announced yesterday that they have sold out their allocation for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Cardiff City at the Riverside as the club's chairman, Steve Gibson, showered praise on his young manager, Gareth Southgate. In his second season in management, and having lost both main strikers, Yakubu and Mark Viduka last summer, Southgate "has done terrifically for us," Gibson said. "I can't emphasise enough how ugly the job was that I gave him."

Cahill says sorry after anger over handcuffs gesture

The Everton midfielder Tim Cahill yesterday apologised "wholeheartedly" for any offence caused by his goal celebration against Portsmouth on Sunday. Cahill had dedicated the goal to his brother, who was convicted in January of grievous bodily harm with intent, by pretending his wrists were in handcuffs.

Redknapp scents Europe

Harry Redknapp has called on his Portsmouth players to secure European football – and show he does not belong "in the nuthouse".

Ramos applies the polish in challenge for top

Tottenham players have returned to training after winning the Carling Cup and head coach Juande Ramos has warned there will be plenty more hard work before they can challenge the "Big Four".

No place like home: In the steps of Robson and Ramsey

As a former Ipswich player, Jim Magilton has embraced the best of the club's past as he has guided them into a fascinating promotion battle. Now he must find a way for their away form to match their impressive results at Portman Road

Uefa Cup previews: Dawson up the creek as Spurs look to Wembley

Michael Dawson's hamstring injury rules him out of Tottenham's game against Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane tonight, but the defender may return for the Carling Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday. Dawson picked up the injury in the 3-0 victory at Derby earlier this month. Ledley King (knee) has trained this week but may not be risked, while Alan Hutton is ineligible. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Gareth Bale (foot), Gilberto (calf) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (hamstring) are out. Spurs lead the tie 2-1 from the first leg.

McCoist draws comfort from sound defence in Athens

Ally McCoist is confident Rangers can score an away goal against Panathinaikos in Athens tomorrow night and keep their Uefa Cup ambitions alive.

New Tottenham fears as King is forced to go it alone

The good news, according to Juande Ramos, was that Ledley King travelled with the rest of the Tottenham Hotspur squad yesterday ahead of tonight's Uefa Cup tie away to Slavia Prague. The bad news was that, once again, the captain wasn't fit to train with the other players.

Scoring goals would be Yakubu's best atonement, says Moyes

He went awol in Africa but the Yak's back in Bergen. And as Everton prepared for their Uefa Cup last-32 match against SK Brann tonight, David Moyes said he expects payback from Ayegbeni Yakubu for his recent sins.

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