Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

Hall’s world title provides an uplifting end to a tough year for British boxers

Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

Chris Ashton scores a try for Saracens in their Heineken Cup victory over Zebre

Zebre 10 Saracens 39 match report: Sarries go top of Pool 3 after comfortable win in Parma

Tries from Kruis, Joubert, Wyles and an Ashton double sees Aviva Premiership leaders bounce back from Toulouse defeat at Wembley

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Rickie Lambert will miss Friday's match against Chile through injury

England v Chile: Rickie Lambert ruled out through injury as Roy Hodgson confirms Joe Hart will not start at Wembley

Daniel Sturridge is also likely to be rested as Hodgson keeps one eye on Tuesday's clash with Germany

Too much 'stick' and not enough 'carrots': Government's policy on illegal immigrants criticised

Home Affairs Select Committee says fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration results in a person being removed from the UK

Harry Redknapp gestures on the sidelines during a Queens Park Rangers match

David Bernstein defends selection policy after Harry Redknapp criticises FA over choosing the England manager

Redknapp has been the favourite for the role before Roy Hodgson was handed the reins

England take on Australia in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup

The Last Word: Oh come on England (all of it), get behind 2013 Rugby League World Cup

If we are going to host a World Cup, any World Cup, we should sell it out

Peyton Manning

NFL: Winless and undefeated - the Manning's are worlds apart

A weekly look at the biggest talking points in the NFL

The St Louis Rams players make their entrance at Wembley on Sunday

NFL: Wembley claim they could host a London based NFL franchise

Two NFL games are due to be held at the national stadium in the coming weeks

Hope Powell reacts to England’s 3-0 defeat to France

Hope Powell sacked as England women's manager after Euros failure

England were knocked out in the group stages in this summer's tournament and the FA have relieved Powell of her duties claiming they want 'a fresh outlook'

Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic

Transfer news: Nemanja Vidic puts his faith in both David Moyes and Manchester United over Wayne Rooney transfer

Club captain claims that he trusts the manager to do the right thing and says the pre-season has been an enjoyable one

Rickie Lambert (middle) celebrates scoring England’s winner

England 3 Scotland 2: 'Unbelievable' - Southampton striker Rickie Lambert hails his fairy-tale England debut

Southampton striker scores winner against Scotland three minutes after coming off the bench

Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra of Manchester United visits Manley Beach as part of their pre-season tour

Rio Ferdinand targeting FA Cup with Manchester United

The defender has never lifted the trophy

M&S clothing sales fall again - for eighth successive quarter but Marc Bolland upbeat

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland today insisted things were starting to improve despite the struggling retailer posting an eighth successive quarter of falling clothing sales.

The Week Ahead: Modern life gives Beales a beating

Department stores like the 32 shops that Beales runs are a dying breed. These small-town stores were once the heart of the high street. But, as other old-fashioned retailers have found, cheaper competitors, the internet and modern life have not been kind. Beales has shops from Harrogate to Horsham but its sales growth has been weak, and it reported a loss this year. When it reports its half-year results today, it is likely it will have suffered another tough period, with the inconsistent weather a major problem for many retailers.

A view of Wembley Stadium

FA deny banning bagpipes from Wembley for match between England and Scotland

The sides meet this August for the first time in 14 years

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