Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

It started simply enough. Brian McCarthy was a school teacher and volunteer coach in Kerry who, inspired in his own youth by the genius of players lik(...)

QPR defender Richard Dunne challengBurnley’s Ashley Barnes  during the  Premier League match at Turf Moor. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

Former Republic of Ireland international defender Richard Dunne was involved in angry exhange of words with travelling QPR supporters after they lost (...)

 Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates scoring their third goal against  Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton 3 QPR 1Everton turned their final home game before Christmas into a yuletide celebration with a Salvation Army brass band playing carols at ha(...)

 Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski makes a save against Queens Park Rangers at Liberty Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Swansea City 2 QPR 0The goals were a long time coming but Swansea eventually broke QPR’s spirited resistance after 78 minutes as Ki Sung-yueng and Way(...)

Manager of Queens Park Rangers Harry Redknapp (left) and  Chelsea counterparrt José Mourinho (right)  after the Barclays Premier League match   at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Both Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp were less than impressed following the Premier League leaders’ 2-1 win at Stamford(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.Rodgers backed the Italy (...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling  celebrates with captain Steven Gerrard after his cross was deflected into the goal by Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker for the winner at   at Loftus Road. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling’s “courage and cleverness” in providing the perfect riposte to “unfortunate” criticism of his England omission (...)

Richard Dunne of QPR scores an own goal past Alex McCarthy during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at Loftus Road. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

QPR 2 Liverpool 3According to the Queens Park Rangers support, Raheem Sterling sleeps when he wants. Not here. Not when he had the presence of mind to(...)

Martin O’Neill during the game in Gelsenkirchen: “The exhilaration is something for us to carry that into that [Scotland] game.” Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill says that he will weigh up during the next week or two how to approach Ireland’s next European Championship qualifying game next month (...)