Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (C) celebrates scoring a goal with Benjamin Stambouli (L) and Andros Townsend during their English League Cup quarter-final win over Newcastle United at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Newcastle United 0This time it was Newcastle United who switched off. A mere 34 seconds were on the clock at the beginning of the (...)

Celtic’s coach Ronny Deila must take his side to the San Siro in February. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Inpho

Celtic were handed a fearsome Europa League last-32 draw against Inter Milan while Liverpool will return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable (...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to   Manchester United   at Old Trafford.  Photogreaph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal came to England with the reputation of a man with an inflated opinion of himself. When Ajax hired him in 1991, the trophyless 39-year-o(...)

Players and officials looks on as play is suspended following a floodlight failure for a second time during the UEFA Europa League Group C match between Besiktas JK and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated by the “laughable” floodlight failures that disrupted Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Besiktas. Spurs were usu(...)

The crowd in the Attaturk Stadium in Istanbul  lights up after the floodlights failed during Tottenham’s  Europa League group C  match against  Besiktas. Photograph: Sedat Suna /EPA

Besiktas 1 Tottenham 0 First the lights went out at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium and then on Tottenham’s hopes of topping their Europa League (...)

Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy may have piqued   the interest of  Premier League manager with doubt over his future in MLS.  Photograph:   Harry How/Getty Images

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has played down the prospect of a move for Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane who recently suggested his days at LA (...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Everton’s James McCarthy leaves the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Europa League soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Everton FC in Wolfsburg, Germany, 27 November 2014. Photograph: Peter Steffen/EPA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not expect James McCarthy or Darron Gibson to be ready to make their comebacks this weekend when they travel (...)