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Frank Lampard not in talks on new Chelsea contract

Chelsea's Frank Lampard says there is no sign of a contract extension at Stamford Bridge despite his excellent form. The 34-year-old England international, whose current deal expires in the summer, is free to agree pre-contract terms with a foreign club in January. "We haven't been talking about a new contract in the last couple of weeks," Lampard said after s...

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QPR can avoid the drop, says Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp insisted his QPR side could still avoid relegation, despite a heavy 3-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday. QPR are bottom of the Premier League at the moment and they have recorded just one top-flight win this season. QPR are eight points from safety following the loss to the Reds. QPR are the 15th top-flight team to have 10 or fewer points from 20 gam...

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UK Official Assails Fixed Odds Betting Terminal

Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) operators were accused of deliberately preying on the vulnerable by George Galloway, the UK's Respect Party official and MP, after the study results were published indicating that around GBP 393 million was gambled on the gaming machines in the Bradford area alone during only one year. According to the Fairer Gambling report...

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Alex McLeish is the new Nottingham Forest manager

Alex McLeish has been appointed the new manager of Nottingham Forest. The 53-year-old has managed Aston Villa, Birmingham and Scotland before replacing Sean O'Driscoll, who was sacked on 26 December after five months in charge at Forest. "I believe he's the man who can help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League," said Forest chairman Fawaz...

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Tennis: Andy Murray beaten by Janko Tipsarevic in Abu Dhabi

Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Janko Tipsarevic in the opening match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. The Serb defeated the world number three 6-3 6-4 in the $250,000 exhibition tournament. Even though it's not the start to the season he would have wanted, Murray says he will learn from the defeat ahead of the Australian Open, whic...

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LA Lakers' Dwight Howard Fined $35,000 for Flagrant Foul

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers center, has been slapped with a $35,000 fine by the NBA on Thursday for a flagrant foul on Denver's Kenneth Faried. Howard was pulled from the game with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter. The Lakers suffered a 126-114 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday evening. Howard was cited for a flagrant foul 2 after he forced his hand Fa...

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Baseball Hall of Famer Guilty of Drunk Driving

Baseball Hall of Famer, Carlton Fisk entered a guilty plea on Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence. He was found asleep in his truck approximately two months ago while parked in a suburban Chicago cornfield. Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and required to pay $1,250 in court fees. He will also be required to...

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Former Atlanta Braves Player Accused of Battery by his Wife

Former Atlanta Braves player, Andruw Jones has been accused of battery by his wife, Nicole Jones. He apparently dragged her down a staircase, gripped her neck and said he wanted to kill her. Amdruw was released on bond following his arrest for battery charge. The incident is said to have occurred at approximately 1:30 .m. on Christmas Day after Nicole reported...

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Online Gambling Regulation in Iowa further promoted by Industry Executives

Iowa's recent actions aimed at regulating internet gambling have been yet again strongly supported by Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission chairman Jeff Lamberti and Iowa Gaming Association executive director Wes Ehrecke in an interview for 'Iowa Press' to be broadcast on the State Public TV on December 28. Pending the state legislators' approval, rather eloq...

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Roberto Mancini admits his Man City have a problem: scoring goals

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini conceded that he has a "big problem" after his team failed to score in their 1-0 loss at Sunderland. Reigning champions City missed quite a few good opportunities at the Stadium of Light, but failed to find the net and they slipped seven points behind Manchester United in the title race as a result. "It is impossible tha...

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Alex Ferguson delighted with Manchester United fightback

Sir Alex Ferguson praised his Manchester United side for mastering a "championship performance" as they came from behind on three occasions to beat Newcastle 4-3 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. The success extended their Premier League lead over Manchester City to seven points as the reigning champions lost to Sunderland on the same day. "Never mind where we ar...

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Raheem Sterling sticks with England

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England after ruling out a change of allegiance to Jamaica. The 18-year-old wonderboy has represented England at every level from U16 onwards and won his first senior cap in November, in England's 4-2 defeat in Sweden. Sterling holds dual nationality after being born in Kingston to Jamaican...

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Veteran Brad Friedel signs new Tottenham deal

Tottenham Hotspur veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has agreed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2014. Friedel, who joined Spurs from Aston Villa in 2011, has made 49 appearances for the North London side and will be 43 by the end of the new deal. The United States international, who has 82 caps, has lost his place as first-choice kee...

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Premier League transfers: Brendan Rodgers quiet on Daniel Sturridge move to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is confident he can strengthen his squad during the January transfer window, but he refused to confirm that Daniel Sturridge is close to signing a deal with the Reds. Liverpool have agreed a £12m deal with Chelsea for England striker Daniel Sturridge and a £60,000 per week contract with the player, the BBC reports, and...

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Action-packed Boxing Day in the Premier League

League leaders Manchester United are looking to extend their four-point lead when they host Newcastle on Boxing Day while reigning champions Manchester City will try remain just behind the leaders with a win at Sunderland. At the other end of the league table, bottomside Reading will hope for a desperatly-needed win at home to Swansea while QPR face surprise pac...

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Sunday Times sues Lance Armstrong for up to £1 million

The Sunday Times is suing Lance Armstrong for up to £1 million after the American rider was given a life ban and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping. Armstrong, now aged 41, was paid £300,000 back in 2004 to settle a libel case after the newspaper alleged he had cheated. This year the US Anti-Doping Agency found he had led the "most sophistic...

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Premier League: Chelsea demolish Aston Villa

Chelsea completely destroyed in-form Aston Villa on Sunday and bounced back up to third place in the Premier League. Fernando Torres paved the way with a header after just three minutes and then David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-0 at half time. Frank Lampard celebrated his 500th Premier League match with a fourth goal on the hour mark, then Ramires came...

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Football Advertising Deal for Intralot Italia

The expansion of Intralot Italia brand presence is to be enabled by the latest advertising deal the company inked with top Italian football club AS Roma. The terms of the deal envisage the brand display on perimeter boards inside the team's Stadio Olimpico home during all Serie A and Coppa Italia games held inside the 70,600-seat stadium this season. It also h...

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Playtech Bid to Share in Sportingbet Deal Contested by Will Hill

Regarding Playtech's claim that William Hill's acquisition of Sportingbet should benefit the two companies' joint interest in William Hill Online, and the statement of Playtech's CEO Mor Weizer who said that in terms of the WHO joint venture agreement William Hill would be "...bound to conduct its remote gambling business through the William Hill Online business,...

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Judge Rules that Sports Leagues May Pursue Lawsuit Against New Jersey

New Jersey continues litigation with the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and the NCAA. On Friday, a judge rejected the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp agreed that the leagues could be harmed if the state pursues legal sports betting. The judge referred to several studies which demonstrated fans' negative opinions regarding game-fix...

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