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CRAIG HOPE AT ST JAMES' PARK: Thousands of Newcastle fans stayed away and it was perhaps just as well as their sorry side slumped to a record-equalling sixth straight Premier League defeat.
MARTIN SAMUEL AT WEMBLEY: Partisan emotions aside, it was a great day – for Aston Villa, for Tim Sherwood, for the FA Cup and, in its own way, for English football, too.
MATT LAWTON AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City dominated to cruise past a lacklustre West Ham and get their pursuit for Champions League football back on track.
Sam Allardyce has revealed the reason behind his furious rant at fourth official Robert Madley towards the end of West Ham’s defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.
Mark Hughes has revealed talks have opened over a contract extension for in-demand Asmir Begovic following Stoke's 2-1 win over Southampton. Begovic has been watched by Real Madrid.
Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao will be the biggest fight of all time financially and the most significant this century. Starting Monday, JEFF POWELL is counting down the 12 most significant.
JAMIE REDKNAPP: Aston Villa deserved their victory at Wembley on Sunday and there were two players at the heart of it all. Jack Grealish was fantastic but Fabian Delph was the best player on the pitch.
MARTIN SAMUEL: Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt is not just any old sawbones. He was, for a time, International Rescue for the world’s leading athletes. Michael Owen said he saved his career.
Early in the build-up to Aston Villa’s winning goal on Sunday, Steven Gerrard challenged for successive headers in the centre circle and lost both. Gerrard’s time at Liverpool will now end in anti-climax.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced there is more to come from striker Harry Kane after seeing him plunder his 30th goal of the season.
Jose Mourinho revealed he prepared his Chelsea players to deal with the threat of Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini all week – only to be told by a hotel doorman that he was not playing.
Ian Bell insists England did not underestimate the West Indies ahead of the first Test, despite some injudicious comments from the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Tim Sherwood said his Aston Villa team ‘bamboozled’ Liverpool and paid particular tribute to Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Jack Grealish who all impressed at Wembley.
Brendan Rodgers admitted Liverpool’s big-game mentality must improve after his hopes of winning the FA Cup were left in tatters.
Jose Mourinho claims Eden Hazard has joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best three players in world football. Hazard scored Chelsea's winner against Manchester United.
INSIDE TRACK - NEIL ASHTON: Luke Shaw admitted he has struggled to cope with the demands of playing for Manchester United after he returned to the team against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Inter owner warned both sets of players that the 'eyes of the world' would be fixed on this Derby della Madonnina. By the end of the first half, the gaze had probably focused elsewhere.
Jim Furyk defeated Kevin Kisner on the second play-off hole to win the RBC Heritage title at Hilton Head and record a first PGA Tour victory since 2010.
Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford has been named the Championship Player of the Year at The Football League Awards, beating competition from Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy and Watford’s Troy Deeney
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall lauded his young guns after their latest European heartache before declaring he has no intention of overspending in a competitive post-World Cup transfer market.
There was a mild tremor felt in the room when Louis Van Gaal banged a fist on the table to reinforce his point after Manchester United had lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
After guiding his side into League One for the first time in their history, the Dutchman turned his attention to finishing the season as league winners and getting his hands on a medal.
Teenager Oulare scored as Club Brugge came from behind to beat Anderlecht in front of scouts from a number of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund
Aston Villa match-winner Fabian Delph was left pinching himself after booking his side's place in the FA Cup final at the expense of Liverpool.
EDGE OF THE BOX: In telly terms, the FA Cup has had quite a 'journey’ this season. This weekend saw its TV channel sidekicks deliver a double header with a new ally to help set the scene.
Two goals within ninety seconds was enough to spark an outbreak of fear and loathing rarely seen on this side of the Mersey. The fear involves dropping out of the Football League a week on Saturday
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood kept faith with Jack Grealish, the 19-year-old academy graduate, after handing him his first Premier League start against Queens Park Rangers a fortnight ago.
Hearts have confirmed that captain Danny Wilson will leave the club this summer after the defender activated a clause in his contract.
Reading manager Steve Clarke and his players will rally round goalkeeper Adam Federici to help him get over his Wembley gaffe.
JONATHAN McEVOY IN BAHRAIN: Fireworks lit up the desert night to celebrate Lewis Hamilton’s dominant win at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Victory continued the world champion’s streak.
JEFF POWELL: A desert mirage continues to shimmer for Amir Khan but the challenge is blurred in the haze. First it looks like Floyd Mayweather. Now he glimpses Manny Pacquiao in the UAE.
How delightfully fitting in this remarkable season of Championship football that a team unbeaten in 10 before Saturday’s kick-off would draw at home to a side with nothing to gain or lose.
The records are tumbling and Leicester’s belief is growing. Their 2-0 victory over Swansea made it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time since September 2000, lifting them off bottom spot.
West Bromwich Albion had just produced a typical Tony Pulis performance to beat his former club Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park when he claimed he will never change.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has attempted to protect out-of-sorts striker Danny Ings by calling on the rest of his team-mates to share the goalscoring burden to keep the team in the Premier League.
David Silva declared himself fit on Sunday night despite fears he had fractured his cheekbone after being caught in the face by Cheikhou Kouyate’s elbow.
The relationship between the FA and Premier League — never great at the best of times — has deteriorated further with the ridiculous clash of fixtures on Saturday.
A host of Chelsea players celebrated taking one step closer to the Premier League title by attending a charity ball arranged by striker Didier Drogba at London’s swanky Dorchester hotel.
The first double hundred of Alex Hales' career helped Nottinghamshire into a position of strength on the opening day of their LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
PAUL NEWMAN IN GRENADA: England must decide whether to stick with the attack that failed to force a first Test win or twist and freshen things up for a second match that is already upon them.
BAHRAIN RACE ZONE: Jenson Button was denied his 100th race for McLaren after an Engine Recovery System prevented him from making it to the start-line It capped a miserable weekend for the Briton.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes a 'very poor decision' by Michael Oliver's assistant referee was one of the reason's Liverpool were knocked out of their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. 
Napoli kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive with a comfortable victory against Cagliari. Jose Callejon opened the scoring a neat one-on-on finish in the first half.
Leigh Halfpenny kicked Toulon into the Champions Cup final at Twickenham next month and kept his team on course for an unprecedented European title hat-trick of titles.
Kevin Pietersen's attempt to impress the England selectors ended in failure in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon. the Surrey batsman fell for 19, caught at first slip off the bowling of Craig Meschede.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has given Azerbaijan the all-clear ahead of its debut next season despite serious concerns over the country's human rights record.
ROB SHEPHERD'S FOOTBALL GRAPEVINE: Raheem Sterling could force his way out of Liverpool this summer, costing the club £25million while saving potential suitors the same amount.
David Raven's dramatic extra-time strike against Celtic took Inverness into their first William Hill Scottish Cup final with a 3-2 win as the Hoops' treble hopes ended in controversy.
Jenson Button's miserable Formula One season continued in Bahrain after he failed to start the Bahrain Grand Prix. He was set to start from the back of the grid after he broke down in qualifying.
LAURIE WHITWELL AT WEMBLEY: Aston Villa shocked Liverpool to reach the FA Cup final to take on Arsenal in May. Read here to see how the players performed in the Wembley semi-final show piece.
Thousands of Newcastle United supporters stayed away from Sunday’s home match against Spurs in protest at Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
David Raven reflected on a 'dream come true' after his last-gasp winner sent Inverness through to their first-ever William Hill Scottish Cup final at the expense of favourites Celtic.
The football family has rallied round Blackpool pensioner Frank Knight who was sued by the Oyston family for alleged defamatory comments made on his Facebook page.
Former Leeds captain Trevor Cherry has branded the six United players who withdrew at short notice from Saturday's match against Charlton a 'disgrace' and called for them to be sacked.
David Moyes has revealed that Chelsea were close to signing Wayne Rooney during his ill-fated tenure as Manchester United manager.
Thomas Tuchel has been announced as Dortmund's new manager as the club plan for life without Jurgen Klopp.  The 41-year-old left Mainz last year after a five-year spell in charge and is set to take over in July.
Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League chances have been dealt a major blow with confirmation that playmaker Luka Modric could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.
If the Borussia Dortmund players had been shocked by Wednesday's news that manager Jurgen Klopp will quit the club at the end of the season, they showed no sign that it had affected them on Saturday.
Paige VanZant proved she is more than just hype with a dominant performance over Felice Herrig.The 21- year-old, never looked troubled over the three rounds, winning 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27.
Brazil icon Ronaldo has claimed he would relish playing alongside his namesake and current Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo if he had the chance to play in the modern era.
When the Spanish national team was coming to the boil, La Roja's own fans didn't even know the water was hot.. Now, three trophies later, the senior team is finally in search of a reboot .
Real Madrid closed the gap on Barcelona to just two points at the top of La Liga, but will be praying injuries to Gareth Bale and Luka Modric don't derail their season.
Chelsea moved to the brink of winning the title with a 1-0 win over Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho says the race is not over yet.
Lucas Matthysse won a majority decision against Ruslan Provodnikov in a 12-round super lightweight bout on Saturday. And the Argentine said he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was unfazed by his side's low possession stat during the 1-0 win over Manchester United and all that mattered to him was achieving a positive result.
EXCLUSIVE: Nico Rosberg is too polite to say what precisely he finds irritating about the team-mate Lewis Hamilton with whom he is locked in the battle of his career.
GLENN HODDLE: Eden Hazard has been the best player in the Premier League all season and on Saturday he demonstrated just how important he has been to Chelsea’s imminent title victory.
JOE BERNSTEIN: Peter Jackson was shopping in Halifax recently when the daughter of one of the 56 Bradford fire victims approached him politely and then started to explain their connection.
Freddie Roach insisted on Saturday that Floyd Mayweather does not deserve to be ranked alongside Manny Pacquiao as the leading fighters of their generation.
OLIVER HOLT: Freddie Roach pushes open the door to the downstairs gym and walks in. This is the place he built for Manny Pacquiao so his star could prepare for fights away from prying eyes.
ROB DRAPER AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Two more games; that's all it will take. Two more games and Jose Mourinho will have confirmed his mastery of the Premier League with a third title.
ROB DRAPER: Manchester City have already met Jurgen Klopp to assess him for the manager’s job – but it was back in 2013 when they were seeking Roberto Mancini's replacement.
OLIVER HOLT: Forgive me for being naive but why is it that when two men pray quietly in a small corner of an English football ground that their actions should be labelled a 'disgrace'?
Louis van Gaal conceded the Barclays Premier League title to Chelsea, but believes his Manchester United side are ready to fight to take it off them next season.
Chelsea captain John Terry is adamant that there is still work to be done if they are to clinch the Premier League title following his side's 1-0 victory against Manchester United.
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has rubbished rumours the Betfred World Championship will leave its spiritual home of Sheffield.
INSIDE TRACK - NEIL ASHTON: There are moments when Falcao sets off on those delayed runs in the bright red shirt and it all comes flooding back. This could have been just the start.
After Chelsea forward Eden Hazard had scored give his side a 1-0 lead against Manchester United, the Sky Sports punditry team were convinced that there had been a foul in the build-up.
Luis Suarez scored one, Claudio Bravo stopped one, and Leo Messi converted with the last kick of the match to help Barcelona take another enormous step towards the title beating Valencia 2-0.
Fifteen-times grand slam champion Martina Hingis returned to singles competitionin the Fed Cup on Saturday but was eventually outplayed by Agnieszka Radwanska.
It was an ordinarytraining ground accident, but it had far-reaching consequences. Philipp Lahm had a broken ankle and Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt was on his way out of Bayern Munich.
Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he is disappointed in Yaya Toure but vowed to back the Manchester City midfielder — at least until the end of the season.
Bernie Ecclestone has urged Lewis Hamilton to think the unthinkable — and consider a move to Ferrari. He was speaking after calling Hamilton in for talks at his office in Bahrain.
JAMIE CARRAGHER: So who will be voted PFA Player of the Year? Eden Hazard is the hot favourite but whoever wins will have plenty of tactical voting to thank.
With just over two weeks to go until the $300million mega-fight, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have showed off their toned physique's - as there preparations continue.
Thirty years ago something as basic as two men hitting balls around a table with a stick gripped the nation. It was Steve Davis versus Dennis Taylor in the World Snooker Championship final.
Nico Rosberg feels he may have handed Lewis Hamilton a psychological advantage with his post-Chinese Grand Prix outburst.
MARTIN SAMUEL - THE DEBATE: I wrote about Gareth Bale winning the Premier League for Manchester United. Well, that's the way you read it anyway. And here's what you had to say in reply.
NEIL ASHTON: Roman Abramovich was seduced by Pep Guardiola's brand of football at Barcelona. But he blew the deal by hiring and firing. Man City must not make the same mistake
In the aftermath of Sunday's derby disaster the talk among fans was of summer incomings to reboot a blue machine. However, the biggest challenge could be keeping Sergio Aguero.