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Bans given after Owens abuse

Two men found guilty of abusing referee Nigel Owens, pictured, have been given two-year Twickenham bans

The Rugby Football Union has issued two-year Twickenham bans to two men accused of directing homophobic abuse at referee Nigel Owens, the governing body has announced.

Van Gaal warning for Van Persie

Manchester United hope Robin van Persie can soon get back to his prolific self

Louis van Gaal has warned striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Manchester United manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.

Poyet: Chelsea stronger than ever

Gus Poyet's Sunderland enjoyed two wins over Chelsea last season

Gus Poyet has acknowledged his Sunderland side face a mighty task to replicate last season's stunning league and cup double when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Spurs charged by UEFA

Tottenham's Roberto Soldado attempts to apprehend a pitch invader

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions which disrupted their Europa League match at home to Partizan Belgrade.

Farrell wants winning end to series

Andy Farrell hopes England can end their autumn series on a high note

Andy Farrell has demanded England end their autumn on a triumphant note when they clash with Australia in the climax to the QBE Series at Twickenham on Saturday.

Pele's condition improving

Pele's condition is "improving" in a Sao Paulo hospital

Pele's condition is improving but he remains in the intensive care unit of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, according to a statement released on Friday.

Keane needs a break - O'Neill

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill believes burn-out could have caused Roy Keane to quit as Aston Villa assistant manager.

Up-and-down round for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is one shot off the lead in Sydney after a mixed round

Rory McIlroy found consistency to be a fleeting commodity during a roller-coaster second round at the Australian Open but will still go into the weekend just one shot off leader Greg Chalmers in Sydney.

Pochettino reveals safety fears

Tottenham's clash with Partizan was interrupted by three separate pitch invasions

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was concerned for his players' safety during the pitch invasions which leave the north London club facing the prospect of UEFA sanctions.

Attention turns to player safety

A cricket bat and cap are seen at Lord's Cricket Ground in memory of Phillip Hughes

Attention turned towards the issue of player safety on Friday as the cricketing world continued to come to terms with the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.

Deila does not fear knockout stages

Leigh Griffiths, left, missed out on an equaliser for Celtic

Ronny Deila believes Celtic have nothing to fear in the knockout stages of the Europa League despite qualifying on the back of a 3-1 home defeat by Salzburg.

Martinez proud of Everton display

Roberto Martinez applauded Everton's performance against Wolfsburg

Everton boss Roberto Martinez felt his side had been "outstanding" at the back and "lethal" going forward as they ensured progress to the Europa League knockout rounds as Group H winners with an impressive 2-0 victory at Wolfsburg.

Pitch invaders spoils Spurs' night

Tottenham Hotspur's Benjamin Stambouli celebrates scoring

Tottenham face UEFA sanctions after their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was suspended, overshadowing their progress to the knock-out stages.

Celtic go on despite Salzburg loss

Celtic's Scott Brown

Celtic won through to the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time despite a 3-1 defeat by already-qualified Salzburg at Parkhead.