Huddersfield face lawsuit over wrongful dismissal of coach - report

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town are facing a claim of wrongful dismissal after sacking their goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan last week, the Times reported on Friday.

Former Ireland goalkeeper Colgan has asked the League Manager Association's legal team to prepare the claim against the club where he served for seven years both as a player and coach, according to the report.

Colgan initially joined as an understudy to goalkeepers Ian Bennett and Alex Smithies in 2010 before taking up a full-time coaching position at the end of 2011-12 season.

Stoke striker Crouch getting hungrier with age

Stoke City's 36-year-old striker Peter Crouch is not contemplating hanging up his boots anytime soon and the club's top scorer last season believes his age has made him "hungrier" to continue playing.

Crouch netted his 100th Premier League goal last season as he helped Stoke's finish 13th in the standings and the former Liverpool striker is hopeful of achieving more.

"Getting to a certain age where people are supposed to be retiring has made me hungrier," Crouch told BBC Radio Stoke.

Monk tells Downing he can leave Middlesbrough - reports

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has been told he will not feature in new manager Garry Monk's plans next season and can leave the club, according to multiple reports in the British media on Thursday.

The 32-year-old has made 249 appearances for the Teesside club over two stints. Downing returned to the Riverside on a four-year contract from West Ham United in 2015.

Stoke dismiss Shaqiri transfer speculation

Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is "settled" at the Premier League club and will not be sold in the transfer window, club chairman Peter Coates has said.

Swiss international Shaqiri battled with a recurring calf problem throughout last season, scoring four goals in 22 appearances for Mark Hughes' side and media reports have linked the 25-year-old with a move to Italy's AS Roma.

"No, there is nothing in that," Coates told British media when asked about the reports.

Sauber drivers stunned by Kaltenborn exit

BAKU Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson have admitted they were shocked to learn of the sudden departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, the first woman to run a Formula One outfit, earlier this week.

Team owners confirmed her exit on Wednesday, citing "diverging views of the future of the company", while board chairman Pascal Picci denied speculation that her departure concerned the status of their drivers and a desire to favour Sweden's Ericsson.

Ireland keen to hold talks over Lord's test in 2019

Ireland will hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the possibility of playing a test match at Lord's in 2019 after they and Afghanistan were granted full-member status by the International Cricket Council on Thursday.

The two countries became the game's 11th and 12th test playing nations after their applications was unanimously backed by the ICC.

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom is hopeful of a return to Lord's where they played the second of the two one-day international games in England last month.

Bairstow stays level-headed over limited opportunities

LONDON Jonny Bairstow's outstanding form in the last two years has not been enough to nail down a full-time place in the England squad but the 27-year-old admits he has come to terms with the situation.

His unbeaten 60 off 35 balls in Wednesday's comprehensive Twenty20 victory over South Africa provided yet more evidence of what he brings to the side as England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Everton must improve away form to reach top four - Schneiderlin

Everton will challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League next season if they can improve their away form, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has said.

Everton finished seventh in the league last season with an impressive home record of 13 wins in 19 home league games but their away performance was in stark contrast as they won just four league games away from Goodison Park.

"I think that is what separated us from the top six, our away form," the Frenchman told the club's website.

Afghan coach has long-term vision for test arena

By Sudipto Ganguly
| MUMBAI

MUMBAI While Afghanistan celebrate their lofty status as a test-playing nation, far away in Mumbai, head coach Lalchand Rajput is busy plotting how to instil a five-day temperament into a team more attuned to the hard-hitting nature of limited-overs cricket.

In a historic decision on Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) granted Afghanistan and Ireland full membership, putting them in an elite group of 12 sides permitted to compete in the longest form of the game.

Ennis-Hill's coach urges Coe to act on medal delay

International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe must take action over the delay in presenting Jessica Ennis-Hill with her 2011 World Championships gold medal, her former coach Toni Minichiello has said.

Briton Ennis-Hill, 30, was upgraded to a gold medal for the heptathlon event in 2011 after Russian winner Tatyana Chernova was stripped of her title in November for a doping violation.

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