FootballLambert - 'We will be better'Posted atPaul Lambert has told Sky Sports News that his Aston Villa team can't yet be judged because they've had so many difficult games."In our first nine games we've played the top five and it's been really tough," said the boss. "But we will (this season) be a lot better than we were last year, that's for sure."Villa, who host Tottenham on Sunday, are 15th in the table with three wins from nine games.
CricketTea at the TestPosted atPakistan have batted solidly despite losing both their openers to reach 158-2 at tea on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi.Younis Khan was unbeaten on 49 and Azhar Ali was on 26, having added 62 runs for the third wicket after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on a flat pitch.Younis is bang in form, having scored twin hundreds in the first Test in Dubai.
FootballInce joins Forest on loanPosted atHull City winger Tom Ince has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of December.England Under-21 international Ince left Blackpool to sign for the Tigers during the summer.
CricketFlintoff disappointment at KPPosted atFormer England cricketer Andrew Flintoff says he is disappointed that Kevin Pietersen chose to focus on bullying in his recently-released autobiography."I feel sad that his book isn't a celebration of being a fantastic cricketer," he told the Flintoff and Holcroft podcast."I think people want to read about how he felt when he walked out to bat and scored all those runs...instead it is about being bullied in the dressing-room."
LATEST GOSSIPFalcao 'to make Man United move permanent'Posted atStriker Radamel Falcao will make his loan move to Manchester United permanent at the end of the season, according to Goal.com.They report that United executives have "already agreed and shaken hands on a £44 million deal to sign Radamel Falcao permanently" from Monaco.The Colombian, 28, has scored one goal in five games for United since arriving at Old Trafford.
FootballFixture changed to honour shooting victimPosted atSouth Africa have moved their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on 15 November from Nelspruit to Durban, the hometown of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, in honour of the former national team captain.Meyiwa, 27, was shot and killed in what appears to have been a botched robbery at his girlfriend's house on Sunday.
CricketStrike duo deny bullying claimsPosted atEngland fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have had their say about Kevin Pietersen's claims of a bullying culture in the England dressing room.The pair says they are saddened and disappointed by the allegations, and also denied any involvement in a Twitter account that set out to parody the former batsman.Broad said: "The bullying word has not crossed my mind in eight or nine years of playing international cricket."Anderson said a bullying culture was "certainly not something I remember".
Transforming Sport conferenceBBC Sport's Anna Thompson at Transforming Sport conference at Lord's:Posted atBritish Fed Cup team captain Judy Murray, and mother of Andy and Jamie, tells the Transforming Sport conference:"When Jamie and Andy were six and seven, I applied for a personal coaching award scheme organised by the LTA. There were 20 places available and two women were given places. A man complained asking "what on earth has she got to offer in performance coaching when she had two young kids.... Funny how it's never mentioned now!"
FootballAllardyce press conferencePosted atBig Sam on striker Andy Carroll: "Andy has to go through what for him is the final part of a pre-season after recovery, and ease himself slowly into games."Carroll has been out all season with an ankle injury but is back in training.Allardyce added: "James Tomkins is back and Matt Jarvis is back in the squad and the others we're waiting patiently for."
FootballAllardyce press conferencePosted atAllardyce says man of the moment Diafra Sakho - who scored for the sixth straight league game to help earn West Ham victory over Man City last weekend - is "touch and go" for the Stoke trip."We will see what he's like tomorrow and make a decision from there," said the boss.Speaking about Saturday's opponents, Allardyce said: "Sparky (Mark Hughes) is looking for the consistency level at Stoke that we've found and the goalscorers in our team allow us to go and win games."