Murray battles through in Valencia

Banbury Cake: Andy Murray battled his way into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open

3:31pm Friday 24th October 2014

Andy Murray survived a test of his credentials to see off South Africa's Kevin Anderson in three sets and secure a place in the semi-finals of the Valencia Open.

Top clubs lobby for May date

Banbury Cake: Top European clubs are reportedly ready to recommend a May World Cup in 2022

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A powerful group of top European football clubs is set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place between April and May.

Mourinho: Costa could face United

Banbury Cake: Diego Costa, pictured, has a "little chance" of being fit for Chelsea against Manchester United, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho

1:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

Chelsea striker Diego Costa could climb out of a hospital bed to play at Manchester United on Sunday.

Suarez to debut in El Clasico

Banbury Cake: Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut in Saturday's El Clasico

12:40pm Friday 24th October 2014

Head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut during El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Caterham administrators seek buyer

Banbury Cake: The gates at the Caterham factory in Leafield remain closed for a second day

11:47am Friday 24th October 2014

Administrators have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.

Bruce: Balotelli treatment unfair

Banbury Cake: Mario Balotelli has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances

10:51am Friday 24th October 2014

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Mario Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous 'why always me?' statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a "whipping boy" by his critics.

Serbia punished over drone incident

Banbury Cake: Violence erupted at the Partizan Stadium earlier this month

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and ordered to play their next two games behind closed doors for their part in the furore.

Launchbury commits future to Wasps

Banbury Cake: Joe Launchbury's decision represents a major coup for Wasps ahead of their move to Coventry's Ricoh Arena

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

England lock Joe Launchbury committed to his future to Wasps after deciding he had "unfinished business" at the Coventry-bound club.

Martinez hails 'incredible' fans

Banbury Cake: Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised the club's fans after the Toffees drew 0-0 against Lille

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expressed his "immense pride" for the club's "incredible" fans after a turbulent 24 hours building up to Thursday evening's 0-0 Europa League draw at Lille.

Ferdinand set to call it a day

Banbury Cake: Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 season

12:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.


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