Burgess wins international award

Banbury Cake: Sam Burgess is the international player of the year

8:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sam Burgess has become the first English winner of the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year Award at a function in Australia.

Ahmed ton lifts Pakistan

Banbury Cake: David Warner ensured Pakistan did not have things all their own way

4:06pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sarfraz Ahmed's explosive century lifted Pakistan to an imposing total but David Warner wrested back some of the momentum for Australia on day two of the first Test in Dubai.

Serena roars back in convincing win

Banbury Cake: Serena Williams must wait to see whether she reaches the semi-finals of the WTA Finals in Singapore (AP)

3:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Serena Williams bounced back from her embarrassing loss to Simona Halep by beating Eugenie Bouchard in comprehensive fashion at the WTA Finals.

Toffees fans in Lille altercation

Banbury Cake: Everton have given details of an incident involving fans ahead of their Europa League match in Lille

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Everton fans in Lille have been caught up in further trouble in the build-up to Thursday's match between the two clubs, with gas being used against them by French police.

Farrell set to start for Sarries

Banbury Cake: Owen Farrell will start for Sarries on Friday

1:40pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Owen Farrell will make his first start for five weeks - and a fortnight before England face world champions New Zealand - when Saracens tackle European Champions Cup rivals Munster on Friday night.

Murray through to last eight

Banbury Cake: Andy Murray, pictured, will play Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open

3:32pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini.

Rodgers: Balotelli is working hard

Banbury Cake: Mario Balotelli, pictured, has been warned by manager Brendan Rodgers there can be no guarantees over his long-term future at Liverpool

4:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club.

Valdes to train with United

Banbury Cake: Victor Valdes is to continue his recovery from a knee injury with Manchester United before training with the first team

5:19pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced.

Mertesacker: Gunners below our best

Banbury Cake: Per Mertesacker has admitted he has struggled to find his best form so far this season

1:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Vice-captain Per Mertesacker accepts Arsenal are still misfiring despite pulling off a dramatic late 2-1 win over Anderlecht in Brussels to stay on course for the Champions League knock-out stage.

Fernandes hits back in Caterham row

Banbury Cake: The prospect of seeing a Caterham in action in the United States next weekend is fast receding

12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tony Fernandes has accused the consortium behind Caterham of failing to honour their obligations as a public feud between the two parties has descended into a war of words.


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