1,477 red cards, 25,769 goals, 9,746 games – 25 years of the Premier League

Thirteen players from outside the UK and Ireland, a crowd of 20,699 at Chelsea, defeats for Manchester United and Arsenal, wins for Coventry City and Sheffield United. The Premier League landscape looks very different to the one on the opening weekend a quarter of a century ago, which also featured Oldham Athletic and Wimbledon. After…

Open de France: England's Tommy Fleetwood cards four-under-par first round

Open de France first round clubhouse leaders -5 A Bjork (Swe), N Kimsey (Eng); -4 T Fleetwood (Eng), P Uihlein (US) Selected others: -2 B Dredge (Wal), M Kaymer (Ger), G McDowell (NI), C Shinkwin (Eng) Full leaderboard England’s Tommy Fleetwood continued his good recent form with an opening round of 67 at the Open…

Comeback on the cards? Kubica tests F1 car in Valencia

Robert Kubica has driven a Formula 1 car for the first time since the horrific rally accident that curtailed his career before the 2011 season. The Pole, who won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber, suffered a partially severed right arm that has left him with limited movement. But on Tuesday he completed…

White and Doherty given invitational tour cards

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will receive invitational tour cards for the next two years, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has revealed. White, beaten six times in the world final, lost in this year’s World Championship qualifying event to relinquish his card after 37 years. But Hearn said the popular left-hander and Doherty would be…

Rory McIlroy cards 67 but trails by six in Shanghai

WGC-HSBC Champions second round -13 H Matsuyama (Jap), -10 B Haas (USA), R Knox (Sco), -8 D Berger (USA), R Bland (Eng), F Molinari (Ita), -7 R Fisher (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), X Zhang, P Casey (Eng) Selected others: -6 R Fowler (USA) -5 L Westwood (Eng), C Wood (Eng) M Kuchar (USA), -4 H…