Premier League Thursdays Headlines Sterling parties until 3am

Raheem Sterling was spotted out partying until the wee hours soon after he claimed he was too tired to play for England; Swansea players are getting fined if they dive in training; and Sunderland fans will be reimbursed for their weekend match tickets - the main stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

Sterling spotted out until the early hours: The Daily Mail and The Sun report that Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was out partying at a London nightclub until 3am the day after he was "too tired" to play for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia. The 19-year-old was spotted at trendy Cirque le Soir in the capital's West End with Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just 24 hours after being left on the bench by England boss Roy Hodgson. The player had complained of tiredness the day before. Sterling and his representatives last night declined to comment.

Monk fines Swansea players for diving: Swansea manager Garry Monk has revealed he sanctions his players for diving in training, according to the Daily Mirror. Monk has been charged by the FA after his criticism of referee Michael Oliver and calling Victor Moses a "cheat". Monk said: "We fine players for simulation, for surrounding refs, for questioning decisions given in training." The money raised from the fines is reinvested in the Liberty Stadium or donated to local charities and schools.

Sunderland fans to be reimbursed: Sunderland's embarrassed players have agreed to refund the cost of their fans' match tickets for the 8-0 humbling at Southampton. The Times reports that more than 2,500 fans will be able to claim back the cost of their £24 tickets or have the sum donated to Grace House, a children's hospice in the North East, after having made the long-trip to the South Coast at the weekend. Supporters have until 5pm tonight to lodge their claims with any the cost of any unclaimed tickets going to the hospice.

Cricket - India suspends all future tours with West Indies

The Indian cricket board suspended all future tours with West Indies on Tuesday, and said it will take legal action against the Caribbean board for their team's abrupt pullout from their India tour last week. "BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour," Indian cricket board secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

Athletics - Pistorius 'will serve just 10 months of five-year sentence'

Oscar Pistorius will be in jail for just 10 months of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide. After the proceedings one of Pistorius's legal team, Roxanne Adams, told Sky News that Pistorius will serve just a sixth of his sentence in prison, due to the terms of the law under which he was sentenced. He will serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest, she added. A sixth of his sentence equates to just 10 months' jail time.

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend.

Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year. The 27-year-old, who was found guilty of culpable homicide last month, appeared to wipe his eyes as the sentence was handed down. Judge Thokozile Masipa had ruled the Olympic and Paralympic athlete did not intend to kill his girlfriend when he fired through the bathroom door at his home in Pretoria. "Having regard to the circumstances in the matter, I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community," she said. "On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy. "What may appear to be justice to the general public may not be justice.

Society cannot always get what they want." She said Pistorius' skill using a gun was an aggravating factor but that she also recognised his remorse. She said he "fired not one shot but four shots into the door" of a small cubicle "with no room for escape". He was also handed a suspended three-year prison sentence for the discharging of a firearm, over an incident in which a gun accidentally went off in a restaurant. Ms Steenkamp's family lawyer said: "Justice was served today." Sentencing options available to the judge in the culpable homicide case included jail, a suspended sentence, a correctional supervision or fine. It brings to a close the sprinter's seven-month trial, which attracted worldwide attention.

One of the most sensational trials in the country's history, the sentence is expected to fuel further controversy about race and money in its justice system. Pistorius' legal team argued during the marathon trial that he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder and believed they were both in danger. His lawyer Barry Roux said the athlete had "lost everything" after the 29-year-old model's death, and argued he should not go to prison. He also said the 'Blade Runner' athlete, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, would face particular difficulties in jail. But state prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued that only 10 years' imprisonment would satisfy the South African public. He said that any lesser sentence could result in a widespread loss of faith in the justice system.

Champions League - Barcelona v Ajax preview: De Boer returns to Camp Nou


Barcelona defender Adriano will miss Tuesday’s match with a hamstring complaint, with the Liga giants also sweating on the fitness of Sergio Busquets and Thomas Vermaelen. Summer signing Ivan Rakitic could return after being left out at the weekend. Ajax are without Viktor Fischer (hamstring), Thulani Serero (hamstring) and Nicolai Boilesen (concussion).

Champions League - Roma v Bayern Munich preview: Guardiola returns to Rome


Former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita misses out on a reunion with previous boss Pep Guardiola with a calf injury. Leonardo Castan (thigh) and Kevin Strootman (knee) are also sidelined. Juan Iturbe has not played since early October, but returned to training ahead of the clash. The game comes too soon for Bayern’s World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German, who hasn’t featured since the final in Brazil, recently returned to training but is some way short of match fitness. Thiago Alcantara is also out after suffering a recurrence of his knee problem.

Champions League - CSKA Moscow v Manchester City preview: Empty stadium awaits

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure returns to the scene of the shameful racist abuse directed at him last season as CSKA Moscow host the Premier League holders in Group E of the Champions League. But there be an eerie silence at the CSKA Moscow Stadium this time after UEFA imposed a stadium ban due to repeated racist behaviour from their supporters.

Both sides are chasing victory to reignite disappointing European campaigns, with City sitting on a solitary point from two games and the hosts yet to pick up anything.


CSKA have fitness doubts over defender Mario Fernandes and striker Seydou Doumbia while Russian playmaker Alan Dzagoev and Swedish defender Pontus Wernbloom miss out through suspension. The hosts go into the game in good heart after beating Kuban Krasnodar 6-0 at the weekend. Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is hoping to prove his fitness for the Group E clash after a thigh injury. Former England midfielder Frank Lampard was ruled out of the trip to the Russian capital after being carried off on a stretcher with a thigh problem against Tottenham on Sunday. Playmaker Samir Nasri, who is sidelined after a groin operation, is City's only other absentee.

Champions League - Chelsea v Maribor preview: Costa misses out

The inevitable has happened: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is injured. Jose Mourinho insists he doesn’t know how long the Spaniard will be sidelined – a claim that seems hard to believe – but even without their star man, they should have the personnel to overcome Maribor in the Champions League. Chelsea remain unbeaten in Group G with four points from two games, with their Slovenian opponents sitting a surprise joint-second after accumulating back-to-back draws against Schalke and Sporting Lisbon.


Ramires and Andre Schurrle trained with Chelsea on the eve of the Champions League Group G clash with Maribor, but Diego Costa was absent. Brazil midfielder Ramires (groin) and World Cup-winning Germany forward Schurrle (illness) missed Saturday's win at Crystal Palace. Costa, scorer of nine goals in seven Premier League games for the leaders, was also missing at Selhurst Park after persistent hamstring problems this season. Costa was again absent for the first 15 minutes of Monday's training session, which was open to the media, with an otherwise full squad at Jose Mourinho's disposal.

Tyson Fury pulls out of fight with Alexander Ustinov

Tyson Fury has withdrawn from Saturday night's heavyweight fight with Belarusian Alexander Ustinov.

The 25-year-old pulled out of the bout after his uncle and first trainer Hughie fell seriously ill and was taken to hospital.


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