City's title hopes suffer setback

Manchester City's title hopes suffered a setback last night after being held to a home draw by the league's bottom club Sunderland.

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Phil Neville: Everton already cracking under pressure

Manchester United coach Phil Neville says he feels Everton are starting to crack under the pressure of being in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Neville will return to Goodison Park on Sunday for the first time since he left Everton to join the Man United backroom staff under David Moyes.

Phil Neville Credit: PA

After coming through the youth ranks as part of the famed 'Class of '92', Neville went on to enjoy 10 successful years on the United playing staff before he joined Everton in 2005.

Neville was captain of the Merseyside club, but there is no doubt where his true loyalties lie.

Neville believes Everton's 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace on Wednesday shows that they are struggling to cope with the demands of being touted as a serious top-four contender.

"Everton were the team that were in control of their own destiny but it's a different kind of pressure when you have to go out there and win games so Everton are under that pressure now," Neville told Football Focus.


Lancashire's Peter Moores set for England return

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores. Credit: PA

Lancashire Country Cricket Club's coach Peter Moores is set for a return as England head coach.

Andy Flower's replacement will be announced at Lord's later this morning and it is understood that Moores is the chosen candidate.

The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009, but was dismissed after disappointing results and a personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen.

If Moores is, as expected, appointed to replace his own successor then current limited-overs coach Ashley Giles would appear to be out of a job.


Super League: St Helens Saints 14 - 33 Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors' Liam Farrell is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a try during the First Utility Super League match Credit: Press Association

Reigning champions Wigan turned on the style to end the 100 per cent First Utility Super League record of rivals St Helens in a Good Friday derby of pure quality in front of a sell-out Langtree Park crowd of 17,980.

Wigan Warriors' Liam Farrell celebrates as he runs over to score a try during the at Langtree Park, St Helens. Credit: Press Association

England second-rower Liam Farrell produced two devastating finishes to score two of the Warriors' five tries and former St Helens scrum-half Matty Smith kicked six goals and a drop goal in a 33-14 victory, Wigan's fifth in a row that takes them to within four points of their table-topping rivals.

North West footballers nominated for PFA award

Luis Suarez Credit: Press Association

Luis Suarez is one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's player of the year award.

The Uruguayan, who heads the Premier League scoring charts with Liverpool at the top of the table, is joined by Reds strike partner Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard on the six-man list which was announced by the PFA on Friday.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard nominated Credit: Press Association

Also nominated for the top prize are Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Suarez is the firm favourite to land the award after a stellar season in which he has already scored 29 league goals.

Hazard and Sturridge are also nominated for the young player of the year prize, along with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.

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