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Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep pace in Championship promotion race

Chris Wood (left) celebrates his winning goal. Credit: PA

Chris Wood's first-half goal saw Leeds United move up to fourth in the Championship following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Rob Green made a stunning second-half save to deny Jordan Rhodes from the penalty spot as Leeds clung on to claim a valuable three points.

But it was Wood who made the decisive contribution to the match, keeping his head to poke home his 22nd goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The win moves Garry Monk's side above Reading into fourth place - though the Royals travel to Brighton this weekend - and three points clear of their opponents, who remain sixth.

Mark Hughes keen to avoid another Tottenham thrashing

Alas, poor Stoke. Credit: PA

Mark Hughes admits he cannot rule out Stoke City being thumped by Tottenham once again on Sunday.

Stoke have been thrashed 4-0 at home by Spurs in each of the last two meetings between the clubs.

The most recent came last September during a sequence in which Hughes' team failed to win any of their opening seven Premier League games of the season.

But Hughes said: "We have improved markedly since that game (in September).

"I would be very surprised if the result was the same - although there is a possibility, because they are a good side.

"But we'll have to make sure we play well to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I would imagine if we start brightly, then that is the key to it. Hopefully we'll be nice and bright, sharp and ready to go."


Ranieri says goodbye to Leicester players and staff

Claudio Ranieri (left) with star striker Jamie Vardy. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri visited Leicester's training ground on Saturday morning to say goodbye to his former players and staff.

The 65-year-old Italian said on Friday that his "dream died" after his sacking on Thursday night, having led the Foxes to an historic Premier League title last season.

"I don't speak with anybody, just to say thank you to the fans. They are fantastic. Thank you," he said when asked for a quick word by Sky Sports News as he drove away.

On how he was feeling, he said: "I feel good now, because what we achieved in Leicester… I hope it will happen again, but it will be very difficult."

When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".

Yarnold wins bronze in Skeleton World Championships

Lizzy Yarnold on the slide in Germany. Credit: PA

Lizzy Yarnold capped her comeback from a year out by winning a bronze medal at the Skeleton World Championships in Germany.

The 28-year-old Olympic champion moved up from fourth place overnight to finish third behind Germans Jacqueline Lolling and Tina Hermann.

Yarnold, who had opted to miss last season in the wake of her triumph in Sochi, is focused on retaining her Olympic crown in South Korea next year.

Yarnold's Great Britain team-mate Laura Deas finished 10th in a race reduced to three runs due to bad weather.


Ranieri tells ITV News: 'I'm very sad after leaving Leicester'

Claudio Ranieri has said that he is "very sad" after leaving Leicester City.

He was speaking to ITV News outside his home where fans queued to take pictures with the former manager.

Asked what he has to say to the club's supporters, he said: "I'm very sad for them, I wish you all the best."

Ranieri: My Leicester dream has died

A mural dedicated to Leicester's former manager Claudio Ranieri. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has said his "dream died" when Leicester sacked him.

The Italian led the Foxes to last season's Premier League title, but on Thursday he lost his job.

Leicester are battling against relegation this term and decided a change was needed to give the team the best possible chance of survival.

But being removed from his post hurt Ranieri, who said on Friday: "Yesterday my dream died.

"After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

"Sadly this was not to be."

Read Ranieri's full statement on his sacking

Caceres could make Southampton bow in EFL Cup Final

Caceres could play in the EFL final

Martin Caceres could be set for a dream Southampton debut in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

The 29-year-old defender was signed as a free agent two weeks ago, having been without a club since leaving Italian champions Juventus at the end of last season.

Saints manager Claude Puel moved for Caceres after losing Virgil van Dijk to a long-term ankle injury and captain Jose Fonte, who moved to West Ham last month.

There were concerns over the Uruguay international's fitness, given that he has not played since last February after undergoing surgery on a torn Achilles tendon.

But Puel monitored Caceres on Southampton's recent training camp in Spain and is now considering including him in the squad at Wembley on Sunday.

"I was surprised by his good physical fitness, because he can come on the training camp with a good level, good quality," said Puel.

"He worked hard on his fitness during his injury, and I don't know if he can participate at the beginning of this game but he can give good opportunities and solutions."

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