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Djokovic splits with coach Becker after three years

Becker and Djokovic have gone their separate ways. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic has split from coach Boris Becker after three years working together.

Djokovic hired the former world number one ahead of the 2014 season in what was widely seen as a surprising move, but critics were silenced as the Serbian won six grand slam titles and dominated the sport.

Announcing the news on his Facebook page, Djokovic said: "After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation

"The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.

"On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions."

Spurs legend King wants to continue coaching career

Ledley King wants to coach at Spurs. Credit: PA

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King wants to resurrect his coaching career with the club next year.

King retired four years ago due to a persistent knee injury and worked briefly with Spurs' under-18s in 2014.

The 36-year-old took a break due it being too much too soon but now plans to approach the club's head of coaching and development John McDermott about a fresh coaching role.

"It's something I will get back into, hopefully going into next season," King told Press Association Sport.

"I'm lucky to have the club here so it'll be a case of speaking to the right people, John McDermott maybe, who helped me start it up, and getting it back on track.

"I need to give it a good go and see if I'm any good. I started my badges and then stopped them. I was working two days a week with the under-18s here.

"Everyone asks players if they want to go into coaching and expect them to be the next best thing in management. I don't know what I'd be like.

"It'll be a learning process for me. It's like starting all over again. First I have to be good at what I do. If I feel I can be good then I can step by step start thinking about future roles."


Starting XI's: Man City v Celtic

Man City host Celtic tonight in a Champions League dead rubber as Pep Guardiola's side are through but cannot win the group and Brendan Rodgers' team will finish last in Group C.

Man City's squad includes 16-year-old midfielder Phil Foden.

Slutsky to leave CSKA Moscow after Spurs clash

Leonid Slutsky is leaving CSKA Moscow. Credit: PA

Leonid Slutsky is to leave CSKA Moscow following Wednesday's Champions League group game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The 45-year-old took over as CSKA head coach in 2009, and has guided the Russian club to three Premier League titles and two domestic cups.

Alongside his role at CSKA, Slutsky also took charge of Russia's national team after Fabio Capello's departure in 2015 but his stay ended after the team's group-stage exit at Euro 2016.

A CSKA statement on Tuesday confirmed Slutsky's impending departure. It read: "After the match with Tottenham in London, Leonid Slutsky will leave his post as head coach of CSKA Moscow.

"CSKA give their thanks to Leonid Slutsky after seven fruitful years together, including three league titles, two Russian Cups and two Russian Super Cups, as well as the incredible emotions that the team under his leadership have given to the huge army of fans.

"Our club doors are always open to you, Leonid!"

Clares Rocket theft shocks greyhound racing world

Greyhound racing has been rocked by the theft of one of its star animals. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the theft of leading Irish greyhound Clares Rocket from the kennels of trainer Graham Holland in County Tipperary.

The two-year-old greyhound, who has won over €50,000 in prize money, went missing from Holland's premises at some point between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

A police spokesman said: "Garda at Golden are investigating the theft of an animal from a premises in Athassel Abbey, Golden, County Tipperary.

"The theft occurred sometime between 6pm on December 4 and 10am on December 5 and Garda are appealing for information."


Team GB select marathon man Hawkins for London 2017

Callum Hawkins cools down during the Olympic marathon in Rio last year. Credit: PA

Marathon runner Callum Hawkins has become the first British athlete to be selected for next summer's World Championships in London.

The Scot, 24, who finished an impressive ninth at the Rio Olympics in only his third marathon race, has been confirmed by British Athletics as the first member of its team for August's showpiece.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "We are delighted to confirm Callum's selection for London. He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place."

Black added that the British team for the London World Championships would be "large and competitive".

Northampton withdraw George North from action

Northampton wing George North has suffered a series of concussions. Credit: PA

George North will not play for Northampton again until he has been assessed by an independent expert in head injuries.

The Welsh wing, who has suffered a series of concussions, was cleared by Saints medics to continue playing during Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester despite replays suggesting he had been knocked out following a tackle from Adam Thompstone.

Questions have been raised about whether the player's welfare was best served by his return to action but Northampton insist they were fully in compliance with World Rugby's head injury assessment protocols.

The club does admit, however, that the footage available to them at the time was limited and have taken the precautionary steps of withdrawing North from action pending the specialist's verdict.

Alderweireld returns to Tottenham squad for CSKA clash at Wembley

Spurs welcome back Toby Alderweireld after the defender's injury lay-off. Credit: PA

Toby Alderweireld returns to the Tottenham squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow.

Alderweireld has been out for almost eight weeks with a knee injury and is likely to be named on the bench for the Group E match at Wembley.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he has a family issue in Argentina while Ben Davies and Vincent Janssen are both recovering from ankle injuries.

Provisional Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane.

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