Hodgson challenges new boys: Show you're good enough

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FOOTBALL

Perform,or else...

Hodgson will have no qualms about dropping new England captain

CONFIDANT: England manager Roy Hodgson (right) says he is not bothered by Wayne Rooney's (left) past demeanours. 

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Back among the best

Athletic Bilbao dump Napoli to return to 
Europe's elite for the first time since 1998/1999

TOP BILLING: Athletic Bilbao's fans celebrating as their players knock Napoli out of the Champions League.
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STTA raises $520,000 from golf event

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Liverpool have it easy, Man City face Bayern and CSK Moscow in Champions League

CLASH OF GIANTS: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (far right) will meet Man City's Pablo Zabaleta again.

Fears that a third-pot seeding would ruin Liverpool’s return to the Champions League proved misplaced as the Reds landed a group they should qualify from with a degree of comfort.

At the Champions League draw in Monaco yesterday, Brendan Rodgers’ side were drawn with holders Real Madrid, but matches against Basel and Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets Razgrad should not present a serious challenge, reports Iain Macintosh.

All those crossed fingers in Merseyside did the trick.

Instead, it was Manchester City who found themselves with the horror draw.

Once again, they will have to play Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.

Once again, they will have to face CSKA Moscow, possibly in the cold winter months.

And, to make matters worse, they ended up with the most difficult team in the fourth pot, the resurgent Roma.

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Hard to see Sanchez as Arsenal's main striker

RELIEF: Nacho Monreal (above) hugging Alexis Sanchez at the final whistle after Arsenal scraped into the group stages of the Champions League, thanks to the latter's goal.
Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stages for the 17th consecutive time, but they put their fans through an
emotional mangle first, reports Iain Macintosh.

A goal on the stroke of half-time from Alexis Sanchez, his first in an Arsenal shirt, was just enough to secure the win.

But Besiktas refused to bow down and, when Mathieu Debuchy was sent off in the second half, it signalled a tense finish to the game.

Arsenal prevailed. But that was only the good news. The bad news was that striker Olivier Giroud is out until December, at least.

The Gunners looked light in attack, and despite Sanchez’s hardwork, it’s hard to see him as a lone striker capable of leading the line all season.

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About the case

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Were transactions manipulated?

Prosecution continues questioning the flow of money between church and Xtron Productions

ACCUSED: (Above) Kong Hee, Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee outside court yesterday.
ACCUSED: Kong Hee, (above) Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee outside court yesterday.
ACCUSED: Kong Hee, Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee (above) outside court yesterday.
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Bass up your music with these headphones

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