Rugby Union - Clermont backed for Euro glory
Head coach Rob Baxter has tipped Clermont-Auvergne for Heineken Cup success this season, having seen his Exeter Chiefs outfit beaten 46-12 by the French side. Thirty-six unanswered points gave Clermont a convincing victory at the weekend, with the Frenchmen 9/2 with bet365 to be crowned European club champions this season. Baxter said: "I think some of what we saw from them in the second half was exceptional. "I think that, if they continue to play like they played in the second half, you may have your favourites for the Heineken Cup there." Clermont have yet to reach the Heineken Cup final.
Soccer - Reina targets derby return
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina hopes to have overcome a hamstring problem in time to feature in the Merseyside derby at Everton on Sunday. The Spain international missed the 1-0 win at home to Reading last weekend, with Brad Jones stepping in to keep a much-needed clean sheet. However, Reina is hopeful of being back in action at Goodison Park on Sunday, telling his club's official website: "I'm getting better, little by little. "It wasn't worth taking any risks because you risk it getting worse. I'll be patient and get really good." The Reds will head into the derby boosted by the knowledge that they have lost only one of the previous seven meetings between the two teams, that a 2-0 loss in the corresponding fixture to this weekend in October 2010. Liverpool are 8/5 with bet365 to triumph at Goodison on Sunday, with the draw 23/10 and an Everton victory 17/10.
Cricket - Strauss: KP return needs to work
Former captain Andrew Strauss has urged all concerned parties to make sure that Kevin Pietersen's return to the England fold is a successful one. Pietersen has been added to the squad for the upcoming Test series in India, with England 5/1 with bet365 to win the series. Alastair Cook has taken over the captaincy from the now-retired Strauss, who believes that England's hopes will be significantly improved by the availability of Pietersen, who averages in excess of 62 in Tests against India. Strauss told BBC Sport: "An England side with him in it that is harmonious and all working in the same direction is the best-case scenario and everyone needs to make sure that's what actually happens. "If they can make it work then obviously England will be a better side with KP in it, because he's an outstanding player.