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Pep Guardiola loves Raheem Sterling—why can't the rest of us? Weary contrition. Raheem Sterling seemed to know what was coming. Awarded Sky Sports' man of the match for his part in Manchester City 's convincing 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Wembley Stadium that moved them to within one win of the Premier League title—or, as it turned out, one Manchester United aberration—Sterling cut the figure of a man who could live without a lump of plastic for his mantle piece if it meant avoiding the inevitable. After Sterling dutifully answered questions on whether the win had ended a crisis stretching all of three matches, journalist Geoff Shreeves didn't miss a beat as talk turned to profligacy. Full story

16 April