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John Terry wants to play for England at World Cup

Terry's England U-turn! Disgraced former captain wants to play in World Cup

ahead of Ferdinand, can pick the pair for the fixtures against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and the trip to Brazil on June 2.

Terry’s U-turn comes days after he snubbed outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein at the Champions League handover in London.

Bernstein took the England armband away from Terry during a phone call last February after it was announced Terry would stand trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over the incident with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

Moving on: Terry is prepared to play with Rio Ferdinand despite his clash with Anton Ferdinand (below)

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand

The FA chairman’s handling of the
affair led to Fabio Capello quitting as England head coach four months
before the start of Euro 2012.

But Terry, 32, is ready to end his self-imposed international exile, despite the bad blood with Bernstein.

He announced his international retirement on the eve of the FA hearing into claims that he used ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ towards Anton Ferdinand.

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Terry had already been cleared by
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but an independent FA commission found
him guilty, banning him for four matches and fining him 220,000.

The Chelsea skipper apologised for his inappropriate language in a statement that day and vowed to clean up his act.

His
last game for England was as a substitute in the 5-0 victory over
Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in September. He served a four-match
domestic ban for the Anton Ferdinand affair, but the FA did not impose
an international ban because the defender had already decided to quit
England.

Retrospective action from the FA now would raise the argument that he is being punished twice for the same offence.

Hodgson is spending a few days away, but the development will be a surprise to him. He recalled West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro last month after persuading him out of international retirement.

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

England’s manager selected Terry ahead of Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012.

The Chelsea defender, who has a year left on a 150,000-a-week deal, has admitted his club future is in doubt after nearly 15 years at Stamford Bridge. He has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season.

‘I’m not in the strongest position to go knocking on the door and I understand I can’t be around forever,’ he said.

‘Wherever I go after Chelsea it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans, that’s just not me.

‘My future depends on who the manager is next season, but I’ll wait for the club. I’ve got a great relationship with the guys who make those decisions.’

Bernie: Oddball comedy drama is trying something different that"s not quite working

Oddball comedy drama Bernie is trying something different that's not quite working

By
Chris Tookey

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00:42 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Bernie (12A)

Verdict: Oddball comedy-drama

U.S. writer-director Richard Linklater has made a weird little biopic about a real-life, small-town mortician and murderer, well loved in his local community of Carthage, Texas.

The role is embraced by Jack Black, who is on good, if muted, form. He makes Bernie a well-intentioned, churchgoing innocent, cruelly exploited by the affluent widow (Shirley MacLaine) he was eventually accused of slaughtering.

The reason this is a curious film is that it’s interspersed by mockumentary footage of locals (played by actors but often quoting real witnesses) enthusing about Bernie. Little sympathy is extended towards his victim.

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Jack Black doesn't quite make it all the way as Bernie

Jack Black doesn't quite make it all the way as Bernie

One resident even comes out with the justification: ‘It’s not as bad as people say — he only shot her four times, not five.’

The story is too one-paced and monotonous to capture a big audience, and falls midway between comedy and drama, but Black gives his most nuanced performance in years.

I didn’t find it very entertaining, but it is at least trying something different.

User: Jack Black's Bernie takes advantage of lonely Shirley MacLaine's affluent widow

User: Jack Black's Bernie takes advantage of lonely Shirley MacLaine's affluent widow

Weird biopic: Jack Black embraces role

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Denise Van Outen heads out armed with an overnight bag amid rumours of marriage trouble with Lee Mead

Going somewhere Stony-faced Denise Van Outen heads out with an overnight bag amid rumours of marriage trouble with Lee Mead

By
Kelby Mcnally

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16:55 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Despite all the rumours that her marriage to Lee Mead is on the rocks over the past couple of months, Denise Van Outen has rarely been spotted without a smile on her face.

But it looks as though the strain is finally getting to the TV star after she stepped out of her house armed with an overnight bag on Friday.

The 38-year-old failed to raise any sort of smile as she headed out of her north London home, speculating that things might not be all rosy in the star's marriage.

Going somewhere Denise emerges from her North London home with an overnight bag

Going somewhere Denise emerges from her North London home with an overnight bag

The former Strictly contestant wore dark sunglasses as she clambered into the back of the car, without even a glimpse of her husband.

Denise kept her outfit plain in black jeans and a slogan jumper, completing her outfit with a cropped leather jacket.

Speculation has been mounting as the couple have not been seen together for some time, and Denise even revealed in an interview they were leading very separate lives.

The star has been battling troubled marriage rumours for the past couple of months

The star has been battling troubled marriage rumours for the past couple of months

The star has been battling troubled marriage rumours for the past couple of months

She admitted she hasn't spent much time with West End star Lee, 31, who has been going back and forward to Los Angeles for auditions.

She told Now magazine: 'To be honest, it is really difficult. We just haven't seen each other.

'I started on Strictly in September and we've been like passing ships in the night. I'm not going to lie, it's been a massive strain on the relationship.'

The former Strictly star admitted that it has been the 'hardest few months'

The former Strictly star admitted that it has been the 'hardest few months'

Denise and her husband Lee Mead haven't been seen together for some time, speculating that the pair have split

Denise and her husband Lee Mead haven't been seen together for some time, speculating that the pair have split

Denise – who takes turns in looking after their two-year-old daughter Betsy while Lee is at work – admitted that the past few months have been hard.

'We haven't really spent any proper time together for six months…' she said.

'I'd say this has been the hardest few months out of all our time together.'

Denise and Lee mark their fourth wedding anniversary this month, with daughter Betsy turning three next month.

The couple famously met on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007, but didn't go public until months after the show ended.

Trouble in paradise Denise and Lee, who have a daughter together, celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary this month

Trouble in paradise Denise and Lee, who have a daughter together, celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary this month

Daniel Radcliffe sparks concern with his gaunt and exhausted appearance

What happened to Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe sparks concern with his gaunt and exhausted appearance

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Daily Mail Reporter

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13:38 GMT, 26 April 2013

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14:12 GMT, 26 April 2013

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He was once the fresh-faced young actor who hit the big time when he was cast as teenage wizard Harry Potter.

But Daniel Radcliffe has certainly come a long way from Hogwarts, judging by his exhausted and gaunt appearance as he stepped out in London on Friday morning.

The 23-year-old actor looked ghostly pale with dark circles around his eyes as he arrived at the BBC Radio 2 studios for an interview with Chris Evans at just after 8am.

Exhausted: Daniel Radcliffe sparked concern with his gaunt and tired appearance as he arrived at the BBC Radio 2 studios in London early on Friday morning

Exhausted: Daniel Radcliffe sparked concern with his gaunt and tired appearance as he arrived at the BBC Radio 2 studios in London early on Friday morning

Transformation: Daniel has come a long way from Hogwarts - with dark circles around his eyes and an incredibly pale complexion

Transformation: Daniel has come a long way from Hogwarts - with dark circles around his eyes and an incredibly pale complexion

Transformation: Daniel has come a long way from Hogwarts – with dark circles around his eyes and an incredibly pale complexion

Wearing an open-neck checked shirt,
with a grey blazer and cord trousers, Daniel took time to sign
autographs for fans outside the studios before heading inside.

But fans could be forgiven for
getting concerned about the way Daniel looked, with the actor looking unshaven and dishevelled for the outing.

The British actor revealed previously how he had to give up drinking after becoming too reliant on alcohol, but is regularly photographed smoking cigarettes.

Since starring in the Harry Potter
franchise, Daniel has been concentrating more on his theatre career, and
can soon be seen in upcoming play The Cripple Of Inishmaan.

Dishevelled: Daniel wore an open-neck checked shirt and went unshaven for the outing

Dishevelled: Daniel wore an open-neck checked shirt and went unshaven for the outing

Meeting the fans: Daniel took the time to meet fans and sign autographs ahead of going in for the interview

Meeting the fans: Daniel took the time to meet fans and sign autographs ahead of going in for the interview

Speaking about starting rehearsals for the production on Monday, Daniel told Evans: 'It's
quite nerve wracking – meeting everybody for the first time. Apart from
me and a couple of other people, most of the cast is Irish.

'So for the non-Irish members of the
cast, we will be thinking about the accent a lot. But I'm looking
forward to meeting everybody and getting started.'

And asked if he has prepared ahead of
the first day of rehearsals, Daniel said: 'I've learnt my lines. Some
actors like to go in and learn it as they go but if I don't do that I
will stress about it. I'm not that kind of a laidback guy, I have to do
the work beforehand.

'It's just about repetition – I just read them over and over again to learn them, and also read them out loud.'

As well as his stage career, Daniel
also had several films coming out over the next few months, including
Kill Your Darlings, in which he stars a poet Allen Ginsberg, and fantasy
drama Horns.

Mike Tyson: Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ"s pigeons?

Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ Tyson's pigeons

By
Mike Dawes

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11:33 GMT, 26 April 2013

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He's famous as a fearsome fighter, but Mike Tyson has a surprising soft spot for his beloved pigeons.

And now the former heavy weight champion has revealed he was traumatised after an unnamed ex-girlfriend cooked and ate one of his birds in front of him.

The 46-year-old, who has called pigeon racing his 'first love' and at one pointed owned up to 350 birds, recalled the incident during a interview on US sports talk-radio show Boomer & Carton.

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Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

When asked if he had ever eaten one
of his animals, he said: 'I tried. I was dating this young lady and she
said, “I don’t know why you’re flying those damn birds, you should be
eating them.”

'She happened to grab one and — and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn’t do it.'

'You loved that pigeon so much,' host Craig Carton responded.

'Well, ‘cause he’s got a relationship with the pigeons,' co-host Boomer Esiason interjected.

'It just wasn’t the right thing to do,' Tyson added. 'That’s why she’s not my woman anymore.'

Audio: Mike Tyson says ex-girlfriend ate one of his beloved…

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Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Challenger Evander Holyfield lands a left to the face of Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

When
asked why he even allowed the ex-girlfriend to eat the bird in the
first place, Tyson responded: 'It was her house and we were living off
of her dime, so she could do [it].'

The Hangover star, who infamously bit Evander Holyfield ear in a 1997 fight, has previously said he adored birds since he nine.

'They were my escape,' he said. 'I was fat and ugly. Kids teased me all the time. The only joy I had was pigeons.'

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Mike Tyson and Monica Turner

Mike Tyson and Luz Whitney

Days gone by: Tyson with ex-girlfriends Monica Turner (left) and Luz Whitney

Inter Milan fined 38,000 by UEFA after fans racially abuse Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Inter fined 38,000 after racial abuse of Spurs' Adebayor during Europa League tie

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16:17 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Inter Milan have been fined 45,000 euros (around 37,900) for 'the improper conduct of their fans' during the Europa League tie against Tottenham on March 14 in which striker Emmanuel Adebayor was racially abused.

Adebayor, who scored in the second leg tie in the San Siro as Tottenham progressed on away goals, and his team-mates were the victims of abuse by Inter fans waving an inflatable banana.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas implored UEFA to act after the match, which Spurs lost 4-1, pointing out Inter's black record for such incidents.

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Tottenham against Inter Milan

Inter were fined only 43,000 by Serie A officials after former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during February's Milan derby and Villas-Boas pleaded with UEFA to hand out a more severe punishment this time.

Earlier in the season Lazio were also fined for racist chanting in their Group J tie at White Hart Lane in September and were reprimanded again for racist behaviour in November's return game.

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UEFA take 1 million pounds from English TV money pot for Champions League fixture clashes

UEFA take more than 1MILLION quid from the English TV money pot for scheduling fixtures on Champions League nights

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16:09 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UEFA have taken more than a million pounds from the English clubs' pot of Champions League television money for scheduling domestic matches against the competition.

The 1.3million euro fine was imposed after UEFA's disciplinary panel found 'clashes relating to the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.'

The cash, which relates to 10 per cent of payments that were due to The Football Association in 2010-2011, was previously withheld.

Fine: UEFA have fined English clubs more than a million pounds for scheduling domestic matches against the Champions League. UEFA President Michel Platini stands with the trophy

Fine: UEFA have fined English clubs more than a million pounds for scheduling domestic matches against the Champions League. UEFA President Michel Platini stands with the trophy

Heartbreak: The fines relate to the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in the former, and Leo Messi (centre) broke Manchester United hearts at Wembley the following year

Heartbreak: The fines relate to the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in the former, and Leo Messi (centre) broke Manchester United hearts at Wembley the following year

UEFA says the money will be spread among clubs in other countries, with the majority of it to be spent on youth training.

The FA have also been fined 50,000 euros (42,000) for their involvement.

English officials are said to have been repeatedly warned about league and cup matches clashing with the Champions League.

A UEFA statement said it will 'establish a working group, which will involve representatives of the FA, in order to avoid calendar clashes in future.'

Return of the Special One: Jose Mourinho (centre) returned to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2010 - his Inter side went on to win the competition

Return of the Special One: Jose Mourinho (centre) returned to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2010 – his Inter side went on to win the competition

One fixture that invoked UEFA's anger was Liverpool's 3-0 derby win in March 2012, the game Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick.

At the time the Premier League said that clashes are sometimes unavoidable and refused to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Speaking in April 2012, Dan Johnson, the Premier League's communications director, said: 'We have refused to sign the MOU because although we would never seek to go head-to-head with European games, sometimes it's inevitable.

'We don't believe Uefa have the right to say when domestic leagues can and can't schedule their fixtures, especially when Uefa have themselves increased the number of European nights by spreading out their match days and moving the Champions League final to a Saturday.'

Fixture clash: Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton in March 2012, a night when Champions League matches were taking place

Fixture clash: Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton in March 2012, a night when Champions League matches were taking place

Beach volleyball initiative launched by Zara Dampney

Give it a go! Team GB star Dampney gets behind new beach volleyball initiative

Olympics, the British public are being given the chance to try it for themselves.

The sport was one of the highlights of the Games as crowds flocked to the Horse Guards Parade last summer.

And Team GB star Zara Dampney is hoping a new initiative can encourage more people to take the fast-paced, action-packed discipline.

Zara Dampney

Zara Dampney

Best of British: Zoe Dampney was part of Team GB and the beach volleyball squad at London 2012

The Go Spike Big Weekend, which runs from May 25-27, offers the chance to take part in beach, indoor, outdoor and sitting volleyball at various venues across England.

'I’m incredibly excited about the Go Spike Big Weekend and think it will be a fantastic showcase of everything volleyball has to offer,' Dampney said. 'Everyone from kids to retired people should experience the enjoyment and the health benefits of volleyball.

'People don’t realise just how accessible volleyball is – there are facilities for all versions of the sport right across the country, and I hope that once people give it a go they will join up and make volleyball a regular part of their lives and enjoy it just as much as I do.'

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

For further information on the Go Spike Big Weekend and details of events across England visit www.gospike.net

Louis Oosthuizen hits 500-yard tee-shot at Ballantine"s Championship

Happy Gilmore! Oosthuizen hits 500-yard tee-shot but can only manage par as the ball takes a long stroll down country path

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Mike Dawes

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11:24 GMT, 26 April 2013

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15:02 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Louis Oosthuizen already averages more than 300 yards per drive on the European Tour this season, but not usually in the manner he did in the Ballantine's Championship today.

Oosthuizen's tee-shot on the 583-yard first hole at Blackstone Golf Club was pushed right of the fairway and bounced onto a winding cart path running down the side of the hole.

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Big hitter: Oosthuizen regularly hits over 300 yards on the European TourEuropean

Big hitter: Oosthuizen regularly hits over 300 yards on the European Tour

It then rolled downhill for more than a minute and a half, picking up speed after almost coming to a halt at one point and trundling past two bemused spectators before coming to a halt against a kerb – around 500 yards from the tee.

From there the world number seven took a free drop and pitched back onto the fairway, eventually recording a par five on his way to a round of 71 and four-under-par halfway total of 140.

It is still not known whether Oosthuizen's drive ended up further than the previous longest hit in tournament history – courtesy of 64-year-old Mike Austin, who hit 515 yards on a 450-yard par 4 in Las Vegas.

Stroll: The South African's drive rolled for a minute and a half down a path, and he ended up making par

Stroll: The South African's drive rolled for a minute and a half down a path, and he ended up making par

That way! Oosthuizen stands with his caddie Wynand Stander on the tenth hole in South Korea

That way! Oosthuizen stands with his caddie Wynand Stander on the tenth hole in South Korea

Robin van Persie will ignore Arsenal boos – Sir Alex Ferguson

Boos won't bother Robin! Ferguson urges Van Persie to ignore dissenting Arsenal fans

By
Chris Wheeler

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11:53 GMT, 26 April 2013

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13:00 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Sir Alex Ferguson has told Robin van Persie to ignore the Arsenal boo boys on his first return to the Emirates this Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side will give Ferguson’s newly-crowned Premier League champions a guard of honour at the Emirates, but Van Persie is assured of a hot reception after leaving the Gunners for United in a 24million move last summer.

It has paid off with the Dutchman’s hat-trick against Aston Villa on Monday securing his first title winner’s medal, but the Arsenal fans will be less understanding.

Lending a hand: Former United player Bryan Robson was at United's training this morning

Lending a hand: Former United player Bryan Robson was at United's training this morning

WENGER'S TAKE

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants fans of the north London club to show respect for their former player Robin van Persie.

Click here to read Wenger's opinion

‘I don’t really bother about it and I don’t think Robin should bother about it either,’ said Ferguson.

‘There was a bit of booing when he
played against Arsenal at Old Trafford and you probably expect a portion
of the fans to do that. That’s the modern generation and modern
society, I’m afraid.

‘But I’m glad Arsene has done that
(guard of honour) because when they came to Old Trafford some years back
and Wiltord scored the only goal we did that, and that’s what great
clubs should do.’

Ferguson said that he understands why
Arsenal are so upset over losing one of their prize assets but believes
they have to look to the future now.

Back to business: Robin van Persie (left) and his team-mates were training after their title triumph

Back to business: Robin van Persie (left) and his team-mates were training after their title triumph

Man in the middle: Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley (left) practise their ball skills

Man in the middle: Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley (left) practise their ball skills

He added: ‘I know about the Tottenham derby but United have been Arsenal’s biggest rivals over the last 20 years.

‘It doesn’t sit well with their fans, and nor with Arsene for that matter, but it does happen and you just have to move on.

‘Arsenal have moved on now. They’re
challenging for a Champions League place and have every chance of doing
so, and they still play as attractive foot as anyone in the league.’

Antonio Valencia

Danny Welbeck

Relaxed Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck look calm after they helped clinch the title on Monday