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Cristiano Ronaldo v Gareth Bale – a comparison

Bale v Ronaldo… but how do the Spur of the moment and the Real deal compare


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So, while Bale is the best player in the Premier League at the moment – certainly the best of British – he has some way to go before he catches Ronaldo.

But if he keeps on playing like he is, you never know. The Spur of the moment could indeed become the Real deal.

VIDEO: Watch Bale double up… but Ronaldo goes one better

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India v England: Cheteshwar Pujara denies Monty Panesar on day one of second Test in Mumbai

Pujara denies Monty a Bollywood ending… but Panesar is in desperate need of help from rest of England's attack



11:51 GMT, 23 November 2012

India v England: second Test, day one

Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar marked his Test return with four wickets but could find no way past Cheteshwar Pujara as the tireless India number three once again confounded England.

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How do you solve a problem like Pujara If the question is an obvious one, the answer remains elusive. And that elusiveness could well cost England this series.

For about two-thirds of today’s play in Mumbai, the story belonged to Monty Panesar. Mistakenly overlooked for the first Test, he was bowling with his old verve and accuracy, and when he removed MS Dhoni in the second over after tea to leave India 169 for 6, Panesar had four of India’s wickets.

Impenetrable defence: Cheteshwar Pujara

Impenetrable defence: Cheteshwar Pujara

But Cheteshwar Pujara had 77 of those runs, which – as we learned at Ahmedabad – is the kind of score he regards merely as a basis for negotiation. And while he was still there, on a Wankhede pitch already offering the spinners assistance, India refused to panic.

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Tough day: Graeme Swann could only take the wicket of Yuvraj on day one

Yet where was Panesar’s support Graeme Swann cleaned up Yuvraj Singh with his first ball to him, but otherwise offered little more than thrift. Jimmy Anderson went wicketless after curling the second ball of the day into Gautam Gambhir’s pads. And Stuart Broad looked, well, mundane.

Of course, England are not out of this, so long as they conjure up the spirit of their second innings at Ahmedabad rather than their first. But India have chosen to bat first in 13 Tests here and lost only two, one of them when Ian Botham produced one of his tours de force in the Golden Jubilee Test in 1979-80.

Anything less than a first-innings lead of approaching three figures will probably leave England with too much to do. Stuff it up tomorrow, and the dream of a first series win in India for nearly three decades will evaporate into the Mumbai evening air.

Leeds takeover talks continuing – Ken Bates

Slowly but surely: Bates confirms Leeds takeover talks are continuing



18:43 GMT, 18 September 2012

Leeds remain the subject of a takeover bid but it is only progressing slowly, according to chairman Ken Bates.

The Elland Road club announced on June 26 they had entered an exclusivity period with potential investors but 84 days later, the situation remains unresolved.

Leeds have only released a statement to confirm that the exclusivity period had ended but talks remain on going.

In talks: Ken Bates confirmed Leeds are the subject of a takeover bid

In talks: Ken Bates confirmed Leeds are the subject of a takeover bid

And 80-year-old Bates said: 'Despite the confidentiality agreement, stories keep appearing with varying degrees of accuracy as evidenced by the statements put out by LUST (Leeds United Supporters Trust).

'That included a TV interview that said a deal was 'imminent'. It wasn't then and is progressing slowly now. In football everybody expects everything now – but the real world is different.'

Writing in the club programme ahead of Tuesday's clash with Hull, Bates added: 'The current situation is that as I write, the appropriate documents have not been finalised between the lawyers.'

In charge: Leeds manager Neil Warnock hopes to win promotion

In charge: Leeds manager Neil Warnock hopes to win promotion

GFH Capital, who are working on the deal on behalf of a Middle Eastern consortium, have sent representatives to one of United's games this season but have not made any comment on the nature of the talks.

Disgruntled Leeds fans have arranged a protest against Bates, who they accuse of putting off-field investments before the purchase of players, ahead of and during Tuesday's game.

David Beckham plays Beethoven"s Ode To Joy

Drum 'n' Becks! Beckham hits the right notes playing Beethoven classic



13:53 GMT, 22 May 2012

Classical music and football do not team up often, but when they do it produces superb results.

The Champions League music or the Nessun Dorma at Italia 90 are fine examples, but now Beethoven has made his mark – albeit with a slight twist and help from a master in his own field.

David Beckham was on hand to make his musical debut, but he wasn’t about to show off his talent with a musical instrument without using that trusty right foot and a football.

In an advert to promote the Samsung Galaxy, the LA Galaxy midfielder displays stunning accuracy and timing as he fires footballs at a 15ft wall of 40 drums to play Beethoven’s masterpiece ‘Ode to Joy.’

Normally it’s fair to assume some camera trickery and fine editing has gone into production to deliver the final result, but Beckham’s track record means it’s safe to guess he achieved all of it himself…in one take as well.

If he is picked, Team GB looks in good hands this summer in London, but even Roy Hodgson might be regretting his Euro 2012 squad on this evidence.

Sami Hyypia signs new Leverkusen deal

Hyypia rewarded with new deal after transforming Leverkusen's fortunes



09:25 GMT, 15 May 2012

Bayer Leverkusen will stick with the coaching duo of Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski after the pair signed three-year deals, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool and Leverkusen player Hyypia, who has been named team chief, and coach Lewandowski had taken over troubled Leverkusen in April on an interim basis.

They managed to turn their season around by helping the team win 14 of a maximum 18 points in the last six league games to finish in fifth place and secure a Europa League spot.

Main man: Sami Hyypia will remain in charge of Leverkusen

Main man: Sami Hyypia will remain in charge of Leverkusen

'Sascha Lewandowski and Sami Hyypia showed in the last six games that they can lead the team with a mix of competence, accuracy, charisma and composure,' said club boss Wolfgang Holzhaeuser.

'This refreshing combination allows us to look towards our sporting future with a lot of optimism.'

David Beckham – could he help Team GB?

Martin Keown: Could Team GB learn a little something from Beckham

Anyone who is part of Team GB should be there on merit and that certainly applies to David Beckham.

Yes, Beckham is an iconic figure who will put bums on seats, but he also has plenty to offer on the pitch. Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are still three of the best strikers of a ball around and if Beckham was still at Manchester United he would be as important to the club as are his former team-mates.

England expected: Martin Keown has backed David Beckham to feature for Team GB at the London Olympics

England expected: Martin Keown has backed David Beckham to feature for Team GB at the London Olympics

They are modern-day Peter Pans and it will be so hard for each of them when they finally have to hang up their boots. The footballers in the Olympic squad would learn from Beckham all the time about what it means to be a winner. His crossing ability is phenomenal too. I remember scoring against Malta from a ball he put in and I couldn’t miss, such was the precision of the in-swinging cross.

Eyes on the ball: Beckham has made no secret his desire to be selected

Eyes on the ball: Beckham has made no secret his desire to be selected

The accuracy of his passing means he still has plenty to offer in the middle of the park. If Giggs can do it, why can’t he

He is a brave player too, always looking to play a killer pass or score a winning goal. Those qualities would be a massive asset to the team. His professionalism also sets him apart.

Every time we went anywhere with England, the attention he received was unbelievable but he was just concerned with what was happening on the pitch, and that is impressive considering there was so much going on around him. He is a perfectionist.

His boots are designed to fit his feet perfectly and he has a different pair for each game so they are crisp and perfect. I like that attention to detail — the sort Team GB can benefit from.