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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

Luis Suarez followed by Mike Tyson on Twitter after biting Branislav Ivanovic

Iron Mike shows solidarity with fellow infamous biter Suarez… by following him on Twitter!

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00:52 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:30 GMT, 22 April 2013

Luis Suarez might have had a sleepless night after facing the furore over his shocking bite of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but he does have some good news – he's gained a new follower on Twitter.

His new subscriber is none other than Mike Tyson, who surely would have felt sympathy for the Liverpool striker, having sparked a biting storm of his own after the former heavyweight champion bit Evander Holyfield on the ear in 1997.

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic, while Mike Tyson gets a taste of Evander Holyfield

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic, while Mike Tyson gets a taste of Evander Holyfield

MIKE TYSON BITES EVANDER HOLYFIELD EAR DURING THEIR FIGHT

Suarez sank his teeth into Ivanovic's arm midway through the second half of the 2-2 draw, before going on to score in the dying seconds to steal Liverpool a point.

Liverpool have confirmed the striker will face a club sanction while the Uruguayan faces a wait to hear of any disciplinary action from the FA.

Tyson knows all about the fall-out of
biting an opponent, being disqualified from the world title fight and
fined 2 million after taking a chunk out of Holyfield's ear.

Perhaps he could Tweet Suarez a few tips on how to stop all the cannibal jokes…

Following: Tyson's profile revealed he had subscribed to Suarez's page just after the biting incident

Following: Tyson's profile revealed he had subscribed to Suarez's page just after the biting incident

Holyfield

Ivanovic

Victims: Evander Holyfield grimaces after Tyson's attack (left), while Ivanovic points out the incident (right)

VIDEO Mike Tyson bites off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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Roberto Mancini praises Vincent Kompany as Manchester City thrash Newcastle

Kompany is key for City: Mancini pleased to have his captain back from injury

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Simon Stone, Press Association

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21:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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21:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hailed the influence of captain courageous Vincent Kompany after the Blues romped to their biggest Premier League win since November.

On his first appearance after two months out with a calf problem, Kompany netted City's third in a 4-0 triumph over Newcastle that consolidates their second-placed position in the table.

Little wonder Mancini was so concerned at Kompany being called into World Cup action for Belgium last week, given his obvious importance to the Blues.

Mobbed: Manchester City's players celebrate with Vincent Kompany after he scored his side's third goal against Newcastle

Mobbed: Manchester City's players celebrate with Vincent Kompany after he scored his side's third goal against Newcastle

'Vinnie is important for us,' said Mancini. 'We played without him for 60 days, which was very bad for us, like when we lost Yaya Toure for a month. 'There are some players that are very important and if they don't play for three, four, five games it is a big problem.'

Kompany turned home a Gareth Barry strike at the start of the second half to snuff out any hope of a Newcastle revival after Carlos Tevez – with his seventh in six games – and David Silva had put the hosts in command before half-time.

Yaya Toure increased City's lead before the end and with Sergio Aguero also returning from a knee injury, the Blues will head into their April 8 Manchester derby meeting with United at Old Trafford in confident mood, even if their Premier League title defence is almost over.

'It is impossible we can win the title but it is important to finish the season well,” said Mancini, whose side will discover their FA Cup semi-final opponents on Monday when Chelsea entertain United.

'If we play like this we won't have a problem in the last couple of months of the season.

'We want that second place and to win the FA Cup semi-final.'

Mancini confirmed defender Matija Nastastic had been ruled out by a foot injury sustained on international duty, although the Serbian is not expected to be missing for long.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted his side were second best, a situation that would have been the same even if they had been at full strength.

'I think we might have struggled against that Manchester City side even with my best team,” he said. “Kompany gives them an assurance and a presence at the back that they might have been missing in other games.

Taking the applause: Kompany claps the City fans as he is substituted

Taking the applause: Kompany claps the City fans as he is substituted

Key man: Roberto Mancini is pleased to have Kompany back in the side

Key man: Roberto Mancini is pleased to have Kompany back in the side

'I don't think City are going to win the league and in the first half they had an assurance about them that comes from playing with no pressure.'

The same cannot be said of Newcastle. Whilst Thursday's Europa League quarter-final with Benfica sprinkles some stardust on their season, the spectre of relegation is growing.

The Magpies are now just three points above the drop zone and Pardew accepts they have some scrapping ahead of them if his side are to preserve their top-flight status.

'I don't think we ever thought we were out of it,' said Pardew.

Montenegro mayhem is nothing new for England

Montenegro mayhem is nothing new for England as Roy's boys return to Podgorica

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Back again: England have played in Podgorica before, in a qualifier for Euro 2012…

Back again: England have played in Podgorica before, in a qualifier for Euro 2012...

A picture of Bent in action features prominently in the programme for tomorrow's game but these days he cannot hold down at place at Aston Villa and among Roy Hodgson's big decisions ahead of his big night is who to pair with Rooney.

The stadium will rattle with noise. Pictures have been painted of a hostile reception from the local fans but if the last visit is anything to go by this will be nothing more sinister than a spirited reception for a newly-independent nation.

...and the home fans celebrated on the pitch after watching their team secure a draw

…and the home fans celebrated on the pitch after watching their team secure a draw

As so often in this part of the world, the football team has given the former Yugoslav states a platform to show who they are and what they stand form.

The people of Montenegro provide a warm welcome. The fervour inside the stadium is because this little team is proudly punching above its weight.

Scoring for fun: England will find it much tougher in Montenegro than they did in San Marino on Friday

Scoring for fun: England will find it much tougher in Montenegro than they did in San Marino on Friday

Teams emerge from a tunnel in the corner of this 12,000-capactiy ground, beneath the noisiest of the supporters.

The game in October 2011 culminated in a pitch invasion but this was due mainly to the euphoria of the team's progress into the play-offs.

What Hodgson can be sure of is that it will be uncomfortable and many of those in his team were not on the pitch the last time.

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Branko Brnovic's team will be disciplined and tight at the back, reliant upon the star strikers Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic to provide the magic up front, perhaps pinch a goal which will turn the pressure on England.

How can they can cope That will be the test.

Rooney's red is a warning to them all. They must manage their frustration and they must think clearly amid the din.

Oscar Pistorius shooting: How the South African icon was driven by anger

Icon who fell to earth: Poster boy Pistorius had scars that ran so deep

During an interview with Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria last year, our conversation turned to how the South African’s prosthetic legs affected the way he runs. Pistorius had been training on the grass track at the city’s university and it was striking that he moved in an ungainly, fidgety way.

He shifted his weight from side to side when he was not running. Those 2,600 carbon-fibre blades defined him as one of the most iconic athletes on the planet, but they looked cumbersome; painful even.

Questions turned to how being a double amputee impacted on his training regime. How was he able to compete with rivals who were born with fibulae, the bones that connect your knees to your ankles

Historic: Oscar Pistorius in Olympic action in London last year

Historic: Oscar Pistorius in Olympic action in London last year

Pistorius’s oft-repeated argument for his inclusion in able-bodied athletics was ‘there are tens of thousands of people using the same prosthetics I use and there’s no-one running the same times’, but what made Pistorius different from the rest

When asked what it would mean to become the first double amputee to run at the Olympic Games, a remarkable feat he duly achieved some five months later, it was clear he was irritated. Suddenly, the mild exterior of one of sport’s most famous faces clouded over. Pistorius became fractious and prickly.

‘It’s pretty similar to any other athlete,’ said Pistorius. ‘I think it’s a reward for any athlete, after years of training, to progress to a competition like that.’

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

He was not being modest, just evasive. Pistorius, after all, was not just ‘any athlete’. He redefined what it is to run fast. He challenged the traditional perception of what a sprinter looks like.

Inspirational is a word too often attached to athletes, but it is a description that accurately reflects what Pistorius has achieved on a 400metre track.

His parents took the decision to have his legs amputated below the knees when he was just 11 months old, yet he became a symbol of battling against adversity, recognised across the globe.

No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

The speed of Pistorius’s rise to prominence has only been beaten by the swiftness with which he has fallen since reports came in of the shooting in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In 2007, the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, said Pistorius’s prosthesic limbs gave him an unfair advantage but he fought the ruling and saw it overturned the following year.

He did not just challenge legislation, however, he transcended athletics and certainly Para-athletics, testing ideas and dividing opinion about what is right and wrong and acceptable in competitive sport.

Happier times: Oscar Pistorius had been with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a couple of months

Happier times: Oscar Pistorius had been with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a couple of months

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE BLADE RUNNER

Born November 1986 without the fibula, the bone that connects the knee to the ankle, in each leg. Has both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday.

January 2004 Takes up athletics, initially to recover from a rugby injury.

June 2004 Receives his first pair of Ossur Flex-Foot Cheetah legs, Pistorius’ blades.

August 2004 Wins gold and bronze in the T44 200m and 100m at the Paralympics in Athens.

July 2007 Competes for the first time internationally against able-bodied athletes in Rome.

November 2007 Undergoes clinical tests and is then banned from IAAF competition. The organisation say Pistorius’ blades give him an unfair advantage.

May 2008 The Court of Arbitration for Sport over-rules the IAAF decision.

September 2008 Misses qualification for the Olympics by 0.7secs, but wins three golds at the Paralympics in Beijing.

January 2011 Wins three IPC world titles but loses for the first time in seven years over 100m.

August 2011 Qualifies for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Wins silver in the 4x400m relay, but misses out on a place in South Africa’s team for the final.

August 2012 Becomes the first double amputee to run at the Olympic Games, reaching the semi-finals of the 400m and the final of the 4x400m. Carries the South African flag at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and then wins a silver and two gold medals in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

February 2013 Charged with murder after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is shot dead.

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD MINE

Pistorius’ exploits made him the most famous Paralympic athlete on the planet and one of the sports’ top earners.

Estimated net worth: 3.2million

Estimated sponsorship deals: 3m (inc Nike and BT)

He is the highest-paid Paralympian in the world and last year was rated the eighth highest-paid Olympic athlete.

Yet, despite the countless awards and myriad appearances on chat shows and glossy magazines around the world in his crusade to be seen as a role model, the Blade Runner’s brand continued to be underpinned by his achievements on the track.

His attempt to break the 45-second barrier was set to continue this season before yesterday’s events. Pistorius had spent the last month training with British 400m runner Martyn Rooney in South Africa and was scheduled to contest two events in Australia in March.

He seemed calmer and more at ease than in the frenzied run-up to London 2012 but the burning desire to achieve, the drive that saw him lose 17kg in weight and change his body shape dramatically, remained.

Pistorius has never been afraid to set himself targets. He won three Paralympic gold medals in Beijing after failing to qualify for the Olympics and then told the world he would not miss out again in London. That he achieved that dream by reaching the semi-finals of the 400m is a testament to his self-belief and determination.

Seeing Pistorius swap race numbers with Kirani James, who eventually won 400m gold, after their semi-final provided one of the most touching moments of the Games, yet the South African’s participation was always going to be more significant than his performance.

It was not until the Paralympics that we saw the true sporting icon Pistorius had become. He was the poster boy of the Games; the good-looking South African plastered over adverts for Nike, Thierry Mugler, Oakley and BT in deals worth an estimated 3m a year, a figure that ranks him among athletics’ top earners.

When I visited him last February there was a copy of GQ magazine on the coffee table, heralding Pistorius as South Africa’s best-dressed man. The Blade Runner was the first and, possibly, only Paralympian whom many would have been able to name before the Games began. But then, suddenly, the halo slipped.

Pistorius lost his T44 200m crown to Alan Oliveira and claimed that the Brazilian’s blades were too long. His comments were not only ironic, given his continued insistence that blades did not give him an unfair advantage, but unsportsmanlike and deeply disrespectful. Yet, in the eyes of many, his outburst was the moment the Paralympics became relevant. This was elite sport we could relate to, argue over and dissect. And Pistorius was at the heart of it.

He comfortably retained his 400m crown and won another gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay, but he lost his 100m title in the stand-out race of the Paralympics. It was not Oscar’s name but that of 19-year-old Briton, Jonnie Peacock that was chanted by the sell-out crowd in the Olympic Stadium that evening.

Would there, though, have been a Jonnie without Oscar, the athlete Peacock has described as his ‘hero’ It was Pistorflius’s extraordinary sporting story that seemed to make it possible for a teenager from Cambridge who contracted meningitis when he was five years old.

And now the remarkable narrative of a quite extraordinary athlete has taken the most unimaginable twist.

A BLOODY HISTORY OF TALENT AND TRAGEDY…

Rugby star killed his daughter
Former Springbok rugby player accidentally shot dead his 19-year-old daughter when he mistook her for a car thief in 2004. Her Volkswagen Golf was being driven out of the driveway of their family home at 5am and he shot the driver from his bedroom window, thinking his daughter Marle was in bed.

Troubled end for Belcher
In December 2012, Jovan Belcher, a 25-year-old line-backer for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot his girlfriend dead before driving to the training ground and killing himself in front of his coach. The couple had a three-month-old child.

Life in prison for pitcher Ogawa
Japanese baseball pitcher Hiroshi Ogawa was convicted in September 2005 of killing a 67-year-old woman and was sentenced to life in prison. Deeply in debt, Ogawa stole $20,000 from the chairman of an industrial plant and pushed the housekeeper down the stairs before drowning her in a lake.

Did OJ get away with murder
In June 1994, NFL Hall of Famer OJ Simpson (below) was arrested for the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman but was eventually acquitted. In 2008 he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping and is currently serving 33 years.

Rozier’s seven murders
Former American footballer Robert Rozier played for St Louis Cardinals before joining black supremacist cult ‘The Brotherhood’. He admitted to seven murders and was jailed for 22 years in October 1986 after agreeing to testify against other members of the organisation.

'Suicide bid’ went wrong
Jamaican fast bowler Leslie Hylton, who played in six Tests for the West Indies against England, taking 16 wickets, was hanged in May 1955 for the murder of his wife and remains the only cricketer to have ever been executed. Hylton claimed he had been trying to shoot himself but missed.

Mark Noble tackle on Adel Taarabt – Kevin Quigley"s image of the week

Kevin Quigley: My image of the week – West Ham's Noble crunches in on Taarabt

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Kevin Quigley

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15:53 GMT, 25 January 2013

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My picture of the week is from West Ham's Barclays Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park last weekend.

It is my favourite image because we rarely see proper tackles like this one these days, which limits the amount of nice gritty action shots us photographers can get from a match.

But this picture of West Ham's Mark Noble going in hard on QPR's Adel Taarabt is one that I particularly like.

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India v England: Second ODI, Kochi, score

India v England: Follow the score from the second ODI in Kochi

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00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013

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00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013

England arrive in Kochi for the second one-day international with India on a high after victory in Rajkot.

Alastair Cook's side won the first in the five match series by nine runs to secure a rare victory on the subcontinent.

The momentum of pre-Christmas in the Tests looks to have survived the festive season, with a total of 325 for four staying just out of range for the beleaguered hosts, who leaked wickets with sufficient regularity to get no further than 316 for nine.

Victory for the tourists would heap huge pressure on the hosts who also lost the recent series to rivals Pakistan.

Cook's side head to Ranchi for the third ODI which takes place on Saturday morning.

We are unable to
carry live pictures from the Twenty 20 match in Mumbai due to a dispute
between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
international news organisations.

The BCCI has refused access to
venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images
and other Indian photographic agencies.

MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

Leading from the front: Cook's side are hoping to secure back-to-back wins

Leading from the front: Cook's side are hoping to secure back-to-back wins

Gareth Barry admits Manchester City panic before Reading victory

We panicked! Barry reveals City relief after his late winner over Reading

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Match-winner Gareth Barry admitted panic had almost started to set in before his late heroics salvaged victory for Manchester City over struggling Reading.

The champions had been in danger of dropping vital points to the Barclays Premier League's bottom side before Barry headed home in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

City had gone into the game trailing rivals Manchester United by six points at the top of the table and, after failing to make the most of a clear superiority, had looked like handing their neighbours another boost.

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

But the hosts fought to the end and, despite claims by Reading that he benefited from climbing on the back of Nicky Shorey, Barry rose to meet a David Silva cross to plant home a firm header.

Midfielder Barry said: 'I am relieved and delighted at the same time, to get a goal that late.

'You are starting, probably, to panic, thinking we are going to drop some big points at home again.

'It is difficult, especially when you don't get the breakthrough early.

'The longer the game goes on the more you could see the Reading players growing in confidence.

'They started to believe they could keep us out for the 90 minutes. Even towards the end they were believing they could maybe get the winning goal.'

Royals boss Brian McDermott claimed the decision by referee Mike Dean to award the goal, as well as earlier denying his side a penalty, had ruined his Christmas.

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Barry felt he had merely been playing for the ball.

He said: 'At the time I felt I just got up and Nicky Shorey was just standing there.

'I probably went over the top of him. I'm delighted the referee hasn't seen it as a foul.'

City dominated in all departments and had 17 attempts on goal to their opponents' six, although they did not regularly test goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading showed great defensive resolve throughout and Alex Pearce had two good headed opportunities from corners.

Jay Tabb thought he should have had a penalty after colliding with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second-half counter-attack – when Matija Nastasic might also have escaped with a handball – but Reading's spirited efforts were not rewarded.

City's 2012, particularly their dramatic title success, will be remembered for late goals and they ended their home programme for the year in typical fashion.

Barry, 31, added on City TV: 'You have got to [keep going] at this level. We scored so many late goals last season and a few this year.

'Those late goals can be so important at the end of the season and hopefully that will be another one.'

With three more games to come in just over a week, Barry felt the points were vital to keep the pressure on United.

He said: 'It is very important. When there is a little gap it is important you don't slip away too much further.

'If we can keep chipping away we are going to be there at the end of the season.'

Ronaldo v Zinedine Zidane charity friendly sees star-studded teams face off in Brazil

Ronaldo and Zidane in re-run of 1998 World Cup final head-to-head for charity match

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11:03 GMT, 20 December 2012

A slimmed-down Ronaldo captained his side to victory as he went head-to-head with Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday night in Brazil.

Both players were in charge of star-studded squads in the Ronaldo and friends v Zidane and friends annual charity match.

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Elite: Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane lead out their men for the charity match

Elite: Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane lead out their men for the charity match

Star line-up: Brazilian favourites Ronaldo (fifth left), Neymar (fourth left) and Lucas (third left) were among the players involved

Star line-up: Brazilian favourites Ronaldo (fifth left), Neymar (fourth left) and Lucas (third left) were among the players involved

Payback: Neymar is the middleman as Ronaldo faces up to Zidane (but it's all in good spirits)

Payback: Neymar is the middleman as Ronaldo faces up to Zidane (but it's all in good spirits)

How's that Bebeto celebrates scoring the opener with Neymar (right)

How's that Bebeto celebrates scoring the opener with Neymar (right)

'Fat' Ronaldo no longer!

See how former Brazil superstar Ronaldo shed his weight HERE

The Brazilian's team emerged 3-2 victors, thanks to a late strike by Tottenham target Leandro Damiao.

Legendary Italian referee Pierluigi Collina came out of retirement to officiate the game which will raise funds to support projects to reduce poverty in Brazil and Africa.

In Zidane's side were former greats including Deco, Freddie Ljungberg and Fernando Hierro, as well as futsal star Falcao.

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Drastic action: Ronaldo before and after his weight loss

Little magicians: Zico takes on Deco with Ronaldo watching on

Little magicians: Zico takes on Deco with Ronaldo watching on

Trampled: Santiago Solari takes a tumble during the well contested friendly

Trampled: Santiago Solari takes a tumble during the well contested friendly

Rough and tumble: Goalkeeper Dida smiles as Sorin goes rolling by

Rough and tumble: Goalkeeper Dida smiles as Sorin goes rolling by

Have you lost weight Argentinian Pablo Guinazu gets a grab of Ronaldo at the final whistle

Have you lost weight Argentinian Pablo Guinazu gets a grab of Ronaldo at the final whistle

Still got it: Zinedine Zidane tries to shield the ball from Brazilian player Amaral

Still got it: Zinedine Zidane tries to shield the ball from Brazilian player Amaral

Veteran: Michel Salgado appears to let Zico get the run on him during the UNDP-organised match in Porto Alegre

Veteran: Michel Salgado appears to let Zico get the run on him during the UNDP-organised match in Porto Alegre

Ronaldo's squad included Zico, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Romario and Neymar.

It was all too much for one mascot, who broke down in tears as he got to meet the Santos star.

Neymar played in Bebeto to open the scoring for Ronaldo's team before Falcao levelled things up.

Zidane
led by example as he fired in a fine volley to put his side ahead, but
Caca Ferrari and Damiao made sure it was Ronaldo who ended up smiling.

Good cause: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) banner in the crowd

Good cause: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) banner in the crowd

Celebration time: Bebeto (second right) after scoring his goal alongside Ronaldo and Neymar

Celebration time: Bebeto (second right) after scoring his goal alongside Ronaldo and Neymar

Sky high: Leandro Damiao marks a goal during the match at the Arena Gremio

Sky high: Leandro Damiao marks a goal during the match at the Arena Gremio

Collision course: Ronaldo and Fernando Hierro go in for a 50-50

Collision course: Ronaldo and Fernando Hierro go in for a 50-50

On the noggin: Zico tries to leap for a header

On the noggin: Zico tries to leap for a header

Meeting of legends: Ronaldo tries to steer the ball away from Zidane in their charity match

Meeting of legends: Ronaldo tries to steer the ball away from Zidane in their charity match

Famously an off-colour Ronaldo could
not help his side during the France 1998 World Cup final, with Brazil
going down 3-0 to the hosts.

But tonight the Samba star, who has slimmed down considerably in recent weeks, had the last laugh.

VIDEO An overwhelmed and tearful child hugs Neymar at end of charity match

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VIDEO: Then Neymar sets up Bebeto to strike

VIDEO: But futsal star Falcao equalises

VIDEO: Zidane puts his side 2-1 up

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RONALDO & FRIENDS TEAM

Danrlei, Dida, Caf, Serginho,
Rver, Junior Baiano, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlos, William, Lucas,
Juninho Paulista, Zinho, Djalminha, Roger, Zico, Denilson, Ronaldo,
Neymar, Leandro Damio, Bebeto, Cac Ferrari, Romrio, Edmundo,
Paulinho.

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira.

ZIDANE & FRIENDS TEAM

Vitor Baa, Juliano Belletti,
Diego Cavalieri, Emerson, Fernando Hierro, Mchel Salgado, Fernando
Couto, Juan Pablo Sorn, Paolo Montero, Carlos Gamarra, Hidetoshi
Nakata, Zindine Zidane, Deco, Santiago Solari, Fredrik Ljungberg, Juan
Romn Riquelme, Christian Karembeu, Alex de Souza, Pedro Pauleta,
Sebastin Abreu, Hulk, Falco, Mrio Jardel.

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari.

India v England T20: Eoin Morgan relishing the mayhem ahead of Pune and Mumbai

I will relish the 'mayhem', says stand-in skipper Morgan as England prepare for India's T20 assault

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22:30 GMT, 19 December 2012

A bigger crowd than any that watched the Test series here will see an England side stripped of many of their leading players and without either of their head coaches embark on one last challenge of an overcrowded year.

This two-match Twenty20 series, bizarrely shoe-horned into the calendar now rather than before the 50-over matches next month, has the feel of two games too many for England, with team director Andy Flower joining the exodus of players who made a rapid departure from India once their Test business was complete in Nagpur on Monday.

Ashley Giles, the new limited-overs coach, will not begin until the one-day series in January so Richard Halsall, Flower’s assistant, takes charge here and in Mumbai on Saturday of a side without four of their leading short-form players in captain Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn.

Up against it: A depleted England, led by Eoin Morgan, will take India on at the own game

Up against it: A depleted England, led by Eoin Morgan, will take India on at the own game

What’s left of England will face an India team who thrashed them in the last World Twenty20 by 90 runs, in front of an expected 50,000 at a new stadium which bears an uncanny resemblance to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, only bigger.

It is then a stiff task for England but one that stand-in captain Eoin Morgan, starved of any meaningful action on this tour, is relishing.

It is indeed a sign of the hectic times that a man who could not get a game in the Test series now finds himself catapulted into the short-form captaincy.

Watching brief

India (probable): Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Yuvraj, Jadeja, Dhoni (capt and wkt), Ashwin, Dinda, Awana.

England (probable): Hales, Wright, Bairstow, Morgan (capt), Patel, Buttler (wkt), Bresnan, Tredwell, Meaker, Dernbach, Briggs.

Umpires: C Shansuddin, S Asnani (Ind).

TV umpire: V Kulkarni (Ind).

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ).

TV: LIVE on Sky Sports 1 from 1pm;
match starts at 1.30pm.

‘It’s a great opportunity for me against one of the best sides in the world in their backyard,’ said Morgan. ‘It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

‘It’s going to be mayhem here and in Mumbai and performing under pressure is what the selectors want.’

Morgan, one of England’s most accomplished Twenty20 players, is one of the few in this squad with experience of the Indian Premier League even though he has not played at a stadium which will be staging its first international.

His advice to team-mates who will never have seen anything like this, not even at the Ageas Bowl, will be to keep it simple.

‘I think the biggest tip I got before I played in front of such big crowds was, “Just back yourself”,’ said Morgan. ‘The ball remains the same size, the field’s the same and they still have 11 players.’

One player who knows all about big Twenty20 crowds is Luke Wright, who forced himself back in the England team with his success in the IPL and, most particularly, Australia’s Big Bash. He has been playing for the Melbourne Stars in the last couple of weeks and will return there after Christmas.

Big hitter: Luke Wright flies into India from the Big Bash

Big hitter: Luke Wright flies into India from the Big Bash

‘I haven’t spoken to Wrighty yet but I will because his experience of domestic cricket around the world will be invaluable,’ said Morgan. ‘We’ve seen in the Big Bash that he’s performing just as he was in the World Twenty20.’

That World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka saw England make a meek and disappointing defence of their trophy but this can hardly be seen as the first steps towards the next one in Bangladesh in 2014 because so many are missing.

The Indian board wanted England to stay for Christmas to move into the limited-overs leg without a break, but when the tourists refused, this compromise was made. The 50-over team will come back in early January for five matches.

It is far from satisfactory but such are the modern demands on players that it is understandable and at least these games provide more invaluable experience for exciting young talents like Somerset batsman Jos Buttler, Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs and, if he gets a chance, Middlesex seamer James Harris, who was added to the squad when Broad had to pull out.

Big hitter: Job Buttler will be handed the chance to shine on the subcontinent

Big hitter: Job Buttler will be handed the chance to shine on the subcontinent

As well as having an opportunity to impress the selectors, England’s young guns are also in the IPL window. So far only Morgan and Pietersen among England players have lucrative contracts for the next cash-fest but the problem, as Indian captain MS Dhoni said yesterday, is one of availability.
Any centrally contracted England player can only play for a month at most in the IPL before they have to report back for the early summer Test series.

‘If the England players could be here for 45-50 days I could see a lot of them coming to the IPL,’ said Dhoni. ‘You have to be a special player, like Kevin Pietersen, for a franchise to say, “Let’s bank on this player”, even if he is only available for a few games.’

Jonny Bairstow kept wicket when England last played a Twenty20 match in Sri Lanka, but even in the absence of Craig Kieswetter, he may be forced to share the keeping responsibilities here with Buttler. Both took the gloves during practice under the Pune lights.