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Adam Scott pays tribute to Greg Norman after US Masters win

Scott pays tribute to Norman after breaking Australia's majors duck with Masters win

By
Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

00:35 GMT, 15 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:30 GMT, 15 April 2013

Adam Scott paid tribute to Australian great Greg Norman after breaking his major duck, and that of his nation at the Masters.

Scott saw off Angel Cabrera at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off at Augusta to win the 77th Masters and lay the ghost of Lytham last year, when he bogeyed the last four holes of the Open to lose by one stroke to Ernie Els.

'I don't know how that happens,' Scott said of today's dramatic finale. 'It seems a long way away from last July when I was trying to win another major.

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Looking good in Green: Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US MAsters

Looking good in Green: Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters

Adam Scott wins the Masters

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'It fell my way today, there was some luck there. It was incredible.'

Scott and Argentinian Cabrera had finished at nine under, two shots ahead of Jason Day with a third Australian, Marc Leishman, tied for third on five under alongside world number one Tiger Woods.

And Scott said: 'Australia's a proud sporting nation and this was one notch on the belt that we'd never got.

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Nail biting: Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a tense finish

Nail biting: Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a tense finish

'It's amazing that it's come down to me today, Marc and Jason Day, it could have been any of us.

'But there was one guy that inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman. He's been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia and part of this definitely belongs to him.'

Scott looked to have avoided the need for a play-off when he drained a superb 25-foot putt on the final hole of his fourth round to card 69.

So close: Cabrera throws his putter after just missing his birdie putt on the second playoff hole

So close: Cabrera throws his putter after just missing his birdie putt on the second playoff hole

Embrace: Second placed Angel Cabrera (right) congratulates Scott on his win

Embrace: Second placed Cabrera congratulates Scott on his win

But Cabrera, in the following group, hit a magnificent approach to little more than three feet and holed out to extend the contest.

'It was a split-second I thought I'd won, you should never count your chickens,' said Scott of his wild celebrations on the 72nd green.

'But that was the putt, we've seen so many guys make it to win and I thought 'it's time for me to step up' and see how much I wanted it.

Passover: Bubba Watson gives Scott his jacket

Passover: Bubba Watson gives Scott his jacket

'To make a couple of putts to win the Masters tournament is just an amazing feeling.'

Cabrera himself went close when his chip at the first play-off hole ran just past the cup and said: 'That's how golf is. I came back and I had that chip on 18, I could have won it.

But Adam's a good winner. I would have been happier if I had won but he's a great player, I get along with him, we've played together in the President's Cup and I'm happy for him.'

Wrestling goal celebration after wonder strike from Pachuca Angel Reyna

VIDEO: Stone Cold Stunner… Mexican league's Angel Reyna celebrates wonder strike with WWE move on teammate

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 19 February 2013

Fans at the crunch game between Pachuca and Cruz Azul in the Mexican league on Saturday could have been forgiven for finding the majority of the match disappointing after the third minute.

Not only did Pachuca midfielder Angel Reyna score a wonder-strike, he celebrated with a bizarre WWE-style wrestling move on teammate Dario Carreno.

Reyna let the ball bounce before unleashing a fearsome right-footed strike into the top-right hand corner of helpless Cruz Azul keeper Jose Corona’s goal.

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Ready or Not: Reyna climbs on Carreno to start the move, wrapping his legs round his teammate's head

Ready or Not: Reyna climbs on Carreno to start the move, wrapping his legs round his teammate's head

Here it Comes: The goalscorer, still with Carreno in the hold, hangs down to the pitch

Here it Comes: The goalscorer, still with Carreno in the hold, hangs down to the pitch

Over you Go: Reyna slams to the floor, flipping Carreno head over heels

Over you Go: Reyna slams to the floor, flipping Carreno head over heels

A goal so spectacular deserved a celebration to match and Reyna didn’t disappoint, wrapping his ankles around Carreno’s head before spinning round, flipping his teammate over.

Although the move looked dangerous, Reyna’s victim clearly wasn’t hurt, jumping straight back up and to join in with the celebrations.

It is unknown which stunt Reyna will pull after his next goal, but his team had a lot to celebrate, beating their rivals 2-1.

VIDEO: Angel Reyna celebrates wonder-strike with a wrestling move on his teammate

John Guidetti stakes claim for Manchester City promotion after scoring for development squad on injury return

Guidetti stakes claim for City promotion after scoring nine minutes into injury return

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

Manchester City striker John Guidetti returned to Blues colours for the first time in 18 months today – and marked the occasion with a goal.

Guidetti has been out of action for nine months with a knee injury and also had an extended spell on loan at Feyenoord.

The Swede took just nine minutes to hit the target, sliding in to finish off Marcos Lopes' cross.

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Jose Angel Pozo and Albert Rusnak wrapped up a 3-1 win for City, with Reading's consolation coming through Lawson D'Ath.

Guidetti is yet to feature in a Premier League game for City, but proved his talent when on loan last season with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals in just 23 appearances.

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

He signed a new three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League champions in October last year.

West Ham, Southampton, Sunderland and Fiorentina have shown interest in Guidetti and City are keen for him to gain Premier League experience so could send him out on loan.

Jose Maria Olazabal lose to Asia team in Royal Trophy in Brunei

Tables turned on Olazabal as Spaniard watches Europe throw away lead and lose Royal Trophy to Asia

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13:28 GMT, 16 December 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal might now feel an inkling of Davis Love III’s pain after his Europe side threw away a lead at the Royal Trophy and crashed to defeat against Asia in the Sultanate of Brunei.

If Love, Olazabal’s victim during the Miracle at Medinah, was watching at home in Georgia, one would forgive him a vengeful smirk.

A week under the tropical sun, surrounded by lush rainforest and the South China Sea lapping gently in the distance might sound like a fine way to end the golfing year. But for Olazabal the reality was rather more uncomfortable.

Plagued by an injury that sent shooting pains through his neck and forced his withdrawl from play on Sunday, drenched in sweat from the stifling humidity and beaten by a much-less celebrated Asia team – this was no week in the sun for Ollie.

Comeback kings: Asia Team Captain Naomichi Joe Ozaki of Japan lifts the Royal Trophy after beating Europe

Comeback kings: Asia Team Captain Naomichi Joe Ozaki of Japan lifts the Royal Trophy after beating Europe

Party time: The Asia Team celebrate beating Europe

Party time: The Asia Team celebrate beating Europe

The great Spaniard was hoping to cement his status as a great European captain by following the Ryder Cup with another intercontinental triumph but was forced to withdraw from the final day’s singles after the neck injury he sustained yesterday failed to respond overnight to intensive treatment. The only consolation was that, rather than forfeit the match, competition rules meant the match was halved due to Olazabal’s injury.

That's it: Miguel Angel Jimenez shakes hands with Jeev Milka Singh of India after finishing their round

That's it: Miguel Angel Jimenez shakes hands with Jeev Milka Singh of India after finishing their round

Happy times: YE Yang of South Korea and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa celebrate as the European team look on

Happy times: YE Yang of South Korea and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa celebrate as the European team look on

It might seem more than a little unfair on the Asian team, who would have won before the eventual playoff were he forced to concede, but the same rule applies in the Ryder Cup. Golf remains a gentleman’s game, despite what you might think about the scenes surrounding certain tees at Medinah.

‘I am extremely disappointed,’ admitted Olazabal. ‘Everyone knows how much respect I have for the game of golf, for my opponents, and for this competition. Pulling out of a match is not a decision I would ever take lightly.

Watching it all the way: Jeev Milkha Singh of India putts on the third hole and but sees his effort miss (below)

Watching it all the way: Jeev Milkha Singh of India putts on the third hole and but sees his effort miss (below)

Jeev Milkha Singh

'I am part of a team, with the added responsibility of being the captain, and to risk throwing away a point because of selfish pride would be unthinkable.’

Nicolas Colsaerts had appeared to set Europe on course for a routine victory with a win in the opening singles match against Sang-moon Bae, the Belgian bomber inspired by an eagle on the long 15th thanks to a jaw-dropping 60-foot putt. But Henrik Stenson was Olazabal’s only other winner on the day as Yoshinori Fujimoto, Jeev Milkha Singh and YE Yang took European scalps.

On course for victory: Ryo Ishikawa of Japan watches his tee shot on the fourth hole

On course for victory: Ryo Ishikawa of Japan watches his tee shot on the fourth hole

The Asian fightback forced a four-man, fourball playoff – there is no cop-out of retaining the trophy here in the event of a points tie (bad luck for Olazabal, but what would have transpired had Love been afforded that luxury) And Colsaerts appeared to have landed the knockout blow with a stunning wedge into the 18th green following his umpteenth tracer-bullet drive of the week.

No Euro joy this time: Marcel Siem of Germany watches his tee shot on the third hole

No Euro joy this time: Marcel Siem of Germany watches his tee shot on the third hole

But, ironically, it was ultimately one of Olazabal’s Ryder Cup heroes who let him down at the crunch. Kim sank an eight-footer for birdie, while Colsaerts missed from just five feet to hand victory to Asia, whose captain, Joe Ozaki, danced Gangnam Style in celebration.

It was Olazabal who made famous victory dances, but he will have to return to Spain and console himself, glass of wine in hand, with the memories of those incredible days in Chicago. Although he takes this emerging and promising competition very seriously, one imagines he will do that just fine.

Xabi Alonso contract stand-off offers hope of Liverpool reunion for Steven Gerrard

Alonso contract stand-off at Real offers hope of Liverpool reunion for Gerrard

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 7 November 2012

Steven Gerrard could get his wish to
be reunited with Xabi Alonso after the Real Madrid midfielder cast
doubt over his future.

Captain Gerrard
revealed on Tuesday that the one former team-mate he would bring back to the club, given
the chance, would be Alonso.

Considering his options: Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (rght)

Considering his options: Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (rght)

And Spain international Alonso, 30, is considering a return to the Premier League after a contract stand-off with Real, reports the Daily Mirror.

Alonso is keen to renew his current deal which runs until 2014 but the Spanish champions are unwilling to start talks until the summer.

Real Madrid are trying the same tactic with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Arbeloa and Raul Albiol.

The Open 2012: Live coverage of day four

THE OPEN LIVE: All the action as it happens from the fourth round at Royal Lytham

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13:13 GMT, 22 July 2012

THE OPEN ESSENTIALS

Click here for Sunday's tee times

Click here for a hole-by-hole guide

Click here for the live leaderboard

Welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Seve Ballesteros won the Claret Jug twice here and David Duval triumphed the last time the oldest major was played on this stretch of the Fylde coast (2001).

Tiger Woods is the bookies' favourite this week, and has put himself in contention after the opening two rounds of the tournament.

Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott were leading the play ahead of what should be a thrilling weekend at Lytham.

Stick with us and we'll bring you the latest news, live scores and all the best pictures. And if you want to get in touch, leave a comment on the section at the bottom of the page or email [email protected]

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Leading the way at Royal Lytham

-11 Adam Scott

-7 Graeme McDowell
Brandt Snedeker

-6 Tiger Woods

-5 Zach Johnson
Ernie Els

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2.11 Ernie on the first tee, could he roll back the years and party like it's, er, 2002 Well, that's a belter to start, the best tee shot here we've seen and has 10 feet for an opening two. Not so hot from Zach Johnson, pulled way left of the target.

2.08 Bill Haas saves par with a wobbling seven footer on the first to stay three under but Thorbjorn Olesen, so impressive yesterday alongside Woods, drops back to that score after pushing his own effort from a similar distance wide of the mark.

2.05 Atmosphere building now, Tiger coming up shortly, not too many under par but Geoff Ogilvy and Miguel Angel Jimenez both in with 67s.

Poulter has a putt from five feet for the same score on the last after rather milking the applause from the grandstands heading down the last. Never in doubt off Poulter's blade, what a putter he is. A fine round and the Hertfordshire man turned Florida resident finishes level par for the championship.

1.55 Par three start for Bubba, as a relaxed-looking Scott tells the BBC he's nervous but excited and is ready to accept whatever comes his way today. The game remains to get the ball in play off the tee, he says.

Donald gets up and down from the trap on the third. Told you he was good.

1.50 First move of the day comes from Kuchar on the second, the ever-grinning Kooch is three under now. Donald won't be smiling when he sees his ball in the bunker by the third green. The pin's tucked on the back left and the world No 1's short-sided himself. Good job he's the best sand player in the field…

Donald, give us a wave: World No 1 Luke on the first tee during day four at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Donald, give us a wave: World No 1 Luke on the first tee during day four at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

1.46 No final flourish for Westwood, the birdie putt stubbornly staying above ground. And so another major miss draws to an end in particularly disappointing fashion, he just never got going this week. Chin up, Westy, your day will come. A 72 today and six over his final score.

1.45 Just 45 minutes until our leaders head out…

1.41 Calc and King Louis on the first tee, past Open winners both, but not troubling the flagstick. It looks accessible today but no-one's got too close so far.

Up and down for Donald on the second, belter from Westwood on the last, flighted approach spinning back towards the cup and settling 10 feet away. That's more like it, Lee.

1.40 Here's Mr Scott on handling the pressure of his overnight lead: 'I got up a little earlier than expected, but I think I slept pretty well considering.'

1.32 Westwood's week is limping to a conclusion, another bogey on the 17th after a poor approach is left well short, and a putt from miles off the green leaves him 10 feet for par, which proves too much.

1.31 US Ryder Cuppers Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, at one and two under respectively, step onto the first tee. Decent shots but nothing more, 35 and 30 feet for birdies.

1.29 The wind's picked up to 20mph already and the forecast is that it will get stronger still. More evidence of how the gusts are forcing changes to tactics – Donald taking driver on the second tee. It's a belter, right down the middle.

Here's how you do it: Nicolas Colsaerts plays a shot on the 18th hole on his way to shooting 65 on Sunday

Here's how you do it: Nicolas Colsaerts plays his third shot on the 18th on his way to shooting 65 on Sunday

1.27 More omens: On this day…

2000: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at St Andrews by eight shots. The American, who a few months earlier had won the US Open by the biggest margin in major championship history, became only the fifth player to have won all four major titles after his triumph at the home of golf.

2006: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at Hoylake, just 11 weeks after the death of his father.

1.26 Donald for his two… nope. Stays up.

1.24 Not only is the wind picking up but the bright sunshine of the last two days in Lancashire is drying out the course and transforming Lytham back to the links we know and love. The greens are turning browner and there is noticeably more more on the hardening fairways. This is more like it.

1.20 Right, things are starting to get interesting… here's Luke Donald on the first tee needing something special, plus a bit of luck, and then some more besides to get into contention. And his first shot is a good 'un, homing in on the flagstick, today cut at the back right of the green. 20 feet left for an opening birdie.

1.15 Here's McIlroy on his tournament: 'My game hasn't been there. It was pretty good on the first day but after that I struggled and couldn't find anything. Overall, a disappointing week for me.

'When you try to force it and press things, it just doesn't work. It is hard to make up shots on this golf course.

'I will be watching Graeme McDowell this afternoon and it will be a battle for the guys out there.

'Adam Scott has to go out and protect the lead and if Graeme can plod along and pick a shot here and there, he may be able to do something.'

1.13 Brilliant from Colsaerts, the putt straight and true and proving to all those chasing Scott that a low score is possible today.

1.10 Colsaerts scrambling on the 18th to save his par after finding some hay off the tee. Plenty of Ryder Cup points to play for for the Belgian, even if he's not going to win today. Oh, and a pretty hefty cheque too. His wedge from around 100 yards is all over the flagstick and leaves him five feet for a four and a second 65 of the championship. And yet he's still not in contention. Something to do with the 77 on Friday perhaps, Nico

12.58 McDowell's mum and dad being interviewed on the BBC right now, and they're not giving up on their boy catching Scott yet. How ridiculous would it be if the claret jug returns to a small seaside town on the Antrim coast for the second successive year Still, it clearly helps a tad when you grow up playing the links at Royal Portrush. What a place. If you haven't been, go. Now.

12.48 Here's Mr O'Malley of Golf Digest again: In eight final rounds in the Open, Adam Scott has a scoring average of 73.25: 74-75-75-72-71-72-72-75.

So, Scott has never broken 70 on the final day at the Open. And some of those scores would thrown the cat right among the pigeons.

12.44 Colsaerts for birdie from 25 feet on the 16th, ball rolling up hill and down dale.. .and he makes it! The Belgian into red numbers now, five under for the day, and showing just what can be achieved round these links if you play well (just ignore his scores on Friday and Saturday, please).

12.38 Gary Player reckons that anyone on a score of two under par still has a chance of catching Scott later. Sounds a bit optimistic but who are we to argue with a three-time claret jug winner and nine-time major champion

The scores on the doors: How the leaders stand heading into the final round

The scores on the doors: How the leaders stand heading into the final round

If the great South African is to be believed, then the likes of past winners Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Calcavecchia still have a chance, as does Players' champion Matt Kuchar.

Most excitingly of all, that would also mean Bubba Waton is still in the hunt. If it blows hard then the Masters champion might not be the man to put your savings on, but if the winds stay away no-one is capable of ripping up these fairways like big ol' Bubba.

12.33 The biggest shot deficit made up on the final day to win the claret jug – and, indeed, any major – was 10, by Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie in 1999. And 10 shots just so happens to be the margin that world No 1 Luke Donald finds himself trailing by today. England's finest has just arrived at Lytham and tees off at 1.20.

12.30 Another Open Championship slips by for McIlroy, the world No 2 tapping in on the last for a 73 and an eight over total. He'll be back stronger, you can be sure of that.

12.20 Here's a an interesting stat, courtesy of Mike O'Malley of Golf Digest, that doesn't really bode well for Woods making up the five shots he needs to catch Scott: Tiger has a final-round scoring average of 70.64 in the Open (first two as an amateur): 78-70-74-66-74-69-71-65-71-72-70-67-70-72.

And here's an even better one from Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press on some of Snedeker's past PGA Tour wins: Snedeker came from 7 behind on last day to win this year. 6 behind to win last year. 5 behind to win his first event. He's 4 behind today.

12.10 Aussie John Senden has shown his fellow countryman at the top of the leaderboard how it should be done with the low round of the day so far, a two-under 68. That score should see Scott win by a mile. But will it be possible in the winds forecasted later If you're looking for omens then how about Scott's past Open record: only one previous top-10.

The damp and calm conditions have made this an unusual Open, turning the links into more parkland conditions. But can Scott hack it when the going gets tough and Lytham bares its teeth

11.55 But that's enough of the doom and gloom. How about a few reasons to be cheerful Ian Poulter is one, the Englishman two under through eight this morning but too far back to challenge on one over par. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jim Furyk are on the same scores for both round and championship through nine and seven holes respectively.

And what a funny old tournament it's been for Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts. An opening day 65 was followed by an abject 77, then a 72, and now he's four under par through 12 holes of his final round and sitting on level par overall.

11.50 A few other scores of note today: Tom Watson managed 73 for a 12 over total, the same fourth-round score as local lad Lee Slattery, who ends the championship on nine over.

Early bird: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round

Early bird: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round

Rory McIlroy is 15 holes through his final round and currently sits two over for the day and seven over in total, another disappointing major for the Northern Irishman. Likewise for Lee Westwood, who is one over through nine holes and five over for a desperately deflating Open challenge.

11.45 A few players' tournaments have already come to an end after starting early this morning. One of them is Argentina's Andres Romero, who had a familiar face on his bag today: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. So, did the Premier League star inspire his mate to great things. Erm, well, no actually. Romero could only shoot an 82 and now props up the field on 18 over par.

11.35 The real action gets underway in a few hours' time, with Scott and McDowell teeing off at 2.30. Woods and Brandt Snedeker, who collapsed while leading to shoot a 73 yesterday, head onto the links 10 minutes before that, while Ernie Else and Zach Johnson are the pairing at 2.10. A full list of tee times can be seen by clicking the link at the top of this article.

Some help: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez caddied for Andres Romero, who shot 82 on Sunday

Some help: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez caddied for Andres Romero, who shot 82 on Sunday

11.25 And what of McDowell's chances The man from Portrush has proved he can handle that unique pressure that comes with leading majors on a Sunday and, as anyone in the Usk Valley nearly two years ago will testify, he proved he can handle even the pressure of an entire continent by holing the winning putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup.

His game is in fine shape too, this being the second consecutive major in which he has played in the final pairing in the fourth round following his close call at the US Open in San Francisco last month.

And anyone growing up on the links at Portrush must learn how to play in a gale, so a stiff breeze on the Fylde coast won't faze him one bit.

11.15: So, can Adam Scott hold on and claim his maiden major championship at the biggest one of them all The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.

That's because the forecast for this afternoon is for gusts of up to 25mph, and wind that strong can blow anyone off course, no matter how well they've played for three rounds in the most benign of Open Championship conditions.

And, of course, this is all new to Scott, who has never led a major heading into Sunday. So it remains to be seen how he handles that unique pressure.

Despite a Scott leading the Open after 54 holes, the British challenge has been rather disappointing this week. That said, Graeme McDowell is flying the flag for Northern Ireland and remains the man most likely to catch the Aussie, particularly if the conditions change as forecasted.

Oh, and there also happen to be a certain chap by the name of Tiger Woods just one shot further back. And if Tiger's in contention on the final day of a major, you can be sure that whoever beats him must fight until the very last putt hits the cup.

Looking good: Adam Scott takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the 141st Open Championship

Looking good: Adam Scott takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the 141st Open Championship

Amir Khan angry after Danny Garcia father makes x-rated racial jibe

Khan promises to knock out Garcia after title-rival's father makes X-rated racial jibe

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00:32 GMT, 13 July 2012

Danny Garcia's eccentric father stole the show as the WBC light-welterweight champion came face to face with Amir Khan ahead of Saturday's unification fight in Las Vegas.

The outspoken Angel Garcia lived up to his reputation once again as he gave an impassioned, heated speech at the main pre-fight press conference.

Garcia, who trains his son, has made unsavoury comments about WBA champion Khan's Pakistani heritage in the past as well as more run-of-the-mill trash talk.

Heckler: Amir Khan (left) speaks as Danny Garcia's trainer and father Angel Garcia (right) gestures

Heckler: Amir Khan (left) speaks as Danny Garcia's trainer and father Angel Garcia (right) gestures

After making a speech in which he again touched on religion – before moving on to a bizarre rant about the strength of Latin America – he sat making gestures when it was Khan's turn to speak, holding up his son's belt, pulling faces, pretending to punch himself in the face and shouting comments.

At one stage, reacting to jeers from Khan's entourage, he was heard shouting 'f****** retards'. When Khan reacted to his previous comments about Pakistan, he repeatedly said of the Briton: 'His DNA is f***** up'.

Khan, speaking on the podium, said: 'Garcia's team can say whatever they want.

'I promise you – I've never said this at a press conference – I will knock Danny Garcia out and win the titles.

All smiles: Khan, Oscar De La Hoya and Garcia at the pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas

All smiles: Khan, Oscar De La Hoya and Garcia at the pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas

'I will knock him out and if his dad wants it afterwards…That will shut his dad up anyway. I'm not going to do anything physical because his dad talks so much.

'I'm going to hurt his son. I'm going to do it in the ring. I cannot wait until after the fight, when I've knocked his son out and I'm stood here with the titles.

'Another thing, it's funny when he said he's never seen a Pakistani fight. He's going to see a Pakistani fight on Saturday and knock his son out.

'I can't wait to get in there. You're going to see a British Pakistani fight on Saturday and you're going to see him knock your guy out.'

Newly reinstated WBA champion Khan is ready to move on from what he describes as the worst six months of his career.

Khan endured a 'devastating' spell as he lost his WBA and IBF titles in a surprise defeat by Lamont Peterson last December.

Mind games: Garcia attempts to psyche out Khan at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Mind games: Garcia attempts to psyche out Khan at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

The fall-out from that fight was messy and controversial as Khan raised a number of grievances relating to issues inside and outside the ring.

The saga reached new levels before their scheduled May rematch when American Peterson tested positive for banned synthetic testosterone, before admitting he had already used it before their first fight in December, albeit for medical reasons.

While Peterson's positive test vindicated Khan and undermined the defeat, it also robbed the 25-year-old of the chance to avenge his second career loss. His bitterness has been eased, however, by the news that the WBA have stripped the title from Peterson and strapped it around his own waist once more.

'It was the hardest six months of my career,' Khan said ahead of Saturday's bout with WBC champion Garcia in Las Vegas.

'Straight after the fight I was devastated because I'd lost the fight and I was so upset. Then when I got into the camp I was so happy that I'd got the rematch, because even that was so hard to negotiate. I agreed to whatever they said.'

Peacekeeper: Khan's strength and conditioning coach Ruben Tabares (left) separates the pair

Peacekeeper: Khan's strength and conditioning coach Ruben Tabares (left) separates the pair

However, the rematch was cancelled and Khan welcomed the WBA's announcement yesterday that he will go into the fight with WBC king Garcia as a title-holder himself.

The bout has been given added prestige by the presence of two recognised world titles and, importantly, the respected Ring Magazine belt which is awarded to fighters regarded as the best in their division.

'I'm glad the WBA are reinstating me as champion again,' Khan said. 'It means I walk into this fight as world champion and the WBC title is on the line but not only that, the Ring magazine title will be on the line as well.

'It means this fight will really show who is the best fighter in the 140lb division and it will show I'm the best.

'Justice has been done.'

Wales boss Chris Coleman seeks Aaron Ramsey backing for Ryan Shawcross move

Wales boss Coleman seeks Ramsey backing for Shawcross move

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 11 July 2012

Chris Coleman would consult captain Aaron Ramsey before approaching Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross to play for Wales.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey broke his
leg in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross, and ignored the
centre-half's initial attempts to apologise.

Sore point: Ryan Shawcross' rash challenge on Aaron Ramsey

Sore point: Ryan Shawcross' rash challenge on Aaron Ramsey

Shawcross qualifies for Wales because he spent five years of compulsory education in the principality.

The 24-year-old previously stated he only had ambitions to represent England, having been approached by former Wales boss Gary Speed.

But after he missed out on Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad, current manager Coleman is prepared to ask Shawcross to make himself available for Wales, although he will speak to Ramsey first.

Quoted in The Sun, Coleman said: 'Ryan is a good player who could strengthen us.

Big decision: Chris Coleman

Big decision: Chris Coleman

'I will have a conversation with Aaron because he's somebody I respect a great deal, he's our captain and an important player. I won't shy away from it because there are issues.'

Shawcross had said in July 2011: 'I have not considered Wales.

'Obviously he (Speed) wants me to play for Wales, but I made a decision and I am going to stick with it.

'Hopefully I can prove I am good enough to get into the England team.'

Coleman is also hoping Cardiff defender Ben Turner and Swansea full-back Angel Rangel will choose to represent Wales as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

Marcel Siem wins French Open

Siem secures French Open title at Le Golf National with closing round of 67

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Pony-tailed German Marcel Siem came up with a dream way to burst into the world's top 100 for the first time on Sunday.

Eight years after his only previous European Tour victory, the 31-year-old won the Alstom French Open by a stroke from Italian Francesco Molinari at Le Golf National near Paris.

Siem, whose performance also earns him a place in the Open Championship, took continental Europe's oldest golf title with a superb closing 67 and eight-under-par total of 276.

Champion: Siem saw off a late challenge from Francesco Molinari

Champion: Siem saw off a late challenge from Francesco Molinari

He began the week 120th on the
rankings, but has moved into the top 60 in one mighty leap – and picked
up a cheque for just under 420,000.

Last year's champion Thomas Levet
jumped into the lake to celebrate and broke his leg, but thrilled though
he was and excitable though he is – nobody has more fist-pumps on the
course – Siem sensibly decided to stay out of the water.

'I'm just going to have some nice
French champagne,' he said. 'I've had so many tournaments I kind of
destroyed this year and I am so happy I got it done.

'It's all about winning in the end and now I'm in The Open, which is unbelievable.'

Molinari, who lost a play-off to
Miguel Angel Jimenez on the course two years ago, threatened to pull off
an astonishing win after double-bogeying the opening hole.

He was eight behind at that point, but then grabbed nine birdies and set the target with a best-of-the-week 64.

Siem was joint leader at the time and
responded by splashing out of sand to seven feet at the long 14th, then
hitting a glorious iron to four feet on the dangerous next.

There were still three tough holes to
come, but he parred the first two and after driving into a bunker on the
last achieved the bogey which he knew was probably going to be good
enough.

Smooth progress: Siem had a share of the lead heading into the final round

Smooth progress: Siem had a share of the lead heading into the final round

French hope Raphael Jacquelin could
have forced sudden death by holing his second to the 18th, but a par
four left him third on his own on six under.

One stroke further back were English trio Ian Poulter, David Lynn and joint overnight leader David Howell.

While Howell could never make amends
for bogeying two of the first three holes, Poulter had a share of the
lead for a while, but bogeyed the final two holes for a 69.

Molinari's second place lifts him into an automatic qualifying position for the Ryder Cup with only seven weeks of the race to go.

The 10th and final spot has changed the last three weeks. First Nicolas Colsaerts was replaced by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, then it was Rafa Cabrera-Bello and now it is Molinari, a member of Colin Montgomerie's winning side two years ago.

'Just a crazy day really,' said Molinari. 'Two years ago when I was second I double-bogeyed the first on the last day.

'All of a sudden everything was going in.'

Justin Rose came joint ninth and Graeme McDowell was in a tie for 17th, while world No 3 Lee Westwood climbed 18 places to 40th with a closing 70.

That came a day after it looked as if he might be pulling out with knee and groin trouble after he slipped walking to the first tee.

'The leg is fine – it wasn't a problem today,' Westwood said, after completing his final round before The Open at Royal Lytham starting on Thursday week.

Is there a chance an England keeper can save a penalty?

Is there a chance any one of our keepers can actually save a penalty

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It's about time England had a decent penalty stopper between the sticks. In the nine major tournaments they’ve competed in since 1990 England have had six shoot-outs – but our goalkeepers have only saved three of 31 attempts.

Sam Cunningham looks out how England’s four goalkeepers in those shoot-outs have fared.

Peter Shilton (1970-1990)

Penalties faced in shoot-outs: 4 Saved: 0

Paying the penalty: Shilton

Paying the penalty: Shilton

England's most-capped player only saved one penalty in the entirety of his 125 appearances – and it wasn’t in a major tournament penalty shoot-out. England went out on penalties to rivals West Germany in the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup and they hit their first four past him, enough to win it.

David Seaman (1988-2002)

Penalties faced: 15 Saved: 2

The
Arsenal goalkeeper only managed to save two penalties in three
shoot-outs. His first won the game for England against Spain in the Euro
1996 quarter-final diving low to his right to save Miguel Angel Nadal’s
strike, but it went downhill from there. All six were put past him by
the Germans in the next round as England lost 6-5 and two years later
England lost 4-3 in the last 16 of the World Cup against Argentina and
he could only stop one from Hernan Crespo as the other four flew past
him.

Safe hands: Seaman saves Nadal's spot-kick

Safe hands: Seaman saves Nadal's spot-kick

David James (1997-2010)

Penalties faced: 7 Saved: 0

Before the game James had faced five penalties in 27 England internationals and saved none of them. And his record didn’t improve when England faced Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. Rui Costa shot over the bar for one of them but England lost 6-5 and James didn’t keep any out – including Helder Postiga’s chip down the middle that was so deft he was able to dive to his left and get back to his feet before it crossed the line.

A familiar story: Ronaldo beats Robinson from 12 yards

A familiar story: Ronaldo beats Robinson from 12 yards

Paul Robinson (2003-2007)

Penalties faced: 5 Saved: 1

Robinson could only save one penalty as England capitulated against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup. It was a fine save – getting fingertips to Petit’s penalty to tip it on to the right post – but Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher all missed and they lost 3-1.