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Laura Robson draws GB level in Argentina

Robson draws GB level in Argentina after Konta loses opener

By
Mark Staniforth, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:05 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:05 GMT, 20 April 2013

Laura Robson kept Great Britain's hopes of returning to the Fed Cup World Group alive with an emphatic victory over Florencia Molinero in Buenos Aires today.

The world number 38 brushed aside her inexperienced opponent 6-1 6-1 to pull Great Britain level at 1-1 against Argentina after Johanna Konta lost the opening rubber to Paula Ormaechea.

Robson will be strongly fancied to defeat Ormaechea in the reverse singles tomorrow, with Konta due to face Molinero and a potentially decisive doubles rubber also to come.

Roar: Laura Robson clenches her fist in delight during her win over Florencia Molinero

Roar: Laura Robson clenches her fist in delight during her win over Florencia Molinero

Coach well pleased: Judy Murray expresses her happiness over Robson's performance

Coach well pleased: Judy Murray expresses her happiness over Robson's performance

Robson had plenty of pressure on her shoulders heading into the tie at Parque Roca, with Great Britain banking on her to lead them back into World Group II after an absence of 20 years.

But the 19-year-old showed few signs of nerves as she raced through the first set and went 5-0 ahead in the second.

Despite being broken when she served for the match, she recovered to close it out on Molinero's serve in the next game and kept plenty in reserve.

Whipping it away: With Heather Watson out of the tie, Robson was under pressure to perform

Whipping it away: With Heather Watson out of the tie, Robson was under pressure to perform

Quick and easy: She completed a straight forward 6-1 6-1 win over her opponent from Argentina

Quick and easy: She completed a straight forward 6-1 6-1 win over her opponent from Argentina

Earlier world number 146 Konta had found the going tough against Ormachea and fell to a 6-3 6-2 defeat.

Konta, selected in the absence of Heather Watson due to illness, never recovered from a bad start as she fell 4-0 behind to a player ranked 21 places higher at 143 in the world.

Going behind: Johanna Konta had a harder day at the office losing to Paula Ormaechea

Going behind: Johanna Konta had a harder day at the office losing to Paula Ormaechea

Konta made a stronger start to the second set but was broken in the fourth game and when she was broken for a second time in her next service game, she was consigned to defeat.

After the two reverse singles, Robson will team up with veteran Anne Keothavong for the doubles, should they be required, against Maria Irigoyen and Mailen Auroux.

Team effort: Murray tries to impart some of her wisdom to get Konta back on track

Team effort: Murray tries to impart some of her wisdom to get Konta back on track

Chris Ashton backed by Saracens coach Paul Gustard

Ashton backed by Saracens coach Gustard after poor Six Nations

By
Rob Wildman

PUBLISHED:

21:49 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:14 GMT, 3 April 2013

Chris Ashton, the under-fire England wing, has received the backing of Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard.

The club head into Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Twickenham believing Ashton is in excellent form despite his poor Six Nations campaign that led to an inquest into his tackling.

Ashton scored his first try in almost two months last Saturday, against Wasps, and Gustard expects more in the Heineken Cup.

Out of sorts: Ashton scored just one try in the Six Nations

Out of sorts: Ashton scored just one try in the Six Nations

Jumping for joy: Chris Ashton celebrates after scoring against Wasps

Jumping for joy: Ashton celebrates after scoring against Wasps last weekend

‘Even if Chris had not scored a try, it does not mean he’s not played well,’ Gustard said. ‘He’s done really, really well for us in the last two weeks and is in a good place after a good show at Wasps.

The problem of being a wing in rugby is that it’s a bit like being a goalkeeper in football. You are the last line in defence; a mistake can cost you.

‘Chris is not a bad defender. Sometimes, he misses a tackle but so what Everyone misses a tackle,’ Gustard added.

On the run: Ashton charges upfield playing for Saracens

On the run: Ashton charges upfield playing for Saracens

He could also be Ashton’s coach on England’s summer tour of Argentina if he does not make the Lions trip to Australia.

Gustard is taking over temporarily because Andy Farrell will help coach the Lions with Warren Gatland.

‘I’m not going to change the way England defend,’ he said. ‘The system has worked well over the last season. It’s a matter of learning and developing as a coach.’

Real Madrid greats past and present: Alfredo Di Stefano awards Cristiano Ronaldo with trophy for La Liga"s best player

Real Madrid greats past and present:
Di Stefano awards Ronaldo with trophy for La Liga's best player

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La Liga's best Ronaldo was awarded the trophy based on his efforts in the 2011/2012 season

Frail: But Di Stefano is still treated with the respect he deserves

Frail: But Di Stefano is still treated with the respect he deserves

'In our neighborhood we used to hold major football sessions that went on until it got dark, with everyone playing against each other,' he said. 'Maybe the pope was one of the guys I played football with in the street.

'At that time I was the famous one because from a very young age I belonged to River Plate’s youth team, everybody knew me,' added Di Stefano, widely regarded as the finest player of his generation for his significant influence in leading Real to five consecutive European Cups, before revealing he had missed the pope's introduction.

Childhood friends Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, grew up in the same area as Di Stefano

Childhood friends Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, grew up in the same area as Di Stefano

'I must confess that while everyone else watched the white smoke live, I saw it later. I was, as always, watching a football game.

'[Ronaldo] He is a great player and a team player. I am very happy.'

THE REAL GREATS: ALFREDO DI STEFANO V CRISTIANO RONALDO

Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo Di Stefano

Date of birth: 4 July 1926
Place of Birth: Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Position: Forward

Clubs: River Plate (1945, 1947-49 ), Huracn (1946), Millonarios (1949-52), Real Madrid (1953-64), Espanyol (1964-66).
National Team: 31 matches (23 goals) with Spain; 6 matches (6 goals) with Argentina

Honours
5 European Cups (Real Madrid, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
1 Intercontinental Cup (Real Madrid, 1960)
1 America cup (River Plate, 1947)
8 Spanish leagues (Real Madrid, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)
1 Spanish Cup (Real Madrid, 1962)
2 Argentinian leagues (River Plate, 1945, 1947)
4 Colombian leagues (Millonarios Bogot, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953)

La Liga's best Ronaldo was awarded the trophy based on his efforts in the 2011/2012 season

Cristiano Ronaldo

Date of birth: 4 July 1926
Place of Birth: Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Position: Forward

Clubs: Sporting Lisbon (2001-2003), Manchester United (2003-2009), Real Madrid (2009-present).
National Team: 101 matches (38 goals) with Portugal

Honours
1 European Cup (Manchester United, 2008)
3 Premier Leagues (Manchester United, 2007, 2008, 2009) 1 FA Cup (Manchester United, 2004) 1 League Cup (Manchester United, 2006) 1 Spanish league (Real Madrid, 2012) 1 Spanish Cup (Real Madrid, 2011)
1 Spanish Super Cup (Real Madrid, 2012) 1 Portuguese League (Sporting Lisbon, 2002 1 Portuguese Super Cup (Sporting Lisbon, 2002) 1 Portuguese Cup (Sporting Lisbon, 2002)

VIDEO: REAL MADRID GREAT ALFREDO DI STEFANO AT HIS PEAK

Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano graces the Bernabeu

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Carlos Tevez wants to regain cult status with Manchester City fans

I will win fans over! Fallen idol Tevez wants to regain cult status among City faithful

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:59 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Carlos Tevez claims he is a different man to the one that walked out on Manchester City to return home to Argentina last season, but admits he still has work to do in winning back the club's fans.

Tevez has re-established himself as a regular in Roberto Mancini's side this season, something that was almost unthinkable last year as he went on unauthorised leave in his homeland for several months, apparently ready to quit the game.

'I knew it wasn't going to be easy to come back,' Tevez told the Sunday Times. 'I'd left City and you could almost say I'd left through the back door. But it is almost like there are two Tevezes. There's the Tevez before, who had a problem, and there's the Tevez now, who no longer has problems.'

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Tevez said the key has been getting his family back together. Tevez had requested a transfer from City prior to his walkout when his wife and children returned to Argentina, but now they are all back in England Tevez said he has a different perspective on his football.

'It totally changes everything, your disposition, your humour, just having them close,' he said.

'If I wasn't selected in the past I'd be in a terrible mood. Now I'm still gutted but I go home, see my daughters, it takes my mind off it and I feel better.'

The 29-year-old has 11 goals this season, not quite matching the outstanding return of his pre-walkout days but still a highly valuable part of Roberto Mancini's strikeforce.

Letting fly: Argentine Carlos Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Letting fly: Argentine Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Despite that, a sizeable number of City fans still bear a grudge after last season, with Tevez's goals often met with a more muted celebration than those of his team-mates.

Tevez can understand that, but is still working to win them over with his new attitude.
'I knew it would be difficult for the fans to accept me again,' he said. 'But I hope, little by little, match by match…you give everything for the shirt and win them over through hambre de gloria (hunger for glory). I was once a real idol for these fans, they were so supportive of me. I hope I'm able to win them back.'

While his standing with the supporters still needs work, Tevez is adamant he and Mancini are now “fine”, their once fiery relationship 'a lot calmer now'.

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

'It might be down to maturity,' he added. 'Maybe, before, I was under a lot more pressure. I was a leader of the team. People would often say, 'If Carlos has a bad day, City have a bad day'. Maybe you just reach a point where there's worse things in life than disappointment in football.

'If I come off the bench and score but I'm not in the next starting line-up I'm a lot more accepting.'

Fed Cup team will fight Argentina for promotion in World Group II play-offs

Fed Cup to fight Argentina for promotion in World Group II play-offs

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

10:51 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 13 February 2013

The Fed Cup team's next opponent has been announced and the British squad will take on Argentina on April 20-21.

The team reached the World Group II play-offs after beating Bosnia, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

It's the second consecutive year that the team has reached this stage in the competition, having lost to Sweden in the play-offs last year. This time they are determined not to let a promotion to the second tier of the competition slip through their fingers.

The Fed Cup team celebrated on court following their win over Bulgaria

Victorious: The Fed Cup team celebrated on court after making it to the World Group II play-offs

Unfortunately for the British team they won't have the home advantage, as Argentina were drawn as the hosts.

However, they will travel there with two players who have recently been pushing for a top 40 spot, while Argentina's top player, Paula Ormaechea, is currently ranked 195th, and may not even be available for the tie after picking up an injury against Sweden.

Britain's No 1 and No 2, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, both proved their mettle in last week's group tie's, with only one loss between them.

Team captain Judy Murray seemed enthusiastic about the draw, tweeting: 'Buenos dias Buenos Aires. Vamos @HeatherWatson92 @laurarobson5 @JoKonta91 @annekeothavong @ElenaBaltacha xxxxx #GBFedCup'

Anne Keothavong also seemed happy with the draw, tweeting: 'Argentina. Away. April. Bring it on! #GBFedCup.'

Vegard Forren signs for Southampton

Forren policy: Defender seals 4.2m move to Southampton after snubbing Liverpool

, scoring six goals.

Adkins was dismissed by the
Southampton board on Friday morning despite a recent win against relegation
rivals Aston Villa and a draw against European champions Chelsea.

Pochettino said: 'I know about the Southampton squad because I've been researching them for several weeks.'

New faces: Mauricio Pochettino also was appointed as Southampton manger on Friday

New faces: Mauricio Pochettino also was appointed as Southampton manger on Friday

The 20-cap former Argentina defender said he had spoken to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho about the move, while conceding he has to address the issue of supporter unrest.

'The challenge is to be part of this project, the kindness of the supporters is the biggest challenge I have,' he said at a news conference. 'They are the biggest part of this club and I hope I can convince them with honest and hard work.

'I am very passionate about the Premier League. I have seen many games, the Premier League is an attractive league and I have spoken to people at length about it, people such as Jose Mourinho, who is a good friend of mine.

'He told me the best football in the world is being played here.'

Gerd Muller receives Lionel Messi"s signed Barcelona shirt

Special delivery! Muller receives gift from gracious Messi after Barcelona striker breaks German's goalscoring record

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Muller had held the record since 1972, when the man affectionately known as ‘Der Bomber’ fired in 85 goals while at Bayern.

Chuffed: Gerd Muller said he was 'happy and proud' to receive the gift from Lionel Messi

Chuffed: Gerd Muller said he was 'happy and proud' to receive the gift from Lionel Messi

Class: A close up of the signed shirt, saying: 'With my respect and admiration. A hug.'

Class: A close up of the signed shirt, saying: 'With my respect and admiration. A hug.'

But the ever-graceful Messi’s first thought upon breaking the record was for the man he had surpassed.

The 25-year-old sent his beaten adversary a signed Barcelona shirt with the message: ‘For Gerd Muller, with my respect and admiration. A hug. Leo.’ scrawled into the yellow No 10 on the back of the jersey.

Muller was delighted with the gift Messi has shipped to him, and said he was ‘happy and proud’ to be the recipient of such a gesture from 'the best player in the world'.

How many Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d'Or trophies

How many Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d'Or trophies

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi celebrates another goal against Malaga

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi celebrates another goal against Malaga

The Bayern reserve team coach, who was a truly fearsome striker for club and country during his playing days, watched Messi’s unparalleled goalscoring run last year earn him another record earlier this month: a fourth Ballon d’Or crown.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believes that Muller’s goalscoring record was a driving force for the Argentina captain in his bid to score as many goals as possible.

He said that Muller’s prolific performance 40 years ago was ‘a great motivating factor and stimulus for Leo.’

Prolific: Messi took the record from Muller, who scored 85 in 1972

Prolific: Messi took the record from Muller, who scored 85 in 1972

Luis Suarez: I invented a foul against Stoke

Suarez: I invented a foul against Stoke because I wanted to win… but I was unfairly treated over Mansfield handball

By
Tom Bellwood

PUBLISHED:

17:19 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 16 January 2013

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted he 'invented' a foul against Stoke City to try to win the match but believes he was unfairly treated following his handball against Mansfield.

Suarez came under attack from Stoke defenders and the media for his blatant attempt at winning a penalty during the game at Anfield earlier this season.

And he has now come clean, telling Fox Sports Argentina: 'I don't listen all the nonsense some
people say about me. I'm accused of cheating here. People say I throw
myself all the time inside
the box.

Taking a tumble: Suarez hit the deck during the match with Stoke in an attempt to win a penalty

Taking a tumble: Suarez hit the deck during the match with Stoke in an attempt to win a penalty

'Let's see: they said that when we
played against Stoke, for instance, and in that case they were right. I
invented a foul because we were drawing 1-1 against Stoke and I wanted
to win.

'Sometimes on the pitch I say to myself, “What have I done” But the name of Suarez sells papers.

'The other day, for instance, I touched the ball with my hand accidentally, and I was criticised because I kissed my hand.

'The media make up a lot of things
about me because they want to sell papers. I say to the media: you
should talk more about football, not about other stuff.'

In the interview in Argentina, aired today, he claims the reason he is targeted is because Manchester United hold sway over the English media.

The Liverpool striker also believes
the media is helping Sir Alex Ferguson's side in their quest to regain
the Barclays Premier League title.

It
had seemed the race row and handball controversies involving Suarez had
been put to one side following the drama-free North West derby on
Sunday.

He also slammed the media for treating him and his fellow South Americans differently to British players.

No stranger to controversy: Suarez was involved in a race row with Evra and, more recently, there was this handball against Mansfield (below)

No stranger to controversy: Suarez was involved in a race row with Evra and, more recently, there was this handball against Mansfield (below)

No stranger to controversy: Suarez was involved in a race row and, more recently, this handball (below)

He said: 'When someone comes and says
to me something bad about being a South American, I don't cry, because
that happens inside the pitch.

'I have my conscience clean. But as I
have said: Manchester United controls the media, they are powerful and
the media will always help them.

'I can help Liverpool today. We are united and we can play well. Liverpool doesn't depend on me.

'It's complicated to play here in
England. As Carlitos (Carlos Tevez) and Kun (Sergio Aguero) has said, it's complicated
for a South American footballer to be here as we are treated
differently to the local footballers.

'But they have their culture, they
are like this, you know. I have to play football, which is what I always
wanted, but I have suffered a lot for being a footballer.

Bold claims: Suarez believes Manchester United control the English media

Bold claims: Suarez believes Manchester United control the English media

Manchester United scouts watch Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

EXCLUSIVE: The new Vidic Man Utd watch 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay again

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

13:14 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 16 January 2013

Manchester United have again sent scouts to Portugal to check on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified the Argentina centre half as a possible new signing as he looks for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

Sportsmail recently revealed that United had scouted Garay at games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense this season and it is understood that a United representative was back again at the weekend as Benfica drew 2-2 with Porto at the weekend.

Benfica are currently three points clear at the top of the Portuguese Liga but are under financial pressure to sell the 26-year-old this summer as they can’ t afford to continue paying his wages. Rated at about 15m, the South American is also being tracked by Juventus and other European clubs.

Garay’s former club Real Madrid are entitled to half of whatever fee he is eventually sold for. He has eleven caps for his country.

Nemanja Vidic

Rio Ferdinand

Long-term vision: Manchester United are busy identifying prospective replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand

Greek children score amazing team goal

VIDEO: Greek children score an amazing goal that looks like it came straight from the Nou Camp

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

Could this team be the next Barcelona Judging by this effort, they could well be.

These Greek children score a goal as good as any team effort in years gone by.

In Argentina v Serbia World Cup 2006 style, the ball gets played from one side of the pitch to the other, back to the goalkeeper and then ends with a composed finish into the bottom corner.

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greek boys goal

greek boys goal

Most goalkeepers of that age in that position would have panicked and tried to clear their lines as quick as poosible, yet this ‘keeper has the confidence to take on two players.

It is a goal that wouldn’t be out of place in the Nou Camp or the Bernebau.

If you’re a fan of ‘putting the ball in the box’ then maybe this goal is not for you. But you can’t help but admire the confidence of these kids.