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Paul Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in American rehab clinic

Gazza flies back for 'one last chance': England legend Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in rehab clinic

By
Emma Clark, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne thought he was going to die during his latest stretch in rehab to beat alcohol addiction, it has been reported.

The ex-England and Newcastle player returned to Britain on Saturday after more than a month at the clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, during which he was treated in intensive care.

Doctors said it was the worst detox they had ever seen when the shock of giving up alcohol sent his body into seizure, Gascoigne told The Sun on Sunday.

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

He said: 'Three doctors didn't think I would make it.

'It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again.

'I've come through that – death. I was dead.'

He added: “I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck.'

The 45-year-old said he woke up in
intensive care strapped to the bed to stop tubes from falling out of his
arms and was repeatedly injected.

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Gascoigne, who also played for Lazio
and Tottenham, said he feels grateful to be alive and is determined to
stay away from alcohol.

His latest stint in rehab was
organised by talkSPORT presenter and former England cricketer Ronnie
Irani and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, a long-term friend of
Gascoigne.

The move came following a charity
appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and
shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room
full of fans.

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

The world of football has shown its
concern at the latest troubled period in the life of Gascoigne, one of
England's most naturally gifted players ever.

Gascoigne, who has spoken about alcoholism problems in the past, was sectioned five years ago under the Mental Health Act.

Paul Gascoigne out of rehab and coming home to England

Gazza's coming home! Former England star out of rehab and on his way back from Arizona

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

02:05 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

04:17 GMT, 8 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne will return to England after spending time in rehab in Arizona to deal with his severe alcohol problem.

The 45-year-old, whose celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment in the US, had a public meltdown at a charity event in Northampton in January but he has vowed to quit booze.

A source close to Gazza told The Sun: ‘We’re just delighted that Paul’s back on track and coming home, where he can get back into his routine of doing the things he enjoys – without the booze getting in the way ever again.'

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

The source added: 'He’s been in good hands out there
and he’s worked really hard over the past month to get where he is. We
were as shocked as anyone to see how bad things had got for Paul, and so
we’re just grateful that so many people stood by him like they did.

'We couldn’t have have got him back to good health again without their help.'

After his appearance in Northampton, video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to rehab, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

London 2012: Peter Wilson smashes world record at Shotgun World Cup

London 2012 hopeful Wilson smashes world record en route to Arizona win

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 29 March 2012

London 2012 Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson smashed a world record on his way to victory in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona.

The 25-year-old won the double trap men's final with a new record score of 198 hits out of 200 targets.

The previous record of 196 was set by China's Hu Binyuan in 2009. Wilson said: 'This is pretty special, I'm really looking forward to the Olympics in London and the home environment, it's an exciting prospect.

Simply the best: Wilson smashed a world record en route to victory in Tuscon

Simply the best: Wilson smashed a world record en route to victory in Tuscon

'I feel oddly relaxed considering the feat I've just achieved. I've had great support from the team around me and through the lottery-funded world-class programme at British Shooting.'

Neil Wilson

Tim Newenham, the programme manager for the Olympic Performance Group, said: 'Peter's performance in Arizona was outstanding.

'It's the culmination of thousands of hours of training, both physical and mental and the whole team can be very proud to have played a part in supporting Peter's work towards his world record.

'It's a great position to be going into the Olympic Games, where home crowd support for British shooters can play such an important role in boosting their performances.'

Donald feeling the heat after his desert flop, with Westwood and McIlroy poised

Donald feeling the heat after his desert flop, with Westwood and McIlroy poised

Luke Donald could be forgiven for
taking his eye off the golf ball after climbing to world No 1 and
winning a cluster of awards on the European and US Tours.

He also had the distraction of his newly born second daughter, Sophie Ann.

He went into his midwinter break
assured by the experts that, such was his lead in the rankings, it would
take at least a couple of victories from either Lee Westwood or Rory
McIlroy to remove him from his throne.

Distracted: Luke Donald is under pressure to retain his world number one status

Distracted: Luke Donald is under pressure to retain his world number one status

However, after a slow start to the season, Donald could arrive at the Masters in April trailing either of his two nearest rivals with memories of his glorious 2011 fading fast.

Both of his Ryder Cup team-mates went into their Accenture WGC Matchplay quarter-finals in Tucson last night knowing a place in today's final would see either displace Donald at the top of the table, Donald having been beaten 5&4 by South African veteran Ernie Els in the first round.

All the world's top golfers will gather at Doral in two weekend's time for the Cadillac WGC Strokeplay Championship, when more huge piles of ranking points will be at stake.

After suffering the heaviest defeat of all the first-round losers at the Dove Mountain course, carved out of the Arizona desert, Donald's mood was far from the buoyant one that saw him take the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Heavy defeat: Donald was out of sorts in Arizona

Heavy defeat: Donald was out of sorts in Arizona

'I think golf is like that sometimes,' he said. 'It's a fickle game and sometimes it bites you. I've not got off to the quickest start this year, but I am certainly working hard and, hopefully, it will turn around.'

In contrast, McIlroy was full of self-belief after his third-round victory over wily 48-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez on Friday night.

Asked whether 2012 would be another year of golfing education for the US Open Champion or the time when he would establish himself as the next great player in the sport, he responded: 'The latter.

'I feel like last year was a great stepping stone for hopefully bigger and better things. I've started off this year pretty well with a couple of top-five finishes, and I definitely had a chance to win in Abu Dhabi. It's been nice to get through to the quarter-finals here.

the contenders for world number one

On the charge: Rory McIlroy is one of the contenders for world number one

'I feel like I'm a different player than a couple of years ago, and I feel like I've improved and gained experience. That should all help me.'

Donald would not have been cheered listening to Westwood's assessment of his own form as the Worksop player prepared for his quarter-final last night against American outsider Mark Wilson.

'I've been driving the ball well, long and straight, which is allowing me to attack flags,' said Westwood. 'Since the disappointment of Dubai, I have worked hard to get my chipping in shape again and it has improved.'

Kyle Stanley beats Spencer Levin to Phoenix Open

Stanley profits from Levin collapse to win first PGA Tour title at Phoenix Open


Winner: Kyle Stanley celebrates with the trophy

Winner: Kyle Stanley celebrates with the trophy

American Kyle Stanley took advantage of a final-round collapse by overnight leader Spencer Levin to win his first PGA Tour title by one shot at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday.

He rebounded from a devastating loss at Torrey Pines seven days before, where he blew a big lead and was reduced to tears, to take advantage of Levin's meltdown.

'I'm not sure what I'm thinking right now,' Stanley said. 'I just needed to focus on playing golf. I needed to put last week behind me.'

He cried again, this time tears of joy.

'I just want to thank my mum and dad.They've done a lot for me. I'm speechless,' Stanley said. Ben Crane had a 66 to finish a stroke back.

Levin, six strokes ahead entering the round and seven in front after one hole, shot a 75 to finish two strokes behind Stanley.

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'I just didn't have it,' Levin said.
'Maybe I was looking ahead too much and trying too hard. What are you
going to do I tried my best.'

The 24-year-old Stanley birdied the par-5 13th and par-4 14th to take a one-stroke lead at 15 under.

Levin, winless on the PGA Tour,
birdied the 14th to regain a share of the lead, but dropped back with a
double-bogey 7 on the par-5 15th.

Threw it away: Spencer Levin had seemed the likely winner

Threw it away: Spencer Levin had seemed the likely winner

'I really feel for him,” Stanley said. 'You don't want to wish that on anyone. He's a very good player. I feel bad for him.'

Stanley parred the final three holes, playing a great recovery shot from under cactus to the right of the short par-4 17th.

He birdied Nos 2, 3, 8, 9 and 11 to get to 13 under, and within three strokes of the faltering Levin.

Levin birdied No. 4 to reach 18
under, but bogeyed numbers 4 and 6 and dropped two more strokes on Nos 11
and 12 to let Stanley into the mix.

'I don't really know,” Levin said. 'I felt all right early.'

Whoosh: Stanley tees off on the 18th hole during the final round

Whoosh: Stanley tees off on the 18th hole during the final round

At Torrey Pines, Stanley
led by seven shots early in the final round, and still had a four-shot
lead as he stood on the tee at the par-5 18th.

But his third shot had too much spin
and didn't get high enough on the green, spinning quickly down the slope
and into the water.

He three-putted from 45 feet for the triple bogey,
then lost to Brandt Snedeker on the second playoff hole when his 5-foot
par putt caught the right edge of the cup.

Did this victory erase last week's pain 'Not really,' Stanley said. 'I'm never going to forget that.'

D.J. Trahan had a 66 to finish fourth
at 12 under, and Brendan Steele (64) was another stroke back along with
Kevin Na (65) and Bubba Watson (70).

Phil Mickelson shot a 73 to tie for 26th at 6 under.

'I felt good,' the former Arizona State star said. 'I just couldn't quite get it going.'

Spectacular: Levin's collapse was surprising

Spectacular: Levin's collapse was surprising

Tiger Woods wants fast start at Abu Dhabi Championship

Tiger eyes Abu Dhabi win after feeling fit at last (so best to steer clear of this lot then!)

Guest appearance: Tiger Woods (right) stands next to Stanford guard David DeCastro during the coin toss prior to the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Glendale, Arizona

Guest appearance: Tiger Woods (right) stands next to Stanford guard David DeCastro during the coin toss prior to the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Glendale, Arizona

After ending 2011 with his first victory in two years, Tiger Woods says the joy of being able to play golf with a healthy body has returned – as well as his ability to win.

Woods will begin 2012 by taking on a
world-class field in his first Abu Dhabi Championship, where the lineup
includes U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, world No 1 Luke Donald and
defending champion Martin Kaymer.

The tournament, which starts on
January 26, will give a first indication of whether Woods can keep up the
level of play that earned him the Chevron World Challenge title in
December – his first victory since a car crash outside his home in 2009
led to revelations of extramarital affairs that derailed his marriage
and golf game.

Woods made a guest appearance at the Fiesta Bowl NCAA
college football game between Stanford and Oklahoma State in Glendale, Arizona on Monday night.

The golfing superstar honed his game while a student at Stanford and their famous graduate delighted fans by heading onto the field for the coin toss prior to the start of the game at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Ahead of his first tournament of the year, Woods said that he has fully recovered from the leg injuries that ruined much of last season, and that he hopes his recent win at the Chevron was 'the start of another great run'.

The graduate: Woods (second left) attended Stanford as a college student

The graduate: Woods (second left) attended Stanford as a college student

'The lowest moments (last year) came
from the fact that I wasn't healthy and couldn't put in the time on and
off the course that I wanted and needed to, and that was frustrating,'
Woods said.

'I was playing with pain and that isn't fun. The last couple of months have been really fun and that is mostly because I am feeling healthy again and building week on week.'

'I am looking to get off to a fast start in Abu Dhabi and keep building from there.

'Now that I am healthy, I feel I can keep building my game and confidence week on week, much like I did at the end of (last) year – from the Australian Open to the Presidents Cup to, finally, a win in California.'

Big game: Even the toned Woods was dwarved by the giant Football players

Big game: Even the toned Woods was dwarved by the giant Football players

Woods finished third at the Australian
Open, and then delivered the clinching point for the American team in
the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. Now he's eager to show some of
the young players who have grabbed the spotlight during his two-year
slump that he's still a force to be reckoned with in the major
tournaments.

Donald made history this year by
winning the money titles on both sides of the Atlantic, while McIlroy's
dominant performance at the U.S. Open drew comparisons to Woods in his
prime.

'There are so many great and talented players in the game right now – it is exciting for golf fans and I relish the challenge of going head-to-head with any number of the leading players on a Sunday afternoon,' Woods said.

Back to winning ways: Woods claimed the Chevron World Challenge last year

Back to winning ways: Woods claimed the Chevron World Challenge last year

'Rory and Luke are both very talented golfers and I admire what they have achieved in the last year. I look forward to having many great battles on a Sunday afternoon with these great players in 2012.'

He acknowledged, however, that getting back to the No 1 ranking he held for so long might prove difficult. After falling out of the top 50 for a brief period last year, Woods is now ranked 23rd.

'The young guys coming through are practicing harder and training harder than ever before and raising the bar,' Woods said. 'I think the level of consistency I had a few years ago would see me climb back up the rankings pretty quickly, but I do think there are some pretty phenomenal golfers out there that I really respect.'