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Spurs are competing with Fiorentina to sign Dutchman Jordy Clasie

Spurs eye Dutch talent Clasie but Fiorentina first to table offer

By
David Kent

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11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

Tottenham will have to make their move soon if they want to sign Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie before Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who has been called the Dutch Xavi by some, has been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, but the Viola appear to have been the first to table on offer, according to the Metro.

Clasie has already played a handful of games in the national side, and could be a perfect fit next to Sandro in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

If a move to White Hart Lane was successful, it could mean the end of Scott Parker's career in North London, with a switch to Fulham, or even QPR if they stay up, on the cards.

Feyenoord's technical directior Martin Van Geel said: 'We do not need to sell him, nor do we
particularly want to, but we have to think of the player’s ambitions and
evaluate the offers from other clubs.

‘There is an offer from Fiorentina, but
we’ll only discuss it at the end of the season. Right now the players
must focus only on Feyenoord.’

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

VIDEO: European Challenge Tour – cricket with golf clubs! Trick shot

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Cricket with golf clubs! European Challenge Tour trick shot…

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11:51 GMT, 4 March 2013

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12:17 GMT, 4 March 2013

Inspired by Sachin Tendulkar's presence at the season-opening tournament in India, the stars of the Challenge Tour attempt to knock down the wicket from 22 yards away, with 6 attempts. And the results are quite spectacular…

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Wayne Rooney to stop taking penalties for Manchester United

Spot of bother: Rooney hands over penalty duties to Van Persie after series of misses

By
John Drayton

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10:22 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 2 February 2013

Wayne Rooney has announced will stop taking penalties for Manchester United and hand the responsibility over to strike partner Robin van Persie.

The England striker admitted his form from 12 yards has not been good enough and feels it is time to allow Van Persie to become the designated penalty taker.

Rooney’s record from the spot during his Old Trafford career is poor with 17 goals from 28 attempts and his most recent miss against West Ham in the FA Cup proved to be his last.

Over it goes: Wayne Rooney misses from the spot against West Ham

Over it goes: Wayne Rooney misses from the spot against West Ham

Ryan Giggs stepped up to take the spot kick against Fulham in the FA Cup last week – and scored – despite Rooney being on the pitch.

And Rooney said: 'To be honest, it was my choice. At a club like this, to miss two penalties the way I have and not hit the target was not good enough.

'I went in to speak with the manager and said, 'I spoke with Robin van Persie and said he can take them'.’

Rooney has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with former United captain Roy Keane saying the miss against West Ham would be the 'last penalty' Rooney would take.

Over it goes: Rooney sees his effort go over the bar

Over it goes: Rooney sees his effort go over the bar

Meanwhile, Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Rooney and backed the Manchester United striker to join the growing list of players to reach a century of England caps.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is set to become the seventh player to make 100 England appearances when Brazil visit Wembley on Wednesday, and Charlton fully expects Rooney – who has 78 caps at the age of 27 – to follow suit.

That's it: Rooney decided to stop taking penalties after this miss

That's it: Rooney decided to stop taking penalties after this miss

Charlton, England's record goalscorer with 49 goals in 106 internationals, said in the new book England Centurions: 'Wayne Rooney has the potential to reach 100 caps and much more. He is a great talent, an automatic choice when we have a shortage of top international talent.'

Cole will follow in the footsteps of Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Charlton, Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100) in reaching the milestone if he takes the field against Brazil.

Charlton said of the 32-year-old: 'Ashley Cole is a good player, and no-one could not be considered top quality to reach 100 caps, and also in top condition because it does demand stamina to play on for so long.

'So I would wish all those reaching 100 caps 'good luck'.'

QPR have second bid for Brede Hangeland rejected by Fulham

Fulham reject QPR's second bid for Hangeland as Redknapp looks to shore up defence

By
Laura Williamson

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15:05 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:45 GMT, 30 January 2013

Fulham have refused an increased bid from Queens Park Rangers for captain Brede Hangeland.

Rangers are close to bringing in Christopher Samba to replace Ryan Nelsen but have still not given up their pursuit of Hangeland, 31, as Harry Redknapp looks to bring in at least one experienced Premier League defender.

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

The Norway centre half is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and has so far delayed signing an extension to bring him in line with top earners such as Mark Schwarzer and Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham, though, have so far resisted all Rangers' attempts to lure Hangeland to Loftus Road.

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Manager Martin Jol said last week: 'He's our strength and we would be silly to get rid of him or sell him now.'

QPR missed out on another target as Porto defender Rolando opted to join Italian side Napoli.

Kolkata pitch row revelations highlight panic among India"s cricket establishment – Lawrence Booth

Kolkata pitch row revelations highlight panic among India's cricket establishment

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14:56 GMT, 4 December 2012

The narrative in Kolkata this past week has centred, rather unexpectedly, on an old man with a fierce sense of pride and a refusal to be cowed by the BCCI. World cricket's administrators must be looking on in awe.

India had hoped the build-up to the third Test would allow them to stand back and chuckle at yet more wailing and gnashing of teeth over England's ineptitude against spin.

But events in Mumbai changed all that, instead shining a light on the Kolkata pitch and the alleged attempts by the Indian board to prevent the troublesome Prabir Mukherjee – long-standing curator at one of world cricket's most evocative venues and a man presumably absent from MS Dhoni's Christmas-card list – from doing his job.

Bowled over: Dhini has been embroiled in a row with the Kolkata groundsman

Bowled over: Dhini has been embroiled in a row with the Kolkata groundsman

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For even if the pitch does assist the
slow bowlers, India must still hope for rather more from Ravichandran
Ashwin, who has taken 3 for 278 since the first innings at Ahmedabad.
With Harbhajan Singh set for the chop, the onus will rest unduly on
Pragyan Ojha.

But just as India will fret about
what may happen if Cheteshwar Pujara fails in their first innings, so
England will be hoping others can take up the slack should Alastair Cook
not reach three figures for the first time in five Tests as captain.

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That may sound harsh on Kevin Pietersen, who was self-evidently magnificent in Mumbai. But his 22 Test hundreds have been scored in 17 different series: he’s more likely to dazzle once than twice.

The rest need to play their part, especially if Steven Finn replaces Stuart Broad, which would mean Swann batting as high as No 8, a position he hasn’t ascended to since Perth two years ago.

And yet while India picked the wrong attack in Mumbai – generously returning the favour after England’s gaffe at Ahmedabad – the English may just have stumbled, partly by accident and partly by design, over their most potent bowling line-up.

If the pitch does their bidding, memories from a painful year will be more easily forgotten.

Ever reliant: Cook has led England from the front, but will need support to win series

Ever reliant: Cook has led England from the front, but will need support to win series

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS

More from Mukherjee

As we have seen, Prabir Mukherjee is plainly no respecter of reputations, and he was at it again yesterday when he was snapped ‘shooing away’ Mike Atherton from the middle of the Eden Gardens pitch.

Athers and Vic Marks – described in one Indian newspaper as ‘a fellow-scribe’ – were hoping for a look at one of the most talked-about strips in recent Test history, but Mukherjee was having none of it.

Ever-ready to provide a quote, and displaying masterful knowledge of his brief, he declared: 'Nobody except the players and match officials are allowed inside the playing arena. He may be an ex-England international, but he’s here as a journalist. He had no business to be there.'

Grounds for concern: Eden Gardens has been at the centre of recent controversy

Grounds for concern: Eden Gardens has been at the centre of recent controversy

One punt too many

Proof that Australia is a more sentimental place than it likes to admit could be found in the treatment of Ricky Ponting in Perth. The standing ovations and Ponting’s own, final, salute to Australian crowds were as you’d expect for an all-time great.

We’ll all miss Ponting in our different ways. But is it callous to wonder whether his selection for the third and final Test against South Africa was a triumph of hope over expectation

Ponting himself had admitted before the Test that his time was up, saying his performances against the South Africans had not reached ‘the level required of a batsman in the Australia team’.

No matter: for a game in which victory would have taken Australia to the top of the Test rankings, there was no suggestion at all that Ponting should miss out. Actually, it’s rather nice that this was the case. But let’s not pretend the Australian selectors made a decision that was anything other than misty-eyed.

Slick Rick: Ponting has finally called time on his Aussie career

Slick Rick: Ponting has finally called time on his Aussie career

Mud sticks

A belated thought about poor Imran Tahir’s monstering by Australia’s batsmen at Adelaide, where his match return of 0 for 260 was the worst in Test history. As the bowler whose record he broke can testify, these stats can scar a man. Khan Mohammad took 0 for 259 in the Jamaica Test of 1957-58, when Garry Sobers hit his then-world record 365*.

But he deserved better than to be known for those figures alone: his 13-Test career as a seamer for Pakistan brought him 54 wickets at under 24 apiece.

Wisden's Steven Lynch remembers meeting Mohammad when he was coaching at Lord’s some years back, and enquiring about the Sobers innings. The reply betrayed a certain weariness: ‘Everyone always asks me about that. They never ask about when I bowled Len Hutton for 0.’ Tahir beware.

Anderson spreads his wings

Sniffy journalists like to accuse professional sportsmen of lacking a hinterland, as if there’s time to write a novel or learn the oboe in between winning Test matches for their country. So hats off to Jimmy Anderson for agreeing to become executive producer of Warriors, a film directed by Barney Douglas – who provides video content for the ECB – about the role cricket is playing among the Maasai tribespeople of Kenya.

The film, which charts the villagers’ hopes of taking part in a tournament in England and examines some of the darker aspects of Maasai life, is due out in 2013. It’s a terrific idea. But it needs your help. To find out more, and to contribute to the fund-raising drive, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/warriorsfilm

James McFadden joins Sunderland

Sunderland snap-up former Scotland striker McFadden on a free

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09:55 GMT, 26 October 2012

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

Free agent James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.

Manager Martin O'Neill revealed on Thursday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

Free agent McFadden spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham.

He will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can return to the form which brought him 48 senior caps.

Balram Chainrai denies there are problems with Portpin"s Portsmouth takeover

Chainrai denies there are problems with Portpin's takeover of stricken Portsmouth

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15:08 GMT, 13 October 2012

Balram Chainrai has denied there are problems with Portpin's takeover at Portsmouth.

Pompey have been in administration since February and the npower League One outfit will go bust if a takeover is not completed.

It is the second time the club has been in administration in two years and Chainrai was at the helm the first time in February 2010, before selling to Vladimir Antonov.

Portsmouth went back into administration this year during which time Portpin retained a charge over the club's assets and Fratton Park.

Denial: Chainrai

Denial: Chainrai

Chainrai is now looking to take over the club but reports have questioned whether he will pass the fit and proper person test as Football League rules do not allow a person to own a football club or be a director if he has previously twice been a director or owner of a club when it has fallen into administration.

Following those reports, the Hong Kong-based business released a statement that said: 'Our discussions with the Football League have been positive and are progressing.

'As far as we are aware we have satisfied the majority of the criteria and we expect now to work through the last remaining points with the Football League in the coming days.

'We are very confident that we are in a position to complete the acquisition of Portsmouth Football club in the near future.'

The reports also suggested administrators PKF are set to resume discussions with the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) next week over its takeover proposal.

The trust, which could be presented to the Football League as preferred bidder, is expecting to hear from administrator Trevor Birch soon and remains resolute in its attempts to buy Portsmouth.

'The PST position has always been clear that we have got what we believe is a credible bid,' PST spokesman Colin Farmery said.

'It has been on the table since June and we've always said that we're ready, willing and able to buy the club.

'Obviously we've seen these interesting stories overnight that have come out in the media.

'As far as we're concerned, we're in an on-going dialogue with PKF and we're expecting to get further clarification next week.

'We wrote to the Football League about a fortnight ago outlining our concerns as to why we thought that Portpin should not actually pass their owners and directors test.

'The Football League met on Thursday and nothing official has come out of that meeting at the moment.'

Arsenal want Wilfried Zaha to replace Theo Walcott: EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Gunners turn to Palace's Zaha as Walcott contract wrangle continues

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21:45 GMT, 8 October 2012

Arsenal are lining up a swoop for Theo Walcott's potential replacement after joining the race to land Crystal Palace prospect Wilfried Zaha.

Former Gunners assistant manager Pat Rice – who still works for the club despite retiring in the summer – watched the 19-year-old forward score twice in the Eagles' 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Arsenal have sent scouts to a clutch of
Palace’s games primarily to watch Zaha and are now emerging as serious
contenders to land the youngster.

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

Zaha – rated at 12million – could be the latest player to join the Gunners from lower leagues, particularly if the club fail in their attempts to sign Walcott to a new contract.

The England forward's representatives will hold talks with the Arsenal hierarchy during the international break in a bid to thrash out a new agreement.

Walcott — who has less than 12 months left on his current deal — rejected a contract extension worth 75,000-per-week.

Sunderland 1 Wigan 0 match report: Steven Fletcher strike win it for Black Cats

Sunderland 1 Wigan 0: Fletcher strike ends Black Cats woeful winless run

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16:50 GMT, 29 September 2012

Steven Fletcher fired Sunderland to their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season with his fifth goal in four games.

The 25-year-old turned James McClean's 51st-minute cross-shot past keeper Ali Al Habsi to win a match of little quality as 10-man Wigan were made to pay almost instantly for Jordi Gomez's rush of blood.

Gomez was sent off just two minutes into the second half for a dangerous lunge at defender Danny Rose and a game in which his side had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes turned on its head.

Listen up: Fletcher celebrates scoring the winning goal early in the first half

Listen up: Fletcher celebrates scoring the winning goal early in the first half

Match facts

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

Goal: Fletcher

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Gomez, Maloney.

Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Booked: McCarthy

Sent off: Gomez

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Premier League results, fixtures and table

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill will
have been delighted to see his team end a 12-game wait for a league
victory dating back to last season, but it might have been very
different had it not been for Gomez's lack of discipline and keeper
Simon Mignolet.

The Belgium international pulled off
vital first-half saves from James McCarthy and Arouna Kone to keep the
visitors at bay as the home side struggled to find any real rhythm.

However, the sending-off gave them fresh impetus and they never looked like surrendering their lead.

The game represented a contest
between a club with no Premier League win in a dozen attempts and
another with just one this season, and the 37,742 spectators who
attended perhaps should not have expected a thriller.

Sunderland were boosted by the return
of England winger Adam Johnson, who had passed a late fitness test on
his thigh injury, but deprived of the services of skipper Lee Cattermole
following his midweek dismissal.

Cattermole's absence proved key
before the break as Sebastian Larsson and Jack Colback struggled to get
to grips with McCarthy and Shaun Maloney, who combined well with Kone
and Gomez to stretch the home defence repeatedly.

Indeed, the visitors could have been
ahead with just four minutes gone when Republic of Ireland international
McCarthy was allowed to waltz through a statuesque Black Cats defence,
only to see his left-foot shot blocked by Mignolet.

From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared only as far as Gomez on the edge of the box, and he blasted a volley over.

Mignolet came to the rescue once
again with 15 minutes on the clock when Jean Beausejour crossed from the
left to pick out Ivorian at the far post.

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

He seemed certain to score, but Mignolet somehow managed to bundle his effort from point-blank range around the post.

For their part, Sunderland created
little of note with in-form striker Fletcher feeding off scraps for long
periods with wide-men Johnson and McClean unable to provide him with
any meaningful supply.

However, they came close to taking
the lead with 28 minutes played when Sebastian Larsson's free-kick from
the left evaded attackers and defenders alike as it sped across the
penalty area before being hacked off the line by Ivan Ramis.

But the half finished as it had
started with Wigan threatening once again two minutes before the whistle
when McCarthy once again made the most of the time and space he was
afforded to send a long-range effort inches wide with Mignolet diving
desperately to his left.

Roberto Martinez will no doubt have
been happy as his side returned to the dressing room, but his mood will
have changed markedly within two minutes of the restart.

Firing blanks: Wigan couldn't make the breakthrough in the controversial clash at the Stadium of Light

Firing blanks: Wigan couldn't make the breakthrough in the controversial clash at the Stadium of Light

There seemed to be little danger as
left-back Danny Rose picked up possession on halfway, but Gomez leapt
into an ugly challenge to leave the Sunderland man in a heap and referee
Howard Webb with little option to produce a red card.

The home side made their numerical
advantage count with four minutes when McClean broke into the box and
appeared to drag his shot across the face of goal.

Whatever his intention, the ball fell perfectly for Fletcher, who swept it home without a second thought to break the deadlock.

O'Neill's men were suddenly
re-energised and immediately set about the task of killing the game off
with Stephane Sessegnon forcing Ali Al Habsi into a 54th-minute save
before Craig Gardner blasted over from long range.

Martinez sent on striker Franco di Santo for Maloney on the hour, but the game was rapidly slipping from his side's grasp.

Neither side was able to exert any
measure of control as time ran down, but Sunderland held out in what was
an untidy conclusion to claim three valuable points.

Saracens 9 Leicester 9: Toby Flood outshines Owen Farrell

Saracens 9 Leicester 9: Flood outshines Farrell as title contenders share spoils at Wembley

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17:09 GMT, 15 September 2012

Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson went from hero to villain as the battle of the Red Rose No 10s past and present ended in stalemate at Wembley.

After replacing the woefully off-colour Owen Farrell early in the second half Hodgson's kicking – both from the tee and in open play – dragged Saracens back into the game.

However, after kicking two penalties in quick succession to level proceedings, the 31-year-old was off target with a last-gasp drop goal in front of the posts.

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts
MATCH FACTS

Saracens: Pens: Farrell, Hodgson 2.

Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Tomkins, Barritt, Short, Farrell, de Kock, Vunipola, Brits, Nieto, Borthwick, Botha, Brown, Wray, Joubert.

Replacements: Wyles for Short (60), Hodgson for Farrell (52), Wigglesworth for de Kock (52), Gill for Vunipola (66), Smit for Brits (66), Du Plessis for Nieto (48), Hargreaves for Botha (65), Fraser for Wray (71).

Leicester: Pens: Flood 3.

Leicester: Murphy, Hamilton, Tuilagi, Allen, Goneva, Flood, Harrison, Mulipola, T Youngs, Cole, Kitchener, Parling, Mafi, Salvi, Waldrom.

Replacements: Smith for Murphy (15), Stankovich for Mulipola (64), Chuter for T. Youngs (71), Castrogiovanni for Cole (50), Crane for Waldrom (62).

Not Used: Andrew, Phibbs, Ford.

Another England fly-half, Toby Flood,
kicked the three penalties that had seemingly put Leicester on course
for victory but the Tigers pivot was also off-target with a drop-goal
attempt with the last kick of the game as the points were shared.

The place-kicking battle started early, with Flood successful with two penalties inside the first six minutes.

Sarries barely got out of their own half early on but slowly came into
the match and could have reduced the deficit on 10 minutes.

But in a sign of what was to follow in a dismal first half for Farrell,
making his first start of the season, the 20-year-old dragged his effort
wide – the first of four misses from five attempts.

Leicester skipper Geordan Murphy was forced off through injury after 14
minutes, replaced by Matt Smith, before Farrell failed to take advantage
with his next penalty attempt – dragging his effort off target from 40
metres.

The Tigers slowly took a grip on the game and enjoyed an impressive
spell of possession, Vereniki Goneva and Scott Hamilton nearly linking
up to produce the first try but for the timely intervention of Alex
Goode on the left wing.

Bad day at the office: Farrell (right) is consoled by captain Steve Bortwick after missing another penalty

Bad day at the office: Farrell (right) is consoled by captain Steve Bortwick after missing another penalty

Despite sustained pressure they had to settle for a penalty, Flood
extending the lead to nine with his third success on the half-hour mark.

Farrell finally got himself off the mark with his fourth penalty attempt
on 34 minutes but he was wayward again with the last kick of the first
half to leave the margin at 9-3.

Sarries kept the faith with their misfiring fly-half in the early stages
of the second half but Hodgson joined the fray in the 51st minute and
seconds later succeeded where Farrell had failed.

Powerhouse: Manu Tuilagi bursts through for Leicester

Powerhouse: Manu Tuilagi bursts through for Leicester

The former Sale No 10 – who retired from international duty in the
summer – kicked Sarries to victory against his old club last week and he
found his range immediately after Tigers were penalised for coming in
at the side.

The scores were level before the hour mark when Hodgson made it two from
two. Julian Salvi did not roll away quickly enough and the 31-year-old
duly slotted the penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Leicester had the next chance to restore their lead on 68 minutes but
Flood pulled his kickable penalty attempt wide for his first miss of the
day at a most inopportune moment.

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Sarries wasted a chance on the counter-attack after some quick thinking
by Goode, Richard Wigglesworth knocking on with a gap looking to have
opened up.

A Saracens turnover and a kick ahead from Hodgson forced Leicester to
concede a line-out within metres of their line heading into the last
five minutes.

Safe line-out ball allowed Sarries to set-up the replacement fly-half
with a drop-goal attempt in front of the posts but Hodgson sliced it
wide.

Leicester got themselves down the other end of the field to give Flood
his chance to be the hero but his effort was just wide as the points
were shared.

Centre of attention: Brad Barritt takes on Scott Hamilton

Centre of attention: Brad Barritt takes on Scott Hamilton