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Daniel Agger plays through pain barrier

Agger hope for Liverpool as crocked defender plays through the pain barrier

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 3 October 2012

Daniel Agger will continue to play through the pain of a fractured kneecap to help Liverpool's Premier League push.

Agger left the field on a stretcher near the end of the Manchester United match after clashing with fellow defender Glen Johnson.

But a scan revealed no serious damage and the Danish centre-back was back for the win over Norwich with just a small crack in his bone.

Battler: Daniel Agger is playing through the pain barrier for Liverpool

Battler: Daniel Agger is playing through the pain barrier for Liverpool

Agger told the Liverpool Echo: 'I feared the worst when it happened. When I tried to get up the muscle in my knee just didn't work. I felt really unsteady and the medical staff thought I had done my ligaments.

'I thought it was a bad one and that I would be out for months. But, thankfully, it was just a really hard knock to the knee.

'I've got a small fracture in the bone but it's only a minor thing. It's not a problem. I only started training again last Friday but I was fine for the Norwich game.

'I felt really comfortable and I'm enjoying it. I think I deserved a bit of luck after the (injury) problems I've had in the past.'

Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for Agger.

'He didn't train all last week – he's got a little bit of pain in there,' he told the club website.

'He played in the game down at Norwich and did very, very well. He's recovered well now and it's just a management process with Daniel.

'I came into the club and looked closely at his injury record. He's a player who needs managing. He's a good guy and has worked well this week and will be available for the next couple of games.

'He's a real warrior. I am very fortunate here that I have got a group that has that real warrior mentality and he is one of those guys.'

Fears: It did not look good for Agger when he went down against Man United

Fears: It did not look good for Agger when he went down against Man United

Steven Fletcher was a bargain for Sunderland – Martin O"Neill

Fletcher was a bargain at 12m purrs O'Neill after hotshot's latest strike

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 23 September 2012


No stopping him: Steven Fletcher (left)

No stopping him: Steven Fletcher (left)

Martin O'Neill believes 12million signing Steven Fletcher will prove 'great value for money' after the striker scored his fourth goal in three Barclays Premier League games for Sunderland in the 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Fletcher, 25, is the only player to have found the back of the net for O'Neill’s side in the league this season, in which Sunderland are still unbeaten but have not registered a win since March.

‘It has helped us as he is the only one to score,’ said the Sunderland boss. ‘He has also taken the goals brilliantly. There is an extra part to his game, which we did not have last season.

‘I have never paid more than 12m for a player, (but) I think Fletcher is a quality centre forward and will prove great value for money.

‘(The run without a win) is not a psychological barrier for me. It is not something Steven Fletcher is concerned about as he was not here and may not even know. It is genuinely not a problem.’

Sharp shooter: Fletcher (left) smashes home his goal at Upton Park

Sharp shooter: Fletcher (left) smashes home his goal at Upton Park

Fletcher’s former Wolves team-mate Matt Jarvis impressed on his West Ham home debut as a second-half substitute, keeping the ball in play for Kevin Nolan to score a stoppage-time equaliser. The winger insisted Fletcher will not see his hefty price tag as a burden.

Jarvis said: ‘The price tag is one of those things you can’t walk away from but he has showed his class. That’s why he’s got such a goal-scoring record.

‘We had a great combination together at Wolves and I’m pleased he’s doing well — just not against West Ham.’

Jonny Evans set to infuriate Sir Alex Ferguson with Northern Ireland appearance

Ferguson fumes as crocked Evans prepares for Luxembourg qualifier

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 11 September 2012

Jonny Evans will play for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday night despite not being fully fit.

The Manchester United defender hasn't featured for Sir Alex Ferguson this season after an ankle operation in the summer.

But the 25-year-old was called upon by manager Michael O'Neill for Northern Ireland in their 2-0 defeat at Russia on Friday night.

Injury concern: Evans hasn't featured for Manchester United this season

Injury concern: Evans hasn't featured for Manchester United this season

Evans limped off at half-time, but went on to play the full 90 minutes with his ankle heavily strapped.

It was expected the defender would not feature against Luxembourg, but Evans is set to play through the pain barrier.

Evans said: 'I have only played one reserve game for United this season after having the surgery in the summer. But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer, but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on.

Great Scot: Sir Alex Ferguson cheered on his compatriot on Monday night

Great Scot: Sir Alex Ferguson cheered on his compatriot on Monday night

'After a couple of painkillers, it did feel a bit better and, if anything, I felt stronger as the game went on.'

The news is likely to infuriate Ferguson, who was courtside at Flushing Meadows on Monday night to witness Andy Murray triumph over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

Ferguson has endured a defensive crisis at Old Trafford this campaign and cannot afford to see Evans back in the treatment room as he prepares for the visit of Wigan on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland utility man Andy Little has been ruled out of Tuesday night's qualifier.

The Rangers man, who can play in a variety of positions, was under consideration to start on the right side of midfield at Windsor Park but has instead been sent back to Ibrox with a foot injury.

London 2012 Paralympics: Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen pick up gold

Golden girls back in fashion as two more Brits pick up top accolades

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 2 September 2012

The golden girls are back as the Paralympics provided us with two more on Sunday.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen claimed their gold medals in different sports and in different ways but the beaming smiles were the same.

Applegate triumphed in the pool, Christiansen in the more serene equestrian arena after an anxious wait. Her victory, riding Janeiro 6, ensured Britain won the team event too, meaning a 10th gold for Lee Pearson.

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

Applegate continued where Ellie Simmonds left off, coming from behind on the last leg to send a partisan home crowd delirious.

Applegate is just 16 yet raced like a veteran, turning into the final leg of her S14 200m freestyle in third but notching a Paralympic record time of 2min 12.63sec. She reeled in Holland’s Marlou van der Kulk, then Australia’s Taylor Corry to win by 0.55sec. ‘I’m ecstatic. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do something like that,’ said Applegate, who has learning difficulties which limit the amount of coaching she can absorb. ‘The last turn I just knew I had to give everything.

‘I just had to break through that pain barrier. To knock two seconds off my PB is amazing.’

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Christiansen was drawn first in her event and posted an imposing 82.750 per cent. She waited as 13 riders tried and failed to top it.

The 24-year-old’s triumph came after double gold in Beijing, a feat she has emulated following the team success alongside Pearson, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

‘As long as I stayed relaxed and focused on what I had done in training, I knew I could pull out an 80 per cent-plus test,’ said Christiansen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Blind swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell won bronze in their 100m butterfly races. Clegg’s sister Libby won silver in the T12 100m at the Olympic Stadium less than 40 minutes later.

In the dressage, Wells and Criddle had earlier claimed silver in their classes.

Scott Parker blow for Spurs as midfielder misses start of season after achilles op

Parker blow for Spurs as midfielder misses start of season after achilles op

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UPDATED:

16:23 GMT, 9 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has
undergone successful achilles surgery and is expected to return to
training after the international break in September, the club have
confirmed.

Parker started all four of England's
match at the tournament but it is thought he picked up an achilles
injury while representing his country.

Hard knock: Scott Parker played through the pain barrier at Euros

Hard knock: Scott Parker played through the pain barrier at Euros

The former Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle midfielder was a key man for Spurs in the middle of the park last season making 34 appearances for the White Hart Lane club after moving from London rivals West Ham the previous summer.

Tottenham say the surgery has gone well but is unlikely to play for at least six weeks. A statement on the club website read: 'Scott Parker has undergone successful surgery to his right Achilles.

'The midfielder is expected to return to training after the international break in September.'

London 2012 Games: Roger Bannister and Steve Redgrave "honoured" to carry Olympic torch in Henley

Knights Bannister and Redgrave 'honoured' to carry Olympic torch in Henley

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 10 July 2012

Athletics legend Sir Roger Bannister
returned to the site of his greatest sporting achievement as he started
Tuesday's journey of the Olympic flame.

Sir Roger was joined by London 2012
chairman Lord Coe at the Iffley Road track in Oxford to begin day 53 of
the torch's journey.

Flame on: Sebastian Coe, left, chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, and Sir Roger Bannister

Flame on: Sebastian Coe, left, chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, and Sir Roger Bannister

At the track – now renamed in honour of the famous middle distance runner – the athlete broke the magical four-minute mile barrier on a balmy evening on May 6, 1954.

Sir Roger said: 'It's an honour to be included in a list of torch carriers which has included injured soldiers back from Afghanistan and other places, and I'm glad that it's taking place on this track in Oxford where I ran the four-minute mile in 1954.

'It brings back happy memories and it also brings back some remembering of the weather. Today it looks like it might rain and that day the weather was so bad that I nearly decided not to attempt it.

Roger Bannister hits the tape to break the four-minute mile

Sir Roger Bannister

Then and nopw: Bannister breaks the four-minute mile (left) and carrying the torch

'In retrospect I'm glad because if I hadn't attempted it that day I might not have had another chance.

'In a way I'm back in the sport that I belong to. I spent 10 years training before I broke the four-minute mile. I send my best wishes to all those who are training now and are competing in the Olympics in London.'

Lord Coe said: 'It's very special. Roger has done so much inside British sport.

'Breaking the four-minute mile as a mark of athletic achievement sits central in the history of our sport. He paved the way for what we did in the late 70s and early 80s.'

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All aboard: Sir Steve Redgrave carries the Olympic Flame on a boat on the River Thames

The 25-year-old, from Oxford, was chosen to carry the torch after launching Student Run Self Help – a voluntary organisation which provides self-help groups across the country for people with eating disorders.

Nicola, who is studying for a doctorate in experimental psychology at Brasenose College, has raised more than 60,000 for the programme since it began in 2009. A host of sporting celebrities will carry the flame today as it travels 87 miles and is transported by 111 torch bearers in total.

Later, the torch was carried on a rowing boat along the River Thames by Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave.

Sir Steve, a five-times Olympic rowing gold medallist, travelled through Henley-on-Thames in an eight-man boat using an oar with one hand.

Flaming cheek: A streaker was arrested during the torch relay

Flaming cheek: A streaker was arrested during the torch relay

He exchanged the Olympic flame with the previous torchbearer as he sat in the slimline vessel and then, with seven other rowers and a cox, set off on a circuit of the riverbank.

In the background was the River and Rowing Museum where the boat Sir Steve used to win his fifth gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics is on permanent display.

With an oar in his right hand and the Olympic torch in his left he was able to keep up with the sedate pace that allowed the thousands of spectators lining the route to glimpse the flame and cheer him on.

Pleasure cruisers moored along the banks were filled with clapping and screaming crowds and a bridge was also packed with well-wishers.

Sir Steve's route took him over part of the rowing course of the 1908 and 1948 Olympics, which staged events at Henley.

The boat stopped at the Leander Club, a prestigious rowing club in Henley whose members have won 99 Olympic medals over the decades.

Once he had his feet on dry land, Sir Steve set off on a brief run to hand the flame on to the next torchbearer.

He said: 'To have my hands on the torch is pretty special.

'It's surreal – when I retired in 2000 I was asked to come on to the bid team.

'What we were working towards were the Games in 2012 and now it's just 18 days away.'

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will watch the final handover of the torch at Windsor Castle.

Ian Botham says Kevin Pietersen"s limited-overs retirement leaves gap

Botham claims Pietersen's limited-overs retirement leaves gap for new English star

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15:03 GMT, 12 June 2012

Ian Botham sees Kevin Pietersen's limited-overs retirement as an opportunity for a new star to enter the limelight in English cricket.

Former England great Botham has no qualms about the end of the Pietersen era in one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket, reasoning that the South Africa-born batsman had hit a 'mental barrier' and needed to trim down his schedule.

Pietersen, who had wanted to continue in the shortest format but was prevented from doing so by the terms of his England and Wales Cricket Board contract, will be restricted to Tests for the remainder of his career.

Shoes to fill: Ian Botham thinks Kevin Pietersen (right) can be replaced with a new star

Shoes to fill: Ian Botham thinks Kevin Pietersen (right) can be replaced with a new star

'I would rather look back at what KP has done for us. He's been magnificent,' Botham told Sky Sports News.

'He says he has hit a mental barrier, a wall, and something has to give.'

On Monday England announced their first limited-overs squads since Pietersen's retirement, confirming a return to the ODI set-up for Ian Bell – with Alex Hales likely to be back as an opener in Twenty20s.

'It sits pretty well with me … there's no point in saying you have to play, if his heart isn't in it,' added Botham.

'It will give an opportunity to someone else.

'KP has gone, so now is the chance for a new KP.

'Players like that don't come along every day. But he feels the time is right – so be it.'

Robert Kubica retains hopes of Formula One return as Renault driver has further surgery on elbow

Kubica retains hopes of Formula One return as Renault driver has further surgery on elbow

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 6 June 2012

Robert Kubica is refusing to give up hope on a return to Formula One and has undergone further surgery in an attempt to realise his dream of a return to the pinnacle of motorsport.

Kubica suffered horrific injuries after a rallying accident in February last year. His right forearm was partially severed while he also suffered multiple fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg after his Skoda car was impaled on a crash barrier during the Ronde di Andora rally in Northern Italy.

Reports earlier this year claimed a return to Formula One for Kubica was 'nearly impossible'. However, the Polish driver has undergone further surgery to try and improve the mobility in his elbow following tests in a Formula One simulator.

Fresh hope: Kubica

Fresh hope: Kubica

Kubica was operated on at the Pederzoli hospital at the end of last month, when parts of his elbow were replaced with prosthesis. Head surgeon Ruggero Testoni said: 'The surgery was preceded by a series of tests in an F1 car simulator.

'This way the driver will be able to fully handle the steering wheel, while before he was unable to rotate the palm down, so he was forced to release the steering wheel in order to turn left. It will take at least one month in order to stabilize.'

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Kubica, a previous victor of the Canadian Grand Prix which takes place this weekend, was ultimately replaced at Lotus, formerly Renault, by Kimi Raikkonen after initial stand-in Nick Heidfeld failed to do enough to secure a permanent drive.

Raikkonen spent two years competing in the World Rally Championship before returning to Formula One this season. But mindful of the loss of such a talented as Kubica, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier revealed last month that Raikkonen's contract prevents him from competing in rallies after it was suggested he may want to compete in his home event in Finland.

Boullier said: 'Obviously, there is a trauma here after 2011. We can't have a contract with a driver that has a clause that allows them to take any risk because they are so valuable to the team. So, rallying, skiing, whatever you want, it is not allowed.'

Jamie Redknapp: Kyle Walker stars for Tottenham

Weekend Watch: King Kyle fights through the pain barrier

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 29 April 2012

The half-time talk at Tottenham on Sunday was whether to take off Kyle Walker, who had a tight hamstring. Winning 1-0 against Blackburn, it was an option for the manager, but Kyle wanted to stay on, which is typical of his general attitude.

He was rewarded with that terrific free-kick. I’m certain the lad has a long and successful career ahead of him. There is nothing he cannot do on a football pitch.

Main man: Kyle Walker (centre) celebrates his goal against Blackburn

Main man: Kyle Walker (centre) celebrates his goal against Blackburn

Dan still the man

Fernando Torres is back in the goals with a hat-trick on Sunday, just in time for the FA Cup final against Liverpool. I was pleased Daniel Sturridge scored too. He was the top man under AVB, but has gone back to the bench since Roberto Di Matteo took over. It’s not what he does with the ball, but without it. He will be a top player, but needs to work at tracking his full back.

Back on form: Daniel Sturridge (second left) impressed for Chelsea

Back on form: Daniel Sturridge (second left) impressed for Chelsea

Lift it like Luis

Luis Suarez has had a rollercoaster season, but he is a magnificent player. His first Liverpool hat-trick included a wonder goal from just inside the Norwich half when his execution was sensational. I hope he stays in England, because he would be a great loss to our league. Suarez is going into the FA Cup final next weekend in top form and I reckon he could be the difference against Chelsea.

Hat-trick hero: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool to victory over Norwich

Hat-trick hero: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool to victory over Norwich

Time to lock up Fletch

The striker who has scored the most headed goals in the Barclays Premier League is likely to make the Team GB Olympic squad but won’t play for his country after a falling out. His team are down already and his goals haven’t saved them. But I like Steven Fletcher a lot and, even though Wolves are relegated, I’m certain he’ll be in the top flight next season.

Main man: Steven Fletcher could be a wanted man in the summer

Main man: Steven Fletcher could be a wanted man in the summer

Amazing victory

Wigan are the team who have shaken up the season. Their victory against Manchester United blew open the title race and their 4-0 win against Newcastle is a scoreline that looked impossible. Victor Moses hasn’t scored enough goals (his two on Saturday takes him to six for the season) but long-term observers of him from his Palace days have expected him to make this kind of impact. He looks on fire.

Great escape: Wigan continued their impressive run of form against Newcastle

Great escape: Wigan continued their impressive run of form against Newcastle

Malky to go up too

My old club Southampton have followed Norwich with back-to-back promotions. Now can they make the same impact as Swansea and Norwich in the top flight They are a terrific club with an excellent playing surface and I’m delighted they are back. Who gets through the play-offs to follow them I’ve got a feeling it might be Malky Mackay and Cardiff.

Pure delight: Malky Mackay led Cardiff to the Championship play-offs

Pure delight: Malky Mackay led Cardiff to the Championship play-offs

Bell tolls for Graham

Graham Alexander delivered one of those ‘Roy of the Rovers’ goodbyes. After more than 1,000 league appearances for four clubs, he came on as a substitute for Preston against League One champions Charlton and scored with a free-kick to bring them back to 2-2. He made his debut in 1991, 21 years ago, and just kept going. What a remarkable servant to the game he has been, with 40 international caps for Scotland too.

Out on a high: Graham Alexander scored on his final appearance

Out on a high: Graham Alexander scored on his final appearance

Tevez on a mission

I’m going for Manchester City to win 2-1 on Monday, which would give them a league double over Manchester United for the first time since 1969-70. I don’t know if victory wins them the title (they still have to get past Sir Alex Ferguson in the race to the finish line). Carlos Tevez could be the key. He’ll be on a mission for this one and wants to show Fergie what he rejected.

Arsenal beware Wigan can beat anyone – Roberto Martinez

Watch out Arsenal… Wigan can beat anyone! Martinez aiming for another top-four scalp

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UPDATED:

09:30 GMT, 16 April 2012

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have broken down a mental barrier with their recent performances at Liverpool and Chelsea.

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The Latics head to Arsenal on Monday looking to follow up their stunning midweek win over Manchester United with an equally unlikely triumph.

At the start of March, few would have given Wigan any hope of Barclays Premier League survival. However, since then they have beaten United, won at Anfield and were only denied a positive result at Chelsea due to a series of dubious decisions, including bad offside calls for both Blues goals.

Shock: Shaun Maloney's (right) goal sank Manchester United last week

Shock: Shaun Maloney's (right) goal sank Manchester United last week

For a side who had not been able to beat one the old 'big four' for so long, it marks a substantial change in fortune. And Martinez wants to build on that at the Emirates Stadium.

'We are capable of getting results against anyone,' he said. 'We proved that against Manchester United but also against Chelsea and Liverpool.

'Those games allowed us to break a mental barrier that we had in the past.

'We went to Anfield and won, and in my eyes we beat Chelsea, even if we didn't win the game.

'When we are at our best, and we have to be perfect, we are a competitive side no matter who the opposition is.'

Martinez will be hoping for a big performance from midfielder Shaun Maloney, who has turned into Wigan's secret weapon with his goals against Liverpool and United.

Before the trip to Norwich on March 11,
when he came off the bench, Maloney had been involved in only three
Premier League games – all as a substitute – which in total amounted to
just 34 minutes, following his 850,000 summer move from Celtic.

In training: Arsenal warm up ahead of their clash with Wigan at the Emirates

In training: Arsenal warm up ahead of their clash with Wigan at the Emirates

'There is a really strong adaptation period for certain players when they leave the Scottish Premier League and come to England,' Martinez added.

'We worked really hard with him physically to reach the level we needed, then he had to find a partnership and position with our players.

'Maybe you can move from Celtic to the Premier League, but not from Celtic to Wigan.

'With a club fighting for the title in Scotland you get a lot of possession and the main concentration is what to do with it. It is straightforward.

'In the Premier League, physically you need to find the right level, then you have to work out what you are doing off the ball and how you are going to defend. It is not easy.'