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Newcastle defender Danny Simpson knocked out in Manchester street fight

Newcastle defender Simpson 'OK' after bloody 4am brawl in Manchester

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

09:18 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 4 February 2013

Danny Simpson was left bleeding and unconscious in the street after a bloody 4am brawl outside a takeaway in Manchester.

The Newcastle defender, who is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, was out celebrating his side's last-gasp 3-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday evening.

He had recovered enough by Monday morning to tweet: 'For the record im okay, 2 on 1 well done!'

Battler: But Danny Simpson could be on his way out of Newcastle

Battler: But Danny Simpson could be on his way out of Newcastle

Simpson's argument was said to have
kicked off outside the Rice Flamebar and Grill in Manchester in the
early hours of Sunday morning after the night out at the exclusive
Circle Club.

But after leaving the night spot on his own to get food, he reportedly got into a scrap with a fellow punter while queuing for his kebab.

'Him and this guy started getting aggressive with each other,' a source told The Sun. 'They started scuffling. The man was pushing and shoving Danny and he just lost it. He punched him and he dropped to the ground.'

Manchester United graduate: Simpson remains good friends with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley

Manchester United graduate: Simpson remains good friends with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley

But while he attempted to leave in the
back of a taxi, two bouncers are said to have to have dragged him out
and punched him in the face, leaving him unconscious on the floor for 15
minutes before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The source added: 'He dropped to the floor and was half on the pavement, half on the road with blood pouring from his mouth. He was in a bad way. It looked like he’d been knocked out.'

An ambulance spokesperson confirmed a man was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary following the incident, while police said they were called to the takeaway restaurant after reports of an assault but a man with 'minor injuries' did not wish to make a complaint.

Out of favour: Simpson has not been a Newcastle regular of late

Out of favour: Simpson has not been a Newcastle regular of late

The following morning Simpson wrote on his Twitter page that he was enjoying spending some time with his young
daughter.

He tweeted: 'Sunday chill out with my little girl.'

Fulham and West Ham are among those reported to be interested in signing Simpson on a free transfer in the summer.

Roger Federer to face Juan Martin del Potro in Swiss Indoor final

Federer to face Del Potro in Swiss Indoor final after beating Mathieu

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 27 October 2012

Roger Federer set up an intriguing final with Juan Martin del Potro as he attempts to lay his hands on a sixth Swiss Indoors title.

Federer was made to work harder before seeing off France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5 6-4 after Del Potro thumped third seed Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 earlier.

Basel battler: Roger Federer seeking a sixth Swiss Indoor title

Basel battler: Roger Federer seeking a sixth Swiss Indoor title

The world number one and home
favourite claimed the all-important break in the 11th game after Mathieu
fired an attempted forehand wide before closing out the set with ease.

Mathieu then faulted in the fifth
game of the next set to gift it to Federer and he made no mistake in
reaching the showpiece encounter in Basle.

Mathieu's compatriot Gasquet was humbled by big-hitting Argentinian Del Potro.

The second seed was easily able to
handle Gasquet's serve, breaking the Frenchman on five occasions en
route to his eighth successive win.

Javi Garcia is Manchester City target

Man City interested in Benfica midfielder Garcia after missing out on De Rossi

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 27 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester City are considering making a move for Benfica defensive midfielder Javi Garcia.

City's interest in the 25-year-old Spaniard has been mentioned in the Portuguese press and Roberto Mancini has made it crystal clear he is interested in adding to his squad.

Jack Rodwell has been the only new signing Mancini has made and he wanted to add another midfielder in Daniele De Rossi but that avenue has been closed by Roma.

Battler: Javi Garcia fights for the ball

Battler: Javi Garcia fights for the ball

Record, a Portuguese newspaper, says Mancini's first team coach Fausto Salsano came to watch the midfielder during Benfica's 5-0 win against Vitoria Setubal on Monday.

Garcia's minimum release fee clause is 23.8million but City would be hoping to pay less for him.

He is contracted to the club until 2016 and is a fan favourite, so letting him leave Lisbon may prove to be an unpopular decision.

Wimbledon 2012: Jamie Baker will find it tough against Andy Roddick

The Locker Room: Tough task for Brit Baker against Roddick

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 June 2012

British No 3 Jamie Baker is third up on Court No 1 against three-time finalist Andy Roddick, the American who won the Wimbledon warm-up event at Eastbourne on Sunday.

There’s no doubt Roddick is nowhere near his US Open winning best, but it will still be very tough for world No 186 Baker.

It will also be a challenge for Laura Robson who takes on former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Court 3.

Task: Jamie Baker has a tricky opponent to navigate

Task: Jamie Baker has a tricky opponent to navigate

Seed in danger

Fifth seed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer at last year’s Wimbledon, faces a tough first-round clash against 2002 champion and eternal battler Lleyton Hewitt. Aussie Hewitt was blown away by Ivo Karlovic at Queen’s but has been given a wildcard and is always a dangerous opponent.

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It’s a good job Alex Bogomolov Jnr against Alexandr Dolgopolov starts at 11.30am on Court 7.

You wouldn’t fancy trying to pronounce those names after too many glasses of Pimm’s.

Seeds of trouble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga must concentrate

Seeds of trouble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga must concentrate

Weather forecast

Bright spells in the morning with a chance of light rain. But as the day progresses it will become increasingly cloudy and overcast. Temperatures will also be lower than Monday, peaking in the evening at 18C, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

Where to watch

TV: BBC2 coverage starts at 11.30am and then again at 5.50pm. While BBC1 join in at 1.45pm. Today at Wimbledon at 8pm on BBC2.

Radio: BBC 5 Live from midday.

French Open 2012: Heather Watson beaten by Julia Goerges

Watson dumped out at Roland Garros as Goerges proves a step too far for Brit

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 31 May 2012

Heather Watson's French Open run came to an end in the second round with a 6-3 6-4 defeat at the hands of powerful 25th seed Julia Goerges.

Like last year, the 20-year-old Watson won three matches in qualifying and then her first-round clash as well, this time beating Russia's Elena Vesnina in fine style at Roland Garros.

Goerges was a real step up in class, though, the 23-year-old German having climbed as high as 15th in the rankings earlier this season and reached the final at the WTA Tour event in Dubai.

Beaten: Heather Watson serves in her second round match at Roland Garros

Beaten: Heather Watson serves in her second round match at Roland Garros

Watson made a perfect start, breaking the Goerges serve in the opening game, but from there she lost three games in a row, the remodelled serve that was so good against Vesnina struggling to find its mark.

Goerges' game plan of going for broke whenever possible was making it hard for Watson to get any rhythm, and the noise from the latest John Isner marathon on neighbouring Court Philippe Chatrier was certainly not helping.

Powerful: Julia Goerges was too tough an opponent for Watson

Powerful: Julia Goerges was too tough an opponent for Watson

The German continued to mix blazing winners with errors, but she was consistent enough to take the first set, and she then moved 2-0 ahead in the second.

But Watson is a battler and back she came, levelling matters at 2-2 only to lose her serve again in the seventh game with a fifth double fault.

The young Briton was trading much better with Goerges now but she came up just short, shanking her return on match point and smashing her racquet on the clay in frustration.

Fabrice Muamba could play soon, says Owen Coyle

Coyle calls for patience as Bolton boss backs Muamba to make comeback

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 19 April 2012

Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes that miracle man Fabrice Muamba could be back on a football pitch reasonably soon.

Muamba was released from hospital on Monday, a month after he suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane that stopped his heart for more than an hour.

Back at home: Muamba left hospital this week

Back at home: Muamba left hospital this week

The 24-year-old is now spending time
with fiancee Shauna and son Joshua as he continues his recovery, and
Coyle was happy to report Muamba is in good spirits after talking to him
on Wednesday.

The Trotters manager said: 'I'd come in from training and Shauna sent me a message: “There's somebody who'd like to speak to you.” And when I spoke to him, you can always tell from the sound of somebody's voice and he sounded in a good place.

'It was great to hear from him and he sounded terrific. Of course, that's a huge boost given where he's come from. We've all seen the sad events in Italy.'

Cardiac arrest: Muamba receives treatment on the pitch at White Hart Lane

Cardiac arrest: Muamba receives treatment on the pitch at White Hart Lane

Muamba's release was made all the more
poignant by the death on Saturday of Livorno midfielder Piermario
Morosini after he also suffered a heart attack on the pitch.

A leading heart expert has predicted Muamba could be back playing in six months, and, although the priority remains his journey back to full health, it is something Coyle would not rule out.

The Scot said: 'I understand, because of the interest, that everybody thinks he's released from hospital so that's it, he's singing and dancing down the street, but people have got to understand there's room for continued improvement.

'But knowing Fabrice and how much of a battler he is, it wouldn't surprise me if he comes back. But I've got to stress he still needs that time with his family unit.

Comeback: Coyle has said that Muamba could return to play

Comeback: Coyle has said that Muamba could return to play

'His little lad hadn't been able to see him for a period so it's important we give them that time to be together. God willing, if he ever comes back to play at the level he's played before then, of course, that will be a huge boost to everybody.'

Coyle will also leave it up to Muamba whether he wants to visit his team-mates as their battle against relegation from the Barclays Premier League reaches a climax.

'That would be Fabrice and his family's decision,' said Coyle. 'He'll not come under any pressure from us.

'Once he feels he's up to it then all good and well. If it's next season, great.'

Heather Watson beaten by Victoria Azarenka

Watson brushed aside by world No 1 Azarenka in Miami but the future looks bright

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UPDATED:

04:33 GMT, 26 March 2012

Heather Watson was given her second high-profile lesson of the season by world No 1 Victoria Azarenka, going down to a defeat here that was close to a carbon copy of their meeting at the Australian Open in January.

In Melbourne the 19-year-old from Guernsey managed only one game, but in this, the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open, she doubled that tally and did enough to show why her career is heading in the right direction.

Beaten: The players embrace after the match

Beaten: The players embrace after the match

Watson lost 6-0 6-2 to the player who
has so far been unbeaten in 2012 and is now sitting on a 25-match
winning streak. It is no disgrace to lose to her in the present rich
vein of form and overall it has been a very positive week for the
British No 4, who had a tough start to the season thanks largely to
niggling ankle problems.

She came back from 0-5 down in the deciding set of her opening match to win, and then knocked out world No 25 Lucie Safarova in the second.

Facing Azarenka seemed scant reward, even if it was a chance to measure herself against the best on another of the circuit’s major show courts.

In terms of points won Watson did pretty well for someone outside the world’s top 100, going down 63-38, but as in Australia she was unable to close out many games when the opportunity presented itself.

World No 1: Azarenka made light work of Watson

World No 1: Azarenka made light work of Watson

Again she showed the ability to run down
plenty of balls due to her excellent movement around the court, but
more than that is needed to disrupt the very best like Azarenka, and at
present there is not the power on the serve or in the groundstrokes to
gain many free points.

But that will hopefully come, and Watson is nothing if not a battler. She started brightly enough and the first game lasted eleven minutes before succumbing to her opponent’s superior armoury. After that it became much harder on a balmy evening under the floodlights of Crandon Park and when Azarenka moved to a 3-0 lead in the second set she had won 21 consecutive games against the Channel Islander going back to Australia.

On the up: Watson is closing in on the top 100

On the up: Watson is closing in on the top 100

The tactic of throwing in some moonballs after an on-court visit from coach Mauricio Hadad started to pay a few dividends and when Watson got off the mark with her first game for 1-3 Azarenka rather gracelessly slammed the ball into the far back fence in her annoyance. Another game made the scoreline respectable and there was the chance of a third before the Australian Open champion closed things out shortly before 10.30pm local time.

Watson could at least console herself with the fact that her relatively flat start to the season is behind her, and the knowledge that she is heading back towards a double digit ranking.

John Terry picture on Indian cigarette packets

Terry fuming as Indian cigarette packets carry image of Chelsea and England star

John Terry is taking legal action over the apparent use of his picture on cigarette packets in India.

The image features the head and shoulders of a man who looks very much like Chelsea captain Terry and sits above a 'Smoking Kills' warning.

Warning: John Terry's image appears above a 'Smoking Kills' sign on the packet

Warning: John Terry's image appears above a 'Smoking Kills' sign on the packet

No smoke without fire: The image of John Terry is on a cigarette packet

Keith Cousins of Elite Management,
Terry's representatives, said: 'We have reviewed this
matter with our client and have instructed solicitors to take
appropriate action.'

The Indian government's directorate of visual publicity created the image but, according to the Indian Express, there is confusion over how it was used.

'We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared it and circulated it,' said director of visual publicity additional secretary KS Dhatwalia. 'But how Terry's picture got to be used is not clear.'

Battler: Terry helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday

Battler: Terry helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday

Terry played for Chelsea on Monday as they bounced back from defeat against Aston Villa with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Wolves.