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Cristiano Ronaldo has massive birthday cake

Still a cut above: Ronaldo handed massive cake to celebrate his 28th birthday with Portugal pals

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:21 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

07:53 GMT, 7 February 2013

If Cristiano Ronaldo wants to overtake Lionel Messi as the world's best player, he better not eat all of this cake.

Ronaldo turned 28 on Tuesday and was given a huge treat to enjoy ahead of Portugal's clash with Ecuador.

With everyone in the room looking at Ronaldo and the cake, he'd have needed to be a brave man to refuse to share it with his compatriots.

Birthday boy: Ronaldo with his cake, decked out in Portugal colours

Birthday boy: Ronaldo with his cake, decked out in Portugal colours

Om nom nom: Ronaldo

Om nom nom: Ronaldo

Cut the cake: Ronaldo starts slicing the magnificent creation before him

Pretty good, but not quite the finest…

Ronaldo may be a global megastar and nobody outside of England may have heard of Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow,

But Chaplow, who also turned 28 last week, had an even more delicious looking birthday cake.
Best not tell Ronny!

Richard Chaplow's delicious looking cake

Kieran Farrell forced to retire due brain damage following defeat to brain damage

Heartbroken Farrell forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage in title bout

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

23:53 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 9 January 2013

Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage during his English title defeat to Anthony Crolla in December.

The 22-year-old lightweight was rushed to hospital having collapsed after the final bell and was later found to have bleeding on the brain.

Farrell, who had won his previous 14 fights, was told by his doctor on Tuesday that returning to the ring could be fatal.

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

'I will never box again,' he confirmed on Twitter. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal & the BBBofC wouldn't licence me.

'I asked if I had a 4-year-long break would I be able to box He [his doctor] told me I have long term brain damage, once it's damaged it won't mend.

'I was expecting the worst but it's worse when it's told to you, I'm heartbroken. I need a few days to get my head round it.'

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Farrell's promoter Dave Coldwell tweeted 'Can't really express how upset i feel right now. Boxing has been his life & we'll be there for him to help keep him involved.

'He put a brave face on things when we spoke earlier but there's going to be so much down times for him, he knows that but he also knows he's not on his own.'

Coldwell also revealed he plans to host a benefit dinner in April for the former Central Area champion.

Martin Skrtel tattoos Liverpool fans to raise money for Hillsborough families

Liverpool defender Skrtel inks Hillsborough tattoo on fan in bid to raise cash for families

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17:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

Martin Skrtel turned out to be a natural tattoo artist when the Liverpool defender took part in a charity inking session to raise money for the victims’ families of the Hillsborough disaster.

In a show of solidarity, 96 football fans bustled into a tattoo studio in Liverpool to take part in the challenge, and one was even willing to let first-timer Skrtel try his hand at inking his his back.

The event was organised by tattoo artist Will Holmes, but special guest Skrtel wasn’t prepared to leave him in the lurch when it came to inking some of the fans.

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Dab hand: Martin Skrtel coloured in the numbers 96 on Barry Nicholls' back

Dab hand: Martin Skrtel coloured in the numbers 96 on Barry Nicholls' back

The Slovakian defender helped tattoo the back of an employee of the football club, Barry Nicholls, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Barry said: ‘Martin agreed to come and pledge his support, which we were really pleased about.

‘We thought he had done tattooing before, so to find out he hadn’t when he turned up was a little alarming.’

The 28-year-old Skrtel, who has plenty of tattoos himself, seemed pretty competent as he put some colour into an eternal flame on the back of his brave volunteer.

But Barry was in safe hands, as Skrtel was coached through his first-time inking by an expert.

Skrtel said: 'Before I came here I didn't know a lot about Hillsborough but once I got used to being at the club, I started to understand what had happened.'

Brave man: Barry Nicholls volunteered to allow Skrtel to colour a tattoo on his back

Brave man: Barry Nicholls volunteered to allow Skrtel to colour a tattoo on his back

'I think it is great that the Liverpool supporters and the club have stuck together to fight for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.'

An impressive 1,000 was raised from tattoos as well as 500 for a shirt signed by Skrtel.

Demand was so high for the tattoos on offer at the Royal Ink Tattoo Studio in Anfield that they had to compile a reserve list for those who wanted to be inked for the cause.

All the money raised on the day will go towards the fight for justice for victims, survivors and families of the Hillsborough tragedy, which claimed 96 lives in 1989.

Former Liverpool players Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen, comedian John Bishop, musicians Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams have also joined forces under the moniker of the Justice Collective and released a charity cover of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother in a bid to top the charts at Christmas to raise money for the worthy cause.

Bouncing back: Skrtel will hope Liverpool can improve after being beaten by Aston Villa at the weekend

Bouncing back: Skrtel will hope Liverpool can improve after being beaten by Aston Villa at the weekend

VIDEO Skrtl is a natural at more than just football!

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West Bromwich can stay at top, says Steve Clarke

We're here to stay! West Brom have quality to battle with the big boys, says Clarke

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 11 November 2012

Wigan 1 West Brom 2

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West Brom boss Steve Clarke is convinced the strength of his squad can keep the Baggies riding high in the Barclays Premier League after their 2-1 win at Wigan kept them fifth in the table.

Clarke took the brave step of dropping Peter Odemwingie to the bench despite his two goals to sink Southampton last Monday, and was rewarded as James Morrison and a Gary Caldwell own goal steered his side to victory.

Clarke is reaping the plaudits for his start in front-line management since taking the decision to move up from a series of high-profile assistant roles in the summer, and his side's quality was plain to see in an attractive DW Stadium clash.

Playing away: Morrison wheels away after scoring against Wigan

Playing away: Morrison wheels away after scoring against Wigan

Clarke said: 'We've got a lot of options in our squad which gives me some fantastic problems.

'We play with intensity going forward
and I was a little concerned the ones who played on Monday night might
be carrying fatigue. I've got a quality squad and I have to use them.
They know they're all valuable in terms of the club going forward.'

It was Morrison, one of Clarke's four
recalled stars, who set the Baggies on course for their first away win
of the season when he met a Chris Brunt cross with a bullet header on
the half hour which left Ali Al Habsi helpless.

Billy Jones came close to adding a
second before the visitors doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when a
powerful drive from Jones was deflected into his own net by the hapless
Caldwell.

Wigan responded immediately, with
Arouna Kone nodding home a Jean Beausejour cross at point-blank range,
but for all Wigan's efforts in the second half, boss Roberto Martinez
conceded his Latics did not do enough to turn the game around.

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

'Arouna's goal was one positive to
take from the game and there were other good things to reflect on, but
we need to start developing an understanding of what to do when these
kinds of situations present themselves,” said Martinez.

'We have many players heading off to
join their national teams so we'll regroup on Thursday and get ourselves
up for another exciting match against Liverpool at Anfield.'

Martinez has some concerns over keeper
Al Habsi, who played despite tweaking his shoulder during the warm-up,
and who pulled off a sensational point-blank save to deny Romelu Lukaku
in the 56th minute.

Martinez is not the only one with
concerns over his goalkeeper, with Clarke revealing his regular number
one Ben Foster underwent an operation on a groin injury, with Boaz
Myhill expected to continue to deputise against Chelsea at The Hawthorns
next week.

Clarke said: 'Ben had a minor
procedure but he's back and he's comfortable and hopefully he is going
to start training next week. He is doubtful for the Chelsea game but I
still haven't ruled him out and beyond that we're hopeful.'

Maintain the pressure: Clarkehas warned his team against complacency

Maintain the pressure: Clarkehas warned his team against complacency

Abu Dhabi Grand prix: Lewis Hamilton bemoans Sebastian Vettel"s fortune: "He must be the luckiest man in Formula One":

'He must be the luckiest man in Formula One': Hamilton bemoans Vettel's fortune

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22:42 GMT, 4 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton has suggested Sebastian Vettel is 'the luckiest person in Formula One' after his remarkable pitlane-to-podium drive in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Vettel was forced to start from the Yas Marina circuit pitlane after Red Bull were found guilty by the stewards of a fuel irregularity issue following qualifying.

But despite requiring a front-wing change early in the race, Vettel managed to avoid the bulk of the mayhem that unfolded throughout, and which forced team-mate Mark Webber into retirement, to claim third.

Hamilton, by contrast, suffered his second retirement in five races in his McLaren at a time when he was leading and in command.

Glad to see the back of Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton's race turned sour

Glad to see the back of Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton's race turned sour

'I'm gutted,' said Hamilton. 'I had really good pace all weekend and I feel certain we could have won, but I had a fuel-pressure problem which was very sudden. I was entering a corner and the car died on me.

'Up until then everything had been going really well. The car was a dream to drive, I was cruising and still pulling away when I had my problem.

'It was still a good weekend for me. It was a shame I couldn't have continued because I think we were on for the win, but I was unlucky.

'I then got to watch the race and it was incredible how Sebastian came up from the pit lane. He must be the luckiest person in Formula One.'

Fortune favours the brave: Sebastian Vettel is on course for his third straight title after a blistering drive in the desert

Fortune favours the brave Sebastian Vettel is on course for his third straight title after a blistering drive in the desert

Benefiting from Hamilton's misfortune, Kimi Raikkonen went on to claim his first win in F1 for just over three years as Lotus finally made it on to the top step of the podium this year.

'Congratulations to Kimi, he really drove a fantastic race,' added Hamilton.

'I knew at some stage Lotus would win a race this year, so also big congratulations go to them.'

Premier Rugby TV deal latest: Mark McCafferty tells Europe he will go it alone if they reject it

Back our TV deal or we'll go it alone, says defiant Premier Rugby chief McCafferty

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21:30 GMT, 15 September 2012

The head of English club rugby says he is determined to go it alone if the rest of Europe reject Premier Rugby's television deal with BT Vision.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premier Rugby (PRL), remains confident the rest of Europe will see the benefits of the 152million broadcasting rights deal signed last week, which is threatening a schism in European rugby.

The furious reaction to the announcement of the deal last week, which includes rights to a European competition, would seem to undermine McCafferty's claim.

Controversial: The Premier Rugby deal has caused rifts

Controversial: The Premier Rugby deal has caused rifts

Leading figures from Wales and France are openly hostile, even though the latter are supposed to be allies of the English.

The RFU have told PRL they are not entitled to make broadcasting deals but McCafferty said: 'It would be a big call for the rest of Europe not to go with us.

'We'd be providing a much stronger TV deal for them (other nations) but if we got to the point where all negotiations are exhausted, then we'd go it alone because we'd still be earning more money domestically than we currently do now out of domestic and European rugby.'

McCafferty will lead a delegation to Dublin on Tuesday in an attempt to convince the rest of European rugby that the deal signals a brave new world and not a death knell.

Although Irish and French clubs have dominated the Heineken Cup, English clubs have historically dominated Europe's second tier tournament.

Who knows Harlequins and Co could be on BT Vision

Who knows Harlequins and Co could be on BT Vision

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that if PRL get their way then there will be a radical overhaul of European competition rules from the 2014-15 season, with Celtic and Italian teams no longer guaranteed qualification for the top-tier tournament.

PRL are also proposing three European tournaments, with the primary tournament consisting of 20 teams, with six teams taken from each of the English Premiership, Celtic League and French Top 14, plus the winners of the previous season's top two European competitions.

The second-tier tournament would consist of 20 teams, while the third-tier competition would feature clubs from emerging European nations such as Georgia, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Romania.

'People will have to make choices but this is a fairer system and one that provides more money as well,' McCafferty said.

European Rugby Cup, the body running European competitions, last week announced a four-year deal with current rights holder Sky TV.

It is understood that there is a clause in it that would see payments reduced significantly if English or French clubs are not involved.

PRL are relying on French support but there is no guarantee of this, with the French Rugby Federation making it clear they will be the sole arbiters of any future deals.

US OPEN 2012: Laura Robson beaten by Samantha Stosur

Robson's run comes to an end as Brit is defeated by defending champion Stosur

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 2 September 2012

Laura Robson's valiant US Open campaign was brought to an end on Sunday night by defending champion Samantha Stosur.

The Brit, who beat Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na en route to the fourth round, could not capitalise on a number of opportunities as she went down 6-4, 6-4 to the Australian.

Robson broke Stosur early in the match but was then broken twice herself as she lost a tight first set. Several break points then came and went in the second set as the 18-year-old was eventually overpowered by her more experienced opponent.

More to follow…

Beaten: Robson's valiant run came to an end on Sunday night

Beaten: Robson's valiant run came to an end on Sunday night

Defending champion: Stosur advances to the last eight

Defending champion: Stosur advances to the last eight

Brave effort: Robson saved eight match points

Brave effort: Robson saved eight match points

Brave effort: Robson saved eight match points

More to follow…

Job done: Stosur is defending the US Open crown she won last year

Job done: Stosur is defending the US Open crown she won last year

Heading home: But Robson has enjoyed a tremendous run

Heading home: But Robson has enjoyed a tremendous run

Heading home: But Robson has enjoyed a tremendous run

London 2012 Olympics boxing: Nicola Adams guarantees bronze at least

Bronze guaranteed for Brit girl Adams as Ireland's Taylor ends Jonas' medal hopes

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14:32 GMT, 6 August 2012

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Nicola Adams became the second Great Britain boxer after Luke Campbell to guarantee at least a bronze medal after a comprehensive 16-7 win over Stoyka Petrova in her women’s flyweight quarter-final at ExCeL.

The Leeds 29-year-old was simply too sharp for her Bulgarian opponent, wobbling Petrova with a short left and a right over the top in the first round, and again with a stabbing left in the second to lead 5-3 at the half-way stage.

Winning feeling: Nicola Adams (Blue) celebrates another medal in prospect for Great Britain after her win over Stoyka Petrova guaranteed a bronze at least

Winning feeling: Nicola Adams (Blue) celebrates another medal in prospect for Great Britain after her win over Stoyka Petrova guaranteed a bronze at least

Hit and miss: Adams lands a shot on Petrova, with the Bulgarian missing her jab

Hit and miss: Adams lands a shot on Petrova, with the Bulgarian missing her jab

The shorter Adams continued to do well with her countering lefts in the third, but Petrova, a former world quarter-finalist, was proving a difficult challenge as she pushed forward looking to land hooks with either hand.

Adams, however, was clearly more classy, pulling away to take a six-point lead into the final round and book at least bronze – and a titanic showdown with Indian sensation Mary Kom in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Natasha Jonas put up a brave fight against Ireland’s seemingly invincible four-time world champion Katie Taylor before the Irishwoman’s power and accuracy saw her book at least a bronze with a clear 26-15 victory.

Red alert: Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor (red) lands a heavy blow on Natasha Jonas

Red alert: Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor (red) lands a heavy blow on Natasha Jonas

Cheer we go: Favourite for the gold Taylor was roared on to victory by thousands of Irish fans

Cheer we go: Favourite for the gold Taylor was roared on to victory by thousands of Irish fans

Roared on by thousands of Irish supporters in an extraordinary atmosphere, Taylor set the pace right from the start, ramming home an early combination as Liverpool’s Jonas sought vainly to match her with counters.

A more even second saw Jonas have more success, rocking Taylor’s head back with a hard right but only incurring the wrath of the Irish fighter, who responded with a crisp combination as they reached half-way with Taylor in a 10-7 lead.

Taylor dominated the third, forcing Jonas to take a standing count from a hard right, as she moved 19-11 ahead, and Jonas took another count in the last as the imperious Taylor charged home to a thoroughly convincing win.

Andy Carroll out of Liverpool squad for Europa League clash

Carroll out of tune again as Liverpool striker misses Europa League trip

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14:07 GMT, 1 August 2012

Andy Carroll has suffered another setback in his bid to prove himself to Brendan Rodgers.

The striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with both Newcastle and West Ham having bids rejected for the striker.

And with new Reds boss Rodgers refusing to give the England man any assurances about the role he can expect to play in the coming season, Carroll has been left out of Liverpool's Europa League squad for the third-round qualifier against FC Gomel.

Get blown away: Andy Carroll will miss Liverpool's Europa League clash in Belarus

Get blown away: Andy Carroll will miss Liverpool's Europa League clash in Belarus

New signing Fabio Borini could participate, while Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy are on Olympic duty so also miss out on the trip to Belarus.

The club claim the 35million man has picked up a groin strain, but his omission will be picked up on at both Upton Park and St James'.

Sam Allardyce's side are reportedly ready to bankroll Carroll's sky-high 90,000 a week wage for an incredible eight years.

LIVERPOOL IN EUROPE

Provisional squad: Reina, Johnson,
Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Spearing, Gerrard, Shelvey,
Henderson, Downing, Bellamy, Suarez, Borini, Doni, Kelly, Flanagan,
Coates, Sterling.

A West Ham source told The Sun: 'West Ham are not giving up on this. The manager wants him badly and the board are backing him to the hilt.'

The two clubs have settled on a 2million loan deal for the England striker, with a further 17million on the table should the newly-promoted Hammers stay in the Premier League.

This deal may be the best offer the Reds can hope for given the fact that the misfiring marksman has only scored six league goals in a Liverpool shirt since joining the club in 2011.

Brave face: Carroll's future at Anfield is far from certain

Brave face: Carroll's future at Anfield is far from certain

Rodgers, meanwhile, insists there is plenty going on behind the scenes to bring in some more fresh faces.

He told the club website: 'There's a lot of great work going on, obviously with the board and Ian Ayre in particular doing a lot of work behind the scenes. I've got regular contact going with our American owners and, in particular, Mike Gordon from Fenway Sports Group.

'Obviously when it's a club like Liverpool prices are always increased and so on, but I always felt it was important by the beginning of the season we could have the squad we want – and certainly by the end of the transfer window I would hope that will be the case.

'There is lots of speculation. I've seen hundreds of names linked with Liverpool and there's very few of them that were even close to coming here or we have even looked at.

'Unfortunately for the supporters they've got to read it and put up with it. But the message is there is a lot of work going on, on a number of deals and hopefully we can get those completed by the end of August.'

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Wayne and Coleen Rooney return to UK

Back Roo business… Glum looking Wayne and Coleen return to UK after LA jaunt

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16:53 GMT, 7 July 2012

Wayne Rooney has returned to the UK from a break in Los Angeles following Euro 2012.

The Manchester United striker and his wife Coleen did not look happy to be back home after their time away.

Perhaps it was jet-lag or just the natural reaction to swapping the sun of LA for the rain in Britain.

Happy to be back Wayne and Coleen Rooney did not look entirely satisfied when they arrived at Heathrow

Happy to be back Wayne and Coleen Rooney did not look entirely satisfied when they arrived at Heathrow

Or maybe Wayne was still feeling down about England's performance at the summer championships.

He missed the first two matches through suspension and then failed to demonstrate his capabilities in the subsequent two games.

Although Rooney found the net against Ukraine it merely masked a lethargic, below-par display.

This was followed up by the quarter-final against Italy in which he could not make any impact.

The tournament was not the first
summer disappointment for the 26-year-old, who had to watch as rivals
Manchester City snatched the Barclays Premier League title on a
thrilling final day.

What a lucky lady: Coleen held onto her yellow designer handbag while Wayne carried a Louis Vuitton holdall and a Christina Louboutin shopping bag

What a lucky lady: Coleen held onto her yellow designer handbag while Wayne carried a Louis Vuitton holdall and a Christina Louboutin shopping bag

Back to business: Rooney will be hoping he can come back stronger in the 2012-13 season

But
despite all this, it would take a brave man to bet against the Red
Devil blasting his way back in the upcoming 2012-13 season.

United have already been boosted by obtaining the signature of highly-rated playmaker Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund, as well as the return to training of captain Nemanja Vidic.

The Serbian centre-back was a big miss for them last season after he picked up a injury in a Champions League group stage game against Basel.

Long haul: Wayne pushed a large amount of luggage out of the terminal and just about managed to fit it all on

Long haul: Wayne pushed a large amount of luggage out of the terminal and just about managed to fit it all on

This is the life: The married pair ate lunch on Beverly Drive during their last day in Los Angeles

This is the life: The married pair ate lunch on Beverly Drive during their last day in Los Angeles