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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez back behind the wheel

Tevez back behind the wheel just days after court bans him for six months…

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

13:09 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:33 GMT, 8 April 2013

Carlos Tevez has been driving officials at Manchester City round the bend recently.

And Roberto Mancini will no doubt be fuming to discover his star striker is back behind the wheel just days after admitting to a court that he was caught without insurance while disqualified.

But the Italian need not worry, because while Tevez serves a six-month ban from driving on the road, he was been getting his vehicle fix around the golf course.

Are you sure you're allowed to do that, Carlos Just days after being banned from driving, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was back -behind the wheel. Luckily for his legal team, it was only a golf buggy

Are you sure you're allowed to do that, Carlos Just days after being banned from driving, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was back -behind the wheel. Luckily for his legal team, it was only a golf buggy

Are you sure you're allowed to do that, Carlos Just days after being banned from driving, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was back -behind the wheel. Luckily for his legal team, it was only a golf buggy

Are you sure you're allowed to do that, Carlos Just days after being banned from driving, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was back -behind the wheel. Luckily for his legal team, it was only a golf buggy


Carlos Tevez

The 29-year-old
was found guilty at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court in Cheshire last
week and was ordered to pay 1,145 in court costs, as well as a fine, on
top of the driving sanctions and added punishment of community service,
which he started on Friday.

Tevez was on the golf course 24 hours after starting his sentence, for which he must complete 250 hours.

Court in the act: Tevez was banned from driving after an appearance in front of Macclesfield magistrates on Wednesday... but he'll be back in action tonight in the Manchester derby

Court in the act: Tevez was banned from driving after an appearance in front of Macclesfield magistrates on Wednesday… but he'll be back in action tonight in the Manchester derby

Court in the act: Tevez was banned from driving after an appearance at Macclesfield Magistrates Court on Wednesday... but he'll be back in action tonight in the Manchester derby

The Argentine arrived for his
cleaning duties in a 100,000 Porsche, chauffeur-driven to the site in
Cheshire where he was soon informed that he would be cleaning a 30ft
storage container owned by the Probation Service, according to The Sun.

He worked for two hours cleaning
equipment including brushes, wheelbarrows, lawnmowers and spades. Maybe
that's why he thought it was a good idea to scrub up on his golf skills,
too.

Jose Mourinho says Ballon d"Or is fixed by FIFA for Lionel Messi to win

It's a Messi! Mourinho hits out at Ballon d'Or 'fix' as Madrid boss says award is rigged by FIFA

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13:21 GMT, 5 December 2012

Jose Mourinho has claimed the Ballon D'Or award has been fixed by FIFA to ensure that it is won by Lionel Messi.

Once again this year the award is a straight shootout between Barcelona magician Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi's Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta completes the three-man shortlist.

In the running: But Cristiano Ronaldo has only won the Ballon d'Or once

In the running: But Cristiano Ronaldo has only won the Ballon d'Or once

But while Messi has picked up the gong
an amazing four times, Ronaldo has only managed it once – something that
Mourinho believes is suspicious.

The Special One is used to brushes with authorities but his latest outburst is sure to displease FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.

Asked who was going to win the award, Mourinho said: 'The Ballon d'Or has already been given. When the heads of football speak and make the campaign, there is nothing you can do.'

Heavy favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to be named Ballon d'Or winner

Heavy favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to be named Ballon d'Or winner

Mourinho remains defiant in his belief that Ronaldo is the better player of the two.

He once famously insisted that if Messi is the best player on the planet, then Ronaldo is the 'best in the universe'.

Point made: Jose Mourinho reckons Ronaldo is the best on the planet

Point made: Jose Mourinho reckons Ronaldo is the best on the planet

'If you are going to give out the Ballon d'Or because a player is the best, give it to Cristiano or Messi,' he said in October.

'But I ask: if the two are on the same level, is it normal that one wins four and the other one It is not.'

Manchester derby: Martin Atkinson to ref City v United at Etihad Stadium

Fearing the worst, Fergie Atkinson to take charge of Manchester derby

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 3 December 2012

Referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday despite his controversial brushes with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the past.

Although City versus United is too early in the season to be billed as a title-decider, the rivals are way out in front in the Barclays Premier League table and the clash will prove crucial to the shape of the league ahead of the jam-packed Christmas schedule.

They've got previous: Sir Alex Ferguson comes up against referee Martin Atkinson again this weekend

They've got previous: Sir Alex Ferguson comes up against referee Martin Atkinson again this weekend

Ferguson was initially handed a five-match touchline ban and fined 30,000 by the Football Association last year for his comments about referee Martin Atkinson following United’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge, Ferguson said he had ‘feared the worst’ after hearing Atkinson was in charge of that Premier League.

Atkinson did not send off Chelsea defender David Luiz for his fiery tackles on Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney, and at the time Ferguson said: ‘You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that.

City gents: Vincent Kompany headed the winner for Roberto Mancini's men when the side's went head-to-head last season

City gents: Vincent Kompany headed the winner for Roberto Mancini's men when the side's went head-to-head last season

‘I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.’

His comments invoked a suspended two-match ban that related to comments Ferguson had previously made about referee Alan Wiley when he questioned the official’s fitness during a home draw with Sunderland.

Andrew Flintoff will get boxing licence

Freddie licensed to fight: Cricket legend Flintoff to get nod for November boxing bow

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08:42 GMT, 19 October 2012

Andrew Flintoff is set to be granted a licence to reinvent himself as a professional heavyweight boxer.

The former England cricket captain was put through a rigorous testing process by the British Boxing Board of Control to prove he is serious about a career in the ring, but it is understood he impressed during an interview and also in a demonstration bout at his gym.

Elements of Flintoff’s medical have not yet been finalised, but the Board expect to rubberstamp their approval over the weekend, with Flintoff set to make his debut before the end of the year.

The 34-year-old, who had not fought at any level before an impromptu sparring session with Barry McGuigan last year, has given up alcohol and lost more than two stones in weight after 10 weeks of full-time training under McGuigan and his son Shane.

Lean and mean: Flintoff poses in the boxing ring

Lean and mean: Flintoff poses in the boxing ring

Lean and mean: Andrew Flintoff poses in the boxing ring ahead of his first bout on November 30

The Board are just waiting on elements of the medical before they sanction his professional debut.

A November 30 date at Manchester Arena has been mooted, although an opponent has not yet been decided.

Once one of English cricket's most
popular and charismatic characters, it was Flintoff's various brushes
with the sport's authorities and a raffish persona that always endeared
him to the England fans.

Training: Flintoff has given up drinking and has shed more than two stones

Training: Flintoff has given up drinking and has shed more than two stones

Retiring: Plagued by injury, when Flintoff quit cricket he said: 'I love playing Test cricket, but the decision has been made for me - I don't think I've been left with any other choices'

Retiring: Plagued by injury, when Flintoff quit cricket he said: 'I love playing Test cricket, but the decision has been made for me – I don't think I've been left with any other choices'

He famously lost the England vice-captaincy after getting into difficulties in a pedalo after heavy drinking – instantly immortalised in the tabloids as 'Fredalo' – following a defeat to New Zealand in the Caribbean in 2007.

He was also forced to apologise to team-mates after missing part of a squad-bonding trip to Flanders.

Training: Flintoff has given up drinking and has shed more than two stones

Training: Flintoff has given up drinking and has shed more than two stones

He failed to board the bus taking captain Andrew Strauss and the other players on a tour of First World War trenches – sparking speculation he had drunk too much at the previous evening's private dinner.

When he retired from cricket, he said: 'I love playing Test cricket, but the decision has been made for me – I don't think I've been left with any other choices.

'I've not been playing Test cricket very often over the last few years so it's bitterly disappointing but it's something I've not been doing very often anyway.

'It's also important for the team that I make this announcement because they need to move on.'

Flintoff
has stayed active since quitting cricket in 2010 because of injury,
mainly to an ankle and both shoulders. He has cycled from Athens to
London and rowed the channel among a host of
charity challenges

His current weight is understood to be
under 16 stone, with a desired fighting weight in the region of
15-and-a-half stone, which would leave him on the lean side for a 6ft
4in heavyweight.

His
decision to enter the ring has drawn a mixed response in the boxing
community, with promoter Frank Warren suggesting Flintoff is too old to
start life as a pro fighter.

David Price, the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, insists Flintoff is only justified in fighting if his motives are genuine.

Bowing out: Flintoff in action at the Oval in 2009

Bowing out: Flintoff in action on the cricket pitch at the Oval in 2009

He said in September: 'Freddie’s as entitled as anyone to try it out and some people come to professional boxing later in life but if it’s just some type of PR stunt then it’s disrespectful to boxing.

'The reality is he could get hurt if there’s someone in front of him who’ll stand up and throw punches back.

'It’s car crash TV but will probably get people watching.'

Flintoff said: ‘It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

'I played my last game of cricket at the age of 31 and I’m only 34 now.

'I’ve always loved boxing and I’m going to have a go at it and see where it takes us.

'When you put yourself out there you put yourself up for a bit of criticism, but I’m not bothered.

'The people who criticise, what are they are doing Criticising is easy to do.’

Flintoff retired from Test cricket in July 2009 following an 11-year England career.

Tour of Britain 2012: Mark Cavendish wins stage three

Cavendish brushes aside Team Sky exit talk to win Tour of Britain stage three in Dumfries

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UPDATED:

14:46 GMT, 11 September 2012

Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take stage three of the Tour of Britain in Dumfries.

The 2011 world road race champion, who is hoping to negotiate an amicable split from the successful British team, had suffered a crash in the closing stages of the opening round and finished second best in a dash for the line at Knowsley Safari Park.

However, after the peleton – lead by Team Sky colleagues Jeremy Hunt and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins – had finally reeled in the breakaway group heading into the final two kilometres, the Manx Missile was not to be denied as he sprinted clear.

More to follow…

Victory! Cavendish has finally won a Tour of Britain stage after two disappointments

Victory! Cavendish has finally won a Tour of Britain stage after two disappointments

Jessica Ennis: Vows to lay down Olympic marker at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis

Ennis brushes off CityGames disappointment and vows to lay down Olympic marker in Gotzis

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UPDATED:

14:58 GMT, 21 May 2012

Jessica Ennis has set her sights on sending out a warning to her Olympic rivals when she competes in her first heptathlon of the year this weekend.

The 26-year-old face of the Games will take on her main contenders for gold in London at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis.

Ennis has a point to prove after having to settle for silver behind Russia's Tatyana Chernova at last year's World Championships and also behind Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine at the World Indoor Championships in March.

Head down: Ennis was denied a PB after a gaffe at the race in Manchester

Head down: Ennis was denied a PB after a gaffe at the race in Manchester

But she will go into the event on the back of a hugely impressive victory over 100 metres hurdles at the Powerade Great CityGames in Manchester on Sunday.

She beat hurdles specialists Dawn Harper and Danielle Carruthers, the Olympic champion and world silver medallist respectively, on a specially-constructed city-centre track, some achievement even if her time of 12.75 seconds could not count as a personal best because a blunder by race officials meant only nine hurdles were set up rather than 10.

The hurdles is the first event in heptathlon competition, and Ennis' strongest of the seven, and she knows a good start will be crucial.

'I need to run that [time] in a heptathlon, but it's been great to just have a race, get sharp and I can hopefully do something similar next weekend,' the Sheffield athlete said.

'It's a really important for me to just get race sharp ahead of next weekend.

All smiles: Ennis has vowed to bounce back in Gotzis

All smiles: Ennis has vowed to bounce back in Gotzis

'I would love to run a time like that in the hurdles in Gotzis and just get some really solid performances in, just make sure everything is really consistent.'

Ennis was let down in Daegu last year by a poor javelin and indoors in Istanbul by her long jump and she is determined for there to be no weak events in Gotzis.

'More than anything I just want really solid performances, not for one event to really let me down,' she said.

'When you do great performances you do take a lot of confidence from them so I would love to do that as well.'

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Two successive silver rather than gold medals have eased the pressure on Ennis ahead of the home Olympics – she is no longer the favourite it was assumed she would be this time last year – and she has faith in her preparation.

'My programme's all carefully worked out,' Ennis, still the European champion, said. 'I'm in great shape now ahead of Gotzis, but I also want to build on that and make sure I'm in great shape ahead of the Olympics as well.

'My programme is carefully thought out so I am in the place I need to be at those two times.'

Ennis' run in Manchester again raised questions over whether she might double up at the Olympics, but she remained adamant that was not a realistic option because of the schedule.

There is only one day between the heptathlon and the heats of the hurdles.

'I would love to do the hurdles, but I just feel it's too close and I want to keep really focused on the heptathlon,' she said.

Andy Murray beats Viktor Troicki in Monte Carlo

Murray marches on in Monte Carlo as Brit brushes Troicki aside to reach round three

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 17 April 2012

Andy Murray made a flying start to his clay-court season with a straight-sets dismissal of Serbia's Viktor Troicki at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world No 4 needed just 67 minutes to settle a one-sided second-round encounter, running out a 6-0, 6-3 winner to set up a meeting with either Julien Benneteau or Jurgen Melzer in the next round.

Murray, who enjoyed his best ever clay season last year, looked confident as he entered Court Central wearing a pair of blue headphones over his newly-shaved head, and his early play reflected his demeanour as he raced to the first set in just 27 minutes.

Stretch: Andy Murray has to work to fire a backhand at Viktor Troicki on his way to victory

Stretch: Andy Murray has to work to fire a backhand at Viktor Troicki on his way to victory

'It was a good start,' Murray told Sky Sports 2. 'Normally it's taken a few matches to get used to the clay but today I thought I moved well from the start and that is important.

'I felt comfortable and I used a lot of variety in my shots. Confidence is a big thing in tennis and I came in today feeling a lot more comfortable.

'It's a different type of game on the clay. You have to have a lot of patience. Sometimes you need to play three or four great shots to win points.'

No worries: Murray was too good for Serbia's Troicki in Monte Carlo

No worries: Murray was too good for Serbia's Troicki in Monte Carlo

Great shots were much in evidence in a stunning first-set performance by the Scot, who broke Troicki's opening service game.

A deft drop shot at the net after a period of intense defensive work secured a second break and a 3-0 lead.

Murray completed a sequence of 14 points without reply to go 40-0 up on Troicki's serve while leading 4-0, and although the Serbian recovered to deuce, Murray regrouped to break again before serving out.

Short and sweet: Troicki did not last long against Murray

Short and sweet: Troicki did not last long against Murray

A much-improved Troicki finally got on the board as he held at the start of the second set.

Murray did likewise in the next and normal service was resumed in the third when Murray broke again.

Troicki held the rest of the way to 3-4, but when Murray moved to the brink and 3-5 the cracks appeared again for the world number 30 and another break got Murray over the line.

Stephen Maguire beats Stephen Lee China Open

Maguire brushes Lee aside to reach China Open final in Beijing

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 31 March 2012

Stephen Maguire stormed into the final of the China Open with a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Stephen Lee in Beijing.

Maguire won four frames in a row to seal the win after his opponent had battled back from 2-0 down to level the scores.

But the Scot, who only edged past Ronnie O'Sullivan on a respotted black in the final frame in the last round, had six breaks over 50 as he set up a meeting with either home favourite Ding Junhui or Peter Ebdon.

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Maguire, who won this tournament in 2008 and was the 2004 UK champion, started the better, taking the first frame with a 76 break and then edging a scrappy second as he punished Lee for not taking his chances.

Lee beat reigning champion Judd Trump in the last eight and the 37-year-old battled his way back into the contest.

He won the third frame on the back of a 67 and then drew level, breaks of 47 and 39 enough to see him over the line.

But he simply had no answer to Maguire after the mid-session interval as the 31-year-old raced away with the match

The Scot knocked in a 51 and a 53 to restore his lead and from there just continued to up his game.

He rattled in breaks of 66 and 71 to take the match away from Lee before saving the best till last, a run of 91 handing him victory in emphatic fashion.

Ding, who beat Ali Carter 5-2 in the quarter-finals, meets Ebdon, who saw off Neil Robertson 5-3, in the other semi-final.

Andrew Strauss not worried about England captaincy

Strauss brushes off concerns over captaincy as England prepare for Sri Lanka test

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 14 March 2012

Andrew Strauss is back at the helm of the England team knowing they have been doing very nicely in his absence under the direction of Alastair Cook.

England’s first warm-up game of their Sri Lankan tour sees the return of the captain whose last memory of being in charge centred around the aftermath of a 3-0 Test thrashing by Pakistan.

If Strauss was quietly fretting back home about England moving on without him when they then won both the one-day and Twenty20 series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi he did not show it as he prepared for the start of Thursday’s three-day game against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Plenty to ponder: Andrew Strauss will be looking for runs against Sri Lanka

Plenty to ponder: Andrew Strauss will be looking for runs against Sri Lanka

‘It was fantastic,’ said Strauss about England’s recovery in the United Arab Emirates without him. ‘I thought it was an outstanding effort from Cooky and the guys. The one-day team took a couple of big strides forward over that couple of weeks and it picked up confidence levels in the players who were involved in that.

‘It gives everyone a bit of a spring in their steps and hopefully it allows us to put what happened in the Test series against Pakistan to bed to an extent and move on.’

Yet surely Strauss would not be human if he did not wonder whether his leadership has been undermined by a situation similar to that which famously saw Nasser Hussain decide his time was up and hand over to Michael Vaughan

‘It’s a great thing, surely,’ insisted Strauss. ‘Honestly I don’t understand that mind-set at all. It’s not something that’s bothered me. All I want is for the England team to do well.

In fine form: Alastair Cook

In fine form: Alastair Cook

‘The reason we have separate captains is
to allow us to each concentrate on one form of the game and add some
energy and motivation to that form. So far it’s worked really well and
I’m delighted for Cooky. We’re all in this together.

'There are no egos at play here and I don’t think people are out to undermine each other. We’re all focused on the same thing which is England winning as many games as possible.’

What Strauss could really do with to ensure that he backs up his words with actions are runs in the two-Test series in Galle and Colombo that starts on March 26. He may have looked a bit more like his old self when he scored 56 in the final Test against Pakistan but he still has no Test century since the opening match of the Ashes in Brisbane almost 18 months ago.

‘One of the frustrating things about UAE was that I just felt I was coming in to some decent nick at the end of the tour’ said Strauss. ‘So I need to reconnect with that and clearly you always want to lead from the front so it’s important for me to go out there and set the tone and get some runs.’

England’s tour began in the early hours of Thursday morning against the backdrop of a second Channel Four documentary screened on Wednesday about alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan government towards the end of the civil war here. It is a situation that has led to some believing England should not be playing here as they are still refusing to play against Zimbabwe.

Strauss, as England captain, was the perfect diplomat. ‘It’s a bit of a tricky one,’ he admitted. ‘We see atrocities taking place all over the world and in war a lot of unsavoury things happen on both sides.

Opportunity knocks: Ravi Bopara will hope to get his chance against Sri Lanka

Opportunity knocks: Ravi Bopara will hope to get his chance against Sri Lanka

‘I think that these political issues are best dealt with by the politicians and administrators but that doesn’t mean we should just stick our heads in the sand. If our government feel there are cases to answer to the extent that the England cricket team shouldn’t be touring somewhere then that is a call they need to make.

‘Until that is the case then it would be wrong for us to focus on anything other than the cricket. There are people who are paid to look into these things and it’s important they do their job. It’s also important I do my job to try to help us win cricket matches.’

The success or otherwise of his mission here will go a long way towards determining how much longer he will do that job.

Danny Care gets Harlequins support despite third arrest in three months

Quins stand by shamed Care despite third drunken arrest for England scrum half

Conor O'Shea feels the incident that saw Danny Care arrested and cautioned for a third drink-related offence in three months 'should have been avoided' but insists Harlequins will continue to support him.

The 25-year-old scrum half, who was dropped from the England squad by caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster after his previous misdemeanours, was found urinating against a building by the British Transport Police following a night out in Leeds.

After meeting with Care this morning, Harlequins director of rugby O'Shea said: 'After last Friday evening's match at Newcastle, our players were given a week off and Danny went to spend a few days with his parents at their home in Leeds.

Caught short: Danny Care was arrested in Leeds for urinating on the street

Caught short: Danny Care was arrested in Leeds for urinating on the street

'On Saturday evening, he went out with some friends in the city and took a taxi home. He was caught short and stopped the taxi to relieve himself.

'The situation Danny finds himself in is unfortunate and is one that could and should have been avoided. We have no intention of doing anything other than supporting Danny and continuing to work with him so he understands his position and the decisions he makes.'

Care insisted the incident was down to 'a small bladder [rather] than excessive drinking'.

Out in the cold: Care has been dropped from the England squad following his brushes with the law

Out in the cold: Care has been dropped from the England squad following his brushes with the law

He told Sportsmail: 'After an evening out with friends in the centre of Leeds, after a long time queuing, I was in a taxi home when I got caught short and asked the taxi driver to pull over so I could relieve myself behind a nearby building.

'The British Transport Police found me doing that and took me to the nearest police station where I was released with a caution.

'I understand the link that will be made to previous offences but, as with my fine in December in Weybridge, the issue is more one of a small bladder than excessive drinking.

'I am working hard on and off the pitch to overcome my issues and while this is another small setback I will continue to do that.'

Care was fined a total of 3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the early hours of New Year's Day. That incident came three weeks after he had been fined by police for being drunk and disorderly.

Same old story: Care was fined a total of 3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the early hours of New Year's Day

Same old story: Care was fined a total of 3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the early hours of New Year's Day

After the second incident, Lancaster announced Care would not be part of his Six Nations squad, saying: 'He has made two poor decisions in three weeks. I don't think he has got a lifestyle problem, but you can't condone what he has done.'

The latest arrest will be an embarrassment to Care, who has vowed to put his off-field issues behind him.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: 'Shortly after 3am on Sunday 4 March, British Transport Police received reports of a man urinating on the steps of the Queens Hotel near Leeds rail station.

'Officers attended and arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the incident. He was later questioned and given a caution for being drunk and disorderly.'