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Maria Sharapova launches partnership with Porsche in sexy photoshoot

Gentlemen, start your engines! Sharapova launches Porsche partnership with stunning photoshoot

By
Andy James

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13:57 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 22 April 2013

Now, we definitely don't subscribe to the old adage of women and the inability to drive, but there was more than a eyebrow or two raised when Porsche chose their first ever global endorser as Mario Sharapova, especially when statistics claims 88 per cent of 911 buyers are men.

The powerful Russian tennis star, known for her deafening grunt on the court, will front up campaigns for the German car maker for the next three years.

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

'Maria is the perfect choice,' said Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller. 'Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche.'

Porsche join the likes of Nike, Evian, Tag Heuer and Samsung in partnering up with one of the most marketable sportstars in the world, taking Sharapova's revenue for endorsements alone beyond 20million a year.

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

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Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

As well as her tennis and multitude of
other endorsements, the Russian is currently keeping the money rolling
in with her Sugarpova sweets, which have sold more than 1.5 million bags
in six months.

To celebrate the latest launch, Sharapova, who previously had a deal with Land Rover in 2006, posed with the stunning vehicles in Stuttgart, where it is manufactured.

The event coincides with her arrival for the defence of her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix crown, which takes place in the city this month.

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sunderland is a graveyard for players and managers – Kevin Kilbane

Sunderland is a graveyard for players and for managers too

By
Kevin Kilbane

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22:21 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:03 GMT, 1 April 2013

It feels as if Sunderland owner Ellis Short has flipped a coin. And now he hopes and prays he has made the right choice.

Sacking Martin O’Neill and appointing Paolo Di Canio is a massive gamble by the club.

I just hope it doesn’t return to haunt them, and they end up back in the Championship. They cannot afford to go there again.

Paolo Di Canio

Martin O'Neill

Comings and goings: Paolo Di Canio (left) has replaced Martin O'Neill (right) as Sunderland manager

With seven games to go, I thought Martin would see them over the line and start to build for next season. Unlike the new man, he knows everything about the players so I cannot see the point of sacking him now.

I’m sorry, but Sunderland were never going to beat Manchester United. They will be Premier League champions, possibly with the highest points total ever. Mr Short sees things differently.

I have been a huge admirer of Martin O’Neill for years. Although Sunderland supporters, who all seemed to want him in the first place, have told me the football has been poor, which is reflected in the results, I always felt he was the right fit for Sunderland.

Not going to plan: Danny Graham has failed to score since his 5m move

Not going to plan: Danny Graham has failed to score since his 5m move

He has been successful at his other clubs, built good teams, and it seems wrong to me that he wasn’t given proper time to do that on Wearside.

Sunderland has become a graveyard for managers, and players. Martin O’Neill had a 29 per cent success rate and was the second most successful Sunderland manager in the Premier League, behind Peter Reid on 33 per cent. And I was there when Reidy was hounded out.

Steve Bruce, Mick McCarthy and Martin O’Neill don’t become bad managers overnight, but they all found it tough going in the Premier League with Sunderland.

Club hero: Kevin Kilbane spent four years at Sunderland

Club hero: Kevin Kilbane spent four years at Sunderland

Now, my own time there was not the happiest of my career and my relationship with some fans is well documented. It can’t help that my best spell in 100-plus games was the season we were relegated.

But I wasn’t the only one among team-mates to suffer. I found that unless the team made a blazing start to every home game, the fans would get frustrated quickly, and volubly. And I look at Adam Johnson and James McClean and I don’t see international wingers — I see nervous boys struggling to cope with the pressure.

And when you are by the touchline getting pelted, you want to try harder when the ball comes to you. And when things don’t come off, as they don’t when you try too hard, the stick gets even worse. I always wanted to play, prove people wrong; it was a tough time.

O'Neill

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Of course, fans around the country look at Sunderland and can’t work out why there is such massive expectations for a club that has won nothing for 40 years.

The expectation at Sunderland is massive. And that’s where it matters; that’s where players have to handle the pressure.

And the manager. I just hope, for Sunderland’s sake, that Paolo Di Canio can handle it and steer them away from trouble.

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Wigan complete a six-month loan of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Robles

Wigan complete six-month loan of Atletico Madrid keeper Robles

By
Graeme Yorke

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20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

Wigan have signed goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old had been on trial at the DW stadium and boss Roberto Martinez was sufficiently impressed to bring the 22-year-old into his first-team squad.

Atletico confirmed the deal tonight in a statement on their website, which read: 'Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team.

Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

Young star: Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

'The goalkeeper will return to the ''rojiblanco'' at the end of this loan period.'

Robles has yet to break into the Atletico first team on a regular basis, with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois currently on loan with the club and the established preferred choice of coach Diego Simeone.

The 6ft 5in shot-stopper had a loan spell with Rayo Vallecano last season before returning to the Vicente Calderon stadium.

At Wigan he will provide competition for number one Ali Al Habsi and reserve Mike Pollitt.

Roberto Martinez will now have stronger competition between his keepers

Happy man: Roberto Martinez will now have more competition between keepers

Manchester United in fresh 15m move for Everton defender Leighton Baines

Manchester United make fresh 15m move for Everton defender Baines

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22:49 GMT, 28 December 2012

Manchester United are increasingly confident of signing Leighton Baines next month.

Sportsmail understands talks between
United and Everton over the protracted transfer have reopened and Old
Trafford chiefs feel the Merseysiders will now sell the England star for
15million.

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Sir Alex Ferguson has made a replacement for first-choice left back Patrice Evra a top priority, with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season, another option for Ferguson.

But he prefers Baines, even though he will face stiff competition for the 28-year-old in the transfer window.

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, top,

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra (top)

A senior Arsenal scout watched Baines play in Everton’s win over West Ham.

Chelsea have eyes on the defender as
they search for a new left back, given Cole’s expected departure in the
summer. Paris Saint- Germain are also keen.

Arsenal weighing up January move for Simon Mignolet from Sunderland

Arsenal weighing up January move for Sunderland's Mignolet as back-up for Szczesny

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14:49 GMT, 23 December 2012

Arsenal are calculating a January bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, to give Arsene Wenger the back-up he needs.

First-choice at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny, is still one of Wenger’s favourites, but the Gunners boss has lost confidence in bench-warmers Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

Fabianski is free to seek a new club in January and while Mannone has presented competition for Szczesny, may opt to find first-team football elsewhere.

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Wenger is believed to be prepared to lodge 5million for Mignolet, who is likely to be a more cost-effective target than preferred custodian, Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.

The Belgian has made 18 appearances this season, kept six clean sheets and is said to be a target for Chelsea.

Arsenal reserve stopper Damian Martinez has been singled out by Wenger as a key prospect and will be promoted to become the first team’s No 3, potentially creating a very attractive second-choice place.

Chief scout Steve Rowley has ruled out bidding for Wigan’s Ali Al-Habsi and Asmir Begovic of Stoke, on the grounds of their erratic and inconsistent performances.

David Villa on Arsenal radar as Arsene Wenger ponders swoop for Barcelona star

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal chase Barcelona star Villa as Wenger aims to bolster attacking options

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22:04 GMT, 21 December 2012

Arsenal are exploring an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa.

And Wojciech Szczesny's future as the Gunners' first-choice goalkeeper is growing increasingly uncertain with Sunderland custodian Simon Mignolet the latest to emerge as a January target.

But it is the possible capture of Villa that will excite Arsenal fans going into the festive period.

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Arsene Wenger and his backroom team have discussed a January swoop for Villa, a forward the Gunners boss has admired for several years.

The Gunners would rather take the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal depending on how he takes to the Premier League.

But if the price is right, Arsenal would stretch to a long term deal in January.

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Sources in Spain indicate Barca could let Villa leave should he indicate a preference to depart given his lack of first-team football.

Wenger has made bolstering his strikeforce a top priority next month.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez and Edin Dzeko all feature on Wenger's list, while Thierry Henry is expected to return for a third spell at the club.

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

Wenger's search for a new goalkeeper to challenge Szczesny has seen him turn to the impressive Mignolet.

The Arsenal manager is unhappy with the level of competition Szczesny has at the moment and wants an experienced keeper to push the young Pole and even replace him.

Pepe Reina, Asmir Begovic and Michel Vorm are other goalkeeping possibilities.

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Szczesny is unlikely to be happy about the prospect of sitting on the bench should the new arrival push him out of the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha is set to decide on a move to either Manchester United or Arsenal next month.

The England international has privately set his heart on leaving Selhurst Park in January for a move to an elite top flight club.

And it is understood Zaha is weighing up solid offers from Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.

Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott ready to lead race fight

Former Chelsea defender Elliott ready to lead race fight

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 20 December 2012

Paul Elliott, an FA ambassador and former Chelsea and Charlton
defender, is in line to head the team that will lead English football's
attempt to stamp out racism.

The formation of the inclusion advisory board that will deliver the
anti-discrimination action plan, revealed by Sportsmail, was the number
one commitment announced by the FA yesterday.

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

And the highly respected Elliott, one of the few to emerge with credit from England's doomed 2018 World Cup bid, is known to be the preferred choice of Kick it Out leader Lord Ouseley to head this crucial committee which will also work with the FA board on annual progress reports.

Lord Ouseley will be stepping down from the chair of the FA's racial equality advisory group, and the seat on the FA council that goes with the position, in protest at English football's ruling body's 'mealy-mouthed' response to the John Terry and Luis Suarez racism cases. Ouseley sees Elliott, who was on the final shortlist to be one of the independent directors on the FA board, as his obvious replacement on the FA council as head of the inclusion advisory board that will replace the racial equality group.

The FA's multi-point plan, announced yesterday, was revealed by Sportsmail a week ago. The 109 commitments to fight all forms of discrimination are the result of work by all the football bodies since Prime Minister David Cameron's anti-racism football summit last February.

They include cultural lessons for players and managers new to English football, at least 10 per cent of referees and level one coaches to come from ethnic minorities and clubs to face sanctions for failing to deal with racism by players, coaches or their fans.

There are no fixed penalties for racism offences by players mentioned in the proposals but FA chairman David Bernstein said that the issue was 'under active discussion'. A five-game ban has been mooted.

And both player and manager unions have given their support to the idea of mandatory clauses in contracts for players to face action for racist language or behaviour.

Bernstein, who will have this anti-racism action plan as his legacy before his term of office ends next July, said: 'This is a commitment to ensure the game is inclusive and free of discrimination. This continues to be a top priority.'

Bernstein added: 'No player should fear coming out as gay at the risk of suffering discrimination and we continue to strengthen our support programmes to ensure the game is open to all.'

David Lloyd – Bumble Test Diary: England will smash the Aussies (twice) but India need to forget IPL razzmatazz and get serious about Test cricket

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: I predict England will smash the Aussies (twice) but India need to forget IPL razzmatazz and get serious about Test cricket

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UPDATED:

17:16 GMT, 17 December 2012

NERVOUS COOK NEEDN'T WORRY, THIS WAS AN EPIC WIN

Alastair Cook said he was nervous going into the final day and feared one bad session could cost England but their two Bears (Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell) played wonderfully well. They helped themselves to a century each and, in the end, it was a very comfortable series win as expected. But this was also an epic win, an outstanding performance.

England coach Andy Flower

Smiler: Coach Andy Flower

SMILES BETTER FOR FLOWER

I've never seen coach Andy Flower with such a wide smile on his face. He understands what England have achieved. To turn India over in their own backyard is as good as any Ashes win, it's the holy grail, you just don't do it. When India bamboozled England in the first Test, they asked for spinning pitches because they wanted a 4-0 win, but it backfired badly and England pounced.

IPL PARTY IS NO EXCUSE FOR FAILING TEST

India now have a massive choice. They either get real about Test match cricket or they concentrate on the IPL, which is a fantastic event but it's just entertainment, a seven-week party. It's light years away from the discipline of Test cricket. How interested the India players are can be judged by the debutant in this Test (Jadeja) who is already a millionaire from IPL! So why should he care about Tests

U.S. singer Katy Perry performs at the Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony in Chennai, India

Cheerleaders attracts the cricket fans at the inaugural match of DLF Indian Premier League cricket at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore

Just not (real) cricket: Katy Perry (left) and cheerleaders have added much glamour and fun to IPL cricket

KP'S CELEBRATIONS SHOW HE'S BACK IN THE FOLD

England have stabilised from the summer when the Kevin Pietersen issue dominated. There was a lot of love around during the celebrations at the end of the Test, particularly surrounding KP. And it was noticeable that Flower said 'we have had a tough time but we're back on track'.

Yorkshire gold: Tim Bresnan (left), Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow (right) celebrate England's series win with a beer and signing each others shirts (PICTURE POSTED BY @timbresnan ON TWITTER)

Yorkshire gold: Tim Bresnan (left), Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow (right) celebrate England's series win with a beer and signing each others shirts (PICTURE POSTED BY @timbresnan ON TWITTER)

NOW FOR THE INTEGRATION OF THE YOUNG TYKES

England go to New Zealand in the New Year who are second from bottom in the rankings. There can be no complacency and England must win in style. We've had the reintegration of KP and now look forward to the integration of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow as England get ready for the Ashes.

PICTURE DISPUTE

We are unable to carry live pictures from the
fourth Test in Nagpur due to a dispute between the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.The BCCI has refused access to Test venues to established picture
agencies Getty Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic
agencies. MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

TWO SPINNERS MAY NOT GO IN FLOWER'S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION

As for Monty Panesar, my experience of New Zealand is that you can play two spinners, and Flower acknowledged he has two world-class spinners. But he also insisted that it was three seamers and one spinner who took England to the top of the world and pointedly remarked that Graeme Swann took the most wickets on tour, so Monty may just play here and there.

Spin twins: England spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann (right) pose on Twitter after the draw in Nagpur. Swann's team-mates have been ribbing him for allegedly looking like Chandler Bing from the US sitcom Friends

Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel

Friends: Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann (left) pose after the draw in Nagpur. Swann's team-mates have been ribbing him for looking like Chandler from the sitcom Friends (right)… Judge for yourselves…

I EXPECT THREE WINS FROM ENGLAND'S NEXT THREE SERIES

I am a betting man and I predict three series wins for England next year, in New Zealand and home and away in the Ashes. England are the better team with, crucially, better players on the bench. When the likes of Monty, Root and Steven Finn can come in and take over, you're laughing.

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13/12/12

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05/12/12

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Roy Hodgson says England needs to stop asking what has gone wrong and instead look to the future

Hodgson urges England to forget the failures since '66 and look to the future

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UPDATED:

16:38 GMT, 15 December 2012

Roy Hodgson cannot see the point in England handicapping themselves by constantly lamenting what has gone wrong since 1966.

After a solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, the Three Lions visit San Marino and Montenegro next March before an autumn push towards the World Cup in Brazil.

If England do achieve their first objective, Hodgson knows references to their sole World Cup win are bound to be raised, plus the inevitable debate about why progress has been so slow since that memorable occasion.

England boss Roy Hodgson says England need to stop lamenting past failures and focus on the present and future

England boss Roy Hodgson says England need to stop worrying about what has gone wrong since 1966 and focus on the present and future of the team

But England's coach feels that assessment is counter-productive.

'One of my concerns for England has always been that we're not trying to win in the present, we're trying to win in the past and we can't do that,' Hodgson told FATV.

'I know there's 1966 and that it's 50 years and that we've failed here and there and missed penalty shoot-outs, but unfortunately there's not very much I can do now to change anything that's historical.

England manager Roy Hodgson

'You can't turn back the clock and you can't win yesterday. You can only win today and while winning today, you can only have an eye on how we can win tomorrow.'

Hodgson cannot be faulted for the number of younger players he has introduced to the Three Lions fold since he took charge in May.

Raheem Sterling and Carl Jenkinson were amongst those to make their debuts in Sweden last month, whilst others, including Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were part of his Euro 2012 squad despite their limited experience.

With the exception of Sterling, none of that quartet could be regarded as first-choice for their clubs in a league where so many of its top men are foreign.

Hodgson sees little point arguing against the mass continental influx.

Instead he feels the onus is on those young English players to prove themselves indispensable.

'Clubs will do what they have to do and I can't expect that a manager who is under pressure to get results is thinking long-term for the benefits of the English national side,' he said.

'If he thinks his interests are best served by getting a player from Montenegro, Russia or Israel, they're entitled to do that.

'Rather than complain that there are a lot of foreign players, let's turn it on its head and make certain that our players do better.

'Take Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for example, who plays some games but not others. He has got to become so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere.

'That's what I've got to hope for and that's got to be their ambition.'

Challenge: Hodgson has said that players like Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured) have to 'become so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere'

Challenge: Hodgson said that players like Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured) have to be 'so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere'

Benoit Assou-Ekotto returns to Tottenham training

AVB handed Spurs boost as Assou-Ekotto and Parker eye returns

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12:45 GMT, 12 December 2012

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13:54 GMT, 12 December 2012


Return: Benoit Assou-Ekotto is close to making a comeback

Return: Benoit Assou-Ekotto is close to making a comeback

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has resumed first-team training after over three months out with a knee injury.

The Cameroon international has been Spurs’ first-choice left-back for the last four seasons, but he has been limited to three appearances so far this term after a niggling injury flared up in September.

He had been expected to be out for four weeks, but the problem was much worse than expected.

The enigmatic 28-year-old raised hopes of a return to action, however, when he tweeted: 'Trainning with the team today !!! I hope as i ll remember the name of every one LOL.'

Boots: Scott Parker has not featured so far this season but is close to a return

Boots: Scott Parker has not featured so far this season but is close to a return

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to confirm whether Assou-Ekotto will be available for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game against Swansea later this week.

The Portuguese could also have another long-term injury victim – Scott Parker – available for the clash at White Hart Lane.

Parker has not played for the first team this season after suffering an Achilles injury in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who won the club’s player of the year award last season, has played for the reserves and the Under-21’s in the last seven days.