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David De Gea and Patrice Evra taken out by Andy Carroll in Manchester United match at West Ham

Carroll's hit parade: De Gea and Evra feel the full force of striker in collisions that left Fergie furious (and Vidic got a crack, too)

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

20:11 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:10 GMT, 17 April 2013

After some lightweight performances earlier in the season, Manchester United have slowly been toughening up young goalkeeper David de Gea to cope with the rigours of the English game.

But no amount of steak and shoulder presses could prepare Spaniard for an Andy Carroll special.

The England striker clattered into De Gea shortly before half-time in this evening's match between West Ham and United at Upton Park, also taking down Patrice Evra in the process.

Collision course: David de Gea manages to punch the ball clear, but Andy Carroll (right) is already in full flight

Collision course: David de Gea manages to punch the ball clear, but Andy Carroll (right) is already in full flight

Face-to-face: There's no going back as the Spanish keeper and the England striker hurtle towards each other

Face-to-face: There's no going back as the Spanish keeper and the England striker hurtle towards each other

Smack! De Gea comes off far worse as Carroll smashes into him, with Patrice Evra sandwiched underneath

Smack! De Gea comes off far worse as Carroll smashes into him, with Patrice Evra sandwiched underneath

Both United players were left nursing bruises on the ground following the forceful barge from behind, which left Sir Alex Ferguson furious on the sidelines as referee Lee Probert declined to show Carroll a yellow.

In a sign that his 'bulking-up' programme is working, 22-year-old De Gea had come through a cluster of bodies to commandingly punch clear a corner before Carrol knocked him down.

It was very different earlier in the
season when opponents would target the keeper as a weak link and
occasionally benefit – notably when a last minute blunder cost United
three points at Spurs back in January.

Ferguson
remonstrated with the fourth official over the incident as the two
teams left the field at half-time and no doubt would have been satisfied
when Carroll was booked early in the second period for another tangle
with De Gea.

But the England striker was not finished there, appearing to catch United defender Nemanja Vidic with his elbow, leaving the Serb furious.

Grounded: Phil Jones, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand appeal as those involved crash to the pitch

Grounded: Phil Jones, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand appeal as those involved crash to the pitch

Furious: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with officials after referee Lee Probert failed to show a yellow card

Furious: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with officials after referee Lee Probert failed to show a yellow card

Round two! Carroll was booked for this collision with De Gea early in the second half

Round two! Carroll was booked for this collision with De Gea early in the second half

Given the elbow Carroll and Vidic go up for the ball and the West Ham striker appears to catch his opponent

Given the elbow Carroll and Vidic go up for the ball and the West Ham striker appears to catch his opponent

Carroll and Vidic

Romain Grosjean retains Lotus seat despite string of crashes

'First-lap nutcase' Grosjean retains his seat at Lotus despite string of crashes

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UPDATED:

20:36 GMT, 17 December 2012

Lotus have retained Romain Grosjean for the coming Formula One campaign despite his catalogue of crashes this season.

Grosjean impressed with his speed upon to returning to Formula One but several high profile accidents, the most serious being when he caused a first lap pile-up in Belgium which resulted in a one-race ban, had raised speculation as to whether Lotus would keep him on.

However, fresh from winning the Race of Champions in Bangkok – the year-ending competition also featured Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher – Grosjean was welcomed home by the news he would once again be partnering Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus.

Double delight: Romain Grosjean (left) is celebrating victory in the Race of Champions and keeping his drive at Lotus

Double delight: Romain Grosjean (left) is celebrating Race of Champions glory and keeping his Lotus seat

Pile up: Grosjean was catapulted into the air after causing this crash in Spa

Pile up: Grosjean was catapulted into the air after causing this notorious crash at the first corner in Spa

‘It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013,’ said the 26-year-old. ‘It's superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I'm really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia.

‘I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.’

Despite being dubbed a ‘first-lap nutcase’ by Mark Webber for his numerous early collisions caused by ambitious moves off the start line, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is convinced Grosjean can cut out the mistakes.

He's good... when he keeps the car on the road! Grosjean won the Race of Champions in Thailand on Sunday

He's good… when he keeps the car on the road! Grosjean won the Race of Champions in Thailand on Sunday

‘Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season,’ said Boullier.

‘With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.

‘Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team-mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead. We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013.’

Bradley Wiggins disappointed to miss out on Olympics victory parade as he competes in Tour of Britain

Back to the day job: Wiggins admits disappointment at missing Team GB celebration parade as he races in second stage of the Tour of Britain

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 10 September 2012

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has admitted he is disappointed not to be able to join his Team GB team-mates as part of the celebration parade today but said he had to get on with his day job.

The gold medallist was in Nottingham on Monday morning as the second leg of the Tour of Britain got under way and brushed aside any feelings of regret at not being in the capital.

'We've got our own parade to do this week so, you know, this is our day job,' he said.

Back to the day job: Bradley Wiggins rides for Team Sky in the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday

Back to the day job: Bradley Wiggins rides for Team Sky in the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday

Missing out: His participation in the second stage in Nottingham on Monday means Wiggins will miss the Team GB victory parade in London

Missing out: His participation in the second stage in Nottingham on Monday means Wiggins will miss the Team GB victory parade in London

'We don't have the beauty of having a year off now because the cycling calendar is still going on.

'It would have been nice to have been there with the rest of the team but I think we're all enjoying it this week.'

The Tour de France champion took a tumble on Sunday, along with teammate Mark Cavendish, when several riders were involved in collisions as the peloton swept into the narrow lanes on the final leg of the 120-kilometre (75-mile) course at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

Wiggins said he was 'fine' after the crash and the team would be looking to keep hold of the yellow jersey claimed by fellow Team Sky racer Luke Rowe in his first professional stage win in Norwich.

'I think we've obviously got the jersey now so we're looking to try and defend that if possible, and if it does come to a sprint, obviously help Mark again,' he said.

Early leader: Team Sky's Luke Rowe won the opening stage of the Tour in East Anglia on Sunday

Early leader: Team Sky's Luke Rowe won the opening stage of the Tour in East Anglia on Sunday

Commenting on Cavendish's admission that he was looking to leave Team Sky, Wiggins said: 'I understand his reasons, I think we all do.

'It's very amicable so I think sometimes we're the downfall of our own success and it's quite something when the world champion has to leave to win races.'

Thousands of people bordered the streets around the castle in Nottingham city centre as riders swept away from the start line at 10am.

Many people called out Wiggins' name and 'Cav, Cav' as they tried to get their attention and a photograph of the cyclist and team-mate Cavendish on the start line.

Disappointment: Mark Cavendish crawls over the line after a bad crash on the approach to the finish put paid to his hopes of winning the stage

Disappointment: Mark Cavendish crawls over the line after a bad crash on the approach to the finish put paid to his hopes of winning the stage

The riders looked relaxed as they set off through the streets of Nottingham. They will climb into Derbyshire and the Peak District as they make their way to the eventual finish line in Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside.

Speaking before he slipped on the prestigious yellow jersey, Rowe said his win yesterday 'sticks him in the hot seat' in terms of today's ride, but added that they were only in the early parts of the eight-stage race.

'When it comes to crunch time on the real tough climbs, I don't know if I am going to be able to climb with the top guys,' he said.

'So we're just going to take it day by day, you know, we've got so much strength and depth.

'We've got six riders here – five riders are in the front from yesterday. It's not just me. I think we've got to take it day by day and see how things go.'

A famous face from another sport was also in the city this morning – boxer Carl Froch.

An avid cycling fan, he visited the riders on the Team Sky bus before they took up their starting positions.

Describing the atmosphere as being like a changing room before a big fight, he praised the cyclists and their hard work in the tough sport, which he has just taken up.

'I have actually just bought myself a carbon fibre racing bike. I've got a fixed wheel where you can't change gear because that's a hard workout.

'I've just bought a racer so I'm into it a little bit more now.

'When you hit a hill, the lungs and the breathing and the heart and the actual oxygen input is really, really hard. It's going to benefit me massively. I'm enjoying it.'

Lewis Hamilton insists his fans still love him

I'm still loved by my fans, insists Hamilton as he gears up for British Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 2 July 2012

Lewis Hamilton is adamant his true fans remain as supportive as ever despite the troubles he endured on and off the track in 2011.

Hamilton certainly divided opinion last year. His numerous collisions brought plenty of criticism from Formula One followers about alleged aggressive driving while others disapproved of his decision to drop his father, Anthony, as his manager.

Still loved: Hamilton is grateful for the support of his fans

Still loved: Hamilton is grateful for the support of his fans

With 120,000 people expected at Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Hamilton was asked if he felt some of his home support had drifted away. ‘That is the way the world is,’ he said. ‘People love to be with you when you are up but some people don’t like to be with you when you are down.

‘To be honest, the fans I have got have been with me through thick and thin and that is so empowering. When I go places, the reception I get seems to get bigger and bigger every year, even after last year.’

Stuart Lancaster sees bright future for England

Lancaster sees a bright future after his young team are taught a lesson

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 16 June 2012

England coach Stuart Lancaster experienced mixed emotions after watching his spirited side lose the series.

After an error-strewn first half, England — at one point 28-10 behind — fought back to within four points of the Springboks, only to concede a late try to JP Pietersen.

Lancaster said: ‘I am encouraged and frustrated at the same time. We dug ourselves back into it. It was tight and the boys are frustrated. I am disappointed with the start but look at some of the opportunities we created. With the quality we have, we’ve got to be better.

Comforting: Stuart Lancaster (right) consoles Ben Youngs

Comforting: Stuart Lancaster (right) consoles Ben Youngs

‘We got the try and that gave us the confidence, but we were hanging on by our fingernails in the first half at times. But we grew, the scrum got better and we started to win the collisions and move the ball around.

‘We are a young side, but this will give them invaluable experience because it doesn’t get any bigger than this.’

Ben Youngs scored two tries but acknowledged England’s performance in the second half came too late.

Dejected: England lost their second Test to South Africa

Dejected: England lost their second Test to South Africa

He said: ‘We’ve got to do that from the start. We know what we’re capable of and it’s about doing it for 80 minutes.’

Try-scorer Toby Flood, who added two penalties and converted all three of England’s tries, could not hide his disappointment despite the impressive fightback.

He said: ‘We made quite a few errors in the first half and we need to control that better because it just will not do. But I really can’t put into words exactly how disappointing it is to lose the Test series out here.’