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James Tredwell called into England squad for India tour

Tredwell called into England squad as cover for spin kings Swann and Panesar



10:49 GMT, 29 November 2012

As if further confirmation was needed of England's error in selecting just one spinner for the first Test in Ahmedabad earlier this month, James Tredwell has now been added to the squad for the ongoing tour of India.

The 30-year-old Kent off spinner will join up with Alastair Cook's side on Saturday ahead of the third Test starting in Kolkata next Wednesday.

Cover: Tredwell has been called into England's squad

Cover: Tredwell has been called into England's squad

Having been comprehensively beaten fielding just one spinner in Ahmedabad, England called Monty Panesar into their side to partner first-choice Graeme Swann for the second Test in Mumbai last week and were duly rewarded with a series-levelling 10-wicket win as the pair picked up 19 of the 20 Indian wickets to fall.

Tredwell is unlikely to play in the remaining two Tests unless either Swann or Panesar are injured, though he provides much needed cover in the slow bowling department as no other specialist spinners are in the touring party.

Spin kings: Swann (left) and Panesar (right) took 19 wickets in Mumbai

Spin kings: Swann (left) and Panesar (right) took 19 wickets in Mumbai

'Tredwell has performed really well for us,' said England team director Andy Flower. 'He can make a real impact as a spin bowler. He is arriving in Kolkata on December 1 as cover.

'We have some spinners with the Performance Programme. But Tredwell is a senior spinner and will stay with us for the Tests.'

Tredwell, who was recently named as Kent's new captain, has played just one Test previously – taking six wickets as England beat Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2010.

John Ruddy ruled out for three months

Hughton dealt injury blow as first choice goalkeeper Ruddy is ruled out for three months



19:08 GMT, 28 November 2012

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy could be out for approximately three months with a thigh injury.

Chris Hughton's side have confirmed they will be without the first choice keeper on their official Twitter account.

The club's confirmation followed a tweet from Ruddy himself, revealing he will go under the knife this weekend.

Out: John Ruddy has been sidelined for three months

Out: John Ruddy has been sidelined for three months

The goalkeeper, @Johnruddy26, said:
'Just to update everyone on my injury, unfortunately I have torn my
thigh will be having surgery on saturday and out for up to 3 months, :('

It is a huge blow for in-form Norwich,
who are unbeaten in their six Premier League matches heading into
tonight's match at Southampton, where Mark Bunn deputised for Ruddy.

Dan Carter misses Wales v New Zealand with leg injury

Carter forced out of All Blacks team for Wales showdown after suffering leg injury



17:34 GMT, 23 November 2012

Superstar: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter

Superstar: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter

Dan Carter has been ruled out of the New Zealand team for tomorrow’s Test match against Wales in Cardiff.

The fly-half Carter will be replaced by Aaron Cruden, with Beauden Barrett joining the replacements’ bench.

Carter, who has won 93 caps, suffered a leg injury during All Blacks training at the University of Glamorgan yesterday.

In nine appearances against Wales he has scored 162 points and never been on the losing side.

There has so far been no official confirmation from the All Blacks camp surrounding his withdrawal.

Carter, though, has Tweeted a picture of All Blacks training inside the Millennium Stadium this afternoon. In the same post, he said: 'Gutted not to be playing with these boys in this stadium tomorrow'.

Wayne Rooney brother John signs for Barnsley

Rooney signs for Barnsley! Wayne's brother John, that is



22:08 GMT, 25 October 2012

The 21-year-old midfielder, brother of England striker Wayne, has signed a deal until the end of the season

You little Tyke! Rooney has joined Barnsley until the end of the season

Barnsley have completed the signing of John Rooney who was a free agent following his return from America.

The 21-year-old midfielder, brother of England striker Wayne, has signed a deal until the end of the season, subject to confirmation from the Football League.

Tykes manager Keith Hill had hoped to complete the deal last week, but the move was delayed due to paperwork.

Rooney started out as a trainee at Everton and following his release from Goodison Park joined Macclesfield in 2008.

He then signed for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls and played more recently for Orlando City in the third tier of American football.

F1: Grand Prix of America under threat, says Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie fires warning to New Jersey race as F1 chief claims circuit doesn't hold a contract



18:17 GMT, 25 September 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has again warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat.

Just under four months ago Ecclestone raised doubts as to whether the race in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline serving as a backdrop, would take place.

Ecclestone stated then the organisers were late with payments and were attempting to resolve issues internally regarding funds.

Making his point: The F1 supremo has warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat

Making his point: The F1 supremo has warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat

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A further complication arose in August when Tom Cotter, serving as president of the race organisers, resigned from a post he had only occupied for a few months.

Last week, with the release of the 2013 provisional calendar, the GP of America was handed a date of June 16, a week on from the event in Canada, but asterisked as it remains subject to confirmation.

With the calendar due to be finalised at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Friday, at this stage the race is poised to be axed.

Ecclestone said: 'The organisers have not complied with the terms and conditions of the contract, which is now gone anyway. They don't have a contract.'

The door is, however, still ajar for promoter Leo Hindery Jr ahead of the WMSC meeting, but the clock is ticking.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ecclestone added: 'We are pretty close to the final deadline. We have a world council meeting coming up.

'I think if somebody got behind them it could happen in 2013 because they have come a long way with the circuit.'

Martin Kelly out for the season – as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini

Kelly set to miss rest of the season with knee ligament injury as Liverpool sweat on Agger and Borini



15:22 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse with Martin Kelly likely to miss the rest of the season.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Manchester United on Sunday.

Kelly will now have surgery but he is almost certain to be out for the remainder of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers is awaiting confirmation on Daniel Agger's injury after he was carried off on a stretcher following an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

A club statement read: '[Agger] has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee.

'No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training.'

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Borini still has swelling to his ankle but a scan has not shown up a fracture.

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Liverpool opt to end stadium saga with 150m plan to stay at Anfield

Liverpool opt to end stadium saga with 150m plan to stay at Anfield



20:26 GMT, 22 September 2012

Liverpool's American owners will end
the club's 10-year stadium saga by committing to develop Anfield as a
refurbished 60,000-capacity venue, including 7,000 'corporate' seats.

The club publicly maintain that no
final decision has yet been made between refurbishment and a new stadium
but detailed plans are in place for a phased expansion of the Main
Stand and then the Anfield Road stand, Inside Sport can reveal.

The work is expected to cost about
150 million, a huge saving on the estimated 400m that a new stadium in
Stanley Park would cost, although an estimated 50m has been spent by
the club on designs and planning for a new stadium.

Staying put: Anfield

Staying put: Anfield

Naming rights might have helped to subsidise a new venue but no suitable deal has been found.

Liverpool City Council have been working closely with the club on stadium options for years and for a long time were in favour of a new stadium, to be shared with Everton.

The council now believe that official confirmation on the refurbishment is imminent from John W Henry's Fenway Sports Group.

A council spokesman said: 'It does seem to be the case that the club have decided to stay at Anfield and that Liverpool officials are preparing to confirm the decision'.

Hints: Liverpool owner John W Henry seems to be in favour of the club staying at Anfield

Hints: Liverpool owner John W Henry seems to be in favour of the club staying at Anfield

The importance of resolving the stadium situation is highlighted by today's sell-out game against Manchester United at Anfield, which will generate about 1.5m in revenues for Liverpool.

The corresponding match at Old Trafford will generate more than 3m not just because United have more seats but better corporate facilities for which the club can charge more.

Anfield's 45,000-seat capacity and structure limits the extent to which Liverpool can mount a realistic challenge to rivals including United (who have 76,000 seats) and Arsenal (60,000) – on and off the pitch.

Henry himself has long been supportive of the idea that Liverpool's long-time home should remain their home.

He feels the club can develop without moving in the way that his baseball club, the Boston Red Sox, have done at their home, Fenway Park.

Henry dropped another heavy hint in June that a refurbished Anfield was his preference when tweeting a link to a blog by a Liverpool architect, Peter McGurk, that suggested Liverpool should stay put.

McGurk has no connection to the club or redevelopment.

Here to stay: Liverpool fans in the stands at Anfield

Here to stay: Liverpool fans in the stands at Anfield

Council regeneration plans for the area around Liverpool have provided a solution to the long-running problem of freeing up land for Anfield's expansion.

The council intend to acquire property for demolition and refurbishment – and crucially now have the option of applying for compulsory purchase orders if required.

The council will be hoping to avoid any drastic action by offering residents the full market values of their homes plus compensation and relocation costs.

Gavin Henson will have tests after cheekbone injury

Henson set for hospital tests after cheekbone injury against Scarlets



14:08 GMT, 26 August 2012

Gavin Henson will undergo further tests on Sunday to confirm if he fractured a cheekbone in London Welsh's friendly defeat against Llanelli Scarlets.

Henson was taken to hospital and given X-rays and tests after he was tackled by Deacon Manu in the first minute in the 23-17 loss, and although he played on until the 33rd, he had to be replaced and could now miss the start of the season with Welsh facing Leicester on September 2.

A club spokesman said: 'Gavin underwent X-rays yesterday and will have further tests today and there has been no confirmation if his cheekbone has been fractured.

Treated: Gavin Henson is given medical attention

Treated: Gavin Henson is given medical attention

'Until we know the extent of the damage we will not know if he will miss the game against Leicester and there is not much more we can say at this point.'

London head coach Lyn Jones is trying to remain positive about the prognosis of the former Wales three-quarter.

'We're hoping for the best, but if it's the worst he's not the first player to get injured and we'll just have to be patient and deal with it,” Jones said, in quotes carried on the club website.

'These are things you've got to deal with in rugby. You've got to deal with thunderbolts all the time.

'No player wants to get injured in a pre-season friendly because it's hugely frustrating because of all the hard work that's been done leading up to the start of the season.'

Laura Trott on her amazing Olympics: David Beckham bought me a sandwich!

Trott on her amazing Olympics: Beckham bought me a sandwich and Prince Harry invited me to the beach volleyball!



22:46 GMT, 11 August 2012

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Laura Trott is as happy as it is possible to be. She has the Olympic rings painted on to her fingernails, a smile to illuminate the room and two, large gold medals hanging around her neck.
‘I’ve not let go of them — and no, I don’t think I’m going to!’ she said.

In the space of four days she had won the team pursuit and the omnium, becoming a double Olympic champion and changing her life for ever.

When she stops beaming, it is only to giggle at the madness of it all. After her triumphs, Trott went out with her boyfriend to the beach volleyball. Perfectly normal behaviour for a 20-year-old with something to celebrate, but the reality of her new life would soon become clear. Now an Olympic VIP, she was placed next to Prince Harry and behind David Beckham.

When she kissed double gold medallist Jason Kenny, a host of telephoto lenses ensured it became both public confirmation of a previously unknown relationship and front-page news.

Kiss and tell... the world: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny share a kiss, which revealed their previously unknown relationship

Kiss and tell… the world: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny share a kiss, which
revealed their previously unknown relationship

12 cycling medals

Bradley Wiggins: Men’s time trial.
Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny: Men’s team sprint.
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and
Peter Kennaugh: Men’s team pursuit.
Victoria Pendleton: Women’s keirin.
Dani King, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell: Women’s team pursuit.
Jason Kenny: Men’s sprint (2nd gold for Kenny).
Laura Trott: Women’s omnium (2nd gold for Trott).
Chris Hoy Men’s keirin: (2nd gold for Hoy).

Lizzie Armitstead: Women’s road race.
Victoria Pendleton: Women’s sprint.

Chris Froome: Men’s time trial.
Ed Clancy: omnium.

‘It wasn’t the way I thought it was going to come out, to be honest,’ she said. ‘We knew there would be cameras, but we were sitting just along from David Beckham and Prince Harry, so we assumed they were pointing at them.’

Trott was invited to the event by the Prince, when a schedule change stopped him seeing her, after she won the second of her two gold medals. While she was unsurprised to see real royalty, she admits she cannot say the same about the sporting version. She said: ‘David Beckham was there! He was a total surprise! It was nuts. He turned round and said: “You’ve won two gold medals”, and I was like “Oh my God! He knows who I am!”’

And then, even in the midst of a mad week, the moment Trott selects as being one of the strangest: ‘He bought me a sandwich!’ she said, with another laugh. The movement causes her medals to clink together and she laughs even more.

‘It was pork with some kind of weird apple sauce on top, but it was bought for me by David Beckham!

Doubling up: Trott eases down after wining gold in the omnium

Doubling up: Trott eases down after wining gold in the omnium

‘It just turned up as we were sitting there, just by Prince Harry — how nuts does this sound already — and I said, “Who got this” and Becks turned round and said, “I got it for you”, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I said. It has been that sort of week.’

She admits that it was not until she left ‘the bubble’ of the Olympic village that the scale of her achievement fully struck her — ‘everyone has got gold medals in there, there’s loads of them’.

In the spotlight: Trott poses with her medals

In the spotlight: Trott poses with her medals

‘Then you come out of the village and
people start coming up to you and you don’t know them. That’s weird,
when people want your photo, or an autograph, because they saw you on
TV. That’s when it hits you.’

And yet, among the madness, Trott appears extraordinarily grounded. Keeping her relationship with Kenny a secret was not hard because ‘nobody knew, apart from those that needed to, so nobody asked’.

She also smiles at the unexpected
nature of her victories. ‘I dreamed of getting two Olympic golds,’ she
said. ‘I was going to have to win them in Rio, but now I’ll have to
defend them there instead.’

is proud of the successes British Cycling has enjoyed, with 12 medals
(eight of them gold) and how the British women have performed.

seems like women sometimes can be a bit self-conscious, or that they
find it hard to throw themselves into something sporting, harder than
men do anyway. But perhaps if they see what we’ve done and how we’ve
done it, it’ll influence a few people. That would be brilliant.’

now, though, she has different, more pressing priorities. She said:
‘Now it’s holiday and chilling! No riding for a month, no bikes at all.
I’m not going near them!’

Junior Hoilett waiting on work permit to join Queens Park Rangers

Hoilett waits on work permit as QPR hope to complete switch from Rovers



22:08 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

QPR are trying to secure a work permit for Junior Hoilett before completing the Canadian's signing from Blackburn.

The forward is keen to join Mark Hughes' side, who are on tour in Asia, and the clubs are discussing compensation.

As revealed by Sportsmail last week, an agreement is likely to be reached soon, but QPR officials want confirmation of Hoilett's work permit before finalising the deal.

On the move Hoilett looks set to head south to join QPR

On the move Hoilett looks set to head south to join QPR

The move is great news for Rangers' boss Hughes who thought he had lost out in the battle for Hoilett's signature.

Borussia Monchengladbach looked certain to sign him after Hoilett flew out to Germany for talks.