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Beach volleyball initiative launched by Zara Dampney

Give it a go! Team GB star Dampney gets behind new beach volleyball initiative

Olympics, the British public are being given the chance to try it for themselves.

The sport was one of the highlights of the Games as crowds flocked to the Horse Guards Parade last summer.

And Team GB star Zara Dampney is hoping a new initiative can encourage more people to take the fast-paced, action-packed discipline.

Zara Dampney

Zara Dampney

Best of British: Zoe Dampney was part of Team GB and the beach volleyball squad at London 2012

The Go Spike Big Weekend, which runs from May 25-27, offers the chance to take part in beach, indoor, outdoor and sitting volleyball at various venues across England.

'I’m incredibly excited about the Go Spike Big Weekend and think it will be a fantastic showcase of everything volleyball has to offer,' Dampney said. 'Everyone from kids to retired people should experience the enjoyment and the health benefits of volleyball.

'People don’t realise just how accessible volleyball is – there are facilities for all versions of the sport right across the country, and I hope that once people give it a go they will join up and make volleyball a regular part of their lives and enjoy it just as much as I do.'

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

For further information on the Go Spike Big Weekend and details of events across England visit www.gospike.net

Mario Balotelli has one last blast at Manchester in his first AC Milan press conference

One last blast: Mario moans about the food, the traffic and the weather in Manchester, but admits he will miss the best league in the world and the fans

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David Kent

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19:37 GMT, 1 February 2013

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19:48 GMT, 1 February 2013

Mario Balotelli couldn’t resist one last blast at life in Manchester as he became officially an AC Milan player last night.

The 22-year-old wild child who never settled at City thanked Roberto Mancini for all his support during two and a half turbulent seasons.

But he then insisted he had no regrets at ending his adventure in England.

Star man: Mario Balotelli (pictured) poses with the shirt of his new club

One last blast: Mario Balotelli (pictured) poses with the shirt of his new club, after having a go at the food, weather and traffic found in Manchester

Candid: Balotelli sits next AC Milan sporting director Adriano Galliani at the press conference

Candid: Balotelli sits next AC Milan sporting director Adriano Galliani at the press conference

He said: ‘I have no regrets about leaving. I have to say this all the City fans were so nice to me and supported me in the bad moments, and I would like to thank Roberto Mancini for all the support he gave me.

‘I will miss the Premier League which I think is the best in the world, and the crowds at games.

‘But I am not going to miss the food, the weather, and the traffic and everything else.’

Balotelli scores in his behind-closed-doors friendly with Serie D side Darfo Boario

Balotelli scores in a friendly with Serie D side Darfo Boario earlier this week…

...and tries a trick in training

…and tries a trick in training

Hordes of Milan fans descended on the San Siro to welcome his arrival at the club he supported.

Asked if it would be pressure to join the club, he said: ‘There is no weight on me to play for Milan, I am happy, I want to be part of the team, and I am here to win.

‘I am back here and it has always been my dream to play for Milan.

‘It is important for me to be here where I can be near to my friends and family.’

Balotelli is in line to make his debut at home to Udinese tomorrow night – due to be shown live in England on ESPN.

Mohawks: Balotelli M'Baye Niang (left) and Stephan El Shaarawy (right) pose with their almost-matching haircuts

Mohawks: Balotelli M'Baye Niang (left) and Stephan El Shaarawy (right) pose with their almost-matching haircuts

Lance Armstrong "admits" to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

Armstrong 'admits' to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

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Mike Dawes

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00:42 GMT, 15 January 2013

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00:46 GMT, 15 January 2013

Lance Armstrong last night reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

The disgraced cyclist is said to have confessed in an interview with American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey which is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday.

Armstrong earlier visited the staff of his charity at the Texas offices to apologise for putting their work at risk.

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Several employees cried when he told them: ‘I’m sorry.’ He promised he would try to restore the foundation’s reputation – before meeting his legal team to prepare for the Oprah interview.

Armstrong reportedly spoke to a room
full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret
for everything the controversy has put them through.

He told them how much the foundation
means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like
members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged
Armstrong over his long denials of doping.

After the interview, Winfrey tweeted: 'Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!'

Winfrey and her crew planned on filming Monday's session at Armstrong's home. As a result, local and international news crews were camped near the cyclist's Spanish-style villa before dawn.

Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbour's yard and hopping a fence.

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… dont cut the pipeline

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… don’t cut the pipeline

. Several sports – including basketball – have seen their funds slashed.

There is a growing furore over the Olympic sports which have missed out on funding from UK Sport’s 347m pot of gold for the so-called 'Road to Rio'.

Those sports which are deemed not to be ‘podium contenders’ have been left at the starting blocks and pondering their very future and even their existence.

Understandably, administrators, players and fans are angry and frustrated given the very noisy and public commitment to fulfil an Olympic and Paralympic legacy, which was at the core of our successful Bid in 2005 and to Inspire a Generation.

As someone who has worked at the very
heart of elite sport and performance, I have sympathy and support for
these sports, which include basketball, handball and volleyball, which
all attracted massive crowds last summer.

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

In terms of potential medal winners at Rio in 2016, those who hold the purse strings probably got it right as judged by their own very strict criteria but we must not develop tunnel vision focused only on the podium.

We must adopt a broader and longer-term vision and aspiration rather than leave ourselves accused of developing an unhealthy lust for medals at all costs, and invest and develop other sports, especially team sports on the back of our Olympic and Paralympic triumph.

It is much more difficult to win medals in team sports compared to individual sports and, traditionally, they do not add many medals to the final medal table because they are not multi-discipline events like rowing, cycling boxing, swimming and athletics. In team sports like basketball you usually only have the men’s team and women’s team.

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Yet, if you analyse the low cost and highly accessible aspect of most team sports, compared to other sports and those which sit comfortably in our inner communities, it is completely baffling to me, why funding has been completely stopped in this area.

In the wake of London 2012 I had hope our cities would be crammed with courts for kids to play team sports, emulating their heroes and nurturing a love for team sport and the camaraderie and spirit, such sports inspire.

My solution to this currently unacceptable situation is to make a special case for these sports with a completely separate pool of funds made available through a new specially set up division of UK Sport called the 'Olympic Development Sports' providing specific support for sports where existing funds cannot be justified.

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

These sports should sign up to a long term business plan, say over 12 years with the aim of qualifying for and winning medals not, just for the next Olympics in 2016 but in 2020 and 2024.

This is investing and building for the future and totally fulfils the Legacy aspiration albeit over a much longer period. These sports should be supported and helped to reach a level where funding can be justified in their own right, and at which stage they will be promoted from the 'Olympic Development Sports' category.

After such a momentous year for sport in Britain, it would be scandalous if these sports did not receive the extra funding they need to continue their exciting journeys and help realise the dreams of thousands of youngsters who simply want to throw a ball into a hoop or push a ball over a net on the sand.

Funding is their oxygen for success. Don’t cut the pipeline.

Rory McIlroy wins DP World Tour Championship

Double delight for McIlroy as Race to Dubai winner seals DP World Tour Championship

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17:34 GMT, 25 November 2012

All week Rory McIlroy had talked about his determination to finish the season in grand style, but surely even he didn't dream of winning the DP World Tour Championship in such breathtaking fashion.

Dressed in Tiger red, what transpired on a stunning Sunday afternoon on the Earth Course was right up there with anything Tiger produced in his prime.

As expected, a wonderful battle unfolded between him and an Englishman.

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What a year: Rory McIlroy celebrates his DP World Tour Championship and race to Dubai victories

What a year: Rory McIlroy celebrates his DP World Tour Championship and race to Dubai victories

Say cheese: Caroline Wozniacki captures McIlroy's big moment

Say cheese: Caroline Wozniacki captures McIlroy's big moment

But while world No 2 Luke Donald was troubled by a sinus infection and would finish in a tie for third, it was Justin Rose who came through to play the round of his life.

Rose's 62 not only lowered the course record by two shots, it was two better than any round he had previously played in his career.

When he signed off after one of the putts of the season on the 18th, he was two clear of McIlroy, who had just birdied the 14th.

Remember the way Woods used to sense danger and respond accordingly That power now lies with the remarkable Northern Irishman, who followed that birdie with four more to win by two strokes.

After watching Ian Poulter finish their fourballs match at the Ryder Cup on Saturday with five birdies, here he had produced a similar thrilling spree of his own. Watched by record crowds here, it made for a captivating show.

Size does matter: McIlroy gets to grips with the huge prize he scooped for winning the race to Dubai

Size does matter: McIlroy gets to grips with the huge prize he scooped for winning the race to Dubai

Big finish: McIlroy birdied the last to put the cap on a fantastic few days at the Earth Course

Big finish: McIlroy birdied the last to put the cap on a fantastic few days at the Earth Course

That's my boy: Wozniacki was there to watch Rory succeed in Dubai

That's my boy: Wozniacki was there to watch Rory succeed in Dubai

Race to Dubai – final standings

1 Rory McIlroy 4,445,925
2 Justin Rose 3,035,589
3 Louis Oosthuizen 2,567,581
4 Peter Hanson 2,435,109
5 Ian Poulter 2,079,331
6 Branden Grace 2,015,889
7 Luke Donald 1,912,004
8 Francesco Molinari 1,784,477
9 Graeme McDowell 1,566,840
10 Paul Lawrie 1,538,907
11 Nicolas Colsaerts 1,406,284
12 Lee Westwood 1,346,441
13 Matteo Manassero 1,284,926
14 Marcel Siem 1,102,673
15 Thorbjorn Olesen 1,054,682
16 Charl Schwartzel 986,270
17 Rafa Cabrera Bello 975,406
18 David Lynn 973,614
19 Jamie Donaldson 926,885
20 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 888,277

And so all the spoils went to McIlroy on the final afternoon of the European Tour season, as he claimed 838,000 for the tournament to go alongside the 629,000 bonus that was already his for winning the Race to Dubai.

'It is a great way to end a great year,' said McIlroy. 'I came here with that intention and to pull it off feels tremendous.

'It was a dream finish, managing all those birdies and a wonderful way to go into my break. Now I can really enjoy it.'

There were many shots down the stretch that were memorable but his play at the 17th and 18th holes, in particular, stood out.

Tied with Rose standing on the 17th tee, he produced a bullet of an iron shot that finished 6ft short of the flag and he holed the birdie putt.

Then, at the par five 18th, and with
the green clearly reachable in two, the 23 year old emphasised his
growing maturity by resisting the temptation to grandstand and playing
for a par five.

As it turned out, he pitched from 85 yards to 12ft and holed the birdie putt to make it a two-stroke triumph rather than one.

It was Rory's day, then, but it was difficult not to feel an ounce of sympathy for the two Englishman left in his wake.

Donald didn't need to say anything about the sinus problem that has dogged him throughout his career. You could see it in his bloodshot eyes and hear it in his voice.

He's put if off for years but no longer…he will have a sinus operation in a fortnight.

What a round: Justin Rose finished with a 62 to claim second place behind McIlroy

What a round: Justin Rose finished with a 62 to claim second place behind McIlroy

As for Rose, his experienced caddie Mark Fulcher called his man's 62 'the greatest round of golf I have ever seen in my life.'

It contained a signature finish, too, as Rose had a putt from all of 100ft at the last. About three-quarters of the way, there was a ridge the ball had to just fall over if it was to finish next to the hole.

As Rose said:'It was one of those hero or zero putts, where you look like an idiot if the ball stops just short of the ridge but thankfully it just crawled over.'

He gave a joyous clenched fist salute when it almost went in, before heading for the practice ground.

At worst, it looked like he would be in a play-off. But then came Rory and a year that was already celebratory had just been given a glorious exclamation point.

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England set for 17.5m boost with Twickenham Tests sold out

EXCLUSIVE: RFU set for 17.5m boost as ticket sales for England matches smash records

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13:20 GMT, 31 October 2012

The RFU are set to enjoy a record-breaking autumn windfall as the unexpected sell-out of England's Test against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10 will lead to ticket-sales revenue of 17.5million.

All of the forthcoming QBE Internationals – against the Pacific island nation, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – will be played in front of capacity crowds at HQ.

It is the first time that a four-match campaign has completely sold out and also the first time that a match against a Tier Two nation has drawn a full house.

Leaders: England coach Stuart Lancaster (left) and captain Chris Robshaw

Leaders: England coach Stuart Lancaster (left) and captain Chris Robshaw

The union is understood to have budgeted for ticket sales for this autumn series generating a return of 17m, but the higher-than-anticipated demand for the opening game has brought an additional 500,000 profit.

These figures are in stark contrast to last season, when the World Cup in New Zealand meant there were no November matches at Twickenham and just two home Six Nations games, so ticket-related income was particularly low.

This is the fourth time that England have had four fixtures in consecutive autumn weeks.

In 2006, there was an attendance of 72,027 for the lowest-profile of those games, against Argentina, while in 2008 the Pacific Islanders match drew a crowd of 55,427 and two years ago, England played Samoa in front of 70,553.

Big numbers: Supporters flocked to Twickenham to watch England face Argentina in 2006 but there will be even more at this year's four autumn Tests

Big numbers: Supporters flocked to Twickenham to watch England face Argentina in 2006 but there will be even more at this year's four autumn Tests

In 2009, the Test against Argentina – who were still classified as a Tier Two nation at that stage – brought in a healthy attendance of 78,743, but that will be eclipsed by the 82,000 sell-out in 10 days' time.

Ticket sales are thought to account for around a third of all revenue generated by the RFU and the governing body intend to channel increased funds into the grass-roots game.

With three years to go until the end of the home World Cup, a raft of 'legacy' intiatives are due to be announced later on Wednesday, with substantial investment into the development of coaches, referees and facilities, along with a push to introduce the sport into non rugby-playing schools.

Olympic and Paralympic heroes honoured by Queen at Buckingham Palace

A right royal celebration! Olympic and Paralympic heroes honoured at Buckingham Palace

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23:11 GMT, 23 October 2012

David Cameron hailed Great Britain's incredible summer of sport as the Queen hosted a glittering Buckingham Palace event for Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

Sportsmen and women who won gold for the nation during the summer's extravaganza of sport were invited to the palace to mark their achievements.

The Prime Minister joined the athletes and senior figures like Lord Coe who helped make the Games a success at the palace, where the Queen celebrated their efforts with the Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal Family.

Pleased to meet you: The Queen greet London 2012 hero David Weir

Pleased to meet you: The Queen greet London 2012 hero David Weir

Mr Cameron said: 'I think people will look back and just think, 'what an incredible summer' – success after success, medal after medal and the whole country putting on its very best face for the world.

'What matters now is that we maximise the momentum and the legacy following the Olympics and Paralympics.

'We had a cabinet meeting about that and Seb Coe was there, and we were talking about the physical legacy of East London, the important economic benefits we want, there's the sporting legacy carried through to Rio and school sport, there's also the legacy in terms of attitude to disabilities, which I think is a real chance of a step change in our country.'

Team GB began the summer's medal rush by winning 65 in total, including 29 golds, an achievement that was hailed as the athletes' 'greatest ever' performance by Andy Hunt, their chef de mission for London 2012.

Amongst the stars who delighted the home crowds and the world with podium-topping performances were heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and sailor Ben Ainslie and double gold-winning runner Mo Farah. The Paralympics saw Great Britain secure 120 medals, including 34 golds.

Heroes' welcome: Rowers Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Tom James in royal company

Heroes' welcome: Rowers Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Tom James in royal company

Gold standard: Anthony Ogogo greets Her Majesty during the event at Buckingham Palace

Gold standard: Anthony Ogogo greets Her Majesty during the event at Buckingham Palace

Memorable performances included wheelchair athlete David Weir winning four golds, swimmer Ellie Simmonds powering home to two victories in the pool while sprinter Jonnie Peacock lit up the stadium with his blistering win in the T44 100 metres.

Sarah Storey cemented her place in the history books by winning four golds on her bike, taking her to 11 titles overall in a Paralympic career as both a swimmer and cyclist.

She described the evening as 'just incredible', adding: 'It is just such an honour and we are all very privileged to be part of such an amazing team. To have the Queen throw a reception in our honour makes everything that has happened even more amazing.

'The British public has been so supportive over the Paralympics and it has captured everybody's imagination.'

A number of household names like Hoy, Farah and Ennis were missing due to other commitments but one well-known face was available in Zara Phillips, who won a team silver in the Olympic equestrian competition.

Guests sipped champagne, wine and apple juice but towards the end of the evening many politely declined a drink as they have already begun training in earnest.

All smiles: The Duchess of Cambridge was also in attendance and was seen chatting to Prime Minister David Cameron

All smiles: The Duchess of Cambridge was also in attendance and was seen chatting to Prime Minister David Cameron

All smiles: The Duchess of Cambridge was also in attendance and was seen chatting to The Prime Minister

A line-up of Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have all won three or more golds met the royal party, who included the Duke of York and daughter Princess Beatrice, the Princess Royal, President of the British Olympic Association, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

They included three-time Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny, who won two golds at London 2012, swimmer Simmonds, who now has a total of four Paralympic titles, plus cyclist Storey and wheelchair racer David Weir, who each won four golds.

Proudly wearing her three golds from London 2012, Para-equestrian rider Sophie Christiansen, who is now a five-time Paralympic champion, said she was very excited to see the Queen.

Christiansen said: 'She asked me whether I enjoyed the Games, which obviously were phenomenal.

'I just want to do it all again because now I know what it takes to win three gold medals. Perhaps I could ask the Queen if she will lend me a horse (for the Rio 2016 Paralympics).

'My current horse is called Rio and he is still in training, but he is 15 now. He would be too old for the next Games.'

Para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson, who won his tenth Paralympic gold medal at the Games along with a silver and bronze, met Kate who picked up his gold medal, won in the mixed team championship.

Exchanging memories: The Princess Royal - a medal winner herself - meets cyclist Laura Trott

Exchanging memories: The Princess Royal – a medal winner herself – meets cyclist Laura Trott

Centre of attention: The Earl of Wessex talks to athletes

Centre of attention: The Earl of Wessex talks to athletes

The Duchess revealed she has developed a passion for horses and is learning to ride. The horseman joked: 'Kate said she's learning to ride so I offered to give her some lessons.

'She held my medals and said how heavy they were, and asked if me if I'd been riding all my life.'

The Duchess moved on to meet Team GB's women's hockey players, who became a firm favourite of the royal.

Kate was a keen hockey player as a student and she enjoyed watched the national team win their Bronze medal in a game against New Zealand.

The royal stood amongst the group of 12 women and the party looked like old friends as they chatted away together.

Emily Maguire, from Glasgow, said afterwards: 'The Duchess just said how much she enjoyed watching our games. She's lovely, she's just so easy to talk to and because she herself played hockey she has a real connection to the sport.'

Medal of honour: Nicola Adams and Hannah Cockcroft share their memories with the Queen

Medal of honour: Nicola Adams and Hannah Cockcroft share their memories with the Queen

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Tommy Gainey wins McGaldrey Classic

Gainey storms to victory in McGaldrey Classic after breaking course record

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22:37 GMT, 21 October 2012

Tommy Gainey carded a stunning final-day 60 to claim a one-shot victory in the McGaldrey Classic and earn his first PGA Tour title.

Gainey was seemingly out of contention as he began his final round tied for 29th place on six-under-par and seven shots adrift of joint leaders Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

However, the 37-year-old American charged up the leaderboard with brilliant blemish-free round that included eight birdies and an eagle to finish the day on 10 under and 16 under for the tournament.

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

That was enough to clinch victory with David Toms (63) second on 15 under after picking up birdies on four of his final five holes while Furyk (69) was two shots back after finishing with a bogey five on 18.

Gainey's 60 was a course record but he also had a chance to card only the sixth round of 59 in PGA Tour history when he was left with a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole.

However, his putt finished just short as he finished with a 60, the sixth player to do so on the tour since 2007.

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

The South Carolinan carded birdies on the first, third, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 31 and get himself into contention, but it was on the back nine where he did most of the damage.

A birdie on 11 was followed by two more on 13 and 14 before he holed from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-five 15th.

Gainey sank another birdie on the 16th before finishing with back-to-back pars as he just missed out on an historic 59.

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

Ryder Cup 2012: Ian Poulter out to kill American chances

Poulter out to kill the American dream as Ryder Cup tee-off grows ever closer

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15:03 GMT, 26 September 2012


Deadly assassin: Ian Poulter has spoken of wanting to 'kill' the chances of his friends in the American team at the Ryder Cup

Deadly assassin: Ian Poulter has spoken of wanting to 'kill' the chances of his friends in the American team at the Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter has spoken of the strange rivalry between Europe and the United States in the Ryder Cup, as players who are usually 'great mates' go out to 'kill' one another's chances of glory.

Poulter is preparing for his fourth cap in Chicago this week and expects to be just as fired up as he was on his first three appearances.

Asked if he could see a future in which the match loses its edge because so many Europeans have homes in the States, the 36-year-old Florida-based Englishman gave the expected answer.

'It means too much to us for it ever to lose that edge,' he said.

'This event is unique. I hate to say we don't get on for three days, but there is that divide – and it's not that we don't like each other.

'We are all good friends, both sides of the pond, but there's something about Ryder Cup which kind of intrigues me.'

This time half of Europe's side – Poulter, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer – have bases in America, while Lee Westwood is soon to join them and world number one Rory McIlroy is selling his home in Northern Ireland, although he has no immediate plans to buy property on the other side of the Atlantic.

Poulter was also asked if captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who is expecting the crowds to be as noisy as they were in Boston in 1999 for the infamous 'Battle of Brookline', had spoken about toning down celebrations.

'Are you kidding me For real,' responded the man who won four points out of five four years ago and three points out of four last time in Wales.

'You are going to tell someone not to enjoy holing a putt That's the Ryder Cup, that's what it means.

'You should enjoy it. Why not give it the fist pump and see them go bananas

'It's like scoring a penalty in the Champions League final.'

Poulter's use of the words 'kill them' was put to McIlroy minutes later.

'I think 'kill' is a little strong,' the 23-year-old Northern Irishman said. 'I'd like to beat them.'

Eight years ago Paul Casey found himself heckled in America after saying in the wake of the victory in Detroit that for the week of the match 'we properly hate them'. He soon regretted using the word.

Poulter has always been outspoken and has also always lapped up the atmosphere wherever the match is being played.

'I think Chicago is a great sporting town and this is going to be a very loud week,' he added. 'I think everybody's ready for that.

'For me it adds to the electricity, adds to the adrenaline rush and I can't wait to be obviously part of the fun for three days.

'I just love this event more than any other in the world. I get very excited to play, I get very proud to put this shirt on and have that (Ryder Cup) crest on my chest.

'I want to give it my all, I just love it.

'It's going to be intimidating, but it's going to be brilliant.'

Andy Murray arrives in Dunblane for homecoming parade

Welcome home, champ! Murray arrives in Dunblane celebrate US Open title and Olympic gold medal

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14:50 GMT, 16 September 2012

Andy Murray arrived in his hometown of Dunblane on Sunday to a hero's welcome.

The Scot clinched his first Grand Slam title on Monday by beating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set final at the US Open in New York.

That followed an Olympic gold medal won earlier this summer by the British No 1, when he beat Roger Federer – the man who toppled him in an emotional Wimbledon final back in July.

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

Crowds lined the streets of Dunblane as Murray was paraded around the town, showing off his medals, meeting fans and signing autographs.

Six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker believes Murray could end up with a similar career haul after breaking his duck at the US Open.

Becker acknowledged a 'golden' period for Murray since taking on Ivan Lendl, who won eight grand slam singles titles in his own playing days, as his coach.

The German told BBC Radio Five Live's
Sportsweek programme: 'Andy is 25 and has matured, he has played for a
number of years at a high level, and the hiring of Ivan Lendl was
golden.

'They're making
a great team, he had a great Wimbledon final and won the Olympic gold
medal, beating Djokovic and Federer along the way.

'I
don't think Andy Murray played his best tennis at the US Open. He found
a way to win and he played his best tennis when it mattered most.

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

'It's a life-changing moment for him, the monkey is off his back now and he can breathe a little bit.'

Becker's
grand slam haul included three Wimbledon titles and three further
successes on the hard courts of the United States and Australia, with
the French Open the only major to elude him.

The 44-year-old expects Murray's career to unfold along similar lines and can also see him challenging seriously for the world No 1 ranking as early as next year.

'I think he'll win a couple more grand slams and be challenging for the No 1 ranking in the world,' he said. 'He's always challenging, three of the four grand slams suit him, so I wouldn't be surprised if he wins two, three, four or five more.

'I think the ranking position is clear at the moment, Djokovic or Federer will be No 1 at the end of the year, but I wouldn't be surprised by May or June if it's awfully close.'