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Vincent Kompany returns to Manchester City training

EXCLUSIVE: Kompany back in training as Manchester City captain targets Toon clash

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 13 December 2012

Manchester City have been handed a huge boost with the return to training of Vincent Kompany.

The City captain limped off early with a hamstring problem in last weekend's derby defeat to Manchester United and was ruled out of Saturday's trip to Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

However, the Belgian is desperate to play and asked manager Roberto Mancini if he could to some training on Thursday.

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Kompany trained on his own away from the main group of players and will see how his injury responds before making a decision on whether to train properly on Friday.

Mancini still rates Kompany as 'very doubtful' for Saturday's game at St James' Park but hopes his skipper will miss just one game at the most.

Meanwhile, City defender Micah Richards hopes to be back playing by early February after knee surgery in October.

The 24-year-old tore the meniscus in his right knee but is gradually making progress in his rehabilitation.

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

'I am not putting a date on when I will be back because these things are never exact but I am hoping it will be in early February,' he told City's website.

'There is still not too much I can do but I am now on one crutch instead of two so that is progress.

'Of course it is frustrating and there is nothing more I would like than to be out there playing but I am being well looked after, the injury is responding and the knee getting stronger every day.

'I am busy try to build the muscle up and I am doing some weights.'

Jodie Williams forced out of 100m with injury

Agony for 'Moneylegs' Williams as injury forces her out of 100m

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 23 June 2012

Jodie Williams's Olympic dream came to a public and emotional end, with the sprint prodigy breaking down in tears and curling into a ball on the track after pulling a hamstring in the 100m final at the Aviva trials.

Williams, whose record-breaking exploits as a junior led to her nickname Moneylegs, was taking part in her first senior trials in Birmingham.

After labouring through her semi-final earlier in the day, Williams, 18, said: 'I'd be gutted to miss out on the Olympics. It has been my dream since I was five.

'It is a home Games as well, which makes it even more special.'

Tears: Jodie Williams couldn't hide her disappointment after pulling up in the women's 100m

Tears: Jodie Williams couldn't hide her disappointment after pulling up in the women's 100m

Williams, both legs heavily strapped, looked to be struggling out of the blocks in the final but powered through before crumpling into a heap 30 metres from the finish.

Her mother, Christine, sat helpless in the stands, wiping tears from her face as her 18-year-old daughter sobbed on the track. Her younger sister, Hannah, was also visibly upset.

Fellow sprinter Asha Phillip acted as a crutch for Williams as she limped from the track.

Breaking down: Williams had a day to forget in Birmingham on Saturday

Breaking down: Williams had a day to forget in Birmingham on Saturday

Williams’s stunning junior career, in which she went 151 races unbeaten, has been scrutinised from all quarters. UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee wanted to take her to the World Championships in Daegu last year but her coach, Mike McFarlane, said she was too young for senior competition.

After a season plagued by injury, Williams intended to run the 100m and 200m at her comeback meeting this weekend.

‘I’m just trying to get back into it,’ she said after her semi-final. ‘I’m trying to get some race fitness back. Things haven’t been going my way this year.

‘It’s been tough doing my A-levels and training at the same time but my A-levels have finished so it will be good to concentrate on running.’

World of Golf: Tiger Woods is back but the UK"s finest can tame him

Tiger Tamers: Woods is back, but the UK's finest can defy his bid to be Master

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 27 March 2012

All set for Tiger Woods versus the UK for the Masters at Augusta next week No doubt the top Aussies, South Africans and Phil Mickelson in particular will have something to say about that.

But after the most fabulous four weeks of golf Florida has ever known, the state of the game right now is all about Tiger and Rory, Luke and Lee, Justin and G-Mac, in the tussle for the green jacket.

Trust Woods to come running to the rescue of American golf on a truly memorable Sunday at Bay Hill to prevent a Florida Slam for the boys from the UK. Only Tiger stood between them and complete domination of the game in the Sunshine State.

Back to winning ways: Tiger Woods won at Bay Hill

Back to winning ways: Tiger Woods won at Bay Hill

Parochialism aside, who could fail to recognise the beauty in this storyline, the one that rendered the most incredible pre-Masters build-up complete Only the most bitter would begrudge Woods and fail to admire the strength of character shown to see his way back into the sun.

Imagine what it must have been like with every expert on television lining up to say you are working on the wrong things on the practice ground and your new swing is rubbish. Imagine lying on the sofa at home with your knee broken, your achilles worn, your reputation in tatters and trying to envisage a way back to the top.

That impervious mind, the one that brought him 14 majors, saved him. That unimpeachable work ethic, the willingness to spend countless hours working on his new swing, was the foundation stone. So he struggled with the putter. How typical of Woods not to go looking for the weak man’s crutch, the belly putter, and put in the time sorting it out instead.

Leader of the pack: Luke Donald returned to World No 1 last week

Leader of the pack: Luke Donald returned to World No 1 last week

In good form: Rory McIlroy climbed to the top of the world rankings earlier this year - only for Donald to regain his spot

In good form: Rory McIlroy climbed to the top of the world rankings earlier this year – only for Donald to regain his spot

Credit his coach, Sean Foley, as well. What a five-week run he has had, with victories for Hunter Mahan at the Accenture Match Play, Justin Rose at the Cadillac Championship and now Tiger at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Yet on Sunday night, there was no triumphalism.

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With the 18th hole a sea of people and nearly all of them chanting ‘Tiger! Tiger!’ Foley said this was just the start.

‘Tomorrow is another day, we still have a long way to go and Tiger knows that,’ he said.

‘I’m so pleased for him. He’s putting in the work and will continue to do so.’

After all that had happened in the 30 long months since his last victory, you might have thought this one would have particular significance for Woods. But one of the reasons he has been so successful is he has never thought like that.

When his ex-wife Elin wanted to organise a party to celebrate the first success under his former coach Hank Haney, Woods told her: ‘Winning is what we do, E. Winning is what’s supposed to happen.’

This was his 72nd win on the US Tour — a nice golfing number — and leaves him needing just one more to tie Jack Nicklaus’s haul, with Sam Snead the all-time record holder on 82. Barring no more injuries, expect that to go sometime around the 2014 Ryder Cup.

It is the Nicklaus total of 18 majors,
though — Woods has 14 — that now comes back into focus, and whether he
can start making inroads once more after a hiatus lasting almost four
years.

Woods will go to the Masters as
favourite and justifiably so given that, with four wins, he has four more green jackets than all his challengers from the UK combined.

But
there is no reason for the leading players from these shores to go
there feeling cowed, like so many did in the past following a Tiger
victory at Bay Hill.

Great Brit: Lee Westwood will look to get his name on the Masters title

Great Brit: Lee Westwood will look to get his name on the Masters title

Woods gave an awesome display of
driving but the return of his ball-striking has led to uncertainty on
occasion as to how far he hits his iron shots, and you have no chance if
you do not consistently land it on the number at Augusta.

That unerring ability to chip stone dead from practically anywhere has also been slow to return.

Has
he got enough time this week to fit all the pieces together The fact
there is room for doubt simply adds to the fascination.

In top form: Justin Rose will look to win his first Major

In top form: Justin Rose will look to win his first Major

Over the past month, in turn, we have seen Rory McIlroy beat Woods to become world No 1, Justin Rose beat the world to win in Miami, Luke Donald win to reclaim the top spot and now Woods’s seventh success in Arnold Palmer’s event.

All roads lead, therefore, to what might be the most eagerly anticipated Masters of them all. Tiger versus the UK Thank goodness we have only a week to wait.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

‘Heading home now and I can’t stop smiling. Thanks to Otown fans and everyone watching for all the love. Get well soon, Arnie.’

Tiger
Woods tweets his happiness on returning to the winner’s circle. As for
Arnold Palmer, the 82-year-old was due to be released from hospital
yesterday after being detained overnight as a precaution owing to high
blood pressure. Arnie’s due at Augusta next week to hit the ceremonial
first blow. Anyone doubt he’ll make it

G-Mac and Poulter show signs of life

Relegated to the undercard on Sunday they might have been, but it was good to see strong signs of life at the Arnold Palmer Invitational from runner-up Graeme McDowell and third-placed Ian Poulter.

G-Mac has that look in his eye again, the one he had before embarking on his banner year in 2010, and don’t be surprised if he joins all the other UK golfing winners this year before the season is much older.

‘I’m really excited about my game again and this performance sets up my spring schedule perfectly,’ said McDowell, who joins Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and others at the Houston Open this week.

Back to life: Graeme McDowell was runner up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Back to life: Graeme McDowell was runner up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Poulter is back in business too after his bout of pneumonia and all the talk regarding him being ‘distracted’.

Speaking of distractions, he was at it again on Monday, although no-one would criticise him this time. Poults was hosting his own charity day with the aim of raising a six-figure sum for a Florida children’s hospital.