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Jessica Ennis becomes TV interviewer in park – VIDEO

Which Olympic champion turned TV interviewer with an impromptu workout in the park (she's not really a blonde)

and a dazzling gold medal winner, but she wasn't easily recognised when she put on a wig and took a microphone into Hyde Park.

For regular morning fitness fanatics the last thing you expect is to bump into Sheffield's finest, Jessica Ennis. But one runner got more than he was expecting when she stopped him for a chat – and then offered an impromptu workout.

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Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Ennis initially donned a wig, grabbed a microphone and film crew and questioned runners in London's Hyde Park about their training habits.

Then, having revealed herself to one unsuspecting participant, the 27-year-old Olympic heptathlon gold medallist spent an hour showing him ways to improve his fitness.

Using equipment ranging from a medicine ball to a park bench, the amateur athlete is put through
his paces.

The video was shot as part of a new Powerade campaign: ‘You Have More Power Than You Think'.

And with Sunday's London Marathon fast approaching, what better time to pick up some last-minute tips

For more information and to download the training tips, click here.

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Manchester United 4 Fulham 1 – match report: Javier Hernandez scores twice

Man United 4 Fulham 1: Merciless Reds put on dazzling display to send Cottagers out

PUBLISHED:

19:22 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 26 January 2013

Manchester United marched into the fifth round of the FA Cup after battering Fulham at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs scored from the spot after an Aaron Hughes handball early in the game before Wayne Rooney and two goals from Javier Hernandez put the tie beyond doubt.

Hughes clawed back a consolation for the Cottagers, but the result never looked in doubt.

Cruising: Javier Hernandez (right) is congratulated by Wayne Rooney (left) after scoring Manchester United's fourth

Cruising: Javier Hernandez (right) is congratulated by Wayne Rooney (left) after scoring Manchester United's fourth

Game over: Hernandez scored Manchester United's third to put the result beyond doubt

Game over: Hernandez scored Manchester United's third to put the result beyond doubt

Doubled: Rooney scored Manchester United's second of the evening after half-time

Doubled: Rooney scored Manchester United's second of the evening after half-time

On the spot: Ryan Giggs opened the scoring for United from the spot

On the spot: Ryan Giggs opened the scoring for United from the spot

MATCH FACTS

Man United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Anderson (Kagawa 71), Giggs (Valencia 71), Carrick (Scholes 61), Nani, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Welbeck, Van Persie

Goals: Giggs 3, Rooney 50, Hernandez 53, 66

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Baird (Karagounis 46), Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Duff (Rodallega 61), Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Ruiz (Dejagah 70)

Subs not used: Etheridge, Senderos, Briggs, Petric

Goal: Hughes 77

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

More to follow…

Incriminating: Aaron Hughes gave away the penalty after handling the ball in the box

Incriminating: Aaron Hughes gave away the penalty after handling the ball in the box

Battle: Alex Kacaniklic (right) and Rafael compete for possession

Battle: Alex Kacaniklic (right) and Rafael compete for possession

Close: Rooney looks to the skies after seeing the ball go wide

Close: Rooney looks to the skies after seeing the ball go wide

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Welcome back: Dimitar Berbatov (left) and Chris Smalling (right) battle for possession

Welcome back: Dimitar Berbatov (left) and Chris Smalling (right) battle for possession

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Powerless: Martin Jol watched his Fulham side succumb to a routine defeat

Powerless: Martin Jol watched his Fulham side succumb to a routine defeat

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On the sidelines: Robin van Persie

On the sidelines:A fan shows her support for United

On the sidelines: Robin van Persie as a fan watches United with a green and gold scarf

Deportivo 4 Barcelona 5: Match report

Deportivo 4 Barcelona 5: Messi fires in hat-trick as Barca prepare to greet Celtic

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22:40 GMT, 20 October 2012

A Lionel Messi hat-trick only told half of the story as Barcelona held off a plucky Deportivo La Coruna to win a captivating Primera Division match 5-4 at Riazor.

Messi's dazzling display may strike fear into Celtic fans, as the SPL champions travel to Barcelona for Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Saturday evening's game looked to be a one-sided affair when the league leaders raced into a three-goal lead through Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi after just 18 minutes.

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona to victory

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona to victory

However, Depor replied with a Luis
Pizzi penalty and an Alex Bergantinos goal before Messi struck again to
put Barca back in the driving seat.

Pizzi's second of the match then set the nerves jangling once more and the dismissal of Javier Mascherano gave the visitors further food for thought until Messi made it 5-3 with his third.

The excitement did not stop there though, and an own goal from Alba brought Depor back within touching distance of their opponents with 11 minutes remaining.

However, despite their best attempts to grab a deserved equaliser, their luck ran out as Barca held on for the points.

Gonzalo Higuain's cross-cum-shot and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo helped injury-hit Real Madrid to a comfortable, if uninspiring, 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

The recent international break has left Madrid short of options at the back, with full-backs Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa facing spells on the sidelines, but they attacked from the off although Higuain's 11th-minute opener was a touch fortunate.

Struggle: Cesc Fabregas (right) and Barcelona had led by three goals early in the game

Struggle: Cesc Fabregas (right) and Barcelona had led by three goals early in the game

Thrilling: Messi's brilliance once again helped Barcelona to victory

Thrilling: Messi's brilliance once again helped Barcelona to victory

Ronaldo netted from the spot midway through the second half to settle matters after Mesut Ozil tumbled in the area following a rather innocuous challenge from defender Gustavo Cabral.
The win meant Madrid moved up to fourth.

Valencia snatched victory away from 10-man Athletic Bilbao with two late goals in a match between two of the Primera Division's most notable early-season strugglers.

Aritz Aduriz's first-half double, either side of a Roberto Soldado penalty, looked like it would be enough for Bilbao despite Ander Herrera's dismissal on 67 minutes.

But after Tino Costa levelled with just two minutes remaining, substitute Nelson Valdez popped up to head in the winner with barely any time left on the clock.

Joaquin scored the winner three minutes from time as Malaga came from behind to beat 10-man Real Valladolid 2-1.

Manucho had fired the visitors into a shock lead on just nine minutes but Isco levelled the scores eight minutes before half-time with an accurate low finish from Eliseu's cut-back.

The game appeared to being going Malaga's way when Manucho was harshly sent off for a second yellow card nine minutes from time and then the hosts were awarded a penalty when Henrique Sereno felled Javier Saviola in the area, but Joaquin blazed his spot-kick over.

However, the former Spain international made amends two minutes later when he pounced after Dani Gimenez could only parry Martin Demichelis' header back into the danger area.

Me too: Jordi Alba got in on the act

Me too: Jordi Alba got in on the act

Too good: Messi clenched his fist in delight after scoring one of his three goals

Too good: Messi clenched his fist in delight after scoring one of his three goals

Fulham fans love Dimitar Berbatov already

So it begins: Berbatov starts love affair with Fulham fans after dazzling display

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21:24 GMT, 16 September 2012

Dimitar Berbatov just wants to be loved – and two goals on his full debut at Craven Cottage made Fulham fans start loving him.

The 31-year-old surprised many when he opted for Fulham ahead of Juventus, who offered Champions League football, and Fiorentina.

Tucked away: Dimitar Berbatov struck his second goal from the spot

Tucked away: Dimitar Berbatov struck his second goal from the spot

He flew to Italy, but when he returned, chose Fulham and Martin Jol, for whom he played some of his best football at Tottenham.

Jol said: 'I didn't expect a player
like him who could play all over the world to come to Fulham. He knows
he will play a lot of games for me and that was great.

'The only thing he said was: “Do you think they (the fans) will like me” I said: “I think they will love you.” I think they love him already.'

Cheers mate! Steve Sidwell believes Berbatov could be the best striker the club have ever seen

Cheers mate! Steve Sidwell believes Berbatov could be the best striker the club have ever seen

Classy: Berbatov was in electric form on Saturday as Fulham took apart West Brom

Classy: Berbatov was in electric form on Saturday as Fulham took apart West Brom

Berbatov said he just wants to
reproduce the football that earned him a 30.75million move from Spurs
to Manchester United in 2008.

He said: 'If the coach is trusting in
my ability, I can do special things. I want to show that I appreciate
they took me to the club. I know the coach trusts me and my ability.'

Steve Sidwell, who scored the third
goal in the 3-0 win over West Brom, said: 'You look at that season he
played the year before last. He was top scorer for United. He's always
calm and collected. He brings the best out of everyone else.'

Jol thinks Berbatov is the best
striker the club have ever had. Does Sidwell agree 'If he carries on
playing the way he did today, he's got every chance of fulfilling it.'

Rory McIlroy edges Tiger Woods at Crooked Stick

McIlroy edges ahead in Tiger battle as world No 1 takes share of lead at Crooked Stick

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 6 September 2012

Round nine of 16 in the heavyweight contest for the $10 million FedEx Cup proved another spellbinding affair at Crooked Stick on Thursday.

Wearing blue, from Jupiter, Florida, Tiger Woods turned in a dazzling display with his putter to demonstrate that just because he made it to $100 million in winnings last week, he wouldn't mind another juicy chunk.

Wearing red, from Holywood, Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy was every bit his equal and quite a bit more – isn't it the way these days – as an enormous first day crowd revelled in the fireworks to give the first day the feel of a major rather than the first day of this BMW Championship.

All smiles: McIlroy edged out Woods after a pulsating first day's play at Crooked Stick

All smiles: McIlroy edged out Woods after a pulsating first day's play at Crooked Stick

Yes, it's true a number of other gifted players could end up claiming the mammoth prize when it all concludes in a fortnight's time on the Sunday before the Ryder Cup.

But right now, it's hard to see past the game's two leading figures, currently walking stride by stride down every fairway and at the top of the FedEx rankings. McIlroy finished up with a 64 for a share of the lead, with Woods just a stroke behind.

McIlroy could barely contain his excitement at the finish, following a day when his approach shots were simply stunning to observe. Indeed, so good were they, the USPGA Champion later hailed them as among the best he has ever played.

Perfect start: McIlroy finished up with a 64 for a share of the lead

Perfect start: McIlroy finished up with a 64 for a share of the lead

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'That was a really great day,' he said. 'With the soft conditions we had a chance to attack the flags and I really did that. It has been a great run for me and now I just want to keep it going because it is very important to go into the last event of this FedEx race in first place.'

Woods was only happy to hand all the kudos to Rory on this day. 'I scored very well today, I was fortunate to shoot the number I came in with, but Rory played absolutely beautifully,' he said. 'Every single part of his game was working. It all looked good.'

This third event of four saw the top three in the FedEx race all playing together but Nick Watney, sandwiched between McIlroy in pole position and Woods in third, looked and played like a spare part for much of the round, before rallying late on to finish with a 70. Perhaps the disappointment of just missing out on a Ryder Cup wild card weighed heavily.

Best of enemies: Woods and McIlroy enjoy each others' company on the golf course

Best of enemies: Woods and McIlroy enjoy each others' company on the golf course

As is the way with McIlroy and Woods, the friendliest of rivals, the day started with a joke. There was Tiger, filling in the time before he was announced to the tee, regaling the man who always looked up to him with a story that ended with young Rory bursting into laughter.

It wasn't long before they had something to smile about on the course as well. At the first both had good birdie opportunities and both fell. So it began, a truly dazzling display of artistry from the pair. Yes, some heavy storms in the days leading up to the event had made the greens like dartboards and caused the organisers to play preferred lies on the fairways. But there was still so much to admire about the manner in which the pair took advantage to dismantle this Pete Dye layout.

Take the par three 13th – they had begun at the 10th – where Tiger's tee shot came within inches of falling into the hole. An ace would have won him one of the sponsor's more swanky products. Like he needs one.

On the prowl: Tiger is just one shot of McIlroy after the first day

On the prowl: Tiger is just one shot of McIlroy after the first day

It's no exaggeration to say that with a bit more fortune, Woods could have had two aces. At the 6th, his tee shot hit the flagstick and stayed out. Rory A bogey at the 13th suggested his momentous win in Boston, achieved less than 72 hours earlier, had taken something out of him. As events were to prove, that poor dropped shot motivated rather than deflated, as he struck two stunning iron shots to the next two holes to set up a birdie and an eagle.

McIlroy won last week's tournament on the strength of his putting, averaging fewer than 26 putts per round and here he as at it again. Once more he needed just 26 blows with the flat stick, although some of them were tap-ins, owing to the quality of his iron play.

All white on the night: Donald hit a fine 66

All white on the night: Donald hit a fine 66

'It's always a lot of fun to play with Rory, he is the next generation of the game,' said Tiger. 'He hits it great, putts it great, and on top of that he is a really nice kid. The game of golf is in great hands with him, and he is here to stay.'

The two best players at the Ryder Cup were not the only ones to show form, with the contest now less than three weeks away. World No 2 Luke Donald played his best round for a month or so with a fine 66.

This week's defending champion Justin Rose compiled a skilfully played 67, while his playing partner Lee Westwood continued his recent improvement on the greens with a 68.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell both need to do well here to make the final cut of 30 players who will contest the last FedEx event, the Tour Championship. Both began well with rounds of 68, with the highlight of McDowell's round being when he holed an iron shot from 154 yards to the par four 8th.

As for Poulter, the best putter statistically on tour from between 3ft and 7ft feet – he is averaging over 94 per cent – stunned everyone by somehow managing to three putt from the outer limit of that range.

'When was the last time I did that I couldn't tell you but it would be a long time ago,' he said.

As for the Americans, Zach Johnson shot 67, while Dustin Johnson recorded a 68. Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk all came in with rounds of 69.

But the first round was all about two players and one of the best things is they get to do it all over again on Friday morning.

Wyndham Championship 2012: Sergio Garcia wins by two shots

Garcia magic secures sixth Ryder Cup appearance but Poulter is left to sweat

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UPDATED:

16:40 GMT, 20 August 2012

Sergio Garcia produced a brilliant performance to clinch a sixth Ryder Cup cap – and leave Ian Poulter needing a wild card for the second time in three matches.

Garcia won the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina by two shots after the tournament spilled into a Monday finish because of heavy weekend rain.

He resumed one in front with 14 holes to play, but stood on the 13th tee sharing the lead with American Chad Campbell and South African Tim Clark.

Brilliant: Sergio Garcia sealed his spot in the Ryder Cup with a dazzling display at Greensboro

Brilliant: Sergio Garcia sealed his spot in the Ryder Cup with a dazzling display at Greensboro

Then came birdies at four of the next five holes and a closing bogey secured the 32-year-old Spaniard his eighth PGA Tour victory, but first since the 2008 Players Championship.

Poulter had moved into the 10th and last automatic qualifying spot with his joint third place finish at the USPGA Championship, but looks a certainty for one of captain Jose Maria Olazabal's two picks on Monday.

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts is favourite for the other wild card, even more so after a joint seventh place finish at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

Given a special invitation to the event, the 29-year-old was another of the 38 players unable to finish on Sunday and instantly made birdies at the 13th and 14th on his return.

They lifted Colsaerts into a tie for third, but after he closed with four pars for a 66 – the same score as Garcia – he slipped back down the leaderboard.

Unlike Garcia and Poulter, who are involved in the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs, Colsaerts still has this week's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles to come and a third place finish there would take him ahead of German Martin Kaymer, the player now in the last automatic spot.

England's David Lynn, the surprise runner-up in the final major of the season, and Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello also have a chance in Scotland to earn a cup debut, but they each need to win.

Garcia began his final burst with a superb 136-yard approach to within 18 inches of the flag on the 13th, got up and down from sand at the long 15th, hit his tee shot to two feet on the 166-yard next and then fired in another iron to six feet at the 17th.

A four-shot lead came down to one when Clark holed out from just short of the green for birdie on the last and there was still work to be done when Garcia drove into the trees there.

He had to chip out and was still not on the green in three, but got down in two more for an 18 under par total of 262. Clark was second and American Bud Cauley alone in third one further back.

'I am proud of the way I played coming in,' Garcia said.

Olazabal now knows nine of his 10 automatic qualifiers – Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Garcia and Peter Hanson.

The final spot is between Kaymer – not in the field at Gleneagles – Colsaerts, Lynn and Cabrera Bello.