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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

Carl Frampton to fight Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Frampton out to finally nail down rival Martinez at the third time of asking

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UPDATED:

14:33 GMT, 12 December 2012

Hands up: Carl Frampton will bid to beat Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Hands up: Carl Frampton will bid to beat Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Carl Frampton will hope to make it third time lucky when he takes on European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9.

The Northern Irishman has twice seen a clash with the Spaniard called off, most recently in September when Frampton instead stopped Canadian Steve Molitor inside six rounds.

The 25-year-old is unbeaten in 15 fights and will also put his Commonwealth title on the line at the Odyssey Arena.

'He's pulled out on me twice so I
have a score to settle with him there,' said Frampton. 'It’'s a great
fight for the fans and one that I have craved for a long time. I had too
much for Steve Molitor and he was a step-up, so I am confident I can
beat Kiko and do so in style.

'Martinez
pulling out in September was a blessing in disguise really as I have
been able to mature and learn even more and on February in front of
another packed crowd at home, I’m looking to make another statement
ahead at the start of a big year.'

Martinez has not fought since July but is now working with middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez's promotional company.

And the 26-year-old intends to silence the home crowd and halt Frampton's planned march towards world honours.

'I
do not read much into Carl beating Molitor as he took the fight at late
notice and that’s his only fight of 2012,' he said. 'I will beat him by
KO – there’s no alternative outcome.

'It
is not my fault that we have not been able to do this fight so far.
There have been many circumstances around that but I know that the
Belfast fans will come out and support Carl as always and it will be an
electric atmosphere.'

Frampton’s
manager Barry McGuigan added: 'We’re pleased this fight is going to
happen. I’ve always said that Kiko is a danger from first bell to last
and I believe it’s a harder fight than Molitor. Styles make fights and
this one is going to be a barn-burner, and the team is confident that
Carl will win, and win in style.'

Meanwhile,
Martin Lindsay will lock horns with Lee Selby on the undercard for the
British and Commonwealth featherweight titles, a fight which was also
originally scheduled for September before Selby fell ill.

Roberto Di Matteo: West Brom sack was a good thing…

Di Matteo: Getting sacked by West Brom was a good thing… look where I am now!

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16:58 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has admitted his sacking by West Brom may have been a blessing in disguise as he prepares for his first return to the Hawthorns as Chelsea boss.

Di Matteo insisted he bore no grudges over his controversial dismissal in February 2011, which has ended up working out spectacularly well both for the Baggies and him personally.

The Italian lost his job after a lengthy run of bad results, although he had just led them back into the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt and they were not even in the relegation zone.

On the ball: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in training with Fernando Torres (right) at Cobham on Friday

On the ball: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in training with Fernando Torres (right) at Cobham on Friday

However, replacement Roy Hodgson did turn their campaign around – ultimately earning him the England job – while Di Matteo's subsequent adventures are now the stuff of legend.

His astonishing Champions League and FA Cup triumphs with Chelsea last season led to him being appointed manager full time and gave him licence to be philosophical about his Hawthorns demise.

'Look at where I'm sitting now, so I'm not so sure it was a bad thing,' said Di Matteo ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game between the sides.

The 42-year-old added: 'That's football. That's life.

Remember me Di Matteo's Chelsea side take on his former club West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday

Remember me Di Matteo's Chelsea side take on his former club West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday

'In a manager's career, you're going to get the sack at some point if you have a long career.

'It's happened to everybody in the industry, and it makes you stronger. It doesn't mean you're not a good coach or a good manager.

'There are many examples of good managers where it didn't work out with a club. They were successful before and were again after.'

Asked if he held any grudges over his dismissal, he said: 'No grudges, no. Not at all.

Nice brew, Roberto Chelsea's manager looks relaxed at his Friday press conference

Nice brew, Roberto Chelsea's manager looks relaxed at his Friday press conference

'I had a great time. I worked with a lot of good people there. The supporters were very kind to me as well. I had almost two years there.

'Despite the fact that last season's game was not a good memory, because we lost, I can reflect on good memories there.'

The game Di Matteo mentioned saw West Brom seal his fate for a second time, but it worked in his favour that time as he was promoted from assistant manager at Chelsea to caretaker boss, with Andre Villas-Boas the fall guy.

Di Matteo said of the March upheaval: 'That defeat led to a reaction. It was a very difficult time we found ourselves in.

'I was asked to fill in until the end of the season, and I was very pleased to help the club.'

Di Matteo masterminded the greatest climax to a season in Chelsea's history but he could find himself under real pressure if they fail to win tomorrow after three league games without a victory.

He said: 'For us, every week and every game is a match that defines our path, really. Last week the game against Shakhtar [Donetsk] was a defining game.

'This one now, in the league against West Brom, then the Champions League and Manchester City.

'Every game we play can define our season, and the games after too.'

Roberto Mancini wears David Platt mask

Is that you, David Mancini arrives at City training in disguise as No 2 Platt

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11:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Mancini may be under pressure at Manchester City… but he proved he's keeping his sense of humour today.

The City boss arrived at his morning press conference wearing a David Platt mask to the amusement of the assembled press.

Platt has done many of Mancini's planned interviews in recent weeks – to the frustration of the media – so perhaps the Italian was enjoying a little joke at their expense.

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

And explaining the stunt, the Italianjoked : 'Do you prefer David or me

'People have been asking about my mood and if I have been upset.
But I had a meeting last week and that was the only reason I didn't come
to the press conference.'

When the press conference turned to more serious matters, Mancini was quick to defend under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England stopper endured a miserable midweek trip to Sweden, when he conceded four times, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic's breathtaking acrobatic effort in stoppage time.

But Mancini threw his full support behind his No 1.

'Joe Hart can make mistakes, that is normal for any keeper,' the City boss said.

'And if you make a mistake, you can end up conceding a goal and losing a game.

'This is the life of a keeper, but he is a top performer and I think Ibrahimovic can score against every keeper in the world.

'He is one of the top five strikers in the world. For me, his best goal was the second one but the fourth was incredible.

'Joe is mentally strong and will be OK. Keepers have to be very strong and very strange and Joe is both. All 'keepers are strange to my mind.'

With Hart's position assured, Mancini
explained the exclusion from the last Premier League outing of one of
his other high-profile stars, Mario Balotelli.

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

The striker was omitted from the matchday squad for last weekend's win over Tottenham, and his manager revealed a poor work ethic in the build up to the game had been to blame.

Mancini explained: 'Mario did not play because that was my choice. We have 20 players to pick from and when any player does not work as well as he should, he does not deserve to play. Mario is like any other player in that respect.

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

'It was not a punishment, but other players were working better than Mario. They deserve to be obnt he bench more than him.

'Some
people have said we are like a married couple, but that is not the
case. I know him as a guy. I am the manager and he is the player.

'And if he does not work well, he does not play. That applies to all the players.'

I"m going nowhere! Lampard commits future to Chelsea after Galaxy link

I'm going nowhere! Lampard commits future to Chelsea after Galaxy link

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07:18 GMT, 8 July 2012

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has played down talk of a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy and pledged his future to the London club.

The 34-year-old, whose Blues contract expires next summer, sparked talk of a switch to the United States when he and agent Steve Kutner were pictured sitting with Galaxy midfielder David Beckham at a recent Major League Soccer match.

But Lampard said in The Sun: 'There's nothing in that at all. I'm here in Los Angeles on holiday with [fiancee] Christine. We got engaged here last year and we love it over here.

Just visiting: Frank Lampard (right) has played down talk of a move to Los Angeles

Just visiting: Frank Lampard (right) has played down talk of a move to Los Angeles

'Steve's over here a lot on music and football business. He organised a box so we could go to see the Galaxy game.

'Becks was suspended for the match, so he came and sat with us and we had a good laugh – that's all.'

After missing England's Euro 2012 campaign due to injury, Lampard cannot wait to get back to action with his club.

Raring to go: Lampard is feeling rested after missing Euro 2012 through injury

Raring to go: Lampard is feeling rested after missing Euro 2012 through injury

'Now I'm really looking forward to getting back to Chelsea,' he added. 'I'm feeling fit and fresh and I'm raring to go.

'My thigh strain is completely healed now and maybe missing the Euros was a blessing in disguise for me.

'I had a full summer off and I'm ready to go back to start the hard work for the new season.'

Euro 2012: England are Italy in disguise, says Daniele De Rossi

England are just Italy in disguise, says Azzurri enforcer De Rossi

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23:35 GMT, 20 June 2012

When the Italians look at Roy Hodgson's England, what do they see According to Daniele De Rossi, a reflection.

England's performances at Euro 2012 may have divided opinion at home, but if there was a country that would appreciate the virtue of defensive organisation and victory on the counter-attack, it is the one that gave the world catenaccio.

The mockery that seemed to follow England through their earliest matches here has stopped. Unbeaten and top of France's group by three clear points – the most convincing performance of any nation bar Germany – England have earned significant professional admiration.

Net gains: Rooney heads home the only goal of the game as England beat Ukraine and top Group D

Net gains: Rooney heads home the only goal of the game as England beat Ukraine and top Group D

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Some may consider England's progress through this tournament fortunate, yet when De Rossi spoke of Italy's quarter-final opponents, he acknowledged the influence of Italians and Italian football in shaping the impressively obdurate nature of Roy Hodgson's squad.

'England are a very Italian team,' he said. 'You can see the signs, from Fabio Capello to now, with Hodgson. One is Italian, one worked in Italian football. Hodgson was managing in Italy with Inter Milan, so his teams know how to play defensively and then attack. They will have very good players on the flanks but also be a really compact team. It won't be easy.

'As for Capello, he was the coach who helped me most in my career. To say I owe it all to him doesn't go far enough. I was playing in the youth team when he came to Roma and he steered me through to the national side. He really improved me as a player, and I have always been grateful to him. He is a great manager in terms of preparation and motivation of the players, and England will have learned a lot from him.'

Making his point: De Rossi claims England have adapted an Italian style to their play

Making his point: De Rossi claims England have adapted an Italian style to their play

Yet, even under Capello, England did not demonstrate the resilience shown since Hodgson has been in charge.

In five matches it has brought England's first win over Norway since 1980, their first competitive win against Sweden and a first victory over Ukraine in Ukraine. Sunday in Kiev brings an all together tougher test, however.

England's sole competitive win over Italy came on November 16, 1977, a dead rubber World Cup qualifying match after Italy had already taken the sole qualification place.

England have never beaten Italy in a match that mattered – or won a tournament knockout game against what might be termed major opposition outside Wembley.

To beat Italy, then, Hodgson would have to do better at a foreign tournament than any England manager in history.

In training: The Italian squad are put through their paces on Wednesday

In training: The Italian squad are put through their paces on Wednesday

It is Italy who boldly display the four gold stars on their national crest; Italy's players who grew up watching previous generations winning matches like this.

There is no precedent for England defeating Italy – or anyone of stature – in a European Championship quarter-final. Italy, by contrast, in post-war football alone, have claimed the scalps of Germany (1970, 1982 and 2006), Spain (1994), Holland (2000) and France (2006) in major tournaments.

Yet, plainly, it was not the past that concerned De Rossi but England's present and, in particular, the arrival of a reborn Steven Gerrard at this competition.

Often considered Italy's equivalent – the positional difference being De Rossi doubles up in central midfield and defence rather than central midfield and attack – when De Rossi was asked his opinion of England, his thoughts centred on one man.

'Steven Gerrard is my idol, he has been at the pinnacle of football for 10 years,' De Rossi said.

Kop idol: De Rossi spoke in glowing terms of the England captain who has starred at Euro 2012

Kop idol: De Rossi spoke in glowing terms of the England captain who has starred during Euro 2012

'He is the symbol of the England team and the symbol, I think, of the universal player, too, because he can play well in defence and attack. You see both sides of his game all the time – I would like to be more like that.

'He is such a positive player for England because, if you want to play quality football, you need complete players who have to adapt to different positions. Gerrard has played this way for so long now.'

De Rossi said he has received interesting overtures from a number of English clubs – a link with Manchester City remains strong, particularly if Nigel de Jong runs down his contract, which has a year to go – and it was clear he was a fan of the modern English game.

'There have been rumours and many offers from English football,' De Rossi added, 'and I must say that I feel attraction for them. I like English football very much.

Concern: De Rossi outlined the threat that Roy Hodgson's side possess ahead of their last-eight showdown

Concern: De Rossi outlined the threat that Roy Hodgson's side possess ahead of their last-eight showdown

'I think now it is probably more interesting than Italian football, with a lot of outstanding and talented players. But I think this is also the case for Spain as well.'

So what is it like, Italy's Krakow base As one would expect, very Italian, a home from home. Capuccino in the bar, a giant table football game and a labyrinth of blue corridors and walkways, as befits its name: Casa Azzurri.

Steven Gerrard is my idol. He is the symbol of the England team

To create their blue house, the Italian federation took over the Rotunda, an arts and cultural centre to the west of the city. Most weeks it plays host to obscure bands or obscurer cabaret acts and folk dancers; this summer it holds entertainers of a different sort, not least Mario Balotelli, whose incessant need for attention one suspects is beginning to tire the likes of De Rossi, whose answers to questions about him yesterday often came in the form of admonishment.

A short walk across Blonia Meadow – where Pope John Paul II spoke to the largest group of Poles in history, his last public appearance in his native land – is the Jozef Pilsudski Stadium, the tidy ground of KS Cracovia which has been co-opted as Italy's training pitch.

Panorama denounced it as one of the stadiums of hate but yesterday a few hundred happy locals watched as the Italian squad went through their paces in measured fashion, drawing enthusiastic cheers as they lapped the perimeter at a slow jog.

No laughing game: Balotelli's antics are beginning to tire the likes of De Rossi

No laughing game: Balotelli's antics are beginning to tire the likes of De Rossi

The intensity will rise as the days pass before both quarter-finalists leave Krakow for Kiev on Saturday. For now, England can only dream of emerging from the shadow of Casa Azzurri.

But, as De Rossi understood only too well, they're pitching a tent on the lawn.

West Brom"s Shane Long reveals heart scare

Long speaks of heart scare for first time after making return against Wigan

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00:28 GMT, 19 March 2012

Shane Long has spoken about his heart scare after returning to West Brom’s starting line-up for the first time in two-and-a-half months on the day Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland striker underwent emergency tests when he suffered chest pains in February. His condition was diagnosed as pericarditis, a swelling of fibres around the heart, and it was brought under control by a course of anti-inflammatory tablets.

‘It was worrying,’ said Long, who started for the first time since New Year’s Day in the 1-1 draw at Wigan after the heart scare followed a back injury.

Scare: Shane Long (right) was discovered to have a heart problem

Scare: Shane Long (right) was discovered to have a heart problem

‘I got up and next thing I felt chest
pains. I couldn’t breathe or run properly. I thought it was a digestion
problem at first that morning, but I knew there was something wrong
then. I was thinking all sorts of things.

‘I had every test done under the sun to find out what it was and took
two or three weeks to recover from it. I’ve had my MOT test so I know
I’m okay.

‘I was in good hands and they assured me there was nothing too serious wrong. I was diagnosed fairly quickly.

‘Everything happens for a reason. It would have been a lot worse if it
had happened right at the end of the season and I missed the European
Championships over it. It was a blessing in disguise because it gave my
back more time to heal and I feel better for it now.’

All clear: Roy Hodgson said West Brom ensured Long was not in danger

All clear: Roy Hodgson said West Brom ensured Long was not in danger

As he prepared to recall Long on Saturday, West Brom boss Roy Hodgson
described how the club’s medical staff went into ‘overdrive’ when the
6.5million summer signing told them of the symptoms.

‘Anytime anything affects the heart region it’s a concern,’ said
Hodgson. ‘Of course it is important to check those things out because a
heart problem is not like having a sore ankle or knee.

‘In the end, there was never any question that his heart was in any way other than perfect shape.’

Mario Balotelli told to remove hood at shopping centre

EXCLUSIVE: Balotelli just another boy in the hood as Man City star is challenged at mall

Given that stripping has landed him in enough trouble lately, it was perhaps understandable that Mario Balotelli was reluctant to remove an item of clothing when challenged by security staff at his favourite shopping mall in Manchester on Monday night.

The controversial Manchester City striker chose to leave the Trafford Centre rather than take off his hood and risk being recognised after he was told he was breaking the rules by hiding his face from the CCTV cameras.

Hood over heels: The Manchester City striker was challenged by security staff on Monday night

Hood over heels: The Manchester City striker was challenged by security staff on Monday night

Balotelli was trying to keep a low profile after being photographed outside a Liverpool strip club in the early hours of Friday morning, earning a rebuke from manager Roberto Mancini and a 250,000 fine.

The Trafford Centre's strict 'no hood' policy was explained to him first in English and then his native Italian before he left on amicable terms, joking with staff that he will return in disguise next time.

The mall said last night: 'The gentleman decided that rather than take down his hood, he would prefer to leave the centre. He was polite and friendly throughout the encounter. The customer, who is believed to be a regular visitor to the Trafford Centre, then shook hands with our security staff and departed for his car.'

All smiles: Balotelli appeared in good spirits on Tuesday despite being fined 250k by Roberto Mancini

All smiles: Balotelli appeared in good spirits on Tuesday despite being fined 250k by Roberto Mancini

Mancini had suggested in the wake of Balotelli's misdemeanour in Liverpool that the 21-year-old should marry his glamorous girlfriend Raffaella Fico and settle down, and the player yesterday revealed that he is open to the idea.

'For me, it is not too soon to get married,' he told Gazzetta dello Sport. 'When you find the right person, it can be the right time. Raffaella is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She gives me serenity and understands when I do things.'

Balotelli also admitted that being fined two weeks' wages was not his biggest regret for visiting the strip club.

Firepower: Striker Mario Balotelli arrives for training on Tuesday morning

Firepower: Striker Mario Balotelli arrives for training on Tuesday morning

He said: 'If she went with her friends to a club of male strippers, I would be very angry. I didn't do anything wrong. But if you really love a woman, you should spare her that. This was the first mistake. The second was to go two days before a game.'

However, Fico immediately calmed talk of marriage and even gave Balotelli her blessing to visit strip clubs.

'It is too soon to get married, we are still very young,' said the 24-year-old model. 'He doesn't do things maliciously, but when you are young you do certain things without stopping to think whether they are right or wrong.

'For me, he can go to a strip club if he does nothing wrong, with friends, but I have to say that he always comes back to me, his favourite.'

Curiously, Balotelli believes he has matured this season. He claimed: 'The intensity and commitment that I have shown this year, even in training, is not comparable to a year ago. I have grown up. My father, Franco, always told me that he would come and see me play in England when I got my head straight. He has told me that moment has arrived.'