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England relish their role as MS Dhoni party poopers as Ranchi plays host to crucial third ODI

England relish their role as Dhoni party poopers as Ranchi plays host to crucial third ODI

By
Paul Newman

PUBLISHED:

20:40 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:41 GMT, 17 January 2013

England can be forgiven for feeling like unwanted guests at a party when they step out for the pivotal third one-day international in the giant shadow cast over the whole of Ranchi by the local hero.

Rarely can any match have been more about one person. This is the MS Dhoni ODI and it seems as though every one of the million-plus people who live in his home city want to be at the brand new 40,000-capacity JSCA International Stadium.

The India captain welcomed the all of his team to the house he has had built here for a reception on Wednesday but now England, who were not invited, have to try to gatecrash the festivities.

When asked if a victory would feel like raining on Dhoni’s parade, England assistant coach Richard Halsall said: ‘It’s his home town, but our players are cold and clinical enough not to think about that.’

The centre of attention: MS Dhoni takes on England in his home town of Ranchi with India looking to take a series lead

The centre of attention: MS Dhoni takes on England in his home town of Ranchi with India looking to take a series lead

It is to Dhoni’s credit that he had a house built in this far from glamorous part of north-eastern India, particularly as the building was attacked by a mob during construction in 2007 simply because he got out for a duck in the World Cup against Bangladesh.

If England are going to take a 2-1 lead, they know the best way is to silence the crowd by quickly dismissing the game’s most destructive ODI batsman.

‘If you bowl at Dhoni’s stumps the ball goes significant distances,’ said Halsall.

Big hitter: Dhoni is a dangerman

Big hitter: Dhoni is a dangerman

‘But when you bowl really well at him, as we did in the powerplay the other night, he has to change his tactics. That wasn’t the usual MS Dhoni during those five overs. He did things we wanted him to do and that’s what we must get him to do again.’

Halsall was succinct in assessing where England had gone wrong in the Kochi crash.

‘We had two very bad patches, in the last 10 overs of their innings and from the 10th to the 15th of ours, and you don’t win ODIs if you go for more than a hundred in the last 10 and lose three of your top five in six overs.’

And there was a defence of Craig Kieswetter, who looked unable to work the gaps during England’s innings.

‘Craig needed to suck up the pressure when we were 70 for four. He held his nerve when people were saying, “We’ve only scored three runs in four overs”. The disappointing thing was he (then) got out.

‘People have short memories. A couple of games ago he and Samit Patel put us in a position to win that first match.’

It is the other keeper who will occupy England’s thoughts.

Premier League clubs pre-season tours cover 190,000 miles

Premier League clubs clock up 190,000 air miles as worldwide pre-season tours kick off

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UPDATED:

10:34 GMT, 5 July 2012

There was a time when pre-season consisted of some brutal training sessions in the nearest park and a tour round the local non-league outfits.

But now, the irrepressible need to sell a team's 'brand' to new markets around the world means clubs are travelling ever wider and wider for their pre-season preparations.

This summer, Premier League teams will clock up an incredible 190,000 air miles to fulfil warm-up fixtures overseas.

Reds alert: Liverpool headed to Malaysia last summer where the fans turned out in their thousands

Reds alert: Liverpool headed to Malaysia last summer where the fans turned out in their thousands

Reds alert: Liverpool headed to Malaysia last summer where the fans turned out in their thousands

All but one of the 20 sides lining up
in the top flight for 2012-2013 will be heading abroad. Six are heading
East to Asia, six to America and the rest will play in Europe. This is
in addition to domestic away trips.

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Sign of the times: Chelsea headed to Asia on tour last summer

After that, they also play against the Nigerian national team in Abuja and Bundesliga side Cologne in Germany.

With such phenomenal distances to fly, it’s perhaps just as well Dennis Bergkamp is safely in retirement.

Everton’s tour to Jakarta, where they
will compete in the Java Cup, and the considerably shorter jaunt Malaga,
amount to just over 17,000 miles. QPR’s three-game trip to Malaysia
will see them in the air for nearly the same distance.

Premier League away days

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Manchester City will be seeking to
capitalise on their maiden title to capture the imagination of fans in
Beijing and Kuala Lumpur – but will travel over 14,000 miles to do so.

Sunderland face a 12,000 mile
round-trip to Suwon in Korea to take part in the Peace Cup, while
Chelsea’s four-stop tour of the United States will see them fly 12,700
miles.

Other leading sides are heading to
far-flung destinations but are more economical with their mileage –
Liverpool’s tour to Toronto and Baltimore comes in at under 10,000
miles.

More unexpected are the American tours
Stoke City and Swansea City will be going on, something unthinkable
just a few years ago.

But none of these compare to Fulham,
whose fans are the only ones in the Premier League not requiring a
passport this summer. They will travel just the 33 miles to Adams Park,
Wycombe for the sole away friendly announced to date.

OVERSEAS SUMMER TOURS IN FULL

ARSENAL
London – Kuala Lumpur 6,530 miles, Kuala Lumpur – Beijing 2,641, Beijing – Hong Kong 1,206, Hong Kong – London 6,010, London – Abuja 2,942, Abuja – London 2,942, London – Cologne 316, Cologne –London 316

TOTAL: 22,903

ASTON VILLA
Birmingham to Philadelphia 3,486, Philadelphia to Chicago 657, Chicago to Portland 1,766, Portland to Birmingham 4,844, Birmingham to Bremen 448, Bremen to Birmingham 448

TOTAL: 11,649

CHELSEA
London to Seattle 4,797, Seattle to New York 2,345, New York to Philadelphia 101, Philadelphia to Miami 1,018, Miami to London 4,431

TOTAL: 12,692

EVERTON
Liverpool to Jakarta 7,366, Jakarta to Liverpool 7,366, Liverpool to Malaga 1,155, Malaga to Liverpool 1,155

TOTAL: 17,042

FULHAM
NO OVERSEAS TRIPS

LIVERPOOL
Liverpool to Toronto 3,399, Toronto to Boston 1,241, Boston to Baltimore 974, Baltimore to Liverpool 3,477

TOTAL: 9,091

MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester to Beijing 5,052, Beijing to Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur 2,641, Kuala Lumpur to Manchester 6,568

TOTAL: 14,261

MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United to Durban 6,055, Durban to Cape Town 776, Cape Town to Shanghai 8,059, Shanghai to Manchester 5,698, Manchester to Oslo 645, Oslo to Gothenburg 158, Gothenburg to Manchester 626, Manchester to Hannover 501, Hannover to Manchester 501

TOTAL: 23,019

NEWCASTLE UNITED
Newcastle to Chemnitz 823, Chemnitz to Landsberg am Lech 273, Landsberg am Lech to Faro 1,538, Faro to Newcastle 1,275

TOTAL: 3,909

NORWICH CITY
Norwich to Gleisdorf 1,023, Gleisdorf to Norwich 1,023

TOTAL: 2,046

QUEEN’S PARK RANGERS
London to Sabah 7,044, Sabah to Kuala Lumpur 1,091, Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya 1,046, Surabaya to London 7,587

TOTAL: 16,768

READING
Reading to Vilamoura 1,543, Vilamoura to Reading 1,543

TOTAL: 3,086

SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton to Carouge 690, Carouge to Annecy 17, Annecy to Southampton 690

TOTAL: 1,397

STOKE CITY
Stoke to Montreux 765, Montreux to Stoke 765, Stoke to Columbus 3,741, Columbus to Orlando 948, Orlando to Kansas 1,471 , Kansas to Stoke 4,225, Stoke to Frth, Bavaria 619, Frth to Stoke 619

TOTAL: 13,153

SUNDERLAND
Sunderland to Suwon 6,051, Suwon to Sunderland 6,051

TOTAL: 12,102

SWANSEA CITY
Swansea to Denver 4,555, Denver to Oxnard, CA 1,072, Oxnard, CA to Santa Clara, CA 321, Santa Clara to Swansea 5,263

TOTAL: 11,211

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
London to Los Angeles 5,446, Los Angeles to Baltimore 2,317, Baltimore to New York 169, New York to London 3,464, London to Valencia 832, Valencia to London 832

TOTAL: 13,060

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Birmingham to Malmo 640, Malmo to Birmingham 640

TOTAL: 1,280

WEST HAM UNITED
London to Prague 642, Prague to London 642, London to Erfurt 483, Erfurt to Dresden 117, Dresden to Cottbus 55, Cottbus to London 620

TOTAL: 2,559

WIGAN ATHLETIC
Wigan to Ostersund (Training camp) 909, Ostersund to Wigan 909

TOTAL: 1,818

LEAGUE TOTAL: 189,137

Izzi Top lands Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh

Buick gets tune out of Izzi Top with Pretty Polly victory at The Curragh

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 1 July 2012

John Gosden is targeting further Group One prizes with Izzi Top after the talented filly opened her account at the highest level in the Barclays Bank Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday.

The daughter of Pivotal finished third in last year's Oaks at Epsom and was sent off at odds of 6-4 to beat three rivals on her first appearance in Ireland.

Top class: William Buick and Izzi Top took the Pretty Polly Stakes from Sapphire (right)

Top class: William Buick and Izzi Top took the Pretty Polly Stakes from Sapphire (right)

Fresh from an accomplished display at the Middleton Stakes at York in May, the four-year-old moved sweetly in the hands of William Buick, sensibly tracking every move of Sapphire, the pacesetting 10-11 favourite.

The pair had it between them after rounding the home turn, but it soon became obvious Buick was holding on to rather more horse than Pat Smullen.

Once asked a question, Izzi Top soon put the race to bed, and while she idled close home she was good value for her one-and-a-quarter-length victory.

Dermot Weld's Sapphire was not disgraced in finishing second, simply meeting an opponent with a better turn of foot on the day.

The David Simcock-trained I'm A Dreamer finished third, with Up completing a four-runner field which was decimated following the earlier defections of Was, Maybe and Bible Belt.

Gosden said: 'It's great to win this race because Pretty Polly was trained where I train now (Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket).

'She was a champion race-mare and won over a range of distances.'

Of Izzi Top, Gosden said: 'William said she didn't like the ground, but not many like it that soft.

'A mile and a quarter is her trip and she tends to pull herself up when she hits the front – she got a bit idle there in the last furlong.

'We'll look at races like the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix de l'Opera in France and we may think about the Breeders' Cup, too.

'The best work she has ever done has been in the last few weeks.'

Standing dish: Pat Smullen and Famous Name scored another famous victory

Standing dish: Pat Smullen and Famous Name scored another famous victory

Although out of luck in the feature event, Weld and Smullen still enjoyed earlier success when the remarkably consistent Famous Name secured his 17th career victory in the Friarstown Stud International Stakes.

A winner of this 10-furlong contest in two of the last three years, the 4-7 favourite went about his business with his usual professionalism and pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of Defining Year.

Weld said: 'As long as he keeps winning, we'll keep going with him.

'As soon as he tells us he's had enough, we'll stop.

'He'll go for a Group One in Munich (Grosser Dallmayr-Preis) in a couple of weeks' time.'

LONDON 2012: Usain Bolt gunning for 9.4 seconds in 100m

Lightning Bolt gunning for 9.4 as sprint king vows to smash 100m world record in London

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UPDATED:

09:08 GMT, 18 April 2012

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt aims to 'amaze' the world at London 2012 by running 9.4 seconds for the 100m and 19 seconds for the 200m.

Jamaican Bolt, 25, is the reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder over both distances, with times of 9.58secs and 19.19secs.

Centre of attention: Bolt is keen to impress in London

Centre of attention: Bolt is keen to impress in London

'People are looking forward to me
running 9.4, 19 seconds, anything that's amazing,' Bolt told BBC Sport.
Bolt's 9.58secs 100m world record was set at the 2009 World
Championships in Berlin.

He told BBC1 programme 100 Days To Go that more performances, such as the ones that saw him take three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, would make him 'a living legend'.

Magic man: Bolt dipped under the 9.7 second barrier in Beijing for the first time in history

Magic man: Bolt dipped under the 9.7 second barrier in Beijing for the first time in history

'They want to see my personality, me enjoying it and doing crazy stuff, but they also want to see that time,' he said.

'If I dominate the Olympics, I'll be a living legend. A living legend walking around. Sounds good.

'I'm working as hard as possible so I can go as fast as possible.'

Stiliyan Petrov visits Villa Park after leukaemia diagnosis

Petrov's agent distances player from quit reports after emotional visit to Villa Park

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 31 March 2012

The agent of Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov has distanced his client from reports that surfaced in Bulgaria, claiming the Aston Villa skipper will retire from football.

The 32-year-old international was at Villa Park to watch his side take on Chelsea and will start treatment for the illness in a London hospital on Monday.

But the midfielder, who has been at Villa for six years, revealed he is taking inspiration from Fabrice Muamba.

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

Petrov released a statement shortly after arriving at the ground, thanking the football community for their support.

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest
during a FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham a fortnight ago, but has
defied expectation in his recovery at the London Chest Hospital.

Petrov revealed a picture of Muamba
sitting up in bed released had inspired him, along with numerous
well-wishes, to get back to health.

'I
would like to thank all of the people who have left messages of
support. The response has been overwhelming and I appreciate it very
much,' Petrov said.

'This is a difficult time for my family and myself and I ask people to respect my privacy.

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

Petrov, who had been capped 105 times by Bulgaria, said he had felt a
strange headache during the first half of Villa's 3-0 defeat by Arsenal
last Saturday and the team doctor had even suggested a half-time
substitution.

'I lost my energy early in the second half and it was very unusual for me,' he said.

'But this is life, you see we drank a coffee in London a week ago and now we're talking about things like this.

'I'll fight, it's clear and I also would like to thank everyone for the support from all around the world.'

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov.

'With the help and love of my family, my team-mates, all of my friends in football, Aston Villa and all of the fans, I am sure I will beat this illness and I am determined to do this.

'I saw the picture released yesterday by Fabrice Muamba, my fellow player, and it has inspired me as has all of the support in the past 24 hours.

'For me, football will have to take a back seat for a while, but I'm here to support my team-mates today and I will continue to support them as I know they will support me. Thank you to everyone.'

An avalanche of support poured in from all parts of the world.

'Let's all pray and believe that
Stiliyan Petrov, one of the best football players Bulgaria have ever
produced, one of my best and closest friends, will win this battle,'
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov said on his Facebook
account.

'He deserves all your support. Believe,' his compatriot added.

'But of course, wishes from Bulgaria
encourage me most,' said former CSKA Sofia and Celtic midfielder Petrov.
'They give me strength to believe that one day I will recover.'

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

Both sets of players wore shirts to show their support in the warm-up. Villa's players wore shirts reading 'Support Stan' while the message on the Chelsea shirts read, 'Our thoughts are with you'.

Villa fans stood and applauded during the 19th minute of the match, in reference to the fact Petrov wears the number 19 shirt.

The Villa skipper had made a trip to London yesterday after his diagnosis was revealed but made the return journey late last evening to attend today's fixture in an executive box.

The illness was diagnosed after Petrov had complained of suffering with a fever following last week's 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Kimi Raikkonen begins Valencia F1 test

Welcome back, Kimi: Raikkonen in F1 return as Finnish star begins Valencia test

Kimi Raikkonen was back behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in over two years today as the 2007 world champion began testing for Lotus.

Raikkonen ended a two-year exodus from the sport after agreeing a deal with the re-branded Renault team until the end of the 2013 season.

Back on track: The 2007 world champion is testing a two-year old Renault

Back on track: The 2007 world champion is testing a two-year old Renault

Black and gold: Raikkonen was back behind an F1 wheel for the first time since 2009

Black and gold: Raikkonen was back behind an F1 wheel for the first time since 2009

The Finn is testing a two-year old Renault at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia before he drives this season's Lotus at next month's first winter test in Jerez.

Raikkonen, who has 18 race wins, and 16 pole positions, believes the biggest challenges to overcome will be the Pirelli tyre, which came in at the start of 2011, and the physical demands of driving an F1 car.

Head boy: The Finish star was sporting a new helmet design

Head boy: The Finish star was sporting a new helmet design

Eyes on the prize: Raikkonen has agreed a two-year deal with Lotus

Eyes on the prize: Raikkonen has agreed a two-year deal with Lotus

'The braking distances, the G-forces, the acceleration, those will come back very quickly,' he said.

'Getting on top of the tyres will be the hardest thing, of course, but I'm not really worried.'