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Boxer Kieran Farrell rushed to hospital after losing to Anthony Crolla in Manchester

Farrell recovering in hospital following collapse after first defeat to Crolla

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 8 December 2012

Manchester boxer Kieran Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital after suffering his first professional defeat against Anthony Crolla.

The 22-year-old, who had won his first 14 fights, was carried out on a stretcher and given oxygen after the brutal 10-round bout at Bowlers Arena in Trafford Park on Friday night.

Farrell was reported to be suffering from
extreme exhaustion but was recovering in hospital and is expected to be released on Sunday.

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

Crolla, who won the
English lightweight title fight on points, said: 'It's just a sport. I'm happy to win the
title, but first and foremost I hope he's okay. His well being is the main
thing.'

The unbeaten Farrell took the fight to Crolla in the early stages and had the upper hand in what was developing into a barnstorming contest.

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

But as the fight entered the sixth
round, Crolla began to edge ahead, using his jab to good effect and by
the penultimate round, Farrell was tiring after his fast start and
collapsed before the scores could be announced.

Crolla, who moves to 25-4, was
awarded the victory by margins of 99-92, 96-94 and 99-93.He will now aim
to fight the winner of Martin Gethin vs Ben Murphy for the British
title in 2013.

Brutal: Crolla (left) beat Farrell on points

Brutal: Crolla (left) beat Farrell on points

ATP Masters: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic set for battle

Murray and Djokovic gear up for seventh clash of the year at ATP Masters

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 6 November 2012

There will be no quarter given when Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet for the seventh time this year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London on Wednesday.

The rivalry has been a huge feature of 2012 and the clash is easily the most eagerly-anticipated of the group stages at the O2 Arena.

Their head-to-head for the year is tied at three all and the key feature of the battles between the two is that they have been just that, brutal battles to the point of exhaustion.

No 1: Novak Djokovic took over as the world leader from Roger Federer

No 1: Novak Djokovic took over as the world leader from Roger Federer

Both their grand slam meetings have lasted almost five hours, with Djokovic coming out on top in the Australian Open semi-finals before Murray turned the tables to win his first grand slam title at the US Open.

The last time they met was in the final of the Shanghai Masters last month, a three-set match that lasted three hours and 21 minutes in which Murray held five match points but Djokovic eventually came out on top.

The London crowd will be hoping for more of the same but for the loser, and possibly even the winner, their chances of progress may depend on the result of their final round-robin match on Friday.

Murray said: 'For me anyway there's an understanding of how much you have to put into the match to win it. I think that's just the nature of these matches.

'Both of us are very good retrievers, so often the points will go on a lot. Sometimes you feel like you need to win the point two or three times, which is tough and can be a little bit tiring.

Chat: Andy Murray talks after beating Tomas Berdych

Chat: Andy Murray talks after beating Tomas Berdych

'But we've played each other enough to know what to expect. We do practice with each other quite a lot, too. But it's never quite the same as the matches, that's for sure.'

Both players began their campaigns in London with victory yesterday, Murray fighting back from a set down to defeat Tomas Berdych while Djokovic saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

All the players are feeling the effects of a long season, but the world number one knows he must expect more punishment tomorrow.

He said: 'When I'm playing Andy, I need to be ready for long rallies and a physically demanding match. So I'm going to have a day to recover and get ready for my next challenge.

'Playing against Andy is always a big challenge. He has had lots of success in London, playing in his town, in front of his crowd, so he'll have big support. It's a big match.

'We know a lot about each other. I'm sure that we're going to come up with some really good tennis.'

Back home: This is Murray's first home tournament since winning gold

Back home: This is Murray's first home tournament since winning gold

This is Murray's first tournament back in London as a grand slam champion after he finally put questions about whether he would ever win one of tennis' biggest crowns to bed in New York.

Apart from a certain inner calm, Murray has not yet felt too many benefits on the court, but he hopes they will come.

He said: 'It's hard to say because I've lost a few very tough matches since. But I hope when I'm playing the best players in the world I'll believe in my shots a bit more and make sure to be aggressive when I can.

'I thought I did a good job of that (against Berdych). I tried to move forward and take his time away a little bit, which sometimes when I played him in the past, I'd let him dictate a lot of the points. I didn't feel like I did that.

'They're the things that, rather than it necessarily being just (a boost in) confidence, also just learning.

'Having won a few of the big events this year, and having lost a tough one in Australia against Novak, and at Wimbledon against Roger (Federer), I've learned a lot this year how I need to play those big points in big games.'

London 2012 Olympics: Jess Ennis rules out 100m hurdles

Ennis rules out bid for 100m hurdles as golden girl prepares for 'break'

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UPDATED:

08:39 GMT, 5 August 2012

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Britain's gold medal heptathlon hero Jess Ennis has ruled out any chance of appearing in the individual 100 metres hurdles at London 2012.

Ennis had entered herself for the event, which have heats on Monday and a final on Tuesday, in case she had any problems in the heptathlon.

But, after sparking off a British gold medal hat-trick in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night, Ennis is ready for a break.

Golden girl: Ennis flies the flag after her heptathlon win

Golden girl: Ennis flies the flag after her heptathlon win

Sheffield Steel: Ennis will not compete in the 100m hurdles

Sheffield Steel: Ennis will not compete in the 100m hurdles

'Right now I'm just going to enjoy this moment for as long as I possibly can, spend some time with my family and then have a break and relax,' the 26-year-old told BBC Breakfast.

'It's being a long build-up and it's been stressful.

'I did think about it (entering the 100m hurdles) especially when I ran a personal best in the hurdles.

'But for me it was just about the heptathlon. I'm more than happy with that and I think I just need to rest now.'

Speaking on Radio Five Live, Ennis spoke of the moment she crossed the line.

'I was feeling a mixture of excitement, relief, exhaustion, so many mixed emotions that have built up,' she said.

'It was a huge relief that I have completed the heptathlon and that I'd won.'

Ennis revealed she kept the medal by the side of her bed overnight.

'I slept for about two hours,' she added. 'I just kept looking at my medal and thinking about what I've achieved. I don't think it's sunk in yet.

'I looked at it as soon as I woke up, and I'll look at it every day.'

High hopes: Ennis produced a world best time in the heptathlon hurdles

High hopes: Ennis produced a world best time in the heptathlon hurdles

On coping with the pressure of being the face of the Games going into the event, she said: 'There has been lots and lots of pressure and everyone just expected me to win.

'It's been quite hard to deal with that but I've had great people around me.

'I just wanted to get focused and use the positiveness (sic) from everyone around the country and use that to get this gold medal.'

On her plans for the immediate future, she added: 'I'm definitely going to relax, eat lots of rubbish food, have a few glasses of wine and enjoy this moment for as long as possible.'

Roy Hodgson hopes Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard can step on the gas for England

No va-voom in England's engine room: Roy hoping Parker and Gerrard can step on the gas

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UPDATED:

00:38 GMT, 13 June 2012

While the Swedes have a good old domestic, England will have a ‘family day'. Wives, girlfriends, friends and family will be dropping in after training and spending a few precious hours with the players before the serious business resumes for Friday’s encounter in Kiev.

There is harmony here right now, with Roy Hodgson more than satisfied with his side’s introduction to this tournament. The draw with France was a decent start on which England can build.

But there are some nagging concerns and chief among those is the state of the England engine room; more specifically the state of Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.

Thirtysomethings: Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard could not be faulted for their efforts against France, but can their bodies take it

Thirtysomethings: Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard could not be faulted for their efforts against France, but can their bodies take it

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After watching his central midfield pair run themselves to the point of exhaustion against France, Hodgson knows he has to handle them with care when injuries to Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Jack Wilshere have left him so short of top-quality cover. Gerrard has a long-standing back complaint, while Parker is still returning to full fitness after an achilles problem.

Asked if a game every four days would be asking too much of them, Hodgson was candid in his response. ‘I don’t know the answer to that,’ he said. ‘Obviously those two are both over 30 and they both had to work really, really hard.

‘I’m sure I’m not going to be the only coach wondering, “Can they do it every four days” but this is what tournament football is about. What we’ve got to do if they can’t, or if they start to show signs of fatigue earlier in the second half than they did against France, is make sure that players like Jordan Henderson, or Milner if he’s moved in there, or Jones or Jagielka, are ready to do exactly the same job.’

Some time with loved ones should freshen the mind and Hodgson will leave it to his medical staff to make sure the players are prepared physically for a Swedish side who need to win even more than England, after losing to Ukraine.

Uphill task: Sweden's loss to Ukraine means they must get a result against England

Uphill task: Sweden's loss to Ukraine means they must get a result against England

Speaking late on Monday night, Hodgson made it clear he wants to stick with the side that started against France. ‘We don’t need horses for courses,’ he said. ‘Our players are capable of playing against two different styles of football.

‘Of course, I will have to assess the freshness and see whether or not they are able to do that again. But my gut feeling is that if we have a good recovery day on Tuesday, a sensible training day on Wednesday and sensible recovery day on Thursday, it’s going to make it very hard for us to leave them out.

‘I think if we said, “We’re going to give you a rest because it’s too much to play two games in four days” some of them would have us up against the wall! The mood in the dressing room is really good. It’s exceptionally good.’

Hodgson can take confidence from knowing his side can improve significantly with the return of the suspended Wayne Rooney for the final group game against Ukraine in Donetsk.

Chomping at the bit: Wayne Rooney has one more game on the sidelines before he can play

Chomping at the bit: Wayne Rooney has one more game on the sidelines before he can play

Rooney will not just enhance England’s goal threat, he will help bridge the chasm that developed at times between midfield and attack on Monday night.

‘Our real ace in the hole should be Wayne Rooney, because he is very fit and he’s raring to go,’ said Hodgson. ‘He really can’t wait to get on the field and if he can play like Wayne Rooney, then we’re going to be a bit more difficult to beat for some of these teams. You can only benefit from having someone of his quality in your team.’

Against Sweden, though, improvements need to come from the players Hodgson has available now. The later kick-off time and cooler temperatures will help. But there does need to be more ambition and cohesion, not least between midfield and attack where players such as Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young were starved of the ball. Asked where he needs to focus his attention, the England manager said: ‘It’s in the final third, isn’t it, really

‘Once or twice, especially in the first half, there were some very promising counter-attacks and they broke down because we tried a one-touch pass to finish it off rather than taking that extra touch.

Ploughing a lone furrow: Danny Welbeck was increasingly isolated against France

Ploughing a lone furrow: Danny Welbeck was increasingly isolated against France

‘The French were just the opposite. They don’t play a lot of one-touch football around the penalty box. They play a lot of two, three touches, holding on to the ball and asking another question.

‘Sometimes I think we want to try and finish it off too quickly. I think that’s because of the way things are in the Premier League — that intensity. But we must remember that we had Ashley Young, who hasn’t always played that position and Danny Welbeck, who is 21.

‘You’ve got to make allowances for the fact that they had (Karim) Benzema, who is much older and playing for Real Madrid, and Samir Nasri.

‘Welbeck did really well, but maybe looking at France you can expect a bit more from them when they get in the final third than I can expect from our players at the moment.’

Hodgson said his players were ‘nervous’; that first and foremost they ‘did not want to lose’.

But any satisfaction he feels will not turn to complacency. ‘I’m very much aware that the happiness could turn to sadness very quickly,’ he said.

The only way to avoid becoming like Sweden is to beat them.

Ralf Rangnick favourite for West Brom hotseat

Former Schalke chief Rangnick favourite for West Brom hotseat

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 29 May 2012

Making his point: Rangnick is set to succeed Hodgson

Making his point: Rangnick is set to succeed Hodgson

Ralf Rangnick has emerged as the man most likely to succeed Roy Hodgson at West Bromwich Albion.

The former Stuttgart and Schalke coach is one of two people under consideration in the wake of Hodgson's elevation to the England job.

The erstwhile schoolteacher, 53, has been courted by West Brom since owner Jeremy Peace was informed of the Football Association's interest in Hodgson four weeks ago.

Rangnick was invited to The Hawthorns as a guest of the club for their final match against Arsenal and has been interviewed twice.

He has forged a reputation as a first-class coach but has been out of the game since resigning from Schalke last September, citing 'exhaustion.'

New role: Hodgson left his post at West Brom to take charge of England

New role: Hodgson left his post at West Brom to take charge of England

West Brom distanced themselves from reports that Rangnick had been offered the position.

It appears that Birmingham's Chris Hughton is the other candidate being considered. But Peace is fundamentally opposed to paying for a replacement manager, meaning Rangnick is the favourite for the role.

West Brom are also keen to strike a deal with City for keeper Ben Foster, who spent the season on loan at the Hawthorns, and do not wish to scupper any transfer by angering their local rivals.

Ricky Hatton on Frank Bruno and depression

I know what Frank’s going through, claims Hatton as Bruno struggles with depression

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09:17 GMT, 25 May 2012

Former world boxing champion Ricky Hatton has reached out to fellow depression sufferer Frank Bruno.

The Hitman spiralled into a world of drink and drugs after retiring from the sport he loved.

And now the 33-year-old has backed his fellow British hero to beat the condition.

Changed man: Ricky Hatton has overcome his depression

Changed man: Ricky Hatton has overcome his depression

Bruno, 50, was recently treated for bipolar symptoms brought on by exhaustion.

‘Frank seemed to have got past his problems and back on the straight and narrow, but now he’s back in a bad place,’ Hatton told The Sun.

‘But the reality is, not everyone comes out of depression into a bed of roses like me.

Troubles: Frank Bruno was recently treated for bipolar disorder

Troubles: Frank Bruno was recently treated for bipolar disorder

‘I love Frank and I pray he pulls through. Depression is a killer.’

Hatton’s career in the ring came to a punishing end in 2009 after a devastating second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

He struggled to cope without the discipline of training and the thrill of fight night.

In his prime: Hatton is one of the finest boxers Britain has produced

In his prime: Hatton is one of the finest boxers Britain has produced

And Hatton revealed he came within inches of ending it all.

‘Retiring was a killer for me — almost literally.

‘I had achieved all my dreams, got world titles, an MBE, been told I was the best fighter and earned more money than I ever dreamed of.

‘Then suddenly I got knocked on my a*** and had to retire.

Best of friends: Hatton with Noel (right) and Liam Gallagher

Best of friends: Hatton with Noel (right) and Liam Gallagher

‘There were loads of times in the early hours when I just came home and sat on the settee, got the knife out and pressed it to my chest.

‘Thank God I didn’t go through with it.’

Hatton remains heavily involved in boxing through his promotions company and is focused on finding the next British world champion.

‘I’ve invested my money into my great loves — boxing and fitness,’ he added.

End of the road: Hatton was brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

End of the road: Hatton was brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

‘My dream is to produce Britain’s next world champ and pass on what I’ve learned to the boys.

‘I’m in the gym Monday to Friday training myself and training the boys. I’m giving it everything, just like I did when I was fighting. I would get such a buzz from producing a new champ. That’s the new aim.’

Juan Mata not worried by burn-out at Liverpool

Play me at Anfield! Mata tells Di Matteo he's not worried by burn-out ahead of Munich

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18:58 GMT, 7 May 2012

Juan Mata has insisted there is no chance of him suffering burnout ahead of what could be more overtime for the winger in Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool.

Mata looked set to be handed a well-earned day off at Anfield following Saturday's FA Cup final triumph against the same opponents, with most expecting the Blues' top-four bid to have ended on Sunday.

But Newcastle's defeat to Manchester City and Tottenham's draw at Aston Villa – coupled with Arsenal's failure to beat Norwich the previous day – kept alive sixth-placed Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League via the Premier League.

Preparations: Raul Meireles, Roberto Di Matteo and Fernando Torres in training at Cobham on Monday

Preparations: Raul Meireles, Roberto Di Matteo and Fernando Torres in training at Cobham on Monday

They must beat Liverpool for the second time in four days to stand any chance of overhauling two of the three teams directly above them, leaving caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo with a real selection dilemma.

The Italian admitted after Saturday's Wembley win that his line-up would depend on the outcome of Sunday's games, something which suggested that were a top-four finish mathematically impossible, he would make wholesale changes, with the May 19 Champions League final in mind.

But he would have been pondering whether to field his strongest possible side, one that would surely contain Mata, who is the only outfield player to have featured in all 18 of his matches at the helm.

After winning the FA Cup in his maiden season in English football on Saturday, exhaustion was the furthest thing from Mata's mind.

'I have plenty of energy left,' said the Spain star. 'It is a long season and my first in England, but the benefits of winning easily outweigh the fatigue.'

Di Matteo may wait for the outcome of the game between Blackburn and Wigan before making up his mind how strong an XI to field. Chelsea host Rovers on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday and, if Steve Kean's men are already relegated, Di Matteo could be more inclined to field a weakened team against them and a very strong one at Anfield.

Tuesday's fixture is arguably one of the toughest Chelsea could have faced after beating Liverpool on Saturday. Kenny Dalglish's men will be desperate for revenge and to make amends both for their Wembley defeat and one of their most miserable seasons at Anfield in the club's history.

Full of beans: Juan Mata (left) says he is not tired despite the long season

Full of beans: Juan Mata (left) says he is not tired despite the long season

Mata said: 'It's a hard stadium to play away at. Liverpool showed they have a great team and they are dangerous at Anfield. We have to win and still believe in playing the Champions League next year.'

Frank Lampard insisted the game would have been harder if Chelsea had lost on Saturday.

'Less difficult than losing, without a doubt,' he said, referring to the respective confidence both sides now have as a result.

Di Matteo's other big dilemma is whether to gamble on the fitness of defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill ahead of the Champions League final. Both are set to miss the game with hamstring injuries, leaving them only one fixture to get match fit for the showdown with Bayern Munich.

Ready for the re-match: Frank Lampard is in cheerful mood after Chelsea's FA Cup Final victory

Ready for the re-match: Frank Lampard is in cheerful mood after Chelsea's FA Cup Final victory

Di Matteo, who on Friday was hopeful both would return to full training this week, said: 'We check how they are progressing on a daily basis. They are getting better but I don't know when they are going to be able to train with the group.'

Luiz was confident of training fully ahead of the Blackburn game, acknowledging it was vital he and Cahill were fit for Munich, with John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic both suspended.

'Of course, I think it would be better for me and for my fitness, for the team, if I come back before the final,' Luiz said. 'But I don't need to do it too quickly – I need to be intelligent.

'I have to come back at the right moment, not before. I know my body, I know I am feeling good, and that will form part of the decision.'