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India v England: Kevin Pietersen leads recovery on day one in Nagpur

KP leads England recovery as slow-scoring visitors struggle on day one of final Test

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:02 GMT, 13 December 2012

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 13 December 2012

Kevin Pietersen helped England recover from the loss of two early wickets to eke out 199 for five on a pitch of turgid low bounce on day one of the final Test against India.

Alastair Cook's tourists, needing a draw in Nagpur to close out an historic series victory, lost both openers – their captain and Nick Compton – to India's lone pace bowler Ishant Sharma inside the first hour.

But Pietersen (73) and Jonathan Trott then shared a hard-working stand of 86 in 39 overs after England had chosen to bat first.

Leading the recovery: Pietersen hit 73 off 188 balls at Nagpur

Leading the recovery: Pietersen hit 73 off 188 balls at Nagpur

Pietersen had to play a very
different game in his 108-ball 50 today to the century with which he
transformed proceedings in England's famous second-Test victory in
Mumbai last month.

Extreme conditions here at the VCA
Stadium dictated that patience and watchfulness were a necessity, even
for a batsman of his world-class talent.

The same will surely pertain all
match, and may well mean England have fared acceptably at least –
especially after a second 50 partnership, unbroken between Matt Prior
and debutant Joe Root – on a surface precluding fluent strokeplay.

Compton was the first to be undone in slow-motion when a short delivery produced only looping, disorientating bounce.

He set himself with reflexes trained
for a pitch somewhere within the usual pace parameters. As the ball died
off the surface, Compton's bat was therefore thrown into position too
quickly and resulted in a thin edge which barely carried to the
wicketkeeper.

No ordinary Joe: Root ended day one on 31 runs after facing 110 balls

No ordinary Joe: Root ended day one on 31 runs after facing 110 balls

Cook needed 15 balls to get off the
mark, as Pragyan Ojha took the new ball in the absence of a second
seamer and tried to out-bore the England captain with a seven-two
leg-side field and consequent negative line.

Trott contributed England's first
boundary, a straight-driven four when Sharma helpfully took the pitch
out of the equation with a half-volley.

But the No 3 was fortunate to survive on seven when he played too soon at a length ball and was hit on the pad.

Sharma was convinced the lbw was
stone-dead, but umpire Kumar Dharmasena made the marginal call that ball
had hit pad just outside the line of off-stump.

Cook found himself on the other side
of a similar ruling soon afterwards from Dharmasena – and although it
looked as if he was hit outside the line, this time he had to go lbw.
England were in danger of fluffing their lines just when they need one
more confident performance to complete their mission improbable on this
tour.

Take bat: Jonathan Trott led a fightback with Pietersen

Take bat: Jonathan Trott led a fightback with Pietersen

But Trott and Pietersen provided
some much-needed stability as they gradually attuned themselves to an
unfamiliar experience, even by sub-continental standards.

Pietersen became sufficiently in sync to loft leg-spinner Piyush Chawla over mid-on for two boundaries in one over.

By early afternoon, he was also leg-glancing Ravichandran Ashwin for his seventh four to reach his half-century.

Trott dug in too for 133 balls until a
misjudgment against slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja saw him wave
through an arm ball which bowled him off-stump.

Ian Bell disappointed, making only a single in 28 balls before poking a straightforward catch to cover off Chawla.

Pietersen had escaped a half-chance
on 61, when Cheteshwar Pujara could not quite gather a tough low catch
at midwicket off Sharma.

He shepherded Root through to tea.
But there was to be no record-equalling 23rd Test century, Pietersen
neatly caught low down by Ojha when he again chipped to midwicket – this
time advancing to Jadeja.

It was the latest in a series of
apparently unforced errors which had led to England wickets. But it
would be missing the point to view them in isolation, without reference
to the arduous process of trying to make runs in between with so little
pace and bounce on the batsman's side.

Prior joined Root, and the struggle
continued – favourably for England, though – for the remainder of the
evening session. Prior, like Pietersen, was forced to bat against type –
while Root impressed with his defensive technique and willingness to
meet spin with bat rather than pad even in the absence of DRS.

By the close, the jury had to stay
out on which team was ahead of the game. For England, after their
decidedly sticky start, deferred judgment was a tolerable outcome.

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Manchester derby: End coin-throwing now – Ian Ladyman

Time to tackle thug element! End the coin-throwing now, or expect some more serious damage

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UPDATED:

23:10 GMT, 10 December 2012

During a lunch with Manchester City's former winger Mike Summerbee back in 2009, he offered the following recollection of life as a footballer in the North West in the 1960s.

'The United fans hated me,' he said. 'They really got stuck in to me. I went over to take a corner once in a derby at Old Trafford and the United fans threw coins at me.

'So I picked them all up and put them in my pocket. I got 4.50 from them that day. Which was nice.'

Shocking: striker Danny Welbeck remonstrates as United players, including Rio Ferdinand (right) are showered with coins (circled)

Shocking: Danny Welbeck remonstrates as United players,
including Rio Ferdinand (right) are showered with coins (circled)

So there we have it. No longer can we pretend that what we witnessed at City's Etihad Stadium on Sunday is a new problem. A meeting of Manchester's two football clubs has long since roused extreme passions.

It has, it appears, long since prompted people standing on the terraces or sitting in the stands to do things they really should not. What made it different this time was that somebody got hit.

Rio Ferdinand didn't have the opportunity to bend down and put the smattering of 2p coins into his pocket as he was too busy holding a hand to the blood gushing from his left eyebrow. It was going to happen eventually, of course. Some idiot was always going to hit the bullseye.

Struck down: Commentators have tried to apportion some of the blame on Ferdinand for his celebrations

Struck down: Commentators have tried to apportion some of the blame on Ferdinand for his celebrations

What matters now is not how loud
people shout about this but what football does. In the 12 hours or so
that followed the derby, there was certainly lots of shouting; lots of
pained, anxious voices.

Gordon
Taylor of the PFA called for the introduction of netting in front of
some fans and warned that football is in danger of edging back towards
the dark days of mass hooliganism in the 1980s.

Taylor's
first suggestion has some merit and is worthy of investigation. At Old
Trafford, for example, netting hangs behind one goal to protect
disabled spectators from the ball. It is almost invisible and there have
been few complaints.

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

His
other, rather more sweeping, statement is categorically untrue. Taylor
was still trundling along the wing for Bury in 1980 so maybe he wasn't
aware of exactly what used to happen on England's crumbling terraces.

To
summarise, it was tribal, unchecked, organised and often terrifying.
Minorities were not tolerated and violence was. For a while, the 1980s
English football scene was so ugly that many stopped going.

Our
modern game is barely recognisable from those dismal days and, given
the advances made on and off the field, there is no chance of us
returning there.

On
days like this, wild exaggeration doesn't help. Perspective does. There
were 13 arrests on Sunday. Greater Manchester Police are satisfied with
that. I would be, too. What happened on Sunday happens often. There is
no point pretending otherwise.

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

Across
Europe, supporters throw missiles at each other and on to the field. In
Spain, the president of Real Madrid once forbade Luis Figo from taking
corners when he returned to former club Barcelona because he was
terrified of losing his prized asset to a smack on the head from a golf
ball.

According to
those among the visiting supporters on Sunday, City and United fans
hurled coins at each other throughout the game and, by all accounts, it
wasn't just Ferdinand's blood that was spilled.

Look
at the TV footage and you will see an object land behind Wayne Rooney
as he celebrates his second goal. Wind forward and you will see Rooney
standing among detritus as he prepares to take a corner.

Had
Ferdinand not been hit, these incidents would have appeared only as
footnotes in the coverage of a splendid Barclays Premier League game.
It's only when the blood starts to run that people get interested.

Clubs,
meanwhile, only scour the CCTV footage for the ones with the better
aim. Maybe, on reflection, it is this that needs to change. Maybe the
stance – from all clubs – needs to be stronger when it comes to those
supporters who have more money than sense and decide to start lobbing it
towards the pitch.

Once
the stewards begin to point out, and then throw out, everyone spotted
behaving this way then the message may begin to permeate the brains of
the idiots. Certainly to blame the players in this instance is quite
wrong. Footballers, and managers, need to understand their
responsibilities.

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

There
have been times when they have crossed the line of what is right and
celebration has morphed into provocation, most notably when Emmanuel
Adebayor – then of City – sprinted the length of the field to
celebrate a goal on his knees in front of supporters of his previous
club Arsenal.

On
Sunday, however, United's players were quite within their rights to
celebrate in front of their own supporters. Goodness me, they had earned
it.

Former United
player Pat Crerand has been lampooned for the vigorous nature of his
comments on BBC 5 Live yesterday morning. Yet the core of his argument –
that Ferdinand did nothing wrong – was absolutely correct.

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Coin: The United defender was struck in the head

Those
who wish to deride our players over this should remember that a day out
at the football was never meant to be akin to a trip to the theatre.
Its visceral characteristics have always been part of football's unique
charm.

So, yes, let's
find the moron who wounded Ferdinand and, while we are at it, let's
view the footage and find his co-conspirators. Let's also look properly
at the issues surrounding safety netting and let's continue to remind
players and managers of what is acceptable.

Above
all, let's be vigilant. But let's not pretend we are sliding back
towards the age of Doc Marten boots and organised tear-ups outside
train stations. Because, quite simply, we are not. We remain better than
that.

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

Manchester City Roberto Mancini: We must beware Rafa Benitez"s Chelsea boys

Mancini worry: We must beware Benitez's Chelsea boys – a new boss means they'll be firing

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15:16 GMT, 23 November 2012

Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players that Chelsea will be at their most dangerous this weekend under new manager Rafael Benitez.

City travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday hoping to put the disappointment of their Champions League exit behind them.

Mancini’s team are unbeaten in the league this season but lost for the first team in the league last season when they travelled to Chelsea in December.

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Early start: Roberto Mancini (left) arrives at City's HQ ahead of first-team training today

Early start: Roberto Mancini (left) arrives at City's HQ ahead of first-team training today

Warning: Mancini reckons that Chelsea will be dangerous on Sunday because of their new manager

Warning: Mancini reckons that Chelsea will be dangerous on Sunday because of their new manager

City manager Mancini said: 'When a club changes manager they are always very difficult in the next game.

'Chelsea were a good team under Roberto di Matteo and they will be a good team under Benitez.

'They have very good players and have played some fantastic football this season. Not so long ago they were top of the league.'

As a manager who operates under extreme pressure himself, Mancini said this morning that he felt sorry for Di Matteo, sacked on Wednesday.

Mancini said: 'He won the Champions League a few months ago but this is our life.

Rafa revival: Chelsea's new interim 1st team manager Rafa Benitez with assistant Bolo Zenden during his 1st training session at the Cobham

Rafa revival: Chelsea's new interim 1st team manager Rafa Benitez with assistant Bolo Zenden during his 1st training session at the Cobham

'When you make the choice to be a manager you know at times it can be difficult.'

Mancini confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany is struggling to make Sundays game with a knee injury. Gael Clichy is fit.

The Belgium defender suffered a knee injury in a clash with Cristiano Ronaldo late in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

The 26-year-old completed the 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw but required treatment after the game and left the ground on crutches.

His place for the champions’ Barclays Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge is in doubt but Mancini has not yet ruled him out.

The Italian said: ‘We need to wait until tomorrow. I hope we can recover him for Sunday because Vinnie is strong.’

VIDEO: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini talks ahead of tomorrow's away fixture against Chelsea

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Ashley Cole gives evidence in Mark Clattenburg and John Obi Mikel "race" row

Cole dragged into Clattenburg 'race' row as FA interview Chelsea star over Mikel claims

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18:05 GMT, 20 November 2012

Chelsea's complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg for racial abuse has taken a dramatic twist after Ashley Cole was dragged in to give evidence to the FA.

The Chelsea left-back was interviewed at Stamford Bridge first thing on Sunday morning by the FA’s head of on-field regulation Tarik Shamel and FA compliance officer Blake Lewenden as the investigation moves into its 24th day.

FA chiefs hope to make an announcement on Clattenburg by the end of the week, but the decision to interview Cole has delayed the findings of the investigation team.

Evidence: Ashley Cole (centre) was interviewed by the FA on Monday

Evidence: Ashley Cole (centre) was interviewed by the FA on Monday

Chelsea allege that Clattenburg called John Obi Mikel ‘a monkey’ during their stormy 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

Incredibly Cole, who was not close to the incident involving Mikel, has been added to the list of Chelsea’s players who have given taped interviews to the FA.

The FA’s compliance team are handling Cole with extreme caution after he was condemned by the Independent Regulatory Commission following the decision to ban John Terry.

Cole was criticised in the written judgement and his evidence was considered unreliable after the left-back made amendments to his original interview with the FA’s head of regulation Jenni Kennedy.

Row: Mark Clattenburg is accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel

Row: Mark Clattenburg is accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel

The Chelsea left-back responded at the time by tweeting ‘Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****’.

He was later fined 90,000 by the FA for his outburst and he subsequently apologised for yet another transgression.

Given Cole’s track record, it is a delicate situation for the FA and his interview, as with all the other witnesses, is now being scrutinised.

FA chiefs have asked for external legal advice as they consider whether to charge Clattenburg under the Rule E3 (1) and (2).

Qatar set deadline over decision to move 2022 World Cup from summer to winter

Qatar chief sets FIFA deadline over decision to move World Cup from summer to winter

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22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

The head of Qatar's World Cup organising committee says FIFA must decide in the next two years if they want to move the 2022 tournament to winter.

Michel Platini, currently president of UEFA and tipped to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, has said he would prefer moving the World Cup to winter because of the extreme heat in Qatar during the summer.

But it would be a controversial move, with the Premier League and other national organisations opposed to disrupting their domestic seasons.

Too hot: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar could become a winter tournament

Too hot: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar could become a winter tournament

Andre Villas-Boas says Michael Dawson will come good after Younes Kaboul injury

Michael will come good: AVB makes U-turn on Dawson after trying to offload defender to QPR

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08:38 GMT, 3 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas appears to have made a drastic U-turn regarding centre half Michael Dawson.

The Portuguese boss is convinced Dawson will 'come good' for Spurs despite attempting to offload him in the summer to Mark Hughes' Queens Park Rangers.

He'll come good: Michael Dawson appears to be in Andre Villas-Boas' plans after all

He'll come good: Michael Dawson appears to be in Andre Villas-Boas' plans after all

The defender was named club captain over the summer after the early retirement of Ledley King, but looked set to leave White hart Lane in a surprising 9million move to Loftus Road.

In the end the 28-year-old rejected the move to west London after failing to agree terms with Hughes' side.

With Younes Kaboul looking at a four month layoff through injury, Dawson – who has not yet made the bench for Spurs this season – is now fourth choice behind William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker.

I've changed my mind: Andre Villas-Boas (right) tried to offload Dawson to QPR in the summer

I've changed my mind: Andre Villas-Boas (right) tried to offload Dawson to QPR in the summer

But Villas-Boas said he and Dawson 'have chatted' about the former Nottingham Forest trainee's future at the club.

'There is extreme competition for that central defence position.

'Younes’ operation will take him out for three to four months and it is up to Michael to compete.

'I’m sure he will come good. He is an extremely good professional and a club captain. He is looking forward to getting back into the team.'

England v South Africa Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith hit centuries

Masterful Amla takes baton from Smith as South Africa grind England into the dirt

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18:07 GMT, 21 July 2012

England's bowlers had no answer as Graeme Smith marked his 100th Test with his 25th hundred and he and fellow centurion Hashim Amla wrested control at the Kia Oval.

Smith (131) and Amla (183no) batted through almost three sessions together to set a new highest second-wicket stand for South Africa against England.

Initially, they were sustaining the tourists' recovery. But by stumps on day three, after Jacques Kallis (82no) had also joined in, South Africa's 403 for two gave them massive power to add and put England under extreme pressure for the remainder of this first Investec Test.

Biff brings home the bacon: Graeme Smith is congratulated by Hashim Amla after hitting a century on his 100th Test appearance

Biff brings home the bacon: Graeme Smith is congratulated by Hashim Amla after hitting a century on his 100th Test appearance

England v South Africa

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Smith and Amla reprised what they had witnessed themselves from Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott two days ago.

England's stone-wallers added a mere
170 in 58 overs after the loss of captain Andrew Strauss for a duck at
the very start of this series.

But in reply to 385 and after opener
Alviro Petersen had also made nought yesterday, South Africa's captain
and number three put on 259 together against a home attack rendered
toothless on a slow pitch and able to take only Smith's wicket all day.

Morning glory: Smith heads for lunch after reaching three figures in the first session

Morning glory: Smith heads for lunch after reaching three figures in the first session

Smith batted at a conspicuously
uneven tempo, on the way to and beyond his seventh hundred against
England and fifth in this country.

The slowest first 50 runs of his
10-year career came from 160 balls, but he then stepped on the
accelerator to reach three figures from only 41 more deliveries when he
cut Tim Bresnan for his 16th four just before lunch.

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Brief respite: Tim Bresnan is congratulated after snaring Smith for 131

England tried to strangle his scoring rate by bowling outside off stump to the left-hander, so adept off his legs.

But Smith passed the patience test,
and it was not until he was past his half-century that he began to milk
runs this morning off Graeme Swann.

On a surface expected to eventually
favour spin if the sun stays out, England then hatched a plan to bowl to
Smith's strength a little more and post two midwicket catchers to
Stuart Broad. But he took the calculated risk, and clipped two more
boundaries to take his sudden surge of fours to six from 14 balls.
Amla's nine-hour tour de force was often more pleasing on the eye.

Plenty to ponder: Andrew Strauss and England have not endured such a torrid day for several years

Plenty to ponder: Andrew Strauss and England have not endured such a torrid day for several years

He reached his 15th hundred from 199
balls, having hit 13 fours, the pick of which were his seventh and
eighth – memorable back-foot force past extra-cover off James Anderson
and then a drive on the up in the same direction off Broad.

England surprisingly turned to Ravi
Bopara, before Bresnan, and then switched Swann to the pavilion end –
and there was even an over for Kevin Pietersen before the new ball was
taken.

But nothing Strauss did even hinted at a breakthrough, until Bresnan at last did the trick.

Cool customer: Amla hails his century

Cool customer: Amla hails his century

No respite was forthcoming thereafter
either, Swann getting through 33 wicketless overs as Kallis underlined
South Africa's domination in another century stand with Amla.

There was the occasional moment of
encouragement from the pitch for the off-spinner. But everything seemed
to be happening just a little too slowly for him to be a threat to
world-class batsmen, once set.

Run machine: Amla adds to South Africa's tally

Run machine: Amla adds to South Africa's tally

Save for a half-chance to slip late
yesterday on 40, Amla's innings was without blemish – and Kallis' 50
appeared an inevitability throughout the 94 balls required.

It is hard to see how world number
ones England could do anything better than end up trying to save the
match, over the last two days.

Masterclass: The immovable Amla was in magnificent form

Masterclass: The immovable Amla was in magnificent form

There was perhaps some solace in Swann's struggles, suggesting South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir may also have to work hard.

Even so, for the first time on home
soil since Trent Bridge last year, Strauss' team will trail
significantly after the first innings.

Firing blanks: Both James Anderson and Graeme Swann endured a frustrating day

Firing blanks: Both James Anderson and Graeme Swann endured a frustrating day

Firing blanks: Both James Anderson and Graeme Swann endured a frustrating day

Back then, Ian Bell's big hundred put them back in charge on the way to a landslide win over India.

There is little time for that sort of
outcome here, where the hosts will surely be grateful to grind out a
draw to stay in position to defend their table-topping status in this
short series.

In good nick: Jacques Kallis sped up the scoring in the afternoon

In good nick: Jacques Kallis sped up the scoring in the afternoon

Enzo Maccarinelli banned for six months over failed drugs test

British champion Maccarinelli slapped with six-month ban after failing drugs test

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13:19 GMT, 18 July 2012

Enzo Maccarinelli has been banned for six months after failing a random drugs test.

The former WBO world cruiserweight champion tested positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) following his victory over Shane McPhilbin in March.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: 'This is a timely reminder that, no matter what your sport, under the principle of strict liability athletes must exercise extreme caution over what they put into their body.

In the dock: Enzo Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

In the dock: Enzo Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

'With this in mind, Olympic athletes
should be aware that they are now in-competition from 16 July until 12
August and could be tested at anytime, anywhere. MHA is available in a
range of supplement products, is banned in-competition, and can often be
listed under a number of different names.

'UK Anti-Doping continues to work closely with the British Boxing Board of Control to maintain the integrity of the sport.'

Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo, cruiserweight Terry Dunstan, light-heavyweight Michael Banbula and former British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson – are all serving bans for taking banned substances.

Paralympics 2012: Cycling champion Rachel Morris hit by car and could miss Games

Paralympic cycling champion Morris in danger of missing Games after being hit by car

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12:10 GMT, 10 July 2012

Cycling champion Rachel Morris's hopes of defending her Paralympic title have taken a blow after she suffered whiplash and shoulder injuries when she was hit from behind by a car.

The 33-year-old is in a race against time to be on the start line for the time trial and road race at the London Paralympics in August.

She was six minutes into a time trial near her home town of Guildford, Surrey, last week when a car ran into the offside of her hand-cycle, British Cycling said.

Agony: Rachel Morris could miss out on her gold medal defence after being hit by a car during training

Agony: Rachel Morris could miss out on her gold medal defence after being hit by a car during training

She managed to get as close to the kerb as possible as the off-side wheel of her bike was destroyed.

'This has totally screwed me up,' she said. 'I feel like everything I've worked for has been taken away.

'I can't imagine not being there, but I know how long it has taken me to recover from this type of injury before, and it was longer than I now have before the Games.'

Golden girl: Morris celebrated gold at the Beijing Games in 2008

Golden girl: Morris celebrated gold at the Beijing Games in 2008

Morris has a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) which involves a malfunction of the nervous system that causes extreme pain and related sensory abnormalities.

When she injures herself, her body reacts in an abnormal way and destroys itself which has resulted in her having to have her legs amputated

Recalling being knocked off her bike, she said: 'The bike went up into the air. I remember looking across and I was aware that I was at the same height as the passengers in a car passing in the outside lane.'