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Goal-line technology tested at Club World Cup match Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Auckland City

Goal-line technology tested in a match for the first time at Club World Cup (shame that absolutely nothing exciting happened then!)

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14:23 GMT, 6 December 2012

The opening match of the Club World Cup between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City may not have set the pulses racing, but it marked the first time FIFA has employed goal-line technology during a match.

The magnetic-field-based system GoalRef was used in Yokohama, while the matches at Toyota Stadium will be equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system.

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

GoalRef sensors are set up in the goal

GoalRef uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal

The ninth Club World Cup features the champions from FIFA's six confederations, plus a team from the host nation. Champions League winners Chelsea and Copa Libertadoes champions Corinthians have a bye into the semi-finals.

Toshihiro Aoyama scored a second-half
goal on Thursday to help J-League champions Hiroshima beat
Auckland 1-0 in the opening match.

Aoyama scored in the 66th minute with
a hard shot from 20 yards. Ryota Moriwaki nearly doubled Sanfrecce's
advantage in the 85th with a shot that hit the crossbar.

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Shame it's come too late for these blatant gaffes…

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Amir Khan on why he gave up karate, his cookery skills and Dubai

It's top secret: Amir Khan on why he gave up karate, his cookery skills and Dubai

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22:30 GMT, 23 November 2012

Amir Khan tells Sportsmail about the embarrassing reason he packed in karate as a nine-year-old as well as the worst moment of his career and why he's not one for karaoke.

Who is your sporting hero

Muhammad Ali. He was the greatest there has ever been and ever will be. He was a champion in the ring but he set himself apart by being a champion outside the ring, too.

What would you be if you weren’t a sportsman

I would have quite liked the idea of being involved in business but, saying that, I’d have probably ended up working in a supermarket.

Let us in: Amir Khan reveals some of his secrets

Let us in: Amir Khan reveals some of his secrets

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I wouldn’t mind being a footballer, so I’ll say Wayne Rooney. Football is so much easier than boxing, in that you are working as part of a team and you can rely on others.

Career highlight

Winning a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

It was unbelievable and I still feel humbled when I think about the support I received from the nation. I was only a kid and it totally changed my life.

And the worst moment

I don’t have to think too hard about this one. Losing my world titles to Danny Garcia in Las Vegas. It was such a frustrating night.

Favourite karaoke song

I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get up as I promise you I can’t sing!

If I had to give it a go, I’d go for something everyone knows. Frank Sinatra and My Way, maybe

My Way: Frank Sinatra's classic would be Khan's karaoke choice

My Way: Frank Sinatra's classic would be Khan's karaoke choice

Three most-listened to songs on your ipod

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor; then I’ll take anything by Jay Sean and Sean Paul.

Last film you saw

Man On Fire. It was really good, actually. Denzel Washington was brilliant, as he always is.

Favourite pre-fight meal

I tend to have something light, usually salmon with vegetables.

Can you cook Best dish

Yes, I can cook and I would say that the sea bass dish I do with rice and vegetables would be the best one. I watch plenty of cookery shows on TV, so I’m not bad.

Your favourite holiday destination

It can only be Dubai. It’s peaceful, the beaches are beautiful and you are guaranteed nice weather.

In a film of your life, who would YOU like to play you

Denzel Washington. It’s that simple. He’s the man and I couldn’t think of anyone better.

The man: Khan would love Denzel Washington to play him in a film of his life

The man: Khan would love Denzel Washington to play him in a film of his life

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought

I really love watches and I have got quite a few. I bought an Audemars Piguet with diamonds a while ago that, let’s just say, didn’t come cheap.

Tell us a secret…

Not many people know this. When I was nine, I enjoyed karate and had big hopes when I went to my first tournament.

My interest in the competition ended, though, when I got punched in the face… by a girl.

It was probably one of the hardest shots I’ve ever taken!

Cristiano Ronaldo loses sight in both eyes

It's a Real worry! Ronaldo out of Portugal friendly after losing sight in both eyes following elbow from Navarro

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13:35 GMT, 12 November 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Portugal's friendly with Gabon on Wednesday after 'losing the vision in both his eyes' following an elbow in the face during Real Madrid's win over Levante.

Ronaldo was due to have tests at a Madrid hospital after being caught by defender David Navarro in the opening exchanges of last night's clash.

Ronaldo returned to the action after being patched up on the sidelines and even managed to score Real's opener in the 21st minute.

Scroll down for video footage of Ronaldo's injury

Cut up: Cristiano Ronaldo was left bleeding after being caught by an elbow from David Navarro (below)

Cut up: Cristiano Ronaldo was left bleeding after being caught by an elbow from David Navarro (below)

Clash: David Navarro's elbow catches Ronaldo

However, the former Manchester United star was unable to return for the second half and coach Jose Mourinho said that his star forward 'lost vision in both eyes and couldn't go on'.

Ronaldo arrived at the Portugal team hotel in Lisbon on Monday but he will play no part against Gabon in Libreville.

Spanish champions Madrid, whose title defence got off to an erratic start, are third on 23 points, five behind Atletico Madrid in second and eight behind unbeaten Barca.

In the dark: Ronaldo, arriving at the Portugal team hotel on Monday, briefly lost sight in both eyes

In the dark: Ronaldo, arriving at the Portugal team hotel on Monday, briefly lost sight in both eyes

National service: Ronaldo arrives at the Portugal team hotel on Monday

'It was a difficult match for everyone,' Mourinho told a news conference. 'We adapted to the conditions and it was an honest battle between serious people who gave everything in search of a result,' he added.

'The team had to draw on all its character and strength and we were deserved winners. I had never won here and they are three extremely important points.'

Mourinho even suggested some may have enjoyed the spectacle of the players trying to cope with the ball holding up on the sodden surface.

Eye eye: A patched-up Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Levante

Eye eye: A patched-up Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Levante

Treatment: Real Madrid's medical team attended to Ronaldo after he was caught by Navarro

Treatment: Real Madrid's medical team attended to Ronaldo after he was caught by Navarro

Mobbed: Real Madrid players congratulate Ronaldo after his goal against Levante

Mobbed: Real Madrid players congratulate Ronaldo after his goal against Levante

'For all of us who have played football, whether well or badly, it was a party when you played in the rain as a kid and I think that in their way, people like it,' he said.

'The more technical side and the referee have more problems, the fans too because it's cold and raining. That's part of football too and you have to adapt.'

Spanish media reported that Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros had clashed with Real defender Pepe near the dressing rooms after the game and police officers had to intervene to calm down officials and players from both teams.

England suffer injury crisis ahead of autumn internationals

Eye, eye captain! England's skipper-elect Robshaw
OK after boot blow

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23:47 GMT, 28 October 2012

England have called up London Irish hooker David Paice and Harlequins lock George Robson to attend their training camp in Burton-on-Trent, as a spate of injuries threatens to derail their plans for next month’s QBE internationals.

A damaging weekend culminated in the summoning of two pack reinforcements amid fears that first-choice hooker Dylan Hartley suffered ‘significant’ knee damage in a tackle by England team-mate and former Saint Chris Ashton during Northampton’s 16-6 home defeat by Saracens on Saturday.

Another member of the Saints pack, lock Courtney Lawes, also limped off with a knee problem.

Shiner: Chris Robshaw suffered a nasty eye injury on Sunday

Shiner: Chris Robshaw suffered a nasty eye injury on Sunday

The grim bulletins for head coach Stuart Lancaster continued on Sunday, as Exiles centre Jonathan Joseph withdrew in the closing stages of his side’s loss to Harlequins at the Madejski Stadium to have strapping applied to his right ankle.

Yards away on the visitors’ bench, England captain-elect Chris Robshaw was forced to watch the second half through his right eye, as the left one was swollen shut by a cut which required stitches.

The flanker’s injury was caused by an accidental boot when he was tackled by Joseph, but despite his inability to play on, Quins insisted that the damage to Robshaw’s face was superficial and there was no suspicion of concussion.

‘It’s fine, it’s just a bit of bruising, the sight is starting to come back,’ he said afterwards.

Blow: Robshaw receives treatment after taking a boot to the eye

Blow: Robshaw receives treatment after taking a boot to the eye

Joseph’s condition will be assessed on Monday. His director of rugby, Brian Smith, said: ‘He tried to soldier on but we didn’t want to take any risks as he is in Stuart’s plans. We made a bigger-picture decision to look after his ankle. We don’t know the extent of the damage but it can’t have been too bad as he walked off.’

After learning that England required Paice’s services, Smith added: ‘It’s a well deserved call-up. He will bring a quality set-piece game and Stuart is lucky to have him. He’s not a young player so he won’t choke under pressure. His opportunity is long overdue.

'My understanding is that Dylan (Hartley) has a significant injury and England anticipate David being with them for the whole series.’

Injury worry: Jonathan Joseph is also a doubt for England's matches

Injury worry: Jonathan Joseph is also a doubt for England's matches

Harlequins’ director of rugby, Conor O’Shea, confirmed that Robson has also been summoned, saying: ‘He is excited but he had booked a holiday for Monday week, so I’m not sure his fiancee will be very happy! I hope George gets an opportunity because he is desperate to play for his country.’

England gathered at the FA’s new national football centre, St George’s Park, on Sunday night, to prepare for games against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

As well as the bad news about Hartley, Lawes and Joseph, Lancaster will await updates on Ben Youngs, who pulled out of Leicester’s game at Gloucester with a tight hamstring, and Wasps lock Tom Palmer, who has a calf strain. James Haskell withdrew from the Wasps team against London Welsh with a stomach bug.

Liverpool eye move for Hamburg"s Son Heung-min

Liverpool eye move for Hamburg ace Son in attempt to solve forward crisis

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21:50 GMT, 9 October 2012

Liverpool are keen on Hamburg's South Korea forward Son Heung-min.

The 20-year-old has started the season well with the Bundesliga outfit and can play either on the wing or up front.

Liverpool are in desperate need of firepower with Luis Suarez the only proven top-class forward available to boss Brendan Rodgers. Fabio Borini, a 10million summer signing from Roma, has not yet found the net in the Premier League.

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

Bobby Zamora claims Martin Jol has fallen out with Fulham squad

Jol has fallen out with most of Fulham's players, claims former striker Zamora

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16:24 GMT, 2 October 2012

Bobby Zamora has claimed 'the vast majority' of Fulham's squad do not get on with Martin Jol, suggesting that was partly behind the exodus of players from the club.

Zamora left Craven Cottage in January to join QPR, one of several departures under Jol in 2012.

The striker, 31, reportedly fell out with his manager over his lack of game time and he has now claimed he was not the only one to have a problem with the former Tottenham boss.

Rift: Bobby Zamora has claimed that Martin Jol has fallen out with many of his Fulham players

Rift: Bobby Zamora has claimed that Martin Jol has fallen out with many of his Fulham players

Asked by the Evening Standard whether he felt the trend of high-profile exits was due to an issue in the squad, Zamora said: 'Yes. I left because I didn't see eye to eye with Martin Jol.

'I think that is the case with the vast majority of players there now.

'A lot of the lads aren't happy. But that's that. There were a few bits and pieces but we just didn't see eye to eye.'

Mousa Dembele, Dickson Etuhu, Andrew Johnson, Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey were among the players to leave Fulham this summer and Zamora did not say which of them had also fallen out with Jol.

The Cottagers refused to comment on Zamora's claims this afternoon.

Eye-to-eye: According to Zamora, there are a number of players at Fulham who are on bad terms with Jol

Eye-to-eye: According to Zamora, there are a number of players at Fulham who are on bad terms with Jol

But new signing Giorgos Karagounis praised Jol in an interview with the same newspaper, saying: 'He is a very experienced coach, who wants to play football the right way.'

Dylan Hartley eye injury leaves England light

Hartley eye injury leaves England light for autumn internationals

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21:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Crocked: Hartley's nasty eye injury

Crocked: Hartley's nasty eye injury

England endured another injury scare on Monday as it emerged that hooker Dylan Hartley – a prime captaincy candidate – has suffered a hairline fracture of an eye socket.

The 26-year-old Northampton skipper was forced off during his club’s Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens last Friday night and a check-up has revealed the fracture.

At this stage, the Saints are hoping that Hartley will be fit to return in a fortnight, but any delay in his recovery will alarm England head coach Stuart Lancaster, with the national squad due to go into camp at the end of this month ahead of their autumn Test series.

‘He got a bang to his eye socket and we took him off after about 60 minutes,’ said Jim Mallinder, Northampton’s director of rugby. ‘He had it checked today and has a very small hairline fracture to the eye socket so it’s disappointing. He will probably miss this week. If we look after him, then he should be OK for a couple of weeks’ time.’

Lancaster will want Hartley fit for the next four games at Twickenham, starting with Fiji on November 10. England are without one leading hooker, Rob Webber, and Joe Gray of Harlequins was forced off early in Sunday’s loss to Saracens. Hartley is the incumbent captain, having led England to a draw against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in their last game.

Big blow: Hartley has been on top form for Northampton

Big blow: Hartley has been on top form for Northampton

With Lancaster refusing for now to confirm Chris Robshaw as his long-term skipper, Hartley should be considered, according to Mallinder, who said: ‘I can’ t really talk for Chris Robshaw, but I can speak very, very highly of Dylan Hartley. He has matured as a player. Hooker is a tough position but he leads from the front. Off the field he’s got the respect of all the players and he’s definitely a candidate.’

Sale’s Wales No 8 Andy Powell will face a disrepute charge at a hearing in Leeds on Tuesday. He is alleged to have ‘mouthed foul language and to have made an offensive hand gesture to spectators’ as his club lost at Bath last Saturday.

His team-mate Tom Brady has been charged with making a dangerous tackle on Ben Skirving, and Wasps’ Tim Payne has been charged with hitting Northampton’s Vasily Artemyev.

Patrice Evra says his handshake with Luis Suarez was needed on day of respect

Evra: I had to shake hands with Suarez on such an emotional day at Anfield

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09:38 GMT, 24 September 2012

Patrice Evra says his handshake with Luis Suarez before Manchester United faced Liverpool on Sunday was crucial on a day where the key theme was respect.

The clubs share a fierce rivalry and for them to meet so soon after the Hillsborough revelations made for a very emotionally-charged Anfield.

Suarez and Evra have been involved in a long-standing racism row and the pair did not shake hands when they met in February.

Key moment: Patrice Evra shakes hands with Luis Suarez

Key moment: Patrice Evra shakes hands with Luis Suarez

Bury the hatchet: Evra and Suarez acted as requested

Bury the hatchet: Evra and Suarez acted as requested

But Evra insisted it was necessary to put their argument behind them to allow the real importance of the day to come through.

'The most important thing today was respect,' said Evra. 'It was a game between two big clubs.

'There was a big tragedy. People were
talking about a handshake but the stories of the clubs is bigger than
that. If I hadn’t shaken Suarez’s hand, I would not be respecting the
stories of the clubs.

'In the end I am glad this time he
shook my hand. More importantly, it was important to respect the
families. It was not an easy day.'

Focus: Evra appears to avoid eye contact with Suarez from some angles but (below) appears to stare him down

Focus: Evra appears to avoid eye contact with Suarez from some angles but (below) appears to stare him down

Stare-off

He added: 'In the end, this time, he shook my hand and it was more important to respect the families who lost a lot of people.'

It has been almost 12 months since the row first began and until Sunday it never seemed like it was coming to an end.

Evra's side ran out 2-1 winners on a
day which was still controversial, as Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a
rough challenge on Jonny Evans.

But the Frenchman was delighted to come away with three points on a day when United were not at their best.

'It's unbelievable,' he said. 'To be fair, I always say one of the best sensations is when we win at Anfield.

No deal: The pair did not shake when Man United met Liverpool in February

No deal: The pair did not shake when Man United met Liverpool in February

No deal: Evra is angry

'We've been coming here for four years
[almost five years], a long time and I've not been seeing a dressing
room like that with smiles on the faces after the game.

'I want to win against Liverpool. If I play badly or play well, I just want to win and that is what we did.'

'It was not an easy game,' he
continued. 'There was a lot of tension and emotion beforehand and, in
the end, we get the three points. It's all we talk about – winning –
because we have done our job and well done to everyone.'

Evra praised his team-mates Rafael and
Robin van Persie for the goals which turned the game around after
Steven Gerrard opened the scoring.

'When you are losing 1-0 at Anfield,
it's really difficult to recover,' he explained. 'It came straight away
and what a goal! Rafael is different class and he scored with his left
foot so I'm so happy for him!

Taunt: Evra celebrated provocatively in front of Suarez when Man United beat Liverpool in February

Taunt: Evra celebrated provocatively in front of Suarez when Man United beat Liverpool in February

Suarez arguing with Evra

Tussle

Incident: Suarez was given a large ban for racially abusing Evra

'I said to Rafa I think he deserves it
as he's working very hard. It's difficult to find a place now in this
XI as the boss has many players who want to play. He said today it was a
game for men and we showed that.

'I think we showed great character. I
don't think we played especially well but we showed big character and
that was most important today.

'I was anxious for the penalty. The
player [Daniel Agger] was on the floor and taking his time and I was
like: “Whoah, what's going on here”

'When Robin shoots, Pepe Reina went
the right way but I think it was a good penalty with power and that's
why he scored. It's why we buy some big players – for big games – and we
need them.'

Rafael was delighted with his beautiful curling strike which made for United's equaliser.

Fine strike: Rafael celebrates with Robin van Persie after scoring the equaliser

Fine strike: Rafael celebrates with Robin van Persie after scoring the equaliser

He said: 'It's definitely the best goal I've scored for United. It was a good moment to get it because it was so quick after they scored.

'If we hadn't had scored them we might have got a little bit nervous so it was an important time to get the goal.

He added: 'I was so pleased [to score] for the fans. They always give me such great support and I know this is an important game for them so I'm very happy.'

Mario Balotelli fit to face Real Madrid and Stoke City after eye surgery

Balotelli's back! Mario recovers from eye surgery in time to face Stoke and Real

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 13 September 2012

Mario Balotelli is fit for Manchester City’s crucial double-header against Stoke City and Real Madrid over the next four days.

The Italian striker raised fears for his immediate fitness after having laser surgery on an eye problem in Italy last week and there were suggestions he may be sidelined for a month.

Sight for sore eyes: Balotelli is back in business after an operation

Sight for sore eyes: Balotelli is back in business after an operation

But it is understood that the City
forward is fully recovered and available for tomorrow’s difficult trip
to Stoke in the Barclays Premier League and the tough game at Madrid in
the Champions League next Tuesday.

Balotelli has trained without a problem over the last couple of days and will be with the squad that travels to Staffordshire tonight.

Fellow centre forward Sergio Aguero is less likely to be involved. The Argentinean international is back in solitary training after suffering a knee injury on the opening Sunday of the season but has not yet joined in with his team-mates.

Meanwhile, City defender Micah Richards has revealed he hopes to be back in full training in two weeks after suffering an ankle injury playing for Team GB in the Olympics.

Richards has yet to play this season and has competition for the right-back slot from Pablo Zabaleta and new signing Maicon.

Fill her up: Mario is ready to face Stoke and Real Madrid in the coming days

Fill her up: Mario is ready to face Stoke and Real Madrid in the coming days

Vincent Kompany claims Mario Balotelli is unlucky

Pick a winner, Mario! Kompany brands Balotelli Manchester City's 'unluckiest' player

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14:34 GMT, 13 September 2012

It’s not often someone stands up for Mario Balotelli’s eccentric actions, but the striker seems to have the backing from one of the most influential people in the Manchester City dressing room – club captain Vincent Kompany.

Balotelli has been caught up in a number of incidents during his two years at the club, including setting his house on fire by fireworks, training ground bust-ups and pranks, as well as infamously having trouble putting on a bib before a Europa League match.

Stretching it: Mario Balotelli (centre) trains with his Manchester City team-mates

Stretching it: Mario Balotelli (centre) trains with his Manchester City team-mates

But Kompany has leapt to the defence of the Italy international, who has resumed full training after being out of action since the end of August following an eye operation.

Kompany said: ‘He’s a great guy. I guess he’s the unluckiest when it comes to being in the public eye.

'Everything he does, the mistakes that he makes that other people do as well, just happen to get caught on camera all the time!’

Back in the swing of things: Balotelli (right) practices with a football along with Jack Rodwell, while Sergio Aguero (below) also continued his rehabilitation from a knee injury

Back in the swing of things: Balotelli (right) practices with a football along with Jack Rodwell, while Sergio Aguero (below) also continued his rehabilitation from a knee injury

Back in the swing of things: Balotelli (right) practices with a football along with Jack Rodwell, while Sergio Aguero (below) also continued his rehabilitation from a knee injury

The Premier League resumes this weekend following the international break and as City prepared for their visit to Stoke, Kompany also admitted to Match of the Day magazine he has learned to adapt to life in Manchester since arriving in 2008.

Kompany reveals all: The Manchester City defender spoke to Match of the Day magazine

Kompany reveals all: The Manchester City defender spoke to Match of the Day magazine

Kompany added: ‘When I first started playing I wasn’t a great defender – I was kind of a quite skilful David Luiz type of player.

‘But I had some injuries and changed the way I played.

'When I got back to full fitness I decided I was getting more out of the new style than when I was doing my fancy tricks and stuff.

‘Even though the weather can be cold, the people in Manchester have always been really warm to me.

'I don’t even feel the rain anymore. It’s been a great city for me, especially the mentality of the people. It’s like nowhere else.