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David Beckham"s move to Monaco is one I want, says manager Claudio Ranieri

Bring me Beckham! Ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri confirms interest from Monaco

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23:56 GMT, 18 December 2012

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed his desire to bring David Beckham to the ambitious Ligue 2 club.

Ranieri, who is backed by Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, also wants Chelsea's Frank Lampard and believes Beckham can play a pivotal role in the development of Monaco's emerging squad.

Beckham, 37, is considering his options after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy.

Star quality: David Beckham is wanted by Monaco, and manager Claudio Ranieri

Star quality: David Beckham is wanted by Monaco, and manager Claudio Ranieri

Paris St Germain are also interested but coach Carlo Ancelotti, Beckham's ally, is under severe pressure to keep his job.

Ranieri said: 'Beckham keeps a passion for football, that's what interests me. It would be helpful in all aspects of the development of the club.

'He could share his passion with our young players, at 37 years old, he continues to improve and be professional.

'All young players need an experienced coach but also references in the locker room.'

French fancy: Claudio Ranieri has plenty of financial clout to strengthen Monaco

French fancy: Claudio Ranieri has plenty of financial clout to strengthen Monaco

Old friend: Ranieri has never managed Beckham, but has been beaten by him

Old friend: Ranieri has never managed Beckham, but has been beaten by him

On Tuesday, Sportsmail revealed the interest in Lampard.

Ranieri signed the midfielder from West Ham for 11million in 2001. Although the Italian was fired by Roman Abramovich in May 2004, Lampard retains a healthy respect for him as a coach.

Ranieri wants to take advantage of Lampard’s fading star at Chelsea after the London club failed to open talks with the player over a new deal.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane says he intends to rest rather than take in a loan spell in the Premier League.

Frank Lampard latest: Claudio Ranieri wants to bring Chelsea man to Monaco

EXCLUSIVE: Monaco boss Ranieri looking to snap up Lampard for a second time

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22:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Frank Lampard is wanted by former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri at French second division side Monaco as the England midfielder prepares to quit Stamford Bridge.

Ranieri signed Lampard from West Ham for 11million in 2001. Although the Italian was fired by Roman Abramovich in May 2004, Lampard retains a healthy respect for him as a coach.

Ranieri wants to take advantage of Lampard’s fading star at Chelsea after the London club failed to open talks with the player over a new deal.

Nearing the exit: Frank Lampard applauds the Chelsea fans in Japan after the defeat by Corinthians

Nearing the exit: Frank Lampard applauds the Chelsea fans in Japan after the defeat by Corinthians

Old times: Lampard was brought to Chelsea by Claudio Ranieri (right) and still has a lot of time for his former boss

Old times: Lampard was brought to Chelsea by Claudio Ranieri (right) and still has a lot of time for his former boss

Sportsmail revealed Ranieri’s interest last month and Monaco are ready to make an official approach if Chelsea signal they are prepared to let him leave.

Although Monaco cannot match Lampard’s net salary of around 130,000 a week, the principality is tax-free and will appeal to the Chelsea midfielder, although his children from a previous relationship are in London.

Soon after taking over as Chelsea interim coach, Rafa Benitez said Lampard and left back Ashley Cole would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Lampard, 34, has been told his contract will not be renewed in the summer after 12 years at the club, during which he has won three Premier League titles.

Although he was on the bench for the Club World Cup semi-final victory over Mexican side Monterrey, he started the final against Corinthians and captained the team in the absence of John Terry.

Before flying back from Japan, Lampard emphasised Chelsea’s need to re-ignite their domestic season, starting with the Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at Leeds on Wednesday.

He said: ‘We have to pick it up for Leeds. We have to go there and stand up and get our form back at home.

‘Win this and we’re in the semi-final and with the possibility of a decent draw but we’ve got to win the games. It’s tough to go to Elland Road. There’s a rivalry. We’re aware of it and we have to play with passion and do the physical side of things. They’re going to be right at it. We can’t expect to go up there and tap it around and get a result.’

The last time Leeds manager Neil Warnock heard from Benitez it was to threaten legal action.

Criticism: Neil Warnock and Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez (left) do not get on well

Criticism: Neil Warnock and Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez (left) do not get on well

Warnock has criticised Benitez several times since his Sheffield United side were relegated on the last day of the 2007 season, admitting he ‘hated’ the Spaniard for fielding what he felt was an under-strength Liverpool team against Fulham a week earlier.

‘I don’t think I should get into that,’ said Warnock. ‘The last time I heard from Rafael he was threatening to sue me in an email if I mentioned it again.

‘But enough water has passed under the bridge. I don’t want to give you any more ammunition.’

Unimpressed: Warnock was furious that Benitez did not field a full strength team

Unimpressed: Warnock was furious that Benitez did not field a full strength team

Australia complete stunning Test win over West Indies

Australia complete stunning Test victory over West Indies in Bridgetown gloom

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22:55 GMT, 11 April 2012

Australia sealed a dramatic comeback win by three wickets in fading light on the final day of the opening Test against West Indies in Bridgetown.

Chasing a teasing victory target of 192 over the final two sessions, the tourists snuck home following a slightly nervy chase that was led by Shane Watson's 52.

Life of Ryan: Harris celebrates after scoring the winning run

Life of Ryan: Harris celebrates after scoring the winning run

Australia bowled out West Indies for 148 on the stroke of lunch, with Ben Hilfenhaus grabbing four for 27, before they initially laboured in pursuit.

Watson and Ed Cowan (34) laid the platform for the chase but, after part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine claimed four quick wickets, Australia needed Michael Hussey to blast 32 from 26 balls to get them home in the gloom.

It completed a remarkable turnaround after Australia were totally outplayed on the opening three days, before the match turned around skipper Michael Clarke's bold declaration yesterday.

Flying the flag: The away fans celebrate a famous win in Bridgetown

Flying the flag: The away fans celebrate a famous win in Bridgetown

West Indies were in complete control after posting a first-innings total of 449 before reducing Australia to 285 for eight on what turned into a chaotic fourth day.

But man-of-the-match Ryan Harris' maiden Test half-century sparked the recovery as the last two wickets put on 122 to allow Clarke to declare 43 runs short and insert West Indies with the momentum going against them.

It proved a masterstroke as Hilfenhaus turned the game further with three wickets in six balls before Harris (three for 31) tidied up the tail this morning.

Aussie rules: The match turned on its head following Clarke's bold declaration

Aussie rules: The match turned on its head following Clarke's bold declaration

That left his batsmen with 192 to secure victory but a painfully slow West Indies over-rate, and some unhurried Australia batting, in the afternoon session threatened to deny Clark's men a fifth successive Test win.

They reached tea at 61 for one, with Ed Cowan inching to 11 from 61 balls, as Australia sought to set the stage for late fireworks.

Watson initially provided the hitting after tea as he brought up his half-century, from 54 balls, but when he became Deonarine's first victim, pulling a long hop to backward square leg, Australia started to show signs of nerves.

Deonarine removed Cowan, after he had faced 100 balls, Ricky Ponting and Clarke in the space of 14 runs to give the hosts a scent of victory at 140 for five.

Centre of attention: Hilfenhaus took three wickets in six balls

Centre of attention: Hilfenhaus took three wickets in six balls

But Hussey set to work, his pace hastened by the setting sun, clattering two sixes in his knock only to fall three runs short of the target when bowled by Kemar Roach.

It mattered not though as Hilfenhaus scrambled the winning run soon after to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. West Indies began this morning trying to dig themselves out of the hole they made for themselves yesterday, but suffered an almost immediate setback when Harris trapped Deonarine plumb in front.

Skipper Darren Sammy, who had been dropped by Lyon in the deep, then departed in unfortunate circumstances.

The all-rounder defended Watson with loose hands, and as the ball squirmed back towards his stumps, he instinctively tried to stop it with his foot only to kick it on to his wicket.

Carlton Baugh and Fidel Edwards quickly followed before a last-wicket stand of 23 between Roach and Devendra Bishoo edged the hosts' to a lead of 191 which proved just short of enough.

Kauto Star doubtful to race in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Kauto Star doubtful for Gold Cup after taking tumble during schooling

Kauto Star is only '50-50' to make the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after a fall when schooling last week, according to trainer Paul Nicholls.

Nicholls said the dual Gold Cup winner took a nasty tumble at his Ditcheat yard under Ruby Walsh.

Speaking in his Betfair blog, Nicholls said: 'There is no easy way to say this, but Kauto Star is only 50-50 to make the Cheltenham Gold Cup after a fall schooling.'

Fading star Nicholls' horse is in battle to be fit for the God Cup

Fading star Nicholls' horse is in battle to be fit for the God Cup

London Olympics 2012: Peter Waterfield"s podium place

London Olympics watch: Last dive seals podium place for Waterfield

Peter Waterfield, Tom Daley's synchro
partner, won a bronze in the individual 10 metres platform at the World
Cup in London's Olympic pool.

Both Waterfield and Daley have
suffered with injuries this winter but after qualifying only 16th for
the semis and ninth for the final he produced a remarkable final dive to
grab his first individual global podium place.

Podium place: Peter Waterfield with his bronze medal

Podium place: Peter Waterfield with his bronze medal

On the rise: Waterfield in the Men's 10m Platform Final

On the rise: Waterfield in the Men's 10m Platform Final

On the rise: Waterfield goes through his routine in the Men's 10m Platform Final

Performance director Alexei Evangulov and head of British Swimming David Sparkes have both criticised Daley for being distracted by media work, a problem Waterfield does not have.

The two divers get a short break now before continuing on the world circuit, heading to Dubai, China, Moscow and Mexico.

The crunch comes in Sheffield at the British trials in June.

Ennis to get Russian test

Jessica Ennis will defend her world indoor pentathlon title in Istanbul next weekend under pressure from Tatyana Chernova, who impressed in the hurdles and long jump at the Russian indoor championships.

Still no form for Thorpe

Ian Thorpe flopped in his final competitive race before Australia's Olympic swimming trials.

In Zurich he finished only fourth in the 100 metres freestyle in 52.28sec.

Fading star: Haile Gebrselassie

Fading star: Haile Gebrselassie

Haile running out of time

Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie's chances of running at London 2012 are fading.

He was fourth in Sunday's Tokyo marathon in 2hr 8min 17sec. Sixteen other Ethiopians have run faster so far this year.

Adams beats world champ

Flyweight Nicola Adams was one of five British medallists at the weekend's Strandja Cup.

The British boxer defeated Italian Valeria Calabrese in the final and also beat China's double world champion Ren Cancan.