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Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares himself to Muhammed Ali the greatest

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his name's Ibrahimovic and he scores for PSG… Zlatan likens himself to legend Ali

By
Charlie Skillen

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10:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

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11:11 GMT, 20 February 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has compared himself to boxing legend Muhammed Ali as ‘the greatest’ – but the Paris-Saint Germain striker admits he is behind the former world champion in the pecking order.

The Sweden striker, who has linked up with David Beckham after the Englishman’s move from LA Galaxy to PSG, has been in blistering form this season with 21 goals in 22 Ligue 1 starts.

Never known for his modesty, Ibrahimovic used his form to joke about his position in the sporting Hall of fame, which he says is one behind Ali – seen by many as greatest sportsman of all time.

The Greatest Ibrahimovic (above) holds his arms aloft just like former heavyweight champion Ali (below)

The Greatest Ibrahimovic (above) holds his arms aloft just like former heavyweight champion Ali (below)

Ali, 1972

‘I am the greatest!’ he said to 11Freunde.

‘Wait, is that even possible All right, then I’m the greatest behind Ali!’

Ibrahimovic also hinted a fiery reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola could be on the cards, saying he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich.

Guardiola is joining the Bundesliga leaders at in the summer and signed Ibrahimovic for Barcelona in 2009, but the striker left after just one season amid rumours of a bust-up with the Catalan coach.

Future team-mates Ibrahimovic hinted he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich, celebrating Thomas Muller's (centre) goal against Arsenal last night, with former boss Pep Guardiola taking over in the summer

Future team-mates Ibrahimovic hinted he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich, celebrating Thomas Muller's (centre) goal against Arsenal last night, with former boss Pep Guardiola taking over in the summer

Reunion: But Ibrahimovic (right) and Guardiola (left) fell out during the striker's time at Barcelona

Reunion: But Ibrahimovic (right) and Guardiola (left) fell out during the striker's time at Barcelona

However, Ibrahimovic said the idea of playing for the Bavarian giants, who lead Arsenal 3-1 in their Champions League last-16 tie, is one that interests him.

‘The Bundesliga is certainly a league that attracts me. One day, maybe I will go there, I still have a little time left in my career,’ he said.

‘If I chose to go to Germany, it would have to be Bayern Munich.

‘For me they are one of the top five clubs in the world.’

AJAX Vs RODA JC KERKRADE... Ajax's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his team's winner against Roda JC Kerkrade.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic...Juventus' Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden

Football: Euro 2004 Quarter-final: Sweden 0 Holland 0

Well-travelled: Ibrahimovic has also played in Holland (left), Italy (centre) and his native Sweden (right)

Any move to Germany would represent
the sixth country the striker has plied his trade in, which Ibrahimovic
believes has made him a better person.

He
said: ‘I’ve lived in five countries – Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain
and now France. I have learned to get to know new people and cultures.

‘It has certainly made me more mature.’

Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after "admitting using banned deer antler spray"

Golf legend Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after 'admitting using banned deer antler spray'

By
Derek Lawrenson

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09:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh is under investigation by the United States Tour after being linked to a banned substance.

Sports Illustrated claims that the
formidable Fijian, who has won more tournaments in his forties than any
golfer in history, has been using a deer antler spray containing IGF-1,
which the American magazine describes as a ‘natural anabolic hormone
that stimulates muscle growth.’

Deer-antler spray is banned by the major pro sports, including the PGA Tour and the NFL.

Vijay Singh

Under investigation: Vijay Singh has been linked with controversial supplements

The US Tour has repeatedly warned players against using sprays made by a company called SWATS – Sports with Alternatives to Steroids.

In 2011, former Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia was told to stop promoting the product.

According to Sports Illustrated, Singh paid $9,000 for the deer antler spray, an oscillating 'beam ray' lightbulb, stickers bearing holograms of a pyramid and power additives in November. He is quoted as saying that he uses the spray ‘every couple of hours….every day.’

Singh. a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, said he sleeps with the 'beam ray' on and has put stickers, which SWATS term chips, on his ankles, waist and shoulders.

Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

Different strokes: Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

‘I’m looking forward to some change in my body, Singh told the magazine. ‘It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’ve only been doing it for a couple of months.’ US Tour vice-president Ty Votaw admitted the tour are looking into the report.

Singh, who is scheduled to play in the Phoenix Open starting on Thursday, has been battling a number of injuries over the past few years. He turns 50 next month and is looking forward to a lucrative career on the Senior Tour. Like every player, he is subjected to the tour’s random drug-testing programme. Results are not announced unless a player tests positive.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who will be taking part in the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday, was also mentioned in the report. He denied any use of the spray when asked about it on Tuesday.

The PGA Tour has said it will look into a report linking Vijay Singh with the use of a deer antler spray previously found to have contained a banned growth hormone.

The Fijian will still play in this week's Waste Management Open in Phoenix, but Tour vice-president Ty Votaw has said they will investigate the claims made in an article which appeared in Sports Illustrated.

'As we have just been made aware of the report we have not had a chance to review it in depth, but we will be looking into it,' Votaw told USA Today Sports.

Colin Montgomerie worries European stars" defection to PGA Tour could weaken Ryder Cup defence

Monty worries European stars' defection to PGA Tour could weaken Ryder Cup defence

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19:39 GMT, 18 December 2012

Colin Montgomerie says that steps need to be taken to encourage Europe's stars to play more in Europe.

Ten of September's successful Ryder Cup side – all bar Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari – will be members of the PGA Tour in America next season.

Montgomerie, whose induction next year into the World Golf Hall of Fame was announced today, is a member of the European Tour's tournament committee and said: 'It's very difficult and we have to sit down and try to address this.

Miracle at Medinah: Europe's victorious Ryder Cup stars celebrate in Chicago

Miracle at Medinah: Europe's victorious Ryder Cup stars celebrate in Chicago

'Sponsorship is getting harder and the first thing a sponsor asks is “who's playing”. He wants as many Ryder Cup players as possible.

'It's important for the future of European golf.'

Tom Watson spoke last week after being named as United States captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup about the edge Europe gains by staging the match on courses well-known to their players.

The 2014 match is at Gleneagles in Scotland, but although a European Tour event has been held there every year since 1999 it does not always attract the top names.

Honour: European Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie (right) was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday

Honour: Colin Montgomerie (right) is now a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

This August, for example, the only members of Jose Maria Olazabal's side who played there – even though it was the final qualifying event – were Lawrie, Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Montgomerie led the side at Celtic Manor two years ago and admitted today he was disappointed that more of his side did not play the Wales Open on the course four months earlier. Only seven of the 12 were there.

'We need to get our team to Gleneagles. We have to have that advantage,' the Scot said. 'In 1997 our biggest advantage was Valderrama. The Americans had three days to prepare, we had 10 years.'

Brian Deane lands manager"s job at Sarpsborg in Norway

Former Leeds and Sheffield United striker Deane lands manager's job in Norway

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22:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Former England striker Brian Deane has been appointed as the head coach of Norwegian side Sarpsborg.

The 44-year-old, who had been working at Leeds University, will take the reigns of the club who were this season promoted to Norway’s top flight.

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

'I am looking forward to putting my stamp on this job,' Deane told the club’s official website.

Deane won three caps for England and is famous for scoring the first goal in the history of the Premier League.

David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Billy Bremner – the good and bad football statues

Beckham, Bremner, Moore and Henry! As Fergie joins the statue crew, we look at the best and worst tributes

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14:18 GMT, 6 November 2012

It's been said that Sir Alex Ferguson will be at Manchester United forever. Now, it's fact.

A statue of the United manager will be unveiled outside Old Trafford later this month and to honour this tribute, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the best and worst memorials on display at (or somewhere near) football grounds.

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Bobby Moore was a rare breed as a player and the World Cup winner still stands out from the crowd as a man with not one, but two statues in his honour.

The 1966 captain has pride of place outside Wembley Stadium and, along with fellow West Ham legends Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, is also on display at the Boleyn Ground.

Ray Wilson, who played for Everton at the time of England's only World Cup triumph, is also there.

Another former England skipper has also been given the statue treatment but compared to Moore, the David Beckham effort is just pants.

Remembered: Bobby Moore stands outside Wembley - the inscription was written by Sportsmail's Jeff Powell

Remembered: Bobby Moore stands outside Wembley – the inscription was written by Sportsmail's Jeff Powell

On top of the world: The statue outside Upton park has Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy

On top of the world: The statue outside Upton Park has Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy

We know him as Goldenballs but the 10ft Becks that appeared outside H&M in Regent Street earlier this year was silver from top to toe.

The stunt was part of a promotion for LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham's latest underwear range at the store. He's a busy boy, old Becks.

Staying in La La land, it's no surprise that Michael Jackson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – he is the king of pop after all.

What did knock of us Off The Wall was news that he was also going to be remembered at Craven Cottage – home of Fulham Football Club.

Silverballs: David Beckham

Thriller: Michael Jackson statue

World famous: Who wouldn't recognise David Beckham (left) and Michael Jackson

Jackson was a pal of chairman Mohammed Al Fayed and had been to watch the Cottagers in a Thriller (2-0 to the home side) against Wigan in 1999. But still…

Across London, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry cried when his statue was unveiled at the Emirates Stadium during the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

Man up, Thierry. We know it's not brilliant but it could be worse. You could be Tony Adams (see below). Or Ted Bates.

Is that you, Tony The statue of Adams has the Arsenal legend in his famous pose

Is that you, Tony The statue of Adams has the Arsenal legend in his famous pose

Slide rule: Thierry Henry liked to hit the ground on his knees to celebrate scoring for Arsenal

Slide rule: Thierry Henry liked to hit the ground on his knees to celebrate scoring for Arsenal

Bates was a Southampton legend and fans coughed up half the money (over 50k) for a statue to be unveiled in 2007 – four years after his death.

But it took just a few hours for the bad feeling to grow legs (much longer than the ones on the out-of-proportion statue) and the criticism led to a replacement being unveiled the following year.

Speaking of wee legs, Leeds and Scotland hero Billy Bremner has a statue outside Elland Road.

Leeds fans love it as the symbol of everything that is good about their club but several West Ham supporters at last season's Championship clash between the sides were convinced they were looking at singer Tracy Chapman.

Wee Billy: Leeds legend Bremner

Wee Billy: Leeds legend Bremner

Little Ted: The Bates statue caused a row

Little Ted: The Bates statue caused a row

In good company: There is already a statue of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best outside Old Trafford and one of Sir Matt Busby waiting for Sir Alex Ferguson to join them

In good company: There is already a statue of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best outside Old Trafford and one of Sir Matt Busby waiting for Sir Alex Ferguson to join them

London 2012 Olympics: Jack Laugher says he couldn"t deal with what Tom Daley has to deal with

Laugher: I couldn't cope with the circus that Daley has to deal with

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21:30 GMT, 21 July 2012

Jack Laugher may be poised to become Britain’s next diving phenomenon but he insists he does not crave the fame of team-mate Tom Daley, with whom he will room in the Olympic Village.

‘I wouldn’t like the circus that follows Tom around,’ said Laugher, 17, who recalls a day off the two divers had while preparing for the Commonwealth Games two years ago.

Getting on with it: Jack Laugher says he could not handle the attention that Tom Daley gets

Getting on with it: Jack Laugher says he could not handle the attention that Tom Daley gets

‘We went to a theme park and there wasn’t a minute of the day when I didn’t hear people saying, “Oh my god, is that Tom Daley” or little girls screaming, “Tom!” and chasing after us.

‘That would be so annoying. I wouldn’t want it at all but Tom handles it.’

Peter Alliss exclusive: The BBC is losing its voice

Peter Alliss exclusive: The BBC is losing its voice… and it could lose The Open, too

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21:50 GMT, 3 May 2012

At a time when there is no escape on the BBC schedule from a programme called The Voice, it's a pitiful irony to reflect on how little we hear from the Voice of Golf.

'Do you know there was a year when we covered 16 events' says Peter Alliss, sounding as exasperated as the rest of us at the sad decline in the Corporation's golfing output.

'Now we're down to two or three. I'm disappointed, obviously. Could the BBC have spent their money in better ways I don't hear the move to Manchester being spoken of with considerable acclaim. But the bottom line is it's difficult to compete against Sky's bottomless pit. It doesn't matter how good a poker player you are, if you've got 50 and the other bloke has pots of money, he'll beat you in the end.'

Respected: Alliss is set to be inducted into the golf Hall of Fame

Respected: Alliss is set to be inducted
into the golf Hall of Fame

The Beeb have been beaten to such an extent that the only exclusive live men's event left is The Open, and Alliss can envisage a day when even that asset is stripped.

'It only takes a change of committee at the Royal and Ancient to look at a huge offer and think, “Yes, we know the BBC have no adverts and a large audience but how can we turn this down”

In the swing of things: The golfing legend in his playing days

In the swing of things: The golfing legend in his playing days

'It's sad, when you look at what we still have to offer. Someone sent me the viewing figures for the Masters and we peaked at 2.1 million while Sky peaked at 500,000. I do think the European Tour were weak when they were taking some of their events away from the BBC.

'I'd imagine Sky were saying they would cover 100 events if they had exclusive rights to everything but if some events stay with the BBC it would only be 37. The tour got nervous. Like the football authorities, they were desperate to have Sky's money to keep everyone happy, but it seems to me they had a stronger hand to play.

'What would Sky have done to fill all those hours on their various channels if they didn't have golf'

None of this affects Alliss's unrivalled standing in his sport, of course. He's just as well known in America as he is over here and today the Alliss family are off to Florida where, on Monday, he will become the first broadcaster to be inducted into golf's World Hall of Fame.

'It's almost as surprising as being made an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient,' he said.

'The Hall of Fame is a very big deal over there and it's quite remarkable to think I'm going to be part of it. My playing days ended in 1974 and a lot of people have no idea I played golf at the highest level. But I had a good run for 25 years with ABC television in America. I think what helped is I never changed my style. Bunkers remained bunkers, they didn't become traps. The inward nine never became the back side.

'I remember the producer Terry Jastrow saying to me, “The day I understand what you're saying is the day you're fired”. So I bumbled on.'

The voice of golf: Alliss is a broadcasting veteran

The voice of golf: Alliss is a broadcasting veteran

No chivalric honours have come his way, however, after he turned down an OBE in 2002.

'You've got to remember the generation I came from,' said the 81-year-old. 'Things like OBEs were given out to people who did something remarkable, they weren't given to sportsmen. Those who were given OBEs who didn't serve in the war were thought of as getting it for “Other Buggers' Efforts”. I didn't feel worthy of it. Perhaps I was wrong. Now, of course, they give out OBEs and knighthoods to sporting people like sweets.'

Would he turn down the chance to become the sport's fourth knight – following Henry Cotton, Michael Bonallack and Nick Faldo – if offered

'It's very unlikely to happen at my great age,' he said. 'Let's just say it would be a wonderful embarrassment.'

Major problem: Alliss doesn't think it's an issue that Westwood and Co haven't won one of the the big four tournaments

Major problem: Alliss doesn't think it's an issue that Westwood and Co haven't won one of the the big four tournaments

Alliss followed in the footsteps of his father, Percy, in becoming a top player and won 21 tournaments between 1954 and 1969, playing in the Ryder Cup eight times.

He started working for the BBC in 1960, leaving him on the firmest of grounds to offer opinions, with his perfect symmetry of a fine playing record and peerless broadcasting experience.

He is unstinting in his praise of the UK game at present, and gives short shrift to those who seek to deny Luke Donald and Lee Westwood their due because they have yet to win a major championship.

'To argue that someone can't be a very good player if they haven't won a major is a load of b*******,' he said.

'I could name you a dozen players off the top of my head who have won majors who are not very good players and I could even name you some who have won two or three, like Larry Nelson, who don't stick in the mind's eye.

‘It’s sad when you look at what we still have to offer’

'People have this obsession with the majors and then, when you get a surprising winner, they demean him. I remember after Orville Moody won the US Open and the great sportswriter Jim Murray, from the Los Angeles Times, was chuntering about how it wasn't right. Henry Longhurst turned to him and said, “Stop it. They all came, they all played, and Orville won. End of story”.

'That's how it should be. Move on to the next event. Don't judge a player by four events.

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'As for our players now, I would place them right at the top of the tree. I love the dash of young Rory McIlroy, although he is still learning. I've always been impressed with Luke Donald since I first saw him at the Walker Cup at Nairn in 1999. I love his consistency. It's one thing I don't understand about the modern game, the likes of Tiger Woods changing his swing in search of something better. How could you play the game any better than he did

'When you get to a certain level there's only consistency left to achieve and it seems to me that's what Luke understands. People call him dull. How can you be world No 1, they argue, when you haven't won a major and don't hit the ball 400 yards Well, he bloody well is No 1, and quite right too.'

Does he have any regrets

'I'd like to have won The Open, naturally, and been Ryder Cup captain,' said Alliss. 'There were captains who were no more distinguished than myself. One of the committee who decided it in those days told me they thought I was too commercial. That's a laugh when you see what has happened. The last five or six captains have all made a million quid on the back of it.'

There's no lessening his passion for the game, is there Later this year he will embark on another tour of one-man shows, selling out theatres across the country. Yes, he's not everybody's cup of tea. But for the great majority who follow golf, he remains nothing less than the Voice.

Rangers" administrators: Priority is for the club to function with aid of staff

Rangers' administrators statement: Priority is for club to function with aid of staff

Paul Clark and David Whitehouse, of Duff & Phelps, said: 'We can report we have made very good progress within the first 24 hours of being appointed administrators.

'Our first priority has been to ensure that the football club continues to function and this is being achieved with the help of staff, players and management at the club.

'In particular, we would like to thank the club's business partners who are going the extra mile to ensure that Saturday's home match against Kilmarnock goes ahead as scheduled. We had extremely constructive discussions with Strathclyde Police and we can confirm the match will take place.

Administrators: Paul Clarke and David Whitehouse of Duff and Phelps

Administrators: Paul Clarke and David Whitehouse of Duff and Phelps

'We fully recognise this is a difficult time for players and staff at the club and are extremely appreciative of their reaction to the situation. We will be holding meetings with the staff on a weekly basis at least to inform them of developments.

'We are also in the process of speaking to representatives of supporters' groups and that will be ongoing.

'In broad terms, supporters can be reassured that Rangers will continue as a football club and we hope to reach a stage as soon as possible where the club can emerge from administration.

'We have had expressions of support across the political spectrum in Scotland within the last 24 hours and there is clearly a desire to see Rangers come through this situation successfully.

'The club has, however, taken the decision to postpone the Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony scheduled for this Sunday (February 19, 2012) at the Glasgow Hilton as holding the event at this time was not considered appropriate.

Priority: The football club is continuing to function with help of staff and players

Priority: The football club is continuing to function with help of staff and players

'The event will be rescheduled for a later date and all table sales and sponsorship commitments will be honoured at that time.

'Rangers would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters, sponsors and clients and we will ensure details of the rescheduled event will be communicated as soon as possible.

'The club would also like to thank the Glasgow Hilton for their understanding.

'If anyone has booked places or a table at the event and have any questions, the Events Department can be contacted on 0141 580 8613.

'There had been widespread publicity and speculation regarding the financial affairs of the football club.

'For clarity, the cost structure of the club and ongoing losses were such that the club had outstanding liabilities to HMRC. These were the subject of discussion and clearly HMRC wished to see them resolved as a matter of urgency.

'We are involved in dialogue with HMRC and will work with them constructively, as is the case with all other key stakeholders.'

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Agreement warns athletes not to sell kit on eBay

Sell your kit on eBay, and you're out! Britain's Olympic hopefuls warned in pre-Games agreement

British Olympic hopefuls will only be allowed to compete at the London Games if they agree not to sell their kit on eBay, and not criticise team-mates or sponsors.

Athletes have been given a set of orders as a condition for representing their country at this summer's spectacular.

The British Olympic Association will tell each of the 560 athletes hoping to represent Great Britain that they must sign a confidential 34-page rule book, titled the ‘Team Member’s Agreement'.

London calling: The eyes of the world will be on the capital this summer

London calling: The eyes of the world will be on the capital this summer

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The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that the agreement contains an order that athletes cannot criticise team-mates during, or after the Games.

Some of the other key orders are that athletes cannot 'denigrate' sponsors, attend press conferences not arranged by Olympic organisers wearing kit, or bet on any event. They are also not allowed to sell their kit on eBay.

Athletes are also banned from using tattoos, haircuts, piercings or contact
lenses as ways of issuing 'commercial' or 'political' messages.

And they have been told that if they win gold, they will be given 10,000 to use their image on a special set of first-class stamps.

It also seems that the BOA are planning
to create a special British Olympic Hall of Fame, with the agreement
telling athletes they may be in future eligible for induction.

Going for gold: Rebecca Adlington is one of Britain's leading Olympians

Going for gold: Rebecca Adlington is one of Britain's leading Olympians

Darryl Seibel, BOA communications director, told the Telegraph: 'Early in this process it was clear, especially from the athletes’ agents, that they wanted a document that was quite specific to avoid any ambiguity.'

The agreement brings back memories of a similar one before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which forbid any criticism of China’s political system. The agreement was revised within hours after widespread criticism.