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Heather Watson diagnosed with glandular fever after Miami Open

Concern for weary Watson as British star is diagnosed with glandular fever

By
John Drayton

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16:04 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 3 April 2013

Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever.

Blood tests after the Sony Open in Miami revealed traces of the virus and Watson, who is set to be overtaken by Laura Robson as British No 1 next week, has been told to rest and recover.

Watson, 20, is at the tail end of the illness and is not expected to miss any of the summer tournaments.

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Speaking to the LTA, Watson said: 'I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of glandular fever (mono) in my system.

'There is no prescription for this other than complete rest but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail end of the fever.

'This means I have been trying to compete through the symptoms for some time.'

She continued: 'I have been struggling with both training and playing matches and felt so tired and exhausted for months but now that the doctors have found the cause of this, it explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally.

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

'I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.

'I hope to recover as soon as possible by resting my body and getting lots of sleep. I already feel better from being at home for a week, and am looking forward to getting back on Tour soon.'

Watson crashed out to Alumina Morita in the first round in the Sony Open in Miami and admitted she was feeling 'burnt out.' She said she would take a break from tennis to recover, but changed her mind the following day.

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Iain Bates, the LTA's head of women's tennis, said: 'First of all, get well soon, Heather, from the whole team.

'We all know she'll bounce back better than ever. Heather's focus will be on her recovery, and we will do whatever we can to support Heather and help that process.'

Picture: Why is Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong waving a Spurs scarf ahead of north London derby?

Who is this Arsenal star with a Spurs scarf ahead of Sunday's north London derby

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

23:56 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:13 GMT, 1 March 2013

The build-up to this Sunday's eagerly-awaited north London derby is reaching fever pitch but it seems one Arsenal player may have lost all leave of his senses.

Bizarre images of Emmanuel Frimpong wearing a Captain America style mask and hat and waving a Tottenham scarf surfaced on the internet on Thursday night.

Star attraction: Frimpong entertains his fans with unusual outfit

Man overboard: Frimpong goads Spurs fans during live stream

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Centre stage: Frimpong took part in live stream with his cousin, rap star Lethal Bizzle

The midfielder, currently on loan at Fulham, donned the strange garb and goaded Spurs fans during a live stream with his cousin and rap star Lethal Bizzle.

Although it was a bit of light-hearted fun, Frimpong should really have thought twice about his internet show after being caught out using social media in the past.

He was fined 6,000 and warned over his future behaviour after admitting to a Football Association charge of improper conduct related to comments made on Twitter.

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Super hero Frimpong does his best Captain America impression

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Frimpong responded to a comment made by a Tottenham fan on July 15 and although he soon removed the tweet from the social networking site, it caught the attention of the FA.

The comment made by the Spurs supporter was retweeted by Frimpong, who also added the derogatory term that incurred the FA's wrath.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was good, but we missed Helen Flanagan

Ibrahimovic cured our jungle fever… but it's good to have Flanagan, Bristow and the rest of the gang back

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10:30 GMT, 16 November 2012

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Stick with Sportsmail Online for daily updates about what is happening in the jungle

A night off! Already And what thin gruel – well, you know, rice and beans – do we get served up to us instead Just the four great goals including a 30-yard over-header in what Ant called 'The Zlatan Ibrahimovic Show'.

What, though, of the jungle Capulets and Montagues How are the two rival camps getting along now they are one

Well, according to Mr McPartlin again, we were going to witness 'a situation that caused genuine panic. We were this close to missing our tee time'.

Birdwatching I: Helen Flanagan came face to face with an ostrich

Birdwatching I: Helen Flanagan came face to face with an ostrich

Birdwatching II: All eyes were on Helen as she attempted to put on a record number of pants

Birdwatching II: All eyes were on Helen as she attempted to put on a record number of pants

But more of that later, because first – Helen.

Once Brian had tied her bootlaces for her ('life just kind of revolves around her' moaned Eastender Charlie Brooks, with more than a hint of cross-soap bitterness) she was off to Cruelty Towers where she couldn't even manage to get past the ostrich in reception.

Well to be fair, we've all stayed in hotels like that, haven't we

On yet another tearful return by her to camp, David Haye was sanguine (like there's really a choice).

'We can survive,' he sighed. 'She said she did her best. Who are we to question that'

Count on us: Eric Bristow added up the ages as David Haye continued to entertain

Count on us: Eric Bristow added up the ages as David Haye continued to entertain

Quite right, big fella. Leave that to we the public, who are again lighting up the phone lines to send her back to trial.

Last night was a particularly good one for fans of Eric Bristow. The Crafty Cockney was in singular form throughout: bizarrely, only his dart throwing letting him down in a trial for treats.

First he zinged Hugo just nicely. When the old Harrovian correctly answered the question as to how much a full board term was at his former school, Eric guffawed 'what a waste of money'.

He then turned 'human calculator', as Linda Robson called him, to mentally add up the celebrities' combined age to win them each a chocolate digestive, before proclaiming the combined camp 'a skip' and proceeding to get everyone to get their filthy socks in order.

Rat trap: New arrivals Rosemary Shrager and Limahl had furry friends for company

Rat trap: New arrivals Rosemary Shrager and Limahl had furry friends for company

Then came 'the situation', which involved the opportunity to prevent two new celebrities – chef Rosemary Shrager and eighties pop star Limahl – suffering an uncomfortable night in the company of some jungle critters. But forego a special dinner for themselves if they did.

As the camp stared at each other hesitantly, Eric cracked the silence like an egg.

'Let 'em stay up there', he proclaimed. 'They may be two people we don't even like anyway.'

Which did it. The camp got to eat possum sausages, while the rats got to gnaw on the former lead singer of Kajagoogoo.

One thing's for sure. You'll never accuse Mr Bristow of being too shy.

Swede dreams: Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure we didn't miss I'm A Celebrity too much

Swede dreams: Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure we didn't miss I'm A Celebrity too much

Ryder Cup 2012: This could turn nasty like Brookline – Colin Montgomerie

This Ryder Cup could turn nasty… just like the Battle of Brookline, warns Monty

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21:13 GMT, 23 September 2012

Colin Montgomerie is worried that Europe's golfers could this week face the most hostile atmosphere a Ryder Cup has seen since the infamous events at Brookline 13 years ago.

The man who captained the Continent to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010 is calling for the inevitable patriotic home support at Medinah, just outside Chicago, to be sufficiently restrained that it avoids any repeat of past Ryder Cup excesses, although there is a danger that might not happen.

‘There is a risk,’ he said. ‘I think that what you find is that playing away from home in America when they want it back is a difficult place to play golf and I do hope that everyone realises that and allows the Europeans to play to their potential. Unfortunately, on the Sunday of the Ryder Cup in 1999, that wasn’t available to us.

Patriot games: The USA team runs onto the 17th green in unsavoury scenes at Brookline in 1999 after Justin Leonard holed a putt that all but won the Ryder Cup

Patriot games: The USA team runs onto the 17th green in unsavoury scenes at Brookline in 1999 after Justin Leonard holed a putt that all but won the Ryder Cup

Fever pitch: The intimidating atmosphere at Brookline is infamous

Fever pitch: The intimidating atmosphere at Brookline is infamous

‘I think the world changed — I mean the Ryder Cup and sporting events in which America played internationally — changed after 9/11. America realised we were their allies. But time moves on, everything moves on and I have a slight fear that it is going to be very difficult for us Europeans to perform to our potential.’

Montgomerie, who this year will be there in his role as an analyst with Sky Sports, believes that his successor Jose Maria Olazabal is equipped to cope with the different pressures of being captain in an away match, even if the venue outside Chicago seems the most friendless place.

‘If it does happen we’ve got the best guy in Olazabal to cope with it,’ said Montgomerie. ‘I’ve played four of these Ryder Cups away from home. They are tough, they are harder. He understands that, he’s played four away from home as well so understands that it’s not going to be easy.

‘We’re not just thinking, “We all play in America, Luke Donald lives in Chicago and they like him, and Rory and Lee as well”.

Beware: Even Rory McIlroy won't be spared by the home crowd, says Monty

Beware: Even Rory McIlroy won't be spared by the home crowd, says Monty

‘No, no, this is the Ryder Cup, this is different and we’re not silly enough not to realise this. It’s going to be hard, very hard for everybody to perform to their ability in an atmosphere they haven’t experienced. It will be foreign to a lot of the guys who haven’t played in a Ryder Cup in America before – Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson, Nicolas Colsaerts – and it is very different.’

Montgomerie offers just one piece of advice to Olazabal — not to go into the match with rigid thoughts. He said: ‘Just one thing that I would say to him is he has to be flexible. You can’t go with say Graeme McDowell playing with Rory McIlroy all the time, you just can’t go with that one scenario, you’ve got to be flexible. I had a problem when I put Ian Poulter with Ross Fisher and it didn’t work that first morning, didn’t ignite any fire, so I had to change them and be flexible.’

Whatever the outside pressures, Montgomerie expects the closest of contests: ‘I think the two teams this year are extremely evenly matched. If you look at the world rankings they are pretty even, the things that they’ve done,’ he said.

‘I therefore would have to take the Americans as slight favourites because of where they’re playing and that’s all. It’s difficult to win there and the last three Ryder Cups have been won by the home teams. I think I would slightly favour by half a point the Americans because of where it’s played.

‘It could even be a tie which would be great because that means we’d retain it.’

Frankel fever set to hit Ascot at Champion Stakes

Frankel fever set to hit Ascot with 40,000 expected for super-horse's final run

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21:04 GMT, 3 September 2012

The clamour to witness Frankel's final run looks like pulling in Ascot's biggest modern-day crowd outside the royal meeting.

Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten colt will sign off with a 14th career start in the Champion Stakes on October 20.

Stripped of the temporary facilities used at its great summer festival, Ascot's autumn capacity is only 30,000.

Unbeaten: Frankel is set for a final ride at the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Unbeaten: Frankel is set for a final ride at the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Frankel increased the attendance by more than 50 per cent at York last month.

Just under 27,000 went to the inaugural Qipco British Champions Day last year and officials believe Frankel could increase that to around 40,000 if capacity allowed. The Premier enclosure has already sold out.

Rod Street, chief executive of the British Champions series, plans talks with Ascot about raising capacity.

He added: 'The aspiration for Champions Day was a crowd of 40,000 within five years but that did not take into account the Frankel factor.'

Open 2012: Colin Montgomerie fears for Lee Westwood

Time's running out for Westwood, says Monty as Scot fears for major-less star

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 17 July 2012

Colin Montgomerie has reiterated his fear that time is running out for Lee Westwood to win a major.

The Scot upset the Westwood camp last year when he told Sportsmail it would be much harder for the Englishman if he hadn't won one by the time he was 40. Monty, however, isn't backing down.

'This is Lee's last Open before he reaches that age and, while he would never admit it to you, I know he will be feeling it,' he said.

In the swing of things: Westwood is hoping to win his first major this week

In the swing of things: Westwood is hoping to win his first major

'Only one golfer has improved when he is over 40 and that's Vijay Singh.

'When you get to that age different things happen, your priorities change. It will be difficult for him.

'Imagine if he is right there after the first couple of rounds. The expectation of the crowd will grow and everyone will be cheering him on. All that emotion is hard to handle.'

Monty held a three-shot lead at halfway here at Lytham 11 years ago, but at the age of 38 and with the galleries at fever pitch, he could not hold on.

Warning: Montgomerie fears for the English golfer if he doesn't win this week

Warning: Montgomerie fears for the English golfer if he doesn't win this week

'Let's hope he goes one step further than me,' he said. 'I'm like everyone else, I'm desperate to see him win the major he deserves. If he can give himself three more knocks on that major door, I think it will eventually open.'

Monty has failed to qualify for The Open and you can imagine how he feels looking out at a course set-up right up his alley. 'It is killing me,' he said.

Rather than Monty's example, Westwood will look to Darren Clarke at Royal St George's last year for inspiration. The Northern Irishman coped brilliantly with expectation to win the Claret Jug aged 42.

Willie Mullins dominates at Punchestown

Dominant Mullins goes down a storm in turbulent Punchestown weather

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UPDATED:

07:23 GMT, 26 April 2012

Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins dominated on a truncated Punchestown card run in gruelling conditions.

Heavy rain, mixed with strong winds, forced the two chases to be scrapped on the day, including the feature Gold Cup, but that did not stop the County Carlow handler claiming four winners on an all-hurdles and bumper card which totalled five races.

Champagne Fever was the headline act as he followed up his Cheltenham success by making every post a winning one in the betchronicle.com Champion INH Flat Race.

Here you go Dad: Pat Mullins wins another race for his father on Flash of Glory

Here you go Dad: Pat Mullins wins another race for his father on Flash of Glory

The grey, owned by Rich Ricci, had demonstrated his class when winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and showed here he has guts to match.

The tiring ground took its toll on several of the field, including Cheltenham runner-up New Year's Eve, who was a spent force some way from home.

Champagne Fever had to show tremendous determination to shrug off a strong challenge from Jeremy Scott's Melodic Rendezvous in the straight.

Amazingly the 11-4 favourite pulled away in the final furlong for the trainer's son, Patrick, to score by seven and a half lengths. Mullins' other runner, Mozoltov, was third.

The winning trainer said: “That was an extraordinary performance – he is a super horse.

'I don't know what we'll do next year; we were thinking of going straight over fences like we did with Florida Pearl (after he won the Cheltenham bumper), but I'm not sure now.

'I thought he was out on his feet in the straight, but Patrick said he was just idling. We know that the third (Mozoltov) is a good horse but Champagne Fever obviously stays well and is a good jumper.

'He is one that we are really looking forward to and has huge ability.'

Mullins junior doubled up, and made it four for his father, as Flash Of Genius (11-4 favourite) proved aptly named for the pair in the At The Races INH Flat Race, this time in the Gigginstown House Stud colours.

Marasonnien (12-1) headed a clean sweep for Mullins – and Ricci – in the Irish Daily Mirror War Of Attrition Novice Hurdle.

The three-mile Grade One contest was run at a very sensible pace in the wet ground and there were many in with chances coming to the third-last flight.

Paul Townend brought Marasonnien to lead at the penultimate hurdle and the six-year-old kept on strongly to win by three lengths from Vesper Bell (14-1) with the 7-2 favourite Sous Les Cieux only third. All three carried the Ricci colours.

Mullins said: 'I don't think I've ever done that before and it's great for the owners. The winner loved the ground and Ruby (Walsh) said that Sous Les Cieux didn't stay so he'll step back in trip.

'I would think all three of them will go over fences. They are three stayers that we thought were the types to make chasers when we got them.'

Townend added: 'He's a fine size of a horse and has plenty of scope. They were probably going too slow for him. He has a nice future and he had his day today.'

Loch Ard got the ball rolling for the Mullins team as he ran out a convincing winner of the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle.

Wrekin Rock made a brave bid to lead all the way but he was headed by Walsh on Mullins' charge before the final flight, where he came down.

That left the 6-4 favourite to bound clear and score by 33 lengths from Un Beau Matin with Dysios third.

We'll try to find another race for him if the weather stays like this but he's on the team for France and will probably go for the four-year-old hurdle at Auteuil next,' said Mullins.

Walsh said: 'Loch Ard travelled well, jumped well and found plenty in. He's a fairish horse and he did it well.

'The ground isn't too bad – the water is lying on top but it's all surface water. There's a good bottom to it and it is perfectly safe.'

Shamiran (12-1) got the better of British raider Weekend Millionair in the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle.

The two principals were always to the fore and had the race between them as Shamiran (12-1)took it up just before the final flight in the hands of Ian McCarthy.

He pulled away from the David Pipe-trained runner to score by two and three-quarter lengths for County Kildare trainer Stephen Nolan.

Ronnie O"Sullivan"s manager casts doubt over his snooker future

O'Sullivan's manager casts doubt over snooker future of stricken Ronnie

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21:14 GMT, 16 March 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan's snooker career is under threat from glandular fever, says his manager Django Fung.

The Rocket pulled out of the Players
Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway and Fung admitted: 'It is a
fair question to ask whether he can continue as a player.'

Health concerns: Ronnie O'Sullivan

Health concerns: Ronnie O'Sullivan

How to save the FA Cup: Sportsmail"s verdict

How would you polish the trophy Sportsmail asks what changes are needed to save the FA Cup

Some grounds failed to feel the effects of Cup Fever this weekend — just 14,594 attended Birmingham’s half-empty St Andrew’s, Newcastle saw a 20,000 shortfall on their usual attendance and Spurs, Liverpool and Wigan all made eight or more changes to their starting XIs.

There were, however, plenty of other fans, players and managers up for the Cup.

Spot the fans: Jonathan Spector and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fight for the ball in a half-empty St Andrew's

Spot the fans: Jonathan Spector and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fight for the ball in a half-empty St Andrew's

Sportsmail asked the experts how to improve the venerable old competition.

Matt Lawton

Chief Football Correspondent

Abolishing FA Cup replays would be obvious and makes an awful lot of sense. It would add a bit of excitement and would also benefit the England team when our top players are already playing too much football. But when the lower-league teams are longing for big-name opposition, why not seed the draw, too More big pay-days and more potential giant-killings.

Man in the middle: Graham Poll took charge of the 2000 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Aston Villa

Man in the middle: Graham Poll took charge of the 2000 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Aston Villa

Graham Poll

Refereed the final in 2000

Foreign referees, especially in later rounds. The knock-out nature of the Cup means there’s more pressure on referees. In the league there’s always the next game for decisions to even things out. Bringing in the best from Spain, Germany and Italy would ease pressure on England’s top officials and would also prevent the over-refereeing of teams.

Laura Williamson

Sportsmail writer

I don’t think there’s a lot wrong
with the format, although perhaps clubs could be forced to retain at
least four players who started the previous league match.
Ticket
pricing is another area to look at, but seeding is a dreadful idea and
abolishing replays would encourage some teams to play for penalties.

Martin Keown

Three-time winner with Arsenal

I think we’ve worked hard to rekindle the spirit of the Cup and it remains the only competition in football in which teams from all levels compete. That’s special. It would be ridiculous to introduce seeding but I would stop playing the semi-finals at Wembley. It’s a victory in itself to reach the final — playing the semis there as well just diminishes it.

Cup of joy: Martin Keown celebrates his first of three FA Cup wins with Arsenal

Cup of joy: Martin Keown celebrates his first of three FA Cup wins with Arsenal

Steve Perryman

Two-time winner with Spurs

Giving the winner a place in the
Champions League play-offs is the only way to get top clubs to take it
seriously. I would also stop holding semi-finals at Wembley. When I
managed in Japan, their version was played after the league finished, in
neutral venues. I’m not suggesting it would work here but it was an
interesting way to stimulate the competition in a fledgling league.

John Edwards

Sportsmail writer

Ken Bates often divides opinion, but there must have been a consensus in favour of his call for sanctions against teams who show a disregard for this most venerable of competitions. In these straitened times, how can clubs expect fans to pay first-team prices for what may be essentially a reserve fixture

Arnaud Mendy finds FA Cup cure after tropical disease

Macc's Mendy finds Cup cure after tropical disease ruined start of season

Arnaud Mendy brought Cup fever to Macclesfield Town after missing more than a month of this season with a tropical disease.

The French-born midfielder struck arguably the goal of the third round at the Moss Rose, firing Macclesfield ahead after 68 minutes when he spun around to volley a stunning effort into the top corner against Bolton.

Mended: Arnaud Mendy (second right) missed six weeks of the season with a tropical disease

Mended: Arnaud Mendy (second right) missed six weeks of the season with a tropical disease

The League Two side were pegged back to 2-2 by David Wheater’s header but will have another chance to progress beyond this stage for the first time when the clubs replay at the Reebok Stadium.

Mendy, 21, was in bed for a week in September after returning from international duty with Guinea-Bissau, a small country on the west coast of Africa, just two months after joining Macclesfield following his release by Derby.

Stunner: Mendy lets fly on Saturday

Stunner: Mendy lets fly on Saturday

‘I was ill for six weeks,’ he said. ‘It’s all sorted now and I’m fit and happy. I will go and play for my country again.

‘That was the best goal I’ve scored. I don’t score a lot but I thought it was going in from the moment I hit it.’

Macclesfield made sure Mendy has been given all his jabs to prevent a recurrence of the illness.