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Norwich"s Robert Snodgrass is fitter than ever after cutting out pre-match McDonald"s

I'm loving it! Norwich ace Snodgrass is back on song… after giving the boot to Big Macs

PUBLISHED:

14:34 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 8 March 2013

Bad diet: The famous Big Mac

Bad diet: The famous Big Mac

Robert Snodgrass says he feels like a machine after putting his bad diet and lazy training days behind him.

The Norwich winger used to enjoy a pre-match McDonald's as a youngster in Livingston, but accepts today what you fuel up on can have a major impact on performance on the pitch.

'I have learned off each nutritionist or fitness coach how to get your body in the best possible shape for match-days, because that is what managers want.'

Mean machine: Robert Snodgrass feels his fitness has helped his performances

Mean machine: Robert Snodgrass feels his fitness has helped his performances

Feast: The Norwich midfielder used to enjoy a pre-match McDonald's

Feast: The Norwich midfielder used to enjoy a pre-match McDonald's

'This Premier League is about high-energy and athletes. It is about preparing yourself from Monday to Saturday so you can be in as good a shape as possible, mentally and physically for a game.

'Sometimes you are just like a machine – you need to eat the right things and take care of your body, on and off the park, especially as the game is so physical now, and as an individual I do that.

'We have got a great nutrition and fitness side of things and that is why people have noticed this season that Norwich do work very, very hard.'

Snodgrass and the rest of the Canaries come up against Southampton on Saturday knowing a win well edge them closer to securing their Barclays Premier League status.

The Scotland midfielder, signed from Leeds in the summer, has provided a good link-up between defence and attack for Chris Hughton’s men, who will be out to make it back-to-back home wins and put last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United out of their system.

And the 25-year-old is happy to put another 90 minutes of hard graft in up and down the flanks if it means Norwich get the result at full-time.

Stuck in: Snodgrass' defensive game has improved since moving to Norwich

Stuck in: Snodgrass' defensive game has improved since moving to Norwich

Relegation battle: Norwich will take on Southampton on Saturday

Relegation battle: Norwich will take on Southampton on Saturday

'The fitness coaches show you your numbers, and as an individual you try to beat that each week, so with me running six or seven miles, it is about trying to help the team,' said Snodgrass, who has been called up for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Wales.

'People can speak about it taking individuals to win games, but if those individuals are not on their day, then you look for a team (effort) to pull you through – maybe Sebastien Bassong or Michael Turner flicking one in on 94 minutes to keep us in this league.

'We know what it takes as players and as a team – the most important thing is we get the three points and everyone as a club pulls in the right direction.'

Arsenal target David Villa scores two great goals

Are you watching, Arsene Villa shows Arsenal what they are missing with two great goals in 5-0 Barca romp

By
Tom Sheen

PUBLISHED:

00:06 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 11 January 2013

David Villa showed Arsene Wenger exactly what he was missing as he scored two goals of real quality in Barcelona's 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba on Thursday night.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 31-year-old forward, but Wenger is believed to have reservations over a move for the Spaniard, as Villa is likely to be costly in both transfer fee and wages.

See what your missing: Arsenal target David Villa (foreground) scored two excellent goals in the 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba

See what you're missing: Arsenal target David Villa (foreground) scored two excellent goals in the 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba

Earlier this month Arsenal were quoted a price of 16million to bring Villa to the Emirates but Wenger does not usually spend big on players over 30, and has added concerns over Villa's long-term fitness as he suffered a broken leg last season.

Villa would also likely expect wages of at least 130,00-per week, which could be another stumbling block in any potential deal for the player.

His first goal tonight saw him beat two players on the byline before a neat chip over the Cordoba keeper, while his second was a very smart low drive down to the keeper's left.

One: Villa's first saw him beat two men before cheekily dinking the ball over the goalkeeper

One: Villa's first saw him beat two men before cheekily dinking the ball over the goalkeeper

Despite his high price tag and injury concerns, bringing Villa to England may not be as risky as it sounds.

In limited playing time this season he has seven goals in all competitions, while he has 53 in 85 appearances for Spain and 28 league goals in 61 games for Barcelona.

Villa himself is reported to be desperate for the move to go ahead, but Barca president Sandro Rosell ruled out a move just this week.

Two: The Barcelona striker's second was an expertly driven low shot into the corner

Two: The Barcelona striker's second was an expertly driven low shot into the corner

Speaking to Catalan radio station RAC1 on Tuesday, Rosell said: 'I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.

'He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left.'

Villa's two goals, as well as goals from Thiago Alcantara and two from Alexis Sanchez, sealed a 7-0 aggregate win over Second division Cordoba that sent Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Reservations: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (pictured) has concerns about paying a reported 16m for a 31-year-old

Reservations: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (pictured) has concerns about paying a reported 16m for a 31-year-old

Joe Cole training regime at West Ham

Cole put on special training regime at West Ham to avoid yet more injury woe

By
Laurie Whitwell

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13:42 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 10 January 2013

Joe Cole will be put on a bespoke training regime to ensure the injuries which have cost him in the past will not hamper his return to West Ham.

The 31-year-old last week had a memorable second debut for the club he first joined as an academy player, but manager Sam Allardyce knows he must be fully fit to perform at his best consistently.

That could mean Cole not joining up with the squad until Thursday or Friday training sessions before a Saturday match, using the earlier part of the week to focus on injury prevention.

Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

Injury-prone: Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

The England international recovered from a hamstring injury picked up at Liverpool in October and his time at Chelsea was punctuated by problems, including an eight-month period out through knee ligament damage.

Allardyce said: ‘We’ll take that game by game. A part of everybody’s management is about managing your players for their sake.

‘It’s not always about joining in training every day of every week for me and it hasn’t been for many years now. We’ll do what’s needed with Joe, as we do with many players.

‘Lots of players don’t come together in our squad till Thursday or Friday then play on the Saturday because they need to do other things in the week to make sure they maintain their level of fitness.

‘We try to have a prevention policy rather than a cure policy. That’s been tested to the hilt recently with the amount of injuries we’ve had.’

Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Returning: Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Cole said after signing that fitness would be key.

‘The more games you play you get to a certain level and you need games to get that strength,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Allardyce believes Andy Carroll is no more than two weeks away from playing. The England striker is out with a knee injury but has started running.

‘It’s a bit difficult to put an actual time on it but I would expect it will be no longer than a couple of weeks now,’ the West Ham boss said. ‘He’s doing some straight line running and if he doesn’t feel anything then we’ll progress onto interval running and change of direction, then introduce the ball.

‘Hopefully he will come back with the players as soon as possible. It could be a few days. It could be a bit longer than that just depending on his progression day by day now.’

Leonna Mayor – female jockey photshoot

From racing horses to racing hearts! Apprentice Mayor is a Grade One jockey

By
Mike Dawes

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12:02 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 7 January 2013

Leonna Mayor's job is to race horses, but with these pictures the young jockey will have hearts racing across the country.

The stunning 22-year-old is an apprentice at Alastair Lidderdale's stable – and already has 31 wins to her name.

And while her fledgling racing career remains in its infancy, these pictures will send her shooting to the forefront of all race-goers minds.

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Mayor first appeared in MailOnline 18 months ago during a photoshoot alongside a number of other young female jockeys.

She revealed her desire at the time was to become a top jockey in racing circles. And there was also a revelation about her slightly embarrassing modelling past.

She said: 'My main ambition is to be known as a good female jockey and to get to a situation where trainers want to use me rather than my agent having to ask them.'

'Winning my fourth and most important race of the year (in 2011) on Thunderball at Pontefract when the owners could have used a more experienced jockey was a highlight.

She added: 'I did modelling as a youngster and was pictured wearing a hideous pink tracksuit in the Argos catalogue.'

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Staying in shape is a key element of her day-to-day life as a jockey, but has admitted staying trim is a constant battle.

Leonna, 22, told the Daily Star: 'It is weird having to adjust your weight for different races but it becomes second nature.

'It makes dinners out difficult and, after a long day, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a complicated meal. I eat a lot of soup and treat myself to a takeaway if I get a win!

'If I need to lose a pound or so, I
sweat in a hot bath. One of the lads suggested a couple of glasses of
wine the night before a race to dehydrate.'

Judging by these pictures, her fitness regime is working just fine.

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly sets the pulses racing on and off the track

Jack Collison says West Ham are looking up the table not down

Collison says West Ham are looking up the table and not thinking about a relegation scrap

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

00:10 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 1 January 2013

Jack Collison says West Ham are still targeting a top-half finish despite a recent slide down the table.

Three defeats in four games mean the club are only six points above the relegation places but the midfielder, who returned from six months out with a knee injury in the 1-0 loss to Reading, believes that as players come back to fitness results will pick up.

The Welsh international played 36 minutes at the Madejski and Ricardo Vaz Te also returned after a lengthy lay-off to provide manager Sam Allardyce with a boost.

Looking up: Jack Collison says West Ham are eying a top half finish

Looking up: Jack Collison says West Ham are eying a top half finish

'It is all about getting games under my belt now and just concentrating on getting fitter and fitter,’ Collison told the club’s official website. ‘Obviously for me personally this season was not what I wanted, with the injury, but full credit to the boys, who have been fantastic. What we want to do now is kick on and enjoy an equally good second half of the season.’

West Ham play Norwich at Upton Park today (New Year’s Day) and Collison believes the opposition provide a blueprint for success.

Missing out: West Ham lost to relegation threatened Reading last time out

Missing out: West Ham lost to relegation threatened Reading last time out

He said: 'We can look at what Norwich did last season. They had got promoted the year before and stayed up. As a promoted side ourselves this year, we want to do that and more and finish in a good place.

'I am sure it will be a cracking game to start the New Year off, but the most important thing for us is getting the points. Myself and Vaz have returned and I know there are a few of the other injured boys not too far away.

'Our form and results since August mean we have given ourselves a chance to be around the top half of the table and we want to make sure that stays that way. We have targets and over the next three or four games we will be looking to meet those targets so we can push on.’

Adrien Broner to fight Gavin Rees for WBC lightweight world title in February

Rees beats Burns as Welsh lightweight secures world title fight against Broner

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10:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 28 December 2012

Gavin Rees has beaten fellow Brit Ricky Burns to a fight with American star Adrien Broner.

The Welsh lightweight was due to face John Murray last month but that fell through when the Mancunian failed a fitness test.

Rees will now challenge for Broner's WBC world title on February 16, subject to signing a contract.

He posted on his Twitter account: ' Looks like I'm fighting Adrian broner 16th feb for WBC title massive fight for me an time for me to become 2 weight world champ.'

The Rock: Gavin Rees will fight Adrien Broner in February

Champion: Adrien Broner will defend his WBC world title against Rees

Head-to-head: Rees will take on WBC lightweight world champion Broner (R)

The 32-year-old has won 37 of his 39 contests but has been out of action since beating Derry Matthews in July to add the British belt to his European title.

Rees, a former world champion at light welterweight, has since relinquished his European strap and in Broner faces one of America's brightest prospects.

Waiting game: Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

Waiting game: WBO world champion Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

The two-weight world champion enhanced his status as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's pound-for-pound crown with a stoppage victory over
Antonio DeMarco in November.

Broner, 23, then threw down the gauntlet to Scotland's Burns but he rejected the unification fight in favour of a warm-up bout before potentially meeting Broner in April.

VIDEO: So who is Adrien Broner

Abou Diaby is set to return for Arsenal

Good news for Gunners, Diaby's back… but where have we heard that before

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 27 December 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that long-term injury concern Abou Diaby is close to a return to action and will begin training next week.

The French midfielder started the season in rampant fashion, earning praise for his dominating performances as Arsenal went unbeaten in their first five games.

Brazilian left back Andre Santos is also set to return to training next week.

Back again: Abou Diaby (left) is close to a return, he started the season in rampant fashion as Arsenal went unbeaten in five

Back again: Abou Diaby (left) is close to a return, he started the season in rampant fashion as Arsenal went unbeaten in five

Injury-ravaged: However the midfielder has a history of injury problems, only making 171 appearances in six years for the Gunners

Injury-ravaged: However the midfielder has a history of injury problems, only making 171 appearances in six years for the Gunners

Indeed, Arsenal's first loss of the season came at home to Chelsea when Diaby had to limp off with an injury after just 17 minutes.

Before his injury Arsenal had recorded three clean sheets in their first three games, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Anfield where Diaby was awarded man of the match.

Diaby's dominating play was a feature in the away win against Montpellier in the Champions League and in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad.

Marauding: Brazilian left-back Andre Santos is also expected to make a return soon

Marauding: Brazilian left-back Andre Santos is also expected to return soon

However Diaby's fitness has always been a concern with the midfielder blighted by injuries throughout his career.

Options: The return of Diaby and Santos means that Arsene Wenger (pictured) only has Lukasz Fabianski missing

Options: The return of Diaby and Santos means that Arsene Wenger (pictured) only has Lukasz Fabianski missing

He has already missed 22 games this season and only made 171 appearances in just under six years with the club.

'They [Diaby and Santos] should be coming back into training with the squad next week,' Wenger said on www.arsenal.com.

Their return means that backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is the only first-team player remaining on the often-maligned Arsenal medical table.

'It is unusual, especially at this period of the season,' Wenger added.

'It is down to the continuing good work we are doing behind the scenes at the club.

'We hope that it continues because it is important to go into January with a full squad and we will be losing Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations.'

WITH DIABY

With Diaby (in all competitions):

Played: 6 (1 in Champions League)

Won: 2 (1 in Champions League)

Drawn: 3

Lost: One (only played 17mins)

Goals For: 6

Goals Against: 3

League points: 6 out of 15

WITHOUT DIABY

Without Diaby (in all competitions):

Played: 21 (9 in other competitions)

Won: 11 [through in CL]

Drawn: 4

Lost: 5 [lost to Bradford]

Goals For: 52

Goals Against: 30

League points: 24 out of 39

Jack Wilshere says injury could save him from burnout

My injury saved me! Wilshere claims 14-month layoff could prevent burnout at Arsenal

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10:49 GMT, 27 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has said being out of action for 14 months might have helped him avoid burning out.

The Arsenal midfielder has been looking on the bright side of his ankle and knee injuries and claims he’s in peak fitness, although admits there were some frustrating times.

‘I was at Emirates for every single home match,’ Wilshere told the Arsenal magazine.

Burnout: Jack Wilshere believes he could reap the benefits of his long-term injury

Burnout: Jack Wilshere believes he could reap the benefits of his long-term injury

‘It was hard at times, because I really wanted to be out there. Not just for my own selfish reasons but I wanted to help the team too because we had some difficult periods last season.

‘There were a few moments [it was hard to miss out on]. When Thierry came back in January for example. He’s a legend and I really wanted to play in the same team as him. I also would have loved to play in that north London derby in February.

‘When I look back now though, I could probably have done with a break, having played so much the previous season. Obviously I didn’t want the break to be so long, in fact I didn’t want to have a break at all, but if I look back on this in 10 years’ time, it might have done me some good in the long run.’

Back on song: Wilshere had a frustrating time on the sidelines

Back on song: Wilshere had a frustrating time on the sidelines

In the mix: The youngster has returned to Arsenal's midfield

In the mix: The youngster has returned to Arsenal's midfield

The 20-year old signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners earlier this month, which he described as his way of repaying manager Arsene Wenger’s loyalty, while he credits Cesc Fabregas for wise words on how to make a footballing career last.

‘My body is stronger than it was before,' he said. 'I’ve done a lot of work with Declan Lynch and the other physios here over the past year. I’ve improved my core, improved my leg muscle strength – everything.

'Cesc [Fabregas] used to say to me ‘take it easy, don’t play too many games’. Obviously I didn’t want to have a year off. But when I’m 24 or 25 I won’t have played as many games as someone like Cesc, and that will help me.'

Sunderland fans spur on manager Martin O"Neill

Sunderland faithful spur on manager O'Neill as 2,000 fans make trip to Southampton

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22:17 GMT, 21 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 21 December 2012

More than 2,000 Sunderland supporters will make the 300-plus mile trip to Southampton on Saturday.

The away allocation is sold out and
manager Martin O'Neill says such commitment to the club's cause, just
three days before Christmas, is one reason why he is desperate to
succeed for the club.

Focused: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Focused: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

O'Neill said: 'That really sums it up. Last year we went down and played Tottenham and then a couple of days later we played at QPR a couple of days before Christmas and we filled the stand behind the goal which is absolutely remarkable support.

'They're travelling down to Southampton in their numbers three or four days before Christmas shows you all you need to know about this club. It's great motivation for us to achieve something for the club.

'You work every single day to try and put a mark on the club and try and improve results and it's for people like that who're the heart and soul of the football club.'

Sunderland have recalled Republic of Ireland international David Meyler from his loan spell at Hull City.

The midfielder has scored twice in a successful month at the Championship club with former manager Steve Bruce.

O'Neill added: 'At least if he gets on the field of play with us, which I imagine he will, his fitness levels won't worry me as much as it might have done before.'

Ronaldo sheds an incredible 37lbs on reality TV show

(Not so) Fat Ronaldo sheds an incredible 37lbs in three months to play in former Real team-mate Zidane's charity football match

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 19 December 2012

Since the emergence of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano, as a point of distinction, one of the great strikers of our time became harshly known as ‘Fat Ronaldo’.

But not only has the Brazilian legend of the game lost over two-and-a-half stone, he should also have shed this cruel moniker.

Since September, Ronaldo shifted a remarkable amount of weight after taking part in a reality television show to repair his ‘bad relationship with the scales’.

VIDEO: Take a look at Ronaldo's new slimline frame

Ronaldo, who stepped onto those pesky scales once more live on TV on Sunday, spent three months rigorously exercising on the Medida Certa show and lost 37 pounds as a result.

His fitness regime included three months of Gangnam Style dancing and topless pilates, helping him slim down from 18st 6lbs to an incredible 15st 9lbs.

He has also cut a few inches off his waitline, trimming his 42 inches to 36 in the 12 week period.

Ronaldo, who has won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, wanted to shift the weight in time for former Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane’s charity match in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months to be fit for a charity football match

Paunch: Ronaldo had a protruding belly before he lost some of the weight

Paunch: Ronaldo had a protruding belly before he lost some of the weight

Svelte: Ronaldo showed off his new figure in Cesar Sampaio's farewell match

Svelte: Ronaldo showed off his new figure in Cesar Sampaio's farewell match

In the latter years of Ronaldo’s illustrious career, and after his retirement, the two-time World Cup winner simply ballooned.

This, coupled with the rise to prominence of his namesake at United and Real Madrid, meant that football fans used his now incongruous nickname to distinguish between the Brazilian and Portuguese Ronaldos.

Most notable was during his farewell match for Brazil in 2011. Ronaldo, sporting a huge paunch, played for his country one last time against Romania in Sao Paolo.

A trimmer Ronaldo played in another farewell match last week for Cesar Sampaio in his final game between past and present Palmeiras club players.