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Luis Suarez followed by Mike Tyson on Twitter after biting Branislav Ivanovic

Iron Mike shows solidarity with fellow infamous biter Suarez… by following him on Twitter!

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00:52 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:30 GMT, 22 April 2013

Luis Suarez might have had a sleepless night after facing the furore over his shocking bite of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but he does have some good news – he's gained a new follower on Twitter.

His new subscriber is none other than Mike Tyson, who surely would have felt sympathy for the Liverpool striker, having sparked a biting storm of his own after the former heavyweight champion bit Evander Holyfield on the ear in 1997.

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic, while Mike Tyson gets a taste of Evander Holyfield

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic, while Mike Tyson gets a taste of Evander Holyfield

MIKE TYSON BITES EVANDER HOLYFIELD EAR DURING THEIR FIGHT

Suarez sank his teeth into Ivanovic's arm midway through the second half of the 2-2 draw, before going on to score in the dying seconds to steal Liverpool a point.

Liverpool have confirmed the striker will face a club sanction while the Uruguayan faces a wait to hear of any disciplinary action from the FA.

Tyson knows all about the fall-out of
biting an opponent, being disqualified from the world title fight and
fined 2 million after taking a chunk out of Holyfield's ear.

Perhaps he could Tweet Suarez a few tips on how to stop all the cannibal jokes…

Following: Tyson's profile revealed he had subscribed to Suarez's page just after the biting incident

Following: Tyson's profile revealed he had subscribed to Suarez's page just after the biting incident

Holyfield

Ivanovic

Victims: Evander Holyfield grimaces after Tyson's attack (left), while Ivanovic points out the incident (right)

VIDEO Mike Tyson bites off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… dont cut the pipeline

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… don’t cut the pipeline

. Several sports – including basketball – have seen their funds slashed.

There is a growing furore over the Olympic sports which have missed out on funding from UK Sport’s 347m pot of gold for the so-called 'Road to Rio'.

Those sports which are deemed not to be ‘podium contenders’ have been left at the starting blocks and pondering their very future and even their existence.

Understandably, administrators, players and fans are angry and frustrated given the very noisy and public commitment to fulfil an Olympic and Paralympic legacy, which was at the core of our successful Bid in 2005 and to Inspire a Generation.

As someone who has worked at the very
heart of elite sport and performance, I have sympathy and support for
these sports, which include basketball, handball and volleyball, which
all attracted massive crowds last summer.

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

In terms of potential medal winners at Rio in 2016, those who hold the purse strings probably got it right as judged by their own very strict criteria but we must not develop tunnel vision focused only on the podium.

We must adopt a broader and longer-term vision and aspiration rather than leave ourselves accused of developing an unhealthy lust for medals at all costs, and invest and develop other sports, especially team sports on the back of our Olympic and Paralympic triumph.

It is much more difficult to win medals in team sports compared to individual sports and, traditionally, they do not add many medals to the final medal table because they are not multi-discipline events like rowing, cycling boxing, swimming and athletics. In team sports like basketball you usually only have the men’s team and women’s team.

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Yet, if you analyse the low cost and highly accessible aspect of most team sports, compared to other sports and those which sit comfortably in our inner communities, it is completely baffling to me, why funding has been completely stopped in this area.

In the wake of London 2012 I had hope our cities would be crammed with courts for kids to play team sports, emulating their heroes and nurturing a love for team sport and the camaraderie and spirit, such sports inspire.

My solution to this currently unacceptable situation is to make a special case for these sports with a completely separate pool of funds made available through a new specially set up division of UK Sport called the 'Olympic Development Sports' providing specific support for sports where existing funds cannot be justified.

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

These sports should sign up to a long term business plan, say over 12 years with the aim of qualifying for and winning medals not, just for the next Olympics in 2016 but in 2020 and 2024.

This is investing and building for the future and totally fulfils the Legacy aspiration albeit over a much longer period. These sports should be supported and helped to reach a level where funding can be justified in their own right, and at which stage they will be promoted from the 'Olympic Development Sports' category.

After such a momentous year for sport in Britain, it would be scandalous if these sports did not receive the extra funding they need to continue their exciting journeys and help realise the dreams of thousands of youngsters who simply want to throw a ball into a hoop or push a ball over a net on the sand.

Funding is their oxygen for success. Don’t cut the pipeline.

Chelsea won"t issue Mark Clattenburg an apology after racism row

Chelsea won't issue apology to ref Clattenburg after race claim

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11:34 GMT, 28 November 2012

Chelsea continue to maintain they will not issue an apology to referee Mark Clattenburg despite admitting to their 'regret' over the handling of the affair.

The lack of apology is based on Chelsea's opinion that in doing so they would undermine Ramires when it is widely accepted that the midfielder was sincere in his belief that Clattenburg had called John Obi Mikel a monkey during the explosive encounter at with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Dragged through the mud: Chelsea say they regret the way they acted over the Mark Clattenburg debacle

Dragged through the mud: Chelsea say they regret the way they acted over the Mark Clattenburg debacle

Dragged through the mud: Chelsea say they regret the way they acted over the Mark Clattenburg debacle

In a joint statement from Chelsea, the Premier League and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the European champions conceded that their actions caused Clattenburg and his family huge distress.

They also admitted it had been a mistake to rush out a press release on the night of their defeat by Manchester United when the accusation that Clattenburg had called John Mikel Obi a 'monkey' was so serious.

But Chelsea consider the joint statement, drafted after the personal intervention of their chairman Bruce Buck, to be full and final and do not intend to issue any further comment.

Referees' union Prospect have dropped their demand for Chelsea to pay compensation to Clattenburg after reaching agreement over the statement but still feel an apology should still be forthcoming.

On the way back: Terry is poised for a first-team return after injury

On the way back: Terry is poised for a first-team return after injury

Clattenburg has not refereed a game since the furore exploded last month but is due to return to action tonight when Southampton entertain Norwich in the Barclays Premier League.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, who take on Fulham at Stamford Bridge, do not expect to have skipper John Terry back in time for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off away to West Ham.

Terry is back in training after making remarkable progress from the knee injury sustained in the draw with Liverpool two weeks ago.

Fears he could be out for the season have proved to be unfounded but Terry is rated as highly doubtful for this weekend's trip to Upton Park and is also unlikely to play in Chelsea's must-win Champions League Group E clash at home to Nordsjaelland next Wednesday.

Top spin at the Test: Hawk-Eye unpopular review show

Top spin at the Test: Hawk-Eye unpopular review show

By
Lawrence Booth

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23:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

Samit Patel England

The BCCI's dislike of the decision-review system cost both sides on the fourth day. Samit Patel (right) was unfortunate to be given out lbw to Umesh Yadav when replays showed he edged the ball, but India were denied the wicket of Matt Prior on 65 as he played forward to Pragyan Ojha. That followed Cook's survival on Saturday, when he missed a sweep off Ojha on 41. But Hawk-Eye's take on each delivery is easily available. On the BCCI website.

India v England – pictures

We are unable to carry live pictures from the First Test in Ahmedabad due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.

The BCCI has refused access to Test venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic agencies.

MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

Setting a high standard

Alastair Cook has now scored five hundreds in 15 Tests in Asia, the most by an England batsman; Ken Barrington made four. Cook began his Test career in March 2006 with a debut century at Nagpur, and hit three figures at Galle, Chittagong and Dhaka. The last two were as stand-in captain in Bangladesh in 2010 – which means Cook is the first player to score tons in each of his first three Tests in charge.

Kevin's got to do something about this

Bowled cheaply for the second time in the match by Pragyan Ojha (right), Kevin Pietersen's comeback game following the texting furore has felt like old times: he has now fallen to a left-arm spinner on 25 occasions in Tests. And his double failure here has added to a bizarre year in which his six Tests in Asia have produced only one performance of note: his brilliant double of 151 and 42 not out in Colombo in April. Other than that, Pietersen has managed 119 runs at an average of under 12.

The International Olympic Committee has criticised the Indian board for refusing to allow photo-only agencies to cover the four-match series. 'The IOC strongly disagrees with these moves by the BCCI , which we believe are a direct attack on the freedom of the media to report from sporting events, and shows contempt for the sporting public,' said Kevan Gosper, chairman of the IOC press commission.

By the end of the fourth day, there had
been only six higher innings played by an England batsman in India than
Cook's 168 not out. Top of the list is Mike Gatting's 207 at Madras in
January 1985, when he put on 241 with Graeme Fowler, who made 201. Third
is Dennis Amiss's 179 at Delhi in 1976-77, followed by Graeme Hick's
178 (Mumbai, 1992-93), Tom Graveney's 172 (Mumbai, 1951- 52), and
Barrington's 172 (Kanpur, 1961-22).

Kevin Pietersen"s England rebirth set for test – Jonathan Trott

Ahmedabad is the real Test of Pietersen's England rebirth, insists Trott

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22:00 GMT, 12 November 2012

Jonathan Trott has warned that the true extent of Kevin Pietersen's reintegration into the England side will not be known until the Test series against India starts on Thursday.

Pietersen will be playing his first international match since the texting furore that followed the Headingley Test against South Africa in early August, and Trott said: ‘Test cricket’s got to start again, and that’s when you need people to perform — when the pressure’s on and the chips are down. That’s when, if cracks are tested, they widen and team dynamics become more obvious.

‘We’ve got to make sure we have all our ducks in a row. But I think we’re on the right track.’

Team player Kevin Pietersen (right) shares a joke with Matt Prior last week

Team player Kevin Pietersen (right) shares a joke with Matt Prior last week

Trott was one of a handful of senior players to meet Pietersen in Oxford ahead of the trip as the management sought to ease him back into the team.

‘It was a brief conversation and it was all fine,’ Trott said. ‘I think a few players got sucked in but I play the game for cricket, not for any other agenda. I’m a firm believer in harmony in the dressing room and people pulling their weight. The main thing is we don’t have these sorts of mishaps in the future.’

We're ready: Batsman Jonathan Trott says England are on the right track

We're ready: Batsman Jonathan Trott says England are on the right track

Pietersen, who has 88 Test caps — more than anyone out here — has embraced the role of senior statesman with gusto, making good use of the contacts established during his IPL stints and sponsorship deals.

England’s assistant coach Richard Halsall said: ‘It’s something Graham Gooch has asked him to do, to get him more involved. If blokes want to get an ounce taken off their bat, or they don’t have the right shoes, he knows someone who can organise it for us.’

Graeme Swann rejoined the squad on Monday morning after flying home to be with his unwell baby daughter.

Marvin Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

Sick Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

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07:09 GMT, 17 October 2012

England Under 21 international Marvin Sordell has been the target of a sickening Facebook post that appears to threaten his life.

Sordell – who was in Serbia with Stuart Pearce's side on Tuesday night when they were subjected to racist abuse from fans during a 1-0 victory – recently accused Millwall supporters of racially abusing him and three team-mates during Bolton's visit to The Den on October 6.

The allegations sparked fury among many Millwall supporters who feel there is no substance to Sordell's claim.

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

And the furore has sparked a worrying Facebook post that could easily be construed as a death threat on Sordell.

A member of the popular social-networking website under the name of Alex Hampson has uploaded a mocked up photograph of Sordell, depicting a gun being pointed towards the 21-year-old and blood splattered across his face and shirt.

The photograph, which appeared on Sordell's page just after 6pm on October 8, also has the message: 'dont (sic) f*** with the millwall.'

It is understood Sordell, who played for Great Britain during London 2012, is aware of the message.

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

The FA and Metropolitan Police both launched their own respective probes into Sordell's original allegations.

Sordell claimed Bolton team-mates Darren Pratley, Benik Afobe and Lee Chung-yong and himself were the victims of racial abuse at the Den.

The ex-Watford man tweeted on October 6: ‘It’s 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game! Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us.

'The police were standing yards away and did nothing. Funniest thing is, if I had come on and scored and gave them some back, I would be the one who got fined.’

Millwall were quick to launch their own internal inquiry into the alleged incident, looking at CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses.

The Lions have vowed to hand lifetime bans to anyone found guilty of racial abuse.

Spurs 2 Aston Villa 0 match report: Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon score

Spurs 2 Aston Villa 0: Caulker and Lennon help AVB's men leapfrog rivals Arsenal

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20:42 GMT, 7 October 2012

After last Saturday’s victory at Old Trafford, Andre Villas-Boas promised something special.

While this victory fell far short of that lofty guarantee, it was nevertheless just as satisfying for the Portuguese — in an altogether different context, of course.

Instead of the glamour of beating the glitterati, it was back to Barclays Premier League action of a more muck-and-nettles nature after a midweek trip to Greece.

And Tottenham’s head coach avoided being stung — even though his big decision to omit goalkeeper Brad Friedel paid off by default in the second half.

Up and away: Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe mob match-winner Arron Lennon after his strike made it 2-0 against Aston Villa

Up and away: Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe mob match-winner Arron Lennon after his strike made it 2-0 against Aston Villa

MATCH FACTS

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker, Caulker, Dempsey (Sigurdsson, 82), Lennon (Townsend, 86), Bale, Sandro, Defoe (Adebayor, 68), Dembele.
Subs not used: Friedel, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque.

Booked: Walker

Goals: Caulker 58, Lennon 67.

ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Lowton, El Ahmadi, Albrighton (Bent, 66), Delph (N'Zogbia, 66), Agbonlahor, Holman (Bannan, 73), Benteke
Subs not used: Given, Lichaj, Westwood, Weimann.

Booked: El Ahmadi, Bennett, Delph.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 35, 802.

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A Jermain Defoe strike that deflected
off Steven Caulker’s ankle just before the hour was followed by a
cross-shot from Aaron Lennon nine minutes later as Paul Lambert was left
to rue his own selection gamble.

The Villa manager sidelined England
striker Darren Bent for the second week running and had cause to bemoan a
missed effort from Christian Benteke that could have turned the
afternoon on its head.

As it is, the furore that followed Tottenham’s opening-day defeat at Newcastle appears to have been premature.

That remains Spurs’ only loss this
season. It has been followed by the ending of an unwanted 23-year record
in Manchester. The club now lie one point off second place but are
nursing a raft of injuries.

Problems Some problems.

Granted, it took two moments of
defensive fragility by Villa for Spurs to win these points, but on the
back of tough trips to the north-west and Athens, there was no doubt
they were deserved.


Eye for goal: Aaron Lennon scores Tottenham's second goal

Eye for goal: Aaron Lennon scores Tottenham's second goal

Villas-Boas said: ‘It was extremely
good. After all the effort in Greece, we were back on Friday at 4am. It
was a tiring flight and the players responded with tremendous power.’

Of equal note, though, was Friedel’s 310-game run coming to an end when Hugo Lloris made his Premier League debut.

There cannot be many players who have
been dropped after winning at Old Trafford but Villas-Boas added:
‘After Panathinaikos we decided this would be logical for Hugo to get
acquainted with the Premier League.

‘He can’t only play Europa League and
the fact he now breaks up for France will give him a continuous run of
four matches. The change was not based on Brad’s performance. He has
been immense for this team, we respect that.’

New man: Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris gestures at White Hart Lane

New man: Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris gestures at White Hart Lane

Diving save: Lloris prevents Gabriel Agbonlahor from having a shot on goal

Diving save: Lloris prevents Gabriel Agbonlahor from having a shot on goal

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Nasty: An injury suffered by Villa's Joe Bennett

Nasty: An injury suffered by Villa's Joe Bennett

Asked whether Lloris was now the club’s No 1, Spurs’ coach added: ‘No, no, no. In the future we will have to decide.’

Defoe spent the first half shooting
on sight, without setting those sights properly. But Spurs began the
second half slowly and when Lloris misjudged a quick throw to Gareth
Bale, Brett Holman intervened, fed Marc Albrighton and the winger swung
over a cross that was an open invitation for Benteke.

The 8m striker made a good
connection but it flashed inches wide. Lloris — and Villas-Boas — were
spared considerable embarrassment.

Moments later, Bale’s deep corner was
controlled at the far post by Defoe. True to form, his six-yard shot
was going wide until it struck Caulker.

Lennon wrapped up matters when he
shuffled outside Joe Bennett, who really should have known which way the
winger was trying to go, and his cross-shot found the bottom corner.
There was no way back for Villa after that.

Nice one, son: Steven Caulker celebrates with Jermain Defoe after scoring Tottenham's first goal

Nice one, son: Steven Caulker celebrates with Jermain Defoe after scoring Tottenham's first goal

Battle: Tottenham's Kyle Walker is closed down by Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi

Battle: Tottenham's Kyle Walker is closed down by Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi

Despite the goodwill that greeted
Lambert’s appointment, this is now Villa’s worst top-flight start to a
season since they were relegated in 1987.

The Scot was right in saying Benteke’s wasted chance was the turning point but said he left out Bent for tactical reasons.

Touch tackling: Moussa Dembele clashes with Aston Villa's Fabian Delph

Touch tackling: Moussa Dembele clashes with Aston Villa's Fabian Delph

‘I’ve spoken to Darren,’ said
Lambert. ‘We have not had a cross word. Darren thrives running on to
things going in behind. That was the only reason why we have done it.
You know Spurs’ full backs are going to bomb on at every given
opportunity to give them width. That’s why we used Gabby out wide.

‘Darren is better with someone up
beside him. If you are playing with one up, Christian gives you a
different option because he can get hold of it. Darren will play games.
We will need everyone but I can understand his frustration.’

Pure effort: Fabian Delph and Tottenham's Raniere Sandro battle for the ball

Pure effort: Fabian Delph and Tottenham's Raniere Sandro battle for the ball

As for Villas-Boas, it is Chelsea
next at White Hart Lane. The Spurs boss didn’t need to explain the
significance of that game, but he had a go anyway.

‘They are a tremendous attacking
force,’ he said. ‘They are surprising everybody. They are dynamic
players, a very youthful side. It’s going to be difficult but we are
showing a good level of competence.

‘We hope to profit from the fact that
we are playing at home against the unbeaten league leaders. When this
stadium rocks, it rocks properly. It’s a very closed environment.

‘We have to raise our intensity. That’s our motivation.’

Yes, Andre, sure it is.

Deadly Doug: Former Villa chairman Ellis in the stands at Newcastle

Deadly Doug: Former Villa chairman Ellis in the stands at Newcastle

Fully focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on the home bench

Fully focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on the home bench

Paul Newman: No 1 priority for Strauss must be his own future

No 1 priority for Strauss must be his own future

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22:00 GMT, 8 August 2012

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 8 August 2012

It is eight years since Andrew Strauss
sat on the England dressing room balcony at Lord’s, long after the
crowds had gone, and excitedly talked to his family on the phone after a
Test debut that was the stuff of dreams.

That image, after he had scored a
century and come close to another against New Zealand, was so striking
it convinced Nasser Hussain that Strauss was the man for the here and
now and promptly retired.

I wonder if Strauss will remember that
when he turns up at Lord’s next week for his 100th Test. He has gone on
since that debut in 2004 to enjoy a distinguished career, not least in
captaining England to Ashes success home and away. But it remains far
from certain that he will end his time by leading them in two more
series against the old enemy.

Debut success: Andrew Strauss

Debut success: Andrew Strauss

The furore involving Kevin
Pietersen may well be playing heavily on Strauss’s mind but at least it
prevents him thinking too much about the uncomfortable truth that South
Africa have been the better side in this series and Graeme Smith has, in
the main, outfought and out-thought his opposite number.

Two
centuries against West Indies earlier this summer eased the pressure
on Strauss but he has yet to reach 50 against South Africa and his
conservative captaincy, based on building pressure until opponents
implode, has looked worryingly ineffective when faced with proper
application and discipline.

That is not to say that Strauss
approaches his significant landmark under particular threat but the fact
that there is still even the remotest question mark over his position
emphasises what a difficult year England have had since they arrived at
the top of the Test world.

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It
was wishful thinking in the extreme for Strauss to say at Leeds that he
hoped the Pietersen saga would not become a distraction in the build-up
to Lord’s. It is going to dominate the next week whether the captain
likes it or not but that should not necessarily be a problem.

At least that will allow the rest of the England players to concentrate on building on their last-day performance at Headingley, when they finally looked more like the best team in the world, without the spotlight focusing on their shortcomings in the bulk of the last two Tests.

It seems certain England will stick to their four-bowler policy and bring back Graeme Swann for either Steven Finn or Tim Bresnan, based on the fact that they have won six of their last seven Tests at Lord’s that way.

Yet there are signs they really should start to look at other options, not least because of long-term question marks over the fitness of Swann, who is integral to the success of England’s Plan A.

Dominating: The focus is on Kevin Pietersen

Dominating: The focus is on Kevin Pietersen

They cannot bank on a result pitch at Lord’s, where groundsman Mick Hunt is not the type to take instructions from the home side kindly, and will be hoping for the cloud cover that can make a difference at headquarters.

I would consider playing five bowlers and batting Matt Prior at six but I advocated that ahead of the Ashes in Australia and England coped perfectly well there with just the four. The 2009 Headingley disaster, when they last went down the five specialist bowlers route, still plays heavily on their minds.

What England need more than anything is for Strauss to reassert himself, lead from the front in a winning cause and then sort out Pietersen’s future one way or the other so England can move on to the hugely difficult series against India this winter.

If that does not happen and South Africa triumph at Lord’s to replace England as No 1, it is not inconceivable that Strauss will become the third England captain to fall on his sword after a home defeat by a side led here by Smith. Maybe he will look at James Taylor, as Hussain did at him, and decide that someone else’s turn has come. It is not just Pietersen’s future that will be on the agenda at Lord’s.

Not a family stand

I really don’t get the Western Terrace — or Western Stand as it is now officially called — at Headingley.

Looking on, thankfully from afar, at the most boisterous stretch of terracing in English cricket, when the high jinks were at their peak last Saturday afternoon, all I could think was how lucky I was not to be in the middle of it.

Usually I envy crowds during Test matches for genuinely being able to enjoy the atmosphere instead of being stuck behind glass, as the media are. But not in Leeds.

I wouldn’t take my family to watch a Test on the Western Terrace if you paid me. Apparently they are going to put a roof on it. Hopefully that will put a lid on the excesses, too.

Boisterous: Jonathan Trott fields in front of the Western Terrace

Boisterous: Jonathan Trott fields in front of the Western Terrace

Will KP pass happiness test

‘I’m going to make some decisions
that make me happy.’ Perhaps that was the most striking thing Kevin
Pietersen said in his dramatic press conference at Headingley.

I really
hope he does. I really hope he doesn’t look back in a year’s time, if he
is not playing for England during the Ashes, and regrets not being more
careful about what he wished for.

He could and should be playing Test
cricket for England, recording 30 centuries and reaching 10,000 runs,
for another four years. Does he really want to turn his back on that
Will that make him happy We will see.

Bumble's final word

This fake Kevin Pietersen Twitter account is clearly an issue with him, but it is so obviously a spoof that he should be able to laugh at it. It’s a compliment and I think it’s hilarious! There’s no malice in it.

As a Twitter veteran I could take somebody to court over what they say to me every day but you have to shrug off that sort of thing. What Kevin should do now is end every interview by saying ‘KP genius’, smiling and walking off.

It would turn it massively to his advantage if he could be seen to be joining in the joke and poking fun at himself. It would get people on his side.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley will bounce back from abuse – Ruta Meilutyte

Daley will bounce back from Twitter abuse to star at Games, says Plymouth pal Ruta

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13:39 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte is sure her friend Tom Daley will bounce back from the abuse he received on Twitter.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested and issued with a harassment warning on Tuesday after the British teenage diver received an abusive message about his late father on the micro-blogging site.

Meilutyte shot to fame this week when she won the women's 100m breaststroke at the age of 15.

Olympians: Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte (right)

Olympians: Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte (right)

Agony: Daley after the men's synchronised 10m platform final

Glory: Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte poses with her gold medal

Agony and ecstasy: Daley and Meilutyte have had mixed Games so far

The Lithuanian, who attends the same training facility as Daley in Plymouth, has been following the diver's progress throughout the Olympics and is sure he will be able to block out the furore when he returns to action next week in the 10-metre individual platform.

'He is strong so those tweets won't mean anything to him,' Meilutyte said.
'There are always horrible people who will comment on things they don't know about. It's just unfortunate.

'I personally only have one parent (Meilutyte's mother died in a car accident 11 years ago) so I am kind of in a similar position to him so he's a big inspiration to me.'

Daley is currently in Southend preparing for his next appearance at the Games on Friday.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez told to forget Patrice Evra and focus on future

Liverpool striker Suarez told to forget Evra and focus on future

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 3 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Brendan Rodgers has urged Luis Suarez
to leave the past behind and channel his energies into helping revive
Liverpool's fortunes.

The Uruguay striker endured a
miserable time at the Olympics, particularly at the Millennium Stadium
on Wednesday when he was booed constantly during his country's 1-0
defeat to Team GB.

Abuse: Luis Suarez

Abuse: Luis Suarez

Suarez, who was embroiled in the major controversy of last season following his race clash with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, vented his frustrations after the game, saying he felt the jeering he received during Uruguay's national anthem showed a lack of respect.

He clearly feels embittered over what happened following his altercation with Evra and Suarez spoke on Uruguayan TV last month about the furore that accompanied his eight-game ban.

Rodgers, however, has been in regular contact with Suarez since taking over as Liverpool boss and he will meet with him again upon his return to the club's Melwood training base next week.

'The first point is that opposition fans only give people stick because they're good players – you don't see bad ones getting it,' said Rodgers.

'Luis probably still feels a little bit of injustice about last season. But for me the message is that we have to move on and we have to move forward.

'What's happened has happened. Let's let it go now, however hard it is. We want to be winning games and doing our best for the football club.'

Row: Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez

Row: Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez

Given how many games Suarez played at the Olympics, Rodgers could feasibly put him straight back into Liverpool's starting line-up when they play the return leg of their Europa League tie against FC Gomel at Anfield next Thursday.

'It will be fantastic to have Luis coming back and he is already fighting fit,' said Rodgers. 'He will have a couple of days off and join up with us after the weekend.

'He's been playing games, so he will already be up to a decent level of fitness, maybe even higher really, because he's had more competitive games. I'm really looking forward to working with him.'

Andy Carroll, meanwhile, is expected to play in a behind-closed-doors match this weekend, even though serious doubts remain over his future at the club.

The 35million striker, who is wanted by Newcastle and West Ham, missed Thursday's trip to Belarus but Rodgers said: 'I didn't want senior players going to Belarus if they were not going to play. Andy stayed at home to work on his condition.'