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Paul Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in American rehab clinic

Gazza flies back for 'one last chance': England legend Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in rehab clinic

By
Emma Clark, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne thought he was going to die during his latest stretch in rehab to beat alcohol addiction, it has been reported.

The ex-England and Newcastle player returned to Britain on Saturday after more than a month at the clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, during which he was treated in intensive care.

Doctors said it was the worst detox they had ever seen when the shock of giving up alcohol sent his body into seizure, Gascoigne told The Sun on Sunday.

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

He said: 'Three doctors didn't think I would make it.

'It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again.

'I've come through that – death. I was dead.'

He added: “I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck.'

The 45-year-old said he woke up in
intensive care strapped to the bed to stop tubes from falling out of his
arms and was repeatedly injected.

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Gascoigne, who also played for Lazio
and Tottenham, said he feels grateful to be alive and is determined to
stay away from alcohol.

His latest stint in rehab was
organised by talkSPORT presenter and former England cricketer Ronnie
Irani and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, a long-term friend of
Gascoigne.

The move came following a charity
appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and
shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room
full of fans.

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

The world of football has shown its
concern at the latest troubled period in the life of Gascoigne, one of
England's most naturally gifted players ever.

Gascoigne, who has spoken about alcoholism problems in the past, was sectioned five years ago under the Mental Health Act.

John Terry makes Chelsea return and gives away a penalty

Terry makes top flight return after two month absence… and concedes a penalty!

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:44 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 January 2013

Chelsea captain John Terry made his return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday afternoon against Stoke.

It wasn't quite the return he would have envisaged, his foul on Jon Walters seeing the Potters awarded a late penalty.

On other days this may have been disastrous for Chelsea, but thanks to two Walters' own goals, a Frank Lampard spot kick and an Eden Hazard belter, the Blues were already 4-0 up.

Back to business: John Terry enters the fray with 10 minutes to go against Stoke

Back to business: John Terry enters the fray with 10 minutes to go against Stoke

Leader: Terry takes the armband from Juan Mata and resumed his role as Chelsea skipper

Leader: Terry takes the armband from Juan Mata and resumed his role as Chelsea skipper

Not making amends: Walters smashed his penalty high over the bar to compound a terrible afternoon

Not making amends: Walters smashed his penalty high over the bar to compound a terrible afternoon

Regardless, Walters saved Terry's blushes anyway by thumping the spot kick over the bar.

Terry was brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata in the 79th minute and instantly took the armband, ignoring the now-traditional abuse from the opposition fans.

The skipper's return capped a superb afternoon for Rafa Benitez, who has not been able to deploy the defender during his time as interim Chelsea manager because of a knee injury.

Terry sustained the problem after a clash
with Liverpool's Luis Suarez on November 11 and although initially he
seemed set for a quick return, only appeared on Thursday night the the
Chelsea U21s.

Benitez said: 'I was trying to give
him some minutes to see how he was. I watched him in the reserve team
but this is totally different, so we played five at the back and tried
to protect him a bit.

'We will see how he trains and if he has no problems, it is a question of fitness now.'

Terry's team-mate for club and
country, Gary Cahill, missed the game against Stoke because his partner
was giving birth to his son.

Benitez
explained: 'We had trained with Cahill but he had to go. The baby is
fine and they are happy, and we are happy, so everything is going well.'

David Luiz retreated from the midfield
position he has been deployed in of late and impressed at the back, with
Lampard stepping in alongside Ramires in the centre.

Warm up: Terry has been out since November

Rafa Benitez has not been able to call on the defender

At long last: Rafa Benitez (right) had not been able to use Terry so far during his time at Chelsea

Terry will now be aiming to start in Chelsea's match on Wednesday at home against Southampton, but the manager admitted he would have to monitor his fitness.

Benitez will be delighted with his
side's show of strength, seeing as no side had been able to turn Stoke
over at the Britannia since February last year.

After
a pitiful defeat against Swansea in midweek in the first leg of his
side's Capital One Cup semi-final stoking the ire of Chelsea supporters,
Benitez needed a result today.

He dropped striker Fernando Torres
after he was booed off against Swansea, but introduced him in place of
Demba Ba with 20 minutes to go.

Benitez
was encouraged and said: 'The attitude of Torres pleased me. He is
fighting for his position, so we had a lot of positives.'

Bench boy: Fernando Torres (centre), sitting alongside Terry, was dropped after a poor midweek showing

Bench boy: Fernando Torres (centre), sitting alongside Terry, was dropped after a poor midweek showing

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was obviously far less happy with proceedings at the Britannia.

'The second goal killed us. The goals we conceded were poor and I'm disappointed with the penalty, Mata's legs collapse and I think it's a soft penalty, but it was a wonder goal from Hazard. I don't think that was a 4-0 today.

'We're disappointed,' he said. 'It just didn't go for us. The referee gives a penalty at 1-0 and it was offside, it was a good call, but if that goes for you it's one each and we have the impetus.

'We didn't deserve to be losing at half-time and until the second goal I felt we were the better team, although Chelsea have some fantastic players.'

England v South Africa: Graeme Smith confident he will fly home for birth of first child

Celebrations all the way for Smith as South Africa skipper aims to fly home for birth of first child

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 21 July 2012

Graeme Smith was confident that he will fly home for the expected birth of his first child on Tuesday with victory achieved in the first Test.

South Africa’s captain was overjoyed by his ‘dream’ performance of scoring a hundred in his 100th Test and expects his bowlers to have the chance to begin a demolition job against England late today.

After his 9hr 9min at the crease, he said: ‘It was a dream. At one time, when Graeme Swann was spinning the ball, it looked a long way away. But once I fought through those tough times it became a reality. When I got to a hundred, so many emotions were flying through me, knowing my wife is giving birth in three days.

Flying visit: Smith acknowledges the crowd after his dismissal - and he hopes to return home for the birth of his first child

Flying visit: Smith acknowledges the crowd after his dismissal – and he hopes to return home for the birth of his first child

‘Our biggest achievement in this Test is how we bounced back with the ball.

‘But England are No 1 in the world and we have to respect that. We are positive and we do want to push for victory.’

Amir Khan: Lamont Peterson was juiced up and could have seriously damaged me

Amir Khan exclusive: Peterson was juiced up and could have seriously damaged me

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UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 11 May 2012

Amir Khan flies home to Bolton on Saturday giving thanks that he was neither killed nor maimed in what has become one of the most controversial fights in boxing history.

As even this hard old game recoiled in disgust from the sinister scale of Lamont Peterson's drugs cheating, Khan had this to say of the man who robbed him of his world titles: 'He could have destroyed my life.'

When I informed him that Peterson had a pellet of a synthetic steroid implanted in his hip before their December fight in Washington, Khan modified his initial response to the positive doping test which has forced the cancellation of next Saturday's grudge rematch in Las Vegas.

It's off: Sportsmail's chief boxing reporter Jeff Powell caught up with Amir Khan

It's off: Sportsmail's chief boxing reporter Jeff Powell caught up with Amir Khan

'My first reaction was to say I would fight him anyway,' he said. 'Not that my father or my team would have let me, but I have put so much work into getting into the best shape I've ever been 10 days before a fight that I just wanted to go ahead and beat him no matter what he was taking. But I also felt terrible for all my fans back home who had saved up and spent good money on booking their trips to Vegas.

'Now I realise the danger I was in at the original fight. Peterson could have seriously damaged me. He could also have destroyed his own life. Because he was juiced up he took more punishment than was good for him and I don't think he's ever going to recover fully from an eye injury he sustained that night.

'He just wanted to win no matter what it took. And all he's done is ruined himself. He would have made a life-changing $1.6million from this fight. Now he's getting nothing – and I think he's finished at 28.

Vindicated: Khan claims he is in the best shape of his professional boxing career

Vindicated: Khan claims he is in the best shape of his professional boxing career

'I certainly hope he is punished hard. He had no respect for me as a fellow fighter, for himself or for boxing.'

As we spoke here in Hollywood's fabled Wild Card gym, his trainer Freddie Roach recalled how Peterson's trainer, Barry Hunter, had taken in Lamont and his brothers as homeless waifs from the Washington streets and turned them into professional boxers.

Busted: Peterson failed a drugs test

Busted: Peterson failed a drugs test

Roach said: 'I used to have great respect for Hunter and sympathy for that story – but that's gone. If this boy had not been caught he might have killed Amir next week, or the next guy he fought.'

Khan's father, Shah, confirmed he would have forbidden his son to fight if Golden Boy Promotions and the Nevada State Athletic Commission had not decided to call off the fight, despite the economic cost.

The HBO television network here estimate their losses at more than $1m, while Golden Boy are out of pocket by more than $250,000.

The upside for Khan is that his insistence that he was cheated in Washington is now completely vindicated. The deduction of two points by the hometown referee for the minor offence of pushing and the apparent interfering with the scoring of the ringside judges by the mystery 'man in the hat' have been part of the suspicious narrative from the start. Now the pellet in the hip and even a disappearing urine sample are part of the case.

Khan explained: 'We both took a drugs test at the end but some guy just walked off into the night holding Peterson's sample and it's not been seen again.'

His father added: 'Now, at last, we know the full story of that fight and everything that was wrong.'

Khan took some criticism for complaining about the defeat which cost him his WBA and IBF world light-welterweight titles. He has his answer now: 'I had to make an issue of it because people thought I had lost fair and square, while I just knew something was wrong. In a way I'm glad the truth has come out and people can see that I was cheated.

'If this boy had not been caught he might have killed Amir next week, or the next boy he fought'Khan's trainer Freddie Roach

'Everyone wondered why I couldn't back Peterson up and had to push him off. Now we know the answer. He was stronger than he'd ever been because of the drugs. He went flat out for the whole fight and was hitting just as hard in the last round as the first. It didn't make sense. He's not that kind of fighter. I caught him with a lot of big shots but he just kept coming. Had he been clean I would have knocked him out, probably in the ninth when I had him rocking.'

That dodgy defeat is certain to be expunged from Khan's record, probably with the fight re-assessed as a no-contest. The likelihood is that the two championships will be declared vacant, with Khan nominated to fight the new No 1 contender Danny Garcia, the recent conqueror of veteran Mexican legend Erik Morales.

Khan says: 'I'd rather be given back the belts which were taken from me unfairly, then go into the ring as the champion rather than fight for vacant titles. I'm asking my team to put that to the WBA and IBF. But I'll beat Garcia either way.'

Fighting his corner: Khan speaks to his coach Freddie Roach

Fighting his corner: Khan speaks to his coach Freddie Roach

Roach agrees: 'If it's Garcia, Amir will be too fast and hard-punching for him. Whoever it is, we'll do this one more fight and then go up to welterweight to look for Floyd Mayweather. I see Floyd's legs beginning to go (at 35) and him slowing up a little. If we get him as early as December, Amir can beat him.

'The Washington fight is now in its proper perspective. In all the tapes of Peterson we had never seen him fight the way he did that night. I thought it was unreal… and it was.'

Peterson was trapped by an unannounced random dope test at the March press conference called to announce the rematch.

Khan says: 'Knowing what we know now I think he knew he'd been caught. They tested me, too. four times for this fight. But I had nothing to hide.'

Khan will return to action, probably in Las Vegas on June 30… vowing to tidy up the light-welter title mess left by Peterson.

Amir Khan: Carl Peterson was juiced up and could have seriously damaged me

Amir Khan exclusive: Peterson was juiced up and could have seriously damaged me

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 11 May 2012

Amir Khan flies home to Bolton on Saturday giving thanks that he was neither killed nor maimed in what has become one of the most controversial fights in boxing history.

As even this hard old game recoiled in disgust from the sinister scale of Lamont Peterson's drugs cheating, Khan had this to say of the man who robbed him of his world titles: 'He could have destroyed my life.'

When I informed him that Peterson had a pellet of a synthetic steroid implanted in his hip before their December fight in Washington, Khan modified his initial response to the positive doping test which has forced the cancellation of next Saturday's grudge rematch in Las Vegas.

It's off: Sportsmail's chief boxing reporter Jeff Powell caught up with Amir Khan

It's off: Sportsmail's chief boxing reporter Jeff Powell caught up with Amir Khan

'My first reaction was to say I would fight him anyway,' he said. 'Not that my father or my team would have let me, but I have put so much work into getting into the best shape I've ever been 10 days before a fight that I just wanted to go ahead and beat him no matter what he was taking. But I also felt terrible for all my fans back home who had saved up and spent good money on booking their trips to Vegas.

'Now I realise the danger I was in at the original fight. Peterson could have seriously damaged me. He could also have destroyed his own life. Because he was juiced up he took more punishment than was good for him and I don't think he's ever going to recover fully from an eye injury he sustained that night.

'He just wanted to win no matter what it took. And all he's done is ruined himself. He would have made a life-changing $1.6million from this fight. Now he's getting nothing – and I think he's finished at 28.

Vindicated: Khan claims he is in the best shape of his professional boxing career

Vindicated: Khan claims he is in the best shape of his professional boxing career

'I certainly hope he is punished hard. He had no respect for me as a fellow fighter, for himself or for boxing.'

As we spoke here in Hollywood's fabled Wild Card gym, his trainer Freddie Roach recalled how Peterson's trainer, Barry Hunter, had taken in Lamont and his brothers as homeless waifs from the Washington streets and turned them into professional boxers.

Busted: Peterson failed a drugs test

Busted: Peterson failed a drugs test

Roach said: 'I used to have great respect for Hunter and sympathy for that story – but that's gone. If this boy had not been caught he might have killed Amir next week, or the next guy he fought.'

Khan's father, Shah, confirmed he would have forbidden his son to fight if Golden Boy Promotions and the Nevada State Athletic Commission had not decided to call off the fight, despite the economic cost.

The HBO television network here estimate their losses at more than $1m, while Golden Boy are out of pocket by more than $250,000.

The upside for Khan is that his insistence that he was cheated in Washington is now completely vindicated. The deduction of two points by the hometown referee for the minor offence of pushing and the apparent interfering with the scoring of the ringside judges by the mystery 'man in the hat' have been part of the suspicious narrative from the start. Now the pellet in the hip and even a disappearing urine sample are part of the case.

Khan explained: 'We both took a drugs test at the end but some guy just walked off into the night holding Peterson's sample and it's not been seen again.'

His father added: 'Now, at last, we know the full story of that fight and everything that was wrong.'

Khan took some criticism for complaining about the defeat which cost him his WBA and IBF world light-welterweight titles. He has his answer now: 'I had to make an issue of it because people thought I had lost fair and square, while I just knew something was wrong. In a way I'm glad the truth has come out and people can see that I was cheated.

'If this boy had not been caught he might have killed Amir next week, or the next boy he fought'Khan's trainer Freddie Roach

'Everyone wondered why I couldn't back Peterson up and had to push him off. Now we know the answer. He was stronger than he'd ever been because of the drugs. He went flat out for the whole fight and was hitting just as hard in the last round as the first. It didn't make sense. He's not that kind of fighter. I caught him with a lot of big shots but he just kept coming. Had he been clean I would have knocked him out, probably in the ninth when I had him rocking.'

That dodgy defeat is certain to be expunged from Khan's record, probably with the fight re-assessed as a no-contest. The likelihood is that the two championships will be declared vacant, with Khan nominated to fight the new No 1 contender Danny Garcia, the recent conqueror of veteran Mexican legend Erik Morales.

Khan says: 'I'd rather be given back the belts which were taken from me unfairly, then go into the ring as the champion rather than fight for vacant titles. I'm asking my team to put that to the WBA and IBF. But I'll beat Garcia either way.'

Fighting his corner: Khan speaks to his coach Freddie Roach

Fighting his corner: Khan speaks to his coach Freddie Roach

Roach agrees: 'If it's Garcia, Amir will be too fast and hard-punching for him. Whoever it is, we'll do this one more fight and then go up to welterweight to look for Floyd Mayweather. I see Floyd's legs beginning to go (at 35) and him slowing up a little. If we get him as early as December, Amir can beat him.

'The Washington fight is now in its proper perspective. In all the tapes of Peterson we had never seen him fight the way he did that night. I thought it was unreal… and it was.'

Peterson was trapped by an unannounced random dope test at the March press conference called to announce the rematch.

Khan says: 'Knowing what we know now I think he knew he'd been caught. They tested me, too. four times for this fight. But I had nothing to hide.'

Khan will return to action, probably in Las Vegas on June 30… vowing to tidy up the light-welter title mess left by Peterson.