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Which football star wants to play club cricket when he retires?

From Blues to whites: Everton skipper Neville wants to play club cricket when he retires from football

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Phil Gradwell

PUBLISHED:

13:11 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 14 March 2013

Retirement will be a whole new ball game for Everton captain Phil Neville, who says he wants to spend his post-football days playing club cricket.

Neville, 36, may have won 59 England caps, have six Premier League titles to his name and be leading out an established top-flight side but he is relishing the thought of swapping his blue shirt for his whites.

That may not be for a few years yet but the defender – who played alongside Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up and was a good enough cricketer to play for the county's second XI aged 15 – said when his football career is up he will join Bury-based local-league club Greenmount, for whom he played as a junior.

Is that a wide Phil Neville looks as if he is getting into the cricket a bit early during Everton's FA Cup defeat by Wigan

Is that a wide Phil Neville looks as if he is getting into the cricket a bit early during Everton's FA Cup defeat by Wigan

Different kind of whites: Neville played 59 times for England

Different kind of whites: Neville played 59 times for England

WHO ARE GREENMOUNT CC

Greenmount Cricket Club, founded in 1867 (as far as records can establish) are based in Bury, Greater Manchester and play in the Bolton League.

In 2011 they won a treble of the Bolton League, the Lancashire Knock Out and the Hamer Cup.

They have had many famous overseas players including Australians Mark Taylor and Matthew Hayden and West Indian Franklyn Stephenson.

The much more English Neville Neville, father of Phil and Gary, also played for the club.

Neville told the Bolton News: 'One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends.

'That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love.

'People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love.'

Neville was speaking as an ambassador
at the launch of ‘The Lancashire Way’ – an inclusive cricket initiative
launched by Lancashire CCC.

He
added: 'To get the chance at my stage in my life to get back involved
with Lancashire is great because I love going to Old
Trafford to watch.'

Team-mates: Neville played with a young Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up

Team-mates: Neville played with a young Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up

Advice: Everton captain Phil Neville chats to England women's cricketer Lydia Greenway at Lancashire's Old Trafford ground

Advice: Everton captain Phil Neville chats to England women's cricketer Lydia Greenway at Lancashire's Old Trafford ground

Alastair Cook praises whole England team after third Test victory over India

Cook aiming for 3-1 series win after seeing England claim second Test by seven wickets

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07:38 GMT, 9 December 2012

Alastair Cook set his sights on a historic 3-1 series triumph this week in Nagpur after England took less than an hour to wrap up a seven-wicket win on the final morning of the third Test at Eden Gardens.

A 2-1 victory would be epoch-making in its own right, for England have not won a series in India since David Gower’s side did so by the same margin in 1984-85.

But no visiting team has ever won three Tests in India in a series of shorter than five matches. And Cook is acutely aware of the danger of heading to the City of Oranges only to slip up on a banana skin.

All together: Alastair Cook praised England's all round team performance

All together: Alastair Cook praised England's all round team performance

'Without a doubt we will go into
Nagpur aiming to win,’ he said. ‘Clearly, I would take the draw now if
someone offered it. But you can’t go into a game with that mentality.

'We have to go in the same as these
last two games and produce the goods again. We can do something very
special but it takes a lot of hard work to do it over here.’

The turnaround in this series has been one of the stories of a sporting year already overflowing with them.

Hammered in the first Test at
Ahmedabad, England were ridiculed for another dismal display –
especially in the first innings – against spin. But Cook’s
second-innings century there was the first of three for England’s new
captain in what has turned out to be a run-glut to match his performance
in the 2010-11 Ashes.

Making the breakthrough: Graeme Swann took England's first wicket after lunch on Saturday

Making the breakthrough: Graeme Swann took England's first wicket after lunch on Saturday

Of the eight overseas batsmen to have
scored more in a series in India than his 548 (average: 109), only one –
Australia’s Matthew Hayden – played in as few as three Tests. The other
seven played in five or more.

Modestly, Cook preferred to spread
the praise for England’s comeback. ‘It’s been down to a lot of hard
work,’ he said. ‘We have taken what we have been doing in the nets out
in to the middle, and are starting to perform close to our potential.
That’s what has really happened.

'In this game our bowlers have been
outstanding. To restrict them to 300 on that wicket was a great effort
and yesterday, when they were 80-odd for 0, to put in a session like we
did was highly skilled bowling.’

Finishing up: Jimmy Anderson took the final wicket of the India innings early on Sunday morning

Finishing up: Jimmy Anderson took the final wicket of the India innings early on Sunday morning

After months of obfuscation and
denial from the England camp, Cook was finally able to admit – from a
position of strength – that the batsmen had been hampered by their
Achilles heel.

'The first thing,’ he said, ‘was the
realisation of the problem against playing spin. It probably wasn’t as
big as everyone made out, but I think all of us as a batting unit had to
look at our technique against spin and work out a method which suits
each individual player. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we’re
now starting to get a few results from it.

'We just spoke about batting long
periods of time pretty much. There are not many people in world cricket
who come to India and can dominate bowling the whole day. Kev obviously
did it in Mumbai with a great innings, but that’s not the norm.

'The norm is you have to accumulate
and be prepared to bat the whole day or as long as you can. It has been a
really good tour for that but unfortunately we can’t keep patting
ourselves on the back now. It’s not the time to do it. We’ve got
another challenge very quickly round the corner so we’re going to have
to recover well and go into that test match believing we can win again.’

If they do, Cook will be hailed as a miracle worker. And the troubles of a difficult year will almost be forgotten.

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NextGen series: Arsenal through to last 16

Arsenal progress through to NextGen last 16 after winning six goal thriller against Bilbao

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00:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsenal's youngsters put on a sublime display to win 4-2 against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening and advance through to the last 16 of the NextGen series.

In a must-win game for the hosts, the Gunners got off to the perfect start with Jon Toral heading home from close range to make it 1-0 after seven minutes. Athletic struck back almost immediately from the penalty spot through Ager Aqueche, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

NEXTGEN SERIES

Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are also taking part in the competition. For a full review of the groups click here

Quickfire second-half goals from Zak
Ansah, Isaac Hayden and John Toral put Arsenal into a commanding lead
before Athletic grabbed a consolation goal late on.

Bilbao remain in second place in Group
6 with a game left to play against Olympiacos next week. Should they
avoid defeat against the Greeks they will advance through to the last 16
of the tournament as group winners.

Valentino Rossi set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

Rossi set for Yamaha reunion as MotoGP legend calls time on Ducati stint

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11:50 GMT, 10 August 2012

Valentino Rossi is expected to rejoin Yamaha after Ducati confirmed they were parting company with the Italian at the end of this year.

Since leaving Yamaha at the end of 2010, after winning four of his six MotoGP titles with the team over a seven-year period, Rossi has struggled at Ducati.

The all-Italian partnership has been unable to shine, with the 33-year-old failing to win a race and only stepping on to the podium twice in 27 grands prix overall.

On the move: Rossi is set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

On the move: Rossi is set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

A statement from Ducati read: 'As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

'Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.

Off track: Rossi has struggled with Ducati

Off track: Rossi has struggled at Ducati

'Racing has always been in Ducati's DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company's product development and image. Audi shares Ducati's strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

'Therefore, having recently renewed its agreement with American Nicky Hayden, Ducati is in the process of finalising the team that will take part in the 2013 world championship, confident that its team and bike will be capable of competing at the highest level.'

It is understood Yamaha are to shortly confirm the arrival of Rossi, who has seven world titles overall to his name.

Casey Stoner crashes on German MotoGP last lap

Slack Stoner hands title advantage to Lorenzo after last lap sip in Germany

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14:47 GMT, 8 July 2012

Casey Stoner handed the initiative in the MotoGP championship to Jorge Lorenzo, crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring as his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa claimed his first win of the season.

The defending champion looked to have second place wrapped up and was pushing for the lead when he slid off the track with only a handful of corners to go.

Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) came through to take second instead and establish a 14-point lead at the top of the standings, with Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the podium.

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Stoner dropped 20 points off the pace in the championship, with Pedrosa moving ahead of him into second spot.

Australian Stoner started the race on pole, but Pedrosa, starting from third, passed his team-mate to lead going into turn one.

Stoner soon hit the front again, though, and the pair continued to battle for the lead, while Ben Spies, who started from second on the grid, ran wide to let his team-mate Lorenzo into third place.

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

The Repsol Honda pair pulled further clear from the Spaniard as he tried to chase them down, but their thrilling neck-and-neck battle for the lead proved costly for Stoner as he crashed out.

Lorenzo, who had been well clear in third, followed Pedrosa home, while Dovizioso, who had made it past Spies, was next across the line.

Spies was fourth, with Stefan Bradl fifth, Valentino Rossi sixth and Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden completing the top 10.

Lorenzo and Stoner went into the weekend tied for the championship lead after the Spaniard was taken out at the first corner at Assen last weekend and the Australian won.

And the Yamaha rider was grateful for the turnaround in fortunes.

He told BBC Sport: 'Things can change completely in two races. At Assen we have zero points and were very disappointed but then we have luck from Casey's crash today.

'I would have been happy to finish third as the bike was not so good, but we were lucky.'

MotoGP Casey Stoner grabs pole for German Grand Prix

Stoner holds his nerve to grab pole from Spies for German Grand Prix

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16:06 GMT, 7 July 2012

World champion Casey Stoner mastered a drying track to take pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

The Australian took top spot with a
best time of one minute 31.796 seconds late in the session, which had
earlier been hit by heavy rainfall.

Slick: Casey Stoner

Slick: Casey Stoner

The Honda rider's late effort was enough to dislodge the Yamaha of Ben Spies from pole, the American forced to settle for second, around two tenths of a second slower.

Stoner's team-mate Dani Pedrosa took third place in 1min 32.081secs.

Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow leads the way on row two, the Briton one place ahead of the second Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo, who is tied for the championship lead with Stoner on 140 points.

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

LCR Honda's German rider Stefan Bradl will start sixth, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Aspar's Aleix Espargaro.

The difficult conditions caught out a number of riders, with Michele Pirro, Danilo Petrucci, Mattia Pasini and Hector Barbera all crashing, although none sustained serious injury.

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Portsmouth problems – club stand on the brink

Welcome to Portsmouth: They've got no goalkeeper, 10 players… and they're all up for sale

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06:54 GMT, 6 July 2012

When Tal Ben Haim signs in for pre-season training at Portsmouth on Monday, he will set a record for a player in League One.

Earning 36,000 a week, plus an image rights contract worth a staggering 1million a year, the defender is about to become the highest paid player in the third tier of English football.

It is nothing Portsmouth can be proud of, just another damning statistic that continues to numb the brain of the club’s administrator Trevor Birch.

Record breaker: Tal Ben Haim is still being paid 36,000 a week

Record breaker: Tal Ben Haim is still being paid 36,000 a week

Portsmouth have a wage bill that will blow the mind of anyone familiar with League One finances, an 11m-a-year commitment that continues to freak out prospective owner Balram Chainrai.

The 10 highly paid members of Michael Appleton’s squad will drift into their shabby Eastleigh training centre on Monday.

Their first fixture of the season, a Capital One Cup tie at Plymouth, is just five weeks away, and their opening league game is a derby against Bournemouth at Fratton Park on August 18.

Appleton, Portsmouth’s manager throughout the latest crisis to grip the south coast club, has no idea whether he will even be able to field a team. He does not have much to work with. Portsmouth have no goalkeeper, just three defenders, three midfielders and four strikers left.

Uncertain future: Portsmouth will begin the season in League One with a shortage of money and players

Uncertain future: Portsmouth will begin the season in League One with a shortage of money and players

Kanu, twice a Premier League winner with Arsenal, a Champions League winner with Ajax and an FA Cup hero at Fratton Park, has a year left on a contract worth 10,000 a week. Amazingly, he is still only 35.

The other high-earning players, Aaron Mokoena, Greg Halford, Liam Lawrence, Hayden Mullins, David Norris, Erik Huseklepp, Luke Varney and Dave Kitson, are also scheduled to report for training. They are there to fulfil their contractual obligations, but Birch, an honourable and dignified man, must move them on if Portsmouth are to somehow escape the end game.

‘For the club to survive, we have to sell them,’ admitted Birch. ‘They are on wages that are unsustainable at League One level. They are all for sale. We have already made some savings, but it isn’t enough to save the football club.’

Birch is obliged to cut Portsmouth’s catastrophic wage bill, a legacy from an era when they broke the bank in the Premier League with salaries running at 120 per cent of turnover.

Former players, such as Michael Brown, Richard Hughes, Aruna Dindane, Benjani, David Nugent, Hassan Yebda, Ricardo Rocha and David James, are all owed substantial sums of money.

Stripping assets: Trevor Birch has the unenviable task of selling Portsmouth's players

Stripping assets: Trevor Birch has the unenviable task of selling Portsmouth's players

Along with Ben Haim, they are entitled to be paid in full, according to the terms of their contracts under the archaic football creditors’ rule.

Portsmouth’s future depends on them reaching a settlement and Hughes, an ex-professional who is well respected at the club, is the intermediary.

‘We are negotiating with the players, but so much depends on whether an agreement can be reached,’ said Birch. ‘Various proposals have been put forward. The sums of money are so vast that it complicates the matter and the players can always fall back on the football creditors ruling, which means they must get paid.’

Naturally some are more willing to negotiate than others, but Hughes, to his credit, wants to find an equitable solution that will reflect well on the players and the club.

The future of Portsmouth could depend on it and new owner Chainrai has indicated as much. The Hong Kong-based businessman wants to recover the 19m he claims he is owed from his previous complicated ownership of the club, a legacy of Ali al-Faraj’s disastrous involvement in 2010.

Debt: Balram Chainrai is owed 19m

Debt: Balram Chainrai is owed 19m

Two years on, Portsmouth are back in administration and Chainrai has made it clear he will not be pouring money into the club to take them back into the Premier League. On June 25 the club’s creditors agreed to the company voluntary agreement, a paltry two pence return to the pound, that could eventually take the club out of administration.

There is a rival offer from Portsmouth’s
Supporters Trust, mobilised when the club was plunged back into
administration last November. They are supported by 1,000 pledges from
fans and are putting together a package that is designed to keep
Portsmouth in the Football League.

Scott Mclachlan, a PST spokesman, said: ‘We do not want to start again unless the club is liquidated. It is all about saving a club with its 114-year history.’

They are also in the hands of the Football League board, a group comprising eight people who will soon determine Portsmouth’s fate. Without their support, the next stop will be the Blue Square Bet South.

England v Australia – third ODI, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v Australia – Follow the score from the third ODI at Edgbaston

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England take on Australia at Edgbaston in the third one-day international in the five-match series.

Alastair Cook's side lead the series 2-0 and know if they beat the Aussies 5-0 they will go to the top of the ODI rankings.

This isn't an Ahses series, but with so much at stake they two teams are giving it their all to win, and England have been much the better of the two sides so far.

Convincing victories at Lord's and The Oval have come before this contest in the West Midlands where the hosts can secure an unassailable lead before they look towards completing a whitewash.

But England's biggest opponent today could be the inclement weather.

Rain is forecast for much of the day to pour water on the hosts' No 1 ambitions.

**TEAMS AND NEWS OF THE TOSS TO FOLLOW**

VIDEO: Jones v Hayden – The Aussie's last ODI visit to Edgbaston

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

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15:56 GMT, 30 June 2012

Casey Stoner drew level with Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP title race after winning the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.

Lorenzo saw his 25-point championship lead wiped out by Stoner after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista on the first corner of the race.

Stoner started from pole position and held off his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming third place after overtaking Ben Spies on the final lap.

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

The Australian drew level with Lorenzo on 140 points in the MotoGP title standings with Pedrosa third on 121 and Britain's Cal Crutchlow fourth with 77.

Crutchlow, racing two weeks after breaking his ankle, was hampered by the early crash and dropped back to 15th place but he recovered well to finish fifth.

Stoner told BBC Sport after his third win of the season: 'I didn't see that Lorenzo had crashed as I was focused on the fight at the front but what a difference a day makes.

'I had a big crash in practice on Friday but we managed to pull through for the race. Today has worked out perfectly for me.'

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Lorenzo was left furious with Bautista for the collision, an incident which has been placed under investigation by race officials.

Stoner later Tweeted: 'I feel sorry for @lorenzo99 he doesn't deserve that to happen and I don't want points that way. Thanks for everyone's support today!!'

The two Honda riders dominated the race and Stoner took the lead from Pedrosa with 10 laps remaining.

Some of the most exciting action came from watching Crutchlow pick his way through the field and then battle past Hector Barbera, Valentino Rossi and then Nicky Hayden to finish a creditable fifth.

Dovizioso caught up with Spies with three laps remaining and the pair were involved a thrilling tussle for the final podium position.

Dovizioso made his move heading into turn one of the final lap and then held his advantage to claim third place.

Southampton v Reading: Hayden Mullins set for promotion AND relegation

Up and down Mullins set for promotion AND relegation with Reading and Pompey

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10:20 GMT, 13 April 2012

Hayden Mullins is set to land an unusual double: getting both promoted AND relegated from the Championship in one season.

Mullins, 33, is on loan at promotion-chasing Reading, who head to Southampton on Friday night for what looks like a title-deciding clash.

But the midfielder's cash-strapped parent club, Portsmouth, are on the brink of relegation to League One following a points deduction earlier this season for entering administration.

Hometown glory: Hayden Mullins (left) is set for promotion with Reading

Hometown glory: Hayden Mullins (left) is set for promotion with Reading

Pompey look a lost cause, trailing fourth-bottom Bristol City by nine points with four games to go, and would be relegated this weekend should they lose at Doncaster while the Robins pick up a point at Birmingham.

But the Royals need just seven points from their last four games to join the elite in the Barclays Premier League.

Mullins is set to make his fifth appearance for his home-town club on Friday, but is ready for a red-hot reception at Portsmouth's fierce rivals.

He said: 'I expect I will get a few boos, being a Portsmouth player.

Sinking fast: Portsmouth are on the brink of dropping into League One

Sinking fast: Portsmouth are on the brink of dropping into League One

'If Reading do go up and Portsmouth go down, it will be bittersweet as I have spent most of my season at Pompey. I am willing them to win as much as I am Reading.'

Meanwhile, Reading defender Ian Harte is hoping a win at Southampton can secure him another shot at the big time. The former Leeds ace, 34, is out of contract this summer.

He said: 'It could be the sweetest success in my career if we go up, given my age.

'I'm just fighting to do my best for Reading and, please God, I'll get another year here.'