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Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn sure they won"t roll over against Chelsea

Bunn fight! Norwich stopper sure his side won't roll over against rampant Chelsea

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Mark Bunn's declaration of intent against Chelsea could come back to haunt him on Boxing Day.

The stand-in Norwich goalkeeper has been outstanding since replacing the injured John Ruddy, who is out for three months with a torn thigh muscle.

Chelsea, however, are enjoying a rich vein of scoring form and fired eight past Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan on Sunday.

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

But Bunn, 28, insisted: 'I'm really looking forward to it because these are the sort of games where you can really make a name for yourself. As a goalkeeper, you know you are going to be busy so you have the chance to put in a big performance.

'John's injury was unfortunate for him, but it was fortunate for me because it gave me a chance and I’m determined to take it. I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and I want to make sure I stay in the team — even when John’s fit again.'

Norwich’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an end at West Brom on Saturday, but Bunn is convinced that Barclays Premier League rivals are taking Chris Hughton’s side seriously.

'I think a lot of teams probably saw playing against Norwich as an easy win,' added Bunn. 'But I think those teams are starting to get a bit more worried now when they play us. Because of that unbeaten run, I think people are sitting up and taking a lot more notice of us now.'

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Former Blackburn back-up Bunn has also targeted a place in the Republic of Ireland squad in the New Year.

'I’ve spoken to them about it and hopefully I might be involved in the squad very soon. I qualify through my dad and grandmother. We have a lot of family in Ireland so there’s a big connection,’ said the Londoner.

'The retirement of Shay Given has given me a chance now and it would be a massive honour for me, a dream come true.'

Lawrence Booth: England were dominant but India took their eye off the ball

Lawrence Booth: England were dominant but India took their eye off the ball

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10:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

In the end, it was easy. If you’d told England supporters after the first-innings debacles at Ahmedabad with ball and bat that their team could afford to block out the final five sessions of the fourth Test to make sure of a series win for the annals, they would have asked what you were on and where they could get some.

But in providing the ballast for England’s series-clinching 352 for 4, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell – the two centurions from Warwickshire – merely underlined the momentum shift that has played itself out over the past few weeks.

Dominant at Ahmedabad, India got cocky. MS Dhoni started asking for pitches designed for the sole purpose of humiliating England and wreaking revenge for 2011. They did what no cricketer should ever do: they took their eye off the ball.

Leading from the front: England captain Alastair Cook was dominant with the bat

Leading from the front: England captain Alastair Cook was dominant with the bat

England, meanwhile, were fortified by events in the second half of the first Test. Alastair Cook, a colossus in this series until he was defeated in Nagpur by negative bowling, a duffer of a pitch and the umpiring of Kumar Dharmasena, made 176 and Matt Prior 91. India’s spinners, it turned out, were no Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman or Rangana Herath.

It helped that England picked the right team in Mumbai. In came Monty Panesar for Tim Bresnan, and a pitch of pace and bounce played right into their hands – for the inclusion of Panesar, with his extra pace, meant England now possessed the superior spin attack.

In a spin: England's spin bowlers of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar out performed the Indian spinners

In a spin: England's spin bowlers of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar out performed the Indian spinners

It helped that Kevin Pietersen had a post-reintegration point to prove. For attacking intent, only Virender Sehwag’s opening-day century at Ahmedabad could even begin to live with Pietersen’s 186 at the Wankhede.

Batting for glory: Jonathan Trott was able to bat for the majority of the final day to see England home to the draw they needed in the final Test

Batting for glory: Jonathan Trott was able to bat for the majority of the final day to see England home to the draw they needed in the final Test

And it helped that Cook, having told his players that – when it came to fluffing their lines against spin in Asia – enough was enough, was a captain on a mission.

At Kolkata, Jimmy Anderson joined in the fun, finding reverse-swing that proved beyond his Indian counterparts, and combining with Steven Finn on the third afternoon in another game where the nature of the pitch had proved a pre-match distraction for the Indians.

And at Nagpur, England won an important toss – at last! – and so were able to keep control of their destiny on a pitch that ensured the fourth Test was played in slow motion. Joe Root proved an inspired pick, and Anderson was outstanding once more, especially on the third evening, when India’s hopes of a big first-innings lead evaporated in an hour.

For many reasons, this must rank as one of England’s finest series wins – home or away. They arrived with a reputation as poor players of spin in Asian conditions, and with the Pietersen saga still a tangible undercurrent.

They had a new captain, who could have been granted a tougher assignment for his first series as full-time leader. They were up against a team that had lost only four series at home out of 40. And they were written off after the first Test.

At least in Australia two years ago they arrived with hope and a little expectation. Here, victory has been a bolt from the blue. At the end of a wondrous year for British sport, the cricketers have finally joined in.

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Montrose 2 Rangers 4

Montrose 2 Rangers 4: Shiels shines as McCoist's men extend winning run to six

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15:09 GMT, 15 December 2012

Dean Shiels created a goal and scored himself inside two second-half minutes as Rangers came from behind to edge an open and entertaining Irn-Bru Third Division contest at Links Park.

Montrose were twice denied late equalisers by the frame of the goal before Robbie Crawford secured the points with virtually the last kick of the ball.

Shiels set up Kevin Kyle to put Rangers ahead midway through the second half and then finished off a clinical break to seemingly end the visitors' struggle against Montrose, who led for six minutes through Lloyd Young's strike before Lee McCulloch netted a penalty.

Top of the league: Rangers' captain Lee McCulloch celebrates his goal

Top of the league: Rangers' captain Lee McCulloch celebrates his goal

Match facts

Montrose: Sandy Wood, McNally, Jonathan Crawford, Campbell, Watson, Lloyd Young (Johnston 88), Winter, Masson (Morton 81),
Richard McIntosh (McLeish 75), Leighton McIntosh,Garry Wood.

Subs Not Used: David Crawford,David Gray.

Booked: Jonathan Crawford,Masson,Johnston.

Goals: Lloyd Young 16, McLeish 76.

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, McCulloch, Hegarty, Wallace, Little, Macleod, Hutton, Templeton (McKay 63), Shiels (Naismith 75), Kyle (Crawford 90).

Subs Not Used: Currie,Cole.

Booked: Hutton.

Goals: McCulloch 23 pen, Kyle 67, Shiels 69, Crawford 90.

Att: 4,205

Ref: Bobby Madden

But home substitute David Gray soon scored a wonderful lob and Garry Wood and Scott Johnston both hit the woodwork.

The victory was the least convincing of a six-match winning run for Rangers but Montrose deserve credit for their display as they showed why they had been on a six-match unbeaten run.

They showed their attacking intent in the opening minutes when Wood and then Jamie Winter came close with ambitious long-range efforts.

Andrew Little had Rangers' first effort on target when his angled drive was parried by Sandy Wood but Montrose stunned Ally McCoist's men in the 16th minute when Young ran unchecked on to Stephen McNally's long throw and dispatched a cushioned first-time volley into the bottom corner from 10 yards.

Rangers had an immediate chance to equalise when Lewis MacLeod threaded the ball through for Little but Wood was quickly out to block.

Wood then pushed Kyle Hutton's free-kick delivery on to the post.

The Ibrox side did not have long to wait for the equaliser though and it was a cheap give-away by Montrose when McNally made an ill-advised tackle on David Templeton in the box, getting some of the ball but coming from the wrong side and through his opponent, with few complaints at Bobby Madden's decision.

Centre-back McCulloch sent Wood the wrong way for his 17th goal of the season.
The goal failed to turn the game though. Garry Wood came close from long range before his namesake in goal parried MacLeod's effort after Little's flick had put him beyond the home defence.
Templeton shot over after good hold-up play from Kyle but Montrose had the best chances in the latter stages of the half.

Young hit another first-time effort that Neil Alexander pushed over brilliantly, and the enterprising wide midfielder then fired wide following a one-two with Wood.

Spot on: McCulloch slams home a penalty to help Rangers on their way to victory

Spot on: McCulloch slams home a penalty to help Rangers on their way to victory

Winter came close in injury-time when Alexander dived to push wide his driven 35-yard free-kick.
Wood saved from Shiels just after the break but Montrose were quickly on the front foot and McNally came close with a header.

McCoist brought on Barrie McKay for Templeton in a bid to find a much-needed cutting edge, but the 67th-minute breakthrough came from a scrappy piece of play.

Hutton and Shiels got in each other's way on the edge of the box and Rangers appeared to have lost their chance but the Northern Ireland international got up and steered the ball into the path of the unmarked Kyle to shoot into the bottom corner from 16 yards.

McCoist's men had some breathing space two minutes later. Hutton helped the ball on to McKay on the left after a Montrose set-piece had been cleared and the teenager ran 60 yards before releasing the ball for Shiels, who guided the ball into the far corner.

Helping hand: Kevin Kyle was also on target as Rangers won for the sixth game in a row

Helping hand: Kevin Kyle was also on target as Rangers won for the sixth game in a row

But Montrose refused to lie down and substitute Gray got them back into it with a goal out of nothing in the 76th minute, latching on to Leighton McIntosh's lay-off and guiding a first-time effort with the outside of his right foot over the head of Alexander and into the net from the corner of the box.

The hosts came so close to levelling moments later when Wood ran on to McIntosh's header-on following a goal kick.

Wood also lobbed Alexander but the Rangers goalkeeper this time turned round to see the ball hit off his bar and fall into his arms.

Wood saved well from MacLeod but Montrose were again denied by the frame of the goal when Scott Johnston volleyed off the inside of the post from 12 yards following a free-kick into the box in injury-time.

Rangers soon restored their two-goal lead following another break when Crawford took his time to make space and guide the ball in off the post after Wood had saved from McKay.

Rene Higuita does Scorpion Kick against Brazil Masters in India

Higuita's head over heels… again! Colombian legend executes Scorpion Kick in India

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Rene Higuita is up to his old tricks again. 17 years after his famous Scorpion Kick against England, the former Colombia No 1 recreated his moment of genius in an exhibition match in India.

The 46-year-old, who is now retired, was playing for the Indian All-Stars in Kolkata, taking on the mighty Brazilian Masters at the Yubabharati Stadium.

Up to his old tricks: Rene Higuita executes a Scorpion Kick during an exhibition match between the Brazilian Masters and Indian All Stars in Kolkata

Up to his old tricks: Rene Higuita executes a Scorpion Kick during an exhibition match between the Brazilian Masters and Indian All Stars in Kolkata (below)

Head over heels: Higuita

World Cup winners Bebeto, Dunga and Juninho Paulista were among the big names involved as the Samba stars. But it was Higuita who stole the show with his trademark trick.

Before the game he promised Indian fans: 'I will give you one of my best shows on Saturday. It will be my way of saying thanks to this city.'

The same skill – acrobatically diving heals over head to clear the ball off the goal-line – was beamed around the world when he cleared a shot from Sportsmail columnist Jamie Redknapp at Wembley in 1995.

Brazil-liant: Former World Cup winner Bebeto starred for the Brazilian team

Brazil-liant: Former World Cup winner Bebeto starred for the Brazilian team

Higuita, however, was unable to stop the Brazilian Masters cruising to a 3-1 victory.

But he told Firstpost Sports: 'I believed that the goalkeeper is just like the 10 out-field players. If given a chance he should help in the attacking intent of the team.'

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India v England: Graeme Swann hits back after Virender Sehwag century

Swann haul keeps England clinging on to India's coat-tails after Sehwag blasts run-a-ball century to get hosts off to a flyer

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Graeme Swann claimed a coveted piece of cricket history as he helped to claw England back into the reckoning after Virender Sehwag's destructive hundred in the first Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

Sehwag (117) began the four-match series with a memorable statement of intent for India, only for Swann to hit back with four wickets – the second of which took him past the great Jim Laker as England's most successful off-spinner.

Thanks to Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara (98 not out), India nonetheless finished in the ascendancy on 323 for four after a day when England did not always help themselves – putting down two catches and missing two other obvious opportunities to effect dismissals.

Spin king: Graeme Swann celebrates one of his four wickets on day one of the first Test at Ahmedabad

Spin king: Graeme Swann celebrates one of his four wickets on day one of the first Test at Ahmedabad

Sehwag dominated a century opening stand with Gautam Gambhir, and was then joined by Pujara for another partnership of 90 for the second wicket.

There was little cheer at that point for the tourists, after losing the toss on a pitch likely to increasingly favour spin.

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Sehwag wasted no time in grasping an ominous initiative at the very start of the series.

On an especially slow surface, he made a nonsense of his last experience against England – two golden ducks at Edgbaston, in India's 4-0 defeat last year.

As if to encapsulate the difference 4,000 miles can make, back on home ground he seized mercilessly on any off-side width and angled runs expertly into gaps in a run-a-ball innings. The first hour gave England precious little encouragement; the second surely a chastening sense already of their undertaking as new captain Alastair Cook tries to lead his country to a first series win in India since the winter he was born.

What a start: Indian opener Virender Sehwag celebrates his hundred in Ahmedabad

What a start: Indian opener Virender Sehwag celebrates his hundred in Ahmedabad

On the attack: Sehwag blasts the ball to the boundary during his blistering innings

On the attack: Sehwag blasts the ball to the boundary during his blistering innings

The Indian openers were quickly in
cruise control, before Sehwag upped the ante – and by the first ball of
the 20th over, the total was already in three figures.

Sehwag
dispatched Tim Bresnan, on for James Anderson after eight overs, for
four, four and six in successive balls – past cover, wide of mid on and
back over his head – forcing Cook into more changes.

Early afternoon brought three let-offs for India, two of them costly.

Matt Prior dropped Sehwag on 80, down the leg side off Anderson, and in the next over missed a stumping chance when Gambhir overbalanced against Swann (four for 85).

The left-handed opener did not add to his score before Swann got one to skid on and bowl him on the back foot to end a stand of 134.

Big wicket: Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar reacts after holing out in the deep to Samit Patel (below)

Big wicket: Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar reacts after holing out in the deep to Samit Patel (below)

Big wicket: Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar reacts after holing out in the deep to Samit Patel (below)

But Sehwag soon reached three figures,
from 90 balls, with a 15th four lofted over mid on off Swann to go with
his six – his first hundred for almost exactly two years, against New
Zealand on this same ground.

Pujara was not dropped but nonetheless had fortune, and an England slip, on his side on eight when Anderson overcommitted himself at mid on and could not then reach a leading edge off Bresnan.

The No 3, who had given England a preview of his capabilities with an innings of 87 against them for Mumbai A two weeks ago, is not prone to making a second mistake on the same day.

So it was that he soon had a look of risk-free permanence.

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Unbeaten: A half-century from Cheteshwar Pujara helped India edge toward a strong first innings total

First it brought Sachin Tendulkar to the crease, to the obligatory delight of the crowd.

But the veteran master batsman did not last long, holing out in the leg-side deep off Swann – who took two wickets for 11 runs in a four-over spell just before tea.

Afterwards, he continued to make progress slow for the hosts, Virat Kohli needing 30 balls to get off the mark – with a straight-driven four off Stuart Broad – and then dropped at slip on five by Jonathan Trott via a faulty cut at Swann.

After just four runs had come from seven overs immediately after tea, Kohli was undone by Swann anyway – bowled through the gate by a perfectly-pitched off break.

Pujara, meanwhile, was going nowhere fast.

After a 67-ball half-century, he ground to a near halt in the 80s – and the final session brought only 73 runs.

His longevity continued, however, and persuaded England to give Swann a break and their pace attack a second chance with a new ball – to no avail by stumps.

David Baddiel: Tottenham fans chanting "Yid Army" sustains anti-Semitism

EXCLUSIVE: David Baddiel – Tottenham fans chanting 'Yid Army' sustains anti-SemitismJewish comedian believes Spurs supporters are not entitled to use term
'It's doubtful more than five per cent at White Hart Lane are actual Jews''I know I'm a Chelsea fan but there has to be zero tolerance'

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David Baddiel

Concern: David Baddiel

David Baddiel has dismissed claims that ethnic origin entitles Tottenham fans to call themselves the ‘Yid Army’ by insisting only ‘three or four per cent’ are Jewish.

Tottenham rallied around their supporters, after Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert urged police to prosecute those who hold aloft banners bearing the name ‘Yid Army’ and chant it during games.

Club bosses welcomed the police response that there was ‘no deliberate intent to cause offence’ and that it was more a form of self-parody by a predominantly Jewish support.

But Baddiel, the comedian and writer who is himself Jewish and a fervent Chelsea fan, is adamant such a line of defence was factually incorrect and that anti-Semitic abuse should be stamped out wherever it occurs.

‘The idea that Spurs fans are reclaiming the Y-word and are entitled to because so many of them are Jewish is simply not true,’ he said. ‘There are only 250,000 Jews in Britain as a whole and I’d say about three or four per cent of Tottenham’s crowd is Jewish.

‘That means well over 90 per cent of those chanting “Yid Army” are not actually Jewish and that is just one of several reasons why it cannot be right. If, for instance, there was a team in Brixton called Brixton United, and they had a mainly white support who adopted the N-word as their badge of honour and went round chanting “N***** Army”, they would be closed down tomorrow.

‘At Tottenham, the club’s “Jewishness” is just an historical association with the area. It’s doubtful that there are more than five per cent actual Jews in the ground at home games (only 0.4 per cent of the UK is Jewish). So the argument “but it’s just like Snoop Doggy Dogg using the N-word” does not apply to most Spurs fans.’

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Although some Tottenham fans may view ‘Yid Army’ as nothing more than a label identifying which team they follow, Baddiel has experience of why the term has more sinister undertones.

‘I was at a Chelsea match with my brother Ivor two years ago,’ he said.

‘It wasn’t even Tottenham we were
playing. It was Villa, but news that Tottenham were losing at Hull
appeared on the big screen and this bloke sitting behind us started
saying “F*** the yids! F*** the yids!” followed by “F*** the Jews!”. If
there was any doubt about it being an anti-Semitic term, rather than a
name for a group of fans, that answered it.

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A 'Yid Army' Spurs flag

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‘The thing to remember about yid is: it’s a race-hate word. It was daubed across the East End by Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts.

‘The only possible reason why a
culture which has tried to dismiss other race-hate words to the margins
of language would consider it acceptable is if the racism of which it
is a part is somehow less offensive, somehow less significant, than
other racisms.

‘This is actually what the
normalisation of the word at football has led to. It might seem strange
that the fan at Chelsea could have shouted “F*** the yids!” without a
steward intervening: racist abuse at football grounds is supposed to
lead to an immediate ban.

‘But a friend of mine, a Watford fan,
who once heard his fans chanting the Y-word, with menaces, at Spurs
fans, on complaining to a steward was told, “I don’t hear any racism”.

‘That’s why I decided to bring out a
video on the subject and there was one objective — to make this sort of
racism heard, above the chanting.

Football fan: Baddiel supports Chelsea

Football fan: Baddiel supports Chelsea

‘The only fans shown in the film
chanting the Y-word are Chelsea and Arsenal ones; the fans shown
extemporising from yiddo into a song celebrating Auschwitz are Chelsea
ones. This is important, as the debate seems to have got mired into
being just about Tottenham fans.

‘The chant, and associated
anti-Semitic abuse, exists far beyond White Hart Lane, at the
above-mentioned clubs, at Millwall, at West Ham, even at Ajax.

‘Tottenham, of course, can lay claim
to be the only club chanting it in support of their team. I respect and
acknowledge that. But there are reasons why that, too, has to be
addressed.

‘Although Spurs fans consider they are
just responding to racist taunts, the continuing use of the Y-word by
Spurs fans informs and sustains the racist abuse aimed at Spurs by other
fans. The more Spurs do it, the more it comes back.

Backing: Tottenham fans cheer on their side against Maribor on Thursday

In full voice: Spurs fans sing at the Lane

‘Many opposing fans feel they are
justified in using the chant (and associated anti-Semitic abuse) because
“The Yids is what Spurs call themselves”.

‘Additionally, we cannot mount a
campaign aimed at stopping fans chanting anti-Semitic abuse and using
anti-Semitic language while saying, “But of course, it’s OK for this one
set of fans”.

‘It has to be zero tolerance. And, as
I have said, most Spurs fans are not in fact Jewish. If we are going
to have zero tolerance, it has to be a level playing field, applied to
all forms of racism.’

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Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Peter Ramage scores winner

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2: Ramage does the damage as Eagles make it 10 unbeaten

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16:54 GMT, 27 October 2012

Two first-half goals from Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage kept up managerless Crystal Palace's impressive start to the npower Championship and ended Leicester's unbeaten home record.

Defending a 100 per cent sequence at the King Power Stadium, Nigel Pearson's side were second best against a slick Palace side under the stewardship of caretaker boss Lennie Lawrence following the departure of Dougie Freedman this week.

The visitors could have been ahead in the first minute but Yannick Bolasie spurned a chance from just yards out.

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Schlupp 77), Drinkwater (Marshall 63), King, Dyer (James 32), Vardy, Nugent.

Subs Not Used: Logan, Waghorn, Moore, Futacs.

Booked: Vardy, De Laet.

Goals: King 90.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ramage, Delaney, Ward, Parr, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha (Moxey 90), Murray (Wilbraham 89).

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Easter, O'Keefe, Moritz.

Booked: Moxey.

Goals: Delaney 23, Ramage 28.

Attendance: 23,646

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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It was a rocky start for Pearson's
Championship leaders but Julian Speroni – making his 250th league start
in goal for the Eagles – had to be alert to save a Dave Nugent effort as
the Foxes briefly threatened at the other end.

A header from Andy King cleared the bar as the hosts rallied, but Kasper
Schmeichel did well to hold on to a Wilfried Zaha cross as Palace –
nine games unbeaten in the Championship – displayed all their attacking
intent in the opening stages.

And Lawrence's men took the lead after 23 minutes. Schmeichel failed to
deal with a Mile Jedinak corner, feeling he was impeded as he went to
claim the ball, and Delaney rattled home from 12 yards out.

Zaha tried his luck from 30 yards out, but Palace did not have long to
wait for their second as Ramage headed home from six yards out after 28
minutes, latching onto Bolasie's assist.

It had been a poor start from the hosts, who went into the game boasting
six successive home wins, but it got worse 13 minutes from the break
when an injured Lloyd Dyer was replaced by Matty James.

Pearson would have hoped for a decent start to the second half but much
as his team huffed and puffed, Palace were always a threat at the other
end of the field, and a third for the visitors would have ended the
Foxes' hopes.

Jamie Vardy would have hoped for a better connection with a header that
sailed harmlessly over the bar from close range 10 minutes after the
break, and Leicester were forced into a tactical change after 63 minutes
when Danny Drinkwater was replaced by Ben Marshall.

Time was running out for the hosts and a speculative shot from all of 35
yards from James showed how well Palace had snuffed out the Foxes'
threat.

With 14 minutes left Anthony Knockaert was replaced by Jeff Schlupp, and
Leicester finally registered in added time when King headed home.

But the Foxes were second best on a day when Palace showed true
promotion potential and the legacy left them by former boss Freedman.

Newcastle 0 Manchester United 3: Match report

Newcastle 0 Manchester United 3: Evans and Evra make case for the defence

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16:57 GMT, 7 October 2012

Manchester United leap-frogged rivals City into second position in the Barclays Premier League with a convincing 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson loaded his team with attacking intent – selecting three forwards, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck to start.

But it was two defenders who forged an early lead for the visitors, with two headed goals in the first 15 minutes. Victory was sealed in the 70th minute when Tom Cleverley's cross found the top corner.

There was controversy in the 50th minute when Papiss Cisse's shot looked to have crossed the line before David De Gea could claw it back. TV replays were inconclusive and defeat means the Magpies remain 10th in the league.

More to follow…

Good Evans! The United defender headed the visitors into the lead in the 8th minute

Good Evans! The United defender headed the visitors into the lead in the 8th minute

Match facts

Newcastle: Harper, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba.

Subs: Alnwick, Simpson, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Booked: Gutierrez, Tiote.

Man United: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes, Wootton.

Booked: Ferdinand, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Scorers: Evans 8, Evra 15, Cleverley 71.

Attendance: 52,203

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

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Kevin Pietersen to be reintegrated back into England squad

Long road to redemption: Pietersen wins over ECB… now for the players

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21:52 GMT, 3 October 2012

There were times during a surreal 10 minutes in a Colombo hotel when it seemed the subject of discussion was a mass murderer released from prison on parole rather than a cricketer who had fallen out with his team-mates.

Giles Clarke sounded more like a High Court judge than the ECB chairman when he declared: ‘In our society we believe that when an individual transgresses and then apologises it is important that they should be given a real opportunity to be reintegrated into our society.’ In other words, Kevin Pietersen should be back playing cricket for England again soon.

It was expected that Clarke would announce Pietersen had signed a new central contract and would be added to the Test squad for the tour of India after saying sorry for the dispute that has cast a cloud over England.

On the defensive: Kevin Pietersen announces his peace deal with ECB chairman Giles Clarke

On the defensive: Kevin Pietersen announces his peace deal with ECB chairman Giles Clarke

It turned out to be more complicated than that. The contract is initially for four months, effectively putting him on trial, while Pietersen will be expected to undertake a series of dashes to and from South Africa over the next three weeks to thrash out his differences before he is allowed back into the team. An independent disputes conciliator may even be involved.

Pietersen will still probably be back around the start of that India tour, or even the training camp in Dubai that precedes it, but it seems that the ECB will make him jump through a few more hoops first. They may be prepared to forgive but they are not going to forget his indiscretions just yet.

Statement of intent: Pietersen reads a statement during a press conference

Statement of intent: Pietersen reads a statement during a press conference

The full extent of those indiscretions remains a mystery as neither Clarke nor Pietersen, unlikely bedfellows thrown together for the final throes of this bitter saga, were prepared to say just how it came to this in a gathering at which just three questions were allowed. ‘We are not going to discuss archeology,’ said Clarke enigmatically when asked to talk about the past.

This was the conclusion, for now, to two months of rancour and intrigue sparked by the ‘provocative’ BlackBerry messenger texts Pietersen sent to South Africa players during the Headingley Test, the tipping point of his disengagement from the England team.

Back in the spotlight: Pietersen is expected to re-join the England team in the coming weeks

Back in the spotlight: Pietersen is expected to re-join the England team in the coming weeks

Talks have been going on almost ever since but it was not until Clarke and Pietersen spent two-and-a-half hours together on Wednesday that we found ourselves listening to Pietersen’s apology and his insistence he wants to be an England player again in all formats for the next three years. He also wants to see his son Dylan play for England.

If it was all about a ‘reintegration process’ it was also about pragmatism. Andy Flower, we were told, not only supported the moves to get Pietersen back but instigated them. The senior players who have privately given the impression they would rather have a mass murderer in their ranks than Pietersen are now apparently happy, or at least resigned, to having him back and want that sooner rather than later.

Back in the squad: England coach Andy Flower and senior members of the England team have apparently supported the 'reintegration process' for Pietersen

Back in the squad: England coach Andy Flower and senior members of the England team have apparently supported the 'reintegration process' for Pietersen

They are a better team with him and would improve their chances of winning in India if he were rushed back. The players do not want to lose without Pietersen while hearing all the while from his chums such as Piers Morgan that things would be so different if KP were there.

WHAT THEY SAID…

SIR IAN BOTHAM 'I think he's a world-class player but this should have been sorted out at the very beginning. The more it drags on, the more half-truths become truths. It needed to be nipped in the bud. It will be difficult now.'

Former England captain Botham thinks Pietersen's proposed return to the national side is unlikely to be a smooth one.

JONATHAN AGNEW 'In 35 years in cricket I have never heard of the need for a “reintegration process”.'

BBC commentator Agnew expresses his confusion.

BOB WILLIS 'I find it flabbergasting that Pietersen can convince the ECB that he didn't say anything derogatory about the England captain. These texts were called “provocative” by the ECB. If they're provocative there must have been criticism. He's upset every dressing room he's been in so he needs to change his ways.'

Former England fast bowler Willis shows his astonishment that the ECB had accepted Pietersen's version of events.

BRIAN CLOSE 'If I had been his captain I would have sorted him out. I played in a totally different time when there was a lot more loyalty within the team.'

The former England and Yorkshire star bemoans how times have changed.

ANGUS FRASER 'People that are usually “reintegrated” are criminals after rulings by the courts. It seems like some social experiment: we'll see you for two hours on a Tuesday and four hours on Thursday. The language doesn't suggest a lot of warmth. It's almost like people are doing this because they feel they have to.'

Former England seamer Fraser is sceptical about the announcement.

SHANE WARNE 'We have to get on with it, it's good to have him back. It is good to see common sense prevail.'

The great Australian legspinner, a close friend of Pietersen, believes this is a positive outcome.

RICHARD GIBSON

So there is every chance now that he will line up in Ahmedabad on November 15 rather than delaying his entrance until the much more winnable tour of New Zealand in February. That way the ‘big man’ will not be perceived to be riding to England’s rescue after another setback. If England are going to be beaten in India they want it to be with Pietersen, not without him. Cynical, maybe, but understandable.

Before that happens Pietersen must ensure he does not put his foot in it when he flies from the Champions League in South Africa, where he will be playing for Delhi, to meet those players and management he has upset most. If a fly has to choose a wall to visit while those talks take place, it would be advised to make it Graeme Swann’s.

It will be a fragile peace but it is worth all the effort if it truly means Pietersen is committed in all formats and does not want to have his Indian Premier League cake while eating all the goodies that come from a lucrative central contract.

He has behaved poorly and erratically but he is too good to abandon and England are not good enough to turn their backs on him. They need each other whether they like it or not. Can things be the same ‘Definitely,’ insisted Pietersen even though, in truth, things have never been quite the same for him with England since he was effectively sacked as captain by the man who sat to his right yesterday.

The body language between Clarke and Pietersen was fascinating, the chairman in one of his best silk suits brimming with defiance and the outcast not quite dressed in sackcloth but looking a little uncomfortable.

There was the odd half-smile towards the press — or the ECB toadies as his supporters call us — from Pietersen and he stumbled over some of his statement.

It is not clear whether Pietersen accepts he has erred — remember, he said it was not easy being him in the England dressing room — but he was indignant over suggestions he offered tactical advice to South Africa. Even so, he will drop legal action against two newspapers which suggested he did so.

Those missives have not been seen by the ECB and never will be now as they have disappeared into the ether, but Clarke says that he has a ‘binding assurance’ from Pietersen that, while they may have been provocative, they were not derogatory.

That was enough to secure yesterday’s deal. Only time will tell whether everyone concerned truly can put the ‘archeology’ behind them and dig themselves out of a rather large hole. This is far from the end of the search for a satisfactory solution.

Carl Frampton wants win over Steve Molitor

I can cut it at the top! Frampton wants win over Molitor to earn chance at world title shot

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21:59 GMT, 20 September 2012

Carl Frampton believes victory over Canadian Steve Molitor on Saturday will put him in line for a world title shot.

The 25-year-old returns to Belfast to face the former two-time world champion in what both men have billed as a make-or-break fight.

And Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles, plans to make a statement of intent.

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Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

'He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,' he said. 'Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot.

'This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.

'You want big names on your slate and he is definitely a big name. It’s going to be a lot better beating a guy like him than it was beating Prosper Ankrah.

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

'It’s going to make people stand up and take notice. This is a 50-50 fight. People forget I’ve only had 15 fights.'

Meanwhile, Molitor, 32, admitted he will consider hanging up his gloves if he tastes defeat for a third time in his career.

'If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat this kid,' he said. 'I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve Molitor.

'If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that.'

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

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