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Raheem Sterling agrees new Liverpool contract

Sterling work! Raheem agrees new and improved five-year contract at Anfield

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22:01 GMT, 19 December 2012

England whizzkid Raheem Sterling has ended speculation regarding his future by agreeing a new contract with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old winger has been in negotiations with the Anfield club for weeks over a new deal.

And Sportsmail understands both parties have shaken hands on a deal for Sterling to stay with the Merseysiders for the next five years.

Sign of the times: Sterling has agreed the terms of a new deal at Liverpool

Sign of the times: Sterling has agreed the terms of a new deal at Liverpool

Sterling currently earns in the region of 2,000-per-week, but his new deal will net him a substantial pay increase.

The Jamaican-born forward has just 18 months left to run on his existing contract and ensuring the teenage sensation penned an extension was a top priority for the club.

And after several meetings between managing director Ian Ayre and Sterling's representatives the England international can now concentrate on establishing himself as a key member of Brendan Rodgers' plans.

A number of the Premier League's elite were lining up to take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Sterling's future next month.

Both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea have watched Sterling extensively with a view to swooping for the forward in January.

Sterling, who started his career at Queens Park Rangers, has made rapid progress for Liverpool since breaking into the first team under Kenny Dalglish last season.

And his impressive breakthrough culminated in his first England cap, as he started in the defeat against Sweden last month.

However, he is still eligible to play for his native Jamaica given he has not played for the Three Lions in a competitive fixture yet.

Exciting duture: Sterling is at the heart of Rodgers future plans

Exciting duture: Sterling is at the heart of Rodgers future plans

Manchester United and Arsenal want Raheem Sterling

United and Arsenal prepare 15m bids for contract rebel Sterling

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09:19 GMT, 15 December 2012

Arsenal and Manchester United have joined the race for Liverpool's contract rebel Raheem Sterling.

The 18-year-old has yet to pen a new deal at Anfield after impressing in the opening months of the season.

And that has alerted United and Arsenal, according to The Sun while Manchester City are also in the frame should Sterling decide to leave Liverpool.

Wanted: Raheem Sterling has attracted interest from several clubs

Wanted: Raheem Sterling has attracted interest from several clubs

Brendan Rodgers admitted yesterday that talks have not moved on with the player's advisors.

Sterling, who is valued at 15million, has become a first-team regular at Anfield and also made his England debut against Sweden but could yet choose to represent Jamaica, the country of his birth.

Were he to move to Old Trafford, he would become the first player to move from Liverpool since Phil Chisnall nearly 50 years ago.

Former United winger Willie Morgan told Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week to sign Sterling.

Concerns: Brendan Rodgers admitted Sterling has yet to sign a new deal

Concerns: Brendan Rodgers admitted Sterling has yet to sign a new deal

Morgan, a former Scotland international who made 236 appearances for United between 1968 and 1975, told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I think United should attempt to buy Liverpool’s left winger Raheem Sterling.

‘Sterling
is the first winger I have seen in a long time who looks like a proper
winger. He looks very good already and I think he is going to be great.

‘If
you just let him go wide on the outside of the full-backs all the time I
think he will be a great player. He’ll frighten people to death, so
long as nobody coaches it out of him. He’s the brightest prospect out
there and would suit United.’

Usain Bolt"s secret to success: running up stairs

Sprint king Bolt reveals secret to success… steps! Not the cheesy pop group, staircases

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21:53 GMT, 15 November 2012

The fastest man in the world has revealed his best-kept training secret — running up stairs.

Usain Bolt, who became the first man in history to defend his gold medals in both the men's 100m and 200m at the London Olympics, has tweeted pictures of him running up and down the stairs at his training stadium in his native Jamaica.

With the pictures, tweeted by Bolt to his 2.3million followers, the sprinter said: 'Another element of my training.. Steps'

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

He then posted the video of his final sprint up hill with the words: 'Paparazzi run in on my training.. Lol'

Earlier this week Bolt was nominated for the World Athlete of the Year award by the International Association of Athletics Federation for the fourth year running. Aries Meritt and David Rudisha were also nominated.

Previously named ‘Athlete of the Year’ by the IAAF in 2008, 2009 and 2011, there was no surprise that the London triple-gold medalist was one of the nominees.

Bolt retained his title as the fastest man on earth by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals during the London Olympics.

Bolt from the blue: The double Olympic champion during training in Jamaica

Bolt from the blue: The double Olympic champion during training in Jamaica

Bolt from the blue: The treble Olympic gold medallist at the London Games trains in Jamaica

He set a new Olympic record for the 100m with a time of 9.63 seconds and became the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic Sprint titles.

This year’s winner will be announced live at the World Athlete of the Year Awards, on stage in Barcelona, during a Special Awards Ceremony as part of the IAAF Centenary Celebrations.

Cardiff 2 Leeds 1: Craig Bellamy free kick and Peter Whittingham penalty enough

Cardiff 2 Leeds 1: Set piece stars Bellamy and Whittingham keep up 28-year record

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17:15 GMT, 15 September 2012

Craig Bellamy curled home a superb second-half free-kick and Peter Whittingham converted a penalty as Cardiff maintained their 28-year hoodoo over Neil Warnock's Leeds.

Bellamy, back in the squad following a calf injury, stepped off the substitutes' bench in the 64th minute and clipped home a 20-yard strike to break the deadlock three minutes later.

Whittingham coolly slotted home from the spot in the 73rd minute after Leeds defender Tom Lees had scythed down Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard and, although Jamaica international Rodoplh Austin fired home a 30-yard thunderbolt for Leeds with 13 minutes left, Malky Mackay's side held on to secure their third npower Championship win of the season.

Opener: Craig Bellamy is congratulated after scoring a free-kick

Opener: Craig Bellamy is congratulated after scoring a free-kick

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Smith, Noone (Bellamy 64), Mutch (Gunnarsson 76), Helguson, Maynard (Cowie 83). Subs not used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Nugent.

Booked: Smith.

Scorers: Bellamy 67, Whittingham 73 pen.

Leeds: Kenny, Peltier, Drury (Diouf 46), Pearce, Lees, Austin, White, Tonge, /09/15/article-0-15079AF3000005DC-59_634x408.jpg” width=”634″ height=”408″ alt=”Blow: Leeds' Ross McCormack is stretchered off in the opening minutes” class=”blkBorder” />

Blow: Leeds' Ross McCormack is stretchered off in the opening minutes

Leeds
boss Neil Warnock sent on striker El-Hadji Diouf for defender Adam
Drury at the start of the second half, but Mutch and Whittingham
threatened for the home side with long distance drives that flew wide.

Visiting goalkeeper Paddy Kenny then held Tommy Smith's 25-yard effort and caught defender Mark Hudson's close-range header as Cardiff chased the game's opening goal.

Bellamy replaced winger Noone in the 64th minute and three minutes later the former Manchester City livewire broke the deadlock.

Keeping it up: Malky Mackay maintained Cardiff's great record against Leeds

Keeping it up: Malky Mackay maintained Cardiff's great record against Leeds

Tonge was booked for his nasty challenge on Maynard 20 yards from goal and Bellamy curled the subsequent free-kick beyond Kenny and into top corner.

Cardiff doubled their advantage six minutes later. England under-21 defender Lees cut down Maynard in the area and referee Paul Tierney did not hesitate in pointing to the spot, with Whittingham coolly side-footing the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.

But Leeds hauled themselves back into the game when Austin blasted home a low free-kick from 30 yards following Aron Gunnarsson's foul on Varney.

Leeds defender Lee Peltier almost snatched a point for the visitors in the 87th minute, but headed over the crossbar and Cardiff held on for all three points.

London 2012 Olympics: BBC video highlights from day 15

Watch BBC video highlights from day 15 of the Olympics including Farah and Bolt

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01:42 GMT, 12 August 2012

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07:35 GMT, 12 August 2012

Mo Farah completed an historic double, adding the 5,000metres gold to the 10,000m he won last weekend as Great Britain took their gold medal tally to 28.

Ed McKeever set the ball rolling early in the day with victory in the kayak 200metres final, and Luke Campbell beat Ireland's John Joe Nevin to claim victory in the men's bantamweight final.

Elsewhere, Usain Bolt completed his second triple Olympics gold medal haul as Jamaica smashed their world record in the 4x100m relay with a time of 36.84secs.

And poster boy Tom Daley put in a gutsy performance in the 10m dive, claiming a bronze medal in a thrilling competition.

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London Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt hits back at Jacques Rogge"s legend barb

What else do I need to do Bolt hits back at Rogge's barb after second Olympic triple

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01:13 GMT, 12 August 2012

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Usain Bolt hit back at IOC president Jacques Rogge for insisting the 25-year-old sprint phenomenon is not yet a legend.

Bolt and the Jamaican 100m relay team were out of this world after a record-breaking triumph made it three golds at the London Olympics for the world's most famous athlete.

He has styled himself a 'living legend' provoking a put-down from Rogge, but Bolt said there was little else left for him to do – it was the second time he has completed the Olympic treble – 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Bolt said: 'No, he can't challenge me, first of all I would like to answer with a question: what else do I need to do to prove myself a legend.

'I have won both events twice at the Olympics, I have won World Championship gold medals, I have broken world records many times.

'I don't know what else to do – next time you see him you ask him what else he needs to do that no human as ever done before.'

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Bolt also revealed a track official had demanded he hand over the baton at the end of the race or face being disqualified – though he later managed to recover it as a souvenir which he, Yohan Blake, and Nesta Carter and Michael Frater will all sign.

Bolt added: 'I got the baton back but at first he was saying said I couldn't keep it because it was the rule and if I didn't give it back I would be disqualified, so I just gave it back, but I got it back afterwards.'

After the medal ceremony Bolt conducted the crowd in the Olympic Stadium in a Mexican wave.
He added: 'I like to push the barriers and do things that has never been done before, that's why I mess around and do fun stuff.

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

'To play with the crowd was awesome and I'm sure they appreciated it – I start the Mexican wave, it was fun.

'It was kind of a goodbye to London. I was just having fun in the crowd. I came here to become a legend and I was a legend too I was telling them thank you for the support.'

Usain Bolt and Jamaica win 4x100m gold at London 2012 Olympics

Simply the best! Bolt & Co smash world record to take gold in 4x100m relay

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20:13 GMT, 11 August 2012

Jamaica won gold in the men's 4×100 metres relay in a world record time of 36.84 seconds.

The USA were second and Trinidad and Tobago won the bronze medal.

More to follow…

Doing the Mo-bot: Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay and his third gold medal

Doing the Mo-bot: Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay and his third gold medal

Record time: Bolt and Jamaica won the gold in world record time

Record time: Bolt and Jamaica won the gold in world record time

London 2012 Olympics Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake qualify for 200 metre final

It's the Bolt and Blake show again! Jamaican sprinters cruise into 200m final

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19:31 GMT, 8 August 2012

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will go head-to-head in the 200 metre final on Thursday night after the Jamaica sprinters made light work of their semi-final heats.

More to follow…

Stroll in the park: Bolt eased in the final without breaking sweat

Stroll in the park: Bolt eased in the final without breaking sweat

Final countdown: Blake and Bolt will race for the 200m crown

Final countdown: Blake and Bolt will race for the 200m crown

London 2012 Olympics: Yohan Blake sends Usain Bolt message

Blake sends Bolt sprint message with 9.85sec run in Lucerne

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22:34 GMT, 17 July 2012

Yohan Blake warmed up for London by winning the 100 metres in 9.85sec at a Lucerne meet on Monday in his first competitive race since beating Usain Bolt twice at the Jamaican Olympic trials.

Blake, 21, was far from the fastest out of the blocks but powered through the field with legal wind assistance of 1.6m per second.

Jamaica team-mate Michael Frater was second in 10.00sec.

Bolt of lightning: Blake is in fine form heading to London Games

Bolt of lightning: Blake is in fine form heading to London Games

'I am on the right path for the Olympics,' the world champion said. 'This is where I am supposed to be. I want to remain unbeaten and that's what I am doing.'

Blake chose the low-key Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting to make what is expected to be his only appearance between the trials and the London Games.

Usain Bolt escapes unharmed after early morning road accident in Jamaica

Bolt escapes unharmed after early morning road accident in Jamaica

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15:08 GMT, 10 June 2012

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 10 June 2012

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt has escaped unharmed from a minor road accident in Jamaica, according to reports.

The Jamaica Gleaner reported Bolt's car crashed at 5.15am Sunday morning in Half Way Tree, St Andrew.

Unharmed: Usain Bolt (left) escaped unharmed from a road traffic collision in Jamaica

Unharmed: Usain Bolt (left) escaped unharmed from a road traffic collision in Jamaica

Bolt's team-mate and sprint rival Asafa Powell was said to be at the scene of the accident, but travelling in another car.

The pair competed in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, with Bolt beating Powell to gold at the Diamond League meeting.

Bolt crashed his car in 2009, rolling his BMW in a ditch and landing upside down, but escaped with minor injuries.