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Fernando Torres can"t stop scoring under Rafa Benitez

From drought to glut: Now Torres can't stop scoring for Chelsea under Benitez

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 8 December 2012

Fernando Torres continued his
renaissance under Rafa Benitez with his third and fourth goals in three
days as Chelsea claimed their first victory under the Spaniard by
beating Sunderland 3-1.

Torres ended nearly 13 hours of league football without scoring with two first-half goals, which helped end Chelsea's run of seven matches without a Premier League win.

And Benitez underlined the Spanish forward's growing confidence by revealing Torres had demanded to take the penalty with which he doubled the visitors' advantage.

Free scoring: Fernando Torres scored twice against Sunderland

Free scoring: Fernando Torres scored twice against Sunderland

It is the first penalty he has ever scored in English club football.

'We had three players and any of them could take the penalty, but the positive thing for me was he had confidence,' said Benitez.

'Fernando said he would take it and he would score. Who decides They do. They are players and they know how they are on the pitch.

'It's fair to say we are now watching Fernando with more confidence, more belief. I was analysing his movement and we were adjusting little things. It's a question of confidence and just a little difference in his movement.

'I said before that if the team played well and created chances, Fernando would score goals. We played really well, especially in the first half.'

All smiles: Torres (right) hugs Juan Mata

All smiles: Torres (right) hugs Juan Mata

Confidence: Torres also scored from the spot

Confidence: Torres also scored from the spot

Manny Pacquiao weighs in four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez

Pacquiao weighs in four pounds heavier than Marquez ahead of fourth fight with rival

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 8 December 2012

Manny Pacquiao weighed in four pounds heavier for the big fight in Las Vegas, even though Juan Manuel Marquez has grown into the bigger and heftier looking boxer during the past year.

Marquez, who refutes accusations that he has used steroids, has bulked up, at the age of 39, almost to the point of appearing muscle-bound.

Pacquiao hit the scales on the welterweight limit of 10st 7lb for the fourth fight between these two rivals.

Time to shine: Pacquiao and Marquez square up ahead of the fight in Las Vegas

Time to shine: Pacquiao and Marquez square up ahead of the fight in Las Vegas

Weighing it up: Manny Pacquiao (left) was four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez (right) ahead of their fourth fight

Weighing it up: Manny Pacquiao (left) was four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez (right) ahead of their fourth fight

The PacMan dedicated this final act in their saga to the victims of a hurricane in the Philippines, where he is a congressman, while Marquez talked about trying to find 'that grain extra' which might finally give him victory after two narrow losses and a draw.

Pacquiao looked concerned, and perhaps distracted by events at home.

He said: 'It is important for me to represent my country in the ring and to win this fight.

'But the reason I have gone into politics is to try to help my people.'

In good shape: Pacquiao dedicated the bout to people in the Philippines

In good shape: Pacquiao dedicated the bout to people in the Philippines

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez prepare for fourth and final fight

This is it: Pacquiao vows knock out Marquez and end long running rivalry in fourth and final fight

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15:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

Having shared the ring for 36 rounds over their careers there is not too much that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other – yet they are prepared to go head to head for one final time.

Officially, the tally stands at two Pacquiao wins and one draw, though many fans and boxing writers believe Marquez could legitimately have won all three encounters.

Saturday’s fight is likely to be another close encounter and Filipino Pacquiao believes this will be the last time the two set foot in the ring together.

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

'I think this is the last fight with him,’ Pacquiao said.

'Last time,’ agreed trainer Freddie Roach. ‘We're going to knock him out. End of story.'
Pacquiao lost his last fight to Timothy Bradley – albeit in controversial fashion – and Roach says his fighter is hungrier than ever to succeed, especially if he is ever to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring.

'The fourth fight could be the same as the last three, but Manny's hungrier now,’ Roach said. 'I don't think Marquez has seen the best Manny yet.’

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

But in the opposite corner, Marquez says his sole motivation for Saturday's non-title welterweight clash is the prospect of finally being able to celebrate victory over the Filipino.

'I want them (his corner) to raise my hand (in triumph),’ Marquez said.
'People tell me, 'You really beat him', in the last three fights, a lot of people feel I beat him.

'But I want to have my hand raised. I want the judges to really look at what they're doing and get it right this time.’

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

For his part, Pacquiao appears to be growing increasingly frustrated by the Mexican's insistence that he was the deserved winner of their previous three contests, particularly because of the counter-punching style favoured by Marquez.

'He always claims he won the fights,’ said Pacquiao. ‘So he needs to prove something.

'You cannot say, 'Yes I won the fight' when you are always backing off. It's contradictory. If you're claiming you won the fight, then you have to press the action.’

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

The four-fight rivalry between the two boxers almost failed to last one round. Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the opening round of their first encounter in 2004, but the Mexican rallied to outbox his opponent and eke out a draw.

In their second meeting four years later, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez in the third round, which proved the difference after he won a close split decision.

Their third bout was adjudged a majority decision victory for the Filipino southpaw, despite Pacquiao's surprisingly unimpressive display.

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

'I thought Manny won that fight,’ Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said on Wednesday. “But the booing was very loud and very vocal.

'Someone said, 'Why aren't you smiling You won the fight'. And I said, 'It's very hard to smile when you're being booed that bad'.’

Pacquiao acknowledged that his series of fights with Marquez had been the defining rivalry of his career.

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

'When you say 'Muhammad Ali', you think 'Joe Frazier',’ the Filipino said. ‘And I think when you say 'Manny Pacquiao', you think 'Juan Manuel Marquez'. And when you say 'Marquez', you think 'Manny Pacquiao'.’

But neither man is expecting a fifth fight, whatever happens in the ring on Saturday. The fourth bout, they insist, will be the last.

'This is the last fight with Manny,’ said Marquez. ‘I don't know what will happen in the ring, but this is the last time.'

Pacquiao v Marquez is live on Primetime from 2am on Sunday morning

LIVE: Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: Score from ATP World Tour finals at O2 Arena

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: Latest score from the ATP World Tour Finals showpiece at the O2 Arena

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17:50 GMT, 12 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 12 November 2012

Follow the action as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle it out to win the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena from 8pm on Monday night.

The pair, world Nos 1 and 2 respectively, have won 22 Grand Slams between them and saw off Juan Martin Del Potro and home favourite Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

The final gets under way at 8pm.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE SCORE

Top two: World No 1 Novak Djokovic (above) and world No 2 Roger Federer (below)

Top two: World No 1 Novak Djokovic (above) and world No 2 Roger Federer (below)

Top two: World No 1 Novak Djokovic (above) and world No 2 Roger Federer (below)

Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and Michu buy Real Oviedo shares

Mata, Cazorla and Michu answer desperate call of old club Real Oviedo with share purchase

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10:56 GMT, 7 November 2012

Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and Michu have teamed up in an effort to save their former club Real Oviedo from going out of business.

The Asturias side, who play in the Spanish third tier, are in a desperate financial state and it is understood they could go out of business within a fortnight if they don’t raise €2million.

But Arsenal’s Cazorla, Mata of Chelsea and Swansea revelation Michu have bought shares in the club where they each started their careers in an effort to keep them afloat.

Help: Michu, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata have bought shares in Real Oviedo

Help: Michu, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata have bought shares in Real Oviedo

Santi Cazorla

Juan Mata

Michu, who played at Oviedo from the age of five until he was 21, said: 'Myself, Mata and Cazorla have all bought shares, but it would be wrong of me to say how much. We just wanted to try and help save the club we all played for.

'The economy in Spain is very bad and the club needs around €2m to survive. A lot of people have bought shares and hopefully it will be enough by the closing date of November 17. It’s my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough.’

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Michu hopes his hometown club can experience a similar revival to that of Swansea, which almost went out of business 10 years ago.

He added: ‘Swansea fans should know how much it means to me and the Oviedo supporters.

'I remember reading up on the history of Swansea when I first arrived here; I remember reading how the Swansea supporters bought shares in this club when it was in trouble 10 years ago – and again many years before that.

'And look at the club now; in the Premier League and winning at places like Anfield. Hopefully this SOS can have a similar reaction.'

London 2012 Olympics: Roger Federer beats Juan Martin del Potro to reach final

Federer holds nerve in final-set thriller with Del Potro to reach Olympics final

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16:10 GMT, 3 August 2012

Roger Federer won an epic final-set battle with Juan Martin del Potro to book his place in Sunday's Olympics final.

After taking one set each, Federer eventually secured victory with a 19-17 triumph in the final set.

It was the longest match in the host of Olympics tennis at four hours and 26 minutes.

More to follow…

Battle: Roger Federer in action during the Centre Court showdown

Battle: Roger Federer in action during the Centre Court showdown

Tussle: Juan Martin Del Potro was in brilliant form in their semi-final clash

Tussle: Juan Martin Del Potro was in brilliant form in their semi-final clash

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Tough times: Del Potro shows the effects of the battle

Tough times: Del Potro shows the effects of the battle

Tough times: Del Potro shows the effects of the battle against Federer

Tough times: Del Potro shows the effects of the battle

Tough times: Del Potro shows the effects of the battle

Backing: There was plenty of support for world No 1 Federer at Wimbledon

Backing: There was plenty of support for world No 1 Federer at Wimbledon

German Tennis Championships 2012: Juan Monaco beats Tommy Haas

Monaco edges victory over Haas in Hamburg to claim sixth career clay title

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 22 July 2012

Argentine Juan Monaco beat German veteran Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg to claim his third clay-court title of the year.

The third seed edged out Haas in a thrilling encounter to win his sixth career titles, all of which were won on clay.

Another clay king! Juan Monaco has won six career titles, all on clay

Another clay king! Juan Monaco has won six career titles, all on clay

Eden Hazard handed Chelsea No 17 shirt

Keep your shirt on, Eden! Hazard snubbed for No 10 as 32m man is handed Bosingwa's old 17

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10:20 GMT, 13 July 2012

Eden Hazard has been handed the No 17 shirt at Chelsea despite insisting he wanted 10 on his back.

Juan Mata is the owner of the No 10 and 32million man Hazard has failed to budge the Spaniard.

The Blues won the race for Hazard when he left Lille at the end of the season with Manchester rivals City and United also hoping to land the Belgian.

Pick a number: Eden Hazard will wear 17 for Chelsea next season

Pick a number: Eden Hazard will wear 17 for Chelsea next season

Hazard made the Premier League big guns wait as he weighed up where to go but one thing he was set on was the jersey he would be wearing in 2012-13.

He said at the time: 'I have always dreamed of playing the No 10 role and wearing that number on my back, and you can see what a difference it makes from how many goals I have scored and set up for others. That will be a consideration when I decide on my club.'

But it's Jose Bosingwa's old number for Hazard while his fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne takes the No 14.

Marko Marin is the new No 21 following the departure of Salomon Kalou.

Roger Federer returns to world No 1 ranking

Federer having the time of his life as Wimbledon champion regains No 1 ranking

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12:38 GMT, 9 July 2012

Roger Federer began a record-equalling 286th week at the top of the world rankings on Monday after claiming a seventh Wimbledon title.

The accepted theory is that male tennis players begin the slow decline into retirement once they hit the 30 barrier but, as he has done throughout his career, Federer, who is approaching his 31st birthday, is showing scant regard for conventional wisdom.

Against Andy Murray on Sunday, Federer finished like an express train, raising his level to extraordinary heights in the third and fourth sets to complete a crushing 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory and seal a 17th grand slam title.

Champagne moment: Roger Federer celebrates his seventh Wimbledon title after his win over Andy Murray

Champagne moment: Roger Federer celebrates his seventh Wimbledon title after his win over Andy Murray

WORLD RANKINGS

1 Roger Federer, Switzerland, 11,075 points

2 Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,000

3 Rafael Nadal, Spain, 8,905

4 Andy Murray, Britain, 7,460

5 David Ferrer, Spain, 5,430

6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 5,230

7 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,515

8 Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 3,215

9 Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,180

10 Nicolas Almagro, Spain, 2,605

Since losing to Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals two years ago, Federer has watched Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic carve up the big prizes between them.

Many doubted whether he would win another major, let alone return to the top of the rankings to emulate the 286 weeks of his idol Pete Sampras.

Now they may be asking whether he can reach the 20 mark.

'I'm so happy I'm at the age I am
right now,' Federer, the second oldest man to be ranked No 1 after Andre
Agassi (who was 33) said after breaking British hearts on Sunday.

'Because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible.'

In the spotlight: Federer talks to the world's press after his historic victory on Sunday

In the spotlight: Federer talks to the world's press after his historic victory on Sunday

Whatever feats Federer goes on to add in the final chapter of his career, he can rest assured that he has elevated the men's game to previously unimaginable heights.

He raised the bar, Nadal and Djokovic
took up the challenge, and, despite marriage and the responsibility of
twin daughters, Federer is reacting again, striving to be even better.

Done it! Federer falls to the court after winning (above) and later parades the Wimbledon trophy (below)

Done it! Federer falls to the court after winning (above) and later parades the Wimbledon trophy (below)

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates with the trophy

'I want to leave the game better off than when I came into this great game, which was already unbelievable with the great rivalries we had,' Federer said.

It is often said that the fearlessness of youth erodes with the passing years, a phenomenon seen in professional golfers who, as time goes by, start looking for the heart of the greens rather than firing at the pins.

Double success: Federer (left) with the women's champion Serena Williams at the Champions' Dinner

Double success: Federer (left) with the women's champion Serena Williams at the Champions' Dinner

Despite being one of the best defenders in the game when in a corner, Federer remains the most fearless player of his generation, always aiming for the lines, always pushing the boundary between aggression and recklessness.

'I tried to take it more to Andy, and I was able to do that,' Federer said on Sunday. 'I think I went to maybe fetch victory more than he did.'

Federer and his family will return to Wimbledon in two weeks, as he aims to fetch the Olympic singles gold that would complete his collection.

It all ends in tears: Andy Murray was emotional after his defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final

It all ends in tears: Andy Murray was emotional after his defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final

Should he do that, however, he won't stop there.

'People forget sometimes I do have twin girls,' he said. 'That has had a massive impact on my life. I think it's helped my game more than anything because I think I'm playing some of the best tennis of my life right now.'

Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer and Serena Williams pictured at winners" ball

Roger's having a ball! Murray's conqueror Federer joins Serena at champions' dinner

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08:39 GMT, 9 July 2012

Roger Federer paraded his Wimbledon trophy at the traditional champions' ball on Sunday night, hours after breaking Andy Murray's heart in the final… but there was at least one Brit in attendance in the form of men's doubles winner Jonny Marray.

This year's stars of SW19 descended on the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel in central London dressed to the nines, including ladies' singles champion Serena Williams, who wore a bright golden gown.

While Murray headed for a quiet night back at his Surrey home with girlfriend Kim Sears, his conqueror Federer found himself back in the familiar position of celebrating being both champion of Wimbledon and top of the world rankings.

Champions: Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the Wimbledon winners' ball in London on Sunday night

Champions: Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the Wimbledon winners' ball in London on Sunday night

Latest world rankings

1. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 11,075 points.

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,000.

3. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 8,905.

4. Andy Murray, Britain, 7,460.

5. David Ferrer, Spain, 5,430.

6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 5,230.

7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,515.

8. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 3,215.

9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,180.

10. Nicolas Almagro, Spain, 2,605.

In achieving both feats the 30-year-old from Switzerland has earned separate entries in the tennis record books, tying William Renshaw and Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles and matching Sampras' unsurpassed tally of 286 weeks at No 1. He is guaranteed to stretch that to 287 weeks in seven days' time.

Yet Federer knows there was a widely-held belief that his career was in irreversible decline, his grand slam title prospects slim and chance of getting to No 1 again gone.

The developing rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was perceived to be pushing Federer out to the fringes, but he has been terrifically consistent on tour since last year's US Open and the latest Wimbledon title justified his unflappable self-belief.

Until his four-set triumph over
Murray on Sunday, it had been two and a half years since his last major
title, when Murray was also the victim at the Australian Open.

Looking
at his barren grand slam run, Federer said: 'I see it more as a
stepping stone, a period I had to go through as well. To win 90 per cent
of my matches throughout the year is impossible every single year. So
you're always going to go through ups and downs.

Brit of alright: Men's doubles champions Jonny Marray (right) and Freddie Nielsen

Brit of alright: Men's doubles champions Jonny Marray (right) and Freddie Nielsen

'But I knew how close I was for the last few years, and some people didn't quite see that maybe for different reasons. But I knew and I think the belief got me to victory.'

Nadal, Djokovic and Murray will again be
likely challengers to Federer at the US Open in New York later this
summer, where the rejuvenated man from Basle will be seeking an 18th
slam, and also at the Olympics in SW19 later this month.

King of SW19: Swiss maestro Federer shows off his men's singles prize after beating Andy Murray

King of SW19: Swiss maestro Federer shows off his men's singles prize after beating Andy Murray

Federer showed great desire as he came from a set behind to destroy British hopes of a first home champion in the men's singles since 1936.

He said: 'I really almost didn't try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too far ahead.

Golden girl: Serena parades the ladies' singles trophy won after beating Agnieszka Radwanska

Golden girl: Serena parades the ladies' singles trophy won after beating Agnieszka Radwanska

'There was so much on the line, so I didn't try to think of the world No 1 ranking or the seventh Wimbledon or the 17th title.

'I think, for a change, it's going to take much longer to understand what I was able to achieve. It was crazy how it all happened under the circumstances. I played terrific.'

Meanwhile, Venus Williams led the praise for her 'amazing' sister Serena after the most celebrated family in world tennis cleaned up at Wimbledon again.

Table talk: Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer and his wife Mirka at the dinner

Table talk: Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer and his wife Mirka at the dinner

Just like Federer, Serena is a 30-year-old whose best days, many felt, belonged in the past.
With Serena, there has also been a near-death experience to contend with.

Just days after winning the 2010 Wimbledon title she stepped on some glass and injured her foot, with the subsequent complications – including a blood clot on her lungs – forcing her, in her own words, to her 'deathbed'.

Yet she is a grand slam winner again, for the 14th time in singles, after defeating Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets on Saturday, 6-1 5-7 6-2.

Maybe next year, Andy: Federer and runner-up Murray with their winnings on Sunday evening

Maybe next year, Andy: Federer and runner-up Murray with their winnings on Sunday evening

She is vowing to play on for years to come, and Venus, herself battling Sjogren's syndrome – an autoimmune disease that effects her energy levels – is full of admiration for her younger sister.

'She hasn't had an easy road,' said 32-year-old Venus, whose five Wimbledon singles titles Serena has now matched.

'Things have happened in her life that you can't predict or control, so it's hard to be in that situation.

On top of the world: Federer beat Murray in four tense sets on Centre Court on Sunday

On top of the world: Federer beat Murray in four tense sets on Centre Court on Sunday

'For her to fight through that and come back and be a champion, and not only that, but to have made the final of the US Open, reached the top five, all these achievements that she's done that I don't think anyone else can do, is just amazing.

'She's such a fighter. You never say die. I think positivity really brought her a long way in that. I don't think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything. Nothing has defeated us yet, so we're going to keep that track record.'