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Liverpool sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea

Sturridge set for Cup debut after completing 12m move to Liverpool from Chelsea

European Cup and 2010 and 2012 FA Cups in his trophy cabinet.

STURRIDGE TIMELINE

1989: Born September 1, in Birmingham.
2003: Signs for Manchester City's academy at the age of 13, following trials with Aston Villa and Coventry.
2004: Named player of the tournament and finishes as top scorer as City win the Under-15 Nike Cup.
2006: Signs professional contract with City.
2007: February 3 – Makes City debut in 2-0 defeat to Reading.
2008: January 27 – Scores first professional goal in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
2009: Finishes the season with four goals in 26 appearances.
July 3 – Turns down a new deal at City to sign for Chelsea.
August 11 – Earns first England Under-21 cap against Netherlands.
2010: January 2 – Scores first goals for Chelsea, in a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of Watford.
May 15 – Comes off the bench at Wembley as Chelsea secure a Premier League and FA cup double by beating Portsmouth 1-0.
2011: January 11 – Joins Bolton on a loan deal until the end of the season,
February 2 – Scores 90th-minute winner on his Bolton debut as Wanderers beat Wolves 1-0.
May 22 – Sent-off during his final Bolton appearance against former club Manchester City. Scored eight goals in 12 games during the loan spell.
October 2 – Scores a brace during Chelsea's 5-1 thrashing of former club Bolton.
November 15 – Makes England debut as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory over Sweden.
2012: April 29 – Scores the opener in a 6-1 victory over London rivals QPR to keep Chelsea's hopes of Champions League qualification alive.
May 19 – Remains on the bench as an unused substitute as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win the Champions League for the first time.
July-August – Makes a full recovery from meningitis to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London, scoring against both the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay but missing a crucial penalty against South Korea in the quarter-finals.
October 31 – On the scoresheet as Chelsea need extra time to eliminate Manchester United and reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 5-4 victory.
2013: January 2 – Leaves Chelsea to join Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. After signing a long-term contract, he says: 'I am humbled and happy to be here. I've not signed to play for a couple of years and then move on. I've signed to be here for as long as possible. It's a humongous club.'

Lewis Hamilton dig from McLaren boss at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton should have won more titles! McLaren fire parting shot at Mercedes new man

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 2 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton should have won more world championships with McLaren, insists team principal, Martin Whitmarsh.

The 27-year-old will end his 14-year association with the British team at the end of the season after signing a three-year contract with Mercedes.

Hamilton will join a Mercedes outfit, pointless from the last three races, with just one world title to his name.

Chilled: Hamilton walks though the pits during the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Chilled: Hamilton walks though the pits during the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

And speaking ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Whitmarsh hinted that Hamilton has underachieved in his six-season spell with McLaren.

‘Yes’, was Whitmarsh’s response when asked if Hamilton should have added to his maiden championship which he won in 2008.

‘All of us are at fault for that. We’ve still got an extraordinary record and have had some fantastic races, but between us, with Lewis and the team, we could have done a better job together than we did.’

Hamilton will be replaced by Sergio Perez at McLaren next season, but Whitmarsh has doubts over whether the young Mexican possesses the credentials to win a world title for McLaren.

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail, Whitmarsh added: ‘He’s got something but we don’t know whether that something is enough to be groomed into a world champion. I think it might be but it is an interesting challenge.’

While Perez has caught the eye with a number of strong displays this season, he has failed to score a single point since his move to McLaren was announced in September.

On track: Hamilton, who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, was flying during the practice sessionsOn track: Hamilton, who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, was flying during the practice sessions

On track: Hamilton, who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, was flying during the practice sessions

Need for speed: Hamilton was at the top of the standing during practice

Phil Duncan F1 blog

The Sauber driver crashed out in Japan attempting to overtake Hamilton, managed 11th in Korea and then retired in India after sustaining irreparable damage after a collision with Daniel Ricciardo.

Whitmarsh said he wasn’t concerned with Perez’s poor form but hinted that he’ll need to improve before joining the Woking-based outfit.

‘Since 1966, McLaren has won more than 25 per cent of the all the races in which it has competed in,’ he said.

‘That’s an added pressure to being a McLaren driver. He might think he understands it, but he doesn’t.’

After a run of disappointing results, McLaren appeared to show signs of a resurgence in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton and Jenson Button led a McLaren one-two on Friday morning before seeing only championship leader Sebastian Vettel post a faster time in the second practice session.

Leading the way: Sebastian Vettel laid down a marker by setting the fastest time in the second practice session

Leading the way: Sebastian Vettel laid down a marker by setting the fastest time in the second practice session

Having led every lap of the last three grands prix, Vettel, who can equal Sir Jackie Stewart’s record of 27 grand prix wins from 99 races tomorrow, has opened up a crucial 13-point cushion over Fernando Alonso with just races in Abu Dhabi, Texas and Interlaogs remaining.

After a slow start, Red Bull have regained the dominant pace which saw Vettel stroll to the championship last term.

It’s led some to question whether he deserves to win this season’s title ahead of Alonso who has unearthed every single element from a below-par Ferrari en route to staking his claim to a triple world crown. But Button, 99 points adrift of the German, isn’t among them.

Making an entrance: Young British driver Max Chilton made his F1 debut at Yas Marina for Marussia during the practice session

Making an entrance: Young British driver Max Chilton made his F1 debut at Yas Marina for Marussia during the practice session

‘I don’t think people will look at him as being lucky. He is in a great car and the team are doing a fantastic job,’ he said.

‘The last few races were perfect for him and he has not put a foot wrong. He deserves it.’

Max Chilton, meanwhile, made his Formula One debut in Friday’s first practice session.

The 21-year-old Briton, who is expected to be on the grid in a full-time capacity next season, ended the session over five seconds adrift of Hamilton’s fastest time.

Abu Dhabi route

Liverpool offer trial to Korea defender Jang Hyun-Soo

Liverpool offer trial to Korea defender Hyun-Soo with view to 1m move

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 24 October 2012

Liverpool are to offer a trial to FC Tokyo’s Jang Hyun-Soo.

The 21-year-old South Korea defender is due at Liverpool in December.

Hyun-Soo has only made six appearances for his club and would cost Liverpool 1million.

Wanted: Jang Hyun Soo has been invited to train with Liverpool

Wanted: Jang Hyun Soo has been invited to train with Liverpool

Korean Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari won"t buckle to Red Bull charge

Korea defining Alonso ready for Vettel fight as leader insists Ferrari won't buckle

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07:35 GMT, 11 October 2012

Fernando Alonso has every confidence Ferrari will not cave in under pressure from Red Bull as the 2012 season reaches a critical moment in South Korea this weekend.

Alonso has led the drivers' championship since winning the European Grand Prix at Valencia, but he is in danger of becoming the hunter rather than the hunted with Sebastian Vettel lying just four points behind the Spaniard.

Vettel took the win at the Japanese Grand Prix as Alonso was eliminated following a first-corner clash with Kimi Raikkonen.

Under pressure: World championship leader Fernando Alonso knows he faces a battle with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in Yeongam

Under pressure: World championship leader Fernando Alonso knows he faces a battle with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in Yeongam

The Korea International Circuit proved to be a strong track for Red Bull in 2011 as Vettel took his 10th victory of his remarkable march to a second world title.

A repeat of that result this weekend would see the German leapfrog his rival, and with a lack of qualifying pace undermining Ferrari's race efforts, Alonso appears to be facing an uphill battle.

But the 31-year-old is backing the Maranello squad to help him take the title battle all the way to the final race in Brazil.

'I am sure we can be in the fight right down to the wire,' said Alonso.

'The people who are working on the car are the same who have done the job so far and there's no reason to think they can't do a good job again now.

Walk this way: Alonso arrives at the Korea International Circuit on Thursday

Walk this way: Alonso arrives at the Korea International Circuit on Thursday

Start me up: Ferrari mechanics prepare Alonso's race car before the start of the first practice session

Start me up: Ferrari mechanics prepare Alonso's race car before the start of the first practice session

'Let's not forget that, if I am still leading the Championship, it's because we have been capable of improving the car significantly compared to the start of the season and also because we are capable of always getting the most out of what we have to work with.

'We have not been gifted anything, indeed Spa and Suzuka deprived us of places that were easily within our grasp.

'It's not through some sort of divine miracle that we are in this position, it is down to the work of all us, from first to last. Formula One is a team sport: you win and you lose together.'

Ferrari will bring several small updates to Yeongnam as they look to keep Alonso in the hunt, with a more considerable upgrade to be introduced ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.

In the shade: Vettel appears relaxed as he gets ready to continue his battle to retain his world title

In the shade: Vettel appears relaxed as he gets ready to continue his battle to retain his world title

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Technical director Pat Fry said: 'We are currently closer to McLaren but there's still a gap to Red Bull, so we need to keep working on car development.

'I think looking back at recent races, we have been bringing small updates to every race, even if we made a few small errors in Singapore, but we worked out what they were and sorted them out in time for Japan.

'When you have a constant drive for performance, you need to take some risks and there will be four small updates on the car in Korea, with more significant changes in the races after that.

'Overall for the last five races, we need to stay calm and ensure that everything we do counts. There's more to come, even if we have a way to go to catch up. But we are never going to give up and we'll be trying all the way to Brazil.'

Liverpool eye move for Hamburg"s Son Heung-min

Liverpool eye move for Hamburg ace Son in attempt to solve forward crisis

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21:50 GMT, 9 October 2012

Liverpool are keen on Hamburg's South Korea forward Son Heung-min.

The 20-year-old has started the season well with the Bundesliga outfit and can play either on the wing or up front.

Liverpool are in desperate need of firepower with Luis Suarez the only proven top-class forward available to boss Brendan Rodgers. Fabio Borini, a 10million summer signing from Roma, has not yet found the net in the Premier League.

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

Caroline Wozniacki wins Korea Open

Wozniacki gets Korea back on track! Former No 1 wins first tour title of the year

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11:00 GMT, 23 September 2012

Caroline Wozniacki earned her first WTA tour title of the season with a crushing victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the final of the Korea Open.

The top seed needed just an hour and two minutes to see off Kanepi 6-1 6-0, the Dane allowing her opponent just one hold of serve which came in the fifth game of the match.

Wozniacki had needed three sets to defeat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in Saturday's semi-final, but there was no element of fatigue holding her back.

Sealed with a kiss: Caroline Wozniacki celebrates winning the Korea Open

Sealed with a kiss: Caroline Wozniacki celebrates winning the Korea Open

The world No 11 said: 'Yesterday was a very difficult match, but the final is the final, and you just do anything you can to win.

'Today I did well at turning defence to offence and offence to defence. That's actually a strength of mine.

'I'm very pleased with how everything turned out.'

Winning feeling: Wozniacki beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the final

Winning feeling: Wozniacki beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the final

The Seoul title marked the former world No 1's first tour triumph since August 2011 but she was eager to play down talk of a swift rise back up the rankings.

'I want to enjoy it and be positive so that's what I'm thinking about right now,' she added.

'I want to build up for the next season and hopefully my results this week will help me move forward and get back to playing my best.'

Tiger Woods shoots best opening round for three years but still two off the lead

Woods shoots best opening round for three years but still two off the lead

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00:07 GMT, 1 September 2012

Tiger Woods rolled back the years with
a 64 in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship – but still
found himself two shots off the lead.

Woods recorded his best opening round
in three years to initially share the clubhouse lead with former Ryder
Cup player Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore.

On a rol: Tiger Woods hits the ball on the 13th hole

On a rol: Tiger Woods hits the ball on the 13th hole

But fellow American Chris Kirk then moved top of the leaderboard with a 63 before South Korea's Noh Seung-yul birdied his last two holes to card a nine-under-par 62.

Woods, who started on the 10th, picked up shots at the 11th and 13th and then carded six more birdies in succession from the 18th.

The former world No 1 dropped his only shot of the day on his closing hole, the ninth, but said: 'I hit a lot of good shots and on top of that I putted well at the same time. It was a nice little combination.'

Woods added on PGA Tour Radio: 'I hit the ball well enough to probably shoot maybe one or two more (under par). I missed a couple of little putts out there.

'But also I made my share from outside of 15, 20 feet as well.'

Last weekend at The Barclays, Woods three-putted four greens in the third round and then shot 76 in the final round to finish tied for 38th. He dropped from first to third in FedExCup points.

'It wasn't like I was hitting a lot of awful shots,' he added. 'I just needed a couple of putts to kind of go my way and it didn't happen.

'Today was about the same as I have been playing pretty much all summer, just go out there and playing pretty consistent. It was just a nice, solid round.'

World No 1 Rory McIlroy was just one shot behind Woods after a 65, while Ryder Cup team-mates Luke Donald and Ian Poulter shot 67 and Lee Westwood returned a 68.

'I definitely didn't drive the ball the way I wanted to,' McIlroy said after only hitting four fairways.

'I drove it great last week at Bethpage and didn't putt so well but this week it seems like I didn't drive it so good today but putted well.'

Lee Chung-yong wanted by Wigan

Latics considering 7m raid for Bolton winger Lee

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 26 August 2012

Wigan are weighing up a bid for Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong.

The South Korea star has battled back to form after breaking a leg last year and is valued at around 7million.

In demand: Lee is on Wigan's wishlist

In demand: Lee is on Wigan's wishlist

The 24-year-old is under contract until 2015.

Wigan are also interested in former Bolton forward Tuncay, who has been given a free transfer by Wolfsburg.

Swansea to complete Ki Sung-yeung signing for 5m

Ki switch to Swansea set to be completed as club agree terms with 5m man

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21:30 GMT, 22 August 2012

Swansea expect to wrap up their record-breaking 5million deal for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng by the weekend.

The South Korea international has agreed personal terms with chairman Huw Jenkins and will arrive in south Wales on Friday for a medical.

Barring any unforeseen complications, Ki will become Swansea’s most expensive signing, eclipsing the 3.5m Jenkins paid for Danny Graham last summer, but it’s understood they will not be able to register the 23-year-old in time for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Ki will become the seventh player signed by Michael Laudrup this summer – following the arrivals of Michu, Jose Manuel Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Kyle Bartley, Jamie Proctor and Itay Shechter – and another big move could yet follow for Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez.

Swansea failed with a 4m bid for the Spain winger as Valencia are determined to hold out for 5m, but with Scott Sinclair set to join Manchester City Jenkins is likely to make an improved offer in the coming days.

Swansea have bid accepted for Celtic"s Ki Sung-yeung

Swansea close in on Ki signing after Celtic accept bid for Korean star

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21:30 GMT, 19 August 2012

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16:22 GMT, 20 August 2012

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed the club have had a bid accepted for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

The Hoops confirmed earlier on Monday that the South Korea international was not travelling with the squad for their Champions League play-off in Helsingborg and was keen to move away from Parkhead.

With a fee of around 6million being reported, a potential deal was described by Celtic boss Neil Lennon as 'good business' although he stopped short of naming Swansea as the club with whom that business was likely to take place.

In demand: Ki Sung Yueng (right) is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs

In demand: Ki Sung Yueng (right) is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs

But Jenkins has since revealed to STV that it is indeed the Swans who are targeting the signature of the 23-year-old.

'We have agreed a fee with Celtic for Ki,' he said.

'We are currently holding discussions with player and agent over personal terms.'

A deal has not yet been agreed and Jenkins is keen to get the transfer completed before he is usurped by any other potential suitors.

'We are aware of other clubs interest but we are hopeful we can conclude a deal in the next 24 hours. We feel he is a very exciting young player who has a good career in front of him,' he said.

Lennon, talking in Sweden after Celtic arrived in preparation for their match with Helsingborg, claimed the length of Ki's contract meant a potential windfall of 6million could not be ignored.

He said: 'We are in advanced discussions with a club at the minute and we are hoping the deal will go through.

Euro adventure: Neil Lennon checking in for his flight from Glasgow to Sweden

Euro adventure: Neil Lennon checking in for his flight from Glasgow to Sweden

'I am not at liberty to say (if it's Swansea) but there may be interest from other clubs as well.

'He is not here, we have given him a bit of extra time because he has a lot to think about.

'He has only 15 months left on his contract and we feel it is a good offer and good business on our side.'

The Celtic manager also admitted the policy at the club seemed to be heading in the direction of signing young players for small fees and developing them to earn a profit.

'It is unfortunate to lose a quality player,' he said.

'But that has been our strategy at the club for the last two or three years, cultivate these players and eventually move them on if they want to go.'

Off and running: Swansea thrashed Queens Park Rangers on Saturday

Off and running: Swansea thrashed Queens Park Rangers on Saturday

QPR and recently-promoted Reading have also been linked with a move for Ki, who joined Celtic from FC Seoul in 2009, but it now appears Swansea are the front runners.

Ki, who has 47 international caps, would be joining a side that currently sit second in the Barclays Premier League after celebrating Michael Laudrup's first competitive game in charge with a 5-0 victory at QPR on the opening day of the new season.

He was also part of the South Korea Olympic football squad and scored the fifth penalty in his nation's quarter-final shoot-out victory over TeamGB, which contained current Swansea players Neil Taylor and Scott Sinclair.

Ki would become Laudrup's seventh summer acquisition following the transfers of Spanish duo Michu and Chico as well as Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley and Preston striker Jamie Proctor, while Villarreal's Jonathan de Guzman and Itay Shechter from Kaiserslautern have been brought in on loan deals.