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Amir Khan hopes to "laugh in Kell Brook"s face" by proving he has more fans in Sheffield

Khan hopes to 'laugh in Kell Brook's face' by proving he has more fans than his rival does in his home town of Sheffield

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Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

00:49 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

Amir Khan has revealed he cannot wait to fight in Sheffield – because he wants to ‘laugh in Kell Brook’s face’ about having more fans than Brook does in his home town.

The former world champion is to fight Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27 at a catchweight of 143lbs, and though he is adamant he will return to 140lbs to avenge defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he couldn’t resist a dig at welterweight Brook, his long-time rival.

'We’ll show him how we sell tickets,' said Khan, whose fight against Diaz is his first in the UK for two years.

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

'It’ll show that I probably have more
fans than him in his home town. That’s a laugh in his face, really. But I
don’t think about fighting him yet – he has to prove himself.'

Brook is to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in May and, if victorious, interest in a fight between he and Khan is certain to grow, something the latter says he will welcome once he has achieved his ambitions as a light welterweight and moved up to the 147lb division.

'I have nothing against Kell Brook,' says Khan. 'I don't care about him or think about him. He has to prove himself. At the moment he's not on my radar or anything.

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'If I move up to 147 then definitely I would fight him, but it's six to nine months before I do move up. When I do, I'm not someone who says no and I would take that fight.

'I still want to fight at 140 and win titles at that weight and then move up to 147 as a world champion.

'There are still two fights out there at 140 against Petersen and Garcia – they are fights I want and that are there for me, so I don't see why I should move up.'

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were among those mentioned as potential opponents for Khan, with Peterson and Vyacheslav Senchenko, who retired Ricky Hatton in November, understood to have rejected official offers to fight him. As a consequence Diaz has been viewed as an underwhelming opponent, but he is one Khan is adamant will not be easy.

'We got the fight I wanted,' he said. 'Not many would take this fight on so I have a lot of respect for Diaz for taking it.

'People will turn us down because they know this is a tough fight, even though last year wasn't our best. We tried with some and it didn't happen, which is why I left England for a training camp without doing any press as I didn't have a secure opponent.'

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

For Diaz, the next fight represents the biggest of his career after his last was a draw against Shawn Porter on the undercard of Khan's 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Molina, the 2004 Olympian's first with trainer Virgil Hunter, and one in which the Mexican felt Khan simply could not be criticised.

'I have to say he was spectacular,' Diaz said. 'He looked a whole different fighter. Virgil has done a very good job with him, but I have a very good team and, when I get in the ring in Sheffield, it will be a very proud moment.

'Amir has been a superstar since he started and has been treated like one. I’ve struggled to get attention by winning performances and knockouts, but it’s just made me work harder.'

Tickets for Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz can be purchased from www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.

BUMBLE"S TEST DIARY: I"ve done "a Trott" and was not proud of it, but I"m less of a fan of

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: I've done 'a Trott' and was not proud of it, but I'm less of a fan of Captain Beefheart

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15:43 GMT, 16 December 2012

Trott's shot was legal but against the spirit of the game, I'm sure he regretted it – just like I did

Jonathan Trott smacking that Jadeja delivery for four was not the right thing to do, it was against the spirit of the game. I did it once, thought it was a bit of laugh, but I regretted it straight away. The laws of the game say Trott had every right to hit it but the best thing would have been for the umpire to call dead ball.

Trott's shot was legal: Jonathan Trott was within his rights to hit Jadeja's delivery

Trott's shot was legal: Jonathan Trott was within his rights to hit Jadeja's delivery

India and Kohli need to remember it was their decision not to have DRS

India also thought they had Trott caught behind but the pictures showed he had not hit the ball. The BCCI insist they do not want the Decision Review System, they say they want the umpire’s decision to be final – well, could they please tell their own players, especially Mr Virat Kohli I have no problem with Kohli talking to Trott, he stands on his two feet there, but why he is constantly engaging the umpires is beyond me. I’ve seen enough of Kohli now (in England and India) to have him down as a jumped-up little twerp…and he may be the next India captain! If he confronted me – like he did the umpires – in Civvy Street, he’d better have something to back it up.

Keep your mouth shut: Virat Kohli must learn to not harass umpires

Keep your mouth shut: Virat Kohli must learn to not harass umpires

Time to bring in the card system – just like in football

My suggestion to the ICC that we should have yellow and red cards will not go away. Spectators watching will have been left wondering what was going on (and we may have to wait until the end of the game for the match referee’s decision) but in my system Kohli would have got a yellow card and everyone in the ground (and watching at home) would have been in the know.

Visible warnings: Cricket needs red and yellow cards - just like football

Visible warnings: Cricket needs red and yellow cards – just like football

Trott and Bell need to push on after early blockathon

I was nervous when England started batting when they got their tactics wrong, opting for a blockathon, but at the end of the day’s play Trott and Ian Bell had moved things on. England need to bat until 20 minutes after lunch and they will have won the series. The final-day situation is an ideal opportunity for the likes of Trott and Bell to be selfish and play for themselves. Trott will be desperate for a century while Bell can turn round what has so far been a terrible tour.

Time to cash in: Ian Bell needs runs to make up for his poor tour so far

Time to cash in: Ian Bell needs runs to make up for his poor tour so far

Compton must start scoring of risk Ashes place

Nick Compton’s position intrigues me. He is going along OK but he has got to find a way of turning survival into scoring. He’ll get another chance in New Zealand but at times it can be a bit of an ordeal watching him bat. If you want an early indicator for the Ashes next summer, I think England want to elevate Joe Root to open alongside Alastair Cook and bring in Jonny Bairstow at No 6, which means Compton, Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel will miss out.

Joe Root

Nick Compton

Time for a change: Nick Compton needs to get runs or Joe Root should be promoted to open for the Ashes

Captain Beefheart He's absolute pants

I was given a Captain Beefheart CD by my boss at Sky. He said it’s ‘very difficult listening but once you’ve heard it once or twice you’ll love it’. I didn’t have the heart to ask him: ‘Who the heck is Captain Beefheart!’ After some quick research with a journalistic colleague, we’ve concluded that he’s ‘absolute pants!’.

Not a fan: Captain Beefheart did not appeal to Bumble's musical taste

Not a fan: Captain Beefheart did not appeal to Bumble's musical taste

League Two round-up: Gillingham remain top after 2-1 win at Rotherham

League Two round-up: Burton answers Millers boo-boys

PUBLISHED:

19:09 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:09 GMT, 8 December 2012

Deon Burton silenced the boos that greeted him at Rotherham as the former Millers striker fired npower League Two leaders Gillingham to a 2-1 win at the New York Stadium.

Burton left Rotherham under a cloud seven years ago after handing in a transfer request and it was no surprise therefore that he was booed when he took to the pitch.

On the mark: Deon Burton scored against his old club

On the mark: Deon Burton scored against his old club

The former Derby striker had the last laugh, though, as his eighth and ninth goals of the season gave the visitors the win, with Jason Taylor on the mark for the hosts.

Second-placed Port Vale are now six points behind the Gills after their five-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield.

Jay O'Shea and Tendayi Darikwa were on target for the Spireites, who moved up to ninth.

Cheltenham now trail Vale by just one point after Darryl Duffy's winner gave them a 3-2 victory over Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

Adebayo Akinfenwa continued his fine form by giving Northampton the lead after two minutes and a Billy Jones own goal doubled the hosts' advantage.

Darren Carter and Chris Zebroski scored twice within the space of three minutes to make it 2-2, however, and Duffy sealed the win 10 minutes from time with a close-range finish.

Bradford warmed up for their Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal with an Alan Connell-inspired victory over Torquay which lifts the Bantams above Rotherham into fourth.

Connell grabbed the only goal five minutes from time against his former club.

Fleetwood began life under Graham Alexander with a 0-0 home draw against Southend while bottom side Barnet drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon at Underhill.

Adam Mekki's late equaliser at Oxford was enough to move Aldershot out of the drop zone while Wycombe drew 2-2 with Morecambe at Adams Park.

Bristol Rovers dropped in to the bottom two with a 1-0 home defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge, who won the match courtesy of Sam Williams' seventh of season.

Rochdale's Terry Gornell scored a second-half double, but it was not enough to stop Exeter from moving into the play-off positions as they ran out 3-2 winners at Spotland.

A Jamal Fyfield own goal and Nick Chadwick's 90th-minute strike gave Plymouth a 2-0 win over York at Home Park in today's other fixture.

Ali Carter has UK Championship title in his sights after beating Mark Joyce

Ali has diet for success: Carter has his eyes on UK Championship title

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00:45 GMT, 5 December 2012

Ali Carter reached the World Championship final in May on a diet fuelled by carrot juice, but curry and beer could carry the Crohn's disease sufferer to UK glory in York.

The 33-year-old Essex man has been struggling to stay on top of his condition for the last decade, and has recently ditched pills due to the fear they would cause him long-term health problems.

However, Carter has no problem sinking pints, providing they are low in wheat and gluten, and mild curries go down a treat with the two-time Crucible runner-up.

Going through: Ali Carter on his way to victory over Mark Joyce

Going through: Ali Carter on his way to victory over Mark Joyce

Now he has the williamhill.com UK Championship title in his sights after knocking out world No 1 Judd Trump's conqueror Mark Joyce 6-2.

Former world champion Shaun Murphy, in-form Basildon potter Stuart Bingham and Welshman Matthew Stevens were also winners at the Barbican Centre as the quarter-final line-up began to take shape.

Going by the wayside and out of the tournament were a despondent Graeme Dott and his fellow Scot Stephen Maguire, along with Marco Fu.

With a curry house just over the road from the tournament venue, Carter, a trim cueman who is also a keep-fit fanatic, does not need to look hard for a curry fix.

Inspired by Peter Ebdon, who has committed to a strict vegan diet in recent seasons, Carter downed glass after glass of carrot juice in Sheffield this year, and reported it had a hugely positive impact on his well-being.

Not going to plan: Mark Joyce looks on as he goes out to Carter

Not going to plan: Mark Joyce looks on as he goes out to Carter

'But I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy myself some carrots and stick it in a juicer,' Carter said. “It was just something Peter was doing, I was part of it and we were all having a laugh and it was good.

'I've stopped red meat, which I like, dairy, wheat and gluten. When I'm at home I eat well, salads and fish. I eat curries if they're not too spicy and not too much cream, but it's just a nightmare.

'A curry and a lager, yeah. But I try to get in the gym and keep myself trim. I don't live on curry and lager, believe it or not.'

Such an indulgence would make Carter sound like a caricature of an old-school snooker player, yet life on a busy sporting tour inevitably means he spends much of his year living out of a suitcase and eating in restaurants.

It makes dealing with Crohn's disease, which also afflicts Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and causes inflammation of the bowels, particularly difficult.

Carter thought about retiring a year ago, and said after seeing off Joyce: “I don't feel that well presently.

Eyes on the ball: Carter on his way to victory

Eyes on the ball: Carter on his way to victory

'I'm looking forward to better days to come with my stomach.'

In the quarter-finals, Carter will tackle Bingham, who was terrific in seeing off Maguire 6-4 this evening, firstly going 4-2 ahead before being hauled back to 4-4 and then responding with a break of 120 followed by a match-clinching 54.

Bingham, due to marry fiancee Michelle at the end of the season, has taken the Australian Open and Premier League titles this year and amassed over 150,000 in prize money.

This is an outstanding opportunity to land silverware in one of snooker's premier events, and Bingham said: 'A lot of my success has been overseas and to do it in the UK is massive.

'I'm very happy with my game. I came up against a really good opponent today and came through. I'm over the moon with the result.'

Stevens was also a 6-4 winner, surviving a gruelling match against Hong Kong's Marco Fu.

Stevens, now 35, won the UK title in 2003 but had not reached the quarter-final stage again until now. He will face John Higgins or Mark Davis next.

He said: 'I'll have to play a lot better than that if I'm to go any further.'

Murphy impressed this evening in a 6-2 win over his fellow former world champion Dott.

The 30-year-old world number four had a total clearance of 130 in a victory that sets up a quarter-final against Mark King or 17-year-old Luca Brecel, who knocked out Ricky Walden last night.

Dott was dismayed by his own performance, with the 35-year-old Scot saying: 'I just don't think I'm the same player I was. I don't think there's anyone else in the top 16 that can play as badly as I can play.

'It's not good enough.'

Dott, Crucible champion in 2006, added: 'Hopefully it's not just because of my age. I'd don't know if I've had it. Maybe I'm finished.'

The Larkhall man was quick to stress that did not mean he would be retiring, adding: 'Maybe it's just a bad patch but it doesn't feel that way.'

Arsenal ready to make 10m move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Arsenal ready to make move for 10m Reina as Liverpool consider offloading keeper

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 1 December 2012

Arsenal are ready to step up their bid to land Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the Spanish stopper and is set to make his latest move.

Wenger failed with a 20million offer for Reina back in 2010 but now believes they could land him for half that sum.

Onwards and upwards Pepe Reina enjoys a laugh in Friday's training

Onwards and upwards Pepe Reina enjoys a laugh in Friday's training

Although he remains No 1 at Anfield, it is understood that boss Brendan Rodgers would be willing to listen to offers.

Wenger's cause is helped by the presence of Reina's fellow Spaniards Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla at the Emirates.

In his autobiography, Reina shed light on the moment Liverpool blocked Arsenal's first attempt to sign him.

He wrote: 'Arsenal offered 20m, a phenomenal amount for a goalkeeper. Part of me felt that I was well within my rights to consider my future.

'When Liverpool received the bid, they rejected it. I was told that my continued presence was crucial to the sale of the club. I was simply a bargaining chip in the sales process.'

If Reina does leave, Rodgers has Birmingham's Jack Butland, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Ron-Robert Zieler of Hannover on his hitlist.

Wigan 3 Reading 2: match report:

Wigan 3 Reading 2: Gomez hat-trick spares Al Habsi blushes for horror gaffe

PUBLISHED:

16:56 GMT, 24 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 24 November 2012

Hat-trick hero Jordi Gomez spared goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi's blushes with an injury-time winner to earn Wigan three much-needed points against Reading at the DW Stadium.

The Royals arrived in the north west fresh from their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season against Everton and took the lead in the 35th minute through Sean Morrison's first top-flight goal.

But Gomez turned things around in the second half with a brace and that looked to be that until, 10 minutes from time, Al Habsi dropped a half-blocked shot from Hal Robson-Kanu on to the bar and the ball then hit him and went in.

Point made: Reading's Sean Morrison celebrates after his opener but it wasn't enough

Point made: Reading's Sean Morrison celebrates after his opener but it wasn't enough

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis (Lopez 48), Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones (McArthur 82), Beausejour, Gomez, Kone, Maloney (Si Santo 45). Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie.

Goals: Gomez 58, 68, 90+2

Booked: McCarthy, Jones

READING: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb (McCleary 72), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts (Pogrebnyak 83). Subs not used: Taylor, Mariappa, Hunt, Harte, Cummings.

Goals: Morrison 35, Al Habsi 80 (og)

Referee: Howard Webb

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It was a hammer blow for Roberto
Martinez's injury-hit side, but Gomez had the last laugh two minutes
into added on time to lift the Latics five points clear of the
relegation zone.

Wigan were forced into three changes,
with captain Gary Caldwell, midfielder Ben Watson and striker Franco Di
Santo all injured, although the latter was fit enough for a place on
the bench.

After defeats by West Brom and
Liverpool Wigan needed to get back on track and they should have been in
front in the 12th minute when Jean Beausejour swung in a lovely cross
on to the head of the unmarked Arouna Kone, but he somehow headed wide
with Adam Federici beaten.

Reading had offered little in attack, but they began to look a threat when they sent balls into Wigan's box.

Adam Le Fondre was the match-winner
last weekend with both goals against Everton and he twice headed just
wide, first from Nicky Shorey's corner and then a Jobi McAnuff cross.

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Wigan were still in the ascendancy,
though, and Kone missed another chance in the 24th minute when he tried
to walk the ball in but a combination of Federici and Shorey clearing
off the line denied the Ivorian.

At the other end Reading won a
free-kick when Robson-Kanu was fouled by James McCarthy, who was booked,
25 yards out and Al Habsi gratefully grasped the ball at the second
time of asking after it looked like Shorey's effort had gone through
him.

And the full-back was the architect
when the visitors did take the lead in the 35th minute. Robson-Kanu was
felled by McCarthy again, this time on the left byline, and Shorey's
curling free-kick was powered home by Morrison.

Defending high balls has been a real
weakness for Wigan and it would have been a source of huge frustration
for Martinez that none of his players attacked the ball.

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

And the frustration grew as they
missed another great chance in the 39th minute, this time Gomez jinking
his way into the box but shooting over with only Federici to beat.

Di Santo came on for Shaun Maloney at
half-time and the Argentinian almost scored with his first touch after
he was played through by Gomez, but Federici tipped the shot round the
post.

It was a lively start to the second
half and, after the ever-busy Le Fondre saw a shot well blocked by Ivan
Ramis eight yards out, Gomez volleyed over the bar at the other end.

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

There were yet more problems for
Martinez when Ramis was forced off to be replaced by Adrian Lopez, but
in the 58th minute they were level.

Di Santo was again involved,
crossing from the left, and, although Federici saved Gomez's first
effort, he could not hold it and the Spaniard tucked away the rebound.

Wigan were on a roll and Federici
again spilled a shot from Ronnie Stam, but this time he pounced on the
loose ball just in time.

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

Reading were playing on the break
now, but they were almost back in front in the 62nd minute when
Robson-Kanu crossed and Le Fondre flicked a header towards the corner
only for Al Habsi to fling out a hand.

Wigan had not recovered a single
point from losing positions all season, but they thought they were ahead
when Beausejour crossed for Di Santo to tap in only for a linesman's
flag to cut short the celebrations.

They did not have to wait long,
though, as in the 68th minute Beausejour sent in another peach of a
cross and Gomez grabbed his second with a textbook diving header.

It was Gomez's first Premier League
start since his red card at Sunderland in September and he was certainly
making a case for more regular inclusion.

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

The most important thing was the
Wigan were on course for three points, but that all changed in the 80th
minute with one of the most bizarre goals of the season.

Robson-Kanu's shot spun high up into
the air off a Wigan defender but Al Habsi seemed in control as the ball
dropped back down.

However, a combination of the spin
and the wet ball contributed to it slipping through the keeper's grasp,
hitting the bar before going in off the Oman international.

Gomez almost grabbed his hat-trick
goal moments later only to see his shot deflected just wide, but the
Spaniard did have the last word in injury time when he drilled in a
pull-back from Kone, much to the relief of his goalkeeper.

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Carlos Tevez says Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Better than Messi No chance! Tevez plays down Ronaldo talent ahead of Champions League clash

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12:34 GMT, 20 November 2012

Carlos Tevez has told Cristiano Ronaldo that he is no match for Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Wednesday night's crucial Champions League clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid.

City forward Tevez plays alongside Messi for the Argentinian national team and he was a team-mate of Ronaldo's at Manchester United from 2007 to 2009.

Training day: City prepare to face Real Madrid

Training day: City prepare to face Real Madrid

Training day: City prepare to face Real Madrid

The pair are set to fight it out for the
2012 Ballon D'Or crown but Tevez, 28, believes that Messi would be
deserving of a fourth successive crown.

'I think it is only right if Cristiano Ronaldo does believe he is the best in the world,' said Tevez.

'Any guy who gets 37-40 goals a season
has a right to believe that, but if you push me I am always going to go
on the side of Messi.'

You're having a laugh! Tevez thinks that Messi is better than Ronaldo

You're having a laugh! Tevez thinks that Messi is better than Ronaldo

Tevez did, however, warn his City
team-mates over the threat that Ronaldo will pose at the Etihad Stadium
in what is a must-win game for the English champions if they are to
stand any chance of advancing from the Champions League group stage.

'Cristiano is one of the best players
in the world and he will play in this game the way he always has done,'
added Tevez. 'He does not seem to feel pressure. We will have to keep a
special eye on him.

'I
think that you have got to try and make sure he doesn’t get in behind
you. Once he gets a chance to run at you he is very dangerous and he
strikes the ball well too so you have to try and stop him further up the
field.'

Crucial game: Ronaldo (third left) trains with his Real Madrid team-mates on Tuesday

Crucial game: Ronaldo (third left) trains with his Real Madrid team-mates on Tuesday

Crucial game: Ronaldo (third left) trains with his Real Madrid team-mates on Tuesday

Star man: Messi has won three consecutive Ballon D'Or awards

Star man: Messi has won three consecutive Ballon D'Or awards

Star man: Messi has won three consecutive Ballon D'Or awards

Meanwhile, City boss Roberto Mancini claims his enigmatic forward Mario Balotelli can be as good as Ronaldo and Messi.

Mancini left Balotelli out of the
squad to face Tottenham earlier this month because of what he felt was a
poor attitude in training.

That
sparked fresh speculation the 22-year-old could leave City but Mancini
insisted he has no intention of selling his former Inter Milan protege
and has now urged him to focus fully on his football.

Enigma: Balotelli trains on Tuesday ahead of the crucial clash with Real Madrid

Enigma: Balotelli trains on Tuesday ahead of the crucial clash with Real Madrid

Enigma: Balotelli trains on Tuesday ahead of the crucial clash with Real Madrid

The rewards for that, he believes, could elevate him to the level of the world's best players.

Mancini said: 'Mario, outside the pitch, is a fantastic guy.

'Sometimes he doesn't understand which is
your job, and how his job is important for his life, but I hope for him
that he can understand this quickly.

Pressing matters: Mancini and Tevez talk to the media on Tuesday

Pressing matters: Mancini and Tevez talk to the media on Tuesday

Pressing matters: Mancini and Tevez talk to the media on Tuesday

'Now he is 22 but life can go quickly and I hope he can improve everything because as a player he could be like Cristiano and Messi, if he understands that to be like this you should work hard, your mind should be always on your job, not on the other things that are not important. I am very sorry for him for this.

'He has everything to be one of the best players in the world.'

John Terry plays for first time after FA race verdict

Terry silences boo-boys as Chelsea captain plays for first time after FA race verdict

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14:39 GMT, 29 September 2012

John Terry was greeted by jeers as he took to the field in Saturday's match between Arsenal and Chelsea just two days after he was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.

But the Blues skipper had the last laugh as his side emerged 2-1 winners but not before Gunners fans had their say, giving him the usual jeers and insults.

Shhhh: John Terry helped Chelsea to a tight victory

Shhhh: John Terry helped Chelsea to a tight victory

Backed to the hilt: Chelsea fans supported Terry

Backed to the hilt: Chelsea fans supported Terry

'You know what you are,' sung the
Arsenal supporters, alluding to the guilty verdict from the FA in the
Anton Ferdinand race row case.

Chelsea fans responded by reminding the north Londoners of Terry's success both domestically and in Europe.

Big win: Terry celebrates with Fernando Torres

Big win: Terry celebrates with Fernando Torres

Here you go: Terry gives a fan his boots after the game

Here you go: Terry gives a fan his boots after the game

But the visitors backed their captain
loudly, singing 'John Terry has won the double,' as they mocked their
rivals for their lack of silverware in the last seven years.

The Emirates ended up with 'Champions of Europe, we know what we are' echoing around it as Chelsea secured their victory.

Blues fans also reserved some anger
for the Football Association, who slapped Terry with a four-game ban and
220,000 fine for 'misconduct'.

'F*** the FA, f*** the FA, one England captain, f*** the FA,' they chanted.

Terry is yet to decide whether he will appeal against the FA punishment for the Ferdinand incident.

Funnily enough, it was Terry who was partially culpable for Gervinho's goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cut the ball in from the right and both Terry and his defensive partner David Luiz just backed away, leaving the Ivorian all the time in the world to turn and slam home.

It cancelled out Fernando Torres' opener, scored after poor defending from Arsenal. Juan Mata netted the winner with a free-kick which snuck in at the far post after a nick off of Laurent Koscielny.

Terry finished off by taking off his boots and handing them to a young Chelsea fan in the crowd.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said after the game of Terry's performance: 'Very good. He showed his leadership today again and I was right to pick him.'

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

John Terry

John Terry

Shrug it off: Terry started for Chelsea despite the FA verdict

TERRY CLOCKWATCH

Pre-match: All Arsenal players appear to shake hands with Terry.

1 min: First touch is jeered by the Arsenal fans, who sing: 'John Terry, you know what you are.' Chelsea fans respond with: 'There's only one England captain.'

4: Clears Carl Jenkinson's cross.

15: Cuts out Aaron Ramsey's cross.

18: Arsenal fans scream for a foul as Terry halts Gervinho's run on the edge of the box but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.

27: Calmly chests the ball back to Petr Cech.

42: GOAL – Fooled by the movement of Gervinho, allowing the striker to control Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross and equalise.

48: Close to getting on the end of Juan Mata's corner.

67: Gives the ball away after calmly bringing it out of defence.

72: Blocks Theo Walcott's shot.

76: Nods the ball back to Victor Moses, who inexplicably heads goalward from 20 yards.

78: Heads away Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.

86: Clearance from Walcott's cross bounces back to Cech.

Post-match: Applauds the Chelsea fans and walks over to them, removes his boots and gives them to a young boy in the crowd. Crowd sings: 'There's only one England captain.'

World Twenty20 2012: Akila Dananjaya hit in face with cricket ball

Ouch! Sri Lanka debutant Dananjaya hit in face with cricket ball against New Zealand

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UPDATED:

13:10 GMT, 27 September 2012

Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera – or Akila, as he's known to his mates – had a debut to remember when Sri Lanka met New Zealand in the Super Eights at the World Twenty20.

In the 12th over of New Zealand's
innings Dananjaya attempted to get his hands on a thump back down the
ground from Kiwi batsman Rob Nicol, but the ball evaded his grasp and
caught him flush on the face.

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Thankfully the 18-year-old – the latest spinner off the production line from the country that gave us Muttiah Muralitharan – was up on his feet after treatment and he was able to complete his over.

He
even went on to have the last laugh as he had Nicol caught in the deep –
adding to the wicket of Martin Guptill that he had taken earlier in the
innings to finish with figures of 2-32.

Dananjaya's variations will make him a
tricky prospect for England, who Sri Lanka meet on Monday, but his
maiden international appearance will be remembered for reasons other
than the two wickets that he took.

Impressive: The 18-year-old took two wickets on debut

Impressive: The 18-year-old took two wickets on debut

Lee Westwood denies Rory McIlroy rift

Westwood denies McIlroy rift by offering to partner world No 1 at Ryder Cup

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 18 September 2012

Lee Westwood is open to the
possibility of partnering Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup, dispelling talk
of a feud between two of Europe's key players.

Speculation of a rift between the
pair has been rife since McIlroy quit the management company Westwood
has been with for 20 years, with the two then exchanging views over the
split on Twitter.

Potent partnership: Rory McIlroy (right) and Lee Westwood

Potent partnership: Rory McIlroy (right) and Lee Westwood

But according to Westwood, they remain friends and he would love to play alongside the world No 1 in Medinah next week.

Referring to a conversation the pair had at the BMW Championship two weeks ago, he told the Daily Telegraph: 'We were talking about it as we were going around Crooked Stick. I said to him “have you had any thoughts about who you are playing with a Medinah Because if nobody else wants to play with you and you're desperate, I really don`t mind filling in”. We had a laugh about that.

Threat: World No 2 Tiger Woods

Threat: World No 2 Tiger Woods

'There is nothing there. Fans must watch us having banter on the course thinking “so where is this grudge” So he left the management company I'm with. So what It was a business decision. There is nothing personal with me.

'There is nothing between us personally that would get in the way. Who wouldn`t want to play with Rory when he's in this nick. I'd love to. It'd be good. In fact, it would probably be way better than good, particularly in the four balls. We'd make a ton of birdies.'