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Paula Radcliffe may never compete again

Radcliffe: Foot injury that ruled me out of London 2012 may stop me from competing ever again

with a foot injury and she has not run since.

End of the road Radcliffe has been out injured for eight months

End of the road Radcliffe has been out injured for eight months

Finish line: Radcliffe may not compete again

Finish line: Radcliffe may not compete again

The Brit was hoping to compete in a 10km race this month but she has ruled out that possibility as she continues to suffer complications from her injury.

'Targets have gone out of the window,' Radcliffe told BBC Sport.

'I'm very much in that limbo where I know and accept that realistically it may not be possible.

'But at the same time I have a little window of hope and I would rather be able to finish my career in a race, rather than a race I can't actually get to the start line of.'

Radcliffe has world marathon champion in 2005 and has won two world cross-country titles.

LA Galaxy Frank Lampard move in doubt as club target Kaka

EXCLUSIVE: Lampard move to LA Galaxy on the rocks as US glamour club target Kaka

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UPDATED:

23:03 GMT, 30 November 2012

Frank Lampard’s hopes of following David Beckham to the MLS could be dashed after it emerged LA Galaxy want to sign the Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid.

Beckham plays his final game for Galaxy tomorrow when his team take on Houston in the MLS Cup Final here in Los Angeles.

The Galaxy have been exploring ways of bringing Chelsea midfielder Lampard to the club to fill the slot vacated by Beckham and revealed today that they have had talks with the 35-year-old, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Limbo: Lampard has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season

Limbo: Lampard has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season

But today the man who persuaded Beckham to come to the States at the young age of 31 six years ago suggested that his preference was Kaka largely because he would give the club a profile among the Hispanic community in Los Angeles.

American dream: Kaka wants to play in the United States

American dream: Kaka wants to play in the United States

Tim Leiweke – the President of AEG, the company that owns the Galaxy, – told the Sports Illustrated website: 'I’m very proud of the fact we have a lot of people that are interested in the Galaxy.

'I’m a huge Frank Lampard fan, and I personally have great respect for him.

'Ive gotten to spend some time with him, and he’s an unbelievably good guy. But is he the right fit for our team now for what we need

'Coach Bruce Arena and I happen to be on the same page about where we need to go next.

'This next person has to be able to not only fit what Bruce needs on the pitch, but more importantly, we’re an ever-changing demographic in this marketplace, and we have to pay attention to that.

'It’s critical that we do the one thing we have never been able to do yet with the Galaxy, although we’ve tried. There is a Hispanic Latino population base we have to go conquer, and we haven’t.

'We’re well aware of Kak’s interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he’s aware of our interest in him.

'We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago [Beckham], I’m absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too.'

Steve Kean still Blackburn Rovers manager

Kean farce continues as Blackburn boss remains in charge… for now

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21:30 GMT, 25 September 2012

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is in limbo despite a dramatic stay of execution from owners Venky’s.

A decision was made to sack the 44-year-old Scot over the weekend and club sources revealed that a statement announcing his departure was drawn up on Monday morning.

Although Kean has been granted a temporary reprieve by Venky’s chief Anuradha Desai after a series of discussions between Lancashire and India, it’s understood that a replacement is still set to be brought in before the end of the forthcoming international break.

Staying or going: Steve Kean is hanging on to his job at Blackburn

Staying or going: Steve Kean is hanging on to his job at Blackburn

The situation is typical of the chaos at Ewood Park since Venky’s took control nearly two years ago and promoted Kean from first-team coach to replace Sam Allardyce.

Although Blackburn lie third in the Championship table, relegation from the Premier League and Kean’s unpopularity among supporters have seen attendances plummet by 40 per cent this season.

Asked if the manager will be staying long-term, Ewood Park chief and Venky’s representative Shebby Singh refused to comment on Tuesday but indicated that Kean could be in charge for another three matches.

Voice: The Blackburn fans want Kean to be sacked

Voice: The Blackburn fans want Kean to be sacked

‘We have a game on Saturday, we have a game on Tuesday then Saturday again before the international break,’ said Singh.

‘At the end of the day it’s my bosses — the owners of the club — who have to make an assessment. But I came here in June and the situation hasn’t changed at all with the fans, despite our efforts to bring them back. Financially now it’s not a good situation because the fans are staying away. The club needs revenue to survive.’

Real Madrid make final Luka Modric offer to Tottenham

Modric in limbo as Madrid refuse to budge on final 30m offer while Spurs play hardball

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06:44 GMT, 8 August 2012


Let me leave: Luka Modric wants out of Spurs

Let me leave: Luka Modric wants out of Spurs

Real Madrid have warned Tottenham that they are not prepared to offer more than 30million for Luka Modric, leaving the wantaway midfielder in limbo.

Spurs have already rejected a 27.5m bid from the Spanish champions and are adamant they will not let their star playmaker leave for less than 40m.

But Madrid president Florentino Perez has said Madrid have made their final offer, according to The Mirror.

Modric has made it clear that he wants out of White Hart Lane and Real boss Jose Mourinho has even tried to intervene by speaking personally to Daniel Levy, but Spurs' chairman is still playing hardball.

New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is planning for life without Modric but warned the rebel midfielder he will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

The Croatia midfielder has yet to appear in pre-season and Spurs played their fifth friendly of the summer on Sunday, winning 1-0 at Watford in Lloyd Doyley's testimonial.

Modric is training alone and not at the same level of fitness as the rest of the Spurs squad.

Resigned: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is prepared for life without Luka

Resigned: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is prepared for life without Luka

The Tottenham manager also confirmed that he did not want Real midfielder Nuri Sahin in part exchange.

Modric wanted to quit Spurs for Chelsea last summer but was forced to stay by Levy.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also a long-term admirer, and Paris Saint-Germain have also expressed interest in the 26-year-old, but he has told friends his heart is set on La Liga.

Robin van Persie will be at Arsenal training camp

Van Persie's decision to go with Arsenal to training camp puts Juve move in doubt

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UPDATED:

07:18 GMT, 3 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Robin van Persie has decided he will go to Arsenal's training camp in Germany next week even though Juventus have set a deadline for a potential move.

The striker's switch to the Italian giants is in doubt with Van Persie set to play in a friendly against Cologne on August 12.

Van Persie's agent Kees Vos was told by
Juventus that a deal needed to be agreed by August 7 if he was to come
to Arsenal, according to the Mirror.

Limbo: Robin van Persie will travel to Germany

Limbo: Robin van Persie will travel to Germany

If he does not go to Juventus, Van Persie has options within England in the form of the two Manchester clubs.

The Dutchman prefers a move to Man United over Man City but Sir Alex Ferguson is dubious about paying more than 15million for the 29-year-old.

Regardless of if Van Persie leaves
the club, even he will be impressed with Arsene Wenger's
near-acquisition of Malaga's Santi Cazorla.

The 17.3m Spain midfielder has been a
long-time target and the 27-year-old is sure to help the fans get over
Van Persie's departure – if that's what happens.

Who knows: Van Persie's whereabouts next season are yet to be finalised

Who knows: Van Persie's whereabouts next season are yet to be finalised

But more frustration could come in Barcelona stealing Alex Song from the Emirates.

Arsenal are considering Celtic's Victor Wanyama as a replacement should Barca make a substantial bid for Song.

Scouts from Arsenal and Manchester United have watched the Kenyan, 21, in action.

Wanyama has voiced his frustration at being played in defence and rather than defensive midfield.

He is keen to move to England and Celtic want around 7m.

Mark Hughes says QPR have not bid for Dimitar Berbatov

Berbatov still in limbo at United as QPR deny 5m move for wantaway Bulgarian

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09:50 GMT, 1 August 2012

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QPR boss Mark Hughes has cooled talks that he has made a bid for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The wantaway Bulgarian is caught in limbo, as Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offload him, but they are struggling to find a buyer willing to match United's 5million valuation.

And it goes on... Dimitar Berbatov is looking for a move away from Manchester United

And it goes on… Dimitar Berbatov is looking for a move away from Manchester United

The former Tottenham striker has been linked with a move to Turkey, but Istanbul club Galatassaray withdrew from the race for the 31-year-old.

QPR werer believed to be in the hunt for the former Tottenham marksman, who signed for United four years ago for a staggering 31million.

Hughes has since played down the link.

When asked about the potential bid, Hughes said: 'That is a new one on me, in fairness.

'At this time of year, there are a lot of names flying around. But we prefer to get the job done, get the business done, and then we announce it.'

Roberto Martinez to be set deadline to decide on future

Whelan ready to set Wigan boss Martinez deadline to decide on future

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11:42 GMT, 24 May 2012

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is preparing to set a deadline for manager Roberto Martinez to decide his future after admitting the club is currently in limbo.

The Spaniard is one of the leading contenders for the vacant Liverpool job and has been given permission to speak to the Reds.

But with the Anfield club's owners Fenway Sports Group continuing their widespread trawl of the best available talent, formal interviews are unlikely to be scheduled until next week.

Will he stay or will go: Roberto Martinez will be told to make a decision on his future

Will he stay or will go: Roberto Martinez will be told to make a decision on his future

Martinez is currently on a Caribbean holiday but, on his return next week, Whelan will give him a timescale to make a decision – although with FSG in control of the process it may be one he is not capable of making.

'Roberto will be in Barbados until next Tuesday, and I will then set a seven-day deadline by which time I will expect a decision,' said the Latics chairman.

Dream team: Dave Whelan and Roberto Martinez have worked well at the DW Stadium

Dream team: Dave Whelan and Roberto Martinez have worked well at the DW Stadium

'Until he gets back it's all quiet on the western front.

'I appreciate everyone is in limbo at the moment and there will come a time soon when we'll need an answer one way or the other.

'It is dragging on a bit but I only care about one thing – that is the future of Wigan Athletic. Nothing else matters.

'It's important we sort this out properly, one way or the other, so we can move forward in preparation for the new season.'

Martinez's name also continues to be linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, a club he turned down 12 months ago.

And although he remains one of the front-runners to replace Kenny Dalglish at Anfield, Whelan has not given up hope of hanging on to his prize asset.

'I must stress to our supporters that I am by no means resigned to losing Roberto to Liverpool or any other club,' he told the Wigan Evening Post.

'He may go, he may not go. That will be up to Roberto and I will respect his decision either way.

'But it is not a foregone conclusion. Not at all. Hand on heart, I still believe Roberto will be here next season.'

Mario Balotelli and brother Enoch sport same haircut in Manchester

Double trouble City striker Balotelli lights up Manchester alongside his 'twin' brother

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15:17 GMT, 25 April 2012

With his Manchester City career in limbo following his sending off against Arsenal next month, Mario Balotelli vowed to improve his ways in an effort to bid at the Etihad Stadium beyond next season.

Since manager Roberto Mancini issued what seemed to a be a final warning to the controversial Italian striker over his behaviour, he has kept a relatively low profile.

Until now…

Oh brother: Balotelli and younger sibling Enoch sport identical blonde mohicans in Manchester

Oh brother: Balotelli and younger sibling Enoch sport identical blonde mohicans in Manchester

Balotelli was spotted in Manchester City Centre on Wednesday sporting his new gold mohawk haircut – styled and identically dressed in the same way as his younger brother, Enoch.

The suspended forward is unlikely to feature for title chasing City again this season but he won't go unnoticed at this rate…

Turning heads: Fans look on as Balotelli wanders the streets of Manchester

Turning heads: Fans look on as Balotelli wanders the streets of Manchester

Fabrice Muamba news: Reebok Stadium trbutes

Nat's not ready for you yet: Bolton fans are willing Muamba to pull through

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22:02 GMT, 19 March 2012

Just after lunchtime on Monday a young man walked past the Reebok Stadium wearing a Bolton Wanderers shirt that carried the message: There’s only 1 Gary Speed. Inside the club shop, a teenager waited for the name Muamba to be printed on the back of his team jersey.

Sadly for Bolton, it has been that kind of season.

It was freezing at the Reebok on Monday. It usually is. Nobody who came to lay flowers, cards and tributes to the stricken Fabrice Muamba will have noticed, though.

Moving tributes: Bolton fans show their support for Muamba

Moving tributes: Bolton fans show their support for Muamba

As long as Muamba lies ill in a hospital in London, this is a football club – and a town – that waits anxiously for good news.

Dave Blackburn, of the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association, said: ‘We feel like we are stuck in limbo. When Gary Speed died, it was tragic and sudden. This time we don’t know what we are dealing with. In some ways that makes it harder. We can only hope that Fabrice comes through.’

Despite the location of the Reebok six miles outside the town, Bolton is a club that still connects easily with its community. It is, of course, a community that has known tragedy before.

Speed, a much-loved former captain, died in December, while 11 days ago the club marked the 66th anniversary of the Burnden Park disaster, when 33 supporters lost their lives in a crush at the Railway End of the club’s old stadium in March 1946. A supermarket stands on the site now.

Community club: Sadly, Bolton have known tragedy before

Community club: Sadly, Bolton have known tragedy before

This time, trauma has struck Bolton from the inside. Muamba may have started his life in Zaire almost 24 years ago but, after three-and-a-half years at the club, he is very much part of a group of young players manager Owen Coyle hopes will take the club forwards.

‘He is one of ours,’ added Blackburn. ‘Not as technically gifted as some but one of the ones we know is totally committed to the club.

‘His shooting is terrible, usually hits the corner flag. But we love him, even for that. He is integral to us, one of us.’

On Monday morning at the Reebok, the well-wishers began to arrive before breakfast, wrapped up against the wind rolling down off nearby Winter Hill.

Part of the furniture: Muamba has been at Bolton for three-and-a-half years

Part of the furniture: Muamba has been at Bolton for three-and-a-half years

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United in support: Fans from several clubs have left messages outside the Reebok

Happily, he did not feel the need to take to Twitter to tell the world of his pain.

Moments later, an elderly couple shuffled forward arm in arm. The lady stooped to lay flowers, briefly rested her head on her husband’s shoulder and turned back towards the car park.

This was human kindness at its most naked and real. Those who say that football has lost touch with its public should have been there.

‘I saw the United one,’ said Blackburn. ‘We hate United more than anyone. I don’t feel like that today, though. I was touched by that.’ In hospital in London, Muamba continues a fight he may not yet win. Indications of improvement from the club on Monday were welcome but it is clear the 23-year-old remains gravely ill.

Hope: There were signs of improvement in Muamba's condition on Monday

Hope: There were signs of improvement in Muamba's condition on Monday

His team-mates remain hopeful that his spirit will help him through. They know, though, that it is not that simple.

At the club’s training ground, five miles north on the M61, some of the Bolton players gathered seeking solace in company on Monday lunchtime. Others preferred to stay at home with their families.

Tuesday night’s game against Aston Villa has been postponed and Saturday’s fixture with Blackburn may go the same way. It is at times like this that we realise how young these men are.

Pulling together: Bolton's game on Tuesday night has been postponed

Pulling together: Bolton's game on Tuesday night has been postponed

On the field, Bolton face a huge fight this season to retain their Barclays Premier League status. That still matters. Whatever happens, this club must move on eventually.

Right now, though, Bolton Wanderers and the community it enriches will simply pray for better news.
In January 2011, Bolton lost their favourite son, Nat Lofthouse, at the age of 85. Perhaps the most poignant message laid outside the Reebok said: ‘Hang in there, Fabrice. Nat is not ready for you yet.’

Carlos Tevez Andy Carroll swap deal

Fresh twist in Tevez saga as Liverpool offer misfit Carroll in exchange for outcast

Liverpool made a last-ditch attempt to get rid of flop striker Andy Carroll – by offering him to Manchester City in exchange for Carlos Tevez.

The Anfield club made an enquiry about the Argentine forward last week but their offer of a straight swap was immediately rebuffed.

Kenny Dalglish's side has struggled for goals since Luis Suarez was suspended for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Struggling: Andy Carroll (centre) has failed to find his form at Liverpool

Struggling: Andy Carroll (centre) has failed to find his form at Liverpool

England striker Carroll has endured a particularly frustrating season but showed signs of his ability in Liverpool's 2-1 FA Cup win over United on Saturday.

But he has scored only six goals in 35 appearances since his staggering 35million move from Newcastle.

Tevez meanwhile has not played for City since September and was expected to leave the Premier League during the January transfer window.

But potential moves to AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain fell through, leaving the forward in limbo.

Remember me Carlos Tevez has been frozen out at Manchester City

Remember me Carlos Tevez has been frozen out at Manchester City

His adviser Kia Joorabchian said last week that Tevez would remain in Manchester until the summer.

Reports also emerged on Saturday that the 27-year-old could join former club West Ham on loan but Joorabchian was quick to play down the suggestion.

'That is one club that is very close to his heart but I think that would not be possible,' he said.

'He is a West Ham fanatic. That is one club that is very close to his heart but I think that would not be possible.

No return: Tevez (right) will not be rejoining former club West Ham

No return: Tevez (right) will not be rejoining former club West Ham

'First of all Carlos is in a different position at the moment. West Ham are top of the league in the Championship, they have a good squad, they have a different objective. They’re in a division that is fighting for promotion.

'It would be very difficult for Man City to want to loan him out because they would have to end up compensating a lot of the salary and why would they do that'