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Masters 2013: Guan Tianling to do homework while becoming youngest ever Masters player

Teen sensation Guan balances schoolwork and golf ahead of becoming youngest ever Masters player

By
Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:25 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 9 April 2013

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China's Guan Tianlang has done his homework, in every sense of the word, ahead of his historic appearance in the US Masters this week.

Guan secured his place at Augusta by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand last year and, at the age of 14, will become the youngest player Masters history when he tees off on Thursday.

The Guangzhou schoolboy says he will do 'pretty much all' of his homework while in America, but has found plenty of time for seven practice rounds at Augusta, with today's being alongside two-time winner Ben Crenshaw and tomorrow's scheduled to be with another double champion Tom Watson.

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

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'I'm really excited in the morning when I come out on the course and there's many people here and I'm really looking forward to the tournament,' said Guan, who will also play the traditional par-three contest on Wednesday with three-time winner Nick Faldo.

'I'm not going to push myself too hard and I'm going to enjoy my game. Hopefully I can play well.

'The general manager of my home course is friends with Ben (Crenshaw) and he told him I wanted to play with him. He told me a lot and we really enjoyed it on the golf course.'

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Guan has already played with Tiger Woods in a pro-am in his native China but will also seek out the world number one for a chat.

'I
think probably we will talk,' he added. 'The players here are all great
players, so I'm looking forward to speaking to any one of them.

'When
I was three or four years old I was looking at him (Woods) winning the
Masters and it's pretty exciting to watch him. I played with him twice
in the past couple of years and he gave me a lot of advice. Every time I
play with him I feel a lot better and give myself some confidence.'

Starlet: Guan will become the youngest Masters player in history when he tees off on Thursday

Starlet: Guan will become the youngest Masters player in history when he tees off on Thursday

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Guan

Guan's appearance at Augusta may have made headlines around the world, but world number eight Steve Stricker was still taken aback when he realised exactly how old the former world junior champion is.

'I knew he was playing, I knew he was young. I didn't think he was the same age as my daughter,' Stricker said. 'I thought he was 16.

'That's remarkable. I just can't imagine being that young and competing at this level at such an early age.

'It will be interesting to see how he does and how he handles it. It's remarkable that he's even playing.'

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Liverpool won"t sell Luis Suarez this summer

Suarez is going nowhere, vow Liverpool despite hitman warning he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 21 March 2013

Liverpool have 'no desire' to sell Luis Suarez, according to managing director Ian Ayre.

Suarez’s future at Anfield has made headlines this morning after it was reported he would be willing to talk with other clubs following an interview in his native Uruguay.

Ayre has, however, played down any notion the striker may be about to leave the Reds after signing a four-year deal last August.

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Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

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'You can read into the comments – it was given in his native language so I think maybe it was a bit lost in translation,' Ayre told BBC Radio Five Live.

'We’ve been consistent with Luis. Last summer he signed a new four-year contract and we have no desire to sell Luis. He is a fantastic player and a great contributor to our team.

'We’ve been very honest with him and he’s been very honest with us.
Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but in the interview hinted he could be tempted by a big-money move at the end of the season.

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

'I am very happy at Liverpool but you
never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's
World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

'If another team comes around with
more prospects of competing in international club competition games,
which is willing to have me, they are welcome.

'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

However, Suarez also recognised
Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing
philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.

Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea
side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the
same structure at Anfield.

'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.

'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.

'We have to realise we have a new
manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the
players are adapting to as best we can.

'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'

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David De Gea may make a move to Real Madrid in the summer if the Spanish giants have their way

Real Madrid eye De Gea as long-term replacement for Spain skipper Casillas

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 30 December 2012

Manchester United are braced to receive a 22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Iker Casillas was dropped in Real’s game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain.

The two are known to have a stormy relationship at the club, and although 31-year-old Casillas has previously said he’d like to finish his career at Real, recent comments have indicated that he might be open to a move.

De Gea is said to be a target for Real Madrid

Homesick: There are rumours De Gea is missing his native Spain after transferring from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago

Real Madrid will bid for David De Gea

Expensive:The Spanish giants are set to bid 22million for the United goalkeeper

De Gea was signed by United as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar for over 18million.

There have been rumours that the Spanish goalkeeper has suffered from homesickness, however, since he moved from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago.

The Spain Under-21 is now the top target for Madrid boss Mourinho, according to The Sun.

A Real insider said: ‘De Gea is definitely wanted by Mourinho but a lot depends on his own future.

‘But he’s studied De Gea’s form closely and is very interested.’

Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 15 December 2012

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel, an 11-shot winner in Thailand last weekend, takes a 10-stroke lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa tomorrow.

But if the week is belonging to the 28-year-old from Johannesburg then the 192-yard 12th at Leopard Creek is compatriot Keith Horne's property – incredibly, he holed-in-one for the second day running.

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Sealed with a kiss: Keith Horne of is presented with a BMW after his second hole-in-one

'I just want to keep playing with no expectations. Tee it up, hit the ball down the fairway, hit it on the green, make the putt and see where it leads me.

'In the back of your mind you know what you want to achieve. We all want to win golf tournaments, but I can't be thinking about wanting to win because that's not how I'm actually going to win.

'I have to just stay right where I am and plod along. If I play the best I'll win – that's the way I see it.'

Santi Cazorla should be nicknamed Messi or Maradona, says Jack Wilshere

Wilshere: Classy Cazorla is so good we should call him Messi… or Maradona!

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UPDATED:

09:46 GMT, 19 November 2012

Jack Wilshere claimed Santi Cazorla’s nickname should be ‘Messi’ or ‘Maradona’ after watching Arsenal’s new hero inspire their latest north London derby thrashing of Tottenham.

Wilshere and Cazorla both sung each other’s praises following Saturday’s 5-2 Barclays Premier League win over Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.

But England midfielder Wilshere took the love-in to extremes when he suggested his new team-mate bore comparison with all-time greats Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

Call him Messi: Jack Wilshere wants his team-mates to create a new nickname for Santi Cazorla

Call him Messi: Jack Wilshere wants his team-mates to create a new nickname for Santi Cazorla

Asked if Arsenal’s players had a nickname for their new talisman, Wilshere said: 'Not yet. Maybe it should be Messi!'

Record signing Cazorla was dubbed ‘Paquirrin’ (Fat Boy) in his native Spain because of his resemblance to a celebrity who goes by the same moniker.

When this was pointed out to Wilshere, he said: 'Maradona then.'

Wilshere has played alongside Cazorla just four times since his return from 17 months out injured but he claimed the 27-year-old was as good as anyone he had encountered.

He said: 'His touch and his vision is just a joke. He is a dream to play with.

'He never gives the ball away, he is creative and busy round the pitch. He is a joy to play with.'

Playing down comparisons with Cesc Fabregas, he added: 'He is a different player to Cesc. Cesc is more of a passer.

'With Santi, he can pick the ball up, he can beat people, he has got a great shot on him. He is just different class and he is great to play with.'

Cazorla was unstoppable against 10-man Spurs and Wilshere was in awe.

'There was one point when there were three players around him and he just dribbled out of it,' he said.

'That is up there with the best. I think I will have to watch it again to learn a few thing off him!'

In control: Cazorla relished his first taste of action in a north London derby

In control: Cazorla relished his first taste of action in a north London derby

Cazorla’s performance was all the more remarkable after he was forced to travel to Panama and back for a Spain friendly he played no part in.

Wilshere said: 'I spoke to him on Friday and he said it was an 11-hour flight.

'He doesn’t speak much English – he just smiled.

'I think with the competition in the Spanish team, if they call you, you have to go.

'You can’t say no – otherwise they’ll replace you with a player who is just as good.'

Cazorla himself joked: 'A few of the players have said that I should go back and do the journey again, because it’s obviously helped my form!

'It was a long journey and a hard one, but I was able to rest and I feel good now.'

The 15million arrival from Malaga was also feeling good about his fledgling midfield partnership with Wilshere.

'Jack has a quality that everyone knows about, and he is a crucial player for us,' he said.

Flash point: Wilshere was involved in an argument with Gareth Bale moments after Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off for Spurs

Flash point: Wilshere was involved in an argument with Gareth Bale moments after Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off for Spurs

'Every day, he gets better and playing with him gets easier every day, as he improves his level and finds his fitness again.

'We have to be patient but he will keep on improving.

'I am starting to understand Jack a little bit more but that is the same with all of my team-mates. We are getting better with every game.'

Saturday was Cazorla’s first taste of a north London derby and, although he had played derbies in Spain, he admitted they were 'not as intense'.

He added: 'Everyone had been explaining to me that we had to win, that it was a derby, that there is so much rivalry.

'The main thing is that the fans were able to enjoy themselves and that, by the end of the game, they could be quite comfortable.
'It’s beautiful the way they have been with me ever since I arrived. It means a lot.'

Cazorla’s exploits may not yet have earned him a new nickname but he already has his own song among Arsenal supporters.

He said: 'It makes me really happy that the fans show me so much affection. It’s lovely to hear.'

Paris Saint-Germain keen on Mario Balotelli

Paris Saint-Germain set to rival Milan duo for City striker Balotelli in January

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 18 November 2012

Mega rich Paris Saint-Germain are ready to enter the race to sign Mario Balotelli in January if Manchester City decide to sell the striker.

If the free-spending French side do go for the Italian striker then they are likely to face competition from Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are backed by the Qatar Investment Authority and made an initial inquiry for the striker after Euro 2012, but were put off by the 40million price tag.

On his way: Mario Balotelli could be a target for PSG in January

On his way: Mario Balotelli could be a target for PSG in January

But now they are ready to bid again when the transfer window reopens in January and City could be more receptive after boss Roberto Mancini’s patience is wearing thin and despite backing the striker over recent months, he is now starting to question his attitude.

And with Mancini likely to have to sell before he buys in January, then it could pave the way for Balotelli to leave The Etihad.

Keen to sign: Paris Saint-Germain's Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of the Italian striker

Keen to sign: Paris Saint-Germain's Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of the Italian striker

Balotelli is said to favour a return to his native Italy, where his partner is pregnant with his first child.

However, the current lack of financial muscle in Serie A is an issue Paris do not have.

Usain Bolt"s secret to success: running up stairs

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

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 15 November 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raheem Sterling in line for England game against Sweden

Sterling set for England call-up as Roy ponders Kop star for Sweden clash

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UPDATED:

01:16 GMT, 7 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson is giving serious consideration to naming Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling in his squad to face Sweden later this month.

The teenager has been a revelation for Brendan Rodgers' side this season after making his first-team breakthrough under Kenny Dalglish at the end of the previous term.

Centre of attention: Sterling has starred for Liverpool this season

Centre of attention: Sterling has starred for Liverpool this season

His fine performances saw him called up into the full England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine before Stuart Pearce named him in his Under-21 set-up for the infamous clash against Serbia. And Hodgson is set to name Sterling in his squad to face Swedes.

It is hoped the move will persuade the youngster into committing his international future to England in the face of serious interest from his native Jamaica.

Arsenal expand scouting network in Germany

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal ramp up German scouting mission in bid to find next Podolski

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 29 October 2012

Arsenal are making moves to expand their German scouting network in an effort to unearth the next Lukas Podolski.

The Gunners have already found the country a valuable breeding ground for talent, Per Mertesacker and Podolski are both important members of the first team.

While Serge Gnabry, 17, and Thomas Eisfeld, 19, have both left their native Germany to join the Gunners.

Who's next Arsenal hope to lure more German talent to the Emirates

Who's next Arsenal hope to lure more German talent to the Emirates

Manager Arsene Wenger has also followed German-born Mario Goetze, Mesut Ozil and Nuri Sahin extensively.

And the club will focus more attention on the region as they try to identify and secure the best emerging talent.

Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley is understood to have spent an increasing amount of time in the country implementing the plans.

Highly rated: Serge Gnabry has been tipped for the very top

Highly rated: Serge Gnabry has been tipped for the very top

Solskjaer not interested in vacant Bolton manager"s job

Solskjaer not interested in vacant Bolton manager's job

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UPDATED:

13:16 GMT, 15 October 2012

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial role at npower Championship club Bolton.

The former Manchester United striker, who is currently in charge of Norwegian champions Molde, has been repeatedly linked with the job at the Reebok Stadium following Owen Coyle's dismissal last week.

However, the 39-year-old says he has no plans to leave Molde before the end of the season, although there is just over a month to go.

Not for me: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in charge at Molde in his native Norway, is not interested in the vacant Bolton job

Not for me: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in charge at Molde in his native Norway, is not interested in the vacant Bolton job

'There will always be speculation when someone in England needs a new manager,' he told Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke.

'There are surely 20 names who have been linked with Bolton now and it's natural that mine is among them. But it's not for me.

'Blackburn, Bolton, rumours crop up all the time. But I'm not that bothered about them.

Vacancy: Owen Coyle was sacked by Bolton earlier this month

Vacancy: Owen Coyle was sacked by Bolton earlier this month

'I'm absolutely certain I will see out the season here (with Molde), I can promise that.'

Solskjaer had already turned down an approach from Aston Villa earlier this year after holding talks with the midlands club, while he has also been named as a potential successor to Steve Kean at Blackburn.