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Tiger Woods relationship with Lindsey Vonn

Tiger's latest birdie! Woods and US ski star Vonn go public with blossoming romance

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:58 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 18 March 2013

Tiger Woods has revealed he is dating American skier Lindsey Vonn.

The golfer, who is closing in on Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings, announced the news on his website.

Vonn, who is an Olympic champion in alpine skiing, suffered a huge crash earlier this year, tearing ligaments in her knee.

Together: Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn have announced they are in a relationship

Together: Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn have announced they are in a relationship

Woods, 37, wrote: 'Something nice that's
happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn.

'Lindsey and I have
been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become
very close and are now dating.'

'We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want
to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and
continue to compete as athletes.'

'I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods,' Vonn, 28, said.

'Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy,'

Golfer Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn

Golfer Tiger Woods and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn

Happy couple: Woods and Vonn both made announcements following rumours they were dating

'I don't plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends.'

The pair have been the subject of romance rumours for some time and last month Woods sent his private jet to fly Vonn home to Vail, Colorado after her crash.

They have also been spotted together in Vail and aboard Wood's yacht in Florida.

Woods, a winner of 14 golf majors, divorced from his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, in 2010 after a highly-publicised sex scandal in which he publicly admitted to infidelity.

Vonn announced her split from husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, in November 2011 before finalising the divorce earlier this year.

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Crash: Vonn was lifted by a helicopter during the Super-G event of the Ski World Championships

Arsenal home tickets for Manchester City priced up to 126

How much Arsenal charge up to 126 for City clash… and the cheapest tickets are still 62

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 9 January 2013

Arsenal fans have had to pay up to 126 for the privilege of watching their team in action against Manchester City this weekend, with away fans and those seeking entry at the cheap end of the scale still asked to stump up 62.

The astonishing prices, by far the most expensive in the Premier League, have sparked a furious reaction up and down the country.

Fans who wanted to attend the match are already voting with their feet after it emerged the opponents had returned almost a third of their allocation.

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

City supporters slammed the costs as 'ridiculous' after shunning 900 of the 3,000 away seats.

Kevin Parker of the City Supporters' Group said: 'In 2009 a ticket to Arsenal was 32.50, so in under four years they have gone up by almost 30 and now they're the most expensive in English football. It seems a ridiculous amount of money.

'Some fans are saying, “I'm not paying 62 whether I can afford it or not because I've got to draw a line somewhere”, while others can't afford to pay 62. We play Southampton on February 9 and they are charging 38 a ticket.

'But we go to QPR on January 29 and they are charging 55 a ticket. I think some clubs are losing touch with the ordinary man.'

For home fans, the 126 ticket would get them an upper tier spot near to the halfway line, while lower tier corner tickets – like those in the away section – are marginally under half that figure.

Arsenal are not the only club to have been criticised for expensive tickets but they were revealed to be the hosts of English football's most expensive day out by a BBC survey in October.

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

FIVE MOST EXPENSIVE AWAY DAYS

Arsenal, Emirates Stadium 62

Chelsea, Stamford Bridge 59

QPR, Loftus Road 55

Tottenham, White Hart Lane 54

Manchester City, Etihad Stadium 51

Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke said: '62 is almost obscene. This is an industry with eye-watering amounts of money coming into the Premier League. It's time fans got more benefits of that.

'You would expect Manchester City against Arsenal to be a guaranteed sell-out but if City are sending 900 tickets back then that speaks volumes.

'They have a reputation for being some of the most loyal fans in the country. In the economic circumstances, straight after Christmas, this is an outrage.'

India v England: Kevin Pietersen leads recovery on day one in Nagpur

KP leads England recovery as slow-scoring visitors struggle on day one of final Test

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:02 GMT, 13 December 2012

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 13 December 2012

Kevin Pietersen helped England recover from the loss of two early wickets to eke out 199 for five on a pitch of turgid low bounce on day one of the final Test against India.

Alastair Cook's tourists, needing a draw in Nagpur to close out an historic series victory, lost both openers – their captain and Nick Compton – to India's lone pace bowler Ishant Sharma inside the first hour.

But Pietersen (73) and Jonathan Trott then shared a hard-working stand of 86 in 39 overs after England had chosen to bat first.

Leading the recovery: Pietersen hit 73 off 188 balls at Nagpur

Leading the recovery: Pietersen hit 73 off 188 balls at Nagpur

Pietersen had to play a very
different game in his 108-ball 50 today to the century with which he
transformed proceedings in England's famous second-Test victory in
Mumbai last month.

Extreme conditions here at the VCA
Stadium dictated that patience and watchfulness were a necessity, even
for a batsman of his world-class talent.

The same will surely pertain all
match, and may well mean England have fared acceptably at least –
especially after a second 50 partnership, unbroken between Matt Prior
and debutant Joe Root – on a surface precluding fluent strokeplay.

Compton was the first to be undone in slow-motion when a short delivery produced only looping, disorientating bounce.

He set himself with reflexes trained
for a pitch somewhere within the usual pace parameters. As the ball died
off the surface, Compton's bat was therefore thrown into position too
quickly and resulted in a thin edge which barely carried to the
wicketkeeper.

No ordinary Joe: Root ended day one on 31 runs after facing 110 balls

No ordinary Joe: Root ended day one on 31 runs after facing 110 balls

Cook needed 15 balls to get off the
mark, as Pragyan Ojha took the new ball in the absence of a second
seamer and tried to out-bore the England captain with a seven-two
leg-side field and consequent negative line.

Trott contributed England's first
boundary, a straight-driven four when Sharma helpfully took the pitch
out of the equation with a half-volley.

But the No 3 was fortunate to survive on seven when he played too soon at a length ball and was hit on the pad.

Sharma was convinced the lbw was
stone-dead, but umpire Kumar Dharmasena made the marginal call that ball
had hit pad just outside the line of off-stump.

Cook found himself on the other side
of a similar ruling soon afterwards from Dharmasena – and although it
looked as if he was hit outside the line, this time he had to go lbw.
England were in danger of fluffing their lines just when they need one
more confident performance to complete their mission improbable on this
tour.

Take bat: Jonathan Trott led a fightback with Pietersen

Take bat: Jonathan Trott led a fightback with Pietersen

But Trott and Pietersen provided
some much-needed stability as they gradually attuned themselves to an
unfamiliar experience, even by sub-continental standards.

Pietersen became sufficiently in sync to loft leg-spinner Piyush Chawla over mid-on for two boundaries in one over.

By early afternoon, he was also leg-glancing Ravichandran Ashwin for his seventh four to reach his half-century.

Trott dug in too for 133 balls until a
misjudgment against slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja saw him wave
through an arm ball which bowled him off-stump.

Ian Bell disappointed, making only a single in 28 balls before poking a straightforward catch to cover off Chawla.

Pietersen had escaped a half-chance
on 61, when Cheteshwar Pujara could not quite gather a tough low catch
at midwicket off Sharma.

He shepherded Root through to tea.
But there was to be no record-equalling 23rd Test century, Pietersen
neatly caught low down by Ojha when he again chipped to midwicket – this
time advancing to Jadeja.

It was the latest in a series of
apparently unforced errors which had led to England wickets. But it
would be missing the point to view them in isolation, without reference
to the arduous process of trying to make runs in between with so little
pace and bounce on the batsman's side.

Prior joined Root, and the struggle
continued – favourably for England, though – for the remainder of the
evening session. Prior, like Pietersen, was forced to bat against type –
while Root impressed with his defensive technique and willingness to
meet spin with bat rather than pad even in the absence of DRS.

By the close, the jury had to stay
out on which team was ahead of the game. For England, after their
decidedly sticky start, deferred judgment was a tolerable outcome.

Picture dispute

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Jamie O"Hara: Anger at Wolves midfilder"s tweet bemoaning stress of his 35,000 A WEEK salary

'Things were so much easier when I earned 100 a week': Anger at Wolves star O'Hara's tweet bemoaning stress of 35K A WEEK salary

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23:32 GMT, 5 December 2012

Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara sparked a Twitter fury on Wednesday after he wrote on the social networking site about his hard life as a professional footballer.

The former Spurs player – who is thought to be paid about 35,000 a week – posted a tweet where he appeared to bemoan his life situation, longing for 'easier' days on 100 a week.

O'Hara, 26, who is married to former Miss England Danielle Lloyd, 28, wrote: ‘Things were so much easier when I earned 100pound a week on wts #stress’.

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he posted a tweet about the hard life of a footballer

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he tweeted about the hard life of a footballer

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

The tweet referred to his days on the Youth Training Scheme, and it did not take long before his followers' angry reactions came flooding in.

And after an angry backlash from followers, he caused even more fury by hitting back with: ‘Why do people think cos I earn good money I don't have bills to pay we all pay tax an we have mortgages to pay, some people are deluded.’

Dozens of people bombarded Twitter with mocking tweets, accusing the footballer of being out of touch with the lives of ordinary people.

Christian Wainwright tweeted: 'Feel sorry for Jamie O'Hara, must be so stressful doing a few training sessions and playing 2 games a week for 1000s a week. #getagrip.'

Meanwhile Nick Daniels tweeted: ‘Must be so hard being Jamie O'Hara , great career, beautiful wife, nice family, rich, Saturdays off and still he is stressed! #prayforjamie.'

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Easier then: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

JOBS WHICH EARN 35K IN A YEAR
Civil engineersArchitects, Town Planners, Surveyors Secondary education teaching professionalsDesign and development engineers Recycling and refuse disposal managersSecurity managers Transport and distribution managers Chartered and certified accountants Quantity surveyors Management accountantsSocial services managers

And Graeme Wallace tweeted: ‘Wish I had a hard life like professional footballer Jamie O'Hara.’

But O'Hara, who has two children
Archie, two, and Harry, one, with his wife Danielle hit back with
references to his charity work.

He tweeted: ‘I wonder how many people are
doing hospital visits this Xmas or giving clothing to the homeless this
winter, or setting up a charity to raise money for hospitals Southey
can buy equipment that save people lives, u can talk on here but what
are YOU doing.’

But his tweet further angered Twitter users who called him a spoiled millionaire.

Aaron Ingham tweeted: ‘I see Jamie O'Hara's banging on about how charitable he is….after his disgusting tweet about life being easier when he earned 100 a week.’

Later O'Hara continued his rant,
tweeting: ‘I'm not saying I'm not privileged I'm so lucky to have what
I've got but trust me when I was 17 on wts it was a lot more easier.

‘Many peeps hating about me earning good
money that show how jealous u are, instead of realising the tweet was
about how hard life gets.’

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Mr O'Hara posted that he wished he could reveal to his followers the real reason behind the original tweet but that there were 'too many a******** on twitter' and that 'people should worry about their own lives'.

The midfielder has been injured and unable to play for his team since August but returned to full training yesterday.

In July O'Hara was involved in a Twitter spat with Leon Knight after the ex-Chelsea player called his wife a ‘raging s**t bag’.

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

Enraged O'Hara retaliated: ‘If at @leonknight82 has got a problem he should give me a call instead of giving the bigun on twitter to a women with two kids.

‘And follow me and I'll direct message you my number, anytime mate, your a disgrace to your name go and do something with your life.’

Wolves were contacted by MailOnline but declined to comment.

England v Fiji: Tom Youngs handed Test debut by Stuart Lancaster

Youngs handed Test debut as hooker named in England team to face Fiji at Twickenham

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 8 November 2012

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will complete a remarkable transition from club centre to international hooker when he makes his Test debut for England against Fiji on Saturday.

He is joined in the Twickenham line up by his younger brother Ben, who is the substitute scrum-half, in a 23-man match squad named by England's head coach Stuart Lancaster on Thursday morning.

Mako Vunipola

Tom Youngs

Uncapped: Mako Vunipola (left) and Tom Youngs are in the England squad to face Fiji on Saturday

England team to play Fiji on Saturday

Goode (Saracens); Sharples (Gloucester), Tuilagi (Leicester), Barritt (Saracens), Monye (Harlequins); Flood (Leicester), Care (Harlequins); Marler (Harlequins), T Youngs (Leicester), Cole (Leicester), Palmer (Wasps), Parling (Leicester), Johnson (Exeter), Robshaw (Harlequins), Waldrom (Leicester).

Substitutes: Paice (London Irish), Wilson (Bath), Vunipola (Saracens), Launchbury (Wasps), Wood (Northampton); B Youngs (Leicester), Farrell (Saracens), Brown (Harlequins).

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand).

Kick off: 2.30pm.

Youngs played twice for England in midweek tour games in South Africa during the summer and gains his chance following injury to No 1 hooker Dylan Hartley plus Bath's Rob Webber and Harlequins Joe Gray.

The Leicester hooker, who started his career as a budding centre, is joined by two other uncapped players in substitute prop Mako Vunipola (Saracens) and lock Joe Launchbury (Wasps).

Overall, the England starting XV, which is exactly as reported by Sportsmail on Tuesday, shows five changes to the side who finished the summer Test series in South Africa.

Two new wings are named in Charlie Sharples (Gloucester) and Ugo Monye (Harlequins). They replace the suspended Chris Ashton (Saracens) and injured Ben Foden (Northampton).

No ordinary Joe: Launchbury only linked up with the squad on Monday as cover for the injured Tom Palmer

No ordinary Joe: Launchbury only linked up with the squad on Monday as cover for the injured Tom Palmer

A third change in the back line sees Brad Barritt (Saracens) at centre alongside Leicester's Manu Tuilagi.

Up front, captain Chris Robshaw, who missed the last Test in South Africa because of injury, returns at flanker for James Haskell.

On the ball: Stuart Lancaster has revealed his squad

On the ball: Stuart Lancaster confirmed his starting XV and eight-man bench

Lancaster said: 'Congratulations to Tom
Youngs. He's made a great transition from centre to hooker in a short
period and deserves his chance, as do Joe Launchbury and Mako Vunipola
who we are pleased to include in the squad.'

England's match against Fiji should be the easiest of four autumn games. Harder tasks follow against the 'Big Three' in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on successive Saturdays.

Everybody loves Chris: Robshaw returns to captain England after missing the final South Africa Test

Everybody loves Chris: Robshaw returns to captain England after missing the final South Africa Test

Lancaster added: 'This series will be a real marker of where we are as a squad. We are playing back-to-back matches in four weeks against the top teams in the world and are confident we can rise to the challenge. The foundations are in place, now it's time for us to execute and deliver.'

Fiji are expected to name their team later on Thursday and will captained by Llanelli Scarlets prop Deacon Manu. Also in the team should be Leicester three-quarter Vereniki Goneva and Gloucester flanker Akapusi Qera.

Joe Cole"s fall from grace at Liverpool

Subbed at half-time and lambasted by his manager and fans alike, how Cole became Ordinary Joe

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22:45 GMT, 1 November 2012

Leaving familiar surroundings behind and heading north to Merseyside was always going to be a journey into the unknown for born-and-bred Londoner Joe Cole.

He is unlikely, however, to have expected the list of new experiences to include being ridiculed by his own supporters and told a supermarket trolley would have fared better down Liverpool’s left, on a rare appearance in the starting line-up.

An ignominious 3-1 Capital One Cup home defeat by Swansea was never likely to elicit a sympathetic response from Anfield patrons, but it must still have been galling for Cole to read one tweet that claimed he should be replaced in Brendan Rodgers’s squad by ‘an upside down shopping trolley’.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

JOE COLE BY NUMBERS

100 number of minutes of football he has managed this season

3.1m cost per goal scored by Cole, who has managed only three for Liverpool

16 the number of passes he has made in two Premier League appearances this season

2 shots in the Premier League, both of which were off target

90,000 Cole’s weekly wage

36 appearances in two years since joining Liverpool

10.7m Cole’s earnings since arriving at Anfield. Liverpool have paid 9.4m, with the rest funded by Lille

Rodgers himself set the tone for
widespread condemnation of the former England forward’s first start
since August 2 by substituting him at half-time and bluntly telling him
he had blown his big chance.

The Liverpool manager even turned the
spotlight on Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages, saying: ‘The club have
invested an astronomical amount of money in a talented player, and Joe
had the opportunity to show what he could do.

‘But the way we started was too slow and not what I expected from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.’

While managers tend to be mindful of players’ sensitivities, fans tell it like it is, and the tweeters did not hold back.

One claimed he could not imagine a
worse performance by a Premier League footballer, another suggested he
should be fined two weeks’ wages for playing so badly, while there was
the inevitable vitriol about his salary being a ‘real waste of money’.

All this about a player Steven
Gerrard hailed as better than Lionel Messi when he arrived from Chelsea
on a Bosman free on July 2010.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

The Liverpool skipper knew Cole from
their England days and said: ‘Messi can do some amazing things, but
anything he can do, Joe can do as well, if not better.

'He used to shock us in training by
doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can’t even do with
a football. I really fancy Joe for Footballer of the Year this season.’

It was a view not universally shared,
not even by Cole, who subsequently confessed he was at a loss to
explain why Liverpool signed him.

Or who wanted him, for that matter.
With Rafa Benitez having left a month earlier, managing director
Christian Purslow appeared to be the driving force behind a deal that
raised eyebrows among the Fenway Sports Group when they took over soon
after. Cole was approaching his 29th birthday but had been awarded a
four-year contract worth almost 20million.

Cole was almost as perplexed as he
reflected on a summer that began with Benitez’s departure and ended with
Roy Hodgson’s appointment.

He said: ‘I have racked my brains
trying to think, but I don’t know who signed me for Liverpool, whether
it was Rafa or the board. I really don’t know.

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

‘But under Roy, I got the impression
straight away I was not his type of player. He was asking me to do
things that were not natural to me. When pressure starts to build up on a
manager, it is usually young players or flair players who get the
hook.’

Such uncertainty perhaps explains why
he failed to shine at Anfield and looked a shadow of the player whose
wonder goal for England against Sweden was one of the talking points of
the 2006 World Cup.

A season-long loan at Lille restored
not only some zest to his game but a belief that he could yet prove
himself at Anfield. Three months on and after a calamitous 45 minutes,
he has been forced to accept that Rodgers may be no more enamoured with
him than Hodgson was.

Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge pull out of England squad

Butland set for England debut as Hart pulls out of squad… and injured Sturridge is out, too

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 12 August 2012

Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland inched closer to making a remarkable England debut when Joe Hart pulled out of the squad for Wednesday's friendly with Italy.

Hart and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge have both been ruled out of the encounter in Berne with back and toe injuries respectively.

However, manager Roy Hodgson has taken the unusual decision not to call-up any replacements, meaning Butland and Norwich's John Ruddy are the only two keepers left in his squad.

No ordinary Joe: Hart has withdrawn from Hodgson's squad to face Italy

No ordinary Joe: Hart has withdrawn from Hodgson's squad to face Italy

Neither man has ever won a senior cap, so at least one will make their debut against the Euro 2012 runners-up.

For Ruddy, it would be a fitting end to a summer that started with him being forced to pull out of the tournament after breaking a finger on his first day of training.

The Norwich keeper certainly looks favourite to start. However, when Ruddy pulled out, Butland was called up, even though the 19-year-old's only previous experience at senior level was in League Two for Cheltenham last season.

Although Butland did not make an appearance in Poland and Ukraine, he made a big impression on the England coaching staff.

He was also allowed to play for Great Britain during their Olympic campaign. Butland again did well in front of massive crowds at Old Trafford, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

It was initially suggested Butland would only meet up this week to further his experience and would be released back to Birmingham ahead of their Capital One Cup clash with Barnet at St Andrews on Tuesday.

Instead, Butland will now travel to Switzerland knowing he could end up adding a full international cap to his four Olympic appearances without playing a game higher than the fourth tier of the English game.

Manchester United fans hit out at Glazers over New York Stock Exchange plan

United fans fume over Glazer plan to sell stake on New York Stock Exchange… and keep half the money for themselves

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UPDATED:

07:30 GMT, 31 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester United's owners suffered a fresh wave of criticism on Monday night after indicating only half the proceeds of their planned IPO will be used to reduce the club's massive debt.

Previously, the Glazer family had indicated they would use all the money to reduce United's borrowings, which presently stand at 437million.

Announcement: The Glazer family said they will sell 10 per cent of Manchester United on the NYSE

Announcement: The Glazer family
said they will sell 10 per cent of Manchester United on the NYSE

However, within the prospectus that
was released through a New York Stock Exchange announcement of a planned
sale, the Glazers have indicated only half the sum will be used.

It drew a stinging rebuke from fans, who took to Twitter to express their disgust.

Not that supporter sentiment has been a significant influence on the Glazer family's thinking.

And, with shares set to be launched
at between 16 US dollars and 20 US dollars, the Glazers, who also own
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL franchise, hope to net around 150million
in total.

'Manchester United today commenced
its initial public offering of 16,666,667 Class A Ordinary Shares,' said
a statement issued from New York by Sard Verbinnen & Co, the public
relations firm enlisted by United for the IPO.

For sale: United recently launched on the New York Stock Exchange

For sale: United recently launched on the New York Stock Exchange

'Manchester United is offering
8,333,334 Class A Ordinary Shares and the selling shareholder is
offering 8,333,333 Class A Ordinary Shares.

'The underwriters have an option to
purchase up to an additional 2,500,000 Class A Ordinary Shares from the
selling shareholder.

'The Class A Ordinary Shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will trade under the symbol “MANU”.'

On an issue where even the use of the
word 'MANU' can evoke bad feeling due to its alien nature amongst
hard-core United fans, the Glazer family has already been a hugely
divisive issue.

Some view them as mere custodians of
United and, taking Sir Alex Ferguson's repeated assurances – the latest
delivered less than a fortnight ago – treat them from a neutral
perspective.

Upset: Fans of the club managed by Sir Alex Ferguson are likely to be angry that some of the money from the sale of the shares will go to the Glazer family

Upset: Fans of the club managed by Sir Alex Ferguson are angry that some of the money from the sale of the shares will go to the Glazer family

More militant Red Devils fans have
maintained an antagonistic stance, continually stressing how draining
the Glazers' involvement has been to United's finances.

Once yesterday's announcement has been fully digested, more may become clearer.

And it is not yet known what the exact response in New York will be given the US can hardly be described as a soccer hotbed.

The news came on a day United
confirmed a massive new shirt sponsorship deal with US car giant
Chevrolet, which takes effect from 2014.

That deal will eventually swell the Red Devils' growing commercial income still further.

However, critics will also point to
the fact the club are yet to post end-of-year accounts which show the
exact amount bowing out of the Champions League group stage cost them.

Glazer"s to sell 10 per cent of Manchester United on New York Stock Exchange

Glazer state intention to sell 10 per cent United on New York Stock Exchange… and keep half the money for themselves

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 30 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

The Glazer family have issued a notice of intent to sell just over 10 per cent of Manchester United on the New York Stock Exchange.

An announcement was made on Monday evening and confirms an intention to raise around 300million US dollars.

However, there does appear to have been a significant shift in how the proceeds will be used.

Announcement: The Glazer family said they will sell 10 per cent of Manchester United on the NYSE

Announcement: The Glazer family
said they will sell 10 per cent of Manchester United on the NYSE

Previously, it was suggested that the entire sum would be used to pay off United's massive debt, that currently stands at over 400million.

However, the prospectus that has been released to accompany Monday's announcement indicates only half the money will be used in that way, with the rest going directly to the family.

If that proves to be the case it will provoke fury among the United support, who have already seen vast amounts of cash disappear in various charges following the Glazer family takeover in 2005.

For sale: United recently launched on the New York Stock Exchange

For sale: United recently launched on the New York Stock Exchange

The news comes on the day United confirmed a massive new shirt sponsorship deal with US car giant Chevrolet, which takes effect from 2014.

However, critics will also point to the fact the club are yet to post end-of-year accounts which show the exact amount bowing out of the Champions League group stage cost them.

'Manchester United today commenced its initial public offering of 16,666,667 Class A Ordinary Shares,” said a statement issued from New York by Sard Verbinnen & Co, the public relations firm enlisted by United for the IPO.

'Manchester United is offering 8,333,334 Class A Ordinary Shares and the selling shareholder is offering 8,333,333 Class A Ordinary Shares.

Upset: Fans of the club managed by Sir Alex Ferguson are likely to be angry that some of the money from the sale of the shares will go to the Glazer family

Upset: Fans of the club managed by Sir Alex Ferguson are likely to be angry that some of the money from the sale of the shares will go to the Glazer family

'The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,500,000 Class A Ordinary Shares from the selling shareholder.

'The Class A Ordinary Shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will trade under the symbol 'MANU.''

On an issue where even the use of the word 'MANU' can evoke bad feeling due to its alien nature amongst hard-core United fans, the Glazer family has already been a hugely divisive issue.

Some view them as mere custodians of United and, taking Sir Alex Ferguson's repeated assurances – the latest delivered less than a fortnight ago – treat them from a neutral perspective.

More militant Red Devils fans have maintained an antagonistic stance, continually stressing how draining the Glazers' involvement has been to United's finances.

Once the announcement has been fully digested, more may become clearer.

And it is not yet known what the exact response in New York will be given the US can hardly be described as a soccer hotbed.

One thing is virtually certain though.

Having never followed up on their single interview about the club, delivered by Joel Glazer seven years ago, the family are unlikely to ever speak about their future intentions and plans.

Joe Allen wanted by Liverpool

Liverpool close in on 15m Swansea ace Allen as Rodgers eyes reunion

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Liverpool are ready to make Joe Allen their second summer signing by triggering a 15million release clause in his contract.

Having welcomed new 11m striker Fabio Borini into his squad in Boston on Tuesday, Brendan Rodgers now wants to press ahead with a move for the Swansea midfielder.

But Liverpool could end up paying significantly less for Allen due to the complicated details of his terms at The Liberty Stadium.

No ordinary Joe: Team GB midfielder Allen could cost Liverpool 15million

No ordinary Joe: Team GB midfielder Allen could cost Liverpool 15million

Liverpool are one of five clubs – the others are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal – who must pay the agreed figure to sign the 22-year-old.

However, should a club from outside that quintet join the race for Allen and make a lower bid, it then becomes an open market and a bidders war, leaving Swansea with a difficult decision to make.

The balance would be appear to be heavily in Liverpool's favour, though, as Allen – who is currently at The Olympics with Team GB preparing for Thursday night's opening game against Senegal – would jump at the chance to link up with his old manager again.

In charge: Rodgers is looking to continue his revolution at Anfield

In charge: Rodgers is looking to continue his revolution at Anfield

Rodgers, whose side will continue their preparations for the new season when they face AS Roma at Fenway Park, is eager to wrap up his transfer business as quickly as possible, preferably before they begin their Barclays Premier League campaign at West Brom.

Aside from Allen, he is also pursuing Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who is in the final 12 months of his contract, but Liverpool are no closer to completing a deal for the American international.

Fulham are refusing to budge from their 10million valuation of Dempsey and are also prepared to offer their leading scorer from last season improved terms to keep him at Craven Cottage.

Welcome to Anfield: Borini (centre) flanked by captain Gerrard and Andy Carroll

Welcome to Anfield: Borini (centre) flanked by captain Gerrard and Andy Carroll

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool's owners are being more prudent in the transfer market than they were 12 months ago and it could be that Rodgers will have to be creative in his manoeuvrings, as he makes the 'three or four tweaks' he feels are necessary to his squad.

High earners such as Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt have both left Anfield this summer and it would be no surprise if Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani also departed to make space on the wage bill.

'This is a very financially strong organisation,' said Liverpool chairman Tom Werner.

'We, in the past, I believe – not just in the previous season, but in the past – have overspent for players and the results were not what we have expected.

Moving on: Aquilani's future at Liverpool is uncertain

Moving on: Aquilani's future at Liverpool is uncertain

'We do have the resources to be competitive, but at the same time, we are going to operate in a way that will be a self-sustaining model. I think you will see that you don't necessarily have to go out and spend 50m on one player to see success.'

Clearly there will be no ostentatious signings like the 35m that was lavished on Andy Carroll in January 2011 and, in order to gain some extra fiscal power, Rodgers is considering offloading the England striker.

Misgivings have been raised about Carroll's suitability for fitting into Rodgers' style of play and any club who meets Liverpool's 20m valuation would sign the former Newcastle striker but, as yet, there have been no credible bids.

Werner says he and co-owner John W Henry have faith implicit faith in whatever Rodgers decides to do with Carroll but Liverpool's chairman was damning about former manager Kenny Dalglish, who sacked in May after a dreadful Barclays Premier League campaign.

Despite leading Liverpool to Wembley three times and winning the Carling Cup, finishing eighth in the table – one place below Mersey rivals Everton after winning just six times at home – meant Fenway Sports Group had no option but to jettison Dalglish.

'I don't think anyone could have been happy with our performance on the pitch last year, no disrespect to Kenny,' Werner said in an interview with Sky Sports News.

'I think he is an iconic figure for Liverpool and he will always be appreciated for the stability that he brought to the club.

'Brendan brings a very thoughtful, modern, attacking philosophy – I think our fans will be very delighted with the attacking philosophy that he brings to Liverpool – and hopefully we will see improvement. Brendan is clearly the leader here.'