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Robin van Persie delighted to score winner in first Manchester derby

Van Persie delights in scoring winner on Manchester derby debut

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16:38 GMT, 9 December 2012

Robin van Persie hailed his late winner as a special way to win the Manchester derby.

The Dutchman's deflected injury-time free-kick earned United a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium after City had come back from 2-0 down.

Wayne Rooney's first-half double put the visitors in command, but goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta got City back on terms.

On target: Robin van Persie stole the glory with his late winner

On target: Robin van Persie stole the glory with his late winner

Far corner: Van Persie's strike eludes Joe Hart

Far corner: Van Persie's strike eludes Joe Hart

'We had a really good start, because of Wayne two really good, clinical finishes,' Van Persie said on Sky Sports 1.

'We were in control, but City always come back.

'It's a really special way to end this game, with the three points in a really dramatic way.'

Rooney praised his team-mate, saying: 'We work on that on the training ground and I had no doubt he could score from there.'

The win moved United six points clear of City at the top of the table and ended the hosts' long unbeaten home record.

'To go six points clear, to beat our closest rivals, we're delighted. We're going to celebrate.'

The match ended amid unsavoury scenes with Rio Ferdinand appearing to be hit by a missile thrown from the crowd and suffering a cut to his face.

But Van Persie felt the game was played in a good spirit.

'I think it was a great atmosphere, everyone was supporting their team. I missed the thing with Rio.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed his team were worthy winners.

'Today was a special one simply because they haven't lost at home for two years, both of us are contending at the top of the league,” he said.

'It was a fantastic game, you couldn't take you eyes off that.'

United had an Ashley Young goal ruled out for offside shortly before City pulled their first goal back.

Asked if his side deserved the win, Ferguson added: 'Absolutely. I think we played very well.

'I thought we should have finished the game off. It's a funny game football. It should have been 3-0, the goal was perfectly onside, then they go up and score.

'Football can kick you in the teeth that way. Then they scored the second goal and at that moment in time they deserved that. They came back, were fighting like hell, they gambled everything on the three strikers.

'But up to that point I thought we were far better than them.'

Double act: Wayne Rooney struck the first two United goals before his Dutch compatriot bagged the third

Double act: Wayne Rooney struck the first two United goals before his Dutch compatriot bagged the third

Ferguson also praised the overall contribution of Van Persie.

'It (the free-kick) got a little deflection, but it was a tremendous hit,' he said. 'He's kept them on the back foot the whole time.'

Ferguson was pleased with his side's spirit after City did the double over them last season.

He said: 'I think we can be proud of the fact that, opposed to last year when we sat off them too much, gave them far too much respect, there was a great team spirit.

'They were determined to win the match. I think in general everyone would recognise that.'

On the Ferdinand incident, he said: 'It's unfortunate toward the end that the City fan runs on and throws coins at our players. I don't think you need that.

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

'The same thing happened at Chelsea which was masked really by all the other things that happened.

'Two fantastic teams today I think and a fantastic game of football and it could do without that.'

Ferguson claimed it was too early in the season to measure the significance of the victory.

'City will be fresher in the second half of the season, without European football,' he said.

'We've got to contend with European football, the FA Cup and the league.'

Mario Balotelli makes me want to kill him, says Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta

Sometimes I want to kill Mario! Zabaleta reveals frustration at maverick Man City team-mate

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11:42 GMT, 4 December 2012

Pablo Zabaleta believes his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli is up there with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – but the defender revealed that the Italian drives him mad with frustration.

We have seen the sublime and the ridiculous from Balotelli since his move to England in 2010, but Argentina international Zabaleta is confident that the striker is destined to reach the top.

'Since Mario arrived he has done positive and negative things,' Zabaleta told Omnisport.

Livewire: Mario Balotelli keeps his Manchester City team-mates on their toes

Livewire: Mario Balotelli keeps his Manchester City team-mates on their toes

'He is a player, a person too, who is very difficult to understand because you never know what he is going to come up with next.

'As a player, sometimes not all you have in the feet you have in the head, and Mario is a character that, as a team-mate, sometimes you laugh at what he does and sometimes you want to kill him. But in the end he is a great person.

'As a player he has a great talent. I don't know if he would be fighting for the Ballon d'Or with Messi and Ronaldo but he would be close to being one of the best strikers in the world.

'As a player, as I said before, he has done good and bad things at this club, but I think there is nobody better than (City manager) Roberto (Mancini), who had him at Inter and brought him here, to make Mario able to be mentally prepared to want to carry on growing.'

Former Espanyol man Zabaleta also revealed his admiration for Mancini.

'I think that Roberto is a manager that arrived at the club with the mission of consolidating the project that Manchester City started in 2008,' he said.

City boys: Pablo Zabaleta (2nd left) enjoys playing with Balotelli - most of the time

City boys: Pablo Zabaleta (2nd left) enjoys playing with Balotelli – most of the time

'The club hadn't won practically anything in 44 years and it was possible to win important titles like the FA Cup and the Premier League last year, and I think the people of Manchester City acknowledge Mancini's work.

'What he has done so far is great, but once you achieve these important things you have to stay the same, trying to consolidate this great project by winning more titles.

'Mancini is the manager and the people have given their backing to him, especially after the matches against Real Madrid and Chelsea.

'Right now he is the manager and he will know how to work in the future.'

Big up the boss: Zabaleta has nothing but praise for Roberto Mancini

Big up the boss: Zabaleta has nothing but praise for Roberto Mancini

Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: Stats and facts

Brazilian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the title decider at Interlagos

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08:53 GMT, 23 November 2012

INTERLAGOS TRACK GUIDE

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For the 27th time in Formula One history the fight for the title goes down to the final race of the season.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso go into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix separated by 13 points, and in with a chance of becoming a three-time world champion.

Alonso's odds appear slim, but not hopeless as on 10 occasions the driver going into the final race behind in the standings has emerged the winner.

That includes in 2010 when Vettel trailed Alonso by 15 points ahead of the season-ending showdown in Abu Dhabi, only to emerge as champion.

For the final time this campaign, Sportsmail presents a comprehensive list of stats and figures for the race at Interlagos.

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Venue: Interlagos

Circuit length: 4.309km/2.68miles

Laps: 71

Race distance: 305.909km/190.10miles

Lap Record: Juan Pablo Montoya (2004) 1min 11.473secs

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 11.918secs

2011 winner: Mark Webber

2011 fastest lap: Mark Webber 1min 15.324secs

Number of corners: (10 left/5 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: hard/medium

Bumpiness: medium

Overtaking chance: low

Engine severity: medium

Brake wear severity: medium

Average lap speed: 205kph (127.39mph)

Full throttle per lap: 70 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 42 (race = 2982)

2011 winning strategy: 3 stops (laps 18, 38, 58)

2011 total race pit stops: 57

2011 total 'normal' overtakes: 11

2011 total DRS overtakes: 7

Number of safety cars over last 10 years: 6

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

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Vettel or Alonso will join an
exclusive club on Sunday as only eight drivers have won three or more
titles – Michael Schumacher (7), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), Alain Prost
(4), Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton
Senna (3 each).

Only two drivers have previously won three in a row – Schumacher (2000-2004) and Fangio (1954-57).

In spite of a reputation for unsettled weather, only three of the last 10 races have been affected by rain at Interlagos.

Eight of the last 10 Brazilian Grands Prix have been won from the front row, including the past four in a row.

However, there have only been two winners from pole position over the last 10 years, with the last back in 2008. 15 of this season's 19 races to date have been won from the front row, including 10 from pole

In the 39 previous Brazilian Grands Prix, McLaren are the most successful team, winning on 11 occasions.

Michael Schumacher bows out of F1 on
Sunday in what will be his 308th race, the second highest total in the
sport's history behind Rubens Barrichello.

Schumacher has now failed to score a point in his last six races, by far the worst run of his entire F1 career.

Kimi Raikkonen has now had 16
consecutive results in the points. Only Michael Schumacher (24),
Sebastian Vettel (19) and Fernando Alonso (18 & 17) can boast a
longer run.

In the United States on Sunday, Red
Bull became only the fourth team to win three consecutive constructors'
titles, following in the footsteps of Ferrari: (1975-77 and 1999-2004),
McLaren (1988-1991) and Williams (1992-1994).

In only their eighth season Red Bull
has won 23.4 per cent of all races they have started, and taken pole
position in 31.7 per cent of qualifying sessions they have been involved
in.

Five Brazilian drivers have won their
home grand prix: Emerson Fittipaldi (1973-74), Carlos Pace (1975),
Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986), Ayrton Senna (1991, 1993), and Felipe Massa
(2006, 2008).

Alain Prost is the most successful
driver in the history of the race with six victories (1982, 1984-85,
1987-88, 1990). Among the current field Michael Schumacher (1994-95,
2000, 2002), Massa and Webber (2009, 2011) are multiple winners. Kimi
Raikkonen (2007) and Vettel (2010) have also won here.

Manchester City 2 Ajax 2 – match report: Siem de Jong Yaya Toure Sergio Aguero Champions League

Manchester City 2 Ajax 2: It's all gone De Jong as Mancini's defence exposed again

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21:52 GMT, 6 November 2012

Manchester City were all but eliminated from the Champions League despite producing a stirring fightback against Ajax to draw 2-2.

Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero struck as City fought back from 2-0 down but the Barclays Premier League champions were forced to settle for a draw and remain winless in Group D despite a frantic finish.

Siem de Jong, who scored in the Dutch side's defeat of City in Amsterdam a fortnight ago, found the net twice for the visitors inside the opening 17 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

The result left City with just two points from four games and needing two victories and other results to go their way to claim a place in the knockout stages.

Caught flat footed: Siem de Jong stunned the Etihad with two goals in 17 minutes

Caught flat footed: Siem de Jong stunned the Etihad with two goals in 17 minutes

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia (Balotelli 46) Barry (Kolarov 85), Nasri, Toure, Aguero, Tevez (Dzeko 66). Subs not used: Pantilimon, Maicon, Sinclair, Meppen-Walter.

Goals: Toure 22, Aguero 74

Ajax: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, De Jong, Poulsen (Fischer 87), Schone (Enoh 77), Boerrigter (Sana 90), Eriksen, Babel. Subs not used: Cillessen, Veltman, Denswil, Dijks.

Booked: Blind, Poulsen.

Goals: De Jong 10, 17.

Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark).

Attendance: 40,222.

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City made a lively start, showing far
more attacking intent in the opening minutes than they did in the early
stages of their 3-1 loss in Holland.

They went close to taking an early
lead when Gareth Barry slipped Pablo Zabaleta in on goal but the
charging right-back fired narrowly over.

Yet while City's understanding of
their group predicament may have been clear, their recent defensive
frailties again proved their undoing.

Matija Nastasic needlessly conceded a corner and the hosts' defending from the set-piece was equally unimpressive.

Niklas Moisander flicked Christian
Eriksen's delivery into the danger area and De Jong pounced to hook into
the roof of the net from close range.

That left City chasing the game after
just 10 minutes and it got worse as Ajax won another corner and doubled
their lead seven minutes later.

City's marking was again slack as
this time De Jong popped up at the near post and met Eriksen's cross
with a header of his own which flew past Joe Hart.

Out of sorts: Joe Hart looks dejected after Ajax's second goal

Out of sorts: Joe Hart looks dejected after De Jong's second goal

City needed to respond quickly and Carlos Tevez almost set up strike partner Aguero but Toby Alderweireld managed to hack clear.

It was not long before Mario
Balotelli was sent out to warm up but City managed to haul themselves
back into the game without him as Toure's spectacular effort found the
net.

The Ivorian, who had moved forward
from midfield, did brilliantly as he controlled Alderweireld's attempted
clearance on his chest six yards out and twisted to lash home a
powerful volley.

Hartbreak: City keeper Joe Hart is powerless to prevent Siem De Jong's opener, leaving Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta aghast (below)

Hartbreak: City keeper Joe Hart is powerless to prevent Siem De Jong's opener, leaving Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta aghast (below)

Hartbreak: City keeper Joe Hart is powerless to prevent Siem De Jong's opener, leaving Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta aghast (below)

Hartbreak: City keeper Joe Hart is powerless to prevent Siem De Jong's opener, leaving Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta aghast (below)

City looked to build some momentum
and Zabaleta found himself in another good position when Javi Garcia
picked him out with a lofted ball but he could only direct a weak header
at Kenneth Vermeer.

Ajax were unmoved by City's spirited
recovery and continued to knock the ball around in their traditional
fluid style when they got the chance.

De Jong found room for another shot from 25 yards out but dragged a low effort narrowly wide.

Derk Boerrigter also took aim from distance but curled a shot well wide of the target.

Barry got forward for City but was unable to make the most of a half chance as Ricardo van Rhijn got in the way.

City needed to raise the tempo further and sent on Balotelli for the start of the second half in place of Garcia.

The hosts went straight onto the
front foot but Aguero slipped at a vital moment as he looked to create a
chance for himself of the edge of the area.

City threatened again when Barry clipped in a free-kick but Nastasic volleyed over.

Tevez earned a free-kick just outside
the area which Toure hit into the wall. The ball worked its way to
Aguero and the striker poked home but his celebrations were ended by an
offside flag.

Back in it: Yaya Toure swivels to turn Samir Nasri's cross beyond Kenneth Vermeer

Back in it: Yaya Toure swivels to turn Samir Nasri's cross beyond Kenneth Vermeer

Level pegging: Sergio Aguero pulled City level

Level pegging: Sergio Aguero pulled City level

For all City's pressure, they needed
to stay alert at the back and De Jong reminded them of the dangers with a
long-range strike at goal which Hart needed to push away.

Aguero went through on the hour and
skilfully took the ball around Vermeer but again lost his footing at an
inopportune moment as he looked to cross from the byline.

City fans breathed a sigh of relief
when Ricardo van Rhijn fizzed a dangerous low ball across Hart's goal
and Zabaleta's heavy touch went out for a corner rather than into his
own net.

Hart denied De Jong a hat-trick again
with a fine one-handed save from a free-kick but City continued to
press and were finally rewarded after deciding to go long.

Balotelli leapt to win the header and
Aguero raced through, staying on his feet this time, to fire low past
Vermeer from the edge of the area.

Balotelli won another header from a Samir Nasri free-kick but Vermeer saved well to his left.

City thought they had snatched a
winner when Aguero poked home two minutes from time but the flag had
again been raised as the cross came in.

Hart saved again from Eriksen in
injury time and City wanted a penalty in the dying seconds for a pull on
Balotelli but referee Peter Rasmussen blew the final whistle.

Robin van Persie, Alex Buttner, Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling watch Alicia Keys concert

Van Persie, Buttner, Hart and Sterling team up for Alicia Keys concert at Manchester Cathedral

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10:32 GMT, 25 September 2012

They may be rivals on the pitch but a number of Premier League stars joined forces on Monday night… for an Alicia Keys concert.

The American diva was performing in front of 1,000 fans at the 'MTV Crashes Manchester' show staged inside the city's cathedral.

Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Alexander Buttner were joined by their partners for the gig.

Double act: Alexander Buttner (left) and Robin van Persie were all smiles at the concert

Double act: Alexander Buttner (left) and Robin van Persie were all smiles at the concert

Van Persie and Bouchra

Buttner and girlfriend

Party time: Van Persie and Buttner brought their partners along for the night out at Manchester Cathedral

Also there was Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Kimberley Crew. Another City star – David Silva – joined them.

And Liverpool's 17-year-old sensation Raheem Sterling was another top-flight ace invited along to the bash.

He was there with his girlfriend Shana Ann Rose and tweeted: 'Alicia keys 1 word #PENG'.

Dutchmen Van Persie and Buttner have become good pals since they both arrived at Old Trafford in the summer.

Teenage kicks: Raheem Sterling wore an Amy Winehouse t-shirt alongside girlfriend Shana Ann Rose

Teenage kicks: Raheem Sterling wore an Amy Winehouse t-shirt alongside girlfriend Shana Ann Rose

Van Persie was joined by his wife Bouchra, while Buttner took his girlfriend along too.

The pair have both started well at United, with Van Persie their new spearhead up front and Buttner battling with Patrice Evra for the left-back slot.

Sterling is another player who has caught the eye this season. Despite Liverpool's woeful start to the season, the teenage winger has impressed with his dazzling performances under new boss Brendan Rodgers.

City boys: Joe Hart and David Silva (left) were among the crowd at the gig

City boys: Joe Hart and David Silva (left) were among the crowd at the gig

City gents: Pablo Zabaleta and Javi Garcia were also present at the concert

City gents: Pablo Zabaleta and Javi Garcia were also present at the concert

Star of the show: Alicia Keys on stage at Manchester Cathedral on Monday evening

Star of the show: Alicia Keys on stage at Manchester Cathedral on Monday evening

Tour of Britain: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke on course for title

Tiernan-Locke closes in on first home triumph in Tour of Britain for 19 years

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17:20 GMT, 15 September 2012

Devonshire's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will take an 18-second lead into the final stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday after extending his advantage on Saturday afternoon.

The Endura Racing man came in eighth on stage seven from Barnstaple to Dartmouth, but with Leigh Howard struggling to fall over a minute off the pace, Tiernan-Locke now enjoys a healthy lead over Nathan Haas.

It is 19 years since Londoner Chris Lillywhite won 1993's Milk Race, the last time a Briton won this event in any of its recent guises. But Tiernan-Locke, 27, is confident of changing that.

Going for glory: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is now hot favourite to land the Tour of Britain crown on Sunday

Going for glory: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is now hot favourite to land the Tour of Britain crown on Sunday

Going for glory: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is now hot favourite to land the Tour of Britain crown on Sunday

'There are not enough time bonuses on the road, well technically there is, but I think Haas would have to take them all and win the stage which I don't think will happen so I can't lose it that way,' he told the Tour of Britain website.

'I've just got to not lose time on the sprints so we'll have to ride for the sprints and there will be other teams interested in that and I am not going to get dropped on the climbs. We showed we were up to it today and I am sure we'll be up to it.'

Pablo Urtasun took the stage win in a sprint finish, pipping Marc de Maar, winner of stage five on Thursday, with Urtasun's Euskaltel-Euskadi team-mate Samuel Sanchez coming in fourth behind Ivan Basso.

Howard began the day as Tiernan-Locke's closest challenger and took three seconds out of him in the first intermediate sprint, but by the finish it was Haas who had moved into second place overall after coming in sixth on Saturday.

Take the stage: Pablo Perez Urtasun was first across the line on the penultimate day

Take the stage: Pablo Perez Urtasun was first across the line on the penultimate day

The stage took in two climbs over Dartmoor, and Tiernan-Locke revelled competing on home territory.

'It was fantastic today,' he said. 'What we saw over the two main climbs in Dartmoor – the crowds up there. I was trying to look out for people I knew but you couldn't, it was a wall of sound and people.

'It was amazing. I had goose-bumps riding up there, and just to be leading. Yeah, I won't forget that.'

Howard tumbled to finish fourth overall, 62 seconds behind Tiernan-Locke, who must only concern himself with Haas and Damiano Caruso, who is third, 23 seconds off the pace.

The teams now head to Reigate for Sunday's 147.7km run to the finish in Guildford.

Wimbledon 2012: Arsenal to give James Ward VIP tickets after selling season tickets

We're Gunner get you in: Ward to be given VIP treatment after selling Arsenal season tickets

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22:07 GMT, 27 June 2012

Arsenal are giving British No 3 James Ward two VIP tickets to a game next season to help ease the blow of him selling his season tickets.

Arsenal fan Ward, who plays Mardy Fish on Thursday in the second round, gave up his seat to a friend because it was so expensive but soon regretted after netting 23,125 for beating Pablo Andujar.

Going through: James Ward celebrates beating Pablo Andujar in the first round

Going through: James Ward celebrates beating Pablo Andujar in the first round

Ward said after the game: 'I think I sold [the tickets] today. Bit of a nightmare. I can probably afford it now. It's expensive: Arsenal is the most expensive season ticket there is and now I might see if I can get them back.

'It's 1,300 a ticket, and the problem for me is, if I'm travelling so much, I can only go to six, eight games a season, max.'

Ward overcame Andujar 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-4 6-4 in an epic encounter which lasted more than three hours, and now faces American Fish in the next round.

Wimbledon 2012: Jamie Ward sees off world No 36 Pablo Andujar in five-sets

Ward sees off world No 36 Andujar in five-sets to set up second round meeting with Fish

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19:41 GMT, 26 June 2012

James Ward made it through to the second round of Wimbledon for the first time after he beat Spain's Pablo Andujar in five sets on Court 14.

Ward, who first caught the nation's attention when he reached the semi-finals at Queen's last summer, lost the first set, but battled back to win the second set to love.

Into the next round: James Ward was victorious on Court 14

Into the next round: James Ward was victorious on Court 14

Both players then won a set each before Ward clinched the decider, Britain's number two progressing to a second round meeting with Mardy Fish after a 4-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win.

Ward squandered seven break points in the first set and Andujar needed just one, breaking the Londoner to move in front after 49 minutes.

Top stuff: Ward progresses at the expense of Pablo Andujar

Top stuff: Ward progresses at the expense of Pablo Andujar

The British number two hit back in style, wrapping up the second set to love after a little over 20 minutes, but the match swung back in Andujar's favour when he took the third.

Ward needed only one break point to clinch the fourth set, but he immediately found himself under pressure in the decider.

Job done: Ward and Anjucar shake hands

Job done: Ward and Anjucar shake hands

Andujar, who is ranked 36th in the world, burst in to a 3-0 lead but 25-year-old Ward won the next four games to move 4-3 ahead.

Things got heated towards the end of the set as both players questioned line calls, but Ward found his composure and broke his opponent again to seal the shock win.

Taking the plaudits: ward faces a scrum of punters following victory

Taking the plaudits: ward faces a scrum of punters following victory

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: Latest news, scores, results, pictures from day two

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: Follow all the latest news from day two at the Championships

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10:44 GMT, 26 June 2012

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Join Sportsmail for the very best live coverage throughout the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. We'll bring you all the latest news, scores and pictures as they arrive from the All England Club, plus we'll have game-by-game coverage of the key matches.

Our unrivalled team of reporters at Wimbledon will bring you the latest news and views from behind the scenes – and don't forget you can send your comments throughout the day to [email protected]

11.40: Tennis fans are in place all around this famous old club now. The champagne's flowing and the strawberries and cream are being doled out by the kilo as we speak*. And the action is underway, too. While we wait for the first scores to come in, why not catch up on the headlines from day one. And here a picture of Maria Sharapova's bum.

11.35: Some rain expected later today. Dammit.

11.25: Sportsmail has a crack team of tennis fans in south west London today, including Alex Kay who has been in touch after taking a stroll down to the practice courts this morning.

He said: 'Busy at the practice courts this morning, Sharapova, Serena in action and Federer to follow. James Ward has just picked up his rackets for his match against Pablo Andujar later today.'

11.18: Day of drama on Monday as a raft of British hopefuls were sent tumbling out of the competition at the first hurdle. hot on the heels of the penalty defeat to Italy in the Euros, Josh Goodall, Oliver Golding and Johanna Konta all said ta tar.

But that's not the full story. Great heart can be taken from Golding's performance. And at just 18-years-old we saw plenty to convince us that he can push on to become a Wimbledon regular.

11am: Morning everyone. And what a
wonderful morning it is. No, seriously, hear me out. The sun's shining,
Andy Murray's on court later on and we could see further British gains as Laura Robson and Anne Keothavong get their Championship underway.

Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day two at SW19, a full schedule today which should include action from A-listers Petra Kvitova who begins her title defence, Rafael Nadal will be with us later and Caroline Wozniacki. Should be a good'un.

Anyone for tennis: A full day of play was enjoyed on Monday, so here's hoping Tuesday is just the same

Anyone for tennis: A full day of play was enjoyed on Monday, so here's hoping Tuesday is just the same

Salomon Rondon wanted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs

Liverpool and Spurs join Chelsea in race for Malaga's 20m-rated Rondon

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12:14 GMT, 23 June 2012

A wanted man: Rondon is being eyed by a raft of European clubs

A wanted man: Rondon is being eyed by a raft of European clubs

Liverpool and Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for Malaga's 20m-rated striker Salomon Rondon, according to the player's agent.

The 22-year-old Venezuelan international fired 11 goals last season as the La Laiga outfit secured qualification for the Champions League.

And Pablo Martinez confirmed several approaches from the Premier League for his client,according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

However, with strong interest from Germany, Rondon will not leave southern Spain on the cheap, with mega-rich Malaga playing hardball over the transfer fee of a player they bought for 2.8m from Las Palmas in 2012.