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Nadal plans to make return on South American soil at the VTR Open in Chile

Nadal's comeback is hotting up as he plans a return in Chile

Liv Lee


16:44 GMT, 17 January 2013



17:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

Rafael Nadal will return next month at the VTR Open in Chile.

The competition starts on February 4 and will be the first tournament the world No 4 has competed in since Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round by the relative unknown Lukas Rosol.

Since then Nadal has been recovering from a knee injury.

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

He was supposed to return to action
earlier this month but was sidelined by a stomach virus and forced to
wait another few weeks.

It will be the first time Nadal has
played on South American soil since 2005 and no doubt the 11-time Grand
Slam winner is itching to get back on the court, having posted numerous
updates and photos of his recovery on his Facebook page.

Best sports pictures of the year – by Sportsmail photographers

Snappy Christmas! Our photographers choose their favourite pictures of the year


18:01 GMT, 25 December 2012



18:01 GMT, 25 December 2012

Sportsmail's group of top photographers, Andy Hooper, Kevin Quigley, Ian Hodgson and Graham Chadwick, have thought long and hard about their favourite photos of the year. Enjoy their selections below.

Andy Hooper

Oscar and Anthony: Yes, this really happened. Oscar Pistorius is kneeling down in front of a cheetah in the South African bush near Pretoria. Bladerunner Oscar was as good as gold, maybe a little nervous, but he was happy to crouch for a few seconds, which is all it took to get the shot.

Oscar and Anthony

Mo-mentous: Mo Farah wins his second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000 metres, fighting off attack after attack from the Kenyans and the other Africans. One of my special moments, as Mo kicked on and made the victory look easy!


Pure gold: Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking after winning the lightweight double sculls, one of my favourite London 2012 images. It looks close up but they had drifted way past us before celebrating.

Pure gold

Kevin Quigley

Lone rider: All of these were taken using a range of Nikon cameras and lenses and with Mark Cavendish, I shot this in Fairlop in east London, with the backdrop a London sunset. I used one outside studio light positioned to the left of me which lit him up as he came up this slight incline and it’s the favourite shot I’ve taken this year.

Lone Rider

Blue is the colour: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba was running round the Munich pitch with the European Cup when he suddenly sat down in the goalmouth. With a wide-angle lens I captured Didier, the trophy and all of the drama around him.

Blues is the colour

Pure Poults: I stood to the side of the other photographers who were shooting straight on with flash, and as Ian Poulter celebrated with the Ryder Cup at Medinah my camera picked up someone else’s flash to put a nice light on him.

Pure Poults

Graham Chadwick

Zlat’s magic (left): The shirt’s off as Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes wild after his acrobatic fourth goal for Sweden against England in their Stockholm friendly. Just for the perfect execution of his skills, it was unquestionably the best goal that I have seen live. I will remember it for ever.

Joyous: Jade Jones winning gold in the 57kg taekwondo final was simply spine-tingling, especially the second when she jumped up to celebrate with her coach. This image rewarded my long hours spent covering the Games.

Zlat's magic


Spinning gold: For American Gabrielle Douglas’s winning beam routine I wanted to create a dramatic stage for her dismount in this image. I used a starburst filter on the lens to accentuate the arena spotlights. I was also lucky to catch a lone flash from someone else’s camera in the crowd.

Spinning gold

Ian Hodgson

City turns blue: On the day Manchester City won the title I moved to the right hand side of the press pen to get a better angle. Streamers were fired into the air but I stayed focused on the trophy to create an almost abstract-style photograph.

City turns blue

One to treasure: I was covering the Open at Lytham and on one of the practice days, Justin Rose had been signing autographs on the tee. A few children had not got his signature but as he reached the green he waved them over. Nice gesture and a lovely picture.

One to treasure

Knight of Old Trafford: I’d photographed Sir Bobby Charlton on many occasions, but to have the time to shoot a portrait with the Manchester United legend one-to-one was something special for me. After setting up my lights (three on this shoot), I shot a variety of pictures, with this one as my favourite.

Knight of Old Trafford

Floro Flores posts skiing picture on Twitter after telling Granada he was injured

Taking the piste! Granada striker Flores posts skiing pictures after telling club he was injured



16:51 GMT, 4 December 2012

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Note to self: don't post photographs of myself skiing on Twitter, when my team are playing an important league game and I'm supposed to be out injured.

La Liga striker Floro Flores told his club Granada he was too injured to play in their home game with Espanyol on Sunday.

He then went skiing in the nearby Sierra Nevada and after posing for snaps posted the photos, of him grinning broadly ready for an afternoon on the piste, on the social networking site.

The Italian striker is now training
in solitary and the club have told him they will move him on in the
January transfer window.

former Napoli forward arrived on a season's loan from Udinese in the
summer but has only scored one goal in ten appearances.

It is understood that the 29-year-old striker has failed to settle in Granada, though he does enjoy the nearby mountains.

The Open 2012: Tiger Woods triumphs after tantrum

Tiger triumphs after tantrum and gives himself a big chance of victory at Lytham



20:39 GMT, 20 July 2012

Tiger Woods's Open looks set for lift-off after Friday's 67, which finished with a chip in from a bunker on the 18th.

But his round wasn’t without controversy after he complained of fans taking photographs on the front nine and was then heard uttering an obscenity on the 11th tee.

In the hunt: Woods walks to the 11th tee during his second round

In the hunt: Woods walks to the 11th tee during his second round

The three-time Open champion heads into today’s round in third position on six under par. But he was chastised by a spectator after uttering the words 'm****r f****r' after pushing his drive into the rough on the par-five 11th.

Unhappy: Woods reacts to a poor shot on the seventh hole

Unhappy: Woods reacts to a poor shot on the seventh hole

With young children present on the crowded tee, one fan was heard to say as Woods headed down the fairway: ‘That’s charming with children around.’

Friday's incident was not picked up by TV but was witnessed by Sportsmail.

Earlier in the round, Woods had
become annoyed by spectators taking photos on their phones, something
that they are expressly forbidden to do.

terms of his golf, the bogey Woods eventually made on the 11th was the
only one of an otherwise excellent round in the best of the conditions.

his round, the 36-year-old said: 'I’m right there in the mix and it’s
going to be a great weekend. I am very pleased with where I am.'