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Georgie Thompson makes F1 return just two races after quitting Sky Sports

Presenter Thompson makes Formula One return just months after quitting Sky Sports

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

14:29 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 8 April 2013

Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One just two races after turning her back on the sport.

The pint-sized presenter, who left Sky Sports' coverage after only one season, is the new face of Lotus sponsor Suremen.

Scroll down for video of Georgie presenting Sky Sports' F1 coverage last season

GEORGIE THOMPSON

Back in the fast lane: Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One as an ambassador for Sure

GEORGIE THOMPSON

GEORGIE THOMPSON

'It's great to be involved in a
campaign focused on F1 and Suremen is such an exciting brand to be
involved with, especially given the strong early season form of the
Lotus, with Kimi Raikkonen winning the first race,' Thompson said.

'It's a brand that fits really well with the fast-paced and exhilarating F1 lifestyle – I'm really looking forward to being a part of such an exciting project.'

Thompson ended her 11-year stint as the face of Sky Sports News to join the corporation's F1 presenting team for their inaugural foray into the sport.

Georgie Thompson

Glamour race: Georgie was disillusioned with her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Glamour Race: Georgie was disappointed at her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Georgie Thompson

Georgie Thompson

But the 35-year-old host turned her back on F1 after becoming disillusioned with playing second fiddle to main presenter Simon Lazenby.

Thompson informed Sky of her decision in the build-up to this season's first F1 show, which aired on February 15. Her profile has since been airbrushed out of the team shot on the Sky Sports F1 website.

VIDEO Georgie Thompson on Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Martin Skrtel set to depart Liverpool after fall out with Brendan Rodgers

Skrtel looks set for Anfield departure after breakdown in relations with Rodgers

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

14:53 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:05 GMT, 26 February 2013

Martin Skrtel has paved the way for leaving Liverpool this summer after hinting at problems in his relationship with Brendan Rodgers.

The Liverpool defender has not started a Barclays Premier League game since being dropped following the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on January 13 and was criticised by Rodgers after an underwhelming performance against Oldham in the FA Cup.

Skrtel is currently sidelined with a knee injury but, even if he was fit, the Slovakia international does not believe he would be in Rodgers’ plans and says his situation will need to be looked at in the summer if he remains out of the side.

Tough times: Martin Skrtel has found his playing time limited at Liverpool

Tough times: Martin Skrtel has found his playing time limited at Liverpool

‘We have (spoken) but it is not
ideal,’ Skrtel told Denik Sport, when asked if he had received an
explanation for being out of the team. ‘He (Rodgers) told me something
on this, gave me some explanation, but it’s hard to tell if it was the
true reason he gave me.

‘I don’t think it was and think there
is something else behind it. Anyway, I’m not the type of player who
would be chasing the coach and be in his office all the time, asking for
explanations why I’m not playing. I have never done this, I’m not doing
it now and I never will be.

‘If the coach wants to tell me
something, he will summon me. The coach has his ideas about the line-up
and the question is if I would be in it if I was fit. I would say it’s
likelier I wouldn’t.’

Fall out: Skrtel is likely to leave Liverpool in the summer after being criticised by manager Brendan Rodgers (below)

Fall out: Skrtel is likely to leave Liverpool in the summer after being criticised by manager Brendan Rodgers (below)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are set to be in the market
for at least two central defenders this summer – Rodgers watched
Feyenoord’s Stefan De Vrij on Sunday – given that Jamie Carragher is
retiring and it is likely that Sebastian Coates will be also be allowed
to leave in order to get first team football.

But Skrtel, who only signed a new
contract last summer, could also go and he has been linked with Anzhi
Machachkala and his old Zenit St Petersburg. He has refused to quell the
idea he will move on.

‘For three years at Liverpool I was
playing in almost every match and even in the national team I have
played a lot of games,’ said Skrtel. ‘I have had various thoughts but
certainly I’m not going to make any hot-blooded decision.’

End of an era: Jamie Carragher (right) will retire at the end of the season

End of an era: Jamie Carragher (right) will retire at the end of the season

Arsenal old boy and Lyon coach Remi Garde renews Tottenham in Europa league

Arsenal old boy Garde renews Spurs rivalry as coach of Lyon in Europa league tie

By
Paul Hirst, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:54 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:54 GMT, 13 February 2013

Lyon boss Remi Garde admits he still harbours the same desire to beat Tottenham as he did during his playing days with rivals Arsenal.

The Ligue 1 side travel to White Hart Lane on Thursday in the first leg of their last 32 Europa League tie. It is their manager’s first competitive visit to the capital since he retired.

Garde joined Arsenal from Strasbourg on the same day as Patrick Vieira arrived from AC Milan in 1996, but both players’ careers then took very different paths.

Wenger boy: Current Lyon coach Remi Garde was part of Arsenal's double winning side of 1997-98

Wenger boy: Current Lyon coach Remi Garde was part of Arsenal's double winning side of 1997-98

Vieira went on to become a Gunners icon, winning three Barclays Premier League titles, but Garde left three years later having made just 27 starts.

Although he only had limited playing time at Arsenal, Garde remembers his years at Highbury fondly and he admits the fact that this game is against the Gunners’ biggest rivals adds an extra edge to the occasion.

'I can’t deny that when I wore the red shirt of Arsenal the matches against Spurs were important moments for me,' said Garde, whose team arrive in London on the back of two 3-1 defeats.

'It was important to beat Spurs and I suppose in truth those feelings are still there in my head now, even though that page in my career has turned now.'

Reflecting on the challenge at hand, Garde revealed he had been told about the talents of Gareth Bale by former Lyon youth director Georges Prost almost seven years ago, who held the same post at Southampton from 2002-2007 when the winger was at the south coast club.

Back then Bale was just a gangly left-back, but Prost was still convinced the wide man was set for stardom.

'Georges Prost worked with Gareth as a youngster at Southampton,' Garde said.

'He told me a few years ago about him, but he was about 16 at the time and he had already made his debut for Southampton. He was a young man but he was already expensive then, too expensive.

'Prost told me how quick he was then, how much skill he was blessed with even at that age, so it’s not a surprise to me to see the top form Gareth has been in. 'He is the sort of player that we do need to keep an eye on tomorrow.'

Warning: Garde has been warned about the talents of Gareth Bale by former Southampton coach Georges Prost

Warning: Garde has been warned about the talents of Gareth Bale by former Southampton coach Georges Prost

Homecoming: Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris moved from Lyon to Spurs in the summer but will be replaced by Brad Friedel

Homecoming: Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris moved from Lyon to Spurs in the summer but will be replaced by Brad Friedel

Bale has scored five goals in his last four matches to take his tally for the season to 19 – comfortably his best return since he made his bow in 2006.

Spurs and Lyon are also linked by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who joined Andre Villas-Boas in a 12million move last summer.

Lloris has been in superb form of late, but Villas-Boas revealed today that Brad Friedel will start in goal ahead of the France captain, much to Garde’s disappointment.

'I suppose it’s kind of a regret (that Lloris is not playing).It is for all of us,' Garde said.

'He was very much loved at Lyon. He made a big impression.

'He was a great guy so it would have been nice to have the experience of coming up against him, rather than just seeing him in the corridor.'

Top of his game: Bale has now matured into one of the Premier League's most devastating performers

Top of his game: Bale has now matured into one of the Premier League's most devastating performers

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says he won"t back to best for two months

I won't be back to best for two months, admits returning United defender Vidic

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10:54 GMT, 30 December 2012

Nemanja Vidic has admitted it will take at least two months before he is back to his best.

The Manchester United skipper completed the second game of his comeback from knee surgery in Saturday's 2-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford.

Heads up: Vidic competes with Gabriel Tamas during United's clash with West Brom

Heads up: Vidic competes with Gabriel Tamas during United's clash with West Brom

He certainly made his presence felt too, guiding United's defence to only their fourth clean sheet in the Premier League this season, which ensured they head into 2013 seven points clear of Manchester City.

However, Vidic is refusing to accept his comeback is complete. After virtually 16 months on the sidelines, including rupturing his cruciate during the devastating defeat to Basle last December, the 31-year-old knows there is plenty of work ahead.

Looking good: Vidic (right) has made a welcome return to Manchester United's defence

Looking good: Vidic (right) has made a welcome return to Manchester United's defence

'The doctor is managing the games I am playing at the moment,' he told MUTV.

'Over the first two or three months I have to really look at that because sometimes I might have a reaction. This is a process I have to go through.

'I am glad I have managed to play after three months. It is nice to be on the pitch and playing games.

'Hopefully I can play more often so I can build my form and play better.'

The Saturday Debate

The Saturday Debate: The stars of 2013 will be…..

PUBLISHED:

23:38 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

Who will be the surprise Premier League star in 2013 Six Sportsmail football writers make their selection…

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Whether at Villa or elsewhere, Darren Bent should get back to his goalscoring best

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Another Ronaldo John Edwards loves to watch Southampton's Gaston Ramirez (left)

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Maturity: 20-year-old Spurs defender Steven Caulker (left) is playing way beyond his years

Jack Wilshere with injury, the stage is set for the Arsenal midfielder to flourish.

Tenacious and determined yet possessing an artistic range of passing, Wilshere’s performances will determine how close Arsenal get to qualifying for the Champions League again.

Mercurial: After missing most of 2012 through injury, Wilshere (right) will flourish in 2013

Mercurial: After missing most of 2012 through injury, Wilshere (right) will flourish in 2013

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Power: The big Belgian is following in the footsteps of Villa no. 9s Andy Gray and Peter Withe

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Talent: Under Benitez his playing time has been cut but 2013 will show us why Chelsea spent 25m on the Brazilian

Champions League draw: Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football? And will it be a British wipeout?

Champions League draw reaction: Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football And will it be a British wipeout

PUBLISHED:

12:29 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 20 December 2012

Today's Champions League draw was one of the most exciting in recent memory, pitting Sir Alex Ferguson against Jose Mourinho and handing Cristiano Ronaldo his first return to Old Trafford since his world record transfer to Spain. Celtic have a glamour tie against Italian kings Juventus, while Arsenal face German behemoths Bayern. All classic ties, but is Real v United the biggest club match in the world And will any of the British teams survive We asked our experts…

THE BIG QUESTIONS

1. Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football

2. Will any British side survive

THE DRAW

Galatasaray v Schalke

Celtic v Juventus

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Shakhter Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Valencia v PSG

Porto v Malaga

**First leg ties played on February 12/13 or 20/21, second legs on March 5/6 or 12/13.

For full details on all the teams in the draw, click here

IAN LADYMAN

1. It’s not the biggest but then what is It’s too hard to
define. It’s certainly one of the biggest in European competition, though. Both
teams are hugely popular and successful commercially while they both have a
strong history in this competition.

2. Common sense says that all three British teams will go out
but I have a feeling that one of them will sneak through and I think it will be
United, courtesy of playing at home second. Celtic will make a decent fist of
their tie with Juventus while Arsenal will lose to Bayern home and away simply
because they aren’t very good.

SAM CUNNINGHAM

1. Yes – in the past five years both clubs have sold an average of 1.4 million replica shirts globally each. More than any other club, even Barcelona, who although are a better side do not have the same global reach. More eyes around the world will be on that game than any other fixture that could have been drawn from the hat or anywhere on the planet.

2. United will win. They are flying this campaign while Real's season is falling apart already. I think Celtic have a chance… The way Kris Common's late penalty crashed off the crossbar and in to send Celtic through suggests fate is on their side. But Bayern will beat Arsenal: The German club are top of the Bundesliga and historically do well in the competition. Arsenal couldn't even beat Bradford last week.

LEE CLAYTON

1. If I could have one ticket to any game, it would probably be Barcelona versus Real Madrid, so that must make it the biggest club game. But if there's a spare for Manchester United vs Real Madrid, I could try and get a night off. It's a magical game and the tie electrifies the Champions League which was in danger of going a bit stale. And Jose vs Fergie on the touchline could be like the Rumble of the Jungle revisisted. Come on Fergie, show him you are still the old master…

Big cup, big clash: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and Real manager Jose Mourinho pose with the Champions League trophy

Big cup, big clash: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and Real manager Jose Mourinho pose with the Champions League trophy

2. Rooney vs Ronaldo… Wayne, time to stop
living on 'promise' and 'potential'. This is your World Cup Final. If
Rooney fires and if Nemanja Vidic is fit and defending for his life,
United can edge it. He will need to be at his very best. One goal in it.

I fear United could the last survivors of the British clubs. I can't see Arsenal beating German powerhouses Bayern with their limited firepower post-RVP and we saw how skilled Juve are against Chelsea. But then Celtic beat Barcelona with willpower and luck.

MATT BARLOW

1. Perhaps it is from an unashamedly English perspective. These are two of the world's wealthiest and most decorated clubs with genuine global reach. They are both rich with tradition, boast a vibrant fanbase, carry corporate clout and an air of football royalty. Yet, if its purely down to medals then the likes of AC Milan, Bayern and Liverpool might point to United's European Cup haul. Whilst the rise of Barcelona in the last decade married with that club's heritage suggests they should feature somewhere in the equation.

2. Oh dear. I fear Manchester United, the best of the Brits, will become victims of Mourinho's relentless obsession to bring this trophy to the Bernabeu. That Celtic cannot match the power of Juventus over two legs and that Arsenal, a team unable to beat Bradford this month, will struggle against Bayern.

Returning hero: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski will return to Bayern where he had an unhappy and unsuccessful spell

Returning hero: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski will return to Bayern where he had an unhappy and unsuccessful spell

ALEX KAY

1. No, Real Madrid v Barcelona is. Playing United is not that big a deal for Real, even though Mr Mourinho might have other ideas. I was in Africa recently and every kid has Real or Barca shirts. They are the two big guns these days, even if we don’t like to believe it in our Premier League dominated world.

2. Bayern will demolish Arsenal – they are pure class. Celtic are not better than Chelsea and Juventus eased past the Londoners. So expect more of the same there. I can’t call Real v United. I have a hunch United could do it though.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is congratulated by team mate Wayne Rooney

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates his goal against Porto with team mate Wayne Rooney

Friends ru-United: Former team-mates at Old Trafford Cristian Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney will face each other

CHRIS WHEELER

1. If there’s a bigger, more glamorous game out there, I’d like to see it. The history and tradition of the two clubs and their commitment to playing attacking football means this one should have everything. Entertainment and extravagance are in their DNA. United and Real didn’t disappoint in 2000 and 2003. Why should 2013 be any different

2. United to find a way past Real, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho – but only just. Difficult to see the Celtic fairytale going any further, especially with the second leg in Turin. Chelsea somehow beat Bayern in last season’s final but I can’t see Arsenal doing it over two games.

NEIL MOXLEY

1. Is it Real Madrid v Manchester United, or Manchester United v Barcelona Or even Barcelona v Real Madrid – given the social backdrop to 'El Classico.' You could argue a case for Celtic v Rangers, on that basis too. Obviously, it's up there. For me, it signifies Jose Mourinho v Sir Alex Ferguson – the pre-match verbals will be interesting, that's for sure.

2. You can get short odds from the bookmakers on all three British teams going out. Which sums up – sadly – what I think may happen.

Cock-a-Hoops: Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates his winning goal over Spartak Moscow with Charlie Mulgrew earlier this month

Cock-a-Hoops: Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates his winning goal over Spartak Moscow with Charlie Mulgrew earlier this month

LAURIE WHITWELL

1. It is certainly the most romantic. The first winners of the
European Cup versus the club who have such an indelible narrative with the
competition. United almost denied Real their second title in 1957 at the last
four stage and but for Munich the 1958 final would have been between the two.
That Sir Matt Busby recovered to mastermind victory over Madrid in the
semi-finals 10 years later and lead United to a maiden title is one of sport's
great stories. I have been fortunate to attend each of Real's last two visits
to Old Trafford and witnessed 12 goals. This tie should prove equally stylish
and is another reason it is mouth-watering. The modern day global fame of each
team must also make this the biggest match in the world.

2. United to squeak past Real on away goals, Celtic to fall to a last-minute
Juve goal and Bayern to out-class Arsenal.

COLIN YOUNG

1. With their histories and financial pulling power, there can’t be many bigger. But it’s the return of Fergie v Jose which will be the most fascinating part of the build-up and the games.

2. I can’t see Manchester United and Arsenal beating Real Madrid and Bayern Munich over two legs, yet I can see Celtic progressing over two legs against Juventus. With the first leg in Glasgow, if Neil Lennon’s side can get a victory to take to Turin, they just might do it to be the only British team left in the last eight, which would be some achievement.

LIV LEE

1. All the key factors are coming together to make Real v United the biggest club game in football this year. Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford to face his former team-mates (and fans), while Alex Ferguson will be pitted against Jose Mourinho. With nine years having passed since the teams last faced each other in this competition, and more than 30 having passed since United last beat them in the European Cup, the tension is likely to reach momentous heights in the run-up to this dream tie.

2. Momentum after the Barca win might give Celtic a boost to overcome Juventus in the first tie, but I predict a Juventus win over two. Unless something changes dramatically in the Arsenal camp over Christmas, it looks like two consecutive victories for Bayern Munich. The second leg home advantage may just see United take the win on aggregate over Real.

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LTA chief Roger Draper under attack for "outrageous" 640k salary

Fury at Draper's 640k as LTA chief comes under fire over 'outrageous' salary

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 19 December 2012

The 640,000 salary package of Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper has been branded 'outrageous' by the chair of Parliament's All Party Tennis Group.

Labour's Baroness Billingham has attacked his pay, especially the decision to award a 201,000 bonus, revealed in Sports Agenda, when grassroots participation in the sport has actually fallen in the past four years.

Earlier this week Sport England effectively put the LTA on probation for a year over future funding awards, and described their plan to improve numbers playing the game as 'simply not strong enough'.

Net gains: Draper has come under fire after receiving 640,000 for one year

Net gains: Draper has come under fire after receiving 640,000 for one year

That prompted Baroness Billingham to say: 'This is the second straight year that they have criticised the LTA and in light of that it is outrageous that he is paid more than four times more than the Prime Minister. It's not right to get a large bonus in that situation.

'Think of all the children in primary schools who could be getting to know tennis if that sort of money was available. I stand by what I said in the Lord's, which is that the LTA are useless.'

Official participation figures are down from 487,500 to 441,500 since 2008 despite huge profits pumped in from Wimbledon.

Laura Robson

Andy Murray

Golden moment: Laura Robson and Andy Murray have enjoyed successful years

The LTA, who declined to respond to her specific comments, pointed out that many sports are struggling with recreational numbers and that in the past year tennis has seen an improvement in that area.

There has also been high-profile success through Andy Murray, Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Jonny Marray.

No 2: But Baker is ranked over 240 places below Murray

No 2: But Baker is ranked over 240 places below Murray

Yet British men's No 2 Jamie Baker is ranked 246 and the Baroness is not alone in wondering whether the LTA's annual 15.3 million staffing costs and 17 million spent on participation could have been better utilised.

So far the LTA's main board has taken a very benign view of their chief executive, who has been in charge since 2006. But that could change next year when a new independent chairman, David Gregson, takes up his post.

Andre Villas-Boas holds meeting with Spurs defenders over late goals

Enough is enough! Villas-Boas holds crisis talks with Spurs defenders over late goals

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UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 19 December 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has held a meeting with his defenders in a bid to stop the late goals that have blighted their season, centre-back William Gallas has revealed.

Spurs have conceded 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this campaign, which is a Barclays Premier League high along with bottom side Reading.

That inability to keep things tight until the final whistle has cost them – so much so that if matches had ended at 80 minutes they would be top of the Premier League.

Focus: William Gallas (right) knows only too well Spurs have been sloppy late on

Focus: William Gallas (right) knows only too well Spurs have been sloppy late on

'We've had a meeting with him (Villas-Boas) because we've been conceding late goals and we have to be a little bit more focused, a bit more strong,' Gallas told talkSPORT.

'Sometimes maybe we are panicking and we've let goals in. So we've been working very hard and we've had some meetings to look at the video to see what is good and bad, and against Swansea it was good to keep a clean sheet.

'In this period, we have a lot of games and some players are tired – they have already played more than 20 games this season, which is a lot. It's very intense.

Once is bad enough: But Everton scored twice in the dying minutes - through Nikica Jelavic and former Spurs player Steven Pienaar - earlier this month

Once is bad enough: But Everton scored twice in the dying minutes – through Nikica Jelavic and former Spurs player Steven Pienaar – earlier this month

'If we want to stay in the top four, we have to get all the players ready for the matches over Christmas and New Year, because we are going to be playing four games in 11 days.'

Stoke kick off the festive period with their visit to White Hart Lane this weekend, before Spurs head to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

'Stoke are a strong side and it will be difficult but we've got the quality,' Gallas said.

'We can play football and we're playing at home, so we don't have any excuses to lose the game.

Late show: Spurs led Everton until the 89th minute before going down 2-1

Late show: Spurs led Everton until the 89th minute before going down 2-1

'Then we play Villa, who are on fire at the moment after winning 3-1 at Liverpool in their last game, and at the moment they are confident.

'They have Christian Benteke in attack, who has shown this season what a good player he is.

'At the moment, we are in the top four and they are trying to survive in the Premier League, so it will be a good game.'

Sort it out: Manager Andre Villas-Boas is sick of Spurs' late lapses

Sort it out: Manager Andre Villas-Boas is sick of Spurs' late lapses

Sachin Tendulkar is useless: The Little Master"s terrible run of form

THE USELESS COLUMN: If you have a shocker, beware…we'll be watching and branding men and women in sport Useless! Today it's the iconic Sachin Tendulkar

PUBLISHED:

12:23 GMT, 14 December 2012

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UPDATED:

12:38 GMT, 14 December 2012

Your striker fluffs a sitter, your keeper drops a clanger or
your team's opening batsman has been out for a pair… all together now: 'Useless!' Here, in Sportsmail's new 'Useless' column, we
highlight sportsmen and women who flop and deserve a panning from our man who delivers it best… Today the dubious honour goes to the greatest batsman still playing the game Sachin Tendulkar…

Before we get started: Yes, he's the Little Master. Yes, he's a living legend. Yes, he's one of the greatest batsman ever to have played the game…

But Sachin Tendulkar's current run of form is USELESS! He's Jimmy Anderson's bunny and England no longer fear him when he walks to the crease.

The 39-year-old maestro has not scored a Test hundred for almost two years – he made 146 against South Africa at Cape Town in the 2011 new year Test – his scores in 2012 read two, 76, eight, 13, 17, 19, 25, 15 and 41. Plenty of starts but no 'Daddy Hundreds' as Graham Gooch might say.

Time to wave goodbye, Sachin Indian great Sachin Tendulkar fell to England's Jimmy Anderson again today (FILE IMAGE)

Time to wave goodbye, Sachin Indian great Sachin Tendulkar fell to England's Jimmy Anderson again today (FILE IMAGE)

THE USELESS HALL OF SHAME…

Gervinho's miss v Bradford
December 12, 2012
Click here to read more

His form belies his status as one of the greats – if not THE greatest. Tendulkar has over 15,000 Test runs to his name at an average well above 50.

Those stats are sensational, but his record against England's Anderson are shocking.

The dismissal of Tendulkar today for the ninth time in Tests, means Anderson has broken Muttiah Muralitharan's record total (see panel below).

It's a landmark achievement for the England paceman, but another failure for Tendulkar has left some commentators to wonder if it's time for him to hang up his bat.

We're sorry to say it, Sachin, but for a great, great player this run of form is…

USELESS! Click to hear the verdict….

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JIMMY'S TENDULKAR HOODOO…
James Anderson

March 19, 2006, Mumbai
A rare false shot from Tendulkar gifted Anderson (right) his wicket for the
first time. Having made only one, the batsman drove loosely outside off
stump and the ball took the toe of his bat and went through to
wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

July 20, 2007, Lord's
Umpire Steve Bucknor adjudged Anderson's full inswinger, which hit
Tendulkar on the pad as he looked to drive through the leg side, would
have clipped leg stump and sent him on his way lbw for 37.

August 10 & 12, 2007, The Oval
Anderson established his dominance over Tendulkar by taking his wicket
in each innings, first via a regulation edge to Andrew Strauss at slip
when on 82 and then bowled off the inside edge for one second time
around.

December 22, 2008, Mohali
Another loose edge saw Tendulkar depart for five, with Graeme Swann at gully the catcher on this occasion.

July 25, 2011, Lord's
Tendulkar's likely last innings at Lord's brought him just 12 runs
before Anderson nipped one past his inside edge to dismiss him lbw.

July 29, 2011, Trent Bridge
In the second Test of the same series, Tendulkar managed 56 in a forlorn
fourth-innings chase before shouldering arms to a big inswinger which
trapped him leg before once again.

December 5, 2012, Kolkata
Tendulkar made 76 before an excellent outswinger from Anderson caught
his outside edge and was held by a tumbling Matt Prior behind the
stumps.

December 14, 2012 Nagpur
Tendulkar made just two before Anderson got one to nip back off the
seam, deflect off a thin inside edge and on to middle stump.

Glen Johnson studying for Maths degree

I'll show you: Johnson aims to prove his teachers wrong as Liverpool star takes up a Maths degree

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 10 December 2012

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is aiming to prove his old school teachers teachers wrong by gaining a degree in maths.

While many footballers spend their spare time playing golf, computer games or shopping, the England defender spends his days with his head buried in text books.

The 28-year-old – who has been shortlisted for England's player of the year award – is half-way through the second year of his Open University degree, having passed his first year.

Opening the scoring: Glen Johnson celebrates after netting a goal against former club West Ham

Opening the scoring: Glen Johnson celebrates after netting a goal against former club West Ham

Johnson, who scored the first goal in Liverpool's 3-2 win over former club West Ham on Sunday, told The Sun: 'I love the planning, equations and problem-solving.

'For example, working out how much fuel a plane needs. I was good at maths at school but I didn’t really think of anything else but football. My teachers used to say, ‘You ain’t going to achieve anything’. So I was thinking, ‘I’ll show you’.

Doing the day job: Johnson is studying for a maths degree when he is not busy playing for Liverpool and England

Doing the day job: Johnson is studying for a maths degree when he is not busy playing for Liverpool and England

'The last thing they’d expect me to do is a maths degree. But anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it.'

Former Burnley defender and chairman of the PFA Clarke Carlisle became the first footballer to appear on game show Countdown in 2010, and has also made a couple appearances on the political debate show Question Time.

Working from home: Johnson is enrolled at The Open University

Working from home: Johnson is enrolled at The Open University