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SIX NATIONS 2013: How good is England"s team?

We asked England's 2003 Grand Slam and World Cup winners for their views on Stuart Lancaster's side… what was the verdict

PUBLISHED:

22:42 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:23 GMT, 3 March 2013

England are two wins away from completing the Grand Slam, but just how good is Stuart Lancaster's side Sportsmail asked the class of 2003, who not only triumphed in the Six Nations, but were also crowned world champions.

The questions we put to them were:

1 How good are this England team
2 Can they replicate your triumphs
3 Which players have impressed you

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson

Scrum-half, 77 England caps, 16 tries. Retired in 2006. Now media pundit

1 They are easily the best since 2003, not necessarily a great set of individuals but, as a unit, they are very impressive. They’re in a similar position to us in 2001 but with less experience.

2 If they continue as they are, they will be in prime position for the World Cup in 2015. Winning the Grand Slam in a fortnight will help as they need to win big games under pressure.

3 I like the second row. They have become the epitome of the engine room. I’m also impressed with how Danny Care is dealing with being second-choice scrum-half.

Mature: Danny Care has taken well to being second choice

Mature: Danny Care has taken well to being second choice

Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery

Prop, 73 caps, 2 tries. Retired in 2010. Runs clothing brand Raging Bull

1 They’re good now but have potential to be great. I can see quite a few similarities to us, when it comes to individuals and their positions. The only player they’ll never find is a Billy Whizz [Jason Robinson].

2 Can they Yes. Will they With luck they should win the Grand Slam, but Wales will not be easy, and they need to hit a few more speedbumps before the World Cup to toughen them up.

3 Chris Robshaw is top of my list. He’s been outstanding as a player and captain. I’d also like to single out coach Stuart Lancaster. He hasn’t put a foot wrong. Manu Tuilagi’s my other man. Owen Farrell has also impressed.

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen

Wing, 57 caps, 31 tries. Retired in 2011. Chairman of anti-bullying charity

1 They’re developing nicely but aren’t yet the best in the world. With Wales away for a Grand Slam we will find out whether this team can dig deep. The 2003 side suffered setbacks that made them stronger.

2 I don’t see why not. But I’d like to see a few more peaks and troughs so that we peak in 2015 for the World Cup.

3 I like the back row, including James Haskell. Tom Wood reminds me of Richard Hill. Ben Youngs may have more control but Danny Care is like Matt Dawson in how he can put the opposition on the back foot.

No joke: James Haskell has impressed in England's back row

No joke: James Haskell has impressed in England's back row

Richard Hill

Richard Hill

Flanker, 71 caps, 12 tries. Retired in 2008. Now coach at Saracens

1 They are performing well, are led well and seem to know what they want. In 10 years, the game has moved on, but this group seem quicker than us to find the answers.

2 There’s every indication that they can. They’ve already played all the best teams in the world and fared OK to very well against them. Winning the Slam would give them the confidence we got from our 2003 Slam.

3 Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood. They are ferocious in the breakdown and are used as an attacking weapon in defence. Manu Tuilagi is critical to England, too.

Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall

Centre, 75 caps, 14 tries. Now player-coach at Gloucester

1 They’ve been playing at a high intensity and their biggest strength is the pressure they apply. But there is still work to be done.

2 They can better us by winning a Grand Slam two years before the World Cup. I’d be disappointed if they don’t. Win, and they can go on to be world champions.

3 Manu Tuilagi is England’s key player and Robshaw’s consistency is outstanding, Joe Launchbury’s a real find and look out for Billy Vunipola.

Main man: Manu Tuilagi has been at the forefront of England's Grand Slam bid

Main man: Manu Tuilagi has been at the forefront of England's Grand Slam bid

Josh Lewsey

Josh Lewsey

Full-back, 55 caps, 22 tries. Retired in 2011. Works in the City as commodities trader

1 This is a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Not many would get into our team, but what’s more important is the environment Stuart Lancaster has created.

2 Yes, in terms of medals, although I don’t think the calibre of rugby in the Northern Hemisphere is as high as it could be. This England team are doing well but we set the global standards in 2001-02.

3 It’s hard to single out individuals because England’s best weapon has been their teamwork. I do like Dan Cole’s demeanour and the way he goes about his business.

Ben Kay

Ben Kay

Lock, 62 caps, 2 tries. Retired in 2010. Now a ESPN commentator and media analyst

1 So far, very good, but it’s still early days. They need a lot more time. And how many would get into our team Not as many as some might think. We were much older and had experienced leaders all over the pitch.

2 They can, but don’t hang everything on 2015. Don’t forget the majority of the 2003 team went through the 1999 World Cup and the current team are certainly young enough to go on and win in 2019 instead — or maybe even as well.

3 Obviously Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell, but also Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury.

Hands on approach: Joe Launchbury is another who has grown during the Six Nations campaign

Hands on approach: Joe Launchbury is another who has grown during the Six Nations campaign

Trevor Woodman

Trevor Woodman

Prop, 22 caps, 0 tries. Retired in 2004. Forwards coach at Wasps

1 Judging by the last few results, England are becoming very difficult to beat. But are they better than we were Yes and no. They are a bit younger than us and we had more world-class players. What is similar is that a lot of our team had the disappointment of the 1999 World Cup, just as some of this team were at the 2011 Cup.

2 Without a doubt, if not better than what we achieved, but there are caveats. We must ensure we keep up, if not get ahead, of any improvements by others. We must ensure there is stiff competition for places and we must make Twickenham a fortress.

3 Mako Vunipola because he is such a destructive ball-carrier; Joe Launchbury, because he doesn’t make mistakes. And Manu, of course. He has the X Factor.

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Hooker, 73 caps, 4 tries. Retired in 2011. Now living with his new family in Dubai

1 Good and will get better. I’m not sure the best starting XV is playing yet. The scrum creaked a bit against France.

2 Certainly with the Grand Slam. We’ll find out more about whether they can stand the pressure. I want to see them bully sides like we did, mentally and physically.

3 Tom Youngs is our best hooker now, overtaking Dylan Hartley. He’s awesome in the scrum and the loose and if he fine-tunes some of his set-piece he will be world class.

Head and shoulders above the rest: Tom Youngs (centre) has emerged as England's best hooker

Head and shoulders above the rest: Tom Youngs (centre) has emerged as England's best hooker

Will Greenwood

Will Greenwood

Centre, 55 caps, 31 tries. Retired in 2006. Now a media analyst

1 I’m enjoying watching them. They have great mental strength and are improving in stature every game. It’s a great sign they can beat sides as good as France when not playing well, and be annoyed about it.

2 The Grand Slam definitely and with a World Cup at home the options open up.

3 Geoff Parling. He jumps, he pushes, he tackles, he does exactly what it says on the tin. And Owen Farrell. To be a stand-off in a World Cup-winning side you need to be a tough nut and a sponge. He absorbs every lesson Test rugby throws at him.

Chelsea to launch 15m swoop for Alvaro Negredo

Chelsea set to launch 15m swoop to add hitman Negredo to Spanish contingent

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UPDATED:

13:10 GMT, 28 December 2012

Chelsea have lined up a January swoop for Alvaro Negredo to boost their strikeforce.

Rafa Benitez is desperate to beef up his attack in the transfer window, with Daniel Sturridge set to leave.

Hotshot: Alvaro Negredo is a prime target for Rafa Benitez

Hotshot: Alvaro Negredo is a prime target for Rafa Benitez

If Sturridge joins Liverpool as expected, Fernando Torres would be the only recognised forward left at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez is hoping to add to his Spanish ranks by bringing in Negredo from Sevilla.

The Spain international would cost in the region of 15million and his side are keen for a quick sale to ease their financial problems.

Negredo, a former Tottenham target, has scored 52 goals in 112 goals since arriving at Sevilla in 2009.

In form: Fernando Torres could soon by joined by another Spaniard

In form: Fernando Torres could soon by joined by another Spaniard

If Negredo does arrive, he will join a growing Spanish contingent which currently includes Torres, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Cesar Azpilicueta and Benitez.

Benitez has the rest of the season to prove he deserves the Chelsea job on a permanent basis and much of that will depend of how clinical they are in front of goal.

Roman Abramovich brought Benitez in as a stop-gap after sacking Roberto Di Matteo and his long-term aim is to bring in Pep Guardiola.

WHO IS NEGREDO

With Chelsea likely to be challenging on four fronts at home and abroad in the New Year, manager Rafael Benitez needs a frontman with a proven goalscoring record – and Alvaro Negredo could be just the man.

Since leaving Real Madrid in 2007 after failing to break into the first team, Negredo has been a proven goalscorer first at Almeria, where he notched 32 in 73 appearances, and now Sevilla.

In his four seasons at the latter, he has managed 65 goals in 150 games across all competitions, including 11 in 12 so far this season.

Born in Madrid in 1985, Negredo started out at local side Rayo Vallecano, the same outfit that Swansea's sensation Michu played for.

Proven: Accomplished both on the ground and in the air, Alvaro Negredo has scored plenty of goals for Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Almeria and Sevilla

Proven: Accomplished both on the ground and in the air, Alvaro Negredo has scored plenty of goals for Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Almeria and Sevilla

He was spotted by Real while playing for Rayo in the third division in 2005 and competed with Roberto Soldado for the striker's position in the Castilla ('B') side.

Fabio Capello realised his talent after Negredo scored 18 goals for Castilla in 2006-2007, but he wouldn't make a senior appearance at the Bernabeu.

After his two successful years with Almeria, Real bizarrely activated his 3m buy-back clause in 2009, but only fielded him in one pre-season game before selling him to Sevilla for 12m.

He won the Copa del Rey in his first season with the club and, following the departures of Luis Fabiano and Freddy Kanoute, became their first choice striker alongside Jesus Navas.

Energetic, quick and an accomplished finisher both on the ground and in the air, Negredo has also been recognised by national team manager Vicente del Bosque.

He has to date won 12 caps and scored six goals though he lies behind David Villa and potential Chelsea strike partner Fernando Torres in the pecking order.

VIDEO: Some of Negredo's goals for Sevilla

Thierry Henry to make Arsenal debut in FA Cup

Henry could make third Arsenal debut against Swansea in FA Cup next month

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 10 December 2012

Thierry Henry is set to make his third Arsenal debut in the FA Cup clash against Swansea on January 6.

The Gunners are in advanced talks with New York Red Bulls over a loan spell that will start five days earlier.

And manager Arsene Wenger hopes Henry can feature in his side’s FA Cup third round tie.

Welcome back: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Thierry Henry

Welcome back: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Thierry Henry

A deal has been agreed in principle but the two clubs remain in discussions over the length of the loan deal.

Wenger wants Henry, 35, until the end of the season but the MLS club are reluctant to lose their striker for that period of time.

The Red Bulls would prefer to have their star striker back for the start of their season in March.

Henry will be the first January arrival at the Emirates Stadium – and Wenger hopes at least two more will follow.

Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a prime target, as is Crystal Palace whizzkid Wilfried Zaha.

Good news for Arsenal came in Jack Wilshere saying he was approaching full fitness.

'I
have got better every game. [I'm] maybe 90%,' Wilshere said. 'I'm not
sure. Every game that goes by I feel better and better fitness-wise.

'When I get up to 100% I will really show what I can do.'
That is not to say the midfielder is throwing caution to the wind during his rehabilitation.

'It's a new experience for, my first injury,” he added. “I didn't know what to expect.

Loan deal: Henry is set to join Arsenal in time for the FA Cup next month

Loan deal: Henry is set to join Arsenal in time for the FA Cup next month

'I spoke to a few players who have had long-term injuries. They said you will come back and have a good game and you think 'I am back,' then you will have another game and you are not so good.

'I think the first few games my adrenalin got me through which is why I was so up for it. Then you start to realise it is not as simple as that and things start catching up with you. Then you start to get back to your best.'

Manager Arsene Wenger expects Wilshere will be back to his best by February, which will give him time to gel with the likes of Mikel Arteta, who slotted both of Arsenal's penalties in their 2-0 win over the Baggies.

Boost: Jack Wilshere is approaching full fitness

Boost: Jack Wilshere is approaching full fitness

'He's great,' Wilshere said of Arteta. 'Tactically, his positioning is the best around. He is not the biggest lad but the amount of balls he wins in the air is good. He has adapted well.

'He's an older player and is great for the younger players. You can talk to him on the pitch and off the pitch.

'I speak to him during the game. I say “Mikel, if you want to go forward I will sit” so there is a good understanding there.

'He knows I want to go forward and get on the scoresheet but he is the same. At Everton he was our most attacking midfielder. There is a bit of both but he lets me go more than he does.'

Roberto Mancini meets Radamel Falcao"s agent to hijack Chelsea move

Mancini meets Falcao's agent as he bids to beat Chelsea to 46m striker

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UPDATED:

12:21 GMT, 11 November 2012

Roberto Mancini is attempting to beat Chelsea to the signature of Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao.

The 26-year-old striker, in scintillating form this season and rated at 46million by Atletico Madrid, is Roman Abramovich's prime target.

Injured during the battle for his signature Radamel Falcao has been in astonishing form for Atletico Madrid

Injured during the battle for his signature Radamel Falcao has been in astonishing form for Atletico Madrid

According to the Sunday Telegraph
Mancini has flown to Madrid to talk to Jorge Mendes, the player's
representative, and more than one meeting has taken place.

Falcao is asking for around 5m a year after tax – but given his standing as currently the world's finest centre-forward, both Man City and Chelsea might be willing to pay.

Chelsea may attempt to procure Falcao with a cash plus player deal – the misfiring 50m man Fernando Torres is an Atletico legend.

Although he has sporadically burst into life, he has largely been ineffective this season.

Despite his performances his goals per game rate this season is not appalling – seven in 17 appearances in all competitions.

But Falcao has a superb 13 in 10 – including three against Chelsea when the two teams clashed in the European Super Cup.

If Mancini was to beat Roberto Di Matteo to the striker he would have to let one of his forwards go – with Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli closest to the Etihad exit.

Plot: Roberto Mancini wants to beat Chelsea to the Colombian's signature

Plot: Roberto Mancini wants to beat Chelsea to the Colombian's signature

AC MIlan eye move for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez

Benitez could be in line for a return as struggling Milan eye former Liverpool boss

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 26 October 2012

Rafa Benitez is being considered by AC Milan to replace under-pressure coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Milan are 15th in Serie A after losing five of their first eight games and
Allegri may be sacked if they lose at home to Genoa on Saturday.

Returning Rafael Benitez during his spell as Inter boss

Returning Rafael Benitez during his spell as Inter boss

Milan owner and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud.

Benitez was at Liverpool for six years, during which time he famously won the European Cup in 2005. He also captured the FA Cup in 2006.

He couldn't claim the one prize Liverpool fans yearn for above all others however, the league title, coming closest in 2009, when the Merseysiders lost out to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in a dramatic race.

After leaving Liverpool, Benitez became manager of Milan's great rivals Inter, but was sacked half-way through his first season in charge.

What's going wrong AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and goalkeeper Marco Amelia after last weekend's defeat against Lazio

What's going wrong AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and goalkeeper Marco Amelia after last weekend's defeat against Lazio

Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko live on Primetime pay-per-view

Hatton's big comeback to be screened on pay-per-view channel Primetime

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UPDATED:

13:39 GMT, 25 October 2012

So huge is the interest in Ricky Hatton's comeback fight on November 24 that it will be screened on pay-per-view television in Britain.

The 20,000-seater Manchester Arena was sold out within hours when tickets went on sale – before the Hitman even announced the identity of his opponent, namely Ukraine’s immediate past world welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Prime time: Ricky Hatton's comeback will be screen on pay-per-view

Prime time: Ricky Hatton's comeback will be screen on pay-per-view

The fight will be broadcast live here on Primetime at 14,95, as well as in America on the major Showtime network.

Hatton said: 'I’m humbled to have so many great fans.

'After my knock-out by Manny Pacquaio I want to make them all proud of me again.'

Tiger Woods insists golf is too honest for Lance Armstrong-style controversy

Scandalous! Tiger sticks the boot in as 14-time major champ insists golf is too honest for Armstrong-style controversy

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Tiger Woods knows just how far there is to tumble when a top sportsman falls from grace – but the American is convinced golf will never be hit by a Lance Armstrong-style scandal.

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life for his part in a doping conspiracy which rocked the sport.

Cycling's reputation has been left in tatters but Woods insists, due to the culture of honesty within his own sport, there is no need to worry about golf going the same way.

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

'We just implemented testing probably three years ago I think it is,' said Woods. 'I know we don't do any blood work like some of the other sports do.

'Right now it's just urine samples, but that's certainly a positive step in the right direction to try and validate our sport.'

He added: 'This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, guys call penalties on themselves. Golf is a different sport.

'I think that's one of the neat things about our great game, and I think with the testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport.'

Woods, a 14-time major winner, also made
headlines for all the wrong reasons but it was over his behaviour away
from the course when it was revealed in 2009 that he had a string of
affairs.

His wife Erin filed for divorce and Tiger lost several of his sponsors before undertaking a therapy programme.

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

Nike stayed with Woods despite the sex scandal but the American sports giant dropped Armstrong on the back of the drug revelations.

Rory McIlroy looks set to replace Woods as the main man with the company amid rumours of a 156million 10-year deal for the young Northern Irishman.

Woods never managed to get his hands on one of this year's majors and failed to win a match at the Ryder Cup but, with three PGA Tour wins to his name, he insists he is happy with 2012.

Speaking ahead of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, he added: 'It's a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year.

'The majors are such a different animal and different breed and we place so much emphasis on them.'

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Happy with the progress he has made on the course and optimistic about what the future holds, it is off the course that still matters to him the most.

He trails the great Jack Nicklaus by four majors and, on 74 PGA Tour wins, is eight short of Sam Snead.

'Golf has always been a high priority in my life but family has been No 1, so that hasn't changed,' he said.

'I certainly want to break Jack's record and catch Snead's record, but being the best father I can possibly be to my two great kids, that is certainly number one in my life.'

Ian Holloway is Blackburn Rovers target

Blackpool boss Holloway in line to replace Blackburn villain Kean at Ewood

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 20 October 2012

Ian Holloway is set to be offered the job as Blackburn Rovers manager with the directive to get the club back into the Premier League next season and a massive budget to help him achieve it.

Indian-based owner Venky’s has targeted the Blackpool boss as its top choice and will make an official approach within a week.

In line: Ian Holloway is Blackburn's prime target

In line: Ian Holloway is Blackburn's prime target

Venky’s, anxious to build bridges with Rovers supporters following the unhappy tenure of Steve Kean, realises that only a return to the big-time will heal the wounds. And it is prepared to put a substantial transfer treasure chest at the new manager’s disposal with a view to begin recruiting players in the January window.

But Holloway said: ‘We don’t deal with speculation. The chairman hasn’t had a phone call. I know he would have told me about it if he did.’

Rory McIlroy happy to be homeless … and maybe 15 million richer

Snedeker in position to pip Rory to $10m bonus… but Rose ready to spoil pay day

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 22 September 2012

American Ryder Cup player Brandt
Snedeker put himself in prime position to commit an outrageous $10
million act of sporting larceny at the FedEx Cup play-offs on Sunday.

This four tournament series,
dominated by Rory McIlroy and, to a lesser extent, Tiger Woods, has
appeared for all the world as if it would end in either the Northern
Irishman or his superstar rival collecting the mammoth bonus.

Now the two-horse race has developed a
third runner thanks to a flawless 64 on Saturday by the personable
Snedeker, the best putter in world golf alongside Luke Donald.

Poised to pounce: Can Brandt Snedeker steal the prize from under Rory McIlroy's nose

Poised to pounce: Can Brandt Snedeker steal the prize from under Rory McIlroy's nose

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The equation for Snedeker and indeed Woods at the final play-off event, the Tour Championship, is a simple one on Sunday.

If they win this tournament, with its $1.44 million first prize, they collect the $10 million bonus as well.

Snedeker starts today tied for the
lead with Woods four adrift. McIlroy remains favourite because not only
is he right in the mix himself at just three off the pace, he can rely
on outside help.

Englishman Justin Rose is keeping
Snedeker company at the top, and if he wins, then the big cheque is
McIlroy's, provided he stays where he is in fourth spot, with no more
than two players for company.

Leader: Justin Rose tees off the 18th hole during the third round of the Tour Championship

Leader: Justin Rose tees off the 18th hole during the third round of the Tour Championship

What a wonderfully tense afternoon is
in prospect therefore, in the last action before all the attention
turns to the Ryder Cup.

Consider this scenario, for example.
If Rose happened to win, Snedeker finished second, and McIlroy remained
fourth with three players alongside him as was the case on Saturday,
Snedeker and McIlroy would finish on the same number of FedEX points and
so have a sudden death play-off for the bonus, with a mere $7 million
difference between first and second.

Onwards and upwards: Rory McIlroy

Still in contention: McIlroy remains in the hunt

Asked about the prospect of such a
play-off, McIlroy showed a nice line in perspective. 'There's no
downside when the worst thing that can happen to you is you walk away
with $3 million, is there' he said.

'I am really looking forward to
tomorrow. I think it is going to be one of the most exciting days of the
golfing year.'

McIlroy began the third round in tied seventh spot and
moved up three places.

Winner of his last two events, the brilliant 23
year old shot his 11th consecutive round in the sixties with a composed
68.

McIlroy pumped his fist after holing a 7ft putt for par at the last
and said: 'That gives me a bit of momentum heading into tomorrow, where I
will be looking for a fast start. I'm just thrilled to be in the mix
again. It is going to be great.'

Snedeker, who finished third at the
Open Championship, and has a runner-up finish and a tied sixth to his
name during the play-off series, said: 'This is the best golf of my
career in terms of it being over a relatively long stretch. I think I am
finally starting to believe in myself and that I belong at this level.'

Rose might say the same thing. From tee to green he has been as good as
anyone all season but here his short game has been up to the mark as
well. His chipping has been exemplary and crucially, he has been holing
putts as well.

Missed opportunity: Tiger Woods reacts to a putt that goes wide on the 11th hole

Missed opportunity: Tiger Woods reacts to a putt that goes wide on the 11th hole

Rose is seeing the benefits of two marathon days spent
working on his short game last week. He's also got one eye on next
week's action at the Ryder Cup.

'It hurt to miss out on being part of a
winning team at Celtic Manor last time and this time I just want to show
what I can do,' he said.

Woods's topsy-turvy week continued. After
good Tiger on Thursday, when he shot 66, and awful Tiger on Friday, when
he collapsed to a 73, here he picked himself up again to return a 67
that leaves him in touch.

'The object was to get myself within a few
shots of the lead and give myself a shot of winning the tournament and
I've accomplished that, so I'm pleased,' he said.

Meltdown: Jim Furyk triple-bogeyed the 17th hole to slip down the leaderboard

Meltdown: Jim Furyk triple-bogeyed the 17th hole to slip down the leaderboard

After an indifferent
month's play, and particularly for someone noted for his consistency,
Donald has shown signs of normal service being resumed here, which must
be good news for Europe next week.

After hitting 15 greens in regulation
on Friday, here he found his putting touch as well to match the 67 shot
by his playing partner, Woods.

The highlight of Donald's round came
with the first eagle seen in this event on the tough par four 14th hole
at East Lake, where the Englishman's eight iron approach bounced twice
before disappearing into the hole.

He begins today five off the lead.
Right at the back of the 30 man field we find Lee Westwood, who mentally
seems to be already at Medinah. He shot 76.

UEFA withhold prize money from 23 clubs

UEFA put financial fair play rules into force after withholding prize money from 23 clubs

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UPDATED:

11:21 GMT, 11 September 2012

UEFA have withheld 23 clubs' share of European prize money due to their failure to pay debts to other clubs or tax bills.

The clubs include some famous names in European football including Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce and Malaga, but no British sides.

The sanctions follow the first elements of UEFA's financial fair play rules coming into force regarding unpaid debts, with the prize money temporarily withheld pending further investigation.

Euro kings: Atletico Madrid, who beat Chelsea in this year's Super Cup, are among the 23 teams who UEFA are withholding prize money from

Euro kings: Atletico Madrid, who beat Chelsea in this year's Super Cup, are among the 23 teams who UEFA are withholding prize money from

The action was taken by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) investigatory chamber, chaired by former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene.

UEFA said in a statement: 'The clubs participating in UEFA club competitions had to provide information regarding the status of any overdue payables as at 30 June 2012.

'The CFCB investigatory chamber has identified that important overdue payables towards other clubs, and/or towards employees or social/tax authorities existed in 23 cases.'