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James Anderson – records are nice but winning is more important

James Anderson: Records are nice but winning is all that matters

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

I was genuinely surprised to be told that Saturday was 10 years to the day since I made my England debut, in a one-day international against Australia at Melbourne. Then, the idea of me celebrating that anniversary by drawing level with Ian Botham as the leading England wicket-taker in all cricket would have been nuts.

Everyone who knows me knows I do not play the game for records. But if those things do happen, it is satisfying because it means I am making a proper contribution to the team’s effort.

This has been a tough match for the bowlers on a pitch that has just got deader and it could have been a very difficult day for us, even at one stage looking as though we might not take a wicket at all.

Priorities: James Anderson says he does not play the game for records

Priorities: James Anderson says he does not play the game for records

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It can be soul-destroying when you are bending your back and you see our wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, taking the ball on the second bounce.

That is what we expected when we came and why, when the ball is moving as it did the day before, you have to make it count and you have to hope the luck is with you.

To be honest, while I was planning to attack the stumps with inswing, when I bowled Virender Sehwag it looked to me like he just missed a straight ball, though it might have held up on the pitch.

Later I also got Gautam Gambhir with one that seemed to nip off a crack. The fact is, on a pitch like this all you can do is put as many balls in the right place as possible and hope that something happens.

I'll have to get Monty to ask Tendulkar for his autograph

I cannot deny that taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for the ninth time in Test cricket is a feather in my cap, but for a moment it was touch and go whether I’d get the chance.

I was feeling pretty sick for most of the second day and I had been off the field for about 20 minutes when Sachin came in to bat.

Cooky was keen to get me back on the field because he knew I would have to wait a while before being allowed to bowl at him.

Then I got a break. I had bowled a couple of outswingers at him, one of which he’d edged to third man, so I tried to chuck one up at him outside off stump to swing in, it seemed to nip back off the pitch as well and might have kept low.

Mission: Monty Panesar might have to get Sachin Tendulkar's autograph

Mission: Monty Panesar might have to get Sachin Tendulkar's autograph

It was the kind of ball that is devilish hard for a new batsman to face and, lucky for me, it did what it did.

People have asked me if I intend to ask Sachin to sign something for me as a memento of the record. Frankly, I don’t think I have the audacity to go up to him and say: ‘Can you sign a ball for me please’

I have two days to pluck up the courage or, knowing Sachin signed a ball for Monty Panesar when he got him out on his Test debut, I might get Monty to do it for me.

Why I went over the top with KP

When
I ran to celebrate Sehwag’s wicket with Kevin Pietersen, people
speculated that it might have been the result of a plan based on the
inside knowledge Kev gained from playing with him in the IPL.

Nice
thought. But the truth is far simpler. Knowing how hard it was going to
be to get wickets on that track, I was so excited to take one third
ball that I went a bit over the top and Kev just happened to be in the
way!

Not inside knowledge: Anderson says he celebrated with Kevin Pietersen because he was in the way!

Not inside knowledge: Anderson says he celebrated with Kevin Pietersen because he was in the way!

It's not rock 'n' roll

Monty Panesar has been tweeting that the fast bowlers have been trying to get him into rock ’n’ roll. I think his take on the genre might be a bit different to ours, though.

True, we had a big session the night before last, but it was all old-school power ballads like Foreigner, Roxette and Bonnie Tyler.

A change from rap and Bollywood, yes, but rock ’n’ roll No, Monty, just no!

We are unable to carry live pictures from the fourth Test in Nagpur due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.

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MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

Mark Cavendish leaves Team Sky for Omega Pharma

Sky no longer the limit for Cavendish as Brit rider switches to Omega Pharma

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 18 October 2012

Mark Cavendish has left Team Sky to join Belgium team Omega Pharma.

The Manx Missile has been with the Sky for just one year but grew frustrated at the team priorities, most notably their pursuit of the yellow jersey during the 2012 Tour de France.

Cavendish, one of the planet's finest sprinters, had to play a support role to eventual winner Bradley Wiggins throughout, claiming just three stages.

In total, the 27-year-old won 14 Grand Stages for the British team, the last of which came in the Tour of Britain. He also won his first general classification prize – the Ster ZLM Tour – in June.

More to follow….

End of the road: Mark Cavendish has left Team Sky after just one year

End of the road: Mark Cavendish has left Team Sky after just one year

Scrap FA Cup replays for Premier League winter break, says Richard Scudamore

Premier League call for FA Cup replays to be scrapped to pave way for winter break

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UPDATED:

08:51 GMT, 15 October 2012

FA Cup replays could be scrapped if a two-week winter break is to be incorporated, according to Barclays Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

England manager Roy Hodgson has followed previous national team bosses in calling for a mid-season break, with the aim of ensuring players do not go into major tournaments having played for 10 months solid.

Scudamore believes there is a will among the sport's main governing bodies to make it happen, but feels the FA may have to look to their own flagship cup competition for the solution.

Give us a break! A mid-season hiatus has been mooted for years

Give us a break! A mid-season hiatus has been mooted for years

'Unless someone is prepared to give something up, it is pretty hard,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

'We are not inclined to reduce the number of clubs in the Premier League – if you were running a theatre and had 380 nights that you wanted to sell, why would you throw 60 or 70 of those nights away

'As for the FA, they don't want to give up replays in the FA Cup, so we all sit down and we all look at each other.

'Nobody has asked the Football League to give up the League Cup, but why would we We are huge supporters of it and we wouldn't have the temerity to alter the FA Cup either.

'That will be up to the FA, but unless the FA decide they have different priorities, where the England team is more important than something else they own, then that might be for them to look at.'

Cupset: Replays could be scrapped to facilitate the winter break

Cupset: Replays could be scrapped to facilitate the winter break

McLaren ask Lewis Hamilton to take 5m pay cut

Please stay at McLaren, Lewis… but you will have to take a 5m pay cut

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 21 September 2012

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has finally conceded his team are trying to re-sign Lewis Hamilton on a reduced contract.

Sportsmail revealed that McLaren are
trying to shave one third off Hamilton’s 15million-a-season deal, which
expires at the end of the campaign.

Penny for your thoughts: McLaren want Lewis Hamilton to take a pay cut

Penny for your thoughts: McLaren want Lewis Hamilton to take a pay cut

But despite Mercedes offering to match Hamilton’s current terms, while bonuses could push his earnings to around 60m over three years, Whitmarsh admitted the 2008 world champion must accept a wage cut if he wants to remain with the Woking-based outfit.

Discussing the offer to Hamilton ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, Whitmarsh said: ‘I am sure he will want more money and I am sure we will want to pay less. That is how business normally works.’

Even so, Whitmarsh claimed that a new deal could be completed quickly once it becomes a top priority.

Night rider: Hamilton during practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Night rider: Hamilton during practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit

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Referring to the protracted nature of
the contract negotiations, Whitmarsh added: ‘It seems a long time
because of the speculation that people have made but when you sit down
and seriously put your mind to entering into a new contract it doesn’t
take too long. I think it is a question of priorities and other things
we have been doing.’

It remains to be seen how long Hamilton is prepared to wait for his
future to be moved to the top of McLaren’s to-do list, but teammate
Jenson Button already appears to be weighing up the merits of potential
new partners, with both Paul di Resta and Sergio Perez earning his
praise.

When asked yesterday who he would fancy as a possible replacement for
Hamilton, the 32-year-old was in light-hearted mood. ‘I would like the
Incredible Hulk as my team-mate, he’s amazing,’ said Button, before
clarifying he meant the green giant and not Force India’s Nico
Hulkenberg — another promising youngster.

Leading the way: Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice

Leading the way: Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice

Button went to McLaren to challenge himself against a driver regarded
as the fastest in the sport and beat him, the first team-mate of
Hamilton to do so.

The pair are not friends; they have little in common. Nothing wrong with
that, but when Hamilton pulls stunts like publishing both his and
Button’s telemetry information on Twitter, there are bound to be
consequences. In the light of such increased friction with his team-mate
it is perhaps easier to understand why Button recently issued a glowing
endorsement of Di Resta, the Force India driver who recently joined his
management company.

‘He is very, very talented and he has got his head screwed on,’ said Button of the Scot.

The praise for Perez was equally grand as Button addressed Ferrari
president Luca di Montezemolo’s assertion that the Sauber starlet lacks
experience.

‘He (Perez) is a quick learner,’ said Button. ‘He can’t be bad if he is doing as well as he is.’

Hot on the heels: Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in practice

Hot on the heels: Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in practice

Hugo Lloris Tottenham bid rejected

Lyon confirm Spurs bid for Lloris rejected as AVB frustration mounts

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UPDATED:

13:11 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham's frustrating summer in the transfer market looks set to continue after Lyon confirmed they have rejected an approach from the club for France No 1 Hugo Lloris.

New Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas made signing a new goalkeeper one of his top priorities when he took over earlier this summer but, as with his search for a new striker, he has been thwarted thus far.

French fancy: Spurs are interested in a deal for Lloris (pictured)

French fancy: Spurs are interested in a deal for Lloris (pictured)

Villas-Boas wants Lloris, who captained France at Euro 2012, to compete with veteran Brad Friedel for his place, but while Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the player wants to leave, he revealed Spurs had been rebuffed.

'Hugo wants to play in one of the best clubs in Europe,' Aulas told French radio station RMC.

'This year there was an approach from Tottenham that was quickly rejected.

Frustrated: Villas-Boas wants a striker and a goalkeeper

Frustrated: Villas-Boas wants a striker and a goalkeeper

'If he absolutely wants to leave, we will look at the proposals but they must be consistent with what we want. If not, he will stay.'

Villas-Boas has also struggled in his attempts to bring in a new striker, with Emmanuel Adebayor's astronomical wages proving a stumbling block in attempting to make his loan move from Manchester City to White Hart Lane last season a permanent switch.

Open 2012: Colin Montgomerie fears for Lee Westwood

Time's running out for Westwood, says Monty as Scot fears for major-less star

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 17 July 2012

Colin Montgomerie has reiterated his fear that time is running out for Lee Westwood to win a major.

The Scot upset the Westwood camp last year when he told Sportsmail it would be much harder for the Englishman if he hadn't won one by the time he was 40. Monty, however, isn't backing down.

'This is Lee's last Open before he reaches that age and, while he would never admit it to you, I know he will be feeling it,' he said.

In the swing of things: Westwood is hoping to win his first major this week

In the swing of things: Westwood is hoping to win his first major

'Only one golfer has improved when he is over 40 and that's Vijay Singh.

'When you get to that age different things happen, your priorities change. It will be difficult for him.

'Imagine if he is right there after the first couple of rounds. The expectation of the crowd will grow and everyone will be cheering him on. All that emotion is hard to handle.'

Monty held a three-shot lead at halfway here at Lytham 11 years ago, but at the age of 38 and with the galleries at fever pitch, he could not hold on.

Warning: Montgomerie fears for the English golfer if he doesn't win this week

Warning: Montgomerie fears for the English golfer if he doesn't win this week

'Let's hope he goes one step further than me,' he said. 'I'm like everyone else, I'm desperate to see him win the major he deserves. If he can give himself three more knocks on that major door, I think it will eventually open.'

Monty has failed to qualify for The Open and you can imagine how he feels looking out at a course set-up right up his alley. 'It is killing me,' he said.

Rather than Monty's example, Westwood will look to Darren Clarke at Royal St George's last year for inspiration. The Northern Irishman coped brilliantly with expectation to win the Claret Jug aged 42.

Vitali Klitschko cools talk of David Haye showdown

Klitschko manager cools talk of Haye showdown as Vitali focuses on politics

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 15 July 2012

Vitali Klitschko is unlikely to face David Haye due to his political commitments, according to the Ukrainian's manager Bernd Boente.

Haye flattened Dereck Chisora inside five rounds at Upton Park on Saturday night and later declared his explosive performance has ensured Klitschko will avoid him.

Boente mocked the suggestion the WBC world heavyweight champion, who faces Manuel Charr in Moscow on September 8, is running scared.

And while he insisted Klitschko's priorities lie elsewhere, he refused to close the door on a showdown with Haye completely.

New focus: Vitali will concentrate on his political career after fighting Manuel Charr in September

New focus: Vitali will concentrate on his political career after fighting Manuel Charr in September

'We offered Haye the fight September but he chose to fight Chisora instead because that was easier for him,' Boente said.

'David probably turned Vitali down because he got more money against Chisora, who is by far the easier opponent.

'We had a contract ready for Haye, had booked an arena, but he turned us down for a second time – the first time he chose to face Nikolay Valuev instead.

'After fighting Manuel Charr, Vitali goes on the campaign trail for parliamentary election in the Ukraine. He's the leader for the opposition, UDAR.

Knockout blow: Haye floors Chisora on Saturday night

Knockout blow: Haye floors Chisora on Saturday night

'Should he be elected on October 28 then he will probably stop boxing. For him politics is the future – he wants to fight for democracy.

'But even if he's elected, maybe he'll want to have a farewell fight.

'At the moment David Haye means nothing to us and Vitali is definitely not afraid of fighting him.'

Neither Vitali nor Wladimir Klitschko watched Haye's victory over Chisora as they were in their home town of Kiev where the fight was not broadcast.

Boente was unimpressed, however, and claimed Chisora's performance was worse than when he lost to Vitali in Munich in February.

'I was more disappointed by Chisora's poor display. He was out of shape and looked in better shape against Vitali,' he said.

Struggle: Haye was beaten by Wladimir in Germany last year

Struggle: Haye was beaten by Wladimir in Germany last year

'Saying his performance against Chisora was too good, that Vitali won't want to fight, was typical Haye.

'He has a big mouth and is like a little dog that yaps.

'We all know the calibre of fighter Vitali has fought in the past, including Lennox Lewis. I'm sure he's not impressed by that performance.

'Chisora fought a stupid fight and was completely open. Vitali would also have knocked out Chisora had he not suffered that injury in the third round.

'He fought Chisora with only his right arm, he could not use his left arm any more.'

Euro 2012: Gianluigi Buffon blames Premier League for England failure

Buffon blames Premier League for England's tournament failures

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 30 June 2012

Italy skipper Gianluigi Buffon has claimed the Premier League is 'no longer very faithful' to the England national team.

As the Azzurri prepare to face Spain
in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, England's players have embarked on
their summer holidays, beaten once again at the quarter-final stage.

The past 48 hours have been spent
debating whether 37-year-old David Beckham should be allowed a career
swan song at the Olympics in Team GB. It does seem priorities have got slightly skewed somewhere.

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

And Buffon, who is looking to add another major international tournament to the World Cup in won in 2006, feels the answer lies in the Premier League's desire to attract the best players in the world.

The Italy skipper buys into the theory it is the best league.

Indeed, he looked set to join it at one point when Manchester City were offering him big money to make the move from Serie A. But Buffon does not feel that is the best way forward for the national side.

'Having a competitive league doesn't necessarily mean having competitive players,' he said.

'For a number of years now, the English league has had the best football and is the best league in terms of quality.

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

'The money that's in the game means they can go and buy anyone from all over Europe or the world.

'This can happen in Spain and Italy as well as England but the league in England is no longer very faithful to what the national side needs.

'With this footballing globalisation, it's very difficult. You struggle to have players from your own country playing in the top league.'

Yet Buffon does not write the Three Lions off completely.

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Having been part of the Italy side that knocked England out of the quarter-finals on penalties last Sunday, he is acutely aware of how close Roy Hodgson's men came to going through.

It is a sadly familiar story. England have now gone out of six competitions on penalties, including three at the quarter-final stage.

'The England national side has its own strengths and they're a lot more physical than other sides,' said Buffon. 'But England aren't very lucky. They've lost on penalties in the last five or six times, so the margins between winning and losing are very thin indeed.'

West Ham make move for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga

Allardyce keen to strengthen Hammers attack with 5m move for Maiga

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 28 June 2012

West Ham have made a 5million bid for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

Manager Sam Allardyce is battling to land his targets with a striker and centre-back his priorities. He has bid for Norwich's Grant Holt and is also keen on Evian's Yannick Sagbo.

Bid made: West Ham are keen on Sochaux's Malian forward Modibo Maiga

Bid made: West Ham are keen on Sochaux's Malian forward Modibo Maiga

Reading have also bid for Maiga while Stoke maintain an interest too. Reading expect to have Pavel Pogrebnyak's work permit processed today and are closing on a deal for free agent midfielder Danny Guthrie.

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips – competition more important than opening ceremony

Preparing for competition more important than Olympic opening ceremony, says Phillips

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UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 20 June 2012

Zara Phillips has insisted she would rather prepare for Olympic competition than attend the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Phillips and the other four members of the British eventing team have ruled out attending the ceremony as their competition starts the following day.

The riders will also be busy with an inspection of their horses on July 27, the day of the opening ceremony.

Priorities: Phillips will be busy preparing for competition at the time of the opening ceremony in east London

Priorities: Phillips will be busy preparing for competition at the time of the opening ceremony in east London

Phillips, who follows her mother Princess Anne and father Captain Mark Phillips in competing for Britain in eventing at the Olympics, said: 'I would rather get on with my competition than go to the opening ceremony.'

Britain's cycling and swimming teams, and many of the track and field athletes, are also planning to miss the opening ceremony.

The five eventing athletes – Phillips, Kristina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Georgina French and Mary King – will stay at the main athletes village and Phillips said she was relishing the prospect.

'It will be great to be part of the Olympics and get the atmosphere and the buzz of being a part of it,' she added.

'In the past the equestrian has been based quite far out and this time they have made a big effort to have it as part of the Olympics and really nearby (to the village), so it will be great to have the atmosphere and benefit from that.'

All smiles: the eventing team are looking forward to competing this summer

All smiles: the eventing team are looking forward to competing this summer

Phillips brushed off her parents' past Olympic record – 'Mum fell off and Dad is not a big talker' – even though her father won team gold in 1972 and silver in 1988, but stressed her delight at being selected.

The 31-year-old who missed out on the two previous Games due to injuries to her horse Toytown, and she will ride High Kingdom at Greenwich Park in London.

She said: 'I'm massively excited and honoured to be in the team with these guys as well as still keeping my fingers crossed as there are still a few weeks to go and you know what horses are like.

'Seeing Greenwich today has brought it much closer and it is very exciting.'

Yogi Breisner, the team's eventing performance manager, warned that Germany remain favourites, with Sweden, New Zealand, USA and Australia also strong.

'It won't be a walk in the park,' said Breisner.

Winning team (From left to right) Kristina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Georgina French, Mary King and Zara Phillips

Winning team (From left to right) Kristina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Georgina French, Mary King and Zara Phillips

Mary King will be competing in her sixth successive Olympics at the age of 51 – equalling the record of javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson – but she has no intention of calling it quits after the Games.

'Six is not going to be the limit,' she said. 'I'm still enthusiastic to continue on and I'm not planning to retire, I'm going to carry on.'

French, 31, is better known as Piggy – when she was a baby her sisters said she looked like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh and the name stuck – but will be known as Georgina for Olympic competition purposes.

She won the test event last summer and Fox-Pitt believes the course could be in the British team's favour.

He added: 'The terrain at Greenwich will be unlike any we have seen before. It is going to be demanding – and we hope it is as hopefully that can be to our advantage.'