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Greg Rutherford on how Olympics changed his life

Greg the baker has recipe for success… Olympic hero Rutherford on how life has been very different since Super Saturday

) — but it was also the
shortest winning mark for Olympic gold since Randy Williams’ 8.24m in
1972.

‘People said I came out of nowhere,’
says Rutherford, ‘but I thought: “Hang on. I’ve been a professional
athlete for eight years. I’ve been a world top 10 athlete for five or
six.” It’s a bit frustrating.

Jump to it: Rutherford competing at the London Olympics in August

Jump to it: Rutherford competing at the London Olympics in August

‘It wasn’t the longest distance in the world, but I did what I needed to do on the day to win.

‘I want to be classed as one of the
greatest ever long jumpers, which means I have to go out there and jump a
hell of a lot further than I have done. I still genuinely believe, at
26, that’s possible.’

Rutherford at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Rutherford at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

However, five years ago Rutherford
contemplated walking away from athletics, after a 2007 season heavily
disrupted by injury culminated in him failing to qualify for the final
at the World Championships in Osaka. But Rutherford won the British
title to book his place in Beijing only to finish 10th at the Olympic
Games as he failed to reach 8m.

‘I didn’t perform in Beijing,’
admitted Rutherford. ‘Emotionally I wasn’t in a good place (after his
grandfather died). But in 2009 I broke the British record, in 2010 got a
Commonwealth silver medal, had a great year in 2011 and, all of a
sudden, it was starting to work.

‘So I thought: “Well, I can’t give up
now, because I’ve got the greatest competition of my life next year.”
And thank goodness I didn’t.’

Rutherford credits Dan Pfaff, the
American ‘super-coach’ whose contract with UK Athletics expired in
December, as a ‘ridiculously important’ part of his development.

Later this month, however,
Rutherford, will move from his hometown of Milton Keyes to Phoenix in
Arizonza to continue working with Pfaff. It will be another huge change
for the self-titled ‘Ginger Wizard’.

‘I can’t wait,’ said Rutherford.
‘When I joined Dan he told me he wanted me to have a PhD in long jump by
the time I retired — that’s how well he wanted to teach me.

‘Technically, I’m still not a great
long jumper. I think there’s a hell of a lot more for me to learn.
Hopefully I’ve got another Olympics, maybe two, in me, so it’s
exciting.’

Greg Rutherford is supported by Home House: www.homehouse.co.uk

Arsenal open talks with Laurent Koscielny over new contract

Koscielny shows Van Persie the way as Arsenal open talks over new long-term deal

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09:01 GMT, 10 July 2012

Arsene Wenger has moved to limit the damage to Arsenal's squad this summer by opening talks with defender Laurent Koscielny over a new five-year deal.

Robin van Persie has stated his desire to leave the club but Arsenal are unlikely to command a huge fee for their star striker as he has just 12 months of his contract left to run. Theo Walcott's deal also expires next summer and the winger has attracted interest from Chelsea.

But Arsenal are determined to keep hold of Koscielny and have now opened negotiations with the France centre-back, according to the Mirror.
Koscielny, 26, has been offered a pay rise and a new contract until 2017.

Please stay: Laurent Koscielny is in talks over a new five-year contract

Please stay: Laurent Koscielny is in talks over a new five-year contract

Wenger saw Koscielny's France team-mate Samir Nasri depart for Manchester City last summer after turning down a new contract while he had just 12 months on his deal to run.

Nasri won the Barclays Premier League title with City in May. Van Persie's main admirers are also at the Etihad Stadium.

But Wenger has said he will never change his management style at Arsenal – even if the club's top players keep moving on.

Wants out: Robin van Persie has told supporters he will not sign a new deal

Wants out: Robin van Persie has told supporters he will not sign a new deal

The Frenchman has been resolute in his principles and believes the top honours can be won without spending tens of millions. Wenger says that a good youth system, coupled with a shrewd recruitment policy of talented individuals, can be a recipe for success.

Usain Bolt storms to win in Rome and clocks fastest time this year

Bolt strikes again! Usain storms to win in Rome and clocks fastest time this year

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20:26 GMT, 31 May 2012

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt has banished the memories of his go-slow in Ostrava with a commanding victory in Rome.

Bolt had struggled to victory in a time of 10.04 seconds on Friday, the first time since a rainswept night in Toronto in 2009 that he had failed to break 10 seconds outside a heat or semi-final.

The Jamaican shrugged off the race as an off-day, prescribing himself more food and sleep after arriving in Italy in a bid to regain power in his legs.

Making his point: Usain Bolt wins the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome

Making his point: Usain Bolt wins the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome

And that appeared to have been the recipe for success as the 25-year-old overcame another sluggish start to power to victory in 9.76secs, the fastest time in the world this year and a meeting record.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell was second in 9.91s, with European champion Christopher Lemaitre third in 10.04.

No catching him: Bolt (second right) clocked the fastest time in the world this year at the Stadio Olimpico

No catching him: Bolt (second right) clocked the fastest time in the world this year at the Stadio Olimpico

Asked if he was relieved after that performance, Bolt said: 'I would say yes, slightly.

'I knew I could do it but since I've been in Europe I've not been sleeping regularly so after Ostrava I decided that I would make sure I start going to bed early. I felt extememly well, extremely great today, so it's coming back and I feel good.'

As for the pressure on his shoulders leading up to the defence of his Olympic titles in London, he added: 'People expect me to do well at all times and I expect that of myself also, so it's not really a question for me, it's just one of fun and enjoyment.

Familiar sight: Bolt strikes his famous celebratory pose after impressing in Italy

Familiar sight: Bolt strikes his famous celebratory pose after impressing in Italy

'I came out here tonight not to prove anything to the world, but tell myself that I've still got it and I'm working my way from here.'

The performance of the night from a British perspective came from Robbie Grabarz, who won the high jump with a new personal best of 2.33m which takes him top of the world rankings in 2012.

Big show: Bolt was driven round the stadium ahead of his race at the Diamond League Meeting in Rome

Big show: Bolt was driven round the stadium ahead of his race at the Diamond League Meeting in Rome

Grabarz lost his lottery funding at the end of a poor season in 2011, but that forced him to rededicate himself to the sport and it paid dividends tonight as he cleared each height at the first attempt until failing to clear 2.35m.

'I achieved what I set out to achieve,' the 24-year-old said. 'I have been jumping very well in training but been trying to keep a lid on it. That's why I started my season so late.'

Usain Bolt claims lack of food to blame for slow run

Need more chicken nuggets, Usain Bolt claims lack of food led to slow race

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 29 May 2012

Usain Bolt has shrugged off his disappointing performance in Ostrava and revealed his recipe for success – namely sleeping and eating more.

Bolt clocked 10.04 seconds on Friday evening, the first time he has failed to break 10 seconds in a final since 2009 in the middle of a rainstorm in Toronto.

But the triple Olympic champion was his usual relaxed self at a press conference ahead of his appearance in the Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday, telling reporters he was confident that having an 'off day' would not become a trend.

Relaxed: Usain Bolt is says one bad performance will not become a trend

Relaxed: Usain Bolt is says one bad performance will not become a trend

Massage: Bolt takes a break from training in Rome ahead of his next run

Massage: Bolt takes a break from training in Rome ahead of his next run

'I explained to my coach (Glen Mills) that my legs were not feeling that energetic, probably through a lack of sleep and not enough food,' the 25-year-old Jamaican said.

'Since I got here I've been trying to get a lot more sleep and eating better so everything is seeming to be on a better track.

'You never have a good race every time you run. You have to just put that behind you and move on. It's not a worry. I have a lot more races and the main one is at the Olympics.

High standards: Bolt will improve for himself

High standards: Bolt will improve for himself

Less than convincing: Bolt (centre) laboured to victory in Ostrava

Less than convincing: Bolt (centre) laboured to victory in Ostrava

'I have set a high standard for myself so I know people like to see me run fast.

'I can't look at it as pressure. People expect you to do certain things – I know I will have my bad races but I have to stay strong and focused.'

Bolt will face compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell in the 100m on Thursday, along with France's European champion Christophe Lemaitre and veteran Kim Collins.

Frank Lampard: Chelsea need old boys like John Terry and Didier Drogba

Lampard: Napoli comeback proves Chelsea still need old boys like me, JT and Didier

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14:40 GMT, 15 March 2012

Frank Lampard insists that Chelsea must not ship out the 'old boys', and that the recipe for success is to blend experienced players with talented youngsters.

The veteran trio of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Lampard himself all struck to help Chelsea come from two goals behind to beat Napoli in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday night.

The Blues are only the fourth side to ever overturn such a deficit in the competition, and Lampard says that shows that the trio are still worth their place at the club.

Comeback kings: Frank Lampard and John Terry celebrate Chelsea's epic win

Comeback kings: Frank Lampard and John Terry celebrate Chelsea's epic win

Andre Villas-Boas had attempted to remould Chelsea into a younger side, with Lampard in particular left fighting for his place.

But the Portuguese's project lasted less than a season, with Roberto Di Matteo now installed as caretaker boss and Lampard back in the first team.

Asked whether experience is still key at the top level, Lampard said: 'Of course it is. You can't win these sort of competitions without that.

'We need to be on top form and we need to be playing well but you can see the desire in the players.

'There is a lot of talk about old boys and their careers flickering out but these are the players who want to play, want to win. You could see that against Napoli.

Trademark: Lampard scored a decisive penalty to take the game into extra time

Trademark: Lampard scored a decisive penalty to take the game into extra time

'When you've got that, you can add to it with youth and quality players to fit in around the team. That's the recipe and we have to carry on with that.

'A lot gets said on the outside but people here just want to win. You need old and experienced boys in the team as well as the young ones coming through with their enthusiasm.

'The amount of nights that Didier has stood up, John and so on, that's what Chelsea is all about. It can get us a result like this.'

Chelsea now head into the Champions League quarter-finals knowing they could face the might of Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Lampard added: 'We have to believe – and we do – that we can beat anyone.

'It's obvious that Barcelona along with Real are the strongest teams but we must enjoy this and carry on. We do have ability in this team. No-one is going to want to come here to Stamford Bridge.

'There was a great spirit, energy in the team and desire. People were running with cramp and injuries at the end and still putting their bodies on the line. When we do that we have the ability to go a long way.'

On Di Matteo and whether he should get the Chelsea job full-time, Lampard said: 'That's for the club to decide.

True Blue: Didier Drogba (left) insists he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge

True Blue: Didier Drogba (left) insists he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge

'He has done very well with three wins, so fair play to him. He is a real Chelsea man and shown that with his heart on his sleeve.'

Drogba, who is out of contract in the summer, also echoed Lampard in saying he wanted to stay at Chelsea.

He said: 'Many people said it would be my last match in the Champions League but the story continues.

'I hope my Chelsea adventure continues a long time yet. But I'm not master of my destiny. [I am] just hoping for more moments like this.'

Alastair Cook targets England Twenty20 squad

Cook wants to try his recipe for success in the Twenty20s

Alastair Cook narrowed his eyes and
addressed the question of whether he was a throwback, an old-fashioned,
technically correct batsman almost too orthodox in an impatient,
innovative world.

'I will just have to learn some new
shots,' he said with the steely, almost suspicious glare he reserves for
inquisitors. 'If cricket changes and Twenty20 becomes the predominant
form of the game, I will react to that.'

In form: England captain Alastair Cook has scored back-to-back hundreds

In form: England captain Alastair Cook has scored back-to-back hundreds

That comment was made to me almost four years ago when Cook was struggling to come to terms with not just Twenty20 cricket but also the one-day format at the highest level.

Concerns over his ability to adapt led to his exile from international limited-overs matches once Andrew Strauss returned to become captain.

How different things are now. Those determined words from Cook in 2008, which I worried he might not be able to back up, have been vindicated by two of the most significant innings of even his extraordinary career. Not only has he proved he can play one-day cricket but he can do it in conditions that far from suit him.

Back-to-back hundreds here, the first in one-day international cricket by an England captain, have removed any doubts over his ability.

'I think the change happened after I played my first 20 odd one-day games for England,' said Cook after inspiring his side to an unassailable 2-0 lead over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. 'I knew that if I wanted to play one-day cricket for England I would have to improve, I would quite simply have to score quicker.

Style guide: Orthodox Cook has vowed to expand his game

Style guide: Orthodox Cook has vowed to expand his game

'That's what I went back to working on with Graham Gooch and the Essex boys and the experience I got at Essex was invaluable. Playing Twenty20 cricket forced me to expand and made me realise what I could do. Then I tried to take that to one-day cricket.'

Cook's next challenges are to develop as a captain – tactically, he is a work in progress but, crucially, the players are behind him – and perhaps to reach the goal that not too long ago seemed the most unlikely of all. A Twenty20 place.

'I'd love to be in the Twenty20 side but it's a totally different format,' said Cook. 'They've picked the squad for the games here and they've had a lot of success as a squad. I'm not in it at the moment but all I can do is try to score runs if I get a chance to play Twenty20.'

After all he has achieved, it would take a brave man to suggest Cook will not pull that one off as well in the not too distant future.