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McLaren apologise to Red Bull for ruining Mark Webber"s start after ECU problem at Australian Grand Prix

McLaren apologise to Red Bull after ruining Webber's start in Melbourne

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

McLaren have been forced to apologise to their Red Bull rivals for wrecking Mark Webber’s start to his home grand prix in Australia.

A software problem with the engine control unit (ECU) – the electronic brain supplied to all Formula One teams by McLaren which controls the powertrain, drag reduction system and acts as a car's primary data system – meant Webber’s system had to be rebooted during the formation lap.

That lack of vital information caused Webber to tumble through the order from second on the grid before eventually finishing sixth.

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, leapt to the defence of his driver post-race after he faced criticism for what appeared to be yet another poor start.

‘You need to go and ask McLaren why the ECU didn't work,’ said Horner. ‘That totally messed up his preparation.

‘By the time we'd reset the system, he'd lost the start and lost early ground.

'It's something they need to get on top of because there have been a lot of issues in early-season testing.’

After performing their own investigation, McLaren have issued a statement accepting they were at fault.

It read: ‘Mark and the team have our apology. We are working together with them to prevent any recurrence.’

The ECU is a new design for the 2013 season and has been introduced in preparation for the switch from V8’s to turbo-charged V6 engines next season.

Joe Allen wants shoulder surgery out of the way to return fully fit for Liverpool next season

No more stalling! Allen wants shoulder operation out of the way to help drive Liverpool forward next season

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:42 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 12 March 2013

Joe Allen is keen to get his shoulder operation done with so he can be fully fit for the start of next season.

The midfielder will be in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Scotland and Croatia when it is unveiled tomorrow.

However, the Liverpool man is facing an extended period on the sidelines at some point after discovering a recurrence of an old shoulder injury had deteriorated to the point where further surgery is required.

Open door: Liverpool's Joe Allen, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, at the Astra production line today

Open door: Liverpool's Joe Allen,who is already looking forward the new season, at the Astra production line today

Speaking on a tour of the Ellesmere Port car plant of Wales team sponsors Vauxhall, Allen said: “It is something that needs sorting out.

'I had an operation a few years ago and unfortunately it is a recurrence.

'It has slowly deteriorated to the point where an operation is the only thing that can solve it.'

Liverpool will decide when Allen has surgery, which the 22-year-old estimates will keep him out for three months.

'I can play on, but it is all about the timing because I will be out for three months,” he said.

'Obviously, I don't want to miss the start of next season if I can but we will see what the club have planned because it is a reasonably long lay-off.'

With the Reds back in the running for a European place following Sunday's victory over Tottenham, Brendan Rodgers might be loath to lose Allen at this stage.

Injury: Brendan Rodgers confirmed that midfielder Joe Allen will undergo surgery

Injury: Brendan Rodgers today confirmed that midfielder Joe Allen will undergo surgery

Equally, the former Swansea man would benefit from a full pre-season at Anfield, given he did not join the Merseyside giants until after his Olympic commitments with Team GB.

And next week he will be fully focused on Wales anyway, as they look to build on an encouraging win over Austria last month by completing a World Cup double over Scotland on Friday.

That initial victory over the Scots in October effectively signalled the end of Craig Levein's reign.

It also marked the climax of a tortuous period for new Wales boss Chris Coleman, who had struggled to maintain the improvements made under Gary Speed.'These things take time,' said Allen.

'It was a difficult period for everyone in Welsh football but recent performances and results show we are moving in the right direction.

Shoulder-to-shoulder: Joe Allen came on as a sub against Tottenham on Sunday, where he came up against Wales international colleague Gareth Bale

Shoulder-to-shoulder: Joe Allen came up against Wales international colleague Gareth Bale on Saturday

'We have always had the talent and ability that's for sure.

'Now we are getting to the stage where we are benefiting from past experiences and we are ready to take it to the next level.'

Joe Allen was speaking on a tour of the Ellesmere Port car plant of Wales team sponsors Vauxhall. For more information go to www.vauxhall.co.uk

Jack Rodwell ruled out for up to four weeks

Mancini set to be without Rodwell for up to FOUR weeks after hamstring injury recurs to haunt City midfielder yet again

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 5 March 2013

Roberto Mancini's relief at Manchester City keeping their slim hopes alive of retaining their Barclays Premier League title was tempered by another injury setback to Jack Rodwell.

A first half goal from Carlos Tevez was sufficient to earn City a 1-0 win at Aston Villa and cut the gap on leaders Manchester United to 12 points.

But midfielder Rodwell suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury midway through the opening period and will be sidelined for 'three to four weeks'.

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Mancini said: 'We are very sorry for Jack, because he is a good guy, a good player, but he is unlucky. It is his hamstring.

'I think it is impossible to resolve
his problem after six or seven months because he's had this problem for
five or six years and we need maybe more time.

'How long will he be out Maybe he will be back after the international break, three or four weeks. It is the same injury.

'I am very sorry because he is a
young player. He needs to improve but he has played very well against
Chelsea and was playing very well tonight.'

Mancini repeated his determination
that City will not give up on the title without a fight but admits they
probably have to win their 10 remaining games.

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

He said: 'It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win.

'At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second.

'We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches.

'If they (United) lose three or four or five games…..it is difficult because they are too strong for this.

'When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can't we do it this year'

Sergio Aguero was also ruled out with
a knee injury and will also miss the weekend FA Cup tie with Barnsley
but Mancini is hopeful he will be available for the next league clash
with Everton.

Villa remain in the bottom three and
manager Paul Lambert admitted a mistake by defender Ciaran Clark proved
crucial in the build-up to Tevez's decider.

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Lambert said: 'I thought we were well
in the game. The goal is a mistake. I wouldn't have minded if someone
had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill.

'But it's a mistake by us. It is easy
to be critical of Ciaran. The lad has been excellent all season. He
will learn from it, he won't make the same mistake again.'

Midfielder Fabian Delph will be
suspended for the next two games against Reading and QPR after
collecting his 10th booking of the season for handball.

Lambert said: 'He's playing extremely
well, really well. You are pressing forward, to try and get a goal back
and things like that happen.'

The Villa boss knows the significance of the next two matches.

He said: 'The next two games are massive for us. If we play like that, we will give teams a fright, that's for sure.'

Sports minister Hugh Robertson says racism bans need to be tougher

Football must get tough on racism, says sports minister Robertson

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UPDATED:

12:38 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has admitted the recurrence of racist incidents in English football is a concern and has called on the game to work harder to create opportunities for black managers.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender John Terry were both handed bans for racist abuse in the last 12 months.

'I think most of us would be worried by the recurrence of the issues around racism in football,' Robertson told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Asked if the Football Association, who suspended Terry for four games, should have been harder on the England captain, Robertson added: 'Yes, I think in retrospect the answer to that is yes.

'They are in a difficult position because they have to follow the law and there are legal challenges on all sides, but I don't think anybody looking back on this year would think it's been a particularly happy chapter.

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Ugly scenes: Danny Rose was racially abused while playing for England U21s in Serbia

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

'It's one of those things racism that you've really got to keep on top of it the whole time.

'I've seen quite a few black players who've asked to come and see me to talk through the problems. They very clearly feel there aren't enough black coaches, there aren't enough black managers, there's a glass ceiling on top them.

'That's why developments like St George's Park are going to be so important to bring through a new generation of black coaches and black managers to try and tackle this.

'Just look at the FA council, and ask yourself how many ex black players and how many women there are on that body, it's not a great advertisement.'

England paceman Stuart Broad to have second scan on heel injury

Broad suffers setback with England paceman to have second scan on heel injury

PUBLISHED:

07:17 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

07:50 GMT, 11 December 2012

Stuart Broad was sent for a scan on Tuesday after a recurrence of his heel injury.

England's Twenty20 captain suffered
more discomfort in the Nagpur nets, where the tourists are
preparing for the final Test against India.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

England have two Twenty20 matches next week to round off their tour before Christmas. Eoin Morgan is the Twenty20 vice-captain.

Broad, who first had a scan on the problem during England's second tour match in Mumbai last month, went on to play in the first two Tests before losing form.

An update on the injury to his left heel is expected later on Tuesday.

More to follow

The Beast Tendai Mtawarira treated in hospital for heart scare

'Beast' misses Ireland match after South African is treated in hospital following heart scare

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 10 November 2012

South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira was treated in hospital today after suffering mild heart palpitations.

Mtawarira has pulled out of this afternoon's match against Ireland in Dublin and will be replaced by CJ van der Linde.

Heinke van der Merwe, who has played in one Test for South Africa in 2007, will take Van der Linde's place on the bench.

Scare:Tendai Mtawarira (right) was treated in hospital after suffering palpitations

Scare:Tendai Mtawarira (right) was treated in hospital after suffering palpitations

A statement on South Africa's official website said: 'The decision to withdraw Mtawarira is a precautionary measure after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations on Saturday morning.

'Mtawarira has been admitted to hospital for observation on Saturday morning. A decision on his continued participation on the tour will be taken at a later stage.'

A further update said the 27-year-old was later discharged from hospital.

Ronnie O"Sullivan could quit snooker after pulling out of season

Are you serious this time, Ronnie O'Sullivan on verge of quitting snooker (again) after taking extended break

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UPDATED:

14:06 GMT, 6 November 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan will not defend his world title next year after pulling out the rest of the snooker season – casting serious doubt over whether he will compete again.

The 36-year-old's career has been dogged by controversy and personal problems and it is believed a recurrence of his depression is a contributing factor to his decision.

O'Sullivan has repeatedly threatened to quit the sport and recently pulled out of The International Championship in China on medical grounds.

On a break: Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) is on the verge of quitting snooker after pulling out of the rest of the season

On a break: Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) is on the verge of quitting snooker after pulling out of the rest of the season

O'Sullivan's previous threats to quit

2005 – Said he would play truncated season

2010 – Row over 147 led to quit threat at World Open

2011 –

March – Hinted at retirement after China Open

December – Considered calling it a day after UK Championships

2012

April – Said World Championship could be his last

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: 'I have spoken to Ronnie and he has decided to withdraw from any events he has entered, and he will not be playing for the rest of this season. He has some personal issues which he needs to resolve and we wish him all the best for the future.'

The reigning world champion has slumped down the rankings to No 20, the first time he has been outside of the elite top 16 since entering it in the 1994/95 season.

In June, O'Sullivan refused to sign to sign the official players' contract, complaining that he did not want to be tied down at this stage of his career.

He relented two months later and returned to action at the Players Tour Championship in September where he was beaten by little-known Simon Bedford.

O'Sullivan has also come under fire from new world No 1 Judd Trump who claimed 'The Rocket' is no longer snooker's main man.

No return O'Sullivan has taken several breaks from snooker throughout his career

No return O'Sullivan has taken several breaks from snooker throughout his career

O'Sullivan has also come under fire from new world No 1 Judd Trump who claimed 'The Rocket' is no longer snooker's main man.

'I don’t think there is one main man any more in snooker as there was with Ronnie going back a few years,' Trump said. 'Anyone in the top 40 is good enough to win tournaments.

'There are too many good players — Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui, Mark Allen and many others.

'Even when Ronnie was at his best he wouldn’t have won anywhere near the titles he has in today’s game. The standard is so high these days.'

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard doubtful for Manchester United clash

Lampard doubtful for Man United clash after Chelsea ace limps out of Shakhtar defeat

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UPDATED:

06:28 GMT, 24 October 2012

Frank Lampard should learn on
Thursday whether he will miss Chelsea's top-of-the-table Barclays
Premier League showdown with Manchester United after he lasted just 15
minutes of their first serious defeat of the season.

Lampard limped out of the
2-1 Champions League loss at Shakhtar Donetsk with a recurrence of the
calf injury that ruled him out of England's World Cup qualifiers against
San Marino and Poland and was set to undergo a scan to determine the
extent of the problem.

Tough night: Chelsea' trip got worse when Frank Lampard limped off in the 18th minute

Tough night: Chelsea' trip got worse when Frank Lampard limped off in the 18th minute

The 34-year-old's withdrawal from Tuesday's damaging Group E defeat saw manager Roberto Di Matteo's
game-plan go up in smoke, leaving Chelsea in danger of becoming the
first holders to crash out of the competition before the knockout phase.

With John Terry resuming his domestic
racism ban, vice-captain Lampard's absence against United on Sunday
could leave Di Matteo with another headache in a game the Blues will be
desperate to win to open up a seven-point gap on their opponents.

Confirming the midfielder would undergo a
scan on Wednesday – the results of which will be revealed on Thursday –
Di Matteo said: 'It's basically a recurrence of an old injury.

'He was training with us fine and there were no alarm bells before the game. He was in good condition to play.'

Di Matteo admitted the loss of Lampard last night threw his masterplan into disarray as Chelsea lost for the first time since their UEFA Super Cup thrashing by Atletico Madrid.

The result also came at a time of the season when the Blues have traditionally suffered a slump, but Di Matteo added: 'It's a team that has always shown the character after a defeat and I don't think the previous years should affect the way we are playing this season or where we are this year.

'We are doing everything we can to prevent that as well. The team is in good physical condition and also we have a good squad, so we'll try to utilise everybody that we can.'

However, Di Matteo accepted Chelsea must avenge last night's result in two weeks' time and win their final home game against Nordsjaelland if they are to avoid one of the shortest ever defences of the Champions League.

'We need to win our two home games remaining, for sure,' he said.

'But certainly, we need to win our home game against Shakhtar.'

The Italian warned warned the Ukrainian side that Chelsea would be a different prospect at Stamford Bridge.

'I'm confident, at home, it will be a different game for Shakhtar and we are also very strong at home,' he said, denying Chelsea had one eye on the United game but admitting victory on Sunday would be the perfect birthday present for owner Roman Abramovich, who turned 46 on Wednesday.

Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu claimed he knew his side would win and was already looking further ahead than the return match with Chelsea.

'The coming matches against Nordsjaelland and Juventus will be rather important for us,' he said.

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Mousa Dembele will return soon

Villas-Boas hopes Dembele will make speedy return to Tottenham squad

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 21 October 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes he will not be without Mousa Dembele for too long after revealing the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of the niggling hip injury which sidelined him for Fulham last season.

Spurs greatly missed Dembele's calmness and distribution on Saturday as their four-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Chelsea, who ran out 4-2 winners at White Hart Lane.

Dembele, who has been a big hit since arriving for 15million on deadline day, had to come off at half-time during Belgium's win over Scotland on Tuesday after the 25-year-old fell and triggered an old hip injury he suffered at Fulham last season.

Hope: Mousa Dembele (right) was ruled out after a recurrence of a hip injury

Hope: Mousa Dembele (right) was ruled out after a recurrence of a hip injury

The versatile midfielder missed three games towards the end of January with the same problem and Villas-Boas admits losing Dembele for a similar length of time would be a big blow for the Londoners.

'Top players are missed,' the Spurs boss said.

'He had a scan, but we haven't seen the results yet. He suffers discomfort and pain on his hip which is not something that shows on the scan so it's difficult to assess.

'Fulham took him off for a period of two weeks. He had a chance to play (on Saturday) and had a late fitness test but the pain didn't go away.

'It's something that comes back to him. He fell awkwardly in the Scotland game against Belgium and felt the pain.'

Without Dembele, and Gareth Bale, who missed the game because his partner went into labour, Spurs looked weak in midfield, with Tom Huddlestone still lacking match sharpness after recovering from a long-term ankle injury this summer.

Much had been made of Villas-Boas' hidden determination to get one over on his old employers and defender Jan Vertonghen admits the manner of Saturday's London derby defeat was frustrating.

No revenge: Andre Villas-Boas (right) was unable to get a win against his former employers

No revenge: Andre Villas-Boas (right) was unable to get a win against his former employers

Since Villas-Boas arrived at Spurs this summer, the Portuguese has failed to instil a sense of consistency in his team's home performances, although his predecessor Harry Redknapp also struggled to achieve as much last season, particularly towards the end of the campaign.

The victory over Aston Villa aside, Spurs have failed to produce a solid 90-minute display at White Hart Lane this season.

Only a much-improved second-half display allowed Spurs to beat QPR and the team were patchy at best against West Brom and Norwich.

And on Saturday they were terrible in the first half, allowing Gary Cahill to open the scoring during a period in which Chelsea should have sealed the match.

'At home we seem to play better in the second half than the first,” said Vertonghen, who signed from Ajax this summer.

'We need to think about how to put two strong halves together.

'We need to work out how to put a bit more pressure on teams from the start.

Missed: Dembele's absebce was noticed as Juan Mata and Co dismantled Tottenham at White Hart Lane

Missed: Dembele's absebce was noticed as Juan Mata and Co dismantled Tottenham at White Hart Lane

'They were the best team I faced this year, but I knew they would be.

'I knew their players before I came here and what they are capable of.

'Chelsea are a good team but I feel we should have done better.'

Gallas drew Spurs level with his first for the club just after the break and Jermain Defoe netted his 200th career goal moments later, but things started to unravel for the hosts halfway through the second period.

Gallas, whose poor clearance allowed Cahill to score, again failed to clear his lines properly, allowing Juan Mata to score.

The Frenchman then let the Spaniard slip past him so he could convert an Eden Hazard pass to put Chelsea back in front soon after.

Many were surprised that Villas-Boas has started Gallas in every game this year given that he is 35, but Vertonghen insists the Spurs skipper is not past it.

In action: Dembele (right) played for Belgium as they beat Scotland 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier

In action: Dembele (right) played for Belgium as they beat Scotland 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier

'William is very experienced and with his experience he can be a very good player for us,' Vertonghen said.

'He is our captain and an important player.

'He treats me like I am his little brother so that's why he is a very good captain.

'He always wants the best for me, even though we are both centre-backs. I really appreciate him.'

Graeme Swann in race to be fit to play South Africa

Swann in race to be ready for Test duel with South Africa forces England ODI 'rest'

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 5 July 2012


Take a break: Swann will sit out the last two ODIs

Take a break: Swann will sit out the last two ODIs

Graeme Swann has given England a
scare ahead of their Test showdown with South Africa when he was forced
out of the last two one-day internationals against Australia with a
recurrence of his long-standing elbow problem.

Swann was ‘rested’ from the matches
at Durham on Saturday and Old Trafford on Tuesday because of soreness in
his right elbow, an injury he first suffered seven years ago and which
needed an operation in 2009.

England are confident he will be fine
for the first Test at The Kia Oval which begins in two weeks but
clearly they are concerned enough to leave Swann out even though they
have yet to clinch the NatWest Series against Australia.

‘Graeme has some pain in his elbow
and we feel that an extra week’s rest will allow it to settle,’ said
national selector Geoff Miller. ‘We had earmarked these last two matches
as the right time to rest Graeme regardless of the result at Edgbaston
on Wednesday.’

That match was rained off, leaving
England 2-0 up with those two 50-over matches to play, and they have added James Tredwell to the squad in Swann’s place, with Samit
Patel likely to get his chance ahead of the Kent off-spinner at
Chester-le-Street.

Aussies ruled: England have a 2-0 lead with two games to go

Aussies ruled: England have a 2-0 lead with two games to go

Chris Woakes was also added to the
England squad even though he was already in it ahead of the
third ODI, with the Warwickshire man retaining the place vacated by the
injured Jade Dernbach ahead of Surrey’s Stuart Meaker.

Swann’s omission will again raise
questions about England’s rotation policy, even though he is in effect
injured, but they were dismissed by wicketkeeper-batsman
Craig Kieswetter.

‘I think it’s small-minded of people to question it,’ said Kieswetter. ‘
‘Obviously spectators want to see big
players but they also want to see England winning consistently. If
everyone played every game there would be a lot more injuries.’