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Dean Howell has some shock ingredients

Vegan Howell has some shock ingredients in store as he prepares for another upset

Dean Howell is not your stereotypical footballer. You won’t find him falling out of the latest trendy nightspot; instead, you’ll most likely find him at home with a hot mug of cacao and maca root.

Say what Well, cacao is a natural alternative to chocolate and maca is a herb used to support energy and strength. That’s right, Howell is a proud vegan – and the Crawley left back swears by the choice to abstain from the use of animal produce.

‘I’ve been a vegan for around six or seven years and feel great for it. My flexibility, recovery and endurance have improved.

Feeling better than ever: Crawley's left back Howell

Feeling better than ever: Crawley's left back Howell

‘I’ve played football since I was 15 or 16 and always struggled with injuries. But I’m benefiting from veganism in my later years and feel like I’m playing the best football of my career.’

It was the loss of his grandmother, Georgina Brown, that provided the catalyst for the 31-year-old to take his interest to a new level.

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‘Losing my nan to breast cancer was something that made me question it further because she never smoked or drank,’ said Howell, who will face Stoke in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

‘I decided to look into the foods she ate and it’s gone from there really.’

With the help of two friends, Gareth Langford and Ryan Brown, the much-travelled defender established his own range of herb-based, vegan friendly products, available on his website www.revolution-foods.com.

With a summer research trip to South America and a vegan restaurant in the pipeline, Howell is planning for life after football. ‘I was always keen to set up a business that I’m passionate about. My passion is my vegan lifestyle; for me football is a job. I respect football for what it has done for me and the people I have met, but it only lasts for a certain amount of time. Your health is everything.’

Stocked up: Howell has gone into business selling vegan products

Stocked up: Howell has gone into business selling vegan products

Unfortunately, veganism does come with its flaws. He said: ‘I can’t go out much, it’s very difficult. There’s a couple of vegan places in London that I can go to, but it’s a nightmare. I can go out, but I just have to eat boring salads.

Buying groceries can be a bit annoying as well, I can only really do it online.

‘And I can’t eat lunch with team-mates at the training ground. I’ll take a mango with me and eat when I get home.

‘Even my team-mates are getting into it. There’s six or seven of them that take my products.

‘I sold it to them off how fit I am. I’m 31, I’m the quickest and fittest at the club. But obviously, with footballers being footballers they won’t actually tell me how amazing they think my products are.’

They will probably be more appreciative if Howell helps land a giant-killing at the Broadfield Stadium.

Yuvraj Singh cancer progress and Lance Armstrong support

Positive news for Yuvraj Singh as India star reveals cancer progress and Armstrong support

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh says he is responding well to chemotherapy which is treating a malignant tumour near his lungs.

The 30-year-old tweeted on Thursday that doctors at the Boston Institute of Cancer Research had told him the cancer is 'almost way out of the system' and that the second cycle of chemotherapy has begun.

Left-hander Yuvraj was man-of-the-tournament in last year's World Cup with 352 runs and 15 wickets, despite showing early signs of his health problems by coughing regularly.

New look: Yuvraj Singh posted this photo on Twitter

New look: Yuvraj Singh posted this photo on Twitter

Yuvraj last played for India during a home test series against the West Indies in November.

He recently posted on his Twitter account a picture of a message from Lance Armstrong's cancer support organisation LIVESTRONG.

Earlier in February, his oncologist, Nitesh Rohatgi, said: 'Yuvraj is suffering from a rare type of seminoma (germ cell tumour). Yuvraj is not suffering from lung cancer but has a malignant tumour between the two lungs.

'The condition he has is called extragonadal seminoma. It is located between his two lungs and is not lung cancer.

Support: LIVESTRONG sent him a message

Support: LIVESTRONG sent him a message

'It is a rare form of cancer but we have been lucky, it is mostly curable.

'The condition is unlikely to hamper his career.'

Yuvraj previously posted on Twitter: 'Thank you again to all my friends back home! I'm recovering well, yes it's tough, but tough times don't last (but) tough men do! I will fight…'

He added: 'And of course, every day I look forward to come back and wear my India jersey, my India cap and represent my country again. Jai Hind.'

Yuvraj Singh undergoes cancer treatment

India batsman Singh undergoes cancer treatment in the US to fight tumour

Yuvraj Singh's physiotherapist has confirmed the India batsman is undergoing treatment for cancer in the United States.

Yuvraj was last year diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour of the lungs but further tests showed he has cancer and he is now undergoing chemotherapy at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.

Jatin Chaudhary said the cancer is at a dangerous place in the body but is curable.

Legend: Yuvraj Singh poses with the Cricket World Cup trophy in 2011

Legend: Yuvraj Singh poses with the Cricket World Cup trophy in 2011

'It is a rare tumour and is cancerous but it has been detected in stage one itself,' Chaudhary said.

'Doctors had to decide whether to continue medication or go for chemotherapy but since parts of the tumour are just above the artery of his heart, there was a danger that while running it could burst. But it is 100 per cent curable.

'The doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. At the end of March, he would undergo a CT scan and should recover by then. After that it is just some rehabilitation in April before he is fit to be back on the field in May.'

Yuvraj's mother Shabnam could not be contacted while his father Yograj refused to comment.

The stylish left-hander had earlier written on his twitter account that he would seek inspiration from Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who won multiple Tour de France titles after being treated for testicular cancer.

Eye on the ball: Singh is one of the game's finest left-handers

Eye on the ball: Singh is one of the game's finest left-handers

Yuvraj's health first deteriorated during the World Cup last year in which he was the man of the series. He missed out on the tour to West Indies and England and played in the home Tests against West Indies before being dropped for the third match.

Chaudhary said since the 30-year-old has been taking ayurvedic treatment, he will not need extensive chemotherapy sessions.

'After ayurvedic treatment only three cycles of chemotherapy are required. Initially when the cancer was diagnosed after a biopsy in October end, doctors feared that the treatment would be six cycles of chemotherapy,' Chaudhary said.

'Thankfully no surgery is required, he is already a lot better than what he was and can't wait to be back on the cricket field.'

Chaudhary also said the delay in treatment was due to a wrong diagnosis by a hospital last year.

'His first biopsy report was stolen from his car and the second from a hospital I don't want to name did not give the correct diagnosis. It was a Russian doctor who detected the cancer and after consultations with doctors in US, it was decided that Yuvraj would undergo chemotherapy.'

Seve Ballesteros Foundation raises 340,000 at London event

Seve Foundation raises 340,000 at London charity event

Almost 340,000 was raised for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation from the tribute event at London”s Natural History Museum in midweek.

Highlights of the evening included footage from the BBC archives and a Q&A session with Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal, while Ballesteros”s daughter Carmen spoke about her late father, who died of brain cancer in May.

Friends till the end: Jose Maria Olazabal spoke at the event for former friend Seve Ballesteros

Friends till the end: Jose Maria Olazabal spoke at the event for former friend Seve Ballesteros

Auction lots included a stay in Justin Rose”s Bahamas villa and a VIP trip to next year”s Ryder Cup.

The funds raised have taken the total raised by the partnership between the Foundation and Cancer Research UK to more than 2 million since its creation in 2009.

British tennis on road recovery, says Roger Draper

British tennis is on slow road to recovery, says chief exec Draper

British tennis has been described as a “depressed patient” slowly on the road to recovery by the man in charge of coming up with a cure.

Roger Draper, chief executive of the LTA, expressed confidence that a corner has been turned but warned it might still be “three to five years” before sustained and serious gains are seen at elite level.

The organisation”s annual general meeting was at least able to hear some more positive signs for the future than is usual on this occasion, with references to the progress of Laura Robson and Heather Watson and particularly encouraging results among the boys.

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Three out of four US Open junior semi-finalists were English, while the Great Britain Under 16s took the junior Davis Cup title.

But Draper warned: “We need to be patient. Unless you are a Murray or a Nadal, the transition from juniors to seniors can take much longer these days. The average age for breaking into the top 100 is now 24.”

The LTA reported an annual profit of 35.17million – up 13 per cent. Another standout figure was the cost of employing the LTA”s mammoth 296 staff – 13.3m, way more than most countries” annual tennis budget.

Draper disputed Sport England research suggesting tennis had suffered a bigger fall-off in recreational participation among adults than most other pursuits, saying club membership had risen, albeit marginally, to 512,000.

Playing catch up: The aim is to produce grand slam champions like Novak Djokovic

Playing catch up: The aim is to produce grand slam champions like Novak Djokovic