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John Terry wants to play for England at World Cup

Terry's England U-turn! Disgraced former captain wants to play in World Cup

ahead of Ferdinand, can pick the pair for the fixtures against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and the trip to Brazil on June 2.

Terry’s U-turn comes days after he snubbed outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein at the Champions League handover in London.

Bernstein took the England armband away from Terry during a phone call last February after it was announced Terry would stand trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over the incident with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

Moving on: Terry is prepared to play with Rio Ferdinand despite his clash with Anton Ferdinand (below)

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand

The FA chairman’s handling of the
affair led to Fabio Capello quitting as England head coach four months
before the start of Euro 2012.

But Terry, 32, is ready to end his self-imposed international exile, despite the bad blood with Bernstein.

He announced his international retirement on the eve of the FA hearing into claims that he used ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ towards Anton Ferdinand.

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Terry had already been cleared by
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but an independent FA commission found
him guilty, banning him for four matches and fining him 220,000.

The Chelsea skipper apologised for his inappropriate language in a statement that day and vowed to clean up his act.

His
last game for England was as a substitute in the 5-0 victory over
Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in September. He served a four-match
domestic ban for the Anton Ferdinand affair, but the FA did not impose
an international ban because the defender had already decided to quit
England.

Retrospective action from the FA now would raise the argument that he is being punished twice for the same offence.

Hodgson is spending a few days away, but the development will be a surprise to him. He recalled West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro last month after persuading him out of international retirement.

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

England’s manager selected Terry ahead of Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012.

The Chelsea defender, who has a year left on a 150,000-a-week deal, has admitted his club future is in doubt after nearly 15 years at Stamford Bridge. He has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season.

‘I’m not in the strongest position to go knocking on the door and I understand I can’t be around forever,’ he said.

‘Wherever I go after Chelsea it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans, that’s just not me.

‘My future depends on who the manager is next season, but I’ll wait for the club. I’ve got a great relationship with the guys who make those decisions.’

Robbie Rogers, once of Leeds, comes out as gay and retires aged 25

Former Leeds winger Rogers comes out but announces his retirement aged just 25

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

17:42 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

Former Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers has written a blog in which he comes out as openly gay and retires from the game.

The 25-year-old, who was released by Leeds in the summer and joined Stevenage on loan, becomes the first professional footballer in Britain to come out since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

He also played for America 18 times, including all three of their games at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Breaking new ground: Robbie Rogers, shown playing for Columbus Crew, has released a blog in which he comes out as openly gay, though confirms his retirement from football aged just 25

Breaking new ground: Robbie Rogers, shown playing for Columbus Crew, has released a blog in which he comes out as openly gay, though confirms his retirement from football aged just 25

Pedigree: Rogers has played for USA

Pedigree: Rogers has played for USA

In a blog entitled ‘The Next Chapter’,
Rogers writes: ‘Things are never what they seem. My whole life I have
felt different. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith
in your purpose.

‘For the past 25 year I have been
afraid to show who I really was because of fear that judgment and
rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that
my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret.

‘Life is only complete when your loved
ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who
and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the
pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding
questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

‘Secrets can cause so much internal
damage. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay.
Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose
for you even though you were taught differently.

‘I always thought I could hide this
secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my
secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always
be thankful for my career.’

Rogers is from Southern California and
has more than 75,000 followers because of his profile playing for
Columbus Crew in America’s Major League Soccer.

He finishes his blog with: ‘I will
remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will
never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that
supported me once they knew my secret.

‘Now is my time to step away. It’s
time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I
write this and I could not be happier with my decision.

'Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest.

'Honesty is a bitch but makes life so
simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and
live my life as my creator intended.’

Lee Mears retires because of heart condition

Former England and Lions hooker Mears forced to retire because of heart condition

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 11 February 2013

Former England hooker Lee Mears has been forced to retire with immediate effect due to a heart condition.

An abnormality known to occur in some athletes was discovered during a cardiac screening completed by the 33-year-old Bath front row, who announced his international retirement last year.

'There is a significant potential risk of developing further complications if Lee continues to perform the prolonged strenuous exercises required to be an elite rugby player,' read a statement issued by Bath.

A great shame: Lee Mears has been forced to retire because of a heart condition

A great shame: Lee Mears has been forced to retire because of a heart condition

'He has therefore been advised by a specialist to retire from professional rugby.'

More to follow.

Over the line: Mears scores a try for the British and Irish Lions

Over the line: Mears scores a try for the British and Irish Lions

Jamie Carragher returns to Liverpool training as Brendan Rodgers says he almost quit in the summer

Still got a job to do! Carragher going strong in training as Rodgers reveals he had to persuade legend to give him one more year

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 8 February 2013

Jamie Carragher returned to training today with the praise of some of world football's most famous faces still ringing in his ears.

And it was also revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had to persuade the club legend to extend his career into this season.

The Liverpool defender announced yesterday that this campaign would be his last, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year professional career at Anfield.

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Bootle-born Carragher, at the club since
the age of nine, has so far made 723 appearances, putting him behind
only Ian Callaghan on the Reds' all-time list.

Rodgers said: 'He is irreplaceable, he's been a giant
for me since I came to the club.

'Jamie had thoughts about this last summer when I
arrived but we had some good conversations and I persuaded him to
stay on.'

Team-mates and managers, as well as wider faces from the game, were quick to hail the one-club man as well.

Former Anfield bosses, including Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitez, added their voice today.

Dalglish said: 'Jamie's decision was a surprise to me because he has just played as well as anyone against Arsenal and Manchester City.

'I thought he had a bit left in him yet but he knows himself better than anybody and if he thinks it is time to hang up the old boots that is totally his prerogative.

'It is always a difficult decision for a footballer – as hard a decision as you can face as a professional.

'It is more difficult because playing is the best part of your career – especially at the level he has played at and is playing at.

'We just have to be grateful that Liverpool has had a servant like Jamie. As a local boy it is always special and Jamie is a local boy who has never once got carried away with it all and who can relate to the supporters. That's really important.'

Speaking at his Chelsea press conference, Rafael Benitez also paid tribute.

'To play more than 700 games for any team in football is a really great achievement; more than 700 games for just one club is even better.

'Nobody can argue about the character, determination and professionalism of Carra. He was a key player for us. In 2007, John Terry, a very good centre-back, said Carra was one of the best centre-backs at that time.'

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

Sportsmail revealed this morning that Sky Sports looked set to win the TV battle for the services of Carragher.

All the major networks are keen to employ the Liverpool defender as a pundit but Sky are expected to pull out the stops to land him, with station boss Barney Francis desperate to see off any bid from new rivals BT Sport.

So while one man heads into the final months of his Anfield career, another is at the very start.

Philippe Coutinho was a January capture from Inter Milan, and could be in line to feature this weekend after overcoming an injury.

Rodgers added: 'He had been injured but trained this morning. He is a young player who is very exciting and I have high hopes for. He trained with group and we will observe him.

'He is a top young player and bringing him into the group adds great competition. It is important to have players trying to get in the side. We wanted to build a competitive squad.'

Boxer Steve Collins returns to the ring aged 48 for Roy Jones Jr fight

Former world champion Collins to come out of retirement to settle grudge with legend Jones

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:34 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:40 GMT, 16 January 2013

Ireland's former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins has announced plans to make a return to the ring at the age of 48.

Collins, who last fought in 1997 and includes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank among the fighters he has beaten, claims he will take on Roy Jones Jr, 43, the American he was frustrated never to fight during his heyday.

Collins told talkSPORT: 'It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge.

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

'It's a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.

'I was very happy with my career, but the one fight I wanted was Roy Jones, and when that didn't happen I retired.

'To me he was afraid of me. I don't think he's a coward, but at the time he was!

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

'But now it's happening. I spoke to Roy and we're going to get it on. He wants one more fight before he retires and this is the one he wants.

'If we get a good offer we'll split it down the middle and get it on.'

Collins, who says he will only fight if doctors pass him fit to do so, added: 'I wouldn't even consider fighting a guy 15 or 20 years younger than me, because that's not a match.

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

'But we're the same age and this is a fair match. It won't be any different to how it would have been 15 years ago.

'I'd love the fight to be in the UK but there is interest from Dubai, Russia, China.

'Dubai looks the favourite, but we'll have to see where the offers come from.'

Shay Given could earn Aston Villa recall

Given poised to come to Villa's rescue as Lambert bids to plug leaky defence

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:15 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 4 January 2013

Shay Given is in line for a recall to Aston Villa’s team to face Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Villa have conceded 17 goals in their last four Premier League fixtures and boss Paul Lambert is deliberating whether he returns at Brad Guzan’s expense.

Lambert said: ‘Brad hasn’t been at fault for any of the goals but Shay definitely comes into my thinking for this.’

Recall Shay Given (left) could replace Brad Guzman in the Aston Villa goal

Recall Shay Given (left) could replace Brad Guzman in the Aston Villa goal

'I think it might have been harder for Brad if he was a young guy, but Brad is a top professional and really mentally strong.

'From that point of view, yes of course it hurts losing goals, but I don't think it will affect him, not knowing him the way I do.

'I certainly wouldn't put Brad out of the team for what has happened.

'I don't think it's Brad Guzan's fault for the 17 goals we've let in. If it was not for Brad Guzan, it might have been 34.'

Guzan has been the only one stopping more of Villa's results from being embarrassing

Hands and knees: Guzan has been the only one stopping more of Villa's results from being embarrassing

Given made himself available this week to play for the Republic of Ireland again after announcing his retirement in the aftermath of the European Championships.

And Lambert believes the veteran is still playing well enough to represent his country.

He said: 'If that's Shay's thinking, then fine. For me, the way he's trained and the way he's played in the games has been excellent.

'He is no doubt good enough to come back and play for Ireland and has played well in the Capital One Cup matches.

'I'm just fortunate to have two such fine keepers available to choose from.'

Darren Bent playing for Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor in action for Aston Villa.

Experience: Lambert will be boosted soon by the return of Bent and Agbonlahor

Lambert concedes that he would like to rest striker Christian Benteke once Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent return from injury.

Benteke has endured a heavy schedule and played in all four of Villa's games over Christmas and the new year.

Lambert said: 'I'd like to rest Christian because he's played a lot of games. He's played a lot of games for Belgium and his season with Genk had started before he joined us in August.

'But with Gabby and even Darren out injured, it has not been great. There have been a lot of injuries up front.'

Arsene Wenger praises Pat Rice after MBE

Wenger heaps praise on Rice after former Arsenal assistant is awarded MBE

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00:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger paid tribute to former assistant Pat Rice as 'someone you could go to war with' after it was announced the long-serving Gunner has been awarded an MBE.

Rice made more than 400 appearances for Arsenal, helping the club win their first league and FA Cup double in 1970-71, while he also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland.

Following his retirement from playing after a spell at Watford in 1984, Rice became a coach with the Gunners and then assistant to Wenger when he was appointed manager in 1996.

Pat Rice

Pat Rice

From player to coach: Pat Rice has a rich history with Arsenal

Rice, 63, played a part in two more doubles and the unbeaten league season of 2003-04 before announcing his retirement at the end of last season 48 years after first joining Arsenal.

Wenger said: 'I am absolutely delighted because if someone deserves it, it's Pat Rice.

'He had 100 per cent genuine commitment every day and you respect that when you see that from somebody, and he is someone you could go to war with. You would love to be in the trenches with Pat and those are very difficult qualities to find in modern society.'

Rice greeted the news with shock and joy, saying: 'I'm delighted and honoured to be receiving an MBE. The news of the award came as a complete surprise and I'm just so flattered to be included in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

'Football and Arsenal have been my life and I have so many fantastic memories during my career. I have been lucky to have played and worked with so many great individuals, and through hard work I have enjoyed some success along the way.

Team work: Arsene Wenger (left) with Pat Rice at Arsenal

Team work: Arsene Wenger (left) with Pat Rice at Arsenal

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my career, and importantly, a special thank you to all my family, who have always been there for me and supported me throughout my career.'

Sports honours were dominated by athletes, coaches and administrators involved in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, but St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks led the way among other sporting figures, receiving a CBE for services to football.

He oversaw the building of the National Football Centre near Burton-upon-Trent, which opened in October, while he was chairman of Ipswich for 13 years from 1995 to 2008.

Sheepshanks, who is also honoured for charitable services in Suffolk, was appointed chairman of the Football League in 1997 and has been involved with the Football Association, UEFA and FIFA.

Recognised: David Sheepshanks

Recognised: David Sheepshanks

Former England cricket captain and Kent president Mike Denness is awarded an OBE for services to sport 37 and a half years after his last Test match.

The 72-year-old, the only Scotsman to captain England, played 28 Test matches, scoring four centuries, and led his country on 19 occasions.

Denness, who later became an International Cricket Council match referee, was named president of the county for which he played for 14 years last December.

Among those to receive MBEs are two more recent England cricketers, Mark Ramprakash and Robert Croft.

Both men retired this summer after long careers in county cricket, with Croft playing for Glamorgan for 23 seasons and Ramprakash representing Middlesex and Surrey.

'This honour eclipses anything I have done in my career,' Ramprakash said.

David Collier, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, welcomed the honours for the trio.

He said: 'The award to Mike Denness is fitting recognition for a long and distinguished career in cricket which has seen him fulfil a variety of key roles.

'Mark Ramprakash was among the most supremely gifted batsmen of his generation and can be justifiably proud of being one of an elite band of cricketers who have scored 100 first-class hundreds.

'Very few cricketers achieve the feat of scoring more than 10,000 first-class runs and taking more than 1,000 first-class wickets as Robert Croft did for Glamorgan during a 23-year career. His honour is richly deserved.'

Also awarded OBEs are Catherine Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, and John Sanderson for services to the horseracing industry.

All out: Mark Ramprakash retired this summer after a long career in cricket

All out: Mark Ramprakash retired this summer after a long career in cricket

The same honour goes to Amanda Reddin, the head national coach for British Gymnastics and personal coach to Beth Tweddle, Britain's most successful female gymnast.

Former Wales and Lions wing JJ Williams receives an MBE for services to rugby and charitable services in Wales.

The 64-year-old won 30 caps for his country between 1973 and 1979 and was selected for the iconic Lions tours in 1974 and 1977, playing in seven Tests.

Former St Helens and Great Britain star Paul Sculthorpe is recognised for his rugby league career and charity work while Colin Appleyard and Elizabeth Littler are also awarded MBEs for services to motorcycle sport and ice skating respectively.

Honoured: John James Williams

Honoured: John James Williams

Former Great Britain hockey player Tina Cullen receives the same award as does Andrew Thomson for services to bowls and James Gundill for services to horseracing.

Finally, Andrew Gairdner is also awarded an MBE following his retirement this summer as voluntary chief steward at Wimbledon after 34 years working at the All England Club.

Sheepshanks was pleased to receive his award in a year he helped oversee the opening of St George's Park.

'I feel both humbled and proud,' he said.

'Of course, it is a wonderful honour to receive personally, but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all the special people that I have been privileged to work with along the way, both in the world of football and locally in Suffolk, not least thanks to my wonderful wife and family, whose support is unwavering.

'The year 2012 has been magnificent for all of us at the FA with the opening of St George's Park.

'I feel that I receive this award in recognition of the combined efforts of the fabulous team that I have been fortunate to lead who have designed, built, and now operate St George's Park.'

Mike Nicholls, former Gloucester captain has died

Flag flies at half mast at Gloucester as club mourns legendary captain Nicholls

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 24 December 2012

Former Gloucester captain Mike Nicholls has died, the club have announced.

Nicholls made 483 first team appearances for the Cherry and Whites in a career that spanned 17 years, lifting the club's first trophy after a 17-6 victory over Moseley in the final of the 1972 national cup.

Following his retirement as a player, Nicholls served the club as a coach and a member of the committee.

Legend: Former Gloucester captain Mike Nicholls has died

Legend: Former Gloucester captain Mike Nicholls has died

Legend: Former Gloucester captain Mike Nicholls has died

A statement on the club website said: 'Everyone at Gloucester Rugby is saddened to hear of the passing of former captain, and one of the true legends of the club, Mike Nicholls.

'Out of respect for Mike, the Gloucester Rugby flag at Kingsholm is flying at half mast today, and will do so until after the funeral, details of which will be communicated in due course.

'A player who led from the front, the long serving hooker captained Gloucester for three seasons, 1970-71, 1971-72 and then again 1973-74.

'Under his captaincy the team were a formidable unit, not always pretty to watch but very effective.

'Under Mike Nicholls' inspiring leadership the team consistently turned on performances on the big occasions.

'Mike's career was at a pinnacle in the club's centenary season of 1973-74 when his team recorded a club record of 39 wins and scored 1000 points. Their 24-14 win against an International XV in the centenary match is remembered by all who were there.

'The Gloucester playing record during the three years of his captaincy speaks for itself: P154 W107 L35 D9. He is regarded as one of the finest captains the club has known.

'Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.'

Klitschko brothers Christmas message – but will they grant David Haye fight

Klitschkos: We hope all your wishes come true (does that mean you'll grant Haye his)

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12:02 GMT, 21 December 2012

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have delivered their Christmas message but gave no hints as to their plans for 2013.

The heavyweight brothers have enjoyed another dominant year, winning five world title fights between them.

But negotiations between Vitali and former champion David Haye appear no closer to being finalised.

The elder brother's future in the ring remains uncertain after he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament.

Haye meanwhile has reiterated his desire to fight Vitali but will retire for a second time if the contract remains unsigned.

'It’s no great secret that I want to knock out Vitali Klitschko in 2013,' he told the Evening Standard.

'The contract for the fight has been agreed and is there ready to sign. Were it simply up to me, I’d be training to fight right now. Instead, I’m away from the gym and left to play the waiting game.

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

'Nobody seems to know if Vitali wants to set foot again in the ring, let alone face somebody as dangerous as me. What I do know is that by this time next year I will either be a retired former world heavyweight champ or the new world heavyweight champ.

'The prospect of retirement doesn’t scare me. I’ve always planned on retiring at a young age, with my faculties intact. Also, unlike some of my peers, I have plenty to get on with away from boxing.'

Wladimir, who beat Haye in Hamburg last year, has been ordered to face regular WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

'We are very excited that Povetkin will be Klitschko's next opponent,' said Povetkin's promoter Kalle Sauerland.

'We consider Wladimir Klitschko to be a great champion but we also consider Alexander Povetkin to be a very serious challenger,

'[This] will turn out to be a real treat for boxing fans all over the world.'

Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand could leave United in 2013 with interest from US and Middle East

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will decide on his football future in the new year.

Ferdinand is expected to be offered a one-year extension to the United contract that runs out in the summer after overcoming back problems to play regularly for the last 18 months.

However, the 34-year-old has interest from the Middle East and America and is attractive to other clubs in the Barclays Premier League as well.

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand has not given any indication about whether he will stay at Old Trafford or continue his career at all, despite United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stating publicly that he hopes he will delay his retirement.

It is understood that the veteran defender wants to see how his body copes with the rigours of the winter programme before making a decision.