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Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Mario Balotelli misses several chances

Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Balotelli misses raft of chances and his side are made to pay by supersub Schelotto

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21:40 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 24 February 2013

Mario Balotelli only had himself to blame as AC Milan were pegged back by fierce rivals Inter in Serie clash at the San Siro.

The striker missed several opportunities as Milan dominated the first half, opening the scoring through Stephan El Shaarawy.

Inter fought back in the second period, substitute Ezequiel Schelotto equalising with a powerful header.

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

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San Lorenzo pull out of race for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Fab news for Newcastle as San Lorenzo decide against bidding for captain Coloccini

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John Drayton

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16:29 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 23 January 2013

Newcastle have been boosted by the news that San Lorenzo have pulled out of the fight for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender has been pining for a move back to his homeland for much of this month, citing personal reasons.

But after weeks of discussion, the Argentinian club confirmed on Twitter: 'Finally, after long negotiations, we announced that Fabricio Coloccini not join the squad.

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

'It was not possible to release the Newcastle player for this tournament and therefore the club will look for another alternative to strengthen the defense.'

San Lorenzo's decision is a major boost to boss Alan Pardew, who was defiant for much of January over the future of his star man, who has been on Tyneside since 2008.

Amir Khan"s former trainer Freddie Roach reveals wrist injury

Amir's chin is fine (…but his right hand is an issue): Former trainer Freddie Roach reveals Khan's wrist injury

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UPDATED:

19:56 GMT, 13 December 2012

The problem with Amir Khan is not his chin, it’s his right hand.

Freddie Roach, the world renowned trainer sacked by Khan after the knock-out which has put his career in jeopardy, has revealed the injury which has to be overcome on the climb back to the boxing summit.

As if regaining world titles is not tough enough, Roach spelled out the extra degree of difficulty confronting Khan as he goes into his rehabilitation fight against local hero Carlos Molina here tomorrow night.

With Khan no longer in attendance and Manny Pacquiao back in the Philippines licking his wounds after his shock KO by Juan Manuel Marquez, the fabled Wild Card gym in Hollywood was relatively quiet as Roach explained why Khan’s move up in weight divisions, to light-welter, is not the reason for his apparently reduced punching power of late.

Wounded: Roach believes Khan's right wrist injury could cause him problems

Wounded: Roach believes Khan's right wrist injury could cause him problems

Roach said: ‘Amir’s hitting as hard as ever in sparring because he knows that if something goes wrong its not as important in the gym as if it happens in a fight in the ring. The problem is that he’s a little wary throwing his right hand now.

‘He suffered some damage to the right wrist a while back and once any fighter gets hand trouble it’s with him for the rest of his life.

'That’s part of boxing and you have to live with it. He doesn’t want it to go again in a fight. It often stops him punching properly with the right as well.’

Amir Khan sparring

Amir Khan sparring

Must win: Khan knows he can't afford another loss after losing his last two contests to Garcia and Peterson

Roach talks about Khan with genuine concern, even though the young man from Bolton chose to move up the California coast to join rival trainer Virgil Hunter in the San Francisco bay area.

‘You get hired and you get fired in this game,’ says Roach. ‘It doesn’t bother me. Amir said he wanted me to make him my priority but as Manny Pacquiao’s trainer I couldn’t do that.

'What did surprise me was when he came out with that stuff about my Parkinson’s affecting me. If there was a problem with me as his trainer why ask me to put him before Manny

‘Was I disappointed Yeah. But I don’t care. I don’t wanna be angry with Amir. He’s a good boy. Works hard. I wish him well. We had three good years. He was never a problem.’

What Roach does not believe is Khan’s insistence that Hunter has already changed him into a more mature, better defensive, smarter boxer.

Khan was knocked off his world championship perch by Danny Garcia’s thunderbolt left hook earlier this year and Roach, who saw Pacquiao suffer an even more devastating shock from Marquez on Saturday, says: ‘Of course when Amir came back to the corner I told him to use his jab for a round or two and stay out of trouble. Then he could have gone back to beating up Garcia the way he was before he got caught by that strange punch to the neck.

‘But that’s not his instinct. He likes to exchange. He’s a fighter. When he gets hit and hurt his instinct is to hit back. No trainer in the world can change that. Amir will always fight that way and he can do it most of the time because I don’t believe he has an especially suspect chin.'

Khan was brutally punished by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last time out

Khan was brutally punished by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last time out

He added: ‘He made the same mistake as Manny, instead of continuing to dart in and out he stayed in the pocket too long when he sensed he was close to winning and got caught by a huge shot. That’s also boxing. But I will always be an offensive trainer because that’s the way to win fights.

‘I don’t know how good a trainer Virgil Hunter is. I know he’s got a great fighter in Andre Ward but however good he is Amir will box aggressive whenever he fights.’

Khan accepts he cannot afford a third successive defeat now but Roach says: ‘He should be okay, even though he should still be a little careful.’ He passes on that warning from his own unbeaten prospect Frankie Gomez, who fights on the undercard here.

Roach says: ‘Frankie fought Molina in the amateurs and tells me he punches harder than his record suggests. Still, Molina is small and Amir should win. You never know what psychological damage may have been done by a big knock-out until the fighter gets in the ring. But I don’t see Amir troubled. And I don’t see that in Manny either.’

Far from splitting from Roach, Pacquiao has invited his trainer to spend Christmas with him in the Philippines as they plot the return of the PacMan.

But if they do go ahead with a fifth Marquez fight Roach will insist on Olympic standard drugs testing. Eyebrows were raised at the muscular transformation of Marquez and his elevated punching power, not least because he recently hired as his physical conditioner one Angel Heredia, who confessed to supplying shamed American Olympic athletes Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery with steroids. Both he and Marquez deny any wrong-doing.

Fourth time lucky: Marquez finally got the better of Khan's former gym-mate Pacquiao

Fourth time lucky: Marquez finally got the better of Khan's former gym-mate Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao by a sixth round knockout in their welterweight bout

Roach reveals that he asked for random blood testing prior to Saturday’s shock, adding: ‘The Marquez people refused. I went to the (Nevada) commission but it is their practice not to do that unless both sides agree. If not, they just take a urine test on fight night. But that can be too late.

‘I’m not saying anything specific about Marquez but its not good for boxing if cheats win. There is too much stuff going on now about drugs. We had it with Lamont Peterson being on steroids before he was adjudged to have beaten Amir. It’s not right.’

Pacquiao’s chin is not his problem, either. Roach explains: ‘That punch from Marquez would have knocked out anyone. The issue with Manny will be that even if we don’t get agreement on drugs testing in our training camps, Manny will fight him again, anyway.’

Roach would still prefer that fourth re-match – and, yes, then the big one against Floyd Mayweather – to having Pacquiao start taking on ‘the young guns like Brandon Rios.’

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‘Floyd has got the perfect excuse not to fight Manny now,’ says Roach. ‘But I say why not do the fight. Mayweather is talking about having two fights next year. The first looks like being against Tim Bradley (the beneficiary of a scandalous decision over Pacquiao). Then they are talking about Canelo Alvarez. But that’s too early in Canelo’s career. He needs to continue developing.

‘Canelo is already a bigger star than Floyd in many places so it makes financial sense, also, to let that build towards a mega-fight in 2014. So why not fight Manny after Bradley’

Roach remains convinced of this: ‘I still believe that there are only two men who can beat Mayweather. And they are Pacquiao and Khan.’

Wrap those wrists tight! Roach warns Khan to wrap his hands properly to prevent any further damage

Wrap those wrists tight! Roach warns Khan to wrap his hands properly to prevent any further damage

If Khan is to get that opportunity in the future, he must win in the historic Los Angeles Arena here and now.

To help ensure that victory, his immediate past trainer gives him one reminder, for free: ‘I hope he doesn’t forget to wrap his hands properly. I always wrapped them really stiff because he needs that to protect that right wrist.’

San Marino score against England after 8 seconds

Remember when San Marino only took eight seconds to stun England

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 11 October 2012

Mention San Marino to Stuart Pearce and you will probably get a wry smile from the England Under 21 head coach.

He was not smiling in November 1993, when his slip 8.3 seconds into a World Cup qualifier gave David Gualtieri a chance he could not miss. England went on to win 7-1, but failed to qualify for the finals in the USA.

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Remember Stuart Pearce can laugh about it now

Remember Stuart Pearce can laugh about it now

‘It was a lesson in concentration,’ Pearce said. ‘You switch off and are 1-0 down against a team you’re meant to beat comfortably.’

So did he, as Gualtieri claims, swap shirts at the final whistle ‘No. He took it off me as he ran past me!’

Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Bertrand called up by England

Shelvey and Bertrand called up for England ahead of World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland

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15:09 GMT, 8 October 2012

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UPDATED:

15:12 GMT, 8 October 2012

Roy Hodgson has called up Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Bertrand for England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Liverpool midfielder Shelvey has impressed this season and is promoted from the Under 21 side to the seniors.

Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has also been summoned after Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was forced to pull out with injury.

Jumping for joy: Jonjo Shelvey has caught the eye of Roy Hodgson

Jumping for joy: Jonjo Shelvey has caught the eye of Roy Hodgson

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Alan Shearer says Ashley Cole should be banned

Shearer calls for Cole to be banned from San Marino match as punishment for FA tweet

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 6 October 2012

Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole to be banned from England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino as punishment for his tweet describing the FA as a 'bunch of t****.'

Shearer said: 'I think the FA can put a big statement out here by actually not fining him but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino.

Ban him! Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole (right) to be suspended by the FA

Ban him! Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole (right) to be suspended by the FA

Because we've seen players fined 50,000, 60,000, 70,000. That's not a deterrent to them.

'Stopping them from playing football will be a deterrent. If they do it quickly – which they haven't done in the case, which has taken 14 months – if they do it in four to five days, I think it puts a big statement out to the rest of the players.'

Unimpressed: TV pundit Shearer believes Cole should be made an example of

Unimpressed: TV pundit Shearer believes Cole should be made an example of

Sam Allaryce begs Roy Hodgson to go easy on Andy Carroll

Be careful with our Andy, Roy! Allardyce begs Hodgson to go easy on Carroll

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 20 September 2012

Andy Carroll is expected to be fit for England next month — but club manager Sam Allardyce has pleaded with Roy Hodgson to be careful with him.

The striker has only played 68 minutes for West Ham since joining on loan from Liverpool at the end of the transfer window.

But Allardyce expects the 23-year-old to recover from his hamstring injury to play against Arsenal on October 6, their last match before the international break.

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

He would then be available to face San Marino at Wembley on October 12 before flying to Poland for another World Cup qualifier.

Allardyce said: ‘The last thing we’d want is to spend all that time to get him fit again, play for us, go to England and get injured.

'I’m not saying don’t play him, just be careful of the situation. There’d have to be a conversation between me and Roy and the medical staff to put them in the picture.’

Carroll has joined the team for light training and Allardyce is keen to get him playing again on his season-long loan.

He added: ‘I can’t tell Roy what to do if he’s fit to play for England. All I can express is my situation and Andy’s situation for the benefit of me, for Andy and for England.’

Alberto Aquilani staying at Liverpool this summer

Aquilani to fight for Anfield future under Rodgers as Italian rules out Milan

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UPDATED:

09:08 GMT, 13 July 2012

Staying put: Alberto Aquilani will remain at Liverpool

Staying put: Alberto Aquilani will remain at Liverpool

Alberto Aquilani will attempt to revive his Anfield career and stay at Liverpool this summer.

The 28-year-old failed to settle following his 17million arrival from Roma in 2009 and has spent two loan spells back in his native Italy with Juventus and AC Milan since.

But after returning from the San Siro, the Italian midfielder is ready to fight for his return in a Reds shirt under new manager Brendan Rodgers after his agent reiterated his client will not be heading back to Serie A.

'Aquilani will remain at Liverpool,' his agent Franco Zavaglia said to www.calcionews24.com.

'He has a contract and hence there is nothing new.'

Aquilani has two years remaining on his contract with the club but has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

He spent last season on loan at Milan but the Rossoneri turned down their option to buy him permanently last month.

'I would say that at this point the chances that he could go back to Milan are impossible,' Zavaglia added.

'Other clubs I reiterate, he will remain at Liverpool.'

Aquilani has played just 28 matches for Liverpool since he arrived three years ago.

US Open 2012: Simon Dyson completes remarkable recovery at Olympic Club

Dyson set for US Open despite not being able to walk just one month ago

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 14 June 2012

England's Simon Dyson had virtually written off the US Open a month ago for one very simple reason – he couldn't walk.

But the 34-year-old from York was looking forward to teeing off at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on Thursday.

Dyson has been out of action since a stressed hip injury forced him out of the Players Championship after a first round 76 on May 10.

In the field: Simon Dyson in practice ahead of the US Open at the Olympic Club

In the field: Simon Dyson in practice ahead of the US Open at the Olympic Club

'I went to see a guy in London and he said rest for six to eight weeks,' the Irish and Dutch Open champion told BBC Radio Five Live.

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'After a couple of weeks I was feeling better, so I rang him. He said keep doing the exercises, then start hitting balls. I felt nothing, so it was a case of “let's give it a go”.

'You never know – you can come to a US Open playing fantastic and it can totally destroy you. I have no expectations.'

Nor should he. On his three previous appearances at the event Dyson missed the cut every time.

US Open 2012: Rory McIlroy throws ceremonial first pitch at San Francisco Giants

Rory eyes glory as McIlroy makes his pitch to defend US Open crown in San Francisco

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UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 13 June 2012

Rory McIlroy threw the ceremonial first pitch at the San Francisco Giants baseball game on Tuesday night and the Northern Irishman is keen to make sure he doesn't throw away his US Open title.

And the 23-year-old, who up until last week missed three consecutive cuts, has decided that the best way to try to keep his maiden US Open major – something only Curtis Strange has done in the past 61 years – is to attack.

Despite the Olympic Club in San Francisco being a far harder test than Congressional was a year ago, McIlroy plans to take it on.

Making his pitch: Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy stands on the mound smiling before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of a Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants

Aim: McIlroy prepares to make his throw

Ready, aim, fire: US Open champion Rory McIlroy stands on the mound smiling before throwing out (below) the ceremonial first pitch of a Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants

Fire: McIlroy launches his ceremonial first pitch

Away it goes: The crowd cheer McIlroy after the Northern Irishman throws his first pitch

'I didn't expect to be saying that before I got here – I thought there would be a lot more irons off tees,' said McIlroy after practising with Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell and before heading off to the baseball to throw the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros game.

'I reckon I'm going to use my driver eight or nine times. I'm coming in with the mindset that I'm going to attack the golf course and play aggressively when I can.

'Obviously you have to be smart, but you've got to take your chances around here. It gives you a few opportunities where you can make birdies.

'The rough is not as bad as maybe in previous years. You can get away with some tee shots. Really you just need to know your way around and know where you can miss it.

'People say it's fiddly, but I'm going to try to take the course on. If you make some bogeys you can hide them with a few red numbers (birdies).'

In the swing: McIlroy is ready to go on the attack in his bid to defend his maiden major

In the swing: McIlroy is ready to go on the attack in his bid to defend his maiden major

If not quite back to feeling supremely confident then McIlroy is certainly sounding more upbeat than he was after missing three successive cuts.

He added last week's event in Memphis to his schedule and was tied for the lead until going in the water and double-bogeying the final hole.

'It was a really good idea that I went there. I definitely feel more comfortable about my game than if I hadn't played.

'I'm feeling ready to go. The missed cuts were maybe what I needed – you've still got to work hard, put the time and effort in.'

In the middle of the miserable run he had talked of possibly taking his eye off the ball and he admits it unsettled him.

'It's only natural you just start to question yourself and question your game a little bit, but I had a chance to win in Memphis and until the disappointing last few holes I felt like I played some really good golf,' he said.

Waiting game: McIlroy partnered countryman Graeme McIlroy during Tuesday's practice round

Waiting game: McIlroy partnered countryman Graeme McIlroy during Tuesday's practice round

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He plays the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday with Westwood and Luke Donald – his fellow members of the world top three in other words.

'I like it. I think it really adds to the atmosphere,' he said.

'Of course you're going to be up for it any way, but when you've got a little bit of attention on your group it focuses your mind a little bit and you feel like you want to be really prepared from the first hole.'

There is also Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Bubba Watson as a three-ball and McIlroy commented: 'That's going to be huge.

'If I was a golf fan I'd want to watch that group because I'm sure you'll see some fireworks.'

Strange achieved his double in 1988 and 1989 – and before him it was Ben Hogan in 1951.
Woods has not done it in three attempts and said: “It's not easy – this is probably the hardest test that we play all year.

'We're playing different venues each and every year. It's not like Augusta National (permanent home of The Masters), so what Curtis did – and then contended again in '90 – is awfully impressive.

'It's such a big test and such a grind. Some venues fit your eye, some don't.'