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No Tiger Woods but alligators disrupt Zurich Classic

VIDEO: No Tiger but the alligators on the fairways are a hazard for Rose and Bubba

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00:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Ricky Barnes made the early running with an eight-under-par 64 in New Orleans despite the local alligators briefly holding up play in the opening round.

Boo Weekley came close, carding three birdies on his last five holes to open with a bogey-free 65. He was matched late in the afternoon by Lucas Glover, who had six birdies on the front nine (his second nine) en route to a 65 of his own. D.A. Points and rookie Morgan Hoffmann were another shot back after matching 66s.

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What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

What a hazard: An alligator on the course during the first round at the Zurich classic

What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

No fear: An alligator crosses through a sand trap on the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Sand trap: An alligator crosses the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Zurich Classic

Uninvited guest: The alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

VIDEO: Alligator crosses fairway at the Zurich Classic

Gator on the green! Three-legged alligator gatecrashes PGA Tour…

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Another 10 golfers checked in at 5
under including Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler and 2006 Players champion
Stephen Ames, who needs a win this week to qualify for the 2013 event at
TPC Sawgrass.

A total of 84 players completed the
first round in red numbers. Not among them was 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang, whose three birdies were offset by three bogeys in an opening-round 72.

Guan Tianlang, 14, hits out of the tree line on the first hole

Bright start: Guan Tianlang, 14, carded an opening-round 72

Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

Focused: Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

 Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

Colourful: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Arsenal vs Norwich, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs QPR, Reading vs Liverpool, Southampton vs West Ham

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It may be FA Cup semi-final weekend, but there's still plenty of Premier League action to enjoy with five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday afternoon: Arsenal vs Norwich City, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs Queens Park Rangers, Reading vs Liverpool and Southampton vs West Ham United.

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2.02pm LIVERPOOL team news versus Reading – Brendan Rodgers has made one change from last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham United, with Daniel Sturridge coming in for Stewart Downing.

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
Substitutes: Jones, Assaidi, Downing, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Skrtel

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READING team news vs Liverpool
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak
Substitutes: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Le Fondre, Blackman

2pm Hello and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of this afternoon's five Barclays Premier League matches.

The FA Cup semi-finals may take centre stage this weekend, but there's still plenty at stake in the top flight, particularly in the relegation battle.

Stay with us for all the team news, coming up shortly.

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Rory McIlroy solid start in Texas Open 2013

He's not out of the woods yet! McIlroy fails to hit top form but posts solid start in Texas in his final preparation ahead of The Masters

, including a
second major at the US PGA Championship.

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

But with caddie JP Fitzgerald advising him that he needed more competitive rounds under his belt, McIlroy travelled to San Antonio and carded an opening level-par 72 to lie five shots behind Matt Bettencourt, who carded a 67 to overtake long-time clubhouse leaders Padraig Harrington and Billy Horschel.

Starting from the 10th on the difficult Oaks Course – the fourth most difficult on the PGA Tour last year – McIlroy opened with four pars before picking up a birdie on the par-five 14th and another on the short par-four 17th.

However, a bogey on the 18th after finding the water was the first of three in succession which dropped him back to one over par, not what the world No 2 was looking for after speaking of the need to cut out 'silly mistakes' in his rounds.

The 23-year-old stopped the rot with pars at the third and fourth and then birdied the next two holes after pitching to five feet each time, but carded his fourth bogey of the day on the ninth.

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

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The PGA Tour is back in San Antonio this week for the Texas Open, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to fine-tune his game ahead of the Masters.

Ben Curtis took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

Three-time major winner Harrington had
also bogeyed his final hole, the 18th; the only blemish on his card
caused by three putts from 35ft.

The 41-year-old won the Open Championship in 2007, successfully defended
it the following year and then won the US PGA Championship a few weeks
later, but has not tasted victory on one of the major tours since – his
last win came on the Asian Tour in 2010.

Harrington admitted he had enjoyed his fair share of good luck in cold
and blustery conditions, with his only bogey caused by three-putting the
18th.

'It was cold and that really does affect the ball,' the Dubliner told
reporters. 'I didn't have a great ball-striking round but my misses were
either in the right places or I got slightly fortunate and then got up
and down.

'I'm not walking away from this round thinking “wow, I hit a number of
pure golf shots”, or anything like that. It was more mental fortitude
than ball striking.

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

'This morning, early on, it was a battle of survival. Last week back in
Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold. There was a feeling
of “let's just hang in there and stay in the tournament”. Sometimes that
lets you play a little bit more within yourself.'

Anyone winning this week will have to defy the odds if they want to also claim a Green Jacket at the Masters, however.

Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on
to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988
and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006.

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

LIVE: Newcastle v Chelsea, Arsenal v Stoke, Everton v Aston Villa, West Ham v Swansea, Reading v Sunderland, Wigan v Southampton

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Arsenal v Stoke

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Wigan v Southampton

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Chelsea in one of six games kicking off at 3pm.

Arsenal will hope to put pressure on those above them in the table for a Champions League spot when they host Stoke, including Everton who welcome struggling Aston Villa.

Reading will hope their late heroics against Chelsea midweek can spur them on to three points against Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium.

West Ham bid to end a run of six games without a win when they take on Swansea, while Wigan and Southampton hope to boost their respective top flight survival hopes when they clash at the DW Stadium.

Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

14.10: Also worth a few minutes of your time before kick-off at 3pm is the latest column from Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, who answered back to YOUR responses surrounding Chelsea's Eden Hazard and the ball boy/teenager.

14.05: QPR were the first team to field their deadline day signings. And you can see how Chris Samba and Andros Townsend are fairing on their debuts for the Hoops by clicking here to follow our live coverage of QPR v Norwich with Alex Horlock. We are into the second half at Loftus Road.

14.00: Afternoon folks. You may have noticed that all of the matches over the next two days are the reverse fixtures from the second weekend of the season.

Since then we've seen the closure of two transfer windows so if your team has not signed that holding midfielder or star striker that you badly needed even back in the summer then that's too bad.

If your side was busy up until the 11pm deadline on Thursday then this is the first chance to see the potential deadline day stars that could just save your season. Either way today's team news is coming up.

Gunning for three points: Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Chelsea are in action from 3pm

Gunning for three points: Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Chelsea are in action from 3pm

Volvo Golf Champions 2013: Live leaderboard

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The European Tour is at Durban Country Club in South Africa this week for the Volvo Golf Champions.

Branden Grace took first prize in this event at Fancourt last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Manchester City v Reading, Tottenham v Stoke, West Ham v Everton, Newcastle v QPR, West Brom v Norwich, Southampton v Sunderland live

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host Reading in one of six games kicking off at 3pm. Elsewhere it is Newcastle v QPR, Southampton v Sunderland, Tottenham v Stoke, West Brom v Norwich and West Ham v Everton. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Manchester City 0-0 Reading

Newcastle 0-0 QPR

Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

West Brom 1-1 Norwich

West Ham 1-0 Everton

Wigan 0-1 Arsenal FT

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16.05: Everton nearly find an equaliser at Upton Park but Nikica Jelavic wastes a good chance by firing straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

16.04: Just the one change at the break with West Brom sending Graham Dorrans on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.

16.01: Just the four goals in the first half but games have a tendency to open up in the second period when it's like this, so expect much more in the next 45 minutes.

15.58: From InfostradaLive:

Zoltan Gera scored his fourth PL goal of the season. Only once has he scored more in a single season – six for West Brom in 2004-05.

15.55: Biggest surprise of the half has to be Reading keeping a clean sheet at the break against a Manchester City side that has scored in their last 40 home games.

Biggest confusion has to be Everton's disallowed goal. I'm still scratching my head at that.

West Ham have dropped deeper since scoring with Everton having the majority of the play.

15.52: From InfostradaLive:

In top 5 leagues (PL/Liga/Bundesliga/Serie A/Ligue 1), only Barcelona (16) are on longer unbeaten league run than Norwich (10).

15.49: It's half-time across the board in the Premier League.

15.46: Claims for a Southampton penalty as Emmanuel Mayuka is body-checked by Carlos Cuellar but nothing is awarded by the referee – I've seen those given.

15.45: GOAL! WEST BROM 1-1 Norwich

The Baggies have pressed for an equaliser and finally get one. Olsson's header is tipped on to the crossbar by Mark Bunn but Zoltan Gera converts the rebound.

Back on form: Steven Fletcher (right) pounced before the break to give Sunderland the lead

Back on form: Steven Fletcher (right) pounced before the break to give Sunderland the lead

15.44: GOAL! Southampton 0-1 SUNDERLAND

James McClean plays through Sessegnon, but although the forward scuffs his shot, the ball falls for Steven Fletcher who makes no mistake from six yards out.

15.42: A disappointing spectacle at St James' Park. Newcastle are on top but Green has hardly been tested in the QPR goal as Demba Ba wastes successive free-kicks from promising positions.

15.40: Decent stop from Reading keeper Adam Federici, who manages to keep out Gareth Barry's header following a Carlos Tevez cross.

15.38: Nearly a trademark Spurs goal. Dembele releases Bale down the left wing but his cross for Emmanuel Adebayor is headed over by the striker. Best chance of the game.

15.35: Reading have impressed me in that they have held out for this long, but to their credit they have shown ambition going forward too.

Kolo Toure's clearance is brought down by Jobi McAnuff, who lays the ball off for Jem Karacan to shoot just over the crossbar from 25 yards.

15.32: Newcastle are on top against QPR but haven't found a breakthrough as yet as Robert Green punches clear a Vurnon Anita corner.

15.29: From OptaJoe:

5 – Robert Snodgrass has scored (3) and assisted (2) five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Norwich City. Form.

Set-piece special: Norwich celebrate after Robert Snodgrass's (second right) free-kick handed them the lead

Set-piece special: Norwich celebrate after Robert Snodgrass's (second right) free-kick handed them the lead

15.26: GOAL! West Brom 0-1 NORWICH

Peter Odemwingie gives away a free-kick and from the set-piece, Robert Snodgrass fires into the top corner.

Ben Foster thinks he should have saved it but that doesn't change the fact that the Canaries are once again in front in the Premier League.

15.24: You sense Manchester City will score at any moment as they lay siege to the Reading goal. Javi Garcia sees a shot deflected over.

15.21: Maybe a bit too much scrutiny…

From Sportsmail's Laura Williamson at the Lane:

'Steven N'Zonzi and Mousa Dembele have clashed twice already. The Stoke man's very fortunate the ref didn't see his elbow in holding off Dembele earlier.'

15.19: Interesting scenes at Tottenham by the way. As Spurs go to take a long throw, the referee stops play to have a word with Ryan Shawcross about his shirt pulling. The defender looks to be under heavy scrutiny from referees now following that headbutt from Everton's Marouane Fellaini last week.

15.18: From Sportsmail's Laura Williamson at White Hart Lane:

At #THFC, feeling a bit sorry for Aaron Lennon whenever either side have a corner. Still 0-0. #landofthegiants

Taking advantage: Carlton Cole pounced to fire West Ham ahead against Everton

Taking advantage: Carlton Cole pounced to fire West Ham ahead against Everton

15.15: GOAL! WEST HAM 1-0 Everton

Well wouldn't you know it. Football can be a cruel game and here is proof as the Hammers go straight up the other end and take the lead through a neat Carlton Cole strike.

15.13: Everton are very unfortunate not to be in front. Leon Osman thinks he has converted a chance at the back post from a corner, but the goal has puzzlingly been ruled out – the midfielder (and David Moyes) look furious.

Moments earlier, Victor Anichebe headed a Leighton Baines free-kick off the ground and over the crossbar for the Toffees.

15.11: Back to St Mary's but this time it's a chance for the hosts as Rickie Lambert's free-kick is deflected just wide by Sunderland's Craig Gardner.

15.08: West Brom are another home team on the back foot. Jonas Olsson's headed clearance only falls as far as Robert Snodgrass, but the Norwich midfielder rifles straight at Ben Foster.

15.05: So much for that tense start on the south coast too. Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon lets fly from 30 yards out, with Southampton stopper Kelvin Davis tipping over the bar.

15.03: Stoke nearly score within seconds of kick-off. Kyle Walker plays a disastrous ball across goal that is intercepted by Kenwyne Jones, but the Stoke striker fires off target. Huge let-off for Spurs and especially the full-back.

On the charge: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) battles with Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

On the charge: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) battles with Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

15.01: Away we go then folks.

14.59: Finally as the teams make their way out, check out Martin Keown's preview of the weekend's action with his Boot Room.

14.56: And finally from the Hawthorns where West Brom will try and end Norwich's unbeaten league record that stretches back to the start of October:

West Brom v Norwich
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Long, Jara Reyes, Tamas, Fortune.

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington, Morison. Subs: Steer, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Kane.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

14.53: Are we set for a nervy contest at St Mary's Both sides playing on the south coast today hover narrowly above the relegation zone:

Southampton v Sunderland
Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Mayuka, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Richardson, De Ridder.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

14.50: Manchester City hand an unexpected Barclays Premier League debut to defender Karim Rekik as bottom side Reading visited the Etihad Stadium.

The 18-year-old Dutchman started in the absence of injured left-backs Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov while senior centre-halves Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott only make the bench.

Kolo Toure and Matija Nastasic are the centre-back pairing.

Reading make four changes following their 5-2 defeat by Arsenal earlier in the week with Jem Karacan returning from injury and Chris Gunter, Ian Harte and Alex Pearce also coming in.

Star showing: Adel Taarabt helped QPR on their way to their first Premier League win last weekend

Star showing: Adel Taarabt helped QPR on their way to their first Premier League win last weekend

14.48: Interesting fixture at St James' Park. Can the Hoops record back-to-back wins after picking up their first victory of the season last weekend Or can the Toon arrest an alarming slide down the table:

Newcastle v QPR
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero, Faurlin, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Derry, Wright Phillips, Onuoha, Hoilett.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

14.45: Spurs have been one of those teams you just can't trust this season, but they have the chance to end the day in third with a win over Stoke at White Hart Lane:

Tottenham v Stoke
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Parker, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Shotton, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

14.42: QPR defender Jose Bosingwa is missing from the 18 at Newcastle today after being fined for refusing to sit on the bench last week.

It is understood the former Chelsea full-back, who was said to be injured yesterday, was punished for his reaction to being left out for the victory over Fulham, and he does not figure at St James' Park as Anton Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva and Esteban Granero are drafted into the starting line-up.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew names the same side which started against Manchester City on Saturday after James Perch recovers from a neck problem.

14.39: It's full-time at the DW Stadium, where Arsenal have managed to hold on and secure a 1-0 win at Wigan – the Gunners move into third in the table, the Latics remain 18th and in the relegation zone.

14.37: Full line-ups from Upton Park where Everton will hope to record an away win that could see them end the day in a Champions League spot:

West Ham v Everton
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Collison, Maiga, Diarra, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Left out: Gael Clichy (right) is replaced in the Manchester City starting line-up by 18-year-old, Karim Rekik

Left out: Gael Clichy (right) is replaced in the Manchester City starting line-up by 18-year-old, Karim Rekik

14.34: And here is the full team news from the Etihad Stadium:

Man City v Reading
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Rekik, Barry, Javi Garcia, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Wright, Kompany, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Sinclair, Razak.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Le Fondre, Hunt, Gorkss, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

14.31: West Brom keeper Ben Foster returns after a seven-game absence with a groin injury in place of Boaz Myhill for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.

Albion boss Steve Clarke makes two other changes with midfielder Graham Dorrans and striker Romelu Lukaku replacing the suspended Youssouf Mulumbu and rested top scorer Shane Long respectively.

Norwich make one enforced change with striker Grant Holt ruled out with a hamstring injury and replaced by Steve Morison.

14.28: Some interesting team news coming from Manchester City as 18-year-old Karim Rekik makes his first start for the club at left-back in place of Gael Clichy.

14.27: Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka is handed his first Premier League start in this afternoon's clash with fellow strugglers Sunderland.

The Zambia international comes in for injured captain Adam Lallana and his inclusion is one of two changes to the side that beat Reading 1-0 last time out, with Gaston Ramirez replacing Jay Rodriguez.

Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Danny Rose all overcome knocks to start for Sunderland at St Mary's.

14.24: Everton captain Phil Neville makes a surprise return from knee surgery for today's Barclays Premier League game at West Ham.

Neville was ruled out for up to eight weeks just over a month ago but he is back in the side this afternoon, with David Moyes also handing a rare start to Victor Anichebe and recalling Johnny Heitinga.

West Ham draft in James Tomkins in the only change to their starting XI.

Attacking boost: Gareth Bale is a key player in Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side

Attacking boost: Gareth Bale is a key player in Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side

14.21: Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson return to Tottenham's starting XI as Andre Villas-Boas looks to move his team ahead of Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League with a win over Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor overcomes a hamstring problem to start up front while Scott Parker has to settle for a place on the bench.

Ryan Shotton comes in for Charlie Adam, who has been given compassionate leave due to the death of his father, while former Spurs striker Peter Crouch is named among the Stoke substitutes.

14.18: First up though we have one game already underway as Wigan and Arsenal are currently doing battle at the DW Stadium.

There is just over 15 minutes left and there has been one goal so far. Click here to see who has got it and to follow our live coverage with Martin Domin.

14.15: Yesterday may have been the start of the great Christmas get away for a well deserved break (or sadly not).

But it's business as usual if you happen to be a professional footballer (or not if you play in the Football League).

It's a full programme in the Premier League though, with the usual bunch of six afternoon games coming at you (seven if you if you include today's 5.30pm kick-off) and the team news for them is on the way.

Christmas crackers: Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham are in action from 3pm

Christmas crackers: Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham are in action from 3pm

Ladies Dubai Masters golf: Can Carly Booth stop Shanshan Feng?

Can Carly be the girl to upset the Asian juggernaught in golf's Dubai showpiece

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Sarah Stirk

Thanks to the Ryder Cup and Rory McIlroy’s heroics, it’s been an incredible year for golf. But with the PGA and European Tours done and dusted for the year, this week offers a rare chance for the women’s game to step out of the shadow of their male colleagues and grab the limelight. The Ladies European Tour heads to the Middle East for the season-ending Ladies Dubai Masters. Chris Cutmore caught up with Sky Sports golf presenter Sarah Stirk to find out why everyone is so excited about this week…

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Why is this tournament in Dubai so crucial

It’s tough for women’s golf to get recognition at the moment. We’ve had an incredible year in the men’s game, but that is winding down for Christmas, so it’s an important week. The Emirates is a world class golf course. With its great clubhouse (styled like a series of Bedouin tents), the sunshine, and a big prize purse (€500,000) it’s a great way to finish the season.

Asian players dominate the women’s game right now. Are there any big guns in Dubai… and can anyone stop them

Shanshan Feng, the first Chinese to win a major, is coming over to play and that says a lot for the LET. She’s coming over to test herself against their players. But there’s the young stars like Carly Booth (the 20-year-old from Comrie in Scotland) who’s doing great things for the women’s game. She’s young, marketable, had a great year and is just one of the rising stars.

Life's a beach: Lexi Thompson takes a camel ride ahead of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

Life's a beach: Lexi Thompson takes a camel ride ahead of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

In action: Thompson on the Majilis Course

In action: Thompson on the Majilis Course

And then there’s Lexi Thompson, who’s causing quite a stir. Tell us about her…

Lexi is the defending champion. She’s not even 18 for another couple of months. Last year she became the second youngest player to win on the LET, and the youngest to win on the LPGA tour. It’s amazing how good she is. She hasn’t won after her incredible last year but has been steady. But coming back to a place where she has great memories it’ll be fascinating to see how she performs.

Can she be the Rory of the women’s game

Potentially yes. But my big concern is burnout – she qualified for the US Open aged just 12! We’ve seen that with Michelle Wie, who had all the media attention and hype but then decided to go to Stanford and get a degree. As with all the youngsters the concern is burnout. But Lexi hits it a mile, she’s got a great temperament, a really mature head on her shoulders, and she hasn’t disappointed after last year. She hasn’t won but she’s been very consistent. Lexi is definitely one of the favourites.

Speaking of Michelle Wie, we haven’t heard much of her these days. How’s she playing

Michelle still draws huge crowds and is a big talking point whenever she plays. So much happened to her, so young. She’s only 23 now. With all that expectation and hype, she had no freedom. Now she’s grown up and got her degree. She’s got two wins but she’s probably making an adjustment. I don’t think golf is the be all and end all with her anymore. In Asia it’s just golf, golf, golf. But I think Michelle might have gone to college and thought ‘You know what There’s more to life than golf’. I hope we see her develop but you don’t know when someone’s been through all that whether she’ll ever be that good again.

The one to beat: Shanshan Feng hits from the third fairway during round one of the tournament

The one to beat: Shanshan Feng hits from the third fairway during round one of the tournament

Even
without Wie, the women’s game seems to be on the up. This year’s total
LET prize money is now a whopping 7772 per cent higher than thirty years ago. What does this show

The
women’s game is growing. The exposure we give it at Sky shows that. But
even though the prize funds have increased dramatically, the difference
between the women’s and men’s prize money is astronomical. Look at
tennis where there is equal prize money in the majors. But if you did a
comparison between men’s and women’s prize money in golf it would be
embarrassing.

Although the women’s prize money has increased, the female pros still feel very hard done by. They feel like they’re being short-changed.

On the flip side the interest in the women’s game is higher. Media exposure is driving the sponsors and the sponsors drive the prize money. And I would like to see that increase an awful lot more in the next few years. It won’t be in line with the men’s game but that gap needs to narrow.

The Olympics showed we should be shining more light on women’s sport. The LET has great potential. The standard in the women’s game now is incredible. I still don’t think people realise how good it is because it’s not on all the time. We’ve got great home players – Mel Reid, Carly Booth – we need to let people see that.

Great Scot: Carly Booth at the Emirates Golf Club

Great Scot: Carly Booth is ready for a big week ahead at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai

Great Scot: Carly Booth at the Emirates Golf Club

Great Scot: Carly Booth at the Emirates Golf Club

Who’s going to win

We could be looking at a showdown between Shanshan and Lexi. Shanshan is the highest ranked player in the field, and a major winner so you’re looking at quality. Lexi has the feelgood factor, it’s a course that fits her eye, she’s got good memories, and she’s taken the pressure off her shoulders with a consistent year. She’d like the win but I think she’ll come back and enjoy this week rather than put pressure on herself.

But I also have a sneaky feeling about Laura Davies. She missed the cut last year and will be desperate to put that right. She’s in good form and is a big hitter so the course fits her game – she just needs to hole a few more putts.

Sky Sports HD will show live coverage of the Dubai Ladies Masters between 6-8 December as part of the year-round schedule of women’s golf on Sky.

Lazio v Tottenham, Liverpool v Young Boys and Newcastle v Maritimo live

EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Lazio v Tottenham – from the Stadio Olimpico as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Europa League as Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle aim to book a place in the last 32 with one group game to spare. Spurs face a tough test at Lazio at 6pm needing a win to qualify, while Liverpool and Newcastle can also reach the last 32 with victories when they host Young Boys and Maritimo respectively at 8.05pm.

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Lazio v Tottenham 6pm

Liverpool v Young Boys 8.05pm

Newcastle v Maritimo 8.05pm

5.50pm: It seems Hugo Lloris has won the battle of the goalkeepers at White Hart Lane. Brad Friedel is set to return to Blackburn which seems all rather sad to me.

He has been a phenomenal custodian for Spurs and has done nothing wrong yet finds himself out of the picture.

5.45pm: In case you're wondering what the thing above is, it's our brand new vidiprinter with the latest from tonight's games. Love it Loathe it Let me know below.

Main man: Paul Gascoigne in Rome with Lazio president Claudio Lotito

Main man: Paul Gascoigne in Rome with Lazio president Claudio Lotito

Paul Gascoigne

5.40pm: Sportsmail's Matt Barlow is in Rome and has indeed just seen the legend himself.

'First sighting of Gazza at the Stadio Olimpico, surrounded by camera. I can see his bald patch and little else'

You can follow Matt on Twitter here

5.35pm: Paul Gascoigne will be at the game tonight and earlier, Sportsmail took a look back at their best Gazza moments, here.

5.30pm: Lazio will clinch pole position in Group J with victory but a Spurs win will take them through if NK Maribor do not win at Panathinaikos.

5.25pm: Emmanuel Adebayor has been handed the lone striker role as Tottenham look to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League with victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

Andre Villas-Boas makes four changes from the team that lost 5-2 to Arsenal on Saturday, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Steven Caulker and young midfielder Tom Carroll all handed starting berths.

Gareth Bale captains Spurs, while Lazio left out Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

5.20pm: Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Carroll; Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Bale; Adebayor.

Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Livermore, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone, Defoe.

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes, Lulic, Kozak.

Subs: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Ederson, Onazi, Rozzi, Candreva, Floccari.

5.15pm: The first of our triple header should be a cracker as Tottenham take on Lazio in Rome. Unfortunately there were unsavoury scenes earlier today when two Spurs were stabbed.

You can read more on that here

5.10pm: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of tonight's Europa League fixtures.

Lazio

Lazio

DP World Tour Championship: Live leaderboard

DP World Tour Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

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08:00 GMT, 22 November 2012

The European Tour season comes to an end this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy has the Race to Dubai wrapped up but plenty of big guns are looking to finish with a flourish at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

First past the post: Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy

First past the post: Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy

Juventus v Chelsea and Galatasaray v Manchester United Champions League live

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Juventus v Chelsea and Galatasaray v Manchester United – as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Chelsea and Manchester United play their final away games in the group stage phase. The reigning champions know a win in Italy will guarantee their progress into the last 16, while the Red Devils are already safe in the knowledge they will reach the knockout phase as group winners. Celtic meanwhile travel to Benfica. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Benfica 1-1 Celtic

Galatasaray 0-0 Manchester United

Juventus 0-0 Chelsea

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20.17: GOAL! Benfica 1-1 CELTIC

20.14: No sign of a Celtic comeback at a sparse ground in Benfica as Oscar Cardozo flashes a shot wide of the near post for the hosts.

20.11: Juventus win a free-kick right on the edge of the box but Andrea Pirlo, sporting an excellent beard, fires low and straight at Cech.

20.08: Fabio Quagliarella's shot across goal from a tight angle produces a decent save from Cech in a match where Chelsea are playing like the stereotypical Italian side.

The Blues are playing on the counter attack with Oscar looking like he is playing in the advanced role up top.

20.05: Amrabat is causing United a few problems as Rafael is cautioned for tripping him on the left flank.

The following free-kick into the box is narrowly headed over by Burak Yilmaz.

20.02: Galatasaray are still trying to force the issue against United as Nordin Amrabat sees a shot deflected behind from the edge of the box.

19.59: Nearly a Stoke-esque goal from Juventus! A neatly worked short pass from a corner finds Claudio Marchisio 10 yards out who forces Cech to parry behind at his near post.

Denied: Chelsea's Eden Hazard sees his shot blocked by Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon

Denied: Chelsea's Eden Hazard sees his shot blocked by Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon

19.56: Chelsea so nearly in front! Oscar goes on an amazing run through the centre before laying the ball off for Eden Hazard in the box.

The midfielder shoots towards the near post and only a fine block from Gianluigi Buffon deflects the shot wide.

19.54: GOAL! BENFICA 1-0 Celtic

Poor defending from a cross costs the Scottish champions as Ola John pounces on a loose ball in the box to fire home.

19.52: United are under threat too as Burak Yilmaz's long distance effort forces Anders Lindegaard into a parry before his defence scrambles clear.

19.49: Lucky, lucky Chelsea. A ball to the back post finds Stephan Lichsteiner whose shot is superbly pushed on to the post by Petr Cech. The full-back should do better but credit must go to the Chelsea stopper there.

19.47: And under the falling rain, Benfica get us going.

19.45: Away we go in turkey and Italy.

19.42: Out come the players across Europe.

19.39: While Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo may as well have been playing poker. Quizzed on Torres' exclusion, the Chelsea manager simply implied he didn't want to give away a focal point in attack. We'll see how that works.

Italian and proud: Juventus fans unveil the national colours of Italy before kick-off

Italian and proud: Juventus fans unveil the national colours of Italy before kick-off

19.36: No danger for Manchester United tonight who are already through as group winners, with Sir Alex Ferguson saying pre-match that important factors are seeing Phil Jones come through unscathed and Nick Powell gaining some European experience. Such luxuries.

19.33: From InfostradaLive:

Powell (18 years – 242 days) is the 2nd youngest Englishman ever to make his CL debut while playing for Man Utd (Richardson 18-002).

19.30: Some final thoughts from Neil Lennon, who fresh off beating Barcelona now proclaims a win in Benfica will be the best of his career.

19.27: From OptaPaolo:

1 – Chelsea have won just one of their last six Champions League games against Italian opposition (W1 D2 L3). Chronic.

19.24: There are plenty of Champions League groups of course, but we don't quite have time to run across the scenario in all of them.

Luckily for us, Sam Cunningham has been doing the maths and produced this handy guide as to what can happen in the groups on matchday five.

19.21: Fernando Torres is axed for Chelsea's biggest game since the Champions League final tonight as Roberto Di Matteo gambles his side's Group E fate on an experimental team at Juventus tonight.

Di Matteo finally loses patience with 50million flop Torres, electing to play without a recognised striker in a match the European champions can ill afford to lose, while also fielding all of Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Juventus recall three of their big hitters in Andrea Pirlo, Mirko Vucinic and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

19.18: Full line-ups from the Juventus Stadium:

Juventus v Chelsea
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Quagliarella, Vucinic. Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Oscar. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Torres, Moses, Marin, Bertrand, Piazon.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

19.15: Neil Ashton has been busy around Stamford Bridge recently as he has also revealed that the FA have questioned Ashley Cole over Chelsea's complaint surrounding referee Mark Clattenburg. Click here to read more.

Ready and waiting: Galatasaray fans pose inside the stadium before their side's clash with Manchester United

Ready and waiting: Galatasaray fans pose inside the stadium before their side's clash with Manchester United

19.12: From Estadio da Luz:

Benfica v Celtic
Benfica: Artur Moraes, Almeida, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, John, Matic, Lima, Perez, Cardozo, Salvio. Subs: Paulo Lopes, Bruno Cesar, Nolito, Maxi Pereira, Rodrigo, Gaitan, Jardel.

Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Matthews, Brown, Ledley, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Miku, Nouioui, Commons, McCourt, Watt, Kayal.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

19.09: Phil Jones makes his first Manchester United appearance of the season and Nick Powell his first start in tonight's Champions League encounter with Galatasaray.

Powell's introduction is Sir Alex Ferguson's only concession to youth, but his bench is packed with it, underlining United's status as group winners with two games remaining.

Former Bolton front-man Johan Elmander is included for the hosts, along with Premier League old-boys Albert Riera and Emmanuel Eboue.

19.06: You have read the Chelsea team news correctly by the way. Fernando Torres has been dropped by Roberto Di Matteo as revealed first by Sportsmail's Neil Ashton.

19.03: From the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi:

Galatasaray v Man Utd
Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop, Inan, Felipe Melo, Amrabat, Burak Yilmaz, Elmander. Subs: Ceylan, Cris, Bulut, Birinci, Kurtulus, Baytar, Colak.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Jones, Carrick, Buttner, Anderson, Fletcher, Cleverley, Powell, Welbeck, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Young, Macheda, Wootton, Cole, Vermijl, King.

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

19.00: From InfostradaLive:

Barcelona and Valencia (without playing) have now qualified for the last 16.

Lille are eliminated for European football after this group stage.

18.57: Chelsea starting XI:

Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, A Cole, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Hazard.

Easy street: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona won 3-0 at Spartak Moscow

Easy street: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona won 3-0 at Spartak Moscow

18.53: It's full-time in Moscow where Barcelona have won 3-0 against Spartak and therefore qualified for the last 16.

Moscow by contrast are now out of the tournament following two first half goals from Lionel Messi and a Dani Alves strike.

18.48: Manchester United starting XI:

Lindegaard, Rafael, Jones, Carrick, Buttner, Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson, Powell, Welbeck, Hernandez.

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Big test: Chelsea can ill afford to lose at Juventus in the Champions League