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Muhammad Ali latest: Picture of legend watching Super Bowl as family deny "death" reports

Legend Ali pictured enjoying Super Bowl after his family deny he is 'close to death'

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Ali, pictured with wife Lonnie, was very frail during his appearance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony

Warning signs: Ali, pictured with wife Lonnie, left, was very frail during his appearance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, pictured right with Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti

Danger: Former world champion Ali last had a public health scare after the funeral of boxing great Joe Frazier

Danger: Former world champion Ali last had a public health scare after the funeral of boxing great Joe Frazier

West Ham latest: Winston Reid agrees new two-year deal

Reid all about it! A good sign for West Ham as Toon target agrees new two-year deal

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

10:29 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 15 January 2013

EXCLUSIVE

Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year extension to his West Ham contract to see off interest from Barclays Premier League heavyweights, including Newcastle.

Reid, the Hammers' best player this season, was out of contract in the summer and that alerted top-flightt vultures.

But Sportsmail has learned West Ham have invoked a two-year extension clause in his deal and club sources will renegotiate further in the summer with the lure of a five-year deal.

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

So impressed have the east London club been with Reid, they want him to become an Upton Park stalwart.

'There was never any chance of us letting him go,' said a club insider. 'We want to build for the future and Winston has a key role to play going forward.'

New Zealand centre half Reid has become a popular figure at West Ham and is rated highly by manager Sam Allardyce, who has built his defensive strategy around him.

Reid, 24, moved to Denmark when he was 10 and received Danish citizenship but always wanted to play for his native New Zealand.

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

West Ham signed Reid from FC Midtjylland and he was a mainstay of their promotion season – and even scored an important goal against Millwall for which he is revered for by the fans.

He was rested for the third-round FA Cup draw with Manchester United but may return to the side for the replay with James Collins injured. It could see Reid up against Robin van Persie, the hottest striker in the Premier League.

West Ham sources believe this deal is a sign of their ambition as they look to build on the squad through the transfer window. The club are looking for a left back to join Reid in the back four.

Rio Ferdinand uses Twitter rival Bubbly to rally fans ahead of Liverpool clash

Rio signs up for Twitter rival and issues a rallying cry to United fans ahead of grudge match against Liverpool

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

11:46 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 10 January 2013

Rio Ferdinand has issued a rallying cry ahead of Sunday's crunch match against arch rivals Liverpool and called for fans to back Manchester United.

‘Huge game. Make sure you’re behind us,’ said the defender on new voice blog website Bubbly.

‘Yes everyone, hope you’re all well
and buzzing,’ he said. ‘Got a match again coming up at the weekend
against yes, you know who it is, Liverpool FC.

Popular: Ferdinand has more than three-and-a-half million followers on Twitter and is now on rival Bubbly, too

Popular: Ferdinand has more than three-and-a-half million followers on Twitter and is now on rival Bubbly, too

'We’ve
got to make sure we beat them. They’re a team who we’re big rivals with
– loads of history, loads of massive games and goals in the past. And
hopefully we can add some more to that and make sure we get the three
points on Sunday.

‘We’re confident. The training and the focus starts to begin for this weekend.’

Ferdinand is a prolific user of social networking sites, especially Twitter, but is expanding his interest to Bubbly.

Effectively a talking Twitter, it allows
users to record short voice messages and post them on their profile.
Ferdinand has been building his page on the site for a few days and so
far has more than 150 followers.

Get behind us: Ferdinand asked fans to back Manchester United as they face Liverpool this weekend

Get behind us: Ferdinand asked fans to back Manchester United as they face Liverpool this weekend

Admittedly that is not quite as
impressive as his near 3.8million Twitter followers but it probably
won’t be long before he sees them transfer to his Bubbly profile en
masse.

The Manchester United defender has so far left a welcome message and discussed their 2-2 FA Cup third-round clash with West Ham.

Richard Dunne injured until new year

Lambert dealt blow as Dunne is ruled out until new year with groin and hip injuries

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UPDATED:

09:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is resigned to being without experienced defender Richard Dunne until the new year as his groin and hip problems show little signs of improvement.

The Republic of Ireland international has not kicked a ball in anger since Euro 2012. It has left Villa shorn of experience in the back four, with the sale of James Collins to West Ham and the loaning out of Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton to Bolton and West Ham respectively.

Now skipper Ron Vlaar is sidelined with a calf problem ahead of the match at QPR which makes him a major doubt.

Blow: Richard Dunne faces at least another month on the sidelines

Blow: Richard Dunne faces at least another month on the sidelines

Lambert said: 'Richard went for a test on Saturday and then another one yesterday [Thursday]. We are just trying to find out what we think it could be.

'It is really frustrating. We are unsure at the moment what is this ongoing problem. It has come from the groin area/hip area as such.

'That is what we have to try and nail down and put to bed one way or another to try and get to the bottom of that.

'He is still a long way off (from being available) and it is frustrating for Richard.'

Blow: Paul Lambert must shore up his defence without Dunne's presence

Blow: Paul Lambert must shore up his defence without Dunne's presence

Lambert added: 'He is not training at all. He does little bits himself with the physios but I think even that is starting to hurt a bit.

'I would say he is out to the new year, the way it is going at the moment.

'It is frustrating with the other defensive (injury) problems because the squad isn't the biggest in that area.'

Sir Bobby Charlton allays Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United quit fears

Charlton allays Fergie quit fears, saying: Sir Alex will be with United for as long as he wants

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UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 21 November 2012

Sir Bobby Charlton has told Sir Alex Ferguson to carry on as Manchester United manager as long as he wants.

Approaching his 71st birthday, and with over 26 years' service as United boss behind him, Ferguson's achievements at Old Trafford will be acknowledged on Friday with the unveiling of a statue of the Scot outside the stand that also bears his name.

Amid other little signs, including the health scare Ferguson suffered in May, it has been suggested it could be part of the end of his reign, and this season will be his last.

In the dugout: Sir Alex Ferguson has been urged to remain at Manchester United for as long as he likes

In the dugout: Sir Alex Ferguson has been urged to remain at Manchester United for as long as he likes

But those who know him best do not give that impression.

And Charlton, who travelled back from Turkey with Ferguson after defeat to Galatasaray, is putting no timescale on the departure, knowing just how difficult he is going to be to replace.

'When we made the decision to go for him we didn't in our wildest dreams think that it would last as long as this,' said Charlton.

'But from the beginning he obviously made people aware of what he did and how he did it with regard to controlling players and how to work with [the club] management which is also very, very important.

'I won't see his like again, I'm certain of that. We're really lucky, and people are really envious of us. He was born to do this job and he's going to be with us as long as he wants.

'He's just a sensational manager, I keep repeating it, [but] others must look on in envy.'

One of a kind: Sir Bobby Charlton knows how tough it will be to replace Ferguson

One of a kind: Sir Bobby Charlton knows how tough it will be to replace Ferguson

As someone whose entire professional career has been played out under the guidance of one man, midfielder Paul Scholes is aware the time is drawing near when a change has to be made.

Some of the game's most famous names have been linked with the job.

However, Scholes accepts, no matter who it is, they have enormous boots to fill.

'Somebody's going to have to come in one day and manage this team and if they do half as well as he does they'll be successful,' said the former England man.

'There's nobody like him I know that – but somebody's got to give it a go. He has been brilliant for every single player that's worked for him.

'There is such a hunger and desire about him that really drives his players on – he knows how to keep you motivated throughout a season, it's something that he's managed to do for the last 20 years and I'm sure he'll carry on doing it for the next few years as well.'

Leeds Cameron Jerome bid rejected by Stoke

Leeds told Jerome is staying as Stoke boss Pulis needs cover for Crouch

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UPDATED:

08:31 GMT, 13 November 2012

Stoke City have rejected an approach from Leeds United for striker Cameron Jerome.

The Potters have fielded an enquiry from Neil Warnock to take the former England Under-21 international on loan.

Warnock is desperate to breathe fresh life into a side that suffered a humiliating six-goal home defeat against Watford.

United front: Cameron Jerome runs to the Stoke benchafter celebrating his goal against Everton last season

United front: Cameron Jerome runs to the Stoke benchafter celebrating his goal against Everton last season

But Tony Pulis has knocked back the Championship club as he has little cover with Michael Owen unavailable.

The former England international has
been sidelined with a hamstring injury and with Jonathan Walters coming
under increasing fire for his lack of goals, Jerome may be a viable
alternative in the new few weeks.

He has been used sparingly this season by Pulis, making just one start in the Capital One Cup defeat by Swindon Town.

Jerome has not made a start in the
Premier League, being pulled from the bench just three times as the
Potters' boss has tried to find space in his side for Charlie Adam.

That has led to Peter Crouch being
deployed on his own but with Pulis stalling Leeds, the signs are that
Jerome may have more of a chance to play in the coming weeks.

Wayne Rooney brother John signs for Barnsley

Rooney signs for Barnsley! Wayne's brother John, that is

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 25 October 2012

The 21-year-old midfielder, brother of England striker Wayne, has signed a deal until the end of the season

You little Tyke! Rooney has joined Barnsley until the end of the season

Barnsley have completed the signing of John Rooney who was a free agent following his return from America.

The 21-year-old midfielder, brother of England striker Wayne, has signed a deal until the end of the season, subject to confirmation from the Football League.

Tykes manager Keith Hill had hoped to complete the deal last week, but the move was delayed due to paperwork.

Rooney started out as a trainee at Everton and following his release from Goodison Park joined Macclesfield in 2008.

He then signed for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls and played more recently for Orlando City in the third tier of American football.

Anderson ready to fight for his Manchester United place

Anderson says he's happy at United and wants to stay and fight for his place

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 20 October 2012

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is relishing the battle for a first-team place with the Old Trafford outfit.

The Brazil international arrived at United from Porto with such high expectations in 2007.

So far though, the promise has been largely unfulfilled.

Fight for his place: Anderson wants to secure his place in the starting XI

Fight for his place: Anderson wants to secure his place in the starting XI

A succession of injuries have not helped. But there have also been suggestions Anderson's attitude is not all it might have been.

This season though, there have been undeniable signs of improvement from the 24-year-old.

His four appearances so far this season include a goalscoring contribution to United's Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle, whilst Anderson also impressed as the Red Devils extended their 100 per cent record in this season's Champions League against Romanian champions Cluj.

So, as United prepare to meet Portuguese outfit Braga on Tuesday, the former Porto star seems to be enjoying life again.

'I've been here for five years,' he said.

Stop there: Anderson fights for the ball with Stoke's Michael Owen

Stop there: Anderson fights for the ball with Stoke's Michael Owen

'Sometimes I have had difficult moments but I've always got through them.

'I know this is the best club for me and I am very happy here.'

Thankfully, Anderson has been injury-free since reporting for the start of pre-season.

He needs to retain that fitness too to prevent Ferguson harbouring any thoughts about finally cutting his losses.

And Anderson seems to have finally grasped the need to stay in shape.

'I hope my injuries are behind me,' he said.

'I'm 24 now and I've learnt a lot in the last few years.

'I understand that to do well in my career, I have to look after myself and train hard.'

Warming up: Anderson warms up ahead of the game with Stoke

Warming up: Anderson warms up ahead of the game with Stoke

Anderson will hope to be involved on Tuesday night, when United entertain Braga.

The Portuguese outfit suffered a surprise home defeat to Cluj in the opening round of fixtures, only to make up for it with an equally eye-catching 2-0 success at Galatasaray last time out.

Braga are also currently on a five-match unbeaten run against English opposition, although that was preceded by a six-goal hammering by Arsenal in 2010.

'Traditionally there have always been three teams in Portugal – Sporting Lisbon, who have dropped off a bit at the moment, Porto and Benfica,' said Sir Alex Ferguson.

'But now Braga have become the third best team in Portugal.

'And when you look at the number of Portuguese players who make it you can see there is quality there.'

Ferguson admitted his surprise at learning Braga had lost that opening match to Cluj.
However, after seeing an improvement against Benfica recently, he accepts the Europa League finalists represent a significant test.

'They drew 2-2 at Benfica, played really well and should have won,' said Ferguson.

'They were top of the league for quite a while last season too, so the Cluj result surprised me.

'I spoke to Nani, who said they are very positive away from home.

'I saw that in the Benfica game, so we won't be taking anything for granted.'

Tony Pulis fearing much-changed Liverpool will bounce back from Udinese loss against Stoke

Pulis fears much-changed Liverpool will bounce back from Udinese loss

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UPDATED:

15:00 GMT, 6 October 2012

Stoke manager Tony Pulis expects a stern test by Liverpool despite the Reds' loss against Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Potters travel to Anfield with former Reds Michael Owen, Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam in their squad, as they go in search of their second Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

Stoke opened their winning account last weekend against Swansea while Liverpool, who have made a stuttering start to their campaign and are currently in 14th place, got their first win against Norwich.

Pulis knows his team will face a much-changed side from the Liverpool outfit who lost 3-2 at home to Udinese, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers likely to keep the faith with the side who crushed the Canaries 5-2 last Saturday.

Tough ask: Tony Pulis is anticipating a stong test

Tough ask: Tony Pulis is anticipating a strong test

Pulis said: 'I thought they were very unfortunate (against Udinese). They were in complete control of the game and then they scored just after half time and it was a totally different game.

'It gave Udinese a lift. The second goal was an unfortunate goal. They played well, Liverpool, and it will be a tough game.

'Obviously they missed, or didn't start with, half a dozen players who will be playing against us. Steven (Gerrard) didn't start, (Luis) Suarez didn't start. (Raheem) Sterling didn't start. I'm expecting a completely different side. Maybe three players who started will play against us.'

Beaten: But Pulis expects Liverpool to bounce back

Beaten: But Pulis expects Liverpool to bounce back

Despite ominous signs that Liverpool are returning to their best after a lacklustre beginning to the season, Pulis is refusing to focus on anything other than his preparation.

'You can never call a game,' the Potters boss said. 'The players have trained really well during the week and then you play poorly on the Saturday and then you'll have another occasion where the lads won't train so well during the week and they'll get a result.

'It's a funny old game so it will be the team who turns up and plays well and hopefully we will get a few breaks. Udinese got a few and ended up winning the game so we need a few breaks.'

Pulis, who was at Anfield for the Reds' European tie this week, expects the former Liverpool players in the Stoke squad to receive a warm welcome if they take to the pitch against their former club.

'They will enjoy it, I'm sure they will enjoy it,' Pulis said of Crouch, Owen and Adam.

'Being there (to watch Liverpool play Udinese) and speaking to people on the door, they're all looking forward to seeing the boys back which is lovely.

'But they're good boys, Crouchy, Michael Owen and I think Charlie was well-liked there too, so they're good lads going back and the supporters understand that.'

The Potters boss is one of the longest serving managers in the Premier League, and despite Liverpool's poor start to the season – their worst in a century – he believes Brendan Rodgers should be given time to settle in and make an impact.

'It's a great football club with a fantastic tradition and Brendan is a very lucky guy to have a crack at that and take that club forward,' Pulis said.

'I think he understands that and recognises it. He needs backing which I'm sure they'll give him otherwise they wouldn't have appointed him.

'The Premier League, having been in it – this is my fifth year – you have good runs and bad runs and as a manager you have to deal with it. Football is an emotional industry. It's not like any other industry.

'It runs and thrives on emotion and players go up and down. They get very excited and they get very down in the dumps and you have to manage those situations and the players are the same.

'Winning is brilliant. Anybody could manage a team that wins week-in, week-out. It's dealing with that disappointment and how to handle that disappointment when things are not going so well.'

Ronaldo helps Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano

Rayo 0 Real Madrid 2: Ronaldo shines as Mourinho's men narrow gap on Barcelona

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 24 September 2012

Karim Benzema's strike and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty ensured Real Madrid got back to winning ways in the Primera Division against a resilient Rayo Vallecano.

Benzema finished a fine counter-attack to give Real a deserved 13th-minute lead and they survived a few nervy moments before Ronaldo made the game safe from the spot midway through the second half in an encounter held over until Monday evening after a suspected act of sabotage saw the power supply cut at the Estadio de Vallecas on Sunday.

The victory was just Real's second win in five La Liga matches and the defending champions are now eight points behind frontrunners Barcelona.

Easy does it: Real Madrid celebrate as Ronaldo makes sure of the points against Rayo Vallecano

Easy does it: Real Madrid celebrate as Ronaldo makes sure of the points against Rayo Vallecano

A statement on Real's official website revealed they had unsuccessfully lobbied Spanish league chiefs to hold the match during daylight hours to avoid a repeat of the 'deplorable events' that forced the cancellation of the original fixture.

Once the action did get under way Real weathered an early barrage and could have been ahead in their first real attack, but Pepe's free header at the back post forced an acrobatic save from Vallecano goalkeeper Martinez Ruben.

The warning signs were there for Paco Jemez's side but they could do nothing as Real countered to great effect in the 13th minute.

Ronaldo released Angel Di Maria down the left and he was inexplicably allowed to cut into the area and pick out Benzema, who tapped into an empty net at the back post.

Opener: Karim Benzema sent Real on their way in their rescheduled clash

Opener: Karim Benzema sent Real on their way in their rescheduled clash

Vallecano had not learnt their lesson and only Di Maria's selfishness – the winger's shot curled wide from 25 yards when better options were ahead of him – prevented Madrid from doubling their lead, once again on the break.

Ronaldo forced Ruben to make a fine save at his near post while the Vallecano stopper rushed out to save point blank from Luka Modric, who had latched on to Di Maria's chip into the box.

Real's failure to extend their lead nearly came back to haunt them as first Iker Casillas reacted well to parry away Jordi Amat's bullet header before Mikel Labaka's follow-up effort was chested off the line by a covering Xabi Alonso.

The visitors did end the half in convincing fashion, though, with Di Maria and Benzema linking up once again, ending in the latter's strike across goal being tipped away by Ruben.

Flying high: Benzema celebrates his strike as Real narrowed the gap at the top of the league

Flying high: Benzema celebrates his strike as Real narrowed the gap at the top of the league

Vallecano started the second half in a positive fashion, although Andrija Delibasic was caught unawares when Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa's woeful backpass picked out the Montenegro striker on the six-yard line.

And he was nearly made to rue his lapse in concentration a few minutes later when Benzema sprinted clear and slotted past Ruben but the referee had already blown his whistle for a Madrid free-kick in the build-up.

It was only temporary respite for a game Vallecano outfit, who fell further behind in the 70th minute when Ronaldo's cutback was handled by a sliding Jordi Amat, with referee David Fernandez Borbalan awarding the spot-kick.

Doubling up: Ronaldo added the second from the penalty spot in the second half

Doubling up: Ronaldo added the second from the penalty spot in the second half

The former Manchester United man fired home, sending Ruben the wrong way.

Ronaldo should have made the game safe moments later but embarrassingly chipped onto the bar – under pressure from Triguero Tito – from close range with the net gaping after a selfless assist from the recently-introduced Gonzalo Higuain.

It mattered little, however, as Jose Mourinho's side comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes for their first victory on their travels this season.