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D.A. Points wins the Shell Houston Open

DA Points wins Shell Houston Open to book his place at the Masters

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

01:00 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

02:12 GMT, 1 April 2013

DA Points found form out of nowhere to claim victory at the Shell Houston Open by a shot and book his place at the Masters.

Points had missed three cuts in a row and seven of his last nine heading into the Texas event, but hit his stride straight away, claiming the lead after the first round.

And he stayed in contention throughout the week, carding a six-under-par 66 today, inclduing a pressure putt on the 18th, to hold off Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel and win by one stroke on 16 under.

All smiles: points celebrates with his hard-earned trophy

All smiles: points celebrates with his hard-earned trophy

'It's been a realy tough year, a tough
start,' he said. 'To have a putt to win – you want that starting out
every week. I would have liked it to be a little closer, but I've been
putting really well.'

Points came out on top after a
dramatic day, which saw a host of players move in and out of contention
and was extended because of a rain delay late on.

Stewart Cink and Bill Haas went into the day as joint leaders, but neither in the end was a serious contender.

Haas dropped two shots on the front
nine and in the end finished level par for his final round, while Cink
could muster only three birdies. An eagle on the last would have seen
him into a play-off with Points, but he found sand and ended up with a
bogey to sit in a share of sixth on 13 under.

Among the other contenders, Stenson
and Horschel hit contrasting 66s and were left to see if Points would
slip up on the final hole.

Weather delay: Bad weather delayed play on the final day

Weather delay: Bad weather delayed play on the final day

Weather delay: Bad weather delayed play on the final day

Stenson needed four birdies in his
last five holes to hit the mark, while Horschel could not find the shot
he needed at the back end of the course, parring each of the last five
holes.

The good news for Stenson was that his
performance was enough to earn him a place in the world's top 50 and an
invitation to the Masters.

Adding to the drama was a near
three-hour delay in play, with only a handful of players still out on
course and Stenson the clubhouse leader, caused by a downpour in
Houston.

Points held his nerve, though, saving
par on each of his last two holes using a putter he revealed earlier in
the week was one he had taken from his mother when he was younger and
had refurbished this week in an attempt to improve his play on the
greens.

Happy days: D.A. Points celebrates winning the Shell Houston Open

Happy days: D.A. Points celebrates winning the Shell Houston Open

Get in the hole: D.A. Points celebrates his par putt on the 18th green

Get in the hole: D.A. Points celebrates his par putt on the 18th green

'I was firing on all cycliners,' he said. 'I'm proud of myself that the rain delay didn't put a stop to that.'

Dustin Johnson produced the round of
the day, a seven-under 65, to finish in a share of fourth on 14 under,
alongside Ben Crane, while a 67 saw Brian Davis finish as the leading
Briton on 13 under, two strokes aherad of compatriot Lee Westwood.

Rory McIlroy managed a third straight under-par round to finish four under overall.

He told www.pgatour.com: '[There are]
lot of positives to take from it. I've learned a few things as well that
I can bring into next week and obviously looking ahead to Augusta, too.

'It's been a productive week.'

Fulham stalwart Brede Hangeland signs two year contract extension

All smiles as Fulham stalwart Hangeland finally puts pen to paper on new deal, ending years of speculation surrounding his future

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

19:25 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:25 GMT, 28 March 2013

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a two-year contract extension at the club.

The 31-year-old's new deal includes an option for a further year, which if exercised would see the Norway international remain at the London club until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

All smiles: Hangeland had been linked to moves away from Craven Cottage on several occasions.

All smiles: Hangeland had been linked to moves away from Craven Cottage on several occasions.

A statement on Fulham's website confirmed: 'Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that captain Brede Hangeland has signed a two-year extension to his current contract, with an option for a further year, which will keep the defender at the club until at least the summer of 2015.'

Hangeland, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of the season, joined Fulham from FC Copenhagen in January 2008 and has since made 233 appearances for the club in all competitions.

'I'm so happy, delighted,” Hangeland said on fulhamfc.com.

'It's taken a long time but we're there now and I hope the club is happy – I'm certainly really happy to have signed.

'I've loved my time with Fulham. It's been a little over five years and I've felt right at home from the very first game.

'I couldn't really see myself leaving, so to finally have signed gives me a great feeling.'

Hangeland was linked with a move to QPR in January, but Fulham rejected two bids from their West London rivals.

He featured in every Premier League game last season for Martin Jol's side, and has appeared 23 times this campaign.

Fulham currently have several players whose contracts are up in the summer, including Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Chris Baird, Mahamadou Diarra, Giorgos Karagounis and Neil Etheridge.

Mainstay: Hangeland has made 233 appearances for the Cottagers since joining in January 2008

Mainstay: Hangeland has made 233 appearances for the Cottagers since joining in January 2008

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Contract up: Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (left), forward Mladen Petric (centre) and midfielder Giorgos Karagounis (right) will leave the club in the summer if their contracts are not renewed.

Mladen Petric of Fulham

Greece's Giorgos Karagounis

Taison transfer news: Chelsea target joins Shakhtar Donetsk

Knockout blow for Chelsea as Taison joins Shakhtar after Blues fail to complete deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 11 January 2013

Chelsea have missed out on Brazilian target Taison to Shakhtar.

The attacking midfielder was given a deadline of January 10 to move to Chelsea or be forced to stay with Metalist. But Shakhtar used a clause in his contract to buy him for 12.5million from Metalist at the last minute.

The midfielder was on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month after talks in London but has now joined the Ukrainian side on a five-year deal.

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

He even attended a Chelsea game and was convinced that Roman Abramovich would meet the 11m asking price.

But a Shakhtar club statement read: ‘On 10 January, presidents of FC Shakhtar and FC Metalist Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Kurchenko negotiated the transfer of a forward Barcellos Fred Taison from the Kharkiv club to the Donetsk team.

'The negotiations were complicated. The initial sum of 15million dollars, proposed by Shakhtar, was rejected by the Metalist president. We did not come to a compromise.

'Then, the Donetsk side took advantage of the clause in Taison’s contract, according to which he could leave his former club for 20m dollars.

'As a result, FC Shakhtar paid 20m dollars, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on 11 January.'

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Lucas thought career was over after injuries at Liverpool

Liverpool star Lucas feared career could be over after injury nightmare

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UPDATED:

09:12 GMT, 22 December 2012

Lucas Leiva has admitted he feared for his career after missing almost a year through injury.

The Liverpool midfielder damaged his cruciate ligaments in a collision with Chelsea's Juan Mata before suffering a thigh strain just a few games into his comeback.

And the 25-year-old Brazilian was worried his injury nightmare would never end.

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

'My first injury was a huge blow, but the second simply left me shattered,' he said in an interview published in Brazil.

'It was hard to take. You couldn’t help questioning if there was something wrong with my body.

'I thought “When is this going to end”.

'It goes without saying that I feared for the consequences for my career.'

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Now fully recovered, Lucas is desperate to play his part in helping Liverpool climb the league.

'It’s a new beginning,' he added. 'After almost a year away, all I can think about is to play as many games as I can and gradually get back into form.

'It will be important for my confidence. I must not rush things but I am really eager to get back, especially after a lot of things changed at the club.'

Mark Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

England old boy Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

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UPDATED:

18:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex for the next two years.

Ramprakash, 43, retired from playing in July after losing his place in the Surrey team following a lean spell of form and takes up the coaching post with the county that gave him his break in cricket.

He played for Middlesex from 1987 to 2000 and had a period as captain, before moving across London to join Surrey.

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

During his spell at The Oval he passed the career landmark of 100 first-class centuries, reaching 114 in total.

Ramprakash also recently agreed to take on a two-year consultancy with the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach and has been in India with the England Lions.

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

Middlesex are relishing his return to Lord's, with his former county and international team-mate Angus Fraser, now Middlesex's director of cricket, saying: 'I am thrilled to have Mark back at Middlesex CCC.

'It is my job to provide Middlesex's cricketers with the best possible coaching, support and advice available and in Mark Ramprakash they have that.'

Ramprakash takes over from Australian Mark O'Neill, who announced last month he was leaving Middlesex after a three-year stint.

Fraser said: 'Mark Ramprakash will offer our batsmen something different. His record speaks for itself and in the past 25 years there has not been a better batsman in county cricket.

'Mark moved from Middlesex to Surrey in 2000, but I never felt his heart left the club.' Ramprakash said: 'Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket and I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers.

'I am excited by the talent in the current crop of players and look forward to contributing to the club.'

Roy Hodgson takes presents to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Roy Hodgson brings a little Christmas magic to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson made a trip to Great Ormond Street Hospital on Tuesday, alongside coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington, to hand out presents from the FA.

The trio visited the Eagle ward, where children are treated for complex problems relating to their kidneys, as well as the Bear Ward, which provides inpatient care for those with heart problems.

The gifts they dispensed to those on the ward included England goodie-bags, while each ward also received a signed England shirt.

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

The England manager said it was saddening to see children struck down by such serious illnesses

Hodgson was quick to praise the efforts of those working at the hospital and parents visiting it.

‘What we're doing here is of very little importance in comparison to the work that the nurses and doctors are doing here and in comparison to what the parents are doing here too,’ he said.

‘In every ward and bedroom we have been in there has been a sick child with mothers, fathers and grandparents dedicating their time to the child and it's a very saddening experience to see people who have been struck down by quite serious kidney or heart conditions.

‘It's a good occasion for us in a sense that if we can help or cheer them up in any way then it's something we can feel happy to have done.

‘At the same time, you have a feeling of powerlessness. Apart from a few cheery words and smiles, handshakes or pats on the head, you do realise that you are powerless and the only people who can really help are the nurses and the doctors.’

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Hodgson handed out Christmas presents along with Gary Neville and Ray Lewington

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

The trio visited the Eagle and Bear wards, and gave each a signed England shirt

He was also impressed with the
quality of care in the newly built wards, which provide patients and
families with more privacy and comfort.

They were opened earlier this year in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.

‘The new facilities are very
impressive and I'm glad that there are patrons about like Morgan Stanley
who can put a lot of money into this and ensure that the facilities are
here when they are needed,’ said the England manager.

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Presents intended for the children were stolen from the hospital this week, but visits like these have helped to cheer the children up

The renowned hospital plays host to over 200,000 patient visits per year.

In their efforts to maintain the facilities and purchase the most up-to-date equipment and medication, as well as funding research, their charity raises 50million a year.

Great Ormond Street has the broadest
range of children’s healthcare specialists in the UK and gives hope to
children who are suffering from the rarest and most complex conditions.

Those at the hospital were appalled this week at the discovery that someone had stolen gifts intended for the children.

Fortunately the gifts were soon replaced by a steady stream of generous well-wishers.

Sheer joy for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres – Picture of the week by Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick: Picture of the week – Sheer joy for Torres as Chelsea striker enjoys welcome return to form

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 19 December 2012

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Fernando Torres smiles, looks happy, even laughing at one point. I like this picture because of the look of sheer joy on the
face of the Chelsea striker.

This picture was taken during Chelsea's win in the semi
final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan

Torres scored at the start of the second half against
Monterrey and clearly looks happy about his form returning.

Nikon D3, 200mm lens, ISO 2000, F/2.8, 800th sec

Torres celebrates his goal making it 2-0 against Monterrey

Have a look at my video blogs from Chelsea's week in Japan. Feel free to let me know what you think on the comments section of this article or on Twitter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2249091/Chelsea-beat-Monterrey-Graham-Chadwick-video-blog.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2247693/Chelsea-beat-Monterrey-Graham-Chadwick-video-blog.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2247021/Chelsea-Japan-Graham-Chadwick-video-blog.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2246426/Chelsea-FIFA-Club-World-Cup-VIDEO–Blues-new-darlings-Japan-Graham-Chadwick-blog.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2245871/Chelsea-Club-World-Cup–Graham-Chadwick-video-blog.html

World Darts Championship: Mervyn King beaten by Dean Winstanley

King overthrown by unseeded Winstanley in classic early encounter at Ally Pally

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UPDATED:

00:21 GMT, 19 December 2012

The King was dethroned on Tuesday night at Alexandra Palace as Dean Winstanley beat Mervyn King 3-2 in a first-round classic at the World Darts Championship.

Winstanley showed why he was the most feared unseeded player as he eventually prevailed in a match that went to sudden death by dumping the world No 14 out of the tournament in the first round.

It was a perfect start for Winstanley as he won the opening set 3-2 with some solid finishing. The 31-year-old checked out 98 and 83 on his own throw before hitting double 16 in the deciding leg on King’s throw.

You beauty: Dean Winstanley celebrates after winning his first round match against Mervyn King

You beauty: Dean Winstanley celebrates after winning his first round match against Mervyn King

Day five results

Steve Beaton 3-0 Kyle Anderson

Wes Newton 3-0 Johnny Haines

Mervyn King 2-3 Dean Winstanley

Colin Osborne 3-0 Lourence Ilagan

The world No 50 continued his hot streak into the second set and checkouts of 106 and 70 saw him take a 2-1 lead. It seemed nailed on that Winstanley would go two sets up but he missed seven darts at a double in legs four and five and a grateful King hit double 12 to take the second set 3-2 to level at 1-1.

The King was then eager to take advantage as Winstanley pondered his mistakes and soon the World Grand Prix runner-up was 2-1 up. King won the first leg before hitting double six to break in the second and then, with Winstanley sitting on 12, he checked out 140 to win the set 3-0.

But Winstanley didn’t crumble and some consistent play on his own throw in set four along with a double top checkout against the throw saw him win the set 3-1 and level at two sets apiece.

And the drama had only just begun as the final set went to sudden death. First it was King who surged ahead as he checked out 102 against the throw to go 2-0 up.

Short-lived: King was all smiles as he headed to the oche before his first match of the World Championship

Short-lived: King was all smiles as he headed to the oche before his first match of the World Championship

Winstanley came roaring back, though, and his 56 checkout in leg four levelled the set at 2-2 before he hit double 19 in leg five to throw for the match. But then it was The King’s turn to hit back as he won the next two legs to lead 4-3.

And then, just when it looked like momentum couldn’t shift again, Winstanley checkout out 70 to level at 4-4 before breaking the throw to lead 5-4.

King needed to win the 10th leg to take the match to a tie-break and he looked on course to do so before missing two darts at a double to allow Winstanley to close out a thrilling match with double top.

World No 6 Wes Newton didn’t suffer the same fate as King on Tuesday night as he beat Johnny Haines 3-0.

King dethroned at Alexandra Palace: The world No 14 was upset by the feared Winstanley

King dethroned at Alexandra Palace: The world No 14 was upset by the feared Winstanley

The Warrior was edgy at the start but picked up his form to run out a comfortable winner and move through to the last 32.

It was a strange opening set at Alexandra Palace as the first four legs all went against the throw before Newton hit double 16 in the deciding leg to take it 3-2. Newton then made a flying start to the second set with a break, but he then struggled to close out the next leg on his throw, in the end winning it in 28 darts as both men missed a hatful of doubles.

And, despite Haines wining the third leg to cut his second-set deficit to 2-1, Newton produced a moment of magic as he hit 171 to leave 36, which he mopped up on his next return to seal the second set.

Newton then finished Haines off in double quick time as he took the third set 3-0, hitting checkouts of 73 and 135, and won the match by the same margin.

Comfortable win: Wes Newton cruised through to the second round after beating Johnny Haines

Comfortable win: Wes Newton cruised through to the second round after beating Johnny Haines

Steve Beaton started day five with a straightforward 3-0 win against Australian qualifier Kyle Anderson to set up a second-round clash with James Wade.

Colin Osborne rounded off the evening with a 3-0 win over Filipino Lourence Ilagan, who came through a preliminary-round contest earlier in the evening.

Ozzy put in a good performance against the impressive qualifier from the Philippines to move into the second round.

There are just two more days of first-round action at Ally Pally and Wednesday sees Ronnie Baxter, Colin Lloyd and Simon Whitlock start their World Championship campaigns.

Rafael Benitez says Chelsea can still win title

We can still win the title! Chelsea boss Benitez believes Blues can come from behind and see off Manchester rivals

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 15 December 2012

Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea can still win the league — even if they enter the Christmas period 13 points adrift of Manchester United.

Chelsea will be trailing the league leaders by a substantial margin if United win at home to Sunderland on Saturday, while Chelsea attempt to win the Club World Cup against Corinthians on Sunday.

Child's play: Rafael Benitez meets Japanese children in Yokohama on Sunday

Child's play: Rafael Benitez meets Japanese children in Yokohama on Sunday

Yet Benitez hopes to use a positive result in that tournament, and the glory of being crowned world champions after less than a month in charge, to inspire his players to refocus their attentions at home.

And he is refusing to give up on the big one: his first domestic league title as a manager in England.

Speaking at his team’s base in Yokohama, Benitez said: ‘I did not see the Manchester derby, but people told me about it and I agree it (the title) is not a two-horse race. People have asked me whether it is over already, but realistically, with three points for a win, if you get victories two or three games in a row you have more confidence and then it is different.

What's so funny, Rafa Benitez smiles at his players during training

What's so funny, Rafa Benitez smiles at his players during training

‘If we win here and play like we did against Monterrey in the semi-final, we can go on a run. We play good football and with the quality we have going forward and the right balance in defence, this team can win many games in a row easily. How many I don’t know, but once you start that with three or four, the confidence will go so high, why not

‘At Liverpool, we had an 11-game stretch, drew against Arsenal and won the other 10. So why can’t we do the same at Chelsea It is just a question of confidence. If you are strong enough, compact enough, we can do this. But these things will take some time to adjust.

Blue is the colour: Chelsea players are preparing for Sunday's World Club Cup final

Blue is the colour: Chelsea players are preparing for Sunday's World Club Cup final

‘What we do depends on the team. At Valencia, I had three years: the first really good, the second fine, the third amazing. Why Repeating the same exercises with clever people, they could understand.

‘As for winning the league at Chelsea, when I talk to the players here, I can see in their faces that they have the belief. So I know what we are doing is working. The roles and the movements we are
asking of them in training is working. I don’t have any doubt about the things I can do.’

Bradford"s Phil Parkinson gets one over former employers Arsenal

From Arsenal scout to taking the Gunners' scalp! Parkinson was part of Wenger's team before inspiring Bradford cup shock

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson showed little gratitude to his former club Arsenal in dumping them out of the Carling Cup last night.

Sportsmail revealed in April 2011 how the 45-year-old had taken up a role as a northern-based scout for the Gunners.

Happy man: Phil Parkinson

Dejected: Arsene Wenger

Mixed emotions: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is all smiles after his cup scalp as Arsene Wenger looks dejected after the shock defeat

Parkinson is highly thought of within coaching circles having attended various courses and seminars across the country on his way to completing the UEFA B badge in 2005.

That, together with his good relationship with Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, saw Parkinson join Arsenal's scouting set up after he was sacked as Charlton boss in January 2011.

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Not that his time spent at the Emirates Stadium mattered one iota last night as he masterminded a euphoric penalty shoot-out win over his ex-employers to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger.