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Montenegro mayhem is nothing new for England

Montenegro mayhem is nothing new for England as Roy's boys return to Podgorica

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Back again: England have played in Podgorica before, in a qualifier for Euro 2012…

Back again: England have played in Podgorica before, in a qualifier for Euro 2012...

A picture of Bent in action features prominently in the programme for tomorrow's game but these days he cannot hold down at place at Aston Villa and among Roy Hodgson's big decisions ahead of his big night is who to pair with Rooney.

The stadium will rattle with noise. Pictures have been painted of a hostile reception from the local fans but if the last visit is anything to go by this will be nothing more sinister than a spirited reception for a newly-independent nation.

...and the home fans celebrated on the pitch after watching their team secure a draw

…and the home fans celebrated on the pitch after watching their team secure a draw

As so often in this part of the world, the football team has given the former Yugoslav states a platform to show who they are and what they stand form.

The people of Montenegro provide a warm welcome. The fervour inside the stadium is because this little team is proudly punching above its weight.

Scoring for fun: England will find it much tougher in Montenegro than they did in San Marino on Friday

Scoring for fun: England will find it much tougher in Montenegro than they did in San Marino on Friday

Teams emerge from a tunnel in the corner of this 12,000-capactiy ground, beneath the noisiest of the supporters.

The game in October 2011 culminated in a pitch invasion but this was due mainly to the euphoria of the team's progress into the play-offs.

What Hodgson can be sure of is that it will be uncomfortable and many of those in his team were not on the pitch the last time.

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Red mist: It was in Montenegro in 2011 that Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovoic

Branko Brnovic's team will be disciplined and tight at the back, reliant upon the star strikers Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic to provide the magic up front, perhaps pinch a goal which will turn the pressure on England.

How can they can cope That will be the test.

Rooney's red is a warning to them all. They must manage their frustration and they must think clearly amid the din.

Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

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20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

David Beckham"s move to Monaco has collapses due to his excessive wage demands

Beckham's wage demands poison proposed move to Monaco

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UPDATED:

13:35 GMT, 27 December 2012

David Beckham has talked his way out of a move to Monaco by asking for too much money.

The former LA Galaxy and England midfielder made ‘excessive’ demands when negotiating with AS Monaco chiefs, despite the significant funds available through Russian owner Dimitri Rybolovlev, reports L’Equipe.

Monaco’s chief executive Tor-Kristian Karlsen recently travelled to the United States to meet with the 37-year-old and his representatives, but the club has since ended talks.

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Currently just one point off Ligue 2 leaders Nantes, Monaco are confident they can earn promotion to Ligue 1 and have hinted the summer window would be more suitable to shop in.

Beckham could be out of lucrative contract options after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed cash-heavy PSG would not be making an offer for the former England international in November.

Amir Khan will fight twice in 2013 after Showtime deal

Khan will fight twice in 2013 with first bout in April after striking Showtime deal

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UPDATED:

20:29 GMT, 18 December 2012

Amir Khan will return to the ring in April – and fight just twice next year – after signing a deal with Showtime in the United States.

The 26-year-old ended a run of two successive defeats by stopping Carlos Molina last Saturday and could target rematches with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in 2013.

Molina was retired by his corner after the tenth round having suffered a nasty cut around his left eye during the fight in Los Angeles.

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

‘It was offered to us and to Amir, and we liked the terms and decided to do it,’ Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN. ‘We want to do big fights with Amir and so does Showtime.

‘There could be a rematch with Danny Garcia, but there are also other big names.

‘Maybe a rematch with Lamont Peterson, maybe a Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander or Andre Berto, when Amir moves up to welterweight.’

Khan’s schedule has been designed to fit around his wedding in April and to allow him to observe Ramadan.

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Schaefer also confirmed that Khan’s hands were not fractured following his emphatic victory.

‘He got his hands checked out because they were swollen, but nothing seems to be broken,’ he added.

‘He is excited about the deal and we discussed some of the different possibilities for him next year.’

Lance Armstrong doping affair: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson lands role investigating links with UCI

Baroness Grey-Thompson lands role investigating Armstrong's links with UCI

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UPDATED:

16:42 GMT, 30 November 2012

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been named on a three-person panel to assess the Lance Armstrong affair and the role of the International Cycling Union in the scandal.

The UCI in October ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, who conducted an investigation which concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

Allegations of complicity and insider knowledge were levelled at the UCI and its leadership – all of which have been denied – and 11-time Paralympic champion Grey-Thompson forms part of the independent commission set up to establish the facts.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Australian John Coates, the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport assembled the commission, which is independent of the UCI and will be chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC will join Lords peer Grey-Thompson on the panel.

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has been banned for life and stripped of all results from August 1, 1998, including seven Tour de France titles.

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tiger Woods hopes long putters are banned

Long putters should be banned, says Woods as golf awaits outcome of ruling bodies

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UPDATED:

10:20 GMT, 28 November 2012

Tiger Woods was hoping to hear on Wednesday that the way long putters are anchored to the body is going to be outlawed.

An announcement is expected at a teleconference being held by the Royal and Ancient Club and United States Golf Association, golf's two ruling bodies.

It is widely thought that from 2016 there will be no fixing of putters to a pivot point, whether it is the belly, chin or chest.

Keegan Bradley

Webb Simpson

Putt: Bradley and Simpson are among the last five major winners

Three of the sport's last five major winners – Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els – have used long putters in such a way.

Woods, in California this week for his final event of 2012, said: 'I was just asked my own opinion and that was it.

'I don't know if it carried any weight or not, but I just believe that the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling nerves.

'Having it as a fixed point, as I was saying all year, is something that's not in the traditions of the game.

No tradition: Woods wants long putters outlawed from the game

No tradition: Woods wants long putters outlawed from the game

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'We swing all 13 other clubs. I think the putter should be the same. It should be a swinging motion throughout the entire bag.

'I don't know if there's any statistical data on it, but I'm sure there is somewhere about whether or not anchoring the putter does help on a certain range of putts, especially the guys who have gotten the twitches a little bit.

'One of the things that I was concerned about going forward is the kids who get started in the game and starting to putt with an anchoring system.

'There have been some guys who have had success out here and obviously everyone always copies what we do. That's something that I think for the greater good of the game needs to be adjusted.'

Woods, the defending champion in the World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, also said he was ruling out European Tour membership next season.

The possibility was there for him to meet the criteria after it was decided to include the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup in the 13-event minimum, but

Woods stated: 'I certainly understand the ruling and that's nice, but no.

'It's a bit much for me still. Certainly I've had opportunities over the years – I was very close a couple of times and could have taken membership up and played it.

'I enjoy playing around the world and I still always will, but I am going to play this (PGA) Tour.'

If there had been no minimum requirement Woods would have been the European circuit's leading money-winner six times between 1999 and 2007, but he added: 'It wasn't important to me.

'It just wasn't important to me. My main concern was winning major championships – I've won 14 of them and I'm very proud of that.'

Fernando Alonso will fight to the end for F1 title – Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo

You can do it, Fernando! Ferrari chief promises Alonso will fight to the end for F1 title

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 20 November 2012


Never give up: Ferrari star Fernando Alonso is chasing his third drivers' championship title

Never give up: Ferrari star Fernando Alonso is chasing his third drivers' championship title

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has issued a rallying cry ahead of Fernando Alonso's last-ditch bid to become Formula One world champion.

Alonso goes into Sunday’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos 13 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel knowing he has to finish in the top three at least, whilst hoping his rival suffers a rare bad race.

The Spaniard kept himself in touch by finishing third behind runner-up Vettel in the United States Grand Prix in Austin, helped at the start by Felipe Massa who sacrificed his grid position.

If Alonso has any doubts as to what might occur on Sunday he only has to recall 2010 to know what is possible.

On that occasion Alonso was on the receiving end as he held a 15-point lead over Vettel going into the final race in Abu Dhabi, but lost out by six points come the conclusion.

The difference this time is whereas both cars were evenly matched two years ago, Ferrari have punched above their weight all season compared to the Red Bull which has again become the class act of late.

Di Montezemolo said: 'We can be proud of what we have achieved so far.

Someone's got to give: Alonso sits 13 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel

Someone's got to give: Alonso sits 13 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel

'For the past 16 years, with very few exceptions, we have got used to reaching the final stage of the championship in this situation.

'Here we are again this season, so that whatever the outcome, we have been contenders. However, pride is not enough – we want to win.

'In Austin the team again did a perfect job, as indeed did both drivers.

'Fernando made it to the podium again, and Felipe drove a fantastic race, apart from also demonstrating again he is a team player.'

Speaking on Ferrari’s official website, Di Montezemolo added: 'Now we go to Sao Paolo with the will to win, knowing we will fight for it right to the last kilometre of the last lap of the race.

'I know it will be very tough, but I and all of us believe we can do it.'

Lewis Hamilton wins United States Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Yee-Ham! Lewis wins in Texas as Alonso fightback ensures title battle goes down to last race in Brazil

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UPDATED:

21:20 GMT, 18 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton has won the inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

The outgoing McLaren star overtook Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages to secure his fourth victory of the season.

Vettel finished second with his championship rival Fernando Alonso completing the podium to ensure the battle for the drivers' world title will be decided at the final race of the season in Brazil next Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton

Champagne moment: Hamilton celebrates after his brilliant victory in Texas

Lewis Hamilton

Yanks for the memories: Hamilton points to the United States flag on his helmet after winning in Austin

Yanks for the memories: Hamilton points to the United States flag on his helmet after winning in Austin

Unites States Grand Prix: Classification

1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
4. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
5. Jenson Button (McLaren)
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
7. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
9. Pastor Maldonao (Williams)
10. Bruno Senna (Williams)

It was not the race Red Bull
expected, however, because although the 15 points from Vettel's
runner-up spot mean they are constructors' champions for a third
consecutive grands prix, there was little celebration on the pit wall.

It was also not the 100th grands prix
Vettel was expecting either as the 25-year-old German had been flawless
in practice and qualifying around the 250million purpose-built Circuit
of The Americas on the outskirts of Austin.

But it was a thoroughly deserved
victory for Hamilton, who was robbed of wins in Singapore and Abu Dhabi
as he suffered mechanical issues when leading.

Over the line: Hamilton overtook Vettel to win the inaugural United States Grand Prix

Over the line: Hamilton overtook Vettel to win the inaugural United States Grand Prix

All the talk immediately before the
race, however, had centred on a seemingly controversial move from
Ferrari in deciding to break a seal on the gearbox of Felipe Massa's
car.

In doing so, it immediately incurred a five-place grid penalty for the Brazilian, dropping him from sixth to 11th.

More importantly it promoted Alonso
on to the clean side of the grid from eighth to seventh, giving him
better traction at the start as the dirty side had been the described as
potentially like starting 'in the wet' by Massa.

Yee-haw: Hamilton poses with his winners' trophy and flanked by Vettel and Alonso on the podium (below)

Yee-haw: Hamilton poses with his winners' trophy and flanked by Vettel and Alonso on the podium (below)

Yee-haw: Hamilton poses with his winners' trophy and flanked by Vettel and Alonso on the podium (below)

It was a clever tactical move from
Ferrari which they blatantly said was done because 'the interests of the
team come before anything else'.

It sparked a fierce debate in the
paddock as Ferrari had effectively found a loophole in the regulations
to aid their own cause and keep Alonso in the championship hunt.

It proved crucial because emerging
out of the signature uphill turn one Alonso had gained three places to
climb to fourth behind a Red Bull one-two.

Lew beauty: Hamilton wins in Austin to claim his fourth grand prix victory of the season

Lew beauty: Hamilton wins in Austin to claim his fourth grand prix victory of the season

Unsurprisingly Hamilton, on the dirty
side, lost second place to Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel was away and
clear from the 36th pole position of his career.

Ordinarily, with Vettel out in front
into the first corner that would signal a comfortable cruise to the
flag, but not on this occasion.

Hamilton eased his way past Webber on
lap six that signalled a stunning battle between the Briton and Vettel
as they went head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel at one stage.

In the first half of the race
Hamilton managed to close to within a second, but as his set of
medium-compound Pirelli tyres started to lose their grip, he never got
close enough to attempt a pass.

End of the road: Webber was forced to retire on lap 18 with an alternator failure

End of the road: Webber was forced to retire on lap 18 with an alternator failure

End of the road: Webber was forced to retire on lap 18 with an alternator failure

Ahead of the first round of pit stops
Alonso's cause was further assisted when Webber was forced to retire on
lap 17 as yet another alternator failure to afflict a Red Bull saw him
grind to a halt.

Following the flurry of activity in
the pitlane, Hamilton then began to chip away at Vettel, eking out
tenths of a second here and there until crucially closing the gap to
within a second.

That allowed him to use his DRS on
the long straight between turns and 11 and 12, but for a number of laps
the 27-year-old continued to fall just short.

Then on lap 42 of the 56 Hamilton
finally managed to get close enough to Vettel to execute a manoeuvre
into turn 12, the duo inches apart at one stage before Hamilton made the
move stick.

For Alonso, it was crucial as in one
fell swoop Hamilton had taken seven points off Vettel, limiting the
damage as the Ferrari was a long way adrift in third such was its pace
compared to the leaders.

Hamilton, however, failed to pull
away from Vettel and the last few laps were tense, but the Briton did
enough to hold on for the win, with Alonso a staggering 40 seconds down
the road.

The trio were followed by Massa and
Jenson Button, fifth in his McLaren after starting from 12th, followed
by the Lotus' of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Chase: Hamilton hunts down Vettel before overtaking the Red Bull driver

Chase: Hamilton hunts down Vettel before overtaking the Red Bull driver

Lewis Hamilton is hugely motivated to join Mercedes, says Ross Brawn

Hamilton is 'hugely motivated' to join Mercedes, claims Brawn

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14:38 GMT, 16 November 2012

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has no doubt when Lewis Hamilton joins his team next season he will be fully committed.

McLaren counterpart Martin Whitmarsh last week suggested Hamilton had started to regret his switch to Mercedes after signing a 45million, three-year contract.

Whitmarsh further expressed hope the 27-year-old was thinking he had made 'an awful mistake' that would spill over into next season given Mercedes have only won one race in the last three years.

All smiles: Hamilton says he is 'very, very happy' with his decision

All smiles: Hamilton says he is 'very, very happy' with his decision

Hamilton conceded Whitmarsh's remarks had surprised him, naturally insisting he had absolutely no regrets and he was 'very, very happy with his decision'.

For Brawn, Hamilton is 'a key ingredient' in the team's bid to make their way to the front of the grid, to consistently winning races, and ultimately to potentially winning championships.

And Brawn is convinced that Hamilton is motivated enough to make his ambitions become reality.

'As an engineer you want to know your driver is the most competitive he can be, and Lewis is undoubtedly one of the fastest drivers in Formula One,' said Brawn, speaking ahead of Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Sign here, Ross: The Mercedes chief describes Hamilton as a 'key ingredient'

Sign here, Ross: The Mercedes chief describes Hamilton as a 'key ingredient'

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'So none of our engineers can have any doubt we have the fastest driver we could get, which is one box ticked we don't have to worry about.

'Lewis is at the perfect stage of his career where, after being at McLaren a long time, this is the next challenge for him.

'He is hugely motivated to face this challenge. We've a driver who is massively motivated to help us succeed more in the future, so that's another great asset.

'There will be some ups and downs, some difficult days and some great days – he knows that and we know that.

'So Lewis is a very important ingredient in helping us get to where we want to be.

'I don't want to underestimate Nico (Rosberg) either, he is a very important driver in the process.

'But obviously adding a fresh ingredient like Lewis brings another perspective as well.'

It could be argued with Hamilton on board, he will strengthen Brawn's hand when it comes to asking for funds to develop the car. Brawn, however, believe the Mercedes board have already proven they are not afraid to splash the cash by signing Hamilton in the first place.

'I don't know that Lewis gives me clout, but it shows a commitment, that our company are committed to succeeding,; added Brawn.

'To both persuade, and find the funds necessary, to bring in a driver like Lewis shows fantastic commitment.'

David George tests positive for EPO

Armstrong's former team-mate George tests positive for banned substance

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UPDATED:

18:46 GMT, 6 November 2012

A former team-mate of Lance Armstrong has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for use of banned blood-booster EPO.

South African mountain bike rider David George, who rode with Armstrong's United States Postal Service team from 1999 to 2000, tested positive in an out-of-competition test on August 29, 2012, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport has announced.

SAIDS chief executive Khalid Galant said: 'The blood test showed suspicious activity with regard to possible manipulation of the blood profile and a subsequent urine test came back positive for the banned EPO drug.

Old colleagues: David George used to ride with Lance Armstrong's (pictured) Postal Service Team

Old colleagues: David George used to ride with Lance Armstrong's (pictured) Postal Service Team

'His biological passport, which analyses the athletes blood profile indicated suspicious activity and that triggered a targeted test for EPO. EPO testing gives us a window of between six and 12 hours for testing because that's how long it will show up in a test.'

Cycling South Africa president William Newman added: 'Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome.

'Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance to doping in sport and confirms that there is no evidence of this being an endemic problem in the sport in South Africa.'

Last month, the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, who concluded Armstrong and his US Postal team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

All Armstrong's results from August 1, 1998 were expunged from the record books, including his seven consecutive Tour de France 'wins' from 1999 to 2005, and the 41-year-old was banned for life.

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has always denied wrongdoing.