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Heather Watson loses to Mona Barthel at Bell Challenge

Watson bows out of Bell Challange at first hurdle after Barthel defeat

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07:41 GMT, 11 September 2012

Heather Watson suffered another first round exit after being defeated in the Bell Challenge in Quebec, but the Brit gave third seed Mona Barthel a big scare.

Watson, who also fell at the first hurdle in the US Open in her last outing, won the first set on a tie-break before her world No 36 ranked opponent levelled proceedings.

Barthel then capitalised as Watson appeared to run out of steam in the decider, the German 22-year-old advancing courtesy of a hard-fought 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win in two hours and 38 minutes.

End of the road: Watson suffered another first-round defeat

End of the road: Watson suffered another first-round defeat

London 2012 Olympics: Anne Keothavong beaten by Caroline Wozniacki

Keothavong's Olympic singles dream over after being turfed out by Wozniacki

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20:29 GMT, 28 July 2012

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Anne Keothavong's Olympic debut ended in heroic failure on Centre Court as the east Londoner gave former world number one Caroline Wozniacki an almighty scare before going down in three sets.

The 28-year-old from Hackney, the world number 76, produced a performance brimming with fighting spirit, but the Dane's class told in the end as she recovered to claim a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win in just under two hours.

Marching on: Caroline Wozniacki took out Anne Keothavong

Marching on: Caroline Wozniacki took out Anne Keothavong

The home favourite broke in the
opening game of the match and then battled back from 3-0 down to draw
level at 3-3 in the second set.

At that point it looked like
Wozniacki, who has slipped to eighth in the world, might be heading for
another early exit, having lost in the first round at the Wimbledon
Championships earlier this summer.

But Keothavong's challenge faltered
and her intensity dropped as she ran out of steam and Wozniacki closed
out the match with ease.

No cigar: Anne Keothavong came close but could not progress

No cigar: Anne Keothavong came close but could not progress

Onwards: Wozniacki makes it through to the next round

Onwards: Wozniacki makes it through to the next round

Keothavong admitted Wozniacki deserved her victory. She said: 'I thought I got off to a great start. I played great tennis in the first set and outplayed her.

'But she did get better. I don't feel like it was a match I lost. She beat me and she was the better player.'

She added: 'Being out on Centre Court was amazing. It wasn't full, but the people who were there made plenty of noise. I couldn't be more proud to represent Britain.'

Wozniacki said: 'She served pretty well and it was tough for me to break her, but the most important thing is that I just kept fighting and kept going, and in the end I played a little bit better than she did.'

Wimbledon 2012: Novak Djokovic beats Florian Mayer

Djokovic turns up the heat against Mayer to set up sizzling semi with Federer

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 4 July 2012

Novak Djokovic played the best tennis of his Wimbledon campaign to see off Florian Mayer and set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Roger Federer.

Mayer, ranked 29th in the world, played some excellent tennis, particularly in the first set, but Djokovic's experience, power and superior placement allowed the world No 1 to record a rousing 6-4 6-1 6-3 win on Court One.

On a roll: Novak Djokovic reacts as he breaks the serve of Florian Mayer

On a roll: Novak Djokovic reacts as he breaks the serve of Florian Mayer

Federer, who is looking for his seventh Wimbledon title, has a 14-12 win-loss record against Djokovic, although the Swiss has not beaten the defending champion in 12 months and the two have never met on grass before.

The meeting with Federer will be Djokovic's ninth consecutive grand slam semi-final appearance.
Djokovic, whose last defeat to Federer came in the semi-finals of the French Open last summer, is relishing the prospect of another showdown on a big stage.

'I am looking forward to it,' Djokovic said. 'It's always a pleasure playing him. He is a great champion. He has reached 33 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals.

'He has dominated for so long. He is so consistent and for me it will be the ultimate challenge.

'It was a tricky match. There were quite a few breaks and there was a rain delay and the conditions were quite windy. It could have gone either way but overall I was happy with my performance.'

Down and out: Florian Mayer returns to Djokovic on his way out of Wimbledon

Down and out: Florian Mayer returns to Djokovic on his way out of Wimbledon

The Court One crowd expected Djokovic to steam roller his way through the first set, but the Serb did not seem himself in the opening stages.

Djokovic looked sluggish and a number of unforced errors handed Mayer two break points in the fifth game of the opening set. The German took the first one available to him, forcing Djokovic to hit a backhand long.

The break caused gasps among the crowd, but the champion allayed their fears when he struck back by immediately breaking his opponent when Mayer netted after a bruising rally from the baseline.

A rain delay of 22 minutes affected Djokovic badly, as he lost four straight points to give Mayer three break points. The German should have taken the second one when he came to the net but his volley was too weak.

Eye on the ball: Djokovic was in fine form as he took on Mayer

Eye on the ball: Djokovic was in fine form as he took on Mayer

There was no slow start from Djokovic at the start of the second set. Mayer's desire to win was shown in the third game when he dived into the path of a bullet forehand from Djokovic to return just over the net.

But normal service resumed in the following game, however, as Djokovic broke with a lovely cross-court forehand and the Serb broke again in the sixth game to wrap up the second set in just 25 minutes.

The inevitable opportunity for Djokovic to break in the third set came in the eighth game at 30-40 but the Serbian returned a forehand wide.

The four-time grand slam winner was almost made to pay straight away when Mayer engineered a break point in the following game, but the German returned a forehand long.

Djokovic broke in the ninth and rescued three break points the following game before serving out to earn a place in the last four.

Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson says he is not worried about Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker

Hodgson insists he is not worried about fragile central midfield duo

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18:08 GMT, 13 June 2012

England boss Roy Hodgson insists he is not worrying about his central midfield pairing Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker running out of steam at Euro 2012.

With that area of the team especially depleted by injuries, England need Gerrard and Parker to stay fit, but playing every four days is bound to sap the energy of two players who are over 30.

But Hodgson said on BBC Radio 5 Live: 'Scott's 31 and Steven 32, we're not talking about old players.

No fear: Roy Hodgson says he is not worried

No fear: Roy Hodgson says he is not worried

'Certainly Sweden have players considerably older than our team and I think I heard that we are the third youngest squad in the tournament.

'Age doesn't bother me, obviously when you go into the third game you are going to be concerned for all your players, not just Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.

'You're going to be concerned for them all whatever age they are because three games played in Ukraine in heat takes it out of everybody.

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'But we have the players I think in the squad to step up to the plate and I'm pretty sure that first of all these players will be wanting to play all the games and they'll be working very hard as they've done after this France game to make certain they recover and are ready to go again.'

England take on Sweden on Friday as they look to build on their 1-1 opening draw with the French.

And Hodgson revealed the line-up to face the Swedes is likely to be similar to the one which started on Monday.

He said: 'I think so. As yet we haven't actually picked the team of course and I am certainly not prepared to say at this stage whether there will be changes or no changes.

Fragile: Steven Gerrard is often injured

Fragile: Steven Gerrard is often injured

'But there won't be wholesale changes,
that's for certain because we don't have any injury problems and the
players who did well against France are all hoping to get picked to play
again.'

One man who will not feature is Wayne Rooney, with the striker serving the final match of his suspension.

He will return against co-hosts Ukraine in the final group game and Hodgson knows his return will greatly improve the England attack.

'We've missed him, there's no question of that,' he said.

'When you talk about Sweden you talk a lot about (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and how important he is for them and how he can decide a game, how his individual ability and the fact he is a world class player can make an enormous difference, especially to a team which is well organised and hard working like the Swedish team is.

Mend: Scott Parker was injured before the tournament

Mend: Scott Parker was injured before the tournament

'We've got one of them in our squad as well. His name is Wayne Rooney and he's a world class player and there's no doubt that when we get him on the field we'll be a much stronger and more potent attacking force than we are when he's not playing.

'But his training's been excellent and his attitude around the place has also been excellent. He's been very, very supportive of the young players so he just needs now to hang on for another couple of days.

'He needs to keep helping us out in the way that he's been doing so because his chance will come soon and he's desperate of course that we go far in the tournament because he wants to play more than one game.'

Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup: RGS High Wycombe 12 GS at Leeds 17

Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup: RGS High Wycombe 12 GS at Leeds 17

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UPDATED:

13:11 GMT, 4 April 2012

GS at Leeds held off High Wycombe's second-half barrage to win the Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup final.

Courageous defending helped Leeds land the trophy, with hooker Sam Ward scoring some early points for the team with a conversion and a penalty.

Josh Avis scored two tries for Wycombe, but it was not quite enough.

More to follow.

Cross the line: Tom Gorman scores a try for Leeds

Cross the line: Tom Gorman scores a try for Leeds

Charge: Chris Bridge from from Leeds sets up an attack

Charge: Chris Bridge from from Leeds sets up an attack

Sprint: Connor McKillop attempts to get past Harry Bolser from Leeds

Sprint: Connor McKillop attempts to get past Harry Bolser from Leeds

Full steam ahead: Gorman charges forward

Full steam ahead: Gorman charges forward

Late Arsenal win marred by mass brawl at final whistle

Winning ugly: Emirates brawl as Vermaelen hands Arsenal late victory

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UPDATED:

01:51 GMT, 13 March 2012

Thomas Vermaelen scored a dramatic, last-gasp winner against Newcastle to take Arsenal to within a point of third-placed Tottenham, but the victory was marred by ugly clashes late on.

A verbal spat between Arsenal’s Robin van Persie — who earlier cancelled out Hatem Ben Arfa’s opening goal — and Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul triggered the scenes after the Belgium defender’s 95th-minute winner.

It is understood the arguments spilled into the Emirates Stadium tunnel at full time.

Head to head: Time Krull and Robin van Persie square up to each other during the game

Head to head: Time Krull and Robin van Persie square up to each other during the game

Rivals: Van Persie grins at Krul after taunting the goalkeeper about Arsenal's late winning goal

Rivals: Van Persie grins at Krul after taunting the goalkeeper about Arsenal's late winning goal

It is claimed Van Persie was furious with Krul for what he viewed as constant time wasting by his fellow Dutchman.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: ‘I don’t know what happened between Krul and Van Persie — I don’t know if they have history from Holland. I will speak to Robin to find out. But it shows just how committed Robin is to the cause.

‘We are refusing to lose at the moment. We are one point from Spurs but we only want to focus on ourselves. We have confidence and belief.’

Getting physical: Van Persie is booked by referee Howard Webb

Getting physical: Van Persie is booked by referee Howard Webb

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew added: ‘I don’t really know what was going on at the end. When there’s a last-minute goal things tend to spill over.

‘There were verbals between Van Persie and our goalkeeper. Maybe our keeper took a bit too long for one or two of the kicks.

‘Obviously we are disappointed, even more so because we had the ball in their corner in the 94th minute. We were running out of steam and I can’t fault my players for their commitment and effort. We have to make sure this doesn’t put us on a downer between now and the end of the season.’

Playing till the death: Thomas Vermaelen scores the winner in injury time

Playing till the death: Thomas Vermaelen scores the winner in injury time

Man of the match Theo Walcott said: ‘Tottenham have got to be watching over their shoulders. We’ve got the players here and believe we can go further. We’ve got great attacking players but are getting it right defensively.’

Vermaelen added: ‘I think we can overtake Tottenham. We are on a good run and we are close to Tottenham now.

Flat out: Arsenal got their reward deep into stoppage time

Flat out: Arsenal got their reward deep into stoppage time

'We showed the mentality of fighters. It's the fourth time we've come back from 1-0 down.

'In the second half we were pushing and pushing. We knew we had to be patient and in the end we will score a goal, and that's what happened.'