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Wales" Gareth Bale is back in the frame to play Croatia

Bale back in the frame for Wales clash with Croatia after coming on leaps and bounds

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:03 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 25 March 2013

Wales winger Gareth Bale has been training as he recovers from both a stomach virus and the ankle injury which forced him off early against Scotland on Friday.

Bale was a doubt for Wales' World Cup qualifier with Croatia, but he seemed as athletic as ever bounding around the training session.

If Wales want to stand any chance of going to Rio they have to overcome a seven point gap between themselves and both Belgium and Croatia who lead the group on 13 points.

Flying high: Gareth Bale appears to be fit again by the look of this acrobatic celebration

Flying high: Gareth Bale appears to be fit again by the look of this acrobatic celebration

Smiling wide: Wales will be hoping Bale can get round the Croatian defence as easily as he did this marker

Smiling wide: Wales will be hoping Bale can get round the Croatian defence as easily as he did this marker

Aaron Ramsey is ruled out of the game through suspension because of his sending off against Scotland.

Wales came from behind to with two goals in two minutes. Grant Hanley had put Scotland ahead on the stroke of half-time, but when Robert Snodgrass fouled Chris Gunter, not only was he given a red card but Ramsey put away the penalty.

Only a minute later Wales scored the winner as Hal Robson-Kanu headed past Alan McGregor.

Man down: Ashley Williams keeps Bale in his sights as they train

Man down: Ashley Williams keeps Bale in his sights as they train

Cheeky: Wales lost the away fixture with Croatia 2-0

Cheeky: Wales lost the away fixture with Croatia 2-0

Bale's incredibly season has included 23 goals for club and country, and has taken his tally of international strikes up to 10 in 37 appearances.

He failed to get on the score-sheet against Scotland when he was hampered by injury, and will be chomping at the bit to continue his goalscoring run.

Croatia's biggest threat will come from former Tottenham and now Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Wolfsburg's Ivica Olic.

Gently jog: Bale and Craig Bellamy warm up before their session

Gently jog: Bale and Craig Bellamy warm up before their session

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Star man: Manager Chris Coleman will be delighted to have Bale back in his first 11

Star man: Manager Chris Coleman will be delighted to have Bale back in his first 11

Puffed out: Even Bale has to take a rest at some point

Puffed out: Even Bale has to take a rest at some point

Robbie Rogers, once of Leeds, comes out as gay and retires aged 25

Former Leeds winger Rogers comes out but announces his retirement aged just 25

By
David Kent

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17:42 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

Former Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers has written a blog in which he comes out as openly gay and retires from the game.

The 25-year-old, who was released by Leeds in the summer and joined Stevenage on loan, becomes the first professional footballer in Britain to come out since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

He also played for America 18 times, including all three of their games at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Breaking new ground: Robbie Rogers, shown playing for Columbus Crew, has released a blog in which he comes out as openly gay, though confirms his retirement from football aged just 25

Breaking new ground: Robbie Rogers, shown playing for Columbus Crew, has released a blog in which he comes out as openly gay, though confirms his retirement from football aged just 25

Pedigree: Rogers has played for USA

Pedigree: Rogers has played for USA

In a blog entitled ‘The Next Chapter’,
Rogers writes: ‘Things are never what they seem. My whole life I have
felt different. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith
in your purpose.

‘For the past 25 year I have been
afraid to show who I really was because of fear that judgment and
rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that
my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret.

‘Life is only complete when your loved
ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who
and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the
pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding
questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

‘Secrets can cause so much internal
damage. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay.
Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose
for you even though you were taught differently.

‘I always thought I could hide this
secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my
secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always
be thankful for my career.’

Rogers is from Southern California and
has more than 75,000 followers because of his profile playing for
Columbus Crew in America’s Major League Soccer.

He finishes his blog with: ‘I will
remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will
never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that
supported me once they knew my secret.

‘Now is my time to step away. It’s
time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I
write this and I could not be happier with my decision.

'Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest.

'Honesty is a bitch but makes life so
simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and
live my life as my creator intended.’

Nadal plans to make return on South American soil at the VTR Open in Chile

Nadal's comeback is hotting up as he plans a return in Chile

By
Liv Lee

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16:44 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

Rafael Nadal will return next month at the VTR Open in Chile.

The competition starts on February 4 and will be the first tournament the world No 4 has competed in since Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round by the relative unknown Lukas Rosol.

Since then Nadal has been recovering from a knee injury.

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

He was supposed to return to action
earlier this month but was sidelined by a stomach virus and forced to
wait another few weeks.

It will be the first time Nadal has
played on South American soil since 2005 and no doubt the 11-time Grand
Slam winner is itching to get back on the court, having posted numerous
updates and photos of his recovery on his Facebook page.

Rafael Nadal out of Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament with virus

Virus delays Nadal's comeback as former world No 1 forced out of Abu Dhabi tournament

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17:12 GMT, 25 December 2012

Rafael Nadal's long-awaited return from injury has been delayed further after he pulled out of this week's exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi with a virus.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion made the announcement on his Facebook page on Christmas Day saying he was 'very disappointed' to miss out after seven months on the sidelines with a left knee problem.

Nadal has not played since suffering his shock second-round exit at Wimbledon to unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol.

Blow: Rafael Nadal's comeback has been delayed due to a virus

Blow: Rafael Nadal's comeback has been delayed due to a virus

Despite the setback Nadal, 26, claimed he had recovered from his knee problem and that doctors had advised his withdrawal after a stomach infection had caused his illness.

'Everything was ready and I am eager to return to competition but the doctors have forbidden me from competing in Abu Dhabi due to a stomach infection that has left me with a fever,' Nadal wrote.

'My recovery has gone well – my knees are better – and I was eager to return to competition. I'm sorry for my fans in the Emirates and throughout the world. I hope to be there the coming year.

'I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete in Abu Dhabi this year.'

Nadal had made a slower-than-expected recovery from his knee problems in the summer to delay his return.

The 26-year-old attempted to ease any concerns that this latest blow represented a further setback, saying his rehabilitation remained on course ahead of the start of the Australian Open on January 14.

'My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing,' he said. 'Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus.'

Wayne Rooney planning revenge on Sunderland

Rooney's warning: Sunderland fans gloated when City won the title… I will have my revenge!

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

Wayne Rooney is determined to shake off a midweek virus to face the one team he says he wants to beat more than any other this season.

The Manchester United centre forward would normally ring games against Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea and neighbours City when the fixtures are announced each summer but this time he had a special eye on Saturday’s visit to Old Trafford of Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland team.

It was after a win at Sunderland on the last day of the last season that United discovered they had lost the Barclays Premier League title to City courtesy of an injury-time goal by Sergio Aguero and Rooney has never forgotten the reaction of the home fans.

Out for revenge: Wayne Rooney was not impressed with Sunderland's supporters' actions

Out for revenge: Wayne Rooney was not impressed with Sunderland's supporters' actions

Rooney said recently: ‘I don’t know whether I will play the previous games before it, I just want to play against Sunderland.

‘When the fixtures come out I look for three games — City, Liverpool and Everton. This time I checked the Sunderland game. If there is one team that I want to beat this season it will be Sunderland.’

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed last night that Rooney is in the squad for today’s game after overcoming a stomach bug and it appears the England forward has a long memory.

Speaking straight after the final whistle at Sunderland last May, he said: ‘When the final whistle went, we didn’t really know what the score at City was.

‘But then we heard the Sunderland fans cheering. It was sad to see because they should be supporting their own team really. They didn’t have the best of seasons so for them to be cheering like that was sad. It was something myself and a lot of the players won’t forget.’

Ferguson stressed last night that he holds no personal grudge against the Sunderland fans who revelled in United’s misery seven months ago.

The United manager said: ‘What their fans did was disappointing when you think of the number of players we’ve given Sunderland. We gave them the players that got them promoted, Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson. But that’s fans, isn’t it Winning the game is important and it’s time for us to kick on and make sure we maintain the lead at the top of the league.’

Disappointed: Sir Alex Ferguson was also upset by the taunts after City snatched the title

Disappointed: Sir Alex Ferguson was also upset by the taunts after City snatched the title

United are top by six points after last
weekend’s thrilling win at City and welcome back captain Nemanja Vidic
after a knee injury.

Ferguson responded to suggestions by City manager Roberto Mancini that the current champions are still a better side than United. ‘I don’t think that’s accurate,’ he said.

‘You definitely saw the two best teams in the league. The issue for us now is to make sure we don’t do anything silly. It’s winning the next game that will mean more to me.’

Ferguson ridiculed those who have questioned O’Neill’s position at Sunderland after recent poor results. ‘Martin was asked a ridiculous question last week when he was asked if he still had self-belief,’ said Ferguson.

He’s won three titles with Celtic, took them to the Uefa Cup final, and been at Aston Villa and Leicester City. What a silly question. It’s an insult and I’m glad his chairman is supporting him, he’s an outstanding manager.'

Laughing matter: Ryan Giggs (left) and Rooney of Manchester United watch the traditional annual panto, performed by the youth team

Laughing matter: Ryan Giggs (left) and Rooney of Manchester United watch the traditional annual panto, performed by the youth team

Mikkel Kessler has Carl Froch in sights after Brian Magee win

Kessler has Froch in his sights after destroying Magee to win fifth world title

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12:23 GMT, 9 December 2012

Northern Irishman Brian Magee's first
defence of his WBA super-middleweight title ended in heartbreak after he
was stopped in the third round by a clinical Mikkel Kessler in Herning,
Denmark.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his
opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left
Magee visibly struggling and the Northern Irishman was given a standing
eight count after turning his back following another punch to the
stomach later in the round.

It was a matter of when, not if, the relentless Dane would stop the contest and Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

Following a rather uneventful opening round, Kessler brought the crowd to their feet with a straight right to the body midway through the second that sent Magee to his knees.

The 37-year-old managed to beat the count and valiantly looked to take the attack to Kessler, who focused all of his attack to the waist of Magee.

He was in pain towards the end of the round and took a knee after turning his back following another body shot.

Magee was saved by the bell, but the minute recovery in between rounds was clearly not enough and his resistance was ended when Kessler sent yet another straight right to the weakened area to bring a premature end to the night.

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Kessler's routine win has already set tongues wagging about a potential rematch with IBF champion Carl Froch, who has made no secret of his desire for another bout with the 33-year-old after being beaten by a close points decision when the two met in April 2010 in a pulsating encounter.

Froch was a guest pundit for Sky Sports 1 and admitted the fighters' promoters have already been in discussions about a return bout next year, possibly in the United Kingdom.

'I think (a rematch) is already step one completed because they've had a productive conversation and it's looking promising that the fight can definitely happen in the spring or early summer in 2013,' he said.

'They'll be talking now in the couple of days following that.

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

'The only sensible fight out there for the fans, for the television, for me and for Mikkel is the rematch.

'The first fight was a humdinger. Everybody loved it who watched it and to get the rematch everyone's going to get excited.'

The two are friends and Froch, who defeated veteran Magee in 2006, claimed he was the one to tell Kessler to focus his attack to the body.

'I said to him “if it's a quiet opening then have a look to his body”,' added the self-styled Cobra.

'Well done Mikkel, you took my advice well but if you come to the UK you'll be leaving that black belt with me.'

Richie McCaw ready to wreck England hopes

Captain McCaw never forgets the time England actually BEAT the All Blacks…

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UPDATED:

00:02 GMT, 1 December 2012

Richie McCaw is always a man to fear. On Saturday at Twickenham, he will have more reason than usual to terrorise England.

The New Zealand captain plays his 116th international before taking a six-month sabbatical and will want to sign off with a performance to remember.

He will be aiming for 80 minutes of devastating rugby that lets the All Blacks know what they will be missing.

Modest: Richie McCaw has every reason to perform to his devastating best against England

Modest: Richie McCaw has every reason to perform to his devastating best against England

Rolling on: All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen drives a cart into Twickenham on Friday

Rolling on: All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen drives a cart into Twickenham on Friday

McCaw is too modest to talk about his own impact on the rugby field but he did deliver the ominous message that he is feeling fresh, fit and strong.

The flanker has a long memory and recalls the last time the All Blacks lost to England, in 2003, very clearly.

'There's always a bit of atmosphere around and there's history, too,' he said.

'The first time I played England in 2003, we got knocked over. Then they won the World Cup and since then it meant they were the team to beat.'

The All Blacks' efforts should not be hindered by illness. McCaw reported a clean bill of health for a team hit by a stomach bug earlier this week: 'It might have been interesting if it had been Friday night, not Tuesday night.

'We're lucky it wasn't. It would have knocked the stuffing out of a few guys. Hopefully, it won't take too much out of us.'

There are two secrets to McCaw's decade of dominance as an openside flanker – invisibility and supreme physicality.

He has forever pushed the boundaries of the law at the breakdown, yet has by and large escaped punishment from referees.

His uncanny knack of getting away with it, of pushing gamesmanship to the limit around the ruck, has made him almost unstoppable as the best turnover merchant in the history of the professional game.

Eyes on the ball: Dan Carter hones his kicking skills on Friday

Eyes on the ball: Dan Carter hones his kicking skills on Friday

Fit for purpose: Captain McCaw was in training on Thursday

Fit for purpose: Captain McCaw was in training on Thursday

The second factor is his fitness. The All Blacks do crucifying fitness drills, then McCaw stays behind for extra work.

At the World Cup he was playing with metal pins rattling in a broken foot. His performances during New Zealand's triumphant campaign prompted commentators to say he was a better player on one leg than most players are on two.

At 6ft 1in he is not the biggest, yet there is an aura of you-shall-not-pass about him.

McCaw, helped by a foot operation to heal three broken bones, has pieced himself back together so successfully that he has played a full part in one of the All Blacks' most glorious years, which reaches its finale today.

His goal is to return in the middle of next year refreshed in an attempt to lead the All Blacks in the defence of the World Cup in 2015.

'We are going to give it a good go,' said the 31-year-old modestly about continuing a career that has already made him the most capped New Zealand player.

'But there's a bit of water to f low under the bridge and there are a few coaches who may have a say in the matter. If it doesn't happen, there's nothing lost in trying.'

Another challenge: McCaw's team-mates Ma'a Nonu (left) and Piri Weepu (right) took part in some wheelchair rugby

Another challenge: McCaw's team-mates Ma'a Nonu (left) and Piri Weepu (right) took part in some wheelchair rugby

Like a duck to water: Nonu seemed to be enjoying the variation of his sport

Like a duck to water: Nonu seemed to be enjoying the variation of his sport

McCaw recognises that he has no right to a return. Coach Steve Hansen has made it clear that likely replacement Sam Cane would make sure he would have to be at his best to reclaim his jersey next year.

McCaw's push for perfection has led to him putting on weight this year in an effort to keep up with changing trends in the professional world.

'I was a bit worried if the extra size would affect me but – especially in loose forwards – the game has gone in the direction of guys who can bring something physically.'

Bouncing back: Chris Robshaw hopes to improve on England's performance against Australia

Bouncing back: Chris Robshaw hopes to improve on England's performance against Australia

Flair: Owen Farrell wants to match Carter

Flair: Owen Farrell wants to match Carter

MEANWHILE… ENGLAND'S WOMEN SEEKING ALL BLACKS SCALP
Shiner: Katy McLean

England women's captain Katy McLean, sporting a shiner, hopes to lead her team to a first 3-0 Test whitewash over the All Blacks tonight at Twickenham following the men's Test.

England have won 16-13 and 17-8, but last year also took a 2-0 series lead only to draw the final game. Head coach Gary Street warned: 'The target is to take a 3-0 series win and I am confident we can do that.'

McCaw has also been working on his
ball-carrying skills. His winning desire remains ferocious to the extent
that he is not taking anything for granted today against Chris
Robshaw's England team.

He
was not prepared to criticise Robshaw for the controversy at the end of
last week's South Africa Test when the England captain's decision-
making was questioned by Owen Farrell.

What would McCaw, who has made those calls in 78 games, have done if a New Zealand player had questioned his authority

'Well, you mean one of the boys I run the philosophy that I am more than happy for the guys to speak up, but there comes a time when someone has to make a decision and once it's made you buy into it.'

And on his personal contribution to a great team, he added: 'I look back on this year and feel I've been reasonably consistent.

'There are parts you keep working on but if I look back I'm pretty satisfied.'

England have been warned.

Manchester United"s Anderson hailed as "best in the world at running with the ball"

Anderson has his Ginola moment! United ace flashes toned stomach in swipe as fitness critics

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18:22 GMT, 25 November 2012

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Anderson's Manchester United career has been a series of skillful peaks and fitness troughs.

Saturday was certainly the former. The Brazilian emerged from the bench with United trailing QPR, but within 13 minutes had turned a 0-1 into 3-1, claiming a direct assist for Javier Hernandez's decisive third.

And in an act reminiscent of David Ginola's famous shirtless celebration against Manchester City in 2000, Anderson seemed to take a subtle swipe at those who have questioned his fitness.

Game changer: Anderson turned the match around for Manchester United against QPR, and celebrated by lifting his shirt to reveal a toned torso

Game changer: Anderson turned the match around for Manchester United against QPR, and celebrated by lifting his shirt to reveal a toned torso

Game changer: Anderson turned the match around for Manchester United against QPR, and celebrated by lifting his shirt to reveal a toned torso

Lifting his shirt as part of the
Hernandez celebration, Anderson flexed an impressively toned torso, much
like Ginola had done in front of John Gregory after his manager had
referred to him as 'Mr Blobby'.

Rarely has Anderson managed two
high-class performances on the trot and even within games the
24-year-old is capable of going from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Of his seven Premier League
appearances this term, only one has been from the start and he has not
completed the full 90 minutes in a league match since September 2011.

Former United goalkeeping coach Tony Coton said on MUTV: 'Once they leave the training ground, you can’t go with them.

'I am not saying this is his
lifestyle, or it is a problem. But you can’t live with them 24 hours a
day so there may be something that is occurring out there that we don’t
know about.'

Anderson's performance against QPR
also attracted high praise from his goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard, who
hailed the game-changer as one of the best players in the world when
runing with the ball.

Fats the way to do it: David Ginola famously did a similar celebration in 200

Fats the way to do it: David Ginola famously did a similar celebration in 200

He said: 'Anderson turned the match
around. He is one of the best players in the world at running with the
ball, passing it and keeping the dynamic motion. He is a brilliant
player.'

Meanwhile, Lindegaard's selection
ahead of David de Gea in goal suggested Ferguson is still not convinced
by the young Spaniard, even though, before having his wisdom teeth out
recently, it seemed he had again secured the number one berth.

'The tendency lately is that David
has played,' said the Dane. 'Unfortunately for him, he has been out
with a teeth problem which I am trying to benefit from.

'I still don’t see a clear picture on
how things are going to develop throughout the season. It is not more
than a week ago I read in a Danish paper that “Lindegaard had lost the
battle”, which says a lot about how ignorant they are.'

Steven Finn back in the nets as he builds up to first Test

In like Finn – our fastest bowler is back in the nets and may be fit for first Test

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02:37 GMT, 10 November 2012

Steven Finn’s hopes of playing in the first Test against India received a boost when he bowled off his full run-up for the first time since injuring his thigh on the opening day of the tour.

England have been talking down the chances of their fastest bowler recovering for the Ahmedabad Test, starting on Thursday. But Finn could yet make a surprise appearance after sending down three overs in the nets.

'It’s a massive boost for us,’ said Tim Bresnan, who took two wickets as Haryana closed on 172 for four as England’s bowlers were stopped by an unforgiving pitch — and a langur monkey.

Water boy: Steven Finn bowled in the nets off a full run up as he builds up his fitness ahead of the first test

Water boy: Steven Finn bowled in the nets off a full run up as he builds up his fitness ahead of the first test

'You throw someone like Steve Finn in there, who is bowling 90mph-plus consistently, and getting bounce and lift. He would probably get in any side in the world at the minute.’

Stuart Broad continues to rest his bruised left heel, while Graeme Swann is expected back in India on Sunday after flying home to be with his unwell baby daughter, Charlotte.

With Jimmy Anderson rested from this four-day practice match, England’s second-string attack toiled on the flattest of surfaces, and were granted light relief only when the monkey held up play for a couple of minutes.
Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Bresnan alone advanced much of a case
for Test selection, bouncing out Haryana opener Nitin Saini, then
removing Abhimanyu Khod after a smart slip catch by Jonathan Trott.

Meanwhile, Matt Prior rushed from the
field after lunch with a stomach upset, but Alastair Cook’s request to
replace him behind the stumps with Jonny Bairstow was first turned down
by the umpires and match referee. But Prior was relieved of his duties
after the BCCI gave the match referee permission to grant England’s
request – thus averting a diplomatic incident only six days from the
first Test.

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Earlier, Samit Patel continued his
fine form with the bat to make 66, but his wicket was part of a late
England slide of five for 14, encouraging rookie off-spinner Jayant
Yadav to claim the tourists had looked ‘very uncomfortable against spin’
— despite making 521.

But since England had lost eight wickets to Yadav
and leg-spinner Amit Mishra, and only one – at a cost of 332 runs – to
Haryana’s four seamers, his point may not have been quite as ridiculous
as it sounded.

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

OI, I’m the king of the swingers…

Jimmy Anderson has a new rival as our swing bowler — a langur monkey who took to the field in Ahmedabad to ape the King of Swing in his absence and make a cheeky play for his spot in the England attack. Sadly, the jungle VIP’s run-up failed to chimpress the watching England coach Andy Flower. Still, close but no banana…

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad
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Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Arsenal injury crisis deepens before Champions League

You thought it couldn't get any worse Now Arsenal without Ramsey… and Theo's ill too

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UPDATED:

16:29 GMT, 5 November 2012

Arsenal are facing a mounting injury crisis after Aaron Ramsey was added the growing list of absentees, while Theo Walcott didn't train on Monday afternoon.

The Gunners face a crucial Champions League clash against Schalke on Tuesday night having been beaten at home by the German outfit last time out.

Up against it: Arsenal's worries have deepened with more players joining the injury list

Up against it: Arsenal's worries have deepened with more players joining the injury list

Up against it: Arsenal's worries have deepened with more players joining the injury list

Since the shock 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium two weeks ago, Arsene Wenger's side have limped to victory over QPR and then soundly beaten by Manchester United in all but scoreline.

And with Gervinho, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already missing in attack, plus Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny yet to return from injuries, news of Ramsey's thigh strain is far from welcome.

Walcott also missed Monday's open training session with a stomach problem, but is part of the squad making the trip to Germany.

Bending over backwards: Jack Wilshere will be able to play despite his red card against United

Bending over backwards: Jack Wilshere will be able to play despite his red card against United

Bending over backwards: Jack Wilshere will be able to play despite his red card against United