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Stuart Broad ruled out of Twenty20 series

Heel injury rules Broad out of Twenty20 series with Morgan replacing him as skipper

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UPDATED:

09:38 GMT, 13 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India because of his bruised left heel, which also kept him out of the final Test.

The fast bowler lost form, after first
suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was
not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net
practice, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same
as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced he will be replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan,

James Harris has been called into the Twenty20 squad as a result.

England paceman Stuart Broad ruled out of final India Test

Broad ruled out of India Test but England delay decision on Twenty20 series

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UPDATED:

07:51 GMT, 12 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled
out of contention for Thursday's final Test against India because of his
bruised left heel, but have delayed making a decision on his
availabilty for next week's two Twenty20s.

England's Twenty20 captain was highly
unlikely in any case to be selected to play India in Nagpur, when the
tourists will be bidding for a historic 3-1 series win.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

The fast bowler lost form, after first suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net practice yesterday, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed the news at his press conference at the VCA Stadium.

'Stuart is out of this Test match,' he said.

'His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20.

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

'We'll know a bit more when it settles down.'

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

'It's the nature of sport, isn't it Some people have good tours, and some people don't,' added Cook.

'Unfortunately, more down to niggles and and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

'It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side.

'But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back.'

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood recovering after heart attack

Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood recovering after suffering heart attack

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The 76-year-old had suffered from pneumonia and was taken to hospital on Friday after complaining of feeling unwell.

Arsenal released a statement saying: ‘Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends their support and best wishes to Chairman Peter Hill-Wood who is recovering after suffering a heart attack, following a bout of pneumonia.

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

‘Peter was taken ill at home on Friday and is currently being treated in hospital. He is making a good recovery.

‘The Club wishes Peter a full and speedy return to health and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.’

Hill-Wood has been chairman of the club since 1982, and is a former vice-chairman of the Hambros Bank.

He is the third member of his family to serve as Arsenal chairman, following on from his father Denis (1962-1982) and his grandfather Samuel, who had two separate spells in the role between 1929 and 1936 and from 1946 to 1949.

James Anderson set for England Twenty20 return against South Africa

Anderson set for England T20 recall with paceman Finn suffering due to back injury

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 6 September 2012

James Anderson is poised for a return to 20-over cricket after being called into the England squad for the NatWest Twenty20 series against South Africa as cover for Steven Finn, who has a stiff back.

Pace bowler Anderson, 30, has not played for England in the shortest form of the game since his appearance against South Africa in a match at Centurion in November 2009.

He is not part of the England squad for the ICC World Twenty20 which starts in Sri Lanka later this month.

Twenty20 vision: England fast bowler James Anderson

Twenty20 vision: England quicks James Anderson (above) and Steve Finn (below)

Stiff back: Steven Finn sat out England's 50-over defeat on Wednesday

Finn did not feature in the final one-day international against the Proteas yesterday because of his back problem.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the news of Anderson's call-up on Thursday morning.

Robert Huth has suspected meningitis, Stoke report

Huth in hospital with Stoke reporting defender has suspected meningitis

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 7 August 2012

Stoke defender Robert Huth has suspected meningitis, the club have announced.

The 27-year-old German was sent to hospital after reporting for training suffering from a mystery virus on Monday.

The club posted on their official Twitter account: 'The club can confirm that Robert Huth has suspected meningitis and that they are awaiting the outcome of further tests.'

Suspected meningitis: Robert Huth (right)

Suspected meningitis: Robert Huth (right)

Rangers 4 East Fife 0

Rangers 4 East Fife 0: McCulloch helps fires Ibrox men through as new side takes shape

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 7 August 2012

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The Empire Strikes Back On a night of triumphalism and defiance at Ibrox, there was a distinct movie theme as 38,160 Rangers fans — and one stray fox — made an emotional return to their Field Of Dreams after completing The Great Escape from extinction following the club’s slide into liquidation.

‘If we build it, they will come,’ appears to be the motto under new owner Charles Green.

And, on the day that Ally McCoist signed three big-earning stars for the Third Division project he is putting together, the long-suffering fans backed their club in such numbers that kick-off was delayed for fully 20 minutes before this Scottish Communities League Cup first-round rout of Second Division East Fife could get under way.

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

It was a sensational show of support from a set of fans who have suffered immensely following the calamitous stewardship of former owner Sir David Murray and the corporate vandalism of Craig Whyte, who was described as a ‘chancer’ in the official match programme just 15 months after he hijacked a title party to hoist the SPL flag at this same venue.

The cynic in all of us, however, would suggest that as McCoist, in the Kevin Costner role, rebuilds his Field of Dreams with a team featuring new signings like Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle and Brazilian Edmilson, plus Ian Black and Dean Shiels — all on up to 7,000-per-week — these loyal fans must keep on coming back long after the novelty of life in the lower leagues has worn off.

Otherwise, Green’s business model for the Third Division will be exposed as fresh folly.

For those packed into Ibrox, these are concerns for another day. The kick-off delay saw fans celebrate with a 20-minute singalong to pointed classics including Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry About A Thing, Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be All Right) as well as old favourites Penny Arcade and The Best among others.

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

On a night of naked tubthumping, however, it was appropriate that 1990s hit Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again) by Chumbawamba was played after two goals from Lee McCulloch, one from debutant Shiels and another from Lee Wallace.

The tone for the evening was set by the banner displayed before kick-off from the Blue Order — the ‘mad squad’ whom McCoist believes to be the current heartbeat of Ibrox — stating that ‘The Fightback Starts Here!’ The Blue Order would later turn their fire on SFA chief executive Stewart Regan with a banner warning: ‘Regan – our rise will be your demise!’, while songs against Celtic in general and Neil Lennon in particular also rang out.

The din that greeted the Rangers team’s pre-match walk into the centre circle only got noisier when Ibrox ambassador Sandy Jardine took to the stadium PA to announce: ‘Welcome back to Ibrox. Home of Rangers then, now and forever. After the most difficult period in the club’s history, Rangers would like to thank their supporters for not walking away. We are the people.’

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night

At 8.03pm, the teams finally emerged to play some football and two minutes later this mismatch of a contest was under way.

McCoist left out Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya after both expressed a desire to leave, but fellow USA international Carlos Bocanegra started despite the Rangers boss fearing Captain America may also be for the off.

There were Ibrox debuts for Lewis Macleod and Barrie McKay, as well as the more experienced Black and Shiels, but new signings Sandaza and Kyle were on the bench.

There was no place in the squad for fellow new boy Edmilson, who did not have international clearance to play after spending last season in Brazil with Cruzeiro.

Straight away, Andy Little looked to have got the first goal of the new Ibrox dawn but his point-blank header was saved superbly by Michael Brown in the East Fife goal.

Three and easy: Lee Wallace slams home Rangers' third at Ibrox

Three and easy: Lee Wallace slams home Rangers' third at Ibrox

Brown’s heroics would become a sub-plot to this contest but he couldn’t prevent McCulloch sliding home the opener on 15 minutes, nor Shiels’ exquisite chipped second 11 minutes before half-time. In between, Brown did stop Dorin Goian and McCulloch ensuring a total first-half obliteration.

There was some light relief for the goalkeeper when a fox emerged from behind his goal to a huge cheer, prompting some wag to suggest the animal had already achieved more for Rangers than goalless ‘Fox in the Box’ former Ibrox striker Francis Jeffers.

The second half brought little respite for East Fife and manager Gordon Durie, who was more used to the oppressor role here as he won six titles in seven years as a Rangers striker between 1993 and 2000. With gate money split 50-50, however, it was a happy enough night for his boss, the New Bayview chairman Sid Collumbine.

The game was out of sight when Wallace cracked in a killer third within two minutes of the restart, 24 hours after being left out of Craig Levein’s Scotland squad to face Australia this month.

McCulloch’s clinical finish made it four before 5,000-per-week new boy Sandaza made his debut, but the former St Johnstone man could not add to the scoring in his 23-minute appearance, nor could Kyle in his 10-minute cameo after replacing former Hearts team-mate Black to rapturous applause.

Off the mark: Dean Shiels celebrates scoring his first goal in a Rangers jersey

Off the mark: Dean Shiels celebrates scoring his first goal in a Rangers jersey

Roberto Mancini will not do a Kevin Keegan, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Mancini will not make the same mistakes as Keegan, says Fergie

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 11 May 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect
Manchester City to encounter the same problems staying at the Premier
League summit as Newcastle did under Kevin Keegan.

The Magpies looked certain to clinch
the title in 1996 after Keegan brought in some of the most exciting
attacking players the Premier League had ever seen.

Rivals: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan

Rivals: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan

It was a flawed concept, though, as Newcastle defence was not up to the task of keeping the opposition out.

Manchester United eventually surged past them and just two years later they were down in 13th spot.

But Ferguson does not see City suffering in a similar manner, even if they fail to clinch their first championship since 1968 on Sunday.

Indeed, he does not think anyone views football in the same idealistic way as Keegan. 'Kevin was different,' said Ferguson. 'He was a romantic.

'He brought in so many attractive attacking forwards, (Les) Ferdinand, (Peter) Beardsley, (Faustino) Asprilla, (David) Ginola, (Philippe) Albert.

'It was a fantastic array of players.

'They were entertainers but that was Kevin.

'He wanted to win at Newcastle with the most exciting team of all time.

'I always remember when he went to Belgium and won 5-0 away from home in a European tie (at Royal Antwerp in 1994), he said afterwards: “We are invincible”. Dearie me.

'That was Kevin. He was such a romantic for the attacking part that Newcastle had at the time.'

London 2012 Games: Dwain Chambers deserves chance, insists his drugs supplier

Let Dwain run! Chambers deserves chance, insists his drugs supplier

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UPDATED:

20:25 GMT, 26 April 2012

All smiles: Chambers at training in Jamaica

All smiles: Chambers at training in Jamaica

Dwain Chambers deserves the chance to
compete at the London Games, according to the sports nutritionist who
supplied him with the designer drugs that resulted in his lifetime
Olympic ban.

Chambers expects to hear next week
that he is cleared to compete for an Olympic place after missing the
last two Games, and Victor Conte says that he has earned it.

Conte, who was jailed for his part in
his Californian company Balco's designer drug business, told BBC
Sport: 'He goes to schools and talks to lots of kids and he's doing what
he can to stop them making the mistakes he did.

'He has walked the talk and earned his opportunity. Dwain has rebounded
from the serious mistakes he made to become a man of strong moral
character.

'I could not be
more proud of Dwain and the terrific human being he has become. He
trusted me like a father, and I will be for ever remorseful regarding
the pain and suffering I caused not only him but his entire family.'

Former British No 1 Simeon Williamson backed Chambers and has joined him in Jamaica as part of former world record-holder Asafa Powell's training group.

And yesterday Glen Mills, coach to world
record-holder Usain Bolt and world champion Yohan Blake, supported
Chambers, saying: 'I don't believe in life sentences.'

Backing: Marlon Devonish

Backing: Marlon Devonish

Meanwhile, Marlon Devonish and Britain's other top sprinters are happy to welcome Chambers back but Devonish, speaking from his training camp in Arizona, thinks bans should be longer for drug cheats.

'I think the whole world should have the same system and that the ban should be longer – four years would be about right,' said Devonish.

'Four years means you miss an Olympics and that is more of a deterrent.'

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London 2012 Olympics: Victor Conte believes Dwain Chambers deserves second chance

Drug cheat Chambers deserves second chance, says shamed nutritionist Conte

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 26 April 2012

British sprinter Dwain Chambers has earned a second chance according to Victor Conte, the sports nutritionist at the centre of the 'Balco' scandal that rocked athletics and saw Chambers banned for two years following a positive drug test.

Conte was jailed for the part he played in a designer steroid business but has now revealed the guilt he feels for involving Chambers.

'He trusted me like a father, and I will be forever remorseful regarding the pain and suffering I caused not only him but his entire family,' he told BBC Sport.

Second chance: Dwain Chambers deserves a new beginning, according to Victor Conte

Second chance: Dwain Chambers deserves a new beginning, according to Victor Conte

'Dwain has rebounded from the serious mistakes he made to become a man of strong moral character – I could not be more proud of Dwain Chambers and the terrific human being he has become.'

The 34-year-old Chambers tested positive for the banned substance THG in 2003 and despite several appeals his two-year ban stood, with the British Olympic Association issuing a lifetime ban from competing for Great Britain at future Olympics, and a number of previous results were also nullified.

He made a return to the track after several other sporting ventures, including a brief foray into rugby league, failed and won gold in the 60m at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

Gunning for the Games: Chambers wants to compete in London

Gunning for the Games: Chambers wants to compete in London

Conte praised Chambers for his work away from the sport in the years following his ban and believes he should now be given the chance to compete at this summer's Olympic Games.

'It's (competing in the Olympics) become the most important thing in his life,' he said.

'I know he goes to lots of schools and
talks to lots of kids and he's doing what he can to stop them making
the very serious mistakes he did. I think he has walked the talk and
earned his opportunity.

'I've known him for a long time but
Dwain has really grown as a person, and he's someone his team-mates can
trust to be clean for the rest of his time that he competes in sport.'

Chambers is likely to discover next week if his lifetime Olympic ban from the BOA has been lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with cyclist David Millar also hoping to see the same ban overturned.

Michael Lynagh in hospital after "suffering stroke"

Australia legend Lynagh in hospital after 'suffering stroke' in Brisbane

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 18 April 2012

Rugby legend Michael Lynagh is reported to have suffered a stroke.

The former Australia fly-half was taken to hospital while visiting Brisbane on a trip from London.

Legend: Michael Lynagh was on a trip back to his homeland

Legend: Michael Lynagh was on a trip back to his homeland

The Courier Mail reports that the 48-year-old has been admitted to Royal Brisbane Hospital due to blood clots on the brain. The hospital confirmed he was a patient but would not comment further.

Lynagh was instrumental in Australia's 1991 World Cup win and captained his country from 1993 to 1995.

Glory: Lynagh helped Australia win the World Cup in 1991

Glory: Lynagh helped Australia win the World Cup in 1991

He played 72 tests for Australia and had scored the most points with 911 when he retired after the 1995 World Cup.

Lynagh later played for Saracens before embarking on a successful career in marketing.