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Luke Donald misses the cut in Malaysian Open

Donald loses proud record as his Masters build-up takes knock in Malaysia

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

11:49 GMT, 23 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 23 March 2013

Poor form: Luke Donald missed the cut in Malaysia

Poor form: Luke Donald missed the cut in Malaysia

They were playing in tournaments thousands of miles apart, but Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson headed home united by one common thought: with the Masters less than three weeks away, they have plenty of work to do.

Donald crashed out of the Malaysian Open at the halfway stage on Saturday to spoil one of the things he was most proud about in his career.

It was the first time he had ever missed a halfway cut in a European Tour event.

'I guess all good runs come to an end eventually, but I'm hugely disappointed,' he said.

Mickelson looked positively shattered after running up a horrific 79 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

'I just played terribly,' he said. Only three times in his last 12 Masters appearances has the three-time champion finished outside the top five, but the gifted lefty sounded like a man who did not expect to keep that remarkable run going.

He also had a dig at the PGA Tour for changing the schedule this year. Instead of the Houston Open – a tournament Mickelson loves – being the event before the Masters, it will be the Texas Open.

'Personally, I like playing on a course the week before that's similar, but the Texas Open layout is tight and it's windy, and that's not conducive to getting ready for Augusta,' he said.

'That makes it difficult for me. I find when I take a week off I come out and play like I did here – not mentally sharp. That's not good at the Masters, where you have to be sharp out of the gate.'

Donald's first missed cut on the European Tour came in his 119th start, stretching back a decade, and followed poor rounds of 74 and 73 to fall short by three shots as he struggled to read the slow greens at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

'I've got two weeks at home now and I'm going to have to be diligent in my Masters preparation,' he said.

Two up: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand claimed a two shot lead in the second round

Two up: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand claimed a two shot lead in the second round

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'It's true we've all seen players
who are seemingly out of form go and have a good week at the Masters,
but I need my scoring clubs – from 100 yards and in – to be better than
they have been.'

Meanwhile, as the third round of the
Arnold Palmer Invitational got underway at Bay Hill yesterday, Lee
Westwood did not improve his position among the back markers with a 72,
while Graeme McDowell is almost propping up the field after a 75.

One of the best early moves came from
Scot Martin Laird, a former winner of this event, who shot 68 to leap
up 35 places into the top 40.

Englishman Justin Rose began his third round tied for the lead with American Bill Haas, while Tiger Woods was four back.

Here in style: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa arrives in a helicopter on Saturday

Here in style: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa arrives in a helicopter on Saturday

Canada's Mike Weir, winner of the 2003 Masters, withdrew with a rib injury.

Weir, who was looking forward to
celebrating the 10th anniversary of his only major win at Augusta next
month, walked off the Bay Hill course after going four over through 11
holes.

Playing on a career money earnings
exemption after three barren injury-plagued seasons, Weir had begun to
show signs of turning his game around after making the cut for only the
fifth time in a PGA Tour event over the past three years.

Three of those have been this season, with a best finish of tied 50th at Pebble Beach.

'I'm feeling closer,' he said after his opening round on Thursday.

'It's not easy, but it's part of the game. I want to compete and that makes the hard work easier. I still love the game.'

Weir had been scheduled to play the Houston Open next week in his final competitive tune-up before the year's first major.

Nicklas Bendtner banned and fined for drink driving

'The worst day of my life': Bendtner slapped with 100k fine and three-year ban for drink driving

European
Championships, Bendtner was fined 80,000 and banned for one
international match by UEFA for brandishing a pair of Paddy Power boxer
shorts after scoring for Denmark.

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Paul Ince is new Blackpool manager

Ince 'over the moon' as Blackpool confirm appointment of former MK Dons manager

– present

Gordon Strachan and Gavin Strachan
Coventry – 1997-2001

'It’s great to be here,' said Ince.
'Considering I’ve watched the team play for the last 14 months, it’s
strange sitting here as the manager, having obviously watched Blackpool
as a fan as well as watching my son play.

'I’m over the moon though and
delighted, it’s great to be back on the training ground and great to be
involved with, and in charge of, a great bunch of lads.

'I’ve worked with a lot of players and
the spirit and togetherness of the lads is absolutely fantastic. I’m
glad I’ve been given the opportunity by Karl Oyston.'

Ince was the latest in a long line to
have talks with Oyston.

The 45-year old has been out of work since April
2011.

However, he impressed Oyston with his knowledge of Blackpool’s strengths
and weaknesses after watching every one of their games this season.

Paul was in the crowd last week to see 21-year-old Tom score for England Under 21s in their 4-0 win over Sweden.

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

But Ince Snr was spotted getting a clip round the ear from wife Claire
for sitting in silent appreciation of his son's goal on the rebound late
in the first half as though he'd seen him score for England a
million times before.

Claire, by contrast, was right on her feet and jumping about in
celebration – before whacking her husband to encourage him to liven up.

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

VIDEO Watch Paul Ince get a clip round the ear from his missus – for not celebrating son Tom's goal!

Paul Ince lands Blackpool manager job – and chance to be son Tom"s boss!

EXCLUSIVE: Ince lands Blackpool job… and the chance to manage his son Tom!

– present

Gordon Strachan and Gavin Strachan
Coventry – 1997-2001

Ince was the latest in a long line to
have talks with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston and will be unveiled as
the new Bloomfield Road boss.

The 45-year old former MK Dons,
Blackburn and Notts County manager has been out of work since April
2011.

However, he impressed Oyston with his knowledge of Blackpool’s strengths
and weaknesses after watching every one of their games this season.

Father
of Blackpool's star forward Tom Ince, the ex-Manchester United and
Liverpool midfielder has agreed to retain assistant manager Steve
Thompson, who has served as caretaker in recent weeks, as his No 2.

Paul was in the crowd last week to see 21-year-old Tom score for England Under 21s in their 4-0 win over Sweden.

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

But Ince Snr was spotted getting a clip round the ear from wife Claire
for sitting in silent appreciation of his son's goal on the rebound late
in the first half as though he'd seen him score for England a
million times before.

Claire, by contrast, was right on her feet and jumping about in
celebration – before whacking her husband to encourage him to liven up!

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

VIDEO Watch Paul Ince get a clip round the ear from his missus – for not celebrating son Tom's goal!

Cycling: Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Qatar

Golden boy Cavendish sprints home to glory with Tour of Qatar triumph

PUBLISHED:

15:31 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 8 February 2013

Mark Cavendish sealed overall victory at the Tour of Qatar with a fourth win in a row.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man triumphed on the sixth and final stage, the 116-kilometre route from Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche to claim the race winner's golden jersey with a second stage race success of his career.

'I'm over the moon,' Cavendish said.

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

'We come here every year almost guaranteed an overall victory with Tom Boonen but he's recovering from an injury. So it put a little bit of pressure on me and I was a bit nervous.

'But I'm really happy to get the win. The guys worked incredible here. They really looked after me so, so well here and delivered every single day.

'I am so happy and proud I can bring it home again for the team.

Over the moon: Cavendish has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Over the moon: Cavendish has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep

'We've won the Tour of Qatar six times, and I don't know how many stages, so I am happy to be a part of that.'

It was a fifth win of the season for Cavendish to fully justify his close-season move from Team Sky to Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

The 10-second bonus for the stage win saw Cavendish triumph by 25 seconds from American Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing).

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

FA Cup fifth round draw

Leeds face daunting trip to Premier League champions City… but Chelsea face a fixture pile-up

By
Guy Aspin, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:23 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 28 January 2013

Leeds were rewarded for their victory over Tottenham with a trip to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Neil Warnock's men knocked out Spurs 2-1 at Elland Road to book a trip to the Etihad Stadium in the pick of the ties.

Non-league Luton, who claimed a famous 1-0 win at Norwich yesterday, missed out on a plum draw with a top Premier League side as they got Millwall at home.

Marching on: Leeds will now play Manchester City after beating Tottenham

Marching on: Leeds will now play Manchester City after beating Tottenham

Oldham, the npower League One side
who stunned Liverpool 3-2 this afternoon, were handed their Merseyside
rivals Everton at home in the next round.

Manchester United were drawn to face
Reading at Old Trafford, while Arsenal also got a home tie, against
Championship outfit Blackburn.

Chelsea, should they see off
Brentford in a replay after the two sides drew 2-2 at Griffin Park
today, can look forward to a trip to Middlesbrough.

However, the Blues could face some serious fixture congestion if they progress. The replay at Stamford Bridge has been provisionally arranged for the Saturday February 16 – the fifth round weekend.

Busy times ahead: Chelsea, and Fernando Torres, will face a fixture pile-up as a result of only getting a draw at Brentford yesterday

Busy times ahead: Chelsea, and Fernando Torres, will face a fixture pile-up as a result of only getting a draw at Brentford yesterday

CHELSEA'S BUSY FEBRUARY

Jan 30 Reading (A) PL
Feb 2 Newcastle (A) PL
Feb 5-6 Internationals
Feb 9 Wigan (H) PL
Feb 14 Sparta Prague (A) EL
Feb 16-17 Brentford (H) FAC
Feb 21 Sparta Prague (H) EL
Feb 24 Man City (A)
Feb 26-27 poss Middlesbrough (A) FAC
Mar 2 West Brom (H) PL

This is necessary because Chelsea have a Barclays Premier League match at Reading this Wednesday, will lose a number of players to international duty next week and then have home and away legs in the Europa League with Sparta Prague the following two midweeks.

It is then necessary to play Chelsea or Brentford's fifth round trip to Middlesbrough in midweek to catch up, meaning a very long journey for London-based fans for a night match.

A possible replay in that tie, should Chelsea get that far, would trigger a fixture pile-up, especially as they get through in the Europa League.

Upset: Luton sparked wild celebrations when they beat Norwich on Saturday

Upset: Luton sparked wild celebrations when they beat Norwich on Saturday

QPR's conquerors MK Dons were drawn at home to Barnsley, while Wigan will travel to Huddersfield or Leicester.

The ties will be played on the weekend of February 16.

FA Cup draw (Ties to be played weekend Feb 16)

Huddersfield/Leicester v Wigan

MK Dons v Barnsley

Oldham v Everton

Luton v Millwall

Arsenal v Blackburn

Man City v Leeds

Man Utd v Reading

M'brough v Brentford/Chelsea

Lance Armstrong drug confession saddens Roger Federer

Armstrong has damaged all sports… not just cycling, says 'saddened' Federer

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

05:37 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

05:37 GMT, 20 January 2013

Roger Federer has expressed his sadness at American cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France wins and believes it will have a negative impact on all sport.

Armstrong confessed in a televised interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey this week to using banned performance-enhancing substances to establish himself as one of the biggest names in sport.

'What a sad story,' 17-times grand-slam winner Federer said after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sad times: Roger Federer says Lance Armstrong's confession has hurt all of sport

Sad times: Roger Federer says Lance Armstrong's confession has hurt all of sport

'I don't know what to say. It just really saddens me to see that someone did this for such a long time.

'Obviously he's hurt his sport in a big way, even though he helped it in the beginning. But now the burden they live under, all other sports maybe as well.

'I'm an active athlete right now and it's not fun times really to be in sports to a degree. I guess all I needed to see was the first few minutes of the interview and then I knew what was the deal, and the rest I don't really care.

Coming clean: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong reveals all to Oprah Winfrey

Coming clean: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong reveals all to Oprah Winfrey

'It's just very saddening this story, to be honest.'

Serena Williams, who has won 15 grand slam titles, earlier admitted she had been 'glued' to the televised confessional.

'I think as an athlete, as someone that works really, really hard since I was four or three, I think it's a sad day for all athletes in general,' the American said.

Lance Armstrong

Roger Federer

Questions: Federer fears that Armstrong's admission will lead to people questioning other great athletes

'But I think overall it's even more disappointing for the people that were adversely affected through everything. You can only just hope for the best for them.

'Unfortunately, I think a lot of people now look and are like, okay, if somebody that great (has been cheating) what about everyone else in every other sport'

Dedicated: Serena Williams says the Armstrong saga was a sad day for athletes

Dedicated: Serena Williams says the Armstrong saga was a sad day for athletes

Rio Ferdinand reveals that a "United Boys" gang turned up at his house ordering him to sign a new contract

Revealed: How Rio Ferdinand was confronted by 'United boys' gang at his home ordering him to sign new deal

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 2 January 2013

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during his contract talks with the club eight years ago.

The group calling themselves the 'United boys' turned up outside the player's house to demand that he signed a new deal.

Ferdinand's future had been the subject of speculation at the time after he had been photographed with then Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in a restaurant, but that had been a chance encounter.

As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

The good times: As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

Ferdinand was asked to come to the door but could not see anyone on his security monitors.

The 34-year-old told Four Four Two magazine: 'So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I'm just about to scream “raaaah!” when I see there's a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces.

'I just thought, 'I'm going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they'll think you're a nutter!'

'Then one of them said, “We're the United boys, f***ing sign your contract,” and I was like, “What you talking about I've only just started negotiating two months ago, what you worrying about”

Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Unsavoury: Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Explaining the background, he added: 'Basically I went to see my agent for half an hour and Kenyon was with him.

'Someone's taken a picture and made out like we're having a bloody meal together. So I'm saying to these guys, “If I'm going to do a deal with another club, do you think I'd be doing it in broad daylight”

'One of the neighbours had called the police by then and they got off when they heard the sirens.'

Ferdinand, in a question and answer section with fans, also spoke of the lowest point of his career, when he was banned for eight months after failing to attend a drugs test in 2003.

Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

Not one to mess with: Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

He said: 'If that sort of thing can't make you more responsible then I don't know what can.

'People assume I must have had something to hide but I did all the tests that were asked in the end and the judge said I had proved beyond any doubt I had nothing in my system – those tests trace stuff from months back.

'So I never had any doubt in my mind, it was just irresponsible of me not to go to the test at the time and I got punished severely for it.

'Eight months of my career just gone, just like that. It was easily the lowest point of my career, especially as I knew people were trying to tarnish my name by saying I was into drugs.

'That's the most disappointing thing for me, that people assumed I was involved in drugs or had something to hide.'

Xabi Alonso could return to Premier League

Alonso's Madrid future in doubt as ex-Liverpool star ponders Premier League return

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UPDATED:

06:41 GMT, 31 December 2012

Xabi Alonso has admitted he could make a stunning return to the Premier League.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 31, has 18 months remaining on his contract with the Spanish giants and talks over extending it are on hold.

Alonso spent five years at Liverpool before returning to his homeland in 2009.

England bound Xabi Alonso (right) could leave Real Madrid

England bound Xabi Alonso (right) could leave Real Madrid

'I've no idea what will happen,' Alonso told reporters in Spain.

'I have not decided on my future. I will only stay at Real Madrid if I can offer the same level on the pitch as I can now and we will see what happens in the next few months.

'There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there.'

Fan's favourite: Alonso enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Liverpool

Fan's favourite: Alonso enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Liverpool

Alonso helped Liverpool win the Champions League, FA Cup and Community Shield before adding to his trophy haul in Madrid.

Last season's La Liga title followed the club's Copa del Rey triumph a year earlier while Alonso was an integral part of the Spain sides which won Euro 2008 and 2012, along with the 2010 World Cup.

He was also named the best midfielder in the Spanish top flight last season.

Yossi Benayoun set for Chelsea return

Benayoun set for Chelsea return after revealing that loan deal with West Ham will not be renewed

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 27 December 2012

Injury-hit: Benayoun has made just four Premier League appearances in his loan spell

Injury-hit: Benayoun has made just four Premier League appearances in his loan spell

Yossi Benayoun is set to return to Chelsea when his loan at West Ham expires next week.

The Israeli attacking midfielder signed up for a second stint at Upton Park in the summer with an option to extend his deal in January should all parties agree to do so.

But the 32-year-old ex-Liverpool man revealed on Twitter that he has played his last game of his current loan spell at Sam Allardyce's side.

‘Recovering slowly from the injury..loan with west ham will be finish in few days so disappointed that I didn’t took part in the last games,’ he tweeted.

Benayoun established himself as a crowd favourite at West Ham between 2005 and 2007 after scoring eight times in 63 games, but he has managed just four league games in an injury-hit second spell at the club.

Back in blue: Benayoun has made just 12 appearances for Chelsea

Back in blue: Benayoun has made just 12 appearances for Chelsea