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Jose Mourinho says Ballon d"Or is fixed by FIFA for Lionel Messi to win

It's a Messi! Mourinho hits out at Ballon d'Or 'fix' as Madrid boss says award is rigged by FIFA

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UPDATED:

13:21 GMT, 5 December 2012

Jose Mourinho has claimed the Ballon D'Or award has been fixed by FIFA to ensure that it is won by Lionel Messi.

Once again this year the award is a straight shootout between Barcelona magician Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi's Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta completes the three-man shortlist.

In the running: But Cristiano Ronaldo has only won the Ballon d'Or once

In the running: But Cristiano Ronaldo has only won the Ballon d'Or once

But while Messi has picked up the gong
an amazing four times, Ronaldo has only managed it once – something that
Mourinho believes is suspicious.

The Special One is used to brushes with authorities but his latest outburst is sure to displease FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.

Asked who was going to win the award, Mourinho said: 'The Ballon d'Or has already been given. When the heads of football speak and make the campaign, there is nothing you can do.'

Heavy favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to be named Ballon d'Or winner

Heavy favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to be named Ballon d'Or winner

Mourinho remains defiant in his belief that Ronaldo is the better player of the two.

He once famously insisted that if Messi is the best player on the planet, then Ronaldo is the 'best in the universe'.

Point made: Jose Mourinho reckons Ronaldo is the best on the planet

Point made: Jose Mourinho reckons Ronaldo is the best on the planet

'If you are going to give out the Ballon d'Or because a player is the best, give it to Cristiano or Messi,' he said in October.

'But I ask: if the two are on the same level, is it normal that one wins four and the other one It is not.'

Audley Harrison will fight on after David Price defeat

One more shot at glory! Deluded Harrison will fight on after embarrassing Price defeat

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 25 October 2012

Audley Harrison has announced his intention to carry on boxing.

The 40-year-old, who won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, lasted just 82 seconds against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price in a humiliating defeat on October 13.

And afterwards he admitted he would give serious consideration to hanging up his gloves.

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

But he has now opted to fight on, saying on Twitter: 'It's official… I've decided to carry on. One more shot at glory. 'It could be over; next fight will tell me. See u in a ring real soon.

'A decision has come from above. He told me son “lace up your gloves” your time as a boxer is not quite done, so go out there & have some fun.

'Despite the haters …I've had a good journey, truly am grateful for my blessing & give all praise to jah, god, universe. Rolling the dice!'

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

While Price was magnificent, the loss appeared certain to end the career of Harrison, who has become a figure of ridicule in boxing.

Writing in his boxing column earlier this month, Sportsmail's Jeff Powell had urged Harrison to call it a day.

'Audley Harrison, in a statement which gives full credit to David Price for Saturday’s knock out, says he is still thinking about whether to retire,' Powell said.

'For your own sake – at coming up 41 and coming out of hospital – don’t think about it for too long, Audley.'

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer

Former New Zealand captain Crowe diagnosed with cancer

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 15 October 2012

Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma

Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma, an invasive cancer of the immune system.

Crowe's manager, Louise Henderson, said the 50-year-old had only recently received the diagnosis and requested privacy while he and his family deal with the news.

'The family have a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks,' Henderson said.

'The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different.'

Crowe played 77 tests and 143 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1982 and 1995. He scored more than 5,400 test runs at an average of 45 with 17 centuries.He is married to former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.

Hugo Lloris sends Spurs message over Brad Friedel rivalry: I didn"t join to sit on bench!

I didn't join Spurs to sit on the bench! Lloris sends message to AVB over Friedel rivalry

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UPDATED:

11:26 GMT, 11 October 2012

Hugo Lloris is determined to prove he deserves to be Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper and won't settle for a bit-part role.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas signed Lloris from Lyon on transfer deadline day in August but has preferred 41-year-old Brad Friedel after the former United States international made a string of strong performances.

Lloris only made his Premier League debut against Aston Villa on Sunday, ending Friedel's run of 310 consecutive Premier League matches.

National duty: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in training with the France squad at Clairefontaine

National duty: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in training with the France squad at Clairefontaine

Lloris admits that he was disappointed to be on the bench for big games, such as Tottenham's 3-2 win at Manchester United two weeks ago.

'Let's just say it makes you want to get out on the pitch… Things are clear, I didn't sign for Tottenham to have that role. I'm at the team's disposal, I respect everyone, but I came here to play,' Lloris said in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe.

'I'm not here to cause problems, but rather to provide solutions. But, of course, I have a status, I want to keep it as long as possible and that comes about through playing (games).'

The 25-year-old Lloris, who has made 40 appearances for France, is among Europe's most highly-rated keepers but quickly realized that in England his reputation counted for relatively little.

'I don't think it can be taken away from me, this status, but when you arrive in a new universe, you have to prove things, which is normal,' Lloris said.

Better late than never: Lloris (left), with France team-mate Etienne Capoue, made his Spurs debut on Sunday

Better late than never: Lloris (left), with France team-mate Etienne Capoue, made his Spurs debut on Sunday

'England remains a particular
culture. The English want to see you playing on the pitch before they
judge you. But it's a form of self-questioning that suits me very well,
in my life as a man and in my life as a sportsman.'

Lloris' arrival took so long because Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas did not want to sell him for what was a relatively low price – 13million – considering the player's age, international experience, and ability. But with debts mounting, Lyon were in a weak position and had to sell.

'I imagined leaving a lot earlier, but it's something us, the players, can control. I arrived at the last minute, there was a team already in place,' Lloris said.

'It's true that I have a status in France, but I will have to show that whenever I have the chance to play, and I think things will fall into place fairly quickly.

'I've been signed as part of a future project, but the future project starts now,' he added. 'Competition for places exists everywhere, but my relations with Brad Friedel, with the goalkeeper coach (Tony Parks) and with the manager are good.'

Much was made of Villas-Boas' apparent reluctance to sign Lloris, with suggestions it was Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who insisted he be signed. Although Lloris admits he was initially worried, he has since cleared the matter up.

'I spoke to the manager, there wasn't any ambiguity. He told me everyone at Tottenham wanted me to come,' Lloris said. 'This football fiction that was put into place around me disturbs me. I can't control it but I also know who I can trust.'

Lloris has had a little taste of what English football is about and is now eager to sample more.

'There's more contact with the goalie, the game is a lot quicker, there are more chances,' he said. 'It's true that there's a lot of contact, but if you have to take two or three blows, then I'll take them. I'm ready for it.'

Lloris will play for France in Friday's friendly against Japan, ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Spain.