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Ozil targets Ballon d'Or victory

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has his sights set on becoming the best player in the world

German playmaker Mesut Ozil will take no notice of the critics as the Arsenal midfielder remains convinced he has the ability to one day win the Ballon d'Or.

Betts keen to ditch Sunday games

Denis Betts thinks it is time to get rid of Sunday games

Widnes coach Denis Betts has suggested ditching Sundays as a regular match day for Super League in order to avoid the short turnarounds for Thursday games.

Moody backs Pietersen for England

Sunrisers coach Tom Moody, pictured, believes England would be "foolish" to close the door on Kevin Pietersen

England have been warned they would be "foolish" to give up on Kevin Pietersen's hopes of a Test return, as he bids to restate his case with Surrey.

Jagielka gives backing to Barkley

Phil Jagielka, left, believes his Everton team-mate Ross Barkley, right, can shine for England

Ross Barkley is finally getting back to last season's swashbuckling form and Phil Jagielka believes his Everton team-mate can become an England star if he bides his time.

Skrtel to miss key games due to ban

Martin Skrtel, pictured, will serve a three-match ban after failing in his appeal against a violent conduct charge

Defender Martin Skrtel will miss Liverpool's crucial match at top-four rivals Arsenal and the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn after failing in his bid to overturn a three-match suspension for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Button retains hope of improvement

Jenson Button has not given up hope that McLaren Honda can continue to improve

Jenson Button is convinced ailing McLaren will one day challenge the might of Mercedes despite the two teams currently at opposite ends of the pace spectrum at present.

KP hoping to relive his dream

Kevin Pietersen has agreed a contract to return to Surrey

Kevin Pietersen is hoping he can relive his England dream after all thanks to the new contract he has signed with Surrey.

Red Bull and Renault row escalates

Red Bull's Christian Horner is frustrated with Renault's power units

The fallout between Red Bull and Renault shows no sign of easing as the team have now been accused of "lies" by their power-unit supplier.

Hamilton: I've got more to come

Lewis Hamilton heads to Malaysia looking to continue his domination from Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton is determined to "create history" again this Formula One season after insisting there is more to come despite a perfect start to the new year.

Fleming hails captain McCullum

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, pictured, has been praised by Stephen Fleming

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming heaped praise on current incumbent Brendon McCullum for leading the Kiwis into their first ever World Cup final.

Barnes plays down Reds advantage

John Barnes has backed Roy Hodgson's treatment of Raheem Sterling, pictured

John Barnes insists Roy Hodgson would not be handing Liverpool an unfair advantage in the race for the Champions League if he released Raheem Sterling from his England squad.

Skrtel denies FA charge

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, pictured, is contesting a charge of violent conduct

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has denied a Football Association charge of violent conduct for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Hodgson hits out at "espionage"

Harry Kane, pictured, earned rave reviews from Gary Cahill and Michael Carrick

Roy Hodgson refused to reveal if he would hand Harry Kane his England debut this weekend despite evidence which suggested he would throw the young Tottenham striker straight into his starting XI.