In the News

With the festive period well and truly out of the way, sport is back firmly on the agenda and 2013 has started with a bang.

Yesterday saw Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in a heated row with outspoken and controversial striker Mario Balotelli. It is not the first time Mancini has clashed with a player, the famous incident last year with Carlos Tevez, however it is unlikely a return to the team for Balotelli would inspire them to the title once more.

Balotelli continues to get himself in the spot light for the wrong reasons however, a firework in his home, an altication with players and staff, and now this with his manager. Do you think he understands that fighting his manager is not the way to get back in the starting eleven?

Elsewhere, with the transfer window open, some big money moves have already been made, with Daniel Sturridge now an Anfield player. The former Manchester City and Chelsea man will need to grab his chance at Liverpool as he is running out of top English clubs to play for.

In Italy, racism was taken to a new level last night as Ac Milan players walked off the pitch in their friendly with Pro Patria. Former Portsmouth star Kevin Prince-Boateng kicked the ball into the crowd on 23 minutes and then proceeded to take off his shirt and walk down the tunnel.

He was followed by the players of both sides and officials  Previously the announcer had asked for the chanting to stop but it is a sad day for racism and for Italy who have been poor in the past for their harsh stance on the topic.

In cycling, South African Olympic cyclist Burry Stander has died in an horrific crash with a taxi in a town in the KwaZulu-Natal province on South Africa’s east coast.

Stander finished fifth in the London Olympics and also competed in the Beijing Olympics. It is not the first time riders have been involved with cars and shows the dangers associated with the sport.

Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield has won the Golden Boot for the world player of the year after he inspired Leeds Rhinos to a second consecutive Grand Final victory.

Fellow Rugby League player Scott Dureau has had a tumour removed from behind his eye on Wednesday and is now recovering in hospital in his native Australia.

Andy Murray is warming up nicely for the Australian open as he breezed into the semi-finals in Brisbane this morning with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin.

You can catch more sport here every day at The Sporting Week by following the following link

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