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From the back pages, February 21: Joey Barton - ‘I can’t see me playing at QPR again’

Joey Barton.

Joey Barton.

JOEY BARTON admits he misses the Premier League. But the bad-boy midfielder does not believe he will play for QPR again. Barton, 30, is currently enjoying a season-long loan to French outfit Marseille from the R’s. He said: “I cannot see me playing again at QPR. (The Sun)

ANDERSON has vowed to stay put at Old Trafford and fight for his Manchester United future. The Brazilian midfielder has become a bit-part star this season, struggling to hold down a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. (Daily Star)

Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will make his Ireland debut in Sunday’s Six Nations match in Scotland after coach Declan Kidney relegated Ronan O’Gara to THIRD choice number 10. Jackson and provincial team-mate Luke Marshall, both 21, replace regular fly-half Jonathan Sexton and centre Gordon D’Arcy. who were among four players to join Ireland’s long injury list during the 12-6 defeat to England. (Daily Mirror)

PAULA RADCLIFFE has slammed new British athletics head coach Peter Eriksson just hours after he named his first team since taking charge. Eriksson announced a 29-strong squad for next week’s European Indoor Championships at lunchtime, but was soon defending a selection criteria focused on beating the eight medals Britain won at the same meet in Paris two years ago. That has meant developing talent being overlooked, much to the dismay of women’s marathon world record holder Radcliffe, who tweeted it was “totally ridiculous” not to select any male 1,500 metres runners. From the back pages, February 20: Goal-line technology for next World Cup (The Sun)

 

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