Agnieszka beat Yanina in the final of the ASB Classic

Agnieszka Radwanska got her season off to a perfect start with victory in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The world number four dropped one set in five matches this week on the way to her 6-4 6-4 triumph over Yanina Wickmayer and a 10th WTA title.

"I couldn't imagine a better start to the year," Radwanska said. "It's the perfect preparation for the Australian Open."

"It's the perfect preparation for the Australian Open."

The Pole took early control in the final against Wickmayer when she broke the Belgian's second serve,according to Skysport.

Although she dropped her own serve at 4-3 she immediately broke Wickmayer again before serving for the set.

With the Belgian having trouble handling Radwanska's short ball, the Pole made the decisive break in the second set at 3-3.

Wickmayer bravely saved five match points, fighting back from 3-5 and 0-40, but Radwanska eventually came through in an hour and 37 minutes.

Mancini and Balotelli in Manchester City training bust-up

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli have been pictured squaring up to each other in an apparent bust-up at the Manchester City training ground.

It is reported that tension between the two Italians spilled over into an ugly fracas after Balotelli mistimed a tackle on winger Scott Sinclair during a training session at Carrington.

Balotelli is understood to have taken exception to Mancini's intervention, leading to the pair having to be pulled apart.

It is reported that City staff including coach Brian Kidd rushed in to separate the duo, and photographs published on Twitter show there was an incident.

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In the sequence of pictures, Mancini is seen to grab hold of Balotelli's orange bib in an apparent act of fury before the young striker is dragged away.

Balotelli has failed to hold down a regular place in Mancini's starting XI since signing from Inter Milan in 2010 for a fee of 22m euros.

He has regularly been linked with a move back to Italy over the past couple of years and the latest controversy again casts his future at the Etihad Stadium into doubt.

 

West Ham understood to have enquired over Liverpool's Joe Cole

Cole has been linked with a move away from Anfield after failing to establish himself under Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, making only six Premier League appearances so far this season, all of which came off the bench.

The midfielder, whose four starts this term have come in cup competitions, also saw his early campaign disrupted by a hamstring injury.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirmed on Tuesday he is interested in signing the 31-year-old and is planning talks with Rodgers.

But he could face competition for the midfielder's signature, with West Ham the latest to enquire and Reading also understood to be interested as they look to boost their survival hopes.

Cole began his senior career with the Hammers back in 1998 after coming through the youth ranks in East London.

The midfielder was linked with a return to his boyhood club on loan in the summer after spending last season at Ligue 1 side Lille but no deal materialised.

Heather Watson scores first round win in ASB Classic in Auckland

Heather Watson made a winning start to 2013 with victory in the first round of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The 20-year-old, who played her part in the success story that was 2012 by becoming the first Briton to win a WTA singles title since 1998, progressed after beating fifth seed Sorana Cirstea.

However, it wasn't quite the workout she was looking for after the 22-year-old Romanian was forced to retire through illness.

Cirstea had been suffering from a virus in the lead up to the tournament and although there were no visible signs of her struggling during the match, she withdrew after receiving legthy medical assistance once she'd dropped the first set 6-3.

"It was unfortunate today for Sorana, she told me she's had a virus for the past week, which sucks, coming all of this way and not feeling well," Watson said.

"But I was really excited to get out there today and play my first singles match.

"I thought that I served very well, around the baseline I was a bit slow and wasn't able to keep too many balls in play, but I'm looking forward to my next match now."

The British number one will face Kiki Bertens of Holland in round two.

"I haven't played Kiki in a while, she had a really good first round win, so she'll be playing well and I'll be expecting a tough one," Watson said.

Nani will not be leaving Manchester United

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists Nani will not be sold during the January transfer window.

There have been suggestions that the Portuguese winger could be on his way out of Old Trafford after failing to command a regular starting place this season.

Arsenal have been linked with the 26-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, but Ferguson has dashed their hopes.

"We won't be letting him go. We need a Nani," said the Scot in the Sunday Mirror.

"He's got a future here. Why would I want to let him go?"

"His contract isn't up for a year and a half. He offers something different from the other players. He's an incredible talent, the boy.

"Unfortunately, he's injured at the moment. We have sent him over to Dubai for a break, to help him in his recovery.

"He's not far away but he's far enough away. I don't think I will get him until the middle of January.

"He's got a future here. Why would I want to let him go?"

 

"To get a player in January is very difficult because it has to be a player who is going to improve on what you have already got," he said.

"Big clubs don't want to sell their best players and I don't see someone like Chelsea buying a player who is not available for Europe.

"I think there will probably be one big signing in January - whether that will be Arsenal or Chelsea, I don't know.

"I can't see Atletico Madrid selling Falcao, but David Villa is available at Barcelona because he isn't getting a game. But we're in good shape. Once we get all our players fit, we'll have a squad of 25 or 26."